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Xavier Rudd

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Since the very beginning, Xavier Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music.  Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier’s 2002 debut album, To Let, introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals. Something distinctly new, yet tied back throughtime to the spirit of our ancestors. With a sound established, Xavier’s 2004 sophomore album, Solace, was testament to the power of his songwriting abilities. Debuting in the top 20 of the ARIA charts, it was met as an instant classic; going Platinum and earning Xavier two ARIA nominations, with three of its songs –Let Me Be, Shelter and Solace–voted into triple j’s Hottest 100.

With a #1 iTunes single in the Netherlands and his music resonating throughout Europe like never before, Xavier embarked on a 28-date sold out tour in the  European Summer of 2016. Playing a set list that read like a career retrospective over a solid two-hour show, he wowed audiences from the UK to the Netherlands with the energy and spirit he brought to the stage. Returning home with the recordings from these shows, there was a magic in them that felt like it needed to be shared with the world, and so a double live album took shape for release in early 2017. Xavier Rudd s diverse and acclaimed career is going from  strength to strength, with his message of global togetherness, acceptance and respect as well as his dynamic musical connection gaining him over 700k

combined online followers and further solidifying his place as one of Australia’s greatest artists, activists and spirits.

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