The release of a new Dune Rats album needs to be celebrated. Sure, the hard work and sweat over its creation needs to be acknowledged but releasing a new body of songs out into the world and into the hands and ears of fans is a big deal that calls for a big party. Luckily, Dunies know how to throw a party.
Dune Rats are stoked to announce the â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ Album Launch Parties Tour!
With their 4thÂ studio album â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ hitting shelves on Friday 29thÂ July, Dune Rats will undertake a string of special and intimate shows at a combination of out-of-the-box venues including a Melbourne warehouse, a Brisbane bowlo, an Adelaide arts factory and their very own pub in Sydney. Dunies will play the new album start to finish and ice the cake with a few of the hits from albums past.
The shows will also be the re-launch of the much loved Young Henryâ€™s Dunies Lager, which will be pouring at all shows across the country. Dunies will also be taking their Volley shoe collab on the road with shoe + gear prizes and giveaways!
MELBOURNE | Friday 29thÂ July
Fans will have the chance to meet Dune Rats at Soundmech in Collingwood between 4pm to 6pm. The all ages event is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Dunies and grab a signed copy of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ on release day.
Then itâ€™s off to The Industrique in Coburg North from 8pm. The venue will become a shrine to Dunies with a Lee McConnell Art Installation, David â€˜BunnyManâ€™ Herington Photo Exhibition and Dune Rats will perform â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ live. A special secret act will also perform.
SYDNEY | Saturday 30thÂ July
Itâ€™s a dream thatâ€™s finally come true. Dune Rats Hotel will open for business for one day only. The good folks at White Horse Hotel in St Peters have handed the keys over to the Dunies to create their ultimate pub to celebrate the release of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™.
Complete with historic Dune Rats stage memorabilia, Lee McConnellâ€™s Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition, a special secret act, Bondi Tonyâ€™s Burgers on hand and the return of Dunies Lager on tap, there will be three chances to see Dune Rats live throughout the day with an all ages session at 2pm, an arvo session from 5pm and late session from 8pm.
BRISBANE | Sunday 31stÂ July
Hometown gigs are the best! Dune Rats will perform an acoustic set at Brisbane institution Rocking Horse Records from midday on Sunday giving fans of all ages the opportunity to meet the band and grab a signed copy of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™.
Then itâ€™s over to the â€˜Mayor of Coorparooâ€™sâ€™ local for a special â€˜Dunies Rock & Bowlâ€™ show at Coorparoo Bowls Club. The curators have turned the greens over to Dunies for the afternoon for sessions of lawn bowls, Lee McConnellâ€™s Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition, a special secret act and Dune Rats performing â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ from start to finish live.
ADELAIDE | Thursday 4thÂ August
Starting at 4pm with an acoustic set at Clarity Records, fans of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the band and grab a signed copy of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™.
In the evening itâ€™s over to Lion Arts Factory from 8pm. Fans will experience a Lee McConnell Art Installation, David â€˜BunnyManâ€™ Herington Photo Exhibition and Dune Rats will perform â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ live. A special secret act will also perform.
Dune Rats loves their fans and are very excited to create these special experiences for the release of â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™. On the announcement of the shows the band said:Â â€œSo very psyched for this album launch tour! We wanted to do something special for these shows in each city thatâ€™s outside of the box and more intimate from the shows we would usually play. Weâ€™re keen to play the new album from start to finish in celebration plus a bunch of favourites from over the years. See yas there!â€
The 10 tracks on â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ sees Dunies at their punkiest, punniest, funniest best. Featuring the singles What A Memorable Night, the triple j Hottest 100 fav UP and current â€œDunies love songâ€ Melted Into Two.
â€œReal Rare Whale is hands down the fastest, funnest and most insane album we’ve ever recorded,â€Â the Dunies said on recording the album.Â â€œItâ€™s an album that expresses the love of music and writing songs. Songs that will be epic to play live to thousands of sweaty bodies having a great time.â€
â€˜Real Rare Whaleâ€™ follows on from their consecutive #1 ARIA albums, 2020â€™s â€˜Hurry Up And Waitâ€™ and 2017â€™s â€˜The Kids Will Know Itâ€™s Bullshitâ€™. Recorded with acclaimed producer Scott Horscroft, the band relocated to Eden on the south coast of New South Wales for 3 months at the height of the pandemic and set out to write an album that was opposite to the negativity going on in the world. The result is an album full of fun and melodic rock nâ€™ roll.
â€˜REAL RARE WHALEâ€™ ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES
Friday 29thÂ July | The Industrique, Coburg North (Melbourne)
Saturday 30thÂ July | Dune Rats Hotel (White Horse Hotel), St Peters (Sydney)
Sunday 31stÂ July |Â Coorparoo Bowls Club, Coorparoo (Brisbane)
Thursday 4thÂ August | Lion Arts Factory, AdelaideÂ (Adelaide)
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