Pitchblack Playback is a series of listening sessions inviting the music-loving public to hear upcoming album releases and classic LPs like never before in cinemas and other intimate spaces. But that’s not all. To ensure that there’s no distractions and that you're totally immersed in the music, our events are staged in the dark.

Pitchblack Playback: Bon Iver 'For Emma Forever Ago' (15th Anniversary)

Experience the intimacy of Bon Iver's flawless debut like never before at Pitchblack Playback's immersive listening session in the dark on our cinema sound system. The 16-bit files will be upmixed to surround sound for you to hear every nuance of this stunning record. Every breath. Every squeak on a guitar string. No distractions; just you and the music. It's like being in the cabin with Justin Vernon while he recorded it...

"This sounds great” - Rick Rubin

”Very revealing” - Richard Russell, XL Recordings / Everything Is Recorded

"A fabulous idea" - Jay Kay, Jamiroquai

Ticket includes Pitchblack Playback eye mask for extra darkness.

Please arrive by event start time as latecomers will not be permitted.

As recommended by The Guardian, GQ, Time Out, Metro and Newsweek.


  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: Exempt
  • All tickets $20 (Ticket includes Pitchblack Playback eye mask for extra darkness)
  • Booking recommended
  • Face coverings optional


  • $20.00


  • Thu 17 Nov


  • 7:00 pm — 7:40 pm


  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth