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NEW DATES FOR ROSE TATTOO ROCK N ROLL OUTLAW – 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


‘Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, was recorded at the famed rock ‘n’ roll Alberts studios, produced by the legendary team, Vanda & Young and, released through Albert, Repertoire Records in late 1978. The bands debut album, reviewed as “A dangerous, unpredictable, monster of a record whose power has hardly diminished an ounce in the decades since”. Spawning anthemic songs like ‘Nice Boys’ (Don’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll), Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘One Of The Boys’ and, ‘Bad Boy For Love’, this album cemented the band’s foundation for the years to come.

Now, 40 years on, Rose Tattoo are proud to announce more dates added to their Rock N Roll Outlaw 40th Anniversary tour heading out around Australia in September, October, November and December. An explosive set will cover the album in its’ entirety and ignite their audiences inner rock child.

Right off the back of their month long, rave review Blood Brothers tour in EU/UK, where they packed the O2 Academy London to the rafters, headlined at Raismes Festival, France and slayed them at Baroeg Open Air, Netherlands, there is no stopping this ‘tour de force’. They hit the ground running on their return and, head straight into rehearsals and their 40th Anniversary Rock N’ Roll Outlaw’ 19 date run across our nation. Bad Boy, Angry Anderson has recruited the best in the business to lead the assault comprising legendary bass player extraordinaire, Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer – The Angels & Skyhooks and, Pete Well’s endorsed, “unbelievably talented maestro of rock mayhem”, Dai Pritchard on slide. Special guests have also been added to show dates including Midnight Alibi, Palace Of The King, TORK and Echo Del Tusker.

40th Anniversary Tour Dates
September
27 – Corner Hotel Richmond VIC special guests Dallas Crane & Palace Of The King
28 – The Grand Hotel Mornington VIC Palace Of The King
30 – SS&A Albury NSW special guests Midnight Alibi

October
5 – Marrickville Bowling Club NSW special guests Palace Of The King
6 – Blue Cattle Dog Hotel NSW special guests Palace Of The King
12 – Burvale Hotel VIC special guests Palace Of The King
13 – Macs Hotel Melton VIC special guests Palace Of The King
19 – Norwood Hotel SA special guests TORK
20 – Coopers Ale House SA special guests TORK
26 – Waves Wollongong NSW
27 – Pittwater RSL NSW

November
2 – Ravenswood Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
3 – The Charles Hotel WA with special guests Echo Del Tusker
10 – Ettalong Diggers NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
11 – Bridge Hotel NSW special guests Echo Del Tusker
17 – The Barwon Club Geelong VIC
18 – Bridge Hotel NSW
25 Bridge Hotel NSW

December
2 – Bridge Hotel NSW with specials guests Palace Of The King

http://www.rosetattoo.com.au/

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TOTO LEADS FALLS SIDESHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 23, 2018


As hotter weather approaches and the Eastern States of Australia slowly begin to pack away their duffle coats, the team behind Falls Festival are delighted to offer a smorgasbord of international musical delights as they present a scorching range of summer sideshows.

Showcasing a potent mix of global stars and fast rising up-and-comers, this anticipated range of shows will spread its tentacles throughout Sydney and Melbourne in January 2019. From legendary 80’s outfits to New York post-punk icons to Nashville born stars of the future (plus plenty more), there’s something for everyone on offer as the summer calendar domination begins in earnest.

First cabs off the rank are Californian kings TOTO, who will whip up extreme levels of nostalgic buzz when they land at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and Melbourne’s Festival Hall for two huge shows. Riding high on a renewed public obsession with classic tunes ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Hold the Line’, these pioneers of prog never seem to go out of style.
THU 3 JAN – HORDERN PAVILION – SYDNEY
FRI 4 JAN – FESTIVAL HALL – MELBOURNE

Another pack of international heroes ready to blow punters away are New Yorkers INTERPOL. Landing in Australia to show off their excellent new album Marauder, their world beating hybrid of post-punk, post-rock and guitar pop has seen them sell millions of records globally.
FRI 4 JAN – PALAIS THEATRE – MELBOURNE
SAT 5 JAN – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – SYDNEY

