Artist Bio

Secret Sounds, triple j, Flagrant Artists & WME Presents



After playing sold out rooms throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, and making history as the youngest male artist to sell out Sydney’s iconic Opera House (twice), ARIA-award winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer Ruel will release his highly anticipated sophomore EP FREE TIME on Friday 13 September and embark on his most ambitious tour to date.

The tour kicks off on Thursday 19 September in Brisbane, before hitting Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Throughout the run, Ruel will treat fans to a completely new stage production and brand new music from the new EP.

FREE TIME was written in between Ruel's rigorous global touring schedule and sees the young songwriter teaming up once again with Grammy winning producer M-Phazes, plus an all star cast of collaborators including Sarah Aarons (Zedd, Alessia Cara), Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele, Sia), Joseph Angel (Rihanna), Nick Long (King Princess, K. Flay) and Wrabel (Ellie Goulding).

The EP’s first single Painkiller has already gathered over 20 million streams in just two months, adding to Ruel’s overall 300 million+ global streams. The new body of work is the next step in the evolution of an artist who began playing guitar and writing songs at only 8 years of age. It demostrates Ruel’s maturity as a songwriter able take on any genre and unsatisfied staying in the lanes of Pop and RnB.

At just 16 years of age, Ruel has received public praise from the likes of Khalid, Zane Lowe and Sir Elton John for his songwriting craft well beyond his years and his commanding live performances. Last year, he recieved recognition back home by becoming the youngest recipient of an ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Ruel’s videos for singles ‘Younger’ and ‘Not Thinkin’ Bout You’ have caught fire, each surpassing over 8 million views, and the videos for ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’ have each enjoyed over 5 million views, with his latest single ‘Painkiller’ fast approaching 8 million views. Additionally ‘Younger’ and 'Dazed & Confused' are both ARIA certified Platinum with over 73 million and 62 million streams respectively, and 'Painkiller' and ‘Don’t Tell Me’ are both ARIA certified Gold.

2019 saw the star collaborating with Australian legends Hilltop Hoods for their track ‘Fire & Grace’ and later performing with them on the main stage at this year’s Splendour in the Grass Festival. He also recently performed at California’s legendary Coachella festival with British producer SG Lewis on their electro collaboration ‘Flames’.


Tuesday 24 September 2019

Presented by: Secret Sounds, triple j, Flagrant Artists & WME

5.30pm   Meet and Greet
7.00pm   Doors Open
8.00pm   Billy Davis & the Good Lords
9.00pm   Ruel
10.00pm Approx Finish
* times are subject to change without notice

Allocation Exhausted

  • 'Free Time' Standing Room: $89.90
  • GA Main Floor, Reserved Seating Sections 9 - 12: $59.90
  • Reserved Seat Balcony: $69.90
    *please note that Transaction Fees and an Infrastructure Charge may apply.

Unlicensed All Ages:
General Admission Main Floor, Reserved Seating in Sections 9, 10, 11 & 12

Patrons of any age can access this area.  18+ Patrons on the GA Main Floor have access to a downstairs bar.  In order to gain access to this area one of the five Government approved photo I.D.'s is required.  No alcohol is to be taken out of this area.

Licensed 18+ only:
Reserved Seating in Balcony
Each ticket holder must be able to present one of the five Government approved photo I.D.'s to gain entry into a Licensed Area (Australian Drivers License, Victorian Learners Permit, Keypass, Proof of Age Card, or Passport).

No person under the age of 18yrs is permitted into this area under any circumstances.

Buy Tickets Now

  • Event Notification

    Bag Requirements
    Patrons will be required to cloak all items greater than an A4 size or at the management’s request. A cloak room is available for every event for $3 per item.

    Lining Up
    Please line up at the door specified on your ticket.  'Free Time Standing Room' is to enter through Doors 4 and 5 on Rosslyn Street, with the General Admission Standing Room to enter through doors 6, 7 and 11 on Dudley Street.

    As it is a usual work day for the businesses surrounding Festival Hall the area will be quite busy, so please follow the directions of venue staff who will be walking around the venue at regular intervals.  Please ensure all footpaths, laneways and driveways are kept clear and lines are kept up against the building.

    We DO NOT recommend lining up before 8.00am for your own health and safety.  There are no shops nearby, so we DO recommend bringing food, drinks (especially water), sunscreen and anything else you may need for the day, noting there is limited shelter and will be quite cold and/or wet.

    We do encourage all patrons to introduce themselves to the people lining up in front and behind them so that if a bathroom break is required, you know they aren’t pushing in.  You may even meet your new best friend!  Venue security will not be responsible for maintaining any queuing systems.

  • Camera Policy

    Camera Policy
    Small ‘happy snap’ cameras only.  No cameras with a large or removable lens, nothing resembling an SLR, iPads, GoPros, handy cams or selfie sticks will be permitted entry into the venue.

Seating Map Seating Map