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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 20, 2018

This Friday night the Melbourne Synth Festival kicks off with a huge opening night concert featuring a fascinating lineup of artists from the Australian electronic music world including Honeysmack, Beatrice, Emah Fox … and our headliner LUKE MILLION We first witnessed Luke Million’s synth wizardry with his Future Classic releases…

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

Australia’s five-day music festival dedicated to showcasing some of the best live acts in the world, held in Byron Bay each Easter, today announced 14 new artists added to the line-up for the festivals 30th Anniversary Celebration from 18-22 April 2019.

Among those announced today, the godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop might just be the headliner some people have been waiting for to finalise their Bluesfest 2019 plans.

Joining Jack Johnson (exclusive), Paul Kelly, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive), Kasey Chambers, Mavis Staples and George Clinton in Byron Bay this Easter will be:

Iggy Pop – Norah Jones
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Imelda May
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Archie Roach
Pierce Brothers – Backsliders
Fantastic Negrito – The Marcus King Band
Thando – Little Georgia
Benny Walker – Dallas Woods

With even more artists yet to be announced…

With just 148 days to go until Easter 2019, Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM comments on the announce saying: “With our third artist announcement for Easter 2019, featuring 14 great artists, it brings us to almost 60 artists announced to date – with plenty more to come! You can now start to see the great headliners and depth of talent that are joining us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, including the incredible Iggy Pop and nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones!

Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Bluesfest this Easter! Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. After tearing the roof off the Bluesfest marquee in 2013, we are more than excited to have this iconic star back for our 30th Anniversary. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones is making her Bluesfest debut at our 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter Long Weekend. Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of “Come Away With Me”, her self-described ‘moody little record’ that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and won a string of accolades.

Bluesfest is also thrilled to say, travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are joining the jam-packed Bluesfest 2019 line-up. The seven-piece Soul band will be gracing the stages of Bluesfest again but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of his style in 2015 which is meant to be heard live. Known as a party animal on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

The incredibly talented Imelda May is making the journey from the Emerald Isle to Byron Bay for the 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter too. In her most recent album, ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, Imelda has found a new groove, exploring Blues, Soul, Gospel, Folk, Rock, Acoustic and explosive Balladry, traditional to her heritage in the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs that she has ever written.

After several extremely memorable sets at Bluesfest over the years, you can be assured Melbourne Ska Orchestra will follow through with an unforgettable stage performance for our 30th Anniversary Celebration this April! Renowned for their live shows, the 30 odd piece orchestra featuring an 18-piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and four singers is sure to enthral Bluesfest audiences this Easter long weekend. Fronted by Nicky Bomba with his professional, energetic and impulsive conducting, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience which we cannot wait to see perform at Bluesfest.

Making a very welcome return to Bluesfest 2019 is Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Archie Roach. Archie’s career has spanned three decades and his work has been recognized locally and internally in both mainstream and indigenous circles. Over the many years of his successful career he has shared the stage with some of the world’s most iconic artists including the late Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman and Patti Smith. His music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.

Melbourne Folk-Pop duo, Pierce Brothers are returning to Bluesfest for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA and of course, their native Australia. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a buzz like no other which is sure to garner a big crowd in Byron Bay this Easter.

Aussie Blues band, Backsliders are making a welcome return to Bluesfest 2019. After touring the festival circuit and recording for over 30 years, Backsliders sure know how to entertain the crowds! Led by slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist – Dom Turner, the group’s influencers are varied; blending Mississippi country Blues, Rock, Dub and Sounds of Asia into their unique music which has won them multiple accolades including an ARIA Blues and Roots nomination and iTunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year. With Rob Hirst, one of the founding members of Midnight Oil on percussion and drums, these guys are renowned for their captivating live shows with an eclectic mix of Blues musical styles.

We’re all super excited to welcome Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito to Bluesfest for our 30th Anniversary Celebration. Fantastic Negrito represents Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. His songs are born from a long hard life channelled through black roots music. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it and with an incredible, self-taught musical talent, he managed to find his way back on track to stardom. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Fantastic Negrito is a poignant and exciting artist creating high-quality Blues music we are excited to see live this Easter.

South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Byron Bay Bluesfest debut this Easter, promising a blistering but Soulful live performance at Bluesfest 2019. Led by the 20-year-old phenom Marcus King, the band have exploded over the last year bringing their southern fried brand of Blues and Psychedelia inspired Rock n’ Roll on a global tour.  The band operate as more of an improvisational juggernaut versus a one-man axe-wielding show backed by a few musicians.

Bluesfest also welcomes Zimbabwean born and Melbourne based singer-songwriter, Thando to Byron Bay for her Bluesfest debut this Easter! The multi-dimensional performer has been extremely busy gracing stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals including a support slot for the sold-out Allen Stone show last October. Forging forward to solidify her status as Australia’s newest first lady of R&B, be sure to catch her powerful performance.

