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JACKSON BROWNE, YOUSSOU N’DOUR & MORE ADDED TO BLUESFEST 2018

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 23, 2017

JIMMY CLIFF

Bluesfest has delighted music lovers across Australia by announcing another 16 artists who will perform at the festival in 2018. In typical Bluesfest fashion it’s a truly eclectic mix of heritage artists, festival favorites and exciting new comers – there’s something for any true music lover.

YOUSSOU N’DOUR
SEAL
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
JACKSON BROWNE
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ
RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
JIMMY CLIFF
THE WAILERS
BENJAMIN BOOKER
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
CANNED HEAT
WALTER TROUT
ANDRÉ CYMONE
THE TESKEY BROTHERS

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble comments on the latest announcement:

Our second Bluesfest artist announcement features a cross section of artists – from the greatest African artist of our time, to incredible singers (in a year we already have such incredibly great singers already announced), to the best in Americana, Reggae, Blues & Roots music and more. From top to bottom, I am so proud of Bluesfest’s new announcement of 16 amazing artists. When added to those already announced, and with more to come, it’s going to be very special Bluesfest. Each festival is a hand crafted labour of love. I work hard to present a truly world class event, and I take pride in it being very special, EVERY YEAR.

Headlining this announcement is iconic Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour who according to Rolling Stone “is undoubtedly one of the most beloved artists in the entire continent of Africa”. He is also known to Australian audiences through his work with Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and through his smash hit 1994 single “7 Seconds” featuring Neneh Cherry.

Seal is a true sensation. He first got the world’s attention with the hit “Crazy” and was launched into superstardom with “Kiss from a Rose”. He has sold a staggering 20 million albums around the world, won three Brit and four Grammy awards. He has recently won hearts in Australia as a coach on the popular program The Voice. In his newest album ‘Standards’ combines his unique voice with some of the greatest Jazz stands and swing classics ever written. Bluesfest welcomes this true legend of soul to their stage in 2018.

There is no doubt that Michael Franti is one of Bluesfest’s most beloved artists, so it’s a thrill to announce he’s back for the first time since 2015. A Michael Franti and Spearhead show is a celebration, where tears of joy are shed, new friends are made and souls are uplifted.

In an announcement that will make a lot of fans very happy, Bluesfest has added Jackson Browne to the 2018 festival. Browne has written and performed some of the most moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of song writing charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.

Bluesfest welcomes Jason Isbell back to the festival in 2018 with his brand new album ‘The Nashville Sound’. Since he last performed at the festival he’s won 2 Grammys, as well as song and album of the year in at the 2016 Americana Awards. He’s an absolute star and it’s an honour to have him play at Bluesfest once again.

Bluesfest is proud to welcome Gomez back to Bluesfest for the first time since 2007! It’s also the band’s first tour in over 6 years, just in time for the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Bring it On’. With so much to celebrate their festival appearance is not to be missed.

Rory Graham, AKA Rag‘n’Bone Man has injected an exciting new twist into the blues music he grew up with in his parental home in East Sussex bringing it bang up to date using the beats and production methods of contemporary Hip-Hop. Equally he resurrects age-old themes of loss and romantic pain with a voice so immediate, raw and expressive that it transfixes anyone in earshot with its sheer size and elemental power. It is with great excitement that Bluesfest announces Rag’n’Bone Man for their 2018 festival.

Its official, the Blues in Bluesfest just got a whole lot Bluesier with the announcement that The Original Blues Brothers Band is alive and well and returning to the festival next year. It will be a feel good, sing along, can’t wipe the smile off your face kind of performances from some extraordinary musicians.

Jimmy Cliff remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever. He completely blew us all away with his spectacular and energetic performances at past festivals; we can’t wait for him to do it all over again!

Bluesfest is wrapped to once again present one of the most significant bands touring the world today: The Wailers. Their prodigious mission, led by legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett is to uphold the legacy of Reggae prophet Bob Marley. This band is the only authentic version of The Wailers currently touring, featuring musicians who played with Marley on records and stages across the globe. They will play a different classic album by Bob Marley and The Wailers plus other classic hits each night at the festival.

