Join ‘pumped’ Rudd on spir­ited jour­ney

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Aus­tralian surf and roots mu­si­cian Xavier Rudd is “pumped” to hit the stage at Hed­land’s North West Fes­ti­val this week­end.

The multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist said he was a fan of WA af­ter hav­ing toured around the State and the Pil­bara pre­vi­ously.

“I love the whole of WA — it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing State,” he said.

“It’s al­ways dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­where else I tour.”

Rudd will be bring­ing his band to Hed­land to play the long­est set of the North West Fes­ti­val with a mix­ture of old and new tunes.

“I won’t be bring­ing the whole band but I do have a smaller band for this show and we will be play­ing some of those songs for sure,” he said.

“We’re go­ing to go on a bit of a jour­ney. I’ve re­leased a lot of al­bums ... so we’re go­ing to be play­ing a bit of ev­ery­thing and just cel­e­brat­ing life in Aus­tralia.”

Hail­ing from the small Vic­to­rian coastal town of Jan Juc, Rudd has spent the past 15 years play­ing his eclec­tic, folk tunes for au­di­ences in Aus­tralia and around the world.

His mu­sic and lyrics are in­spired by his pas­sions for en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism, spir­i­tu­al­ity and indigenous rights.

Rudd has re­ceived mul­ti­ple ARIA nom­i­na­tions, had nu­mer­ous songs make it into the Triple J Hottest 100 and had al­bums go plat­inum and gold in Aus­tralia. Since re­leas­ing his eighth stu­dio al­bum Nanna in March last year, Rudd has been tour­ing the world ex­ten­sively.

Dur­ing his Euro­pean sum­mer tour in April, he sold out all but one show. “Europe was pump­ing ... we try and lift the spir­its of peo­ple and show peo­ple a good time and that’s been hap­pen­ing for sure,” he said.

Rudd said the tour cy­cle had come to and end and he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing time off and get­ting back to record­ing.

Join­ing Rudd in the line-up for North West Fes­ti­val are Sarah Blasko, The Veronicas, You Am I, The Rubens and many more.

North West Fes­ti­val is start­ing this Fri­day from 5pm at the Port Hed­land Turf Club and will con­tinue on Satur­day from 4pm.

On Sun­day, Port Hed­land Yacht Club will host a sun­down with The Pan­ics’ front­man Jae Laf­fer, You Am I’s Tim Rogers as well as Tanya Ran­som and the Ele­phant and the Cof­fee Ta­ble.

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Xavier Rudd will play the North West Fes­ti­val this week­end.

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