Get ready regional Victoria, a huge tour is coming with Alice Skye, Amyl and the Sniffers and more

Get ready regional Victoria, a huge tour is coming with Alice Skye, Amyl and the Sniffers and more

Words by Arielle Richards

Small Town Big Sound is coming to a low-key local near you.

It’s been a hot minute since our regional areas have seen a live tour of this scale. Small Town Big Sound is taking some of the country’s finest acts to no-frills locals across the state – much in the vein of the late ’70s Aussie pub-rock culture, wherein the biggest bands would perform at some of the most low-key venues.

Pushing the harrowing times and multiple lockdowns back to the past where they belong, Small Town Big Sound is ushering in a new era of live music over six diverse regions, from Koroit to Wandi. 

Heading the bill are Amyl and the Sniffers, Alice Skye, Bad//Dreems, Birdz, Camp Cope, Elizabeth and plenty more. While very exciting, the lineup will vary in each region, so be sure to check who’s coming to your town.

What you need to know

  • Small Town Big Sound will take place over six weekends, starting on Friday April 16 and ending Saturday May 22
  • The lineup announced so far includes Amyl and the Sniffers, Camp Cope, Alice Skye, Elizabeth, Floodlights, Bad//Dreems, Kee’Ahn and Harmony Byrne, however acts will differ depending on each region
  • The tour will kick off in the Barwon South West region, then will the Mornington/Bass Coast, Loddon Mallee, Grampians, Gippsland and Hume regions

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Presented by Vanessa, the youth communication program of the Transport Accident Commission, Small Town Big Sound will have an edifying element to add to the entertainment factor – a “tour with a purpose” – focussing on Vanessa’s “pre-think before you pre-drink” message.

The Vanessa team will be present at events with breath-testing facilities, encouraging young punters to engage with a safer and more considered attitude towards events.

“We want everyone at Small Town Big Sound events to have a great time, but more importantly we want everyone to make good choices and get home safely. If you’re planning to have a drink, then planning a safe way home should be top priority and our Vanessa staff will be there to help you do that, and provide free breath tests,” says TAC senior manager of engagement, Meg Jacobs. 

In addition to live shows, Small Town Big Sound will visit a secondary school in each region, not only for the artists to perform a mini show, but also to provide songwriting, music making and industry workshops, as well as Q&A panel discussions in a warm bid to encourage the next generation of artists. We do love a tour with a purpose!

Small Town Big Sound is coming to regional Victoria this April, over six weekends from April 14-May 22. For more information and dates, head here.