Scene News: Kelela Announces Exclusive Melbourne Headline Show In January

Frontier Touring and Handsome Tours are thrilled to confirm a Melbourne headline performance from one of America’s most talked about singer-songwriters Kelela, playing 170 Russell on Monday 15 January – tickets on sale now and already selling quickly. The show comes off the back of the announcement that Kelela, alongside Earl Sweatshirt, will be supporting British indie trio The xx on their hugely-anticipated East Coast outdoor tour in January!

Kelela’s 2013 debut mixtape Cut 4 Me is one of the most distinctive sounds in dance music, a mutable hybrid of house, electro, R&B and hip hop. Kelela continued to produce hits ‘Rewind’ ( and ‘All The Way Down’ ( on follow-up EP Hallucinogen. The electro-influenced soul-singer’s debut studio album Take Me Apart was released in October this year and has already received critical acclaim, with instant hits like ‘LMK’ ( which already has over 3.7 million streams on Spotify and YouTube.

‘Kelela’s debut album is technically stunning and emotionally realized. It lives in a new, outré, rhythmic pop galaxy that honors but outpaces its peers.’ – Pitchfork

‘Kelela treads new ground unlike anything in music today–cavernous, avant-garde R&B that moves the body and heals the broken heart.’ – Clash Music

When here in January for a Sydney show and Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain, The Interns christened Kelela’s performance ‘a masterclass in flawless soul vocals’. In the six years it took to create Take Me Apart, Kelela has established herself worldwide as an artist to watch.

‘Certainly, Kelela is a multi-faceted show-woman, her stage presence flitting from dainty and distressed to playful and seductive at the drop of a beat.’ – Clash Music

‘Whether she was standing alone with nothing but a mic stand, or slinking across the stage to dance alongside her backup singers, Take Me Apart-era Kelela exuded a larger-than-life magnetism — the kind that makes one feel as though she’s singing directly and only for you.’ – Consequence Of Sound

VIDEO: ‘Rewind’ by Kelela

Presented by
Frontier Touring, Handsome Tours & triple j
Saturday 13 January
Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC
All Ages ( | Ph: 136 100

Wednesday 17 January
Riverstage | Brisbane, QLD
All Ages ( | Ph: 136 100

Saturday 20 January
The Domain | Sydney, NSW
All Ages ( | Ph: 1300 438 849

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