Liam Finn


Artwork by Ben Montero


  • MELBOURNE: Friday November 20, 7:00-8:00pmSUCCESS by Liam Finn + Anthony and Alex (NYC), at ACMI (Federation Square, Melbourne). Tickets on sale now.
  • MELBOURNE: Thursday, November 26: Liam Finn + Dan Kelly at The Shadow Electric, Abbotsford Convent with special guest Palm Springs. Tickets on sale now.
  • SYDNEY: Sunday, November 29, 6:00pm: Liam Finn + Dan Kelly at Newtown Social Club. Tickets on sale now.

Liam Finn returns to his one-time hometown to present SUCCESS at ACMI during Melbourne Music Week, featuring original compositions and improvised pieces performed by alongside a filmic collaboration with New York directors Anthony and Alex. This engrossing show will consist of a series of vignettes and performance pieces in which Liam Finn tackles the concept of success; its subjectivity and the battle of insecurity and arrogance that ensues in its pursuit. Alex and Anthony describe SUCCESS as “An experimental meditation on the human and technological ideology of success.” Liam Finn will be performing new songs, maniacally jumping between instruments, and triggering cassette tape loops to keep up with the unpredictable visuals. A show which will range from serene minimalism to heights of wild chaos.

Liam Finn also teams up with Dan Kelly; two great songwriterly forces, reckoning with each other in the double bill of our dreams for two intimate shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Tickets for Liam & Dan’s Melbourne show at The Shadow Electric are on sale here and their Sydney show at Newtown Social Club is also on sale now.

This solo tour is a rare chance to see New York-based Liam Finn in intimate solo mode. It is Liam’s first show back in Australia since 2011, and a return to his one-man band show last seen around the time of I’ll Be Lightning, his solo debut released shortly after disbanding Betchadupa in 2007. Since then he’s released two brilliant solo albums, FOMO (2011) and most recently, last year’s The Nihilist which featured the infectious single “Helena Bonham Carter”, and was a top ten chart hit in New Zealand.

Liam toured The Nihilist with his band the “Dream Team”, featuring his brother Elroy Finn, long time collaborator Elize-Jane Barnes, Cecilia Herbert and Jimmy Metherell, along with frequent live members Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan and Matthew Eccles. Over the past 8 years Liam has toured the world performing with the likes of Wilco, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Deerhoof and The Black Keys, performing at such famous venues as La Paradiso, Largo, Bowery Ballroom, La Scala and on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

Below, watch the official music video for “Snug As Fuck” from Liam Finn’s album The Nihilist, written & directed by Anthony Caronna & Alexander Smith, Liam’s film collaborators for SUCCESS:

Liam Finn “Snug As Fuck” from Liam Finn on Vimeo.