Mark Ridout

january, 2020

12jan4:00 pm8:00 pmMark RidoutCINEMATIC FOLK & OCEAN FUNK

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When Mark Ridout was 4 years old, he was taken to see Billy Joel play at Wembley Stadium. He fell asleep standing up.

UK-born, Australia-based singer-songwriter Mark Ridout first performed on stage, years later, becoming a regular on the London songwriter circuit, where he supported Ed Sheeran (before he got huge) and Kate Miller-Heidke, at renowned venues such as The Troubadour and The Bedford. By day, he worked in secure psychiatric hospitals and as a music therapist.

Since then he has played thousands of gigs in Europe, America, Asia & Australia – moving to live in Byron Bay in 2010. He then released ‘Dive Into the Water’ – a 2 part EP set – and played ‘Splendour in the Grass’, Mullumbimby Music Festival, Byron Surf Fest and Brighton Fringe Festival (UK).

Before that, not long after the Billy Joel experience, he spent his early years playing drums in sweaty rock bands, learning the guitar chords and writing poetry on the back of school books.

His voice has been described as “compelling and hugely expressive” (Hotpress Magazine, UK), and his song ‘All my Sides’ was featured in the Australian film; Weavil (2018).