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Somehow Birds of Tokyo snuck up on us. In the dozen years since forming in Perth these five unassuming guys have gradually grown – song by song, gig by gig – into Australia’s biggest contemporary rock band. They may not yet be household names, but their songs have been heard in everyone’s home.

The band have won multiple ARIA and APRA awards. They’ve co-headlined virtually every important music festival in this country. They’ve had tracks in major TV and film campaigns and even played the AFL Grand Final. All of this was driven by a string of emotive anthems that have dominated radio, from Triple J’s Hottest 100 to the commercial FM charts … big songs like Plans, Broken Bones, Wild At Heart, This Fire, Lanterns, Anchor and their latest hit single, I’d Go With You Anywhere. It’s an airplay streak unmatched by any Australian artist since Powderfinger.

Even so, for most people Birds of Tokyo have still somehow “flown under the radar”. Until now. Their new compilation album, Playlist, gathers all these songs (and 10 more) into one undeniable 18-track bundle. For all but their most hardcore fans, the collection is a revelation. Casual listeners will be surprised to realise that they actually already know the words and melodies for most of these tunes.

For rusted-on fans who truly have “gone everywhere” with Birds of Tokyo, this compilation is like hearing 13 years flash past you in less than an hour. For others who think they only know a song or two, the album showcases a deep and strong body of work that’s all too rare in an era of fly-by-night blog darlings.

“We’re actually in the middle of recording about 30 new tracks,” reveals keyboardist Glenn Sarangapany. “It’s still a bit early to know what shape the next release will take, but it’s definitely going to be moving on from everything on Playlist.”

Dustin Tebbutt

Releasing his second record, Home, in late 2015, Dustin Tebbutt has already drawn critical acclaim for his distinct, atmospheric sound. Having perfected his live performance with over 100 shows in the last eighteen months, Dustin will be supporting Birds Of Tokyo as part of Spectrum Now Festival. Writing, producing and mixing his own music, as well as playing the majority of the parts, Dustin is an artist in the full sense. Having drawn inspiration for previous releases from his time spent in the depths of the Scandinavian winter, he follows this theme of solitary contemplation on his new record.

Set Times

Doors 7:00pm

Dustin Tebbut 7:30-8:15

Birds of Toyko 8:45pm

This performance will conclude at approximately 10.45pm*

*Performance timings are subject to change.

The Big Top concert series is a licensed, all ages (16+ recommended) event. Spectrum Now Festival recommends parents/guardians should consider whether the Big Top concert is appropriate for their child and recommends that any children under 16 years of age who attend the Big Top are accompanied by their parent or guardian. Persons who are 18 years of age or older and wish to purchase alcohol MUST have valid photo ID (passport, Australian driver’s license, proof of age card). Spectrum Now Festival @ The Domain welcomes and caterers for all ages, is family friendly and free to attend outside of the ticketed Big Top events.

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  • Fri 11 March
    7.00 pm
The Spectrum Now Festival @ The Domain
The Domain, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW

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