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The event – set to take place at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley – is being hosted by the band’s own label, Prawn Records. It was announced on Monday (May 30), with the headlining set supposedly coming from ‘The Pizzas’, an act described as “Brisbane’s most elusive and cheesiest band”.
The show’s announcement also points out that Ball Park Music released their seventh album, ‘Weirder & Weirder’, last Friday (May 27) “coincidentally and through pure serendipity with no strings attached”, and that the event will “be celebrating that in a huge way”.
📣JUST ANNOUNCED 📣 THIS THURSDAY…Prawn Records are proud to announce the inaugural 🦐 Prawn Cocktail 🦐 event to be…
In a post shared to her Instagram yesterday (May 31), Jeffries jokingly declared that she was “definitely NOT supporting” Ball Park Music at the event, quipping: “Why would you think that?” Tickets for the Prawn Cocktail event are still on sale – find them here.
Now, Ball Park Music have confirmed for themselves that they are, in fact, The Pizzas. In a statement shared on their social media, the band wrote: “There’s rumours floating around about us playing a secret show in Brisbane this week. It’s starting to get really frustrating seeing countless posts about it so we thought we’d address them directly and put the rumours to rest once and for all. They are entirely true.”
There’s rumours floating around about us playing a secret show in Brisbane this week. It’s starting to get really…
Aaaaggggghhh! Just want to clear up this rumour once and for all!!! it is entirely true https://t.co/KYVc7ItfZm
— Ball Park Music (@ballparkmusic) June 1, 2022
The “secret” show comes just a day before Ball Park Music officially start their ‘Weirder & Weirder’ tour, with a much bigger Meanjin/Brisbane gig at the Fortitude Music Hall locked in for Friday (June 3).
After that theatre show, the band will head a little ways up north to play on the Sunshine Coast (Kabi Kabi/Jinibara country), before jetting off west to play in Whadjuk/Perth. A trio of New South Wales shows will follow, with dates lined up in Woolyungah/Wollongong, Eora/Sydney and Mulubinba/Newcastle. From there they’ll head to nipaluna/Hobart, Garramilla/Darwin, Gimuy/Cairns and Canberra (Ngunnawal country), before wrapping up the tour in Naarm/Melbourne.
RAT!hammock will open all but one of the gigs (being the penultimate stop in Canberra), with King Stingray and Teenage Joans joining on alternating dates. All four bands will perform together at just one show, being the Eora/Sydney date at the Hordern Pavilion on Friday June 17 (which will mark Ball Park Music’s 500th show). Tickets for all 11 dates are on sale now – find them here.
Prior to its release, Ball Park Music shared three singles from ‘Weirder & Weirder’: ‘Sunscreen’, ‘Stars In My Eyes’ and ‘Manny’. The record was initially slated to land this Friday, but had its street date moved forward by a week in the wake of complications with its vinyl release (which is now expected to arrive in early July).
Last month, Ball Park Music were announced on the line-up for this year’s Grapevine Gathering festival, where they’ll perform alongside the likes of The Kooks, Peking Duk, The Veronicas, Confidence Man, Gus Dapperton and Jack River.