Lil Nas X is heading to Australia to tour for the first time

Australian fans of Lil Nas X will finally get a chance to see the rapper live on stage, with the Grammy Award winner set to headline Falls Music Festival later this year.

Returning for the first time since 2019, Falls Festival was always going to be the subject of much excitement but the announcement of Lil Nas X has proven to be a major coup for the festival.

Lil Nas X (real name: Montero Lamar Hill) has become one of the biggest stars in music since bursting onto the scene in 2019 off the back of the viral single, Old Town Road.

In 2021, he released his debut album, Montero, which reached No. 1 on the ARIA Album Chart, while also landing a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. The success of Montero helped cement the 23-year-old as pop culture’s most interesting star.

Lil Nas X leads an impressive line-up that also includes Arctic Monkeys, Peggy Gou and Pink Pantheress as well as a solid home-grown contingent in Ocean Alley, Spacey Jane, Genesis Owusu and DMA’S.

Tickets to Falls Festival will be available from 9am, Thursday, May 12, with the festival to begin in Victoria on December 29, before moving to Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve, and finishing up in Western Australia in early January.

While Lil Nas X has not previously toured in Australia, the pop star is no stranger to our musical exports. Last month, he expressed his admiration for posting: trying really hard to get the wiggles to co-headline the tour with me. I will keep you guys updated.

A few hours later, The Wiggles responded: We’re ready to wiggle with you!

Anthony Field, a founding member of The Wiggles, has even reshared the post on his Instagram with a comment reading This needs to happen. No doubt Falls Festival attendees will be hoping the dream collaboration might take place during Lil Nas X’s Australian dates.

Falls Festival: Dates and locations

Pennyroyal Plains, Colac, VIC – 29, 30 & 31 December 2022

North Byron Parklands, Yelgun, NSW – 31 December 2022, 01 & 02 January 2023

Fremantle Park, Fremantle, WA – 07 & 08 January 2023

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