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Archie Roach

Tell Me Why


19 February, 2021 | 8pm
Gates open: 6:30pm

$68.00 - $469.15 (+ $9.35 Service Fee per order)
Lawn Decks still available

This price range includes single seats, groups of up to 2, 4 and 6 guests
See full pricing breakdown below

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Legendary singer-songwriter and ‘voice of the Stolen Generations’, Archie Roach AM, brings his life story to the stage in Tell Me Why.

This not to be missed live concert celebrates his eponymous memoir and ARIA Award-winning album Tell Me Why. Roach will be joined onstage by his five-piece band, including award-winning jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky and special guest Sally Dasty.

31 years on from the release of Roach’s two-time ARIA Award-winning album Charcoal Lane (1990), Tell Me Why is an intimate, moving and often confronting musical journey through the iconic songwriter and activist’s life. From stolen child and teenage alcoholic to musical icon, social activist and First Nations leader, Roach's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and a testament to the healing power of music.

Audiences will hear seminal songs from his back catalogue alongside influential music from his youth and new autobiographical songs written since completing his memoir.

Roach was named 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year. He has also received a Human Rights Achievement Award for his deeply personal and iconic song, ‘Took the Children Away’; a first for any songwriter.

“Some songwriters wrap themselves in cloaks, whether of enigma or inanity, and some bare their souls. Then there's Archie Roach.”
– The Sydney Morning Herald

Price range

Private Decks - Available

Lawn Deck for up to 6 guests: $408.05 - $469.15
Terrace Deck for up to 4 guests: $259.95

Stalls Tables - Allocation exhausted

Table for up to 2 guests: $179.95
Table for up to 4 guests: $339.50 - $359.90

Balcony - Allocation exhausted

Seat for 1 guest: $68.00
Seats for up to 2 guests: $129.95

Babies under 24 months do not need a ticket.

Each order incurs a $9.35 Service Fee

Your booking reserves a private, designated area. All group bookings must be made in one transaction for contact tracing purposes. Sidney Myer Music Bowl is operating at reduced 25% capacity. We recommend booking early to avoid missing out.

Find out more information on our Venue and Tickets page →


This event is all ages, however guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Running time: 90 minutes

Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been transformed into a socially distanced COVIDSafe space. For more information visit our Staying Safe page.

We play rain, hail or shine. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is an outdoor amphitheatre. If rain or bad weather occurs, the show will proceed, unless deemed unsafe to do so.


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This performance has been made possible by supporters of the Arts Centre Melbourne Recovery Fund. With thanks to our generous supporters this fund is helping kick-start a creative revival after COVID-19.
If you’d like to be part of the cultural recovery, donate here →

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