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DAMN: Kendrick Lamar Is Bringing His New World Tour Down Under This December

The Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper is headed to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland to close out his new 'The Big Steppers' tour.
By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2022
By Sarah Ward
May 14, 2022

He's one of the most critically acclaimed and successful hip hop artists of our generation. He has 14 Grammys to his name, plus an Academy Award nomination for one of his contributions to the Black Panther soundtrack. He won the 2017 Triple J Hottest 100, and also became the first ever artist to take out the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for contemporary music in 2018. His last stadium shows Down Under, back in that same year, sold out ridiculously quickly, too — and he's coming back to Australia and New Zealand to play five huge gigs before 2022 is out.

We're talking about Kendrick Lamar, of course, who has just announced a huge 'The Big Steppers' world tour in support of his just-dropped fifth solo studio album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers — his first since 2017's DAMN., and also his first full-length release since 2018's Black Panther soundtrack. The Compton rapper will be heading to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland in December, to close out a global jaunt that starts in the US in July, then ventures through Europe before coming our way. The word you're looking for: alright.

While fans can expect plenty of tracks from Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Lamar's extensive catalogue is sure to get a whirl — including tracks from 2011's Section.80, 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d city, 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly and, obviously, DAMN..

Lamar won't be taking to the stage solo, with Las Vegas rapper Baby Keem, aka Lamar's cousin, in support on all dates.

Just like his last trip Down Under — when he also headlined Splendour in the Grass — expect tickets to get snapped up quicker than Lamar can bust out lyrics when they go on sale at 12pm local time on Friday, May 20.

Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers literally just dropped yesterday, Friday, May 13, too, so there's your soundtrack sorted while you celebrate the tour news.


Thursday, December 1 — RAC Arena, Perth
Sunday, December 4 — Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thursday, December 8 — Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Monday, December 12 — Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Friday, December 16 — Spark Arena, Auckland

Kendrick Lamar's 'The Big Steppers' tour will hit Australia and New Zealand in December. Tickets go onsale online at 12pm local time on Friday, May 20.

Top image: Renell Medrano (@renellaice).

Published on May 14, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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