Aussie Tours: Ben Harper, 5SOS

Live Nation has Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals making their first run of dates here since 2007.

It kicks off at  March 2 followed by four open-air shows until March 12.

Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds augment their March 27 set at Bluesfest with five theatre and arena stops March 24 to April 1 through Live Nation.

The Australia leg of global breakthrough Sydney-based band 5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Live Feels Live Tour lands in the southern spring. The act, which in November won best live act at the ARIA awards in Sydney, does three arena and outdoor dates Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 through Live Nation.

Live Nation also brings French producer St. Germain back after 15 years for two theatre shows March 14-15.

Scottish twins The Proclaimers do six theatres April 13-20 booked by Music House.

Grunge hero Lou Barlow undertakes the Brace The Wave Australian Tour with Select Touring. He plays five clubs Jan. 25-30.

British metal band Asking Alexandria returns after its run on the Soundwave festival last year for six clubs and theatres April 7-15. The bill, booked by Live Nation, includes USA’s Blessthefall and Australia’s Buried in Verona.

UK singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, who played with his Gingerbread Man Records boss Ed Sheeran in April, returns for a theatre run 12 months later.

Frontier Touring has him at seven theatres and clubs (including two New Zealand stops) April 9-24. Chugg Entertainment confirmed that Of Monsters and Men, one of the highlights of this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival, will return for three theatres April 28 to May 4.

Love Police announced the return of Gillian Welch and 

It kicks off at  after an 11-year absence. They will perform as a duo in five theatres (Jan. 30 to Feb. 11) before transforming into the quintet of the Dave Rawlings Machine for a further five club and theatre stops Feb. 12-16.