Joining Missy Higgins for the experience will be the ever-ascendant Meg Mac and acclaimed new talent, Didirri.
This show marks a special return to Kings Park & Botanic Garden for Missy. In February of this year she was supporting good friends the John Butler Trio for two special shows, but on night #2 fell ill and wasn’t able to take the stage. This newly announced event is Missy’s way of thanking her fans for their patience and support as well as shining a light on two other great Australian artists.
It’s been an incredible 18 months for Missy, kicking off with a national support for Ed Sheeran’s ÷ Tour in March 2018. The tour was the largest series of concerts in Australian history with nearly 1 million tickets sold and proved to be a grand curtain-raiser for the subsequent release of her fifth studio album, ‘Solastalgia’, a few months later. The lead single, ‘Futon Couch’, became Missy’s biggest radio success in a decade.
Missy Higgins capped off 2018 with the release of ‘The Special Ones’ – a Best Of Collection that is a primer to one of Australian music’s strongest modern catalogues. Consider that ‘The Sound Of White’ (ARIA Album Of The Year featuring the hits ‘Scar’, ’Ten Days’ and ’The Special Two’), ‘On A Clear Night’ (featuring North American top 20 airplay hit ‘Where I Stood’ plus Australian #1 single ‘Steer’), ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’ (featuring ‘Everyone’s Waiting’ and ‘Hello Hello’) and Missy’s covers album/book ‘Oz’ have sold over two million copies globally, it’s easy to see why Missy Higgins has long remained – and continues to be – one of our country’s most acclaimed and popular artists.
Australian singer/songwriter Meg Mac may come across as quiet and unassuming, but her voice and her words loom powerfully and more confidently than ever on her second album, ‘Hope’.
2019 again finds Meg Mac in a place and a moment of reflection, but one tethered by the moods, events and travails of the world as she sees and experiences them. ‘Hope’, is a product of the times and her place in them.
“The songs on the record are influenced and informed by what is happening around me at the time of writing,” Meg says. “Music is always filtering through and though not directly influencing the songs, somehow informing them.
“I’m always changing. My inspiration is always coming from around me, what I’m listening to, the people I’m around, all the experiences. It always starts with the song. Singing at the piano is where everything comes from.”
In 2019 Meg Mac played sold-out shows in America, Europe and the UK followed by a sold-out ‘Give Me My Name Back’ Australian tour.
“My voice is who I am more than I can ever be,” Meg says. “It’s when I can be free. I can say what I want and how I want when I sing. It’s the only way I’ve figured out how to be myself. Performing live is the best part of what I do – when I can get on stage and simply sing.”
Describing his music as being “for lovers and overthinkers” Didirri's challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, and approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say. His uninhibited lyrics tug at raw nerves, while his charming melodies soothe your heart - all at once provoking a wild thought and calming your heady mind.
Didirri’s warmly received 2017 debut EP, ‘Measurements’, was followed up recently with a mysteriously enticing new single, ‘Tea Stains’, a collaboration with Melbourne-based art-pop-indie songwriter, Ro. The good news is that it’s not the only new music we’ll be hearing from him in 2019.
Missy Higgins, Meg Mac and Didirri – so many memories and many more new ones to make on a perfect summer’s night in Kings Park & Botanic Garden.
A-Ha is returning to Australia for the first time since 1986 and visiting New Zealand for the first time ever.
The Norwegian pop icons have announced they will return to Australia to play for the first time in 34 years. The last time they were here was 1986!
A-Ha are touring to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their hugely popular debut album 'Hunting High and Low'.
"We have so many great memories of our Australian tour of 1986 and look forward to making new ones," Paul Waaktaar-Savoy says.
Their Perth show is on Wednesday February 19 2020 as part of 'A Day on the Green' in Kings Park & Botanic Gardens.
Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé is returning to our shores in 2020. The global superstar will be accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and is back to doing what he does best—telling love stories.
In his first Australian tour since 2014, Bublé is set to play all our favourite hits, plus a few songs from the most recent album, Love. Don’t let it be another six years before you see Michael Bublé!
Lifelong Australian fans and new converts will be thrilled with the news that Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with long-time front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals and returning to Australia in February 2020 with a brand-new, spectacular stadium production – The Rhapsody Tour.
The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever.
Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.
Brian May: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, Australia! "
Adam Lambert: “We have a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to reveal the show to Australian fans!”
When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be thrilling audiences. Next summer, the stadium stages of Australia will be well and truly rocked again.