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Friday Nights at NGV
James Chance & the Contortions

Fri 15 Jan 16, 6pm–10pm
NGV International
Ground Level

General tickets on sale 10am Friday 6 Nov

Start the weekend early with Friday Nights at NGV, including after-hours entry to Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, talks, food and bars, plus DJ sets in the NGV Garden and weekly live performances by international and Australian acts in the Great Hall.

Be part of the largest ever Friday Nights at NGV line-up. Running over eighteen weeks from 11 December to 22 April this series will showcase psychedelic prog rock to synth pop, indie, folk and electronica. Doors open 6pm. Headline act from 8.30pm.


Punk collides with a jazz-blues-funk permutation with James Chance & the Contortions. Best known for his work in such bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance & the Contortions and James White & the Blacks as well as collaborations with Lydia Lunch and Blondie, James Chance was a key figure in the quick-flash but potent No Wave movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman with the solid funk rhythm of James Brown, filtered through a punk rock lens, James Chance brings his sonic punch and bone-rattling kinetic rhythms to the NGV as he tours Australia for the very first time this January.