Benjamin Booker is a new breed of Bluesman. Based in New Orleans he draws his influence from post-War electric Blues, and garage punk. In 2017 he released ‘Witness’ an album that he created in response to the racial tensions facing America in 2017. The title track features Bluesfest favourite Mavis Staples. Bluesfest welcomes this exciting, innovative artist to Byron Bay in 2018 and are sure he’ll be the talk of the festival.

With musical influences as diverse as New Orleans, The Bronx and Puerto Rico, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s sound is all their own, and it’s sure to delight Bluesfest audiences when they take the stage at Bluesfest 2018. The band is fronted the dynamic lead singer/songwriter Alynda Segarra whose lyrics ambitiously interweave the cinematic stories of a wandering soul who finally realized she needed to connect with and honour her ancestors.

Blues n Boogie .. Boogie n Blues , no matter which way you phrase it only one name rises to the top: Canned Heat. Some say they invented the genre that made them a global phenomenon 40+ years ago. This legendary band will bring their unique blend of roadhouse electric blues, rock and boogie back to the Bluesfest stage in 2018.

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene, respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns, and adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. Trout is a consummate musician, loved by many Bluesfest attendees.

It is with great excitement that Bluesfest can announce that in addition to his spots as special guest vocalist with The New Power Generation, André Cymone will also wow audiences with his own performances at the 2018 festival.  André Cymone is an American bass player, songwriter and record producer. Raised in Minneapolis, Cymone and schoolmate Prince laid the groundwork for the revolutionary “Minneapolis sound”. Bluesfest audiences won’t be able to resist dancing when this smooth hit-maker takes the stage in 2018.

Bluesfest is delighted to announce The Teskey Brothers for the 2018 festival. Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, the Australian four piece stunned many in 2017 with their gorgeous debut album ‘Half Mile Harvest’. A raw combination of soul and blues, the record has warmed the hearts of listeners all around the world. After a string of sold out shows across Australia, USA and UK in 2017 the future is looking very bright for these four friends from Warrandyte. This is an act on the rise and not to be missed at Bluesfest 2018!

These artists join those already announced:

ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
LIONEL RICHIE
THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO
TASH SULTANA
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
FIRST AID KIT
JOSE GONZALEZ
MORCHEEBA
GOV’T MULE
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
ERIC GALES
BOBBY RUSH
DUMPSTAPHUNK
JOE LOUIS WALKER
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

THE 2017 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

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INCUBUS 2018 AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 23, 2017

In 2018 INCUBUS will return to Australia for their first headline tour in six years to play three shows along the east coast in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. These shows will be the first chance for fans to hear new tracks like ‘Nimble Bastard’ and ‘Glitterbomb’ from their aptly titled eighth studio album, 8. As well as a plethora of hits from their expansive back catalogue spanning the past 20 years.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am this Wednesday, October 25.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 24.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Since 1991, the iconic multiplatinum Los Angeles rock band have sold in excess of 23 million albums worldwide thanks to their uncanny knack of writing instant radio hits, landing four Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and one #1 album.

A spontaneous approach to their set lists, high-octane performances, and a consistently great live show has allowed these sonic chameleons to continuously genre hop, leading them to share stages with everyone from Linkin Park, and OutKast, to Moby, Jane’s Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age and let’s not forget this past August when longtime fan, Solange Knowles joined them on stage in New Orleans to sing ‘Aqueous Transmission’!

Fri 9 March – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne VIC
Sat 10 March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Mon 12 March-  Riverstage, Brisbane QLD

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25
My Live Nation pre-sale: 10am October 24 until 8am October 25

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.incubushq.comwww.livenation.com.au 

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REVIEW: ALICE COOPER, ACE FREHLEY- MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 22, 2017


ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE OCT 20, 2017

Review: Garry Chapman Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Ace Frehley likes to play his guitar loud, very loud. And his fans at a packed Rod Laver Arena on Friday evening wouldn’t have it any other way.

‘Parasite’ and ‘Hard Times’, a couple of Frehley-penned Kiss numbers opened the set, then a cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘2000 Man’, the last two from the band’s ‘Dynasty’ album.

“Melbourne, I’m back!” Ace announced and the fans roared their approval. It was clear from the images and emblems emblazoned on their black T-shirts that those admirers in the front rows, pumping their fists in time with every guitar chord, were long time members of the Kiss Army.

