Rodriguez Headline Show

Where: Darwin Entertainment Centre, 93 Mitchell Street, Darwin City, Northern Territory

Restrictions: All Ages

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Acclaimed Sugar Man, Rodriguez returns to Australia next February and March! The legendary singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist will bring his iconic blend of folk and psychedelic rock to our shores for a run of six massive headline shows plus three very special A Day On The Green events. Apart from these, he will also be heading to New Zealand for a show in Auckland.

"Australia and New Zealand audiences hold a very special place in my heart so I can’t wait to return down under in 2019." - Rodriguez

Joining Rodriguez on all headline shows (excluding Darwin, Auckland and all A Day On The Green shows) will be one of Australia’s finest voices, Sydney-based and 3x ARIA Award winning, Sarah Blasko. Joining the bill in Darwin will be soul singer Caiti Baker, an A.B. Original collaborator and one half of electro-soul duo Sietta. A Day On The Green special guests include Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers & Alice Skye. Local legends Dave Dobbyn, The Topp Twins and The Eastern will open the Auckland show.

Rodriguez has had strong ties to Australia and New Zealand ever since his music gained airplay locally in the mid-1970s, long before the rest of the world caught onto his talent, thanks to Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning film, 'Searching for Sugar Man'. He first toured Australia and New Zealand in the late 1970s and later returned to Australia in 2014 then again in 2016 for a run of 14 shows and also released the iconic live album, 'Rodriguez Rocks – Live In Australia' (out now through Inertia).

“Close your eyes and you might as well be listening to the young man who recorded 'Cold Fact' nearly five decades ago.” - Sydney Morning Herald

“…he proved that he’s still more than capable of entertaining and charming sold-out crowds—an ordinary legend indeed.” - The AU Review

The 'Searching for Sugar Man' documentary follows Rodriguez’s celebrated history that began in the bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the city’s post-industrial urban decay, Rodriguez recorded and released albums 'Cold Fact' (1969) and 'Coming From Reality' (1971), which produced hit songs ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Cause’. These releases went largely unnoticed in the US, despite 'Cold Fact' being certified five-times platinum in Australia and 'Coming From Reality' peaking at #24 in the ARIA Album chart.

Thanks to bootleg recordings and word of mouth, 'Cold Fact' found its way to South Africa where its counter-culture lyrics resonated with the country’s politically-alienated youth. Without a telephone and working factory and construction jobs to support his family, Rodriguez remained oblivious to the fact that he was bigger than Elvis in South Africa. Nearly fifty years after the release of his debut, Rodriguez’s incredible vocal and musical skill is finally being heard by audiences throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America, including festival audiences at Glastonbury and Coachella.

Act quick to secure your tickets to see this modern day poet perform live!

Presented by Frontier Touring.

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