A weekly digest of what’s been happening in Australian music.
Bad Friday Gets Bigger and Badder
Bad Friday has revealed a new stage and its final line up for its 10 year anniversary. The much-loved festival that gives a platform to local artists is to be headlined by rising artsy collective Haiku Hands. Known for their hypnotising yet danceable live performances, you can expect genre-bending music with influences of hip-hop, pop, electronic, dance and disco. Joining them will be K.I.M (The Presets/Here To Hell), Human Movement, Nina Las Vegas and Dro Carey. But wait, there’s more - they’ve added Christopher Port, Luen, Yibby and Fox Force II. With such a killer line-up and the festival’s previous successes, round up your friends for a Bad(-ass) Friday.
A King Comes to Australia
America’s self-proclaimed king of R&B, Jacquees has announced his first ever Australia tour. Playing in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, Jacquees will perform his arguably best known single ‘B.E.D’ and other hits from his Billboard-charting albums. The now 24 year old found his passion for both singing and dancing at the age of nine with influences from The Jackson 5, An American Dream and The Temptations movies and has worked with artists like Trey Songz, Young Thug, T.I, Donnell Jones and Wale. His sensual music mixes old school and new R&B and is all about those late nineties, early noughties serenades. This’ll be one for the ladies.
Ability Fest 2019
Paralympian Dylan Alcott announced the local line-up for the 2019 iteration of Ability Fest, an inclusive festival that helps people with disabilities across Australia.
The Presets, E^ST, Northeast Party House, Hot Dub Time machine and more will grace the Coburg Velodrome.
Ability Fest is such an important initiative that makes sure people living with disabilities can have the same access to live music as able-bodied people. And to top it off, all of the ticket proceeds go to the Dylan Alcott foundation, which aims to help young Australians living with disabilities.
Last year, the festival managed to raise about $200,000.
Full line-up and details here: https://untitledgroup.com.au/events/ability-fest/
A Multitalented Australian Instrumentalist Emerges Under a New Moniker
Australian singer and songwriter Nick Murphy, more commonly known by his stage name Chet Faker, announces his new single ‘Sanity’ as well as a number of headliners.
It has been quite some time since Murphy came out of his cave, this artist whose influences range from electronica to downtempo, soul and trip hop will again show us what we’ve been missing. Released under his birth name Nick Murphy, the new album is titled Run Fast Sleep Naked and will be released on Friday, April 26. We await what more this new stage will bring from such an individual artist.
Tour dates here: https://www.frontiertouring.com/nickmurphy