The Kiss numbers kept coming, with a few of Ace’s solo tunes in the mix as well. The screaming guitar of ‘Rocket Ride’ seemed to take the volume up another notch. He tossed a few handfuls of guitar picks out into the crowd and soon he was gone from view.

Bass guitarist Chris Wyse stepped up and began a thundering intro to ‘Strange Ways’ and, when Ace reappeared, he was now wearing the familiar Kiss Spaceman’s made-up face on his shirt.

‘Talk to Me’ and ‘New York Groove’ went down very well. “Put your hands together,” he boomed, and the audience members joined in with the chorus. “I’m back, back in the New York Groove,” they sang.

Kiss favourites ‘Detroit Rock City’ and ‘Deuce’ brought the set to a close. For a time, his guitar was billowing smoke, then, as a farewell gift, Ace treated us to a little more of the insanely ear splitting guitar artistry he’s well known and loved for. As a warm-up act for Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley was a fitting choice.

Ace Frehley

Alice Cooper was the headline act on this fabulous double bill. The ‘Spend the Night with Alice Cooper Tour’ celebrates his 40th anniversary on the international music scene, and it’s the thirteenth visit Down Under from Alice and his band.

‘Brutal Planet’ began the show. An array of dolls and other toys was strewn before a large, mysterious toybox on stage. Weird masks peered out of the darkness behind him as Alice, staring malevolently with his smudged and blackened eyes, strode to the microphone. The band kicked in, perhaps not quite as loud as Ace, but not too far behind him. Constantly on the move, they prowled back and forth across the stage in support of Alice, stepping forward into the lights to engage the fans whenever he gave them space.

‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ was the first opportunity for a crowd singalong, and they were in fine voice. This was what they had come to see and hear. No doubt many had followed this rock icon throughout the entire forty-year span of his career, but there was plenty of youth in the crowd too, and they also knew just about all of the words to sing along with.

Perhaps it was fitting, then, that ‘Department of Youth’ was included in the setlist. A huge Stars ‘n Stripes flag dominated the backdrop as Alice belted out “We’re the Department of Youth ..” and the fans roared back “We got the power!”

‘Billion Dollar Babies’ featured another fabulous backdrop, with the baby’s face, so memorable from the album cover, enlarged to fill the display and looking rather intimidating behind Alice and the band. Resplendent in coattails, Alice stalked across the stage, dollar bills spilling from the end of the sword he was brandishing and fluttered out over the outstretched hands of the audience.

Guitarist Nita Strauss, who had worked hard all night, really came to the fore in ‘Woman of Mass Distraction’, playing some blistering chords and earning rapturous audience applause. As the smoke rolled out over a darkened stage, highlighted by a single spotlight, she moved to centre stage and let it rip. What a talent she is.

Nita Strauss

Alice reappeared in white shirt and top hat, conducting the crowd as he might conduct an orchestra, as they screamed out “You’re poison!” in response to another one of his best known songs. They were certainly enjoying the selection of all-time favourites that were dominating the evening’s setlist.

Alice was off stage again as Glen Sobel launched into his drum solo. Guitarists Nita Strauss and Ryan Roxie soon joined in, as did bassist Chuck Garric. Momentarily, it was the iconic lineup of three guitarists lined up in a tight formation, playing and moving in unison at centre stage, but they moved apart as eery green smoke began spilling out from the toybox and Alice emerged from within and re-entered the stage.

As ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ came to a close, a large monster moved threateningly across the stage, dwarfing the guitarists who took care to get out of its way. Alice grabbed a large rag doll and grappled menacingly with it as he rasped through ‘Cold Ethyl’, singing “Come on, Cold Ethyl. Freeze me, babe!”

Alice took a seat as Ryan Roxie played the familiar opening chords of ‘Only Women Bleed’ on his double-necked guitar and once again the fans were in full voice singing along. All over the stadium, smartphones were held aloft as the punters captured video footage of one of their favourite songs.

