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Rodriguez Announces Australian Tour

‘The Rodriguez voice is all there… The legend is intact’
– Time Out

‘One of those rare lost albums that turns out to be a genuine classic’
– Pitchfork

Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will tour Australia in October and November playing Brisbane (Convention Centre, October 19), Sydney (Sydney Opera House, October 21 and 23), Melbourne (Palais Theatre, October 25), Adelaide (AEC Theatre, October 29) and Perth (Kings Park & Botanic Garden, November 7) with tickets on sale on Thursday August 28 at 12pm local time.

Members of the Niche mailing list and ticket agent mailing lists can purchase pre-sale tickets on Tuesday 26 August at 12pm until Wednesday 27 August at 5pm. For further details or to sign up to the mailing list please visit

A self-taught guitarist, Rodriguez is outspoken about his fondness for playing to Australian audiences and first toured Australia in the late 70s, returning in 1981 when Midnight Oil joined him for some shows.

Rodriguez’s unique story was made into an Oscar Award winning documentary in 2012 called ‘Searching for Sugar Man’. It tells the story of Rodriguez’s history that began with him playing in bars and clubs around Detroit in the 1960s, and ultimately saw him reach legendary folk-rock super stardom status in South Africa.

Along the way, Rodriguez recorded two studio albums in Detroit, ‘Cold Fact’ (1969) and ‘Coming from Reality’ (1971). These albums went unnoticed in the U.S. and Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.

In the mid-1970s, Rodriguez’s music gained airplay in Australia and New Zealand and he toured here finding limited success. Unbeknownst to him, South African anti-Apartheid activists and musicians alike were inspired by Rodriguez’s counterculture lyrics and he reached super stardom status in South Africa. However due to unsubstantiated rumours that he had died, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that South African fans finally sought Rodriguez out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career.

Rodriguez now tours extensively in South Africa, Australia, Europe, and the U.S., where he takes thoughtful appreciation in greeting long-time fans, and a new generation of listeners who find common ground in his music.


Monday 13 October – ASB Theatre, Auckland Aotea Centre


Thursday 16 October – Wellington Opera House


Sunday October 19 – Convention Centre, Brisbane


Tuesday October 21 – Sydney Opera House

Thursday October 23 – Sydney Opera House       


Saturday October 25 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne


Sunday October 26 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne – NEW SHOW!


Wednesday October 29 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide


Friday November 7 – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth