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ALL-NEW BALL FAMILY RESERVE INSTRUMENTS 

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - April 9, 2019

The Ernie Ball Music Man Ball Family Reserve series is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship. These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs and allow us to present instruments to the public that were previously reserved for family and our loyal artists. This month features the StingRay Special 4H in Hades Black, the St. Vincent HHH in Turquoise Crush, and the StingRay 5HH in Giants Orange Quilt.

STINGRAY SPECIAL 4H IN HADES BLACK
This StingRay Special bass features a Rosewood fingerboard with ornate pearloid block inlays. Offering a beautifully roasted maple neck with black Ernie Ball Music Man tuning machines and a 22 fret neck with hand-fitted white binding. Limited to 81 pieces worldwide.

ST. VINCENT IN TURQUOISE CRUSH
The Ball Family Reserve St. Vincent HHH features a lightweight African Mahogany body in an exclusive Turquoise Crush sparkle finish. Offering a satin finished, figured maple neck with white pearl Schaller locking tuners. Featuring Rosewood fingerboard with peal block inlays and a headstock painted to match the body. Limited to 87 pieces worldwide.

STINGRAY 5 HH IN GIANTS ORANGE QUILT
This Ball Family Reserve StingRay 5 bass features a stunning figured 5A guilt maple top which is hand-stained with a translucent orange finish. Offering a beautifully figured roasted maple neck with black Schaller tuning machines, 9 volt preamp, and alnico pickups. The Rosewood fingerboard on this bass guitar features pearl block inlays and hand-fitted white binding. Limited to 91 pieces worldwide.

Ernie Ball Music Man products distributed in Australia by CMC Music

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QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN RHAPSODY TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 7, 2019

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT – THE RHAPSODY TOUR
Heading to Australian Stadiums in February 2020!

Off the back of the enormous success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, comes the announcement of another Australian Queen tour featuring vocalist Adam Lambert

Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert and returning to Australia in February 2020 for 6 giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production.

Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Australia Roger Taylor said: “We are ready for Australia and raring to get back with our new show.”

“This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious,” Brian May added

Produced in Australia by TEG Dainty, the epic 6 date Rhapsody Tour is set to run from February 13 to February 29, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, the tour dates are:

Thursday 13 February – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 15 February – Sydney –  ANZ Stadium
Wednesday 19 February  – Melbourne –  AAMI Park
Sunday 23 February – Perth –  Optus Stadium
Wednesday 26 February – Adelaide – Adelaide Oval
Saturday 29 February – Gold Coast –  Metricon Stadium

Tickets go on sale from www.ticketek.com.au on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST. A Telstra Thanks presale starts Wednesday 10 April, with staggered times from 9.30am AEST and is open until Friday 12 April. Go to www.telstra.com/queen for further details including local market times.

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.

Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion.

Then along came 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts approaching $900 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century.  Indicative of Australia’s enduring passion for Queen – the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack spent four weeks at #1 on the ARIA chart and now enjoys Platinum status.  Queen additionally achieved the rare feat of boasting three separate albums in the ARIA Top 5 – for five weeks this year.

When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be thrilling audiences. Next summer, the stadium stages of Australia will be well and truly rocked again.

The Australia dates are expected to be part of a wider tour of the region taking in also several East Asia dates.

Tickets for the RHAPSODY tour go on sale on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST.  Check www.queenonline.com and www.tegdainty.com  for more tour information.

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DOUBLE BASS TATTOO WINS CHINESE OPPORTUNITY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 5, 2019

Regular Melbourne Guitar Show exhibitor, Gypsy Spelling of Double Bass Tattoo has won his way to China. Through a competititon run by Warrnambool City Council, City of Melbourne, and Runaway HQ, Gypsy will be travelling to the 2 day NEXUS Summit in Nanjing as part of the Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit in China in May.

As attendees of the Melbourne Guitar Show will know, Double Bass Tattoo offers the Tattooing of Musical Instruments using Pencil. This is not paint, hence the impact to the instrument is non intrusive, the detail is highly defined and the result is spectacular.
We wish Gypsy well in his travels.

https://dbtattoo.com.au

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EILISH GILLIGAN RELEASES NEW MUSIC & TOURS NEXT WEEK

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 4, 2019


Premiered on triple j this week, Keep Up sees Eilish reaching new heights with a triumphant return to the brand of emotional pop-electronica with which she’s made a name for herself. The song features wickedly smart co-production by Eilish and Japanese Wallpaper and was mixed by Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, Jungle Giants, Tia Gostelow).

