Missy Higgins Announces Orchestral Concert Series

Missy Higgins will fuse her live band with some of Australia’s leading symphony orchestras for a handful of special concerts at the end of this year. The dates (listed below) will see the beloved Melbourne based singer/songwriter augmenting all her iconic hits like “Scar”, “The Special Two”, “Steer”, “Where I Stood” and “Everyone’s Waiting” with up to 60 of this country’s best orchestral musicians. Missy will also be using these unique performances to unveil a handful of brand new songs on which she’s been working for most of 2016.

“I’ve had lots of invitations to play shows with orchestras over the years but I always said no to them”, she explains. “I guess when I was younger I was just intimidated by the challenge of reworking my songs on that scale. Then last year I got asked to do a show with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in this incredible outdoor location called Skyfields in the forest outside Devonport. I’ve always liked new challenges so I figured that was a perfect opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something different. It was an amazing experience. The songs came to life in new and unexpected ways when we introduced all those other instruments so I decided to try something similar this summer in other parts of Australia.”

Joining Missy on all shows will be Melbourne folk artist, Ben Abraham, who has been building an international following for his personal and heartfelt cinematic folk music.  Recently reformed iconic Brisbane band George, will also join Missy for her Perth show only.

One of the most successful and acclaimed female singer/songwriters in Australian music history, Missy Higgins has sold over a million albums in this country, enjoyed multiple #1 hits and won 9 ARIA Awards. Her latest release – a benefit single called “Oh Canada” to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees – attracted global attention.

Missy has spent the last few months in the U.S. playing several weeks of sold out club shows, co-writing songs in LA and Nashville and traveling with her husband and 18 month old son. After all that time away she’s looking forward to finally getting back home for this handful of concerts.  Missy says:

“I know it’s not the first time that a contemporary musician has teamed up with great orchestras in this way but other than that one time in Tassie this is the first time for me so I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be something very different and hopefully something very special.”

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ORCHESTRAL CONCERT SERIES

PRESENTED BY FRONTIER TOURING

with special guest BEN ABRAHAM

Tickets available from www.missyhiggins.com

EXCLUSIVE FAN PRE-SALE

Exclusive fan pre-sale starting 10:00am (AEST) Friday, 12 August

and ends Saturday, 13 August.

(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets for all shows available from 10:00am (AEST) Wednesday, 17 August.

 TOUR DATES 

Thursday, 3 November

State Theatre Sydney with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 18 November

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, 27 November

The Plenary Melbourne with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, 3 December

Kings Park Perth with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (special guests George)

Saturday, 10 December

Bird in Hand Winery Adelaide with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Missy Higgins announces 2016 US Tour

***NEW SHOW ADDED*** Thursday 16 June – 12th and Porter, Nashville TN - Info & Tickets
On sale Thursday 26 May 10:00am CST

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Hi friends,

I’m about to go to the US for a tour! I am super excited to be taking my little family over there.

It’s been a few years since I was last in America. Last time I had a tour there planned, my wonderful little accident happened (now named Sammy Arrow), so we unfortunately had to postpone… but now it’s back on!

I am doing a bunch of dates on the East and West coasts, and a few in the middle. Starting in New York and ending in LA.

Please check out the dates below to see if I’m playing anywhere near you. It’ll be an acoustic tour, just me and my instruments. Really intimate kind of shows, lots of story-telling, which is what I love.

See you all there!

Missy xx

Watch Missy’s special video message for her US fans!

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2016 US SPRING/SUMMER TOUR DATES

ON SALE NOW

Friday 20 May – Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY SOLD OUT

Sunday 22 May – The Sinclair, Boston MA SOLD OUT

Tuesday 24 May – The Birchmere, Alexandria VA - Info & Tickets

Wednesday 25 May – World Café Live, Philadelphia PA - Info & Tickets

Saturday 28 May – Fine Line, Minneapolis MN - Info & Tickets

Sunday 29 May – Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO - Info & Tickets

Thursday 2 June – Star Theatre, Portland OR - Info & Tickets

Friday 3 June – Columbia City Theatre, Seattle WA SOLD OUT

Sunday 5 June – Great American Music, San Francisco CA - Info & Tickets

Monday 6 June – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA - Info & Tickets

NEW SHOW ADDED Wednesday 8 June – Belly Up, Solana Beach CA - Info & Tickets

NEW SHOW ADDED Thursday 16 June – 12th and Porter, Nashville TN - Info & Tickets
On sale Thursday 26 May 10:00am CST

New single ‘Oh Canada’ out now – watch the video

A note from Missy…

Like most people, the photo of little Alan Kurdi being carried out of the water shook me to my core. We often read about the tragic plight of refugees but I think that picture exposed us to the reality in such a raw way that the truth became inescapable.  From where I sat in my comfortable living room nursing my newborn son, the tiny child in that wrenching image could have been my own little boy. I felt overwhelmed by a profound protective instinct for him and people like him.

