Melbourne Recital Centre celebrates the best of Australia and New Zealand


Julia Jacklin, Marlon Williams, The Necks, Gregor & Sweet Whirl will grace the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage this August and September, when the Melbourne Recital Centre presents the best in Australian and New Zealand contemporary music.

It’s been two years since Julia Jacklin released Crushing, and the world is still crushing. The Blue Mountains-born, Melbourne-based musician’s record is full of introspection about relationships in crisis and the strength and fragility of her own body. Jacklin’s solo tour features songs from across her entire catalogue as well as fresh tracks. Feel the full weight of her talents as she distils her craft to its most profound, majestic, and empowering self.

Fresh off the back of their 2020 releases, beloved Melbourne artists Gregor and Sweet Whirl (finally) get to launch their new albums in real life in an unmissable co-headline show in the musical heart of the city. As one of Australia’s favourite pop eccentrics, Gregor will play music from his latest psychedelic epic Destiny, whilst Sweet Whirl’s Esther Edquist will perform her stunning collection of songs from her debut album How Much Works. The pair will weave their whimsical and pop magic charm with full bands, on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage.

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz… the music of The Necks is so unique that it must be experienced live. With almost 35 years of music-making under their belt, founding mainstays Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton will deliver their improvisational pieces from their 2017 album Unfold to the Melbourne stage. Tony Buck and Chris Abrahams will also be performing rare intimate solo concerts in the Primrose Potter Salon with limited tickets now available.

Marlon Williams possesses one of the greatest voices of his generation. His effortlessly distinctive tone and heartstring-plucking vibrato have garnered widespread love around the world. What makes Williams so special is his unique ability to traverse genres on both his award-winning records, and in his famously captivating live shows. A once-in-a-generation talent with a voice that crosses continents.

Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Collective Artists presents Julia Jacklin
Friday 6 and Wednesday 11 August, 7.30pm

Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Chapter Music presents Gregor & Sweet Whirl
Friday 13 August, 8pm

Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Top Shelf presents The Necks
Monday 23 August, 7.30pm
Chris Abrahams – Tuesday 6 August, 6pm & 8.30pm / Tony Buck – Sunday 15 August, 4pm

Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with WME presents An Evening With… Marlon Williams
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 September, 7.30pm

For further information visit melbournerecitalcentre.com.au

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