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Following the release of her hypnotic new single OLD NEWS, Ella Hooper has announced a national run of tour dates to showcase the track live, along with a selection of new material and some old favourites!

The tour will commence in WA on October 20, before moving on to Victoria, SA and QLD, and winding up in Sydney with Mary’s Underground on November 25 and Centro, Wollongong on November 26. It also includes what will no doubt be a massive night for Cup Eve at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne (Monday October 31). Tickets for all shows on sale now – head to

Ahead of the national dates, Ella Hooper spoke to Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips about the tour, her new band and the personal challenges of the last couple of years while creating new music for her upcoming album, to be released next year.

The single Old News represents a new chapter in Ella’s storied career.  It was written with American country artist Sara Douga, who she met in Nashville in 2017, produced by Marcel Borrack and Tim Harvey, and features rising star Gena Rose Bruce on backing vocals. The track has been warmly embraced by global streaming platforms, added to more than 300 Playlists in less than a week.

Old News has been hailed as a new beginning for Ella, who was still a teenager when she burst onto the Australian music scene fronting Killing Heidi.

It’s worth recapping Killing Heidi’s remarkable success. They scored their first number one single, ‘Mascara’, on Ella’s 17th birthday. And their debut album, Reflector, was one of the fastest-selling Australian albums of all time, spending six weeks at number one, going five times platinum, and winning four ARIA Awards, including Album of the Year.

“For a long time, I felt awkward about my success, that I had to apologise for it,” Ella reveals. “Becoming a bit of an overnight success with Killing Heidi really presented its challenges. I’ve had a complicated relationship with my career, but I don’t feel hamstrung by that anymore.”

“I guess Old News is a message to myself,” she adds. “It’s okay to be ambitious and still have dreams.”

Old News … a new start and a stunning solo single from one of Australia’s most-loved singer songwriters.

Photo by Jason Rosewarne


Tickets on sale now – for more info head to

Thu 20 – Stirling Arms Hotel – WA
Fri 21 – Charles Hotel – WA
Fri 28 – Westwood Hotel, Footscray – VIC
Mon 31 (CUP EVE) Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – VIC

Fri 4 – Railway Hotel, Bannockburn – VIC
Sat 5 – Palais, Hepburn Springs – VIC
Fri 11 – Trinity Sessions (Adelaide) – SA
Sat 12 – Trinity Sessions (Adelaide) – SA
Thu Nov 17 – Sol Bar, Maroochydore – QLD
Fri Nov 18 – The Zoo, Brisbane   – QLD
Sat Nov 19 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast – QLD
Sun Nov 20 – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads – QLD
Fri Nov 25 – Marys Underground, Sydney – NSW
Sat Nov 26 – Centro, Wollongong – NSW


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