Goldrush Tour

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Goldrush Tour
Tour by Santogold
Associated album Santogold
Start date September 19, 2008
End date January 8, 2009
Legs 1
Shows 22
Santogold concert chronology
Viva la Vida Tour
The Goldrush Tour

The Goldrush Tour was a North American concert tour by Santogold, performed in support of her eponymous debut album.[1] Sponsored by MySpace Music,[1] it took place in September and October 2008.[2]

The tour is the first that Santogold has headlined herself. She previously opened for M.I.A. on her KALA Back to P.O.W.A. Tour in 2007, and more notably, Coldplay on their Viva la Vida Tour in 2008.[3] The tour spans fifteen dates in the United States of America, with one in Canada. Tickets for the tour went on sale September 3, 2008. Santogold will be performing with both a live band and a DJ.[4] Kanye West's DJ A-Trak will open for Santogold from September 23 to September 27,[5] while Mates of State will support Santogold from September 28 to October 14.[6] Low vs Diamond perform with Santi for a number of the dates, while Plastic Little, Trouble Andrew, and The Ting Tings will make appearances at just one or two dates.[6] The Goldrush Tour will be taken to Australia in January 2009.[7]

Santogold also performs with the two backing dancers called SG-1s, who wear deadpan expressions and matching sunglasses.[8] They occasionally provide backing vocals and synchronized dancing.[9] Both girls are often in Santogold's music videos as well. One of the SG-1s is Moni-Jo, a musician, dancer and actress. The SG-1s however call themselves Agatha and Angus Gold.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The Boston Globe said that Santogold "is built for theaters and maybe even arenas."[9] Metro International agreed, saying "Santi White won't be opening for the likes of Coldplay again."[10]

Santi was criticized for lipsyncing. Santogold does not always make use of her live band - one reviewer noted that "there is something mildly deflating about watching someone sing song after song backed not by actual people playing guitar, bass, and drums in the moment - right in front of us, right now - but rather the freeze-dried perfection of a digital recording of people playing guitar, bass and drums, somewhere else, a long time ago."[11]

Set list[edit]

  • "Get It Up"
  • "Unstoppable"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue[1]
North America
September 19, 2008 New York City, New York United States The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
September 20, 2008 Boston, Massachusetts United States Paradise Rock Club
September 23, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States The TLA
September 24, 2008 Toronto, Ontario Canada Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 25, 2008 Cleveland, Ohio United States House of Blues
September 27, 2008 Detroit, Michigan United States St. Andrew's Hall
September 28, 2008 Chicago, Illinois United States House of Blues
September 30, 2008 Lawrence, Kansas United States Liberty Hall
October 1, 2008 Denver, Colorado United States Gothic Theatre
October 4, 2008 Seattle, Washington United States Showbox
October 5, 2008 Portland, Oregon United States Crystal Ballroom
October 7, 2008 San Francisco, California United States The Fillmore
October 10, 2008 San Diego, California United States House of Blues
October 11, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada United States House of Blues
October 13, 2008 Anaheim, California United States House of Blues
October 14, 2008 Los Angeles, California United States Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre
December 31, 2008 Victoria Australia Falls Festival
January 1, 2009 Sydney Australia Field Day
January 3, 2009 Busselton Australia Southbound
January 5, 2009 Melbourne Australia Billboard The Venue
January 6, 2009 Sydney Australia The Forum
January 8, 2009 Brisbane Australia Sunset Sounds


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  2. ^ "Santogold announces US headlining "Goldrush" tour". Sentimentalist Magazine. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ Dave Maher (2008-06-19). "Santogold hops aboard the Coldplay tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ Paul Thompson (2008-09-03). "Santogold announces North American tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  5. ^ "A-Trak to open for Santogold, tour with Boys Noize". Filter. Filter Creative Group. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Mates of State to support Santogold". 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Santogold full summer tour dates". InTheMix. Sound Alliance. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  8. ^ a b "SG1's myspace profile". 
  9. ^ a b James Reed (2008-09-23). "Sass master Santogold takes it to the limit". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Newly-minted star shines at The Paradise". Metro International. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-28. [dead link]
  11. ^ Jonathan Valania (2008-09-25). "At TLA, Santogold live - but sounding canned". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Media Holdings. Retrieved 2008-09-28. [dead link]

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