First Nations Concert Series

Rebecca Varidel
30th Aug 2018

“First Nations can now be heard across all genres and around the world. There is a new attitude and urgency to the lyrics and rhythm, providing opportunities for deep listening, visiting forgotten stories and sharing pride in country and black identity. From native tongues to dance, this series of concerts showcases the of the next generation. I’m loving the shift in these new songmen and songwomen who still walk in ancient footprints and continue to unleash ideas, tell of personal triumphs and the obstacles they have faced. Welcome to the 21st century of songlines.” Rhoda Roberts AO, Head of First Nations Programming at the Opera House

The Sydney Opera House and Airbnb has announced a new series of unique and intimate performances from inspiring First Nations artists that will take place in the stunning surrounds of the Utzon Room, the only Opera House venue designed entirely by its architect, Jørn Utzon.

First Nations Concerts Series offer one-of-a-kind experiences celebrates the vibrancy and rich contemporary culture of Australia’s First Nations, and will feature an incredible line-up of emerging and established First Nations artists, including:

Drummer, spoken word and hip hop artist DOBBY will kick things off with a compelling and contagious performance incorporating his Filipino and First Nations heritage, followed by Tasman Keith whose latest track ‘My Pelopolees’ hit the charts earlier this year. As the son of Indigenous hip-hop pioneer, Wire MC, Tasman is true rap royalty, harnessing hip hop, R&B and new-wave funk to share his powerful message. The evening will be MC’d by rapper, taste-maker and triple j host Hau Latukefu.

Radical Son will bring his effortless vocals to the Utzon Room this December, accompanied by pianist Callum Macdonald. His often poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing, guided by his heritage from Australia’s Kamilaroi nation and Tonga. This intimate solo concert overlooking the harbour is an ideal setting to take a moment to unwind to Radical Son’s moving melodies.

Emerging indie artist Tia Gostelow will kick start 2019 with a night of unforgettable music. Tia is from the Lama Lama peoples of the Eastern Cape York Peninsula and is fast becoming a festival circuit-favourite, making this intimate gig a rare opportunity.

With the backdrop of Sydney Harbour on one side and Utzon’s tapestry homage to C.P.E. Bach on the other, the Utzon Room is a special setting to experience these up-close-and-personal performances spanning hip hop, R&B, soul and indie.