Adding a fresh flavour to an already jam-packed line-up is the addition of Big Freedia. There is simply no one quite like Big Freedia, the larger-than-life New Orleans rap artist, known as the Queen of Bounce. Big Freedia is known for her infectious energy and personality. Big Freedia is a loud and proud advocate for racial and gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. In addition to releasing her own critically acclaimed EPs, ‘3rd Ward Bounce’ (2018), ‘Louder’ (2020), and ‘Big Diva Energy’ (2021), Big Freedia has also appeared on numerous high-profile projects, including Beyoncé’s Grammy award-winning, ‘Formation’, and the recently released track coined the song of the summer, ‘Break My Soul’. Bringing her distinctive voice and signature catchphrases to all her work, she also collaborated on Drake’s ‘Nice For What’.
Joining the loud and proud Big Freedia on this incredible line-up is hip-hop royalty – GZA aka the Genius from Wu-Tang Clan and Talib Kweli from Black Star. Both also respected for their solo work. Solid backing will be brought to the collective by brass sensations from New Orleans, The Soul Rebels who were last in Australia backing NAS at Bluesfest Byron Bay in 2017 for an exclusive set.
Recently headlining Blue Note Jazz Festival and not to be missed is Robert Glasper performing his own set with an electric band featuring Justin Tyson (drums), Burniss Travis (bass) and DJ Jahi Sundance. The 9-time nominated across 11 categories, 4-time Grammy® award winner is currently performing a record 30 night stand at the world famous Jazz venue, The Blue Note in New York. The only other artists to have ever achieved this are Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie. Glasper is the only artist to ever have an album release in the top 10 of 4 album charts on Billboard at the same time. Two years later he did it again.
This is a once in a lifetime, jam-packed gig is not to be missed!
Wednesday 5th April 2023 – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane (+ Robert Glasper)
Thursday 6th April 2023 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (+ Robert Glasper)
Thursday 6th – Monday 10th April 2023 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay
Saturday 8th April 2023 – Bluesfest, Melbourne
TICKETS ON SALE NOW:
Bluesfest Byron Bay: https://www.bluesfest.com.au/tickets/
Bluesfest Melbourne: https://bluesfestmelbourne.com.au/
THE SOUL REBELS – JULIAN GOSIN INTERVIEW
Brass sensation The Soul Rebels are riding high in 2022 after receiving national attention following the release of their new album, Poetry In Motion. The eight-member collective appeared on Sony Music artist G-Eazy featuring Lil Wayne’s new single ‘When You’re Gone”, Def Jam artist Dave East and Nas’ “Godfather 4” single, Big Freedia and Icona Pop’s “Pipe That”, and reached fans with original singles “Greatness” featured as ESPN’s official College Hoops theme anthem, and “Good Time” featured on Netflix’s #BlackAF and Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! On the heels of their new supergroup with The Wu Tang Clan, The Soul Rebels continue to expand their international reach touring four continents including Europe, Australia, China, South Korea and Japan. Their explosive stage presence has led to live collaborations with the likes of Katy Perry, Nas, G-Eazy, DMX, Robin Thicke, Macy Gray, Portugal. The Man, Robert Glasper, Pretty Lights, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Matisyahu.
Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with The Soul Rebels trumpet player Julian Gosin to chat about the band’s upcoming trip to Australia for Bluesfest Touring.