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Here we go people, 2018 will mark our 10 year anniversary!

So, to celebrate, we are hitting the road on our “10 Year Anniversary Tour”.

This is the first of MANY announcements to come over the coming weeks, so watch this space!!

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Europe, this year we've; 
* Driven 33 000 kms
* Played 70+ shows in 19 countries
* Total broken strings, sticks and beers drank is unknown.

From all of us at the Rumjacks, thank you! 
Old friends and new, you are the reason we get to ride this crazy rollercoaster.

See you all again real soon!

PHOTO CREDIT: Claudia Soprani Photographer

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Thank you and good bye, France!

Every show on this tour has been amazing and these handful of shows in France have been next level! Sold out shows, celebrated one of birthdays with you, got taken to an interview by a horse....that is actually not a lie at all....the list goes on! Big thank you to everyone who helped make it so special. 

Next up is Poland! See you all at the bar.


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Hello everybody and sorry for being so quiet on here of late.

We have been busy traveling around Europe having an amazing time and playing to some fantastic crowds.

Thank you to everyone who has come out so far to any of the shows!

Last night we wrapped up our last of the three shows we did with the legends The Adicts! All lovely guys and was an absolute pleasure to play with them! 


Off to France now for a handful of shows, of which some have already sold out, so please if you are wanting to come along make sure you get a ticket ASAP.

Cheers, much love and see you at the bar. 

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Ok, so incase you all missed it...we are a few weeks out from starting our 2017 European tour!

We are heading to places we have never been before like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and many more!

Lasting just over three months, we can't wait to kick this off! Tickets are already on sale and some shows are selling very quick!

See you all at the bar. 

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Tues 14 March

Sound Australia - Sound Gallery
BD Rileys
204 E 6th St, Austin
5.20pm - 5.45pm

Thurs 16 March

Sounds Australia - The Aussie BBQ
Brush Square Park (East Tent)
Opposite the Hilton on Niches between E 4th & E 5th
4.05pm - 4.30pm

Fri 17th March

SXSW Showcase
Palm Door on Sabine
401 Sabine St, Austin
12:00am - 12:40am (midnight St Patricks Day night)Sat 18th March

Sat 18th March

SXSW Showcase
Esther Follies
525 E 6th St
1:00pm - 1:50am (Sunday morning)

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This week we will be playing the last three shows as part of the Sleepin Rough Australian tour.

Thursday in Woy Woy, Friday Newcastle and then Sydney on Saturday. 

Unfortunalty this will be our last show in Sydney for quite sometime so we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. 

After Sydney we are headed to the USA for our first tour in that part of the world. Shortly after we will be back in Europe touring once again. Lots happening after that so please keep an eye to this page for any announcements and news on tours, recording etc. 

thanks for everything and hope to see you at one of last (for a while) few Australian shows. 


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Ok everyone, all dates are now finalised and tickets are now on sale! This will be our first ever tour to the USA and we are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible! It's been years in the making and we are all so excited to finally repay you for all the support you have given us for all these years. See you all in a matter of weeks! 



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Its been such a long time coming, but we are so happy to be finally rolling into the US for our first run of dates!

You guys have been such amazing supporters of The Rumjacks since day one, now finally we get to come & play what we look forward to being just the first of many tours, catching up with so many friends & making a hell of a lot of new ones.

Lets see if we can't tear it up & make good on your continued love & support, and give you the very best we've got.

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So happy to finally have this new single and video out and available for you all.

We had a great time filming this for OG Films while we were in Poland! Super happy with how this turned out and a huge thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. Jump onto any of our social media pages and be sure to check it out and share it around. 




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Ok, all done for 2016 now!

On Saturday we played in Bendigo to some lovely and well 'hydrated' locals. You were all legends and thank you for making our last show on the year such a fun one. This year has been wild and we are very much looking forward to a very small break over the Xmas and new year period. 

2017 is shaping up to be our biggest yet so please keep an eye out for any updates. 


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Dear Australian mates, we still have a whole bunch of shows left in the Sleepin' Rough tour up until February 2017! 

Check out the full list of dates here:

See you at the bar! 

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Friends of Poland, we need your help! 

Woodstock Poland is asking punters to vote for their favourite act from this year, and if we win we will get an open invitation to come back and play the festival! 

If you haven't already done so under several false aliases, jump on the link below & give us a vote, we are closing in on Bring Me The Horizon, and would LOVE to see you all again in 2017! :)


Thanks and see you there soon! 

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Thanks to the great folks at Woodstock Poland, they have given us the footage from our festival performance there earlier in 2016. 

