It’s taken a prolonged absence of live options but Australian television audiences will again be able to tune into home-grown talent with new music program The Sound premiering on the ABC on Sunday, July 19.
Filmed by Mushroom Vision for broadcast each Sunday at 5.30pm and replayed each Saturday at 12.30pm, the pre-recorded live performances will also be available to watch on iView and be hosted by Jane Gazo. Each week a special guest will also co-host the program, starting with actor Bryan Brown.
“If ‘music be the food of love’ then no better place to dish it out than on our ABC,” said Brown, who will co-host this Sunday’s show along with performances by Sydney trio DMA’S, Benee, Eskimo Joe, Jerome Farah, Lime Cordiale, Kate Ceberano and Steve Kilbey plus Mark Seymour and the Undertow. A preview of Nick Cave’s global live-streamed performance from London’s Alexandra Palace, taking place on July 23, will also be featured in episode one of The Sound.
“I’m incredibly excited to realise my dream to see a music show featuring contemporary Australian music in a prime spot on free-to-air television,” said Mushroom Vision’s Michael Gudinski. “The Sound will feature artists from all walks of our incredible local industry, with more than two-thirds of each episode focused on showcasing new songs. I’m thrilled that ABC, the home of iconic programs like Countdown, Recovery and Rage, have partnered with us to support local music in such difficult times.”