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Billy Bragg reveals rescheduled Australian tour dates

Jacob Blickenstaff
Billy Bragg

UK songwriter Billy Bragg has locked in a string of new dates for his upcoming One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Australian tour, which was due to start next month.

Bragg was due to kick of a three night run at The Governor Hindmarsh in April this year, before the tour became one of many high profile tours to be postponed or cancelled in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions on mass public gatherings

Speaking to The Adelaide Review last week, The Governor Hindmarsh said that Bragg’s three shows – the first of which had already sold out – were among hundreds of performances affected by the pandemic and its subsequent nationwide safety precautions. With the federal government since upping its measures to force all live music venues to close for a period expected to last at least six months, that’s a tally that’s likely to climb.

At the very least, then, these new January/February 2021 dates offer some light at the end of the tunnel for local music fans, kicking off in in Fremantle before making its way to Adelaide from 4 – 6 February.

Bragg’s last Adelaide show was a memorable one, with the singer telling fans afterwards that “it’s been quite a while since I took the stage with an electric guitar to confront an all-standing audience in a big, dark boozer”. One imagines Bragg will have a similar amount of pent up energy to share with us when all this is (hopefully) over.

Tickets for 2020 shows will be valid for the rescheduled dates, with refunds available for anyone who cannot make the new times.

This week, Bragg released Can’t Be There Today, a track inspired by Mother’s Day and the social distancing measures brought on by the current pandemic.

4 – 6 February 2021

Billy Bragg 2020 Australian tour dates

Freo Social
29 – 31 January

The Governor Hindmarsh
4 – 6 February

The Forum Theatre
11 – 13 February

Metro Theatre
17 – 19 February

The Triffid
23 – 25 February

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