Stormzy has confirmed that the Australian leg of his ‘H.I.T.H’ world tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed owing to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, will take place later this year.
It’s the first complete tour announcement for the trailblazing Croydon MC in 2022, with only a few festival appearances – including this year’s editions of Mad Cool, NOS Alive and the Montreaux Jazz Festival – filling up his current schedule. The tour’s second leg in the UK ended in early April, with 11 shows spread out between Cardiff and Glasgow.
Stormzy will perform at the HBF Stadium in Perth on 23rd November to kick off the six-show Australian tour. He’ll perform two more gigs at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion before heading to Brisbane’s Riverstage, Melbourne’s John Cain Arena and Adelaide’s AEC Theatre.
Stormzy’s second album, ‘Heavy Is The Head,’ was released in December 2019 via #Merky / Atlantic Records, and the tour is in support of it. NME’s Cark Anka gave it a four-star review, writing: “Stormzy came out swinging for his second album – it’s big, it’s broad and it is mostly brilliant. ‘Uneasy is the head that wears the crown,’ wrote William Shakespeare. After listening to this new album, we’d say Stormzy is handling things just fine.”
Stormzy announced last month that his third album is on track to be released this year. He teased fans with a video of himself working on the album in a studio during the first gig of his recent UK tour. At the conclusion of the video, a message appeared onscreen that stated, “Album 3. Coming 2022.”
Meanwhile, Stormzy will be interviewed by Louis Theroux for a new BBC series tentatively titled ‘The Louis Theroux Interviews’, which will feature the documentary filmmaker in conversation with some of the biggest figures in the entertainment industry. The first episode of the series will centre on Stormzy, with Theroux joining him on tour and at home “for an in-depth and personally revealing encounter.”
Stormzy’s ‘H.I.T.H’ Australian tour dates are:
Wednesday 23 – Perth, HBF Stadium
Sunday 27 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Monday 28 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Wednesday 30 – Brisbane, Riverstage
Friday 2 – Melbourne, John Cain Arena
Thursday 8 – Adelaide, AEC Theatre