Keep Up sits on the spectrum between the infectious mastery of Gilligan’s 2018 singles (’S.M.F.Y.’ and ‘Patterns’) and her recent single ’The Pull’ (a gorgeous piano-led ballad). It opens delicately before exploding with a chorus that showcases Gilligan’s gift for melody and the extraordinary power and range of her vocals.

Eilish spent the better part of 2018 earning legions of fans as they discovered her spectral and artful dance music. Breakout singles S.M.F.Y. and Patterns exemplify Eilish’s unique mix of a classically trained voice, bold pop sensibility and cutting edge production; here is an artist with a singular style of deeply intelligent, super-emo but mega-fun electronic music, with a mind to make you move.

LISTEN TO ‘KEEP UP’ HERE

Of the song, Eilish says “When I was younger I was entrenched in a friendship group that I loved with my whole heart – that love that’s only possible when you’re in your early 20s, when you’re first navigating the real world, your hungover teenage insecurities; it’s when your friendships can sometimes feel closer than family.

During that time a good friend of mine told me that my laugh is loud, idiosyncratic, and that it’s unbelievably easy to make me laugh – like making a toddler laugh. All of these things are true – and I know they meant to tell me this as a compliment, like it’s cute and nice that I’m always laughing. Now that I’m a little older, I can be proud of the fact that I laugh my stupid loud laugh a lot – but at the time, it made me feel very uncool, like some kind of bumbling, giggling idiot.

Keep Up is about that woozy year, where I felt just a little too uncool to be hanging out with such a fascinating, exciting and loving group of people. The song highlights the moments where I felt the most at home – dancing barefoot in the kitchen in a shitty sharehouse with a stranger who soon became one of my best friends (we’d leave that mouldy house for the last time together in a years’ time, both giving it the finger on the way out), driving up and down the empty streets with a full car playing Fergalicious at full volume, drunk poloroids, unqualified DJing at the Brunswick Hotel. It was a really joyous and really miserable time in my life and I love Keep Up for putting a pretty beautiful frame around it.

Next week Eilish will hit the road with Montaigne on her ‘For Your Love’ national tour.
Eilish Gilligan – Tour Dates

April 11 – Factory Theatre, Sydney
April 12 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
April 24 – Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide
April 26 – Free.Social, Fremantle
April 27 – The Brightside, Brisbane

https://www.eilishgilligan.com/

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AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST ONLINE VINYL STORE IS HERE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 3, 2019

Australia’s largest online vinyl store is here, with the launch of VINYL.COM.AU!

As the resurgence of vinyl is bringing music consumption into a bright new era, the demand for the best new music on wax, as well as ownership of the classics and rarities, is rising more than ever. So too, with the internet as our marketplace, it has become easier to connect with fellow lovers of records and to access records from all around the world.

It’s now a whole lot easier for fans to be brought together by a shared love for vinyl, with the launch of a brand new Australian site: vinyl.com.au. Set to increase the availability and improve the accessibility of vinyl titles for Australian customers, the launch of vinyl.com.au ensures that having a vinyl collecting hobby does not have to be an expensive one.

With over 40,000 titles on offer – with hundreds being added weekly – vinyl.com.au is set to be a new hub for Australians to get their hands on the best titles, and get them delivered quickly. “In this digital age of streaming and instant gratification, we’re attempting to bring the joy of vinyl to the masses by offering fast shipping and cheap prices on items that would usually take weeks to be delivered.”
David Rose, Digital Marketing Manager

The vinyl.com.au experience is filling a gap in the market that currently sees Australian music fans looking to international sources for their purchases – a costly experience when financial conversion and shipping prices are taken into account.

vinyl.com.au launched on March 15th and customers are now exposed to not only a diverse and extensive online vinyl record library, but also low prices and fast shipping. “With over 40,000 products in our catalogue, customers are sure to find every single record they’ve been looking for. Our catalogue is growing everyday and includes new releases, limited editions, coloured vinyl, vinyl classics, represses, box sets and more.”
Mark Mebalds, Manager

Satiating that itch record lovers always have when it comes to additions to their vault, Australia’s largest online store is ready to become the one stop shop for vinyl lovers. Whether it’s rock and roll rarities, psychedelic classics or hip hop crate favourites, vinyl.com.au has done the legwork in tracking the best and most eclectic collection of wax down, ready for it to be shipped direct to your door!

