It’s important that this time you can hear the love in the sentiments in the form of her comedic “divine”; where she expresses humility and the honesty of recognizing or misidentifying deception contributing to her faults. She recognizes however, that she doesn’t need everyone to like her, that she makes people uncomfortable, and that no matter what mess she tries to fix it can result in a bigger disaster. That is her Divine Comedy. Reaching a place of inner peace that ebbs between disdain and respect that is directly influenced by the interactions of others. This perpetual cycle precedes her own existential crisis illuminated by the requirement of needing things others can’t provide. By pointing out her own failures through a series of dialogue she exposes the truth behind paradise: that it could just all be a joke after all, and that this joke could be the most defining measure of being human.
There is no bond stronger than family; there is no feeling better than when a song hits just right. The Yule Brothers are a marriage of those simple concepts. Unbreakable and defiantly alternative, their anthemic style of Singer-Songwriter Indie Rock is genuine and bold. Born in the logging town of Prince George, BC, Canada Darby and Erin Yule have accomplished more in 7 years through pure-grit and a love for the craft than those with more at their disposal do in a lifetime.
In the summer of 2020, they went back into the studio with their friend Karl Dicare to do what they do best, record real and honest music. This time with a twist though; Darby and Erin were only going to work with their friends. No big names, no flashy studio musicians, just people they honestly loved being around. These new songs are made completely from the heart with a team that has as much passion as Darby and Erin do. Erin’s girlfriend Courtney even did the front cover. The Yule Brothers are pleased to announce their ambitious new single I Am On Fire, produced by Karl Dicare.
Skytech & Fafaq Reunite as All That MTRS for Funky Tech-House Single “Scrolling Up.” Out Now on CYB3RPVNK
Title: Scrolling Up
Skytech and Fafaq return to R3HAB‘s CYB3RPVNK platform with another hot collaboration under their joint alias All That MTRS. “Scrolling Up” is a cheeky play on society’s social media-checking habit, using a catchy vocal riff as the complement to the track’s funky, deep, but techy sound. The two talented Polish producers pull out the stops with growling synths and a minimal, driving bassline, making for a danceable track that is reminiscent of dark club dance floors. Skytech and Fafaq recently released “Lose Control” together with Saga Bloom as All That MTRS’ debut, and we look forward to seeing what else these two will put together in the future, so stay tuned!
Mateusz Dziewulski, better known by his artist name Skytech – is already a household name in his home country of Poland, and the rest of the world is soon to follow. His name first appeared on the map when R3HAB discovered his original track “Tiger” and then helped Skytech put final production touches on it, proving to be a winning team after “Tiger” skyrocketed to over 100M streams on all platforms. Since then, the two have worked on numerous tracks together via the CYB3RPVNK imprint, such as “Fuego,” “What You Do,” “Hyperspace,” “Starflight,” and more, fusing their sounds to make music that is club and festival-friendly while never sacrificing substance and soul.
Fafaq first erupted onto the scene in 2015-2016 with a series of popular releases on Spinnin’ Records, including “Tiger” with R3HAB, “Fever” and “Indigo” with Yves V, and “Pillowfight” with Bassjackers. His singles “Stay” and “Teenage Crime” were featured as the main theme of Tomorrowland Unite 2017 and Tomorrowland Winter 2019 after-movie. Fafaq returned after a long hiatus last summer with “I Want That House,” re-establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for more music from your favorite and new CYB3RPVNK’s artists coming soon!
SUPPORT FOR ‘EASY LOVE’
“Stripped back garage rock with real attitude.”
Clash Magazine (UK)
“Pacific Avenue could conquer the world with ‘Easy Love’, it’s pure joy and singing along to it feels so damn good. It’s easy love when it comes to this song!” – 5/5 stars
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
“How did you pack so much into one song?! It’s full to the brim with warm guitars and hearty vocals and lyrics that you can’t help but imagine being sung along by a big festival crowd.” – 4.5/5 stars
Abby Butler – triple j Unearthed (AUS)
Added to rotation on triple j Unearthed
Added to Spotify playlists ‘New Music Friday’ (AU/NZ), ‘Rock Out.’, ‘Local Noise’ and ‘Broad Chords’
Following on from their well-received single ‘My Hero’, Kiama-based indie-rock quartet Pacific Avenue have just revealed their authentic new single ‘Easy Love’ – produced and mixed by Jack Nigro (TOTTY, The Sea Gypsies, Vacations), and mastered by Leon Zervos (The Jungle Giants, Amy Shark, Holy Holy).