We have posted a bunch of links for you to view below! 


Band to traverse the country from October to February, with more than 30 dates scheduled!

Sydney quintet The Rumjacks unleash the extraordinary energy and passion of their third studio album Sleepin’ Rough today via FOUR || FOUR.  
Sleepin’ Rough is full throttle, raucous and real, showcasing a thundering punk aesthetic intertwined with the group’s Irish and Scottish musical heritage.

Having spent the last three months overseas on a 90-date tour of Europe and UK,
The Rumjacks are pumped to bring their blistering live set home to Australia, playing new album tracks alongside fan favourites.   The Sleepin’ Rough tour is the band’s most ambitious Australian tour to date - 35 dates taking in every nook and cranny of the country, from Darwin to Launceston, East Coast to West Coast!  They are one of this country’s most successful live exports, becoming Festival regulars throughout the UK and Europe and playing massive events such as Woodstock Poland, Punk Rock Holiday, Exit Festival, Lowlands, Rockmaraton and Mighty Sounds.

Sleepin’ Rough picks up where 2015’s Sober & Godless left off, carrying stories of life, love and loss, set to a throbbing beat.  The music, while hard and fast for the most part, carries with it an element of fun and frivolity, harking back to their Old Country roots, places where music is an integral part of community gathering, soundtracking the times with an almost savage joy.

First single ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’, was an emphatic protest at Sydney’s venue lock-out laws, with accompanying music video directed by Josh Groom.   Follow up single ‘Fact’ry Jack’ is a nod to one of the last great larrikins, as singer Frankie McLaughlin says, “A real knockabout with a tonne o' character. He's seen the very best and worst this world had to offer and has a razor sharp sense of right and wrong to show for it. We've all known someone like him, and if not, then we're poorer for it, we could learn a thing or two from blokes like him”.

THE RUMJACKS’ Sleepin’ Rough Tour
Presented by The Music
- Tickets on sale Monday 8th August from -

Friday 14             Studio Six, Sutherland, NSW
Saturday 15        Hotel Gearin, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 21            Pier On Clarence, Port Macquarie, NSW
Saturday 22       Stag & Hunter, Mayfield, NSW
Thursday 27     Phoenix Bar, Canberra, ACT
Friday 28            Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Saturday 29       Pelly Bar – Pier Hotel, Frankston, VIC
Sunday 30          Spirit Bar & Lounge, Traralgon, VIC
Monday 31        Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 4              Collector Tavern, Parramatta, NSW
Saturday 5         Penrith Gaels, Penrith, NSW

Saturday 3        The Railway, Darwin, NT
Friday 9              Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 15    The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Friday 16           The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 17      Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, VIC

Thursday 5            Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 6                    Marlin Hotel, Ulladulla, NSW
Saturday 7              Captain’s At Mariners, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Thursday 12          Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 13                 Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Saturday 14            Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Wednesday 25      Babushka, Perth, WA
Thursday 26         Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 27                 Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Saturday 28           Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Thursday 2         The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 3                Helm Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 4          The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 5              Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin, QLD
Friday 10             The Workers, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 11        The Reverence Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16      Club Statik, Woy Woy Leagues, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 17              Hamilton Station, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 18        The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sleepin’ Rough was recorded at Bomba Studios in regional Victoria and produced by Steve James (Cold Chisel, The Jam, Thin Lizzy).
01     Patron Saint o' thieves
02     Zielona Gora
03     A Fistful O' Roses
04     Fact'ry Jack
05     'Eight Beers' McGee
06     Murder Shanty
07     Les Darcy
08     Dead To Me
09     WKND (flash new breeks)
10     Kathleen
11     Them Fallen
12     The Pot & Kettle

The Rumjacks are Frankie McLaughlin, Johnny McKelvey, Adam Kenny, Gabriel Whitbourne, Anthony Matters

Sleepin’ Rough released TODAY on via FOUR || FOUR.



Announcing The Rumjacks 3rd studio album "Sleepin' Rough" - out August 5!

PRE-ORDER 'Sleepin' Rough' NOW: 

Album, Vinyl & Merch from The Rumjacks Online Store
Download digital album HERE

It’s what’s become vintage Rumjacks; there’s no point beating about the bush, it’s out the gate and straight down to business.

