Bright Eyes announce Australian tour, join the Eighty-Six lineup with Warpaint

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Bright Eyes announce Australian tour, join the Eighty-Six lineup with Warpaint

Bright Eyes
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The genre-bending musical project will be touring through Australia for the first time in 12 years.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Conor Oberst has added a selection of Bright Eyes dates around the band’s performance at the second edition of Adelaide’s Harvest Rock.

Now performing as a trio with Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, Bright Eyes are set to perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Hobart. The Melbourne show, part of the inaugural Eighty-Six festival, will be a double-header with the LA-based indie rock band Warpaint.

Bright Eyes 2023 Australia tour

  • Oct 24 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
  • Oct 26 – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne (with Warpaint)
  • Oct 29 – Harvest Rock Festival, Adelaide
  • Oct 31 – Astor Theatre, Perth
  • Nov 2 – Princess Theatre, Brisbane
  • Nov 4 – Odeon Theatre, Hobart

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Conceived by Oberst in the mid-90s, Bright Eyes played a foundational role in the emo-folk scene of the 2000s. Across the years, the project has featured members of indie giants including Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, The Faint and Broken Bells.

Best known for his rich storytelling, intricate musicianship and fragile voice, Conor Oberst has over the years garnered a reputation as an enduring and singular performer.

Following a nine-year hiatus, their latest album, Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was, was released in 2020 – the project’s tenth overall. Since their comeback, they’ve collaborated with Waxahatchee, Pheobe Bridgers and Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

At the upcoming Melbourne show, they’ll be joined by the dreamy rock four-piece Warpaint, who will also be in the country for Harvest Rock. Warpaint will be touring on the back of their 2022 release, Radiate Like This.

On tour this spring, fans can expect to hear newer Bright Eyes tracks as well as sing-along classics from the band’s rich discography, including Lua, Lover I Don’t Have To Love and First Day Of My Life.

Tickets go on sale on August 21 at 9am AEST. Grab yours here

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