Janelle Monáe’s tour Down Under will have a distinctly home-grown flavor. The award-winning American artist is joining forces with Kimbra for a five-city tour next month of Australia and New Zealand.
Live Nation’s Australasian division is organizing the co-headlining “Golden Electric Tour,” which starts May 16 in Perth, before visiting Sydney (May 19), Brisbane (May 21), Auckland (May 24), and Melbourne (May 26). Both artists will perform separate sets with their bands, and will perform together.
The general ticket onsale starts this Thursday (April 17).
The Auckland show will mark the first time Monáe -- recipient of Billboard’s 2013 Rising Star Award -- has performed in New Zealand, Kimbra’s homeland. Monae last visited these parts when she played a string of dates in Australia back in 2012.
The giant concert promoter offered some insight into how the pair dreamed-up with the touring concept. The inspiration came during a late-night catch-up last July during the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival. Monáe and Kimbra apparently bonded “over a shared love of Prince, and as the night wore on the collective began jamming” in a Swiss bar, according to a statement issued by LN.
Kimbra, who dueted on Gotye’s 2012 global smash “Somebody That I Used To Know” and is a two-time winner of the ARIA female artist of the year award, is expected to release her sophomore album later this year. Her 2012 debut “Vows” opened at No. 14 on The Billboard 200.
Monáe’s second studio set “The Electric Lady” reached No. 5 on The Billboard 200 following its release in 2013.
Janelle Monáe & Kimbra’s “Golden Electric Tour” of Australia and New Zealand:
May 16, Perth, Challenge Stadium
May 19, Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
May 21, Brisbane, Convention Centre
May 24, Auckland Vector Arena
May 26, Melbourne, The Plenary