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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 14, 2018

Photo (c) 2018 David Bergman / — Bon Jovi at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on April 8, 2018.

Global rock icons, long-time Australian faves and newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees Bon Jovi have announced the Australian leg of their This House Is Not for Sale Tour, presented by TEG DAINTY.

Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among the world’s rock royalty.  With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, an extensive catalog of hit anthems, more than 2,800 concerts performed in 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket sales grosses well over $1 billion in around the world in just the past decade, Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.

With one night only in each Australian city, the tour will kick off in Melbourne at the iconic MCG on Saturday 1st December, followed by Adelaide’s Botanic Park on Tuesday 4th December, QSAC in Brisbane on Thursday 6th December and finishing in Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 8th December.

The This House Is Not For Sale Tour has already received both fan and critical acclaim, with its first North American leg grossing an estimated $47 million and its South American leg grossing nearly $40 million.

The This House Is Not for Sale Tour is Bon Jovi’s first outing since the band’s 2013 Because We Can World Tour.  2013’s tour was their fourth in six years to be ranked the No. 1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished by only The Rolling Stones previously) with a total of $259.5 million. Bon Jovi also earned the No. 1 grossing worldwide tour in 2010 for The Circle Tour, with $201 million total, and 2008’s Lost Highway tour, which earned $210.6 million. Bon Jovi’s touring legacy was recognised with the “Legend of Live” award at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards prior to the kick-off of The This House Is Not for Sale Tour.

Bon Jovi released This House Is Not for Sale (Island Records) on Nov. 4, 2016 which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving the rock band its sixth U.S. No. 1. Worldwide, the album hit No. 1 in Australia and Austria; No. 2 in Spain and Switzerland; No. 3 in Canada and Germany; and hit the top 10 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and the United Kingdom. This House Is Not for Sale was Bon Jovi’s first major release since What About Now (2013), the band’s third consecutive multi-platinum album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 (Lost Highway in 2007, and The Circle in 2009).

Tickets and VIP packages go on sale on Friday 29TH June, check in each city for the staggered on sale times.  A Telstra Thanks pre-sale, just for Telstra customers, starts on Wednesday 20th June.  Go to for on sale times and further details.

BON JOVI This House Is Not for Sale Tour
MELBOURNE – Saturday 1st December, Melbourne Cricket Ground
ADELAIDE – Tuesday 4th December, Botanic Park
BRISBANE – Thursday 6th December, QSAC
SYDNEY – Saturday 8th December, Sydney ANZ Stadium

For more information on Bon Jovi, visit


Do not buy from unauthorised resale scalper websites. You risk buying invalid or fraudulent tickets.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 14, 2018

Victoria Bitter has proudly confirmed the return of VB HARD YARDS for 2018. Staunchly backing live Aussie rock, Hard Yards will head on tour this year, inviting bands to earn a spot in the tour van for four massive gigs throughout October.

Bands from Queensland, ACT, New South Wales and Victoria are offered the opportunity to be paired with massive local headliners in some of Australia’s finest venues, all the while enjoying the trials, tantrums and tribulations of touring through Melbourne, Sydney, Newy and Brisbane.

Ross Knight (Cosmic Pyschos) explains…
“It’s hard work for touring bands. Booking supports, venues, lighting, logstics, luggage, and even just establishing an audience for your band in different cities, is no easy feat. But VB are going to give three young bands the chance to get a bit of help with load in … so to speak.”

Bands can visit to enter.
Entries close July 15

Audiences will be invited to vote on shortlisted bands in July before Hard Yards’ full lineup is announced in August. Hard Yards winners will also receive $5,000 in cash along with pre-paid rehearsal room hire, to help limber up for some live music.

Wed October 3 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Thurs October 4 – The Foundry, Brisbane

Fri October 5 – The Cambridge, Newcastle

Sat October 6 – The Lansdowne, Sydney


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 10, 2018

Rose Zita Falko

Original Son EP Launch
‘Wesley Anne’, Northcote, June 8, 2018
Review: Garry Chapman Photos: Jason Rosewarne

The broad smile on Rose Zita Falko’s face said it all as she stepped up to the microphone. This was going to be a night to have fun and enjoy great music, and no one was planning to have a better time than Rose herself. In the intimate setting of the band room at ‘Wesley Anne’, one of Melbourne’s coolest live music venues, family, friends and music lovers had gathered to help Rose launch her debut EP ‘Original Son’.