One of the most enduring English rock bands of the last decade are THE VACCINES, who will be hitting up the Croxton Bandroom and the Metro Theatre as they celebrate the release of their latest cut Combat Sports.
THU 3 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
FRI 4 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

BISHOP BRIGGS is a London born citizen of the world who deals in booming indie-based soul and R&B. Her forceful, expansive voice has seen her gather overwhelming buzz and she’ll leave everything on stage at an exclusive East Coast show.
TUE 8 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by triple j, Live Nation and Secret Sounds

Another gigantic voice capable of transfixing audiences at festivals and venues alike belongs to Irishman DERMOT KENNEDY. Discovered by Glen Hansard of The Frames and counting Taylor Swift amongst his many fans, the emotive and intricate nature of Kennedy’s music will suit Australian stages. Special guest at both shows will be rising English singer-songwriter SAM FENDER.
WED 9 JAN – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
THU 10 JAN – METRO THEATRE – SYDNEY

Living in the same realm of pointed lyrical guitar pop as favoured Australian export Courtney Barnett, Nashville’s SOCCER MOMMY has built from bedroom tape beginnings to sit as one of the more talked about up and comers of 2018. She’ll be hitting cosy venues in Sydney and Melbourne for two not-to-be-missed shows.
WED 2 JAN – OXFORD ART FACTORY – SYDNEY
MON 7 JAN – HOWLER – MELBOURNE

One out of the box is the eclectic HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS, who will be making their first trip Down Under. A remarkable young musician with the soul of a poet, a tripwire voice and talent to burn, his track ‘Peach Scone’ has clocked up nearly 9 million YouTube views.

SAT 5 JAN – CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE
*Presented by XIII Touring and Secret Sounds

Secret Sounds Presents
FALLS FESTIVAL SIDESHOWS
TOTO・INTERPOL・THE VACCINES・BISHOP BRIGGS・DERMOT KENNEDY・SOCCER MOMMY・HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVE MAKERS

PRESALE: 12NOON MON 24 SEPT – 8AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
GENERAL SALES: 9AM TUE 25 SEPT LOCAL TIME
secretsounds.com

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GEDDES LANE BALLROOM. A NEW LIVE MUSIC VENUE FOR MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2018

Geddes Lane Ballroom business partners Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, photo credit Jason Edwards Herald Sun

Thanks to Shannon Bennett and Lorenz Grollo, a unique project is underway to launch a brand new pop-up project restoring live music to an iconic location. The 400+ capacity venue, encompassing a ground floor bar and first floor band room is situated in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s music capital.  The infamous 170 year old ex-Showgirls Bar 20 venue will be undergoing a makeover as part of the King Street Revival (KSR) project, transforming its beautiful old bones into a vibrant and world class, live music venue where punters can enjoy quality curated live music, alongside exemplary food and drinks from a menu heralded by the inimitable Shannon Bennett. Innovative partnerships are underway, including development of cashless technology, and there are plans for a variety of bespoke vending machines and a green room that’s actually green!  Set to open its doors with an impressive fanfare and an iconic Melbourne rock act (stay tuned to socials for dates and details), with official entry via Geddes Lane, future plans for the site include a takeover of the lane itself with food vans, projections, street art and rotating pop up events set to redefine the historic laneway.

In a time that many live music venues are closing their doors, the notable team behind Geddes Lane Ballroom are excited to shine a light on Melbourne and celebrate all things music and the vibrant Melbourne laneway culture. And even though the three level bluestone venue housed Showgirls Bar 20 strip club for the past 20 years, it was home to one of Melbourne’s most beloved live music venues, The Grainstore Tavern for the two decades before that.  It was here that John Farnham’s Whispering Jack album was launched (the Chain Reaction video filmed), with thousands of artists including Tina Arena, INXS, Daryl Braithwaite and the Little River Band performing on that same stage over the years.

