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Budjerah by Candlelight

This is a past event


Thursday 15 February 2024
8:30pm - late


Main Square


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

Join ARIA Award-winning Budjerah for a night of original songs, by Candlelight.

As night falls, Fed Square will light up with thousands of twinkling candles, and the light of one shining star for an intimate evening of live music.

Back by popular demand, this year’s By Candlelight program features some of Australia’s most exciting original artists.

Bring a picnic blanket and rally your friends to enjoy a very special evening of Budjerah By Candlelight.

This performance will be AUSLAN interpreted.

About Budjerah

Budjerah’s recent single ‘Therapy’ is taking his music to the next level. The ARIA award-winning, Coodjinburra artist is pushing boundaries vocally and sonically with the R&B and pop crossover, an ambitious emotional sucker-punch. Co-written by Sarah Aarons and Ajay Bhattacharyya, ‘Therapy’ showcases Budjerah’s fearless vocal range and marks a new direction for his career.

Clocking over 10 million Spotify streams, ‘Therapy’ is currently the most streamed 2023 release in Australia from an Australian signed artist.

Armed with a brand-new band featuring family he’s grown-up jamming with, he completed his first headline tour in 2022 and performed at a wide array of festivals including Splendour in the Grass, This That and For The Love. He also supported Vance Joy on his Australian, North American, and UK tours, introducing him to a whole new audience.

Earlier this year he supported Ed Sheeran on his mammoth record-breaking Australian stadium tour alongside Maisie Peters. It’s the second chapter in a story with Sheeran that started last year with his appearance on the British megastar’s track ‘2Step’ which has seen close to 10 million streams.

Recently performing a sold-out show at the Sydney Opera House for VIVID LIVE, his live show accolades are coming in strong. Teaming up for some superstar live performances this year, he has already performed with Kylie Minogue at the Qantas gala, and with Tina Arena at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards.

Since his debut single ‘Missing You’ just over two years ago, he’s transformed as an artist. Throughout, he’s been guided by Matt Corby who took him under his wing after being blown away by his abilities.

He now has two EPs to his name, 2021’s debut self-titled release, and 2022’s ‘Conversations’. He’s collaborated with everyone from PNAU on ‘Stranger Love’ to MAY-A on ‘Talk’, finding success with the latter on the luscious, soulful track which proved to be a triumph for both artists.

The accomplishments have been fast and plentiful in the last two years. He’s now a two-time ARIA Award-winning artist after taking home Breakthrough Artist in 2021 and Best Soul/R&B Release in 2022. He also triumphed with an APRA Award for Most Performed R&B / Soul Work for the Corby co-written ‘Higher’. He was recently nominated for “Best Single” and “Best New Artist” at the 2023 Rolling Stone Australia Awards, and “Aussie / Kiwi Legend Of The Year” at the 2023 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.

Last year, he was also named GQ’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year while also featuring in Vogue Australia as part of Baz Luhrmann’s guest edition. He also took to the stage as part of the AFL Grand Final with The Temper Trap, Gretta Ray, and Ngaiire. At the tail-end of last year, he was featured in Amazon Music’s global ‘Holiday Originals’ campaign covering Whitney Houston’s ‘Who Would Imagine A King’. He also performed as a part of an Archie Roach tribute at the 2022 ARIA Awards with Jessica Mauboy and Thelma Plum.

This event is in partnership with FEVER.