Gordi curates mid-week Isol-Aid international edition, feat. Asgeir, Shura + more
Over the last week, some of Australia's most brilliant names have come together on Instagram Live in support of live music. Now, it's going global.
If you're Australian live music fan in the same state of isolation as everyone else, chances are you've already come across Isol-Aid. Over the last three weeks, they've brought some of the country's most spectacular names together on Instagram Live - Courtney Barnett, Camp Cope, Hockey Dad, John Butler, San Cisco, Alex Lahey, Big Scary, Angie McMahon, Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin and the list goes on - for a virtual festival of sorts; each act getting 20 minutes to play, before connecting through to the next act, where they play for 20 minutes.
In the three versions of the festival thus far, all the acts performing have either been from Australia or New Zealand, and have run over Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to 12 AM each day. It's a two-day, 24-hour event that's blossomed everything from newfound relationships to wholesome comment streams to devastatingly beautiful covers of Lana Del Rey and Neil Young, all brought to you in the comfort of wherever you are and allowing live music to roll on while abiding to social distancing measures (which again, are so incredibly important in ensuring that live music can go on, sooner rather than later).
Today, they've announced a mid-week international special, curated by Gordi and featuring artists that were either here recently, or were expected to tour Australia within the next twelve months (that now, have had their shows obviously cancelled or postponed). From 11:30 AM AEST / 9:30AM AWST, the Instagram Live event will run for two hours, with each of the acts - five internationals, three local acts - getting 15 minutes to perform on their own accounts, all in support for Australian mental health organisation Support Act.
Leading the charge is Julien Baker, boygenius member and esteemed solo musician in her own right. Then, there's Of Monsters And Men’s frontwoman Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Icelandic break-out success story Asgeir, British indie-pop musician and Falls Festival alumni Shura and New York pop duo Overcoats (who come just after sharing a wonderful second album). Then, there's a string of Australian musicians too: line-up curator Gordi, Melbourne pop force Katie Dey, and rising success story George Alice.
The news also arrives with a bit of a special moment for its line-up curator, with Gordi announcing that despite being in the midst of an international album campaign for her forthcoming new record Our Two Skins, she's taking a bit of a step back to refocus on her profession as a doctor, returning to her former job to assist Australian communities struggling with the COVID-19 break-out. Between curating and piecing together Isol-Aid's first international edition and this incredibly selfless move, it's a great day to be a Gordi fan.
Read her statement below:
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