Off the back of a 26-date national tour celebrating the release of his #15 ARIA debuting third album Bring It Back, Illy has announced a special show for Gold Coast fans. The pre- New Year party will be happening at the Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday 29 December, with special guests Spit Syndicate and M-Phazes.
An overwhelming response to the Bring It Back tour earlier in the year saw 6 new shows added across Far North Queensland and Tasmania. And with Illy’s hometown of Melbourne reaching capacity, a third Corner Hotel show was quickly added. A sign that Illy’s standing as one of our country’s most popular hip-hop acts has been cemented. Already spawning the hits Heard It All and Where Ya Been feat. Pez, Bring It Back, is described by the emcee as “a heart album”. Reflective of the scene behind the genre, it’s largely a collaborative album, including all manner of vocal and production guests.
Having built his friendships and networks over a fruitful career thus far, Illy set about selecting vocal appearances from both well-known and underground emcees. Bring It Back features Pez, Thundamentals, Reason, Mantra, Grey Ghost, Raven, and more. Production credits going to M-Phazes, Trails, Taku, Billy Hoyle, and One Above. Lyrically Illy employs hindsight to explain the existence of his current philosophies on the industry, relationships, envy, and creativity, as well as the odd trademark braggadocio anthem thrown in for good measure. As polished as ever, Bring it Back showcases Illy’s aptitude for engaging penmanship and resonant song formation to flawless effect.
Tickets for Illy’s show at the Coolangatta Hotel are on sale now, details at http://www.illyal.com. Bring It Back is out now through Obese Records. Illy also performs in Dubbo at the RSL on November 23, Canberra’s Foreshore Festival on November 24, Darwin’s Discovery Nightclub on December 7 and Pyramid Rock Festival at Phillip Island over New Year’s Eve.
Illy with special guests Spit Syndicate and M-Phazes
Saturday December 29 – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast (18+) Tickets on sale now.