The Shins Australian tour 2012 has been announced that will see the welcome return of the band to Australia this July.

Armed with new material from their acclaimed fourth album Port Of Morrow, the band will perform at Splendour In The Grass, plus headline shows at Festival Hall in Melbourne and the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.

It’s been a busy start to the year for the Portland based five piece, with the band currently in the midst of an extensive US tour to celebrate the release of Port Of Morrow. The album has been five years in the making, following on from their 2007 LP Wincing The Night Away, and was recorded throughout 2011 with band leader James Mercer handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals and the majority of instrumentation.

This tour will mark The Shins’ fifth visit to our shores since 2003. In fact, the band are so fond of Australia they named one of their pop gems after our fine country! Very special guests for both the Melbourne and Sydney shows will be the warm, harmony soaked sounds of Melbourne quartet Husky.

The Shins Australian tour – July 2012
With special guests Husky

Tickets on sale 11.00am AEST Monday the 30th of April.

Monday 23 July – Festival Hall – Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster 136 100 and or Festival Hall Box Office, 288 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne

Wednesday 25 July – Hordern Pavilion – Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek 132 849 or

The Shins will also perform at Splendour In The Grass, details at