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PLAY IT LOUD BOOK INSPIRES NYC MET’S NEW ROCK EXHIBITION

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 2, 2019


The new exhibition Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll opens publicly at The Met in New York on April 8.  A collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the show was inspired in part by Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna’s 2016 book, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Sound, Style and Revolution of the Electric Guitar.

From Jimmy Page to Steve Miller, the glitterati of rock turned out for the exhibition’s opening bash on April 1. The Roots shook the house with a rousing live performance as the crowd wandered awestruck through a sequence of galleries filled with a holy grail of musical instruments graced by the hands and imaginations of legendary artists spanning the entire rock era—from Chuck Berry, to all four Beatles, to instruments played by contemporary music icons like Lady Gaga and St. Vincent. The show covers the entire span of rock history—Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit from the Ed Sullivan Show, Bob Dylan’s Newport Strat, Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Strat, Prince’s Superbowl 2007 symbol guitar and full stage rigs from icons including Jimmy Page and Edward Van Halen.

Jayson Kerr Dobney, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, collaborated on the show with the Rock Hall’s Curator and Director of Acquisition Craig Inciardi. In his research for the show, Dobney found inspiration in Tolinski and di Perna’s book. Dobney said, “I owe a debt of gratitude to both Play it Loud authors. The book was an inspiration not only in terms of the show’s title, but also in terms of some of the conceptual ideas that we ended up adopting.”

“What we have with the Play It Loud exhibition is the largest concentration of mojo between four walls that the world has ever seen,” commented co-author di Perna. “As a native New Yorker and lifelong rock and roller, it fills me with tremendous pride to have played a small role in this historic exhibition.”

“When Alan and I wrote Play It Loud, the idea was to celebrate the profound cultural significance of the electric guitar. This wonderful exhibition is a triumphant validation of the importance of the instrument and how it has touched the lives of millions,” adds co-author Tolinski.

First published in 2016, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Sound, Style and Revolution of the Electric Guitar has been called a “fascinating, elegantly written, page turning account,” by best selling author Jonathan Kellerman and “a marvelous survey of how the electric guitar rocked its way into the hearts and minds of millions of music lovers” by historian Douglas Brinkley. “Every guitar player will want to read this book twice,” raved Daniel Levitin in The Wall Street Journal. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer the book for sale during the exhibit. Find out more about the Play It Loud book at playitloudbook.com.

For more on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Play It Loud exhibition, visit metmuseum.org.

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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 2, 2019


The 19th annual Splendour in the Grass returns to its forever home at North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July, serving up one of the biggest and boldest music and arts moments to hit your calendar in 2019.

Over 100 of the world’s most exciting, provocative and seminal musicians alongside a crew of revered homegrown talent will descend upon Splendour in the Grass to light up the Amphitheatre, Mix Up, GW McLennan and Tiny Dancer stages this winter. Rap royalty and hip-hop heavyweights collide with boundary breaking rockers, RnB bosses and psychedelic visionaries.

Get ready to spend your Splendour weekend with:

CHANCE THE RAPPER · TAME IMPALA · CHILDISH GAMBINO · SZA • FOALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN · JAMES BLAKE · SANTIGOLD (EXCLUSIVE) · THE LUMINEERS · THE STREETS · RUSS · WHAT SO NOT · COURTNEY BARNETT · WARPAINT · MYSTERY OZ ACT · MATT CORBY · WOLF ALICE · FRIENDLY FIRES · BROODS · DEAN LEWIS · FIDLAR · COSMO’S MIDNIGHT · MEG MAC · ZIGGY ALBERTS · HAYDEN JAMES · DAVE · DOPE LEMON · DERMOT KENNEDY · ALLDAY & FRIENDS · LITTLE SIMZ · THE RUBENS · MARIBOU STATE · WINSTON SURFSHIRT · TYCHO · POND · THE TESKEY BROTHERS · JACOB BANKS · WOLFMOTHER · TROPICAL F*CK STORM · KYLE HALL · LOCAL NATIVES · MANSIONAIR · ODETTE · RUBY FIELDS · MIKE SERVITO · LAST DINOSAURS · THELMA PLUM · TROPHY EYES · HARVEY SUTHERLAND (DJ SET) · K.FLAY · SAM FENDER · SLAVES (EXCLUSIVE) · PUB CHOIR · SEB WILDBLOOD · THE BETHS · SET MO · HATCHIE · HONNE · KWAME · THE NUDE PARTY · NATHAN MICAY · SLOWLY SLOWLY · PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS · KIAN · KENJI TAKIMI · DEAR SEATTLE · CHARLY BLISS · KAIIT · PHONY PPL · A SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS · THE MIDNIGHT · CHANNEL TRES · PIST IDIOTS · MORMOR · SUZANNE KRAFT · ERTHLINGS · TELEPHONES · MOANING LISA · THANDI PHOENIX · DJ NETT · WAX’O PARADISO · ANDY GARVEY · TYNE-JAMES ORGAN · LASTLINGS · MERVE · JENNIFER LOVELESS · NOISE IN MY HEAD · SKIN ON SKIN · REBEL YELL · TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERS. PLUS NINAJIRACHI · BODY PROMISE · DONALD’S HOUSE · CASUAL CONNECTION · DJ KLASIK · CLOSE COUNTERS (DJ SET) · MERPH · DAMEEEELA · LEX DELUXE

