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Summer acts like Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift set to boost local economies

Jordan McCarthyNCA NewsWire
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Rock superstars the Foo Fighters kick off the Australian leg of their world tour on Thursday night to get the ball rolling on what is a massive summer of world class musicians hitting Australian stages.

The band behind hits Everlong, Learn to Fly and The Pretender are set to perform sold out stadium shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane bringing in an influx of cash for the local economies.

The Fooies are just the first in line across a summer that will also see Taylor Swift, Blink 182, Pink and Matchbox 20, among others, touring and providing an economic boost.

The impact a large live act can have on a local economy is two fold.

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First there is the direct impact, money spent by attendees on tickets, travel, parking, food and beverages, accommodation and so on while in the area.

Then there are the indirect impacts, the money made by the rideshare drivers, venue staff, bar staff and hotel staff that also gets put back into the local economy.

A study looking at the impact of Covid-19 on the music industry showed that in 2019, before the pandemic and back to where we are now in the “new normal”, the live entertainment industry contributed around $36.5 billion a year to Australia’s economy.

There are even reports of hairdressers seeing a large increase in customers wherever Taylor Swift’s era’s tour is set to land.

Swifties want to look on point for their night with Tay Tay, one salon in Houston during the US leg of the tour said they studied Swift’s different looks across her career as “The clients that are coming in are probably going to want different hairstyles from her different eras” while booking nearly 100 more clients that weekend.

These are the massive acts you can catch this summer in Australia from December.

Foo Fighters

Perth- Nov 29. Adelaide- Dec 2. Melbourne- Dec 4 and 6. Sydney- Dec 9. Brisbane- Dec 12.

Dave Grohl fronted Foo Fighters are one of the biggest rock acts in the world today, and the 15 time Grammy winners are touring on the back of their latest album But Here We Are.

24/05/2023: Dave Grohl, frontman of US rock band Foo Fighters, performing at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Gilford, New Hampshire ahead of the band's 11th album release, titled 'But Here We Are'. Picture: Scarlet Page
Camera IconDave Grohl, frontman of US rock band Foo Fighters, performing ahead of the band's 11th album release, titled 'But Here We Are'. Scarlet Page Credit: Supplied

The band has a large backlog of hits and a reputation for putting on epic live shows so it is sure to be a good night.

Taylor Swift

Melbourne - Feb 16, 17 and 18. Sydney - Feb 23, 24, 25 and 26.

These are the hottest tickets in town as Taylor Swift brings her all conquering Eras Tour to Australia with every single ticket drop selling out in a matter of minutes.

Swifties will be flying to the east coast in droves from all over the country as Swift is only performing in Melbourne and Sydney, but her iconic stadium show is a spectacle with the 12 time Grammy winner dropping hits including Cruel Summer, Blank Space and Anti-Hero.

Blink 182

Perth- Feb 8 and 9. Adelaide- Feb 11. Melbourne- Feb 13, 14, 26, 27 and 29. Sydney- Feb 16, 17, 23 and 24. Brisbane- Feb 19, 20 and 21.

Rock band Blink 182.
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Camera IconBlink 182 have a massive February tour lined up. Supplied. Credit: News Limited

Pop-punk heroes Blink 182 are touring Australian shores for the first time in decades with a massive 15 show stop.

The multi platinum and award-winning trio were at the prime of their powers in the late 90s, early 2000s with hits like All the Small Things, What’s My Again and Dammit.

There’s even a chance of a Kardashian sighting with drummer Travis Barker married to Kourtney K. The pair recently had their first child together.

P!NK

Sydney- Feb 9 and 10, Mar 16. Newcastle- Feb 13. Brisbane- Feb 16 and 17, Mar 19. Gold Coast- Feb 20. Melbourne- Feb 23 and 24, Mar 12 and 13. Perth- Mar 1 and 2. Townsville- Mar 22 and 23.

Pop superstar P!NK is back on Australian shores with a huge 16 date tour for the first time since 2013 with the star even announcing some regional shows in Newcastle and Townsville.

She is sure to Get the Party Started along with other bangers Let Me Get Me and Just Like a Pill, could we even see a surprise appearance from Australian country music superstar Keith Urban to perform their duet One Too Many.

