Sydney - Thursday 8 June, 2017. As Vivid LIVE approaches its triumphant finale with Beth Orton and Laura Marling next week, the Sydney Opera House today announced it had secured celebrated English trio London Grammar for two grand Concert Hall performances on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 2017 as part of its year-round Contemporary Music program.
Led by Hannah Reed’s hauntingly soulful voice, with Dan Rothman on guitars and Dot Major on keys and percussion, the group have spent recent months touring Europe’s historical halls, from Hackney’s Round Chapel to Glasgow’s Òran Mór, where The Guardian praised “pin-drop torch songs” that seemed “to have shivers of anticipation hard-wired into them.”
Now, they will take to the Concert Hall stage for two cathartic performances of their second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, praised by Drowned in Sound for the “moments of heart-stopping beauty throughout, as well as a newfound optimism that propels the songs to swelling heights.”
Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music at the Sydney Opera House, said: “The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall seems made precisely for the spectral, reverberating tones of London Grammar. Their work is filled with poignant dynamic tensions - aching restraint & emotional urgency, strength & vulnerability, longing & despair - that make them an incredibly compelling live act and one that will deliver two unforgettable evenings in our big room."
It has been four years since London Grammar released their debut album If You Wait. They headlined festivals and patiently collected their accolades – a Brit Award nomination, an Ivor Novello, two AIM Awards, and iTunes’ Album Of The Year – and in the spring of 2015, they finally returned home to north London to write again. ‘Rooting For You’ and ‘Bones of Ribbon’ were their first sketches.
In time, both demos – matured and ready – were taken to Oscar-winning producer Paul Epworth, revitalised and recorded at Crouch End’s Church Studios, the legendary recording studio, housed in a converted 1850s chapel, that has hosted Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Florence + the Machine and Adele.
London Grammar’s Opera House Concert Hall dates cap a string of successful Australian appearances in recent years, including 2013’s sunset appearance at Falls Festival, a sold-out stadium tour in 2015 and, to welcome in the new year, an exultant return to Falls with an orchestra.
London Grammar is a fitting addition to a stellar group of Opera House alumni, including Bon Iver's 'Cercle’, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Beach House and Florence + the Machine.