As if supporting Coldplay on their Australian Tour last year wasn’t already a big deal, The Temper Trap can now put a huge tick on their bucket list that dwarfs event that major achievement, with the Melbourne five-piece scoring one of the most coveted support slots currently going around.

As previously reported, rock’s eldest statesmen, The Rolling Stones are back on the touring trail, starting with the news that the band are playing Glastonbury 2013 (along with nearly every other major act in the universe), just one of many shows the Stones have planned in extending the celebrations for their 50th Anniversary, appropriately called the 50 & Counting Tour.

Dates revealed today on their official website, include a headline concert in London’s Hyde Park during the English Summer, on July 6th, marking 44 years, almost to the day, since first playing there. Support for the outdoor performance comes from The Temper Trap, alongside Texan guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr., and London’s own The Vaccines.

It’s a huge boon for The Temper Trap who have already had an enormous 2012 thanks to The Temper Trap, their self-titled follow-up to 2009 debut Conditions one of Australia’s best selling releases, as well as scooping the ARIA for Best Rock Album and Best Group in 2012.

Speaking to the head of The Temper Trap’s label, Michael Gudinski of Mushroom Records, the promoter, still glowing after his Easter run with Bruce Springsteen’s Hanging Rock shows, talked about how the Stones slot was the hard-earned culmination of the band’s touring efforts in supporting their second studio album internationally.

“Temper Trap have just been absolutely killing it live and the band have been touring very hard right through this second album and although [it] hasn’t been as successful internationally as their first album, their touring has been phenomenally successful,” says Gudinski. As if supporting Coldplay on their Australian Tour last year wasn’t already a big deal, The Temper Trap can now put a huge tick on their bucket list that dwarfs event that major achievement.

“They’ve worked so hard, they’ve been to so many different countries and that’s what you have to do,” continues the Mushroom mogul, noting that the band were “ecstatic” about the announcement after speaking to Temper Trap (and Gotye) manager Danny Rogers about it this morning. Gudinski also plans to join the band on their trip to play with the Stones: “For me, personally, I’m definitely going to try and get over there. It’s the most amazing venue.”

“Hyde Park is just a perfect gig and to be chosen to perform (with the Rolling Stones) shows how far the band are progressing, it’s a great compliment.” With Gudinski adding, “one of the great things [Temper Trap] has achieved: they have really gotten through and been an influence on other bands and a lot of bands really love them… talk about them.”

Gudinski also pointed out that the band’s upcoming ANZAC eve show in Melbourne and Sold Out Sydney performance, and regional dates with Groovin The Moo, will be “the last time people will see Temper Trap before they make a new album.”

The Melbourne five-piece have already begun work with Frank Ocean’s producer on new material overseas, and as Gudinski notes, “I just can’t wait [for them] to get back in the studio, we had a Platinum selling album here and I think internationally, they’re all really keen and been writing… with the right album the third album could be massive internationally.”

Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones’ July Hyde Park show is complemented by a string of new US Tour dates running between early May and June, and taking in performances in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

As previously reported, the tours are being promoted by AEG Live after Virgin Music – the company forged by Aussie promoter Paul Dainty and Richard Branson’s Virgin – dropped the ball in securing finances that met the Stones’ lofty expectations in the lead-up to their tour announcement.

“Hyde Park is just a perfect gig and to be chosen to perform (with the Rolling Stones) shows how far the band are progressing, it’s a great compliment.” – Michael Gudinski, Mushroom Records

The Dainty/Branson partnership were the original presenters of the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary shows in November last year, with two dates at London’s O2 Arena, two at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The five concerts grossed a total of US$38,687,010 from selling 73,702 tickets to the events, selling out at all five shows despite the astronomical ticket prices, with the band pocketing a cool US$ 25 million for the shows.

But were reportedly unable to close a deal for the newly announced North American dates, including a reported $20 million advance as well as a credit account to be drawn upon as dates progressed, while AEG Live swooped in to pick up Virgin Music’s slack, confirming with Rolling Stones management after, allegedly, a “45 minute phone call.”

While Virgin Music have lost out on promoting the American tour, TheMusic alleges it has several sources suggesting that the teased Australian dates for a Rolling Stones world tour would be handled by Paul Dainty and Branson’s promotional group.

AEG Live are also handling the Hyde Park show, with The Temper Trap support slot, with Rob Hallett of the promotional company calling the July concert “the biggest gig of the summer in London. The Rolling Stones are a true British institution and the true spirit of rock n roll. Their return to Hyde Park is a landmark event.”

Mick Jagger also showed his enthusiasm for the upcoming shows, “We had such a great time playing the five concerts last year, we want to keep it going! Hyde Park holds such great memories for us and we can’t think of anywhere better to perform to our UK fans this summer.”

Fellow guitarist Keith Richards adding “We all had such a ball last year, and the energy between the band is so good, we can’t wait to get back on that stage where the Stones belong.”

Tickets for the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park go on general sale 9am Friday 5 April from

The Rolling Stones 2013 World Tour Dates

50 & Counting Tour
details at

TBA, Los Angeles, Staples Center

May 5, Oakland, Oracle Arena

May 8, San Jose, HP Pavilion

May 11, Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 15, Anaheim, Honda Center

May 25, Toronto, Air Canada Centre

May 28, Chicago, United Center

June 12, Boston, TD Garden

June 18, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

July 6, London, Hyde Park
w/ The Vaccines, Gary Clark Jr. and The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap Australian Tour 2013 Dates & Tickets

Frontier Members pre-sale via
12noon AEDT Tue 19 Mar to 12noon AEDT Wed 20 Mar
General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 22 March

Wed 24 April Melbourne | Festival Hall (All Ages) | Ph: 136 100

Wed 1 May Sydney | Enmore Theatre (All Ages) | Ph: 132 849

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