The Australian live music industry is planning a triumphant return in 2021 with several major groups releasing tickets this week for national tours.
Influential promoter Michael Gudinski has called on state governments and fans to help the Australian live music industry bounce back by supporting the first handful of national tours being rolled out for 2021, including rock favorites Midnight Oil.
In a boost for music lovers, nationwide tours on sale this week and next include Midnight Oil, ARIA award winner Amy Shark, popular Sydney rock band DMA’s and Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
The easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across the country allowed Gudinksi – who previously brought Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran to Australia – to set dates for the 2021 tours with his company Frontier.
On Tuesday, rock band DMA released tickets for their five-show nationwide tour in September and October 2021. It will feature the band’s new album The Glow and will be their biggest live performance since their appearance in the grand finale of The Glow. ‘AFL in October.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, which performed at the famous Coachella music festival in California in 2018, began selling tickets for its Sideways To New Italy tour on Thursday, ahead of the April and May shows.
Tickets for Amy Shark’s Cry Forever Tour, a seven-show series slated for June and July next year, start selling from Friday, December 11 ahead of Midnight Oil’s release of tickets for their tour on December 15.
Gudinski said it was a happy time for live music, arguably the industry hardest hit in Australia during the pandemic due to restrictions on public gatherings.
“It has been a time of humility for our industry, nothing can replace the experience of seeing a band perform live,” Gudinksi told NCA NewsWire.
“It’s time for artists like DMA’s and Midnight Oil to come back on stage; it’s been a long way back, but the two artists are about to happen.
“As our live music industry awaits a vaccine and international tours remain on hold, this is the perfect opportunity for Australian artists to get back on the road.
“I hope 2021 will see the public fully embracing and supporting our amazing Australian artists; we need the fans to start making plans and buying these tickets.
The DMAs this year presented a series of COVID-safe shows in Sydney in front of 150 people, who were seated and socially distanced at the Factory Theater in Marrickville.
Band member Johnny Took said the band was excited to perform in front of bigger crowds next year.
“We have spent this unprecedented year writing and collaborating and we can’t wait to return to these places and perform songs from The Glow,” Took said.
Gudinksi urged state governments to align crowd restrictions for live music with sporting events.
For example, NSW relaxed restrictions on closed, ticketed and seated events to accommodate up to 5,000 people. The relaxed laws now also allow open-air theaters to return to 100% capacity and indoor theaters to 75% capacity.
Last month, nearly 50,000 fans gathered at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to watch the third installment of the State of Origin rugby league series.
“Contemporary music is the most popular part of the arts; the capacities of venues and crowds need to be kept consistent in all areas, not just sporting events, ”said Gudinski.