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CRH Presents: Switched On flicks the switch on an iconic venue and activates the Hall in a new light. A sonic shift to contemporary music and a whole new dimension in listening.

ARTIST LINE-UP

YOTHU YINDI 

Friday 8 March 2024, 8pm

From Treaty to Tribal Voice, the rhythms and message of Yolgnu rock pioneers Yothu Yindi have made Australians sit up and listen since 1986.

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THEE SACRED SOULS

Friday 15 March 2024, 8pm 

Mixing southern Californian sweet soul with the grit and groove of early ’70s R&B, Daptone’s Thee Sacred Souls shows are utterly intoxicating, delivered with a rawness and a sincerity that transcends time and place.

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JEFF MILLS PRESENTS TOMORROW COMES THE HARVEST

Saturday 16 March 2024, 8pm

Hail Jeff Mills: techno's greatest ambassador, believer, and innovator. Now the figurehead of the Detroit scene brings his Afrofunk-electro-jazz ensemble, Tomorrow Comes The Harvest, to City Recital Hall.

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Past Shows

MICHAEL ROTHER AND FRIENDS — 50+ YEARS OF NEU!

Thursday 22 February 2024, 8pm

As a founding member of Neu! Michael Rother has cast a line of inspiration that has shaped numerous musical generations. Neu! 50+ is a recognition and a celebration of the legacy of these pioneering musicians. Supported by Laurence Pike.

Image: Jess Gleeson

COURTNEY BARNETT'S 'END OF THE DAY'

Saturday 20 January 2024, 8pm

A new and gorgeous chapter from Courtney Barnett is here with the release of her instrumental album End of the Day (music from the film Anonymous Club). Supported by Warm Currency.

Image: Jess Gleeson

EZRA COLLECTIVE

Wednesday 22 November 2023, 8pm

Groove-laden British jazz-funk outfit Ezra Collective brings a thumping celebration of life via the sounds of South London to City Recital Hall for Switched On. Supported by Cricket.

Image: Vitor Duarte

GOGO PENGUIN

Thursday 26 October 2023, 8pm

UK instrumental trio GoGo Penguin make their long-awaited maiden voyage to Australia for an electrifying performance guaranteed to take audiences on a journey from the rhythmic and ethereal to danceable and downright banging. Supported by GODTET (trio). 

Image: Jared Leibowitz

SON LITTLE

Saturday 30 September 2023, 8pm

Son Little, "one of the best songwriters working today” (American Songwriter), presents Like Neptune“a stunning statement of purpose”, an album of unbridled joy and self-acceptance. Supported by Mo'Ju.

Image: Mikki Gomez

THE EXPLODING UNIVERSE OF ED KUEPPER

Thursday 21 September 2023, 8pm

The Exploding Universe of Ed Kuepper celebrates the reissue of the Australian musical icon’s seminal solo catalogue with his first full band show of solo material in over a dozen years. Supported by D.C. Cross.

Image: Jess Gleeson

AUTECHRE

Sunday 27 August 2023, 7pm

Embark on a captivating journey into the abyss alongside Autechre, an unrivalled force of innovation and influence in the realm of electronic music. Also featured E. Fishpool and Actress.

GORDI

Saturday 26 August 2023, 8pm

Melding lush electronics with moody acoustic songwriting into a timbre that is instantly recognisable, Gordi has quickly become one of the most cherished songwriters in Australia. Supported by Bonniesongs.

Image: Mikki Gomez

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Friday 14 July 2023, 8pm

Oneohtrix Point Never effortlessly traverses the vast intersects between music, pop culture and history; a sonic body of work that feels magically futuristic and nostalgic at the same time.

Image: Jess Gleeson

OBONGJAYAR

Friday 16 June 2023, 8pm

Obongjayar brings characteristic poeticism and drum-driven, oozy club beats to CRH’s Switched On series with his latest album, genre-defiant Some Nights I Dream of Doors. Supported by Agung Mango and CINTA.

