Black and white photo of Rex Orange County on stage, with spotlights in the background

Third time lucky: Rex Orange County returns to Oz

By Aaron Caruana

English singer and songwriter Rex Orange Country will arrive in Australia this month for the first time since 2019 for his “Who Cares” tour after having cancelled his past two Australian tours.

 Rex dropped his first album, “Bcos U Will Never B Free”, in 2016. The album included hit songs such as “Corduroy Dreams” and “A Song About Being Sad”. The record gained the attention of rapper and producer Tyler the Creator, and earned Rex a feature spot on Tyler’s album “Flower Boy”.  This launched Rex into fame, and in 2017 he would drop his hit singles “Loving is Easy” and “Best Friend” which has more than 600 million streams on Spotify.

Since 2017 Rex Orange County has recorded three albums; his most recent, “Who Cares”, was released in 2022. Due to COVID international travel restrictions and allegations of sexual assault (which he has been since cleared of) he has been unable to get to Australia for two scheduled tours, resulting in multiple delays and thousands of disappointed fans.

As part of his return, he announced on Instagram, he will make merch from all his albums available at his shows and has added additional shows for Sydney and Melbourne.

Many fans are excited to see him perform some of his biggest hits including “Sunflower“, “Television”, “Happiness”, and “Pluto Projector” an emotionally beautiful song that has gained a lot of popularity on Tik Tok.

The Asia Pacific tour starts today, with the first show in Wellington. Sydney shows are on September 23 and 24 at the Hordern Pavilion.

Featured image: Rex Orange County live at The Danforth Music Hall, 2020. Photo: Mac Downey (@mac.downey)/CC/Flickr

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