Legendary Irish troubadourÂ Damien RiceÂ returns toÂ AustraliaÂ to play theatre dates around the country thisÂ May.
The beloved singer-songwriter, whose emotionally wrought songs defined a generation of 21st-century heartache, is riding high on a sold-out international tour and will make hisÂ Sydney Opera HouseÂ debut onÂ Friday 12 May.Â RiceÂ then takes his sublime solo performance throughÂ Melbourneâ€™s Hamer Hall,Â Geelongâ€™s Costa Hall,Â Hobartâ€™s Odeon Theatre,Â the QPAC Concert HallÂ inÂ Brisbane, and winding up atÂ HOTA TheatreÂ on theÂ Gold Coast. General public tickets will go on sale on Friday 17 February at 2pm (local time).
Having the unconventional tendency to prefer walking on stage with no setlist,Â Damien RiceÂ commands complete attention as soon as he enters the room. A favourite of fans, critics and artists alike,Â RiceÂ has garnered a reputation for his powerful live shows â€“ tough and tender performances that have seen him develop an intimate rapport with fans.
Rocketing to stardom on the strength of his 2002 debutÂ ‘O’,Â and its enduring favourites The Blowerâ€™s Daughter, Volcano and Cannonball, the Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist quickly cracked Top Ten in the UK, collecting multi-platinum status and earning him the Shortlist Music Prize.
Riceâ€™sÂ follow-up, 2006â€™sÂ ‘9’, yielded the global smash 9 Crimes while his self-imposed absence following 2014â€™s No.1 Rick Rubin-producedÂ ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’Â â€“â€¯his most recent album to date â€“â€¯only added to the anticipation among fans for his return.
As his recent performances in the UK attest,Â RiceÂ has lost none of his cathartic power or stage presence. If anything, his combination of raw melodrama and masterful dynamics has grown more accomplished, sprinkled with a newfound sense of personal zen and laced, as ever, withÂ Riceâ€™sÂ wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour.
There is new music, and this may lead to new releases. Time will tell. For now, there are new tour dates.
â€‹Presented by Chugg Entertainment, Gaynor Crawford & Frontier Touring
â€‹AUSTRALIA TOUR | MAY 2023
FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALEâ€¯ HERE – runs 24 hours from Thursday 16 February (1pm local time) or until pre-sale allocation exhaustedâ€¯
General Public On-Sale Begins:Â Friday 17 February (2pm local time)
FRIDAY 12 MAY – â€‹Sydney Opera House Concert Hall | Sydney, NSW (Lic. All Ages)
TUESDAY 16 MAY – â€‹Hamer Hall | Melbourne, VIC (Lic. All Ages)
THURSDAY 18 MAY – â€‹Costa Hall | Geelong, VIC (Lic. All Ages)
SATURDAY 20 MAY – â€‹Odeon Theatre | Hobart, TAS (18+)
MONDAY 22 MAY – QPAC â€‹Concert Hall | Brisbane,QLD (Lic. All Ages)
WEDNESDAY 24 MAY – HOTA Theatre | Gold Coast, QLD (Lic. All Ages)
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