Newcastle will be one of the final stops Conrad Sewell makes in a 21-date regional tour around Australia that the singer and songwriter says he is excited to get underway.
After releasing the music video for his latest single, Big World, in October, the now LA-based artist returned home to Brisbane to spend Christmas with his family and to prepare for the start of his regional tour, which lands at the Cambridge Hotel on February 22.
"We did a bunch of promo in regional Australia during my last tour and we had such an incredible reaction," Sewell said.
"I had this idea of doing a stripped back regional, almost like a pub tour. I grew up gigging in pubs. All my songs are written on an acoustic guitar so a regional tour fits.
"It's great to be on tour and to be on the road for 21 shows. When you do a metro tour you hit Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and you're done.
"I'm really looking forward to visiting so many cities I haven't played in before. I can't wait to meet all of the fans and touch as many people with the music as possible."
After moving to LA seven years ago, Sewell released a string of successful singles including the 2015 ARIA song of the year Start Again plus Firestone, the chart-stomping collaboration with Kygo.
His success saw him play shows at Madison Square Garden, Coachella and Glastonbury and the opportunity to tour with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.
In May 2019, Sewell released his debut album Life. He said his fans can expect even more new music in 2020.
Big World is the latest offering from Sewell. The song is an auto-biographical track written about his life, starting with his birth and ending with what he wants written on his gravestone.
Sewell will take a brief break from the Big World regional tour on February 16 when he performs as part of the Fire Fight Australia concert, being held in Sydney to raise funds for the bushfire relief appeal.
"We got the offer to be part of it over Christmas. I'd already made the decision to donate all the proceeds from my merchandise sales during the tour for the bushfire appeal," he said.
"Every t-shirt sold, every hoodie sold, the proceeds are going to go to the Red Cross and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Everyone is doing whatever they can and this is the contribution I could make. To also be part of the benefit concert, it's going to be amazing."
Tickets, $45 per person, to see Sewell at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday, February 22 are on sale now through thecambridgehotel.com.au. The show is for ages 18 and above. Doors open at 8pm.