Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Mistletone Enterprises


Themes of love, sex, memory and the body.

About the artists

Perfume Genius is the moniker of artist Mike Hadreas. Known for his unique ability to convey emotional vulnerability not only lyrically, but with his impressively nuanced vocals, his heartbreaking sentiments and bruised characterisations culminate in a raw vulnerability that leave audiences mesmerised and moved.

About the concert

After a riveting 2018 performance, Perfume Genius returns to Elisabeth Murdoch Hall with works from his fifth studio album, Set My Heart on Fire Immediately. The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channelling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own.

Perfume Genius transforms fragility into power with his bold, tender songwriting and sweeping artistic vision. Mike Hadreas and his band bring Perfume Genius’ intensely emotional art-pop ballads to life with a visceral live show that traverses love and sexuality, trauma and triumph. A stunning performance in the sonorous Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is not to be missed.

Praise for Perfume Genius

‘If you listen to the four Perfume Genius albums in chronological order, you can hear Hadreas healing himself in real time, moving toward an emancipation that seems, suddenly, to have come to pass … The centre of his music has always been a defiant delicacy- a ragged, affirmative understanding of despair.’ The New Yorker

Support Act

Perfume Genius will be supported by Hand Habits.

COVID Safety

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Perfume Genius
Hand Habits

Set Times

7.30pm – 8pm: Hand Habits
8pm – 8.30pm: Interval
8.30pm – 10pm: Perfume Genius



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