(Australia) Frontier Touring can confirm that joining Arctic Monkeys on their much anticipated Australian and New Zealand tour will be psychedelic rock Perth band, POND!
Formed in 2008 by Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson and Joseph Ryan, POND started as a collaborative musical project with the idea that they were able to get anyone to record and perform with them. This included three members shared with highly successful band, Tame Impala.
March 2012 saw the release of the band’s fourth album Beard, Wives, Denim to critical acclaim and really pushed psychedelic rock into the forefront of Australian music internationally. Produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker back in 2010, the album received international accolades with NME stating that it was ‘quite possibly the best album released so far [that] year’ (9/10). POND also played as part of the South by Southwest Festival in 2012 and was a band on everyone’s watch list.
Just last year, POND embarked on their own headline Australian tour following the release of fifth album Hobo Rocket, of which multiple shows sold out. In addition, with the latest release came a whirl of nominations in the 2013 WAM Awards including: Rock Act of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (for frontman Nick Allbrook), Group of the Year and Album/EP of the Year for Hobo Rocket.
With their next record Man, It Feels Like Space Again well in the works, POND have really cemented themselves as international stars with no sign of slowing down. Their expertly crafted and highly praised showmanship and infectious riffs are a perfect opener and is guaranteed to keep spirits high for the Arctic Monkeys.
This will be Arctic Monkeys’ biggest tour of Australia and New Zealand topping off what has been a huge twelve months for the band’s music here and in particular, their fifth studio album AM (out now through Domino Records/EMI), which shot straight to number one on both the ARIA Album Chart and New Zealand’s official album chart.
The band had three entries in the top 20 of the triple j Hottest 100: ‘Arabella’ (18), ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ (6) and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ (4) – a massive achievement as 1.5 million listeners voted in one of the year’s biggest music polls.
Now with the addition of POND to the show, the interest for these shows will undoubtedly exceed the already massive demand – you do not want to miss this! Tickets are selling fast, with Adelaide sold out already!
**PLEASE NOTE** POND will be the only support band for all shows in Australia and New Zealand. Royal Blood as printed on Melbourne and Brisbane tickets will not be performing.
ARCTIC MONKEYS With special guest POND
MAY 2014 Tickets on sale now
Fri 2 May Auckland | Vector Arena
Sat 3 May Wellington | TSB Bank Arena
Tue 6 May Sydney | Entertainment Centre
Wed 7 May Brisbane | Entertainment Centre
Fri 9 May Melbourne | Rod Laver Arena
Sat 10 May Adelaide | AEC Theatre *SOLD OUT*
Tue 13 May Perth | Perth Arena