Cult Californian hip-hop artist, ANTWON will return to Australian shores for a run of Australian tour dates including a performance at Yours & Owls Festival and Camp Doogs.

If ANTWON didn’t exist, no one could have invented him. The former hardcore punk, unabashed hedonist, and Nature Boy leader is what you’d get if Bad Brains spent their summers balling on a budget.

ANTWON isn’t a contradiction; he’s a man of complexity. He’s got the charm and rhythm of Notorious B.I.G or Big Pun, but swears his greatest influence is Kid Rock. You might catch the San Jose native flexing in BMWs chauffeured by freaks, but he’d prefer to be low-key in a Prius. You might catch him in the club sipping tea and smoking the highest caliber of weed. He isn’t weird, isn’t for the sake of being weird. He’s weird for the sake of being raw as fuck.

Growing up on pop-punk and hardcore as much as rap, ANTWON’s nihilistic approach to life is backed by the softness of a big, bad macho teddy bear. ANTWON first burst onto the scene in the early years of this decade, blending slightly nostalgic fluorescent raps with gritty industrial dirges, and live shows so rowdy the bruises still haven’t healed. He effortlessly shifts between styles and genres without losing the lecherous wit that made him instantly stand above from the sea of Tumblr struggle rap.

With his lo-fi druggy summer anthems, ANTWON emerged as the missing link between Kid Rock and the Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle, The Misfits and Martin Lawrence. He was ostensibly too raunchy for the punks, too punk for the hip-hop traditionalists, and not chill enough to be chillwave, but he still built a die-hard cult—one of music’s true originals, idiosyncratic, off-beat, blunted, and always with a bad chick hanging off of him.


SAT. OCT 1 – BRISBANE @ Black Bear Lodge *
SUN. OCT 2 – WOLLONGONG @ Yours & Owls Festival
WED. OCT 5 – BONDI @ Beach Road Hotel
THU. OCT 6 – SYDNEY @ Chippendale Hotel *
FRI. OCT 7 – MELBOURNE @ Yah Yah’s *
SAT. OCT 8 – PERTH @ Camp Doogs

* tickets on sale August 18

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