The Kooks – Australia Tour Announced – January 2015

Chugg Entertainment and XIII Touring can confirm that Brit-pop revivalists, The Kooks, will be returning to Australia for their most monstrous tour of the antipodes to date. Starting in Perth on Saturday 17th January at the Belvoir Amphitheatre, the tour then takes in Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday 20th January, Brisbane’s Riverstage on Friday 23rd January and wrapping things up at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Saturday 24th January.

Having toured Australia many times, the last being a sold out tour around Groovin’ The Moo in 2013, these are the largest headline shows they’ve played here, and are set to be huge.

The Kooks released their eagerly anticipated new album Listen (Virgin/EMI) earlier this month, with Q Mag stating “This is a very good album. The Kooks sound like a band rejuvenated”. Produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo, it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum selling UK act. They already laid down the gauntlet with swaggering first taster Down, then followed up with second single Around Town, which was another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the forthcoming album.

“To me,” Luke says, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.”

Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Luke Pritchard and guitarist Hugh Harris, the band formed in Brighton in 2004 at Brighton Music College. Realising they shared similar tastes, they took their name from a song on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and recorded a demo tape that, along with a handful of gigs, soon gathered interest from several record labels. Merely four months after their formation, the group signed with Virgin Records. They recorded their debut, Inside In/Inside Out, in 2005, releasing early the following year. Debuting at nine on the U.K. charts, it climbed its way to two as You Don’t Love Me reached 12, while Naïve and She Moves in Her Own Way cracked the U.K. Top 10. All these hits helped Inside In/Inside Out achieve quadruple-platinum status in the U.K. and in Australia, earning a platinum certification.

Joining The Kooks are special guests The Griswolds and Catfish & The Bottlemen. Sydney based 4-piece, The Griswolds, are recently returned from 6 months of touring and festival appearances in the USA, where the lead single, Beware The Dog, from their debut album, Be Impressive, is currently #14 at US Alternative Radio, and #1 on tastemaker station, Alt Nation.

Welsh indie-rock four piece, Catfish & The Bottlemen have made a huge splash onto the scene and things will only get bigger and better on this, their first visit to Australia. With their current single Cocoon currently on high rotation on triple j, they’ve also had several of their singles premiered on Zane Lowe’s iconic “Hottest Record In The World” segment, and garnered play listing on Radio 1. In recent times they’ve performed at over thirty international festivals including Reading & Leeds, Latitude and Governors Ball in NYC.



Saturday 17th January 2015 Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth (18+) 136 100

Tuesday 20th January 2015 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (All Ages) 132 849

Friday 23rd January 2015 Riverstage, Brisbane (All Ages) 136 100

Saturday 24th January 2015 Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (All Ages) 136 100

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