Laneway Presents Jorja Smith

Breakout Brit Award-winning UK soul artist JORJA SMITH will play a special one-off headline show at Melbourne’s Forum on Friday 1st February, on her first ever visit down under.


The up-and-coming star, who lands in Australia for anticipated performances at Laneway Festival* this January and February, is nominated for Best New Artist Award at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Already a multi-award recipient, the singer-songwriter claimed the coveted Critic’s Choice Award at 2018’s Brit Awards, with ‘Blue Lights’ taking out the mantle for Best Urban Video at the UK Music Video Awards in the same year.

Released last year, Smith’s stunning debut album Lost & Found is a mix of modern jazz, contemplative soul, dancehall and pop, a flowing collection of songs knitted together by the soulful elasticity of her voice. Standout track ‘Blue Lights’ is a powerful homage to Smith’s hometown of Walsall, England, which chronicles the realities of police brutality and racism.

“On Lost & Found, Smith is defining her own destiny… she confirms that she is special and rare, an asker of impossible but necessary questions.” – Pitchfork

“… Smith’s staggering voice (is) smoky, honeyed and so powerful it could hold its own against a Super Bowl-sized brass band, she moves through pop, funk, garage and soul with ease…” – The Guardian

“… the first full length album from a young creative brimming with ideas and promise.” – Clash

She has played sell-out dates across the UK, collaborated with Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar and Drake, one of her biggest champions, opened arena dates for Bruno Mars, and delivered soulful performances on television shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Later… with Jools Holland. 

Closing out the year with a mesmerising live rendition of ‘Don’t Watch Me Cry’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jorja Smith is a bold new voice in music, and her star is on a meteoric rise.


Brought to you by Laneway Presents

Friday 1st February – Forum Melbourne (18+)