Date: Friday 25 January 2013,
Doors 8:30pm


Guests: Ainslie Wills + Kathryn Rollins

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Said to have “the most striking voice since Adele” (The Telegraph, UK), neo-soul chanteuse, Lianne La Havas, will headline this Melbourne show while in Australia for Sydney Festival. Lianne’s sublime debut album, ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’, has been called by The LA Times a reminder of “the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production.” So warmly has the debut been received that it’s collected a nomination for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Her first EP, ‘Lost & Found’, was released in October 2011 and featured Willy Mason on the opening track, ‘No Room For Doubt’. On the same day, La Havas made her television debut on Later… with Jools Holland, a program also featuring Bon Iver. So moved was Bon Iver’s lead man, Justin Vernon, that he not only gave her a round of applause just for her soundcheck, but days later it was announced that La Havas would be joining Bon Iver’s North American tour as the opening act. Far from turning her into an imitation, Lianne’s influences helped her find her own voice. From heroines of relative antiquity like Nina Simone, to contemporary Neo-Soul pioneers like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu; great voices inspired Lianne to use her own, ever growing in skill and confidence. In the two years since releasing her EP, Lianne has gone from strength to strength, spending time on both sides of the Atlantic working with a select number of producers and playing shows to captivated audiences in London, Paris, and New York. The future looks very bright indeed for this remarkable talent.

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