Courtney Barnett to perform Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ live

Barnett will be joined by Jen Cloher, Magic Dirt's Adalita and The Drones' Gareth Liddiard

Courtney Barnett will perform Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ live, in full, at the Melbourne Festival.

The singer-guitarist will be joined by Jen Cloher, Magic Dirt’s Adalita and The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard in a one-off show at the Melbourne Town Hall to mark the 40th anniversary of Smith’s iconic 1975 LP. Organisers promise a ‘heartfelt homage’ that will be ‘both hypnotic and exhilarating’.

The Melbourne Festival takes place from October 8 to 25 and will also include performances from The Fall, Laura Marling and The Field, among others.


Barnett released her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ in March. Speaking to NME earlier this year, she explained how the LP reflected the last year of her life.

“The album is a general overview of essentially a year of emotions – 12 months of fucking every day day, up, down, up, down. I dunno what a normal person has, but everyday I had a midlife crisis.”

Barnett and her band play their biggest UK headline show to date at London’s Forum on November 25 with gigs in Wolverhampton, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Bristol also confirmed.

Courtney Barnett will play:

London The Forum (November 25)
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (27)
Manchester The Ritz (30)
Liverpool O2 Academy (December 1)
Glasgow O2 ABC (2)
Bristol O2 Academy (4)