If you’re unfamiliar with Steve Grace let me paint a picture for you; his debut release in 1988 was entitled Children of the Western World and was certified Gold by the ARIA charts and was the first Australian Christian music release to come out on CD. He has a huge heart for missions and working with people in the remotest parts of Australia and the world, with countless tours and shows in small communities.
Which is why his most recent album Nullarbor to Nashville is coinciding with a tour called Crossing Australia. Steve is jumping on a bike and riding from one end of Western Australia to QLD. Across the middle of the country. 5,000 km’s of mostly desert. On a motorbike.
The first question that comes to mind for most people is “why???”. Put simply – suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44. This is even more prevalent in rural and remote communities.
The tour kicks off on August 20th in Gerarldton and continues on the 21st in Denham, Western Australia. More dates will be added as the launch date gets closer. As most of the shows on the tour are free, Steve is relying on merch sales and donations to make it to the next destination. While this isn’t the normal way of funding a tour, it’s an important mission and a great way to help support communities experiencing high rates of suicide and depression.
Check out CrossingAustralia.com to find out more about it and get updates from Steve and the team. You can support the tour by jumping on his GoFundMe page or by getting his new album Nullarbor to Nashville on iTunes.
Sydney-based Facedown Records band, For All Eternity have announced a national tour in support of their new album Metanoia. This is their first tour in over two years, and the first one in support of Metanoia which was released in 2015.
The tour stops by Sydney on September 2nd, Brisbane on September 3rd, Melbourne on September 9th and Adelaide on September 10th. Unless you live in Adelaide, all shows are 18+ due to licensing restrictions surrounding all ages gigs.
Joining them on the tour are fellow Sydney band Of Divinity plus one other band as decided by the team in FAE after public submissions were taken via their Facebook page.
Tickets are available through Oztix and Metanoia is available now through iTunes.
Whoever said that the Christian festival scene in Australia was dead following the declines of Easterfest and Blackstump, clearly didn’t tell the folk at Remain Festival. With a freshly launched website, anticipation is growing around the second iteration of the event, which is being held at Belgrave Convention Centre in Melbourne.
The line-up for this year has been drip-fed to us so far, with Kings, Facades and Wolf + Willow announced so far, we can expect some more familiar faces to make an appearance as well.
With the early bird option now expired, you can now grab festival tickets for $150 via their Eventbrite page.
If you want to find out more about the three artists already announced at Remain, then jump onto our special Spotify playlist here.