The Church announce first Australian headline tour in four years

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The Church announce first Australian headline tour in four years

The Church announce ‘The Slings And Arrows Of Outrageous Fortune’ Australian Tour 2022.

Australian seminal psych-guitar masters The Church have just announced a national headline tour of Australia, in what will be their first in four years. Kicking off on September 1, the legendary band will be playing shows in Perth, Margaret River, Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane, before finishing up in Melbourne at Northcote Theatre on September 10 2022.

Entering their fourth decade of making music and playing live shows with all the fierce creative energy of their early years, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, The Church will treat fans with two remarkable sets over two and a half hours with a taste of new songs from the band’s forthcoming 26th studio album, ‘The Hypnogogue’ – plus performing a string of hit songs across their expansive music career including ‘Under The Milky Way’, ‘Reptile’, ‘The Unguarded Moment’ and ‘Almost With You’.

Check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive gig guide here. 

The 2022 epic five-piece line-up is bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey; with long-time collaborator Tim Powles, drummer and producer across 17 albums since ’94; guitarist Ian Haug formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger, who joined the band in 2013 and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), touring multi-instrumentalist who is now a full-time member of The Church since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. The band have also recruited Ashley Naylor, long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band and one of Australia’s finest and most respected guitarists (Even, The Grapes, The Stems).

The group has an unwavering desire to carry on performing the immense body of work that stretches back in a continuous line to classic early albums such as ‘Of Skins and Heart’, ‘The Blurred Crusade’, ‘Starfish’ that has been put together from past to present to future.

“A band is like a family and over 40 years it is only natural that families will change,” Kilbey says.

“It’s too big a body of work not to keep exploring it. It’s a psychedelic walk down memory lane from a band that spans four decades—and continues to create thought-provoking music in the Millennium.”

The band recently completed a headlining tour in the U.S which included an invitation from Coachella’s promoter, Golden Voice to perform at their inaugural Cruel World Festival that saw a crowd of fifty thousand in attendance playing alongside new wave and post-punk contemporaries Blondie, Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Psychedelic Furs.

The Church Australian Tour

Thursday, September 1: The Astor, Perth
Friday, September 2: The River, Margaret River
Sunday, September 4: The Gov, Adelaide
Thursday, September 8: The Metro, Sydney
Friday, September 9: The Princess Theatre, Brisbane
Saturday, September 10: Northcote Theatre, Melbourne

General public tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 21 at 12pm. Find out more here