Alan died along with his little brother, his mother and many other Syrian people on that boat. The only survivor of the Kurdi family was Alan’s father, Abdullah.  My heart wept for Abdullah – his loss was literally unimaginable.

Writing songs has always been my way of dealing with strong feelings and this situation obviously stirred up a lot of emotions. So initially I started writing about it just to try and make some sense out of something so senseless.

At the same time I realised that it was a complicated situation and so I read as many articles as I could about the Kurdi family. It soon became clear that various people were trying to co-opt Alan’s story for their own purposes and that lead to all sorts of claims and counterclaims about their circumstances. As far as I could tell it seems that Abdullah’s sister lived in Canada and he ultimately dreamed of having his family join her there. Their brother had previously attempted to obtain a visa into Canada but had been refused, so believing that there was no other choice, Abdullah apparently borrowed the money from his Canadian sister to pay an illegal people smuggler to take him and his family somewhere safe. Their dream? To escape a life of violence in Syria and find peace in Canada.

I wanted to try to write this story from Abdullah’s perspective because ultimately I felt his quest was so relatable. I imagined that during that tumultuous boat journey, his heart cried out for Canada to embrace him and his family. Obviously, in this song, ‘Canada’ represents anywhere in the world that might be the preferred sanctuary for people like the Kurdi’s. Amongst other countries, it represents Australia which has such an abhorrent record in dealing with people seeking asylum who try to travel to our shores by boat. Some sections of the media have helped turned these poor people into criminals, but in reality they are usually exactly like us; just not lucky enough to be born into our privilege.

‘Oh Canada’ simply aims to tell a story. It’s not preaching anything in particular, it’s simply my attempt to make sense out of senselessness. If it also reminds people of what happened to Alan and his family then I think that would be good – after what they went through they don’t deserve to be forgotten. If the song reminds people how the picture of that lifeless little boy made them feel then that would be even better because that proves we’re all very similar people who just happen to live under different circumstances. If the song inspires anyone to do something on behalf of refugees – to speak up for their rights and to push back against those who seek to inflame our fears and prejudices – then I think that would be best of all.

Missy xx

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‘Oh Canada’ is accompanied by a powerful animated video created by award winning director Natasha Pincus and animation director Nicholas Kallincos and you can view it below.

Caritas and World Vision support programs in Syria and neighbouring countries that create spaces where children can express their feelings of the past and hopes for the future. The drawings in the “Oh Canada” video are by children in Caritas programs in Damascus, Syria and in World Vision programs in Beirut, Lebanon. Both the global Caritas network and World Vision have helped millions of people affected by the crisis in the Middle East.

Help Caritas Australia and the Caritas network continue this important work by visiting www.caritas.org.au/syria
Help World Vision to provide ongoing support through these projects by visiting www.worldvision.com.au/syria

      

100% of net proceeds go to ASRC (Asylum Seekers Resource Centre)

Missy’s Summer tour is under way!

Missy’s Summer Tour is well under way!

Missy had a great time performing in front of a sell-out crowd at the Riverstage in Brisbane alongside John Butler Trio and The Waifs – including a couple of new songs!

Check out Missy’s Instagram for some behind the scenes pics.

Missy is now looking forward to shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Tasmania and country Victoria… There are still tickets left for some of these shows – click here for full show details!

Missy announces special one-off show at Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Hey everyone,

Gosh, a lot has happened in the last little while hey?

If you’ve been following my Twitter or Instagram you’ll have noticed these things: I managed to cook up a little human and now he’s here in the world bursting open hearts everywhere he goes; I’ve been slowly but surely writing new songs that I’m very excited about and can’t wait to record so I can share them with you; photo-shoots and preparations of all sorts are happening for my solo shows coming up in the new year- the first I’ve done since touring preggers Sept-Oct 2014!

