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TOUR MEDIA RELEASES :

MARY J BLIGE
AUSTRALIAN SIDE SHOWS 2017

R&B Queen Mary J. Blige has announced that in addition to her 2017 Bluesfest set she’ll also be gracing us with her presence at two exclusive sideshows.

The 32-time Grammy winner will be bringing her inimitable presence and soul to shows in Sydney and Melbourne in April.

Blige was due in the country last year to play Soulfest and some sideshows, but the festival and all sideshows were ultimately cancelled, with promoters citing poor ticket sales.

Now you’ve got a second chance to catch Blige, whose fusion of hip hop, soul and R&B defined such a significant stretch of the ’90s.

Blige’s new album Strength Of A Woman is due out on 9th December. Catch all the details of her two Bluesfest 2017 sideshows, below.

Mary J. Blige 2017 Bluesfest Sideshows

Sydney tickets on sale Friday, 2nd December 9am.
Melbourne tickets on sale Friday, 25th December 9am.

Monday, 10th April
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Tickets: Sydney Opear House

Wednesday, 12th April
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

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GINNEN GROUP PRESENTS BRANDY
ANNOUNCES HER FIRST NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN 2016 TOUR

Ginnen Group are excited to announce the debut New Zealand & Australian tour of Grammy winning R&B Songstress BRANDY. With a plethora of mega hits including ‘The Boy Is Mine’, ‘Sitting Up In My Room’, ‘What About Us’, ‘I Wanna Be Down’, ‘Top Of The World’, and her brand new single ‘Beggin & Pleadin’, BRANDY and her live band will be performing one exclusive show only in Auckland on Wednesday 15th June at the iconic Civic Theatre, Friday 17th at Metro City Perth, Monday 20th at Enmore Sydney.
Since releasing her debut album in 1994 at the tender age of 15, Brandy Norwood has built an astonishingly successful career in both the music and Television world. Her TV series ‘Moesha’ ran for six successful seasons, she starred in the reality series ‘Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business’, and the BET series ‘The Game’, plus she recently premiered a new sitcom ‘Zoe Ever After’ on BET in January 2016. Her six albums have sold tens of millions of copies, garnered her number one singles across the world and led to her winning a Grammy Award.
BRANDY’S impact on music is undeniable. Her debut self-titled album ‘Brandy’ is considered a classic to this day, and the five to follow – ‘Never Say Never’, ‘Full Moon’, ‘Afrodisiac’, ‘Human’ and ‘Two Eleven’ saw her work with everyone from Frank Ocean and Chris Brown, through to Bruno Mars and Kanye West.
Since the release of her last album ‘Two Eleven’, BRANDY has remained in the spotlight with a lead role in last year’s Broadway production of Chicago. Her brand new blues and soul influenced single ‘Beggin and Pleadin’ has recently been released and will be a part of a future project.
Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most popular R&B singers of all time perform in New Zealand & Australia for the first time.

BRANDY NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Wednesday 15th June – Civic Theatre, AUCKLAND
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Friday 17th June – Metro City, PERTH
Tickets from www.megatix.com.au
Monday 20th June – Enmore Theatre, SYDNEY
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au
Tuesday 21st June – Hamer Hall, PERTH
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au

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MARIO LIVE AND INTIMATE
SYDNEY & BRISBANE SHOWS ANNOUNCED 2016

Ginnen Group are excited to announce R&B Star Mario live and intimate in Sydney and Brisbane for two exclusive shows only. The singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, model and record producer first came into the public eye with his hit single ‘Just A Friend 2002’, and followed it up with his worldwide smash hit single ‘Let Me Love You’ in 2004, which went on to win him two Billboard Awards, and saw him make the transition into films where he appeared in Step Up and Freedom Writers. Mario will perform hits off his 4 studio albums including ‘Let Me Love You’, ‘How Do I Breathe’, ‘Crying Out For Me’, ‘Break Up’ and more, plus showcase his new music to Australian fans.

Growing up in Baltimore, Mario had decided by the age of 4 that he wanted to become a singer. His mother supported his dream and bought him a karaoke machine. Mario joined a musical group and learnt to play the piano. He was discovered at age eleven at a talent show and signed by producer Troy Patterson. At age 14, Mario signed to Clive Davis’ J Records. Citing his musical influences as acts including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson and Usher, his first recorded track appeared on the ‘Dr Dolittle 2’ soundtrack, and in 2002, he began recording his first album.

In 2002 he released ‘Just A Friend 2002’ which was a cover of the Biz Markie hit and it became an instant success, peaking at Number 1 on the Billboard Chart. He toured sold out shows across America with B2K, Nick Cannon and Jhene Aiko, performing songs from his debut album “Mario”. In 2004, Mario enlisted producers such as Scott Storch and Lil Jon, and writers including Ne-Yo to help with his sophomore release. He released his second album ‘Turning Point’ in 2004 and the lead single ‘Let Me Love You’ was a smash, peaking at Number 1 for over nine consecutive weeks. He followed this up with ‘How Could You’, ‘Here I Go Again’, and ‘Boom’, which all charted well.

Mario released his third album in 2007 entitled ‘Go’, and it featured collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Timbaland and more. ‘How Do I Breathe’ and ‘Crying Out For Me’ were both successful singles off the album. 2010 saw the release of ‘Go’, which saw him work with Darkchild, Babyface, Jazze Phe, The Dream and more. The lead single ‘Break Up’ reached Number 2 on the Billboard Chart.

Mario was also a successful contestant on Dancing With The Stars, has appeared in ‘Step Up’ and ‘Freedom Writers’, plus established a foundation to educate and inspire kids who suffer from the drug addictions of their parents, entitled ‘Do Right Foundation’.

