Luke Combs returns to New Zealand 2023
Monday 12 September 2022
LUKE COMBS RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA & MAKES NEW ZEALAND
Three continents, 16 countries, 35 concerts. Country superstar and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs will embark on an unprecedented world tour in 2023.
Kicking off his Antipodean run at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Wednesday 9 August, Combs will perform his first ever New Zealand show before returning to Australia to play his biggest headline dates yet.
The music icon will take in Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Adelaide’s AEC Arena and RAC Arena in Perth, delivering his explosive live show to Australian fans for the first time since his sold out 2019 headline shows.
The upcoming tour is just the latest milestone in an already monumental career for Combs, whose acclaimed new album, Growin’ Up, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in June. Out now via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville (stream/purchase here), Growin’ Up was produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton and is his third studio album following 2019’s 3x Platinum What You See is What You Get and his 4x Platinum debut, This One’s For You. The record also features his current single, ‘The Kind of Love We Make’, which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart—the highest chart debut since January 2020—and is currently top 5 and rising. The single adds to a historic run at country radio for Combs, who recently achieved his record-breaking, thirteenth-consecutive #1 as his single, ‘Doin’ This’, reached the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts.
Critical acclaim for Growin’ Up:
“one of country music’s biggest stars…He’s accomplished this not with virtuosic musical innovation, genre-crossing celebrity collaborations or by hosting a television singing competition, but by cranking out one irrepressibly catchy, widely relatable meat-and-potatoes country anthem after another.” — The New York Times
“an authentic creative force, capitalizing on his man-of-the-people status to release music that resonates with wide swaths of listeners…as an artist, he’s making his biggest strides yet”— Grammy.com
“He’s emerged as the field’s much-loved everyman with hits that country aficionados could not possibly resist”—The Wall Street Journal
“his detail-rich songs make Growin’ Up a big-time country album with a tip-jar-worthy intimacy” — Rolling Stone
“a superstar”— Billboard
On his 2023 dates, Combs will be joined by US country star Cody Johnson and Australian singer-songwriter Lane Pittman.
One of country music’s most exciting rising stars, Cody Johnson “just might be the future of real country music” (MusicRow). Known for his explosive live shows and electrifying stage presence Cody has established a following of passionately loyal fans who regularly sell out shows across North America.
In the last year he released a critically acclaimed, award-winning feature-length documentary (Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story), delivered two celebrated albums (Human The Double Album and A Cody Johnson Christmas), sent his most successful single to country radio with Platinum-selling, two-week No.1 single ‘Til You Can’t’, added more RIAA platinum and gold singles and album certifications, played sold-out concerts and more. In fact, Johnson increased his worldwide streams by nearly one billion in 2021, growing from two billion to 3.7 billion streams, and is averaging 35 million streams per week.
At just sixteen years of age, Tamworth’s Lane Pittman is quickly making an impact in Australian country music. Rising to fame on the 2022 season of The Voice Australia, Pittman wowed judges with a stunning rendition of the Luke Combs’ song ‘Even Though I’m Leaving’ in the blind auditions, with all four judges turning their chairs and ultimately landing him on Keith Urban’s team.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry and a 6x CMA, 3x ACM, 3x Billboard Music Award-winner, Luke Combs is in the midst of a record-setting and historic series of years. His previous release, What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. With the record, Combs reached #1 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums chart, Top 100 Songs chart and Artists 500 chart—the first country artist ever to lead all three charts in the same week and first to top the Artists 500. He also made history as the first artist ever to have their first two studio albums spend 25 weeks or more at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart—breaking Taylor Swift’s previously held record at 24 weeks.
A captivating live performer, tickets to Luke Combs’ Australia and New Zealand shows will sell fast, so make sure you get in quickly!