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CHIARA KICKDRUM

Posted in MSF Performer Profile    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Chiara is a music composer, producer and DJ born and raised in Torino, Italy and now based in Australia. Her artistic appreciation and blend of music disciplines allow her to produce an eclectic range of musical outcomes.Chiara’s work now ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and…

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KAV TEMPERLEY – BASS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Frontman of west coast Australian rock n roll luminaires, Eskimo Joe, acclaimed songwriter Kav Temperley is stepping out solo.  The first taste of his upcoming album dropped recently, a new single called Pollyanna – an ominous reflection on the relativity of happiness – the single will be received instantly with…

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PETA MAI – VOCALS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018

Sydney singer/songwriter Peta Mai has spent her life performing and sharing her voice and stories with audiences, appearing at festivals such as CMC Rocks Queensland, Deni Ute Muster & Gympie Music Muster with some of the world’s biggest international country stars, including Grammy award winning trio Lady Antebellum & Keith…

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MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK REVEALS 2018 HUB PLUS FIRST ROUND OF PROGRAMMING

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 20, 2018


City of Melbourne has today revealed the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as the official Hub for Melbourne Music Week (MMW) 2018 and announced its first round of programming on sale.

The iconic space, located in the heart of Melbourne’s most highly visited location (Fed Square), will host a slew of free and ticketed events from November 16 – 24. ACMI’s Gallery One will be the event’s main hub and bar, along with the Lightwell, providing a unique music space that delivers high quality audio and video production and some of the most immersive performances Melburnians have ever seen.

Councillor Rohan Leppert, Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio said, “MMW has a history of transforming Melbourne landmarks into live music venues. The choice of ACMI as our 2018 Hub aligns with our mission to create a unique event that supports and celebrates Melbourne’s thriving music industry.”

Australian LGBTIQ+ party professionals Heaps Gay will curate MMW’s coveted Opening Night party with a selection of Melbourne’s best DJs and performers including The Cocoa Butter Club, The Huxleys and Dandrogeny. The night will be brimming with music, dancing, drag, installations and performances from LGBTIQ+ artists including Kira Puru and Maribelle across two stages until 4am.

The MMW Hub at ACMI will then go on to host a suite of incredible performances through the week including an exclusive performance from Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills, a celebration of disco led by iconic Australian songstress Renée Geyer, a mid-afternoon ‘family rave’, a night of dancefloor sorcery featuring Rival Consoles and LEON VYNEHALL and an enigmatic Rice Is Nice label showcase. ACMI Gallery One will welcome Gilles Peterson, DJ Seinfeld Ainslee Willis and Nadia Rose throughout the week and close with a bass-heavy program courtesy of The Operatives.

MMW will also host an evening of soul and RnB, with Blue Black Beatz at Immigration Museum. Curated by Afro Hub’s Saba Alemayoh and headlined by REMI, the showcase will pay respect to African sonic lineage within the Melbourne independent music scene. Tickets to experience the sounds of Gwara Gwara, Afro Beats, Sega Saggae, Jazz, African Traditional, Trap/Rap/Hip Hop, Soul and Spoken Word on Saturday November 17 are available now.

Beloved Aussie rock band You Am I will be making their MMW debut, headlining Melbourne Town Hall for a legendary set incorporating The Grand Organ. A crowd favourite over the years, The Grand Organ can produce anything from the slightest whisper to a booming thunder, pushing 90,000 cubic feet of air a minute through its 10,000 pipes. Support will come from post-punk cult rockers New War in what promises to be an intensely memorable performance.

Finally, enthusiasm continues to mount for LEON VYNEHALL’s Melbourne performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The iconic British DJ will perform tracks from his critically acclaimed catalogue, accompanied by a 10-piece string ensemble.

Tickets are on sale now via www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw

Melbourne Music Week will reveal the complete 2018 program on Tuesday October 2.