Rose was at the door to greet many of the patrons personally as they arrived. She’d arranged champagne and cupcakes with pink icing as a welcome treat. The atmosphere was warm and inviting as they settled into seats at the candlelit tables. The room soon filled. It was standing room only for the last few to enter the room as Rose’s good friend, Brooke Russell, took the stage for the opening set.

Brooke, on vocals and acoustic guitar, was accompanied by Ben Franz on pedal steel. Close your eyes and you could have been in Nashville. Her self-penned melancholy country songs of love and heartache were warmly received with generous applause. Brooke, herself, by contrast, was upbeat and cheerful. “Practising to sing like Linda Ronstadt makes your voice a little bit bigger,” she wryly observed as she launched into Warren Zevon’s ‘Carmelita’, once covered so memorably by Linda herself.

Brooke and Ben returned to the stage a short time later as members of Rose’s backing band. They were joined by Mitch Power on electric guitar, Zac Watson on bass and Chelsea Allen on drums. Front and centre was Rose. This was her night. We were in for a special treat.

Rose was so pleased that we had all come along on a cold Friday night to celebrate the occasion with her. She had promised there would be a few surprises, and the first of them was immediate as the familiar opening lines of Cold Chisel’s ‘Bow River’ filled the room. ‘Listen now …’ she sang, and I was already captivated by the power of her big, big voice.

But we only got a few lines of ‘Bow River’ before Rose had slipped easily into one of her own songs. She is passionate about both singing and songwriting, having grown up surrounded by many forms of music from an early age. “I love singing and songwriting,” she said. “I decided some time ago that’s all I want to do.” So Rose left her home in the city and moved to the country for a time and immersed herself in songwriting. She read lots of literature and poetry, then picked up her guitar and began to write songs. “It’s always the melody and the lyrics that come first.” The story builds and the instrumentation develops around that.

‘Highway Song’ was the first tune from the ‘Original Son’ EP to feature in the set. Rose has done a lot of driving down lonely country roads, often comforted by listening to a favourite road trip song. She needed to write her own highway song. ‘Highway Song’ is a little slice of Americana, but it’s just the tonic for a long, lonely drive on a remote Australian bush road.

‘I’ve seen the sunrise, I‘ve seen the sunset, I’ve seen it all and I kept driving by …’

A songwriting retreat had provided the impetus for Rose to collaborate with some of this land’s finest country musicians, and Kevin Bennett and Felicity Urquhart also penned songs with her. Though Rose was the sole writer of most of the songs performed on this evening, she was delighted to introduce Brooke, who joined in on harmonies, as her songwriting partner on ‘Pardon Me Son’.

Rose doesn’t think of herself as solely a country singer, though that is where she feels her ‘community’ fits. She has a background in musical theatre, and has sung jazz, operetta, folk and a number of other musical genres. The magic of her remarkable voice allows her to move effortlessly between genres. “I treat my voice like an instrument,” she said.

A challenge from singer-songwriter Jeremy Edwards to write a happy song brought a mood change to the set as Rose and the band, with Brooke harmonising, began to swing, and around the room the feet started tapping.

“There’s nothing happier than a sunny afternoon.”

For just a brief moment, Rose began singing ‘Bow River’ again. What a voice! It was tantalising, but it was just a few lines and then it was gone again.

‘Heavenly Father’ is the last song on the EP, a slower, melancholy number. It’s both dark and beautiful and when you listen you can’t fail to be moved by it. There were moments in the song where her mournful, bluesy vocals brought flashbacks of the first time I heard Janis singing ‘Ball and Chain.

“Heavenly Father
Please hold me tight
I feel this is the darkest
Darkest of night”

As the band picked up the tempo, so did the singer. Her vocal range is extraordinary. Her singing is absolutely captivating. The song drew extended applause. Rose was clearly moved by the response.

The theme of loneliness is woven like a thread through each of the five songs on ‘Original Son’. Rose explains that there’s more than one form of loneliness here. Loneliness, as in these songs, can take many forms – a solo journey down a lonely road, a lonely traveller in a relationship – everyone has their own loneliness story.

‘Old Memory’, also from the EP, is a co-write with Felicity Urquhart. It’s a slow alt-country tune. It could be a happy song … or it could be sad, depending on your own personal story. Rose leaves that up to you, but it won’t fail to move you either way.

