Brisbane Festival is set to fill the city with live art and we’ve waded through the incredible program to showcase some of our favourite events.
We know it’s a tough time for live entertainment fans, but we’re here to fill you with a little bit of joy – because some of our favourite artists have announced new, rescheduled tour dates for 2020 and 2021.
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After releasing his debut solo album Walls back in January, we are absolutely excited to announce that British popstar Louis Tomlinson will be making his first-ever solo trip to Australia next year. Originally scheduled to visit in April 2020, Tomlinson will now arrive Down Under in June 2021.
They’ve been taking the world by storm, now 5 Seconds of Summer have announced that their huge Australian homecoming tour – originally locked in for November and December – will see the boys return to our shores in March 2021. This rescheduled tour will be the first chance for Aussie 5SOS fans to hear tracks from their brilliant new album Calm up close and in person. It will also be the first time 5 Seconds of Summer have headed off on a full Australian tour since the tail-end of 2018.
After planning to open in Sydney’s heritage-listed State Theatre on Saturday 1 August, smash-hit musical Come From Away have announced that their Sydney season will now open in 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with Come From Away‘s incredible story, let us get you up to speed. The production is based on the true story of thousands of passengers diverted to the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada following the events of September 11, 2001. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. It’s a story of comradery and the capacity for human kindness, even in the hardest of times.
Parkway Drive’s massive area tour, originally locked in for June, is now set to land in July 2021. The rescheduled tour dates, including some of their biggest ever Australian headline shows, will be Byron Bay metal giants’ first in quite a while, but if you check out any of the photos or footage from their Good Things festival set, we are expecting these dates to be HUGE. Making the news extra exciting, US groups Hatebreed and Every Time I Die are also confirmed to join as support.
Following all the goodness of last year’s instalment, one-day festival extraordinaire Under The Southern Stars is ready to return with a huge 2021 event. Originally locked in for April 2020, the new dates will see the one-day ’90s festival extraordinaire land in February and March. The same stellar lineup will be back, with +Live+, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary all confirmed to perform.
Originally locked in to perform at Byron Bay Bluesfest alongside a run of sold-out headline shows, absolute legend Patti Smith and her band will now grace Australian stages in March 2021. Her Melbourne shows, set for Forum Melbourne, will now take place at Palais Theatre.
When the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee last landed on our shores in 2017, for a performance at Bluesfest and a string of headline shows, we were told they would be her last Down Under. That when she said goodbye to fans and stepped off the stage, she would never return. Following that tour, Smith took home the Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert – a truly fitting farewell to a legend. But thankfully, things have changed. “I really thought that I wouldn’t be able to come back – so I’m delighted that I was wrong,” Patti Smith says. And just like that, the Godmother of Punk will be with us once again, ready to celebrate 45 years since her incredible album Horses was released.
Originally scheduled for March and April 2020, our favourite colourful friends from Sesame Street are bringing the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular to Adelaide’s Bonython Park from Thursday 1 April until Sunday 2 May 2021. Join our furry, feathery and fluffy best friends – from Elmo to Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby to Bert and Ernie – as they dance and sing along in this truly spectacular night of fun.
George Benson fans don’t have to wait for news any longer, because he has announced rescheduled tour dates for his Melbourne and Sydney headline shows. The show dates, originally scheduled for April alongside an appearance at Byron Bay Bluesfest, will now see Benson on our shores in March and April 2021. Since 1977, Benson has won 10 Grammy Awards – and has been nominated for an additional 15 – well and truly cementing himself as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and vocalists, and his live show is a night that needs to be experienced.
Originally set for a July 2020 premiere, Frozen The Musical has rescheduled their season at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. The season will now commence on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Frozen The Musical is based on the 2013 film of the same name that brought us the inescapable singalong hit ‘Let It Go’. The Broadway production has become a classic in its own right, featuring a creative team that has a collective 16 Tony awards to its credit and continually appearing as one of the top ten best-selling Broadway shows.
When the production lands in Australia, Jemma Rix and Courtney Monsma will be taking on the much-loved and exciting roles of Elsa and Anna, respectively. Olaf will be played by Matt Lee, Thomas McGuane will take on Hans, and Sean Sinclair will perform as Kristoff.
World-renowned flamenco, rock and pop musicians, The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo will make their way to Australia in 2021 after announcing new, rescheduled tour dates. Their original tour, set for April 2020, have been moved almost 12 months and will see the musicians land in Australia in March and April next year. As founding members, songwriters and singers, Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes continue The Gipsy Kings long family tradition.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse Tori Kelly honours her deepest musical passion and delivers an R&B-infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel throughout her heartfelt live performances. Now she will bring her heart-achingly beautiful live show to Australian stages in April 2021. Kelly says, “Playing these songs live is a reminder that everyone goes through these sorts of things, and we all need to know that we’re not alone. If I were to put out an album that didn’t talk about these personal stories, I would just be faking it and hiding from the truth.”
