Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to play second Palais Theatre show

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to play second Palais Theatre show

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With their headline performance at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Friday 2 December officially sold out, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will perform a second show at the iconic St Kilda venue.

With a new show added today for Wednesday 30 November, which will see the pair return to the seaside suburb where The Bad Seeds played their first ever live show back in 1983. Following their release of their widely acclaimed CARNAGE album, their Australian Carnage tour is a 14 date tour of the country. These unmissable Palais shows are presented in conjunction with ALWAYS LIVE, the state-wide celebration of contemporary live music supported by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Australian Tour 2022

  • November 25 – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, (sold out)
  • November 26 – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, (sold out)
  • 30 November – Palais Theatre, St Kilda, new show!
  • December 2 – Palais Theatre, St Kilda, (sold out)

Check out regional Victoria’s most comprehensive gig guide here.

Their Palais gigs will be preceded by two sold out shows at Hanging Rock, in VIC’s Macedon Ranges. Nick Cave said, “I can’t begin to tell you how happy Warren and I are to be finally returning to Australia to perform. The wait has been way too long. See you all soon for the Carnage experience!”


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While Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, and he and Cave have composed and recorded scores and worked on many other projects together, this is the first time the pair have toured Australia as a duo. With The Bad Seeds’ playing their first ever live show in St Kilda in 1983, the December 2 Palais show is a fitting recognition of the bands’ history.

Cave and Ellis’ creative chemistry is rooted in their long history of music making, both as collaborators and as individual artists. They first crossed paths in 1993, when Ellis played violin on several songs for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Let Love In, before going on to join the band as a full-time member. The two have also recorded as Grinderman, formed in 2006, and have composed and recorded numerous, film, TV, and theatre soundtracks together.

In September, Cave announced the release of his new book Faith, Hope and Carnage, co-written with Observer journalist Seán O’Hagan, the pair examining questions of faith, art, music, freedom, grief and love over 40 hours in conversation.

Tickets go on sale on October 10. Grab your tickets before they sell out (again!) by heading here.