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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2016


John Butler has always been a warrior for environmental causes and this one was just too big to ignore. Butler has organised a massive Frack Off! Concert in Margaret River on Saturday November 26th to raise awareness about the onshore gas industry in WA’s Southwest and fracking throughout the state. The John Butler Trio will be joined by the beloved Pigram Brothers from Broome, representing the Kimberley region, Mama Kin and Ten Cent Shooters both from Margaret River. Perth based actor and comedian Peter Rowsthorn will MC the event. The low cost concert event will take place on Saturday November 26th at 3 Oceans Winery, between Busselton and Margaret River on the Bussell Highway
Limited tickets are on sale this Friday 23 September from

Frack Off! presented by Jarrah Records, Gasfield Free Southwest and Lock the Gate will highlight the onshore gas industry’s current push to explore and drill in exploration leases covering nearly 50 million hectares of the state from the Southwest to the Mid West and the Kimberley.

Mr Butler who lives in the Southwest said the gas industry was moving into the region at a rapid pace and was targeting the biodiversity rich Whicher Range just 30km from Margaret River.

John Butler said today, “Think about it this way: Who has the most to gain by telling you that the onshore gas industry is safe? The industry itself!

We have nothing to gain by having an onshore gas industry in our state but everything to lose. OUR vested interest lies in our home and communities. Our Land. Our Water.

THIS INVASIVE INDUSTRY puts our water, our tourism, our agricultural industries, our wineries and our health ALL at risk.

The ticket price is really cheap because we want as many people as possible to come along and get informed about what the gas industry has planned for our region and our state. We want the community to be empowered by knowing that we have a voice in this, and that there is something we can do about it. We can tell the gas industry to Frack Off! We can run these pirates out of town.”
Several speakers will address the crowd at the FRACK OFF! Concert including Dayne Pratzky, star of the documentary ‘Frackman’, who will explain the impact of living on the frontline of the Queensland gas fields.

Lisa Chatwin Spokesperson for Gasfield Free Southwest, said the Whicher Range was a Priority One water resource area that supplied drinking water for the town of Margaret River.
“We are the driest continent on the planet, we can’t afford to risk our drinking water. The Whicher Range exploration permits overlies the Yarragadee aquifer, which is an important water resource for the whole south west and for the Perth metropolitan area. The Yarragadee and the Margaret River should be protected from the gas industry” Ms Chatwin said. “If we allow the onshore gas industry in the south west, we risk transforming our pristine environment into an industrialised gasfield.  We need to act now to SAVE the south west”.

Spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said a growing number of communities across the state were declaring their districts off limits to fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction through Gasfield Free community declarations.
“Victoria is legislating a ban on all unconventional gas mining and the Northern Territory has a moratorium on fracking pending an inquiry. Communities in WA are not alone in standing up to this industry with places like New York State, France, Bulgaria, Spain and Scotland having already brought in bans on fracking,”  Ms Hammond said.

Frack Free Future campaign coordinator Jules Kirby said the election in March is a critical opportunity for Western Australians to turn back the unconventional gas industry’s invasion of their State.

“Hard science and court judgments increasingly prove the fracking industry poisons water, pollutes the air and causes birth defects and other serious health issues. Frack Off! is the latest warning from the court of popular opinion – politicians should defend WA from the unpopular and accident-prone onshore gas industry, or pay the price at the ballot box”. Mr Kirby said.

Tickets are available at a greatly reduced price of $20 plus booking fee for adults and $10 plus booking fee for children under 12. Babes in arms are free. This is a licensed event therefore under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Monies raised from ticket sales and from donations will go towards concert costs and the continued fight against invasive Onshore Gas Mining in WA. Artists are providing their services free and other services are being provided at reduced rates.

Frack Off! is supported by  Gasfield Free Southwest WA , Lock The Gate, Environs Kimberley, Frack Free Future and The Wilderness Society.

