Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End headline Red Hot Summer Tour at Roche Estate in February 2019

The Red Hot Summer Tour returns to the Hunter Valley in 2019, and the line-up is nothing short of massive.

Featuring rock legends Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish, the tour will arrive at Roche Estate, Pokolbin on Saturday, February 2.

Barnes is synonymous with Australian rock ‘n’ roll, and is also no stranger to the Red Hot Summer Tour, having headlined its Hunter Valley show in April 2016.

As the legendary frontman of Cold Chisel, and though his own chart-topping solo career, his incendiary live show now includes classics like Khe Sanh, Flame Trees, Working Class Man and No Second Prize.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 inductees Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are responsible for some of the most anthemic punk and rock music of all time, with timeless anthems including I Love Rock N Roll, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Do You Wanna Touch and Bad Reputation.

From her early days with pioneering all-female band The Runaways, to mentoring artists such as Miley Cyrus, Jett is one of the most respected performers of all time and her live show has always been legendary.

For music lovers looking for a special bit of concert showmanship, look no further than Chocolate Starfish.

Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Thompson, the band is known for its high-energy live performances.

With songs like Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain, Chocolate Starfish powered onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s and quickly cemented themselves as an influential force.

The band’s inclusion in the 2019 Red Hot Summer Tour is by popular demand, and Thompson is thrilled to be featured on the bill.

THEATRICAL: Chocolate Starfish features on the Red Hot Summer Tour 2019 line-up.

THEATRICAL: Chocolate Starfish features on the Red Hot Summer Tour 2019 line-up.

“It’s probably the best line-up that Red Hot has ever done,” he said.

Thompson said the outdoor arenas like Roche Estate suit the band’s theatrical style.

“It works well in a big setting – our shows are very spontaneous, theatrical and a bit edgy,” he said.

Established by promoter Duane McDonald in 2010, the Red Hot Summer Tour has become known as one of the best regional festivals on the touring circuit.

McDonald’s vision from the start was to bring world-class rock acts to regional areas.

“Our ethos starting out was to take the type of artists you would see performing at festivals in metro centres, and bring them to the regions,” he said.

“Music fans are everywhere, and just because they don’t live in a capital city doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have access to some of the best live acts.

“We are so proud to have grown the festival to encompass dozens of shows with bills that include some of the world’s most iconic artists.”

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday, June 28 through Ticketmaster.

2018/19 Hunter Valley concert season calendar

  • Saturday, October 6: Opera in the Vineyards at Hope Estate
  • Saturday, November 24: Jazz in the Vineyards at Hope Estate
  • Saturday, December 8: Shania Twain at Hope Estate
  • Saturday, February 2: Red Hot Summer Tour ft. Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish at Roche Estate