Bic Runga Profile

Amanda Mills
Published: 26 May 2013
Updated: 6 Nov 2020

Bic Runga is one of New Zealand’s most lauded artists, a singer-songwriter with a natural flair for words and melody, and a voice that defies age or current musical fashions.

With her four studio albums of singer-songwriter pop, Runga has straddled the line between auteur and commercially successful pop star well. She is part of New Zealand’s music establishment, one of our highest-selling artists, and her incarnation as part of the alt-pop/indie Opossom has added a new string to her bow.

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The Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Tonight We Could Go Out Dancing
Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep (2002)
Bic Runga with the New Zealand music award for International Achievement, 1999
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Finn on the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga Drive 20th anniversary tour.
King Sweeties - Lydia (2020)
Bic Runga, pre-solo career in Christchurch duo Love Soup (with Kelly Horgan) - You
Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Ross Halfin
Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Opossom, King Sweeties poster, 2020.
Bic talks to the press at the 1999 RIANZ Awards after winning the award for International Achievement
Suddenly Strange
Hello Hello
If You Really Do
Something Good
Winning Arrow
Bic Runga and Tim Finn, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Lydia
The front of house view of Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Tim Finn - Summer Winery Tour 2010
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Sheet music from the 2003 concert at Christchurch Town Hall with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Homegrown Profiles: Bic Runga (2005)
King Sweeties - Tonight We Could Go Out Dancing (As If It's The Last), 2020
Bic Runga, Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Hello Hello (the Music Sessions)
Bic Live at Bush Hall, London 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Ross Halfin
Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn, on their nationwide Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album Drive - with Wallace Chapman for RNZ Sunday Mornings, 17 September 2017
Bursting Through
Sway
Median Strip, June 2002
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003r
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
King Sweeties - Let's Just Stay In Bed
Drive
Listening For The Weather
Bic and Boh Runga at the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards. Bic has the International Achievement award and Boh has Best Female vocalist.
Bic Runga, 2010 Winery Tour.
Photo credit: Nick Chappell
Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Winery Tour 2010
Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Tim Fin on tour, 2000
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn rehearsing for the 2010 Winery Tour
Bic Runga
From the APRA archives - Bic Runga with the award for Most Performed Work in 1997 (Sway), standing with Bill Sevesi.
Bic Runga performing 'Drive' live @ RNZ, September 2017 - sound by Andre Upston
Bic Runga - Tiny Little Piece Of My Heart (2012)
Bic standing for photos after the 1999 NZ Music Awards where she took out International Achievement
Publicity shot for the 2000 Finn, Runga and Dobbyn tour
Bic Runga and conductor Marc Taddei, with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Eddie Rayner and Bic Runga at the 1999 NZ Music Awards
Bic Runga with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Bic Runga 2020 tour poster.
Photo credit: Publicity image
Sweeties - Let’s Just Stay in Bed (2020)
Bic Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.
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