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SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW 2017 ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - December 8, 2016

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BEAT IT TO THE SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW!
From the team that brings you the exciting, annual Melbourne Guitar Show comes the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show on May 27 & 28, 2017 at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion.  Proudly presented by Australian Musician, the massive exhibition will feature an unbeatable variety of drums, hardware, sticks, percussion, accessories, sheet music and more.

In addition to this, the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented drummers and percussion players. Although artists won’t be announced until the new year, you can bet there will be anything from speed metal, double-kick drummers, groove and touch drummers and jazz stylists, to exotic percussion players, orchestral percussionists, and hard hittin’ rock n rollers. This is a hands-on show so come and be a part of it. Never been behind a kit before? Here’s your chance. Participate in a drum circle. Experience the latest electronic drum technology and meet the drummers behind some of your favourite bands. Get a free lesson. Win stuff! Learn stuff!

The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with Australian Musician and other media partners such as Drumscene magazine to present an amazing drum-centric weekend.  Based on the successful model of the Melbourne Guitar Show, the SD&PS will showcase all that is new and exciting in drums and percussion. The show is dedicated solely to all things percussion and its associated technologies and published materials, the exhibition will showcase all the biggest brands in this fiercely loyal product category, plus names and instruments you don’t see every day in your local music store. Plus there will be some special one-off SD&PS deals available over the weekend.

Describing the exciting developments, AMA CEO, Rob Walker says, “”We are excited to be able to present the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show. We believe it will be a hit if our guitar show in Melbourne is any guide.  We are excited to showcase our industry’s products and the wealth of local talent that Sydney and Australia has to offer and we think that some international guests are not out of the question – we seek to grow our drum & percussion community, educate and entertain.”

If you can hit it, ring it, shake rattle and roll it, it’ll be at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show

The Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will be held at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 & 28, 2017.
Standby for ticket information

SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW DETAILS
SATURDAY MAY 27 10.00am – 6.00pm
SUNDAY MAY 28 10.00am – 6.00pm

WEBSITE        FACEBOOK     #SD&PS

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FENDER HOSTS DEALERS TO SYDNEY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 8, 2016
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New Australian GM Mark Amory (pictured left), new models and Bud Cole (Fender Asia)

The new management team of Fender Australia was on show November 30, as well as plenty of new products. Asia Chief, Bud Cole and Mark Van Vleet from FMC were in attendance along with new Australian GM, Mark Amory and some 170 dealers and their staff.  In keeping with Fender’s ontime global release objectives, (and there were some products being shown for the first in the world to local dealers), there’s was plenty of interest. An impressive array of custom shop guitars and basses drew particular attention. The night rounded out with a lively Jam featuring dealers proving they’re not just selling the stuff.

The following day Fender gave dealers of preview of new 2017 product, ahead of their public unveiling at the NAMM show in the US. The star of the day was the new American Professional Series guitars which are finding their way into Australian stores as we speak in preparation for a global launch in January.

http://www.fender.com.au/

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JOSH PYKE AND BOB EVANS ON HOME STRAIGHT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 7, 2016

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Beloved Aussie troubadours Josh Pyke and Bob Evans have been entertaining audiences in South Australia, WA and Queensland on their massive national co-headline tour and now head for home with NSW, ACT and Victorian dates to come, including a couple of massive nights at the legendary Corner Hotel.  Having embarked on the first ‘Evening with Josh and Bob’ a decade ago this year, fans can expect a finely honed performance and a varied, reminiscent repertoire of knockout songs from two of Australia’s best.  Evans, also well renowned as the frontman of Jebediah, enthuses, “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect.  We were both very much still finding our feet.  Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes.  Bah, who am I kidding?  We’re not that different ten years on.”

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Gold Coast last week

It’s been a huge couple of years for Josh and Bob, with Josh’s fifth studio album But For All These Shrinking Hearts dropping in 2015, and Bob’s new album Car Boot Sale coming out in June this year, both to widespread critical acclaim.  The seasoned performers both set out on enormously successful solo tours over the last twelve months, but are thrilled to be coming back together for another jaunt around the country, as Josh Pyke says, “Ten years ago, I was working at a record store, had one song on the radio and was getting ready to record my first album.  Next thing I knew I was organising a tour with a guy who (though I couldn’t tell him this) was a total hero of mine.  Kev and I met, hung out, got drunk together and then set off on what was my first proper Australian tour.  I learned a lot on that tour about how to do it right, how to perform, how to keep a relationship going back at home.  I can’t wait to hit the road with Kev again, have some fun and play some songs!”