‘Paranoiac Personality’ was the only song Alice featured from his latest album, ‘Paranormal’, but it led nicely into ‘The Ballad of Dwight Fry’. The show had moved well and truly into the macabre gothic world that Alice has inhabited for so long by this point. Alice was strapped securely into a straitjacket now, attended by the manic Nurse Cheryl. His glowering eyes were fixed on the crowd as his crafty nurse restrained him. The guillotine was brought on stage, perhaps the most remarkable on-stage prop since Spinal Tap famously featured Stonehenge all those years ago. Obscured by a cloud of smoke and surrounded by ghoulish attendants, with the band never missing a beat, the blade came down and Alice lost his head.

Thankfully he soon reappeared, holding his own head, which was soon tossed aside for ‘I Love the Dead’ and, in a nod to the occasion of his 40th anniversary, he finished with the song that started it all, ‘I’m Eighteen’. Of course, the band rocked and the patrons sang along with the chorus at the top of their voices.

Alice and the band left the stage, but there was no doubt they’d be back. Everyone knew it as they stamped their feet and cheered and whistled for Alice to return for the encore. They all knew what he’d be playing before they even heard the first chord. ‘School’s Out’ was a fitting finale. Huge colourful balloons floated down through the confetti shower and were bounced back and forth across the stage and the front rows. With the band in full flight behind him, Alice, now attired as a circus ringmaster in top hat and gold-braided jacket, once more swinging his sword like a conductor’s baton, led the adoring fans through the very familiar chorus and their response was … well, you figure it out. “School’s out for SUMMER! School’s out FOR EVER!” They loved it! The song nicely segued into ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, and then it was over. What a show!

 

 

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KENNY ARONOFF: THE SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 19, 2017

On Friday October 20 SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE, featuring Fabrizio Grossi (bass,producer), Lance Lopez (Guitars, vocals) and drum legend Kenny Aronoff, release their second album, Californisoul. More than just a band, Supersonic Blues Machine is a vessel which hosts a swag of celebrity guest musicians such as Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather,…

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BOY & BEAR’S TIM HART ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM & TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 19, 2017

Tim Hart of the acclaimed Australian indie rock/folk band Boy & Bear has announced his sophomore album The Narrow Corner (Island Records/UMA) will be released Friday February 2nd, 2018.

The first single, the catchy and touchingly melancholic “I’d Do Well,” is available today. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive “I’d Do Well”. (Full track-listing below)

“I’m really stoked to be releasing my new single I’d do well,” Tim Hart explains. “For me this song was written in one of my more introspective moments on tour. Missing home and thinking back to living life a bit more simply.”

Listen & Share “I’d Do Well” Here

Hart has a thing for honesty and convictions. He’s just not used to talking about it. As the drummer of insanely popular Boy & Bear, the majority of Hart’s musical life is spent behind the drum kit, touring the world, singing back-up vocals, and contributing song-writing to the award-winning Sydney group’s beloved songs and spirit.

This high-profile existence pushed Hart to make his 2012 debut album, “Milling the Wind,” a bare bones folk record. “Something that wasn’t so meticulous and thought out,” he says now. But for his long-overdue second album, The Narrow Corner, concept was shunted aside for life experience.

Track listing:

  1. Two Days Straight
  2. I’d Do Well
  3. A Long Way
  4. The Cutting Line
  5. Maybe Just the Once
  6. Stone’s Throw
  7. All in All
  8. Love Don’t Come for You
  9. Not Mine for the Asking
  10. Just a Matter of Time
  11. St. Jack, Pt. 1
  12. Water Fire
  13. Cool Water

The forthcoming album reunites Hart with Milling the Wind-producer Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise, Timberwolf), as well as Sydney producer Wayne Connolly (Cloud Control, You Am I, The Vines), responsible for Boy & Bear’s #1 ARIA charted album “Harlequin Dream”. Both encouraged Hart to hone his craft.

Playing the majority of instruments himself and written largely on the road and recorded between touring with Boy & Bear, The Narrow Corner hinges on themes of loss, disconnection, and how travel alters perspective, for better and worse. It also introduces Hart as a skilled and plainspoken curator of his own interior universe.

Tim Hart will be supporting Stu Larsen in Europe from this week and sets out on his long-awaited Australian National tour in February 2018.