No strangers to the road, Australian Alt Country-Rock duo Little Georgia have spent the last three years touring relentlessly and sharing their music across the globe. Known for their powerful live performances, Little Georgia deliver beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics amongst a sea of Acoustic Folk, Country songs and crazed out Electric jams. The duo’s debut studio album ‘All The While’ was released earlier this month.

Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter, Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side, Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide. We’re delighted to have him added to the bill for our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Also onboard is 24-year-old Dallas Woods to Byron Bay for his Bluesfest debut. The young Noongar man, raised in the East Kimberley’s lures you in with his cheeky vibe, inspiring the audience with a positive skew just as you’re smiling along, he’ll pack you with a punch to the guts rapping about confronting subjects in a manner so lightly you feel confused! Having recently MC’d on Baker Boy’s recent sold-out Marryuna Tour across the country, Dallas is no stranger to the stage and is sure to get crowds going at our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

All joining the previously announced artists for 2019:

Jack Johnson – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly
Hozier – David Gray
Ray La Montagne
Julia Stone – Gary Clark Jr.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Mavis Staples – Snarky Puppy
Kasey Chambers
Tommy Emmanuel – Meshell Ndegeocelle
Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’
Colin Hay – St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Shaky Graves – Arlo Guthrie
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Tex Perkins – Allen Stone – Ruthie Foster
Richard Clapton – Russell Morris – Flogging Molly
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish – The War and Treaty
I’m With Her – Larkin Poe – The Black Sorrows
Vintage Trouble – Mojo Juju – Trevor Hall
Irish Mythen – Anderson East
The California Honeydrops – Elephant Sessions
Deva Mahal – Melody Angle
Hussy Hicks – Caiti Baker
Rock Wiz Live

The 2019 playing schedule so far is available on with many more to come.
Tickets are now on sale through

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Posted in Interviews    //    Post Date - November 20, 2018

AM’s Greg Phillips chats to Xavier Rudd about supporting Rodriguez on the legendary musician’s upcoming A Day On The Green 2019 dates The musical journey of Sixto Rodriguez is one of contemporary music’s greatest tales. The Detroit-raised musician’s two classic 70s folk albums were largely ignored in America, despite being…

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

Toyah Cordingley a beautiful, highly popular 24 year old animal and music loving young lady. Ms Cordingley’s body was discovered in the dunes at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on October 22, a day after she was reported missing.
Toyah was taken from us way too early. A young lady just walking her dog on a beach was murdered, in a crime that has shaken the whole country. Despite a huge amount of information collected to police, the killer is still at large and needs to be found as there may be others at risk.

Toyah’s favourite song was ‘’Your Guardian Angel’’ by THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS. The band start their Australian Tour on the 29th November in Brisbane. John Howarth, the tour publicist was contacted by a colleague and informed that the song was often referred to as Toyah’s Song. It was her go to song, her ring tone for a long time and a song that her friends and family relate heavily to, more now than ever.

John contacted lead singer Ronnie Winter to see if the band could dedicate the song to Toyah on all of their Australian shows and they will be. Ronnie has also come up with a new lyric video and the band have pinned the story under the video.

‘’This lyric video will stand as a living memorial for those we have lost along the way. If you know someone who has passed and this song was special to them feel free to leave their story in the comment thread or a simple name and date of passing to have them remembered and thought of by all…’’

R.I.P. Toyah Cordingley, Bless you beautiful lady and we certainly will make ‘’Your Guardian Angel’’ Toyah’s Song. Music can bring us all together, it bonds us, it strengthens us. Please spread the word and the song. We need to find the killer.

If you have any information at all regarding the death of Toyah Cordingley – PLEASE Contact Crime Stoppers immediately on: 1800 333 000

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 20, 2018


Come on down to the Melbourne Synth Festival this weekend, Australia’s premier event dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making. Not only will see some amazing gear and hear our wonderful line up of artists but you’ll also be able to get your fix of fine food, coffee, beer, wine and spirits.

We’ve hand selected a highly recommended assortment of caterers, including;

Booze bar with beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks by Bottoms Up Bartenders
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Coffee and bakery treats by Bean To Coffee
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Lángoš to satisfy your cravings and hunger by Bohemian Kitchen
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See, try and buy the latest in music technology. Learn from the experts at our numerous Workshops and Seminars and experience performances by cutting edge electronic music artists. Nov 23-25 Meat Market. North Melbourne.

Ticket info HERE

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Posted in MSF Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - November 19, 2018

About the Exhibitor: Boutique electronic instrument manufacturer from Wellington, New Zealand. Makers of the Deluge, a powerful and portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler built for music composition and live performance. MSF Highlights: Come and have a play on the Deluge and try some of the features of the new 2.1…

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 19, 2018

Heading to the Melbourne Synth Festival? Well ya should and here’s 5 big reasons why!
The Melbourne Synth Festival (Nov 23-25, 2018 Meat Market, North Melbourne) is Australia’s premier event dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making.

