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Archie Roach and Sinead O’Connor perform in Melbourne

Melbourne Festival announces very special world premiere performances with several of the Seven Songs to Leave Behind artists showcasing some brand new songs, alongside their well known hits and those of other iconic performers. Those performing world premiere new works include Sinead O’Connor, in her only Australian performance and Gurrumul Yunupingu, who will premiere a new song with his musical partner Michael Hohnen and Orchestra Victoria.

The artist’s repertoire choices for the evening will be eclectic, diverse, rich and unexpected with unforgettable collaborations from each of the artists, such as Archie Roach and Sinead O’Connor working together for the first time. Each of the Seven Songs artists will be stepping outside their usual repertoire choices for this epic 3 hour plus evening of music. The night will feature material from a rich pantheon of incredible songwriters including Prince, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Simon, L7, Coolio, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and many, many others.

Another highlight will surely be The Black Arm Band and recent Deadly Award winner and ARIA Award nominee, Dan Sultan performing Leonard Cohen and special guest Archie Roach performing a classic with Rickie Lee Jones. This is going to be one very special night of music.

Each will perform their first ever song; one from master poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen; a song to share; a song they covet – the one, above all others, they wish they had written; two songs of their own and one for the end of days… a song to leave behind.

In a format of entwined concerts featuring newly commissioned, musical arrangements and film images chosen for their breathtaking beauty, each act will perform a highly personal musical essay of classic songs that hold special meaning to them: music that comes from the heart, the songs that inspire them and haunt them and the music they covet. These distinctive voices across a range of musical styles take to the stage alongside Orchestra Victoria and a handpicked band of Australia’s finest instrumentalists.

Gates open at 6.30pm.

Venue: the Arts Centre, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
For conditions of entry please refer to
Date: Sat 23 Oct at 7.30pm Gates open 6.30pm
Duration: 3hr plus intervals
Tickets: Seated Area SOLD OUT
General Admission Full $75 / General Admission Concession $56.25
Student (General Admission) $25
Bookings: the Arts Centre 1300 182 183 /

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