Three years ago Duane McDonald thought up this crazy idea of giving Australian music fans a great day out. Who would have thought that such a crazy idea would be a hit? Three years on, the Red Hot Summer tour is one of Australia’s most popular live events.
Over the three summer months of the Red Hot Summer tour just under 100,000 Aussie fans will experience the best Australian music in regional areas. This year’s line-up features Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks, The Angels, Mark Seymour & The Undertow and The Badloves.
The Red Hot Summer events kick-off at around midday and by 8pm when the sun is still shining, everyone is heading home from their big day out. The timing and location of the Red Hot Summer events has also made the day popular with families.
At this year’s Red Hot Summer not only are the families in the audience, they are also on the stage. Mark Seymour’s daughter Hannah joined him for a few songs in his set, Stuart’s Fraser’s daughter Liv played with Noiseworks, Sam Brewster now plays bass in his dad’s band The Angels and of course, the Barnes’ band features the artists formerly known as The Tin Lids Jackie, Elly-May and EJ as well as their mum Jane.
The Red Hot Summer ticks a few boxes, 1. Great music all day long for Australian fans, 2. Australian music artists given a platform to play and 3. Local regional communities getting a boast from the tourism live music events generate.
Australia was spoiled for the last 5 years with the worlds biggest acts week after week. That was because we had a strong Australian dollar. Those days are over. Promoters won’t be bringing the Springsteens and Stones here every month with a Au$ below US 70c. Thank God for people like Duane McDonald who support Australian music and take it to regional areas. The best music is in your own backyard. Open your eyes (and ears) Australia. Long live the Red Hot Summer tour.
Red Hot Summer dates
January 30, Launceston. Tas
January 31, Glenorchy, Tas
March 5, Jacobs Well, Qld
March 6, Sandstone Point, Qld
March 12, Dubbo, NSW
March 19, Port Macquarie, NSW
March 20, Kiama, NSW
March 26, Bendigo, Vic
March 27, Bonnie Doon, Vic
April 16, Hunter Valley
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