Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ concert returns to Sidney Myer Music Bowl this December

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Paul Kelly’s ‘Making Gravy’ concert returns to Sidney Myer Music Bowl this December

Making Gravy 2021 - Photo by Mushroom Creative House

The festive concert returns this December with special guests Amyl and the Sniffers, The Beths (NZ) and Alex The Astronaut.

Paul Kelly – Australian legend and writer of one of the best quasi-Christmas songs of all time – has announced the highly-anticipated return of his beloved Making Gravy show this year, bringing a cracking lineup with it.

Now in its fourth incarnation, Kelly’s annual Making Gravy concert returns to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday 9 December. Kick off the festive season with a night celebrating songs from Kelly’s four-decade-long, critically acclaimed career… including, of course, his 1996 classic ‘How To Make Gravy’, a song five minutes long, with no chorus, and set in jail.

The best bits

  • Paul Kelly announces his annual Making Gravy concert, taking place Friday 9 December at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • Paul Kelly and his band will perform with special guests Amyl and the Sniffers, The Beths (NZ) and Alex The Astronaut.
  • Making Gravy kicks off the festive season with the music of Paul Kelly’s four-decade-long career.
  • Pre-sale from Monday 3 October (1pm local time), before tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday 5 October (1pm local time)

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For 2022’s musical feast Kelly will be joined on stage by three of Australia and New Zealand’s finest musical exports: Melbourne outfit Amyl and the Sniffers, Auckland four-piece The Beths, and Sydney singer/songwriter Alex The Astronaut.

One of Australia’s most revered musicians, Paul Kelly holds the prestigious title of an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the arts. Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, Kelly is a 17 x ARIA Award winner and has been nominated 61 times during his illustrious career, making him the most nominated Australian artist in ARIA history. Renowned as one of our greatest performers and songwriters, Kelly’s willingness to take the road less travelled has played an important part in keeping the flame burning in his own songs, tracks that have soundtracked a nation: ‘From St Kilda to King’s Cross’, ‘Leaps and Bounds’‘To Her Door’‘Before Too Long’‘The Ballad of Queenie and Rover’‘They Thought I Was Asleep’‘Deeper Water’, the unforgettable Kev Carmody co-write ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’… and countless more.

With the 21st of December now unofficially known as ‘Gravy Day’, ever since Kelly first debuted his first Making Gravy concert series way back in 2017 fans have been witness to a truly special night. Alongside his many hits and special guests, Kelly also performs a few of his favourite Christmas odes… several of which he captured in 2021’s extraordinary 22-song double collection Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train. From folk, classical, soul, carols, hymns, rock and roll, don’t miss this special, one-off live event!

It all goes down in December 9 at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. Grab your tickets when they go on sale (from October 3) by heading here.