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June 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Since topping the charts on Triple J’s Unearthed for the seventh time, The Lyrical has become a rising star of the music
scene on the Sunshine Coast. The Queensland North Coast has always been Australia’s hotbed for new talent in a variety
of genres and the hip hop-reggae scene is no exception to that tradition.
Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist. The “Unique blend of beat-boxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics is fast becoming the hottest ticket
in town,” (City News).
The Lyrical has toured both Australia and internationally as well as releasing a hugely popular self-titled album, “The
Lyrical,” to critical acclaim. He has supported some amazing artists (Everlast, Katchafire, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, Natali
Rize, Tikki Taane, Pete Murray, Illy, Trinity Roots), shared the stage and played with the likes of Leon Mobley of The Innocent Criminals, Michael Franti and Blue King Brown. He’s rocked festivals such as; BIG DAY OUT, Byron Bay Bluesfest,Caloundra Music Festival, Sprung Festival, Party in The Paddock, Island Vibes Festival, Festival Of The Sun, Red Deer Festival plus many, many more. The Lyrical has also had great radio and online success hitting No.1 SEVEN TIMES on TripleJ’s Unearthed and gained a No.5 spot for Sweden’s “Top 50 Most Streamed Songs” for the year of 2015.
The Lyrical cut his teeth on the streets busking three nights a week and quickly became a well-known music champion to
the thousands who stopped to dance and play along over the years. “I love busking,” tells Karl, “it’s the BEST way to talk to
everyday people with your music, and when you busk… you hear the REAL truth about it… if people don’t like it… they tell
you! If they think you’re inspiring… they tell you that too – it’s great!”
Karl was born in Vanuatu and then moved to the Solomon Islands as a child. Whilst growing up in Honiara he began
playing and creating music with his neighbour Tommy (a.k.a. Solomon Kwatea). They developed their passion for music
together, sitting near the radio whilst copying the music with their mouths because they had no instruments. “If we
weren’t doing that, we were drumming on cardboard.
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