I recently played a short set for the Seed Fundraiser where I previewed a few new songs and shared some stories about the past year of my life, and it felt SO GOOD to be up on stage again playing (albeit without a big tummy-ledge to rest my ukulele on this time), I was tingling all over afterwards.

So these new shows next year are going to be pretty special, I think, especially because I will be playing some spectacular venues (see below). I’ll have some of my fav musos up on stage with me once again (including Zoe Hauptmann on bass, very exciting), we’ll be playing some new material as well as, of course, a bunch from my old albums.

First up, Hamer Hall, Melbourne​ (with Something For Kate​’s Paul Dempsey​, who I’ve long been a fan of, supporting!!) and Twilight at Taronga​ in Sydney (which my Mum in particular is very excited about). Fan pre-sales for Hamer Hall starts 9am this Wednesday (click here: ), general public on Friday 30th October, so get in quick if you want to make sure to get a ticket.

Thanks guys, hope to see your faces soon!

Missy xx

CLICK HERE FOR HAMER HALL PRE-SALE (stars 9:00am Wednesday – tomorrow!)

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Missy Higgins announces Twilight at Taronga show on Valentine’s weekend

Hey friends, pretty pleased to announce that I’ll be performing a very special Valentine’s weekend show for the Twilight at Taronga concert series in Sydney on Sat 13 Feb.
The best bit is that you guys get an exclusive pre-sale to the show – which is live now: Click here for Twilight at Taronga pre-sale! (it ends 5pm Monday 26 Oct). General public goes on sale 9am Thursday 29 October.
Missy x

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Missy Higgins announces new shows for 2016!

Missy has announced a string of new shows for 2016 – Check out the dates and details below!

RIVERBOAT MUSIC FESTIVAL Echuca, VIC
February 19 2016
Click here for more info + tickets

SKYFIELDS Tasmania
with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
March 19 2016
Click here for more info + tickets

THE PENINSULA PICNIC Mornington Peninsula, VIC
A food, wine and music gathering
March 20 2016
Click here for more info + tickets

Hope to see you there!

Tune into ABC TV tomorrow night to see Missy perform live with Eddie Perfect and Tripod!

Tune into the ‘Friday Night Crack Up’ on ABC TV tomorrow night from 7:30pm to see a special live performance from Missy with Eddie Perfect andTripod!

Yep, don’t miss this one folks. Friday Night Crack Up coincides with World Mental Health Week and ABC’s Mental As week of programming.

The show has a jam packed 2-hour LIVE broadcast featuring a line-up of Australia’s biggest personalities – comedians, actors, sportspeople and musicians all in the name of a good cause – to support mental health research in Australia. 

Further details here

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Read all about it … OZ out today + watch the 3rd making of the album episode

Missy’s OZ album and book are finally released today! Here’s what the critics have to say about the eclectic collection of Australian cover versions:

**** “Powerful and beautiful” Rolling Stone
**** “With humour, style and impeccable taste, OZ is a triumph.” Stack Mag
**** “Higgins has made these much-loved tracks sing with a bold, new voice.” The Music
“An inventive twist on the covers album. OZ is a serene, moving collection.” The Brag

This week Missy has been rehearsing with her band, working on a new live show which is going to be something special. The tour kicks off this weekend in Cairns and with some shows already sold out and others selling fast, make sure you grab your tickets soon.

Be sure to check out the third instalment from the ‘Making of OZ’ video series on Tone Deaf here. This episode features some of the incredible artists that collaborated with Missy creating OZ including Dan SultanKate Miller-Heidke and Vicki Thorn from The Waifs, so it’s definitely worth a watch.

Hope you all enjoy OZ as much as we do.  Thanks for supporting the project by listening to the album, reading the book or seeing a show!

- Missy HQ

2nd shows now on sale!

Tickets for Missy’s OZ tour are selling quickly. 2nd shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Geraldton are now on sale.

Grab your tickets soon to avoid missing out from www.missyhiggins.com/shows 

- Missy HQ

ONE HOUR MISSY SPECIAL TONIGHT ON MAX

Tune into MAX tonight from 9:20pm to see Missy host a one hour special, talking through some of her favourite local tunes. Hmm … wonder if there’ll be a few from OZ in the mix?

Enjoy – Missy HQ

 

OZ Tour on sale today!

Tickets for Missy’s OZ Tour are on sale from 10am today. These September/October dates will be Missy’s only shows for at least the next 12 months.

