UK comedy legend Bill Bailey confirms 2022 Australian tour dates

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UK comedy legend Bill Bailey confirms 2022 Australian tour dates

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The UK’s best loved comedian has confirmed shows in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo for 2022.

Following a thumbs-up from immigration, UK comedy icon Bill Bailey is locked in to return to Australia for the huge nationwide tour of his brand new show, En Route To Normal.

Marking Bailey’s first in Australia since 2018, the tour was originally slated to go-ahead last year but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty across Australia.

With those postponed dates now 100 percent confirmed, Australian audiences will now witness his brand-new show, En Route To Normal in September, October and November 2022, encompassing Bailey’s trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers that we’ve come to know and love.

What you need to know

  • Bill Bailey confirms Australian tour for his brand-new show
  • Bailey will bring the show, En Route To Normal to Victoria with stops in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne in 2022
  • All tickets are valid for the rescheduled dates and don’t need to be exchanged, with more tickets now on sale

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Bailey will kick off the tour in Toowoomba on September 22 2022 and head around the country for 28 shows, now stopping at Costa Hall in Geelong on Saturday, October 15, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on October 20-22, Civic Hall in Ballarat on November 3 and Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo on November 4 2022.


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Receiving rave reviews and sold-out theatres in New Zealand earlier this year, Bailey’s new show ponders the questions surrounding our current state of being, many of which we’re sure we’ve all asked ourselves over the past 18 months.

With questions like, ‘how did we get here?’, ‘how do we find our way through this?’ and ‘exactly who are we again?’, the British Comedy Award winner muses these through music, songs, and memories, and considers our changing priorities, the wonder of dogs, how little things can keep you on track, and rhapsodises on his new-found love of skydiving.

In a show that’s being coined ‘solid gold’, Bailey also recounts his own experiences of dealing with isolation, ruminating the ‘sounds of lockdown’ which led to a greater appreciation of birdsong and perhaps led to the creation of music itself, and how our reliance on technology has inspired him to create dance remixes of video-calling ringtones, something I’m sure a few of us will be able to relate to.

Naming the show before COVID-19 even existed (what a time), the En Route To Normal show has become not just a funny, heart-warming mix of stories, music and history, but a personal mission to find our way through these strange times!

Garnering a huge following down under in his years of touring, En Route To Normal will be the seventh show that Bill has brought to Australia, delivered with the energy the multi-faceted entertainer is known for.

Bill Bailey ‘En Route To Normal’ updated tour dates: 

Costa Hall, Geelong – Sat 15 Oct 2022

Palais Theatre, Melbourne – Thu 20 Oct, Fri 21 Oct, Sat 22 Oct 2022

Civic Hall, Ballarat – Thu 3 Nov 2022

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – Fri 4 Nov 2022

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.