Every Lunar New Year, Chatswood puts on a festival for the senses. From sculpture trails to lantern parades to splendidly delicious bites to eat and musical treats, it’s a fabulous time to be out and about. The Year of the Rabbit celebrations, from 18 January to 12 February, will be no different; however, there is one event we’re especially keen to jump on and that’s a performance by singer-songwriter, rapper-guitarist, and R&B producer Milan Ring.
With sultry vocals and nod-ya-head beats created with a fusion of loops, samples and electric guitar, Milan Ring is a one-woman powerhouse. However, she will also be joined by two more of Australia’s leading and innovative Asian-Australian artists, Yeo and Rainbow Chan, and the three will blend their smooth, off-kilter and 90s-inspired artistry for a celebration to remember on Friday 10 February.
From being tipped as one of the hottest acts to see to sell-out shows on her debut tour and being crowned “Australia’s R&B Princess” by Apple Music, Milan Ring’s meteoric rise has seen her kick it in the studio with the likes of DRAM, Cosmo’s Midnight, SZA, BJ The Chicago Kid and frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators The Social Experiment.
Her latest release, “Say To Me”, showcases her meticulous attention to detail—crisp piano notes float along with sumptuous harmonies while low-end basslines give the track plenty of bounce. It comes alive on stage in front of a live audience, and it’s just one song you’re going to want to hear before Milan Ring, having recently signed with Primary Talent (Solange, Lana Del Rey and Stormzy) for UK/EU bookings, takes her talent overseas.
The celebration of culture begins with a heart-thumping Lion Dance performance before multi-disciplinary artist Rainbow Chan brings her idiosyncratic, DIY beat-making pop sounds to the stage. Dyed with diasporic experiences as well as tales of love and loss, Rainbow Chan’s music has seen her be nominated for AIR Best Dance/Electronica Album, and perform for audiences at the Sydney Opera House, Vivid, MONA FOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, and Melbourne Music Week.
Rounding out the musical lineup for Chatswood’s Lunar New Year celebration on 10 February is Malaysian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer Yeo. He’ll delve into his extensive repertoire to perform his spin on R&B-infused pop and deliver his wry lyricism illustrating his struggles to fit in and belong. Fingers crossed he pulls out one of his famous keytar solos, which millions have already seen on his triple j Like A Version debut.
Milan Ring, Featuring Yeo and Rainbow Chan takes place on Friday 10 February at The Concourse Concert Hall in Chatswood as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Tickets for the 2.5-hour show from some of Australia’s leading R&B, hip hop and electronic artists, which includes a heart-stopping lion dance performance, cost $59.