TOUR DATE AND TICKET DETAILS

Sunday 20th March – MELBOURNE, Alumbra.
Thursday 24th March – BRISBANE, Hot Gossip. Tickets from www.eventopia.co
Saturday 26th March – SYDNEY, Hotel Chambers. Tickets from www.eventopia.co

Pre-Sale Tickets available Friday 4th March 8am
General On-Sale Monday 7th March, 8am
Options include GA and limited Meet & Greet VIP

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TONI BRAXTON ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2015

Seven-time Grammy Award winning R&B star TONI BRAXTON announces the dates for her first-ever Australian & NZ run.

About the upcoming tour, BRAXTON comments, “I know it’s taken a while for me to get to Australia & New Zealand, but I promise it’s going to be well worth the wait! I can’t wait to give all of my wonderful fans a very special and unforgettable night.”

Over the course of her storied career, BRAXTON has earned a total of seven Grammy Awards and sold over 66 million records worldwide. Among other achievements, she’s received nine Billboard Music Awards and seven American Music Awards and been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She appeared on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars and helped bring the hit reality show WE tv’s Braxton Family Values to life as both an executive producer and star. Expanding her pop culture imprint, she serves as an executive producer on Tamar & Vince. Transferring her dynamic presence to the stage, she has starred in Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and After Midnight. Most recently, her 2014 collaboration with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 (her sixth Top Ten entry on the chart) and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. BRAXTON continues to engage, endear, and enchant audiences worldwide with everything she does.

TOUR DATES & TICKET DETAILS
Wednesday September 9th – PERTH, HBF Stadium Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Friday September 11th – MELBOURNE, Hamer Hall Arts Centre Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Sunday September 13th – SYDNEY, Sydney Opera House Tickets from www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Monday September 14th – BRISBANE, QPAC Theatre Tickets from
www.qtix.com.au
Thursday September 17th – AUCKLAND, Logan Campbell Tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

TICKET CATEGORIES
BREATHE AGAIN Ultimate VIP Pre-Show Function Package: $395.00 plus ticket fees and charges
• Feel like a VIP with promoter allocated seats in the front 5 Rows
• Make it a night to remember with a 90 minute pre-show party includes food and drink
• Official tour Merchandise gift bag including program and souvenir VIP lanyard

THE HEAT FAN PACKAGE: $249.00 plus ticket fees and charges
• Feel like a VIP with promoter allocated seats in the front 10 Rows
• Official tour Merchandise gift bag including program and souvenir VIP lanyard
• 2 drink vouchers

GOLD RESERVE: $159.00 plus ticket fees and charges

SILVER RESERVE: $109.00 plus ticket fees and charges

BRONZE RESERVE: $89.00 plus ticket fees and charges

Pre-Sale: Tuesday 7th July 10am – Wednesday 8th July 5pm
General Public On Sale: Thursday 9th July at 9am

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GINNEN GROUP presents…
YAASIN BEY AKA MOS DEF
(Only East Coast Side Show Appearance)

Plus special guest Daily Meds

SOULFEST are pleased to announce an exclusive Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def headline show on Monday 20th of October at The Enmore Theatre. He is one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic recording artists with a career that spans over twenty years. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def hails from Brooklyn New York and was a major force in the early nineties underground hip-hop movement appearing on the albums of fellow rapper’s De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Forming his group Black Star on Rawkus Records in 1998 and releasing the successful “Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star”, the album went on to produce the hits “Respiration” and “Definition” which went on to become VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop. Launching his stellar solo career with his album “Black on Both Sides” in 1999 secured Mos Def major industry love and respect for his socially and political aware lyrics and poetic style of storytelling through rhyme, which garnered him a mass of mainstream hip-hop fans in the process. His second album ‘The New Danger’ in 2004 bore the singles “Sex, Love & Money” and “Ghetto Rock” which went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations. As a respected rapper and actor, Mos Def has balanced the fine art of his craft and parlayed them into successful performance’s on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, plus acting roles in Brown Sugar, Talladega Nights, Be Kind, Rewind and Cadillac Records to name a few, and has gone on to appear in the critically acclaimed HBO Film Something the Lord Made as Vivien Thomas, for which he received an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Nomination, and won an Image Award. Mos Def is a definitive performing artist and has become one of hip-hop’s most intriguing and historic emcees of our time!

TOUR DATE AND TICKET DETAILS.

Monday 20th October – SYDNEY, Enmore Theatre
plus special guests Daily Meds plus djs

TICKETS ON SALE
Wednesday September 10th to Friday September 12th – Visa Pre-Sale
Tuesday September 16th – General Public Onsale
General Admission – $69 plus booking fees

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COMMON & YASIIN BEY AKA MOS DEF
LIVE IN PERTH

Perth’s Hip-Hop show of the year has just been announced, with Common and Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def performing live and exclusive at Metro City on Wednesday October 22nd. This powerhouse duo will bring over two hours of their socially conscious hip-hop to the West Coast, for one show only. With tickets on sale Friday 29th August, be quick because this show will sell out.

Common is known as one of hip-hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. The popular Actor, Author, TV & Film Producer, Youth Ambassador and Designer has released 10 successful albums which easily rank amongst hip-hop’s best, won three Grammy Awards and countless BET, MTV and Billboard Awards. Common released his tenth studio album “Nobody’s Smiling” on July 25th this year to critical acclaim. The album, which is released through long time friend and collaborator No I.D.’s Atrium label (Def Jam Recordings), addresses the violence in his hometown of Chicago, amongst other things. On September 18th, 2012 Common joined forces with the rest of the G.O.O.D Music crew to release the highly anticipated Cruel Summer Album, featuring additional artists including Kanye West, John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Kid Cudi. In 2007 he made his acting debut co-starring opposite Jeremy Piven and Ben Affleck in “Smoking Aces”, and has since gone on to star in many successful Hollywood movies including “Date Night”, “American Gangster” and “Wanted”. Common is currently working on expanding his literary pursuits, acting and producing in film and TV projects, completing his latest album and mixtape, partnering with brands and continuing to inspire youth across the country with his Common Ground Foundation.