Geddes Lane Ballroom will be booked by Ben Thompson and Ashlea O’Loughlin (The Venue Collective, 170 Russell, East Brunswick Club). “We’re excited to be bringing live music back to one of Melbourne’s most popular venues throughout the 80s and 90s”, enthuses Thompson, “It’s been a hidden gem, centrally located, close to trains and trams and a big carpark with a fantastic tried-and-tested band room. We’re doing some acoustic treatments, putting in a world class PA and cleaning the place up. Live music fans will love it.  With the loss of so many live music venues over the last 10 years including quality smaller rooms like Ding Dong Lounge and Shebeen, there aren’t many options out there. People need the option to come into the city and experience original live music. The venue will be open to all conceivable genres of music from local, national and international acts and we have some surprise shows planned for summer.”

Determined to restore old world class and sophistication to an iconic space, Grollo Group CEO Lorenz Grollo explains, “Our inhouse team are completing cosmetic and compliance works only.  But for the removal of some ‘choice’ objects and elements from its former use, we’re deliberately embracing the wonderful bones of this 1850’s Melbourne icon, after all how many live music venues can claim to be 170 years old and once a notorious strip club?!”

Offering insight into what we can look forward to devouring on the feasting front, Bennett enthuses, “We’ll be presenting great food that has a social conscious, is sustainable and good for you, and it’ll be fast food.  And think retro drinks like Japanese slippers that were in fact invented in Melbourne, seriously tasty local beers, local produce, our Benny burger will be huge feature and we are designing our own vending food machines offering salad bowls, Lui bar sausage rolls and heaps more!”

When asked about how the Grollo / Bennett partnership came about, Grollo jokes, “never underestimate the sparks of lateral brilliance that come from meetings with Shannon Bennett!”

Excited about the many prospects of Geddes Lane Ballroom, Grollo insights, “Geddes Lane Ballroom is an initiative under our King Street Revival (KSR) project.  We’re passionate about cleaning up King Street, ‘one pole at a time’, and delivering a fun and safe food and entertainment precinct for all Melburnians to enjoy. For too long King Street has been known for all the wrong reasons.  We’re now going to put it back on the map for reasons we can be proud of. Geddes Lane Ballroom, alongside our KSR Artist Residency & Bar (artist residency for and curated by prominent street art and fine art muralist Cam Scale), are the first big steps on our KSR journey.” Already fringed by the Rialto’s new retail and office precinct, home to Australia’s first Mercedes me and global co-working provider, Spaces, a refreshing culture of change is underway in Melbourne’s midtown.

The venue has had a good spruce up, a world class PA has been fitted, and Geddes Lane Ballroom is bringing the music back!  The calendar is now open for bookings, with the bandroom set to officially open to the public over the coming months.

Get your first look at Geddes Lane Ballroom here
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For bookings and further information, please contact: Ashlea O’Loughlin and Ben Thompson bookings@geddeslaneballroom.com

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DOWN THE ROAD WHEREVER FOR MARK KNOPFLER

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2018

Mark Knopfler will release his ninth solo studio album on 16 November 2018 on his own British Grove label via EMI Music Australia. Entitled ‘Down The Road Wherever’ it features 14 unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon. Mark has a poet’s eye for telling details that infuse his songs with his unique psychogeography – ‘where the Delta meets the Tyne’ as he describes it – and his warm Geordie vocal tone and his deft, richly melodic guitar playing are as breathtaking and thrilling as ever.

Knopfler says: “ ‘Down The Road Wherever’ is a line from ‘One Song At A Time.’ I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty one song at a time, and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs. But ‘Down The Road Wherever’ seems to be appropriate for me just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs.”

Knopfler has assembled the same group of top flight musicians he has worked with for the last few years (with one or two new faces).  As is his way he encourages them to put their own stamp on the material but never interfering in the essence of the song.

“I think the business of making a record, from having written a song and then bringing it to musicians, it can be quite a bendy route.  It’s not just motorways all the way….and you can end up in the occasional cul-de-sac, then you have to do a 16 point turn to try to get your truck back out on the main road as unobtrusively as you can.  That’s part of the fun of it.”

