The return of worldwide music touring often seems like a mirage, considering the global halt over the past few years due to COVID-19. However, 2022 is looking on the bright side and live performances are back in action. In this case, it’ll be American rock band, The Killers touring for their 2020 album Imploding The Mirage at A Day On The Green – and new special guest acts have just been announced.
In South Australia, Sydney-based artist Jack Ladder will perform as a special guest in the Barossa Valley on Saturday 3 December with Melbourne indie-pop rockers Floodlights opening proceedings, before The Killers round out a sensational a day on the green event.
In the sixteen years since his debut album, Jack Ladder’s varied musical journey has been notable for some sharp stylistic turns but has always been connected by a singular song writing talent. He’s worked alongside some huge names in the musical business – Bill Callahan, Angel Olsen, John Cale, Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood, Alex Cameron, Kirin J Callinan, Florence + the Machine and The Killers.
While the second special guest, Floodlights make raw, honest, dynamic rock music that melds ’80s alternative rock with ’90s New Zealand jangle-pop. In 2019 their sold-out self-released debut 10” vinyl EP Backyard, containing the single Nullarbor, gained them an abundance of global attention.
After a two-year hiatus, A Day On The Green will host the global phenomenons in celebration of their 21st event season at Peter Lehmann winery in the Barossa Valley. It’ll be summertime and the living will be easy out in the countryside come Saturday 3 December 2022. You’ll be surrounded by luscious vineyards and be breathing in pristine orchard air. The outdoor affair will be sure to welcome the warmer weather and Daylight Savings back in just nicely – a true sensory experience.
Somebody told me (pun intended) that The Killers’ return to Australia will be their first since 2018 and they’ll be blessing our ears with their sixth studio album, which also happens to be an ARIA Charts number one album, Imploding The Mirage. The album was self-produced by the band in partnership with Foxygen multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado and with musical engineer Shawn Everett, best known for his work with The War On Drugs and Kacey Musgraves. The album, as a whole, is heavily influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and New Order.
If you’re unfamiliar with The Killers, they first entered the music scene in 2004 topping Australian charts and went double platinum with debut album Hot Fuss. Give their tunes Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me a red hot listen – you’ll be hooked. The Killers have amassed more than 393 million streams and sold more than one million albums in Australia alone – rock and roll, baby!
A Day On The Green and Peter Lehmann winery will provide the whole shebang – the music, the food and the drinks, creating a stress-free soirée for you and your pals amongst the foliage of the world-renowned wine region. However, if you fancy yourself a bit of a snack-xpert, you’re more than welcome to pack a picnic, minus the booze – that one is strictly in the hands of the fine wine experts at Peter Lehmann.
A Day On The Green is an all ages event, but under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult – so maybe give uncle Jonny (also pun intended) a buzz. But for now, smile like you mean it (again, pun intended), because The Killers are en route to the Barossa!