Donald Glover, the octuple threat Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning artist, showrunner and performer (amongst other things), has announced a series of headlining Australian shows slated for November.
Glover, who performs under the moniker Childish Gambino, will return to Australian shores before taking his immersive, experiential Pharos show to Auckland for three days of performances. The all-ages Australian tour dates will begin at Perth’s HBF Stadium on November 8, before heading to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on November 10 before culminating in an al fresco performance in the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on November 14. It was announced yesterday that Glover will also be headlining Canberra’s Spilt Milk festival on November 17.
Glover’s most recent musical release This Is America debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts and garnered a great deal of critical and viral acclaim for its eviscerating critique of modern America’s moribund cultural discourse. Fans of the artist can expect to hear hits from his far reaching discography, from his debut LP Camp, to his breakthrough naval gazing treatise Because The Internet and Grammy Award-winning, Awaken, My Love!, a divisive and stylistic deviation from prior releases that demonstrated the depth and range of his artistry and increasing creative agency.
It could also be the last time that audiences have the chance to see Gambino’s singular live performances in Australia – the artist has spoken repeatedly of retiring the Gambino musical persona as he expands into other areas, including an increasing number of headlining acting performances in films like Solo and The Lion King remake, in which he’ll voice Simba. During his set at the Governors Ball Musical Festival in New York City last year, Glover announced that his upcoming Childish Gambino album would be his last. He elaborated on his decision in a press conference at the 2018 Grammy Awards, saying, “I stand by that. I’m really appreciative of this. I’m making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they’re important to progress.
“I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think ending are good because they force things to get better.”
Tickets for Childish Gambino’s solo shows will go on sale at midday this Friday, June 29. More information is available here.
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