2014 sees the debut of One Night Wonders, a series of top-class spoken word shows to run in Melbourne throughout 2014. Four headline acts from Australia and overseas will perform full-length solo shows that will be recorded, mastered and released as live albums. This way we’ll capture the best writing from four illustrious careers, along with the live atmosphere that gives so much vitality to stories, poetry and spoken word.
Small audiences can be part of this live recording, in a series of up-close performances in the plush Mission to Seafarers Chapel on Flinders Street. There’s a bar, a courtyard, a garden, the occasional sailor, and support acts to get each evening going. Supported by the City of Melbourne, entry at the door is by donation (from zero dollars up), or seats can be pre-booked for a fee. Given the small venue, booking is a good idea.
The least likely show of the year, Going Down Swinging has secured the reunion of this iconic Melbourne act for a one-time deal. Through the middle of last decade, Sean M. Whelan and the Mime Set built a beautiful partnership: glorious layers of strings, guitars, loops, organs and keys building into a rich slab of sound, over which Sam Wareing “sang like Bjork if she’d swallowed a sexy cat”, drifting in and out of contact with Whelan’s strange, gentle yet heart-punching stories. Andrew Watson, Chris Chapple and Jonathan Shannon will rejoin Whelan and Wareing – returning from Berlin – to record the work they put together. Absolutely not to be missed.