Olympia comes to the Peninsula!
Olympia w/ Jack The Fox. Music on the Hill (MOTH). Fri 7 February
Originally from Woollongong, Olivia Bartley, song writer and creative force behind Olympia, has been a musician since her childhood.
It is said she initially used a broken piano to accompany aspiring TV Evangelists in an empty church. A guitar came later but the voice was always there.
She taught herself guitar often through YouTube tutorials and, after a while, made her way into the Melbourne music scene.
Originally playing at folk festivals, Olivia realised that she wanted to make music that was more sonically powerful and her style moved towards alternative and synth pop sounds.
And thus, Olympia was born in 2011, inspired by musicians such as Stina Nordenstam and Neil Young as well as non-musical influences such as Pele and Carl Sagen.
As Olympia, Olivia performed with artists including Paul Dempsey, City and Colour, and Lamb, and released a self-titled EP in 2013.
The debut album, ‘Self Talk’ was released to critical acclaim in 2016, including an ARIA nomination, Triple J Feature Album, and shortlisting in the Australian Music Prize, cementing its place as undoubtedly one of the most important Australian releases of 2016.
Described by the Herald Sun as a ‘local guitar bully and counter-culture connoisseur’, Olympia recently toured with Anna Calvi, Julia Jacklin and Fred Arminsen. In reviews, comparisons have been made with artists including Joey Santiago (Pixies) and David Bowie.
On the back of a huge year touring the sophomore release, ‘Flamingo’ to international critical acclaim, Olympia will perform an intimate showcase of her work in a rare solo appearance at Music on the Hill (MOTH) at Red Hill Pavilion on Friday 7 February. You can purchase tickets here
For more information go to the Music On The Hill website
Don’t miss this rare chance to hear this relentlessly original artist provide a new insight into her work. Support by Peninsula-based duo Jack The Fox.
“Brooding, delicate… for fans of Sharon Van Etten, Laura Marling & Anna Calvi” – Rolling Stone
“This blend of gliding, intense vocals, echoing guitar and ragged edges instead comes from studying design and celebrating the idea of ‘the idea’ instead of the obvious” – Sydney Morning Herald