Forty years on, and with their messages of positive engagement in Indigenous rights and environmental protection more relevant than ever, GOANNA have today announced an extensive national tour to commemorate and celebrate 40 years of their acclaimed, multi-platinum debut album ‘Spirit of Place’ and the album’s truly iconic first single Solid Rock.
They have announced the tour following a celebratory performance at WOMADelaide over the weekend and are one show down in a three-show run as special guests of old mates Midnight Oil on their farewell tour. These Goanna shows are the group’s first full-band shows in over 20 years.
The 40th Anniversary tour will kick off in June and go through to December. It will take in all capital cities and major regions, from the Top End to Tassie – currently around 25 shows with more to be added.
In the early ‘80s, during Australian rock’s golden age, Goanna came out of Victoria’s surf coast and helped forge a new national identity. Before Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly addressed similar issues, the iconic Solid Rock stoked a fire for Indigenous rights that hasn’t gone out, while the latter anthem Let The Franklin Flow was a call to arms for the emerging environmental movement. Soulful, lyrical, brimming with musicality and creative volatility, Goanna mixed classic folk song craft with spirited and rootsy rocking, helping to establish a musical thread that remains vital and ubiquitous in Australian music today.
In 2022, the core trio and ever-beating heart of Goanna – Shane Howard, Rose Bygrave, and Marcia Howard – together with ‘Spirit of Place’ guitarist Graham Davidge and several special guests, embark on a new journey, paying homage to their classic songs and reigniting the Goanna spirit once more.
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SPIRIT OF PLACE
TOURING ON COUNTRY 2022
Pre sale begins Thursday March 17 10am AEST
General on sale Monday March 21 10am AEST
Ticket Info HERE
DATE VENUE/CITY INDIGENOUS NAME
Sat 25-Jun Tank Arts Centre, Cairns Yidindji
Sun 26-Jun Hota Gold Coast Yugambeh
Tue 28-Jun The Tivoli, Brisbane Yuggera
Fri 01-Jul Mackay Entertainment Centre Yuwi
Sun 03-Jul Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton Darumbal
Thu 07-July Araluen Theatre, Alice Springs Mparntwe/Arrernte
Sat 09-July Darwin Entertainment Centre Garramilla/Larrakia
Sat 17-Sep Civic Theatre, Newcastle Awabakal/Worimi
Sun 18-Sep Enmore Theatre, Sydney Gadigal/Eora
Wed 21-Sep Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra Yuin
Thu 22-Sep Canberra Theatre Centre Ngunnawal
Tue 27-Sep Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre Wardandi
Thu 29-Sep Albany Entertainment Centre Kinjarling/Menang
Sat 01-Oct Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton Jambinu/Yamatji
Fri 07-Oct Princess Theatre, Launceston Tyerrernotepanner/Lutrawita
Sat 08-Oct Odeon Theatre, Hobart Nipaluna/Lutrawita
Fri 28-Oct Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool Warrnambool Peek Wurrong
Sun 30-Oct Hamer Hall, Melbourne Naarm Wurundjeri/Bunurong
Fri 04-Nov West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul Boonwurrung
Sat 05-Nov Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Djadjawurung
Sun 06-Nov Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts, Ballarat Wadawurrong
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