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Pearl Jam returns to Sydney Showground for the first time in a decade as venue hosts Dark Matter World Tour

Pearl Jam returns to Sydney Showground for the first time in a decade as venue hosts Dark Matter World Tour

Posted on 14th February 2024

Sydney Showground will welcome rock legends Pearl Jam to GIANTS Stadium on November 21 for the newly announced Dark Matter World Tour. This will be the first time the alternative rock band have been to Australian shores since headlining Big Day Out in 2014 at Sydney Showground.

Following the release of Pearl Jam’s twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, on Moneywrench Records/Republic Records on April 19, 2024, the group will launch a 35-date worldwide tour this May, with registrations for general onsale open now.

Sydney will wrap up the global tour in November, which will hit nine countries and 25 cities. This will be the first time Pearl Jam has returned to Australia or New Zealand in ten years, with the Auckland, Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney shows also welcoming special guest, alternative rock band, the Pixies as the support act.

Darryl Jeffrey, Sydney Showground General Manager says Pearl Jam returning to Australia is fantastic for Aussie fans and the local live events industry.  

“To welcome Pearl Jam back to Sydney Showground for the first time in a decade is a great privilege. They graced our stadium as the headline act of Big Day Out in 2014 and now, ten years later, they will return to that very same stadium to wow fans with their brand-new album,” Jeffrey said.

“As a venue, we strive to deliver the best possible experiences for our clients and their fans and believe GIANTS Stadium will create the perfect atmosphere for Pearl Jam’s long-awaited return.

“Our team look forward to working with Live Nation over the coming months to host the Dark Matter tour and bring this experience to life in Sydney.”

This is the first time the band has announced a new album and tour simultaneously and first time the group has unveiled all worldwide tour dates at once. Their global tour kicks off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will cover much of North America including shows at Wrigley Field, Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, and their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena.

The tour continues with performances in the UK and Europe, including their first performance at London’s brand new and state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, through September, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November.

About Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is an alternative rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band's lineup consists of bassist Jeff Ament, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard, lead guitarist Mike McCready, lead singer/guitarist Eddie Vedder and drummer Matt Cameron. Thirty plus years of live performances, twelve studio albums and hundreds of official live concert bootleg releases later, Pearl Jam continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The band has sold over 85 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Since the earliest days, Pearl Jam has used its platform to elevate people and causes that often go unnoticed or underserved. Much of the band’s philanthropic work is accomplished through its Vitalogy Foundation which to date has raised more than $50 million for organizations supporting issues such as abortion access, climate change and homelessness, and drawing attention to the fight against diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and epidermolysis bullosa (EB). In addition to the money Vitalogy donates, the band also donates signed instruments, posters and merchandise to organizations to use for their own fundraising purposes. Compounding the impact of Vitalogy Foundation, the band has supported Jeff Ament’s Montana Pool Service building skate parks in Montana and South Dakota. Pearl Jam also lends its voice to notable causes like the West Memphis 3, voting rights and fair ticketing practices. Over the past three decades, the band has a long history of standing up for what it believes in and putting its resources behind those beliefs.

Through its innovative Ten Club and fan engagement, community building, coveted poster designs, and longstanding activism and philanthropy, Pearl Jam continues to have a lasting impact on generations of music lovers.

To view the full Live Nation announcement, please visit Live Nation News.

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