It’s been twenty years since triple j unearthed the Hooper siblings as Killing Heidi with their folk pop song, Kettle.
Killing Heidi soon grew from emerging teenage power pop, to the international stage through their breakthrough their debut album ‘Reflector’ in March 2000.
Singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and the album makes up an integral part of Aussie indie music story. Headline act Cully Fest 2017 Killing Heidi will take many back down memory lane Saturday night during the main concert at Toowoomba Showgrounds.
“What Killing Heidi's music meant and still means to the people that shared that amazing time with us really blows me away. I meet so many people, especially young women, who tell me
how Killing Heidi inspired them to be themselves, back themselves or even start a band, and I'm completely honoured that it had that effect on people.” - Ella Hooper
Reflector took out four ARIA awards and reached 4 x platinum status, the album spawned 4 hit singles including the number one single ‘Mascara’ and teen anthem ‘Weir’. Weir placed #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 1999. The Hooper siblings won the critically-acclaimed APRA song-writers of the year award for the album. The album launched the band into international markets, and the Hooper siblings followed up with another two top twenty albums and four top- twenty hit singles.
Killing Heidi reignited the flame at the 20th anniversary of Queenscliff Music Festival in November 2016, fitting as it also marked 20 years since Ella and Jesse Hooper first started performing as ‘Killing Heidi.
“I’m really excited to revisit the Killing Heidi days, they were a big part of my youth and I can’t wait to perform these songs live for people who loved them too. We’ll play all our biggest hits from our first singles Weir and Mascara through to our later releases 'I Am'and 'Calm Down' We also have some other exciting things on the horizon so stay tuned for more announcements”. - Jesse Hooper
“Another 20th anniversary was celebrated, marking the birth of Killing Heidi. Jesse and Ella Hooper were back in their element soaking up the ‘welcome back’ love. Consummate rock chick Ella danced, pranced and rocked the stage, looking oh so fabulous. ‘Kettle’, ‘Weir’ and ‘Mascara’ inspired some fervent sing-along action.”
– Chris Lambie, Rhythms