ALEX THE ASTRONAUT

SUNDAY MAIN STAGE

An unforgettably original lyricist,the music ofAustralian singer/songwriterAlex the Astronautcycles through a series ofradiantly detailedslices oflife.Alexdocuments momentsofboththeseemingly mundanefroma haircut, a therapy session,a trip to the beach andtothe supermarkettothenutterly life-changingexperiences asacaregiveralong withthe PTSD thatfollowedandher recent diagnosis with autism. The 26-year-old artist imbues her songs with equalparts self-awarenessand sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humorand in its intimate exploration of post-traumatic growth, the result is abody of work affirming Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the worldaround us.

 

Born in Sydney, she first started writing songs at 12, then moved to New York in 2017 to study math and physics at LongIsland University. That same year, she delivered her debut EPTo Whom It May Concernand its follow-upSeeYou Soon,whose opening track “Not Worth Hiding” became an unofficial anthem of the Australian Gay Marriage referendum andearned support from Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show. In addition to releasingThe Theory Of Absolutely Nothingtowidespreadacclaim(NPR Music, NME, The Sydney Morning Herald, OUT Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian),Alex has since taken the stage at major festivals like Primavera Sound, The Great Escape, and Splendour in the Grass andtoured Australia on a sold-out headline run.