“I’m going home….See you on down the road”

The first single from the EP was ‘A Town Called Lonely’. It’s a classic country song which highlights Rose’s accomplished skills as a songwriter. The accompanying music video depicts long, lonely country roads and in the final shot Rose walks slowly away from the camera down a road that leads to who knows where.

“It’s a few degrees above a place called Heartbreak
And when you drive on in you’ll never make it home”

Rose has a long, promising career ahead of her. She’ll write many more great songs and she’ll continue to explore new themes and extend her vocal boundaries. But I suspect she’ll always find a place in her setlist for ‘A Town Called Lonely’. It is iconic, and Rose and her band gave it the treatment it deserved. It was literally a showstopper. The applause from the band room was generous and prolonged. Rose beamed. Deservedly so. She couldn’t have asked for a more perfect launch for her debut recording. Her songwriting gift, her remarkable voice, her professionalism, warm and welcoming stage presence, and her genuine delight in the patrons’ response had made it a musical evening to remember.

Oh, and Bow River? Fortunately, Rose had saved it up for the encore – another of the surprises she promised. She said she’d always wanted to sing like Jimmy Barnes – loud, happy and fun. And sometimes she just wanted to scream! And this time we got the whole song .. and it was so damn good, you would be forgiven for thinking Ian Moss had Rose in mind when he wrote it.

Rose has many more songs and big plans for the future. Remember her name. You won’t regret it.

‘Original Son’ by Rose Zita Falko is available now at



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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 8, 2018

Just a week after the initial announcement of artists for the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, more great guitar players have been added to appear at Caulfield Racecourse on August 4&5. Additions this week include: Dave Leslie (Baby Animals), Brett Garsed (John Farnham, TJ Helmerich), The Weeping Willows, Ed Bates, Espana feat: Matthew Fagan, Bernardo Soler & Dean Gaudion, Adam Miller, Mitch Cairns, Josh Munday, Phisha, Peter Baylor, Craig Newman, Ben Kelly, and Thomas Leeb.

They’ll all join artists already announced which include: Albert Lee, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Nick Charles, Bob Spencer, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, James Ryan, Phil Manning, Nat Allison, Brett Kingman, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Scott Darlow, Rackett, Van Larkins, Justin Bernasconi, Rohan Stevenson (I built the sky), Michael Dolce, and Charlie Bedford.

Drawing over 5,500 guitar lovers and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with and presenting sponsors Triple M, 3PBS and Aon to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend.

At last year’s MGS, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Ian Moss, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Paul Dempsey, Oscar Dawson and Ali Barter. Both the promoters of the show and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!

Not only will the 2018 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections.

Describing the exciting developments, Rob continues, “Our exhibition welcomes back some big names this year and the learning opportunities are plentiful. If you’re in the market for guitars and gear, great live music from some of the best players, the Melbourne Guitar Show is the place to be.”

Ticket link here


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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 8, 2018

Cat Canteri has just released her new album ‘Inner North’ and is currently on tour through until August. Ahead of her Melbourne Guitar Show 2018 appearance, Cat performs Stand Up And Be My Man from the album for us.

Tickets for #MGS2018 on sale here NOW!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 7, 2018

This year, the iconic Gympie Music Muster (August 23-26) is introducing a bunch of new workshops and forums to their program, to give patrons an experience that is far more than just the regular live performances. One of the most interesting events is the music industry forum – The Business of Music: How to Thrive in A World Beyond CD’s. The special event, for musicians, artists, and those involved in the music business, will include a panel of industry experts discussing how to navigate the new face of the music business, including social media, publicity, etc

The panelists include:
• Jess Riches from Enriches Business … expert in social media
• Ken Outch … Marketing Consultant at Sony Music, who works with artists such as Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian, and personally manages Adam Brand and Travis Collins
• Nick & Tom Wolfe from The Wolfe Brothers, and their manager Steve White from Stephen White Management
• A representative from APRA
• Simon Homer, who runs the Muster CD store and an independent record label called Plus One Records

Also for those interested in pursuing a career in music … there’s the long standing Muster Talent Search. The Muster Talent Search returns, with an all-new world-class prize pool including a trip to Nashville Tennessee, the career birthplace of some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Better yet, the winner will be escorted to all the Nashville hot spots by none other than Muster veterans, Golden Guitar and CMC award winners Troy Kemp, and Damien from the Viper Creek Band. Anyone, from the most fresh-faced newbie to the wisest crooner, is welcomed to try their luck in front of the Muster crowds and an esteemed judging panel. Past winners include Brooke McClymont, who this year is part of headlining act The McClymonts, proving that the Muster is a great launching pad for artists looking to make it.

