2015 firmly established Courtney Barnett as one of the crossover stars of 2015, delivering one of the albums of the year in “Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”. It landed in the top 20 on both sides of the pond upon release, and has also ended up in most critics’ best of lists at the end of the year, from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to Guardian to Uncut. She also carved out for herself a reputation as a take no prisoners brilliant live presence, a reputation consolidated by barnstorming festival slots at Glastonbury and sold out headline tours around the world.
2016 only stands to cement Courtney as a superstar in the making, with her very first Grammy and BRIT nominations under her belt, and now, a brand new single, “Elevator Operator”, on its way. A longstanding live favourite, this raucous, infectious anthem in waiting is one of the standouts from the album, it’s a wry, typically observational look at a day in the life of Oliver Paul, who ditches work to head to a building rooftop for “perception and clarity” and to “imagine I’m playing Sim City”. It’s yet another potent reminder of the power and allure of Courtney Barnett, one that you can experience for yourself when she returns to our shores for more live shows later this year.
European festival dates, more to follow:
24 June – The Netherlands, Down the Rabbit Hole
25 June – Germany, Hurricane Festival
26 June – Germany, Southside Festival
30 June – Denmark, Roskilde
02 July – Belgium, Rock Werchter
08 July – Portugal, NOS Alive
09 July – Spain, Bilbo BBK Live
10 July – France, Musilac
17 July – Ireland, Longitude