Martha Wainwright coming to Dark MOFO

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Tasmania's newest winter attraction Dark MOFO has announced folk-rock singer Martha Wainwright as its first music artist for the festival, taking place June 13 to 23.

Wainwright is the younger sister of fellow singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, releasing three studio albums, the most recent 2012's Come Home to Mama.

The album was recorded at the home of Sean Lennon, featuring appearances from Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Yuka Honda and Lennon himself.

Come Home to Mama garnered generally favourable reviews, with Paste reviewer Beca Grimm remarking that the album is one that "drops and soars" emotionally, and pointing out that Wainwright is an artist who can write.

"At the end of Come Home To Mama, I find myself most appreciative of Wainwright’s confessional style of writing, how she reveals her main characters’ flaws without shame," Grimm writes in Paste.

"She carries the Wainwright musical torch on, keeping the flame blazing." 

Wainwright will play the Theatre Royal Hobart on Thursday June 13, with tickets going on sale today (April 8) from $59.50 to $80.

The rest of the lineup will be revealed on Friday April 19, so sign up to the Dark MOFO mailing list to receive the latest updates, or visit the Dark MOFO Facebook and Twitter pages!

Head down to Tasmania in June to "celebrate the dark" with music, large-scale public art, food, light and noise.

Tasmania is proud to be known for its dark and cold winters, with the inaugural festival exploring ancient and contemporary mythologies, destruction and renewal, and more.

If you have an interest in all things on the darker side, then you may also want to embark on a paranormal investigation at the Port Arthur historic site!

This adults-only, late night experience allows you to use the latest scientific techniques and equipment to test for evidence of paranormal activity in some of Australia's most haunted buildings at the Port Arthur historic site.

So book in your Tasmanian break for June for over a week of 'dark' activities!

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  • Sarah says:

    Hello, I saw Martha on the Q and A program and was very touched by what she shared. My family are all musicians and feel so close, though we all live so far from each other we love each other so much. My sister Anna and I watched the show tonight and we loved her song so we headed to her website and found that she will be in hobart this Thursday the 13th. I live in hobart and my sister Anna has flown in to surprise me, we haven’t seem each other for 4 years so its such a special time for us. Marthas concert is sold out here in hobart and I wondered if there is any way that we could some how get two tickets? It would be amazing for us to be able to come along. We really appreciate the realness of her music.
    Kindest regards,

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