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Adam Gibson & The Ark-Ark Birds / Sean M Whelan & The Interim Lovers

Adam Gibson is a Sydney writer and performer; the voice of The Aerial Maps, part of Modern Giant prior, and a solo performer.

Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds


"Adam Gibson writes from the heart, from the street, about the places that moves him most. Ripper real words that are well worth checking out."

- Peter Garrett


“There’s a restlessness in the heart of many Australians; a need to move, to shift, to see different scenes, new horizons, better places. Lured by the road or simply influenced by the great weight of our land, we strike out for sunlit fields, small town pubs, empty beaches, the black miles of bitumen. It’s an urge to feel the land, to know it. It’s a psychological yearning: I call it ‘Australia Restless’ … and I have it bad.”


So says Adam Gibson, the vocalist and lyricist behind acclaimed Australian band The Aerial Maps and now the driving force behind new project, Adam Gibson and The Ark-Ark Birds. 

Having forged a unique path with his spoken-sung tales of Australian life and landscape over two albums and several singles with the Aerial Maps, Adam is poised to release his new album ‘Australia Restless’ with Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds

Heralded by the new single ‘Feels Like a First Love’, the album was co-written with his his brother Simon and produced by Simon Holmes ... It is personal statement full of stories about Australia and beyond - of loves, lives and houses lost ... of coastal nights and desert days, obscure towns linked by empty roads and the static of AM radio crackling through damaged car speakers.

To launch ‘Feels Like a First Love’, Adam and The Ark-Ark Birds are doing a whirlwind tour of the East Coast, with shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In the words of Midnight Oil, “let’s turn it up a little bit LOUDER now”!


Critical acclaim for the Aerial Maps and Adam Gibson

"[The Sunset Park] is so finely drawn that is like a screenplay for your mind … an Australian classic. You must hear it."

- Courier-Mail, Brisbane

"The Aerial Maps are surely headed for that esteemed space occupied by Australia’s finest – those whose music is Australia."

- Drum Media, Sydney

"This reminds me of films by David Caesar (Mullet, Prime Mover); vernacular widescreen Australia with no gloss, a sense of melancholy, a road well-travelled."

- Chris Johnston, The Age


Earlier Event: 26 October
Pork Chop Party
Later Event: 31 October
Rebecca Barnard