This year there’s some exciting new ticketing options on offer that will provide more flexibility around your Splendour experience. In line with other major music festivals around the globe, and to help make the festival accessible to as many music lovers as possible, Splendour punters will now be able to purchase tickets on a payment plan. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions before you purchase.

And if you’re up for living the high life then Splendour’s new VIP Village is going to be your festival home away from home. Check the website for more details about how to do Spendour 2019 in style!

When it’s time to recharge the battery, camping onsite is your ticket to the full Splendour experience and we have a variety of options available. The camping area closest to the event site is vehicle free but you can camp with your wheels in other areas. For the time being you only need to purchase your event and camping ticket. You’ll be able to choose where you want to park your rig when vehicle passes go on sale.

Onsite camping is available for up to 5 nights, with early entry into the campgrounds available from Wednesday 17 July, so bunk in for an easy and affordable way to experience Splendour. Travelling from afar and not keen to lug your tent? Pack light and book yourself into Flash Camp, Tent City or Byron Bay Camping Hire. Bringing the kids? The Meadow, our family friendly campground is the place for you!

If you’re being dropped off at the festival each day, please be sure to use the drop off points inside the venue only. Tweed Valley Way and the Pacific Highway are no-go zones, please be safe and stay off busy roads.

The 2019 Splendour app is now available to download or update. Head here for iPhone and Android.

TICKETS ON SALE
9am sharp AEST on Thursday 11 April through moshtix.com.au  
or phone 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2019 TICKET PRICES
3 Day Event Ticket – $415 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village 3 Day Event Ticket – $799 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Single Day Tickets – $185 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
VIP Village Single Day Ticket – $349 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket – $135 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Camping Ticket – Family Campground – $135 per ticket + booking fees & cc charges
Green Offset – $3 per ticket

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All prices are stated and transactions processed in AUD.

#SITG2019 VISA PRESALE
Want access to the exclusive Visa #SITG2019 presale?
Head to visacheckout.com.au to register and set your alarm for 9am Wednesday 10 April! Plus, every #SITG2019 3 Day Event Ticket purchased using Visa Checkout goes into the draw to win a VIP Gold Pass upgrade!

TRANSPORT & VEHICLE PASSES
Shuttle services will run between surrounding locations including Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Kingscliff and North Byron Parklands.

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2019
Friday 19 July, Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July
North Byron Parklands
Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung (15 mins north of Byron Bay)
splendourinthegrass.com

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REVIEW: HILL ‘N’ DALE & THE LD50’S – TUNES AND TALES

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 1, 2019

HillnDale & The LD50s Presents: Tunes and Tales.
Nicholas Building. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Review: Greg Phillips

Looking stunning bathed in red light and enticing you siren-like into it’s opulence, visitors to Melbourne would be be forgiven for thinking that the Melbourne Town Hall is the be-all and end-all of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. However it doesn’t take too much of a stroll around town to discover that if it’s a cafe, bar or theatre space of any kind, it’s probably housing a comedy show.

Tonight we found ourselves on the 5th floor of the Nicholas Building, a Melbourne landmark known for its ‘Chicago School’ architecture and arts-related tenancy. The show we’re here to see tonight is HillnDale & The LD50s presents: Tunes and Tales, an hour-long piece of improvised musical theatre or as Hill Kuttner tells us in his intro, “The universe will never put atoms together like this ever again.”

