Billy Bragg is set to return to Australia next year for one of his biggest treks to date, announcing a huge run of shows as part of his ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ tour.
Ever since he first visited the country many, many years ago, Billy Bragg has always found himself at home in Australia. From the receptive audiences he finds on his tours, to being quoted by Labor leader Anthony Albanese, Bragg’s fandom stretches far and wide.
Thankfully, we’re never too far from a concert from the iconic Bard of Barking, either, with his most recent trip to the country coming back in late 2018, and the year previously before that.
In each of these cases though, his tours were limited to perhaps one night in each location, with the full set of dates maxing out at maybe six shows, tops.
Now, Billy Bragg is set to blow the roof off of these previous visits, announcing a massive 15-date tour of Australia for next year.
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Kicking off in April of 2020, Bragg’s ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ tour is set to do what it says on the tin, with the iconic musician performing a three-night residency in capital cities around the country.
“After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show,” Billy Bragg explains.
“And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.”
So what’s on offer? Well, the first night will see feature the entirety of Billy Bragg’s current setlist, which stretches across his 35-year career. Night two will see selections from his first three albums, including 1983’s Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy, 1984’s Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, and 1986’s Talking With The Taxman About Poetry.
The third night will feature cuts from the next three records in his career (save for 1990’s The Internationale), with 1988’s Workers Playtime, 1991’s Don’t Try This At Home, and 1996’s William Bloke all getting a look-in.
As one of the finest folk musicians musicians to ever emerge from England, these shows are undoubtedly set to be something truly special for fans of Billy Bragg.
Tickets to these performances go on sale from 10am on Friday, August 2nd, while a pre-sale for single and three-night packages goes on sale through Handsome Tours from 10am on Thursday, August 1st.
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Billy Bragg ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ Australian Tour 2020
Friday, April 24th, Saturday, April 25th, and Sunday, April 26th, 2020
Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Thursday, April 30th, Friday, May 1st, and Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday, May 6th, Thursday, May 7th, and Friday, May 8th, 2020
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday, May 12th, Wednesday, May 13th, and Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday, May 18th, Tuesday, May 19th, and Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
General on-sale begins at 10am on Friday, August 2nd
Pre-sale for single and three-night packages begins at 10am on Thursday, August 1st