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Ziggy Stardust

Presented by Queensland Cabaret Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse

Electric Moon and Brisbane Powerhouse Present The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, the smash hit of the 2016 MELT Queer Arts Festival returns for the Queensland Cabaret Festival. 

Directed by James Lees and featuring eight of Brisbane’s finest vocalists with a mighty 12-piece supergroup behind them, the show blew the minds and hearts of audiences across three sold out performances. For Queensland Cabaret Festival, this group come together again to perform David Bowie’s masterpiece album in its entirety along with an entire second act of other Bowie material from this, and other, eras of his astounding career on Earth as an artist and musician.  With some new ideas, songs and reimagining, this iteration of the show will delve a little deeper into some of Bowie’s darker and more theatrical works – all still with the emotional intensity and beating rock and roll heart of the ZIGGY phenomenon at its core.

Lees again brings the album to life with vocalists Alison St Ledger (Sissybones/Women In Voice), Sandro Colarelli, Brett Harris (SS.Sebastian/The Good Ship), Marie DeVita (WAAX), Emma Dean (Emma Dean & The Hungry Truth/Women In Voice), Tim Steward (Screamfeeder/We All Want To), Daniel Hack (Lovejoy) and Lucinda Shaw (Silver Sircus). Behind them will be a 12-piece Brisvegas supergroup featuring members of Silver Sircus, guitarists Kevin Haigh and Jeff Lovejoy, drummer Christopher Dixon, Jimi Beavis on the blues harp and saxophinists Andrew Saragossi and Julian Palma. ABOUT THE ALBUM…A loose concept album, ZIGGY begins with a song about the looming end of the world (Five Years) and resolves with the alien protagonist appealing to his legion of fans to save him from certain death (Rock & Roll Suicide). In between these extremes, the music and lyrics careen through space rock wigouts (Moonage Daydream), glam rock fantasies (Star, Hang Onto Yourself), gender and sexual fluidity (Ziggy Stardust), friendly extra-terrestrials (Starman) and the queerest of unrequited loves (Lady Stardust). 

Produced & Directed by James Lees. Filmed & Edited by Tangible Media. Audio recorded by Chris Neehause, mixed by Jeff Lovejoy. Vocals - Daniel Hack Backing Vocals - Alison St Ledger, Brett Harris, Lucinda Shaw Drums - Chris Dixon Percussion - James Lees Bass Guitar - Terry Dixon Lead Electric Guitar - Jeff Lovejoy Rhythm Electric Guitar - Kevin Haigh Acoustic Electric Guitar - Mark Angel Piano - Parmis Rose Violins - Emma Dean, Salliana Campbell Cello - Wayne Jennings Saxophone, Flute - Andrew Saragossi Saxophone - Julian Palma

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Performed by James Lees, Alison St Ledger, Sandro Colarelli, Lucinda Shaw, Brett Harris, Emma Dean, Daniel Hack, Tim Steward, Marie DeVita, Charles Foster Kane, Jeff Lovejoy, Andrew Saragossi, Jimi Beavis and Members of Silver Sircus.
Produced and Directed by James Lees
Lighting Design by Andrew Meadows
Photography by Sam Scoufos of Compadre Picture Co
Layout and Design by Brett Harris

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