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This February and March, Tasmanian avant-pop artist Costume presents the Dream Palace Tour - his highly anticipated first performances after an acclaimed, packed-out debut at DARK MOFO 2019 and the release of Costume's debut album Pan, recorded in Iceland at the iconic Greenhouse Studios (Björk, The xx, Anohni, Kanye West).
Very quickly, Costume's beguiling blend of electro-orchestral-infused art-pop has earned him ecstatic reviews - "enthralling" (Backseatmafia); "takes the unique and dramatic to new heights" (The Music) - and an enthusiastic following. The irrepressible style, theatrics and visuals of Costume's live performance dramatise songs that explore themes of metamorphoses, doubles, exhibition and prudishness. Sitting somewhere between chamber pop, electronica and new wave, Costume's music is electrified by an alluring, androgynous croon.
Costume is the moniker of Adam Ouston. Backed by MONA subsidiary DarkLab, Pan was recorded in Reykjavik and produced by Ouston and mastered by Greenhouse Studios founder, composer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Anohni, Oneohtrix Point Never). Four videos have been created for Pan. 'Horns' was shot around Iceland by Canadian filmmaker Blair Alexander (Damien Rice). The latter three, 'Running Boy', 'Feeling' and 'Bang Bang,' were filmed in Tasmania by director Briony Kidd (Stranger with My Face Festival) and veteran cinematographer Sandi Sissel (Michael Jackson's 'Black or White', Master and Commander), in a crumbling, decrepit mansion on the outskirts of Hobart. Collectively, the four clips comprise something of a short film.
As well as music, Ouston is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in national literary magazines and arts and culture publications, and has earned honours such as the 2014 Erica Bell Literary Award and the manuscript prize in the 2017 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards. His first novel, The Fetish, was published as part of The People's Library collective artwork in 2018. Adam also holds a PhD for his monograph on the travel writing of Robert Dessaix. (Dessaix appears in the videos for 'Bang Bang' and 'Feeling'.)
DREAM PALACE TOUR FEB/MARCH 2020
Launceston · Friday 28 February · Earl Arts Centre
Melbourne · Sunday 1 March · The Toff
Hobart · Friday 6 March · Peacock Theatre
Brisbane· Saturday 21 March · The Old Museum
Sydney · Friday 27 March · Factory Theatre
Newcastle · Saturday 28 March · Civic Playhouse Theatre
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[Photo credit: Eliot Lee Hazel]
Weyes Blood is announcing international tour dates for 2020 in support of Titanic Rising, her massively acclaimed album recently named one of the “Best Albums” of the 2010s and 2019.
Her “A Lot Has Changed Tour,” which includes new shows in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, spans February 23rd in Perth, AU as part of Perth Festival and runs through August 14th in Nashville, TN at The Basement East.
A special fan presale for U.S. headlining dates begins Thursday, January 23rd at 10 am (local), with tickets on sale to the general public (all territories) this Friday, January 24th at 10 am (local). Please visit WeyesBlood.com for more info.
A Lot Has Changed Tour
Australia/New Zealand 2020 / Winter
Feb. 23 - Perth, AU - Perth Festival
Feb. 25 - Brisbane, AU - The Zoo
Feb. 26 - Melbourne, AU - Melbourne Recital Hall
Feb. 28 - Melbourne, AU - Melbourne Zoo Twilights **
Feb. 29 - Wollongong, AU - Farmer & The Owl Festival
Mar. 03 - Sydney, AU - The Factory Theatre
Mar. 04 - Hobart, AU - Odeon Theatre
Mar. 05 - Adelaide, AU - Adelaide Festival
Mar. 07 - Castlemaine, AU - Theatre Royal
Mar. 08 - Victoria, AU - Golden Plains Festival
Mar. 13 - Wellington, NZ - New Zealand Festival of the Arts / Michael Fowler Centre *
Mar. 14 - Auckland, NZ - Auckland Town Hall *
Mar. 15 - Christchurch, NZ - Christchurch Town Hall *
* w/ Aldous Harding
** w/ Julia Jacklin
US 2020 / Spring
Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella
May 01 - Felton, CA - Felton Music Hall
May 02 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
May 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
May 05 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
May 08 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 10 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
May 11 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
May 12 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
May 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
Europe 2020 / Spring
Jun. 03-07 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
Jun. 08 - Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix
Jun. 10 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Jun. 14 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 16 - Cork, IE - Cork Midsummer Festival
Jun. 17 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Jun. 19 - Istanbul, TU - Zorlu PAC Jazz Festival
US 2020 / Summer
Jul. 31 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Aug. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Aug. 04 - Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner
Aug. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of The Living Arts
Aug. 07 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Aug. 08 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Aug. 10 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
Aug. 12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Aug. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Aug. 14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising appeared on over 100 “Best of 2019” lists and readers polls, earning “Album of the Year” honors from Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD, Magic (France), PASTE, and Uncut, and additional placement from outlets including The AV Club, BBC News, Consequence of Sound, Dazed, Double J (Australia), Exclaim, GAFFA (Sweden), Genius, God is in the TV, Gorilla vs. Bear, GQ (France), The Guardian, Idolator, The Independent, Les Inrocks (France), The Line of Best Fit, Loud & Quiet, Magnet, MOJO, Musikexpress (Germany), The Needle Drop, NME, Northern Transmissions, No Ripcord, NPR Music, Passion of the Weiss, Pitchfork, Q, Record Collector, Rolling Stone (Germany), Rough Trade, The Skinny, Slant, Stereogum, The Independent, The Observer, The Sunday Times Culture, The Times, Thrillist, Treble Zine, Under the Radar, Uproxx, and Vice. Titanic Rising also spent 4 weeks atop the NACC 200 College Chart.
Titanic Rising was also named one of the “Best of the Decade” from the likes of All Music, Aquarium Drunkard, The AV Club, Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork, PASTE, Treble Zine, and Uproxx.
Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising, which features the highlights “Movies,” “Everyday,” “Andromeda,” “Something to Believe” and “Wild Time,” is available everywhere from Sub Pop.