As our festival is cancelled and our streets are ever quiet, we thought it would be a crying shame to not at least have a little taste of Fringe Ignite this month. Each year Sydney Fringe usually kicks off with our long-running opening party Fringe Ignite that sees us take over a high street in a local neighbourhood and fill it with amazing live music. This year we were meant to be in and around Australia Street in Newtown, so we have gathered a small collection of the artists who were meant to perform and are streaming this very special concert from Newtown. Join us for a lazy Sunday afternoon featuring some of Sydney’s most wonderful musicians. Something to bring a little cheer to our locked down world.
Fat, Funny and Born to sing, Billie McCarthy is a popular feature on stages, panel shows and also with her mum. Having toured internationally, Neo Soul sensation Jill Scott said “I love what Billie does”.
A multi-lingual multi-instrumentalist, Ella Haber deftly weaves her songwriting prowess with trumpet, piano, spoken word, fresh lyricism and powerful jazz/soul performance.
Crafting a delicate balance of alternative pop, KYVA embodies a union of worlds: drawing equally from spheres of Dark Wave and Soul to create something entirely new and sonically beautiful.
Ines embodies the sensual exoticisms of a European goddess and the blatant characteristics of the descendants of thieves and cutthroats, melding genre-defying, rumbling soul melodies and diary-like lyrics.
Described by The Guardian UK as “a king of pop”, Brendan MacLean blends bops, rock anthems and pop ballads – easily one of the most beloved queer songwriters of his generation.
Image: Lady King, Fringe Ignite 2019, photo by Seiya Taguchi