He is one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic recording artists with a career that spans over twenty years. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def hails from Brooklyn New York and was a major force in the early nineties underground hip-hop movement appearing on the albums of fellow rapper’s De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Forming his group Black Star on Rawkus Records in 1998 and releasing the successful “Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star”, the album went on to produce the hits “Respiration” and “Definition” which went on to become VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop. Launching his stellar solo career with his album “Black on Both Sides” in 1999 secured Mos Def major industry love and respect for his socially and political aware lyrics and poetic style of storytelling through rhyme, which garnered him a mass of mainstream hip-hop fans in the process. His second album ‘The New Danger’ in 2004 bore the singles “Sex, Love & Money” and “Ghetto Rock” which went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations. As a respected rapper and actor, Mos Def has balanced the fine art of his craft and parlayed them into successful performance’s on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, plus acting roles in Brown Sugar, Talladega Nights, Be Kind, Rewind and Cadillac Records to name a few, and has gone on to appear in the critically acclaimed HBO Film Something the Lord Made as Vivien Thomas, for which he received an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Nomination, and won an Image Award. Mos Def is a definitive performing artist and has become one of hip-hop’s most intriguing and historic emcees of our time!

TOUR DATES AND TICKET DETAILS.

Wednesday 22nd October – PERTH, Metro City

Tickets On Sale – Friday 29th August through www.oztix.com.au
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Ginnen Group presents

MUSIQ SOULCHILD, ANGIE STONE
& ANTHONY HAMILTON

LIVE AND INTIMATE IN PERTH FOR ONE SHOW ONLY

Soulfest, Australia’s only Neo-Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop Festival is pleased to announce Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, and Musiq Soulchild live in Perth for one show only, on Thursday October 23rd at Crown Theatre. With all three artists appearing in Perth for the first time ever, this once in a lifetime show will bring together three of the world’s greatest Neo-Soul artists in an intimate setting in the salubrious surroundings of the Crown Casino Theatre. With over 20 Grammy nominations between them, this is a night not to be missed for all Perth lovers of Soul Music.

ANGIE STONE
Grammy Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Producer and Actress Angie Stone, is the Grand Dame of Neo-Soul. With four Top 10 albums, including a number one album and ten singles, Stone has sold over 1.4 million albums in the US and over 5 million albums worldwide. Stone was born in Columbia South Carolina and starting off her singing career singing Gospel music at her local Baptist Church. Dreams of singing stardom led Stone to Arista records and the debut of her first solo album in 1999 “Black Diamond”, which went on to be certified Gold. This was followed up by “Mahogany Soul” in 2001, also going Gold. Third album “Stone Love” followed in 2004 and her fourth studio release “The Art of Love and War” emerged in 2007. She followed this up with “Unexpected” in 2009 and “Rich Girl” in 2012. Angie Stone has successfully held court as a Queen of the Soul Music sector and through various label changes in her career has always managed to deliver music and live performances heralded the world over. A celebrated actress as well, Stone has appeared in a number of VH1 TV shows and movies, live theatre alongside fellow singer Brian McKnight in Chicago on Broadway, and also stars in Season Two of TVOne’s R&B Diva’s in 2013 as a mentor and life coach. This will be Stone’s first visit to Australia.

MUSIQ SOULCHILD
Australia couldn’t get enough of this mega talented Philadelphian musician during his electric live performances in 2013, and will no doubt welcome Musiq Soulchild back with open arms for Soulfest 2014. A consummate professional, this Neo-Soul Singer/Songwriter has been creating soul stirring music for over 15 years, garnering a legion of mainstream RnB and neo-soul music fans far and wide. His brand of effortless song-writing blended with infectious soul music has made Musiq the leader of the new soul movement and it is a talent that has taken him from scatting at Philadelphia Jazz clubs to achieving 2 x Platinum albums, 2 x Gold albums and 7 x hit singles including “Just Friends, “Love”, “Halfcrazy” and “B.U.D.D.Y” to name a few. Musiq has been lorded with numerous nominations and awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI and Soul Train, including 11 Grammy Nominations, MTV and American Music Awards. Since the debut of his career in 2000 with his first release “Aijuswanaseing” to his seventh and most recent album “9ine”, with Syleena Johnson released in September of 2013, Musiq has showed consistency and growth as a recording artist and songwriter who has achieved the fine art of blending contemporary R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Gospel into a music lovers paradise. In his own words of who Musiq is, he says, “Musiq Soulchild is technically two ideas. Musiq is the front man and Soulchild is the idea behind it”.

ANTHONY HAMILTON
Anthony Hamilton’s voice just keeps getting better with time. The Grammy Award winner’s arresting voice – a favourite staple on the scene since 2003 – recently hailed at No. 1 for 4 weeks on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart with his soul-stirring single, “Pray For Me”. The Babyface-produced track is the second single from his fourth studio album, “Back To Love”. Hamilton’s “Pray For Me” and his “Back To Love” album were both nominated for Grammy Awards. Fans began paying attention to Hamilton in 2002, when he sang the infectious hook on Nappy Roots single “Po’ Folks”. That performance netted the singer the first of 12 Grammy nominations for best rap/sung collaboration. After signing with So So Def, Hamilton scored a platinum debut with “Coming From Where I’m From” in 2003 and two years later followed it up with “Ain’t Nobody Worryin”. Then in 2008 came “The Point Of It All”, and 2009 saw Hamilton win his first Grammy Award for his collaboration on Al Green’s “You Got The Love I Need”. He has contributed to the works of artists from Dr. Dre, Tupac, Young Jeezy, Angie Stone, Jadakiss and Jill Scott through to Santana and Josh Turner. Between his own album sales and collaborations, Hamilton has sold more than 20 million albums. This is Anthony Hamilton’s first trip to Australia.
TOUR DATE AND TICKET DETAILS

