The Sunnyboys are breaking up – their last shows will be this summer

Australian rock legends will call it a day for good in 2023

The reformation of the original line-up of sunnyboys has been one of the best Australian music stories of the past decade.

Since their split in 1984, it seemed extremely unlikely that these four men would play the songs together that made this band one of the most enduring in Australian history.

Not only did it happen, but it was a huge success. The band have sounded amazing since the very first gig (a secret gig at Sydney’s Enmore Theater as part of the Hoodoo Gurus Dig It Up! festival) and since then the band have been touring steadily and staying great throughout.

Unfortunately, everything is about to end again.


The Sunnyboys will play their last gig this summer, collecting eight dates along the east coast and one in Adelaide, many with old friends Painters and dockers.

These will be bittersweet occasions, having a chance to say goodbye to the band will be special, although losing a band that still performs with such verve is always sad.

In a press release announcing the news today, the band says there’s “no animosity, no musical differences, just the satisfaction of a job well done and knowing it’s time “.


“Of the hundreds of bands and thousands of people we knew at the time, we’re one of the few who could stand up and say, ‘We were really good at what we did, and we’re really proud what we’ve done’ and we’re blessed to still be able to stand up and say to people, ‘We’re really proud to be able to present this to you now,'” guitarist Richard Burgmann said in a statement released today.

The band will come out Sunnyboys ’81-’84, a band-curated compilation featuring their favorite songs from the original Sunnyboys iteration, on Friday, November 11. This may give us a clue as to what’s on the setlist, although given the sheer volume of incredible songs they have, they won’t cheat us no matter what they’re playing.


Catch the Sunnyboys one last time (or maybe a few if you’re really keen) at the following shows. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 29.

Friday January 13 – Twin Towns, Gold Coast (with Painters and Dockers)

Saturday January 14 – Twin Towns, Gold Coast (with Painters and Dockers)

Friday January 20 – Dee Why RSL (with Painters and Dockers)

Saturday January 21 – Anitas, Thirroul (with Painters and Dockers)

Wednesday January 25 – The Gov, Adelaide (with Even)

Saturday January 28 – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne (with Rocket Science and The Prize)

Friday February 10 – Nightquarter, Sunshine Coast (with Flaming Hands)

Saturday February 11 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (with Flaming Hands)

Saturday February 18 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (with Painters and Dockers and Mick Medew and The Mesmerisers)

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