Vance Joy is returning home for a tour that celebrates everything Aus music
05.11.2021

Vance Joy is returning home for a tour that celebrates everything Aus music

Words by Alice McDonald

'The Long Way Home Tour' will be an unforgettable homecoming for Vance Joy

Performing at outdoor venues, Vance Joy will be bringing the joy back into live music in Australia in his biggest live tour to date. We know and love him for tracks such as ‘Riptide’, ‘Mess is Mine’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Fire and the Flood’, ‘Lay It On Me’, ‘I’m With You’, ‘Saturday Sun’, ‘We’re Going Home’ and his latest smash, ‘Missing Piece’. So we are more than ready for him to hit the Australian stage.

Joy will be hitting Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Gippsland, Hobart, Adelaide, Busselton, Sydney and Melbourne as he makes his way from the top of Australia down to the bottom – truly the Long Way Home.

After spending most of the last couple years in Spain, where his girlfriend lives,  Joy wanted “to do a tour that was more all encompassing.”

“We wanted to start at the top of the country and work our way down. We will eventually sneak some other shows (acoustic sets in regional areas) in between those dates.”

With support acts of the likes of The Rubens, Middle Kids, Thelma Plum and up and coming artists Budjerah and Mia Wray. Joy was looking for “strong and well established” acts that brought the festival vibes to the tour and had amazing followings and support.

I couldn’t agree more that this is an insane lineup and also agreed with Joy that Mia Wray is one to watch for with her killer stage presence, “it’s a very solid and strong lineup” according to Joy.

We’ve seen budding act Budjerah shine in his self titled EP with his old-school soulful tone against the woes of being your average gen z, this tour is a huge opportunity for him to really make his mark.  Against the backdrop of real Aussie front runners like The Rubens and Thelma Plum – and of course Vance Joy, this outdoor mini-festival shines a light on all the Aussie music we know and love.

This is a chance to embrace who we are as Australians and the music we can create through true hardship.

Joy is looking to “give us all a chance to come together again and celebrate the best of Australian music, and give [himself] the opportunity to perform for his fans across Australia, in a tour that celebrates the magic of live music, gathering together and sharing the spirit of community; all the things that we’ve been reminded of the importance of in the past 18 months.”

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, Joy’s affable charm and unassuming nature has won hearts around the globe and saw him perform 83 dates on his Nation of Two tour, with performances at dream venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. He has played festivals around the world including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Splendour in the Grass and also toured stadiums in direct support of pop powerhouses Taylor Swift and P!NK.

This stellar performance at Splendour XR is everything to me.

When given the opportunity to chat with Joy, I had to ask about his current soundtrack for 2021. It is:

On Hold – Jamie xx remix

And

Bo Burnham’s inside

Two completely different vibes which he thought was pretty funny as well.

Vance Joy is an absolute delight of a person and truly loves his Aussie fans. The Long Way Home is the kind of celebration we need for 2022 and even though September seems pretty far away, we are more than stoked to hear that soothing voice again. He’ll be here before you know it.

As for Joy, as soon as he gets back to Melbourne all he plans to do is “see live shows and local venues.” So you never know, you might bump into him in the meantime.

Tickets go on sale Friday November 12 from 12pm midday local time here.

And to keep up with the latest from Vance Joy head to his website here.