alt-J announce local supports Royel Otis (AU) and Harper Finn NZ) on 'The Dream Tour' and 'An Awesome Wave' 10th anniversary shows20 Jan 2023
Frontier Touring are excited to announce UK indie rockers alt-J are returning to Australia and New Zealand in 2023 with their rescheduled The Dream Tour. Joining the line-up are local musical talents Royel Otis (AU support) and Harper Finn (NZ support) as special guests on all shows.
Harper Finn will join alt-J on Tuesday 18 April at Spark Arena, Auckland, while Royel Otis will play support on the Australian leg. Australian tour dates are: Tuesday 25 April at Metro Theatre (An Awesome Wave show – sold out), Wednesday 26 April at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney; Thursday 27 April at Riverstage, Brisbane; Tuesday 2 May at Northcote Theatre, Melbourne (An Awesome Wave show – sold out), Wednesday 3 May at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne; and Sunday 7 May at HBF Stadium, Perth.
Tickets to all shows via https://www.frontiertouring.com/altj and https://www.frontiertouring.com/anawesomewave
New Zealand musician and singer Harper Finn – released his debut EP Newcomer in 2022. The release features his latest single ‘Different Skies’, written in collaboration with Tobias Kuhn [Dean Lewis, Milky Chance]. Harper’s thoughtful pop arrangements are woven throughout Newcomer, including previous singles ‘Conversations (With The Moon)’, ‘She Said’, ‘Good For Me’ and ‘Dance Away These Days’, which was co-produced by five-time Grammy winner Cole MGN [Beck, Snoop Dogg, Blood Orange] and Tobias Kuhn. 'Dance Away These Days’ was certified Gold in New Zealand and ultimately lead to him winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.
Dream pop duo Royel Otis is the brainchild of Sydney friends Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell. In 2021 the band released their debut EP Campus, which introduced Royel Otis as an Australian act to watch. In October 2022, Royel Otis unveiled the first single to feature on their upcoming EP Sofa Kings, ‘Kool Aid’ and last week backed it up with their latest tune ‘I Wanna Dance With You’. The widely beloved tracks provide a dose of summery perfection that earned both local and international praise among Paper Mag, Purple Sneakers, NME, BBC Radio 1 and Apple Music 1. They have since received playlisting support from NME Radio, MTV, Rage and triple j, where 'Kool Aid' climbed to the station’s #1 Most Played track.
‘Kool Aid’ followed the release of the duo’s sophomore EP, Bar & Grill earlier last year. They have since graced the covers of global playlists including Spotify’s Today's Indie Rock (US), Front Left, Indie Arrivals, Supersound, Apple Music’s Heaps Indie and more. The duo have amassed over 10 million streams this year alone, and garnered widespread playlisting support across community radio, US college radio and BBC Radio 6. Capping off a career-high year, Royel Otis have also been named in the NME 100 and Matt Wilkinson’s (Apple Music 1) ‘Ones To Watch’ list for 2023, after also featuring in his 2022 ‘Hidden Gems’ list with fan favourite, ‘Oysters In My Pocket’.
‘Royel Otis' debut EP Bar N Grill is a collection of sweet, melodic pop that harkens back to the halcyon era of 2000s and 2010s indie. Built around skeletal arrangements and easy melodies, this is unassuming, smartly crafted pop.’ – The FADER
‘The chemistry they've got within the music is undeniable… Honestly, I think you're gonna fall for it hook line and sinker, I did at the very first listen.’ – Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1's Indie Show
Mercury Prize winner's alt-J are touring in support of their 2022 album The Dream (Liberator Music/Infectious Music), which is the band’s first new work in five years. Peaking at #6 on the ARIA Chart and #16 on the RMNZ Chart, The Dream features singles ‘U&ME’, ‘Get Better’, ‘Hard Drive Gold’ and ‘The Actor’. As their fourth studio record, it follows the chart-topping success of Relaxer (2017), This Is All Yours (2014) and An Awesome Wave (2012). Also premiering this week, alt-J leant their musical talents to KIA who used their hit ‘Left Hand Free’ in their latest commercial – watch the video here.
‘In new album The Dream, they've created a masterpiece’ – Rolling Stone UK
‘their most open-hearted record yet’ – NME
The Dream Tour will be an electrifying live show that aims to bring friends together and leave the audience with the feeling that nothing in life could be any better than it is right now.