Bright Eyes set to tour Australia for the first time in 12 years

After a 9-year gig hiatus (and a casual 12 years since visiting Australian soil), indie-rock icons Bright Eyes are making a triumphant return Down Under this October. Presented by Love Police, the Spring tour is taking the band up and down the country, celebrating their significant 25-year contribution to the music industry.

The Omaha group, consisting of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott, emerged onto the scene in 1998 with the launch of their first two albums, A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995–1997 and Letting Off the Happiness. With ten studio albums to date, their sound has long since pleased the sonic palate, cruising through rock, country, and soul influences with a steady folk undertone. Despite the many shades of Bright Eyes, Oberst has managed to remain raw and honest in his vocals throughout.

Having last graced Australia’s stages in 2011, Bright Eyes’ return is long-awaited. The band have garnered a steady fan base over their time in the music scene, and this tour feels well overdue. With a set-list promised to be star-studded with both classic tracks from their latest album Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was (2020), BT of Love Police perfectly sums the feeling up, stating, “It’s a blast to finally be able to present the great Bright Eyes here in all their colourful glory. Conor and I have had a history over many years but are yet to present the goodness of he and his pal’s excellent catalogue of life-shaping music to music lovers down here. Strap in for the night of your musical lives, friends.”

The arguable centrepiece of the tour is the collaboration slated for Melbourne’s Northcote Theatre, as part of The Eighty-Six music festival. Bright Eyes will join forces with dreamy LA art-rock outfit Warpaint for an exclusive night of indie-powerhouse performances.

Bright Eyes Australian Tour Dates
Tickets on sale Monday, August 21, 9am local time HERE

24 October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
**26 October – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne, VIC (With Warpaint)
31 October – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
2 November – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
4 November – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

**As Part Of The Eighty Six Festival