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Enigmatic post-rock outfit Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to Australia for a handful of live shows this summer. Their only Sydney show will be held in the Big Top as part of Spectrum Now Festival, with special guests Xylouris White.

The tour follows the release of the Montreal eight-piece’s new album, Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress. Clocking in at a succinct 40:23, it is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band’s career.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band’s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.

Don’t miss Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing live in Sydney; where composition, emotion and “note-choice” will be inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.

“Few bands ask more of the body than this thunderous Montreal collective. Few bands weave their way into the sinew more.”

“[They] make resistance sound holy, and love sound like a revolutionary act.”

Xylouris White

Xylouris White, the unlikely collaboration between Dirty Three drummer Jim White and Cretan lute player George Xylouris, follow-up their Sydney Festival, MOFO and sold-out Melbourne club show appearances of earlier this year with a return tour this coming March. The return tour sees the duo appearing at festivals including Spectrum Now Festival in support of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and art galleries, zoos, clubs and universities ahead of a new album release in early 2016.

“This transcendental folk, deconstructed by the volatile rhythms of rock demands to be danced to, and when the music hit the loud and fast end of the spectrum – an all out head-banging mosh” – Sydney Festival / The Guardian

The former residents of Melbourne have spent the better part of the last 12 months touring the globe in support of GOATS, their debut release and No.1 album on Billboard’s World Music Chart; a first for an Australian band. An album that has also found friends and favour from the New York Times to Uncut Magazine, Swans to the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and fans of traditional and progressive musics alike. Truly there is no other like Xylouris White.

“At only 36 minutes, Goats is dizzying, a sometimes chaotic smear of styles, tempos, tones, and harmonics woven through musical history. It sounds and feels live, like the duo is just getting started when it ends. Yet it is long enough to reveal something not only new, but previously unfathomable with each listen” – Allmusic.com

Set Times

Doors 7.00pm

Xylouris White 7.30-8.15pm

Godspeed You! Black Emperor 8.45pm



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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  • Tue 08 March
    7.00 pm
Spectrum Now Festival @ The Domain
The Domain, 1 Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW

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