Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring are thrilled to confirm that R&B sensation and New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat will tour Australia and New Zealand this July and August. In addition to performing an array of old classics, he will also be celebrating the release of his brand new album Dress To Impress (out now). He will be joined on tour by Australian R&B quartet CDB.

He so effortlessly recaptures the magic that made him one of R&B’s biggest starsSoul in Stereo

Respectable and sound, Dress to Impress is tried-and-true.’ The Musical Hype

Keith Sweat still has the power to ‘Make You Sweat’ when he puts on a show.’ – Soul Train

Born in Harlem, New York, Sweat performed throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with his band Jamilah before breaking out on his own in 1984.   The release of his debut album Make It Last Forever sold over three million copies and featured hit single I Want Her which catapulted to number one on the R&B charts and number five on the pop charts.

Make It Last Forever was followed shortly thereafter by Ill Give All My Love To You in 1990, which reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured memorable 90’s R&B singles Make You Sweat and I Give All My Love To You, both singles reaching number one on the R&B charts. Hit singles Twisted and Nobody, both released in 1996, placed at number nine and twenty-two in the ARIA Charts respectively.

In addition to being an accomplished and successful R&B star, Sweat is considered a pioneer of New Jack Swing, a sound that fuses together hip-hop, contemporary soul, high tech funk and in some cases hip-hop. Sweat’s debut album Make It Last Forever was extremely influential in developing the sound with some critics even considering it to be what kicked off the genre.

Throwing it back to basics, Dress To Impress pays homage to Sweat’s original sound. Driven by his classic laid back R&B style, it features singles such as ‘Good Love and ‘Just The 2 Of Us’, capturing how truly talented an R&B star Sweat is.

Joining Sweat on tour is 90’s Australian R&B group CDB whose cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Let’s Groove’ peaked at number two on the ARIA singles chart. Returning to the scene with their new album Tailored For Now – Eleven R&B Super James (released Friday 28 April via Warner Music), their music is about creating nostalgia while transitioning into a new era.  

Having sold over 25 million albums in the US alone and several of his singles reaching number one, Sweat is amongst only a handful of R&B artists to have been rewarded such longevity and success in their career. Don’t miss out on witnessing some of R&B’s most memorable songs from one of the genre’s icons. Fans are urged to secure their tickets early to avoid missing out on what is sure to be an amazing night.

Presented by Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring

Begins:  Tue 2 May (12pm AEST/2pm NZST)
Ends:  Wed 3 May (12pm AEST/2pm NZST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

Begins:  Thu 4 May (10am local timeAU shows/12noon NZSTNZ shows)

Fri 28 Jul The Opera House | Wellington, NZ    (All Ages) | 0800 842 538

Sat 29 Jul ASB Theatre | Auckland, NZ (All Ages) | 0800 111 999

Sun 30 Jul Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) | 136 100

Thu 3 Aug Crown Theatre | Perth, WA (All Ages) | 136 100

Fri 4 Aug The Star | Gold Coast, QLD (All Ages*) | 132 849

Sat 5 Aug The Star Event Centre | Sydney, NSW (All Ages) | 136 100

*U18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian |
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