Magic Dirt’s Adalita is taking on Melbourne’s hallowed Grand Organ for Melbourne Music Week

Magic Dirt’s Adalita is taking on Melbourne’s hallowed Grand Organ for Melbourne Music Week

Image by Lisa Businovski
Words by August Billy

A music luminary vs. the Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ… This will be a treat.

After two decades fronting Magic Dirt, during which the Geelong band released six full-length albums and a stack of EPs and singles, Adalita launched a solo career in 2010. Adalita just celebrated the tenth anniversary of her debut solo EP, Hot Air, which served as a foreword to her 2011 self-titled LP.

Adalita had only agreed to make a solo record after consistent encouragement from Magic Dirt’s late bass player, producer Dean Turner. Turner passed away midway through its production and Adalita completed recording of the intimate, stripped-back release the year following his death.

The album was named Best Independent Album at the 2011 AIR Awards and a follow-up, All Day Venus, arrived in 2013. This one featured a bigger sound than its predecessor, which was helped along by the production of long-time Magic Dirt associate Lindsay Gravina and Dirty Three drummer Jim White.

However, neither All Day Venus nor the heavy rock of Magic Dirt’s early years can provide apt preparation for Adalita’s Melbourne Music Week performance. She’ll be taking over the Melbourne Town Hall in late February, backed by her full band as well as Mick Harvey and Rowland S Howard collaborator J.P. Shilo on the Hall’s four storey-high grand organ.

Catch Adalita perform at the Melbourne Town Hall as part of Melbourne Music Week on Sunday February 28. Grab tix here.

To keep up to date with all the gigs going down in Melbourne, head to our dedicated online gig guide which will be gradually updated as the local live music scene kicks back into gear.