9 weird or wonderful international gigs coming to Melbourne in 2022

Lyrics by Benjamin Lamb

2022 could still be one hell of a good year for international artists in Melbourne, if these nine global stars (and genius wannabes) show up.

It seems like it’s been too long since we’ve had international artists on our shores, but with the borders continuing to open despite Omicron, many international artists have locked gigs in Melbourne so they can shoot all their lock albums.

As of this writing, these shows are still set to happen, but with the rules changing daily, these things could change. Still, with heaps of amazing events still happening every day in the city, here’s a look at what’s to come in Melbourne this year.

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Snoop Dogg

Whether you know him as Snoop Lion, Snoop Doggy Dogg or just Snoop Dogg, Calvin Broadus Jr is coming to Melbourne later this year to bring his slick bars to our ears.

Called the “I Wanna Thank Me” tour, (named after his latest album), it will see him on the Rod Laver stage for a show in October.

His music has thrilled fans around the world since 1992, with tracks like “Drop It Like Its Hot” and “Gin and Juice,” as well as his hallmarks on tracks by artists like Katy Perry, De La Soul, and even our very own Jessica. Mauboy.

There are still plenty of tickets left, which you can pick up here.

Bratton Belief

Yes, this Creed Bratton from The Office is on tour in Melbourne in September. This is a tour that has been postponed many times, so hopefully this one can still continue.

The star, whose real name is the same as the popular character, will bring a night of music and comedy to the Corner Hotel stage in September.

Besides his starring role on The Office and shows like Grace and Frankie, Creed is an accomplished musician, so you know you’ll see an artist at the top of his game.

Tickets are on sale here and only cost around $50!

Mac Sabbath

There is no more niche than that.

Mac Sabbath, as the name suggests, fuses fast food and the music of legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath. They even found a fan in the Sabbath frontman himself, saying they’re “funny as shit” Ozzy-style. Each member also has a cool metal/fast food themed nickname; like Ronald Osbourne and Slayer MacCheeze.

They will travel to Melbourne in December to play at the Northcote Social Club. This will mark their first visit to Aus, so make them feel welcome by picking up tickets here.

Benee

New Zealand star Benee quickly took the world by storm, appearing on talk shows like Ellen and Fallon, and his music reached top 10 charts in all places around the world. His music has been critically acclaimed for its unique blend of grooves, pop and electro.

She’ll be heading to Australia for a show at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl, – and it’s coming soon too! It only happens in March.

There are still a bunch of tickets available, you can pick them up here.

steel panther

Everyone’s favorite cheeky glam metallers are loving an Australian tour – touring here in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, so they’ve been waiting a long time for a comeback.

When you put aside their innuendo, costumes and swearing song names, they are certainly some of the most talented musicians in the world and have the credentials to show, guitarist Satchel having been trained by legendary virtuoso Paul Gilbert.

This show is the first of its kind however, it will be the first time they have hit Australian shores since longtime bassist Lexxi Foxx left the band in 2021. Get your tickets here.

John 5

Continuing down the path of metal, guitarist John 5, who is best known for previously working with Rob Zombie and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, is heading to our shores, playing in Melbourne at The Prince.

This is yet another long-postponed tour, in recent days it has been moved to late December.

His instrumental guitar work is some of the most unique, his solos will have you hooked and you’re bound to find your new favorite. Get your tickets here.

Cory Henry

Perhaps best known for his work in the virtuoso funk ensemble Snarky Puppy, the keyboardist has a successful solo career, boasting several hit albums with his band the Funk Apostles.

He is also set to perform at Bluesfest, alongside international artists like George Benson, The Wailers, The Marcus King Band and many more. It will take place at 170 Russell, book your tickets here.

Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks quickly became one of the greatest singers in the world; his debut came out Collapsed in the rays of the sun be released immediately to critical acclaim.

The 21-year-old has won AIM Awards, BRIT Awards, Mercury Prizes and been nominated for several Grammy Awards, so it’s clear she’s becoming one of the best performers in the world.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish has quickly become one of the world’s most iconic performers, her music often reaching number one on charts around the world, she is often praised for her unique genre and message, she sounds like someone with decades of experience.

After the release of his universally popular album Happier than ever, she’s set to go down in September with a series of shows at the Rod Laver Arena.

This is his fourth trip to Australia, coming a long way since his 2015 show at Toff in Town, playing Rod Laver Arena on September 22, 23, 24 and 26. Keep an eye out for tickets here.

It will make its Australian debut later this year at 170 Russell, get your tickets here.

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