Recorded at Bomba Studios in regional Victoria, Sleepin’ Rough, the Sydney quintet’s third long-player, picks up where 2015’s Sober & Godless left off. Booming from the get-go with ‘Patron Saint Of Thieves’, a thundering punk aesthetic intertwined through the group’s Irish and Scottish musical heritage, this album is full throttle, all spit and bile, raucous and real.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking The Rumjacks are just an angry bunch of punks. Far from it – their music, while hard and fast for the most part, carries with it an element of fun and frivolity, harking back to their Old Country roots, places where music is an integral part of community gathering, soundtracking the times with an almost savage joy.
And this is Sleepin’ Rough. The melodic‘A Fistful O’ Roses’, the acoustic‘Les Darcy’, the ska-esque ‘Kathleen’, all carry a cheeky bonhomie, sometimes belying their subject matter, but always bringing a smile, a head-nod, a foot-tap. These tracks sit tidily alongside flat-out punk (the opener, ‘Dead To Me’, ‘Zielona Gora’), and the band’s now trademark mixture of the two.
As frontman Frankie McLaughlin has said, they’re not trying to reinvent anything, they’re just trying to produce the best songs they can in order to make a connection with the people listening. And that’s what Sleepin’ Rough is too – a clutch of real songs written and performed by real people, for other real people. Stories of life, love and loss, set to a throbbing beat. Sleepin’ Rough sees The Rumjacks in career best form.

First single 'A Fistful O' Roses' was released in May...


Hi everyone! Johnny here. Right now we are currently in the middle of a nice long European tour and enjoying every second. The shows have been great and have been seeing some amazing parts of the world. Feeling very blessed! 

Just wanted to let you all know that we are VERY happy to announce that we will be releasing our third full length album 'Sleepin' Rough' through Four | Four Records on August 5.

We spent a little over two weeks locked away in country Victoria in Bomba Studios with Steve James once again steering the ship and producing this new record. 
This is the first time we have ever packed our bags, headed out to the middle of no where, locked our selves in one big room and recorded an album. It was new, scary, exciting and worth every second. We are very proud of this album and can not wait to share it with you all. 

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it. 

Much love and thanks. 

The Rumjacks. 

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New single and video ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ in protest at Sydney’s lock out laws

The Rumjacks unveil their first new music in more than a year with the release of brand new single, ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’.  The song is an emphatic statement about the band’s view of Sydney’s new lock out laws and features a powerful music video directed by Josh Groom, which shows the band taking over a bar for a metaphoric wake with an arresting live performance.

Frankie: We’ve written many a song about our hometown of Sydney, and ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ is yet another, though this one was created beneath a very dark cloud and a sorely difficult time for our beloved city.

An agenda of sweeping law reforms and increasingly heavy tactics by our state government have crushed the city’s nightlife, the livelihood, and in many cases even the lives of many of its inhabitants. Iconic pubs, bars and restaurants are forced to close their doors, elderly residents are driven from their homes and Sydney is growing more desperate and hostile with every passing day.

This is a city under siege by those who rule her, set to become a playground for the elite, while the people who made it the treasure it was are squeezed out to wherever they hell they may venture.

We performed the video for the song as a macabre ‘dry wake’, set among the decay, in a derelict pub, one of many to fall victim to the states new order.

Historic footage flits across the screen like memories of a life flashing before one’s eyes. ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ is one last great send-off for the old girl, but make no mistake..

..this is a band falling very much out of love with its muse.”

The band has departed Sydney and embarked on a four-month UK and European tour, showcasing this new single plus songs from their much loved album releases.



UK/Europe Tour dates:

