THE SOUND – SEASON TWO | The critically acclaimed show returns Sunday 1 November, 6pm on ABC + iview

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The Sound became destination TV instantly. Somehow, in lockdown, The Sound team created world-class live music videos for Australian artists on a weekly basis – no matter if they were on their first or 21st album. And it put original Australian music back on prime-time national TV.’ – Herald Sun 

After garnering widespread praise from critics and public alike, Mushroom Group is thrilled to confirm The Sound will return to ABC screens with season two this November – just in time for Ausmusic Month!

The weekly hour-long show will make its return from Sunday 1 November at 6pm (local time). Viewers can watch The Sound on the tele each Sunday evening, or catch encore screenings on Saturdays at 1.30pm, or catch up with episodes via ABC iview.

It’s been seven months since COVID crippled Australia’s live music industry, leaving artists, venues, crew and music lovers without a vital part of our country’s culture and economy. Born out of this crisis, The Sound’s purpose is clear: to showcase Australian music.

With unique, multi-platform content curated and filmed by the Mushroom Vision team, season two will continue to highlight the vast array of local talent within our industry, with artists given the opportunity to perform for prime-time audiences on our national broadcaster.

In a word, season one was epic85 artists filmed at 58 locations nationwide. Performance clips on socials reached 1.68m+ viewers, while media resoundingly embraced the show with rave reviews:

The Sound is carving out something entirely new, and completely breathtaking … If you’re not across new live music show The Sound, you should be’ – Junkee 

‘ABC TV’s team-up with Mushroom Vision for The Sound has become appointment viewing for Aussie music fans over the past month.’ – The Music Network 

‘Putting together a weekly music show of this calibre, during a pandemic era, when live music, media, production, hospitality, travel and other associated industries are operating under stringent lockdowns, stops just short of a modern miracle.’ – Musicfeeds 

Returning to season two is series host Jane Gazzo (ex-triple j, Recovery), who will also be joined on our screens by triple j Good Nights gal, Bridget Hustwaite. The pair will be joined each episode by a special, music-loving guest co-host – season one co-hosts included Russell CroweMyf WarhurstBryan BrownKeith UrbanDeborah MailmanRed Symons and more. Expect the return of segments ‘From The Vault’ (unseen historical footage) and ‘Tribute’ (incredible collaborations on legendary tracks, such as this Divinyls’ cover)… plus a few new surprises.

From Paul Kelly at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Amy Shark at Sydney’s Bennelong Restaurant, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue in London, John Butler at home in Margaret River, Bliss n Eso on top of the world and Guy SebastianJimmy BarnesMissy Higgins and more on stage…  The Sound season one was packed full of ARIA winners and chart toppers. Add to that list moving performances by incredible First Nations talent (Scott DarlowElectric FieldsJessica Mauboy and more), plus radio favourites (Mark SeymourSheppardIllyAngie McMahonG FlipTones And I + countless others), not to mention the hottest new talent (SYCCOLastlingsBenee and more)… and season one delivered the goods.

Says host Jane Gazzo: “I am delighted to be part of The Sound season two. Australian music is not just being celebrated, but also documented and highlighted during what has been possibly the most unusual year ever for the arts and music industry. The positive feedback from season one validated just how much Aussie audiences love their music television… I look forward to seeing the massive talent and contributions from so many of our established and emerging artists. Bring it on!”

Season two will be even bigger. You don’t want to miss an episode!Tune in for The Sound season two this Ausmusic Month – with the first episode airing Sunday 1 November at 6pm on ABC TV or iview.


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‘ABC TV has a proud history of exposing local talent and it’s great to see them stepping up again at a time when live Australian music really needs some extra support.’
– Jimmy Barnes 

‘It’s great to have our music back on free to air TV with ABC. All power to The Sound. Long may it run.’ – Paul Kelly 

‘To have a show like this on TV that showcases Australian music is so important to our industry and the artists.’ – Guy Sebastian 

‘I’m really excited about the show. Having a musical show with all sorts of people contributing… It feels old school but entirely fresh – and one of the things we all need right now.’ – Kylie Minogue

‘I’m very excited to be performing on The Sound, its format is really original. I’m honoured to be a part of it.’ – Missy Higgins

‘I was thrilled when The Sound began… If there’s anything to be glad for [in the pandemic] the whole of the country is facing inwards and supporting homegrown talent. That’s what we’ve always wanted.’ – Kate Ceberano 

‘If this show is one of the results of this difficult time, then it’s good that we can see a positive thing come out of it, for musicians and Australian audiences. Very happy to be involved.’ – Julia Stone 

‘As live music lovers, we’re all being confronted by this moment. The Sound connects live musicians to the audience – like the new in-between – and we’re grateful and excited’
– Electric Fields 

‘I’m really happy to be performing on The Sound. In the tradition of great Australian music shows like Countdown, it’s amazing to have the opportunity to showcase the broad range of talent in the Australian music scene.’ – Illy 

The Sound has arrived at exactly the right time. It’s amazing to have Australian artistry and music at home on TV as we all wait for live music to return. So stoked to be a part of it.’ – Ian Kenny (Birds Of Tokyo, Karnivool) 

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