‘Easy Love’ opens with crunchy guitars, tranquil drums and stoic bass, before the cherubic vocals of Harry O’Brien add to the gracefully rich texture of the song. A dynamically expressive verse makes way for an impassioned chorus complete with delicate vocal harmonies and a touching lead guitar line. Paying homage to their influences with an exquisite solo and an extensive outro, the song’s message touches on the simple intricacy of love.
O’Brien talks about the story behind ‘Easy Love’:
“Whilst love can be an entirely complicated mess, it’s also the easiest thing we do. Running into someone, unexpectedly at that, and finding that you don’t need to try being anyone but yourself, is a very sweet thing and is something that’s worth holding on to. Regardless of who you are, love is love, and that’s what we hope to convey through the song and the video clip.”
Alongside the release of the track is the wistful accompanying music video – filmed, directed, and edited by Tasman Wilson. Shot predominantly in Kiama on 16mm film, creating an antiquated aesthetic, the clip features footage of the band members doing random acts of kindness for their community locals and cruising adventurously in a vintage Pontiac, punctuated with the nostalgic scenery of live performances and young couples frolicking and partying. The vibrant candidness of the video is a nod to the song’s message that love has no limits and can be found in a myriad of ways.
“A lot of thought and work would go into the shots as lighting and movement had to be spot on due to limited amount of film,” explains O’Brien. “Although it was quite a meticulous process, we managed to film the majority of the clip in one day, starting at 5am in the morning and ending at midnight. Safe to say we were exhausted by the end.”
To coincide with the release, the band will embark on an Australian headline tour, playing shows in Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. This continues on from an earlier East-Coast run of shows, including a sold-out Lansdowne Hotel performance, and relentless regional touring, having shared stages with Ruby Fields, Ocean Alley, The Wombats (UK), Skeggs, Lime Cordiale, Thelma Plum, Tash Sultana, British India, Missy Higgins, The Vanns, and San Cisco. They have also appeared on the main stages at Australian boutique festivals Lost Paradise, and Yours And Owls.
Previous singles have been widely embraced by the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Pilerats, NME, Life Without Andy, Cool Accidents, The Soundcheck, Forte Mag, AAA Backstage, and Happy Mag. They have also seen radio support from triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi Radio, SYN FM, Radio Adelaide, 2RRR, PBS FM, and Aussie Music Weekly.
‘Easy Love’ is available worldwide now
‘EASY LOVE’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR
FRI 28 MAY | GRAVE EMILY HOTEL, ADELAIDE SA
SAT 29 MAY | MOJO’S BAR, FREMANTLE WA
FRI 4 JUN | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 18 JUN | WEST ROOM, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 2 JUL | OXFORD ARTS, SYDNEY NSW
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Where are you currently based?
How did you first start playing music?
We have both been in the game for a few years now in different capacities, but together we’ve been making music together for about 6 months.
How did Dubbel Drop form?
Born from a mutual love of disco loops, hot sauce, Belgian beer and of course the sesh!
What’s been happening recently?
Been booking in some gigs around Melbourne, working on new tunes and keepin’ it spicy on the reg.
What influenced the sound and songwriting of Mighty Knight?
Too many influences to mention them all, but we definitely tout OGs such as Armand Van Helden, Cassius and Stardust as well as the likes of The Phantom’s Revenge, Duck Sauce, Boys Noize and Boston Bun as big vibes for our musical direction.
How did you go about writing Mighty Knight?
We found the sample and worked it into a vibe we liked, instantly we felt this was something that would get booties shaking so we finished it off and played it to some trusted homies who all were going nuts about it – from there we knew we were onto something pretty special.
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
We worked across Jeremy’s home studio and the label studio for different sessions in production, then our dude Alex Braithwaite went in on the mastering and absolutely nailed the sonics we wanted to a tee!
How did you approach the recording process?
We didn’t technically record anything on this track, it’s all synths and samples baby!
What programs/equipment did you use?
