Aussie Dates:
Diamond, Drake, Demi

Neil Diamond returns to Australia and New Zealand for six arenas and a winery date Oct. 19 to Nov. 9 for Dainty Group.

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Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Future Music Festival headliner Drake added arena dates Feb. 23 to March, joined by 2 Chainz, through Frontier Touring and Illusive.

Also making her live debut downunder is Demi Lovato, with Live Nation booking five stadium stops April 17-24.

Live Nation has Counting Crows at four theatres April 4-9 after the band’s Bluesfest appearance.

Adrian Bohm Presents has comedian Bill Burr at five theatres (Jan. 27 to Feb. 1) and Russell Peters at four arenas (March 19 to 28).

The Veronicas tour Australia for the first time in six years behind their new self-titled Sony Music set. The “Sanctified” tour, through Nine Live, hits five theatres Feb. 12-21.

British singer Leo Sayer, now resident in Sydney, embarks on the Restless Years tour. It takes in 30 theatres Feb. 4 to April 12.

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires play three club dates March 26 to April 1 through Bluesfest Touring, in addition to their appearances at Bluesfest and the West Coast Blues & Roots.

British troubadour Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls follows his April 5 Bluesfest appearance with nine club dates April 6-18 through Blue Murder.

Round Up and Live Nation have an Americana team-up of Shovels & Rope and Shakey Graves on their Aussie debuts. They play four clubs March 4-8.

Metropolis Touring combined death metal acts, New York’s Suffocation and Poland’s Decapitated, for eight dates Australian/New Zealand April 30 to May 10.

Niger guitarist and singer Omara “Bombino” Moctar’s 11 Australian shows for Top Shelf Feb. 25 to March 12 (which include seven festivals) extends to his debut in New Zealand. He plays WOMAD NZ March 14-15.

Ruth Moody, who toured here in 2006 with The Wailin’ Jennys, returns with her own band for 11 festival and theatre shows Feb. 19 to March 16 for True North Records.