Louis Baker brings it all back to Newtown
Newtown Festival presents Louis Baker as the next headline act for the event on Sunday 8 March 2020. Louis is set to perform with his full band on the South Stage (zoo end of Riddiford Street), brought to you by RadioActive.FM and Coffee Supreme with production by the Massey School of Commercial Music. With a previous presence at the 2013 Newtown Festival, we warmly welcome the return of the soulful singer-songwriter and Newtown champion after many successes locally and abroad.
Since 2013, Louis’ been to the Red Bull Music Academy (New York, 2013), his self-titled EP debuted at #3 on the NZ Album Chart (2013), his song Back On My Feet was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll Award (2014), had further shortlists for the same award in 2017 and 2018, and has performed at numerous festivals around the world, including Splendor in the Grass (Australia), Sziget (Hungary), Sonar (Barcelona), Field Days and The Great Escape (United Kingdom).
2019 has been a busy year, seeing Louis Baker releasing his first album Open, seeing it debut at #1 on the iTunes Album Chart, and touring it. Grant Smithies describing it as “warm, optimistic and emotional, it’s a rootsy, community-minded take on modern soul.” Louis was also nominated for Best Artist Soul/RnB (Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards) and Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist, covered winner Aldous Harding’s The Barrel at the APRA Silver Scrolls awards evening, and toured with Allen Stone and Jordan Rakei.
The music video for the album opener The People shows off where his love for music all began. “We filmed it straight-up honest and real – and it shows my roots and the life that I’ve known since I was a young lad.” The video captures local landmarks around Newtown, with his friends and family appearing throughout the clip. The Newtown community is a huge part of what has made him the person he is today, and growing up on Coromandel Street in a diverse neighbourhood is something that Louis wanted to spotlight in this video. “There’s a sort of scruffy, soulful vibe that seeps into you there.”
For Louis Baker to bring it back to his roots by performing at Newtown Festival in 2020 feels like an important closing of a loop, and we look forward to Louis Baker sharing his music with you on Sunday 8 March 2020.