ARIA launches series of In Conversation events with Jack River and The Wombats


ARIA and YouTube have announced a new series of In Conversation events, which will begin next month with a discussion between singer-songwriter Holly Rankin – aka Jack River – and British indie-pop trio The Wombats.

The conversation will take place at the Factory Theater in Sydney on June 14. The two artists will discuss their experiences within the music industry, with all proceeds from the event going to Australian charity Support Act. Tickets are available here.

The announcement comes after Rankin appeared on “Multiply,” a song The Wombats’ Matthew Murphy released as part of his Love Fame Tragedy project in 2020. “It was so great to work with her, so we’re thrilled that she will be hosting the In Conversation event for such a great cause,” Murph commented in a statement.

“Murph is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and one of the most talented songwriters in the world,” Rankin added. “Can’t wait to hear stories from the road of him and the band and discuss the hell that lockdown was!”

The Wombats will embark on an Australian tour next month, with headline shows in Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. They will also perform at this year’s Spilled Milk festival in Canberra, Ballarat and the Gold Coast alongside Stormzy, Toro y Moi and many more.

The shows come in support of the band’s fifth studio album, “Fix Yourself, Not the World,” which arrived in January. In a four star review, NME said the band rolled out “dabs of EDM, R&B and chart electronica” with “delicacy and restraint”.

“’Fix Yourself…’ is the first independent release of 2022 that could weigh Ed Sheeran and Adele’s mud fight to the top of the album charts, and it might not even be long before the Wombats are headlining major festivals. Don’t look so surprised.

Jack River, meanwhile, was recently announced as part of this year’s Grapevine Gathering festival lineup in October alongside The Kooks, Peking Duk, Ball Park Music and others.


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