The Sound: Giving Australian music the promotion it deserves

2020 has proven to be an arduous year for the music and entertainment industries. With ongoing coronavirus restrictions putting live music on hold, artists and venue owners alike have been left in a precarious position. Several glimmers of hope for the industry have emerged however – one of these being the ABC’s latest music program The Sound.

The Sound provides one hour of essential viewing for any Aussie music fan. The series showcases some of the country’s finest musicians and artists, featuring superstars such as Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue, and Midnight Oil, alongside more recent stars including Amy Shark, Angie McMahon and G Flip.

Revered music experts Jane Gazzo and Zan Rowe serve as the show’s main presenters, alongside a weekly guest presenter, which has included names like Russell Crowe, and Red Symons in previous episodes.

While the ABC has produced iconic music shows such as Countdown and Recovery in the past, the world-class production quality of each episode of The Sound certainly takes it up a notch from its forebears. The series further sets itself apart with performances filmed from different locations all around the country – a reflection of the current COVID-19 age.

This week’s episode will star Jessica Mauboy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ball Park Music, Tkay Maidza, Cxloe and more.

There will also be a tribute to the Go-Betweens performed by Steve Kilbey, Paul Dempsey, Hatchie and Middle Kids. On top of all this, an exclusive archived performance by Hunters & Collectors will be broadcast as part of the shows From the Vault segment.

The show airs weekly on the ABC 5:30pm each Sunday, but don’t fret if you can’t tune in on TV – you can catch up on any episodes via iView.

Ed Hirst

I'm either listening to music, writing about music, or writing my own music! Keep up to date with my latest projects @edhirsty