Q Mixtape

Located in the beating hub of the arts precinct, Q brings you a mixtape of free live gigs in our Lounge bar with a generous helping of cult musicians and DJ’s to enjoy every Saturday night.

“The spirit of Mixtape is really one of eclecticism. This is a city where you can hear adventurous jazz, literate songwriting, ultra-rare reggae 45‘s, and off-the-wall mutant surf versions of klezmer music. Real music fans are open-minded and cosmopolitan - and Mixtape is a space for them.” (Tom Rodwell, Mixtape curator and calypso-blues guitarist)

Gather your mates, order a drink and enjoy Q’s mixtape of intimate and rare performances by some of NZ’s most exciting contemporary musicians and songwriters. From fresh renditions of beloved vintage classics, sweet indie-folk to soulful jazz and acoustic pop, you’re in for something refreshing and unique every time.

If you're after a late night meal, browse through our in-house restaurant menu Citizen Q and book a table with reservations@qtheatre.co.nz or call 09 282 4402.

Kickback. Mingle. Feast. 

Fresh from Wellington, husband and wife folk singer/ songwriter duo Handful of Arrows play acoustic fingerpicking guitar with sweet harmonies of original and familair tunes that will make your heart melt. 

Nov 14 2014

The lights come down, the curtain falls but the music does not stop there. Moments after having seen them on stage in Jesus Christ Superstar, singer-songwriter Julia Deans and Jeremy Redmore will take on the stage in Lounge for an exclusive live set.

Nov 26 2014

From twisted tango and carnivalesque romps to disheveled swing and free tunes, Ruckus Quartet agrees with Frank: jazz ain't dead, it just smells funny. Ruckus are an improvising quartet playing new compositions by David Ward.

Dec 4 2014

Put on your glad rags, break out your inner rock star and continue the sing along buzz from Jesus Christ Superstar with a one-off karaoke special hosted by the Queen of the Mic - Lola aka Ms. Bryony Skillington.

Dec 5 2014

Midweek music returns to Q on Wednesday 10th December with a fine selection of sexy soul and classic RnB, featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Esther Stephens. 

Dec 10 2014

The popular nine-piece Motown revue from Auckland bring their sharp suits and sharp tunes to kick-start your summer! Hear cool and gritty renditions of songs by artists such as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

Dec 12 2014

Dipping your toes into King Skinny’s vivid songs is like finding a surreal oasis in the desert. Catch King Skinny’s cinematic collection of alternative country and soul originals as part Q Mixtape, free live music every Saturday night at Q.

Mar 7 2015

A specially curated calypso cataclysm for White Night, as the local masters of primitive jungle boogie Storehouse prepare to set all savage hearts aflame. Featuring an exclusive burlesque performance by Leda Petit, and a percussion clash of the titans by the mysterious Loudsuit and Big Box Man.

Mar 14 2015

Expect deep cuts and beautiful gems from the creative heyday of Jamaican music, with the legendary Auckland DJ Dubhead, celebrating 25 years of the continuous Rhythm Selection - 95 bFM’s specialist roots-reggae radio show.

Mar 21 2015

Show Me Where It Hurts is the hip-shakin’ new duo featuring Josh Hetherington on vocals and Fender Rhodes electric piano and Ronny Haynes on drums and vocals. With a hands-on-hips line on the groove, these guys gonna make you wanna move! 

Mar 28 2015

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Rosie Langabeer is an unstoppable musical force, and her visit to Q Theatre for the first time on April 11 is a coup for fans of innovative - and witty - new music.

Apr 11 2015

Scene-setter and ambiance arbiter DJ Josh on Decks brings his vinyls to the Q Lounge on April 18 to spin his trademark eclectic range of music.

Apr 18 2015

He’s a Hunk-a-Burning Love, a One Man Waterfall of Emotion, the Prince from Another Planet, the World’s Greatest Entertainer.  He’s also Jason Payn, one of NZ’s top Elvis tribute artists.  

Apr 25 2015

The Hoolie Buzzes are here! The mythical, masterful, dynamic duo of left-field late-night busking and all-night party rocking – direct from inner suburbia Auckland, NZ – the H.B sensations are running hot​ & better than ever.

May 2 2015

Music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts Johnny Elbo, Rohan St Clair and Ben Tankard, The YAM JAM DJ’s are dedicated to playing the juiciest tracks no matter what. 

May 9 2015

Revelator is Auckland’s gaudiest selector of vintage calypso, soca, steelband and the other ripe musical fruits of Trinidad & Tobago. 

