‘The Up Late program includes a not-to-be-missed live performance by Australian singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch on Friday 23 August, and a night with legendary Australian hip hop group The Herd on Friday 30 August,’ Mr Saines.
Tamsin Cull, Head of Public Engagement, QAGOMA said artist Ben Quilty was a long-time fan of The Herd and their politically charged lyrics.
An eight-member collective of rappers, singers, and musicians, The Herd has released five acclaimed albums since 2001, and been strong critics of ingrained Australian prejudices with songs such as ‘77%’ and ‘The King is Dead’. Their version of Redgum’s song about the Vietnam War, ‘I Was Only 19’, is a rare cover that has become as iconic as the original.
The Up Late program kicks off on Friday 2 August with the energising double bill of interactive singalong sensation Pub Choir and Jim Moginie and the Family Dog. Custard, the elder statesmen of Brisbane indie rock will perform on Friday 9 August, and Yolngu artist and Milingimbi (Yurrwi) man Gawurra will entrance audiences with his mesmerising sounds on Friday 16 August.
During Up Late, chamber ensemble Nonsemble will bring the art of Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty to life with pop-up performances of reimagined pop hits and experimental musicality.