Marlon Williams – 2021 RISING Festival

Marlon Williams – 2021 RISING Festival

Marlon Williams

This event is part of the 2021 RISING Festival.

RISING is a surge of art, music, performance and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne… In other words, it’s a new festival in Victoria’s cultural calendar. RISING will begin on the evening of the total lunar eclipse 26 May and run until 6 June 2021.

From humble beginnings in Lyttleton, a tiny town on New Zealand’s South Island, Marlon Williams’ sonorous voice rings out like a beacon. It has the power of his home country’s rugged landscape and the fragility of its lonely heart. Williams draws on American folk and country traditions for sure—somewhere between Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak (he even showed up in A Star Is Born)—but he can also sing in te reo Māori about a tiny, yellow-eyed penguin and make you cry. A once-in-a-generation talent with a voice that crosses continents.

Co-headlining the night are Melbourne dream folk duo Luluc. Across four acclaimed albums, Zoe Randell’s exquisite alto and Steve Hassett’s intimate harmonies have been celebrated, along with their poetic songwriting. Luluc released ‘Dreamboat’ in late 2020, which features collaborations with members of The National and Arcade Fire among many others.