Singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, author, director, blogger and ukulele enthusiast Amanda Palmer will return to Australia in 2020, bringing her critically acclaimed There Will Be No Intermission World Tour to our shores.
Palmer arrives on the cusp of a brand new decade to bring Woodford Folk Festival into 2020 over New Year’s Eve before heading south to Launceston to tackle an intense and unprecedented residency at MONA in January. As an ambassador for Adelaide Fringe in 2020, she’ll perform across two nights in Adelaide in February as well as headlining performances in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Darwin throughout the summer.
There Will Be No Intermission is a seated theatre experience that features Palmer performing solo on grand piano and ukulele without a back-up band. The show is a night of graphic, honest and funny storytelling that Palmer claims is her “most human and vulnerable stage-show to date”. Currently working her way across Europe and the UK, Palmer’s show bares her soul, navigating through the raw and the hilarious.
Palmer’s third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense of it all.
Sombre yet exultant, There Will Be No Intermission presents still more dimensions to Amanda Palmer’s already voluminous talent, once again confirming her as a master songwriter at the height of considerable power. This one-of-a-kind artist has miraculously moulded humour, tears, confession, and naked personal pain into a matchless piece of work that could very well have been morose and gloomy but is, instead, deeply relatable, healing and inspiring.
Out now via 8Ft Records/Cooking Vinyl, There Will Be No Intermission is Palmer’s third solo LP. While the themes may be dark, the album’s overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life’s most ineffably shitty circumstances. Recorded over a single month in Los Angeles by John Congleton (who previously engineered and produced 2012’s acclaimed Theatre Is Evil), There Will Be No Intermission was entirely crowd-funded, this time by over 15,000 patrons using Palmer’s community hub on Patreon. Palmer released the album and an accompanying art book of personal essays and photographs revealing intimate behind the scenes moments and snapshots of the Woodstock, NY home she shares with author Neil Gaiman on March 8, 2019.
“The last seven years have been a relentless parade of grief, joy, birth and death, and all of it has galvanised me to the core: as a writer, as a woman, as an artistic servant,” says Palmer. “I also had no idea that my 15,000 patrons – who held my hand through this entire process – would have the profound effect on my songwriting that they did.”
“Everything feels inseparable now: my crowdfunding through Patreon, the birth of our son, the election of Trump, two abortions, the Kavanuagh hearing, the death of my best friend, being in Ireland for the repeal, the miscarriage I had on Christmas day. I sat in a theatre in London and watched Hannah Gadsby decimate the blurred lines between entertainment and naked truth, I saw the brave women of #MeToo standing up against their rapists, and I saw Nick Cave in concert and on record working through his grief using art as a necessary and generous tourniquet that others could re-use. They all reminded me to try harder and harder still to tell the real, unadorned truth. I’ve seen how infectious the darkest truths are, when spoken without shame, and I felt like taking any other path would have been a cop-out.”
Tickets from https://amandapalmer.net/shows/