Melbourne-based, worldwide-beloved, twice-Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote returns in 2021 with their new album Mood Valiant and to celebrate, the band are going on tour. 

Comprised of Nai Palm (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums), Hiatus Kaiyote broke internationally in 2012 with their first LP, Tawk Tomahawk, which was praised by simpatico musical travelers from Erykah Badu to Questlove to Prince, and embraced by DJs like the BBC’s Gilles Peterson, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Anthony Valadez (KCRW/Morning Becomes Eclectic). Their first R&B Grammy nomination, for their song “Nakamarra,” was followed by a second for “Breathing Underwater,” from their sophomore album, 2015’s Choose Your Weapon

Still, their music defied categorization: Some called it “neo-soul,” others “future soul”; the band calls it, simply, wondercore. Their music found fans in hip-hop, sampled on songs by The Carters (Beyonce & Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake—with whom Nai Palm collaborated on his Scorpion album; and in jazz, when Robert Glasper invited the band to appear on his album of Miles Davis remakes, Everything’s Beautiful. Their records and live shows won them raves in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and in the New York Times, where Jon Pareles wrote that “Hiatus Kaiyote’s music stretches and bends every parameter.”

From July onwards, audiences across the country will be amongst the first to experience Mood Valiant  live. Playing at some of the most beloved venues in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Hiatus Kaiyote will also return to festival stages in the coming months, playing at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest in April and Melbourne’s April Sun Festival in May.

Returning today to officially launch Hiatus Kaiyote season, listen to Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai) and stay tuned for more coming soon.


Friday, July 2 – The Forum, Melbourne VIC
Thursday, September 30 – UC, Canberra ACT
Friday, October 1 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Saturday, October 2 – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Thursday, October 7 – Astor, Perth WA
Saturday, October 9 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide SA
Friday, October 15 – Tivoli, Brisbane QLD


Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10 – Mary’s Underground, Sydney NSW


Thursday, April 1 & Saturday, April 3 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay NSW
Sunday, May 2 – April Sun Festival, Melbourne VIC

Tickets available

Hiatus Kaiyote | Melbourne July 2, 2021 The Forum Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Canberra September 30, 2021 UC Hub Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Newcastle October 1, 2021 Cambridge Hotel Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Sydney October 2, 2021 Enmore Theatre Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Perth October 7, 2021 Astor Theatre Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Adelaide October 9, 2021 Lion Arts Factory Buy tickets
Hiatus Kaiyote | Brisbane October 15, 2021 Tivoli Buy tickets