Thursday October 23rd – PERTH, Crown Theatre

General Public On Sale Thursday 24 July, 9am
Tickets will be available via ticketek.com.au

Tickets start from $96.60 plus fees and charges

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Channel [V] & MAX PRESENTS
THE BIGGEST SELLING AMERICAN FEMALE GROUP OF ALL TIME
TLC

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014

I|E|G and Ginnen Group in association with Channel [V] and MAX are thrilled to announce the very first Australian Tour of legendary 90’s R&B girl group TLC. From humble Atlanta beginnings to global superstardom, 5 x Grammy Winner’s TLC are the biggest selling American female group of all time with a phenomenal 65 million record sales worldwide. With a catalogue of some of the biggest hits of the 90’s including “Creep”, “Aint Too Proud To Beg” and #1 selling single “Waterfalls” through to three Top 5 hits in Australia – “No Scrubs”, “Diggin On You”, and “Unpretty” in the early 2000’s, TLC have left an indelible mark on the music industry. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas recently started touring again, and caught the world’s attention with the 2013 release of their VH1 Biopic “Crazy Sexy Cool” which chronicles their rise to fame and their struggles along the way. The ladies kick off their Australian Tour in Sydney on June 6th, and finish in Perth on June 13th.

In 1991, comprised of T-Boz, rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Chilli captured the world’s attention with their sassy attitude, sophisticated R&B feel and socially conscious lyrical style. On their 1992 debut, Ooooooohhh…On the TLC Tip, the group unleashed a cool blend of hip-hop and R&B reminiscent of the “new jack swing” of the late ‘80s, rounding out their hook-laden sound with flamboyant wardrobes and vibrant, attention-grabbing energy. In 1994, TLC displayed a remarkable newfound maturity with CrazySexyCool, this time around offering a smoother and more mid-tempo gem of an album that went on to scan over 11 million copies in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy for Best R&B Album and included such chart-topping hits as “Creep” and “Waterfalls”. TLC’s highly anticipated third album, FanMail, was released in 1999 to rave reviews, including such crossover sensations as “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty” and, like its predecessor, won the Best R&B Album Grammy. Tragically in 2002, Lopes was killed in a car accident while spending time in Honduras. Refusing to call it quits in honor of their fallen sister, T-Boz and Chilli completed and released 3D that same year, and appeared in their last performance at Z100’s Zootopia festival by lovingly performing against an on-stage video montage dedicated to Lopes.
The group has found a new group of fans and a fresh round of popularity after the record-breaking debut of their VH1 film Crazy Sexy Cool which chronicles their rise to fame and their struggles along the way. They are in the studio preparing a new album, their first in over a decade.

TOUR DATES & TICKET DETAILS

Friday June 6th – SYDNEY, Enmore Theatre Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au
Saturday June 7th – BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Tickets from www.oztix.com.au
Wednesday June 11th – MELBOURNE, Palais Theatre Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Friday June 13th – PERTH, Metro City Tickets from www.oztix.com.au

Visa Pre-Sale – Tuesday 22nd April 9am – Wednesday 23rd April 5pm
General on sale Thursday 24th April at 9am
Tickets from $79 plus booking fee

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CHANNEL V & Music Max PRESENT
SOULFEST
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ANNUAL NEO-SOUL, JAZZ & HIP-HOP FESTIVAL

featuring
MAXWELL
D’ANGELO, COMMON, ALOE BLACC
MOS DEF, ANTHONY HAMILTON, ANGIE STONE
MUSIQ SOULCHILD, LEELA JAMES
PLUS NATHANIEL, MIRACLE, NGAIIRE, MS MURPHY, DARRYL BEATON & THE D1 CARTEL, GANG OF BROTHERS, MILAN, AND THANDIWE PHOENIX, PLUS DJ TREY, SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S AND MORE

Ginnen Group & I|E|G in association with Channel V and Music Max are thrilled to announce Soulfest, Australia’s first ever Neo-Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop Festival. This unique Music and Cultural Festival is a celebration of some of the world’s finest contemporary Neo-Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop Artists across two stages in the serene settings of Victoria Park in Sydney, Yarra Park in Melbourne, and Riverstage in Brisbane.

The 9 spectacular international artists have an astounding 52 Grammy Nominations combined. Maxwell, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone and Leela James will all be visiting Australia for the very first time, and will be joined by Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def and Musiq Soulchild, plus some of Australia’s finest talent. Over 20 live acts and DJ’s will feature throughout the 10-hour day across 2 stages, and uniquely, there will be no scheduling conflicts allowing ticket holders to view every artist on the bill.

Soulfest will also feature an expansive array of cuisine with the eclectically named
“Eat Street” becoming the central food hub, featuring authentic New Orleans Soulfood and Pop-up eateries, through to an official Chili Cook-Off featuring some of the cities leading Chef’s vying for the first prize. The Festival punters will judge the Chili Cook-Off with free taste-testings on offer. With an array of themed bars featuring fine wine, imported beers and spirits through to café’s serving some of the world’s best coffee, Soulfest will be a unique opportunity to see and hear some of the world’s finest artists in a relaxed atmosphere.

VIP Tickets will feature an exclusive front of stage area for a very limited capacity with access to a VIP bar, VIP food and VIP toilets all on offer for the ticket purchaser.