And if that’s not enough inspiration to get your career mojo going … how about the Ukulele and Harmonica workshop, where you can learn from some of the industry’s best such as harp legend Ian Collard.

The Gympie Music Muster, to be held on August 23-26 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland features:
Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, Albert Lee, Ian Moss, Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, The Wolfe Brothers, Shane Nicholson, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Melinda Schneider, Drew McAlister, Travis Collins, Tania Kernaghan, Hat Fitz & Cara, Fiona Boyes, Lloyd Spiegel, Kevin Borich, LMT Connection (Canada) and many more

Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception. It also gives a multi-million dollar boost to Queensland’s tourism sector every year, providing an economic boom for the region.

The Gympie Music Muster runs from Thursday August 23 to Sunday August 26, 2018 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. Tickets are available via


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 7, 2018

Extreme and Mr Big. Forum Theatre,  Melbourne June 6, 2018

Review by Joshua Batten. Photos by Jason Rosewarne

Mention the band names Mr. Big and Extreme to the average person, and they probably won’t know what you’re talking about. Sing them a couple of bars of their respective top ten hits “To Be With You” and “More Than Words” and they’ll probably show some knowledge. But tonight, while most of those average people are tuned into State Of Origin, 2000 die-hard rock fans are packed into the Forum Theatre for a double bill everyone wanted, but no-one thought would happen.

Extreme and Mr Big certainly have their fair share of similarities – Hard Rock bands inspired by the likes of Queen and Van Halen, they both begun their careers in 1989 before having two massive acoustic top ten hits all over the world from their second albums in 1991 (Including Australia, where “To Be With You” and “More Than Words” reached #1 and #2 respectively). They’ve both incorporated technical proficiency into catchy tunes, have broken up, reunited and kept most of their classic lineups intact (the exception in both cases being the drummer). With quite an overlap in fan bases, it only makes sense that they’ve joined forces for a double headlining tour of Australia, the first in 25 years for Extreme and the first ever for Mr. Big.

Mr. Big took to the stage with James Brown playing over the PA, and wasted no time in getting straight into a super-fast rock & roll vibe with their traditional opener “Daddy, Brother, Lover and Little Boy”, complete with electric drill solo. The energy in the room was immediately obvious, as everyone was singing along. As the show continued, the band drew from their vast catalogue, mixing newer songs like “Undertow”, “Everybody Needs A Little Trouble” and “Open Your Eyes” with classics like “Just Take My Heart”, “Alive and Kicking” and “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”.

Lead guitarist Paul Gilbert and bass guitarist Billy Sheehan are renowned players in their respective fields the world over, and tonight was a masterclass of epic proportions. Both Gilbert and Sheehan playfully competed for the audience’s attention during the songs before they each had solo spots later in the show. Gilbert’s ‘solo faces’ are second to none, and for every super-fast moment of shredding, there was another where his guitar just screamed with bends while he made the appropriate face to back it up. His solo spot was definitely more on the rhythmic side, utilising a stomp box to keep the audience engaged and incorporating riffs from “Highway To Hell” and Mr. Big’s own “The Whole World Is Gonna Know”.

Sheehan on the other hand took the opposite approach to his solo. A flurry of notes, bends and super-fast harmonics kept the crowd engaged despite a lack of rhythm. At the end of his solo, he and Gilbert traded licks over a familiar disco beat, before launching right into “Addicted To That Rush”, arguably Mr. Big’s signature song aside from “To Be With You”, which was played immediately after and had everybody singing.

Props as well to singer Eric Martin, who did the entire show in a jacket and scarf and still managed to hit the high notes. Drummer Matt Starr kept a solid rhythm throughout, with the unenviable task of filling the shoes of drummer Pat Torpey, who passed away earlier this year due to complications from Parkinson’s. Closing out with the intensely rumbling “Colorado Bulldog”, Mr Big left the stage in triumph, setting the bar high for Extreme to follow.

