Hayley Mary and Ali Barter are coming to The Thornbury Theatre this month

Hayley Mary and Ali Barter are coming to The Thornbury Theatre this month

Words by Kate Streader

Hayley Mary and Ali Barter will each launch their respective new singles when they hit The Thornbury Theatre stage.

As Melbourne’s live music scene slowly emerges from its COVID-19 hibernation, The Thornbury Theatre has announced a handful of gigs to see out 2020. This month, the beloved venue will welcome Hayley Mary and Ali Barter to its stage, each playing two shows across the coming weeks.

Friday December 11 will see The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary launching her new single ‘The Chain’ with two evening shows.

Making her solo debut earlier this year with the release of her EP The Piss, The Perfume, Mary was forced to cancel her inaugural tour due to the pandemic.

Penned back in March, ‘The Chain’ is a happy-sad track that balances a bold pop melody with some of the saddest songwriting of Mary’s career.

“The night I wrote ‘The Chain’ the pandemic was erupting around us all. Venues were closing and I received the news that my flights and headline shows were cancelled. I sat in my apartment in Melbourne staring at my suitcase,” she said of the single

“Not quite ready to start unpacking and let go of the momentum of my little rock’n’roll dream, I picked up the guitar and wrote what felt like, at the time, the saddest song I’d ever written. Sonically and melodically, however, it’s one of my most uplifting.”

The following week, fellow Australian female powerhouse Ali Barter will hit The Thornbury Theate on Friday December 18 with two shows to share her latest single, ‘Twisted Up’.

An ode to rash decisions, shoddy haircuts and feeling reckless, the single was penned in a pre-COVID world only to become more relatable than ever in lockdown.

“I wrote this song in LA in February 2020 before the world fell down. I was feeling really weird, like I wanted to run away or blow something up and this song is about that feeling,” she said of the track

“It’s crazy to think what happened since this song was written and how timely it was.”

Thornbury Theatre will be enforcing COVID-19 regulations for its live shows, including table service and limited capacity.


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For tickets and more information, head to The Thornbury Theatre’s website

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