Kingswood hits Warrnambool

HEADLINE ACT: Kingswood will play at Highline Bar and Lounge at The Whalers Hotel on Friday night. The show is part of the band's national tour.
HEADLINE ACT: Kingswood will play at Highline Bar and Lounge at The Whalers Hotel on Friday night. The show is part of the band's national tour.

HIGHLINE Bar and Lounge in Warrnambool will be the latest stopover for Melbourne band Kingswood.

Friday night’s show will be part of Kingswood's national tour that has continued to build momentum since kicking off on the Sunshine Coast in late September.

Since then, it has headed west to Fremantle, before returning to Queensland and working itself down the coast of New South Wales and into Victoria. 

Warrnambool will be the first Victorian show, with the band then making the long trip to Adelaide for a gig there on Saturday night. The tour will conclude next week with shows in Ballarat and Melbourne.

Support acts will be four-piece indi-rock band The Vanns and Sydney alt-rock act Dear Seattle.

Kingswood band member Fergus Linacre said the tour was in full swing.

“The tour's bloody bonkers,” Linacre said.

“With nine on stage, all the crew, The Vanns and Dear Seattle, we are all having a ball. Our drummer Beaker Best has two more shows then new daddy Justin will be back for the last two which will be bittersweet because Beaks has become like family.”

Kingswood has used the tour to showcase songs from its second album, After Hours, Close to Dawn, which was released in February this year. Like the band’s debut album, Microscopic Wars, did in 2014, After Hours, Close to Dawn won a place in the top 10 on the national album charts.

The 2017 release has won critical acclaim with Rolling Stone magazine naming it in its list of Australia’s 50 most anticipated albums of 2017.

While Kingswood are making a mark with their recorded product, they are also forging a reputation as a significant live act.

Prior to their current tour, Kingswood played the Splendour In The Grass Festival in Byron Bay in July, sharing the bill with the likes of Queens of The Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, the Smith Street Band and Dope Lemon.

In 2013, Kingswood was a support act for Aerosmith, as well as playing major festivals including Groovin’ The Moo and the Big Day Out.