Over 4400 kilometres, in 16 days, playing 11 shows, Illy’s Two Degrees Regional Tour is off with one hell of a bang – and that’s just WA!
In the midst of the tour mayhem, Illy – took some time to chat with us about the ups of life on the road.
Illy is taking regional Australia by storm, bringing his hits off the beaten track.
Following on from sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane on his capital city tour, Illy is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s pretty gruelling, but touring is my favourite part of making music,” said Illy.
Set to do thirty-three shows across four months, Illy describes how the concept of a regional tour for his ARIA #1 Album Two Degrees came directly from the fans.
“I’ve done the capital city and festival thing, and there was such a demand for regional shows,” Illy described.
“Fans have been hitting me up since Paper Cuts saying ‘when are you coming to our town’. So yeah, I made it happen.”
After sell-out shows in Australia’s biggest cities, Illy believes that what the regional shows lack in size, they make up for in passion.
“Crowds really appreciate you being there. There are some differences between shows in capital cities and regional towns, but the plus side is too great, those fans give you everything they’ve got,” said Illy.
“Plus I love getting to see these parts of the country. I like travelling, being on the road and getting to see things I otherwise wouldn’t get to see.”
With hits like Paper Cuts with Vera Blue, Tightrope with Scarlett Stevens, Catch 22 with Anne Marie and Oh My with Jenna McDougall; it’s safe to say that Illy has created music with the best of the best.
“I reach out to all of the artists I collab with, going back to the start of my first album,” said Illy.
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