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Robert Forster and Jherek Bischoff single sleeve

A limited 7" single of Robert Forster with Jherek Bischoff and string quartet performing People Say and In Her Diary at the WEEK-END festival in 2013 is being released in an edition of 500 copies. The single can be ordered from WEEK-END fest website..

Songs To Play

Songs To Play album cover

Robert Forster's first album in seven years, Songs To Play, was released on 18th September 2015 by Tapete Records on vinyl, CD and download.

The album was produced by Robert with Scott Bramley and Luke McDonald of The John Steel Singers. Scott and Luke play on the album along with Matt Piele and Karin Baumler.

Tracks on Songs To Play include Learn To Burn, Let Me Imagine You, Songwriters On The Run, I Love Myself (And I Always Have) and Disaster In Motion. Full tracklisting here. Songs to Play can be heard as a stream from The Guardian and the Courier-Mail.

The album can be ordered now from Tapete Records, as deluxe vinyl, regular vinyl or 4-panel gatefold limited CD. Both vinyl versions include a copy of the album on CD. The deluxe vinyl version is limited to 500 copies and comes in a special 'Tip-on' style cover. It also includes a postcard signed by Robert Forster and a @I Love Myself (And I Always Have)' sticker. Full details on all versions can be found on the Tapete Records website.

Robert will be appearing live through to the end of the year in support of Songs To Play. Scroll down for dates.

More about Songs To Play in this YouTube video clip:.

Album reviews have appeared in:

Rolling Stone Australia Salzburger Fenster Hot Press Mojo Uncut
The Guardian Sunday Express Record Collector Magazine Mail on Sunday
Magnet Magazine The Talkhouse Herald Scotland
A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed Spex magazine News.Com.Au NPR Music


Robert Forster is playing some solo shows in November/December 2016.
Robert Forster live dates poster

10th November 2016: San Fran, Wellington, New Zealand
11th November 2016: The Tuning Fork, Auckland, New Zealand
17th November 2016: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
18th November 2016: Newham Mechanics Institute, Newham, Victoria, Australia
1st December 2016: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW, Australia

Full details of live performance dates, venues and ticket information here

Songs To Play: ARIA nomination

Songs To Play album cover

Robert Forster's album Songs To Play has been nominated for a 2016 ARIA award in the category 'Best Adult Contemporary Album'. The winners of this year's ARIA awards will be announced on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at the awards ceremoney in Sydney.


Full details of live performance dates, venues and ticket information here

Robert Forster live in Manchester poster

Robert Forster is touring with his band in 2016. For these shows, the band is:

Robert Forster: vocals, guitar
Scott Bromiley: bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Luke McDonald: bass, guitar, keyboards vocals
Karin Bäumler: violin, vocals, tambourine
Chris O'Neill: drums

Robert Forster live in London poster

20th February 2016: White Night Festival, Melbourne
10th March 2016: The Toff, Melbourne
11th March 2016: Port Fairy Folk Festival
12th March 2016: The Toff, Melbourne
23rd April 2016: The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne *NEW DATE*
15th May 2016: The Junk Bar, Ashgrove, Brisbane *NEW DATE*
28th May 2016: Whelans, Dublin
29th May 2016: King Tut's, Glasgow
31st May 2016: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
1st June 2016: Islington Assembly Halls, London
3rd June 2016: Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
4th June 2016: Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
5th June 2016: This Is Not A Love Song festival, Nimes
22nd July 2016: Splendour In The Grass festival, Byron Bay *NEW DATE*

Blood And The Moon

Blood and The Moon poster Blood and The Moon - A Provocation On Yeats will be performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 13th and 14th September 2015.

Robert Forster has been invited to contribute, alongside performers including Anna Calvi, Cathal Coughlan, Sam Amidon, Paul Muldoon and others, at the invitation of Thomas Bartlett. Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd May 2015.

More information from the National Concert Hall website.

Big Gold Dream

Robert Forster is the narrator of Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream, a film telling the story of the post-punk and indie scene in Scotland, focusing on the Fast Product and Postcard record labels. Robert's narration was recorded in Brisbane in May 2015.

The film has its debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this month; tickets and more information on the
Edinburgh International Film Festival website.

Big Gold Dream was recently reviewed by
Film Pulse.
Big Gold Dream poster

'Danger in the Past: An Evening with Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens'

Robert Forster will be in conversation with Hawke Research Institute Director Professor Anthony Elliott at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, on Thursday 20th August 2015 and at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, on Friday 21 August 2015. The evening will include an acoustic set from Robert.

More information and tickets via the University of South Australia and MONA websites.
Anthony Elliott previews these shows in the Adelaide Review on 6th August 2015.

The Apartments The Evening Visits....

