L-R: J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. (Credit: Jim Bennett/WireImage), Joey Burns of Calexico (Credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns)

Dinosaur Jr. And Calexico Add New Victorian Dates To 2024 Tours As Tent Pole Cancellation Make-Up

Following the news earlier this week that Geelong’s Tent Pole Festival has been cancelled for 2024, two of its marquee acts – Dinosaur Jr. and Calexico – have added new shows in Victoria on Saturday, February 17th (the date the festival was supposed to happen).

The former will play a second Melbourne date, going back to back at the Northcote Theatre supported by Stepmother, while the latter are headed to the Lorne Theatre on Victoria’s Surf Coast and will be supported by Melbourne singer-songwriter Al Matcott.

Each band will be commemorating anniversaries of classic albums – Dinosaur Jr’s tour is to belatedly commemorate their 1993 album Where You Been, while Calexico will use the Lorne date to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2003 album Feasts of Wire by playing it in its entirety.

Calexico – ‘El Mirador’

As reported by Music Feeds earlier in the week, the second-annual Tent Pole was cancelled on Tuesday morning (January 23). The organisers cited “the current economic climate coupled with the difficulties associated with establishing a new regional festival” as their reasons for the cancellation.

Scottish post-rock band Mogwai were also set to perform, alongside Australian bands such as Cash Savage & The Last DrinksOur CarlsonThe Belair Lip Bombs and RVG. Our Carlson has since shared on his Instagram account that he intends to put together a new show on the now-free date of Saturday February 17th.

The full updated touring schedules for both Dinosaur Jr and Calexico can found below, along with links to ticketing for the new shows.

Dinosaur Jr Where You Been 2024 Australian Tour

  • Friday, 16th February – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne VIC
  • Saturday, 17th February – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne VIC
  • Wednesday, 21st February ​– Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW ​
  • Friday, 23rd February ​– The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
  • Monday, 26th February ​– Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide SA
  • Wednesday, 28th February ​– The Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Tickets on sale now via Frontier Touring.

Calexico Feast of Wire 2024 Australian Tour

  • Thursday, 15th February – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
  • Friday, 16th February – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
  • Saturday, 17th February – Lorne Theatre, Lorne VIC
  • Sunday, 18th February – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
  • Wednesday, 21st February – Rechabite Hall, Perth Festival WA
  • Thursday, 22nd February – The Gov, Adelaide SA
  • Friday, 23rd February – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC
  • Saturday, 24th February – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC

Tickets on sale now via Casa de Calexico.

Further Reading

Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2024 Contemporary Program: Calexico, Arooj Aftab, Moor Mother + More

J Mascis Announces 2024 Australian Headline Shows

Dinosaur Jr.’s Murph On Songwriting, Touring & Getting In Each Others’ Heads

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