• May, 2022
  • 20 - 21 May 2022
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Almost a Mirror: a mixtape gig of 80s pop and post punk.  Live music and words

    Almost a Mirror: a mixtape gig of 80s pop and post punk. Live music and words

    If you could make the soundtrack to your life, a mixtape, what songs would you choose?

    Almost a Mirror is an edgy mash up of live music and storytelling, based on Kirsten Krauth’s popular and critically acclaimed novel and podcast series of the same name.

    Press play on Side A and take a journey through music from the late 70s-80s — where the post-punk world of St. Kilda’s Crystal Ballroom collides with the pop icons of Countdown.

    Join Kirsten and extraordinary ensemble on this deep-dive into the iconic songs of the era – Wide Open Road, (I’m) Stranded, Alone With You, Shivers, a dash of Duran Duran and The Cramps – from the elegantly wasted to the neon lights.

    The show is a collaboration with some of Australia’s top musicians including singer Angie Hart (Frente), singer / songwriter Michael Simic (Mikelangelo), vocalist / composer / performer Inga Liljestrom, composer / sound artist Zoë Barry, singer / songwriter Heath Cullen, and singer / multi-instrumentalist Michael Mooney (Canada’s le trouble).

    Kirsten’s writing hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy. Like fireflies to the light, characters Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge.

    Almost a Mirror was shortlisted for the 2021 SPN Book of the Year Award and the Penguin Literary Prize, and was named in The Guardian’s ‘20 Best Australian Books of 2020’. The podcast revolves around Australian songs and includes interviews with Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper, Tex Perkins, Mick Harvey and The Triffids.