TRAILS

Sunday May 01, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Following on from the release of their debut single Borderline, Brisbane powerhouse TRAILS are gearing up to release their long awaited EP “EP Ø”. A thrilling collision of pulsing synths, infectious guitar riffs and towering vocals, the group’s debut release showcases an innate affinity for melding catchy songwriting and progressive soundscapes.

LISTEN TO TRAILS HERE

Born from a university collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Tyler Shilling and accomplished guitarist Daniel Booth, the duo have been quietly building up a repertoire of experimental and deftly constructed songs. Drawing inspiration from genre-defying visionaries Radiohead, Tame Impala and Everything Everything, TRAILS have crafted their own dense, ambient and innovative signature sound. Tyler and Daniel have both been active on the local music scene for several years lending their skills to a number of Brisbane acts and developing their own distinct musical identities. The creative partnership of TRAILS combines both artists’ musical talent to create brooding and darkly atmospheric tracks.

Expanding to a formidable 6-piece, TRAILS bombastic live performances capture the electricity of their music. The group recently supported alt rock mainstays The Superjesus on the Brisbane leg of their 2015 Australian tour, and played a thrilling and emotionally charged set at Brisbane’s The Zoo in support of the release of their debut single Borderline. Catch TRAILS as they launch “EP Ø” at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on Sunday May 1st 2016.

TRAILS “EP Ø” LAUNCH PARTY

Supported by Aquila Young & In Caves Sunday

Tickets: $8+bf at Oztix (BUY TICKETS HERE!!!) or $15 on the door

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DAVE IS A SPY

Thursday May 05, 2016

Doors open 7pm
Brisbane-based 3-piece Alternative Rock band Dave Is A Spy is releasing their next single ‘Sleeping Car’ on Thursday, April 28th.  To celebrate, the band will be having a launch show at Black Bear Lodge on Thursday, May 5th. The band will be joined by supports Aiden Bradley and Regular Band. Tickets are $8+BF presale, or $10 on the door. 18+ event.

Presale tickets available !!HERE!!

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BABAGANOUJ

Friday May 06, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Drenched in Brisbane pride, power pop-rock outfit Babaganouj have grown a legion of fans since their 2011 inception. While keeping with their distinctly Australian style, The Nouj’s sound is reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Yuck, taking inspiration from Creation Records and Flying Nun classics.

In 2014, the band gained serious radio attention with their releases ‘Too Late For Love’ and ‘Bluff’. This success took them on a number of headlining tours, as well as each leg of the Blurst of Times festival tour. Along with frontman Charles Sale’s signature on-stage power lunges, the Triple J Unearthed favourites have supported the likes of The Preatures, Smudge, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads, Northeast Party House and The Creases.

Continuing their powerhouse rise, 2015 saw Babaganouj play at the inaugural MATES festival in Sydney, Brisbane’s BIGSOUND conference, and come in as finalists for Qmusic’s Billy Thorpe scholarship. They also released their singles ‘Can’t Stop’ and ‘Hit Song’ to a head-boppingly enthusiastic reception.

Looking forward, the trio of writers is set to record three EPs in 2016, showcasing each member’s vocal talents. As well as their own headline tours, they’ll continue to spread their sound through festivals and international supports throughout the east coast. In everything ‘Nouj produces are infectious lyrics, intense riffs and unreal magnetism.

https://www.facebook.com/thenouj/

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TREE & RAY

Saturday May 07, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Tree & Ray / Amaringo / DJ Leebone / Saturday May 7th / Black Bear Lodge

From the mountains to the valley – Tree & Ray, Amaringo and DJ Leebone are joining forces to play music for the good people of Brisbane. DJ Leebone will kick off the night and let’s just say you’ll have to blame it on the boogie. Amaringo will follow with their ever so ethereal epics, making you swoon and shimmy. And Tree & Ray will bring it home with their jagged and glistening odes to joy, a wild ride through the realms of pop and over and under your brains and what you think you know about everything you know.

 

8PM-DJ Leebone

8:45PM – Amaringo

10PM – Tree & Ray


* set times are an approximation only and may differ slightly on the night.

!!! FREE SHOW !!!

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KLLO

Thursday May 12, 2016

Doors open 7pm
Things happen fast these days. So fast in the case of Kllo that the Melbourne duo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP Cusp. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia, racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists.
After signing with Ghostly International (The Americas) and PIAS/Different Recordings (Europe), Kllo are set to chase steely pop singles like “False Calls” and “Make Me Wonder” with the next logical step: Well Worn, an EP that enhances Kllo’s high-gloss hooks even further. Guided by the ghosts of UK garage and like-minded strains of underground dance music, “Bolide” is the first single for the new EP, setting a skittish beat against a clipped chorus.