FRACK OFF! Concert – Margaret River WA
Featuring John Butler Trio, The Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin, Ten Cent Shooters
with MC Peter Rowsthorn
When: Saturday 26th November 2016
Where:  3 Oceans Winery, Cowaramup, WA
Time: 1.30pm until 7.30pm
Tickets go on sale this Friday 23 September from and are strictly limited.
How Much: Adults $20 plus Bf; Children Under 12 years $10 plus Bf: Babes in
arms are free.
This is a licensed event – under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or
legal guardian.

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - September 20, 2016

August 7 Caulfield Racecourse: At the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show we were treated to an unforgettable jam featuring James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Shannon Bourne and Bob Spencer. Rod Bustos played bass, Marcus Ryan on drums, and Chris Stark on vocals. In this video the guys tackle ZZ Top’s Cheap Sunglasses with featured solo from Brett Kingman. Recorded by Peter Rickman and the team from Advanced Audio. Presented by Triple M and Australian Musician

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 15, 2016
Past songwriting comp winner Jordie Lane

Past Darebin Musicfeast songwriting comp winner Jordie Lane

Enter now at

Songwriting competitions are a terrific way for developing artists to gather some valuable attention and boost their professional reputations. Darebin Music Feast’s Songwriters’ Award is focused firmly on encouraging local songwriters to hone their craft, in addition to promoting and recognising local talent. With excellent prizes and the opportunity to perform for our judges Peter Farnan, Charles Jenkins and Evelyn Morris at the Northcote Town Hall Grand Final Concert on Cup Eve up for grabs, local musicians best move fast!

Songwriters who live, work or study in Darebin are eligible for entry. All genres and all ages are encouraged to enter. Prizes include $2000 cash thanks to APRA, studio time, a mastering session, shop vouchers and a Face the Music Conference ticket. Everything a songwriter needs to step their professionalism up to the next level. Previous winners have included Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, E’Wah Lady and Madeline Duke, so winners will be in exciting company.

All in line with the high-profile 20th anniversary of this significant community festival event, the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’Award promises to yield as strong a crop of talent as ever. Get involved!

The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Competition operates with thanks to APRA, Head Gap, Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, Implant Media, The Push and Guitar World.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 12, 2016


Social media went into a frenzy yesterday when,’Now sometimes tomorrow comes soaked in treasure’ a line from Bruce Springsteeen’s song Jack Of All Trades was posted, hinting at a tour announcement today. The sun has risen today and so too has that tour announcement!

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Australia and New Zealand.

Last on our shores in 2014 for a sold out run of shows, the summer of 2017 will see Bruce and his legendary band undertake one of their biggest tours here to date, visiting Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hanging Rock, Hunter Valley, Brisbane, Auckland and – for the very first time – Christchurch.

Sure to be a special and emotive concert for everyone in attendance, Bruce and the E Street Band will perform at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium on the eve of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake anniversary.  In the wake of the devastating earthquake Bruce’s song ‘My City Of Ruins’ became a poignant and inspirational unofficial anthem for the city.

For one month Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be calling Australia and New Zealand home, with nine shows sure to delight fans who have rabidly been monitoring the international movements of The River Tour.  Indeed, those overseas dates have had critics and fans alike in raptures.

Named the top global touring act of 2016 by both Billboard and Pollstar, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have sold close to 2 million tickets in 2016 alone.

In further exciting news – and perhaps evidence that no one can say no to Bruce – one of Australia’s most successful rock bands of all time, Jet, will be reforming to hit the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, appearing as very special guests at their outdoor concerts in Melbourne, Hanging Rock, Hunter Valley, Christchurch and Auckland.

Jet quickly conquered the world after forming in 2001, selling more than 6.5 million albums globally and securing 10 x Platinum certification in Australia and Platinum in the USA and UK for their debut album Get Born. They produced a string of classic singles in Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Rollover DJ, Look What You’ve Done, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Rip It Up, and Seventeen before disbanding in 2012.  The band have turned down numerous requests to reform in the ensuing years… until now!

