Rodriguez | Sugar Man Is Back and Announces Australian & New Zealand Shows – February & March 2019

Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce the return of acclaimed Sugar Man, Rodriguez, to Australia and New Zealand next February and March!

“Australia and New Zealand audiences hold a very special place in my
heart so I can’t wait to return down under in 2019.” – Rodriguez

The legendary singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist will bring his iconic blend of folk and psychedelic rock to our shores for a run of seven massive headline shows plus three very special A Day On The Green events.

‘His voice remains untouched by the years…” – The Guardian

Joining Rodriguez on all headline shows (excluding Darwin, Auckland and all A Day On The Green shows) will be one of Australia’s finest voices, Sydney based and 3x ARIA Award winning, Sarah Blasko. Joining the bill in Darwin will be soul singer Caiti Baker, an A.B. Original collaborator and one half of electro-soul duo Sietta. A Day On The Green special guests include Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers & Alice Skye.

Rodriguez has had strong ties to Australia and New Zealand ever since his music gained airplay locally in the mid-1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent thanks to Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning film Searching for Sugar Man. He first toured Australia and New Zealand in the late 1970s and later returned to Australia in 2014 then again in 2016 for a run of 14 shows and also released the iconic live album, Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia (out now through Inertia).

‘Close your eyes and you might as well be listening to the young man who
recorded Cold Fact nearly five decades ago.” – Sydney Morning Herald

The Searching for Sugar Man documentary follows Rodriguez’s celebrated history that began in the bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the city’s post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums Cold Fact (1969) and Coming From Reality (1971), which produced hit songs ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Cause’. These releases went largely unnoticed in the US, despite Cold Fact being certified five-times platinum in Australia and Coming From Reality peaking at #24 in the ARIA Album chart.

Thanks to bootleg recordings and word of mouth, Cold Fact found its way to South Africa where its counter-culture lyrics resonated with the country’s politically-alienated youth. Without a telephone and working factory and construction jobs to support his family, Rodriguez remained oblivious to the fact that he was bigger than Elvis in South Africa.

Nearly five decades after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, including festival audiences at Glastonbury and Coachella.

Easily one of Australia’s finest, Sarah Blasko will be joining Rodriguez on all February and March 2019 dates. Having just released her sixth studio album Depth of Field (EMI Music) featuring the singles ‘A Shot’ and ‘Phantom’, Blasko has reached rarefied status. From the classic debut The Overture & The Underscore (2004) through to the stunning synth-laden Eternal Return (2015), her six-album run of genre-defining indie-rock and art-pop is unparalleled.

Vocalist and front woman Caiti Baker will also be joining Rodriguez for a one off exclusive show in Darwin. Having toured nationally and internationally as one half of electro-soul act Sietta, Baker stepped out on her own and released her incredible debut album ZINC last October including singles ‘Heavy On My Heart’ and ‘Make Your Own Mistakes’. She has toured with and supported a number of artists including A.B. Original, Dan Sultan, Son Little, Guy Sebastian and Booker T.

Act quick to secure your tickets to see this modern day poet perform live!

Australian special guests; Sarah Blasko (exc. Darwin) & Caiti Baker (Darwin only)
New Zealand special guests; Dave Dobbyn, The Topp Twins & The Eastern
Presented by Frontier Touring & Mix 104.9 (Darwin)

Begins: Wednesday 1 August (2pm AEST)
Ends: Thursday 2 August (2pm AEST)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted
Begins: Tuesday 7 August (10am local AU/12noon local NZ)

Saturday 2 February
Villa Maria Winery | Auckland, NZ
All Ages | Ph: 0800 111 999

Tuesday 5 February
ICC Sydney Theatre | Sydney, NSW
All Ages | Ph: 13 28 49

Satuday 9 February
Sirromet Wines | Mt Cotton, QLD | a day on the green
Rodriguez with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers, Alice Skye

Tuesday 12 February
Royal Theatre | Canberra, ACT
All Ages | Ph: 13 28 49

Friday 15 February
Margaret Court Arena | Melbourne, VIC
All Ages | Ph: 13 28 49

Saturday 16 February
Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley, VIC | a day on the green
Rodriguez with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers, Alice Skye

Tuesday 19 February
Entertainment Centre | Darwin, NT
All Ages | Ph: 0889 803 333

Saturday 23 February
Peter Lehmann Wines | Barossa Valley, SA | a day on the green
Rodriguez with Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers, Alice Skye

Tuesday 26 February
Derwent Entertainment Centre | Hobart, TAS
All Ages | Ph: 136 100

Friday 1 March
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens | Perth, WA
All Ages ** | Ph: 136 100

** All patrons, including minors & babies, must have a valid ticket for entry.
All minors under 18 years of age who have purchased a ticket will only be permitted into the concert site if they are accompanied by their parent/ step-parent or legal guardian.
If a minor is NOT ACCOMPANIED by their parent/ step-parent or legal guardian they will be refused entry to the concert and they will not receive a refund on their ticket.