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Bringing you a summer of live music, here in Ivanhoe.

For several months this year, Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub will be a place to catch performances by some fabulous artists from Australia’s contemporary live music scene.

In partnership with Music Victoria, we will be programming 2 bands for each event, featuring both emerging and established acts.

All are welcome to come and enjoy.

 

About the artists for this month

Alice Skye

Growing up aside the sandstone mountains and wildflowers of the Grampians, Skye is inspired by her roots. Now calling Melbourne home she says, 'I take great pride in my heritage, and to combine both music and my background brings me an unexplainable amount of pride and happiness.' Skye’s vital relationship between her music and own life experience remains at the core of her art. Her body of work serving as a lens through which she continues to synthesise who, and what, her essence of being truly is.

An array of dazzling single releases have culminated in 2 fully-formulated albums, the chart-topping 2018 debut Friends with Feelings and 2021’s I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good, the latter resulting in Music Victoria’s award for Best Pop Act and thereby heralding Skye as one of Australia’s premier music-makers.

Like her ancestors before her, Skye’s art acts as a powerful vehicle of storytelling through song. Her clever knack for honest lyricism, coupled with a shimmering stage presence, become more than just tools in creating a unique live performance or recorded experience. Time and time again, it provides  a pathway for the listener into a deeper connection with oneself, engaging in their own introspection toward a plane of self-discovery.

Zak Gully

Zak Gully is a multi-talented indie-folk-pop singer-songwriter who is proficient in guitar and the didgeridoo. Hailing from the Dandenong Ranges, Gully's deep connection and love for Australian nature and animals, coupled with his passion for travel, serve as profound inspirations for his music. His uplifting lyrics and melodies are sure to bring everyone great fun.

 

Getting to the event

Parking is available at ILCH. Venue is a 5-minute walk from Ivanhoe Train Station. The 510 and 548 bus routes stop at the venue.

About

Bringing you a summer of live music, here in Ivanhoe.

For several months this year, Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub will be a place to catch performances by some fabulous artists from Australia’s contemporary live music scene.

In partnership with Music Victoria, we will be programming 2 bands for each event, featuring both emerging and established acts.

All are welcome to come and enjoy.

 

About the artists for this month

Katy Steele (solo)

With one of the most undeniable, ethereal, dramatic voices this side of Kate Bush, Katy Steele is returning to the stage in fine form, unveiling new music in a taste of what is to come from her forthcoming album. Delivering a string of intimate acoustic events across the country, Steele and good friend/music maestro Ben Witt will take new tunes on the road, with stripped-back previews of never-before-heard songs from her forthcoming album.

With almost 2 decades in the Australian music industry, Katy Steele continues to leave an impression with her profound songwriting and ethereal talent. Emerging at 19 years old as lead singer for ARIA-nominated outfit Little Birdy, Steele went on to release 3 studio albums with the band including BigBigLove, Hollywood and Confetti.

An established career drenched in highlights, Katy Steele is now carving out the next chapter of her already incredible career.

Chitra

With her bold, alluring indie-rock music, Melbourne singer-songwriter Chitra Ridwan navigates the pressures and anxieties of relationships with the grace and skill of a dancer. Raised on the Bellarine Peninsula, Chitra found her calling in music early on, realising it was the world in which she felt safest and most seen.

Drawing from influences such as Big Thief's Adrienne Lenker and Julia Jacklin, and channelling the no-holds-barred honesty of classic 90s indie songwriters, it was a sharply-realised debut that announced Chitra as one of Melbourne's most talented songwriters.

Described as a 'bold and affecting' songwriter by Triple J's Declan Byrne, Chitra quickly won praise and adulation from tastemakers including Triple R, Pilerats and Fbi Radio, as well as support slots alongside artists like Lisa Mitchell, Vacations and Jaguar Jonze. Later this year, Chitra will release her anticipated debut album, produced by John Castle (Cub Sport, Hatchie, Angie McMahon).

 

Getting to the event

Parking is available at ILCH. Venue is a 5-minute walk from Ivanhoe Train Station. The 510 and 548 bus routes stop at the venue.