BUY TICKETS HERE!

or $20 on the door

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TAY OSKEE

Friday May 13, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Tay Oskee is a 27 year old singer-songwriter from Mission Beach, Australia.
He is a multi-instrumentalist playing different types of guitars, banjo, harmonica and percussion.  With a musical style that is wide and varied Tay can take you on a journey from chilled beach tunes to punchy riff driven roots music with distinctive multicultural influences.
With his live shows being praised for they’re dynamic range of song types and rhythms, Tay has already played festivals such as Island Vibes Festival, Kuranda Roots Festival and has supported such acts as Ash Grunwald, Kallidad and Bonjah.
Tay will be launching his debut single “That Place” at the Black Bear Lodge and will be joined by the sweet sounds of Hailey Calvert in a night that is not to be missed!

!! FREE ENTRY !!

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THE STRUMS

Saturday May 14, 2016

Doors open 7pm

The Strums are a three-piece punk-rock band hailing from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Since illicitly commandeering an office space and converting it into a close approximation of a real-life rehearsal room The Strums – Jai Sparks on vocals and guitar, Helen Stringer on bass and Dan Topp on drums; everybody screaming their lungs out – have honed their brand of snappy, three-minute punk-rock pocket rockets. You can find The Strums now touring everywhere they can find a floor to sleep on.

With more chords than Ramones, fewer words than Bad Religion, and bringing at least twice the sexy of the Sex Pistols, by the end of the night, we’re pretty sure we’re gonna be mates.

See the Strums play Black Bear Lodge on Saturday the 14th May, accompanied by El Bravo and Deeds.

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IVAN OOZE

Thursday May 19, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Borrowing his alias from his favourite Mighty Morphin Power Rangers character, IVAN OOZE is part of the new breed of Australian hip hop artists taking the local form of the genre to new heights.

With a fascination for intricate rhymes and a signature super-fast flow, IVAN OOZE (Ben Townsend) has in a short period of time experienced the support and attention that some artists take a lifetime to build, with a steadily growing legion of fans waiting with baited breath for each release.

Hooligans is the brand new single from Ivan Ooze, an earworm of a track featuring Ooze’s tricky flow and some razor sharp production. “HOOLIGANS is a track about having a good time even if you are a little bit of a trouble maker,” the rapper describes. “Whether you’re drunk as hell or just like to bring the ruckus when you’re at a party with your mates, this is an anthem for you. Party on Wayne.”

With a career so fresh, IVAN OOZE already has some impressive shows under his belt and it’s a list that continues to grow. With two standout appearances at Beyond The Valley and a massive 45 date tour supporting Oz hip hop favourite Seth Sentry, OOZE also counts tours with the like of Cypress Hill, Ice Cube and the recent national tour with Wu-Tang Clan as part of his impressive CV.  With a massive online following, the release of his brand new single Hooligans, the 93 KFC Rotisserie mix tape to follow and a national tour scheduled for May, 2016 will be a landmark year for the young rapper.  

Presale tickets HERE!!!

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VERA BLUE – Tickets Sold Out

Friday May 20, 2016

Doors open 7pm

VERA BLUE PLAYS BLACK BEAR LODGE FRIDAY 20TH MAY  2016    

Fresh out of the Triple J studios, rising young artist Vera Blue has announced her first ever headline shows to support the release of her debut EP Fingertips on Friday May 13th.

The ‘Fingertips’ Tour, was announced on Triple J following Vera Blue’s debut appearance for Like A Version. Captivating the listeners with her fearless vocals, she performed her original song ‘Hold’ then followed with a rendition of UK Jack Garratt’s ‘Breathe Life’ adding her own distinctive touch.

News of the Fingertips Tour comes after Vera Blue this week unveiled her second single ‘Settle’. Instantly added to Triple J, the single is produced by Gossling and Andy Mak and has an equally captivating video produced by local Sydney creatives Paper Moose.

Tickets for Vera Blue’s show at Black Bear Lodge go on sale Tuesday March 22nd at 9am. As one of Australia’s most promising talents to emerge this year, tickets are expected to sell out quickly for these intimate shows.

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DON MCGLASHAN

Sunday May 22, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Don McGlashan dropped a glorious album in the latter part of 2015.  LUCKY STARS received rave reviews, both in his native NZ and right here in Aus.  Brisbane’s Courier Mail gave it 5 stars – declaring it “one of the quiet gems of 2015, a record I know I will play for many years.”  
Melbourne’s The Age gave 4 and a half stars, declaring it “an absolute pleasure”, while Rolling Stone & Stack weren’t far behind, each giving 4 stars and calling the album a “masterclass in pop craft” and a “compelling collection of melodic pop” respectively.

