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Five new dates announced for Red Hot Summer 2023 tour

The regional Red Hot Summer Tour has been extended for its 2023 schedule, with the full itinerary – featuring line-ups topped by Paul Kelly, former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning and Missy Higgins – now comprising 25 dates.

Promoters announced the new series of shows yesterday (September 18), adding one-off dates in Western Australia (a concert at Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley, scheduled for Saturday March 18) and the Northern Territory (in Botanical Garden on Saturday May 6), plus two new dates in Queensland and one in New South Wales.

The tour kicks off on Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15 in Victoria’s idyllic Mornington Peninsula, with four more in-state shows spread across the itinerary. QLD punters will also have six opportunities to take part in the tour, while NSW punters will have five, South Australians will have four and Tasmanians will have two.

Tickets for the five new shows go on sale at 9 a.m. local time this Thursday (September 22), with a Ticketmaster presale starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow (September 20). Find more details about this, and tickets for the other 20 shows, here.

Rounding out the lineup for all but one show – in the Queensland town of Southport – there will be a joint performance by Ian Moss and Troy Cassar-Daley, as well as sets by Mark Seymour (of Hunters & Collectors) and Vika & Linda. For this Southport show, Moss will be performing solo.

In a press release, Red Hot Summer promoter Duane McDonald said, “We are thrilled with this lineup and the areas we will be visiting. The amount of hits produced by these artists is amazing. The tour has always been about bringing great music to the regions and supporting phenomenal Australian artists.

“We are so grateful to be able to continue to do so and to share these experiences with all the music fans who continue to show up year after year. We look forward to seeing everyone this summer.

The excitement of McDonald’s was echoed by many of the artists appearing. In his own statement, Kelly noted that “the past two years have shown how valuable live music is to us and to those who come,” and that he and his band will “bring it, give it their all and play every show as if it were our last, because you never know what’s around the corner”.

Fanning also explained how keen he is to get back on the road, especially as he will be visiting parts of Australia for the very first time. He said: “I can’t wait to get back on the road to do a ‘real’ tour after almost three years of back and forth and disruption. I’ve NEVER played a lot of cities on this tour in 30 years of touring, so I can’t wait to get out there and play some stuff from my entire career.

Higgins also noted that “it will be so good to get back on the road and playing in so many amazing parts of the country.” She continued, “The past few years have shown us that we can’t take anything for granted and being able to tour again will be very special, which is what I love the most. I’m also really looking forward to sharing the stage with such amazing Australian artists.

Finally, Seymour said the Red Hot Summer Tour was “one of the biggest tours on our national music calendar”, explaining how the run “does what few other festivals can do” and “goes where people live, which is pretty much everywhere.” He continued, “Reaching people is very important to me, so I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this fabulous bill in 2023. “

The full list of dates for the Red Hot Summer 2023 tour is as follows:

January
Saturday 14 – Mornington Peninsula, Racecourse (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 15 – Mornington Peninsula, Racecourse
Saturday 21 – Mannum, Mary Ann Reserve (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 22 – Seppeltsfield
Saturday 28 – Batemans Bay, Mackay Park

FEBRUARY
Saturday 4 – Port Macquarie, Westport Park
Saturday 11 – Berry, Showground
Saturday 18 – Launceston, Country Club lawns
Sunday 19 – Hobart, Botanical Gardens
Saturday 25 – Bendigo, Hippodrome

MARCH
Saturday 4 – Ballarat, North Gardens
Sunday 5 – Mildura, Place Nowingi
Saturday 11 – Victor Harbour, Kent Reserve
Sunday 12 – Mount Gambier, former prison of Mount Gambier
Saturday 18 – Swan Valley, Sandalford Wines (NEW SHOW)
Saturday 25 – Hunter Valley, Roche Estate
Sunday 26 – Bella Vista, Bella Vista Farm

APRIL
Saturday 1 – Wodonga, Gateway Lakes
Saturday 15 – Toowoomba, Queens Park
Saturday 22 – Southport, Broadwater Parklands*
Sunday 23 – Jacobs Well, Harrigans Calypso Bay
Saturday 29 – Bribie Island, Sandstone Point Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 30 – Bribie Island, Sandstone Point Hotel

MAY
Saturday 6 – Darwin, Botanical Gardens
Saturday 13 – Cairns, Showgrounds

* – Ian Moss solo