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List of Famous Bands from Wellington

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List of Wellington bands, listed by their level of fame. This Wellington musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Wellington bands are included, as well as many Wellington musicians of underground status. This list of Wellington musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Wellington bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

This list has a variety of bands in it, from Flight of the Conchords to Shihad.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Wellington?" or "What is a list of Wellington bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (33 items)
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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave
Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand-based comedy band composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American ...more
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Shihad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rock music, Industrial rock, Heavy metal
Pacifier was an Australian musical group.
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The Black Seeds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Ska, Rock music, Reggae
The Black Seeds are a musical group from Wellington, New Zealand. Their music is a fusion of dub, funk, afrobeat and soul. Formed in 1998, The Black Seeds perform with eight members, with ...more
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Moped is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Moped Rock music, Reggae rock, Reggae
Moped was a New Zealand band formed in Palmerston North by three brothers, Gareth, Hayden and Karl Shearman. They played a brand of groove saturated reggae rock, with lyrics which speak of a ...more
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Bret McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords ...more
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Jon Toogood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rock music, Industrial rock
Jonathan Charles Toogood is the frontman of the New Zealand rock band Shihad. He formed the band in 1988 with fellow Wellingtonian Tom Larkin. Toogood and Larkin met as teenage fans of AC/DC and ...more
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Ladyhawke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Synthpop, New Wave, Indie rock
Phillipa Margaret "Pip" Brown, better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She took her stage name from Richard Donner's ...more
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Tulele Faletolu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Christian music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Tulele Faletolu, born 21 December in Wellington, New Zealand, is a Christian singer/songwriter and a former worship leader at Hillsong Church in Sydney. Tulele is of Samoan descent and started ...more
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Brooke Fraser is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Christian music, Pop music, Folk rock
Brooke Gabrielle Fraser Ligertwood, better known as Brooke Fraser, is a New Zealand musician best known for her third studio album Flags, and hit single "Something in the Water". ...more
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Birchville Cat Motel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Dark ambient, Progressive metal, Drone music
Birchville Cat Motel is a one-man experimental music project formed by Campbell Kneale from Wellington, New Zealand. Although largely unrecognised by the mainstream press and public in his home ...more
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Ben Lummis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Ben Lummis Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Ben Lummis is a New Zealand R&B/Pop recording artist who rose to musical fame as the winner of the First season of New Zealand Idol in 2004. He is of Māori and Pākehā and Tongan descent. He ...more
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Karl Kippenberger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rock music, Industrial rock
Karl Brenton Jamie Kippenberger, grandson of Captain E.T Kippenberger, great nephew of Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger, is the bass guitarist of the New Zealand band Shihad. Kippenberger ...more
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Rosita Vai is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rosita Vai Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Rosita Vai is a New Zealand R&B singer who rose to musical fame as the winner of the second season of New Zealand Idol in 2005. Now married is also known as Rosita Gibbons. Prior to her win, ...more
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Robert Arnold is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Pop music, Dance music
Robert Allan Arnold, commonly known as Rob Arnold, is a singer from Wellington, New Zealand, who achieved fame in a New Zealand boy band, Boyband, as “Gay Boy”. Their debut single, a remake of ...more
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Tom Larkin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rock music, Industrial rock
Tom Larkin is a member of the New Zealand band Shihad, band manager, and music producer.
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Fat Freddy's Drop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae
Fat Freddy’s Drop are a New Zealand seven-piece band from Wellington, whose musical style has been characterised as any combination of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno. ...more
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Matthew Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Matthew Thomas Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
Matt Thomas is a former member of New Zealand rock band The Feelers. Thomas started play the violin at school in Standard 2, the piano in Standard 3, and bass guitar in Form 2. At high school he ...more
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Phil Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Rock music, Industrial rock
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HLAH is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
HLAH Industrial metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
HLAH is a rock band from Wellington, New Zealand. The group is named after the Nine Inch Nails song of the same name.
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The Tigers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
The Tigers Rock music
The Tigers was a four piece rock band from Wellington, New Zealand. The band was formed in 1980, and quickly developed an enviable live reputation, securing performance slots including the ...more
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The Phoenix Foundation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
New Prog, Neo-psychedelia, Progressive rock
The Phoenix Foundation is a progressive indie rock band formed in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Upper Hutt Posse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Upper Hutt Posse Hip hop music, Reggae
Upper Hutt Posse is a musical band in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The progenitors of Hiphop music in the South Pacific originally formed as a four piece reggae group in 1985, the Posse emerged at the ...more
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Connan and the Mockasins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Connan and the Mockasins Pop music, Rock music, Space rock
Connan Mockasin is a psychedelic pop musician from Te Awanga, New Zealand.
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Trinity Roots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Trinity Roots Rock music, Reggae, Soul music
TrinityRoots are a band based in Wellington, New Zealand. Although they are commonly associated with New Zealand reggae they also embody a stripped back, jazz and soul-influenced rhythmic sound, ...more
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Fur Patrol is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Wellington
Fur Patrol Rock music
Fur Patrol is a rock band, originally from Wellington, New Zealand, now based in Melbourne, Australia. Their debut EP, Starlifter, was released on the independent Wellington label Wishbone in ...more