James Reyne returns to Cessnock Performing Arts Centre next month.

LIGHT UP: James Reyne is taking his show A CRAWL TO NOW on the road and will be performing across the country. Pictures: Supplied

LIGHT UP: James Reyne is taking his show A CRAWL TO NOW on the road and will be performing across the country. Pictures: Supplied

THIRTY-five years after first setting the Australian music scene on fire, national favourite James Reyne will "light up" the stage in Cessnock.

Reyne will once again take A CRAWL TO NOW on the road, returning on May 11 to Cessnock Performing Arts Centre with the show that saw him playing to a sell-out audience of local fans in 2018.

A CRAWL TO NOW marks the 35th anniversary since the band's debut single Beautiful People was released.

Reyne said he was excited to return to the stage once more.

"This will be a comprehensive look at the past unto the present. I've sifted through all of the Australian Crawl material with the intention of performing it 'songbook' style," he said.

"And to bring out the solo material again and reimagine those songs acoustically is always fun - I'm very excited about these shows."

TOUR: James Reyne will return to the Cessnock stage on May 11 for an intimate 90 minute live performance.

TOUR: James Reyne will return to the Cessnock stage on May 11 for an intimate 90 minute live performance.

His songs have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers, including The Boys Light Up, Reckless, Beautiful People, Lakeside, Daughters Of The Northern Coast, Fall Of Rome, Hammerhead, Motor's Too Fast and Slave.

The 90 minute acoustic live show will feature songs selected from more than 20 albums, from Australian Crawl to today.

In reviewing Reyne's 2012 critically acclaimed album Thirteen, music critic Ed Nimmervoll said the musician was "better than ever".

"He's a better singer today than ever, better songwriter, better lyricist. Every track on Thirteen tells you how important all three of those aspects of his craft are to him," Mr Nimmervoll said.

Reyne will be joined on stage by renowned guitarist Josh Owen, and the duo will give an intimate and acoustic performance.

"I'm always playing a gig somewhere, I just love to play live", Reyne added.

The one-night concert will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 7.30pm at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre at 198 Vincent Street.

Tickets on sale at the CPAC Box Office, by phone on 4993 4266 or online at cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au

This will be a comprehensive look at the past unto the present. I've sifted through all of the Australian Crawl material with the intention of performing it "songbook" style

James Reyne