May 16 2015

Ruckus are an improvising group playing new compositions by David Ward. Long marinated in such juices as Monk, Coleman, Mingus, Lacy, Zappa and Frisell, David writes music that is melodic, humourous, rhythmic and joyous.

May 23 2015

Ouff on drums & Drok on organ, absorbing all manner of technology, art & culture. They are futuristic neanderthal stomp! Mysterious melodies, shimmering distortions & pulsing rhythms.

Jun 13 2015

One of the quirkiest treasures of Auckland’s music scene sings well-crafted darkly comedic ballads & odes. Pop noir, cyber punk, & brackish Americana.

Jun 20 2015

Specialising in spinning vinyl (LPs and tasty 45s), he's a sharp dressed gent with a passion for the groove, digs a tasty request & loves to lay it down till the cows come home.

Jun 27 2015

From jazz & blues interpretations to music-theatre collisions Davis sings seductive nightmares to shake you from slumber, spinning tales from the dark side of the female heart.

Jul 11 2015

Eclectic, soulful & witty, the music scene would be unrecognisable without this DJ. A night of selections from his recent hunts in the bargain basements of Paris & Portugal.

Jul 25 2015

Performing surf-klezmer music for the past 15 years the band draw on a diverse range of music in their Eastern European melodies, from disco treatments to psychedelic freak-outs.

Aug 8 2015

Expect deep cuts and beautiful gems from the creative heyday of Jamaican music, with legendary Auckland writer and theorist on Aotearoa reggae, sound system and dub culture.

Aug 22 2015

Stepping out in all their finery this band peddle a sweet & savoury smorgasbord of swingin’ sass & soul, & fingerpoppin’ rock-a-rolla!


Aug 29 2015

Hailing from Vancouver Canada is all around music aficionado, producer, composer, and DJ James Risbey. James spins tracks that hit your soul, not the charts, from French Ye-Ye to Cambodian Funk.

Sep 5 2015

Ruckus are an improvising group playing new compositions by David Ward. Long marinated in such juices as Monk, Coleman, Mingus, Lacy, Zappa and Frisell, David writes music that is melodic, humourous, rhythmic and joyous.

Sep 12 2015

In work ranging from jazz and blues interpretations to music-theatre collisions Coco Davis sings seductive nightmares to shake you from slumber, spinning tales from the dark side of the female heart.

Sep 19 2015

DJ Josh on Decks plays records in clubs, bars, restaurants, venues, and at events around Auckland and beyond, including Golden Dawn, Bedford Soda and Liquor, Libertine, Imperial Lane, Cassette Number 9, Northern Steamship, La Zeppa, Mezze Bar, C.A.C, and Hallertau Brewery.

Sep 26 2015

Presenting the greatest, cheesiest and sleaziest hits of Trinidad & Tobago, DJ Revelator supplies soca, calypso and steelband to Q Mixtape.




Oct 10 2015

Specialising in spinning vinyl (LPs and tasty 45s), Josh on Decks is a scene-setter and ambiance arbiter par-excellence, offering a broad palate of sounds, beats, grooves and tunes to suit every occasion.

Oct 17 2015

Tom Rodwell is a critically acclaimed guitarist and singer performing a hybrid of blues, calypso and spirituals, active as a songwriter, composer and session musician.

Oct 23 2015

Passionate melodies & rhythms that the great Cuban mambo & cha cha cha evolved from. Always fresh, exciting & new while expressing the 1940s & 50s Havana style.


Oct 24 2015

NZ music icon Murray Cammick features in Q Mixtape for the first time this Halloween. A record label founder, radio host, and founder/ editor of the legendary Rip it Up magazine.

Oct 31 2015

Jazz, with a little bit of quirk, featuring two of Auckland's busiest and most prolific instrumentalists, Joel Vinsen (guitar) and Cameron McArthur (bass).

Nov 7 2015

An evening of vivid songs - like finding a surreal oasis in the desert this cinematic collection of alt. country and soul originals are well-crafted, wistful and rollicking atmospheres.

Nov 14 2015

Critically acclaimed guitarist and singer Tom Rodwell performs a hybrid of blues, calypso and spirituals. Come in for a night bursting with salaciousness and surrealism.

Nov 21 2015

An Auckland institution, Club Manouche are the city’s premier interpreters of gypsy jazz in the mold of the Paris Hot Club (Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli) with the occasional divertissement to the realm of chanson.

Nov 28 2015

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