Special guest on the tour will be acclaimed young singer/songwriter, Dustin Tebbutt whose evocative songs “The Breach” and “Bones” have made him one of triple j’s most played new Australian artists. Dustin will perform at all shows with the exception of Darwin and WA dates. Also appearing at most dates will be Jherek Bischoff who co-produced OZ. Jherek has worked with leading innovators including David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Amanda Palmer.

These concerts will see Missy combining a mix of songs from OZ the album, along with her own classics to create a special tour not to be missed.

Hope to see you at a show soon,
Missy HQ

 

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
 GP Tickets on sale 10am today
 
Sat 20 September – Cairns, Cairns Civic Theatre Tickets
Tue 23 September – Townsville, TECC – Auditorium Tickets
Wed 24 September – Mackay, MECC – Plenary Halls A&B Tickets
Fri 26 September – Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre Tickets
Sat 27 September – Brisbane, BCEC – Great Hall Tickets
Sun 28 September – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre Tickets 
Tue 30 September – Gold Coast, GCAC – Arts Theatre Tickets
Wed 1 October – Lismore, Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium Tickets
Fri 3 October – Newcastle, Civic Theatre Tickets
Sat 4 October – Sydney, Enmore Theatre Tickets
Mon 6 October – Chatswood, The Concourse Tickets
Tue 7 October – Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall Tickets
Thu 9 October – Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre Tickets
Sat 11 October – Canberra, Canberra Theatre Tickets 
Sun 12 October – Wodonga, The Cube Tickets
Wed 15 October – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * Tickets
Thu 16 October – Perth, Crown Theatre * Tickets
Sat 18 October – Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * Tickets
Sun 19 October Mandurah, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre * Tickets
Wed 22 October Darwin, Darwin Convention Centre * Tickets
Sat 25 October Adelaide, AEC – Theatre Tickets
Wed 29 October Melbourne, Regent Theatre Tickets
Jherek Bischoff Only *

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‘OZ’ Tour announced! Pre-sale commences 9am Tue Aug 12

Missy has just announced a one-off Australian tour called OZ, with dates through September/October to be her only shows for at least the next 12 months.

Tickets for the OZ Tour will be released to the general public at 10am on August 14, or if you’re a member of Missy mailing list there will be a exclusive ticketing pre-sale commencing 9am on August 12. Join up and stay tuned for the ticketing pre-sale password.

OZ the tour will commence in Cairns on September 20, the day after Missy’s new book and album is officially released. The tour will then take her right around Australia before finishing in her hometown of Melbourne on October 29.

Special guest on the tour will be acclaimed young singer/songwriter, Dustin Tebbutt whose evocative songs “The Breach” and “Bones” have made him one of triple j’s most played new Australian artists. Dustin will perform at all shows with the exception of Darwin and WA dates. Also appearing will be Jherek Bischoff who co-produced OZ. Jherek has worked with leading innovators including David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Amanda Palmer.

These concerts will see Missy combining a mix of songs from OZ the album, along with her own classics to create a special tour not to be missed.

 

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
Mailing List Ticket Pre-sale commences 9am August 12
GP Tickets on sale 10am August 14

Sat 20 September – Cairns, Cairns Civic Theatre Tickets
Tue 23 September – Townsville, TECC – Auditorium Tickets
Wed 24 September – Mackay, MECC – Plenary Halls A&B Tickets
Fri 26 September – Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre Tickets
Sat 27 September – Brisbane, BCEC – Great Hall Tickets
Sun 28 September – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre Tickets
Tue 30 September – Gold Coast, GCAC – Arts Theatre Tickets
Wed 1 October – Lismore, Lismore City Hall – Churchill Auditorium Tickets
Fri 3 October – Newcastle, Civic Theatre Tickets
Sat 4 October – Sydney, Enmore Theatre Tickets
Mon 6 October – Chatswood, The Concourse Tickets
Tue 7 October – Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC – Concert Hall Tickets
Thu 9 October – Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre Tickets
Sat 11 October – Canberra, Canberra Theatre Tickets
Sun 12 October – Wodonga, The Cube Tickets
Wed 15 October – Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * Tickets
Thu 16 October – Perth, Crown Theatre * Tickets
Sat 18 October – Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * Tickets
Sun 19 October Mandurah, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre * Tickets
Wed 22 October Darwin, Darwin Convention Centre * Tickets
Sat 25 October Adelaide, AEC – Theatre Tickets
Wed 29 October Melbourne, Regent Theatre Tickets
Jherek Bischoff Only * Tickets

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