While Don completed 4 quick shows here back in November, it was a ‘blink and you miss it’ visit.  Happy to say you’ve got another chance to catch one of New Zealand’s very finest in May; with shows in Sydney, Katoomba & Brisbane just announced.  Yep, that’s it. 3 shows. So don’t dilly dally. Quick Sticks!

Listen to Dom McGlashan HERE on Soundcloud

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KLP

Friday May 27, 2016

Doors open 7pm

KLP is back with elemental force announcing her national live solo ‘Nothing But Air’ tour, beginning in May and travelling around the country.  

KLP has been a force to be reckoned with in 2016, with her hit single Recover’ feat. Remi achieving high rotation on radio around the country and becoming a crowd favourite at her live shows. Her new single ‘Air’ continues KLP’s musical journey, with a smooth blend of perfect vocals and synth grooves.

You might have caught KLP and her band recently when they supported Art vs. Science on their national tour, showcasing her raw and perfectly refined vocal talents. 

The ‘Nothing But Air” tour starts in Wollongong and will be hitting all major Australian cities giving fans the opportunity to see KLP’s signature blend of electronica, house and R&B tones. Check out the insanely talented KLP (LIVE) on the road in early May, coming to a city near you!

Listen to Air by KLP:

For tickets and more information: www.klpmusic.com

PRESALE TICKETS HERE!!!

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MATHAS

Saturday May 28, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Following the critical success of his sophomore album Armwrestling Atlas, Mathas begins 2016 with the release of his latest single ‘Bravo Troll’. The single continues Mathas’ exploration of the world around him, written on a 1979 Yamaha Electone C-35 Organ and recorded through a single stage microphone; ‘Bravo Troll’ explores the folklore of the troll. As Mathas’ explains:

“Once upon a time the Troll would hide under the bridge and threaten you on your way to the greener grass on the other side. Little has changed, only nowadays his intentions are a little less obvious.”

Following the release of ‘Bravo Troll’, Mathas will embark on his largest national tour to date. Set for late April, the shows will see Mathas take his renowned live performances to a new level, touring with his new three-piece live band for the first time.
Mathas has continued to stockpile accolades and critical acclaim. Armwrestling Atlas was awarded four stars from Rolling Stone Australia and The Brag, as well as being nominated for the 2015 Australian Music Prize. Mathas was the first ever urban or electronic artist to win the WA Music Industry’s coveted Song of the Year Grand Prize with the song ‘Nourishment’, which also featured in triple j presenter Dom Alessio’s Top 10 tracks of 2013. Mathas won consecutive WAMI Awards for Urban Act of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. ‘Stone Cold Sober’ won ‘Best Film Clip’ at the WA Screen Awards, 2015.

Bravo Troll is the first single off Mathas’ Gripes with the Human Mind EP set for release in late 2016.

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MAT MCHUGH

Thursday Jun 02, 2016

Doors open 7pm

MAT McHUGH SET TO

TOUR SOLO NATIONALLY

Mat McHugh is about to take his music around Australia, performing a solo tour for the first time in a few years.

The latter part of 2015 was a tumultuous time for Mat. Having written, recorded and released a new album called WAVES, Mat had to cancel his Australian tour last September after only a few shows due to extensive neck and back injuries. 

Rather than go through potentially voice-damaging or mobility threatening surgery, Mat sought out specialists who have been stretching, manipulating and poking him with acupuncture needles five days a week for the past 5 months to get him back to the point where he could again pick up and play his guitar.

Says Mat: “I’m still on the road to recovery but I’m feeling a lot better than I was 5 months ago. I’ve been working hard every single day and changed my lifestyle a lot so the whole experience has turned into a positive”.

Mat has just completed the sold-out Summer Sound System tour with The Beautiful Girls around Australia. Performing, for the first time, solely as the band’s singer due to the threat to his health posed by playing an instrument.

Buoyed by the enjoyment and success of those shows, Mat has today announced a run of special intimate performances across Australia throughout May/June 2016 as part of the MAT McHUGH SOLO Tour 2016

For this run of performances, Mat will be in stripped back mode, giving fans an ‘up-close and personal’ show featuring songs from his albums WAVESLOVE COME SAVE ME and SEPERATISTA! as well as one or two musical surprises from his back catalog.

Mat adds: “I’m super excited to have the chance to go out on the road and play all these songs. Particularly the songs from WAVES. I feel like it’s my favourite album that I’ve made and I really can’t wait for people to hear what it sounds like live. I plan to keep things pretty simple and raw. I’ll just be playing and singing some songs and making some noise. I predict that it will be full power”.