Guitar legend Diesel will appear as special guest in Hanging Rock and Hunter Valley.  In July Diesel released his 15th career album ‘Americana’, a celebration of some of America’s most legendary music. Fittingly the album includes his interpretation of the classic ‘Born To Run’.

Appearing in Christchurch and Auckland alongside Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Jet, will be local Kiwi favourite Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders.  Since releasing his self-titled album at the start of last year, Marlon has toured extensively throughout North America and UK/Europe including spots on some of the world’s leading music festivals.

In Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform the concerts in their entirety, with no special guests.

If the Summer ’17 Tour seems too far away, Springsteen fans can treat themselves to some quality time with Bruce with the release of his autobiography Born To Run (out September 27 through Simon & Schuster) and its audio companion Chapter And Verse (out September 23 through Sony Australia).  Bruce first began working on the autobiography in 2009, after performing at the Super Bowl’s halftime show.  The 500-page autobiography promises a glimpse behind the scenes at the extraordinary life of Bruce Springsteen.  Chapter And Verse features 18 tracks from across Bruce’s career, including 5 previously unreleased songs.

Frontier Members pre-sale via
Tuesday 20 September to Wednesday 21 September (or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted)
(Pre-sale times are staggered per show.  Visit the website for more details).

General public on sale from Friday 23 September (see times below)

Wed 25 January    Perth Arena 132 849 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 3pm local

Mon 30 January    Adelaide | Adelaide Entertainment Centre 132 849 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 3pm local

Thu 02 February    Melbourne | AAMI Park 132 849 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 2pm local
With special guests JET

Tue 7 February    Sydney | QUDOS Bank Arena 132 849 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 4pm local

Sat 11 February    Mt Macedon | Hanging Rock 136 100 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 1pm local
With special guests JET and DIESEL

Tue 14 February    Brisbane | Brisbane Entertainment Centre 132 849 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 3pm local

Sat 18 February    Hunter Valley | Hope Estate 136 100 | On sale Fri 23 Sep noon local
With special guests JET and DIESEL

Tue 21 February    Christchurch | AMI Stadium 0800 842 538 | On sale Fri 23 Sep noon local

Sat 25 February    Auckland | Mt Smart Stadium 0800 111 999 | On sale Fri 23 Sep 1pm local

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 12, 2016


Midge Ure, known for his classic synth-pop tunes with 80’s supergroup Ultravox, his charity work with Band Aid/Live Aid, and more recently a string of acclaimed solo album including 2014’s Fragile is returning to Australia in March 2017.

Midge was last here in 2015 when he played solo. This time Midge will be accompanied by India Electric Company, featuring Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, a multi-instrumental electric folk act who’ve been dazzling audiences worldwide with their energetic sets.

Dates announced include:
Perth Regal Theatre Weds March 8th
Adelaide The Gov Thursday March 9th
Melbourne Thornbury Theatre Friday March 10th
Sydney The Basement Sat March 11th
Brisbane The Triffid Sunday March 12th

Tickets go on general sale this Thursday 15th Sept, but some of the venues will have a presale available.

There will also be an EXCLUSIVE VIP PACKAGE available ONLY through the shop on

This package (which does NOT include your ticket to the gig so please buy that as normal) will include:
– priority admission to venue before general admission
– VIP laminate
– watch the soundcheck
– exclusive signed print
– 2 items of your own signed by Midge and India Electric
– meet and greet with the opportunity for a photo of you with Midge
– exclusive live track available for download

This will be available from Thursday in the shop.
New Zealand dates will follow soon!

