New shows in WA!

Pretty excited to announce even more gigs, this time I’m heading to WA for three awesome shows!

The first two are at Fremantle Prison on Thu 4 and Fri 5 March – and I’ll be playing with my good friend Ben Lee! Looking forward to performing at such an amazing venue.

Fan pre-sale starts today (Wed 18 Nov) at 10:00am local time, and lasts until 9:00am local time on Fri 20 Nov. General public tickets are on sale from 10:00am local time Fri 20 Nov. Click here for tickets.

I’m also playing the Good Day Sunshine Festival at Dunsborough Fields in Perth the day after on Sat 6 March with The Waifs and Ben Lee (what a line up !!!). Pre-sale for this one starts tomorrow, just head to www.gooddaysunshinefest.com for all the info.

Genuinely so happy to play these gigs and can’t wait to see everyone. Until then!

Missy xx

 

 

NEW SINGLE ‘WHEN THE MACHINE STARTS’ OUT NOW!

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Hi Everyone. Wow, what a year it’s been.


Isn’t it strange when you suddenly become aware that you’re in the middle of a defining moment in history? Someday soon we’ll probably refer to everything as either “pre-covid” or “post-covid” (Pre-Co and Po-Co? just riffing here). Weird, right? Even now I feel like we’re still standing in the middle of a murky bubble, struggling to see what lies beyond. Hopefully it involves lots of touching and hugging and live music.


Many of my friends and family have really struggled during this pandemic; some lost their livelihoods overnight, others have had to spend weeks cooped up alone in very dark headspaces. My industry has been one of the hardest hit and it’s been heart-breaking and brutal for so many.


Yet at the same time, there have been inspiring things going on as well. I think it’s actually given me more faith in humanity than any other time in history. It’s also made me realise how disconnected we have been from each other. I’ve seen strangers reaching out to each other to see if they’re okay. Work colleagues checking in on each other’s mental health for the first time ever and really caring about the answer. Streets and communities creating platforms where they can connect and share stories and offer support. A conversation about the things that really matter. There’s a feeling of solidarity with the entire globe that has never been possible before. Obviously we would rather it be for a different reason and not everyone has covered themselves in glory but it still blows my mind!


Of course, I know I’ve been lucky during all this compared to so many. My kids have been (quite literally!) climbing the walls and driving me bonkers like every other family in lock-down and I’ve struggled with the same roller-coaster emotions as any human would, but work-wise I was lucky to finish all my summer touring just before this happened, and quite frankly, we have the means to get through it. We have a backyard and the kids have been able to dig in the dirt and climb trees. I’ve spent many moments feeling very grateful (many moments fantasising about being single and childless too, but we don’t have to go there!) and it was during one of those particularly happy moments that I sat down and wrote a new song called “When The Machine Starts” which I’m releasing today.


I know this track won’t hit home for a lot of people and that’s OK. I wrote it during Victorian Lock-down 1.0 at a time when I was feeling particularly lucky to be able to spend so much time with the kids while they’re still so young. To be able to look at my calendar and see NOTHING on it, forcing me to be completely in the moment because suddenly the future didn’t exist.


Surprisingly, that felt like a gift. I realised I’d been running an invisible race, a rabid dog chasing a phantom rabbit. But to what end? So to be given this chance to stop… well, I really didn’t want to forget it. So this song came out of that moment. It’s a post-it note to my future self: “don’t forget the good things you’ve learnt!”.


Anyway … sending heaps and heaps of love to you all. Wherever you are. Whatever you’re going through. Hang in there, because the end is in sight.


And I hope some of you get something out of this song, even if it’s just the chance to consider the silver linings in this whole shitty experience. Whatever the case, it’s got to be helpful to ask ourselves: “What do I want to take from all this, and what do I want to leave behind?” It’d be great if we could find something positive to take with us from such a dark moment … when the machine starts.


Missy
xx

Missy Higgins nominated for Best Original Song at the Screen Music Awards

Wow very honoured to have been nominated for a Screen Music Award for our song ‘Edge Of Something’! I wrote it (along with the incredible composers Antony Partos and Matteo Zongales) for the ground-breaking ABC drama ‘Total Control’. I was so proud to be involved with this project and blown away by the quality of the show in every way. If you haven’t seen it please do, Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths will blow your mind!
And as an extra bonus ‘Carry You’, the song written by Tim Minchin that I recorded for his equally outstanding series ‘Upright’, has been nominated as well!
 

Missy Higgins announces Albury gig on Sat 21 Nov for Great Southern Nights

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be announcing gigs again – and this time it’s Albury’s turn! I’ll be doing a show at the Albury Entertainment Centre on Sat 21 Nov as part of Great Southern Nights. Tickets on sale now: alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whatson/missy-
UPDATE: The first Albury show on Sat 21 Nov has sold out – so we’ve added a matinee show on the same day! Tickets on sale Tue 20 Oct at 9:00am local time via www.alburyentertainmentcentre.com.au/whatson/missy-higgins
Missy x

 

Missy Higgins to headline SummerSalt Festival in 2021!

