Lakeside 2022 Confirmed

Lakeside 2022 Announcement


After making the difficult decision to postpone Lakeside 2021, Rotorua's largest concert is back for 2022! Lakeside 2022 will be a milestone 25th concert, so there is even more reason to celebrate. Lakeside 2022 is set to be held on Saturday 19th of March, 2022.

Lakeside 2021 Postponement


In May 2020, the Rotorua Lakeside Concert Charitable Trustees made the difficult decision not to present a concert at the Rotorua Village Green in 2021. Scheduled to be held in March 2021, the iconic free family-focused outdoor concert spectacular would have been the Trust’s 25th annual event. Trustees believe that given the impact on our community of the COVID-19 virus, it would've be inappropriate to begin the task of seeking the financial and commercial support necessary to make the event viable. The Trust wanted to send an early signal to potential funders and the public that Lakeside 2021 would wait until better financial times to stage our milestone 25th concert. Chairman Ian Edward has said that “planning an event of Lakeside's scale requires at least ten months forward planning to secure the funding, the artists, and the infrastructure necessary to create from nothing, a successful concert”. He also stated “that this was not the time to approach our generously loyal sponsors from around the country, when they will all be under severe financial pressure.” The annual Lakeside Concerts have long been a Rotorua calendar highlight. The event has consistently scored the highest level of approval by local people over any other event. Many will agree that the recent 2020 concert ‘TĀTAU TĀTAU’ was truly magnificent. While it is true that people want to be entertained during difficult times, Lakeside will need to wait until 2022 to celebrate our 25 years of success. It will happen however, and it will be fantastic!

Artistic Director Applications

Every year we choose a new Artistic Director to run the show.

Apply For Lakeside 2022

The Artistic Director's job is to envisage and implement a vision for the upcoming Lakeside Concert. It is preferable if the Artistic Director has prior experience with orchestras, artists, music arrangement, and the entertainment industry in general. Once you submit your application, you may be selected to provide a proposal and present your ideas in person to the Rotorua Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust.

Please download the application form below to apply for the position of Artistic Director for Rotorua Lakeside Concert 2022.