Early Bird Registrations will commence from Monday 31st March, 9am simply by going to www.soulfest.com.au and registering your details. This will give members the first opportunity to buy tickets before the General Public.

TOUR DATES AND TICKET DETAILS.

Saturday Oct 18th – SYDNEY, Victoria Park (Broadway) 12pm-10pm
Sunday Oct 19th – MELBOURNE, Yarra Park (MCG Precinct) 12pm-10pm
Saturday Oct 25th – BRISBANE, The Riverstage 12pm-10pm

TICKETS ON SALE
Early Bird Tickets to registered Soulfest members will go on sale from
Monday April 7, 9am AEST up until Sunday April 13, 6pm AEST or until exhausted. Strictly available via Soulfest.com.au.

Early Bird Ticket Prices
VIP Tickets – $159 plus fees and charges (Only 2000 per venue available)
General Admission – $119 plus fees and charges (Limited Capacity)

General Public On Sale to commence Tuesday April 15th, 9am AEST

General Public On Sale Prices
VIP Tickets $179 plus fees and charges
General Admission $139 plus fees and charges

General Public on sale via Soulfest.com.au, Ticketek, Moshtix, Oztix

Event Official Website: www.soulfest.com.au / www.twitter.com/soul_fest / www.facebook.com/soulfestaustralia

Proudly presented by I|E|G in association with the Ginnen Group

ARTIST INFORMATION

MAXWELL
Maxwell, the sexy ambassador of Soul makes his Australian debut at Soulfest. The prolific artist who bought us absolute timeless classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin’”, “Ascension”, “Pretty Wings” and “Lifetime”, will be visiting Australia for the very first time and performing hits of his phenomenal albums, including his latest work “BLACKsummers’night”. In 1996, the Brooklyn born legend took the music world by storm with his debut “Urban Hang Suite”. The critically acclaimed CD received a Grammy nomination and went onto achieve double platinum status. Heralded as the future of Soul music, Maxwell proved his staying power by following up with albums “MTV: Unplugged”, “Embrya”, 1999’s biggest selling single “Fortunate” (Off the LIFE soundtrack) and 2001’s “Now”. After a hiatus, the Soul Legend returned in 2008 with a live rendition of Al Green’s classic song, “Simply Beautiful” at the BET Awards. The unforgettable performance was one of the most talked about performances of the year. His latest album
BLACKsummers’night was recorded with an extraordinary live ten-piece band No synthesizers, no duets. Just Maxwell bare and in the flesh ready to give old fans and new ones a sensory experience that he never fails to bring.

D’ANGELO
Having touched the Neo-Soul genre with his sensual presence and stirring vocals some 15 years ago, singer-songwriter D’Angelo has become one of the most influential and key contributors to the rise of the Neo-Soul movement. Bursting onto the music scene in 1991, this Virginian native went on to incite vocal comparisons to the likes of music legends Marvin Gaye and Prince with his 1995 debut album, Brown Sugar and its subsequent hit singles “Brown Sugar” and “Lady”, a top 10 hot on the Billboard Charts, went on to secure the albums platinum certification for over 1 million record sales in the US alone. Following the success of Brown Sugar, D’Angelo took a four-year sabbatical from the music world and left fans yearning for a follow up to this Brown Sugar success. The year 2000 saw the release of his much-anticipated second album aptly titled Voodoo, on Virgin Records and it received rave reviews and a new legion of new soul fans, dubbing it “D’Angelo’s greatest work”. Voodoo debuted on the US Billboard charts at Number One, selling over 320,000 copies in its first week and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. After an extended break, D’Angelo emerged again doing various guest appearances on tracks for artists like J. Dilla and Common, and a rumoured new album and European Tours in 2012 saw D”Angelo re-enter the music world for another spin. This will be the singer’s first tour of Australia.

COMMON
Common is known as one of Hip-Hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists. The popular Actor, Author, TV & Film Producer, Youth Ambassador and Designer has released 8 successful albums which easily rank amongst hip-hop’s best, won two Grammy Awards and countless BET, MTV and Billboard Awards. In 2007 he made his acting debut co-starring opposite Jeremy Piven and Ben Affleck in “Smoking Aces”, and has since gone on to star in many successful Hollywood movies including “Date Night”, “American Gangster” and “Wanted”. Common is currently working on expanding his literary pursuits, acting and producing in film and TV projects, completing his latest album, partnering with brands and continuing to inspire youth across the country with his Common Ground Foundation.

ALOE BLACC
With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in 102 countries across the globe—Aloe Blacc proved himself a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Now with his third solo album Lift Your Spirit (Blacc’s major-label full-length debut) the rapper-turned-singer pushes further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that’s both undeniably joyful and eye-opening in message. Adding an of-the-moment twist to the music of legends like Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder, Lift Your Spirit is built on songs that pair Blacc’s poetic yet incisive lyrics with huge hooks and relentless feel-good grooves. The Southern Californian artist released his genre-defying solo debut “Shine Through” in 2006, and followed it up with 2010’s “Good Things” which sold more than a million copies worldwide, thanks to his first international hit “I Need A Dollar”. His current single “The Man” is currently riding up the Australian Charts.

MOS DEF
He is one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic recording artists with a career that spans over twenty years. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def hails from Brooklyn New York and was a major force in the early nineties underground hip-hop movement appearing on the albums of fellow rapper’s De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Forming his group Black Star on Rawkus Records in 1998 and releasing the successful “Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star”, the album went on to produce the hits “Respiration” and “Definition” which went on to become VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop. Launching his stellar solo career with his album “Black on Both Sides” in 1999 secured Mos Def major industry love and respect for his socially and political aware lyrics and poetic style of storytelling through rhyme, which garnered him a mass of mainstream hip-hop fans in the process. His second album ‘The New Danger’ in 2004 bore the singles “Sex, Love & Money” and “Ghetto Rock” which went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations. As a respected rapper and actor, Mos Def has balanced the fine art of his craft and parlayed them into successful performance’s on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, plus acting roles in Brown Sugar, Talladega Nights, Be Kind, Rewind and Cadillac Records to name a few, and has gone on to appear in the critically acclaimed HBO Film Something the Lord Made as Vivien Thomas, for which he received an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Nomination, and won an Image Award. Mos Def is a definitive performing artist and has become one of hip-hops most intriguing and historic emcees of our time!

