Sade - Yarra Valley

01 September 2011



The hottest tour of the US summer is heading for Australia this summer.

Timeless and enduring, Sade will perform their first Australian shows in more than 20 years when they make a long overdue and much-awaited return this December for a series of indoor and a day on the green shows including Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley on Saturday December 17.

The band bears the name of its stylish and enigmatic lead singer, Nigerian-born and UK-raised Sade Adu.

More than 20 years have passed since Adu, Stuart Matthewman (guitar/saxophone), Andrew Hale (keyboards) and Paul Denman (bass) - collectively known as Sade - last gave Australian fans a taste of their flawless blend of R&B, soul, jazz and soft rock.

After a wait of ten years Sade are currently performing sell-out arena shows across the US, having performed to more than 600,000 people in 75 cities and 13 countries this year.

Boasting visually stunning production elements, the critically acclaimed 2011 world tour follows the 2010 release of Sade's sixth studio album 'Soldier Of Love' (Epic Records) and has become on the biggest success stories of the US concert business this summer, boasting unanimous critical raves and multiple sell out shows in the major US cities, having already played to more than 400,000 US fans.

Sade are currently performing sell-out arena shows across the US, having performed to more than 600,000 people in 75 cities on this year's world tour. Sade's classic sound and haunting, unmistakable vocals creates an intimate and unforgettable two-hour concert experience, designed by Baz Halphin (Pink, Tina Turner, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and set to the stunning visuals of creative director Sophie Muller.

The more than two-hour long spell-binding set list takes fans on a journey through a collection of timeless hits; from the iconic 'Smooth Operator', 'The Sweetest Taboo', 'Your Love Is King' and 'Is it a Crime?' to 'Soldier of Love'.

The live show features a "jumbo-sized LED screen projecting videos and dazzling imagery behind [Sade] Adu and the eight other musicians onstage... achieve the breathtaking atmosphere..." according to Billboard Magazine.

Dubbed by audiences as a 'must see - the concert tour of the year', the critics have been left similarly awestruck with the tour garnering stunning reviews for the sultry and flawless performances.

"They're not gonna get any better than this... the best concert of the year." Baltimore Sun

"Immaculate... A tour de force." New York Times

"For two hours, Sade led the near-capacity crowd through a show that was life-affirming." Washington Post

"Few can claim a voice equal to Sade's. And arguably no other artist comes close in terms of so quickly creating - then sustaining - such a gloriously mellow and warm vibe onstage." San Jose Mercury News

"That luxurious, smoky voice... is as glorious as ever." Rolling Stone, USA

Sade's spectacular shows have not been lost on fellow performers. Snoop Dogg posted gushing tweets including: "Soldier of love concert was 1 of the greatest shows I have ever seen," whilst P.Diddy tweeted "Sade concert!!! Words can't explain! Pow!"

Sade has enjoyed phenomenal international success throughout their 27-year career. Since releasing debut album 'Diamond Life' in 1984, each of the band's six classic studio albums have reached the Top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, selling more than 57 million albums worldwide to date, earning Sade Adu the title of highest selling British female artist of all time.

Sade's latest studio album, the Grammy Award winning album 'Soldier of Love' (Sony Music), debuted at #1 and reigned at the top of the Billboard album chart for three weeks. Rolling Stone calling the album "unimpeachably excellent" whilst Billboard proclaimed "it's been 10 years since Sade released an album... the giant has awoken".

Don't miss what will be one of the concert events of the year, Sade live in concert.

Special guest support artists will be announced soon.


a day on the green is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available for purchase on site or BYO picnic. Picnic rugs & deck chairs are recommended. For all show, transport, accommodation details and playing times, CLICK HERE 

For coach enquiries, contact Melbourne On The Move 1300 558 686.
Accommodation enquiries to the Yarra Valley Information Centre on (03) 5962 2600

From & 136 100 and & (03) 5962 2119

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