Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC hosted a free, all-ages event to celebrate National Youth Week 2017, as part of the Governor’s Performance Series, featuring Alex Lahey, Mallrat and Japanese Wallpaper (DJ set).
Government House Melbourne
Thursday 6 April 2017
12:00pm – 2:30pm
Watch our highlights here!
Alex Lahey hocked her beloved 1999 blue Corolla to pay for the recording of her debut EP. First single out of the boot was last year’s Air Mail, introducing the airwaves to the Melbourne-based rock artist’s knack for melodic, guitar-driven hooks. Most recently, Lahey has set the music industry abuzz with the insanely catchy You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me. From the attention-grabbing opening bars (those drums sound like an angry landlord thumping your front door on a Sunday morning), it flips the classic break-up line “it’s not you, it’s me” on its head. Lahey’s live show has set the Australian media and fans buzzing and 2017 will see her take the show internationally with a UK and European tour as well as showcasing at SXSW and a US tour. Couple that with her debut album – bring on 2017!
Mallrat is the Hannah Montana of the rap game, with the teenager’s debut EP Uninvited blowing up across blogs and radio worldwide. It collected some 5 million plays on Spotify, gained support from tastemakers Beats 1, KCRW, triple j, Noisey/ Vice, Perez Hilton, Kitsune, and many more, and made a number of trips to the top of the HypeMachine charts. Since releasing the EP to acclaim in 2016, Mallrat has been super busy touring her amazing debut, with sets at Falls Festival, Hyper Fest, St Kilda Festival, Come Together, Festival of the Sun, and The Plot. Mallrat delivers bittersweet records layered with danceable, relatable disconsolation.
Japanese Wallpaper (DJ Set)
When he began recording as Japanese Wallpaper at age 15, Gab Strum could not have predicted what followed — coveted slots at Falls, Splendour and Laneway festivals; praise from personal idols Lorde and Gotye; a movie soundtrack spot that came before his Year 12 exams. Now, at age 19 with just one EP and a single to his name, Japanese Wallpaper has earned loyal followers and glowing praise. His most recent single ‘Cocoon’ will not disappoint — fans will recognise the delicate effervescence of Strum’s self-titled EP, but on ‘Cocoon’ he lends his own deep, warm vocals: a taste of what’s to come.
This is an all ages, drug, alcohol and smoke free event. Photo ID required upon entry. Security screening and bag searches will take place at the main gate of Government House.