ANTHONY HAMILTON
This Charlotte, North Carolina singer-songwriter has been making Platinum Award Winning Soul and R&B since 1995. After moving to New York City to pursue his career in 1993, Hamilton secured a record deal with Andre Harrell of Uptown Records and in 2000 went on tour as backup singer for D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” album promotional tour. Following on from that, his introduction to the mainstream audience was as the voice in the chorus to hip-hop outfit Nappy Roots 2002 single ‘Po Folks’, which went on to earn a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” in 2003. It was a union that went on to secure three further successful collaborations between Hamilton and Nappy Roots and showcased the depth of Hamilton’s soulful delivery. He has contributed to the works of Angie Stone, Jadakiss and Jill Scott, has made cameo guest appearances on comedian Dave Chappelle “Chappelle’s Show” and in the movie “American Gangster” as a soul singer, to which he also contributed to the soundtrack. The singer of famed hit soul singles “Charlene” and “Woo” and “Freedom” off the “Django Unchanged” soundtrack is also the recipient of the 2006 BET Awards “Cool Like That” Award and has provided his loyal fan base with seven successful studio album’s – “ XTC”,” Coming from where I’m From”,” Soulife”,” Aint Nobody Worryin”, “Southern Comfort”,” The Point of It All” and “Back to Love”. This is Anthony Hamilton’s first trip to Australia.

ANGIE STONE
Grammy Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Producer and Actress Angie Stone, is the Grand Dame of Neo-Soul. With four Top 10 albums, including a number one album and ten singles, Stone has sold over 1.4 million albums in the US and over 5 million albums worldwide. Stone was born in Columbia South Carolina and starting off her singing career singing Gospel music at her local Baptist Church. Dreams of singing stardom led Stone to Arista records and the debut of her first solo album in 1999 “Black Diamond”, which went on to be certified Gold. This was quickly followed up by “Mahogany Soul” in 2001, also going Gold. Third album “Stone Love” followed in 2004 and her fourth studio release “The Art of Love and War” emerged in 2007. Angie Stone has successfully held court as a Queen of the Soul Music sector and through various label changes in her career has always managed to deliver music and live performances heralded the world over. A celebrated actress as well, Stone has appeared in a number of VH1 TV shows and movies, live theatre alongside fellow singer Brian McKnight in Chicago on Broadway, and also stars in Season Two of TVOne’s R&B Diva’s in 2013 as a mentor and life coach. This will be Stone’s first visit to Australia.

MUSIQ SOULCHILD
Australia couldn’t get enough of this mega talented Philadelphian musician during his electric live performances in 2013, and will no doubt welcome Musiq Soulchild back with open arms for Soulfest 2014. A consummate professional, this Neo-Soul Singer/Songwriter has been creating soul stirring music for over 15 years, garnering a legion of mainstream RnB and Neo-Soul music fans far and wide. His brand of effortless song-writing blended with infectious Soul Music has made Musiq the leader of the new soul movement and it is a talent that has taken him from scatting at Philadelphia Jazz clubs to achieving 2 x Platinum albums, 2 x Gold albums and 7 x hit singles including “Just Friends, “Love”, “Halfcrazy” and “B.U.D.D.Y” to name a few. Musiq has been lorded with numerous nominations and awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI and Soul Train, including 11 Grammy Nominations, MTV and American Music Awards. Since the debut of his career in 2000 with his first release “Aijuswanaseing” to his ninth and most recent album “9ine”, with Syleena Johnson released in September of 2013, Musiq has showed consistency and growth as a recording artist and songwriter who has achieved the fine art of blending contemporary R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Gospel into a music lovers paradise. In his own words of who Musiq is, he says, “Musiq Soulchild is technically two ideas. Musiq is the front man and Soulchild is the idea behind it”.

LEELA JAMES
Soul and Blues songstress Leela James changed the Soul game with the release of her debut album “A Change Gonne Come” was released. The LA native has a style and flow likened to that of the old school Soul Music era of the 60’s and 70’s and singers like Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder to name a few appear to channel through her. James has churned out a consistent discography that has seen her remain a firm favourite with her peers and fans alike and has received critical acclaim for her four studio albums released from 2005’s “A Change Gonna Come”, 2009’s “Let’s Do It Again”, 2010’s “My Soul”, which reached Number 7 on the US R&B charts and her 2012 release “Loving You More …..In The Spirit of Etta James”. She is a powerful and soulful female force to be reckoned with, writing lyrics condemning materialism and misogyny in today’s urban music genre and calling for a return of a bygone era where the artistry and dedication of musicians were of great importance. James has toured as opening act for The Black Eyed Peas and Macy Gray and also featured on famed Hip-Hop Producer and Emcee Pete Rock’s album “Soul Survivor II”. Leela James has been nominated for the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul New Artist and the NAAC Image Award for Outstanding New Artist both in 2008 and continues to be an artist of intrigue and purpose her chosen genre. This is Leela James’s first trip to Australia.

