The Michael Franti & Spearhead Australian Tour 2014 has been announced, and with the veteran Bluesfest performer returning for the annual Byron Bay festival’s 25th Silver Anniversary edition next year, headline shows have now been confirmed.

Frontier Touring are presenting three Michael Franti & Spearhead concerts in April 2014, while Franti visits ror Blues & Roots Festivals in Perth, Deniliquin and Byron Bay.

It has been a few years since Franti’s last visit to Australia and the decision to bring the band into more intimate rooms is an exciting one for the fans and the band alike. They will play The Gov, Adelaide on Saturday April 12, Metro Theatre, Sydney on Tuesday April 15 and Prince Bandroom, Melbourne on Wednesday April 16.

Musician, humanitarian and author, Michael Franti, is recognised as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as the unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead.

All People, Spearhead’s eighth studio album (excluding variations) was released in Australia in August 2013 (through EMI Music), perfect timing ahead of their tour here and coinciding with the digital release, due early 2014. The band will showcase songs from this new record, including brand new single ‘I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)’, as well as their classic hits with tracks from chart breaking 2010 release “The Sound Of Sunshine”, and the multi-platinum song “Say Hey (I Love You)”.

Michael Franti & Spearhead are heralded as one of the best live show experiences out there and guaranteed to make you dance, cry and everything in-between! “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”

“I want to make music that is timeless,” he continues. “At this point in my life when I turn on the radio and hear my song it means a lot to me. When I was a kid I would go on these long drives with my family I and still remember the songs we would listen to in the car. It means I’m part of somebody’s life passages. As an artist, I cherish those moments.”

Joining Franti & Spearhead as guests in Sydney and Melbourne will be Brisbane indie-pop group Sheppard. Touring the world in both 2012 and 2013, Sheppard have amassed a strong international following and are constantly developing their local presence, infiltrating the music scene with their alternative indie pop sound and youthful vulnerability.

The band have a growing fan base of over 75,000 Facebook fans across the globe. To date they have written and produced over 30 tracks, and continue to impress audiences with an ongoing supply of new material. Check out the video for their current single ‘Let Me Down Easy’ here.

Don’t miss your chance to get along to one of the feel good shows of the year, grab your tickets when they go on sale on Thursday 28th November.

Michael Franti & Spearhead Australian Tour 2014

w/ special guests Sheppard

Sat 12 Apr – Adelaide | The Gov (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545 -or- | Ph: 1300 438 849

Tue 15 Apr – Sydney | Metro Theatre (18+) | Ph: 132 849 

Wed 16 Apr – Melbourne | Prince Bandroom (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Also performing at:

Bluesfest 2014 Dates & Tickets

25th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thursday 17th – Monday 21st April, 2014

Deni Blues & Roots Festival 2014 Dates, Tickets

Conargo Road, Deniliquin, NSW
Saturday, 19 April & Sunday, 20 April 2014