Courtney Barnett launches career-spanning online live music archive

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Courtney Barnett launches career-spanning online live music archive

Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Words by Will Brewster

Inspired by The Grateful Dead and Neil Young's own archives.

Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has announced the launch of an interactive online archive that compiles her 14-year touring and performing history into an immersive digital experience.

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Conceived as a means of allowing Barnett’s international fanbase to experience her live performances amid the pandemic, the new website takes influence from the expansive archival libraries of rock luminaries Neil Young and The Grateful Dead.

The website, designed by longtime Courtney Barnett collaborator Raphael One and web developers Undertide, compiles a range of late-night television performances, never-before-heard mixing desk recordings, specially commissioned touring posters and more.

Fans can also interact with a visual timeline tracing Barnett’s career from her earliest solo performances in Tasmania through to performing at the likes of Primavera Sound, Coachella, Glastonbury, Splendour In The Grass and beyond, and are also encouraged to contribute their own content to the website.

To coincide with today’s launch, Courtney Barnett has shared the entire pro-shot performance of her only live show in front of a crowd from 2020, a packed-out bushfire benefit show at Melbourne’s legendary Corner Hotel.

Shot at the height of Australia’s devastating summer bushfire season last year, the concert sees Barnett and her band tap into the anxiety of the crowd and dish out one of their most furious performances to date, making for a commanding and incredibly poignant kick-off for the online archive.

Check out the Courtney Barnett Online Live Music Experience & Archive here.