Friday 23 November 7-11pm Meat Market North Melbourne
Festival Launch Event: Featuring Luke Million + Emah Fox + Beatrice + Honeysmack

The opening night concert offers up a fascinating lineup of artists from the Australian electronic music world featuring Luke Million, whose synth wizardry we first witnessed with his Future Classic releases. The Triple J waves are no stranger to Luke’s releases with tracks Arnold, Midnight and Fear the Night hitting radios and ears on high rotation. His trademark sound has been in demand with Luke crafting a string of remixes for artists including Tkay Maidza, Porsches, Young Franco, Moullinex, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and even his own band The Swiss. Also on the bill is Melbourne-based Acid House stalwart Honeysmack, who will bring is vintage synth swagger to the stage. Honyesmack aka David Haberfleld’s work as an energetic and colourful live electronic act Honeysmack has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and dance music circuits. We’re also fortunate to have the uber-busy Beatrice Lewis performing. Just back from an extensive European and UK tour with one of her other projects Haiku Hands, Beatrice will be another act you won’t want to miss. Rounding out our electronic music blitz will be Emah Fox and her fabulous dark brand of synth pop, urgent beats and ominous synths.

Super early bird deal! Purchase a Festival pass for $45 before November 16, get into the opening night concert and it includes your entry into the Melbourne Synth festival for the whole weekend! 3 dates of fun for the one!

Tickets HERE and take advantage of our EARLY BIRD rates!

Saturday 24 November 10am-6pm
Sunday 25 November 10am-4pm
See, try and buy from a huge range of electronic music-related gear. There will be the New, Vintage, and Boutique. Hardware and Software. Synth units, plug ins and accessories. Headsets and Turntables. MIDI and Modular. You won’t see this much gear under one roof again this year!
Brands include: 1010 Music, Arturia, Avid, Bitwig, Buchla, Elektron, Eve Audio, Ferrofish, Focusrite, IK Multimedia, Korg, M-Audio, Moog, Native Instruments, Nektar, Nord,
Novation, Pittsburgh Modular, Propellerhead, Reason, Reference, RME, Roland, Steinberg,
Teenage Engineering, Tendrils (eurorack), Traktor, Waldorf, Yamaha and more.

MSF2018 offers an incredible opportunity to educate yourself in all things electronica in our 2 dedicated demonstration areas. Come on down and sit in on the many sessions being offered and ask those questions you’ve been pondering over. Our experts include Byron Scullin (MESS), the resequencer himself Christopher Steller, David Haberfeld (Honeysmack), Dave Whitehead (Roland), Ehsan Gelsi (Innovative Music), Davey Norris aka Dizz 1 and many more.

Not only does MSF2018 offer our great Friday night launch concert but you can also catch DJ sets and electronic music performances all weekend. Artists appearing over the weekend include: Cannes 2018 Palmes D’Or winning soundtrack creator Chiara Kickdrum, ACM, Emah Fox, Honeysmack, Amelia Arsenic (just returned from successful USA tour), The Oddness, Sadiva, Ehsan Gelsi + LA-based Aussie Sergio Selim and more.

5. MESS tours
Take advantage of his wonderful opportunity to view and try the amazing vintage and 
state of the art gear at the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. Based in Melbourne Australia, MESS is a unique not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of electronic sound and music founded by Robin Fox and Byron J Scullin. The heart of MESS is the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, a fully functioning sound production workshop representing one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world.

Event Website:
Meat Market, North Melbourne
3 Blackwood St, Melbourne, Victoria 3051

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 19, 2018

Your full Melbourne Synth Festival 3 day program is finally here! Check it out, plan your weekend and book now for early bird ticket specials

The Melbourne Synth Festival is Australia’s premier event dedicated to all things in the world of synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making. See, try and buy the latest in music technology. Complete the experience with workshops and seminars and live performances from Melbourne’s cutting edge scene. The Melbourne Synth Festival allows for a fully engaging experience for the electronic musician, DJ and producer.

Download your #MSF2018 program pdf HERE



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Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne Synth Show News    //    Post Date - November 18, 2018

Emah Fox will be performing at the Melbourne Synth Festival Opening Night Concert on Friday 23 November 7pm-11pm and she’ll back back for another set on Saturday November 24. Ahead of her MSF appearances, Emah spoke to Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips Emah Fox describes her music as “High Intensity Synth…

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Posted in MSF Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - November 16, 2018

About the Exhibitor: Found Sound is a boutique musical instrument store located in the music gear precinct of Carlton, specialising in modular synthesiser formats and featuring a wide selection of eurorack modules, housings and accessories. MSF Highlights: Plug in to the wall of modular and see where the patch takes…

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