British rock band IDLES have today announced they are returning to Australia in 2022 with a Melbourne show at The Forum.
Fresh off the back of their brand new album and sold out US tour, this will be the band’s first time on Australian soil since their sold-out debut tour ‘JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE‘ in 2019, in which they solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with, bringing an unparalleled energy to stages across the country.
You can read a review of IDLES’ last Melbourne gig here.
What you need to know
- IDLES kick things off at The Forum in Melbourne on October 31
- Before heading to Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, wrapping things up in Perth
- Tickets go on sale at 12pm, Thursday 25 November
Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.
My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 1pm, Wednesday November 24. The tour announce follows the release of CRAWLER the fourth IDLES album in as many years and the follow-up to 2020’s Ultra Mono, the U.K. band’s first No. 1 album, is unlike anything the band have released.
If Ultra Mono was, in the words of guitarist Mark Bowen, “kind of like a caricature of our identity that helped us see it for all its flaws,” CRAWLER is an album of reflection and healing amid a worldwide pandemic that stretched the planet’s collective mental and physical health to the breaking point.
IDLES frontman Joe Talbot says, “We want people who’ve gone through trauma, heartbreak, and loss to feel like they’re not alone. This album shows the ugly side of where those things come from, but also how it is possible to reclaim joy from those experiences.”
He adds, “Before his assassination, Trotsky knew that Stalin’s men were coming over to kill him. He knew he was going to die. What did he do? After watching his wife out in the garden, he wrote in his diary, ‘in spite of it all, life is beautiful.’ A week later, he gets an icepick in the head. He was just happy to sit in his garden watching the person he loved most do what she loved. I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
The ability of the band (which also includes guitarist Lee Kiernan, drummer Jon Beavis and bassist Adam Devonshire) to juxtapose beauty and rage with humor and drama has never felt more satisfying than on CRAWLER.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au