What do you like to do away from music?
Fine dining, watch Seinfeld and search for dank memes.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Buster: I’ve been bumping the new YSL album ’Slime Language 2’ a lot in the car since it dropped the other week. Also Folamour’s Cover Mix for Mixmag which is very spicy!
Jeremy: Lately I’ve been bumping a fair bit of Riton and Anti Up and I follow The Magician’s Magic Tapes pretty closely. The recent No. 100 is a banger I’ve thrashed a lot!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?
Playing some sick parties and putting out some more bangers, hopefully get an EP release out for Summer 21/22
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Oh damn this is a hard one!! Gotta give a shout out to the homies at Leonardo’s Pizza Palace in Melbourne, that’s def a slice worth going out out your way for!!
Social links / Website: https://linktr.ee/dubbeldrop
Melbourne-based indie-pop artist, Jake Stone, has today released his highly-anticipated new single, Broken Love.
The largely self-taught singer/songwriter last released a single in March 2019, You’d Be, and since then has been working on developing his own style and unique sound through creating new music. Jake is influenced by many artists and enjoys drawing on key characteristics from different genres to avoid being boxed into one specific sound, with inspiration for lyrics and vocal techniques coming from past and present greats such as Tupac, Dan Smith and Bastille.
Described as an exciting emerging talent, each of Jake’s songs provide an exclusive sound. Through his music he experiments with different dynamics, exploring indie-pop and electronica sounds combined with his own blend of soaring vocal hooks and seemingly flawless production, resulting in tracks that sound simultaneously familiar and fresh.
True to form, Jake’s new single, Broken Love, is yet another new sound than any he has produced before and, upon first listen, appears to be an unadorned love song. With lyrics such as ‘Treason for my, you’ve played me from the start” the listener can begin to appreciate the story Jake’s spellbinding vocals are giving away through the music. Broken Love is produced by Curtis Hatton and consists of complex layers of synths, guitars and heavy drums to create a unique pop sound.
Broken Love reaches new limits for Jake Stone and offers only a taste of what is still yet to come, cementing his place as one of Australia’s most promising upcoming artists.
SHORT STACK REVEAL NEW SINGLE + VIDEO ‘LIVE4’ ANNOUNCE INTIMATE MELBOURNE RELEASE SHOW + RESCHEDULED AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES REVEALED
Australian rock trio Short Stack have revealed their latest single and video ‘Live4’ today. Meanwhile, the band have announced they will play an extremely intimate Melbourne release show in June, with tickets on sale tomorrow, Friday April 30 at 10am AEST. Special guests will be announced closer to the show.
“‘Live4’ is song is about celebrating being the underdog. We wanted a huge, anthemic song that would feel massive live. Choirs is something we’ve never done before, but we really wanted the chorus to explode.”
In March, Short Stack joined the UNFD fold to a swell of praise, excitement and surprise at their first new music after a 6 year hiatus. With single ‘Burn You Down’ and the follow up reveal of ‘Burn You Down (Acoustic)’, debuting on Australian and US radio alike, Short Stack have re-stamped their name on the world’s conscious as one of Australia’s most successful homegrown acts.
The trio celebrated their rebirth with an intimate show at Sydney’s Crowbar which sold out in a matter of seconds, and released a Burn You Down 7″ featuring the original & acoustic versions to another quick sell out response. In addition to their June Melbourne show, Short Stack play their rescheduled Australian tour throughout November and December. Full details below.
Meanwhile check out Short Stack’s continued stroke of energy with new music video ‘Live4’ below.
From beginnings in a Budgewoi garage at 16 to their explosive debut album ‘Stack Is The New Black’ at just 20, Short Stack quickly made a playground of the Australian landscape and were one of the biggest names in the country by the late ’10s. Beyond ascending to #1 on the ARIA Album chart with their debut record, the band claim credits including Channel V’s Oz Artist Of The Year (twice), a coveted Rolling Stone Magazine cover, two certified Platinum records and tens of thousands of tickets sold throughout their career.
On their comeback to music, Divineyexplains how everything about how the band approached recording this time was different: “I think a lot of bands at the time when we first broke out were put together by labels and a lot of people threw us in that basket, but we were just a bunch of dudes that went to high school together and played Blink covers and it snowballed from there.
