20 & 21 January at 7pm
Doors Open 7pm
The Necks 7.30pm
Nick Cave 8.30pm
Approx finish 10.30pm
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds occupy a dark-but-elevated corner of the rock pantheon – all sweat and velvet, wordplay and murder, mythical personalities, and songs that live in the souls of generations of fans in Australia and beyond. Morphing from the ashes of The Birthday Party into an ever-evolving international collective, The Bad Seeds have spent more than two decades conquering dour post-punk, gothic gospel, urbane blues experiments and starkly emotional balladry. All this is ruled and riled by the stern, wry charm and unmistakeable voice of one of the greatest frontmen and songwriters of our time.
One of the most critically acclaimed acts working today, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ albums have charted 72 times in the top 40, including 28 times in the top five, reaching no. 1 six times.
Their 2016 album Skeleton Tree is an exquisite reflection on grief and change, driven as ever by Cave’s stark and personal writing and Warren Ellis’ mercurial arrangements into dark new territory. Few bands are as qualified to lead you through such terrain.
Nick Cave will be supported by The Necks, one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
★★★★ – The Sydney Morning Herald
“The live performances are superb... See it if you can” – Myf Warhurst, Double J
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Photo: Kerry Brown
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