Friday 16 November
Hub Show – Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening Night

Saturday 17 November
Hub Show – Jeff Mills + Matt Radovich + ACM ++ co-presented with Stable Music
Blue Black Beatz at Melbourne Immigration Museum

Sunday 18 November
Hub Show – Big Fish Little Fish: Family Rave
Hub Show – Rival Consoles + LEON VYNEHALL + Kate Miller ++ presented by MMW
Town Hall Show – You Am I + New War

Monday 19 November
Hub Show – Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon ++ co-presented with Hear Hear Group
LEON VYNEHALL at Melbourne Recital Centre

Tuesday 20 November
Hub Show – Bad Girls Disco: Renee Geyer + Kylie Auldist + Chelsea Wilson ++

Wednesday 21 November
Hub Show – Gilles Peterson + Swooping Duck + Mandarin Dreams ++ co-presented with Crown Ruler

Thursday 22 November
Hub Show – Straight Arrows + Summer Flake + Sarah Mary Chadwick ++ co-presented with Rice is Nice

Friday 23 November
Hub Show – DJ Seinfeld + Andy Garvey + Andras ++ co-presented with WAT Artists and Hardware

Saturday 24 November
Hub Show – Nadia Rose + Eprom + Mark Pritchard ++ co-presented with The Operatives

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METAL LEGENDS FOR DOWNLOAD 2019

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 19, 2018


2018 saw the Australian debut of the world’s premier rock and metal festival Download! 30,000 heavy music fans descended on Flemington christening Melbourne into the Download family alongside Donington UK, (the spiritual home of rock), Paris France, Madrid Spain. In 2019, Download returns to Melbourne and will head north to serve up a mammoth line up of sonic brutality and great times to Sydneysiders for the very first time!

Leading the charge is the godfather of metal himself, Ozzy Osbourne, well supported by several other iconic hard rock bands such as Slayer, Judas Priest and Alice In Chains. Here’s the first announcement list, with more to come later.

OZZY OSBOURNE 
SLAYER | JUDAS PRIEST | ALICE IN CHAINS
GHOST | RISE AGAINST | THE AMITY AFFLICTION | ANTHRAX
HALESTORM | BEHEMOTH | ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
I PREVAIL | CONVERGE | FRENZAL RHOMB | LUCA BRASI
CODE ORANGE | ANDY BLACK | THE FEVER 333
WAR ON WOMEN | HIGH TENSION | OUTRIGHT
RUINS | ALIEN WEAPONRY
PLUS LOADS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Sydney Saturday March 9 || Parramatta Park

Melbourne Monday March 11 || Flemington Racecourse

www.downloadfestival.com.au Download is an 18+ fully licensed event

TICKETS TO DOWNLOAD 
downloadfestival.com.au/tickets
Max tickets per transaction – 10
Payment methods – VISA and MasterCard

Optus Perks Presale: 9am AEDT, Friday September 21 – 12am Saturday September 22.
GP On Sale: 9am (AEDT), Wednesday September 26

Ticket prices:
GA $189 + BFs (including Optus Presale)

RIP VIEWING PLATFORM EXPERIENCE: MELBOURNE – $379 + BFs
Take your Download 2019 experience up a few notches. Forget VIP, you can RIP!
• Event ticket to Download Festival Melbourne
• Entry via dedicated RIP Express Lanes
• Dedicated RIP Viewing Platform right next to the Black/Red (Main) stages which includes –
• Dedicated RIP Cloak Room
• An exclusive bar and food offering
• Your own Download official merchandise stand with some limited-edition items
• Exclusive Download Festival RIP laminate
• Re-usable souvenir Download Festival Cup plus complimentary drink
• Your very own plush RIP dunnies
• Complimentary wifi and phone charging stations
• Shade and seating areas

RIP FESTIVAL BAR EXPERIENCE: SYDNEY – $299 + BFs
Take your Download 2019 experience up a few notches. Forget VIP, you can RIP!

• Event ticket to Download Festival Sydney
• Entry via dedicated RIP Express Lanes
• Dedicated RIP Zone which includes –
• Dedicated RIP Cloak Room
• An exclusive bar and food offering
• Your own Download official merchandise stand with some limited-edition items
• Exclusive Download Festival RIP laminate
• Re-usable souvenir Download Festival Cup plus complimentary drink
• Your very own plush RIP dunnies
• Complimentary wifi and phone charging stations
• Shade and seating areas

DOUBLE DOWN(LOAD) TICKET: $360 + BFs
Want more Ozzy? Need more Slayer? Then why not double down on your Download experience with the Double Down(load) ticket.

