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The Whitlams

Last Drinks at the Morrison Hotel

It’s 20 years since “Blow Up the Pokies” was released on the multi-platinum album “Love this City” and even though all the band can really do is shrug their shoulders that nothing has changed on the pokies front they can mark the passage of time and recall partying like it was 1999 by playing most of the album each night on this tour.

The Whitlams are also thrilled to announce that two of their favourite artists will join the shows in the capital cities next year – Bob Evans and Ella Hooper – in the 2019 Last drinks at the Morrison Hotel Tour.

Tim Freedman says “ I have identified 12 songs and two bonus tracks that I still want to play from “Love this City”, and that will make up the core of the shows this May and June. The other half of the rambunctious long set will wander widely through the other five albums, stopping off for six minutes at Bob Dylan’s ‘Tangled up in Blue’ which it’s time to play again”.

The band’s career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold and three ARIA Awards, including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC’s ‘My Favourite Album’ poll, and more recently earned the 17th spot in ‘Triple J¹s Hottest Australian Albums of All Time from my iPhone

BOB EVANS

Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has graced the Australian music scene for more than two decades and has written some of the country’s most beloved songs. Under the alias of Bob Evans, Mitchell has released six albums, all of which showcase the versatility and skill of this talented songsmith. Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that characterises Mitchell’s substantial body of work, the most recent of which is his new album, ‘Full Circle’, a culmination of his best, out October 2018

Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper made her entrance onto the Australian music landscape as the technicolour teenage frontwoman of her high school band, Killing Heidi. At age 13 she won Triple J’s unearthed competition and has been writing and releasing intense, intelligent pop music ever since. In and out of the studio for much of 2018, Ella kicks things off with new single ‘To The Bone’. It’s been a colourful journey and it’s only getting busier for this chameleonic purveyor of pop rock.

2019 Tour Dates

TUE 21 & LIZOTTES NEWCASTLE, NSW WED 22 MAY
Tickets: https://lizottes.com.au/
No support

FRI 24 MAY CANBERRA THEATRE – PLAYHOUSE CANBERRA, ACT
Tickets: https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/
With Bob Evans

THUR 30 MAY MIAMI MARKETTA GOLD COAST, QLD
Tickets: www.oztix.com.au
With Bob Evans

FRI 31 MAY THE TRIFFID BRISBANE, QLD
Tickets: www.oztix.com.au
With Bob Evans & special guests

WED 5 JUNE REPUBLIC BAR HOBART, TAS
Tickets: www.moshtix.com.au
No support

FRI 7 JUNE THE GOV ADELAIDE, SA
Tickets: www.oztix.com.au
With Bob Evans & Ella Hooper

THUR 13 JUNE THE JOAN PENRITH, NSW
Tickets: https://www.thejoan.com.au/
With special guests

FRI 14 JUNE METRO THEATRE SYDNEY, NSW
Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au
With Bob Evans & Ella Hooper

SAT 15 JUNE RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA, NSW
Tickets: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/
With Bob Evans

THUR 20 JUNE CORNER HOTEL MELBOURNE, VIC
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.au
With Bob Evans & Ella Hooper

FRI 28 JUNE MECC – AUDITORIUM MACKAY, QLD
Tickets: http://www.themecc.com.au/
With special guests

SAT 29 JUNE PILBEAM THEATRE ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
Tickets: http://www.seeitlive.com.au/Home
With special guests

SUN 30 JUNE GLADSTONE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE GLADSTONE, QLD Tickets: https://gladstoneentertainment.com/
With special guests

THUR 4 JULY ASTOR THEATRE PERTH, WA
Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au
With Bob Evans & Ella Hooper

The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Orchestra Tour

 

THE WHITLAMS

25th Anniversary Orchestra Tour

April and May 2017 – Tickets on sale Now

 

Australian musical institution The Whitlams will mark the 25th anniversary of their scrappy genesis with a national orchestral tour in April and May 2017.

 

Adding an air of aural sophistication to lead singer-songwriter Tim Freedman’s pop smarts, the full orchestral treatment will be given to their classic hits including ‘Blow Up the Pokies’, ‘No Aphrodisiac’, ‘Thank You (For Loving Me At My Worst)’ and many more, under the baton of conductor Guy Noble.

 

The beautifully crafted and textured arrangements were commissioned over a decade dating from the first symphonic collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2004. Composers of the calibre of Peter Sculthorpe, Brett Dean and James Ledger have contributed scores, and the repertoire has been critically lauded as the most successful union of classical and pop this county has seen. The brilliant musicianship of Jak Housden (guitar), Warwick Hornby (bass) and Terepai Richmond (drums) is enhanced by a 50 piece orchestra on each date, and is sure to impress fans and music lovers alike.

 

Playing for one night only in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, the tour follows on from The Whitlams’ immensely successful collaborations with our state symphony orchestras over many years. This will be, for instance, the 11th Sydney Opera House Concert Hall show for Sydney Symphony and The Whitlams.

 

Tim Freedman said, “It is an honour to play with these musicians who in some cases have been playing their instruments since they were in the womb. I particularly look forward to hearing Peter Sculthorpe¹s beautiful string interlude to my song ‘Out the Back’ for the fist time since he passed away two years ago. It never fails to send audiences into raptures.”

 

The Whitlams have been a fixture on the Australian music scene since 1992. Their achievements include seven albums (three multi-Platinum and three Gold) and three ARIA Awards, including a Best Group gong

presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC ‘My Favourite Album’ poll, and more recently was voted no. 17 in ‘Triple J¹s Hottest Australian Albums of All Time’.

 

 

 

The Whitlams – 25th Anniversary Orchestra Tour

Presented by The Music House

Friday 28 April                        

Brisbane (Philharmonia Australia)

Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Saturday 29 April                  

Melbourne (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Tuesday 2 May                      

Sydney (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Wednesday 3 May               

Perth (West Australian Symphony Orchestra)

Perth Concert Hall

Friday 5 May                          

Canberra (The National Pops Orchestra)

Canberra Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre

Saturday 6 May                     

Adelaide (Adelaide Pops Orchestra)

Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

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