Robert Forster has contributed liner notes to a re-release of The Apartments' 1985 album The Evening Visits.....

Leader of The Apartments, Peter Milton Walsh, was in the Go-Betweens alongside Robert Forster and Grant McLennan for a short period in late 1978. The first Apartments single, the Return of The Hypnotist EP, was released on The Go-Betweens' Able Label in May 1979; the three tracks from that single are included among the bonus tracks on the new issue of The Evening Visits...., released by Captured Tracks as a CD or double LP vinyl edition.

The album can be ordered directly from Captured Tracks; in Europe the album is available through Rough Trade.

The Apartments 'The Evening Visits' album cover

Robert Forster Brisbane gig

Robert Forster will be performing at Enoggera Bowls Club, Enoggera on 7th November 2014. Robert will be supported by Halfway, whose recent album Any Old Love was co-produced by Robert.

Enoggera gig poster

Robert Forster reviews Bob Dylan

Robert has reviewed Bob Dylan's performance at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 25th August 2014 for Australia's national The Saturday Paper issue dated 30th August 2014. Robert also appeared on 612 ABC Brisbane's Drive show on 28th August to review Bob Dylan's 27th August show at The Tivoli, Brisbane's.

Robert Forster on Double J

Barcelona, November 2013

Robert Forster is the first Artist in Residence on Double J radio. His radio show will run on Sundays at 3pm throughout May, Robert first show will be on Sunday 4th May 2014, about David Bowie in the Seventies.

Robert Forster on Televisión Espańola

Barcelona, November 2013

A short film of Robert Forster in Barcelona in November 2013 can be seen on the Televisión Espańola website at The film includes an interview by Kiko Amat.

Robert Forster in Barcelona, 2013

Köln, December 2013

Köln, 14th December 2013

Robert Forster will be performing as part of Weekend #3 at the Stadthalle Köln-Mulheim on Saturday 14th December 2013.

For this performance, Robert will be accompanied by a string quartet led by Jherek Bischoff.

Tickets are available here.

Heliogŕbal, Barcelona, November 2013

Barcelona, November 2013

Robert Forster will be playing two shows at Heliogŕbal in Barcelona on Wednesday 20th November 2013 and Thursday 21st November 2013.

Live shows: Melbourne, Berlin and Reykjavik; Brisbane and Hamburg

Robert Forster has the following shows currently scheduled:

State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on Wednesday 12th June 2013, in conversation with Noel Mengel: details on the State Library of Queensland website

The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne on Friday 12th July 2013: details and tickets on the National Gallery of Victoria website.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on Saturday 3rd August 2013: details and tickets on the Haus der Kulturen der Welt website.

Nachtasyl at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg on Sunday 4th August 2013: details on the Thalia Theater website; tickets from Ticketmaster.

The Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik. The festival runs from 30th October to 3rd November 2013; the exact date of Robert's performance is to be confirmed.

Primera Persona, May 2013

Primera Persona, Barcelona, May 2013

Robert Forster will be playing at the Primera Persona festival in Barcelona on Saturday 4th May 2013.

More information from the Primera Persona website.

Melbourne, March 2013

Robert will be in discussion at the Arts Centre, Melbourne on Saturday 2nd March at 5pm. More information on the Arts Centre, Melbourne website.

Robert Forster European Tour 2012

Robert Forster plays two nights at the Buchhandlung Dombrowsky in Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday 8th December 2012 (8.30pm show) and Sunday 9th December 2012 (7.30pm). The Saturday show is now almost sold out. More information from Buchhandlung Dombrowsky.

Robert Forster live shows 2012

For his first live shows in over a year, Robert Forster will playing a series of shows in Australia. He will play the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd October
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Qld. Tix 073358 8600 or

Wednesday 24th October
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Qld Tix 073358 8600 or

Friday 26th October
Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, Vic. Tix. 0394849831 or

Saturday 27th October
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, Vic. Tix 035472 1196 or

Sunday 28th October
Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, Vic. Tix

Friday 9th November
The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW. Tix 02 95579409 or

Saturday 10th November
The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW. Tix 02 95579409 or

Australia: Story Of A Cricket Country

Australia: Story of A Cricket Country

Robert Forster has essay on the Australian cricketer of the 1960s and 1970s Doug Walters included in a new book Australia: Story Of A Cricket Country, published by Hardie Grant in November 2011.

New South Wales Art Gallery Talk

Robert Forster gave a talk at the the New South Wales Art Gallery at The Domain in Sydney, for their Art After Hours series. The talk was on Wednesday 13th April, in the gallery's entrance court. A short video of the talk has been made available by the gallery.

