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14 Huge Australian Tours We’re Still Waiting For

Australia is blessed with stacks of huge tours from international acts each and every year, but there are certain names that keep popping up in tour rumours who just haven’t gotten around to making the trip down under recently.

While most acts haven’t waited more than two decades like Sir Paul McCartney, the likes of Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey always seem to be on the cusp of announcing a new Aussie tour, and yet here we are, still waiting.

While the lineups for Splendour In The Grass and Spilt Milk have provided decent festival offerings for the remainder of 2017, here are the acts that we’re absolutely dying to see announce Aussie headline tours AS. SOON. AS. POSSIBLE.

14 Huge Australian Tours We’re Still Waiting For

Metallica
Beyoncé
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Frank Ocean
Paul McCartney
Gorillaz
Radiohead
Kanye West
System Of A Down
Lana Del Rey
Muse
Rihanna
U2
Solange


Metallica

It’s unlike Metallica to skip Australia on any album cycle, which is why we’re getting impatient that we haven’t seen any Aussie dates materialise for their most recent LP Hardwired… To Self Destruct. But they ~have~ confirmed a “WorldWired” tour, while Soundwave boss AJ Maddah has predicted that the band will be coming to Australia in 2017. Let’s hope it’s not the day that never comes.

Beyoncé

Queen B’s world tour plan’s for her Lemonade may have been derailed by the whole getting-pregnant-with-twins-thing, but we’re confident that we’ll eventually see her return down under for the first time since 2013. We’ll just have to wait.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Chilis haven’t announced any Aussie dates since releasing their 2016 LP The Getaway, and they haven’t played a show on Aus turf since the 2013 Big Day Out, which, seeings as how one of their recent music videos was all about an Aussie’s adventures in LA, feels a bit rude. Hopefully they can hump-de-bump their way to our shores some time soon.

Frank Ocean

Mr. Ocean broke all our hearts when he exited his 2013 debut Aussie tour, including his headline set at Splendour, and that was after he pulled out of a planned 2012 Aussie tour. He’s yet to make his way back to us, but after just breaking a three-year hiatus from playing live, we’re holding out hope that he’ll grace us with his presence again soon.

Paul McCartney

Macca hasn’t graced our shores in a quarter century, so fans of the Beatles legend have had ages to get hyped for his return. Thankfully, things are looking good, with rumours swirling that Sir Paul is set to make his long-awaited Aussie comeback this bloody year.

Gorillaz

It’s been seven years since virtual punks Gorillaz brought their live show to Australia, and we’re getting impatient. But with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett officially reactivating the band and hitting us with brand new album Humanz this year, a comeback surely can’t be far off.

Radiohead

Radiohead can’t decide if they’ll bring their A Moon Shaped Pool tour to Australia, sadly. Thom Yorke & co. last toured our shores in 2012 behind The King Of Limbs, and fans have since fallen victim to a cruel Aussie tour prank which got everyone’s hopes up about a potential tour in 2017. Still, with AMSP still fairly fresh and the band also celebrating the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, we can think of two perfect reasons for them to make Australia’s dream a reality.

Kanye West

Yeezy’s had a lot on his plate since releasing 2016’s The Life Of Pablo, including US presidential bids, highly publicised Taylor Swift beefs, his wife Kim Kardashian getting mugged in Paris and of course his hospitalisation for mental illness causing the postponement of his entire Saint Pablo tour, so we can hardly blame him for putting an Aussie visit low on the old priorities list. Still, with three years since his last down under tour, it’s understandable that fans are getting a little impatient.

System Of A Down

SOAD last tore up Aussie stages as part of Soundwave Festival in 2012, and haven’t been back since. The Southern Cali rockers played a buttload of festivals across 2013, reactivated at the end of 2014, headed out on their Wake Up The Souls Euro tour in 2015, and are followed it up with dates in South America, the US and Canada. Souls in Australia need waking up too, guys. What are we, Chop Suey?

Lana Del Rey

Lana last graced our shores in 2012 as part of the Splendour In The Grass lineup but, despite talk of a tour for the end of 2014, she hasn’t been back since. 2012 was the year she unleashed her hit album Born To Die onto the world, and she’s released not one, not two, but THREE albums since then. Come on Lana; third time’s a charm.

Muse

Despite promising that they’d return to Australia on their Drones album cycle, Muse’s Aussie tour hasn’t eventuated and now seems unlikely given that the rock conquerors have returned to the studio to work on their next LP. Hopefully 2018 will be our year, even if Matt Bellamy does end up rapping on the band’s next record.

Rihanna

Considering that in the past year Ri-Ri has covered Tame Impala and become BFFs with ex-PM Julia Gillard, it’s basically ludicrous that she hasn’t toured down under since releasing her 2016 album Anti. In fact, the ‘Work’ singer hasn’t visited her Aussie fans since 2013. Better get Julia on the blower to sort this out.

U2

U2 are currently in the midst of a juggernaut tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 LP The Joshua Tree. Sadly, an Aussie leg has yet to be announced, so punters have started a petition for Bono & co. to bring us a piece of the action. Let’s hope the band ~will follow~.

Solange

Solange has been snobbing Aussie fans for the past three years, after last heading to our shores for the 2013/2014 Falls Festival. She’s been touring the crap out of her much-frothed 2016 LP A Seat at the Table, but hasn’t penciled Australia in just yet. Come on, Solange, we want a seat at the table too.

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