Red Hot Summer Tour 2020
Sat 11 Apr 2020
The Red Hot Summer Tour celebrates 10 years of Red Hot Rock in 2020 and in true style, organisers have put together an incredible All Australian line up for a massive four-month series of dates.
In an incredible coup for music-fans, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Hunters & Collectors are reuniting to headline the 2020 tour, bringing with them special guests James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.
Promoter Duane McDonald launched the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2011 with a line-up of three artists on the bill and 6 shows throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Fast forward a decade, and the Red Hot Summer Tour is one of the hottest tickets on the summer music calendar.
In 2020, the Red Hot Summer Tour will visit Queensland, both the metro centre and the Tropical North, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, fully realising Duane’s original dream of ensuring the music-loving public around the country had access to top-quality festivals.
“The past 10 years have gone so fast and we have been so proud to see the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR continue to grow each year,” says Duane.
“The support we have received from audiences has been phenomenal. To everyone who has attended a Red Hot Summer Tour show over the last decade – thank you. You are the reason we do what we do, and will continue to bring you the best quality music experience, every year. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Red Hot Rock with music fans around the country.”
Reforming for this special 10th anniversary of the Red Hot Summer Tour, Hunters & Collectors performances are a rare thing indeed and a huge coup for music fans. The legendary band disbanded over two decades ago and have only performed again a handful of times since – notably at The Sound Relief Concert in 2009 and a brief run five years ago. Banding together again specifically for the Red Hot Summer Tour is apt, considering that Hunters & Collectors voracious live performances are so well suited in a festival environment. With smash hit songs such as When The River Runs Dry, Say Goodbye, Do You See What I See, True Tears Of Joy, Holy Grail and the anthemic Throw Your Arms Around Me, Hunters & Collectors have sold over one million albums spawning 19 hit singles.
James Reyne has been treading the boards in the rock halls of Australian music for decades. From his time fronting the legendary Australian Crawl through to his successful solo career, James’ music is part of Australian history. As a prolific songwriter and strong vocalist, it’s no surprise that James has won accolade after accolade for his contribution to music. When Australian Crawl split in the mid-1980s, James embarked on a successful solo career. James Reye stands alone within an elite cluster of exclusive Australian performers.
The Living End are considered Australian rock royalty, and for good reason. Their blistering live performances have seen them perform far and wide, and their reputation precedes them, they rock from the first note to the last. When The Living End first smashed onto the scene in 1997 with their double-A single Prisoner of Society and Second Solution, they embraced a new Australian sound and fans and critics sat up and listened. Since then they have released seven studio albums, two of which have debuted at #1 on the ARIA Chart – four of those are Platinum and two are Gold. They have been nominated for an incredible 27 ARIA Awards. They are close to releasing their eighth studio album and audiences at the Red Hot Summer Tour will get to see the band in full flight!
When it comes to great Aussie rock, it doesn’t come much better than The Angels. It’s been over four decades since brothers Rick and John Brewster co-founded the iconic band and have penned some of Australia’s most anthemic tracks. The Angels are widely reputed for their killer live shows. With hits like Long Line, Marseille, Be With You, After the Rain, Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage to name a few. Audiences have always loved seeing The Angels on the Red Hot Summer Tour and 2020 promises to really rock!
Baby Animals burst onto the Australian scene in the 1990s with a solid rock force and a sassy lead singer. Suze DeMarchi proved that girls could rock just as hard as guys and the Baby Animals soon kicked some impressive rock butt with hits such as Rush You, Early Warning and One Word. The band scored themselves ARIA awards for best album and toured the globe. When they split in the mid-1990s they ended a special era of Australian music. The band’s recent reformation and inclusion again on the Red Hot Summer Tour line-up is an opportunity for music fans to see their original rock at its best.
Killing Heidi also celebrate an auspicious anniversary in 2020, two decades since the release of their rock-pop debut Reflector. The smash-hit singles – including Weir and Mascara – embedded the album in Australian music history, took out four ARIA awards and reached four times platinum status. It also catapulted Killing Heidi and its teen musicians – Ella and Jesse Hooper – into international superstar status. The Hooper siblings were revered for their songwriting prowess and their subsequent albums earned them critical acclaim.
Marking another milestone on the tour, Boom Crash Opera celebrates the 30th anniversary of their ARIA Top 10 album These Are Crazy Times, which spawned smash singles such as Onion Skin, The Best Thing, Talk About It, Get Out Of The House and Dancing In The Storm. To make the occasion even more special, the band – Peter Farnan, Peter ‘Maz’ Maslen and John Favro – are excited to welcome back Dale Ryder who will lead the vocal charge. Audiences will be treated to all the hits, including Hands Up In The Air, Her Charity, Love Me To Death and Great Wall to name a few. Boom Crash Opera have a lot to celebrate and what better place to do it than on the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2020.
