Bluesfest Touring announces Elvis Costello & The Imposters 2023 tour
14 September 2022
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will return to Australia in 2023, headlining shows in
Sydney and Melbourne, following their appearance at the 34th Annual
Bluesfest in Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend.
“It’s been twelve years since our first appearance at the Byron Bay
Bluesfest – when we shared an evening bill with Bob Dylan, and I got to
sit in with Mavis Staples. I see a number of friends and favourites are
on this year’s bill, so who knows what thrills, spills and encounters
may take place.
There is nothing that jolts a show alive so much as stack of strong new songs but we
recorded ‘The Boy Named If’ while locked away in our lairs and hideaways, so bringing
those songs to the stage has made the hits and highlights of the songbook ring out anew.
The Imposters will make their Sydney Opera House bow 39 years after I
made my solo debut at that legendary venue.
The very name of the venue probably should have got my attention when I first arrived
in Melbourne in 1978, pursued by a press posse after a slight dust-up in Sydney.
After all, the ‘Hammersmith Palais’ was my dad’s place of work for most
of my childhood. It seems I am destined and disposed to return to venues
called the “Palais”, like a homing pigeon or some other more tuneful
bird. The proximity to the seaside and a fun-fair only adds the thrill.
The Imposters and I are not bringing any vaudevillian contraptions with
us on this occasion, but we will be joined by our guest guitarist,
Charlie Sexton and a stack strong recently recorded songs that have
caused the hits and headlines of the repertoire to either ring out anew
or fight for their place in the show. “We are ready as anybody can be
and look forward to seeing you there.” – Elvis Costello
April 6 -10 2023 – Bluesfest Byron Bay, AU
April 9 2023 – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, AU
April 10 2023 – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, AU
April 13 2023 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, AU