• Welcome to an all-tour edition of The Purge and Kele Okereke will be in Australia in late March for shows in our three most populous cities. He’s here in support of his latest album ‘Fatherland’, which landed towards the end of last year. The people of Brisbane will be the first to see his show – at Old Museum on Thursday March 29. Then it’s Sydney’s turn (The Basement on March 30) and finally Melbourne (Spotted Mallard on March 31). Tickets are on pre-sale now until 8am tomorrow. General public tickets are on sale from 9am local time tomorrow.
• Evanescence will be in Australia within weeks for the local dates on their ‘Synthesis’ global tour. But there’s been a change to the band’s show in Brisbane. The original February 11 show at the Entertainment Centre has been shifted one day prior to the Convention & Exhibition Centre. Ticket holders will be contacted with the updated venue details. In the meantime, limited final seats have been released for the band’s Sydney Opera House dates on February 13 and 14.
• Time to grab your diary to lock in some all-important dates. Splendour In The Grass is returning to Byron Bay this July and Friday July 20 to Sunday July 22 are the dates you’ll have to beg your boss to have off. But organisers are asking for the public’s help to secure the North Byron Parklands as the event’s permanent home. Head to https://helpparklands.com to add your signature and help make the 2018 edition of one of Australia’s premier events even more spectacular.
• John Waite will tour Australia throughout March and April, performing tracks from his solo career along with songs from his time with Bad English and The Babys. Dates are confirmed in Tweed Heads, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Revesby, Wollongong, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Penrith as part of the run, tickets for which are on sale now.
• Three more Victorian regional dates have been added to the upcoming national tour for John Butler Trio. The new dates will take place at the Albury Entertainment Centre on March 20, the Wendouree Performing Arts Centre in Ballarat on March 21 and at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo on March 22. Tickets are on sale now.
• James Reyne has been forced to cancel his upcoming Western Australian dates on doctor’s orders. The news comes less than a week after the cancellation of three Queensland shows, also due to “complications arising from recent surgery”. He’s been ordered to rest for the time being, but it’s hoped he’ll be well enough to be back on the road again for the March 02 event in Taree, NSW. Tickets for the Fremantle gig on Feb 02 and the Bunbury gig on February 03 will be refunded.
• And The Waifs’ Vikki Thorn has announced her debut Australian solo tour. More than a dozen dates are locked into the run, which kicks off at the Courtyard Studio in Canberra on Wednesday March 07. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24 : Sarah Blasko (Nationally)
THURSDAY JANUARY 25 : Kele Okereke (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY JANUARY 29 : Joshua Radin (Nationally)