Coldplay Announce Two Local Support Acts To Open For Them In Perth

14 October 2023 | 8:45 am | Mary Varvaris

Two acts won the Rising Artist competition, earning the opportunity to open for Coldplay in Perth next month.


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In August, Coldplay announced they had teamed up with the WA Government to kickstart the Rising Artist competition. This initiative looked for a local opener to join them on their two November shows in Perth.

Yesterday (13 October), in a tie, Live Nation Australia revealed that two artists won the competition, each opening for Coldplay on the respective nights of Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 November.

The winners are Adrian Dzvuke, a local soulful singer who explores R&B, pop and Afrobeats, and Perth-based indie rock band King Ibis.

Dzvuke was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Australia when he was 12, beginning his music career singing in churches before putting out a bunch of solo singles and the debut EP Phone Me When You Lonely.

King Ibis comprises lead singer/songwriter Nadene Burchell, guitarist Matthew Oakley, bassist Samantha Goddard and drummer John McAndrew. Their music takes on a personal, sun-bleached influence to create a stylish pop-meets-rock package.

In addition to the life-changing event performing at Optus Stadium and opening for Coldplay, Adrian Dzvuke and King Ibis will take home grant funding through the WA Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Contemporary Music Fund. With the grant to go towards promotional activities, the two openers will get some help in recording, marketing initiatives, touring or attendance at industry events.

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While the winners are impressive, Coldplay have shared a playlist of the 20 shortlisted acts - including the winners (chosen by Live Nation Australia, Coldplay’s management team, Universal Music Australia, and the WA Government), which you can listen to below.

Coldplay were last in Australia for 2016's A Head Full Of Dreams tour. Check out The Music’s reviews of their Sydney and Melbourne shows.

Coldplay’s first show at Optus Stadium on 18 November was met with extraordinary demand, leading to a second show the following night. Tickets are presently sold out. Until the Ticketmaster resale opens, you can try buying tickets through the safe buying and resale avenue, Tixel.

Here’s where you can find everything you need to know about Coldplay’s upcoming Australian shows.