- Craig Land
Kate Miller-Heidke announces her 2021 national 'Child in Reverse' tour
Eight months after its release, 2019 Australian Eurovision representative Kate Miller-Heidke has announced a 15-date tour in September and October to publicise her 2020 album ‘Child in Reverse’.
The tour will be an opportunity for the songstress to play highlights from the album, which reached the ARIA top 10 following its release. This includes quirky single 'Deluded' and the emotional 'This Is Not Forever', written during 2020’s lockdowns.
Kate also promises to sprinkle in favourites from all five of her studio albums – Eurovision fans will be hoping to hear her Eurovision 2019 entry, ‘Zero Gravity’.
In an interview on The Project, Kate expressed excitement about being able to tour for the first time in nearly two years:
“I can’t even describe it. Playing live has always been very much at the centre of what I do, and this tour was supposed to happen a year ago. … I’m just so thrilled and grateful that it’s finally happening.”
Kate will be joined on the adventure by a six-piece band including her husband, Keir Nuttall. However, for the first time, she will also be taking her five-year-old son Ernie on the road.
On The Project, she teased that Ernie might even be joining the rest of the family onstage during the tour. This follows his debut performance at the Woodford Folk Festival, where he and his Dad performed a song they wrote together!
Kate will tour every Australian state in the upcoming tour, visiting major cities as well as regional centres including Cairns, Newcastle and Bendigo.
For those in the mood for dinner and a show, she will also play a pair of up-close concerts at wineries in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Western Australia’s Swan Valley. Attendees can enjoy great food and Australian wine alongside the performance.
Ever a good citizen, Kate encouraged responsible drinking during these performances:
“The last tour I did at a winery was the first and only time where some of the audience had to be taken away in a paddy wagon.”
In addition to the official tour dates, Kate will also play as part of Bluesfest, which runs in Byron Bay from October 1-4. Originally scheduled for April, Bluesfest was postponed due to the detection of COVID cases in the local area.
Kate’s last big tour was in September-October 2019, a follow-up to her performance of ‘Zero Gravity’ at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
The tour consisted of an intimate series of acoustic performances, in which Kate showed off her stunning vocal control and range while rocking several stunning headpieces.
Memorable moments included an audience singalong performance of ‘Zero Gravity’ and a duet between Kate and her Eurovision 2019 backing singer Jess Hitchcock on ‘Amazing’, a track from Kate’s musical adaptation of the classic Australian film ‘Muriel’s Wedding’.
Accompanied by a live band including Hitchcock, Nuttall, Muriel’s Wedding orchestral director Isaac Hayward and upcoming Brisbane folk-pop cellist Monique Clare, Kate’s 2019 tour was truly one to remember. Attendees to the upcoming 2021 tour will be in for a treat.
The list of 2021 tour dates includes:
24 September 2021 – South Bank Piazza, Brisbane
30 September 2021 – Cairns Performing Arts Centre
5 October 2021 – Darwin Entertainment Centre
7 October 2021 – State Theatre, Sydney
9 October 2021 – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong
16 October 2021 – Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ
17 October 2021 – Newcastle City Hall
19 October 2021 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
21 October 2021 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
23 October 2021 – Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley
26 October 2021 – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
27 October 2021 – Costa Hall, Geelong
30 October 2021 – Odeon Theatre, Hobart
20 November 2021 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
11 December 2021 – Concert Hall Perth
12 December 2021 – Nikolas Estate, Swan Valley
Tickets for Kate Miller-Heidke’s ‘Child in Reverse’ tour can be purchased here.
Pre-sale commences on 21 June 2021, with general sale opening on 23 June 2021.