This October, ILLY hits the road for his biggest tour yet. With relentless live shows and two acclaimed albums under his belt, the emcee has well and truly earned his place as one of our of country¡¯s top hip hop artists. With Sydneys SPIT SYNDICATE and Darwin¡¯s SIETTA joining the bill, and ARIA Award winning producer M-PHAZES as host, this tour is the perfect follow-up to the 21 date (mostly sold out) album tour last March.

lly, Spit Syndicate, Sietta and M-Phazesplay in Adelaide on September 30, Hobart October 1, Sydney on October 14 and Melbourne on October 28. You can also catch Illy on stage at the Full Noise Festival in Townsville on October 8(The Herd, Eskimo Joe, Grinspoon, The Vines), Sprung Festival in Brisbane on October 15 (Drapht, Phrase, Funkoars) and Fat As Butter in Newcastle on October 22 (The Living End, Naughty By Nature) plus more festivals soon to be announced.

It has been one hell of a ride for Illy, with singles Pictures, It Cant Wait (Ft Owl Eyes), and The Chase already becoming radio favourites. His sophomore album The Chase achieved inarguable critically acclaim, including triple j feature album status.

Illys latest single Cigarettes has just hit radio it is a calming hook-laden track, and perfect an example of musical matching between M-Phazes and Illy. Illy said, Phazes first showed me this beat at the Bunbury Groovin The Moo It¡¯s not a typical hip-hop sounding beat, which I loved from first listen. The song is about someone who falls from grace, and as crazy and futile as it might be, they cant let go of their dream whatever the consequence.

In support is Sydneys Spit Syndicate who are renowned for blending sharp lyrical skills, vivid storytelling, slamming beats and soulful groove at a level which belies their young ages. Their second album Exileearned the team an ARIA nomination proving again that Australian hip hop deserves its place in our musical forefront.

NT duo, Sietta will also join the bill. Sietta are becoming a staple in Australian music with the powerful vocals of Caiti Balker matched with the deep electric/hip-hop production of James Mangohig. Signing to The Herds own label, ElefantTraks, Sietta have their soul and blues drenched hip-hop debut The Seventh Passenger out now.

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