7th July – the Bats play 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.

Past dates below – 

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.


The Bats 2017 New Zealand Tour and Ticket links

Sat 25.03.17


Nga Maara Hall

Thurs 18.05.17



Fri 19.05.17


Nivara Lounge

Sat 20.05.17


Kings Arms

 TICKETS from UTR    

The Bats 2017 European Tour


Wed 31 05 17


Le Sonic

Thu 01 06 17


Le Port Franc

Fri 02 06 17


City Club

Sat 03 06 17



Sun 04 06 17



Mon 05 06 17


Roter Salon

Tue 06 06 17



Wed 07 06 17


King Georg

Thu 08 06 17



Fri 9 06 17


Centre Culturel de Lesquin

Sat 10 06 17


Petit Bain

Sun 11 06 17



Mon 12 06 17



Tue 13 06 17

Brighton/ Bristol?

Venue TBC

Wed 14 06 17


Brudenell Social Club

Thu 15 06 17



Sat 17 06 17


The Lexington sold out so SHOW IS NOW at
Tufnel Dome with more room


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.

The Bats Australian shows.

Sydney Festival – 29th January 2017

Melbourne – 28th January 2017


RDU’s 40th Anniversary, Canterbury Museum, 2016

Songs from soon to be released “The Deep Set” album got the live treatment.
Most recent show for the Bats was to celebrate our Christchurch student radio station, RDU’s 40th anniversary at the Canterbury Museum which was transformed into a venue. We were surrounded by the excellent RDU exhibition.

We enlisted John Chrisstofels and Mikey Summerfield to accompany us on strings on the night and hope to do so again when we tour. They also recorded on The Deep Set sessions (new album) with The Bats and we featured a few songs from that live which went down very well.

The Others Way.jpg

The Others Way, at The Studio in Auckland, 2015


Bunk Bar, Portland Oregon 2013

The Bats are planning “The Deep Set” album release tour for NZ and Australia during Southern Hemisphere summer. Keep a watch out for updates.

Looking for festival dates for spring in the Northern Hemisphere for 2017. That’s May/June.

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.

18 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.


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