Image: Jess Gleeson

ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER WITH RVG

Saturday 10 June 2023, 8pm

Heroes in a hot minute, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are a tour de force of sprawling, angular guitar riffs that leave just enough room for infectious pop melodies and bright, shimmering moments. Supported by RVG

Image: Jared Leibowitz

YAZMIN LACEY

Wednesday 7 June 2023, 7pm

In a short time, Yazmin Lacey’s become known for making intimate experiences feel both deeply personal and universal through a beat driven take on soul and R&B. Supported by IJALE and Natalie Slade.

Image: Jess Gleeson

CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS

Saturday 3 June 2023, 8pm

A pillar of Melbourne’s music and queer communities, Cash Savage and her colossal band The Last Drinks celebrate the release of their new album, So This Is Love. Supported by June Jones.

Image: Jess Gleeson

ÁSGEIR

Friday 2 June 2023, 8pm

One of Iceland’s most successful exports, Ásgeir’s distinctly Icelandic sound blends acoustic and electronic music with his trademark lilting vocals. Supported by Banjo Lucia.

Image: Jess Gleeson

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE

Thursday 6 April 2023, 8pm

Inclusive, immersive, a Lagos happening! Femi Kuti and the Positive Force take the political activism and irresistible grooves of Fela’s Afrobeat to jazz and funk-fuelled heights.

Image: Jess Gleeson

MONOLAKE (ROBERT HENKE) & ELECTRIC INDIGO

Friday 24 March 2023, 8pm

For over two decades, Susanne Kirchmayr (aka Electric Indigo) and Robert Henke (aka Monolake) have shaped electronic music culture in profound ways. For their first joint tour in the Southern Hemisphere, they premiere newly developed performances.

Image: Jess Gleeson

THE TEACHES OF PEACHES

Saturday 4 March 2023, 8pm

Feminist icon and pop provocateur Peaches performs her seminal electroclash album The Teaches of Peaches in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary and Sydney WorldPride at City Recital Hall. Supported by Chela.

Image: Mikki Gomez

NAKHANE

Friday 3 March 2023, 8pm

Celebrated polymath Nakhane "makes the dancefloor a place of tenderness". Challenging stereotypes of gender, sexuality and religion, their powerful odes to self-expression have garnered the adoration worldwide.

Image: Mikki Gomez

THE CHILLS

Thursday 16 February 2023, 8pm

Get your jangle on to the joyous indie-pop mastery of The Chills. A swoon-worthy night of Heavenly Pop Hits from Martin Phillipps and his brilliant band. Supported by Mere Women.

Image: Vitor Duarte

EMMA DONOVAN & PAUL GRABOWSKY

Thursday 19 January 2023, 7pm

The voice of Emma Donovan carries deep currents in this tribute to country gospel from a powerhouse of soul, enriched by pianist Paul Grabowsky and his inimitable arrangements.

Image: Jess Gleeson

ALEX THE ASTRONAUT

Friday 19 August 2022, 8pm

Described as one of Australia’s “most powerful and important songwriters”, Alex the Astronaut imbues the seemingly mundane with sensitivity, humour and self-reflection centered around electronic-tinged folk-pop melodies. Supported by Tasman Keith.

Image: Jess Gleeson

LULUC & GRACE CUMMINGS

Friday 29 July 2022, 8pm

Melbourne dream-folk duo Luluc bring their pristine harmonies and sublime poetics to Switched On with support from Grace Cummings.

Images: Jess Gleeson

CEDRIC BURNSIDE

Saturday 19 March 2022, 8pm

Multiple Grammy nominee Cedric Burnside embodies the ancestral blues of his grandfather R.L. Burnside, and adds a personal resonance informed by the Mississippi’s modern-day blues.

Image: Mikki Gomez

SPRINGTIME

Thursday 24 February 2022, 8pm

Three titans meet as Springtime; incandescent frontman Gareth Liddiard, poetic drummer Jim White and spatial pianist, Chris Abrahams conjure wild, beautiful and emotionally powerful music.

Image: Jess Gleeson

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