TIM HART
THE NARROW CORNER TOUR

 SAT 03 FEB | FRONT BAR & GALLERY, CANBERRA ACT
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 04 FEB | REVOLUTION, COMO NSW
Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com.au

FRI 09 FEB | LEADBELLY, NEWTOWN NSW
Tickets available from www.leadbelly.oztix.com.au

SAT 10 FEB | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW
Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066

THU 15 FEB | SOOKI LOUUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 16 FEB| WESLEY ANNE, NORTHCOTE VIC
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

THU 22 FEB| BISON BAR, NAMBOUR QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 23 FEB| THE MILK FACTORY, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 24 FEB| NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST QLD
Free Entry

‘I’D DO WELL’ SINGLE – AVAILABLE NOW FROM HERE

THE NARROW CORNER ALBUM RELEASED FEB 2nd – PRE-ORDER NOW

www.timhart.com.au

 

 

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LANA DEL REY LA TO THE MOON AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 19, 2017

Lana Del Rey announces that she’ll be taking her new album, Lust For Life, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the road for a highly-anticipated Australian tour. LA TO THE MOON will kick off in Brisbane on 29th March, before heading to Melbourne and Sydney.

A Secret Sounds presale for the tour will begin at 9am AEDT on Friday, 23 October for Sydney and 5pm AEDT on Friday, 23 October for Brisbane and Melbourne. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, 23 October at secretsounds.com at 11am AEDT.

Lust for Life showcases singles such as Love, Lust For Life, Coachella – Woodstock On My Mind, Summer Bummer, and Groupie Love and features collaborations with The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Stevie Nicks, and Sean Lennon. Lust for Life is available to purchase and stream now on all partners globally.

Secret Sounds Present
LANA DEL REY
LA TO THE MOON TOUR
AUSTRALIA 2018
With special guests
SYDNEY PRE-SALES: 9am AEDT Fri 20 Oct until 9am AEDT Mon 23 Oct
BRISBANE & MELBOURNE PRE-SALES: 5pm AEDT Fri 20 Oct until 9am AEDT Mon 23 Oct
GENERAL SALES: 11am AEDT Mon 23 Oct
Sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list for pre-sale access

THU 29 MAR – RIVERSTAGE – BRISBANE
SAT 31 MAR- SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL – MELBOURNE
MON 02 APR – QUDOS BANK ARENA – SYDNEY

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TESKEY BROTHERS SUN HANGS LOW TOUR & NEW VIDEO

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 18, 2017

It’s been a big year for Melbourne’s The Teskey Brothers. The soul revivalists won the hearts of many with their debut album Half Mile Harvest which reached #18 on the ARIA album chart and earned the band three nominations at this year’s Music Victoria Awards. Rhythms Magazine dubbed them “the best blues singin’ band Australia has to offer” and one fan claims the record has taken up indefinite residence on her lounge room turntable.

A July headline tour sold out from top to bottom including four massive nights Melbourne’s The Corner Hotel. This week The Teskey Brothers set off on their first international tour which sees them playing LA, New York and two sold out nights in London before returning home to support Midnight Oil at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and then play the main stage at Queenscliff Music Festival.

So you’d think after all that they might take a breather. You’d be wrong.
Instead, the foursome will pack up their horn section and hit the road for a run of dates in November and December to share some new songs and round out 2017 in style. The Sun Hangs Low Tour will roll through Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney with support from Timberwolf, and close out at their biggest show to date at Melbourne Zoo Twilights on January 26th. Support at the Zoo comes from fellow soul shakers Saskwatch.
Today the band also release a new video clip for their catchy southern soul number ‘Louisa’. It features the band in a fast-paced foot chase through their leafy hometown of Warrandyte in Victoria. See clip below

THE TESKEY BROTHERS
THE SUN HANGS LOW TOUR
Thursday 30th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide *
Friday 1st December – The Foundry, Brisbane *
Saturday 2nd December – The Basement, Sydney *
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne #
* with special guest Timberwolf
# with special guest Saskwatch
Tickets and info at www.theteskeybrothers.com

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ZOO TWILIGHTS AT MELBOURNE ZOO ANNOUNCES 2018 LINEUP

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 18, 2017

Zoo Twilights at Melbourne Zoo today announce their full lineup for their annual summer concert series. Running every weekend in 2018 from Friday 26 January until Saturday 10 March, Zoo Twilights is the ultimate destination for music lovers of all ages, offering the unparalleled thrill of live music set within the Zoo’s world-class grounds, with every ticket sold going back into Zoos Victoria’s ongoing commitment to fight extinction.

