Hunters and Collectors to perform at Armidale’s A Day on the Green

An article about the 2014 Armidale A Day On The Green concert.

Author:  Jacqui Latimer, Tamworth Country Life.

Date: 24 October 2013.

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The mighty Hunters and Collectors have announced their first tour since 1998 performing ten A Day on the Green concerts nationally, followed by two special indoor concerts at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and Melbourne’s Palais Theatre.

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.

The tour will include the third annual A Day on the Green concert at Petersons Winery, Armidale on Saturday, March 1.

Promoters Roundhouse Entertainment has once again put together a stellar line-up with the Hunters being joined by another iconic Australian rocker Diesel.

Special guests will be Something for Kate and British India who both appear on the Hunters tribute album Crucible, released September 27.

The Hunters and Collectors played at this year’s AFL Grand Final and will also perform as special guests at Melbourne’s two Bruce Springsteen concerts in February.

Ask anyone to describe a Hunters and Collectors gig and words like ‘primal’, ‘sweat-soaked’, ‘intense’, ‘ferocious’ come to the fore.

When they called it a day in 1998, Hunters and 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.

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.

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, the multi ARIA-award winning Diesel, 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.

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 and Collectors, Something For Kate, Diesel and British India will make for an exciting A Day on the Green. Promoters urge patrons to buy their tickets quickly for the concert, as following the great success of the two previous events, tickets are sure to sell out quickly.

Tickets for A Day on the Green Armidale can be purchased from or by calling 136 100.