Tony Ellwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria, said, Friday Nights at the NGV continues to be one of the most popular events on our programming calendar, offering a unique opportunity to see an array of local and international music acts as well as late-night access to our winter masterpiece exhibition Degas: A New Vision, with pop-up talks, foods, drinks and more.’
Artists will include ARIA Award winning singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch, whose versatile voice has seen her achieve Top Ten albums, be named Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year 2010’ for Contribution to Culture. She has co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, written for Harper’s Bazaar and the Drum, and currently hosts Afternoons on ABC 774.
Also appearing is PJ Harvey-collaborator intoxicated man Mick Harvey; critically acclaimed five-piece Augie March; Brisbane indie rock trio The Grates; and legendary US rock singer Kid Congo with The Pink Monkey Birds.
The Painted Ladies, will honour the music of Aboriginal music pioneer Vic Simms, who toured with Buddy Holly and Shirley Bassey while still in high school in the 1960s. Tracks from Simms’ album Loner, considered a lost classic, will be performed on August 12.
World premier exhibition Degas: A New Vision will display the biggest collection of the famous artist’s works ever seen in Australia. More than 200 pieces reveal the artist not only as a great master of painting, but also as a master of drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography.
American rock musician Kid Congo Powers, best known as former guitarist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Gun Club and The Cramps, will present his newest album with The Pink Monkey Birds, La Araña Es La Vida, when he brings his raw style of garage-punk to the NGV Great Hall on 26 August.
The Grates have spun punk-tinged indie rock from festival stages across Australia to sell-out shows in New York and London. Their visionary style complete with VHS fuzz and homemade costumes provide a stark contrast to the polished and the perfected.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Jen Cloher will showcase the husky-voiced tunes for which she has earned ARIA and Australian Music Prize nominations, while multi-instrumentalist twin brothers the Pierce Brothers, who recently finished a world tour, will also perform.
Jess Ribeiro‘s most recent album Kill it Yourself , produced by acclaimed musician-producer Mick Harvey, dives headlong into hazy rock, landscape ambience and melodious 60’s psych and has already garnered a number of awards and critical acclaim, including being shortlisted for the 2016 AMP Award.
Over thirteen weeks the Friday Nights at NGV lineup also includes teenage trio The Goon Sax who have built up a distinctive indie-pop sound and been hailed by Pitchfork as a ‘distinctly Australian blend of honesty and unpretentiousness.’ This winter the setting will be inspired by a Parisian café, offering a sophisticated and relaxed evening of art, dining, music and conversation. Friday Nights at NGV regularly sells out – BOOK NOW