Get ready for the feels
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With the cooler weather creeping in, we're all searching for a way to fill our nights, and there's no better way to find the warm and fuzzies than spending your Autumn and Winter nights getting cozy with a solo artist. From tender folk ballads to huge pop bangers – there's something for everyone here.
Here are our top picks for solo artists you should get warm and cozy with this autumn and winter.
Following the release of her debut album Sugar Mountain last year – as well as countless sold-out shows and three ARIA nominations – pop singer-songwriter Jack River will be transforming venues around the country into real-life ballrooms, bringing all of our Hollywood movie-inspired prom dreams to life. Brisbane pop princess Eves Karydas and Gold Coast local San Mei will be on support.
Following the release of his gorgeous debut album A Place We Knew– featuring hit singles including 7 Minutes, Be Alright, and Waves – Sydney singer-songwriter Dean Lewis will play a string of shows around the country. Fresh from his first ever North American headline tour (and a sneaky little appearance on a show you might have heard of called The Ellen DeGeneres Show) this will be a much-welcomed homecoming.
Australian pop queen Amy Shark completely owned 2018 – releasing her debut album, having it go #1 and triple gold-certified in Australia and #2 in America, as well as scoring a trio of ARIA awards and touring extensively across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. We’re not sure it could’ve gotten any bigger. Now she will return home this May to perform some of her biggest headlining shows yet. In a showcase of rising Australian talent, she will be joined by Melbourne emo-rockers Slowly Slowly and Sydney up and comers Erthlings.
Primarily known for fronting legendary band Men At Work, and spawning the track that could very much be our national anthem Down Under, Colin Hay has worn many different hats over the years – from releasing more than a dozen albums under his own name to acting on the small screen, and performing as part of Ringo Starr’s band, he’s had a storied career. Who knows what to expect when he tours here this April?
From becoming the youngest ever performer on triple j’s Like A Version, the youngest solo artist to win an ARIA Award, and now the youngest male artist to headline the Sydney Opera House – pop singer-songwriter Ruel is breaking records left, right, and centre. Now he’ll perform some of his biggest headline shows yet when he hits the road this May. We are certain this is as intimate as it is ever going to get for Ruel fans.
Since blasting onto the scene in 2016 with huge album Hero, Nashville’s Maren Morris has quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. This year she was nominated for five Grammys and took out two iHeartRadio Music Awards. After supporting Niall Horan on his Flickerworld tour last year, she’ll return to Australian stages this August.
Following the release of her fourth album Golden Hour, American country-pop artist Kacey Musgrave will perform her first ever headline tour Down Under next month. Following her Grammy win – for Album of the Year no less – these shows are going to be ones to remember.
Rising UK star Laurel will bring her incredible debut album Dogviolet for a run of intimate shows. Laurel spent most of 2018 touring across Europe and the UK, performing alongside the likes of Oh Wonder, MS MR, KT Tunstall, and John Newman – now it’s time for Australian fans to experience her beautiful live show.
We’ve had a couple of tastes from her new album The Best of Luck Club, so now it’s really time to get excited about Melbourne singer-songwriter Alex Lahey hitting the road. Her debut album peaked at #15 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored a Breakthrough Artist Nomination at the 2018 ARIA Awards, so we can’t even begin to guess where this record will take her.
With two singles out in the world, we can’t wait for Meg Mac’s second album to fill our speakers. But until then, we’re preparing ourselves for how glorious her live show is going to be. If you’ve never seen Mac live before, let us promise – her voice is even more incredible in real life.
Watching Scandi-pop musician Aurora live in an absolute dream. If you were lucky enough to catch her when she was Down Under a few years ago, you’ll know what we mean. If you missed out, you’re definitely going to want to pencil these dates into your calendar. Since that tour, she’s released another album and given us a couple of hints as to what is coming next in the form of singles Animaland The Seed. It’s going to be glorious.
Following the release of his eleventh album, Gold In A Brass Age, Davd Gray will bring his much-loved songbook to Australian stages. The BAFTA, Brit and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter is no stranger to Australian stages and ears, and across his storied career he has gone 27 times platinum, notched up three number-one albums in his native UK, and continues to sell-out theatres and room across the world. Thankfully for us, he is still going strong and we can’t wait for him to arrive in April.
Returning to Australian stages for the first time in a decade (Hi Ray, we’ve missed you mate!) it’s no surprise that Australian fans are stoked to see Ray LaMontagne when he lands here next month. For those not in the know, LaMontagne’s gorgeous, brooding tunes have been compared to the likes of Otis Redding, Van Morrison, and Tim Buckley – which is some pretty good company if you ask us. These shows are set to be a lush, intimate affair so get ready to get cosy.
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