Joining the already announced piano-maverick Ben Folds, the 2018 program boasts a fresh mix of talent from revered international acts to local heroes, many of whom make their debut Zoo Twilights performance this year.

With Motown-inspired soul sounds and consecutive sold out shows under their belts, Melbourne’s The Teskey Brothers will do the honours opening the series with a triumphant hometown show. They are joined by the loved six-piece Saskwatch, who return to the Zoo for the first time since supporting the late, great Charles Bradley. Also on opening weekend, we bring you Grammy-nominated indie-electronic pioneers Cut Copy who have just released their acclaimed fifth album Haiku From Zero. Aussie power pop legends Sunnyboys are joined by protest pub rockers Painters and Dockers for a rare performance, and The Cat Empire are bringing their high energy, virtuosic live show accompanied by the steady groove of Allysha Joy.

One of the world’s greatest living songwriters, the legendary Neil Finn and his son Liam Finn are coming together to perform new material from their forthcoming album, along with songs from the Split Enz and Crowded House songbooks backed by an all-star band. The madness and mayhem of RocKwiz LIVE! will bring an evening of rock knowledge and dazzling duets hosted by Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis, free from the constraints of a studio and backed by the world-class RocKwiz Orchestra.

Hear the future sounds from way out – and from Melbourne – with the twice Grammy-nominated inventive soul group Hiatus Kaiyote and Harvey Sutherland with his live band Bermuda. The Preatures will bring their new album Girlhood to life with support from indie-pop guitarist Ali Barter. World-renowned Aussie rockers Jet perform their first Melbourne headline show since disbanding in 2012 with support from pop-punk trio Spazzys playing their first live show since they can’t remember when. Lauded Brooklyn four-piece Grizzly Bear will also grace our stage in support of their critically acclaimed fifth album Painted Ruins.

Backed by a string quartet, four-time Helpmann Award winner Kate Miller-Heidke will close out the series with support from the freshest new voice in Australian pop and soul, Odette.

We are thrilled to work with Melbourne-based illustrator Eirian Chapman this year to develop the 2018 Zoo Twilights artwork, featuring the very special Eastern Barred Bandicoot and some of its furry friends from Melbourne Zoo.

Zoo Twilights is one of the country’s premier open-air events, with food trucks and bars mere steps away as some of the world’s finest acts perform amongst the Zoo’s lush greenery. Every concert is open to all ages and as a not-for-profit organisation, it’s all for a good cause. Every ticket sold through Zoo Twilights goes back into Zoos Victoria’s ongoing commitment to fight extinction of the 21 most at-risk species in Victoria, including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot which is sadly extinct on the mainland.

Zoo Twilights is taking place on land that belongs to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to this country’s First People past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

ZOO TWILIGHTS AT MELBOURNE ZOO 2018
Every weekend from Friday 26 January – Saturday 10 March 2018

Tickets are on sale 8:00am AEDT Tuesday 24 October from zootwilights.org.au

Friday 26 January – The Teskey Brothers, supported by Saskwatch
Saturday 27 January – Cut Copy, with special guests
Friday 2 February – Sunnyboys, supported by Painters and Dockers
Saturday 3 February – The Cat Empire, supported by Allysha Joy
Friday 9 February – The Preatures, supported by Ali Barter
Saturday 10 February – RocKwiz LIVE!
Friday 16 February – Ben Folds, supported by Lucy Rose
Saturday 24 February – Neil & Liam Finn, with special guests
Friday 2 March – Hiatus Kaiyote and Harvey Sutherland
Saturday 3 March – Jet, supported by Spazzys
Friday 9 March – Grizzly Bear, with special guests
Saturday 10 March – Kate Miller-Heidke with String Quartet, supported by Odette

 

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GOLDEN PLAINS 2018 LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 18, 2017

Thundercat

The Golden Plains 2018 line up has been announced and she’s a beaut!