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BRIAN MCKNIGHT & BAND
ANNOUNCE ONE NEW ZEALAND SHOW
***MORE THAN WORDS WORLD TOUR***

R&B icon and Grammy Award nominated artist BRIAN MCKNIGHT is returning to New Zealand for one show only on Thursday 27th February 2014 at the ASB Theatre in Auckland. His last visit in 2011 saw him deliver a mesmerising acoustic performance at the Civic Theatre. This time around McKnight returns with his full piece band, to showcase new songs from his latest album ‘More Than Words’ as well as performing all his hits. New Zealand audiences should prepare to be amazed by an urban show like no other with the distinctive harmonious sound that is Brian McKnight.

A singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. With a talent that spans across nine instruments, he has seven certified Platinum albums over the span of his career. McKnight’s work has earned him 16 Grammy Award nominations and seen him collaborate with some of urban music’s biggest names including Mariah Carey, P.Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Nelly and Australia’s Guy Sebastian. McKnight’s career has solidified him as a true icon in R&B’s constantly evolving music scene.

More Than Words is his 15th studio album to date, which includes his collaboration with Colbie Callat. The first single, ‘Sweeter’ debuted at #2 on Urban Radio when released earlier this year and features his signature heartfelt lyrics and melodic tempo. The album takes long-time fans back to the roots of Brian McKnight.

Returning from a 16 city US tour, McKnight will head to Australasia before continuing on the road to Europe and Asia. Fans can always expect something different at each show with a set list featuring career-cementing hits such as ‘Back At One’ and ‘Shoulda Been Lovin’ You’ mixed with new classics ‘More than Words’ and ‘Sweeter’.

“It’s difficult because you always want to let your fans hear your new material, however fans aren’t coming to hear that material they’re just coming to hear all the classic songs they love. I always try to mix both and that keeps everyone happy,” says Brian McKnight.

Not stopping at just a career in music, McKnight has hosted his own morning talk show ‘The Brian McKnight Morning Show’ on popular US jazz radio station KTWV. With the show being highly successful, McKnight went on the host another radio talk show ‘The Brian McKnight Show’ followed by a TV show with the same name.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time perform all your favourite R&B classics as well as songs from his new album ‘More Than Words’ when he brings his iconic urban musical style to New Zealand.

Video announcement from Brian McKnight – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EeUrvREmxg

Presale tickets go on sale 9am Tuesday Nov 19th – 9am Wednesday Nov 20th.
Tune into Mai Fm or go to www.maifm.co.nz for more info

Tickets go on sale to the General Public on Thursday November 21st at 9am.

BRIAN MCKNIGHT & BAND
Plus special guests

Thursday 27th February 2014
ASB Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.co.nz

For more info www.ieg.com.au or www.ginnen.com

For media enquiries and images, please contact Nancy Blackler at Blackout:
blackoutis@xtra.co.nz | ph 0272 425 318

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EMINEM AND DAINTY GROUP ANNOUNCE HIS
FIRST EVER NEW ZEALAND CONCERT:
RAPTURE 2014 – WESTERN SPRINGS

New album The Marshall Mathers LP2 out November 5

Monday 21 October, 2013: Dainty Group today announced a trailblazing collaboration with hip-hop icon Eminem to do headline shows with the world’s biggest rap and urban stars across Australian stadiums in 2014.

Even more thrilling is the news that Eminem and Dainty Group have included one New Zealand show, at Auckland’s iconic outdoor Western Springs Stadium on Saturday February 15th, 2014.

Get ready for Rapture, a game-changing hip-hop event curated by Eminem, and presented by Dainty Entertainment, with ears tuned to the streets, and eyes locked on rap’s future.

Tickets for Rapture go on sale on Thursday 31 October at 10am NZDT.

Eminem has handpicked the now, and the next, for the debut dose of Rapture.

RAPTURE NEW ZEALAND 2014 STARS

EMINEM: in a headline spot hot off the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, due on November 5, and billed as one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The Guardian said of his recent shows in Britain: “His stage presence is as potent as ever.”

Eminem sold out every seat of his triumphant stadium tour in Australia two years ago but this will be his first ever visit to New Zealand.

A 13-time Grammy and Oscar winner, Eminem has sold 80 million albums, scanned 120 million singles and had 2.5 billion views online.
In New Zealand, Eminem remains one of the most successful chart acts of all time. Of his eight albums released here, 7 of them went to #1 – spending a combined 227 weeks in the Official NZ Top40 Charts. He has hit the top of the Singles Chart 6 times, including “Without Me” and “Lose Yourself”, and most recently with his 2010 Rihanna collaboration “Love The Way You Lie” which was the second biggest selling single that year.
RIANZ has certified The Slim Shady LP (1999) 3 x platinum, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) 7 x platinum, The Eminem Show (2002) 9 x platinum, Encore (2004) 4 x platinum, Curtain Call (2005) 6 x platinum and Recovery (2010) 2 x platinum.
KENDRICK LAMAR: a blinding ray of rap genius from the sunshine state, California, with his ground breaking album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, hits ‘Swimming Pools’ and ‘Poetic Justice’, and crowned the new king of the West Coast by Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre.

J. COLE: chart-topping rapper who got the tick of approval from Jay-Z with his clever rhymes and intriguing lyrical content, then followed through to deliver street savvy work including two No.1 albums, Cole World: The Sideline Story, and his latest Born Sinner.

DAVID DALLAS: The forefront of New Zealand hip-hop, David Dallas has just released his new album Falling Into Place. The album is a continuation of form from Dallas, following on from the acclaimed The Rose Tint and Buffalo Man. It features the hard hitting, anthemic single ‘Runnin’, which is tearing up the singles charts.

“I am really excited to be working with Eminem on Rapture, an annual event with a long term vision of showcasing the best of the best in hip-hop at affordable prices to the punter,” promoter Paul Dainty said.

Lose yourself, New Zealand, and get caught up in the Rapture in 2014.

