Sun 24 Oct 2021

Fat Freddy’s Drop are set to spearhead a six-hour Sunday session at Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of Melbourne International Jazz Festival's Big Sunday.

Alongside the trans-Tasman collective, Big Sunday will bring together some of the biggest names in Australian music including The Bamboos, Emma Donovan, Paul Grabowsky and The Cat Empire’s Harry James Angus, for a sundrenched, day-long celebration of jazz, funk, gospel, reggae and soul.

With over two decades on stage performing packed out theatres and festivals to a legion of fans around the world, ˜have established themselves as one of the most exciting and sought after international live draws. The globe-trotting party-jammers’ sound draws on dub, reggae, soul, rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno. And it’s a sound that demands to be heard live — a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics, that they’ll unleash at one of the city’s most iconic venues on Sunday 24 October, the final day of the 2021 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Joining the revelry will be home-grown funk-soul pioneers The Bamboos, who’ve earned a reputation as one of the best live acts in the country and will celebrate 21 years together and the release of their 10th studio album Hard Up.

The Sunday crowd will also be treated to the world premiere of a new project from MIJF Artist in Residence, Paul Grabowsky – alongside siren of soul, Emma Donovan – The Old Rugged Cross. The pairing of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists with the soaring vocalist and celebrated frontwoman of The Putbacks, will take concert-goers to church with a gospel-inspired set, complete with six-piece horn and rhythm section.

Rounding out the huge line-up, firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist Harry James Angus unveils a new duo project with drummer Freyja Hooper. The new project signals a new sound for the multi-talented Angus - who 20 years ago hitched his trumpet to an upstart outfit who would go on to become global jazz party legends - with Freya on drums, and Harry singing while playing piano with one hand and trumpet with the other. You read that right.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival returns 15 – 24 October, with the full program to be announced on Thursday 19 August.

Tickets for Fat Freddy's Drop are on sale now via melbournejazz.com.

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