Paul Kelly in conversation with Robert Forster

Paul Kelly and Robert Forster Robert Forster recently hosted a conversation with Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, discussing Paul Kelly's new book How To Make Gravy. The conversation can be viewed on The Monthly's Slow TV website.

Robert Forster download single

Walcott, taken from the EP included with the Foruli edition of Robert Forster's book The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, is released as a download single on Monday 9th August 2010. The song is a cover of a track by Vampire Weekend.

The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll - new hardback edition

Robert’s first book, 'The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll - Collected Music Writings 2005-2009' was published by Black Inc in Australia in early November 2009.

A limited edition hardback edition of the book will be published by Foruli Publications in June 2010. This special edition of the book will be a box set limited to 500 copies and will be signed by Robert. It will include a signed offset litho art print and a 10" vinyl EP featuring new recordings by Robert of songs originally recorded by four of the artists discussed in the book.

The vinyl EP includes the following songs - all are new exclusive tracks recorded especially for this EP:

A1 - I’ll Spend My Life With You' (originally recorded by The Monkees)
A2 - 'The Prisoner' (originally recorded by The Saints)
B1 - 'Just A King In Mirrors' (originally recorded by The Go-Betweens)
B2 - 'Walcott' (originally recorded by Vampire Weekend)

Extracts from the recordings can be heard here:

Robert's notes on the E.P. can be read on the Foruli website.

The Go Between Bridge Concert

The Go Between Bridge Concert took place on Friday 25th June 2010, celebrating the opening of the Go Between Bridge in Brisbane. The concert featured Robert Forster, Angus & Julia Stone, Josh Pyke, Bob Evans, Yves Klein Blue and John Steel Singers.

A review of the opening concert appears on the mess + noise website.

Reports on the bridge opening have appeared in the Brisbane Times and the Courier-Mail.

The Go Between Bridge web page.

Robert Forster in The Word magazine

Robert Forster is the guest in the latest Word podcast.

A two-page interview with Robert about The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll appeared in February 2010 issue of The Word magazine from the UK. A longer version of the interview can be heard on the Word website at

The Word print interview can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Another interview with Robert about The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll on the Black Inc. blog.

Audio interviews with Robert about the book can be heard on the ABC Perth and ABC Melbourne websites. Robert has also appeared on ABC Brisbane in conversation with Richard Fidler.

A review of The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll appears on Caught By The River.

The view from Brisbane on ABC features Robert talking about snow in Brisbane.

Rock And Roll Friend

The current issue (October 2009) of Rolling Stone in Germany is their 15th birthday issue and it contains a new Robert Forster recording of Rock and Roll Friend on its accompanying CD. This version of the song was recorded recently in Brisbane.

The John Steel Singers

Robert has finished producing the debut album for The John Steel Singers. The album was recorded during June and July 2009 in Sydney and Brisbane. The first single from the album, Masochist is out now and can be heard on the band's MySpace page. The John Steel Singers LP will follow in early 2010.


Robert is currently producing an album for Brisbane band Halfway which shall be released early 2010.

The True Story of Butterfish

Adele Pickvance has written music for the Nick Earls play The True Story of Butterfish, running at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 1st to 25th October 2009. Robert Forster has contributed a song, It's Not What You Think. Tickets and more information on the Powerhouse website.

Two tracks from the play, It's Not What You Think by Robert Forster and The Light That Guides You Home by Adele Pickvance, are available to download from,, iTunes and other music retailers.

An article by Nick Earls about the songs and their place in The True Story of Butterfish is on The Random Blog

The True Story of Butterfish was recently the subject of an article in the Brisbane Times.

An interview with Nick Earls appears in The Age.

Queensland Music Festival Song Trails

This year's Queensland Music Festival includes Song Trails, a series of songwriting workshops taking place at various locations around Queensland from 27th July to 31st July 2009. Robert Forster is part of the touring team who will be leading these songwriting workshops. For more information on the workshops and how to register for a place, visit the Queensland Music Festival Song Trails Central website. Following the Song Trails tour there will be a free finale concert on 2nd August 2009 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Reports from the front-line of the Song Trails tour are on the Song Trails blog.

A report on one of the workshops has appeared in the Bundaberg News Mail.

Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids

Robert Forster is one of the contributors to Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids, due to be published by Fremantle Press in August 2009. More information on the Penguin Books Australia website.

Robert Forster in Homelovin' fanzine

Robert Forster is featured in the new issue of Homelovin' fanzine. The fanzine features articles on The Evangelist, the show at Lancaster Library in September 2008 and the editor's experiences in painting Robert - a drawing of the painting appears in the fanzine and can be seen here.

Robert Forster 2008 tour blog

A blog for the US and European legs of the 2008 tour has been started at The blog will be regularly updated with news from the road.

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