By Stuart Kavanagh
One of the most recognisable voices in the Australian music industry, Jon Stevens will be performing at this year’s Mundi Mundi Bash.
The former Noiseworks and INXS frontman will headline the Friday schedule in the desert this year.
When we asked him how it felt to be coming to the Mundi Mundi Bash, Jon couldn’t hide his excitement. “Can’t wait,” he said.
“Especially after experiencing the Birdsville Big Red Bash.
“These two festivals are completely unique.
Everyone should try and experience the desert festivals at least once in their lives.”
Outside of performing at the Bash, one thing Jon is looking forward to is seeing iconic Australian rock band, Midnight Oil.
“I’m really excited to see the Oils. I haven’t seen them [play] in many years,” Jon told the Barrier Truth.
“My old bass player and dear friend Adma Ventura has been playing with them for a while now. I must see them [Midnight Oil] one last time before they hang up the boots.”
Jon has been keeping busy this year, performing a staggering 73 festival shows with the Noiseworks/INXS collection.
“I’ve been doing my own thing, with my band. We’ve done so many festivals show this year.”
There is also news that will make fans of Noiseworks happy. There’s a new album coming out very soon. The lead single, Heart and Soul, comes out on Monday.
It is the first new music from Noiseworks in almost 30 years.
“We [Noiseworks] all got together about five years ago to start writing a new Noiseworks record and we finished an album back in 2019, which was meant to come out then. Unfortunately, Stuart Fraser, our guitar player, passed away from cancer, so the album was shelved,” Jon said.
Jon says all he’s heard for years has been, “when is the Noiseworks album coming out,” and now the time has come.
“This year, everything is open, and I have done all my touring for the year. I thought what better way to honour our great mate Stuart Fraser than to put the album out. Get it out there and do a bunch of shows.”
In news that will delight Noiseworks purists, the original line-up will return to honour Stuart Fraser, with long-time friend of both Stuart and the band, Jack Jones playing guitar.
“The original line-up is coming back in honour of Stuart. We are going to have some fun, I am so excited to have the great Jack Jones play with us
“Noiseworks is back, I can’t wait for the single to drop and for everybody to hear it!”
Noiseworks headline the One Electric Day Festival starting November 5th in Victor Harbour, South Australia which kicks off their tour. In the meantime, get down to the Mundi Mundi Bash on the weekend of the 18th to catch Jon Stevens, a true legend of Australian music live.