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Tours: Red Hot Summer Tour Returns For 2021


The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR returns in 2021 with a COVID-safe festival  sporting a massive line-up of Australian artists. Headlined by long-time  supporters of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR, Jimmy Barnes, Hoodoo  Gurus, Jon Stevens, Diesel, Vika & Linda and Chris Cheney, the dates scheduled for Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and  Queensland are the first to be announced for the 2021 tour. New South  Wales and Victoria will be added to the tour pending further easing of  restrictions. 

Promoter Duane McDonald says the return of the festival in 2021 has been a result of continuous hard-work to ensure  the tour can be presented in a COVID-safe manner, and can continue to support the incredible music scene within  Australia. “We were disappointed to cancel much of the 2020 tour,” he says. “But safety was, and always is, our first  priority. We continue to work with governments and stakeholders to make sure that we can continue the RED HOT  SUMMER TOUR in 2021, and to ensure that all the shows are delivered in a COVID-safe way. We look forward to being  able to announce more dates on the 2021 shortly, with Victoria and New South Wales joining the itinerary.” 

Bringing together an enviable line-up of Aussie acts was paramount for the organisers, and Duane says everyone onboard  for the 2021 run can’t wait. “We are excited to have the opportunity to hit the road in 2021 bringing some great music  experiences that the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR has been sharing with audiences for over a decade,” he says. “Bringing  together our mates in the music industry and taking the tour around Australia has always been special, but next year’s  run is going to mean a lot to everyone. We’ve invited some of the artists who have been championing the tour from the  very beginning and know everyone can’t wait to put on an incredible show. We look forward to making new musical  memories for the next decade and can’t wait to see all the music-lovers who have supported us over the years at one of  the shows in 2021.”  

The 2021 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR line-up hardly needs an introduction to audiences, it features Australian music  royalty. Jimmy Barnes, affectionately known by all as Barnesy, is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll. He  released his 17th solo album, My Criminal Record, in 2019 and recently dropped a new single, the haunting co-write with  Don Walker Killing Time, which featured the Australian Chamber Orchestra. His third book, Killing Time: short stories  from the long way home, debuted as #1 on the non-fiction book charts.  

Hoodoo Gurus are one of the country’s favourite bands, melding together their distinctly Australian sound with a big  chunk of punk attitude, making them a formidable force for more than 35 years. This is a band that helped give loud  guitars a new lease of life, back when synthesisers ruled the airwaves back in the early ‘80s. The Gurus are still going  strong releasing three new singles this year – Answered Prayers, Hung Out To Dry and Get Out Of Dodge – and have a  new album, and 40th anniversary celebrations, scheduled for 2021. 

After a sell-out tour in 2019, Jon Stevens returns to thrill audiences far and wide with the Noiseworks & INXS Collection,  which pays homage to the bands that helped cement him as Aussie rock royalty. With a career that spans more than four  decades, Jon has a swag of solo hits to his name, as well as songs which have become all-time favourites from his time  with bands Noiseworks, INXS and the Dead Daisies. His performance will feature hit after hit and have punters on their  feet from start to finish. 

Diesel brings a special show to the stage in 2021, with Re-injected 30thAnniversary. It is hard to believe that it has been  little over three decades since the release of his debut album Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. Since then Diesel has  released a swag of albums and forged an impressive solo career, but has always had a soft spot for the classic singles  spawned from that original release. His 2021 show will revisit the essence of that record, including singles Don’t Need  Love, Cry In Shame and Soul Revival, to name a few, as well as other beloved hits from throughout his career.

Vika & Linda have long been revered for their soulful vocals, and their most recent album Sunday (The Gospel According  to Iso), which smashed onto the ARIA charts in 2020 at #2, highlights they truly are an Australian treasure. Their previous  release – Akilotoa – Anthology 1996-2004 – hit #1 on the ARIA Charts in 2020 also. As inductees in the Music Victoria Hall  of Fame in 2019, they have been nominated for four ARIA awards, and have collaborated vocally on numerous #1 albums.  They recorded three classic albums with The Black Sorrows, and have six studio albums, two live albums and a chart topping Anthology to their name.  

Chris Cheney is revered as one of the country’s most phenomenal guitarists, and as lead-singer of rockabilly band The  Living End, has been touring the world for more than three decades. Responsible for penning the smash hit singles Second  Solution / Prisoner of Society, All Torn Down and Roll on to name a few, he has released eight studio albums with The  Living End and have a massive fan base not only in Australia, but also the United States and United Kingdom. 

There is no doubt the 2021 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will create some unforgettable memories. Jimmy Barnes says 2020  has created the longest gap between tours since he left Adelaide with Cold Chisel as a teenager. “It’s time to stop playing  songs in my house and start heading back out on the road,” he says. “I’m fired up and ready to go! And while this tour  won’t be hitting New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria yet, please rest assured that we definitely  haven’t forgotten you. We just need to make sure everyone can have a safe day out together, so hopefully we will be  doing gigs for you later in 2021.” 

Dave Faulkner from Hoodoo Gurus feels the same. “We’re really excited to finally get out and play some concerts after  so many months of being cooped up at home,” he says. “As George Harrison said in his song, Here Comes The Sun, little  darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter’. It certainly has, but summers coming and we can promise you that when  Hoodoo Gurus get back on sage, we’re going to be red hot. Look out!” 

This sentiment is echoed by Jon Stevens. “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone,” he says. “I think 2020 has taught  us all that. I have really missed performing and I can’t wait to get out there.”  

Diesel says returning to the stage on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will mean so much more, to both artists and audiences,  since COVID-19. “It is a real cathartic thing for people to get together, and music can bring spirits together,” he says. “It  is a healthy escapism that people need, the power of music is therapeutic. In hindsight of what we have all been through,  it is the escapism we need. If we can make people forget about stuff for a couple of hours, that is a good thing.” 

For Vika & Linda, the return to the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is also about bringing people together. “’The life I love is  making music with my friends’,” says Vika. “We agree with Willie Nelson and after the year we’ve all had, the RED HOT  SUMMER TOUR is bring us back together, and we can’t wait to get on the road again.” 

Tickets for the 2021 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR are on sale from 9am Thursday 12th November 2020. Tickets are only  available through Ticketmaster. Punters are advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers,  as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured.  

Saturday 13th March 2021 
Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS | 136 100 

Sunday 14th March 2021 
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, HOBART TAS | 136 100 

Saturday 27th March 2021 
Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA 
Sounds By The River | 136 100 

Sunday 28th March 2021 
Seppeltsfield, BAROSSA SA | 136 100 

Saturday 10th April 2021 
Sandalford Wines, SWAN VALLEY WA | 136 100

Saturday 1st May 2021 
Sandstone Point Hotel, BRIBIE ISLAND QLD | 136 100 

Sunday 2nd May 2021 
Queens Park, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 136 100 

Sunday 9th May 2021 
Harrigans Drift Inn, JACOBS WELL QLD | 136 100 

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