Fri | High School | 10.30pm

“Each song is a character”, says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear. “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written it doesn’t belong to me.”

Described as “the impossible love child od Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, & Townes Van Zandt”, a veteran at the age of 25, Williams won Best Male and Breakthrough Artist at the 2015 NZ Music Awards and has a bunch of nominations for ARIA’s, Taite Music and Australian Music Prizes.

A veteran at the age of 25, Williams found his calling as child growing up in Lyttelton, New Zealand. A picturesque coastal town populated by fewer than 3000 people, he recalls its “wonderful contrast between port workers and a big artistic community”. The latter includes his mother and father, respectively a painter and industrial punk musician. “The first three things I remember Mum listening to were PJ Harvey, early choral music and Smokey Robinson. A lot of Maori music too. We used to go down the marae for meetings and sing these big harmony songs.”

We welcome Williams back for his 3rd Mullum Festival following his 2016 album release, extensive international tour including performances at major festivals Latitude, Longitude, Austin City Limits and on TV shows Later With Jools Holland, Conan and The Late Late Show.

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