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

Last night Maton Guitars celebrated their 70th birthday with a special performance by Tommy Emmanuel at Ding Dong Lounge. Invited guests included Maton family, staff and Maton devotees including Dave Graney, Murray and Jeff from The Wiggles, the guys from Area 7 and many more. Jason Rosewarne captured the action

Pic by Jason Rosewarne

Tommy with his original Ms500 that he he received as a 5 year old. All pics by Jason Rosewarne


Sound check


The case from Tommy’s original MS500

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


The finalists in one of Australia’s most valuable music prizes, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards, have been announced today. This year‟s finalists represent the abundant musical talent in Victoria across a range of genres. The Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards provide recognition and opportunities for Victorian musicians. Melbourne is one of the world‟s most celebrated musical cities, widely acknowledged as the music capital of the southern hemisphere.

The $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 will be awarded to a Victorian musician, or group of musicians, who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian music and has enriched cultural and public life. This award is supported by principal partner, The Vera Moore Foundation.

The finalists are:
David Bridie
Joe Camilleri
Kutcha Edwards
Liza Lim
Adalita Srsen

The $30,000 (plus $2,500 Qantas travel voucher) Outstanding Musicians Award 2016 will be presented to a Victorian musician, or group of musicians for recent work representing an outstanding example of creativity and skill. This award is supported by Dr. Ron Benson.

The finalists are:
Lior Attar
Sophia Brous
Biddy Connor
James Hullick
Gareth Liddiard
Kate Miller-Heidke
Eric Moore/King Gizzard
Monica Curro/PLEXUS
Scott Tinkler

The NEW $25,000 Beleura Award for Composition 2016 is for a composition of outstanding musicianship, skill and creativity. All genres of composition are eligible. This award is supported by The Tallis Foundation in memory of John Tallis (1911-1996).

The finalists are:
Chris Dench
Mary Finsterer
Andrea Keller
Kate Neal
Anthony Pateras

The $16,000 Development Award 2016 will be presented to an emerging musician or group of musicians, aged 30 years and under, who demonstrate outstanding musical talent with the potential to develop their professional career. The Award consists of a $6,000 music instrument and equipment grant supported by Yamaha Music Australia and $10,000 cash supported by The William Buckland Foundation.

The finalists are:
Sophia Exiner
Rory Burnside/Rudely Interrupted
Gabriella Cohen
Matthias Schack-Arnott
Tilman Robinson

A finalist, across all the awards categories, will be selected for the NEW $20,000 Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2016, which will be announced on November 9. They will receive a commercial engagement, generously provided by the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP said the Melbourne Prize for Music recognises the pre-eminent place that Melbourne and Victoria hold as the nation‟s music heartland. “In celebrating the creativity and contribution of our musicians across a range of genres, this Prize plays a significant role in providing opportunities for local music makers and inspiring the next generation.”

Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, said Melbourne was one of the world‟s great music cities. “Melbourne is a city that loves its music and the Melbourne Prize celebrates the best of musical talent in our city,” said the Lord Mayor. “I would like to congratulate the finalists and thank them for their contribution to our city‟s thriving music scene.”

Celebrating 12 years of supporting Victorian sculptors, writers and musicians, Melbourne Prize Trust Executive Director, Mr Simon Warrender said that he is delighted with the strong response to this year‟s Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 & Awards.
“Interest in this year‟s Prize has been considerable and I would like to thank all entrants in what was a record-breaking year for the total number entries received,” said Mr Warrender. “Finalists have been chosen from an immensely strong field from across all genres and career stages. The finalists in this year‟s Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards are a testament to Melbourne and Victoria‟s dynamic and diverse music scene.

“On behalf of the Melbourne Prize Trust I would like to thank our principal partner, The Vera Moore Foundation, Founding Partners, new award partners, The Tallis Foundation, the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and all 2016 partners and patrons for their generous support in making this year‟s Melbourne Prize and Awards possible,” he added.