Despite earlier claims that Extreme would be trying to cover all their albums equally on this tour, they know what’s popular and what the people have come to hear. The focus was largely on their 1991 breakthrough album Pornograffitti and its follow up 3 Sides To Every Story. The show began with three back-to-back songs from Pornograffitti (“It (‘s a Monster)”, “Lil’ Jack Horny” and “Get The Funk Out”), all of which got a great reception from the crowd. During these first few songs lead singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt showed off their chemistry and respective showmanship, with Gary being the animated, energetic frontman and Nuno the straight up rocker.

A mini-acoustic set followed featuring Nuno on 12 string guitar and the whole band at the front of the stage playing “Tragic Comic” and the “39”-esque “Hole Hearted”, which was extended out to get everyone singing a call and response with Gary. The acoustic goodness continued with Nuno’s solo spot – the hypnotic drop D shred-filled number “Midnight Express”, played as a way of “Paying the bills”, since Nuno joked that they were only getting paid by the note.

Drummer Kevin “K-Fig” Figueiredo has studied with previous Extreme drummer Mike Mangini, but their styles couldn’t be more different. K-Fig looked like he was having the time of his life on the drums, bashing out fills and rhythms with twice as much intensity as Matt Starr. Bassist Pat Badger may not be as technically skilled as Billy Sheehan, but he still had a distinct pick-based style and a rich, full tone.

As the rhythm section headed offstage and Nuno sat back down with his acoustic guitar, all the iPhones came out for a massive singalong of “More Than Words”. After taking a moment to single out Baby Animals guitarist Dave Leslie in the crowd (The Iron Maidens’ Courtney Cox was also in attendance tonight), Nuno feigned disappointment and annoyance before going into a flawless performance of his signature solo “The Flight Of The Wounded Bumblebee”. Unfortunately time constraints meant that the follow up song “He-Man Woman Hater” had to be abandoned after a few bars, and the band launched straight into the final song of the night “Decadence Dance”. Another energetic performance and a perfect closer to keep spirits high. The band stayed onstage for a good five minutes to shake hands with the front row before the lights finally came up and people stared heading off.

In today’s current age of classic rock bands either calling it a day or trying to carry on without the energy or members required to pull it of, tonight was a reminder that there are still great rock & roll bands out there making it work, and to see them together on one bill was amazing value for money. Hopefully it won’t be too long before Mr Big and Extreme return to Australia with new albums in tow, so if you haven’t seriously checked out either bands’ catalogue, I highly recommend it.

The reviewer Joshua Batten is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter, guitarist. His new album is ‘Searching For Answers’


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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 5, 2018

Ticket sales opened this morning for the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show (August 4&5 Caulfield Racecourse) Melbourne based singer, songwriter, guitarist Nat Allison (Suzi Quatro band) has been included on the bill and wants you all to come down and rockalong with her.

Proudly presented by Triple M, Australian Musician and community radio sponsor 3PBS, our #MGS2018 lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists, which includes none other than UK guitar legend Albert Lee. It’s going to be an extra special show this year as we welcome UK guitar legend Albert Lee. Lee’s work with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Crickets is renowned within the music world and cemented his place as one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in history.

Not only will the 2018 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections. Describing the exciting developments, MGS CEO Rob Walker told us, “Our exhibition welcomes back some big names this year and the learning opportunities are plentiful. If you’re in the market for guitars and gear, great live music from some of the best players. the Melbourne Guitar Show is the place to be.”

The first artist line up announcement includes: Albert Lee, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Nick Charles, Bob Spencer, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, James Ryan, Phil Manning, Nat Allison, Brett Kingman, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Scott Darlow, Rackett, Van Larkins, Justin Bernasconi, Rohan Stevenson (I built the sky), Michael Dolce, Charlie Bedford and many more to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 4 and 5, 2018.

Tickets are on sale NOW

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 5, 2018

Well that didn’t take long!  Yours & Owls Festival has officially SOLD OUT …. in one day! With an all Aussie line up, and an increased capacity across the two days, Yours & Owls continues to put Wollongong on the national music map.

