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The Grates Set Off On a Big Adventure

Written by Toby Smith on March 7, 2009

The Grates head out on their biggest and longest adventure tour in May. The tour title is taken from the final track on their acclaimed album, ‘Teeth Lost, Hearts Won’, and this seems apt as it is their last tour for this record.

They certainly have walked a thousand ambitious miles together over the past year, stealing the show clad in their Sunday best at the Big Day Out and every other festival over the summer break!

“Front lady Patience knows how to work the crowd and does so stunningly in her drill sergeant uniform.” DB, February 2009

Now it’s time for The Grates to bring back the sparkle with their own headline shows in capitol cities across the nation before they jump the ocean and set their sights on international shores.

“Completely and utterly stellar.” Time Off, Live Review.

Brewing up storms and fevers in all territories, The Grates have signed a co-management deal with former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg (Ben Lee, The Hives) and will be turning their attention to the USA. The Grates hit the seminal music conference SxSW in March, as well as playing a few shows in New York and LA before returning to Oz for their final hurrah.

It’s undeniable The Grates’ live show has taken on a life of its own, with Patience donning costumes such as her now infamous Batgirl costume at Splendour In The Grass or the band leader outfit she took the band through their paces with at the Big Day Out. You just never know what’s to come.

“Few images will burn brighter than that of Patience Hodgson of The Grates bursting onto stage as Batgirl, ‘Batman’ theme blazing overhead. Kicking into a blinder of a set that balances the exuberant new album with the crowd-rousing faves as she twists and kicks with glee, rending the show a highlight even before the confetti cannons detonate during 19 20 20, etching joy on the upturned faces.” Inpress, August 2008.

Joining them on this tour will be Children Collide, whose scorching live shows have seen them become the perfect accompaniment to any rock show. Fresh from the Big Day Out and touring with The Living End, Children Collide will now bring it to stage with The Grates. Children Collides’ debut album ‘The Long Now’ saw them hit a critical peak, with the LP featuring strongly in the “Best Of” lists for 2008 including Rolling Stone and The Age.

The Grates will also be hand picking an opening band in each city. Keep checking your local guides for details.
The Grates’, ‘Teeth Lost, Hearts Won Tour Edition’ will be released on April 3rd.

The CD/DVD package includes the album and a DVD featuring 12 songs live at the Sydney Big Day Out, a documentary on the making of the album and the clips for ‘Burn Bridges’ and ‘Aw Yeah’.

The Grates ‘ ‘Biggest and Longest Adventure Tour’
Presented by triple j, Yen Magazine, Channel [V], The Vine and Video Hits
Tickets on sale 9am on Friday, March 13th
With Special Guests Children Collide

Friday, May 1st – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Tickets available: online at or 1300THEHIFI (1300 843 4434)

Wednesday, May 6th – ANU Bar, Canberra
Tickets available through Ticketek: or 132 849

Friday, May 8th – The Forum, Sydney
Tickets available through Moshtix: or 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849

Sunday, May 10th – HQ, Adelaide
Tickets available through Venuetix: or (08) 8225 8888
or Oztix: or 1300 762 545

Tuesday, May 12th – Capitol, Perth
Tickets available through Moshtix: or 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849 or Heatseeker: or outlets: Star (Perth), Mills (Fremantle) Planet (Mt Lawley)

Thursday, May 14th – Hobart Uni
Tickets available through Hobart Uni Contact Centre: (03) 6226 2495
or Roughcut Records: (03) 6234 8600
or Oztix: or 1300 762 545

Friday, May 15th – The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets available through Ticketek: or 132 849

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