Playing their unique blend of Australian folk-rock/roots, Rough Red have been regular touring entities on the European summer festival circuit, having toured there 4 times now, in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. On their last tour, the band played two of the world's great music events, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. The latter main stage gig was to a crowd of 15,000 in the famous square where Hitler used to hold his rallies.
The Reds have also played the Skagen Festival in Denmark, the Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway, the Brosella Festival in Belgium, the Skuleberget Festival in Sweden, The Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, the Paide Shanty Festival in Estonia, Charlety Stadium in Paris, and the legendary Borderline Club in London. The band has had national airplay in France and Ireland, and a documentary of their first tour aired on cable TV throughout the continent.
Back home, the band has successfully crossed over between the folk, rock and country markets, playing the Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, National Folk Festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival, and Gympie Muster, and scoring a number 5 radio hit on the ARIA Country charts with the song ‘Living in Australia’. Their contemporary songs reflect their Oz heritage and their worldly travels… a wild concoction of larrikinism, yarn-spinning and driving rhythms on one side, political comment and plaintive ‘love gone wrong’ songs on the other.