After a whirlwind year of festival appearances, TV performances and award nominations, King Stingray have announced their first ever national tour, kicking off in Feb 2022.
Despite the many challenges thrown at them, King Stingray have only managed to go from strength to strength in the 12 months since the release of their debut single ‘Hey Wanhaka‘. Their second single ‘Get Me Out‘ became an accidental lockdown anthem at the beginning of 2021, and their third release ‘Milkumana‘ is undeniably the danceable breath of fresh air that Australia needed coming into a Summer of relative freedom.
Hailed as “one of the most exciting acts in the country today” (NME), the band also recently nabbed themselves triple j’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ J Award for 2021.
Those lucky enough to catch the band live between lockdowns will have experienced the infectious energy that King Stingray bring to their live shows and they can be guaranteed that the vibe will be even stronger on this next run…
“We’re so excited to rock the nation next year!” exclaims guitarist Roy Kellaway, “We’ve got our power stance engaged, ready to rock the dhukarr! See you all there!”
Friday, February 25 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday, February 26 – The Rosemount, Perth
Friday, March 4 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday, March 5 – Nine Lives Festival, Brisbane
Sunday, March 6 – Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Gold Coast
Friday, March 11 – Altar, Hobart
Monday, March 14 – Womadelaide, Adelaide
Saturday, March 26 – Kambri, Canberra
Sunday, March 27 – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal
Saturday, April 2 – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong
Sunday, April 3 – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal
About King Stingray:
King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and two cultures coming together. Growing up together in Yirrkala in North-East Arnhem Land, founding members Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu (frontman) and Roy Kellaway (guitar) have been playing and making music together for as long as they can remember.
Yirrŋa and Roy formed King Stingray with mates Dimathaya Burarrwanga (rhythm guitar backing vocals and yidaki), Campbell Messer (bass) and Lewis Stiles (drums). The band seamlessly blend ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a unique sound of their own: Yolŋu surf-rock.
Propelled by the instant success of their debut track “Hey Wanhaka” in October 2020, accidental lockdown anthem “Get Me Out”, and current groove-laden dance jam “Milkumana”, the band have soared to unexpected heights. In just over 12 months King Stingray have performed for triple j’s Live at the Wireless, appeared on ABC TV’s The Sound, been profiled in The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and won triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year J award.
The band spent 2021 dodging COVID-19 restrictions to wow crowds along the eastern states, completely selling out their first ever tour in March/April and gaining new fans at Dark Mofo in Hobart and Splendour in the Grass XR.