Matchbox Twenty

Perth- Feb 13. Adelaide- Feb 15. Melbourne- Feb 16. Yarra Valley- Feb 17. Sydney- Feb 22. Canberra- Feb 23. Newcastle- Feb 24. Gold Coast- Feb 26. Brisbane- Feb 27

Matchbox 20 have completely sold out every show on their upcoming tour. Supplied
Camera IconMatchbox 20 have completely sold out every show on their upcoming tour. Supplied Credit: Supplied

The Orlando rock band are touring new album Where the Light Goes, their first new music in over a decade and their first stop back in Australia in even longer.

Another tour that sold out super quickly, with the only chance to secure tickets now via resale sites, but it is sure to be a good one with lead singer Rob Thomas belting out hits Push, How Far We’ve Come and Unwell.

50 Cent

Perth- Dec 2. Adelaide- Dec 4. Melbourne- Dec 5 and 6. Sydney- Dec 8 and 9. Brisbane- Dec 10 and 11.

You won’t find Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, In Da Club, but rather on stages right across the country this December.

The US rapper is touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ which first put him on the map, so expect all the hits from that release including the aforementioned In Da Club, P.I.M.P and 21 Questions.

Harry Connick Jr

Perth- Dec 3. Adelaide- Dec 5. Sydney- Dec 8. Hobart- Dec 10. Brisbane- Dec 12. Canberra- Dec 15. Melbourne- Dec 17 and 18.

Legendary crooner Harry Connick Jr is touring with his band across December performing hits It Had to Be You, A Wink and a Smile and much more.

Connick Jr is most well known on Australian shores these days for his work as a judge on Australian Idol, but the talented piano player and jazz baritone can sing with the best of them and is reportedly a delight live on stage.

Slash

Adelaide- Feb 22. Sydney- Feb 24. Brisbane- Feb 25. Melbourne- Feb 27.

Guns and Roses axeman Slash is bringing his own show to the country kicking off in February alongside Myles Kennedy and the conspirators.

As well as playing his own tunes, if recent set lists are anything to go by, Slash will be putting his own spins on songs like Rocket Man by Elton John and Always on the Run by Lenny Kravitz.

The Kid LAROI

Melbourne- Feb 2. Perth- Feb 9. Adelaide- Feb 13. Sydney- Feb 16. Gold Coast- Feb 18.

Supplied Editorial The Kid Laroi will perform at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide, on February
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Camera IconThe Kid LAROI is set to tour this summer. Source: Supplied Credit: Supplied

Australian pop star The Kid LAROI burst onto the scene with Stay alongside Justin Beiber in 2021, earning him a Grammy nomination, but he is now a superstar in his own right.

The Kid LAROI will be performing hits from his upcoming album like Too Much, What Just Happened and Bleed in a show that is being touted as “high energy, passionate and authentic” according to its promos.

The Teskey Brothers

Sydney- Dec 1, Jan 6. Melbourne- Dec 2. Brisbane- Dec 16. Perth- Jan 12. Margaret River- Jan 13. Darwin- Jan 19. Canberra- Jan 20 and 21. Hobart- Feb 2.

19/03/2023: Sam Teskey (left) and Josh Teskey of Melbourne blues-rock act The Teskey Brothers, performing at Albert Hall in Manchester, England. Picture: Ben Houdijk
Camera IconSam Teskey (left) and Josh Teskey of Melbourne blues-rock act The Teskey Brothers, performing. Ben Houdijk Credit: Supplied

Homegrown duo The Teskey Brothers continue their The Winding Way Tour through the summer with the majority of stops still to come.

The four time ARIA award winners are one of the country’s most popular music groups, with a devoted and loyal following, and are fresh off their most recent ARIA triumph for Best Blues and Roots Album of 2023.

Limp Bizkit

Melbourne- Dec 8

Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit gets among the crowd at Download Festival. Kiel Egging.
Camera IconFred Durst from Limp Bizkit gets among the crowd at Download Festival. Kiel Egging. Credit: Supplied

American nu metal rockers Limp Bizkit are in the country for the Good Things festival and have one side show remaining in Melbourne early in December.

The Break Stuff, Rollin’ and Nookie rockers are notorious for putting on a wild show with John Cain Arena set to get loud.

The band doesn’t get to Australia often so metal heads from the late 90s and early 2000s are sure to be keen to see Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit tear it up as only they can do.

That is just a small number of acts that are touring the country this summer, with many more bands and artists set to tour as well as festival season getting into full swing.

Check online for exact locations and ticket availability.

Originally published as Summer acts like Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift set to boost local economies

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