TLC to play intimate Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda

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TLC to play intimate Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda

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TLC will play an intimate Melbourne show at St Kilda's Palais Theatre on Wednesday November 2 as part of ALWAYS LIVE.

US R&B legends TLC are coming to Melbourne for a surprise intimate show at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda for just 2,500 people, headlining today’s ALWAYS LIVE second lineup announcement. TLC will play their Melbourne show on November 2, just three days before UK popstar Dua Lipa plays the same venue, in what will arguably be the biggest week in the Palais’ long and distinguished history.

The bad news for Melbourne TLC fans is that given the small capacity, it’s likely that just like Lipa, this one will only be available through a lucky draw ticket ballot. The good news is because of the Victorian government backing, tickets will likely be fairly affordable. For those who miss out, TLC are also playing Fridayz Live alongside Akon, Macklemore and Ashanti on November 4 at Rod Laver Arena.

TLC’s Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre

  • TLC will play an intimate Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda
  • It’s happening on Wednesday November 2, with tickets to be capped at 2,500 people
  • This is the headline event of ALWAYS LIVE’s second lineup announcement

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With four career Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards, Tionne T-Boz Watkins, Rozonda Chilli Thomas and the late, great Lisa Left Eye Lopes are legends in their field. The crazy, sexy, cool outfit who captured the world’s attention with their sassy and sophisticated R&B, against a socially conscious lyrical style, will celebrate their hits in a crowd-pleasing performance.

In Australia, the album hit number five on the ARIA charts and was twice certified platinum, going on to sell 14 million copies worldwide. CrazySexyCool became the best-selling album by an American female group, and remains the only album by a female group to receive a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America – which they’ve certified as going platinum 11 times in the USA.


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TLC bring a proud feminist R&B legacy to Melbourne

Through the messages of songs like No Scrubs and Unpretty, TLC established themselves as a key part of pop music’s girl power movement in the ‘90s – emphasising empowerment and self-confidence to an entire generation of young women and girls that perhaps couldn’t see themselves in the other popstars of the time. There’s a clear feminist subtext to the legacy of TLC, although that wasn’t entirely clear to the group themselves at first. “When people started putting that label on us when we were starting out, we were confused,” Thomas told us after the duo reformed to release their latest album.

“We were all like, ‘What? No, we’re not.’ We were under the impression, somehow, that it was a negative thing. As time went on, and the more we thought about it, we came to realise that wasn’t the case at all. Being empowering to women of any kind was a good thing, in our eyes.

“Even when we were starting out, we knew we wanted to be doing something different. What was important to us was taking a stance in what we believed in. We had no idea it was going to touch people the way that it did. It resonated on so many levels, and it became important to us that we continued to be ourselves. By doing that, we allowed people to embrace their differences and be proud of them. We walked with confidence so our fans could do the same.”

TLC’s full Australian tour dates

  • Wednesday November 2: Palais Theatre, Melbourne
  • Friday November 4, Rod Laver Arena (Fridayz Live), Melbourne
  • Wednesday 16 November: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
  • Tuesday 22 November, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Everything that’s happening at Always Live 2022: Dua Lipa, Crowded House, Sampa the Great and more

On the massive coup for ALWAYS LIVE, the Victorian program’s CEO, Steve Smith said: “We are tremendously proud of these latest offering to round out the 2022 program. While the mix of events is broad, of all scales and taking place across the state, what they have in common is each brings special, one-off and exclusive events to Melbourne and Victoria, only for ALWAYS LIVE. They also build on the enormous momentum of our line-up to date.”

He continues; We launched ALWAYS LIVE in March with a record-breaking sell-out performance by Foo Fighters at GMBHA Stadium, closely followed by a 71,000 ticket, sell-out show for Billy Joel, and two sell-out events by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis at the beautiful Hanging Rock. Our rare and intimate Palais Theatre performance by global superstar Dua Lipa sold out in a matter of minutes. These highlights are a fraction of the ALWAYS LIVE program, which positions Melbourne as a global music city and Victoria as the live music capital of Australia.”

The full round of incredible shows, events and performances in this latest line up announcement can be explored at