Roots artist Xavier Rudd to tour Exmouth and Karratha in support of new album Jan Juc Moon

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Xavier Rudd will tour the Pilbara in July.
Camera IconXavier Rudd will tour the Pilbara in July. Credit: Cole Bennetts

Roots powerhouse Xavier Rudd is heading to the Pilbara and Gascoyne as part of his upcoming tour to support his new album Jan Juc Moon.

Rudd, whose 10th studio album will be released on March 25, will be touring the North West as part of his 33-date national tour.

As part of the tour, he will play in front of an expected 1200 people at Exmouth’s Federation Park on July 24 and two intimate shows at Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Precinct on July 26 and 27.

Supporting Rudd will be Exmouth performers James Abberley and Dingo Sungod.

In a statement, Rudd said he was “super excited” to announce his new album tour would begin on home soil.

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Camera IconXavier Rudd Credit: Supplied/Supplied

“We’re gonna hit many different regional Australian towns, and capital city’s to follow the release of the new album Jan Juc Moon,” he said.

The Exmouth show was organised by Froth Craft with the Federation Park venue capacity expanded to 1200 after a sold-out performance by John Butler last year.

Froth Craft director Pete Firth said he had wanted to bring Rudd to Exmouth for the last seven years.

“We’re really lucky actually when you look at the WA leg, he plays a few shows in WA but only one south of Perth,” he said.

“So it’s pretty cool when you look at the Mid West and North West as getting such an internationally renowned artist.”

Firth said the aim was to continue to build on Exmouth as a viable touring town for artists.

James Abberley. Picture: Shannon Beattie
Camera IconJames Abberley. Credit: Shannon Beattie/Pilbara News

“We’ve gone for 20 per cent more capacity. It was sold out last year for John Butler, and the space and the infrastructure allow for that,” he said.

“It’s awesome to be able to build on from previous years, and you can see that expansion and progression of some of these larger-scale events and in the absence of festivals, which we’re missing up here.”

Tickets for the three shows went on sale on February 11 with the Federation Park show selling 300 tickets in 24 hours.

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