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2009 Event Media Release - The Studio in July

Issued 18 May, 2009

A winter wonderland at the Sydney Opera House Studio
9 acts covering music, magic and cabaret on-sale today

Sydney Opera House will offer an eclectic festival-style selection of popular culture in July with nine very different shows to warm even the coldest winter’s night.

Across the areas of music, magic and cabaret – light entertainment for dark times – extraordinary artists from Australia and abroad will perform in the intimate Studio at Sydney Opera House.

From the smooth and soulful sounds of Dan Sultan; murderous musical mayhem by The Tiger Lillies; Megan Washington’s quirky intelligent pop; Gotye’s new band The Basics plus legendary singer-songwriters Mary Coughlan and Don McGlashan, The Studio is an affordable way to engage with contemporary arts.

The July line up also includes cabaret queen Meow Meow back with a brand new Christmas recession show, Sydney’s drag superstars return for two glittering late night performances in Drag! and the maestros of magic Holy Cow will again astound.

Last seen at Bennelong Point supporting Old Man River, Megan Washington is Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year and the darling of the indie pop world at the same time. She’s fun, quirky, sensitive and musically adventurous – with a severe case of multiple-personality disorder of the artistic kind.

Whether it’s collaborating with everyone from Paul Grabowski and Ben Lee or fronting The Bamboos or the eponymous Washington, Megan’s eclectic career selections mark her out as a true and fearless artist to watch out for.

Selling out the Spiegeltent at Sydney Opera House last year, Dan Sultan will be joined by his tight and terrific seven-piece band to play songs from their soon-to-be-released and much-anticipated second album in this one-off concert celebration.
An extraordinarily talented musician, Dan’s accomplished debut album Homemade Biscuits was released in 2006 to rave reviews. With his own style of country soul rock n roll, his career is about to explode thanks to collaborations, touring, festivals and an upcoming feature film with Geoffrey Rush.

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s Camp as a Row of Spiegeltents, Drag! will squeeze decades of colour and movement from Sydney's best current shows, plus famous performances brought back to life, into 100 minutes of unadulterated gorgeousness and in-your-face fabulousness.

An extravaganza of solid gold highlights, performers will include Mitzi Macintosh, Amelia Airhead, Minnie Cooper, Joyce Maynge, Chelsea Bun, Trudi Valentine, Portia Turbo, Penny Clifford, Monique Kelly, Dallas Dellaforce, and many more.

Two of Europe’s finest maestros of magic, Rob Mollien and Emiel Lensen, will shock and surprise even the most hardline sceptic when they return to Australia with spectacular new tricks in an all-new version of their hit show Holy Cow 2!

After winning top honours at the World Championships of Magic and being crowned Dutch Champions of Magic for a record 10th year, they return to The Studio after a sold-out season in 2008 with their unique cocktail of comedy, magic, theatre and cabaret – without a puff of smoke or a rabbit in sight.

Armed with sweet new melodies from their forthcoming album Keep Your Friends Close, The Basics will showcase both their acoustic and electric sides in a two-part concert that will take them further than they’ve ever gone before.

Founded by Gotye’s ARIA-winning multi-instrumentalist wunderkind Wally de Backer, 2009 is already shaping up to be a huge year with their latest single With This Ship on high rotation on Triple J and FBi. Expect their trademark humour, soaring three-part harmonies over 60’s-inspired guitar pop, super-stylish suits and visual projections that go way beyond mere eye candy.

Laugh in the face of imminent cat-astrophe with Meow Meow as Sydney’s favourite feline returns to stalk The Studio stage once more, with her provocative brand of deliciously non-traditional cheer. Direct from Broadway, Meow to the World: Crisis is Born features New York piano maestro Lance Horne, Ian Graindage on cello, singing orphans, bad presents and a tacky Christmas tree.

Fresh from sold out engagements in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Beijing, Meow Meow arrives just in time to save us from GFC*-induced guilt, fear and boredom with her new and deliciously naughty concert cabaret. *Global Financial Crisis

Don McGlashan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters, artists and performers. His career spans from the seminal post-pop-punk band Blam Blam Blam, to art experimentalists The Front Lawn, to the platinum-selling and internationally recognised pop band The Mutton Birds.

He has opened for Crowded House on their recent US and Canada tour, was a guest musician within the band and is part of the Neil Finn project 7 Worlds Collide. Most recently he has completed soundtracks for the feature films No 2 and Dean Spanley.

After a career spanning 25 years, Mary Coughlan is producing her best work ever. As Ireland’s leading jazz and blues singer, she is one of the few artists to have a voice that is powerful, passionate and honest enough to carry off a diverse range of styles and to bring to life the pain of her marriage breakup that fuelled the album’s fire.
Hear the album’s highlights live in one intimate concert in The Studio, alongside some of Mary’s favourites from among her remarkable repertoire of love-gone-wrong-songs. Singing from the soul, mixing a wry and laconic humour with a voracious stage presence, she has earned her reputation as the undisputed Lady of the Blues. 

Finally, godfathers of the alternative cabaret movement, The Tiger Lillies, return to Sydney to celebrate 20 years of dark and deviant theatrics. Internationally recognised as one of the foremost avant-garde bands in the world, they never cease to surprise, shock and entertain with their inimitable musical style.

Conjuring the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and fusing it with the savage edge of punk, the Tiger Lillies will performing songs from their Olivier Award winning smash Shockhead Peter along with a selection of numbers from The Gory End (Grammy Award nominated album) and other deranged fan favourites. Not suitable for children, devout Christians or the easily offended.

Megan Washington
Friday 10 July at 8.15pm
$25 or $20 concession

Dan Sultan
Saturday 11 July at 7.30pm
$30 or $25 concession

Saturday 11 & 25 July at 9.30pm
$45 or $35 concession

Holy Cow      
Sunday 12 & Saturday 18 July at 2pm & 6pm
Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 July at 7pm. Sunday 19 July at 2pm

The Basics
Friday 17 July at 9pm
$35 or $30 concession
110mins plus support act The Boat People

Don McGlashan
Saturday 18 July at 9pm 

Mary Coughlan
Thursday 23 July at 7pm

Meow to the World: Crisis is Born     
Thur 23 July at 9.30pm, Fri 24 July at 7pm & 9.30pm, Sun 26 July at 5pm
$45 or $35 concession    

Tiger Lillies
Saturday 25 July at 7pm
$35 or $30 concession

Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Sydney Opera House Publicist
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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