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Lianne La Havas


Thu 24 Jan 2013, 7:30pm

Where: The Zoo, 711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $49.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: JennyEF

"The most striking voice since Adele.” - The Telegraph, UK

“A natural who uses her six-string acoustic and her husky R&B croon to create songs that fall winningly between categories: part Bill Withers-esque neo-soul, part Bon Iver-style indie folk, with punchier beats than you'd expect and welcome detours into Sade's plush bedroom.” - Rolling Stone

Following the announcement of Lianne La Havas' appearance on the lineup for 2013’s Sydney Festival, Chugg Entertainment can now confirm that the British chanteuse, Lianne La Havas, will also be playing shows in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Her run of shows kicks off in Sydney with four special performances as part of Sydney Festival from Friday 18th January to Wednesday 23rd January; two at The Famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park and two at Salon Perdu in Parramatta. Following this, La Havas heads to Brisbane for a show at The Zoo on Thursday 24th January before wrapping things up in Melbourne at The Corner Hotel on Friday 25th January.

The 22-year-old’s sublime debut album Is Your Love Big Enough (Warners) has been called by The LA Times a reminder of “the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production.” So warmly has the debut album been received that it’s collected a nomination for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

Her first EP Lost & Found was released in October 2011 and featured Willy Mason on the opening track, No Room For Doubt. On the same day, La Havas mad her television debut on Later… with Jules Holland, a programme which also featured Wisconsin folk band, Bon Iver. So moved was Bon Iver’s lead man, Justin Vernon, by her entrancing slow vibrato floating above her simple arrangements that he not only gave her a round of applause just for her soundcheck, but days later it was announced that La Havas would be joining Bon Iver’s North American tour as the opening act.

Born in London to a Greek father and Jamaican mother, La Havas first began to make music at the age of 7. Rather than being pushed into lessons by over-zealous parents, Lianne was given her first keyboard by her father and was allowed the pleasure of being left to her own devices. She began to sing not long after, but under less happy circumstances.

Still just seven years old, Lianne, like most children, wanted to be part of the popular clique at school. Unlike most children, Lianne's initiation was more like an audition – the cool gang at Lianne's school was open only to those that could sing! Double-crossed by the friend she was going to audition with, Lianne sang to herself anyway, and found something much more than a means to an end; she discovered her passion.

Lianne nurtured her talent singing in school choir’s and musicals; all the while feeding her voracious musical appetite with a broad range of influences. Far from turning her into an imitation, Lianne’s influences helped her find her own voice. From heroines of relative antiquity like Nina Simone, to contemporary Neo-Soul pioneers like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu; great voices inspired Lianne to use her own, ever growing in skill and confidence.

It was during her foundation year at art school that Lianne made the leap into a full-time music career. Already working part-time as a backing singer, she decided to leave her course and concentrate solely on music. Another backing vocalist gig, this time with Paloma Faith, brought her into contact with future musical collaborators and led to her decision to launch a career of her own.

In the two years since then, Lianne has gone from strength to strength. Spending time on both sides of the Atlantic working with a select number of producers and playing shows to captivated audiences in London, Paris, and New York. The future looks very bright indeed for this remarkable talent.