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Following its successful sold-out 50th Anniversary run in the UK & Europe, Tubular Bells in Concert is now heading to Australia in August 2024. The Gold Anniversary of Mike Oldfield’s trailblazing magnum-opus will be performed by an expansive live group, featuring and arranged by Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator, Robin A Smith. The concert will see Tubular Bells performed in full, along with further Oldfield compositions, including “Moonlight Shadow”, “To France”, “Family Man”, and excerpts from “Ommadawn”.

Ahead of the Australian Gold Anniversary Tubular Bells in Concert Tour, AM editor Greg Phillip spoke to arranger, composer-conductor and Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator, Robin A Smith about phenomenon that is Tubular Bells and the upcoming Australian tour.

Tubular Bells was the debut studio album by English multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Mike Oldfield conceived in 1971 and finally released in 1973. Oldfield, who was just 17 years old when he started composing the music, recorded and played almost all of the instruments on the album. It gained worldwide acclaim when the opening theme was used for the soundtrack of the horror film, The Exorcist, and the album went on to become the highest selling instrumental album of all time.

Robin A Smith has worked with Mike Oldfield for over 25 years, collaborating on Tubular Bells 2 and 3 including live performances at Edinburgh Castle, Horseguards Parade in London, The Millennium Bell in Berlin, and the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony. Robin has also worked with diverse artists including Rod Stewart, Goldie, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique, The 2 Cellos, and Luciano Pavarotti.

“The show was premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in London in August 2021 to great acclaim as an early celebration of and tribute to Mike – who in my view is one of England’s greatest composers in the last century. Along with the musicians, it’s a real privilege to be performing this extraordinary work. It’s as fresh today as it was when Mike created it in 1971 – and I love having the chance to bring it to new audiences as well as those who, like me, are still captivated by it whenever they hear it.


“The wonderful thing about Tubular Bells is that it never seems to age. It takes you on a journey through progressive rock and electronica, blues, folk, jazz and classical and along the way evokes such melodic beauty and drama. We’ve had plenty of tears from the audience and so many wonderful stories of their first experience with Tubular Bells.” Robin A Smith

NOTE: Mike Oldfield will not appear at these performances.

TOUR DATES Tickets on sale now –

Thursday Aug 1 – Bruce Mason Centre, New Zealand
Saturday Aug 3 – State Theatre, Sydney
Sunday Aug 4 – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong
Wednesday Aug 7 – Art House, Wyong
Thursday Aug 8 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Friday Aug 9 – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads
Saturday Aug 10 – The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
Sunday Aug 11 – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Wednesday Aug 14 – Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra
Thursday Aug 15 – Canberra Theatre, Canberra
Friday Aug 16 – The Playhouse Theatre, Geelong
Saturday Aug 17 – Palais Theatre, St Kilda Melbourne
Sunday Aug 18 – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
Monday Aug 19 – Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
Wednesday Aug 21 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Friday Aug 23 – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre***
Saturday Aug 24 – Astor Theatre, Perth

***On sale Monday 29th April 9am AWST

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