Thursday 7 Feb
Gates Open: 5:30 PM
Stella Donelly: 6:15 PM
Missy Higgins: 7:15 PM
John Butler Trio: 9:00 PM
Finish: 11:00 PM
John Butler trio and Missy Higgins team up to make Aussie music history on the Coming Home Tour, with special guest Stella Donnelly.
The Coming Home Tour reflects both the title of John’s imminent new album and the fact that it will finally reunite two artists whose early careers were closely intertwined. Missy was supporting John at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion the night that her debut hit ‘Scar’ went to #1, and a few months later they were pivotal early drivers of the Wave Aid tsunami benefit show at the SCG. They won their first ARIA Awards as Best Male and Best Female artists in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and even shared their first Rolling Stone cover together. Since those days, John and Missy have become Australian musical icons, performing at numerous benefit gigs together and standing side-by-side in several environmental campaigns, but this will be their first national tour together in nearly 15 years.
John Butler Trio’s first album in four years, HOME, is out in late September and will be brought to life across some of Australia’s most celebrated venues like the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It will be coupled with the hits that have made him the highest-selling independent artist of all time, such as ‘Zebra’, ‘Better Than’, and ‘Ocean’. John Butler Trio has expanded to a five piece band for the duration of the Coming Home Tour. Hence the name JBT+. It is taking the JBT live experience to a new level.
After the top 5 success of her recent album Solastalgia (out now through EMI) and the birth of a baby girl just last month, Missy Higgins will bring her stunning new material to the stage alongside her long time musical compadre John and his new five piece band. She’ll of course be bringing the classics too - ‘Scar’, ‘The Special Two’, ‘Where I Stood’, ‘Steer’, ‘Unashamed Desire’, ‘Everyone’s Waiting’, and most recent hit, ‘Futon Couch’ - the songs that have sold more than a million albums in Australia alone, earned her 23 ARIA Award nominations, and seen her support superstar Ed Sheeran on his recent stadium tour.
Rising star Stella Donnelly will join John Butler and Missy Higgins at all shows (ex Margaret River and Albany). Seemingly coming out of nowhere with her powerful debut EP Thrush Metal, she has instantly becoming one of Australia’s most talked about new acts. Her lo-fi folk-pop is laced with quick wit, savage social commentary and feminist defiance, with songs like ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ catapulting the singer onto stages across Australia and the world.
Together, Missy Higgins and John Butler have created the soundtracks to countless lives as two of Australia’s most treasured singer-songwriters. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness them both live and in full effect, reunited once more to tour the country for a once-in-a-lifetime show.