About us


superbad are…

… one of Wellington’s most in demand covers bands! Bringing you an extensive repertoire from R&B to soul, Motown to funk or rock and anything in between, the Superbad crew will ensure your wedding, function, bar or event will have a packed dance floor all night long.

This group is an energetic, experienced and professional live band with over 10 years experience. The band offers a core 5-piece or full show band the ‘Soul Section’ as options. Superbad are available for weddings, corporate events, school balls, parties, bars and all functions throughout New Zealand.


Looking for a live band for your wedding? Superbad are the perfect addition to your special day. We will work with you to tailor music to fit your tastes, whatever the style or theme. Feel free to request specific songs or even have your first dance tune played by us! We are available for bookings nationwide, contact us for a quote.

corporate functions, events & parties

Whether playing to 35,000 people at Christmas in the Park, New Years Eve celebrations, School Balls, your 21st, your 50th, or cranking at your office Christmas party… Superbad have done it all. That’s right, we take bookings for Corporate Events, functions & parties too!

Past clients include: RCP, TradeMeReseneWellington City CouncilRound the Bays, Massey University, Chapman TrippHelloworldHarcourtsUnileverNZ Army OfficersNZ AirforceTDM Consulting, and Simpson Grierson.


press Bio

One of Wellington’s most in demand groups, this powerhouse live covers band brings an extensive repertoire from Motown to rock and anything in between. Superbad was formed in 2009 while the band were studying at the NZ School of Music’s jazz program in Wellington. Originally starting as a soul/Motown group with a horn section, the band now boast a full show band experience, the ‘Soul Section’ or 5 piece party band. Superbad are energetic, experienced, professional, and will ensure your wedding, function, bar or event will have a packed dance floor all night long!

Superbad have been performing for over 10 years and have an extensive range of eclectic tunes spanning from pop & rock classics to crowd favourite funk or R&B tunes. The band boasts members of other Wellington bands such as the Richter City Rebels, The Fades, Wellington City Shake-em-on-Downers & Raw Collective to name a few.

Superbad history

A little about us...

Superbad was originally formed in 2009 with award winning NZ vocalist “Wallace” (now based in Australia) & a bunch of pals while studying jazz at the NZ School of Music. The band worked primarily as a soul/Motown group with a horn section.

As the band became more and more in demand, and for a variety of settings, in 2012 the band re-formed as a powerhouse party quartet with Dave Kempton & Louis Thompson-Munn fronting as the resident house band at Wellington’s Blend Bar & Café every Friday night.

The band was again re-formed in 2014 as both a full show band experience, the ‘Soul Section’, with our amazing horn players & a 5 piece party band. Now fronted by crushing vocalist Moira Jean, we pride ourselves on our epic live shows and keeping people up on that dance floor!

Our amazing full show band, the ‘Soul Section’ including our fantastic horn players, features extra instrumentalists & vocalists and is perfect for large functions or special events. With the horns bringing the groove, the Superbad Soul Section unleash a large collection of soul, funk, pop, R&B and Motown tunes which is truly epic!

Over the past 10+ years, Superbad have become in very high demand, and when needed to give our players a well earned break, we call upon some of Wellington & New Zealand’s most in demand musicians for it’s gigs. We have performed at many events across the country including the Wellington Christmas Spectacular in 2010 performing to 35,000 people, the Gardens Magic series and our famous annual battle gigs at Wellington’s Rogue & Vagabond!