In addition to the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards, one finalist, with the highest number of public votes, will be the recipient of the $4,000 Civic Choice Award 2016. This award is generously supported by Readings. Online voting commences today at and will continue during the Federation Square finalist exhibition, to be held from 7 to 21 November in the Atrium. Voters will go into the running to win an overnight stay at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne’s hotel for the arts and Corporate Partner of the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Winners in all categories will be announced on November 9th

For further information and for all announcements this year visit

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 5, 2016


The Swedish Metal Juggernaut that is MESHUGGAH are today announcing that they are to grace Australian and New Zealand’s shores in 2017, on the back of their 8th studio Album. “The Violent Sleep of Reason” will be released through Nuclear Blast records and takes the band back to their heavy, technical roots.

The March 2017 tour is being presented by MJR presents and goes on fan-presale tomorrow Tuesday 6th September and on sale to general public this Thursday 8th September.

In 2017, Swedish progressive metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will be entering their 30th year of existence, defying expectations on record as to the limitations of metal, and then proving their virtuosic prowess by taking their cathedral-complex compositions to stages all over the world – this leg of the tour being only part of a lengthy world tour – for which they are well known.

The Violent Sleep of Reason, the band’s eighth full-length studio album, finds MESHUGGAH building upon their legacy for fearless metal sculpting within the context of extreme metal, but also recapturing some of the magic and excitement specifically within the aspect of performance, finding flow and groove that would be a challenge for any lesser band to locate, given such technical geometric madness at mischievous hand.

The MESHUGGAH – AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2017 goes on pre-sale Tuesday 6th September at and then on general sale Thursday 8th September.

For more information, go to or




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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 5, 2016
Steve with Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain

Steve with Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain

Yamaha Music National Sales Manager and local music industry good guy Steve Legg has recently had surgery and is undergoing treatment for a serious medical condition. To help Steve and his family a get together has been organised by his friends

Eltham Hotel
746 Main Rd, Eltham VIC 3095
Wednesday 14th September

The fund-raising evening will be hosted by Steve’s friend and partner in crime, Tom Baeppler. For those of you who can’t make it, you can make an online donation via this link:

Come along and bring your guitar, your voice and your money.

Facebook event info here

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - September 1, 2016

epicAhead of the EJ Whitten Legends football game tomorrow night, the Epic Guitar Solo Challenge has been launched to raise awareness for prostate cancer with funds from the challenge going to the EJ Whitten foundation.

David Loader, host of Channel 31s Guitar Gods and Masterpieces has gathered the support of some of the biggest guitar gods across the world to release the single DON’T YOU TELL ME NOT TO PLAY GUITAR and promote THE EPIC GUITAR SOLO – an international guitar challenge that is raising awareness and funds for the EJ Whitten Foundation and their continued work in raising awareness of Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health.

Superstars Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Guthrie Govan, Paul Gilbert, Frank Gambale, Alex Hutchings .Chris Cheney, (Living End) Jack Jones , Dave Leslie (BabyAnimals),  Rob Chapman, Brett Garsed and many more (32 in fact from across the world!) have lent their considerable guitar skills to perform on the single DON’T YOU TELL ME NOT TO PLAY GUITAR.

The video of the song ‘Don’t Tell Me Not To Play Guitar’ has so far racked up over 400,00 views through social media.

The release of the single also launches THE EPIC GUITAR SOLO. This international competition gives guitar lovers the opportunity to play alongside some of these guitar legends. “We are hoping that this contest will not only further promote the need for Prostate Cancer awareness but will bring guitar stardom to 8 unknown guitar players from 8 regions of the world by performing in the same song as these megastars,’ said David Loader, creator and producer of the Epic Guitar Solo Challenge.

“There’s no better way to create awareness than to create opportunity”.  We are hoping we can really inspire and empower musicians with this song and contest for prostate cancer. Who wouldn’t want to play on an official song with Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Satriani!?  Our contest mix will be released on 16 12 16 with 8 unknown guitarists performing with more great players from all over the world,” said David Loader.

To find out how to enter, visit

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