Crowded House announce their first Australian tour in 12 years

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Crowded House announce their first Australian tour in 12 years

The band will perform their final show at Bluesfest 2022.

The legendary Crowded House are coming back to Australia in 2022 in what will be their first visit in 12 years.

The iconic rockers, who just recently picked up the 2021 ARIA Award in the Best Adult Contemporary Album category for their latest album, Dreamers Are Waiting, will commence their Australian tour in Perth on April 1 at Kings Park, followed by Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 5, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on April 8, Aware Super Theatre in Sydney on April 12 and Centennial Vineyards in Bowral on April 16 before concluding at Bluesfest, Byron Bay on April 17.

The Australian shows follow their New Zealand tour earlier this year, during which they played to full houses, rapturous audiences and universal critical acclaim, and mark Crowded House’s first national tour since 2010, and only their third Australian tour during the last 15 years. 

The key takeaways

  • Crowded House announce their first Australian tour in 12 years
  • They will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Centennial Vineyards, Bowral in 2022
  • The final date on their tour will be at Bluesfest on Easter Sunday, April 17.

Keep up with all the festival news, reviews and interviews here.

A Byron Bay exclusive, the band join a list of more than 80 performers set to play more than 130 shows over Bluesfest from April 14 – 18, 2022, including the likes of Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, The Teskey Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Drop, L.A.B, John Butler, The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, Missy Higgins, Pete Murray, Ian Moss, plus heaps more.

“This is such a great announcement I have to just keep saying it – and pinching myself! I am beyond thrilled and excited to welcome Crowded House back to Bluesfest,” says Bluesfest Director Peter Noble.

“I have great memories of them, and the sensational live performance they gave, headlining the very first Bluesfest at our Tyagarah home back in 2010. Crowded House have a trophy cabinet stacked with awards and no wonder, because not only is the Crowded House songbook jam-packed with instantly recognisable songs, but their live performances are an exercise in memorable, anthemic perfection.

“It’s an honour to have them return and allow us to host THE CLOSING DATE ON THEIR LONG-AWAITED AUSTRALIAN TOUR and it is a great acknowledgement of Bluesfest, as they were scheduled to be headliners on our cancelled 2020 festival.”

The long-standing and much-loved vehicle for the songwriting talents of Neil Finn, Crowded House have gone from strength to strength since their formation in Melbourne 1985 out of the ashes of New Zealand’s Split Enz by Neil, Paul Hester and Nick Seymour.

Their eponymous self-titled debut album on Capitol Records went on to global success with the hits ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Something So Strong’. Those songs and many that followed are still resonating with audiences today, the former in particular being one of the most covered songs of the last 20 years.

Fast forward to today and the band are revelling in the success of their latest album Dreamers Are Waiting, in which the Crowded House lineup comprises founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour alongside producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and his younger brother, drummer Elroy Finn.

A new generation has grown up and connected with their songs and will now get to experience the band live as they perform legendary anthems from the band’s 35-year career, along with fresh new music.

For more info on Crowded House’s 2022 Aussie tour, head here

Bluesfest will take place over 5 days from Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah. You can get tickets here