Let’s hear it for support acts; all those bands, soloists and rising music stars of the future. Support acts not only give live music fans real value for money by doubling, or even tripling the entertainment, but if you want an early night you can head home to bed after catching the support.

This week at Sticky we salute all the amazing support acts playing around Melbourne and Victoria, warming up the stage and the crowd for the main attraction and one of the very best is New Zealand’s Emily Fairlight, who’s playing a bunch of great support slots next week, as well as her own headline show at The Gasometer (with support from Fiz Eustance) on Tuesday, December 3, from 7.30pm. This will be the local launch of Emily Fairlight’s stunning new song Lips Lasso, a gorgeous slice of spooky, dark folk you don’t want to miss.

Emily Fairlight.

Emily Fairlight.

“This song was written in three different houses, in three very different states of mind about the same shit situation,” Fairlight said. “The video (by Julian Vares) represents this internal conflict.” It sure does. Written by Fairlight, who also plays guitar, Lips Lasso was recorded up in the hills above Dunedin and features fellow players Rob Collins, Michael McLeod, Alex Vaatstra and David Kilgour.

You can catch Emily Fairlight supporting Riley Catherall at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda on Thursday, December 5; Chicken Wishbone at Yah Yahs in Fitzroy on Friday, December 6; Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo at Swamplands Bar in Thornbury on Saturday, December 7; and Brian Campeau at the Retreat Hotel in Brunswick on Sunday, December 8. Support the support acts.

album of the week
Andrea Keller
Transients, Volume 2
If you haven’t already been mesmerised by Melbourne jazz pianist and composer Andrea Keller’s earlier Transients album, released in May, then Volume 2 is an equally marvellous way to indulge yourself. Like the earlier album, this was recorded over two days in 2018 and features the likes of saxophonist Julien Wilson, Sam Anning on double bass and drummer James McLean. Keller, who was among this year’s prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music winners, has turned her boundless passion and creativity into a career that’s garnering much deserved attention.

Thanks for the Dance – Leonard Cohen
All Night Long – the Casanovas
Here Come the Miracles – Steve Wynn

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