Unblock your ears Australia, music royalty is heading this way. We bow to Bruce Springsteen and flirt with Dolly Parton as they finish up their Australian tours, and there’s still The Rolling Stones, Kanye West and Robbie Williams left to entertain us. Sit back and take it in – here are the tours you won’t want to miss this year.
Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle Tour
Every song is dance bait for the pint-sized, chart-topping artist Bruno Mars who’s album Unorthodox Jukebox has infectious hits like Locked Out Of Heaven and Treasure. After his performance at the Super Bowl, he’s definitely not one to miss.
February 28, Perth Arena SOLD OUT
March 2, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 4, 5, Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 7, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 8, Sydney, Qantas Credit Union Arena
March 10,11, Sydney, Allphones Arena
Tickets: From $103-$500. On sale now from Ticketek.
Queens Of The Stone Age/Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age or Nine Inch Nails – the only choice hard rock fans have to make at this concert is which band will come on first. Decided each night by the flip of a coin, the kings of rock will blow audiences away with this explosive tour. The Queen’s Like Clockwork debuted at number one in Australia.
March 6, 7, Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 8, Newcastle Entertainment Centre
March 11, Perth Arena
March 13, Adelaide AEC Arena
March 14, 15, Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 17, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tickets: From $105 to $125. Available now from Ticketek.
The Rolling Stones – On Fire
It’s been eight years since The Stones came down under and these rockers are still so hip their tour comes with a hashtag – #STONESONFIRE. Starting at the opening of the new Adelaide Oval with one night only in each location, there’s no need to worry about surprises. Mick Jagger says: “You have to stick to stuff they know and expect.”
March 19, Perth Arena
March 22, Adelaide Oval
March 25, Sydney, Allphones Arena
March 28, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
March 30, Macedon Ranges, Hanging Rock
April 2, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 5, Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium
Tickets: From $99-$580. On sale now from Ticketek.
Will he bring his lover Katy Perry on stage when he visits Australia in April? His devoted fans will hope so. Mayer is a bit of a wild card when it comes to being a superstar; his off-stage personality has often got in the way of the fact that he is a bona fide musician. But the ladies love him and this is up there as one of the biggest tours this year.
April 15,Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 22, Rod Laver Arena Melbourne
April 24, Allphones Arena Sydney
Tickets: $99 to $129 from Ticketek.
This 19-year-old British indie wunderkind had the breakout album of the year in 2012, following his first major gig at the Glastonbury newbies stage. How good is he? He was considered the clear winner for the best british act at BRIT Awards this week, but, alas, he was pipped at the post by legend David Bowie. He’s in Australia to tour his sophomore record, Shangri La, and to get up to mischief, no doubt.
April 16 (Tickets Available), 17 (Sold Out),Palace Theatre, Melbourne
April 20,Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: $59.50 from Ticketek
Canadian crowd-pleaser Michael Bublé has smashed box office record in London, been used as a soundtrack for skaters in Sochi and will croon his way through Australia later this year. Settle in for a feel good show complete with dad jokes.
April 26 , 27, Perth Arena
April 30, May 1, 3, 4, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
May 6, 7 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre,
May 9, 10, 16, 17, Sydney, Allphones Arena
May 12, 13, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD
Tickets: From $99.90 to $159.90. On sale now from Ticketek.
Kanye West – The Yeezus Tour
Sweet Yeezus, nobody can tell Kanye where he can and can’t go, but yes, he is coming back to Australia to tour this May. The boundary-pushing, Kim Kardashian-loving, the only thing more sure than the self-proclaimed “most important artist working”‘s self confidence is that Yeezus is a guaranteed sell out. Don’t worry. If you miss out, the lovers will still have the movie, and haters will be left hoping for a James Franco/Seth Rogan parody tour.
I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 10, 2014
May 2, Perth Arena
May 4, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
May 6, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
May 9, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
May 10, Sydney, Qantas Credit Union Arena
Tickets: On sale Feb 24 at Ticketek.
Keith Urban Light the Fuse Tour
Country music icon Keith Urban reportedly leaves a love letter for Nicole Kidman every night they are apart. The Little Bit of Everything hitmaker, Urban will be in Australia in June to tour his number one album Fuse, where you can witness the romantic man in action first hand.
March 2, Clipsal 500, Adelaide
June 14, 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville
June 17, 18, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
June 21, 22, Allphones Arena, Sydney
June 25, 26, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
June 27, Collins Park, Narrabri
June 29, Perth Arena
Tickets: From $99.90 to $139.90. Available now from Ticketek.
Under the radar till she released her single Burn, electro pop songwriter Ellie Goulding has just picked up the Brit award for best solo female artist. Her album Halycon was the first album to top the Britist charts this year – an amazing 65 weeks after its release in 2012. Goulding is the real deal, don’t miss her live.
Omfg so overwhelmed. Thankyou everyone. Please keep tweeting #BRITsEllieGoulding you’re all so lovely x
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) February 19, 2014
May 28, Perth, Challenge Stadium
May 31, Melbourne, Festival Hall
June 1, Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
June 3, Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
June 5, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
Lady Gaga – artRAVE, The ARTPOP Ball
The one artist on the list to rival Kanye West for pure adrenalin and extreme self infatuation would have to be Lady Gaga. She’s back in Australia in August for her ARTPOP Ball tour. This should sell out fast.
August 20, Perth Arena
August 23, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
August 26, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
August 30, Allphones Arena, Sydney
Tickets: $89.90 to $172.65 from Ticketek. Pre sale tickets go on sale February 21.
Robbie Williams – The Swing Tour Live
Robbie Williams’s latest album Swing Both Ways satisfied his desire to do a swing album because he wanted to. “The album this time is a definite ode and a loving glance towards a period on the planet that I was never invited to ‘cause I wasn’t there,” he said. He definitely is invited to Australia, swing on over Robbie.
September 11, Perth Arena
September 16, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
September 22, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
September 27, Sydney Allphones Arena
Tickets: On sale March 4 at Ticketek.
Ones to watch out for..
Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Tour
Justin is set to be heading to Australia later this year. You can get on the waitlist at Ticketek or keep your eyes peeled.
Katy Perry – Prism Tour
Pop queen Katy Perry looks set to announce tour dates soon, with hints that her Prism Tour will come to Australia at the end of this year after finishing in October in Texas. We can’t wait to hear her Roar!
Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Aussies disappointed in missing out on the controversy of Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour which has been dubbed “porn” by American parents, might get their share of the action soon. Cyrus is expected to announce Australian tour dates sometime soon.