First Nations pop sensation Isaiah Firebrace is performing in Geelong this week

First Nations pop sensation Isaiah Firebrace is performing in Geelong this week

Words by Talia Rinaldo

See the highest-streamed First Nations artist in the world live on stage this weekend.

Delivering on their promise to warm up nights in Geelong, the Geelong Art Centre’s Winter Escape Season is welcoming live audiences back to the redeveloped Costa Hall, Ryrie Street Building, and beyond to witness a diverse array of performances.

Arriving in the arts hub’s 40th year, the new season signifies a slight ‘departure’ from their traditional Deakin University Theatre Season, injecting a renewed sense of artistic energy and excitement into the region, especially when you’ve got one of Australia’s finest Eurovision exports, Isaiah Firebrace, taking to the stage.

What you need to know

  • Isaiah Firebrace is heading to Geelong
  • The talented singer has transformed from a small-town singer to the most-streamed First Nations artist in the world
  • He’ll take to Costa Hall on Friday July 2

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Firebrace rose to national prominence after taking out the top spot on The X Factor Australia back in 2016, where his debut single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’ broke records, going Double Platinum in Australia, Platinum in Norway and Sweden, and Gold in Denmark.

The following year, he broke onto the global stage representing Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final with his single ‘Don’t Come Easy’, placing ninth, as well as scoring a signing to Sony Music Australia.

With a string of successful singles to his name ever since, including ‘You’ back in December 2020, as well as ‘Thinking About You’, ‘Know Me Better’ and the duet with Stan Walker, ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, Firebrace remains true to his roots, while tackling the wider themes of love and loss we’re used to in pop music.

At just 21-years-old, this certified-Platinum singer has accomplishments under his belt that would usually come with decades of industry success, including holding the title as the highest-streamed First Nations artist in the world.

His latest single ‘Blame On Me’, released earlier this month, undoubtedly validates these successes. The catchy pop tune, written in collaboration with DNA Songs (Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci, who have written and produced many Australian Eurovision entries), is already a success in Finland, Spain and Poland, and is sure to set fire to the stage when he comes to Geelong.

Firebrace’s Spirit tour is an 80-minute acoustic concert of original songs featuring himself and band members – music director David Taafua on keys and Emilio Kormanic on guitar.

Catch Isaiah Firebrace at Costa Hall, Geelong on Friday July 2. Tickets are now on sale via the Geelong Arts Centre website.