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Aussie music legend Courtney Barnett has today treated fans with the creation of a unique and wonderfully detailed online archive of her touring and performing history. Initially intended to serve as a platform for fans to enjoy live music whilst touring became impossible, the website pieces together fourteen years worth of touring history, never-before-heard desk-mixes, live television performances and a rich trove of specially commissioned show-posters.
Inspired by the legendary online archives of Neil Young and The Grateful Dead, Barnett had a head start with the musicians mother having kept an extensive excel tour spreadsheet. Fans are encouraged to participate in the growth of the archive by submitting their own pictures, videos and audio recordings.
To celebrate the launch of the live experience, Barnett has also made available the extraordinary full concert footage of her only full band live show of 2020. Shot at the height of yet another heatwave in the midst of Australia’s worst ever bushfire season, the film opens with the following statement "At the beginning of 2020 Australia was in the midst of its largest ever bushfire crisis - we felt afraid, overwhelmed and angry…”.
Barnett played her first ever show at an open mic night at The Lark Distillery in Hobart in 2007, she has since played almost 800 live shows ranging from solo sets through to 7-piece backing bands. Her biggest headline shows to-date are at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, London’s Brixton Academy and the Prospect Park Band-Shell in Brooklyn. She has graced some of the world’s most prestigious festival stages including multiple shows at Coachella, Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, Splendour In The Grass, Fuji Rock Festival, Roskilde and Newport Folk Festival.
Visit the website here.