Date with Kate
HOW do you settle back into normal life after being on the road for two years? Singer Kate MillerHeidke (pictured) retreated to the sleepy town of Toowoomba at the end of an extensive tour, which included an opening set at the Coachella festival, in California, and performing more than 100 shows with Ben Folds. It was during this sabbatical that she wrote the songs on Nightflight, the melancholic and musically lush album she released last year. ‘‘It was a romantic notion of going somewhere remote with no distraction to do art for three months,’’ she says. ‘‘It was quite a lonely time and an isolating experience.’’ The ‘‘eerie’’ feel of the album is reflected in the track Sarah, which recounts a true story of a girl who went missing at a music festival, only to return two weeks later with no recollection of where she had been. Miller-Heidke brings her regional tour in support of the album to the Gold Coast this weekend. ‘‘I am looking forward to touring again, but it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of service station sandwiches,’’ she says. Audiences can expect to hear Miller-Heidke, accompanied by her husband and musical collaborator Keir Nuttall, perform stripped-back arrangements and mesmerising tracks from the new album and her back catalogue. ‘‘It has been more than three years since my last big regional tour, so this one is long overdue,’’ she says. Keir will also open the show as his comic alter-ego, Franky Walnut.
Kate Miller-Heidke and Franky Walnut play The Arts Centre Gold Coast tomorrow at 8pm. Tickets are $50.70.