With a Double Down(load) ticket you won’t have to miss a thing with discounted general admission entry to both Download Sydney on Saturday 9 March 2019 AND Download Melbourne on Monday 11 March 2019 (Labour Day Public Holiday). It’s a long weekend after all, so why not make the most of Download 2019!

Exclusive pre-sale for Optus customers, thanks to Optus Perks from 9am, Friday September 21 until 12am Saturday September 22. For more information on how to purchase, visit optusperks.com.au or download My Optus App today.

2019 EVENT INFORMATION:
Saturday March 9th Parramatta Park 18+ event
Monday March 11th Flemington Racecourse 18+ event (Labour Day Public Holiday)

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SNARKY PUPPY ADD BLUESFEST SIDESHOWS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 19, 2018


Bluesfest Touring are proud to present Snarky Puppy for headline shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney this April. The New York based quasi-collective has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that can reach the most critical or most carefree audience. This convergence of musicians from white and black America have performed regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake and Marcus Miller among many others.

Formed in Texas 12 years ago by exceptional young musicians, the band is a collective that is orchestrated by bassist Michael League, whose creative grass roots approach to a tougher than ever industry has created a new model for independent artists.

The last four years have brought dramatic changes for Snarky Puppy. After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy® awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.”

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. They each maintain busy schedules as sidemen (with such artists as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and D’Angelo), producers (for Kirk Franklin, David Crosby, and Salif Keïta), and solo artists (many of whom are on the band’s indy label, GroundUP Music). At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.
On-sale Dates
Pre-sale – 10:00 am AEST Wednesday, September 19th (9:30am ACST – Adelaide)
General On-sale – 10:00 am AEST Monday, September 21st (9:30am ACST – Adelaide)

Tour Dates
Sun 21st April 2019, Enmore Theatre Sydney (ALL ages show)
Sydney tickets via Ticketek

Wed 24th April 2019, HQ Adelaide
Adelaide tickets via OzTix

Fri 26th April 2019, The Forum Melbourne
Melbourne tickets via Ticketmaster

Also performing at Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary

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BRITISH INDIA GUITARIST NIC’S OFF

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 18, 2018

Guitarist and founding member of British India, Nic Wilson has announced he will retire from music at the end of this year, finishing up with one final tour – the Nic The Poet farewell tour – spanning 24 dates that’ll see the iconic Melbourne rockers kick off at The Basement in Canberra on November 2, before swinging through Albury, Perth, Margaret River, Freo, Bunbury, Townsville, Cairns, Bendigo, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Shoalhaven and finishing up at Port Macquarie to play Westport Park on January 27, 2019.

Formed at St Bede’s college in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, British India burst onto the scene in 2007. A love of music and a driving determination was the key ingredient that turned four budding musicians into a fierce garage band, who quickly gained a reputation for explosive live shows and the ability to write great pop songs.

A chance meeting with legendary producer Harry Vanda and future manager Glenn Goldsmith resulted in their debut album Guillotine being released independently in July 2007.‘ Supported by triple J radio and relentless touring the album would go onto sell 20,000 copies and the band won the AIR award for ‘best new Group’ in 2007.

Within 12 months British India released their 2nd album Thieves to great fanfare. The album debuted at No 5 and was nominate for 3 ARIA awards. By the end 2008 British India had become one of the biggest young rock bands in the country. They continued to assent, releasing Avalanche in 2010, yet another Top 10 debut.

The band turned a new corner in their career in 2012 signing with Liberation Records and Mushroom Music.

At Liberation, British India would release their most successful albums to date, Controller & Nothing Touches Me. They also scored their first Gold Record with the hit I Can Make You Love Me. In 2017 they released their 6th studio album Forgetting the Future again playing a sold out national tour.