About

Bringing you a summer of live music, here in Ivanhoe.

For several months this year, Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub will be a place to catch performances by some fabulous artists from Australia’s contemporary live music scene.

In partnership with Music Victoria, we will be programming 2 bands for each event, featuring both emerging and established acts.

All are welcome to come and enjoy.

 

About the artists for this month

Sunfruits

Melbourne / Naarm based psychedelic pop band Sunfruits have been making waves around Australia for the past 3 years. On their debut album One Degree, which saw praise from The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NME, Shindig and more, the band presents psychedelic-pop and their most mature and conceptual songwriting to date. This album release took the band on tours across New Zealand, Australia, UK and Europe where they sold out shows in London, Hamburg, Nottingham, Melbourne and more.

The band’s environmentally aware songwriting and actions have been praised recently as they were nominated for the prestigious Environmental Music Prize 2023 and climate-fuelled lyrics were quoted in the Australian parliament by a Greens senator. This commitment to meaningful songwriting, exhilarating live show and aesthetic brilliance put Sunfruits as one of the most exciting young bands coming out of Australia.

Mika James

Mika James is leaping out from the behind the drumkit of Melbourne punk outfit The Vovos to unleash a spirited solo outing. An Unearthed finalist in 2022, with her passionate proclamation Witchy Woman, James’ musical output swerves from cinematic country to punk-infused blues. Singing, writing and performing songs that invite the listener into a world of personal poetry and intimate portraits, James weaves melodious tunes sharpened with an edge of life experience.

Born into a family immersed in the local music scene (a childhood of recording studios, gig-going and being surrounded by musicians), her music heaves with intent. James’ tunes evoke the cross-genre musical landscape populated by Weyes Blood, Sharon Van Etten and Laura Marling ... even harking back to the world-building odes of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and Bobbie Gentry.

 

Getting to the event

Parking is available at ILCH. Venue is a 5-minute walk from Ivanhoe Train Station. The 510 and 548 bus routes stop at the venue.

Summer Sounds is back in full force in 2024, celebrating its 7th year on the Bunjil Place stage.

This year brings something extra special with our outdoor Plaza being transformed into a temporary indoor/outdoor events space, surrounded by shipping containers that house food and beverage service areas and covered seating.

Featuring our double headliners RVG and Jen Cloher, supported by Play Lunch.

Join us for an evening of local live music, delicious food and cool drinks, the perfect way to relax and soak up the warm Summer night.

Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 & Sui Zhen’s launch their startling new collaboration ‘Origin of You.’ Released through Music in Exile, this album is the debut record from these two auspicious Chinese-Australian composers intent on exploring sisterhood and human connection. Taking place on the eve of the Lunar New Year, this special launch forms part of an Australian tour.

Grounded locally but working globally, Liquid Architecture is a dedicated platform for artists engaged in experimental sound practice, sustained and energised through conversation and research, and realised in collaboration with people in our community and beyond. Presenting Indonesian experimental artist Rully Shabara (one half of Senyawa) in collaboration with a line-up of Naarm-based musicians and vocal artists for an evening of sound experiments with and against Rully’s Artificial Intelligence XhabaraBot Voice Machine, this playful and exploratory performance will investigate the limitations of the human voice and offer creative and dynamic workarounds for these limitations.

 

"The first stage of this experiment is to prove that the human voice actually has superior sound potential if it is not dependent or bound to its parent instrument; the body. Without the body, it does not require pauses to breathe or to think. It is also not affected by mood or physical instability that weakens over time. Therefore, first and foremost, our voice must be separated from the body by turning it into data." – Rully Shabara

Songlines Aboriginal Music presents Bart Willoughby and Canisha
Featuring floral installations from Alchemy Orange

This special show will see Darebin Arts Centre graced with the presence of pioneering Aboriginal Reggae artist Bart Willoughby alongside soulful singer Canisha and her band. The founding member of “No Fixed Address”, Willoughby is said to be the tip of the spear in the modern indigenous Song-line. Presented in collaboration with Songlines Aboriginal Music, this special show will also feature stage design by Alchemy Orange, a botanical design studio established by Yorta Yorta woman Shahn Stewart.

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