‘Down The Road Wherever’ has been produced by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher and was recorded at British Grove Studios in London. The band features Mark Knopfler on guitars, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Tom Walsh on trumpet, John McCusker on fiddle, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, Glenn Worf on bass, Ian ‘Ianto’ Thomas on drums and Danny Cummings on percussion. Richard Bennett and Robbie McIntosh also feature on guitar and Trevor Mires on trombone.  Imelda May, Kris Drever, Lance Ellington,  Beverley Skeete and Katie Kissoon add backing vocals.  All songs are written by Mark Knopfler apart from ‘Just A Boy Away From Home’ where he shares the credits with Rodgers and Hammerstein, as the song uses a piece of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to spin its tale of a lone Liverpool fan wandering the empty streets of Newcastle after midnight.

Mark Knopfler has released eight solo albums as well as recording ‘Neck And Neck’ with guitar great Chet Atkins, and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on ‘All The Roadrunning’.  He has created soundtracks for ‘Local Hero’ and  ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Altamira’. In addition to producing his own records Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst others. Knopfler was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

‘Down The Road Wherever’ will be available on digital DL, CD, double vinyl (with one bonus track), deluxe CD with two bonus tracks, and a lavish box set that will include the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12”vinyl EP with 4 bonus tracks, a 12” print of the artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of a selected song.

The full tracklistings are:
‘Down The Road Wherever’ by Mark Knopfler

Standard CD
1.   Trapper Man
2.   Back On The Dance Floor
3.   Nobody’s Child
4.   Just A Boy Away From Home
5.   When You Leave
6.   Good On You Son
7.   My Bacon Roll
8.   Nobody Does That
9.   Drovers’ Road
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Matchstick Man

Deluxe
Std album plus 2 bonus tracks
1.   Trapper Man
2.   Back On The Dance Floor
3.   Nobody’s Child
4.   Just A Boy Away From Home
5.   When You Leave
6.   Good On You Son
7.   My Bacon Roll
8.   Nobody Does That
9.   Drovers’ Road
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Rear View Mirror
15. Every Heart In The Room
16. Matchstick Man

Double Vinyl – 00602547169822
2 x heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
Side A
1. Trapper Man
2. Back On The Dance Floor
3. Nobody’s Child

Side B
1. Nobody Does That
2. Good On You Son
3. Floating Away

Side C
1. One Song At A Time
2. Heavy Up
3. Slow Learner

Side D
1. Just A Boy Away From Home
2. My Bacon Roll
3. When You Leave
4. Matchstick Man

BOX SET
Double Vinyl + Deluxe CD – tracklistings as above
Album print, guitar tablature

Additional 12” vinyl EP
Side A
1. Drovers’ Road
2. Don’t Suck Me In

Side B
1. Sky And Water
2. Pale Imitation

 

Here’s some vintage Mark Knopfler for ya!

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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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BLACK SORROWS ANNOUNCE SINGLE, ALBUM & INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 13, 2018


ARIA Hall Of Famer and Australian music luminary Joe Camilleri has just announced The Black Sorrows’ 21st album for release in 2019, Citizen John.

Citizen John sits comfortably alongside The Black Sorrows finest work including Harley And Rose, Hold On To Me and Dear Children, and will be released by the new Mushroom label Bloodlines early next year. And although the finishing touches are still being applied to the new album, The Black Sorrows are happy to reveal an appetizer in the form of this first single and underrated Bob Dylan penned pop gem ‘Silvio’.

The new album will showcase The Black Sorrows sophisticated brand of soul and blues, and will be followed later in 2019 by the Bloodlines re-issue of all of The Black Sorrows’ vast catalogue of albums.

Citizen John comes almost 35 years after Joe Camilleri started The Black Sorrows one Sunday afternoon at Melbourne’s Café Neon. Yet even with the massive successes enjoyed by The Black Sorrows over the four decades since, Joe has remained fiercely independent, saying recently:

“I’m not a perfect fit with the music industry. I call it art, they call it product. I just like making music. But Bloodlines is a great home for my music. It’s nice to be back working with Michael (Gudinski) & Warren (Costello) as they are genuine music fans.”

The ARIA Award winning band are also one of Australia’s most-loved, having sold more than a million albums and continuing to do in excess of 150 live performances shows each and every year.