Over the last 10 years, British India have notched up 8 entries into the Hottest 100, released 6 albums, played every major festival in Australia and have headlined over 700 shows. They have toured with many international acts and supported The Rolling Stones.

“British India is something we started as snotty nosed high school kids, that became something much bigger and more important to people than we could have ever expected. The three lads in the band were the three best men at my wedding and the three best men to play a part in in my life.

We decided on everything together as children to adults and proved that democracy can prevail when done right.
I was lucky to share every terrible Tarago road trip with them laughing hysterically as the road disappeared behind us. I was lucky to share the stage at first playing to nobody and then playing to thousands.

And I was lucky to live out the dream a 12-year-old version of myself pined for daily. To play music to people who cared. For that – I thank you. But time moves on and I have other things I want to try my hand at and I am ready to see what else I can do.

Thank you for the memories everybody.  Rock n Roll, I gave you the best years of my life.” Nic Wilson 2018

Always busy and currently in the studio working on new material, the band are excited to celebrate Nic Wilson’s awesome career and plan to send him off in style with one final tour with their best mate. This will be the last chance to see the original British India line up on stage.

BRITISH INDIA ‘NIC THE POET’ TOUR 2018
Tickets on sale Wednesday 26th September at 9:00AM

BRITISH INDIA
‘NIC THE POET’ TOUR
NOVEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019
Tickets on sale Wednesday 26 September (9.00am local time)

Friday 2 November
The Basement | Canberra, ACT
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 3 November
SS&A Club | Albury, NSW
18+
Tickets available from ssaclub.com.au

Thursday 8 November
Northshore Tavern | Hillarys, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Friday 9 November
Settlers Tavern | Margaret River, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 10 November
Amplifier | Perth, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Sunday 11 November
Newport Hotel | Fremantle, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Friday 16 November
Stirling Arms Hotel | Guilford, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 17 November
Prince Of Wales | Bunbury, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Sunday 18 November
Indi Bar | Scarborough, WA
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Friday 23 November
The Office | Townsville, QLD
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 24 November
Tanks Arts Centre | Cairns, QLD
18+
Tickets available from tanksartscentre.com

Friday 30 November
Tap House | Bendigo, VIC
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 1 December
Barwon Club | Geelong, VIC
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Thursday 6 December
Highfield Hotel | Caringbah, NSW
18+
Tickets available from moshtix.com.au

Friday 7 December
Tattersall’s Hotel | Penrith, NSW
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 8 December
Narrabeen RSL | Narrabeen, NSW
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Friday 14 December
The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Friday 21 December
The Corner | Melbourne, VIC
18+
Tickets available from oztix.com.au

Saturday 12 January
Hastings Foreshore | Hastings, VIC
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Saturday 19 January
Broadwater Entertainment Precinct | Southport, QLD
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Sunday 20 January
Sunshine Coast Stadium | Sunshine Coast, QLD
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Friday 25 January
Harts Mill | Port Adelaide, SA
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Saturday 26 January
Shoalhaven Turf Club | Shoalhaven, NSW
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Sunday 27 January
Westport Park | Port Macquarie, NSW
18+
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

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BEATRICE

Posted in MSF Performer Profile    //    Post Date - September 18, 2018

Beatrice is an artist that carries you deep into the textured soundscapes of her cinematic bass music. A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer from Melbourne, she has an artistic bipolarity and sophistication that weaves itself through every beat, bar and polyrhythm. Live on stage Beatrice transforms into electronic vocal lushness and a futuristic…

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ACM

Posted in MSF Performer Profile    //    Post Date - September 18, 2018

Melbourne local ACM is known for his inspired all hardware, live techno performances. Often playing with an element of improvisation. ACM keeps each set unipue and in the moment. ACM crafted his musical palette through his residences as a DJ playing house and techno at some of Melbourne’s most prominent…

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AMELIA ARSENIC

Posted in MSF Performer Profile    //    Post Date - September 18, 2018

Amelia Arsenic is a musician and fashion designer born in Sydney but now travelling the world.Her latest music adventure is a debut solo project which I decided to embark upon after touring as a musician and DJ throughout Europe and the USA since 2007. The sounds of Amelia Arsenic are…

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