A call to the audience for tonight’s theme results in ‘Ant Farms’! As HillnDale head sidestage with the luxury of a few minutes to mine their heads for possible ant-related jokes and anecdotes, the LD50s plunge straight off a cliff into song with singer James Ward immediately latching onto the insect-associated topic and coming out of it alive with some well-earned laughs.

HillnDale return to the stage to build a sketch, focussing on their newly found world of ants, riffing on the theme, searching for the quickest route to laughs, which come often enough to sustain the audience’s favour. Short moments of rumination are easily forgiven, the art of thinking ahead while still managing to deliver comedic lines in the present is no small task. Both Hillndale and The LD50s are no strangers to improvised comedy, they have all honed their skills at Melbourne’s acclaimed Improv Conspiracy Theatre for a couple of years and it shows.

Musically The LD50s set the mood, moving the energy from Ward’s contemplative ballad about a couple’s issues in raising 400 ant children to a jazz flavoured piece on wanting to be anyone but yourself, especially if you’re Hitler, to a punked-up tale of an ant contemplating his short week-long life and planning to live it out hard. Doug Neale adds tasteful and complementary beats via his Roland V-drum kit, while Haydn Noble on his Fender Jag and an impressive array of pedals paints the appropriate sonic picture.

The comedic chemistry of Hill Kuttner’s excitable energy versus Dale Anderson’s more subdued, dry humour works a treat and the LD50s’ musical interludes tie the show together wonderfully. You can catch the remaining ‘Tunes and Tales’ shows at the Nicholas Building from April 4-7 and be assured that each new performance will be completely different to the last.

Tickets: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/tunes-n-tales

https://www.facebook.com/thehillndaleshow/

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LYREBIRD ARTS OFFERS GENEROUS $20K PRIZE FOR MUSICIANS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 30, 2019

The Lyrebird Arts Council have made many financial donations to local groups and associations over many years, and they’re very proud to have organised the fund raising event for Black Saturday some years ago that raised over $40,000. Lyrebird have been honoured to have been in a position to give back to the community where possible. In celebration of their 20th anniversary there is one community they wish to give an extra gift to – the music community.

The Lyrebird Gift is a one-off gift of $20,000 to a musician or band.

In keeping with their core beliefs, philosophy and approach to all they have done in the past 20 years, the application process to be the recipient of The Lyrebird Gift will be quite straightforward.

Email them at: [email protected] and tell them why, as a musician, you should receive the gift.
That’s it!

Your entry may be some words, it may be a CV, it may be a link to your live music. Tell them who you are, what you do or plan to do musically and if possible, a sample of your music. Don’t forget to send your contact details.

Lyrebird have made a conscious decision to make the gift as large an amount as they can so that it will make a difference to the recipient.

Entries open 31/03/2019 and close 30/09/2019
The winner will be announced on our 20th anniversary, which is October 25th2019.

There is some small print, so please read it before you submit your entry.
The Small Print:
• You must be 18 years of age or over
• You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
• The recipient of the gift will be responsible for all and any legal requirements that come with receiving this gift. For example: Income Tax / GST. The gift is a gift of $20,000 net in one payment.
• Lyrebird Arts Council committee or their relatives and general members of the Lyrebird Arts council are exempt from receiving the gift
• If the recipient is a band, then all responsibility is with  the band to determine which bank account the prize will be deposited into and how it is used/divided.
• The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• Lyrebird impose No restrictions on how the recipient will spend the gift.

This is a fantastic, one – off opportunity for musicians made possible by Lyrebird, get onto it now!

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AIR AWARDS 2019 NOMINEES & INDIE-CON AUSTRALIA KEYNOTE SPEAKERS REVEALED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 29, 2019

Australia’s Independent Music Industry will come together in Adelaide this July for the annual AIR Awards and the Indie-Con Australia conference.

Over the years the AIR Awards have acknowledged the outstanding and inspiring talent of the likes of Paul Kelly, John Butler, Hilltop Hoods, Vance Joy, Gotye, Sheppard, Gurrumul and Flume just to name a few.

