Bob Dylan Set To Play Sydney Opera House

Bob Dylan

David Gahr

Bob Dylan’s upcoming tour of Australia will include a special date at the Sydney Opera House.

The wordsmith’s trek this August and September already features three shows at the Sydney State Theatre, and now a fourth show has been announced in Australia’s most populous city. 

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Tickets for the national run went on sale last week for gigs in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney. According to promoter Chugg Entertainment, demand for tickets was “so overwhelming" additional dates have been added for Sydney and Melbourne. 

This year’s run will be the fifth occasion Chugg Entertainment (formerly Michael Chugg Entertainment) has toured Dylan following treks in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2011, when the veteran singer played Bluesfest and a run of arena dates. These upcoming shows will the first in more than two decades since the legendary artist played theaters Down Under.

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The "intimate" nature of the 2014 visit should be a welcome relief to Dylan’s fans. During his Bluesfest headline slot, some were left disappointed by the “no camera” ban which meant the concert wasn’t shown on the big screens. The Daily Telegraph noted at the time: “Hundreds, perhaps thousands, saw very little at all. C’mon Bob, get with the times. Your audience deserves better.”

Bob Dylan’s Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates 

Aug. 9 & 10 - Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
Aug. 13 & 14 - Riverside Theatre, PCEC, Perth
Aug. 18, 19, 20 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Aug. 25 - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Aug. 29 - Royal Theatre, Canberra
Aug. 31 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sept. 3, 4, 5 - State Theatre, Sydney
Sept. 7 - Opera House, Sydney
Sept. 10 - CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch