Hunters & Collectors Australian Tour 2014 Announced

An article about the upcoming 2014 A Day on the Green Hunters tour.

Author:  Al Newstead, Tone Deaf.

Date: 26 September 2013.

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The Hunters & Collectors Australian Tour 2014 has been announced, revealing details for the legendary Australian group’s first tour since 1998.

The reformed Hunters & Collectors will be performing 10 Day On The Green concerts nationally, followed by two special indoor concerts at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and Melbourne’s Palais Theatre (presented by Frontier Touring).

Appropriately kicking off on the Australia Day long weekend in January and stretching across weekends until mid April, this powerhouse Australian outfit is once again set to enthral and thrill not only devotees from the past, but also a whole new generation of music lovers.

Hunters & Collectors will be joined at the majority of winery shows by You Am I, with Diesel taking the stage at the others. Something For Kate and British India, who both pay tribute to the Hunters on the Crucible album, will be special guests at all winery shows. The Panics will be the supports for the theatre shows.

The tour news comes amidst a hub of recent Hunters & Collectors activity – their upcoming performance at the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, as special guests at Melbourne’s two Bruce Springsteen concerts in February, and most importantly, the release of Crucible – The Songs Of Hunters & Collectors, the lovingly curated album featuring 15 stunning tributes from the likes of The Living End, Birds Of Tokyo, Neil Finn & Eddie Vedder and Paul Kelly accompanied by 15 original H&C recordings/Liberation Music.

The album is testimony to the extraordinary Hunters & Collectors legacy, one that was built not only their uniquely-Australian songs and Mark Seymour’s razor sharp lyrics, but also on their commanding and powerful live performances. The album has been the fillip for the band’s reformation.

Ask anyone to describe a Hunters & Collectors gig and words like ‘primal’, ‘sweat-soaked’, ‘intense’, ‘ferocious’ come to the fore. Few bands made their mark in the live landscape like ‘The Hunnas’ did. It was a badge of honour they wore with pride and fought to sustain at every show – approaching 2,000 of them across 15 countries – resulting in a profound connection with audiences everywhere.

When they called it a day in 1998, Hunters & Collectors was a multi-platinum selling band, with five top 10 albums boasting classic songs like ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’, ‘Talking to a Stranger’,‘ Holy Grail’, ‘When The River Runs Dry’, ‘Do You See What I See’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and countless others.

In 2005 they were inducted by Peter Garrett into the ARIA Hall of Fame. In March 2009 the Sound Relief benefit concert at the MCG brought them temporarily out of retirement, with a set that won rave reviews: “The band’s visceral, gutsy performance makes us feel proud of our musical heritage” (In Press); ”they had people everywhere hugging and belting out the words to some Aussie classics. All delivered to rapturous response: (Beat Magazine) and “they sounded like they had never stopped touring – an amazing set.” (Richard Kingsmill Triple J).

Mark Seymour has, of course, continued a vibrant and successful solo career but for now, he’s looking forward to rejoining his former band mates Jack Howard, Michael Waters, Jeremy Smith, Doug Falconer, Barry Palmer and John Archer in this long-awaited reformation tour.

You Am I continue their 20th anniversary celebrations saddling up to join the tour. It’s been a delight to enjoy this year’s reissue of their first three seminal albums ‘Sound As Ever’, ‘Hi Fi Way’ and ‘Hourly Daily’ and to see the band in such fine form in their birthday year. After a show here and there, this will be You Am I’s first major tour for a day on the green.

Something For Kate – vocalist Paul Dempsey, bass player Stephanie Ashworth and drummer Clint Hyndman – jumped at the chance to be involved in the tour and the Crucible album, (covering one of Dempsey’s personal favourites ‘When The River Runs Dry’). In the past decade they’ve sold over half a million records and released five top ten albums, their last 2012’s ‘Leave Your Soul To Science’ debuting at #1 on the ARIA chart.

After 14 albums and 25 years, can it be possible that Diesel, aka Mark Lizotte, continues to raise his own musical bar? The multi ARIA-award winner, recognised as a prodigious talent both on stage and in the studio, has proved himself a master of multiple genres, blending bits from all of them to create his own truly unique sound. His trademark virtuoso guitar playing and soulful vocals always ensure an electrifying live show.

With strong support from Triple M and alternative radio, Melbourne quartet British India’s last three albums have all debuted in the ARIA Top Ten. Led by vocalist/guitarist Declan Melia, the band are regulars at festivals like Big Day Out, Splendour In the Grass and Homebake. They also feature on Crucible covering ‘Do You See What I See’.

Hunters & Collectors Australian Tour 2014


Saturday Jan 25 The Hill Winery, Geelong VIC
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Saturday Feb 1 Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley NSW
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Sunday Feb 2 Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Saturday Feb 8 All Saints Estate, Rutherglen VIC
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Saturday Feb 22 Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale SA
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Saturday March 1 Petersons Winery, Armidale NSW
With Something For Kate, Diesel & British India

Saturday March 8 Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee NSW
With Something For Kate, Diesel & British India

Saturday March 15 Josef Chromy Wines, Launceston TAS
With Something For Kate & British India

Saturday March 22 Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
With You Am I, Something For Kate & British India

Saturday March 29 Kings Park & Botanical Garden, Perth WA
With Something For Kate, Diesel & British India

All event information

THEATRE SHOWS (Presented By Frontier Touring)

Friday April 4 Enmore Theatre, Sydney **
With support The Panics

Friday April 11 Palais Theatre, Melbourne
With support The Panics

All show information

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(**except Enmore Theatre from au & 132 849)