Scene News: By popular demand the Red Hot Summer tour announces a special run of dates featuring John Farnham in 2019

With two massive announcements already made for the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in
2019, festival promoters have organised an incredible line-up for the
highly anticipated Series Three. Headlined by the legendary John Farnham,
with special guests Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi,
Thirsty Merc and Dragon, these select shows were hand-picked for the final
run of the 2019 festival. The special dates were by popular demand, after
an incredible sell-out series with John Farnham in 2018 there simply just
had to be more when the festival returned in 2019.

Promoter Duane McDonald says the team are looking forward to taking these
three shows out on the road. “We had such an incredible response from
audiences last season when John Farnham headlined,” he says. “We really
wanted to put on a handful of special shows in 2019 and we are so excited
about the line-up – this is what fantastic live music is all about. We will
be returning to some of our favourite venues with this series of the tour
and we look forward to sharing an unforgettable day of music with fans.”

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR series featuring John Farnham in 2017 and 2018
sold-out and the 2019 run will no doubt do the same. Revered as one of the
best male vocalists – by both fans and fellow musicians – he has had an
incredibly versatile career. His 1986 album Whispering Jack was the first
record to sell over a million copies in Australia and its chart topping
single You’re The Voice cemented the honey toned solo artist as ‘the
voice’ of the country. Over the next several years he released hit after
hit, including Pressure Down, Reasons, A Touch of Paradise, Age of Reason,
Two Strong Hearts, Angels, Talk of The Town, Chain Reaction, Burn For You,
Have A Little Faith (In Us) and That’s Freedom to name a few. Audiences
will have the chance to celebrate five decades of great music when John
takes to the stage for these select shows in 2019.

A long-time supporter of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR, Daryl Braithwaite always
puts on an incredible performance – it’s why his return to the line-up is
highly anticipated. He is one of the most recognisable voices in the
Australian music scene, and with a diverse career that has spanned decades.
Daryl’s consistency as a performer has never wavered, something that sees
him performing regularly to packed crowds around the country. Starting his
career in the 1970s as the frontman for Sherbet, Daryl was crowned King of
Pop and the band produced 20 national Top 40 singles. In the 1980’s Daryl
set out on his own solo career, releasing smash hit singles such as One
Summer, As The Days Go By and Sugar Train to name a few. His anthemic
version of The Horses is always a crowd-pleaser and a favourite for RED HOT

For lovers of great music, a concert experience with Jon Stevens is up
there with the very best. From his Noiseworks days – and hits such as
Welcome To The World, No Lies, Touch and Hot Chilli Woman – to fronting The
Dead Daisies and INXS, he has made an indelible impact with his amazing
vocals. Jon also has an incredible solo catalogue, the most recent of which
Starlight saw him do a run of sold-out dates last year. His live shows are
dynamic, high energy and will keep audiences on their feet. Music fans are
in for a treat as Jon takes RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences through his
repertoire in 2019.

It has been seven years since Vanessa Amorosi has performed as part of the
RED HOT SUMMER TOUR and audiences are certainly in for a treat. Considered
one of Australia’s most iconic female voices, the festival sees the soulful
powerhouse performer return to her live roots. Her debut album The Power
(2000) demonstrated Vanessa was a force to reckon with – it notched up six
nominations at the ARIA awards and saw her sing at the Sydney Olympics. It
was the breakthrough Top 10 hit Absolutely Everybody that made her a
household name, it stayed in the charts for six months, went certified
double platinum and charted in Europe. She continued to demonstrate her
versatility as a soul, R&B and rock performer with albums Somewhere In The
Real World (2008) and Hazardous (2009). She has sold over two million
records and heads into 2019 with a renewed focus on music and live shows,
kicking off with the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR.

It’s hard to believe it has been over 15 years since Thirsty Merc smashed
onto the scene with his such as Someday Someday and In The Summertime. Lead
singer Rai Thistlethwayte proved himself to be a world-class songwriter and
the trio performed far and wide. Having recently celebrated their 15-year
anniversary with a national tour, the return of Thirsty Merc on the
festival circuit will be embraced by audiences. The band were last part of
the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2011 where audiences delighted in their

When it comes to iconic bands, Dragon has a long history with Aussie music
fans. Moving from New Zealand to Australia in the 1970s, the
Kiwi-come-Aussie band made an indelible mark and their music captured the
hearts of a generation. Songs like April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough,
Still In Love With You, Young Years and Rain became ingrained into the
Australian psyche. They were an institution on Countdown. Fast forward more
than 45 years and audiences still can’t get enough of Dragon – with Todd
Hunter still on bass and fellow New Zealander Mark Williams on vocals, the
reformation of Dragon has seen a whole new generation of music lovers
introduced to their music and loving it.

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is always a sell-out series. The 2018 run saw many
of the shows sell-out several months before and tickets are always coveted.
Don’t miss out on tickets to the 2019 tour – these shows are what music
memories are made of!

Tickets are on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 19th July 2018. Tickets are
only available through authorised ticket outlets listed. Patrons are
advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers,
as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured. Please only use the authorised
sellers listed below.

Saturday 23rd March 2019


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Bateman’s Bay Visitor Information Centre

John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc
& Dragon

Saturday 30th March 2019


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc
& Dragon

Saturday 6th April 2019

Old Mount Gambier Gaol, MOUNT GAMBIER SA

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc
& Dragon

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