Running from March 10- 12, 2018 at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, this year’s lineup includes:
The Avalanches, Kamasi Washington, Waterfall Person, King Krule, Grizzly Bear, The Preatures, The Black Angels, Floating Points (solo live) Jen Cloher, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Perfume Genius, Wet Lips, Objekt, Rocket Science, TFS, Toni Yotzi, Adrian Sherwood, Baker Boy, Bat Piss, Kaiit, Thundercat and more.

In regard to the 12th annual Golden Plains event, everything stays the same, including a commitment to constant improvement: same shape, same size, still BYO, everywhere, still independent, with no commercial sponsors, all on the one stage. Golden Plains XII will be very Golden. Everyone flies First Class; there’s only one type of ticket. The Full GPXII experience including camping, parking – and booking fee – is $383.30.

The Ballot for tickets is open to all comers until 10pm on Tuesday 24 October.

Enter at: goldenplains.com.au

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A WEEKEND IN THE GARDENS TEMPTS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 16, 2017

The announcement of the second A WEEKEND In The Gardens received an overwhelming reception, with tickets selling out pronto to the first show headlined by Paul Kelly.

Paul Kelly, Illy and Missy Higgins will headline the three evening concerts, with final tickets now available for the latter two.

However, as more than 12,000 Melburnians discovered at the inaugural event in March, A WEEKEND In The Gardens is about more than just the incredible music – amazing as that is!

A big part of the event is about working with, and enhancing, the beautiful environment that is the Royal Botanic Gardens. In addition to enjoying outstanding music in this stunning setting, we will again be serving up delicious food and beverage options in a vastly expanded relaxing area called The Eatery.

Foodies will be tantalised with offerings from Melbourne’s most popular food trucks and operators, along with cocktails, spirits and premium beers.

And what better way to celebrate the Gardens than to use some of its native ingredients … hello Native Cocktail Bar! Wattle seeds, muntries, gum leaves, lemon myrtle and rosella shrubs will nestle next to the vodka, gin, rum and whisky for our cocktails with a botanical punch.

Melbourne bar manager and founder of Good Measure Consultants, Shaun Byrne (ex-Gin Palace, Maidenii Vermouth) has curated four very special cocktails for next month’s event.

“Following on from the success of the native cocktails at the inaugural event, I wanted to build on this and offer a few different native cocktails,” Shaun says. “I took a long stroll through the Gardens to gather inspiration points. For this event there is quite a floral theme going through the list, which is perfect given we are in the thick of spring.

“Although there are some new cocktails on offer, there is one which remains the same – the Bush Coffee. This was so successful last year, we’d potentially see a riot if we didn’t offer it again! After all, it is Melbourne!”

Bush Coffee
Vodka, wattle seed syrup, cold brew coffee and coconut shavings

Native Spritz
Gin, lemon myrtle & rosella shrub, quinquina, soda and gum leaves

Tiki Roundhouse
Rum, native lime, ginger, soda with fresh pineapple, mint and absinthe

Apple Iced Tea
Whisky, tea, muntrie (native apple) syrup, rhubarb foam and crumbled biscuits

A Pimm’s Cup will also be on offer, served from a dedicated Pimm’s Bar on the lawn.

A wide selection of beers, ciders and spirits will be available at The Eatery, as well as fine wines and sparkling supplied by Mitchelton Wines.

Foodies can delight on burgers from Royale Brothers, Willy’s World Famous Fried Chicken & BBQ, Black’s Meats Smoked BBQ Goods, Hiro Poke Bar, Hermano, as well as fresh churros from Señor Churro.

For those wanting to spoil themselves even further, acclaimed restaurant Jardin Tan is offering a ‘Flavours of Vietnam’ hamper for two. Further details https://www.aweekend.com.au/eat

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are once again set to come alive and have never sounded so good or tasted so delicious! Don’t miss your ticket to the event fast becoming a must-do on the city’s concert calendar.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 – SOLD OUT
Paul Kelly, Steve Earle, Middle Kids
Reserved Seating and GA admission (picnic rugs and low chairs permitted)
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18
Illy, Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Birdz and hosted by Jesswar
GA admission
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19
Missy Higgins, Dustin Tebbutt, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Harry Jakamarra
GA admission (picnic rugs and low chairs permitted)
Concert runs from 4.00pm – 11.00pm

For full event details, go to www.aweekend.com.au

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