Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ concert returns this December

by the partae

The festive concert returns this December with special guests Amyl and the Sniffers, The Beths (NZ) and Alex The Astronaut

  • Paul Kelly announces his annual Making Gravy concert, taking place Friday 9 December at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • Kelly is a 17 x ARIA Award winner and has been nominated 61 times – the most nominated Australian artist in ARIA history
  • Tickets on sale Wednesday 5 October

Who’s gonna make the gravy with Paul Kelly this year? Back by popular demand and now in its fourth incarnation, Kelly’s annual Making Gravy concert returns to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday 9 December. Kick off the festive season with a night celebrating songs from Kelly’s four decade-long, critically acclaimed career… including, of course, his 1996 classic ‘How To Make Gravy’, a song five minutes long, with no chorus, and set in jail.

For 2022’s musical feast Kelly will be joined on stage by three of Australia and New Zealand’s finest musical exports: Melbourne outfit Amyl and the Sniffers, Auckland four-piece The Beths, and Sydney singer/songwriter Alex The Astronaut.

Frontier Members can access the pre-sale from Monday 3 October (1pm local time), before tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 5 October (1pm local time) via your tickets early to avoid missing out!

One of Australia’s most revered musicians, Paul Kelly holds the prestigious title of an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the arts. Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, Kelly is a 17 x ARIA Award winner and has been nominated 61 times during his illustrious career, making him the most nominated Australian artist in ARIA history. Renowned as one of our greatest performers and songwriters, Kelly’s willingness to take the road less travelled has played an important part in keeping the flame burning in his own songs, tracks that have soundtracked a nation: ‘From St Kilda to King’s Cross’, ‘Leaps and Bounds’‘To Her Door’‘Before Too Long’‘The Ballad of Queenie and Rover’‘They Thought I Was Asleep’‘Deeper Water’, the unforgettable Kev Carmody co-write ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’… and countless more.

With the 21st of December now unofficially known as ‘Gravy Day’, ever since Kelly first debuted his first Making Gravy concert series way back in 2017 fans have been witness to a truly special night. Alongside his many hits and special guests, Kelly also performs a few of his favourite Christmas odes… several of which he captured in 2021’s extraordinary 22-song double collection Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train. From folk, classical, soul, carols, hymns, rock and roll, don’t miss this special, one-off live event!

Making Gravy 2021 – Photo by Mushroom Creative House

Twelve months ago, their album Comfort To Me propelled them into the stratosphere and now Melbourne punkers Amyl and the Sniffers return to the Bowl for Making Gravy! The band sold out venues across the globe in 2022, from legendary stages such as the Brixton Academy (UK) to festivals Coachella, Primavera, and more. In early September, Amyl… dropped Live at Forum Theatre on YouTube – watch the blistering clip here. Currently on the road in North America, the ‘Hertz’ rockers return to Europe this month before wrapping up a huge year of gigs with a show in Glasgow. Melbourne: it’s time to welcome Amyl and the Sniffers home.

Auckland four-piece The Beths are riding high on the recent release of their third and best album to date, Expert In A Dying Field, which debuted at #1 in New Zealand this week. Elizabeth Stokes (vocals/guitar), Jonathan Pearce (guitar), Benjamin Sinclair (bass), and Tristan Deck (drums) imbue singles such as the ear worm ‘Knees Deep’ with brimming, electric confidence – think cerebral indie-rock-meets-power pop. Praised by international outlets such as NMEPasteStereogum (who named Expert… Album of the Week) and more, The Beths “fully deserve every accolade they will no doubt receive with this album”, reckons Bandcamp, in their glowing 9/10 album review.

Sydney 26-year-old Alex The Astronaut will open proceedings on the night, charming audiences with her trademark lyrics, idiosyncratic humour, and radiantly detailed slices of life. 2022 album How to Grow A Sunflower Underwater debuted at #4 on ARIA’s Australian Album chart, Alex documenting moments of both the seemingly mundane – from a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and to the supermarket – to the utterly life-changing. In between performing sold-out headline shows across Australia in 2022 Alex has graced festival stages including Primavera Sound, The Great Escape, and Splendour in the Grass… where she performed her latest single, ‘Ride My Bike’.

Making Gravy has become an unmissable live music experience on Melbourne’s calendar. Christmas has come early with this unbeatable line-up: grab your tickets and don’t miss out!

​Presented by Frontier Touring

Runs 24 hours from: Monday 3 October (1pm local time)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

​Begins: Wednesday 5 October (1pm local time)

Friday 9 December
​Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC
Licensed All Ages | Ph: 132 849
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