Tickets for the much-anticipated tour are on sale now.  Every ticket purchased, will receive a free download of the exclusively recorded tracks, What The Future Holds and Desperate, performed by Josh Pyke and Bob Evans.

Tickets available from www.joshpyke.com or www.bobevans.com.au

THU 08 DEC | 48 WATT ST, NEWCASTLE NSW. SOLD OUT

FRI 09 DEC | THE FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW. SELLING FAST

SAT 10 DEC | THE STREET THEATRE, CANBERRA ACT. SOLD OUT

 WED 14 DEC | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC. SELLING FAST

THU 15 DEC | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC. SELLING FAST

FRI 16 DEC | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC. SOLD OUT

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IT’S OFFICIAL. ANALOGUE SYNTHS ARE BACK!

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 6, 2016
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Keith Emerson

There’s a good reason why you’ve been hearing those classic, warm synth sounds on the radio over the last year or so. Following three decades of digital interfaces and sampler dominance, a new generation of musicians desiring a return to warm, pure sounds are fuelling a resurgence in analog synthesizer retail sales. In the past five years alone, Moog Inc., Korg USA Inc., WMD and other brands who will present their synths and electronic products at the 2017 global music products NAMM Show, have helped drive the analog synth market to a 19.9% growth in total retail sales.

The data, provided by 2016 NAMM Global Report, underscores a re-emergence of players captivated by the tactile playing experience of analog control surfaces as musicians favor working knobs, faders and other features in lieu of digital displays and computer interfaces.

“Players are realizing that an analog synth is much more of a real, honest-to-goodness musical instrument,” says Dave Smith, founder of San Francisco-based Dave Smith Instruments. Nate Tschetter, Manager of Music Product Marketing at Yamaha adds, “Many are choosing analog because it’s immediate, and while analog is definitely ‘in,’ it’s more about the ability to create unique sound and having it sound good.”

Tatsuya Takahashi, Korg Synthesis Chief Engineer and designer of the company’s minilogue synth, understands the importance of unparalleled usability and musicality. “Whenever I design a synth I try to break down barriers between man and machine – the musician needs to be inspired physically and emotionally to create their own music. It’s evident that this thinking has resonated with current trends that turn away from difficult and complicated systems, often inside of computers, in favour for dedicated hardware that often do less functionally, but are great at what they do in a musical way.”

With professional-grade analog synths ranging from the low-hundreds to several thousands of dollars, Korg and several other makers of electronic instruments are also continuing to meet the demand by releasing new and redesigned synths at price points that are very accessible to a variety of musicians of wide-ranging backgrounds. “The power-to-affordability ratio is also phenomenally-favorable to the synth enthusiast,” says James Sajeva, director of technology brands at Korg’s Melville, NY headquarters. “In the case of a reissue [synth] you can get ‘the’ sound and workflow for a fraction of what an original – in even remotely good condition – would fetch.”

For synth pioneer Moog, Inc., the boom in sales at retail is no surprise. The company’s list of legendary synth music-makers have included The Beatles, Keith Emerson and Led Zeppelin, who utilized Moog’s music machines designed for a “particular sound and feel that hasn’t been duplicated and is musically-desirable.” In a departure from the typical trade show approach, Moog Music will use their booth space at NAMM 2017 to honor the staggering number of guiding lights the synth community has lost in 2016.Through a unique digital interactive experience,  Moog will encourage reflection and celebration of artists like Pauline Oliveros, Keith Emerson, Bernie Worrell, Jean Jacques Perrey, Isao Tomita, and Don Buchla.

On the whole, electronic music products were one of the strongest performing music product segments in 2015, posting near double-digit retail growth in 2015 at 9.9%. The electronic music products category, comprised of keyboard synthesizers, controller keyboards, electronic pianos, rhythm machines and electronic drums, touted a retail value of $238.3 million in 2015, and this year, the category has already reached more than $155 million through Q3. Additionally, digital pianos are enjoying a renaissance and are up 24.38% in retail sales and 13.1% in units sold over the past 10 years.

