AU ABROAD

Abbe May, Dan Sultan, Lisa Mitchell and more lead triple j's star studded Nick Cave Tribute Tour

This November, triple j’s Ausmusic Month will once again pay tribute to one of this country’s musical greats.

Two years ago, the centrepiece of triple j’s annual Australian music celebrations was Before Too Long – a tribute to Paul Kelly held over two nights at Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The offshoot live CD/DVD won an ARIA for Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album. Previous years have seen other triple j tribute concerts honouring the likes of The Go-Betweens and AC/DC.

This year triple j pays tribute to the one and only Nick Cave. With a career spanning 35 years, Cave is one of the true greats of music. Starting with Boys Next Door and then The Birthday Party, Cave has gone on to make 14 albums with The Bad Seeds and two more with Grinderman. He has been both incredibly prolific and consistently brilliant. He and his bands have been the most continually played artists on triple j across those three decades. Constant appearances in Hottest 100’s speak volumes of Nick Cave's relevancy to new generations of music fans.

With no shortage of artists keen to volunteer their time, the line-up of vocalists who will help us celebrate the work of Nick Cave is a diverse and passionate array of talent. In alphabetical order they are: Abbe May, Adalita, Alex Burnett (Sparkadia), Ben Corbett (Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side/SixFtHick), Bertie Blackman, Dan Sultan, Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Johnny Mackay (Children Collide), Kram (Spiderbait), Lanie Lane, Lisa Mitchell, Muscles, Tim Rogers (You Am I)and Urthboy (The Herd).

Joining these singers will be a band lead by Cameron Bruce – a Sydney writer and musician who plays in both Paul Kelly and Washington’s bands. No stranger to big productions, Bruce was also the Musical Director for Cannot Buy My Soul, the acclaimed 2008/9 concerts celebrating the music of Kev Carmody.

Each year, triple j listeners have begged us to tour these tribute shows; so this year we’re answering those calls. Starting in Geelong, the Straight To You tour will take in Ballarat, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane.

Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave promises to be a unique series of concerts you won’t want to miss.

Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave

Artists:

Abbe May
Adalita
Alex Burnett
Ben Corbett*
Bertie Blackman
Dan Sultan**
Jake Stone
Johnny Mackay
Kram
Lanie Lane
Lisa Mitchell
Muscles
Tim Rogers***
Urthboy****
* Brisbane show only
** All shows except Sat 12 Nov
*** Sat 12 Nov only
**** All shows except Sat 19 Nov

Tour dates

Wednesday 9 November
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, GEELONG
Tickets from gpac.org.au

Thursday 10 November
HER MAJESTYS, BALLARAT
Tickets from hermaj.com

Friday 11 November
FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au

Saturday 12 November
FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au

Wednesday 16 November
ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA
Tickets from ticketek.com.au

Thursday 17 November
ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
Tickets from ticketek.com.au

Saturday 19 November
PANTHERS, NEWCASTLE
Tickets from moshtix.com.au

Sunday 20 November
THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE
Tickets from ticketek.com.au

Tickets: On sale Friday 2 September 9am (18+)