“To go back to our roots now and really just strip things back and play together in a room was really important to us. The reason we broke up was that it just wasn’t fun… it’s been a fair chunk of time now, so coming back finds us in a different stage of life with a different idea about what we want out of music.”
Thursday November 4 – Fiction Club, Canberra, ACT (18+)
Friday November 5 – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW (18+)
Saturday November 13 – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD (LIC, AA) SOLD OUT
Sunday November 14 – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD (18+) SOLD OUT
Thursday November 25 – The Gov, Adelaide, SA (LIC, AA) SOLD OUT
Saturday November 27 – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA (LIC, AA)
Friday December 3 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC (18+) SOLD OUT
Saturday December 4 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC (18+) SOLD OUT
Friday December 10 – Max Watts, Sydney, NSW (18+) SOLD OUT
Saturday December 11 – Max Watts, Sydney, NSW (LIC, AA) SOLD OUT
GOOD MORNING RETURN WITH TWO-TRACK ‘MOLLYDUKER / KEEP IT’ ANNOUNCE VICTORIAN TOUR THIS JUNE + SIGN TO POLYVINYL RECORDS
SOME SHOWS IN VICTORIA TOUR DATES
Fri 11 Jun – The Curtin Bandroom – Melbourne (6:15pm & 9:15pm + Full Band) TIX HERE
Sat 12 Jun – Bridge – Castlemaine (Full Band) TIX HERE
Sat 19 June – Major Tom’s – Kyneton (Duo) TIX HERE
Fri 25 June – The Eastern – Ballarat (Full Band) TIX HERE
Sat 26 June – Tanswells – Beechworth (Full Band) TIX HERE
17 – 19 and 24 – 26 September 2021
The world’s most scenic and iconic mountain festival will return for its 18th edition in its home of Switzerland’s stunning Crans-Montana resort. Winner of ‘Best International Festival’ at the DJ Awards in 2018, the festival boasts incomparable panoramic views paired with next level audio-visual technology, luxury gastronomic experiences, mountain activities, multiple spa and wellness centres and a wealth of globally acclaimed artists across three stages and two weekends. The phase 1 lineup reveals the likes of an extremely special and long awaited b2b from long standing friends Ricardo Villalobos & Luciano as well as sets from Bedouin, Ben Klock, Mathew Jonson (live), Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Ripperton, Steve Rachmad, Who Made Who, Cesar Marveille b2b Alci & more.
Caprices Festival is globally recognised for its unique and striking glass Modernity Stage (pictured above), set at the tip of the Swiss alps in the picturesque ski resort of Crans-Montana. From the moment of stepping into the bubble lift to head upwards, guests are engulfed with excitement. You only need to party at Modernity once as one of the most talked about music venues in the world, to understand why Caprices Festival is so special. The stand alone greenhouse-like structure sits 2,200m above sea level offering guests panoramic views of the crystalline skies and snow-capped mountain vista whilst partying amidst the crisp mountain air of the Swiss Alps.
The second Forest Stage was revealed in 2020, designed to showcase the more minimal inclined brands and artists. Built as its name suggests, the more intimate space is situated in the middle of the forest, in the old intermediate station of the cable-car line. The circular cabin style structure offers dancers a 360-degree view out into the forest and across the mountain-scope through the windows which circulate all the way round, and will host international stage brands Epizode Festival, Sunrise Events, Picnic London, UNUM Festival & more each night.
Thirdly an additional new stage concept has been revealed for this year’s edition – the Signal Stage, another night time stage which boasts a vast industrial-warehouse space nestled in the beautiful forests of Arnouva, it will be here that guests can experience more throttling sounds of the world’s finest big room techno acts and brands.
Caprices Festival once again offers an ultimate mountain escape and idyllic holiday experience which any music and outdoor lover must experience, at least once, in their lifetime. Tickets can be purchased for the two full weekends, one full weekend, or for any of the individual days.
**Artist lineups for the night stages, a special guest, plus additional stage partner brands will all be revealed in the phase two announcement. The festival has confirmed that guests will receive a refund in any case of cancellation due to the pandemic.