The NAMM 2016 Global Report is designed to offer the music products industry discerning industry trends and opportunities for businesses to shape their vision, business strategies, and seek out new markets. The report is compiled from independent data sources from around the world including The Music Trades magazine and the U.S. Census Bureau. This year’s Global Report compiled data from 24 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dave Smith Instruments, Yamaha, Roland, Korg USA, Inc. Moog Inc., Verbos Electronics, Make Noise and other multiline product manufacturers will be among the more than 75 exhibitors presenting 260 different synthesizers and related equipment at The NAMM Show, being held in Anaheim, California, January 19-22.

Australian Musician will be at NAMM in January presenting, news, interviews and all of the action as it happens.

Learn more about the NAMM Show at https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2017.

 

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DIO & LEMMY: HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 6, 2016

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Legendary Musicians and Music Industry Executives will join together to be inducted into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio Icon Eddie Trunk will host the event.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Sponsors include: Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D.  Evans, and Modern Drummer Magazine.

The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:

Ronnie James Dio, “Rainbow,” “Black Sabbath,” “Dio,” (With Wendy Dio accepting the induction)

Rudy Sarzo, formerly of “Ozzy Osbourne” and “Whitesnake.”

Frankie Banali, of “Quiet Riot,” (Along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status).

Lemmy Kilmister, “MotorHead” (With special guest accepting the nomination)

Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of “Manowar”

Vinny Appice, formerly of “Black Sabbath” and “Dio.”

Don Airey of “Deep Purple”

Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of “Sabian Cymbals”

Randy Rhoads, “Ozzy Osbourne,” (With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction)

Additional artists and music industry executives to be announced.

“The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to preserving the legacy of those Legendary metal musicians who are often forgotten,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History President/CEO Pat Gesualdo. “This event is something the fans have been wanting for a long, long, time. As a non-profit organization, we are also dedicated to working with Wendy Dio and the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.”

A press conference and General Admission entrance will commence at 6:30 PM from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. The Induction Ceremony will take place from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity Inductees will take place after the Induction Ceremony. Live bands will perform throughout the night.

Music fans can be a part of the most important night in Heavy Metal!! Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission, and $75.00 for The “Meet And Greet” with the Celebrity Inductees. A General Admission ticket is required to attend the “Meet And Greet” event, which includes Pictures and Autographs with the Celebrity Inductees, and gift bag with an official VIP Pass, a limited edition autographed poster, an official Event T-Shirt, an official Event Program, and additional sponsor items. Tickets are available at www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org/store

The Hall of Heavy Metal History is a non-profit organization dedicated to enshrining forever, those Legendary musicians, music industry executives, DJ’s, journalists, and Producers who are often overlooked, but responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.

Official Hall of Heavy Metal History Website: www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org

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CAMIKAZE DROPS THOUSANDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 2, 2016

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Local producer Camikaze has dropped a tidy radio edit of title track ‘Thousands’, featuring New Zealand up-and-comer Maya Payne, from his debut EP which was released in late October.

If you have heard Camikaze’s debut release, you’ll know Camikaze doesn’t play by the rules! Obliterating genres and minds, Camikaze gives the world another taste of his crazy-twisted world, employing the help of Maya Payne’s powerful and ever-so-angsty vocals on ‘Thousands’. Soaring in and out of intense loops and synthesized drops, the single creates a soundtrack for running through alternate dimensions on a quest for beauty, rawness and honesty – the three foundations of Camikaze’s work.

Camikaze explains the initial concept & lyrics for the single:
“From what I can remember it’s not really about anything in particular, I just imagine a pretty view of a city skyline & added two people into the equation. I really like the uplifting & almost loose airy feeling it gives, it makes me feel good.”

2016 started in full throttle, with Camikaze dropping his beautifully emotive debut single ‘Shadows (feat. Zoe A’dore)’, which, following a premiere by YouTube channel MrSuicideSheep, clocked up a whopping 100k plays in less than 24 hours of going live. Following on from his debut single, Camikaze released his debut EP Thousands, premiering earlier this month on The Music. The EP gained local and international pick-up from tastemakers Pilerats, EDM Monsters and EDM.co, as well as lead single ‘This Burden’ being added to high-rotation on triple j Unearthed.

Camikaze dives head first into the current wave of electronic music with a distinctly beautiful, eclectic and empowering futuristic soundscape. Harnessing incredibly emotive and lyrically engaging vocals, that drift through carefully crafted percussive loops and dreamy synthesized melodies… the long journey for Camikaze has only just begun.