The Black Sorrows are currently in Europe playing 18 shows in Germany (one of their biggest international markets) and immediately upon their return will undertake some Australian headline shows and music festivals.

To set the tone for 2019, The Black Sorrows have been announced as one of the feature artists at the 30th Byron Bay Bluesfest and back to Europe touring April/May 2019 in what will be yet another landmark year of touring for the band.

Citizen John is Joe’s 49th career album and would you believe the first since he celebrated his 70th birthday. But these are just numbers to Joe, who remains ageless. And his music is timeless.

Australian dates
Friday 19 October
Marysville Jazz & Blues Festival | Marysville, VIC

Friday 26 October
The Palms at Crown | Southbank, VIC

Saturday 10 November
Bridgetown Blues Festival | Bridgetown, WA

Sunday 11 November
96fm’s Kickstart Summer Concert | Ascot, WA

Saturday 17 November
Anthems Festival | Canberra, ACT

Sunday 25 November
Queenscliff Music Festival | Queenscliff, VIC

For all dates head to theblacksorrows.com.au/gigs/

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LEE KERNAGHAN ANNOUNCES FINAL 2018 25th ANNIVERSARY DATES

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 13, 2018


Lee Kernaghan has announced the final dates for 2018 on his massive 25th anniversary Boys From The Bush tour. With a string of dates in November and December, Lee brings to a close an incredible almost two-years celebrating his seminal Outback Club album. It’s hard to believe this enigmatic country musician has been out on the road for more than 25 years. For fans of his music, it is no surprise Lee Kernaghan just keeps getting better and better. He is always working on new material, tours rigorously and puts incredible energy into each show.

When Lee announced his 25th Anniversary Tour last year, the plan was to kick off at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January and tour the country until the end of 2017. The tour was massive, selling out date after date, and the audience feedback was overwhelming – they wanted more! It sold out an incredible 29 out of 32 shows – a fitting result for a 25th anniversary – and culminated in two huge concerts at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne in November.

At the end of the tour, the demand was clear – the tour needed to be extended, reaching out to areas that missed out in 2017. When Lee announced the Boys From The Bush tour was rolling into 2018, tickets immediately started to fly out the door, and the shows so far in 2018 have followed suit – selling out to audiences around the country.

Lee can’t wait to continue the celebration of his auspicious anniversary with his legion of fans. “It’s an amazing experience being on stage singing songs like Boys From The Bush, Hat Town, Flying With The King, Australian Boy and The Outback Club,” he says. “So many of those songs are not just about me, they’re about us, our people, our country, and our way of life – that’s what inspires me the most. I am really happy about being able to continue the party to areas we could not get to last year.”
The Boys From The Bush tour features Lee’s classic hits, ballads and rural anthems that have won the country legend a nationwide legion of fans that he prefers to call ‘mates’. With 38 number one hits to his credit, the show celebrates Lee’s career, and even more than that – it celebrates the fans who have been there from the beginning – and those who have joined in along the way.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour is an unforgettable experience and a part of Australian music history! Book your tickets early and join the celebration of the epic career of one of this country’s all-time greats.
Tickets to the final 2018 tour dates on the Boys From the Bush – 25th Anniversary Tour are on sale now.

THE BOYS FROM THE BUSH 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018 DATES

Friday 16th November 2018 | 8pm
Wollongong Town Hall, WOLLONGONG NSW
www.merrigong.com.au | (02) 4224 5999
Saturday 17th November 2018 | 8pm
The Cube, CAMPBELLTOWN NSW
www.thecube.net.au | (02) 4390 0622
Sunday 18th November 2018 | 7.30pm
Doyalson RSL Club, DOYALSON NSW
www.doylo.com.au | (02) 4390 0622
Friday 30th November 2018 | 8pm

Hornsby RSL Club, HORNSBY NSW
www.hornsbyrsl.com.au | (02) 9476 2637
Saturday 1st December 2018 | 8pm
Evan Theatre, PENRITH NSW
www.penrith.panthers.com.au | (02) 4720 5555

For more information, please visit www.leekernaghan.com

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