Summertime Magic: Childish Gambino Has Announced a 2025 Australian and New Zealand Tour

On the star's first trip Down Under since 2019, he's playing shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.
Sarah Ward
Published on May 14, 2024

2024 started with Donald Glover on-screen in the TV remake of Mr & Mrs Smith. 2025 Down Under will begin with Childish Gambino returning to Australia and New Zealand on his The New World tour. The rapper and hip hop star has announced five dates across the two countries, starting in January and running into February, on what will be his first trip to these shores since 2019.

On the agenda, then: summertime magic, when the musician/actor/writer/director plays not just his latest album Atavista — the finished version of 2020's 3.15.20 — but tracks from a career behind the microphone that dates back to 2011. Accordingly, expect to hear 'This Is America', 'Redbone', 'Sweatpants' and other songs from his past records Camp, Because the Internet and Awaken, My Love!.

The Down Under leg of the tour will kick off at Spark Arena in Auckland, Gambino's only Aotearoa show. From there, he's hitting up the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena, Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena and RAC Arena in Perth.

When he last headed this way — complete with a headline spot at Splendour in the Grass — it was after initially announcing a 2018 Australian tour, then cancelling it due to an ongoing injury. Before that, he performed at Falls Festival in 2016.

Eli Watson via Flickr.

Gambino mightn't have been on Aussie and NZ stages for a spell, but Glover had the final two seasons of Atlanta — both in 2022 — reach screens since he was last Down Under. Voice work on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, producing TV series Swarm, the aforementioned Mr & Mrs Smith: they've all joined his resume as well. He'll also be heard as Simba again in Mufasa: The Lion King, the prequel to 2019's photorealistic version of The Lion King, before 2024 is out.

On all Australian and New Zealand shows, Gambino will be supported by Amaarae.

Childish Gambino 'The New World' Tour 2025 Australia and New Zealand Dates

Tuesday, January 28 — Spark Arena, Auckland
Saturday, February 1 — Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tuesday, February 4 — Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Friday, February 7 — Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tuesday, February 11 — RAC Arena, Perth

Childish Gambino is touring Australia and New Zealand in January and February 2025 — with ticket presales from Thursday, May 16, 2024 at staggered times, and general sales from Monday, May 20, 2024 at staggered times. Head to the tour website for further details. 

Top image: Eli Watson via Flickr.

Published on May 14, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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