Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Joining the likes of Toni Childs and Mark Sholtez, the iconic duo Vika and Linda OAM will be a part of the Whitsundays Songwriter Festival and Residency.
Participating in the Songwriter Residential Retreat at the end of August, Vika and Linda will partner with other artists to create new and exciting music, across all genres.
For the past three decades, the pair have made and performed their music across the world, creating three albums with The Black Sorrows, as well as their own eight studio albums, two live albums and an anthology.
They have performed alongside Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, and John Farnham, and have been nominated for six ARIA awards.
In 2022, Vika and Linda were presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia for their service to the performing arts, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
“When you set out to be a singer, you sing because you love it, it’s your passion,” Linda said.
“But when you’re recognised by your country for it, for your service to it, that’s a whole other level.”
The duo will perform some of their new music at the Festival’s Concert and Conversation event, held at Paradiso on September 2, with other famous headliners, including Karen Jacobsen, and Francesca de Valence.
This will be a unique opportunity for fans to view an intimate performance from these artists and hear their stories.
They will also act as mentors for aspiring singer-songwriters in the Emerging Songwriter Workshops during the festival.
WHAT: Whitsundays Songwriter Festival and Residency
WHEN: Thursday August 31 and Monday September 4
TICKETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: whitsundayartsfestival.org
Melbourne sisters, Vika and Linda, will be participating in the 2023 Whitsundays Songwriter Festival at the end of the month. Image by Tania Jovanovic