Escape the clutches of winter and step into the magic of the night. Ngāmotu (New Plymouth’s) brand new multi venue, multi night music and arts experience NIGHTLIGHT festival will take place for the first time this coming Matariki long weekend, July 13th – 15th.

Over the course of the weekend, a series of exclusive evening performances and collaborations will occur, hidden amongst the city’s infamous ‘festival of lights’ winter edition, where light sculptures and structures transform the city into a psychedelic engagement of the senses. 

Samara Alofa X PollyHill’s tantalizing collaboration will set the TSB showplace stage alight before award winning British artist Arlo Parks delivers an exclusive performance at NIGHTLIGHT in her only Aotearoa appearance. 

Miscreants Dartz join kaleidoscopic Earth Tongue and the visceral thrash of te reo screaming Alien Weaponry in a vortex of riffs and whiplash at the Theatre Royal.

Taite prize finalist Ngāpuhi songwriter Erny Belle joins the perpetually naked and flamboyant Kirin J Callinan (Aus) for an evening of curious fireside tales involving love, terror and hedonism at the Royal.

Newcomer Jujulipps joins young upstarts Church & AP in getting the temperature up before the inimitable, unstoppable, award winning force, JessB takes control of the stage.

The party peaks with the lights out ball at the Theatre Royal. With Filth regulars BBYFACEKILLA, Zeki & GALOLEAFI spinning through til the small hours, it’s the perfect conclusion to a weekend of deviant frivolity. Raise a glass and dance forth into the intoxicating majesty of the night.

Throughout the weekend we encourage you to explore various options to soothe your soul during the daylight hours. Dance with the ocean gods during a west coast surfing experience with Deken surf school. Cleanse yourself of last nights impurities at Taranaki Thermal Spa. Melt your mind at the Len Lye Centre. Discover adventure, history and wonder at Puke Ariki. Find Three Sisters Brewery in the old Taranaki Savings Bank. Sink into a corner with our signature NIGHTLIGHT cocktail at Itch wine bar. Seek out Shining Peak for locally sourced produce paired exquisitely with craft beer. Repent of your sins at Bowlarama 10 pin bowling. Flip through the crates at vinyl countdown.