The Smashing Pumpkins Announce The World is a Vampire Festival with Jane’s Addiction, Wrestling & More

Smashing Pumpkins 2023

The Smashing Pumpkins are bringing a music festival to Australia. You read that right.

In April, Billy Corgan and his pals will be bringing down musicians Jane’s Addiction, Amyl & The Sniffers, RedHook, and Battlesnake (plus local acts). Notice the mention of musicians? It’s worth clarifying when The World is a Vampire Festival promises to bring Professional Wrestling down as well. Joining these fine live tunes will be the NWA (USA) vs the Wrestling Alliance of Australia (WAOA).

One World Entertainment will be taking this tour to some major Aussie locations (sorry Perth) and heaps of regional places too, like Ballarat, Penrith and Bribie Island – just to name a few. All the dates, cities and venues are listed below so you’ll want to check that out.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get into it. If our fact-finding is accurate, The Smashing Pumpkins haven’t visited us since 2015 when they headlined Soundwave Festival, shortly after they released 2014 record Monuments to an Elegy, alongside Slipknot, Faith No More, Soundgarden (RIP Chris Cornell) and more. Since then, they’ve released a bunch of albums including CYR, which we spoke to drummer Jimmy Chamberlin all about as well as their latest triple-stacker-record Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts, with Act One & Two available now and Act Three out April 21 – right in the middle of this amazing festival.

Next up, we have Jane’s Addiction. Again, if our calculations are correct, the L.A. rockers haven’t toured down under since Soundwave 2010 with Faith No More, My Chemical Romance, AFI, Paramore and more. Their visit 13 years ago was preceded by a tour cancellation in 2009 after drummer Stephen Perkins was unable to travel due to an elbow infection of all things.

It’ll be very exciting to finally see Jane’s Addiction finally return to our shores, however – it seems like there’s a strong chance they’ll be playing without the legendary Dave Navarro due to long-COVID. In the announcement from the band last week, they shared that ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper Josh Klinghoffer will be filling at upcoming shows “and some international shows to be announced soon“. Considering this update is still pretty fresh, we’re assuming Navarro won’t be present at the Aussie festival, but we’ll keep you posted on that. Read the full message below:

Amyl & The Sniffers will be joining this mighty lineup after notably playing Geelong with Foo Fighters last year. The ARIA-award-winning four-piece will undoubtedly be playing hits off their 2021 sophomore record Comfort to Me.

Our pals in RedHook are also going to be coming down to play all the bangers off their upcoming record Postcard From A Living Hell, featuring singles like ‘SAY‘. We’re pumped for Emmy Mack and team to be joining these monster acts, especially after we recently saw them smash it at Good Things Festival.

Finally, this festival will see the hilarious Sydney-siders Battlesnake (who recently toured with KISS) take us back to medieval times. Now, there’ll be more battling with this wrestling situation too. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is actually owned by Corgan, linking it all together. The NWA will include talents like Kamille, Bestia 666 & Mecha Wolf plus more.

Sold on this one? All the important stuff below.

Words by Ricky Aarons (@rickysaul90)

One World Entertainment Members Pre-sale Thursday, February 2 @ 9.00am local time

General Public On Sale – First Release Friday, February 3: 12.00pm local time

Tickets here

Smashing Pumpkins Australian tour 2023

The Smashing Pumpkins
The World is a Vampire Festival Australia

w/ Jane’s Addiction, Amyl & The Sniffers, RedHook, Battlesnake,
Professional Wrestling
and more

Saturday, April 15 
Wollongong NSW
Stuart Park

Sunday, April 16
Bribie Island QLD
Sandstone Point

Tuesday, April 18
Sydney NSW *
Hordern Pavilion

Wednesday, April 19
Newcastle, NSW
Newcastle Entertainment Centre *

Saturday, April 22
Mornington Peninsula VIC
Hastings Foreshore

Sunday, April 23
Ballarat VIC
Kryal Castle

Wednesday, April 26
Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Entertainment Centre*

Thursday, April 27
Port Melbourne VIC

Saturday, April 29
Penrith NSW
Nepean Aerospace Park

Sunday, April 30
Gold Coast QLD
Broadwater Parklands

* Battlesnake & local opener not performing at these shows

Tickets here

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About Ricky Aarons (769 Articles)
Co-editor at Wall of Sound and self-acclaimed deathcore connoisseur. My purpose is to expose you to the best emerging breakdowns and gutturals that this planet has to offer.