After a three-year absence, electronic violinist, dancer, and composer, Lindsey Stirling is still headed back to Australia, the tour dates to support her fifth studio album, 2019’s Artemis have been rescheduled. Originally locked in for May 2020, Stirling will now grace our stages in May 2021, Stirling confirmed in a Facebook post saying, “Australia, while I’m disappointed I won’t be seeing you this month as planned, I am excited to share that we have rescheduled the dates for May 2021! I can’t wait to bring the Artemis tour to you next year and I hope that you can hold on to your tickets.”
Don’t panic, the incredible Bon Iver is still bringing his music to Australian stages, it’s just a little later than he’d first planned. Originally locked in for May and June this year, the shows were set to mark his first full tour Down Under in nine years. Bon Iver’s last extensive tour of Australia was back in 2012, though the band performed in Sydney for Vivid LIVE in 2016. Next year’s shows come off the back of the band’s sensational fourth album i,i (pronounced eye-comma-eye) which was released in August 2019.
By now you’ve seen the films (probably more than a few times), but the live show is an evening you have to experience for yourself. Based on the hit movies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL and conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum himself, Magic Mike Live has been described as nothing less than a thrilling, sexy, live dance and acrobatic spectacular. It was originally set to make its first Australian stop in Melbourne, touching down at a brand new, bespoke venue at Birrarung Marr from Tuesday 26 May – but these dates have now been rescheduled. The tour will land in Sydney in mid-November, with Perth and Brisbane stops still on waitlist.
If you thought you might’ve had to miss out on The Rubens’ biggest run of shows since their 2018 tour behind LO LA RU, rest assured, the guys have rescheduled their May tour dates. Still taking in capital cities and regional hotspots, and still featuring producer extraordinaire Alice Ivy, the updated dates will now take place from September to December – HUGE! The tour is in celebration of The Rubens’ 2019 single ‘Live In Life’ but it will also be our first chance to hear their latest single ‘Heavy Weather’ live.
Legendary Los Angeles grunge band L7 are still set to make their return to Australia for another loud and powerful string of shows. The all-female force were one of the most influential bands of the ’90s, and if their 2016 Australian tour was anything to go by, the band proved they have lost none of their grit or power. Originally locked in to play shows in Australia this May, L7 will now bring their comeback record, Scatter The Rats, to our shores in May 2021.
Her latest single ‘Charlie’ – written about her beloved family dog – is still giving us in the feels, and now Mallrat will take the single, alongside the rest of the glittery tracks from her recent EP Driving Music, on the road in January 2021. First locked in for May and June, this tour will have Mallrat bringing her magic to some of Australia’s favourite stages.
Following a successful US tour, Boy & Bear were ready to return home for a huge Australian headline tour to support their brilliant comeback album Suck On Light. The dates, originally locked in for March, April, and May have been rescheduled until November 2020. “It probably comes as no surprise that in the interest of everybody’s health and safety, we’ve had to postpone,” Boy & Bear say. “By keeping your tickets, you keep your funds in the industry at a time when it really needs it, and you help us avoid doubling up on our promotion costs for the rescheduled dates.” Tickets to all shows remain valid, except for the Sydney show which has changed venues from the State Theatre.
After originally announcing “the biggest and best shows we’ve ever put on” would happen in April and May this year, Perth trio Crooked Colours have moved all tour dates to September 2020. While the tour was initially meant to take place before the band locked down to work on their third album, a silver lining might be that we get to hear some sneaky new Crooked Colours treats when the rescheduled tour rolls around. Both support acts – Set Mo and George Alice – are locked and loaded for the new dates too.
Originally locked in to grace our stages from February until May, Sydney rapper Chillinit has announced new dates to support his new album The Octagon, with a rescheduled tour ready to go down in October. The record came out in late January and debuted at #2 in the ARIA charts.
Electronic producer Dom Dolla was set to take on his biggest ever Australian tour this May, but rest assured the show will still go on, with rescheduled tour dates locked in for October. Dom says, “Hey Australia, thanks for being so patient on the status of my May tour… it’s been an absolute jigsaw puzzle to find new dates amidst all of this madness…I can’t wait to tear the roof off with you all once we’re all allowed out of the house. In the meantime: stay safe, hold onto your tickets and I’ll see you in October.”
Grammy-nominated prog-metal titans, Dream Theater were set to play their 2000 album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory in full when they landed on our shores this April. And while we might have to wait a little bit longer, rest assured that the band are still planning to make the journey, locking in new dates for November.
We knew Fisher wouldn’t leave us hanging, so we’re pretty stoked to hear that his Australian Beach Party is still going ahead – just a little later than originally planned. For his first-ever headline tour on Australian soil, he has assembled a who’s who of his Australian and international mates including Booka Shade and Pnau.
Following a huge 2019, which included releasing her debut album Better In Blak, and becoming the first Indigenous artist to crack the Hottest 100’s top ten, Gamilaraay singer-songwriter Thelma Plum was ready to embark on a month-long national tour. Now her team have announced that her Homecoming Queen tour will still go ahead, just a little bit later in the year.