03.05.2016 DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart – 1st Show

04.05.2016 DE / Bamberg – Hirschhaid / Jahnhalle

05.05.2016 DE / Dortmund / SKA im Westend Festival

06.05.2016 DE / Hamburg / Hafengeburtstag – Jolly Roger Bühne

07.05.2016 DE / Düsseldorf / Pitcher

08.05.2016 DE / Düsseldorf / Pitcher

09.05.2016 UK / London / Fiddlers Elbow

10.05.2016 UK / Cardiff / The Moon Club

11.05.2016 UK / Birmingham / Flapper

12.05.2016 UK / Manchester / Star and Garter

14.05.2016 IE / Dublin / The Hub

15.05.2016 IE / Cork / Fred Zeppelins

16.05.2016 UK / Belfast / Voodoo

18.05.2016 SC / Glasgow / Audio

19.05.2016 SC / Edinburgh / Sneaky Pete’s

20.05.2016 SC / Aberdeen / Krakatoa

21.05.2016 UK / Norwich / Waterfront

22.05.2016 UK / London / The Garage

23.05.2016 UK / Brighton / Green Doore Store

25.05.2016 NL / Groningen / Vera

26.05.2016 NL / Utrecht / De Helling

27.05.2016 NL / Den Haag / Sniester Festival

29.05.2016 DE / Aachen / Wild Rover

31.05.2016 DE / Freiburg / Walfisch

04.06.2016 IT / Lecco / La Sbiellata Sanzenese

11.06.2016 IT / Vicenza / Riviera Folk Festival

18.06.2016 IT / Dumenza / Dumeltica

08.07.2016 AT / Graz / Explosiv

09.07.2016 DE / Eggolsheim / Fiddlers Green: Shamrock Castle

14.-16.07.2016 PL / Kostrzyn nad Odrą/ Woodstock Festival Poland

22.07.2016 CZ / Tabor / Mighty Sounds Festival

23.07.2016 DE / Herne / Folk&Rock im Schlosshof

06.08.2016 GR / Almiro / Los Almiros Festival

11.08.2016 SL / Tolmin / PunkRock Holiday

13.08.2016 DE / Eschwege / Open Flair Festival

14.08.2016 DE / Rotenburg ob der Tauber / Taubertalfestival

16.08.2016 DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart - 2nd Show

17.08.2016 DE / Hamburg / Hafenklang

21.08.2016 NL / Biddinghuizen / Lowlands Festival


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BIGSOUND is kicking off again on Wednesday in Brisbane and it  is all about the music, but this year in particular the organizers at Qmusic have put a strong emphasis on issues for women both in the music industry and our community in general.  A campaign around women’s safety in live music venues, and violence against women is #noton is a campaign that Sydney band The Rumjacks endorse wholeheartedly.

#noton is a Brisbane initiated movement:

BIGSOUND and venues will have staff wearing #noton campaign t-shirts, making a commitment to involve themselves in an on going project designed to train venue staff and security around better dealing with and responding to women's safety in live music venues.

Frankie McLaughlin, lead singer of The Rumjacks, was convicted in 2012 of charges pertaining to assaulting a former partner. He has pledged his support for the principals of #noton – ultimately, to see a world and an industry where women are not subjected to any form of violence.

The Rumjacks have committed to discussing with QMusic, #noton during the event and discussing how to move forward in support of these campaigns.

The Rumjacks will perform at BIGSOUND on Thurs 10th September, at The Foundry at 11.20pm.

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More dates have been added and it all kicks off in two weeks.Looking forward to finally heading your way! 

See you at the bar! 



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Very happy to announce that for the first time ever we are heading to the UK and Europe!

Looking forward to playing in some amazing parts of the world, with some amazing bands and meeting some new friends.

This is just the first announcement and we have more shows to be added in Ireland, UK and more through out Europe.

Thank you and see you soon.

Adam, Frankie, Johnny, Gabe and Anthony.


19.07.2015 PL / Jarocin / Jarocin Festival
20.07.2015 PL / Zielona Gora / 4 Róże dla Lucienne
21.07.2015 DE / Dresden / Chemiefabrik
25.07.2015 FR / Kergrist / Rock Party De Kergrist
27.07.2015 ES / St. Feliu de Guixols / Atzavara Club
28.07.2015 ES / Madrid / Gruta 77
29.07.2015 ES / Barcelona / Rocksound
31.07.2015 FR / Roanna / Dirty Old Pub
01.08.2015 FR / Private Event
05.08.2015 IT / Milan / Villa Tittoni – Paddys La Festa Irlandese
08.08.2015 IT / Montelago / Celtic Festival
09.08.2015 IT / Trontano / Music Festival
14.08.2015 UK / Hampshire / Boomtown Fair
15.08.2015 UK / London / The Garage
16.08.2015 UK / Leicster / Shed 
18.08.2015 DE / Karlsruhe / Scruffys
19.08.2015 DE / Hamburg / Hafenklang
20.08.2015 DK / Stengade / KB 18
21.08.2015 DE / Wermelskirchen / AJZ Bahndamm
22.08.2015 DE / Düsseldorf / Pitcher
23.08.2015 DE / Kassel / Goldgrube
25.08.2015 DE / Freiburg / Walfisch
26.08.2015 DE / Mannheim / tba.
28.08.2015 NL / Haarlem / Patronat
29.08.2015 DE / Flensburg / Harfermarkt
30.08.2015 DE / Essen / Südrock
01.09.2015 DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart
02.09.2015 CZ / Prague / Rock Café
03.09.2015 AT / Wien / Arena
04.09.2015 CH / Zürich / Werk 21
05.09.2015 CH / Lenzburg / Baronessa