Courtney Barnett launches a unique and wonderfully detailed online archive of her touring and performing history.
This online project was initially conceived as a way to give Courtney Barnett’s fans a simple way to experience her live performances at a time where touring was made impossible, but during the website’s development it became clear it could become so much more. View the site here.
Courtney played her first ever show at an open mic night at The Lark Distillery in Hobart in 2007, she has since played almost 800 live shows ranging from solo sets through to 7-piece backing bands. Her biggest headline shows to-date were at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, London’s Brixton Academy and the Prospect Park Band-Shell in Brooklyn. She has graced some of the world’s most prestigious festival stages including multiple shows at Coachella, Primavera Sound,Glastonbury, SplendourIn The Grass, Fuji Rock Festival, Roskilde and Newport Folk Festival.
The team took inspiration from the legendary online archives of Neil Young and The Grateful Dead, and more personally from the extensive excel tour spreadsheets of Courteny Barnett’s mum, the website now gathers together 14 years of touring history, never-before-heard desk-mixes, live television performances and a rich trove of specially commissioned show-posters.
The site is designed to delight the most casual fans or indeed the most passionate and knowledgeable. It’s possible to lose months in the archive or simply admire the beauty and simplicity of the site’s design by collaborator and long time Barnett fan, Raphael Ong and developers Undertide Barnett’s fans are encouraged to participate in the growth of the archive by submitting their own pictures, videos and audio recordings.
To celebrate the launch of the live experience, Courtney Barnett has also made the extraordinary full concert footage of her only full band live show of 2020 available to view.