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Phil Jamieson – Saturday August 3rd
+ Support by Joe Newton
As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single ‘Sickfest’.
So began a love affair that maintained its heat and passion for over one thousand live shows, six consecutive Top 10 debuts and multi-platinum album sales. That initial romance with triple j’s listeners blossomed into full-bloom infatuation: an incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved ‘Chemical Heart’ (#2 in 2002; #63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time).
With the release of seventh album Black Rabbitscame the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remains as focused and passionate about music as ever. His writing and vocal talents are beingput to good use in a solo career which has seen the singer sell out rooms throughout the country.
As well as writing for his band, Phil co-wrote the Unwritten Law songs ‘She Says’ and ‘Because of you’ with Scott Russo and also made contribution to the song ‘I Heard The Fire Sing’ for the Dirty Deeds soundtrack. His song writing skills and live performance valueshave been a major contributor to the success of Grinspoon.
He has also toured as a solo artist with Unwritten Law’s Scott Ruso in 2014.
Outside of studios and music venues, Jamieson co-founded the Rock N Ride tour for headspace,the National Youth and Mental Health Foundation, in 2013. The initiative is aimed at engaging local communities to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by young people. This passion project has allowed Jamieson to draw on an extensive network of musicians, friends and media personalities who have ridden over 5000km together while visiting dozens of headspace centres along the way.
In 2017 Jamieson starred as St Jimmy in the Australian premiere of the Broadway musical ‘American Idiot”