While Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers, is still front-of-mind for music fans the world over – considering it was released just a few days ago – now’s a good a time as any to reveal the Compton emcee has plans to tour Australia before the year is over. As part of a larger Kendrick Lamar tour pretty much hopping around every city in the US, the rapper is planning to pop down under for arena shows in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with his cousin Baby Keem as a support act along with close collaborator Tanna Leone who will also join for some of the dates.
With his new album currently being dissected just about everywhere online, including the self-righteous not-woke-enough lambasting he has received for deeply personal track ‘Auntie Diaries,’ The Big Steppers tour is pretty much guaranteed to sell out fast. Fortunately, Live Nation is giving you a generous enough cushion to get the lads in line before tickets actually go on sale. You’ve got a few days before presale tickets go on sale from 1 pm on Thursday 19th May and the general sale is set for midday on Friday 20th May.
The Big Steppers Tour will mark the Grammy-winning US rapper’s first time in Australia since he headlined Splendour in the Grass in 2018 and performed a few sideshows. The Sydney show at Qudos Bank Arena in particular made a few headlines as A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg passed away on the same day, to which Kendrick paid tribute that night.
Lamar will be returning to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on December 8th, a week after he kicks off the Australian tour at Perth’s RAC Arena on December 1st and a few days after he lands in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on December 4th. After that, it’s off to play Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre on December 12th before heading off to New Zealand for a show in Auckland on December 16th.
Keen for when the Kendrick Lamar tour hits Australia later this year? Check out all the dates below.
Kendrick Lamar Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates 2022
Thursday, December 1st – RAC Arena, Perth
Sunday, December 4th – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday, December 5th – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thursday, December 8th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Friday, December 9th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Monday, December 12th – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Friday, December 16th – Spark Arena, Auckland
The Live Nation presale for Kendrick Lamar tickets kicks off at 1 pm local time on Thursday 19th May. General sale for Kendrick Lamar tickets will follow at midday on Friday 20th May.