“Lonely Diamond is not just the Sydney sextet’s most sonically diverse and interesting set of tunes to date, but also undoubtedly their best” – Australian Guitar Magazine
“purveyors of a sound that an entire generation of laid-back young Australians has come to resonate with” – GQ
**** “a monster of a record that manages to inspire excitement at every one of its dizzying turns”
– NME Australia
**** “one of Australia’s most accomplished and exciting bands on the scene”
– Rolling Stone Australia
Ocean Alley have announced new COVID-Safe shows in Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle for the summer, to coincide with the expansion and reschedule of their national headline tour until August 2021 due to varying COVID restrictions across the states.
To kick off the New Year, the psychedelic-surf-rockers will perform in Adelaide as part of the Summer Sounds Concert Series, followed by performances at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on January 21, Canberra Theatre on February 6 and Newcastle’s Civic Theatre on March 27 with local supports to be announced. It will be the band’s first headline shows in these cities since 2018, as well as the first time local audiences can experience Ocean Alley’s ARIA-nominated third album Lonely Diamondin the flesh.
Now rescheduled to commence in half two of 2021, the band’s Australian Headline Tour will commence at John Cain Arena on August 6, before visiting Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on August 13 and 14, Brisbane’s Fortitude Musical Hall for three shows between August 20-22, hometown shows at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on August 27 and 28, before rounding up at Fremantle Arts Centre on September 11. To date, more than 25,000 tickets have been sold across all shows and Perth’s electrifying Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and indie-pop darlings Dulcie both remain on support duties for the full tour.
In a statement regarding the decision to reschedule, the band shared “The recent easing of COVID restrictions definitely signals hope for the wider entertainment industry after what’s been a difficult year for all. While things are moving in a positive direction, there are still huge variances state-by-state in what is possible across inside and outdoor venues. In light of this, we will be rescheduling our Australian Tour that was due to kick off in February next year until August 2021. It’s not a decision that we’ve made lightly – we appreciate that these shows have been a long time coming, and it may seem confusing given the positivity around recent seated shows that have taken place or been announced. We have been creating the best possible live experience for this tour, and we want you to experience these shows in the way they’re intended… a room full of people, dancing shoulder to shoulder.”
All tickets that have already been purchased will be valid for the new show dates. Any ticket-holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates can safely and securely re-sell their tickets via the Tixel marketplace or obtain a full refund from the point of purchase.
Australia’s beloved funk-lords Ocean Alley have spent the past decade creating a unique lane for themselves as a proudly independent band. Following the breakout success of their 2018 album Chiaroscuro led by runaway single and triple j Hottest 100 #1 ‘Confidence’, their third LP Lonely Diamond was released to critical acclaim in June this year and debuted at #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Chart, #2 on the Australian Albums Chart and #3 on the overall Albums Chart. Despite sold out international tours and major festival appearances including Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendour In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU) under their belt, plus more than 350 million catalogue streams, the inner-workings of the band haven’t changed much since their humble beginnings jamming in a Northern Beaches garage -constantly pushing their own boundaries and defying expectations of what their music can be.
OCEAN ALLEY APPEARING AT Friday 11 December – Night Quarter, Sunshine CoastSOLD OUT Saturday 12 December – Night Quarter, Sunshine CoastSOLD OUT Sunday 13 December – Miami Marketta, Gold CoastSOLD OUT
Thursday 7 January – Summer Sounds Concert Series, Adelaide
Thursday 21 January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne NEW SHOW
Saturday 6 February – Canberra Theatre, Canberra NEW SHOW
Saturday 20 March – A Day on the Lawn Festival, Hobart
Saturday 27 March – Civic Theatre, Newcastle NEW SHOW
Friday 2 April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay
New dates on sale 10am AEDT Friday 11 December* from oceanalley.com.au *Melbourne on sale 12pm AEDT Wednesday 16 December
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2021
with Psychedelic Porn Crumpets & Dulcie
Tickets on sale now* from oceanalley.com.au
Friday 6 August – John Cain Arena, Melbourne Friday 13 August – Thebarton Theatre, AdelaideSOLD OUT
Saturday 14 August – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide NEW SHOW Friday 20 August – Fortitude Music Hall, BrisbaneSOLD OUT Saturday 21 August – Fortitude Music Hall, BrisbaneSOLD OUT
Sunday 22 August – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane NEW SHOW Friday 27 August – Hordern Pavilion, SydneySOLD OUT
Saturday 28 August – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Saturday 11 September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Presented by triple j, Lonely Lands Agency & UNIFIED Music Group
*Fortitude Music Hall on sale from 10am AEDT Friday 11 December