Old and new: Hip-hop and classics combine in one Bathurst concert

ECLECTIC: Western Sydney hip-hop artist L-FRESH The LION will join the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra for a concert in Bathurst in October.
ECLECTIC: Western Sydney hip-hop artist L-FRESH The LION will join the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra for a concert in Bathurst in October.

L-FRESH the Lion is a bright light in Australia’s music scene.

On October 19 L-Fresh and his band will join the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra for a quirky highlight of the BMEC 2018 annual season.

L-Fresh is much more than just a very talented hip-hop artist.

Prowling the Australian scene, Western Sydney artist L-FRESH The LION has quickly become renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking lyricism.

His organic amalgam of world-class music and social activism has seen him seamlessly segue from underground events and ciphers to national tours and major festivals, the natural ascent of an MC with an abundance of purpose and self-belief.

Introducing himself to music lovers in 2014 with a classy opening gambit, his debut album One announced L-FRESH The LION as an integral part of the new generation of hip hop artists still making waves in the Australian music industry to this day.

It paved the way for his signing to legendary Australian-based hip hop label Elefant Traks in 2015, who helped L-FRESH The LION release his acclaimed sophomore album BECOME in May of 2016.

That record spawned powerhouse singles Get Mine (feat. Parvyn) and 1 In 100,000, both of which received regular rotational radio play across Australia and in the UK on BBC’s Asian Network.

The unabashed strength of this second L-FRESH statement and the traction gained by its catchy and thought-provoking radio tracks found BECOME being nominated for Best Urban Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.

But the studio isn’t the only habitat where L-FRESH The LION rules the domain, the hard-working talent having also built a powerful reputation for his passionate and stirring live shows.

No stranger to the road, L-FRESH and his trusted live band have shared stages with names such as Nas, Dead Prez and Talib Kweli, as well as spitting captivating rhymes to crowds at Splendour In The Grass, Groovin’ The Moo, WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, NYE On The Hill, The Plot, and numerous other Australian festivals.

He’s an artist of rare integrity and relevance, whose music strives to break down cultural barriers and make our society a better place as much as it does to illuminate and entertain. 

The combination of L-Fresh with the classical strings of the Mitchell Chamber Orchestra will produce an evening of music and lyrics to savour.

Tickets online at www.bmec.com.au or 6333 6161.