Confidence Man closed out 2019 on a high with their groovy track ‘Doesn’t It Make You Feel Good?’ as well as making celeb fans out of U2 and Noel Gallagher. If you thought that they’d skip their first Australian headline tour in two years, think again. Confidence Man are still ready to strut around the nation, taking their May tour dates to November.
It’s hard to deny the fact that Waax are one of the finest punk acts Australia currently has to offer. And fronted by the inimitable force that is Maz DeVita, the past few years have seen the band establish themselves as one of the most razor-sharp, hardest-hitting acts you’ll find. You’ve still got a chance to experience all the Waax glory, with rescheduled tour dates ready to go.
It was their self-titled debut album back in 1983 that shot American folk-punks Violent Femmes to international attention, and they’ve stayed in our hearts ever since. This March, the band were set to bring their tenth studio album Hotel Last Resort Down Under. While we have to wait a few extra months, we can confirm that the band are still heading our way, with rescheduled tour dates now locked in.
Is there a bigger Australian artist right now than Tones And I? We don’t think so. Fresh off the back of some standout sets at Laneway Festival, the global breakout artist is ready to bring her swag of killer, catchy tunes to venues right around the country. Originally locked in for May, the new tour dates will see Tones And I dancing around Australia this October.
After releasing their eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find back in May, rockers The National are now ready to share it on the live stage with Australian fans – and they’ve chosen some perfectly lush venues to host the nights. Put
March and April December 2020 in your diaries, pronto. That’s right, the band are still gracing our shores, just a few months later than originally planned.
We know you’ve got every single word to every single track on Stormzy’s album Heavy Is The Head down by now, so we’re very excited to confirm the UK rap phenomenon will still be performing his biggest Australian shows this year. Originally locked in for May, Stormzy is now set to land Down Under this November and December.
We might have to wait a little longer to enjoy Ocean Alley’s first national tour since 2018, but at least the band have given us something special to look forward to in the new year. Making these shows even more special, support acts Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and Dulcie are also confirmed.
Sound Awake was an album that captured a moment perfectly. A decade on and the album still sounds as fresh and boundary-pushing as it did the first time we heard it. For a few special nights, Karnivool were locked in to play the whole album from start to finish – an Australian exclusive we have been counting down to. The band have done us a solid, rescheduling the tour to September.
Perth comedy extraordinaire Tim Minchin was set to bring an encore of his incredible Back tour around Australia this March. For a little refresher – BACK originally marked Minchin’s first Australian tour after a seven-year absence from the stage. It sold out in record-breaking time and scored Minchin a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert. Fear not, we’ll still get our second helping of Back, Minchin will just be serving it up in early 2021 instead. Check out the rescheduled tour dates below.
It might be going down a few months later, but do not worry, the latest instalment of By The C still has the same legendary Aussie lineup we’d all been gearing up for. Icehouse, Pete Murray, You Am I, Tex Perkins, and Killing Heidi are all still ready to take over Perth’s City Beach Reserve later this year. Don’t miss out.
Although they’ve had to shuffle things around, Spring Loaded Festival could not pass up the opportunity to offer us a throwback to the days of iconic Aussie festivals like Big Day Out and Homebake. Originally locked in for Saturday 9 May, their Royal Randwick, Sydney tour date will now take place on Saturday 7 November, while the new date for their Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island Queensland show – originally set for Saturday 20 June – will now take place on Saturday 28 November. One other change to the festival is the lineup. While all original bands have been locked in, a scheduling conflict means You Am I have been replaced by Jebediah.
With a lineup featuring Violent Femmes, Eskimo Joe, The Superjesus, and 28 Days, of course we were excited to head to the gorgeous surrounds of Sandstone Point Hotel for a day of rock bands and sunshine. Luckily for us, Sandstone Rocks 2020 is still going ahead, ready to entertain us this November. The best part – they’ve still got the same stellar lineup.
Featuring a lineup of Australian greats including Brian Cadd, Deborah Conway, Joe Camilleri, John Paul Young, Kate Ceberano, Leo Sayer, Vika & Linda Bull and, Wendy Matthews, APIA Good Times tour is sure to deliver exactly what it promises on the tin. Originally scheduled for May and June 2020, the tour had jumped 12 months forward, with new dates locked in for the same time in 2021.
Artists and their teams are working tirelessly behind the scenes to lock in new tour dates for us all. While we can’t confirm everything right now, there are still a number of artists who are preparing to announce new tour dates soon. We’ll keep you updated as we know more.
If you have the means, we encourage you to keep hold of any tickets you might currently have for any of these rescheduled shows. By keeping your ticket, you keep funds in the industry when it is most needed. It also means the artists don’t have to start their marketing campaign all over again, therefore, saving money and resources in promoting the shows.
Also, if you have the means, or if a show you were planning to go to is cancelled, consider donating your refunds or a portion of your refund directly to the venue or to Support Act. You can read more about what they do here.
Keep checking back as we’ll keep this page updated with all the rescheduled tour news as we find out more.