Weekend One (17 – 19 September)
Modernity: Bedouin, Behrouz, Cesar Marveille b2b Alci, Chaim, Guy Gerber, Luciano b2b Ricardo Villalobos, Lunar Disco, Mathew Jonson (live), Nicolas Duvoisin, Patrischa, Tia
The Forest & The Signal: UNUM Festival, Picnic + line-up TBC + more brands TBC
Weekend Two (24 – 26 September)
Modernity: Ben Klock , Birds Of Mind, Claudya aka Masaya, Lee Burridge, Manolo, Ripperton,
Steve Rachmad, Who Made Who
The Forest & The Signal: Epizode Festival, Sunrise Events, Techno V + line-up TBC + more brands TBC
PHASE 1 LINEUP A – Z
Birds Of Mind
Cesar Marveille b2b Alci
Claudya aka Masaya
Luciano b2b Ricardo Villalobos
Mathew Jonson (live)
Who Made Who
Tickets & Info http://www.capricesfestival.
Following the release of his highly celebrated project 1999, Rich Brian dropped ‘Sydney‘ as his first single of 2021. It has garnered over 7.4 Million streams to date. The track was released via 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music LLC. Listen to it HERE. With a beat inspired by hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, ‘Sydney‘ blends Rich Brian’s signature deep vocals and laid back flow with some saxophone thrown in, thus once again displaying the artist’s ability to constantly shapeshift and reinvent his sound.
Last month, ‘Sydney‘ served as the new anthem for the PUBG MOBILE Pro League Southeast Final. PUBG MOBILE is a mobile gaming application with over 30 million active daily users and over 700M+ downloads per year, making this a huge moment for the Southeast Asia gaming community.
This past year, Rich Brian released 1999. The EP is a sonically diverse project born out of months of social isolation, with the majority of it both self-written and produced, including features from Louis Bell, Bekon & The Donuts and Santell on production. 1999 received praise from outlets like HotNewHipHop, Hypebeast, UPROXX, Genius and Complex. To date, Rich Brian has garnered over 2.4 Billion streams.
‘Sydney‘ by Rich Brian is out now via 88rising/12Tone Music,
buy/stream it here.
Produced by QMusic, BIGSOUND is the southern hemisphere’s largest new music export showcase and conference. Now in its 20th year, BIGSOUND is where the national and international music industry come together to discover talent, share ideas, conversations, networks and facilitate critical dialogue about the future of the music industry. Held every September, BIGSOUND showcases some 150 acts across live music venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, attracting more than 1700 national and international delegates and visitors.
QMusic is Queensland’s music industry development association. QMusic is supported by funding from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
The mission of QMusic is to create artistic, cultural, social and economic outcomes for a successful contemporary music industry. It is the only significant and established non-government organisation in Queensland dedicated to delivering sector development and major music events including BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards to stimulate and grow the state’s contemporary music sector.
QMusic pays its deepest respect and acknowledges the traditional custodians of whose land music and conversations are created at BIGSOUND. We also pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
Across Australia, from our cities to the regions and our most remote communities, we celebrate and recognise the critical role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have played and continue to play in the Australian music landscape.
Where are you currently based?
I’m living in Sydney, Australia.
How did you first start playing music?
When I was young my Uncle would always play the piano and drums and put awesome music on and I loved it and just knew I wanted to make music.
What’s been happening recently?
I’ve just released my debut EP that I was working on for the past year so I’m so happy to have it out in the world now! I have 2 more music videos for it to release over the next couple of weeks. I’m now working on a few new songs that I plan to release this year. I’m also currently rehearsing for my first gig after releasing my latest music so I’m excited for that!
Your new self-titled three track EP is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I drew a lot of influence from some of my favourite artists old and new. Lana Del Rey and Solange are big influences. I also looked to a lot of old favourites of mine such as Massive Attack, Sade, Fleetwood Mac. I listen to their songs daily and I love how easy listening they are. I had just returned from a trip to Europe so I was living for the summertime which you can definitely tell with the songs being so summery haha. Cala Gonone was one of my favourite places I visited in Italy and I wrote that song in like 20mins! It just flowed out of me. On & On was about a break through in my music and self confidence. Summer Lover is literally describing summer when I was a kid with an added romance.
How did you go about writing the EP?
