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Ben Folds: A Dream About Lightning Bugs

In conversation with Myf Warhurst

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Celebrated American singer-songwriter and front-man of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five is touring Australia with his new memoir and will be stopping in at Brisbane Powerhouse for a special in-conversation with Myf Warhurst.

Ben Folds sits down to offer his reflections on art, life and music in this special in-conversation event that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

Sharing stories from his book, A Dream About Lightning Bugs, Ben opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero and hauling a baby grand piano around for every performance. From growing up in working class North Carolina, to painful life lessons learned the hard way, he also ruminates on creativity in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade career in the music business.

Don’t miss this chance to hear Ben Folds in conversation with Myf Warhurst at Brisbane Powerhouse, part of the Writers+Ideas series.

Writers+Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture

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BEN FOLDS
Ben Folds is one of the major music influencers of our generation, as a live performer, songwriter and producer. He has performed as the front-man and pianist in alternative rock band Ben Folds Five since 1995 and as a solo artist has collaborated with artists such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor, Nick Hornby, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller to name but a few. Ben’s audience crosses generations and social media platforms, he has 832K Twitter, 590K Facebook and 46.6K Instagram fans. In March 2019, he started a Patreon where he’ll be broadcasting a regular Scotch & Vinyl TV live stream to his supporters.

MYF WARHURT
Myf Warhurst is a TV presenter, broadcaster, journalist & writer.

Myf was first introduced to radio as the showbiz reporter on Merrick and Rosso's Triple J Drive Show in 1999. In 2000, Myf moved into a full-time gig at the Js before landing the afternoon shift in 2003. After a few years she moved on to spend some time doing Triple J Breakfast with Jay and The Doctor. In January 2008 Myf left Triple J and joined Peter Helliar on the Pete and Myf Triple M Melbourne Breakfast Show.

Myf has been a columnist for The Guardian and The Age, musing on the world around her and giving us an insight into her take on life. She guest hosted on ABC local radio and reports regularly for The Project on Network Ten.

Myf is probably best known for her seven-year stint as a team captain on ABC TV's Spicks and Specks. After 277 episodes Myf, Alan and Adam decided to finish the show on a high note in 2011, and in 2012 premiered her solo venture Myf Warhurst’s NICE on ABC1.

Between 2014 and 2017, Myf presented Lunch With Myf weekdays on ABC’s digital radio station Double J. The opportunity to play new releases, talk to musicians and have free reign to delve into the archives made Double J the perfect home for this massive music fan!

In 2018 Myf moved into a new position at ABC Radio where she can be heard across the country from 12.30pm-2pm weekdays. She continues to present Bang On with co-host Zan Rowe - a podcast where they chat about the biggest issues in art, music and pop culture, available for download via the ABC Radio app or iTunes.

Since 2017, Myf has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Joel Creasey. In 2019 the pair hosted Eurovision: Australia Decides as well as the annual song contest from Tel Aviv, Israel.

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See an exhibition
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Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.