The 2019 AIR Awards will be held at the Freemasons Hall, Adelaide on Thursday 25 July and the nominees are…

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST
COURTNEY BARNETT
GURRUMUL
JULIA JACKLIN
LAURA JEAN
METHYL ETHEL

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OR EP
COURTNEY BARNETT – TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL
EMMA LOUISE – LILAC EVERYTHING
GURRUMUL – DJARIMIRRI
LAURA JEAN – DEVOTION
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – HOPE DOWNS

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE
A.B. ORIGINAL – BLACCOUT
COURTNEY BARNETT – NAMELESS, FACELESS
G FLIP – ABOUT YOU
LAURA JEAN – GIRLS ON THE TV
MOJO JUJU – NATIVE TONGUE

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR – PRESENTED BY PPCA
CONFIDENCE MAN
DIDIRRI
EMILY WURRAMARA
G FLIP
HATCHIE

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM
B WISE – AREA FAMOUS
COOL OUT SUN – COOL OUT SUN
MILWAUKEE BANKS – NO TIME
SPACE INVADAS – WILD WORLD
TASMAN KEITH – MISSION FAMOUS

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
BECCY COLE – LIONESS
HALFWAY – RAIN LOVER
LACHLAN BRYAN AND THE WILDES – SOME GIRLS (QUITE) LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC
THE WOLFE BROTHERS – COUNTRY HEART
WILLIAM ALEXANDER – THE KID FROM BOURKE

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
DAN SULTAN – KILLER UNDER A BLOOD MOON
EMILY WURRAMARA – MILYAKBURRA
GARBRIELLA COHEN – PINK IS THE COLOUR OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
JOHN BUTLER TRIO – HOME
MIA DYSON – IF I SAID ONLY SO FAR I TAKE IT BACK

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM
CAMP COPE – HOW TO SOCIALISE & MAKE FRIENDS
DZ DEATHRAYS – BLOODY LOVELY
HIGH TENSION – PURGE
LITTLE UGLY GIRLS – LITTLE UGLY GIRLS
WEST THEBARTON – DIFFERENT BEINGS BEING DIFFERENT

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA
ALBUM OR EP
BRAILLE FACE – LIGHTLETTING
CONFIDENCE MAN – CONFIDENT MUSIC FOR CONFIDENT PEOPLE
NINA LAS VEGAS ­– LUCKY GIRL
PACES – ZAG
TOTAL GIOVANNI – EUPHORIA

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE
DOM DOLLA – TAKE IT
FISHER – LOSING IT
HERMITUDE – STUPID WORLD FEAT. BIBI BOURELLY
ODD MOB – INTRINSIC
WHAT SO NOT – BEAUTIFUL (FEAT. WINONA OAK)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM
HARRY JAMES ANGUS – STRUGGLE WITH GLORY
JAMES MORRISON/WILLIAM MORRISON/HARRY MORRISON/PATRICK DANAO – MIDNIGHT TILL DAWN
JONATHAN ZWARTZ – ANIMARUM
MILDLIFE – PHASE

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM
ACO COLLECTIVE – COLLECTIVE WISDOM
GRIGORYAN BROTHERS/ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/BENJAMIN NORTHEY – BACH CONCERTOS
GURRUMUL – DJARIMIRRI
NICOLE CAR/AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA/RICHARD TOGNETTI –  HEROINES

Focusing on issues that are specifically relevant to the independent music sector, AIR’s Indie-Con Australia conference will be held across Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July at LOT FOURTEEN, Adelaide. The two-day conference will explore synchronisation and music publishing, video and gaming, mental health in the music industry, the future of the label and insights into China. It will also offer opportunities for advancement in professional and business development skills, one-on-one networking with key industry stakeholders and insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies.

With a complete program to be announced in May, AIR is thrilled to announce Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA and Mom+Pop co-owner and co-president Thaddeus Rudd as keynote speakers at this year’s conference.

Helen Smith’s role at IMPALA has seen her help put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map by leveraging collective strength. In her opening Keynote Helen will address the work of IMPALA and its ongoing efforts to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector.

Thaddeus Rudd will present the closing keynote address sharing the story of Mom + Pop and offering insights into the key factors that contributed to the label’s rise to success. Mom+Pop is a New York based independent record label that was founded in 2008. Since its inception the label has released music by a wide variety of artists including Flume, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, Jai Wolf, Alina Baraz and Sunflower Bean.

AIR members will receive complimentary invitations to attend the 2019 Indie-Con Australia conference as well as the AIR Awards. Click here to find out if you qualify to become an AIR member.

General admission tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Indie-Con Australia conference and if you book before 30 April you will enjoy a special early bird rate.  Secure your place here to avoid disappointment…

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