The Red Hot Summer Tour is always a sell-out series and the 10 years of Red Hot Rock in 2020 will create Australian music history. Don’t miss these very special shows.
Artist Playing Times: Gates Open 1pm; Boom Crash Opera 1:40pm to 2:10pm; Killing Heidi 2:30pm to 3:10pm; Baby Animals 3:30pm to 4:10pm; The Angels 4:35pm to 5:20pm; The Living End 5:45pm to 6:30pm; James Reyne 6:55pm to 7:45pm; Hunters and Collectors 8:15pm to 9:30pm (Artist line up and playing times are subject to change)
Event Date: Saturday, April 11
Information: For more information, please visit WEBSITE!
Location: Darwin Amphitheatre is a magnificent grassed open-air venue located in the Charles Darwin Botanic Gardens. The immediate stage front area is reserved for standing room only. Behind this area is general admission unreserved seating. Patrons are encouraged to bring a camp chair / small rug to the event. All areas of this venue have view of the stage.
Disabled Patrons: Disabled parking is available within close proximity to the event entry. Once inside the venue, patrons may take advantage of a dedicated viewing area located approximately 60 metres from the stage. This area is unreserved and available for disabled patrons and their immediate carer only. The Red Hot Summer Tour accepts companion cards for an immediate carer attending the event with a disabled patron. Please present your accreditation at entry to gate staff. Patrons, please note that this is an outdoor venue with some uneven surfaces and is open to the elements. If you require any assistance on the day please ask one of our staff or security.
Box Office/Ticketing: the Box Office is located at the concert entry point and will be open 60 minutes prior to gates opening until the headline artist commences. Please have your ticket printed and ready for scanning at the gates.
Ticketing Policy: the official ticketing agency for this show is Ticketmaster Australia and Ticketebo. The Red Hot Summer Tour takes no responsibility for any tickets purchased outside of Ticketmaster or Ticketebo. Tickets purchased through third parties such as Viagogo, Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook etc are done so at the customers' own risk. Fraudulent tickets will not be honoured.
Conditions of Entry: It is a condition of entry that all bags, chairs, eskies and personal belongings be presented to security staff for inspection and scanning at entry. Patrons detected attempting to bring BYO Alcohol into the venue will be refused entry / ejected without refund. Please note that this event also has a No Pass Out policy so please come prepared for the full day.
Rock Bar Ticket Holders: Patrons holding Rock Bar tickets please proceed to the venue box office on arrival to collect your accreditation. The Rock Bar is a private beer garden located approx. 80m from the stage. It has view of the stage. The area has unreserved tables, chairs, umbrellas and shade areas as well as a private bar and toilets.
A BBQ dinner is also provided as part of this ticket. Dedicated entry is also offered. The Rock Bar is not a VIP Facility, it is a retreat for patrons to enjoy the day and you may come and go from this area at any time. All patrons entering this area must have a valid Rock Bar ticket, regardless of age.
Permitted Items: You may bring to this event: Camp Chair, Small Picnic Rug, Sealed Still Bottled Water ( not carbonated ), Snack Foods, Small Esky or Cooler Bag, Rain Poncho, Non Professional Camera. It is also advised to bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to the event.
Prohibited Items: Items strictly prohibited from entry: Alcohol, Soft Drink & Non-Alcoholic Beverages (apart from sealed still bottled water) Umbrellas, Glass, Metal Cutlery, Pets, Tables, Professional Cameras, Shade Structures, Tents, Offensive Clothing, MC Club Attire, Bicycles, Scooters, Food Dye.
Food and Beverage: This event will have a large range of food available for purchase, and includes menu items for intolerances and vegetarian/vegan patrons.
A public bar will also operate for the event duration offering a range of Beer, Wine, Cider, Spirits and Non Alcoholic Beverages.
Merchandise and ATM: A large range of Artist and exclusive 10th Anniversary Tour Merchandise will be available for the event duration from the merchandising facility adjacent to the bar.
ATM Cash Out is also available from ATM Machines located in this area.
Age Restrictions: This venue is licensed all ages. All patrons under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and remain in care at all times. Patrons under 12 years will be admitted free of charge with a paying Parent / Guardian. All patrons entering the Rock Bar must hold a valid ticket regardless of age.
Weather Policy: This event is an open-air concert that will proceed rain, hail or shine. In the very unlikely event of an event cancellation, all ticket holders will be advised via SMS, Email, Social Media as well as an update on this website. The event will only be cancelled if the site is deemed too dangerous to proceed/continue. This decision will be made by Event Management / Security / The Venue and Emergency Services. Patrons are advised to come prepared for the elements with appropriate attire, sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, jacket/poncho.
Event Updates: To stay up to date with this event please visit our Facebook page Red Hot Summer Tour Official and look for the Darwin Event. Please also keep an eye on this website as we will be updating any new information as the event nears. All ticket purchasers will receive an event information email and sms in the week leading up to the concert.