Date with Kate

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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