Australia Rocks The Pier returns on Thursday, July 21st @7-10pm for a night of all-Australian music featuring Missy Higgins, Kim Churchill and Andy Clockwise. The concert, sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General, Cotton On, Tourism New South Wales (NSW), and V Australia is part of the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series of free Thursday night concerts throughout the summer.
Missy Higgins has enjoyed phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies and heartfelt lyrics. The Los Angeles Times raves, “Missy Higgins has that radiance performers exude just as their stars begin to ascend” and Variety gushes that Missy writes “quality songs with cultural resonance – a true rarity in modern music.” After touring the globe with her unforgettable live performances, Missy’s highly acclaimed albums The Sound Of White featuring hit singles “Scar” and “Ten Days” and On A Clear Night featuring hits “Where I Stood” and “Steer” have sold over two million copies, landing Missy on the cover of Australian Rolling Stone magazine twice before she turned 25. Missy is currently recording a new album scheduled for release in early 2012 with Nashville-based producer Brad Jones (Ron Sexsmith, Jill Sobule) and co-producer Australian musician Butterfly Boucher.
Kim Churchill’s soulful voice and beautiful harmonica melodies are indicative of his
explosive style. With his trademark intricate fingerpicking and percussive beats on the body of the guitar combined with two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, he is a musical powerhouse. His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle with the surf at his front door and his nomadic life on the road.
Andy Clockwise is a Los Angeles-based Australian indie-rock import whose electric and raucous live shows have become a staple on the indie-rock scene. Clockwise’s U.S. debut album The Socialite, released in April, has received critical acclaim. Clearly influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Prince and Tom Waits, Clockwise blends rock, pop, synth and punk into self-described “schizo pop.” His local success came after achieving national triumphs Down Under, including steady radio play and tours with bands like INXS and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.
Australia Rocks the Pier is an exciting sampling of Australian contemporary music that will appeal, intrigue and broaden perspectives of Australia’s diversity, talent and culture. Last year beloved cult singer-songwriter Ben Lee headlined a memorable night of Australian music along with rising star Ry Cuming and celtic didgeridoo fusion band Brother for a crowd of over 10,000.
Known for its stunning beauty and an enviable laid-back lifestyle, Australia is a dream destination for those seeking a beautiful escape from the every day. Attendees at Australia Rocks the Pier will have the opportunity to win a fabulous 5-night vacation to Sydney, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a tour of the famed Sydney Opera House, courtesy of V Australia and Tourism NSW.
Chris De Cure, the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles explains, “The Santa Monica Pier is a wonderful, iconic location and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response from audience and industry alike last year that we were very keen to help celebrate Australian artists again this year. The Twilight Dance Series is a great opportunity to share Australian music talent and cultural diversity with the people of Santa Monica and the wider LA community.”
Cotton On’s Elissa Holloway, Marketing and Public Relations Manager says, “Cotton On is very proud of its Aussie heritage, and we are thrilled to be a part of Australia Rocks the Pier for 2011.”
About Australian Consulate, Los Angeles: Part of the role of the Australian Consulate in Los Angeles is to promote broader and deeper understanding of the diversity of Australian culture, skills and opportunities.
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About Tourism NSW:
Tourism NSW are positioning Sydney and the regions of New South Wales as THE destination for youth travelers and long-haul nature and adventure seekers. We also want to encourage travel and support for the Australian Open Surfing Championships that will be held at Manly Beach in February 2012. See their new Youth Campaign at
Australia: Part of the Virgin Australia Group of Airlines, V Australia has built a fresh new airline on a simple idea: that flying should be something great again. Now flying non-stop between LA and Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and operating a fleet of brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, V Australia’s boutique style airline offers 33 lie-flat beds in International Business, 40 all-leather International Premium Economy seats and 288 International Economy seats – the widest across the Pacific. V Australia also boasts attentive in-flight service, two in-flight boutique bars, gourmet meals, generous legroom, state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment, and unique mood lighting. For more information on V Australia, please visit ExperienceVAustralia.com.