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Boh Runga Joins ATOMIC!’s Female Rock Celebration

Julia Deans, Jazmine Mary, and others will cover classic hits by the likes of Blondie, Patti Smith, and Joan Jett

Boh Runga

Chris Cuffaro

Boh Runga has joined the lineup for ATOMIC!, an all-female concert series paying homage to iconic women in rock.

Runga will share the stage with a stellar lineup of wahine talent, including Julia Deans (Fur Patrol), Dianne Swann (When The Cats Away), Gussie Larkin (Mermaidens), and noir-folk star Jazmine Mary. They’ll perform together in Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington from November 10th (see full dates below). 

Runga and her iconic rock band stellar* have an impressive back catalogue including “Violent”, “Part of Me”, “Undone”, “What You Do”, “All It Takes”, and “For a While”.

Bic Runga’s sister replaces original lineup member Gin Wigmore, who shared: “I’m very sad to say that unfortunately I am not going to be able to perform at the upcoming ATOMIC! shows due to some very important personal things I need to take care of here in LA which won’t make it possible for me to travel to NZ in November.

“I wish everyone working on ATOMIC! all the best with the concerts. The shows will be awesome, plus Boh Runga has now been added to bill so another reason for you all to go.” 

Drawing inspiration from trailblazing women in rock like Blondie, Eurythmics, Pretenders, Patti Smith, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Jett, and more, the lineup will put their own spin on iconic hits such as “Heart of Glass”, “Here Comes the Rain Again”, “Brass in Pocket”, “Because the Night”, ‘White Rabbit”, and “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”.

Don’t miss these modern legends of the escalating femme insurrection paying it back to some of the greatest performers of our times: a hitlist rooted in the glories of the past recalled and refreshed for future generations. As Debbie Harry said way back in the day, “the only place left for rock to go is toward more girl stars. There’s nothing left for men to do,” the official event bio reads.

ATOMIC! Hailing the Pioneering Women of Rock

Tickets available via ticketmaster.co.nz or ticketek.co.nz

November 10th
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

November 11th
The Civic, Auckland

November 18th
St James Theatre, Wellington


Boh Runga
Jazmine Mary
Julia Deans
Gussie Larkin
Dianne Swann