Melbourne Festival presents

Kirin J Callinan

Each song is like a mini-masterpiece, created with mind-bending interpretations of what guitars, drums and electronics should sound like.

Sydney Morning Herald

A mix of Trent Reznor and Patrick Wolf, Callinan is both an industrial pile-driver and theatrical show-off.


Ask anyone in the music business who the most intense live performer in Australia is right now and they’ll give you one answer: Kirin J Callinan.

Straddling the boundary between raw-edged synth-rock, confessional poetry and unflinching performance art, Callinan’s gigs erupt from the uninhibited core of his being, full of comedy, tragedy and outright mayhem.

A luminous musical talent who has collaborated with members of Grizzly Bear, The Presets and Midnight Juggernauts, Callinan channels stadium rock grandeur, tear-streaked power ballads and jagged art-pop—treating us to a caustic, powerhouse adventure in rock and electronica.