|Feb 23, 2015||Vector Arena, Auckland - All Ages|
|Feb 25, 2015||Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney - All Ages|
|Feb 27, 2015||Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - All Ages|
|Mar 03, 2015||Perth Arena, Perth - All Ages|
|Mar 05, 2015||Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane - All Ages|
FIRST EVER TOUR OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCED!
Frontier Touring and Illusive are thrilled to confirm that Canadian hip-hop superstar Drake will be performing headline shows in Australia and New Zealand for the very first time; playing Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane while in Australia to headline Future Music Festival in summer 2015. In further exciting news, 2 Chainz will be kicking off the night as Drake’s very special guest.
‘Hip-hop’s current center of gravity’ – NY Times
‘There's never been a hip-hop star quite like him’ – Rolling Stone
‘…an exhilarating change of pace for the genre’ – Consequence of Sound
For the past few years, Drake has sat at the nucleus of the worldwide rap and R&B worlds. It’s hard to think of another artist in recent history who has so successfully ridden the lines between out-and-out international megastar and critical darling. While regularly topping the Billboard Chart and arenas worldwide, he also tops Pitchfork lists and is so staunchly followed by blogs, critics and the internet in general that he has almost become a human meme. And for good reason – he has released some of the most cutting edge, relatable, anthemic, profound, impossible-to-categorise music this side of the millennium. The man is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon.
The Toronto-raised rapper’s list of admirers and collaborators is second to none: he has collaborated with the cream of the music industry including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.
Having recently toured the United States on the ‘Drake vs Lil Wayne’ co-headline tour, Drake brings with him an extensive production that is nothing short of spectacular with a show that includes pyrotechnics, fire, lasers, extensive lighting, sound systems and so much more.
Renowned for one of the biggest live productions by a hip hop artist – this show is going to be huge!
Drake first won hearts the world over as junior high schooler Jimmy Brooks on Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Whilst appearing in the show, Drake released several mixtapes which caught the attention one of the genre’s trailblazers, Lil Wayne.
Immediately after hearing his mix, Lil Wayne invited Drake to board a flight to Houston that night to join his national tour. After touring and recording with his mentor throughout 2008, Drake signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label in 2009.
Three studio albums, a Grammy Award, eleven BET Awards and three Juno Awards later, Drake has evolved to become one of the most innovative and acclaimed rappers, record producers and songwriters ever.
Drake has proven he has the star power to back up the critical acclaim with over five million albums sold worldwide, hundreds of millions of streams across the globe and the record for the most #1 hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Chart to his name thanks to chart toppers like ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ (ft. Majid Jordan), ‘Started From The Bottom’, ‘Take Care’ (ft. Rihanna), and ‘Headlines’. His latest two albums, ‘Take Care’ and ‘Nothing Was The Same’ are both considered bona fide modern classics.
Last month Drake scored his 72nd Billboard Hot 100 entry – overtaking The Beatles. With fourth album Views from the 6 due for release in mid-2015 (through Universal), Drake has been dropping precursory non-album tracks on Soundcloud including ‘0 to 100/The Catch Up’, ‘Draft Day’ and ‘Trophies’ which have over 50 million plays between them on that platform alone. Surely Drake is set to break even more sales and chart records in the months to come once the singles from the album begin to surface. Those lucky enough to be in attendance will be amongst the first to hear these new tracks live in all their glory!
With the October’s Very Own (OVO) brand, Drake has also built an empire, including label OVOSOUND and annual OVOFEST which has featured the likes of powerhouses including Eminem, Outkast and Jay Z.
Drake’s friend and frequent collaborator 2 Chainz will be joining him on stage at these not to be missed headline shows. Responsible for some of the biggest jams of the past few years including ‘No Lie’ (ft. Drake), ‘Birthday Song’ (ft. Kanye West) and ‘I’m Different’, the four-time BET Award winner and Grammy nominated rapper will set the mood for the night in his inimitable and flawless style.
Drake will hit arenas in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from Monday 23 February through to Thursday 5 March. Don’t fret Adelaide – he’ll be bringing his full production to his headlining show at Future Music Festival 2015 on Monday 9 March.
Drake’s first trip to Australia + New Zealand will be talked about for many years to come. Make sure you grab tickets before they sell out!
Monday 23 February Auckland | Vector Arena (All Ages)
Wednesday 25 February Sydney | Allphones Arena (All Ages)
Friday 27 February Melbourne | Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)
Tuesday 3 March Perth | Perth Arena (All Ages)
Thursday 5 March Brisbane | Entertainment Centre (All Ages)
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Drake’s friend and frequent collaborator 2 Chainz will be joining him on stage on this tour of Australia + New Zealand. Responsible for some of the biggest jams of the past few years including ‘No Lie’ (ft. Drake), ‘Birthday Song’ (ft. Kanye West) and ‘I’m Different’, the four-time BET Award winner and Grammy nominated rapper will set the mood for the night in his inimitable and flawless style.
P Reign, also lovingly referred to as The King of Da North, will be whetting the appetites of audiences at all shows with a short set prior to 2Chainz taking to the stage. One of Drake’s long time collaborators and one of the rising stars in hip-hop, P Reign is signed to RCA and has smashed through the airwaves with tracks such as ‘Dnf’ featuring Drake and Future and ‘We Them’ featuring A$AP Rocky.
One Day DJs
Rounding up the lineup for all Australian shows is Sydney outfit One Day DJs. The Sydney hip hop collective is responsible for the event One Day Sundays, which is fast earning a reputation as Australia’s best block party. Made up of members of Joyride, Horrorshow, Jackie Onassis and Spit Syndicate, One Day have added another accolade to their long list, with their track ‘Love Me Less’ sneaking in to triple j’s Hottest 100 over the weekend at number 92.
Rounding up the lineup is Auckland/Thames based trio, 'Midnight Gallery'. Their music salutes the 90s Hip Hop and R&B they grew up listening to in their respective neighbourhoods of Newton Central, Thames and Freemans Bay. Midnight Gallery's approach to writing music, has a strong emphasis on originality with an absence of major sampling. Offering accomplished symmetry between rap and singing, lyrics paint the pictures of real life, sketching experiences on a variety of musical canvases.
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6.00pm | Doors Open
7.20pm | Midnight Gallery
7.50pm | P Reign
8.10pm | 2 Chainz
9.15pm | Drake
ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS
6.45pm | Doors Open
7.00pm | One Day DJs
7.50pm | P Reign
8.10pm | 2 Chainz
9.15pm | Drake
Please note: times are a guide only and subject to change without notice