Santa Monica Concert at the Pier : Australia Rocks!


Tonight’s Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier will feature Missy Higgins headlining “Australia Rocks”, an evening of all-Australian music featuring Higgins, Kim Churchill and Andy Clockwise sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General. As always the concerts are free at start at 7pm!

Missy Higgin’s acclaimed albums The Sound Of White and On A Clear Night have sold over two million copies. On the cover of the Australian Rolling Stone magazine twice before she turned 25, Higgins is currently recording a new album scheduled for release in 2012.

Kim Churchill’s soulful voice and beautiful harmonica melodies are indicative of his explosive style. With his trademark intricate fingerpicking and percussive beats on the body of the guitar combined with two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, he is a musical powerhouse. His songwriting reflects his coastal lifestyle with the surf at his front door and his nomadic life on the road.

Andy Clockwise is a Los Angeles-based Australian indie-rock import whose electric and raucous live shows have become a staple on the indie-rock scene. Clockwise’s U.S. debut album The Socialite, released in April, has received critical acclaim. Clearly influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Prince and Tom Waits, Clockwise blends rock, pop, synth and punk into self-described “schizo pop.” His local success came after achieving national triumphs Down Under, including steady radio play and tours with bands like INXS and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.

Attendees at Australia Rocks the Pier will have the opportunity to win a fabulous 5-night vacation to Sydney, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a tour of the famed Sydney Opera House, courtesy of V Australia and Tourism NSW.

Chris De Cure, the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles explains, “The Santa Monica Pier is a wonderful, iconic location and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response from audience and industry alike last year that we were very keen to help celebrate Australian artists again this year. The Twilight Dance Series is a great opportunity to share Australian music talent and cultural diversity with the people of Santa Monica and the wider LA community.”