About Us

The man in black.

The Man in Black is a live music booking agent and event promoter, with a difference.

Established in 2020 in response to the lackluster live music scene in New Zealand, the Man in Black's purpose is clear: to be the "Fixer" for local live music and make venues, events, and crowds thrive again. 

The Man in Black was created by professional musicians, with over 25 years experience, starting in the hay-day of the New Zealand gigging scene. We are built on first-hand knowledge of the industry working in countless bands, events, festivals and tours internationally, and an extensive contact list of the best performers in the country. 

Currently, we see the live music scene struggling. A disappointing amount of live acts are not much more than average background music, playing to empty rooms. 

Our mission is to help bring live music back to life.

Luckily, there are a ton of extremely good, promotable, kiwi bands and musicians looking for a stage. And there are venues and events that want live music to be original and humming again, and bring the crowds - it's win win. The Man in Black is here to operate as the booking agent that helps venues and event organisers connect with the best bands, and help to promote the event.  

We see ourselves as the "matchmaker" - a niche booking agent that works to understand exactly what each event is aiming achieve and why, then we tap into our extensive and growing network of talented bands and musicians and hand pick the right one. We only deal with quality bands. And if we don't know one the right one yet  - we'll source it. 

We know with the right match made, good promotion brings the right audience. 

This is our simple recipe - great event, great performance, and great crowd.

We offer booking services for high quality bands in most genres of music, and smaller live music events in New Zealand:  Cafes, Bars, Music Venues, Corporate Events, Weddings and Private Functions, Festivals, and small tours.