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Tones and I says rival buskers once tried to run her out of Byron Bay

‘They started getting angry’: Tones and I says rival buskers once tried to run her out of Byron Bay because they were jealous of her popularity

Toni ‘Tones and I’ Watson has revealed that she was so popular during her busking days that rival musicians tried to run her out of town.

The 26-year-old worked as a busker in Byron Bay before shooting to fame with her global hit Dance Monkey, but her popularity in the coastal town came at a cost.

‘Other buskers started getting angry at me,’ she told the New York Times this week.

Outcast: Toni 'Tones and I' Watson has revealed that she was so popular during her busking days that rival musicians tried to run her out of town

Outcast: Toni ‘Tones and I’ Watson has revealed that she was so popular during her busking days that rival musicians tried to run her out of town

‘Some started a Facebook group and were like, “we’re gonna run Tones out of town.” For no reason, they just hated how big the crowds were getting.’

Watson’s popularity on the Byron Bay busking circuit soon led to her scoring a manager, who helped her land a record deal with Sony Music Australia.

She released her first single, Johnny Run Away, last year, and the song became an immediate success on alternative radio.

Crowds: The 26-year-old worked as a busker in Byron Bay before shooting to fame with her global hit Dance Monkey

Crowds: The 26-year-old worked as a busker in Byron Bay before shooting to fame with her global hit Dance Monkey

However, it wasn’t until her second single Dance Monkey was released that the songstress truly shot to fame.

Tones And I recently announced a headline tour of Australia in May 2020.

The chart-topper is set to perform tunes from her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, as she takes the stage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Fremantle.

‘Australia I can’t wait to play these shows for you!’ she wrote on Instagram as she announced the exciting tour dates on Wednesday.

'I can’t wait to play these shows for you!' Tones And I has announced a 2020 Australian tour amid the success of her debut album The Kids Are Coming

‘I can’t wait to play these shows for you!’ Tones And I has announced a 2020 Australian tour amid the success of her debut album The Kids Are Coming

Tickets for all shows go on sale Monday, February 17th.

Support acts have yet to be announced. 

The past year has been a whirlwind for Tones And I, who won Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Awards in November. 

Don't miss it! The chart-topper is set to perform tunes from her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, as she takes the stage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Fremantle

Don’t miss it! The chart-topper is set to perform tunes from her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, as she takes the stage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Fremantle

Her hit tune Dance Monkey reached number one in more than 30 countries last year, and placed second in Triple J’s Hottest 100.  

The song’s music video is also a huge hit, racking up over half a billion views.

Music steaming platform Spotify recently announced that Dance Monkey was the ‘most repeated song to come out of the Southern Hemisphere’ in 2019.

Made it from the bottom: Tones and I started out busking on the streets of Byron Bay, NSW, back in 2017

Made it from the bottom: Tones and I started out busking on the streets of Byron Bay, NSW, back in 2017

TONES AND I’s 2020 TOUR DATES

Friday, 8th May- The Forum, Melbourne (18+)

Friday, 15th May- Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane (AA)

Thursday, 21st May- Enmore Theatre, Sydney (AA)

Saturday, 23rd May- Goods Shed, Hobart (18+)

Friday, 29th May- Metropolis, Fremantle (18+)

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