Finally a show announcement! I’m so excited to finally start getting shows back in the calendar, I’ve missed you all and I’ve missed playing live!! Glenelg Beach is an awesome venue and this time the line up is incredible, check out the bill of this show 😱 Can’t wait to see you all from the stage soon! Head to SummerSalt 2021 | Glenelg Beach for more info X

 

Missy Higgins to appear on The Sound this Sunday Aug 23 at 5:30pm on ABC!

Did some (lock-down approved!) filming today for the amazing new ABC music show The Sound 5:30pm this Sunday, have you guys watched it? It’s on Sunday nights, or on iview catchup, and is some seriously great television showcasing a huge range of our country’s talent, all performing in very different, unconventional venues around Australia. All totally isolated. Very cool. I got to shoot my song in my home while the kids were banished to the garage. It took me 3 hours to scrub the grime off myself and get polished enough to be presentable to the world. It’s been a while. Look, I’m pretty happy with the result but god I’m happy not to have to do that every day, how would I get anything else done? I forgot to take my slippers off for the shoot too, oh well.

 

 

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Did some (lock-down approved!) filming today for the amazing new ABC music show The Sound 5:30pm this Sunday, have you guys watched it? It’s on Sunday nights, or on iview catchup, and is some seriously great television showcasing a huge range of our country’s talent, all performing in very different, unconventional venues around Australia. All totally isolated. Very cool. I got to shoot my song in my home while the kids were banished to the garage. It took me 3 hours to scrub the grime off myself and get polished enough to be presentable to the world. It’s been a while. Look, I’m pretty happy with the result but god I’m happy not to have to do that every day, how would I get anything else done? I forgot to take my slippers off for the shoot too, oh well. #isofashion #isowerk

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Missy to feature in Episode 2 of The State of Music this Saturday!

Hi everyone! #TheStateOfMusic is a weekly live-streamed series, featuring performances + interviews – and I’m excited to be a part of Episode Two, alongside these lovely ladies Kate Miller-Heidke, MAHALIA BARNES + THE SOUL MATES, Mia Wray Music, Montaigne, and Vera Blue with hosts Carrie Bickmore and Jane Gazzo.
Stream live this Saturday 9 May from 6:30pm AEST on the Victoria Together Facebook, YouTube + together.vic.gov.au

‘Carry You’ Music From The Home Front performance with Tim Minchin

For those of you who missed my performance of ‘Carry You’ with Tim Minchin tonight on Channel 9, here ‘tis! This was weird and lovely. I didn’t have much to make my living room look fancy so those are little father Christmas tree lights behind me, and I decided to wear my wedding dress for the occasion. Not sure why! I’ve just been looking for an opportunity to wear it again. Everything’s a bit topsy-turvy at the moment, so why not. Thank you to Tim for this beautiful song, I love singing it, and please catch his series ‘Upright’ on Foxtel if you can, it is truly brilliant. Thanks for having us be involved everyone at Channel 9 and everyone else involved in Music From The Home Front, for Anzac Day.

Love to you all, hang in there
Missy X

 

MISSY JOINS MAJOR CONCERT EVENT ON ANZAC DAY ON CHANNEL 9

Look what’s happening this weekend! I’ll be singing a special song with a special someone via the magical inter-webs. Stay tuned and tune in. Lots of amazing acts performing. This Saturday from 7:30pm AEST on Channel 9

Missy Higgins and Paul Kelly to play Sandstone Point Hotel

Hey everyone, announcement! New show added! I’m so looking forward to getting up to beautiful warm Bribie Island for this one-off show, I love being up in Queensland, it’s a real contrast to Melbourne and always feels like a kind of exotic getaway. And this gig has such a great line-up of acts, Alex the Astronaut, Andy Golledge and of course the legendary Paul Kelly whom I always love watching live, so I think it’s gonna be a special one! Tickets and info click here.

New single ‘Carry You’ out now

New single ‘Carry You’ out now: missyhiggins.lnk.to/CarryYou

I hadn’t seen Upright before Tim asked me if I wanted to record a song for it, but I was a big fan of Tim’s work so I knew it would be good. When he played me ‘Carry You’ on the piano I instantly felt how beautiful and universal it was and how I might make it my own.

Sarah Belkner (who plays keyboard for both of us) did an incredible job of wrapping it in some classy, understated production, and I love how it turned out in the studio with her.

After I watched the series (which blew me away, it was so good) I finally understood how multi-dimensional the song is and it made me love it even more. When I sang it in the studio, I felt the ache of regret and the longing for connection through the lyrics, which is something any of us can relate to I think.

I’m so happy to be a part of this project, it’s Aussie TV at its absolute best.

Missy x

‘Carry You’ is written by Tim Minchin, and is taken from his new Australian TV show ‘Upright’ on Foxtel.