Spring tours

Hit The Road: The Best Upcoming Aussie Tours

It’s that time of year again: the denim jackets are peeled off, the BBQs begin to sizzle in backyards across Australia, and we’re suddenly hit with a veritable cornucopia of incredible music events to signal the march towards the end of the year. There are festivals being announced left right and centre, sure, but not all of us are wallet-endowed enough to skip from fest to fest just to catch our favourite acts for a paltry 30 minute set. Thank god for the Spring headline tour. But, you might say, there are so MANY tours being announced! I feel overwhelmed with choice – how can I make sure I won’t miss the best of the bunch? Shhh. We got you. Credit cards at the ready, fam, let’s dive into the creme de la creme of upcoming tours over the next few months.

NGAIIREInside Blastoma tour

Ngaiire’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric and we are bloody stoked as hell about it. Her album Blastoma climed to #41 in the ARIA charts, #6 on the Urban charts, and is shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. Ngaiire is fresh off touring with Listen Out festival, before that she absolutely SLAYED at Splendour in the Grass (I should know, I was there). She’s insanely talented, a phenomenal live performer, and even has Grimes‘ stamp of approval. Oh, and the incredible Woodes and Wallace are supporting. Literally what the hell other reason do you even need to pony up the dough and head along to her last headline tour of the year?

Tickets for Ngaiire on sale now via www.ngaiire.com.au

Fri 25 Nov | Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Fri 2 Dec | The Factory, Sydney
Fri 12 Dec | The Zoo, Brisbane

Polish Club –  Beat Up tour

I’ve been on the Polish Club train for a very long time now and it warms my heart to see that they are finally embarking on their very first headline tour. The thing about seeing Polish Club live is that you will feel very euphoric, then utterly confused as to how the fuck two people can make such a glorious racket, and then very euphoric again. You’ve probably heard their rock banger Beeping, because it climbed its way up into triple j’s 15 most played tracks for a while there. They played BIGSOUND this year and have racked up a laundry list of supports featuring music’s who’s who: Courtney Barnett, Northeast Party House, Gang Of Youths… it’s a little bit ridiculous actually. Oh, and they’re releasing their debut album next year. Why are they so talented? I bet you they’re really nice guys, too.

Tickets for Polish Club on sale now via www.polishclub.co

Sun 20 Nov | Long Jetty Street Festival, Central Coast
Fri 25 Nov | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Sat 26 Nov | Great Northern, Byron Bay
Sat 10 Dec | RAD Bar, Wollongong
Thu 15 Dec | Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Fri 16 Dec | Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Sat 17 Dec | Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Horrorshow – If You Know What I Mean tour

This one has actually already kicked off, so if you’re a fan of not missing out on cool things then you might want to jump on tickets very, very quickly. Horrorshow are touring the country – yes Perth, you included! – in support of their super-tight track If You Know What I Mean. To add onto the pile of very good reasons to catch the Sydney duo, rapidly rising MC B Wise will be joining Solo and Adit across the run of dates. Watch the Harry Hunter/ENTROPICO (Hayden James, Touch Sensitive, The Meeting Tree) directed video for If You Know What I Mean below and get keeeeeen.

Tickets for Horrorshow on sale now via HORRORSHOW.COM

Wed 12 Oct | Transit Bar, Canberra
Thu 13 Oct | UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong
Fri 14 Oct | Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Sat 15 Oct | Factory Theatre, Sydney
Thu 20 Oct | Republic Bar, Hobart
Fri 21 Oct | Howler, Melbourne
Sun 23 Oct | The Gov, Adelaide
Thu 27 Oct | Mojos, Fremantle
Fri 28 Oct | Amplifier, Perth
Sat 29 Oct | Triffid, Brisbane
Sun 30 Oct | Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast

 Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win tour

Julia Jacklin seemed to come out of frickin’ nowhere (although, of course, this is never the case) to dominate the back half of 2016. The accolades are stacking up faster than you can say “fuck, I missed out on tickets” – with BBC 6, LA Times, Uncut and Mojo all heaping praise on the alt-country singer and her raw, stunning debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win. There’s only one other Aussie artist whose rocket-fuelled trajectory has taken off this fast in recent memory and her name rhymes with Schmourtney Schmarnett. So you should probably catch Jacklin on this tour before she starts playing her tunes on the US late night television circuit and appearing on Ellen.

Tickets for Julia Jacklin on sale now via Oztix

Thu 17 Nov| The Foundry, Brisbane
Wed 23 Nov | Jive Bar, Adelaide
Thu 24 Nov | Howler, Melbourne
Thu 1 Dec | Transit Bar, Canberra
Fri 2 Dec | The Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Fri 9 Dec | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sat 10 Dec | FourFiveNine, Perth
Sat 16 Dec | The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

LANKS x Hein Cooper – Co-headline tour

Q: What’s better than one innovative Melbourne musician embarking on an 8-date tour? A: Two innovative Melbourne musicians embarking on an 8-date tour together. You likely don’t need an introduction to either of these dudes. LANKS, perennial striped shirt-wearer and top notch human being, just wrapped a national support with Vera Blue and released his second EP Viet Rose, and I honestly have no words for how good it is. Basically, he’s been busy dominating and it really doesn’t seem like he intends on stopping. Hein Cooper is like Ed Sheeran if Ed Sheeran was cool and made good music (there I said it). To hear his gorgeous singles Art Of Escape and Rusty (together they boast over 3 million streams on Spotifyis to feel feelings. They’re gonna make a formidable duo and if you don’t go see them you’re dumb.

Tickets for LANKS x Hein Cooper available via lanksmusic.com/tour
Thu 1 Dec| The Basement, Sydney
Fri 2 Dec | Miranda Hotel, Miranda
Thu 8 Dec | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Fri 9 Dec | Nightquarter, Gold Coast
Sat 10 Dec | The V Room, Noosa
Thu 15 Dec | Workers Club, Geelong
Fri 16 Dec | The Curtin, Melbourne
Sat 17 Dec | Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Good Boy – Plum EP tour

Hi, have you been living under a rock? Good Boy are a band that are, as their name suggests, very Good. They are also all Boys I guess. They’re touring in support of their EP Plum, aka one of the best, most self-aware snapshots of the Aussie youth zeitgeist we’ve seen in recent memory. Their set at BIGSOUND was so packed I had to stand on a chair and triple j are smashing their tunes basically on the daily, like new single S.O.G.K. They put on a bloody good show. Get your butt to one of them.

Tickets for Good Boy available from Oztix

Fri 7 Oct | The Grace Darling, Melbourne
Sat 8 Oct | Problem Child, Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide
Fri 14 Oct | Rad Bar, Wollongong
Sat 15 Oct | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – FREE SHOW
Fri 21 Oct | Elsewhere, Gold Coast
Sat 22 October | The Foundry, Brisbane