Interview with Adalita: New music at Brunswick Music Festival? ‘Abso-fucking-lutely’

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Interview with Adalita: New music at Brunswick Music Festival? ‘Abso-fucking-lutely’


Leader of iconic 90’s Geelong rockers, Magic Dirt, Adalita joins the stacked Brunswick Music Festival lineup and she's bringing some exciting new tracks.

Currently in the thick of the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 50th Anniversary tribute shows – alongside fellow rock royalty Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon) and Tim Rogers (You Am I) – Adalita is stoked to be on the road and celebrating the masterpiece album with live audiences. 

“It’s so great – having the best time ever,” she says. “We did Melbourne Sunday night at the Palais (Theatre) which was really awesome. It was packed out and people really loving it…It was very cool and we’re off to Newcastle and Thirroul this week and Adelaide next week before it wraps up. But we’re having a ball.

“I think the mood in the crowd is 100 fold compared to usual gigs because everyone is so excited to be out and feels really replenished…the restorative power of music is great. It’s great to be back out there. This tour will finish quickly but there will be more shows out there.”

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That’s a definite, with a Thursday evening outdoor picnic style showcase at Brunswick Music Festival in the calendar. On 10 March 2022, from 7PM, Adalita will be joined by her full band, along with Melbourne multi-instrumentalist and industry mainstay Claire Birchall in the support seat, at Gilpin Park.

“It’s going to be great. I played the Brunswick Music Fest before, a few years back,” she continues.

“It’s great to be part of the festival again and playing at Gilpin Park; it’s quite an iconic park to the area I’ve heard.

“It will be nice and being outdoors will be nice, being with the band, my boys, again. We haven’t played together for two years so it will be an awesome day.” 

She continues, “Claire is supporting, she’s a great local musician and I’ve loved her for a long time.

“She used to be in Paper Planes, that was her band and now she does a whole bunch of configurations of music and will be doing a solo synth driven style performance. She’s awesome and has a rich, beautiful voice so it will be incredible.”

Adalita will be diving into her music museum archive for the Brunswick Music Festival stage, but will also sprinkle some new tunes into the mix.

This is the first taste of new music from the Magic Dirt frontwoman since her 2013 sophomore solo album, All Day Venus, and has been in the works for some time, with album number three overdue for release this year.  

“I had actually written and recorded the album way before Covid hit but the delay of getting it out pre-Covid was due to touring.

“I self-manage and also co-manage Magic Dirt, so there is a lot of business things to fit in and then a release around that is going to take time and energy…

“The goal is to release this year – absolutely, abso-fucking-lutely,” she laughs. “I need to do it for my mental health. It’s been a long time; I’ve been working on this album for many, many years so it feels like a document that is archaeological and I’m digging it up.

“I cannot wait to get it out. It’s been a long gestation and it’s been in the lab for a long time but that’s just how it has been. It’s been a long time between drinks, that’s for sure.

“The album is a bit of full throttle band vibe and a little bit more stripped back, atmospheric and more intimate, semi-desolate, introspective me. It’s quite a mix.”

On the Dirt front, Adalita has been keeping busy on the business and administrative end of music, issuing re-releases of the 1994 missile, Life Was Better, and the 1996 Friends In Danger – which both re-entered the ARIA charts – and booking, cancelling and rescheduling festival slots including upcoming monsters Uncaged Festival, Spring Loaded, Miami Marketta and the unfortunate reschedule conflicting casualty, King Street Carnival, amongst others.

Adalita will also head outback mid year to play solo runs at Big Red Bash, Mundi Mundi Bash. But for now you’ll be able to catch Adalita, along with her top Brunswick Music Festival picks HTRK, The Dacios and Gordi, at Brunswick Music Festival from 4 – 14 March 2022.

Full schedule and ticketing information can be found right here.