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Hall of Fame Concert Announces Arts Centre exhibition and Face The Music panel

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 29, 2015
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15TH 2015;Inductees in the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame at the Palais theater on  Monday June 15th 2015 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey) *** Local Caption ***Music Victoria Hall Of Fame Inductees

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 15TH 2015; Inductees in the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame at the Palais theater on Monday June 15th 2015 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey)

The Age and Music Victoria are proud to announce that this year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured with a free, public exhibition at Arts Centre Melbourne from 31 October 2015 to 28 March 2016 together with a dedicated panel discussion at the Face The Music conference on Friday, 13 November 2015.

The free exhibition features more than 50 items connected to the inductees including memorable costumes, rarely seen before photographs, posters, programmes and album covers. Highlights of the exhibition include one of Angus Young’s early AC/DC schoolboy suits, Judith Durham’s stunning 1960s beaded performance gown, Kylie Minogue’s red sequined “Better The Devil You Know” costume worn at the Palais Theatre and original recording equipment from the legendary Armstrong Studios.

The items on display are drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne’s extensive Performing Arts Collection and from the inductees themselves.
Face The Music have confirmed they will be hosting a free, public panel discussion being held on Friday, 13 November 2015 from 12.30pm to 1.15pm at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building, St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery (Level 6)

The Panel will focus on The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame inductees, concert event and Exhibition and will be moderated by The Age’s Chris Johnston. Panelists include Hall of Fame inductees Bill Armstrong, Archie Roach, Murray Robertson (The Thunderbirds) and Carolyn Laffan (Music Curator, Arts Centre Melbourne).

The Age and Music Victoria are also pleased to announce one further performer to the The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame concert with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson now confirmed to appear on the night.
This special, once-in-a-lifetime concert being held at the Palais Theatre on 20 November already boasts performances by two of this year’s inductees – John Farnham (30 minute set) and Archie Roach – as well as Paul Kelly, Normie Rowe, Brian Cadd, Kate Ceberano, Mark Seymour, Vika Bull, Angie Hart and Kingswood. The concert will be hosted by RocKwiz’ Brian Nankervis with musical backing by the EG Allstars featuring Pete Luscombe (musical director), James Black, Bill McDonald and Ash Naylor.

Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, said today, “We like to celebrate the careers of each year’s inductees in various ways – in song, story, pictures, costumes, memorabilia and conversation. This is a great chance to check out the Performing Arts Centre’s great new exhibition and hear one of Victoria’s best journalists discuss the careers of Bill, Archie and The Thunderbirds.’’

First introduced in 2006, The Age Music Victoria Awards (formerly The Age EG Awards) are the largest publicly voted music awards in Australia. Unlike the annual Awards which will be announced on 11 November, selection of The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees was made by a voting panel including former inductees, musicians and music professionals, all of whom had their work cut out for them in selecting just ten inductees from Victoria’s long and illustrious musical heritage. Eligibility required inductees to have been Victorian residents when they made a significant contribution to Victoria culture.

$5.00 from every ticket sold will be donated to the events charity partner, Support Act Limited, to help musicians in need.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame exhibition
31 October 2015 – 28 March 2016
St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery
Open daily until late

Face The Music Conference Panel
Friday 13 November 2015
Time: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building, St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery (Level 6)
Moderator: Chris Johnston (Senior Writer, Fairfax Media)
Bill Armstrong AM (Engineer, Armstrong Studios)
Archie Roach AM (Artist)
Murray Robertson (The Thunderbirds)
Carolyn Laffan (Music Curator, Arts Centre Melbourne)

The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame Concert
Friday 20 November 2015
Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Tickets on sale now from
John Farnham, Archie Roach, Paul Kelly
Normie Rowe, Brian Cadd, Kate Ceberano
Phil Jamieson, Mark Seymour, Vika Bull, Angie Hart
Kingswood, Paul Williamson and Craig Pilkington,
with more to be confirmed!

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Posted in Special Features    //    Post Date - October 28, 2015

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Friday Nights at NGV launches with Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 28, 2015


The NGV today announced the largest ever Friday Nights program with eighteen headline acts from December 2015 – April 2016. Since the series commenced in 2013 approximately 72,500 visitors have attended the series, which aims to provide greater access to major exhibitions with added social experiences. For this series visitors will enjoy after-hours access to the ground-breaking contemporary exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei and see headliners including singer/songwriters Sally Seltmann and Bertie Blackman, international pop champions Twerps, Chinese indie rock band Queen Sea Big Shark, 70s No Wave icon James Chance (US) in his Australian debut and Texan electronic music outfit Neon Indian.