You can purchase Thousands here

Check out Camikaze’s social media links here

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THE HIDING REVEAL DREAM CATCHER’S LIFE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 2, 2016

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The Hiding (Anthony Salce, Chris Salce and Ryan Di Cecco) recently released a new single Dream Catcher’s Life, an ode to those who chose to chase their goals regardless of what society might say.  To accompany the track, the group have also revealed a visually stunning clip (see below), directed by Damian McLindon of Shoot films and featuring aerial artists Didj Wentworth and Phoebe Carlson.  To celebrate the release, The Hiding will be playing an exclusive set at The Grace Darling on December 10 as a part of the renowned local festival Pennyfest.

Dream Catcher’s Life is an inspiring tune, characterised by The Hiding’s unique blend of ambient electronic, rock and pop influences and hurled into a new dimension by guest vocalist, Stewart Winchester.  Acoustic guitar and percussive rhythms propel the song forward towards the soaring chorus, prompting the listener to seek out a dream catcher’s life; that is, to live a life pursuing your deepest aspirations.  Anthony Salce, lyricist and lead guitarist for The Hiding, reflects on the writing process, “The song came about after we returned from New York City…it’s really just about living your dreams, not settling for the mediocre, and hoping that you have that special someone to share it with, someone who wants to share the journey with you.”

The clip for Dream Catcher’s Life follows the charming story of two industrial workers, and features a breathtaking aerial routine from the two lead actors.  Expertly shot, with a spectacular use of light and darkness within the cramped, dusty environment, the clip encompasses the pensive, hopeful nature of the song.  On the making of the clip, Salce enthuses, “Damian( McLindon) and I thought that aerial artists would just add to the story perfectly, and we searched high and low for the perfect team who could capture the storyline.  We found that in Didj Wentworth and Phoebe Carlson.”

With their previous single Bonfire Lights being signed by Brooklyn Fire Records, notching up over 20,000 plays on Spotify and their Soundcloud playcount not far behind, it’s been a busy year for The Hiding.  The band are thrilled to be back up on stage in December to celebrate the release of Dream Catcher’s Life, as Salce reflects on the last twelve months, “We’ve really pushed ourselves in terms of writing new songs.  The Bonfire Lights collaboration (with producer Designer Drugs & vocalist Stewart Winchester) really opened our eyes to new possibilities, both in the studio and in our performances.  We’ve aimed to create that ‘party’ vibe with every single show so that we’re achieving a connection with everyone!”

http://www.thehidingmusic.com/

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VALE ALLAN ZAVOD

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 29, 2016

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It’s with a heavy heart that we report the death of legendary Australian musician Dr. Allan Zavod, who had been battling brain cancer for some time.

Allan’s contribution to music both locally and on an international level is immense. As a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and conductor, there was little in music he didn’t achieve.

Allan was helping to break down music barriers in the 70s and 80s, pioneering classical jazz fusion with Jean Luc Ponty and also spent a year touring and recording with the great Frank Zappa.

Esteemed USA jazz magazine Downbeat named Zavod one of the top 10 keyboardists of the 80s. From studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, he later became a Professor there.

Allan wrote for theatre and orchestras worldwide and composed film scores, one with rock legend Eric Clapton.

He performed with superstars like George Benson, Sting, Nigel Kennedy and so many more.

In December last year the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to Allan with a performance of his extraordinary work, The Environmental Symphony, which was narrated by acting icon Jack Thompson.

Allan  contributed to Australian Musician magazine from the very first issue and continued to write a regular jazz piano lesson and conducted many interviews with his international music legend friends for us.

On a personal note, I’ll never forget the many phone calls spent editing his regular jazz piano lessons he prepared for the magazine. Until we could hook him up with Sibelius software, Allan used to supply hand written music notation for his Australian Musician lessons. As someone who cannot read music, I’ll never forget the many humorous phone conversations with him, as I’d try to decipher his written genius and arrive at some kind of graphic representation of his work that I could understand before publishing.

Our thoughts are with Allan’s wife Chris and son Zak. Rest in peace Allan … thank you for the music … you’ll be truly missed.

