This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of Australia's classic anthems, Icehouse's 'Great Southern Land'.
A song that still evokes so much emotion wherever it is played (whether that's at a backyard barbie, at a packed stadium watching the footy or simply turning the car stereo to 11 and letting the wind blow through your hair), Icehouse will celebrate the milestone with three special concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Making the event series even more special is the addition of '80s post-punk legends The Psychedelic Furs ('Love My Way'), who'll be the main support act in Melbourne and Brisbane, playing their first shows in Australia since 2006.
Legendary Australian musician Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) and his band The Undertow will also perform in Melbourne as well as in Sydney.
Icehouse released 'Great Southern Land' in August 1982 as the lead single of their multi-platinum second studio album, 'Primitive Man'. After debuting on triple j (2JJJ as it was then known), the song landed at #5 on the Australian Singles Chart the week of its release.
Frontman for Icehouse, Iva Davies penned 'Great Southern Land' while on the band's very first international tour and homesick. "I recall the lightbulb moment when I was flying from east coast Australia to the west, falling asleep over inland desert and waking several hours later still over desert – for the first time, the continent's vastness really hit home."
The tour artwork features 'Bush Medicine' by Gloria Petyarre, which has been licensed with permission from the artist's family and estate. Icehouse would like to acknowledge and pay their respects to the Petyarre family.
"This painting was gifted to me by my partner who also has another notable painting from this family by Gloria's sister, Kathleen," Iva says.
"Both paintings share a similar style but what struck me immediately was how 'alive' this painting is with movement.
"In that sense it occurred to me that it shared the same quality that I was trying to describe in 'Great Southern Land'. That is that the land is 'alive', and that despite the fact that this is a painting which should logically be static, and stationary, it is constantly moving in subtle ways and evolving, just like the land."
Additional guest artists are Motor Ace and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks (Melbourne show), Alice Skye (Brisbane show), as well as William Barton and Karen Lee Andrews (Sydney show).Tickets on sale from 9am (local time) on 21 July.
Icehouse: Great Southern Land 2022 Tour Dates
Sat 19 Nov - Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Melbourne)Sat 26 Nov - The Riverstage (Brisbane)Mon 12 Dec - Sydney Opera House Forecourt
IcehouseThe Psychedelic FursMark Seymour & The UndertowMotor AceEmma Donovan & The Putbacks
IcehouseThe Psychedelic FursAlice Skye
IcehouseMark Seymour & The UndertowWilliam BartonKaren Lee Andrews