KINGS of Leon are one of the biggest bands in the world and they are headed our way.

That’s right − in case you missed the wave of awe, disbelief and excitement that washed over Sunraysia last week when the news was announced − the American rock band will perform a one-off show in Mildura on October 29.

This band is the biggest to ever perform in Mildura, but it’s clear from the manner in which the news was welcomed there are plenty of Kings of Leon fans locally and organisers are expecting to attract concert goers from far and wide.

The Mildura show will kick start the band’s Australian tour, their first in 10 years, which will then move on to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

It is expected up to 15,000 fans will attend the concert, to be held at Mildura Sporting Precinct, and the event will inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

The band will bring their own full-scale, touring stage and more than 20 trucks filled with equipment, including custom lights, sound and video, plus more than 70 road crew and touring personnel will arrive in Mildura to produce the show.

It was hoped the event will speed up other scheduled works at the stadium, including outdoor seating, which is due to start soon.

Kings of Leon, PICTURED, will play a full set, and set lists from the band’s recent North America tour have included songs from all eight of the band’s albums.

The four-time Grammy Award winners have headlined the world’s biggest festivals, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, and broke their own attendance record at London’s massive Hyde Park during their last tour.

The band, formed in 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee, is famous for hits ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’, which combined have sold millions of copies all over the world.

In 2008, Kings of Leon’s ‘Only By The Night’ record – which contains the band’s three most-streamed songs in this country (the chart-topping ‘Sex On Fire’, ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Closer’) was Australia’s best-selling album of the year.

Guitarist and vocalist, Caleb Followill said as a band, Kings of Leon feed-off the energy audiences bring and the last time they toured Australia the atmosphere was electric.

“We can’t wait to get back down there and perform for you all again,” he said.

Duplicating Followill’s enthusiasm, Caleb’s brother and the band drummer, Nathan, said they were excited to be announcing their tour.

“It’s been way too long, we cannot wait to get back with you guys and have a little rock and or roll,” he said.

Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, paid a visit to Mildura late last week to make a number of announcements for the region.

In announcing their Mildura show, Minister Pakula said the State Government invest in bringing the biggest music shows to all parts of Victoria because they know they deliver a big boost to local businesses and support jobs.

“Victoria is Australia’s home of live music and we’re giving music lovers the experiences they crave while supporting the live music industry,” he said.

“I am delighted to be in Mildura to announce that on October 29, which I am reliably informed is actually Derby Day, the rock band Kings of Leon will be performing live in Mildura to probably 15,000 people at the Mildura Sporting Precinct,” Minister Pakula said.

“We would expect it to be a sell-out show which will see people coming from far and wide including the eastern part of South Australia and Adelaide, particularly given that the band will not be playing a show in Adelaide.

“Mildura is the only regional event that Kings of Leon with be performing.

“They are a band that has won numerous Grammy Awards, sold 20 million albums and off-the-back of the success of the Foo Fighters concert in Geelong and indeed Katy Perry in Bright, before the pandemic took off, we know how popular big global rock bands in regional Victoria can be.

“We are really excited about this announcement we think Kings of Leon will absolutely rock Mildura.”

Minister Pakula was asked about how a project’s economic benefit is determined before government decides to provide support.

“Visit Victoria always does an economic assessment before they put any proposed event before government for support ad they only receive support when the benefits out weight the costs,” he said.

“The ‘BCR’ (benefit cost ratio) has to be positive and undoubtedly it certainly will be in this region.

“We saw with the Foo Fighters the massive influx of visitors to Geelong.

“That weekend in Geelong there wasn’t an empty room in the city and we would expect things to be very similar here in Mildura.

“Particularly given the fact that there is no show in Adelaide and so that does raise the likelihood of Adelaide visitation.”

Member for Mildura Ali Cupper joined Minister Pakula for the announcement and said she thinks it will be a really exciting visit for the band to be able to see the Mallee.

“How lucky for Kings of Leon to be coming to this outback gig,” she said.

“There is no other place in Victoria that looks like the Mallee and so it is a really exciting thing for them and of course for us.

“I am thrilled and so grateful to Minister Pakula for choosing us.

“We know that a few years ago now we were host to Triple J’s ‘One Night Stand’ and how amazing that was for our town – the atmosphere was incredible.

“The visitors we had here were quite eclectic and you could feel the buzz and it felt like you were walking through Brunswick Street, with the eclectic, diverse array of people and visitors here and I can imagine a similar feel and look when Kings of Leon come here.”

Mildura Rural City Council mayor Liam Wood said it is exciting and welcome news for the community.

“To have an act described as ‘one of the biggest rock bands on the planet’ performing in our city is truly amazing and would be the biggest act I can remember ever playing in our region, so this is really something special,” Councillor Wood said.

“They’ve won four Grammys and sold well over 21 million albums among a whole host of global critical acclaim, and we are going to see them play live in our town.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Victorian Government, which has made this happen.

“It’s great to see the continuing support of the Victorian Government in our region following its $10 million investment in the second stage of the precinct.

“This also wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have a venue like the Mildura Sporting Precinct to host such a massive, high-profile event.

“Along with a new home for numerous local sporting groups, hosting these types of major events is what was envisaged when the Mildura Sporting Precinct was conceived.

“It’s great to see the precinct delivering on these objectives less than 12 months since the first stage opened late last year.”

Councillor Wood said hosting an internationally acclaimed act the calibre of Kings of Leon, and the sheer scale of the production we can look forward to, reinforces our region’s status as a major events destination.

“It also very much puts our region on the map as a destination with a venue that can continue to draw massive events, and adds another dynamic to the multi-purpose role the Mildura Sporting Precinct will play in our community.”

Tickets for the Mildura show went on sale on Tuesday afternoon and and according to the promoter are selling well.