Darude announces Melbourne show: ‘Missing my Aussie nutters’

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Darude announces Melbourne show: ‘Missing my Aussie nutters’

Words by Lucas Radbourne

Finnish DJ and producer Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen, aka Darude, is bringing the 'Sandstorm' vibes to Melbourne as part of a nine-date Australian national tour.

One of the most renowned trance producers of all time, who encapsulated the genre with his 1999 hit ‘Sandstorm’, Darude is heading to Melbourne in June as part of a national Australian tour that’s impressively extensive in its scope.

Darude’s first return to the country since 2019 will kick off in Wollongong on June 2, before the Fin plays right across the country with this tour set to include shows in Perth and Darwin, plus a string of dates across the east coast.

Darude national Australian tour and Melbourne date

  • June 2 – The Grand, Wollongong
  • June 3 – Fiction, Canberra
  • June 4 – Lunar Electric Festival, Sydney
  • June 5 – Villa, Perth
  • June 10 – La La Land, Brisbane
  • June 11 – Lunar Electric Festival, Gold Coast
  • June 12 – The ESPY Live, Melbourne
  • June 17 –Uni Bar, Hobart
  • June 18 – Monsoons, Darwin

Check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive gig guide here. 

“Back to touring – Yes! Back to Australia – Double HELL YES! Keen AF! Missing my Aussie nutters; can’t wait to dance with you again,” Darude said, “and if you want to catch me before June, head to twitch.tv/Darude on your Saturday morning 1am (AEST) and vibe with me.”

‘Sandstorm’ recently hit 275 million streams on Spotify, plus another ¼ billion views of the video on YouTube, with no signs of slowing down. The Finnish trance giant has also dropped recent releases including ‘Singularity’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Timeless’.

At the age of 24 and at the height of the trance boom of the early 2000s, Ville Virtanen created his milestone single under his pseudonym Darude. The track went on to become one of the biggest selling dance singles in the history of electronic dance music with global sales of over six million units and to date has featured on hundreds of compilations worldwide.

To find out more, head to his website here.