Some performances linking directly with themes from the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition include Hawaiian New Zealand-based musician and visual artist Silicon playing tracks from his latest album Personal Computer which ruminates on iPhone factories and Andy Warhol’s The Factory; psychedelic prog rock band Moon Duo (US) will perform with their own visual projections inspired by Andy Warhol’s multimedia Exploding Plastic Inevitable; and a special one-off performance from Regurgitator, will see the alt-rock legends re-interpreting the Velvet Underground’s debut album produced by Andy Warhol.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Friday Nights at NGV has been an enormously successful program, with the nights frequently selling out. We present an extended series in celebration of Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei with an exceptional line up of Australian and international musicians and programs over eighteen Friday Nights. This series will be a unique opportunity to sample live music and discover more about the cultural impact of two very significant artists, Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.’

A full list of headline acts follows:
Dec 11 – Moon Duo (US)
Dec 18 – Neon Indian (US)
Jan 1 – The Apartments
Jan 8 – Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders
Jan 15 –James Chance & the Contortions (US)
Jan 22 – Jenny Hval (Norway)
Jan 29 – Luluc
Feb 5 – Sally Seltmann
Feb 12 – Twerps
Feb 19 – Black Cab
Feb 26 – Queen Sea Big Shark (China)
Mar 4 – Silicon (NZ)
Mar 11 – Xylouris White
Mar 18 – Bertie Blackman
Apr 1 – Ngaiire
Apr 8 – Blank Realm
Apr 15 – Deradoorian (US)
Apr 22 – Regurgitator

Other highlights include US two-piece Deradoorian; Australian pop songstress Ngaiire, who will set the stage on fire with her powerful future-soul voice and vibrant costumes; and Norwegian avant-garde vocalist Jenny Hval.

The events regularly sell out, so book tickets early for Friday Nights at NGV. See for details.
NGV Members pre-sale offer: open from 10am Friday 30 October – midnight Thursday 5 November.
Telstra customers’ pre-sale offer: open from 10am Monday 2 November – midnight Thursday 5 November.
General tickets are on sale from Friday 6 November.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei will open at the NGV on 11 December 2015 and at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh in June 2016.

The Friday Nights at the NGV series for Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei is generously supported by Higgins Coatings.
Friday Nights at NGV
Cost: Online: $24 Member / $30 Adult / $12 Child
On the door: $29 Member / $35 Adult / $15 Child
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Location: NGV International

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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‪Bosphorus Traditional Series XT Edition Cymbals‬

Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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Posted in Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 26, 2015

ONEFORROADBaby Animals, Hoodoo Gurus, The Superjesus, Noiseworks, 1927,
Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Swanee, Thirsty Merc,
Dragon, Wendy Matthews and more confirmed to perform for Shane and Mick.

Last month the Australian music industry was devastated by the tragic death of well-known and much loved production manager, Shane Cooper, and the serious injury of drummer Mick Skelton, in a car accident while on their way to a gig in regional Victoria.

Since the accident, hundreds of musicians and friends have put their hands up to help out in the best way they know how – with an all-star benefit concert featuring the who’s who of Aussie rock for Mick and Shane’s families. It has been confirmed today that the One For The Road benefit concert will be held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Monday, 23 November 2015.

Performers confirmed are (in alphabetical order): 1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Dragon, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers, Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander-Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff.

Mick Skelton, who has now been released from hospital and is recuperating at home, has the following message:
“I’m incredibly grateful to everyone for the love and support that’s been shown since the tragic accident in September. Of course, all our hearts and thoughts are, and will always be, with Shane’s wife Olivia, their beautiful children and the entire Cooper family. Since being told of the benefit concert, not a day has gone by that I haven’t felt overwhelmed and so very humbled. I am so proud to be surrounded by people with such love and support for Shane’s family and for my  family and myself. It says so much about everyone, from the people putting this together, to the absolutely stellar line up. It’s just incredible and words can’t describe what the night is going to be like. Even though there is still a long road of recovery left, my spirits remain high and I find comfort in the knowledge that I’ll soon be back behind the drums again, playing the music I love, with the people I love. To everyone, thank you SO much, inspiration is what can get us thru anything, and I’m not only incredibly driven to get up and get back out there, but I’m so very, very inspired. All my love, Mick xx”

One for the Road’s promoter, Marc Christowski from Empire Touring, said today, “Shane Cooper was an integral part of my organisation and Mick Skelton is my go-to drummer. It’s not often this sort of tragedy strikes and I’m proud to say that we have been inundated with artists and crew offering their services to produce this extraordinary benefit concert. It’s going to be one hell of a show, packed with all the biggest hits, a huge production and some very special surprises.”
One for the Road is proudly presented by Support Act and produced by Empire Touring. Support Act is the Australian music charity helping music professionals in crisis and all concert proceeds will go to the Cooper and Skelton families.

For anyone not able to attend the concert, donations can be made by going to, noting under “Benefit or Appeal” in Step 2 – SHANE & MICK.

Tickets for One for the Road go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 2 November 2015 and 132 849


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