Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Parties

    24 July : Auckland Town Hall
    7 August : Wellington Michael Fowler Auditorium
    20 August : Hellzapoppin’ FN40th Exhibition Opening at Christchurch Art Gallery


27 April 2019

at Punakaiki ( pancake rocks) on the beautiful and wild West Coast Of New Zealand.

With The Bats, Julia Deans, The Nomad and many more.


Bats performed at The Cook in Dunedin on 9th June 2018. They were joined by Jay Clarkson and The Containers.

Tickets were from our favourite NZ agents, Under The Radar

7th July 2017- the
Bats played with The Wedding Present at Blue Smoke, Tannery, Christchurch.

Bob and the Heavy FolkMalcolm Grant,  Robert Scott, Mikey Summerfield, Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward and John Chrisstoffels.

EU/UK TOUR finale at Tufnell Dome in London was a big buzz. Fans from Spain, Chile and Germany came to say hello after the show. Also saw a few familiar faces from our 2009 Twee As Fuck show in London. The whole tour was a dream – lots of lovely people hosted us and some great talented performers opened our shows. Check our FB for more pics.


  A Bats Christchurch warm-up gig was announced for 26th January at Space Academy before “The Deep Set” album release tour to Australia. The Bats were joined on stage by string players, Mikey Summerfield and John Chrisstoffels who also headed over to Australia with the band.

Sydney Festival – 29th January 2017, Melbourne – 28th January 2017


RDU’s 40th Anniversary, Canterbury Museum, 2016

Songs from  “The Deep Set” album got the live treatment.
The Bats celebrated Christchurch student radio station, RDU’s 40th anniversary at the Canterbury Museum which was transformed into a venue. They were surrounded by the excellent RDU exhibition.

They enlisted John Chrisstofels and Mikey Summerfield to accompany them on strings on the night and did so again for the album release tours of NZ and Australia in 2017. They recorded on several tracks for The Deep Set sessions with The Bats.

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The Others Way, at The Studio in Auckland, 2015


Bunk Bar, Portland Oregon 2013

In 2017 the Bats toured “The Deep Set” album in NZ and Australia during Southern Hemisphere summer then headed to France, Germany, Netherlands, France again, England and Scotland for the startof Northern Hemisphere summer.

Please contact The Bats Touring if you are promoters, booker or otherwise if you can connect us with your favourite festival in your neck of the woods.

19 thoughts on “Gigs

  1. Hello! For a festival in the Northern Hemisphere in May/June, check out the Caribana Festival in Switzerland (the better French-speaking side 😉 ). I think there are 3 or 4 stages, we saw the Pixies there last year. Also Bad Bonn Kilbi that has an alternative rock emphasis. Cat Power, Mogwai and Sonic Youth have played there recently, and also lots of small obscure groups. Incentive: I think you earn more money in Switzerland hehe. Hope to see you in Switzerland!


  2. Hi Elizabeth, sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve been out of range for messaging and emails. I’ll reply to your email message regarding the interview. Very happy to do that as soon as possible.


  3. Hello! I’m from Dunedin, now residing in Albany, Western Australia (a beautiful part of the world & a lot like NZ!). Will The Bats be heading over to WA any time to play some gigs? there are some great places you could play down our way – Boston Brewery or Castelli Estate Winery (Denmark) or the Entertainment Centre (Albany). Be great to hear your music in this part of the world 🙂


  4. Greetings from Washington, DC. I beg you to overlook the “Orange Troll” living amongst us these days and play here in the capital of the USA. Pretty please?


  5. Hi Ralph,
    Good choice. It’s on the set list.
    Have you heard our recent releases? We’re playing a lot from The Deep Set and Free All the Monsters.
    See you on Friday.


  6. Hi Mandy, sorry about the slow response. We don’t have any plans to perform at present. The band are all busy working on other projects and we are starting to write for a new release – distant future stuff. Check out our video for Busy that we filmed in London when it’s released on 20th Nov.


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