Presale tickets HERE

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OLYMPIA

Friday Jun 03, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Olivia Bartley, playing under the moniker Olympia features one of the most incredible voices in Australian music, and has been described as ‘the best-kept secret in Australian music right now’. Olympia sweeps you away with lyrical imagery. Her fly away guitar notes hint at Neil Young and Jeff Buckley. Be it voice, guitar or keys, Olivia Bartley, song writer and creative force, seems to have sure knowledge of her armoury. Olympia has supported Paul Dempsey (Something For Kate), Josh Pyke on their national tours as well as supporting City and Colour, stunning the audiences and even earning praise from the artist Dallas Green himself.

After the success of her debut single “Honey” released in February 2015, Olympia has recently released the second instalment of her first album called “This is why we can’t have nice things”. The track has recently been added to Triple J and FBI and hit the #10 spot on the Spotify Viral 50 charts.

She is currently in the studio with Producer Burt Reid, putting the final touches to her debut album, out later this year.

Semplesize – Single Feature“…delicate, ethereal voice… it will blow you away”

AU Review- Olympia has the unenviable task of preceding Dallas Green, but her exquisite vocal range and inflections, effortlessly win over the punters. Her playful spirit even extends to a mention by Green later in his set. (She may or may not have scribbled on his set list) –

Chelsea McIver, Tone Deaf “A hypnotic, skilful performance that had the audience shiver

Alexandra Skeer, Tone Deaf “As a swarm of curious onlookers moved towards the stage, the tones of a vocoder introduced the shorthaired blonde singer – her vocals booming and shrinking under a controlled grasp. A dreamy haze of trickling chords underscored the raw power of her voice and, though sparse, the accompanying guitar work mesmerised the shivering listeners. A few quiet words of thanks ended her set as she hopped quickly off stage”

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SPIT SYNDICATE

Thursday Jun 09, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Following a jam-packed couple of years, Sydney duo Spit Syndicate are ready to share their first single “Know Better”, from their forthcoming album due for release later this year. Having worked with acclaimed producer Styalz Fuego, “Know Better” is exactly what you expect from an outfit in peak form: equal parts bashful and braggadocio, while showcasing their inimitable take on hip hop. In celebration of the release & their upcoming album, Spit Syndicate are hitting the road around Australia on a headline tour.

After meeting in their teens, Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice bonded over their mutual interest in partying, girls and rap. With three releases, an ARIA nomination, countless national tours and sell out shows across Australia, Spit Syndicate have established themselves as one of the most respected hip hop acts in the country.

Working alongside high school friends Horrorshow, Joyride and Jackie Onassis as part of the collective One Day, proved to be a recipe for success. One Day’s 2014 album “Mainline” debuted at no. 2 on the ARIA Charts, received huge radio recognition, scored national tours and featured chart topping singles “Love me Less”, “Leave Your Windows Open” and “SDRO”. Their One Day Sunday parties have become a national phenomenon, culminating in the collective’s very own festival One Day Only, held in their hometown Sydney late last year.

Amidst throwing sold-out parties across Australia and a huge travel schedule, Spit Syndicate have been working in studios across Australia and LA, preparing their biggest and boldest album to date. Get set for Spit Syndicate to continue their ascent as they release “Know Better” & perform a national headline tour in June

Presale tickets available HERE!!!

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Crepes

Friday Jun 10, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Melbourne’s ever-endearing, cosmic-pop purveyors Crepes are back with their dreamy new single ‘Hidden Star’.

Bursting onto the scene last year with critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Cold Summers’, Crepes were quickly swept into a whirlwind of avid praise – touted by the likes of Rolling Stone, Triple J and NME as “the next Bright Young Things in Antipodean guitar pop”.
2015 saw the humble debutants rub shoulders with the likes of DIIV, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Fraser A. Gorman, C.W. Stoneking and more – and 2016 shows no signs of the five-piece slowing down.

Fresh off the back of a tour with the Murlocs, along with festival appearances at Panama, By The Meadow and Blurst of Times, Crepes will embark on their own national headline tour throughout May/June.

Expect an intimate, arresting and utterly enchanting encounter, as Crepes take to the stage with a slew of new material at the ready.

Supports TBA.

Listen to Crepes..>

Tickets available through Oztix HERE!!!

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ALYS FFION

Saturday Jun 11, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Coming off the back of HUGE 2015, her debut single release and a sold out support for Missy Higgins at Taronga Zoo, Alys Ffion is proud to announce her first ever Australian tour in June 2016.

