1980s icons The Sunnyboys are coming to Melbourne this July

1980s icons The Sunnyboys are coming to Melbourne this July

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Australian legends of high energy post-punk The Sunnyboys are back for a select series of intimate shows across the country.

As legends of the early 1980s, the high energy band from Sydney that needs no introduction are returning to do what they do best – play live. Following their last show in 2020 where they played at the Taronga Zoo and Melbourne’s Forum, the band are returning to their roots by playing more intimate venues that hail back to their breakout year of 1981.

What you need to know

  • The Sunnyboys are returning for a nation tour this July
  • The band will be joined by pop-rockers Even on their Melbourne leg of the show
  • They’re appearing at the Corner Hotel on Saturday July 9

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Formed by Bil Bilson, Richard Burgman and brothers Jeremy and Peter Oxley and named after the triangular shaped icy pole, The Sunnyboys exploded onto the scene in 1980 with tremendous popularity. Playing five nights a week just two months after their formation, the band’s high energy and lyrics full of youthful relatability resonated with audiences across the country. Hits such as “Love to Rule”, “The Seeker”, “What You Need” and “Alone With You” all appeared on the band’s self-titled EP – an album that has been certified Platinum.


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Their renaissance as a live band in the last few years has been facilitated by Jeremy Oxley’s return to health, bringing with them a rerelease of seminal albums Individuals and Get Some Fun, which includes tracks from their appearance at the treacherously rainy Narara festival in 1983. “What I remember about Narara was the headliners – Midnight Oil and Split Enz,” guitarist Richard Burgman told us. “We played at about six o’clock, and then we hung around to watch the Oils play. And they were such an awesome live band.”

Tickets are on sale today – for more information on the tour and to grab your ticket, head here.