“Australia – get ready. Because Stormzy is scheduled to hit Australia for his world tour in May of 2020,” Garry Lu wrote back in 2019 when the chart-topping UK rapper first announced his intentions to tour down under in the wake of his sophomore album’s release.
The hype was heavy – astronomical even, with Stormzy quickly emerging as one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the world. It was shaping up to be the tour of the year, but obviously, the six-show tour never eventuated due to obvious pandemic-related reasons. Promoters Astral People and Handsome Tours were forced to reschedule the event indefinitely. This week, however, it has been confirmed the planned Heavy Is The Head Stormzy Australia & New Zealand tour will finally be going ahead in November and December 2022.
Anyone who held onto their tickets from the scrapped Stormzy 2020 tour will be happy to know that their passes are still valid for the new dates. And anyone who was hesitant about making the investment initially will be even happier to know that there are a limited number of tickets are now available.
The man behind ‘Vossi Bop’ will first touch down in Perth to play HBF Stadium on November 23rd before making his way over to Sydney for two shows at Hordern Pavilion and subsequently showing some love to his Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide fans with a single show each. The arena tour then wraps up across the ditch as Stormzy heads to both Wellington and Auckland on December 10th and 11th, respectively.
Although he only has two albums under his belt – Gang Signs & Prayer and Heavy Is The Head – Stormzy has quickly risen through the ranks, now more than capable of commanding a crowd that justifies such massive venues like Brisbane’s Riverstage and Melbourne’s John Cain Arena. Given hulking bangers like ‘Wiley Flow’ and ‘Audacity,’ as well as more contemplative songs like ‘Crown’ and ‘Rainfall’ indicate an artist who’s still on an upward trajectory, this could be the last chance to see Stormzy in a relatively intimate setting before he’s soon selling out stadiums on the same level as the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, and Kendrick Lamar.
Considering Stormzy is due to release his third album sometime this year, we should also be getting plenty of new material mixed in with classics like ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2.’
Note that if you did purchase tickets for the Stormzy 2020 tour but can’t attend the new dates, you have until May 18th to request a refund for your point of purchase. All tickets remain valid unless you’ve already requested a refund.
Stormzy Australia & New Zealand Tour 2022
Wednesday, November 23rd – HBF Stadium, Perth WA
Sunday, November 27th – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Monday, November 28th – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Wednesday, November 30th – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
Friday, December 2nd – John Cain Arena, Melbourne VIC
Thursday, December 8th – AEC Theatre, Adelaide SA
Saturday, December 10th – TSB Arena, Wellington NZ
Sunday, December 11th – Trusts Arena, Auckland NZ