The group will tour the music from their ARIA number one album Skeleton Tree, released this year alongside the black and white film One More Time With Feeling.
The album was recorded after the tragic death of Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, after a fall from a cliff and the film explores personal moments from Cave and his family following his death while the musician makes the album.
The tour includes this special performance on the banks of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat in regional Victoria where both Cave and his fellow Bad Seed, Warren Ellis, grew up.
Considering the tragic circumstances which influenced the album’s recording, a tour wasn’t necessarily expected.
“It’s beautiful that he’s decided that it’s time and he’s willing to do the music,” Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch told AAP.
“It’s one of those concerts that I imagine the fans will come and be very supportive of him and care for him. It’s not about taking the music from him, it’s about being there to care for him.”
Performing in the band alongside Cave and Ellis will be Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins.
The group will be supported by experimental trio The Necks for some performances.
Nick Cave tour dates
January 13 – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart,
January 15 – North Gardens, Ballarat + special guests The Necks
January 17 – TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
January 18 – Vector Arena, Auckland
January 20 – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney + special guests The Necks presented by Sydney Festival
January 21 – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney + special guests The Necks, presented by Sydney Festival
January 22 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
January 25 – Riverstage, Brisbane + special guests The Necks
January 27 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne + special guests The Necks
January 28 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne + special guests The Necks
January 29 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
January 31 – Perth Arena, Perth
Tickets on sale Thursday October 27 at 9am AEDT.