Alys Ffion is a 19 year old Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter who is forging her own musical path. A storyteller in song, Alys is highly regarded for her refreshing natural style driven by a fierce commitment to her art. She plays acoustic guitar effortlessly, writes and sings from the heart with deep conviction and youthful optimism. With a reputation for hard work, solid guitar chops and gifted melodies, Alys has written with numerous celebrated writers and producers in past years including Brian Kennedy, Chad Carlson, Jim Jonsin, Mark Lizotte and Jeff Cohen. She is regularly invited to play at showcases in Nashville and certainly made her mark there since arriving in February 2015.

Alys Ffion is a breath of fresh air. Take a deep breath when she plays Black Bear Lodge on Saturday the 11th of June 2016, supported by The Ruins and Angharad Drake.

 

 

Presale Tix !!HERE!!

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DYLAN JOEL

Friday Jun 17, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Back by popular demand, Dylan Joel is hitting the road once again after his string of sold out tours with Illy and Seth Sentry!

Still Sippin’ marks Dylan’s second ever headline tour and he promises to deliver a brand new show with his band and he’ll be throwing in a few unheard tunes for good measure!

The past 12 months have been massively successful for this exciting new Melbourne artist, Dylan’s debut album ‘Authentic Lemonade’ swiped up triple j’s prestigious Feature Album and he’s landed a string of high rotation bangers with ‘Blank’, ‘Numbers’, ‘Aint You’ and ‘Swing ft. Mantra & DJ Izm’. Dylan has been wowing audience across the country with his rapid fire flows, slick guitar work and melodic delivery – come see what the hype is all about!

“Joel continues to wow audiences with his versatility. Rapping while playing the guitar is harder than patting your head while rubbing your tummy; I am not quite sure how he does it.” – Scenestr

“From the moment he took his place on stage to the moment he ended the set in the crowd singing along with hundreds of strangers, Dylan Joel showed that now with the experience behind him he is ready to take the next step.” – Casual Band Blogger

The Still Sippin’ crew will be performing at Black Bear Lodge on Friday the 17th June with national and local supports TBA soon.

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RHYTHM SOCIETY DANCE ORCHESTRA

Saturday Jun 25, 2016

Doors open 7pm

The Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra present the music of Sy Oliver at Black Bear Lodge on Saturday, 25 June. One of the most influential and imitated arrangers of the big band swing era, Oliver gained fame as part of the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra in the 1930s, before joining the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in late 1939. Ranked as one of the most influential figures of the big band era, the Rhythm Society will perform his most celebrated arrangements and compositions including Opus 1, Tain’t Whatcha Do, Easy Does It, Swing High and Yes Indeed.

Bringing together members of the Brisbane swing dance community, the Rhythm Society will authentically recreate 1940s swing, a sound that grew up in the nightclubs of Harlem, and became the defining music of a generation. The night will also feature dancing, Swing DJs, and a free swing dance lesson by Corner Pocket Swing.

 

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WINTERBOURNE

Friday Jul 01, 2016

Doors open 7pm

After spending the last couple of months in the studio and still lively from their latest massive national tour with The Rubens that brought them all around Australia later last year, Winterbourne are now ready to hit the road with their own run of shows, to bring brand new EP ‘Pendulum’ to life on stage. Be sure not to miss out and get the hot seats for their ‘Pendulum Tour’ this June.

‘Pendulum’ out via Island Records Australia on May 27th and now available to pre-order with some special bundle offers.

For a limited time only all tickets / ticket bundles purchased enable you to enter the exclusive competition to have the chance for you and a friend to WIN one of the 3 spots available in each city to hang out with Winterbourne for half an hour before the show.

Competition and all pre-order bundle offers end Thursday May 26th 11:59 PM. Entrants to the competition and their friends must be 18+, have an Australian postal address and both be valid ticket holders. Winners will be notified June 1st 2016 by email.

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HOLLIE SMITH

Sunday Jul 31, 2016

Doors open 7pm

Powerhouse soul singer Hollie Smith visits Australia for a series of intimate shows performing songs from her new album “Water Or Gold” set for release in Australia June 17, and also will perform songs from her back catalogue including the hit “Bathe In The River” which launched her into stardom and then iconic status in her home country.

With performances around the world under her belt including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014, where a reviewer described her performance as “…powerhouse performance captivated thousands” (Jazz Times), this will be a show not to miss.

Water Or Gold” hit #1 in New Zealand in April 2016 receiving rave reviews, and Australian audiences will get to see why this artist and album is so special.

www.holliesmith.co.nz

Listen to Water or Gold

Tickets available through OZTIX

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