VISIT:

http://www.eminem.com/

http://www.daintygroup.com/

http://www.ginnen.com/

Tickets on Sale Thursday 31 October at 10am NZDT
VIP & Fan Packages from www.showbiznz.co.nz

ZM & Flava Exclusive Presale
Register at zmonline.com or flava.co.nz to get access to buy the first tickets for Rapture 2014!

RAPTURE NEW ZEALAND SHOW DATE:

Auckland: Saturday 15 February, 2014 – Western Springs Stadium
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.nz 09 970 9700 / 0800 111 999

The Marshall Mathers LP2 out November 5, 2013

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BRIAN MCKNIGHT
ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN SHOWS FOR
MORE THAN WORDS WORLD TOUR

Brian McKnight is bringing his full piece band to Australia for the first time in March 2014

R&B icon and Grammy award nominated artist Brian McKnight is bringing his world tour to Australia in March 2014 across four cities. Australia has never witnessed a show like this from McKnight – he comes to Australia next year with a full piece band for the first time. One of the most respected R&B hitmakers, McKnight will be performing songs from his latest album ‘More Than Words’. Australian audiences should prepare to be wowed by an urban show like no other with the distinctive harmonious sound that is Brian McKnight.

A singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. With a talent that spans across nine instruments, he has seven certified Platinum albums over the span of his career. McKnight’s work has earned him 16 Grammy Award nominations and seen him collaborate with some of urban music’s biggest names including Mariah Carey, P.Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Nelly and Australia’s very own Guy Sebastian. McKnight’s career has solidified him as a true icon in R&B’s constantly evolving music scene.

More Than Words is his 15th studio album to date, which includes a collaboration with Colbie Callat. The first single, ‘Sweeter’ debuted at #2 on Urban Radio when released earlier this year and features his signature heartfelt lyrics and melodic tempo. The album takes longtime fans back to the roots of Brian McKnight.

Returning from a 16 city US tour, McKnight will head to Australia before continuing on the road to Europe and Asia. Fans can always expect something different at each show with a set list featuring career cementing hits such as ‘Back At One’ and ‘Shoulda Been Lovin’ You’ mixed with new classics ‘Sweeter’ and ‘More than Words’. For Brian McKnight fans, this tour promises shows unlike no other with his full piece band that has never travelled to Australia with the artist before.

“It’s difficult because you always want to let your fans hear your new material, however fans aren’t coming to hear that material they’re just coming to hear all the classic songs they love. I always try to mix both and that keeps everyone happy,” says Brian McKnight.

Not stopping at just a career in music, the star has hosted his own morning talk show ‘The Brian McKnight Morning Show’ on popular US jazz radio station KTWV. With the show being highly successful McKnight went on the host another radio talk show ‘The Brian McKnight Show’ followed by a TV show with the same name.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time perform all your favourite R&B classics as well as songs from his new album ‘More Than Words’ when he brings his iconic urban musical style to Australia. Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday October 23rd at 9am AEDT with sales ending Thursday October 24th at 5pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday October 25th at 9am AEDT in all cities except Brisbane which goes on sale 9am AEDT Wednesday October 30th with prices starting at $79.

Sunday 2nd March 2014
QPAC Theatre, Brisbane (www.qpac.com.au)

Monday 3rd March 2014
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (www.ticketek.com.au)

Wednesday 5th March 2014
Palais Theatre, Melbourne (www.ticketmaster.com.au)

Friday 7th March 2014
Riverside Theatre Perth Convention Centre, Perth (www.ticketek.com.au)

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JILL SCOTT AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER & SONGWRITER TO TOUR AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!

In her first ever headline Australian tour, get set to be blown away by the extra-ordinary Grammy Award winning singer,songwriter and actress Jill Scott with her 10-piece band. For Australian fans of Jill Scott the wait is over but tickets are limited for this multi-platinum selling artist’s unforgettable intimate performance in her show ‘An Evening with Jill Scott’, so get in fast.
Known for her provocative lyrics and musical integrity, her passion as expressed through her music has been the essence of what has made Jill Scott one of the most celebrated artists of the new millennium. With a star studded following that includes Beyonce and Young Jeezy, this is one artist that you simply cannot miss on tour for the first time in Australia.
Bringing her distinct vocal style infused with jazz, R&B and hip hop down under for the first time, Jill Scott will perform one night only in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from November 17th, 2013.
Her four city Australian tour will not be without the evocative and personal experience that her fans all over the world love her for. Each show will feature an intimate arena setting for an experience so much more than a concert. Fans get set for a powerhouse production that is raw, intense and exhilarating.
Jill Scott is renowned for delivering a joyous power-packed set with a vocal range from deep and husky to operatic and comes to Australia off the back of performances at the world’s leading Jazz Festivals around the globe and filming “Baggage Claim” which is due out in September in the US. Previously named in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and voted one of NPR Music’s Favourite 25 Albums of the Year, Jill Scott has collaborations with Will Smith, Young Jeezy, Lupe Fiasco, will.i.am and Mos Def.
Fans can expect hits from Jill Scott’s multi-platinum debut album ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol 1’ and her album ‘Collaborations’ that reached #3 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, as well as her latest album ‘Light of the Sun’ debuted at #1 topping the US Billboard Top 200 chart, which was a career first for Scott.

Tickets are expected to sell out fast, priced from $89. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see Jill Scott perform upclose and personal. Supporting acts are to be announced. Tickets will be on sale to the general public from 9 am on 18th June.

‘An Evening with Jill Scott’
Sunday 17th November 2013
Riverside Theatre Perth (Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au)
Tuesday 19th November 2013
Palais Theatre Melbourne (Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au)
Thursday 21st November
The Tivoli Brisbane (Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au)
Saturday 23th November 2013
Enmore Theatre Sydney (Ticketek – www.ticketek.com.au)