Byron Theatre’s beautiful Steinway grand piano will get to shine when improvised music trailblazers, The Necks, come to Byron Theatre for one night of sublime music on Friday 1 March. Renowned for creating immersive, hypnotic concert experiences, Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass) and Tony Buck (drums/percussion) slowly conjure luminous soundscapes over the course of their live performances that leave audiences mesmerised.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Byron Bay, one of the very few regional venues we will be playing this tour,” said The Necks pianist Chris Abrahams. “Byron Theatre is a brilliant, intimate venue that also has a magnificent Steinway grand piano that I am looking forward to playing again. The Byron Theatre show will be the last on this Australian tour so it’s a great place to wrap up our tour.”

Before stepping on stage, nothing is planned or discussed between the trio. They walk on and they start playing. The Necks’ commitment to the simple concept of truly ‘letting the music take care of itself’ is at the core of their unique sound and their ability to create exciting, engrossing music for audiences and for themselves for more than 30 years. No two Necks concerts are ever the same.

From humble beginnings in 1987 as a private jamming project, The Necks now play packed concerts around the globe and count Brian Eno and Nick Cave among their legions of fans. Their recent 2023 sell-out tour of UK and Europe saw them play twenty-two shows in fourteen countries. They have released 21 albums, including the ARIA-nominated soundtrack to the cult Australian film The Boys. Their latest release Travel (released in Feb 2023) features four 20-minute tracks and has been hailed by critics as one of their finest with Uncut magazine describing it as ‘…like gazing out of the window on a marathon flight crossing continents, each vista imperceptibly or abruptly giving way to the next… Travel is well named.’

Long-term fans of this unique band come back time and again for their concerts, but if you haven’t heard them before, catch The Necks at Byron Theatre on Friday 1 March and discover why The New York Times describe them as ‘The greatest trio on earth’ and The Guardian UK as ‘one of the most entrancing live acts in the world’.

The Necks
Friday 1 March, 2024. 7pm
Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay.

What’s been said about The Necks:

‘The Necks’ music is distinctly beautiful, a singular blend of jazz, ambient, and avant-rock that hums with exquisite, glacial shifts.’ Uncut UK

“The Necks make the most beautiful music, at turns poetic then violent.” Warren Ellis

‘Every concert by the trio still feels startlingly and resplendently fresh. The only constants are the three players, their instruments and the silence that bookends each improvised musical journey. Everything else is unplanned, unrehearsed and unrepeatable.’ Jessica Nicholas, The Age

‘No group in creative music is quite like the Australian trio, whose modal and minimalist performances extend a single idea to infinity.’ The Wire

“The Necks are one of the most entrancing live acts in the world.” Guardian UK

“The greatest trio on earth” The New York Times

“Among the world’s greatest forces in music” LA Times


Mon 12, Tue 13, Wed 14 Feb – Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne VIC
Thur 15 Feb – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Wed 21 Feb – The Gov, Adelaide SA
Thur 22 Feb – The Street Theatre, Canberra ACT
Fri 23 & Sat 24 Feb – Sydney Opera House – Playhouse, Sydney NSW (SOLD OUT)
Thur 29 Feb – ΩHM Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD
Friday 1 Mar – Byron Theatre, Byron Bay NSW