‘Australia Day’ Comes to Central Park

by on August 13, 2012 · 2 comments

This Saturday marks a huge celebration of Australian music in New York City’s Central Park. Australian acts Husky, Sheppard, High Highs, George Byrne, Maya Jupiter, DJ Ashley Feraude and graffiti artist Kid Zoom will grace the park’s SummerStage for what is shaping up to be an unforgettable day.

Husky, who we were lucky enough to catch earlier in the year, will be headlining the festival. The band, which hails from Melbourne and is fronted by namesake Husky Gawenda, have been touring relentlessly since the release of their album Forever So, which was released on the legendary Seattle record label Sup Pop. You’ll love their beautiful songs. Check out “Hundred Dollar Suit” below.

Sheppard is an indie pop group from Brisbane and includes a whopping three siblings. George, Amy and Emma. George and Amy sing and Emma plays the bass. The family is joined by a trio of other Aussie writers and musicians. We’re really excited to see these guys live in action.

Sydney-born-Brooklyn-transplants High Highs, who we’ve also seen around New York are also on the bill. High Highs have their own brand of sweet and gentle songs that mix falsetto vocals, synths and acoustic guitars. Enjoy the song “Once Around The House”.

Perhaps the most intriguing performer of the day is Maya Jupiter. The Mexican born, Melbourne and Sydney raised artist is one of Australia’s best and most well known female hip-hop artists and radio personalities. She has been performing since 1998 and wowing audiences around the world and also hosting Triple J’s hip-hop show. Jupiter is married to the also incredibly talented Aloe Blacc. Get there early to check out her unique vibes.

Singer-songwriter George Byrne, born in Sydney and now based in Los Angeles, has been touring and releasing music since 2006. In addition to composing music for MTV, he has recorded with Ryan Adams’ band The Cardinals, the insatiable Tori Amos, Jason Molina, The Motels and more.

If his set is anything like his humor is, DJ Ashley Feraude is going to be a sight to be seen. Commenting on being asked to play this show, he said “Yes so it’s official, I’ll be representing Australia at the Summer Stage concert and VIP party in mid August in New York. So do I need to wear a corck hat and play Jimmy Barnes remixes or do I showcase how diverse our sound here really is? No you’re right, I’ll just play my own Magnifik songs and at the end yell into the microphone ‘I’m huge in Australia!’ before being manhandled by security.” Make it happen Ashley, make it happen.

Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom is renowned graffiti artist who is currently based in New York City. He is known for his insanely amazing street art, whether it’s livening up bus stops or entire houses. He will be creating masterpieces for all to see throughout the day and we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve. Check out a cool video which showcases his talents.

The show is completely free and begins at 3pm. Central Park SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield at E.72nd Street off of Fifth Avenue. The “boutique festival” is produced in association with FAMA, sponsored by The Australian International Cultural Council, and supported by MAMBO, with assistance from QANTAS and the Australian Consulate in New York. Find out more information and a map on our events page.