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Paul Kelly Is Bringing Back His Making Gravy Tour for a Third Year

This time, he'll be joined on stage by Courtney Barnett, Kate Miller-Heidke and Marlon Williams.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 15, 2019
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 15, 2019

If you managed to nab a ticket to Paul Kelly's Making Gravy tour last year, then you were one of the lucky ones. If you weren't and have been lamenting ever since, you can stop. The songwriting legend has just announced that he'll be performing the show all over again this December, in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (on Gravy Day itself, December 21).

Like the song, the tour — now in its third year — is becoming a bit of an Aussie Christmas tradition. Time to start thinking about getting the tinsel and ugly jumpers out of storage.

As in 2018, you can expect to hear a stack of songs from Kelly's four-decade long career. Listen out for all the hits, from 'Dumb Things', from the album Live, May 1992, to 'Love Never Runs On Time' from Wanted Man (1994). The Christmas classic 'How To Make Gravy', first released in 1996 on an eponymous EP, is on the menu, too.

The tour will coincide with the release of Kelly's new greatest hits album Songs From The South (1985–2019), his collaborative avian-inspired album 13 Ways To Look At Birds and a book of poetry he's curated, called Love Is Strong As Death.

Kelly won't be hitting the road alone, either — he's inviting a bunch of special guests. He'll be joined by ARIA Award-winning rocker Courtney Barnett, Aussie Eurovison finalist Kate Miller-Heidke, NZ singer Marlon Williams and Gamilaraay songstress Thelma Plum (in Sydney only).

Mia Mala McDonald


Perth — Optus Stadium, Saturday, December 7
Melbourne — Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Thursday, December 12
Sydney — The Domain, Saturday, December 14
Brisbane — Riverstage, Saturday, December 21

Paul Kelly Making Gravy pre-sale tickets will be available from midday on Tuesday, August 20 with general sales from midday on Friday, August 23. Perth, Sydney and Brisbane tickets will be available via Ticketmaster with Melbourne's via Ticketek.

Top image: Cybele Malinowski

Published on August 15, 2019 by Jasmine Crittenden


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