Surprise! Ed Sheeran performing in Auckland and Dunedin in March 2018

Ed Sheeran is bringing his world tour to Auckland and Dunedin in March 2018.

The British singer’s sketch is being auctioned off on TradeMe. Source: 1 NEWS

Frontier Touring posted the announcement to their Facebook page at 2.0 this morning, following a series of teaser photos posted by a touring company. 

The grammy award winning singer will be performoing at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium on March 24 and at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on March 28.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase on May 16. They will be released at 1pm for the Auckland show and 2pm for the Dunedin show.

Flight of the Conchords use US TV appearance to ask Jacinda Ardern if she'll have them for dinner

New Zealand comedy folk band Flight of the Conchords have used an appearance on a US late night talk show to ask the Prime Minister if they can come round for dinner.

The pair, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote an upcoming HBO special.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will appear on the show tomorrow, after appearing on the Today show earlier this week, and host Stephen Colbert asked the pair what he should ask her.

"Why don't you ask her if we can come round for dinner, maybe at her place," said McKenzie.

"You're bringing people together," he told Stephen Colbert.

The host then asked about the Prime Minister's house, which the pair described as "nice".

"It used to be a preschool," said McKenzie. "And my brother went there for preschool....then they turned it into the Prime Minister's house.

"It's down the road from where I grew up."

As well as unveiling a new song, the pair discussed their lives since the end of their US show in 2009, including having children.

"He's got a few, and I've got one, but together we've got two each, I guess." Clement told the show.

Colbert noted that the pair don't seem that interested in fame, and asked if they can walk around in New Zealand without being recognised.

It's only tourists who notice them, according to McKenzie.

"If someone lights up when they see us, you know they're foreign," Clement added.

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement used an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, who will interview Jacinda Ardern this week, to make a request of the prime minister. Source: YouTube / The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


'Lights, camera, action' soon as isolated Otago community hosts $300m Disney remake of Mulan

Hollywood heavyweight Disney has settled into an isolated part of North Otago for a $300 million live-action remake of the 1990s animation Mulan, creating a big buzz for locals. 

The movie is being partly filmed in the Ahuriri Valley, near Omarama, and is set to inject millions into the economy.

An entire city is emerging on the edge of one of the country's most scenic sights.

But getting a closer look at the set of Mulan is problematic, with security tight, and even residents in Omarama are being kept in the dark.

"Some people, they come in and they say, 'it's top secret and they can't really talk about it'," said a local shopkeeper.

That's still not enough to stop it being the talk of the town.

"Lots of ice creams. They've been great for business," said a woman scooping ice cream in her shop.

Another woman said: "The town is absolutely buzzing. It's so, so good for Omarama to have all these people around." 

Originally an animation, this Disney film is directed Kiwi Niki Caro of Whale Rider fame and stars martial arts actor Jet Li. 

It has a reported budget of $300 million and is set to be lucrative for the regional economy too. The Waitaki District Council estimates $13 million will be injected locally.

Although tucked away in the Ahuriri Valley, business owners in Omarama are smiling.

"I was talking to a guy the other day who was organising beds and they had to find 800 beds between here and Twizel and Otamatata. It's definitely positive," said a local man.

The council says the producers have paid a bond to cover removing all buildings, structures and gravel should the area of the set not be returned to the same or a better condition, when filming wraps up in a few months.

The movie is due for release in March 2020.

Disney’s remake of Mulan is being partly filmed in the Ahuriri Valley. Source: 1 NEWS


Gary Numan left 'utterly devastated' after his tour bus struck and killed elderly man

Gary Numan has been left "utterly devastated" and "filled with sadness" after his tour bus struck a 91-year-old man in Cleveland who died.

The 60-year-old singer was forced to cancel his concert at Cleveland House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, last night, after a "terrible tragedy", in which a 91-year-old man died.

In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Gary wrote: "We are all utterly devastated by the fatal accident involving our tour bus earlier today.

"Everyone of us is filled with a sadness that made it impossible to even consider playing our show this evening, and out of respect it would have been entirely wrong.

"At the moment all we can think about are the people affected by this terrible tragedy and to them we send all our love."

He also tweeted: "We are all utterly devastated by the fatal accident involving our tour bus in Cleveland earlier today."

According to News 5 Cleveland, police said the man was pushing a cart when he was struck as the Cars hitmaker's bus was making a right turn, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was not arrested and officials said he did not appear to be impaired, but they are continuing their investigation into what happened.

According to The Blast, witnesses from a nearby church administered last rites to the victim.

It's not known if Gary was on board the bus at the time of the incident.

A message on the House of Blues Twitter account read: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's show with Gary Numan at House of Blues Cleveland has been cancelled.

"Refunds will be made available at the point of purchase."

Gary Numan. Source: Bang Showbiz


'The world news in an album' - meet the Kiwi trio taking Kiwi hip hop to new heights

Kiwi hip-hop trio High Beams' rise isn't slowing down anytime soon, releasing one of the most exciting albums of the year, and revealed as a headline act for the 2019 Laneway festival.

Appearing on TVNZ 1's Breakfast, two of the three members of High Beams spoke of their origins as a group, and their path to becoming one of New Zealand music's most exciting acts.

"We're all mates, we're mates before the music all came together," member Illbaz said.

High Beams came together from Melo and Raiza - who's absent today. They do mentoring and youth programmes at the Wesley Community Centre.

"I lived across the road, they would pop in after work and we would literally just make music."

The trio are a unique smorgasbord of ethnic backgrounds, containing Rwandan, Palestinian and Polynesian descent.

"It's like the hip-hop UN," Melodownz jokes.

"It's like the world news in an album."

High Beams' self-titled debut album also features collaborations with New Zealand music legend Che Fu.

Two of the three members of the group appeared on Breakfast this morning. Source: Breakfast