Greg Phillips – Editor, Australian Musician

Here’s a clip of Allan playing keys for Jean-Luc Ponty at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1982

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INDISPENSABLE GARBAGE AT A DAY ON THE GREEN

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 28, 2016
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Garbage pic by Kerry Kissell. Review by Greg Phillips

For all the sky’s gloominess, it never really threatened to rain at A Day On The Green at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley on Saturday afternoon. As the occasional ray of sunshine punctured the grey mist, 21 year old Tash Sultana’s dub-based rhythms provided a perfect soundtrack for the bean-bag and deck-chair toting audience. However before anyone could get too accustomed to a springtime chill-out, Tash ripped an extraordinary blast of guitar shred to wake us out of complacency. Is there anything this girl can’t do? Guitar, keyboards, loops … even pan flute for god’s sake … and her voice packs a punch too.

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Tash Sultana signs at the merch area

A vibrant version of her single Jungle proved that Tash can also pen a decent tune. Unfortunately, I’d missed opening act Adalita. She was finishing up her set in a haze of feedback just as we entered the venue. It was apt that Tash followed though, next in line to take the baton as Australia’s rock ‘n’ roll queen.

The Preatures play a simplistic but snappy style of pop-rock, the kind that gets an audience like this up onto their feet. Lead singer Isabella Manfredi shared her excitement at being part of a bill which included Garbage’s Shirley Manson, one of her three music heroes.  The other two she claimed, were Chrissie Hynde and Chrissie Amphlett, a neat segue to the band’s energetic version of the Divinyls’ Boys In Town. The hit, Is This How You Feel?, came soon after and for the first time during the afternoon, there were probably as many punters on their feet as lounging out.

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The Temper Trap’s Dougy by Kerrie Kissell

It seems like it wasn’t so long ago that The Temper Trap had left our shores in search of a larger, global audience. As we now know, they found it pretty quickly with their first album attracting much attention in the UK and America. Album number two achieved only moderate acceptance but their 2016 release, Thick As Thieves placed the guys well and truly back on track in their quest for success. More than anything, this Rochford performance showed just how far the band has progressed from a live perspective, as they radiated a huge stadium-sized sound across the Yarra Valley. Focussing heavily on material from their current album, Dougy Mandagi and his mates turned in a tight, punchy set, engaging the crowd and adding many a new fan in the process. Unsurprisingly it was their breakthrough song Sweet Disposition which provided the knockout punch.

A new addition to the Rochford Winery for this gig was the venue’s new side-stage restaurant The Deck, built on a pond and providing a  luxurious escape for those with VIP access tickets. As the sun began to set and diners scampered back to the venue proper, Garbage took to the stage and kicked off with Subhuman, a 1995 B side, followed soon after by the first of many hits for the night, Stupid Girl. Wearing a pink wig, Manson struck vogue-like poses, smiled and paced in circles, even tolerating a sea of smart phone photography but the famous fire was never far from her belly. Noticing the fence dividing the A& B grade ticket holders, Manson took the opportunity to slam the government’s border security policy, telling the audience to “listen to your heart not your government”. As darkness descended and the set drew to a close, Shirley thanked Australian audiences for being the first in the world to latch onto the band, which was made possible by Michael Gudinski’s UK Mushroom Records office signing the band. It was the success of Garbage that also saved Gudinski’s UK operation from financial woes in the early 90s, so it was apt that Michael was in the audience front and centre, fist-pumping the air to the band’s last few tunes. Manson also paid tribute to the scenic beauty of the venue and its surrounds, telling the audience that a winery tour was a first for the band. A particularly biting version of Vow left the audience in no doubt that Garbage is as energetic and relevant as ever. It Only Happens When It Rains further enforced the message.

A long summer of winery-style rock continues over the next few months with A Day On The Green gigs headlined by Don Henley, James Taylor, John Farnham, B52’s with Simple Minds, Blondie with Cyndi Lauper and much more. Visit www.adayonthegreen.com.au for details.

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TOBY MARTIN BACK WITH NEW SINGLE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 25, 2016

tobyspringRemember Sydney band Youth Group? The band released four wonderful albums between 2001 and 2008 including the highly regarded Skeleton Jar which featured ‘Shadowland’ and Casino Twilight Dogs with the classic cover of Forever Young, which went to number one in Australia.

Youth Group frontman, singer songwriter Toby Martin has just released a new solo single called Spring Feeling (see clip below) from his forthcoming album Songs From Northam Avenue, which will be out in early 2017. Toby has also announced a a gig at Carriageworks in Sydney on Saturday 29th April 2017

Check out Toby’s Facebook page here

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