MARCH TOUR MADNESS
You might want to pause Netflix for a few weeks and miss out on some sleep – there are so many live shows to catch instead.
It’s been four long years for Bruno Mars fans to catch the pop-soul legend again on stage, but he’s finally making his way back to Australia as part of his 24K Magic world tour. And this time he’s bringing with him London rising star Dua Lipa for the national trek. Mars takes over Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on March 8 for a three-night stint, before moving onto Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth on March 29. All dates and ticketing info here.
The legend goes that Londoner Dua Lipa bought tickets to see Bruno Mars live when she was a teenager. Now, she’s sharing his stage, supporting him on his national Australian tour. At just 22, she’s the youngest female artist to hit a billion streams on YouTube, has won two Brit Awards and sold out her two headline Aussie shows in Sydney and Melbourne faster than you could say Next Big Thing. Fans can still catch her on the Bruno Mars tour, of course, where she plays some of the biggest stages of her young career. Catch the sassy pop star, whose 2017 self-titled set was one of the year’s standout debuts, with Mars in Melbourne from March 8, then across the country before finishing up in Perth on March 29. Dates, tickets and info here.
If there was any doubt about Sheeran’s popularity here, it was quashed when the amiable singer sold a million tickets for this tour and broke Dire Straits’ 32-year-old record. An incredible achievement for an incredible – and hard-working – artist, Sheeran sets up camp at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on March 10 before moving onto Sydney and Brisbane, finishing in the Queensland capital on March 21 ahead of an almost-sold-out New Zealand tour. Known for showcasing talent wherever he tours, Sheeran will have guests including Missy Higgins, Bliss N Eso, Fergus James and Irish singer Ryan McMullan in support at various gigs. Make sure you check out Ed's exclusive pop-up stores too, here.
The British crooner has long found a happy second home in Australia and New Zealand, deeming this neck of the woods the “most fun” he has on the road, and now he brings his The Afterlove tour to these shores. Kicking off in Christchurch on March 8 before jumping over the pond on March 10 for A Day On The Green winery shows – a first for Blunt – the shows continue through to March 20 at the beautiful Kings Park in Perth’s Botanical Gardens. (And make sure you’re across Blunt’s incredible, funny, self-deprecating Twitter feed – it’s what the internet is made for.)
The Aussie country star dashes back from two big shows in London and Glasgow with the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to play three special shows with James Blunt – two in Sydney from March 13 and one in Melbourne on March 16 – before flying back out to the US. It may be a blink-and-you-miss-it sting back home, but it’s one fans won’t want to miss. Expect to hear new tunes – as well as latest singles “Kiss Somebody” and “I Do” – from his anticipated forthcoming second album.
He may turn 70 this year, but the former Led Zeppelin frontman and all-round rock legend still has that creative fire in his belly where many peers have burnt out – and he brings his renowned stage show to Australia as one of the headline acts for Bluesfest. Armed with his latest solo set Carry Fire – his first since 2014 – Plant also stops in under the sails to play two special shows at Sydney’s Opera House Concert Hall on March 26 and 27.