Best Brits touring Oz from across the pond

May 18, 2018

Royal fever is running at an all-time high, with the wedding of everyone’s favourite bad boy prince and former-actress/to-be princess fast approaching. In the lead up to Saturday’s festivities, the world is celebrating all things British. We’re talking tea, scones and dreary weather! In honour of the happy couple, we are shining a light on our favourite British acts who are set to grace our shores throughout the rest of 2018…

*cue the group chat*

The Wombats

Looking to dance to joy division? Well ready yourself because your favourite marsupial rockers are back on Aussie soil this July for Splendour and have a bunch of sideshows planned for those unable to make it to Byron. The three-piece band formed all the way back in 2003, and since then their sound has evolved while retaining the rocky blueprint of their origins. You can catch them touring their new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, at the jump.

 

Melbourne, Festival Hall
Thursday, 19th July
Tickets: Official Website

Adelaide, Adelaide Showground
Friday, 20th July
Tickets: Official Website

Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Tuesday, 24th July
Tickets: Official Website

Sam Smith

Sam Smith has come a long way since his debut release, In The Lonely Hour. Four Grammys, two world tours and a sophomore album that is more self-assured than Sam has ever sounded before. He may have teased us with a small run of shows at the Opera House earlier this year, but for those with serious FOMO, Sammy boy is doing you a solid and returning later this year… #blessed. With an impressive catalogue of emotional ballads, up-tempo tracks and colourful collabs, you won’t want to miss this. Check out the details below.

 

Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th November
Tickets: Official Website

Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November
Tickets: Official Website

Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November
Tickets: Official Website

Perth, Perth Arena
Tuesday, 20th November
Tickets: Official Website

CHVRCHES

Okay, so this synth-pop trio might hail from Scotland, but that’s technically a part of the U.K, so let’s roll with it. Headed up by vocalist Lauren Mayberry, CHVRCHES made waves with their breakout single, ‘The Mother We Share’, and a fresh, genre-bending sound. Fast forward seven years, and the group are gearing up for the release of their third album, Love Is Dead, later this month. If the first four singles are anything to go by, this will be CHVRCHES’ most pop-friendly outing yet.

 

Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Sunday, 22nd July
Tickets: Official Website

Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Monday, 23rd July
Tickets: Official Website

Wolf Alice

With roots going back to 2010, this indie four-piece band have had time to refine and finesse their sound. Last year, Wolf Alice made a return to airwaves with their indie-anthem ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’. Aussie punters warmly embraced the track and following album this year when they toured on the bill of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Apparently Wolf Alice embraced Aussie punters too, with the band heading back here in September.

 

Brisbane, The Tivoli
Saturday, 22nd September
Tickets: Official Website

Sydney, Metro Theatre
Sunday, 23rd September
Tickets: Official Website

Melbourne, Corner Hotel
Tuesday, 25th September
Tickets: Official Website

James Bay

James Bay brought folk-rock back to mainstream radio waves in 2014, with his tracks ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Hold Back the River’ oozing with all the feels. Four years on and Bay has just dropped (like, literally today) his Sophmore album Electric Light. In his own words, the album bridges the sounds of David Bowie, Lorde and Frank Ocean, a far cry from his earlier work. These influences are somewhat evident on the album’s lead single ‘Slide’. Have a listen below, and if you’re vibing, then grab yourself a ticket.

 

Sydney, State Theatre
Wednesday, 25th July
Tickets: Official Website

Niall Horan

Niall Horan broke the boy band curse by not totally tanking after he and the members of One Direction went in their own separate directions. The Irish singer came out with a guitar-heavy sound that felt like a more mature 1D, a smart move for a guy looking to break into a new audience while not alienating his former fan base. And it worked – his debut album Flicker secured the No.1 spot on the Billboard Charts. You can catch Niall when he returns to Australia in June for his ‘Flicker World Tour’.

 

Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sunday, 3rd June
Tickets: Official Website

Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Tuesday, 5th June
Tickets: Official Website

Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Thursday, 7th June
Tickets: Official Website

Is your favourite act skipping your hometown? Just looking for a gig-filled holiday? Grab a couple of mates and make a trip out of it. Save some cash by staying with us in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Cheerio!

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