Melodic Tones in Mount Duneed

Tones and I. (Supplied)

The artist who amassed 7 billion streams with her global smash hit Dance Monkey is on her way to Geelong.

Tones and I will play at Mt Duneed Estate on Saturday along with fellow chart-topping singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, and Australian artists Gordi and Didirri.

Morning Peninsula singer-songwriter Toni Watson, aka Tones and I, released her breakout single Dance Monkey in May 2019.

The song broke the Australian record of 16 weeks for the most time at number one on the ARIA singles chart.

In January 2020 the single spent its 24th and final week at number one, beating Bing Crosby’s all-time Australian record for his version of White Christmas.

Dance Monkey reached number one in 30 countries, including a record-breaking run of 11 weeks atop the UK charts.

Dance Monkey is the most Shazamed song of all time, according to Tones and I’s website bio, and is one of the highest-streamed songs ever on Spotify.

The track won independent song of the year at the 2020 ARIA Music Awards, while Tones and I won best breakthrough independent artist.

Her latest smash hit Fly Away peaked at number seven on the Australian charts last year.

Joining Tones at the Mount Duneed concert is celebrated Melbourne singer-songwriter Missy Higgins.

Higgins, who won Highton Rotary Club’s Star Search competition in 2000 and is perhaps best known for smash hits Scar and The Special Two.

The 37-year-old has won nine times at the ARIA Music Awards from 24 nominations.

Also hitting the stage is NSW folktronica singer-songwriter Gordi, who first hit the Australian music scene with her 2015 track Can We Work It Out.

Her music has featured on hit US shows such as The Vampire Dairies and The Walking Dead.

Joining her on the bill is Warrnambool artist Didirri, who first caught the ear of Aussie music lovers with his debut EP Measurements in 2018.

On Monday state government announced the show as part of the 2021 Sounds Better Together concert series.

State government has partnered with Mushroom Group staging the series to revive live music after COVID-19 and attract visitors to regional Victoria.

The series features artists and bands such as Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite and Something for Kate performing in COVID-safe concerts in Melbourne, Mallacoota, Rutherglen and Yarra Valley this weekend and next week.

“The 2021 Sound’s Better Together series will get musicians back onstage and help people enjoy a great night out, supporting communities across the state,” Major Events Minister Martin Pakula said.

“It’s another part of the extensive support we’ve provided to the tourism, creative and major events industries, which had a very challenging year last year.

“Our music industry supports thousands of jobs and injects millions into our economy, and we’re helping the sector get back on track.”

Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Tuesday at soundsbettertogether.com.

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