Up Late returns to the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) each Friday night in August with live music from The Herd, Clare Bowditch, Custard, Pub Choir, Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie and more.

Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Chris Saines, said Up Late would activate the Gallery’s two major winter exhibitions, Quilty and Margaret Olley: A Generous Life, in a relaxed after dark atmosphere, accompanied by live music, bars and pop-up performances. “The Up Late program includes a not to be missed live performance by Australian singer-songwriter, Clare Bowditch, on Friday 23 August, and a night with legendary Australian hip hop group, The Herd, on Friday 30 August,” says Saines.

Tamsin Cull, the Head of Public Engagement at QAGOMA, said artist, Ben Quilty, was a long-time fan of The Herd and their politically charged lyrics. An eight member collective of rappers, singers, and musicians, The Herd has released five acclaimed albums since 2001, and been strong critics of ingrained Australian prejudices with songs such as 77% and The King is Dead. Their version of Redgum’s song about the Vietnam War, I Was Only 19, is a cover that has become almost as iconic as the original.

The Up Late program begins on Friday 2 August with Pub Choir, Jim Moginie and the Family Dog. Custard, the elder statesmen of Brisbane indie rock will perform on Friday 9 August, and Yolngu artist and Milingimbi man, Gawurra, will entrance audiences with his mesmerising sounds on Friday 16 August. During Up Late, chamber ensemble Nonsemble will bring the art of Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty to life with pop-up performances of reimagined pop hits and experimental musicality.

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