Hometown support: Former Australian Idol contestant Ngaiire will return to Lismore to perform at the In Good Company Open Air Music Festival next Saturday.
Hometown support: Former Australian Idol contestant Ngaiire will return to Lismore to perform at the In Good Company Open Air Music Festival next Saturday.

Ngaiire to perform at fundraiser

WHEN Ngaiire came to Lismore as a 16-year-old, she was more concerned about the lack of people on the streets than the ones who were.

Joining the list of performers donating their time to the In Good Company Open Air Music Festival, Ngaiire will help raise money for mental health and homelessness.

Having moved from Papua New Guinea with her family, Ngaiire said that Lismore was a definite culture shock.

“It was really full-on actually, probably more so for my brother and sister,” Ngaiire said. “I sort of understood the change.

“One thing I didn’t understand was why there was no one on the streets. In Papua New Guinea there are people loitering everywhere. Over here people are in their houses.”

Ngaiire came into the Australian public’s eye as a contestant on Australian Idol in 2004 as a 19-year-old.

Although she gained a lot of exposure through the program, she was glad to get out when she did.

“I don’t know if it really helped or hindered my career,” Ngaiire said. “Everything about that show holds this stigma.

“When I signed up for the show I didn’t intend on making it any further than I did.”

In recent weeks, the Sydney-based musician has been announced as one of Triple J’s Next Crop artists, which can only propel her career further.

“I’m very excited about it,” Ngaiire said. “Looking at the Next Crop artists of the past and what it’s done for them, to receive that recognition is great.”

Ngaiire says the promotion comes at the right time as she is working on material for her album.

“I’ve really been throwing myself into my own music this past year, whereas previously I had been collaborating with others, so it’s perfect timing,” she said.

With the musician’s career on the rise she’s happy to lend her time to support her hometown in Australia.

“I haven’t done a gig in Lismore since I left, so it’ll be great to come back and do something for the town,” Ngaiire said. “I’ve had a lot of friends who suffer from mental illness too, so it’s good to support them.”

The In Good Company Open Air Music Festival is on at the Lismore Turf Club next weekend, Saturday, November 13.



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