9 weird or wonderful international gigs are coming to Melbourne in 2022

Words from Benjamin Lamb

2022 could still be a damn good year for international acts in Melbourne, if these nine global stars (and awesome wannabes) come through.

It seems like it’s been too long since we’ve seen some international artists on our shores, but with borders ever opening up despite Omicron, many international artists have locked up their performances in Melbourne so they can tour all of their locked-out albums.

At the time of writing, these shows will still take place, but with rules changing daily, these things could change. Still, with countless great events still happening in the city every day, here’s a look at what’s going to happen in Melbourne this year.

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Snoop Dogg

Whether you know him as Snoop Lion, Snoop Doggy Dogg or just Snoop Dogg, Calvin Broadus Jr will be coming to Melbourne later this year to bring his smooth bars to our ears.

The ‘I Wanna Thank Me’ tour, named after his latest album, will see him take to the Rod Laver stage for a show in October.

His music has captivated fans around the world since 1992, with songs like ‘Drop It Like Its Hot’ and ‘Gin and Juice’, as well as his features on songs from artists like Katy Perry, De La Soul and even our very own Jessica. Mauboy.

There are still plenty of tickets left, which you can get your hands on here.

Creed Bratton

Yes, that Creed Bratton from The Office is touring Melbourne in September. It’s a tour that has been postponed a number of times, so hopefully it can go ahead after all.

The star, whose actual name is the same as the popular character, will be performing a night of music and comedy on the Corner Hotel’s stage in September.

In addition to starring in The Office and shows like Grace and Frankie, Creed is an accomplished musician, so you know you’re going to see an artist at the highest level.

Tickets are on sale here and only cost around $50!

Mac Sabbath

It doesn’t get more niche than this.

Mac Sabbath, as the name suggests, fuses fast food and the music of legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath. They’ve even found a fan in the Sabbath frontman himself, who says they’re “funny as fuck” in true Ozzy fashion. Each member also has a great metal/fast food themed nickname; such as Ronald Osbourne and Slayer MacCheeze.

They will travel to Melbourne in December to play the Northcote Social Club. This is their first visit to Aus so make them feel welcome by buying tickets here.

bene

New Zealand star Benee quickly took the world by storm, appearing on talk shows like Ellen and Fallon and her music reached the top 10 charts in all places around the world. Her music is widely acclaimed for its unique blend of grooves, pop and electronica.

She’s going to Australia for a show at the iconic Sidney Myer Music bowl, and soon will be! Only happens in March.

There are also a number of tickets available, which you can buy here.

steel panther

Everyone’s favorite cheeky glam metallers love an Aussie tour – touring here in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, so they’ve been long overdue for a return.

Putting aside their allusions, costumes and lavish song names, they are definitely some of the most talented musicians in the world, and have the qualifications to show, with guitarist Satchel being taught by legendary virtuoso Paul Gilbert.

This show is the first of its kind though, it’s the first time they hit the Australian shores since the long time bassist Lexxi Foxx left the band in 2021. Get your tickets here.

John 5

Guitarist John 5, best known for his past collaborations with Rob Zombie and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, continues the metal take and heads to our shores, playing Melbourne at The Prince.

This is yet another long-delayed tour, in recent days it has been moved to the end of December.

His instrumental guitar work is one of the most unique, his solos will draw you in and you’re sure to find your new favorite. Get your tickets here.

Cory Henry

The keyboardist may be best known for his work in the virtuoso funk ensemble Snarky Puppy, but has had a successful solo career, recording multiple hit albums with his group the Funk Apostles.

He will also play at Bluesfest alongside international artists such as George Benson, The Wailers, The Marcus King Band and many more. It takes place at Russell 170, book tickets here.

Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks has quickly become the greatest singers in the world; released her debut Collapsed in sunbeams is released to immediate critical acclaim.

The 21-year-old has won AIM Awards, BRIT Awards, Mercury Prizes and has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, so it’s clear she’s going to be one of the world’s best performers.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish has quickly become one of the world’s most iconic artists, her music often topped charts around the world, it was often praised for its unique genre bend and coverage, it sounds like someone with decades of experience.

After the release of her widely popular album Happier than ever, she’ll be coming down in September with a series of shows at the Rod Laver Arena.

This is her fourth trip to Australia, a long way since her 2015 show at the Toff in Town, at the Rod Laver Arena on September 22, 23, 24 and 26. Keep an eye out for tickets here.

She will make her Australian debut with 170 Russell later this year, buy your tickets here.

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