sleepmakeswaves – ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour

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sleepmakeswaves – ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour

7:30pm, Thu 19 May, 2022

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Australian instrumental post-rockers sleepmakeswaves have announced their ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour will be rescheduled for 2022, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The band released a statement to fans, saying:

Hey everyone,

Our hearts go out to all of you sharing in the anxiety and disruption caused by the outbreak of COVI-19 worldwide. 

We’re sorry to report that we have to yet again reschedule our Australian tour and have rebooked these shows for 2022.

Any tickets purchased for the original dates will be valid for the new dates and refunds if required will be available from the relevant ticket outlets.

Unfortunately due to scheduling issues Rolo Tomassi are now unable to join us on these rescheduled dates, but we’re looking forward to sharing a stage with them one day in future.

Limited venue capacities, the risk of snap lockdowns and extra costs added to travel, logistics and admin have all contributed to this. Not least of which is the fact that our guitarist Lachlan has been stuck in the Netherlands since the pandemic began, unable to return to Australia.

The economic impacts of this pandemic are vast. For musicians specifically, the cancellation of live shows puts a major income stream of any independent band on ice. This also has flow on effects to the live music economy, as we are just one of a number of bands that can no longer provide work this year to our tour manager, live mix engineer, guitar techs, light operator, backline/production   providers, etc.

If you want to support bands and artists, Bandcamp is waiving their merchant fee for 24 hours from 6pm Sydney time (12am PST and 7am GMT) on Friday 2 April & Friday 4 May. So please hop online and do your buying there.

If you want to support the wider industry, especially in light of Government support withdrawing at the end of this month, please make a donation to www.supportact.org.au 

Although this announcement is disappointing for all of us, we’re glad to say we have plenty more announcements lined up, all of which are good - we’re hopeful that some of these will compensate for the delay to our live shows in some small way.

Thanks again for your patience and support. We can’t wait to be back playing live again soon.


Once the band hit the road again in 2022, the ‘these are not your dreams’ shows will feature new music from their recently announced EP trilogy of the same name.

The band will visit Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, playing new material and rare older tracks – as well as some classic sleepmakeswaves bangers.

sleepmakeswaves’s new music comes three years since their ARIA-nominated 2017 release ‘Made of Breath Only’ and their well regarded cover of ‘Children’ by Robert Miles recorded for triple j’s Like A Version the same year. In 2018/19 the band released a Metallica tribute ‘To Live Is Not To Die’ and took a break from writing for a tour across Australia & Europe celebrating the band’s 10th anniversary.

The new record, titled ‘these are not your dreams’ was released on 17 July 2020. 

Rather than following a conventional release pattern, new songs will be released as a series of 3 EPs over the next few months, with ‘No Safe Place’ out now, ‘Out of Hours’ released on June 5 and ‘Not an Exit’ released July 3. 

The first single ‘Cascades’ debuted on triple j’s Home & Hosed in January, with a second track ‘the endings that we write’ premiering on triple j’s The Racket in February.

The band announced the news to fans with a typically quirky video online here

and have added more about the shows below:

We're pretty psyched about doing these upcoming headline shows. I know bands always say things like that (we've said it a lot) but with a long break since we were last playing gigs, it feels very exciting to crank up the ol' rock-o-matic 3000 once more.
Rolo Tomassi are, as we like to say, "heaps sick" and we think overwrought instru-prog x blackened art-hXc is going to be a winning combination. Stay tuned for some great local supports on each of the shows as well.
 Alex and smw 


‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour 2022

No Safe Place EP – out now

Out of Hours EP – releases Fri 5 June

Not an Exit EP – releases Fri 10 July 2020

Media: Mike Solo // Bird’s Robe Records // birdsrobe@gmail.com


‘Cascades’ & ‘the endings that we write’ streaming online at


Watch ‘Great Northern’


Watch ‘Something Like Avalanches’ (live)


Watch ‘The Stars Are Stigmata’ (live)


Watch ‘To Live Is To Die’ (Metallica)


Watch ‘Children’ (Robert Miles)


Listen to ‘Midnight Sun’: