The Bard of Barking, the legendary Billy Bragg, is coming back to Australia to perform his long awaited ‘One Step Forward. Two Steps Back’ Tour, playing some of the most iconic albums released throughout his illustrious career, plus songs from his recent tenth studio album, ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’.
The ‘One Step Forward. Two Steps Back’ national tour in January/February 2022 will see Bragg perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Fremantle, performing 3 unique shows on consecutive nights in each city.
Fans can expect to hear Billy’s career-spanning set performed on the first night, featuring new songs and plenty of favourites from his catalogue. On the second night, Bragg is playing songs from his first three albums – covering a selection from his debut, ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy’ (1983), followed up with ‘Brewing Up with Billy Bragg’ (1984), then onto third album ‘Talking with the Taxman about Poetry’ (1986). The final night will feature Bragg playing songs from his second three albums, ‘Workers Playtime’ (1988), ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ (1991) and ‘William Bloke’ (1996).
Of the forthcoming tour, Billy says,
I’ve just finished a five week tour of UK and Ireland and am delighted to be back playing live again. I’ve been given clearance to enter Australia in January and I’m really excited at the prospect of playing these three night gigs that both showcase my new songs and dive deep into my back catalogue.
Adding to the run of dates will be a special one-night-only show for Northern NSW fans who can catch Billy in Byron Bay on Saturday February 12 at The Northern.
Amid the disruption of border closures due to the pandemic, Adelaide & Fremantle shows have been pushed back slightly, but will still go. Bragg says
To accommodate South Australian and West Australian border roadmaps, we have decided to move Adelaide and Perth to the end of the tour, so that it will be safe for me to enter and play. Thanks so much for your patience on this – it’s going to be a special tour!
The full run, including rescheduled dates are below.
SYDNEY | ENMORE THEATRE | JAN 27 | 28 | 29
MELBOURNE | FORUM | FEB 2 | 3 | 4
BRISBANE | THE TIVOLI | FEB 8 | 9 | 10
BYRON BAY | THE NORTHERN | FEB 12 (Just added – one-night-only)
*ADELAIDE | THE GOV | FEB 14 | 15 | 16 (New dates)
*FREMANTLE | FREO.SOCIAL | FEB 20 | 21 | 22 (New dates)
*Please contact your point of purchase if you can no longer make the new dates.
Career Spanning Billy Bragg Set
Songs From First Three Albums
‘Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy’ (1983)
‘Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984)’
‘Talking with the Taxman about Poetry’ (1986)
Songs From Second Three Albums
‘Workers Playtime’ (1988)
‘Don’t Try This at Home’ (1991)
‘William Bloke’ (1996)