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The Whitlams Reschedule ‘Gaffage and Clink’ Tour to 2021

“Pushing it back a whole year seems a long time, but I think some prudence now will pay off for us all in the long run,” explains The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman

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The Whitlams have now moved their previously-planned tour dates for August and September 2020 back on year.

Scott Gelston*

With their latest national tour originally set to kick off in just over a month, Australian mainstays The Whitlams have rescheduled their latest trek, pushing back their dates until August and September of 2021.

First announcing their “Gaffage and Clink” tour back in February, 2020 was on track to be a big year for the Sydney outfit, led by frontman Tim Freedman. Despite not releasing a new record since 2006’s Little Cloud, Freedman, the group revealed that their tour’s namesake would also share the name of their first single in 14 years.

Named after some backstage lingo, the forthcoming track celebrates the relationship between the group and their long-time tour manager Greg Weaver, who passed away suddenly in 2019.

However, plans to tour in support of this soon-to-be-released song were upended when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, meaning the group were forced to postpone their almost two-month trek around the country.

Now, they’ve revealed that the previously-planned tour dates will instead take place one year later than first intended, featuring the same support acts as the original tour – including the likes Ben Lee, Alex Lloyd, Phil Jamieson, Emily Wurramara, and Emma Russack.

“We couldn’t wait to get stuck into this tour, but we have decided to be patient and make sure it still goes ahead as originally intended – with the same great bills in the same great venues, with lots of joyful, carefree full houses,” Freedman explained in a statement.

“Pushing it back a whole year seems a long time, but I think some prudence now will pay off for us all in the long run.”

All exisiting ticketholders need not take any action in regards to these rescheduled dates, with all tickets remaining valid for the new dates. Tickets are available for shows in each city from The Whitlams’ website, with the exception of the Canberra Theatre Centre show originally scheduled for August 27th, which will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

While The Whitlams are planning to release new music later this year, Freedman recently released a solo version of “Beautiful as You”, which was recorded at Byron Bay’s Rockinghorse Studio in mid-May.

The Whitlams “Gaffage and Clink” Australian Tour 2021

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
(Originally Monday, August 3rd, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021
(Originally Tuesday, August 4th, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
(Originally Wednesday, August 5th, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday, August 6th, 2021
(Originally Friday, August 14th, 2020)
(With Phil Jamieson & Alex Lloyd)
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, August 7th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, August 15th, 2020)
(With Phil Jamieson & Alex Lloyd)
The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021
(Originally Tuesday, August 18th, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
(Originally Wednesday, August 19th, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday, August 13th, 2021
(Originally Friday, September 25th, 2020)
(With Alex Lloyd & Emily Wurramara)
Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
(Originally Friday, August 7th, 2020)
(With Emily Wurramara)
The Art House, Wyong, NSW

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
(Originally Thursday, August 6th, 2020)
Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

Friday, August 27th, 2021
(Originally Friday, September 18th, 2020)
(With Alex Lloyd)
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Saturday, August 28th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, August 8th, 2020)
(With Emily Wurramara)
Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW

Sunday, August 29th, 2021
(Originally Sunday, August 9th, 2020)
(With Emily Wurramara)
Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW 

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021
Originally Thursday, September 10th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emma Russack Band)
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, September 3rd, 2021
(Originally Friday, September 11th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emma Russack Band)
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, September 4th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, September 12th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emma Russack Band)
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, September 10th, 2021
(Originally Friday, August 21st, 2020)
(With Ben Lee)
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Saturday, September 11th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, August 22nd, 2020)
(With Ben Lee)
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Friday, September 17th, 2021
(Originally Friday, September 4th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, September 18th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, September 5th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, September 19th, 2021
(Originally Sunday, September 6th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Friday, September 24th, 2021
(Originally Friday, August 28th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra, NSW

Saturday, September 25th, 2021
(Originally Saturday, August 29th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
Enmore Theatre, Newtown, NSW

Sunday, September 26th, 2021
(Originally Sunday, August 30th, 2020)
(With Ben Lee & Emily Wurramara)
Enmore Theatre, Newtown, NSW

Tickets on sale now via The Whitlams’ website

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