Fat Freddy’s Drop to headline Big Sunday, the new one-day festival coming to Sidney Myer Music Bowl
15.07.2021

Fat Freddy’s Drop to headline Big Sunday, the new one-day festival coming to Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Words by Kate Streader

Say hello to a six-hour Sunday session at The Bowl.

Larger-than-life New Zealand seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop are set to make their way Down Under to headline Melbourne International Jazz Festival‘s Big Sunday.

Going down at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the six-hour Sunday session will bring a stack of Australian music icons to one of the most renowned stages in Melbourne this October.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s Big Sunday is happening on Sunday October 24 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • The one-day festival has also announced its lineup
  • Tickets are on sale from Thursday July 22

Keep up with all the latest festival news, reviews and interviews here.

Making the trip across the Tasman worth their while, Fat Freddy’s Drop will administer a two-hour headline set when they hit The Bowl.

Having established themselves as an exciting and endlessly energetic live force and riding the high of announcing their forthcoming album, WAIRUNGA, you can guarantee the “seven-headed soul’ monster will deliver an unforgettable performance for MIJF.

Joining them on the lineup comes a handful of homegrown favourites delivering an eclectic spread of jazz, funk, gospel, and soul.

Premiering a new project dubbed The Old Rugged Cross, Paul Grabowsky will be joined by Emma Donovan for a gospel-inspired set complete with a six-piece horn and rhythm section.

One of Australia’s favourite live acts, The Bamboos will also make an appearance to celebrate the release of their tenth studio album, Hard Up, as well as a whopping 21 years of making music together.

Rounding out the lineup is The Cat Empire‘s Harry James Angus who will unveil his new duo project with Freyja Hooper featuring Hooper on drums and Angus simultaneously singing and playing piano and trumpet with each hand.

The epic Sunday gig will cap off this year’s MIJF, with the full festival lineup set to drop on Thursday August 19.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s Big Sunday is happening on Sunday October 24 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Tickets are on sale from Thursday July 22 via the festival website