Tour wrap: Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams, Mercury Rev, James Bay, Vallis Alps, Airling, Sleeping With Sirens

Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions

Paul Kelly is taking his Merri Soul Sessions band featuring singers Dan Sultan, Vika & Linda Bull, Clairy Brown and Kira Puru out on the road in late November for a run of A Day on The Green winery shows. Louisiana based country and Americana icon Lucinda Williams will join the tour as special guest with Kasey Chambers and Marlon Williams (no relation) also playing support sets.

Saturday, November 28 – Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley

Sunday, November 29 – Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton

Sunday, December 6 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley

Saturday, December 12 – Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley

Sunday, December 13 – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth

Lucinda Williams

In addition to her shows supporting Paul Kelly and his The Merri Soul Sessions band, Lucinda Williams will also play a pair of headline shows with support from Dan Sultan. The shows will be the first for Williams in Australia since 2012 and the release of her double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.

Wednesday, December 2 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Monday, December 7 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne

Vallis Alps

2015 has been a big year for Vallis Alps who after releasing their debut self-titled EP in January, have clocked up more than 10 million online plays, supported Of Monsters and Men at sold-out theatre shows, played to a packed out Splendour In the Grass tent. They’re playing their debut headline tour in October and have already been forced to add extra dates in both Sydney and Melbourne after selling out several shows.

Wednesday, September 30 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Thursday, October 1 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Thursday, October 8 – The Brightside, Brisbane

Saturday, October 10 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Sunday, October 11 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Tuesday, October 13 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev visited Australia in 2011 with the Harvest festival and toured supporting Coldplay in 2009 and the Finn brothers in 2005 but haven’t played headline shows here since 2002. That will change in December when they play dates in Melbourne and Brisbane touring their eighth record The Light In You, which features the lead single ‘The Queen Of Swans’. Band co-pilot Grasshopper says that the album “is the best stuff we have done in a long, long time” and is “gonna be big sounding” with will feature steel resonator mandolin, timpani, sleigh bells and all sorts of electric guitars.”

Tuesday, December 8 – Max Watts, Melbourne

Friday, December 11 – The Zoo, Brisbane

James Bay

Acoustic singer/songwriter James Bay played intimate dates in Sydney and Melbourne in February and then returned earlier this week for a one off date at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. In January he’ll return with his full band for his third visit in the space of 12 months playing his biggest shows to date with dates in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

Saturday, January 30 – Arts Centre, Fremantle

Tuesday, February 2 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Wednesday, February 3 – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Saturday, February 5 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

Sunday, February 7 – Convention Centre, Brisbane


Brisbane singer Airling has had a huge year releasing a song with Japanese Wallpaper, touring with Vance Joy and ‪#‎1 Dads‬, and playing at Splendour in the Grass. In Octover she’ll be playing a run of headline shows promoting her recent single ‘Stallin’’, which was co-written with Kane Mazlin of Hungary Kids of Hungary.

Friday, October 9 – Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Friday, October 16 – The Foundry, Brisbane

Saturday, October 17 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Sunday, October 18 – The Aviary, Perth

Sleeping With Sirens

American post-hardcore popsters Sleeping With Sirens ventured out to Australia for the Soundwave festival tour in 2013 but they’re returning on their own for a run of shows in September promoting their fourth album _ Madness_.

Thursday September 17 – The Triffid, Brisbane

Sunday September 20 – UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney

Monday September 21 – The Gov, Adelaide

Tuesday September 22 – 170 Russell, Melbourne

Tuesday September 22 – 170 Russell, Melbourne

Thursday September 24 – Astor Theatre, Perth

Gorilla Biscuits

Reunited New York hardcore legends Gorilla Biscuits return in September to play songs from their late ‘80s albums at shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Sunday, September 27 – Crowbar, Brisbane

Wednesday, September 30 – Bald Faced Stag, Sydney

Thursday, October 1 – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday, October 3 – Enigma Bar, Adelaide

Sunday, October 4 – Amplifier, Perth