The Holidays

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The Holidays
The Holidays
The Holidays
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresIndie rock, Pop rock, Soul
Years active2006 - present
LabelsLiberation (Australia), Rallye Label (Japan)
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersSimon Jones
Will Magnus
Alex Kortt
Andrew Kerridge

The Holidays are an Australian indie pop/soul band. Formed in Sydney in 2006, the band consists of Simon Jones, Will Magnus, Alex Kortt and Andrew Kerridge. Their debut album Post Paradise was nominated for an Australian Music Prize.


The Holidays formed in late 2006 and quickly established themselves in the Sydney music scene as an upbeat, energetic addition. Simon Jones and Will Magnus had attended high school together, previously playing in cover bands in their schools' band competition. They were often up against the band Roger Explosion in these competitions, who went on to become the Australian electropop band Art vs. Science.

Within their first year as a band together, The Holidays toured with Jamie T,[1] with The View,[2] with Ben Kweller,[3] and recorded an EP of demos which quickly sold out at gigs and received regular airplay on radio stations both in Australia[4] and in the USA. In November 2007 The Holidays were featured on the Next Crop segment of national youth radio station Triple J,[5] soon followed by their signing with independent Australian record label Liberation Music, in early 2008.

The Holidays released their debut EP on 19 April 2008 to positive reviews[6] which was followed by a substantial national tour to promote the release. They released their second EP When The Ship Goes Down in October 2008, which showed the band's natural progression with song-writing. Recorded with Wayne Connolly of The Vines and Josh Pyke fame, this EP was followed by a 20 date national tour, co-headlining with Brisbane band Yves Klein Blue.

The Holidays' debut album Post Paradise soon followed, after several months of writing and experimenting. Drawn away from the simplicity of their earlier indie guitar manifestation, Post Paradise showed the band's development with both the groove and layers of a song, combined with their recognizable pop hooks. This album differed from previous recordings by The Holidays' in that it was self-produced and recorded in various locations around Sydney and New South Wales.

"Moonlight Hours", the first single from their debut album was taken to radio in November 2009, and added to high rotation on national youth radio station Triple J. "Golden Sky" was the second single from The Holidays debut album, released in May 2010, which was followed by an east coast tour of Australia to promote the release. There is a music video for both these singles, made by Melbourne company Moop Jaw.

Post Paradise was released in Australia on 24 September 2010, in conjunction with third single, Broken Bones, which was added to radio nationally. The album has received very positive reviews since its release, which included amongst other reviews, being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and winning the Red Bull Award for Best Debut Album. Post Paradise also received "Album of the Week" in Drum Media, Beat Magazine, BMA Mag & The Brag,[7] 4.5 stars in The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph & The Courier Mail, as well as positive reviews in The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald. Post Paradise won The Age Readers Choice Best Album of 2010,[8] and was the Triple J Feature Album for the week commencing 26 December 2010.

The Holidays toured Post Paradise substantially in 2010 and 2011, including shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas, The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, and Australian festivals including Groovin' the Moo, Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass. The Holidays' current live show incorporates a fifth touring member, David Zucker as percussionist, as well occasional backing vocalists.

On 21 February 2014, The Holidays released their second record, Real Feel. Coinciding with the release of the album, the band toured Australia over March and also continuing into June/July.







  • Moonlight Hours (December 2009)
  • Golden Sky (May 2010)
  • Broken Bones (September 2010)
  • 2 Days (February 2011)
  • Voices Drifting (August 2013)
  • All Time High (November 2013)

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2011 themselves Breakthrough Independent Artist Nominated

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010[9] Post Paradise Australian Music Prize Nominated

EG Awards/Music Victoria Awards[edit]

The Music Victoria Awards (previously known as The Age EG Awards and The Age Music Victoria Awards) are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
EG Awards of 2010 Post Paradise Best Album Won

Further information[edit]

  • The Holidays song 'Telephone' was featured on an Australian television advertising campaign for Clearasil in late 2007.
  • The Holidays song 'Golden Sky' was used in the Channel 7 summer 2010/2011 advertising campaign.
  • Simon Jones collaborated & sung vocals with Australian dance duo Bag Raiders on the track 'Not Over' from their eponymous debut album.


  1. ^ "Jamie T & The Holidays gig Review". FasterLouder. FasterLouder. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. ^ "The View & The Holidays gig Review". FasterLouder. FasterLouder. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Ben Kweller & The Holidays gig Review". Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. ^ "The Holidays on J Play". Jplay. Jplay. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  5. ^ "The Holidays: Full Biography". Triple J. Triple J. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  6. ^ "The Holidays EP Review". FasterLouder. FasterLouder. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Post Paradise Review". The Brag. The Brag. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Post Paradise EG Awards". The Age. The Age. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Winners & Shortlists". australian music prize. Retrieved 22 August 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)