TLC to play intimate Melbourne show at the Palais Theatre

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TLC will play an intimate Melbourne show at St Kilda’s Palais Theater on Wednesday 2 November as part of ALWAYS LIVE.

American R&B legends TLC come to Melbourne for a surprising intimate show at the Palais Theater in St Kilda for just 2,500 people, headlining today’s ALWAYS LIVE second lineup announcement. TLC will play their show in Melbourne on November 2, just three days before British pop star Dua Lipa plays at the same venue, in what will be arguably the biggest week in the Palais’s long and distinguished history.

The bad news for Melbourne TLC fans is that given its small capacity, it’s likely that, like Lipa, it will only be available through a raffle. The good news is that due to the support of the Victorian government, tickets will probably be quite affordable. For those who miss it, TLC will also be playing Fridayz Live alongside Akon, Macklemore and Ashanti on November 4 at the Rod Laver Arena.

TLC’s Melbourne Show at the Palais Theatre

  • TLC plays an intimate Melbourne show at the Palais Theater in St Kilda
  • It happens on Wednesday 2 November, with a maximum of 2500 people
  • This is the main event of ALWAYS LIVE’s second lineup announcement

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With four Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards, Tionne T-Boz Watkins, Rozonda Chilli Thomas and the late great Lisa Left Eye Lopes are legends in their field. The crazy, sexy, cool outfit that caught the world’s attention with their sassy and sophisticated R&B, against a socially conscious lyrical style, will celebrate their hits in a crowd-pleasing performance.

In Australia, the album reached number five on the ARIA charts and was certified twice platinum, and sold 14 million copies worldwide. CrazySexyCool became the best-selling album by an American female group, and remains the only album by a female group to receive a diamond certificate from the Recording Industry Association of America – achieving 11-times platinum status in the US.

TLC brings a proud feminist R&B legacy to Melbourne

Through the messages of songs like No scrubs and unkind, TLC established itself in the ’90s as a key part of the girl power movement in pop music – emphasizing empowerment and confidence for a whole generation of young women and girls who might not have seen themselves in the other pop stars of the time. There’s a definite feminist undertone to TLC’s legacy, although that wasn’t entirely apparent to the group itself at first. “When people started putting that label on us when we started, we were confused,” Thomas told us after the duo reformed to release their latest album.

“We were all like, ‘What? No, we’re not.’ We somehow had the impression that it was something negative. As time went on, and the more we thought about it, we came to realize that this was not the case at all. Empowerment for women of any kind was a good thing, in our view.

“Even when we started, we knew we wanted to do something different. What was important to us was taking a stand on what we believed in. We had no idea it would affect people the way it did. It resonated on so many levels and it became important to us that we kept to ourselves. By doing so, we allowed people to embrace their differences and be proud of them. We walked with confidence so our fans could do the same.”

TLC’s Full Australian Tour Dates

  • Wednesday, November 2: Palais Theatre, Melbourne
  • Friday November 4, Rod Laver Arena (Fridayz Live), Melbourne
  • Wednesday, November 16: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
  • Tuesday, November 22, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Everything that happens on Always Live 2022: Dua Lipa, Crowded House, Sampa the Great and more

Speaking about the massive coup for ALWAYS LIVE, Steve Smith, CEO of the Victorian Programme, said: “We are extremely proud of this latest offering to complete the 2022 programme. While the mix of events is broad, of all scales and takes place across the state, what they all have in common is that they all bring special, one-off and exclusive events to Melbourne and Victoria, only LIVE FOREVER. They also build on the tremendous momentum of our lineup to date.”

He continues; We launched ALWAYS LIVE in March with a record-breaking sold-out performance by Foo Fighters at GMBHA Stadium, closely followed by 71,000 tickets, a sold-out show for Billy Joel and two sold-out events by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis on the beautiful Hanging Rock. Our rare and intimate Palais Theater performance by global superstar Dua Lipa sold out in minutes. These highlights are a fraction of the ALWAYS LIVE programme, which positions Melbourne as a global music city and Victoria as Australia’s live music capital.”

The full round of incredible shows, events and performances in this latest lineup announcement can be viewed at

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