Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
The Weeknd, Canada's favourite R&B artist, will bring his global 'Starboy' stadium tour to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland at the end of the year
Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, has sent waves of excitement across Australia as he recently announced his first tour down under later this year. The tour is set to support his critically acclaimed album 'Starboy,' released in 2016.
Following the release of 'Starboy' in 2016, The Weeknd solidified his status as one of the most influential artists in the music industry. The album, which followed his highly successful 'Beauty Behind the Madness,' was a seamless blend of R&B, pop, and electronic elements that showcased his unique style and artistic prowess.
'Starboy' featured a collection of tracks that mesmerised listeners and demonstrated The Weeknd's evolution as an artist. The album was a critical and commercial success, topping charts worldwide and earning him Grammy Awards. It included hit singles like 'Starboy,' 'I Feel It Coming,' and 'Party Monster,' all of which contributed to its remarkable success.
Now, years after the album's initial release, The Weeknd is taking 'Starboy' on the road with the second phase of 'The Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour' which will see The Weeknd Supported by French Montana and Nav, gracing huge arenas in major Australian cities. Fans in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth can mark their calendars for this December as The Weeknd brings his signature blend of soulful R&B and infectious pop to stages across the continent.
As The Weeknd's global stadium tour continues to sweep across continents, it has left a trail of record-breaking moments and memorable performances in its wake. Before arriving in Australia and New Zealand, this monumental tour has consistently shattered attendance records and captivated audiences worldwide.
One remarkable achievement on this tour was the recent record-breaking attendance at London Stadium, where a staggering 160,000 fans flocked to witness The Weeknd's electrifying performances throughout two unforgettable nights.
Across the channel in France, The Weeknd's concerts in Nice saw an impressive 70,000 tickets sold across two shows; these performances etched their place in the city's history as the highest-attended events. In Italy, The Weeknd made waves by becoming the first artist to completely sell out two consecutive nights at Milan's iconic Ippodromo La Maura, further solidifying his status as a global music phenomenon.
Beyond his musical prowess, The Weeknd is a United Nations World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador, consistently using his platform to make a meaningful impact. With the commencement of this new leg of his tour, The Weeknd will continue his commitment to social responsibility by contributing funds to the XO Humanitarian Fund. This fund plays a pivotal role in supporting the United Nations World Food Programme's efforts to address the unprecedented global food crisis.
The Weeknd, with his chart-topping hit single 'Blinding Lights,' made history on the ARIA Singles Chart by holding the coveted #1 spot for an impressive ten consecutive weeks.
This milestone coincided with the release of The Weeknd's parent album, 'After Hours,' which also debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. This remarkable double achievement, with both the single and album reaching the #1 position in the same week, is a rarity. In fact, the last artist to accomplish this was Billie Eilish in April 2019. Billie Eilish's hit single 'Bad Guy' held the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks, while her debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' also secured the #1 position during the same period.
The Weeknd's upcoming Australian tour marks the first time that fans will have the opportunity to experience The Weeknd's highly fifth studio album, 'Dawn FM,' live and in all its glory.
'Dawn FM' is a project that has been generating immense buzz even before its release, thanks to the involvement of a variety of renowned producers, including Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia.
The concept behind the record has been described as a state of purgatory—a narrative that takes listeners on a journey towards the "light at the end of a tunnel." This concept serves as a thematic follow-up to his previous album, 'After Hours,' which explored themes of hedonism, fame, and introspection. In 'Dawn FM,' The Weeknd continues this narrative, delving deeper into the complexities of the human experience.
Musically, 'Dawn FM' is a departure from some of The Weeknd's previous work. It's an upbeat and vibrant record featuring dance-pop and synth-pop songs that pay homage to the sounds of the 1980s new wave, funk, and electronic dance music. This stylistic shift showcases The Weeknd's versatility as an artist and his ability to evolve his sound while staying true to his distinctive voice and sensibilities.
Witness the full Weeknd catalogue during his Australian tour in 2023.
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