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NZ pop rockers with a string of hits in the '80s and '90s

As Kiwi institution Split Enz neared their end in the mid 80s, Neil Finn began to look further afield. A latter-day addition, the brother of Enz’s frontman Tim had already proven himself a formidable songwriter, a reputation that quickly gathered momentum with his new project, Crowded House.

Formed in Melbourne in 1985, the band was initially named The Mullanes and featured Neil Finn alongside his ex-Split Enz bandmate Paul Hester (drums), Nick Seymour (bass) and Craig Hooper (guitar). Hooper’s tenure proved short and the remaining trio headed to America in search of a deal and came back with a new name and a contract with Capitol Records.

Their self-titled debut was initially a disappointment. Feeling unsupported by their label, Crowded House set about building up their own hype, playing small acoustic shows and charming audiences on the chat show circuit. Two Top 10 singles (Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong) later and sales of the album looked much healthier.

The band returned in 1988 with their second album The Temple Of Low Men. Despite critical praise, the considerably darker follow-up stalled on the outer reaches of the Top 40. By the following year, Crowded House appeared to be over.

Finn consoled himself by teaming up with his brother to write and record what was supposed to become the first Finn Brothers album. However, the majority of the material instead became a new Crowded House record, with Tim now a member of the band. Woodface arrived in 1991 and provided the band with some of their biggest hits in Fall At Your Feet and Weather With You.

It was during the ensuing tour that things started to splinter, just as the group was at its highest point in the UK and Europe. Tim recognised that his role in the band’s live performances was somewhat redundant and departed the band. American Mark Hart joined on guitar and the band released Together Alone in 1993.

Shortly afterwards, Paul Hester departed the band and Neil began to devote more time to projects outside Crowded House. Eventually, in 1996, he announced that the band was no more. A final farewell show at Sydney Opera House was attended by over 100,000 people.

Neil Finn continued as a solo artist as well as finally releasing an album with Tim as the Finn Brothers. In 2005, Paul Hester died by suicide after a long-standing battle with depression.

In 2007, Finn restarted Crowded House with Nick Seymour, Mark Hart and a new drummer, Matt Sherrod. The new-look quartet released two albums, 2007’s Time On Earth and 2010’s Intriguer. The band went on hiatus again after touring to support the latter, while Finn spend time deputising for Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac.

Crowded House returned with another refreshed line-up in 2019, consisting of Finn’s sons Liam and Ellroy, Nick Seymour and Mitchell Froom (who had produced their first three albums). Following two new singles Whatever You Want and To The Island, the band announced Dreamers Are Waiting, their first new album in ten years, would be released in June 2021.

A run of UK dates was initially announced for 2020, but all were rescheduled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In early 2021, Crowded House announced their UK dates were being moved to June 2022.

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Yes, Crowded House have confirmed that their UK dates have been moved to June 2022. Original tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

Crowded House have confirmed dates in the following UK locations:

  • London (three shows)
  • Cardiff
  • Birmingham
  • Scarborough

Tickets for Crowded House's 2022 UK tour are on sale now.