The live music scene in Ballarat is set to explode after an arduous two years with a rock extravaganza to excite the masses.
Tickets to the Red Hot Summer 'Unfinished Business' Tour, scheduled for Saturday 19 March 2022 at North Gardens, will go on sale at 10am on Thursday 14 October through Ticketmaster.
With music fans having been denied so much in recent times, and performers, crew, and promoters severely shaken by the global pandemic, excitement will reach fever pitch in anticipation of the show.
Red Hot Summer promoter Duane McDonald, based in Ballarat, could not contain his enthusiasm when the tour, which will feature 12 shows across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland, was confirmed.
"We are thrilled to be able to return to the stage in 2022 with this magnificent line-up and revisit many of the shows that were lost to COVID," Mr McDonald said.
"We continue to be blown away by the support we have received from audiences.
"To everyone who has, and continues, to support us and the live music industry, you are the reason we do what we do and keep creating these memories.
"We can't wait to see you in 2022."
A star-studded selection of Australian rock royalty will be on display.
Leading the bill will be Hunters & Collectors, a band whose live performances were exceedingly rare before COVID-19 hit. Hunters & Collectors has reformed specifically for the tour and renditions of anthems Holy Grail and Throw Your Arms Around Me will undoubtedly bring the crowd to its collective feet.
Supporting the Mark Seymour-led group will be a plethora of music icons.
James Reyne, known for his tenure in Australian Crawl, as well as a subsequent hugely successful solo career, will again thrill audiences with his characteristic vocals. Classics such as Boys Light Up and Reckless will have the audience singing along with the charismatic star.
From humble beginnings in suburban Melbourne, The Living End is well-known for its energy on stage and distinct sound. Having burst onto the scene in 1997, tunes like Prisoner of Society and Second Solution will be lapped up by desperate fans.
"It's going to be fun," Chris Cheney, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Living End said.
"The tour that we're doing is the one that was cancelled just as the pandemic hit. We were half way through those shows and everyone was having a great time. It was like a big travelling circus and, all of a sudden, it came to a grinding halt.
"Next year's going to be absolutely mental. I think that there will be a certain freedom next year where people will really let loose, let their hair down, and get back to some semblance of the life we once knew."
The Angels have been around for over four decades, having been co-founded by brothers Rick and John Brewster in Adelaide. So influential has the band been, many international acts, including Guns N' Roses and Pearl Jam, acknowledge it for its impact. If Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? is performed, those who love their hard rock will not be able to contain themselves. That said, it will not be for the faint of heart either.
Those who were around in the early 1990s will still recall the debut album from Baby Animals, led by powerhouse Suze DeMarchi. The record went to #1 on the Australian charts and resulted in huge tours overseas. Hits Rush You and Early Warning will certainly be rolled out during Red Hot Summer, although fans will be hoping for more obscure tracks like Don't Tell Me What to Do and Satellite, the latter from DeMarchi's solo career.
"I'm excited to play again; that's a given," Ms DeMarchi.
"That is something we are all looking forward to."
Killing Heidi originated in Violet Town, Victoria, in the mid-1990s, formed by teenage siblings Ella and Jesse Hooper. Singles Weir and Mascara saw the album Reflector reach the top spot on the ARIA charts for seven weeks and it won four ARIA awards in 2000, including album of the year and best group.
Rounding out the performers will be the Dale Ryder-helmed Boom Crash Opera. It has been over 30 years since the band's Top 10 record, These Are Crazy Times, which featured Dancing In The Storm, The Best Thing, and Onion Skin, was released. Boom Crash Opera has been one of Australia's most-loved groups from a golden period of immense musical talent.
A glorious festival of Australian rock, to be held just over two years after the enormity of COVID-19 dawned on those in Ballarat, will be something to savour, a bright stage light at the end of a long and dark tunnel.
This concert is rescheduled from 2020. Those still holding tickets to the 2020 concert will have their tickets recognised.
Remaining tickets go on sale at 10am local time on Thursday 14 October 2021 via Ticketmaster. Patrons are advised to not purchase tickets through third party sellers.