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Baby Animals Prepare For A Red Hot Summer of Touring

by Paul Cashmere on October 16, 2019

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When Baby Animals hit the road to start touring the summer of 2019/2020 they’ll be packing enough socks and undies for six months. After a quick whip around the country with The Angels in November and December, Baby Animals will be part of Red Hot Summer 2020.

“It is fantastic. It is well run. The audiences are great. It burns from the start,” Baby Animals guitarist Dave Leslie tells “This time around we are on quiet early, around 4:30 but the first band on is as important as the last band on. It’s a great catch-up for us. There are about eight bands on the bill. It’s a good hang, a good chat, we like it a lot”.

The great thing about Red Hot Summer is that you are pretty much guaranteed a greatest hits setlist. “You are encouraged to play your singles and give the people what they want,” Dave says. “It’s a great deal for the punters. There are a lot of happy punters out there. It’s great to see a sea of smiling faces … and you get to see other bands. That gives us a bit of a shot in the arm. When you go on after a band that’s done a blistering set the gauntlet has been thrown down and we have to bring it. It makes for good rock and roll”.

Dave says Baby Animals also ‘keep to the script’. “Every Baby Animals songs that we do is an eclectic mix but it all still sounds like us,” he says. “We thought a while ago about rewriting ‘Rush You’ but it sometimes backfires. If you try to be contrived people will access that. We’d rather let the songs be what they are”.

Reinventing the songs is not the Baby Animals style. “If you are Bob Dylan you can do that. If we hit the audience with a reggae version of ‘Early Warning’ it probably wouldn’t go down too well. It might be a laugh to do but you have to stay true to what people know, especially when we do Red Hot Summer. It’s a nostalgia trip. People come along expecting to drink some beer, sing a long and have some fun. If we were to divert from that it wouldn’t be effective. As for Dylan, you go to see the man. He can do whatever he wants”.

The Angels and Baby Animals dates

Friday 1 November
170 Russell | Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 2 November
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre | Hobart, TAS

Friday 8 November
Doyalson Wyee RSL | Doyalson, NSW

Saturday 9 November
Toronto Hotel | Toronto, NSW

Friday 15 November
The Gov | Adelaide, SA

Saturday 16 November
The Gov | Adelaide, SA

Friday 29 November
Astor Theatre | Perth, WA

Saturday 30 November
Metropolis | Fremantle, WA

Friday 6 December
The Tivoli | Brisbane, QLD

Saturday 7 December
Southport RSL | Southport, QLD

Friday 13 December
Waves | Wollongong, NSW

Saturday 14 December
Metro Theatre | Sydney, NSW

The Angels and Baby Animals will also tour Australia in 2020 for Red Hot Summer

Apple Music’s editors have created a playlist of Red Hot Rock for the 2020 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR. Stream it now on Apple Music here:

Red Hot Summer 2020 dates

Saturday 4th January 2020 – SOLD OUT
Bendigo Racecourse, BENDIGO VIC | 136 100

Sunday 5th January 2020
Old Mount Gambier Gaol, MOUNT GAMBIER SA | 136 100
Old Mount Gambier Gaol 08 8723 0032

Saturday 11th January 2020 – SOLD OUT
Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA
Sounds By The River | 136 100
Mannum Visitor Information Centre 1300 626 686

Sunday 12th January 2020
Sandalford Estate, SWAN VALLEY WA | 136 100

Saturday 18th January 2020 – SOLD OUT
Mornington Racecourse, MORNINGTON VIC | 136 100

Sunday 19th January 2020 – SOLD OUT
Mornington Racecourse, MORNINGTON VIC | 136 100

Saturday 25th January 2020 – SOLD OUT
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, HOBART TAS | 136 100

Sunday 26th January 2020
Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS | 136 100

Saturday 1st February 2020
Westport Park, PORT MACQUARIE NSW | 136 100

Saturday 8th February 2020 – SOLD OUT
Cockatoo Island, SYDNEY NSW | 136 100

Sunday 9th February 2020
Cockatoo Island, SYDNEY NSW | 136 100

Saturday 15th February 2020
Roche Estate, HUNTER VALLEY NSW | 136 100

Sunday 16th February 2020
Bella Vista Farm, BAULKHAM HILLS NSW | 136 100

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – SOLD OUT
Sandstone Point Hotel, BRIBIE ISLAND QLD | 136 100

Sunday 23rd February 2020
Queens Park – Frogs Hollow, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 136 100

Saturday 29th February 2020 – SOLD OUT
Sandstone Point Hotel, BRIBIE ISLAND QLD | 136 100

Sunday 1st March 2020 – SOLD OUT
Harrigans Drift Inn, JACOBS WELL QLD | 136 100

Saturday 7th March 2020
Mackay Park, BATEMANS BAY NSW | 136 100
Batemans Bay Visitors Centre 1800 802 528

Saturday 14th March 2020 – SOLD OUT
Kiama Showgrounds, KIAMA NSW | 136 100
Kiama Visitor Information Centre 1300 654 262

Saturday 21st March 2020
Gateway Lakes, WODONGA VIC | 136 100

Saturday 28th March 2020
North Gardens, BALLARAT VIC | 136 100

Sunday 29th March 2020
Seppeltsfield, BAROSSA SA | 136 100

Saturday 4th April 2020
Lazy River Estate, DUBBO NSW | 136 100
Dubbo Visitor Information Centre 02 6801 4450

Saturday 11th April 2020
Darwin Amphitheatre, DARWIN NT | 136 100

Saturday 18th April 2020
Barlow Park, CAIRNS QLD | 136 100

Saturday 18th April 2020
Barlow Park, CAIRNS QLD | 136 100

Sunday 26th April 2020
Noosa & District Sports Complex, TEWANTIN QLD | 136 100

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