I wrote about 8-9 songs in my room with basic production to the vibe that I wanted. I took 4 of my favourite ones to my favourite Producers to turn them into what they are today!
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
I demoed them all in my room toward the end of 2019 to early 2020. On & On was recorded before and after lockdown with Matt Hurt in his Balmain studio. Matt and I have been working together for a long time and he knows me really well so he always gets my vibe. Cala Gonone I took to Alex Preston as we had released a couple of tracks together at the time. We recorded that in his home studio in Dee Why. Summer Lover was the last one to finish and I reached out to Xavier Dunn to work with me on this one as I loved his sound and thought he would do a great job with it and he did! Peter Holz did the mastering for me. He’s also mastered my songs Forever Young and Seeing you again in the past.
How did you approach the recording process?
Firstly it was important for me to work on the sound and vibe that I wanted to put out to the world. I listened to a lot of songs to figure out what I liked most about the songs I loved. Once I had these demos it was simply matching the songs to the most suited Producer and sitting with them through the process making sure the direction stayed on track and also a lot of inspiration came whilst in the production process too.
Your EP features the single On & On, how did this track come about and what does it mean to you?
It was the first song I wrote on the EP and it came at a time when I had decided to stop holding myself back and gain the confidence to produce the demo’s myself and really find who I wanted to be as an artist and so this song just came very naturally with that state of mind and new goal I had set myself. I’ve always struggled with my self confidence and can be very shy. I’d say I’m a bit of an extroverted introvert haha. So this song really resonates with me.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m loving Joy Crookes, Cleo Sol, Snoh Allegra, Clairo, Pip Millet and The Internet to name a few. I think you could definitely hear my songs aligning with these vibes.
What do you like to do away from music?
I love to travel, spend time with my friends and family. I love a night out but also love a day on the couch watching movies! It’s all about balance!
What’s planned for 2021?
More music and more live gigs! I have a couple of songs in the works. My first live performance of my EP is coming up 30th of May and I’m so excited for this! I’m wanting to do more live shows this year!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I’m obsessed with Pad Thai and basically all pasta! I love to hang out at the beach or in a bar/restaurant at sunset with the people I love.
Photography: Billie-Jean Bullard @billiejeanbullard
Adelaide Guitar Festival is bringing together some of Australia’s best guitarists in a thrilling mix of local talent and visiting musicians for its first-ever annual event, with tickets now on sale for an exciting range of shows at Adelaide Festival Centre venues from July 4 to 25.
The line-up includes chart-topping blues & roots musician Ash Grunwald with soulful songs from his extensive back catalogue and most recent releases. With five ARIA award nominations across nine studio albums, Grunwald will present an intimate concert experience supported by renowned local musician Nick Kipridis and the debut of his new side project History of Trees.
Adelaide’s own international cabaret star Carla Lippis makes her first Adelaide Guitar Festival appearance in 2021, performing her sultry vocals with a backing band including guitarist husband Geoff Crowther. Lippis will share the stage with a world premiere collaboration between homegrown jazz guitar giants Hugh Stuckey and James Muller.
Trailblazing classical ensemble Melbourne Guitar Quartet returns with its dynamic blend of innovative arrangements, contemporary compositions and newly commissioned works in a double bill with 2019 Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition winner Andrew Blanch from Sydney.
Known for emotive lyricism and energetic live shows, acclaimed folk duo Hussy Hicks is teaming up with fellow Queenslander Lecia Louise, a guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter who effortlessly moves through the styles of rock, pop, groove and blues.
Adelaide Guitar Festival is also showcasing some of South Australia’s most respected bassists with The Lowdown – a celebration of the bass guitar across funk, jazz, rock, experimental and country. Dennis Kipridis will lead the concert with fellow bass guitarists Flik Freeman, Damien Steele Scott, Nick Sinclair and Ross McHenry, along with double bassist Lucinda Peters.
On the back of sold-out shows across the country, Paco Lara will highlight the flamenco guitar in all its authenticity, culture and artistry with The Andalusian Guitar. Across a career spanning more than 30 years, Lara has played with some of Spain’s most prestigious artists and has recently relocated to Sydney from Jerez de la Frontera – the birthplace of flamenco. He will share a double bill with Adelaide flamenco ensemble Compañía Alma Flamenca for an exhilarating evening of music and dance.
