It has recently been announced that Sahara will be joining The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd on a six-date, open-air national tour alongside fellow support acts HARTS and Ocean Alley. She has also added a series of summer festival and supports dates to her hectic touring schedule including The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Lorne, Jungle Love Music Festival as well as Port Macquarie Festival of the Sun.
With its sugary sweet harmonies, rollicking percussion and cacophonous horns reminiscent of vintage rag-time cabaret, Beck states of the show stopping tune “Crack Bang Bang is a Kinks styled ode to every ex-boyfriend there ever was. It’s summer! Time to break in a new one…” Rolling Stone Magazine Australia declared of the track “There’s a song called “Crack Bang Bang” smack bang (bang) in the middle of Sahara Beck’s second album, and it’s a ripper. Stretching out beyond the earnest folk-rock of her 2014 EP, Beck and her band have pulled off a zany carnival pop song on an album that’s best when its protagonist is taking risks.”
Beck has just been nominated for Queensland’s Live Voice of the Year for the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs). PANACEA has garnered rave reviews since its April release, with its ambitious arrangements and wildly diverse influences – from jazz and soul to glitchy beats – gelling together into something that feels completely unique. Beck’s second LP, the record was built around a week-long session at the legendary 301 Byron Bay studios – just days before it closed for good. Working with long-time collaborator and engineer Jeff Lovejoy Lovejoy (Powderfinger, Tex Perkins, Evil Eddie), who also produced the album. The record may be full of experimentation, but it never strays from the simple formula of wonderful songs performed with genuine passion.
Sahara Beck on Tour
Saturday 10 December – Port Macquarie Festival of the Sun, NSW
Friday 30 December – The Falls Music & Arts Festival Lorne, VIC
Saturday 31 December – Supporting the Delta Riggs – The Night Quarter Helensvale, QLD
Saturday 14 January – Supporting Blue King Brown – Riversdale, QLD
Sunday 29 January – Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 04 February – Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 05 February – Bribie, QLD
Saturday 11 February – Adelaide, SA