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TLC, Shaggy, Ashanti, Craig David and Akon Are Coming to Australia for a Huge Throwback R&B Tour

Do go chasing waterfalls at this nostalgic concert tour, which also features Macklemore, Jay Sean and Dru Hill.
By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
August 05, 2022
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This November, there's only one piece of advice worth listening to — and you can get it right from the source. Back in 1995, TLC memorably told us all not to go chasing waterfalls, and to just stick to the rivers and the lakes that we're used to. Thanks to their slot on the 2022 Fridayz Live tour, they'll be singing those words of wisdom all over again.

This year's throwback R&B bill has been renamed from RNB Fridays, but it don't want no scrubs, either — and, as well as one of the biggest girl groups of the 90s, it's bringing a heap of other nostalgic names to Australian stages. Shaggy will get boombastic, Craig David will croon about his weekly routine and Ashanti will rock wit u. Also on the lineup: Akon, Macklemore, Jay Sean and Dru Hill.

Kicking off at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Friday, November 4, then heading to Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane before finishing up at Giants Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, November 12, the Fridayz Live gigs will feature Lumidee and Havana Brown as well, with Yo! Mafia on DJ duties. Playing host: Abbie Chatfield and Fatman Scoop.

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From remaining TLC members T-Boz and Chilli, who also played this year's Glastonbury back in June, expect to hear everything everything from 'Creep' through to 'Unpretty'.

From the rest of the bill, 'Thrift Shop, 'Same Love', 'I Wanna Love You', 'Don't Matter', 'Walking Away', 'What's Your Flava', 'Baby', 'Foolish', 'It Wasn't Me', 'In the Summertime', 'Ride It' and more will get a whirl.

By now, with Splendour in the Grass going ahead this year, Falls Festival locked in for a summer return and a heap of huge tours heading Down Under before 2022 is out, it's clear that live music is back. But when the big retro gigs start happening again, you know that the touring music circuit is returning to pre-pandemic normality.

FRIDAYZ LIVE 2022 LINEUP

Macklemore
TLC
Akon
Craig David
Ashanti
Shaggy
Jay Sean
Dru Hill
Lumidee
Havana Brown
Yo! Mafia
Hosted by Abbie Chatfield and Fatman Scoop

FRIDAYZ LIVE 2023 DATES

Friday, November 4 — Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, November 5 — HBF Park, Perth
Sunday, November 6 — Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Friday, November 11 — Brisbane Showgrounds
Saturday, November 12 — Giants Stadium, Sydney

Fridayz Live's 2022 tour will head around the country in November in New South Wales in October. Telstra Plus ticket pre-sales start at 10am local time on Monday, August 8, then Frontier Members pre-sales at 1pm on Wednesday, August 11 — with general sales from 11am on Friday, August 12. For more information, head to the tour website.

Published on August 05, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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