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan: “We are very fortunate to have so many extraordinary guitarists living right here in Australia, and this year is the perfect opportunity to celebrate their artistic excellence with a selection of inspiring performances and unique collaborations.
“As always, we will shine a light on the guitar’s ability to star in any genre of music – everything from classical and jazz to rock, blues & roots and flamenco. It’s going to be a spectacular few weeks as we explore all the magnificent possibilities of this instrument, and the musicians who have spent years and even decades honing their skills.”
Today’s launch follows tickets already selling fast to recently announced headliner show The Stones’ Sticky Fingers, an exciting tribute concert boasting Australian rock royalty – Magic Dirt’s Adalita, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, The Cruel Sea’s Tex Perkins and You Am I’s Tim Rogers – at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Adelaide Guitar Festival has also co-commissioned The Bridge of San Luis Rey, a thrilling reimagining of the Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name, by Adelaide’s Brink Productions.
Previously held every two years, Adelaide Guitar Festival is the most significant festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Festival favourites including the Resonance program will return in 2021, along with a free concert from this year’s Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition finalists and the Guitar Winter School, with students across all ages and skill levels welcome to register.
Directed by acclaimed guitarist Paul Svoboda, a classical intensive featuring tutorials and workshops from July 5-9 will culminate in a performance by the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra as the support act for the Melbourne Guitar Quartet and Andrew Blanch.
A week-long blues & roots course will boast tutors Cal Williams Jr and Lecia Louise, along with special guests including Ash Grunwald and Julz Parker from July 12-16. The course will focus on chord progressions, creative songwriting and blues guitar techniques as students prepare for a performance with Hussy Hicks and Lecia Louise.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: “Continuing Adelaide Guitar Festival’s growth, we are extending our ambition this year to become an annual event while also expanding our calendar of community engagement and outreach programs. We are committed to sharing our love of all things stringed with audiences across South Australia, and we greatly value their ongoing support.”
This year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival will reach more regional towns than ever before with its On the Road program, which already visited Hindmarsh and Lobethal in February and will bring free live music to Kangaroo Island on May 1, Clare and Gilbert Valleys on May 21-23 and Port Augusta on May 28. Even more town-wide activations will be held in Edithburgh on July 10, Tumby Bay on July 17 and Cleve on July 18.
The Department for Innovation and Skills through the Music Development Office and the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia are the major sponsors of Adelaide Guitar Festival On the Road.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said Adelaide Guitar Festival was a fantastic component of South Australia’s world-class creative and cultural festival calendar: “The Marshall Government is proud to financially support the Adelaide Guitar Festival On the Road and increase the opportunity for local audiences to enjoy some of Australia’s finest musical talent.”
Yorke Peninsula Mayor Darren Braund: “Our community has experienced some tough times over the past few years with the effects of drought, followed by fires and then the challenges brought about from COVID-19. We are therefore thrilled to work in partnership with Adelaide Guitar Festival to put on this fantastic free event for our community. The format of having multiple acts in a variety of different locations not only ensures that the community get to experience different genres of music, it also ensures that small businesses within Edithburgh will benefit from the additional patronage throughout the day. We are looking forward to hosting these fabulous artists and hope our community and visitors come together in celebration.”
Tumby Bay Mayor Sam Telfer: “We are very excited to support the Adelaide Guitar Festival On The Road and welcome all the artists and guests joining us to enjoy their performances. In the wake of COVID-19 we have had to work harder and smarter on delivering well-run, vibrant community events, but we know it is worth all the effort when our community and our visitors tell us how much they have enjoyed them and that they will keep coming back to Tumby Bay and the Eyre Peninsula. Adelaide Guitar Festival bringing a suite of amazing performances is a perfect example of the variety and high calibre of events that Tumby Bay is becoming known for. This will be an unmissable opportunity for local audiences to enjoy some of Australia’s finest musical talent here at some of their favourite local venues.”
Cleve Mayor Phil Cameron: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide live entertainment to our community and deliver world-class performances for like-minded audiences and organisations. After years of drought, and now COVID-19, we are excited to host an event that extends an invitation to those far and wide to visit our great community and district. We hope everyone enjoys the day.”
For more information, visit www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au.
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