Congrats to all you lucky ticket holders, get ready for a weekend of good vibes and great tunes! Keep your eyes peeled for future festival updates and we will see you on the ‘gong in September …

Boy Toy · Clews · Cub Sport · Dear Seattle · Easy Life · Enfant Terrible · Good Lekker · Hellions · Homewrecker · Jack R. Reilly · Maddy Jane · Mallrat · Mere Women · Mezko · Middle Kids · Moaning Lisa · Ocean Alley · Peking Duk · Polaris · Press Club · Psychedelic Porn Crumpets · Reaper · Space Boys · Step Panther · The Jungle Giants 
The Tin Knees · The Zilzies · Tiny Little Houses · Touch Sensitive · Velvet Elevator ·
You Beauty

Alex The Astronaut · Alice Ivy · Alison Wonderland · Angus & Julia Stone · Babymachine Basil’s Kite · Cry Club · D.D Dumbo · Destroyer · Didirri · E^ST · Enter The Jaguar · Hockey Dad · Jack River · Jess Locke · Kid Pharaoh · Liars · Listener 
Methyl Ethel · Obscura Hail · Pist Idiots · Psychic Sun · Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever · Scab Baby · Scabz · Sook · Spit Chewy · Stonefield · The Vanns · Tropical Fuck Storm · Tumbleweed

Yours & Owls Festival is an 18+ event

September 29 & 30 Stuart Park North Wollongong NSW

For more info check out the Yours & Owls website

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 4, 2018

Melbourne’s status as the live music capital of the world is set to receive a boost with the announcement today that Chasers nightspot in Chapel St South Yarra will be hosting international and national live touring acts, stand-up comedy and cabaret under the live brand Three Eight Six.

Chasers located on Chapel St in South Yarra has undergone an extensive refit to provide Melbourne music fans and Australian concert promoters with an important mid-sized venue as Three Eight Six, that will allow the finest in Australian and international talent to continue to play in this city.

Sam Hibbins, State Parliament Member for Prahran welcomes the addition, “Live music is absolutely essential to the vibrancy of Chapel Street. I’m thrilled that live music will be returning to Chasers, no doubt adding to Chapel St’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s great entertainment destinations”.

Chasers has been operating as a music destination for almost 40 years and is one of Melbourne’s most loved venues with a 24 hour licence. In the late 1980s through to the late 1990s the iconic venue and nightspot hosted many live music concerts including Sonic Youth, The Church, Hunters & Collectors, You Am I and Regurgitator, as well as some of Melbourne’s most popular and enduring club nights including Hard ‘n’ Fast on Wednesdays and Delirium on Sundays.

“Chasers is a Melbourne institution and we love connecting with people and hearing their stories about the venue. We have recently upgraded the production including a new stage, lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system and are looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary on November 16 this year. In the meantime we look forward to welcoming a new generation of music fans to Chasers, Three Eight Six,” said Chasers co-owner Martha Tsamis.

Live events can cater up to 700 people standing or 300 seated. A D&B PA system has been installed by JPJ Audio, lighting has been updated and a new stage has been installed. The venue has a 24 hour licence and an overall capacity to hold up to 900 people. The current iconic Saturday club night “Poof Doof” will continue, however the other six nights a week are open to host events and live music as Three Eight Six.  Behind Chasers’ Three Eight Six is experienced Melbourne live music operators Warren Amster and Neil Wedd working closely with owners Martha Tasmis and Pat Dromi.

Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary music welcomed the announcement by Chasers. “Melbourne is well served by a brilliant collection of live music venues – the recently released Melbourne Live Music Census concluded that we have more venues per capita than anywhere in the world. But most of these are based in the CBD or north of the river, and music fans south of the river are crying out for more live music opportunities. A flexible venue that can cater for 700 standing or 300 seated will be in great demand by promoters, agents and bands. Chasers has a proud tradition of supporting contemporary music, and I enjoyed seeing many bands at its weekly rock night Outlaw Hard N Fast. Even Mick Jagger turned up one night to check out the talent. This venue will fill one of the key missing pieces in the Victorian live music jigsaw puzzle.’’

Three Eight Six launches officially on Friday July 6 with punk rockers Amyl & the Sniffers. This will be the last opportunity to see the Australian band play live in Melbourne this year, as the band will be based overseas for the rest of the year following their performance at Splendour in the Grass in late July. Amyl & the Sniffers are currently on tour across the USA supporting Flightless Records label mates King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.
Tickets on sale Friday June 8 from Oztix.

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