|The Melbourne five-piece ended 2020 by announcing their biggest Australian headline performances to date, taking place in April and May this year. The band will perform to audiences at Adelaide’s The Gov on Friday 16 April, Hobart’s Altar on Saturday 17 April, Brisbane’s The Tivoli on Friday 30 April, Fremantle’s Freo Social on Saturday 1 May, Melbourne’s Forum on Friday 14 May, Sydney’s The Factory Theatre on Friday 21 May (sold out), Canberra’s Kambri ANU on Saturday 22 May and will close out the tour with a second and final Sydney show just announced for Sunday 23 May.
Whilst 2020 saw the postponement of Rolling Blackouts C.F.’s tours across the world, the year welcomed the release of their internationally acclaimed second album Sideways to New Italy. The album debuted at #4 on the ARIA Album Chart, #1 on the ARIA Australian Album Chart, #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Album Chart, and #2 on the ARIA Physical Album Chart, and features fan favourites ‘Cars In Space’, ‘She’s There’, ‘Falling Thunder’ and ‘Cameo’.
Following in the footsteps of their breakthrough debut album Hope Downs in 2018, Sideways To New Italy garnered praise by critics across the world, locally receiving a 4.5-star review from Sydney Morning Herald and 4-star reviews from The Guardian, Rolling Stone Australia, Q Magazine, The Music and NME Australia who declared that ‘…lyrically, Rolling Blackouts C.F have gone high-concept.’ Internationally, the album was crowned Rough Trade’s Album of the Month, a 5-star review from Upset, 9/10 in Uncut, and 4-star reviews across The Guardian, NME, Q, Dork & more. The band rounded out the year with multiple ‘best of 2020’ entries and were nominated for awards including the AMP (Australian Music Prize), Music Victoria Awards (Best Album & Best Group) & Double J Artist of the Year.
Tickets for the new show at The Factory Theatre go on sale at 12pm AEDT today here.