Sydney - Friday 9 June, 2017. New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde will become the youngest artist to headline the Sydney Opera House Forecourt this November as part of the Opera House’s post-Vivid LIVE contemporary music program, which culminates with Beth Orton and Laura Marling next week.
Wrapping a huge summer-festival tour of her native New Zealand, Europe and the United States – including Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Fuji Rock – Lorde will now take to the Opera House’s impressive outdoor stage.
The November Forecourt performance will feature the 20-year-old’s eagerly-awaited second album Melodrama. The first single, 'Green Light' provided a glimpse of a new summer soundtrack. As Pitchfork saw it, 'Green Light's dancefloor euphoria was “a new look for this 20-year-old who first appeared as a shadowy teenaged mystic. She doles it out carefully… but when it hits, she’s radiant.”
'Liability' was next, a dark, piano-driven meditation on what young fame can do to friendship, followed by 'Perfect Places', which dropped unexpectedly last week and was immediately named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music at the Sydney Opera House, said: “Debuting in Sydney at the Goodgod Small Club in 2013, it is an incredible moment to now welcome iconoclastic pop auteur Lorde onto the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, the grandest stage in the city. Having captivated the world with her compelling, nuanced and sophisticated observations on teenaged life, everyone is on tenterhooks to hear Melodrama and explore the next sonic chapter of her already remarkable career. Lorde’s self-possession and self-awareness inform and colour her droll musical explorations of imperfection and ambiguity while delivering dazzling live performances radiating energy and unselfconscious charisma. The venue on her next visit will no doubt be bigger again so make sure you catch this performer now at the peak of her synesthetic powers.”
It’s almost four years since a 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor released her debut Pure Heroine under the name Lorde. The album went triple platinum, won two GRAMMY Awards, and spawned the seven-time-platinum record-breaking 'Royals' and its quadruple-platinum follow up 'Team'. Along the way, the girl from across the pond became the voice of her generation.
Since then, while working on her follow-up record from her home in New Zealand, Lorde has been busy: curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 (featuring her own Golden Globe nominated 'Yellow Flicker Beat'), collaborating with Disclosure on 'Magnets' and co-writing Jack Antonoff’s latest track ‘Don’t Take the Money,’ released under his side-project Bleachers.
Antonoff – best known as the lead guitarist of the indie rock band fun and co-writer and co-producer on three songs from Taylor Swift’s Grammy Award-winning record 1989 – has co-produced most tracks on Lorde’s forthcoming album. Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, co-producer of Lorde’s The Love Club EP, Joel Little, and Canadian DJ Frank Dukes have also produced for the record.
Set beneath the Opera House’s famous sails and framed by the dramatic Monumental Steps, the Forecourt is one of the world's most spectacular outdoor performance venues and has played host to legendary shows from artists including The National, Florence + the Machine, Chet Faker, Tame Impala and Crowded House.