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Thelma Plum, Baker Boy join Adelaide Cabaret Festival program

Thelma Plum

A showcase of leading First Nations pop and hip hop acts will form a key part of the 2020 Adelaide Cabaret Festival program.

Dubbed Deadly Hearts, the Sunday 7 June show will see Thelma Plum and Baker Boy headline the Festival Theatre stage with support from Queensland singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow and teenage Dharawal talent Aodhan.

Both Baker Boy and Plum have had a busy 12 months, with Plum releasing her long-awaited debut album Better In Blak in July 2019 to wide acclaim. Across the album the Gamilaraay singer songwriter paired a radio-friendly folk-pop sheen with a personal and occasionally political lyrical journey that includes the rousing title track, the cathartic Not Angry Anymore and Woke Blokes, a quietly excoriating read of outwardly progressive Australians. In addition to an appearance at WOMADelaide 2019, she spent much of 2019 touring the album and supporting Troye Sivan.

There aren’t many musicians in this country who can claim the kind of cultural impact that Baker Boy has made in recent years, with the Darwin-born Yolŋu MC helping to reshape the face of mainstream Australian hip hop and make the sound of rhyming in Yolŋu Matha a regular feature on the nation’s airwaves. Having been named 2019 Young Australian of the Year, Baker Boy also headlined the Tarnanthi 2019 opening night party at the Art Gallery of South Australia in October.

Gostelow also enjoyed a warm reception to her 2018 debut album Thick Skin, with recent single Get To It – new piano-driven torch song – hinting at the next chapter. Just 15 years old when he released his debut track When Your Eyes, Aodhan’s work evokes the delicate folk harmonies of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.

This latest announcement joins a handful of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 shows revealed late last year, including celebrated musical Six, a RocKwiz tribute to New York City led by artistic director Julia Zemiro, and Do You Hear The People Sing?, a celebration of the careers of Les Misérables composers Les Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 runs from 5 – 20 June

7 June

Adelaide Cabaret Festival:
Deadly Hearts

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