Courtney Barnett has today announced that she will be performing a global live stream on Thursday 17th December from the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The event will be available across multiple time zones for audiences around the world and is the first full-band show she will have performed since the sold-out Corner Hotel bushfire fundraising gigs in early January.
From Where I’m Standing: Live from the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne will stream at the following times with fans around the world able to choose the most convenient stream for them:
Australia / NZ Stream – 8PM AEDT / 10PM NZDT
Australia West Coast / Asia Stream – 8PM AWST / 9PM JST & KST
UK & Europe – 8PM GMT / 9PM CET
North America East Coast – 8PM ET
North America West Coast – 8PM PT
While Barnett’s hometown of Melbourne was in lockdown for over 100 days, she was forced to swap the tour-bus for an apartment and lay low. Indeed, 2020 was the year that Barnett’s seemingly never-ending global touring schedule ground to a halt. It’s been an opportunity to regroup, think deep and rest. Eventually, it became an opportunity to write and create too.
Now re-emerging, Barnett plans to bring together her band (Bones Sloane, Dave Mudie and newest member Lucy Waldron on cello) to one of Australia’s most extraordinary buildings, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne for a very special, very beautiful, one-night-only live event.
Working with film-maker Derry Sheehan, Barnett and band will perform smack-bang in the middle of the exhibition hall in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful, landmark buildings. They’ll perform some of her classics and premiere a bunch of brand new compositions.
Tickets go on sale HERE from 9AM AEDT on Friday 27th November, and with no audience in attendance, the only way to see the show will be to buy a ticket to the live stream. In an Australian first, a very select group of fans will also have the opportunity to watch the event live in cinemas across the country concurrent to the live stream.
The concert’s title From Where I’m Standing is taken from a line in Barnett’s song City Looks Pretty which was inspired by a period of self-imposed isolation. The song, which appears on her award-winning 2018 release Tell Me How You Really Feel has felt eerily prescient these last few months.
Constructed for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition, the Royal Exhibition Building was the first Australian building to receive UNESCO World Heritage Listing. This grand event space has been an iconic presence in Barnett’s home city for 140 years and is under the custodianship of Museums Victoria. It was built by David Mitchell, father of famed operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba, who performed in the building in 1907 and whom Courtney Melba Barnett was named after.
Barnett is also incredibly excited to partner with Driift in their first-ever Australian production. Driift are responsible for recent global streaming events featuring Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue, Niall Horan and Laura Marling.
Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building sits on Country of the Boonwurrung and Woi Wurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the eastern Kulin Nations. Courtney Barnett, Look Out Kid, Driift, Milk! Records and Remote Control acknowledge the land’s traditional owners.
Tickets via https://dice.fm/artist/courtney-barnett-z6a2