12-22 AUGUST 2021 View all events

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THE NECKS - Presented by BLEACH* and Griffith University

THE NECKS - Presented by BLEACH* and Griffith University

Due to the current interstate lockdowns and travel restrictions the concerts featured Jazz legends The Necks, ARIA and J-Award winner Sarah BlaskoThe Song Company and musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium of Griffith University.

Rest assured, we’re marching on with every intention to deliver the best possible festival for you and we’re excited that our opening event, FIRST LIGHT, on 12 August is only a matter of days away. It’s free, fantastic and we hope to see you there.

The entire BLEACH* program adheres to Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Events framework – We’re outdoors, we’re limited capacity and we’ve got all bases covered to keep you safe and have a great time at BLEACH* 2021.



Rug up and venture into the Gardens under the stars to hear Australia’s unparalleled genre-bending cult band, The Necks.

Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry that defies description. Featuring long mesmerising pieces that slowly unravel, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, they take the spellbound listener on a transcendental flight through time and space. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today. Let the hypnotising frequencies take you on an otherworldly journey into near-supernatural bliss.


–  The Age

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The Australian trio The Necks is one of the most advanced improvised music formations you could encounter.

What pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton conjure on stage can barely be described in words. Their music is hypnotising; the audience perceives their hour-long works as labyrinth-like, never-ending dreams. The seeming simplicity of their music is based on a process in which a complex sound carpet gradually unfolds from a single musical entity - continuously and barely noticeably - until it peaks at the highest intensity. They captivate the listener in every moment they play, with a compelling groove that underpins all. Neither entirely avant-garde nor minimal, neither ambient nor solely experimental jazz: The Necks’ music is an exception, a jewel of contemporary music.

Presented byBLEACH* and Griffith Univeristy
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Ticket prices
  • Adult$45
  • Concession or Child$25
  • Family$105

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens, 230 Ashmore RoadBenowa QLD 4217

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