Music News

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:17am

Afrobeats is set to return for a fourth time, bringing African culture to the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney.


The lineup for this year's Afrobeats festival includes Fasmwa, Dante, Ronnie and more, all of whom will bring ineffably cool African tunes to the North Sydney hotel.


The festival showcases African culture though music, dance and performances, so it's...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:35pm

Krakatau have been announced as the headliners of Volumes Monthly's March showcase, happening on Saturday March 18.


Emerging in 2015 as a live music and art experience, Volumes is all about championing Australian creatives in interesting ways. And Volumes Monthly is its latest project.


The March event will see a stacked lineup of Australian artists play Cake...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 5:14pm

The City of Sydney is calling on musicians, performers, residents, businesses, music industry representatives and government agencies to help review the city’s busking policy.


Currently, buskers have almost free reign to pay a small fee (a three-month permit is $13) to busk on City of Sydney land but the city is looking into ways to bolster its policy.



Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:04pm

Folk rock five-piece Fleet Foxes will play their first Australian show in five years at the Sydney Opera House for this year's Vivid LIVE festival.


Fleet Foxes are the first band to be announced for Vivid Sydney 2017 in late May, and will debut music from their upcoming third album.


The band has built a solid fan base over the past decade. The Sydney-only dates...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:00pm

The City of Sydney has today announced a number of exciting initiatives aimed at improving the night ecomony, nightlife, local music scenes, and basically moving towards fixing our city of culture.


It's all part of Sydney's Live Music and Performance Action Plan, which was implemented in 2014.



Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 9:39am

Sydney Symphony Orchestra will team with Diesel, David Campbell and more for two George Michael tribute concerts at Sydney Opera House.


Interestingly, the tribute started life on a happier note, intended to celebrate thirty years since the release of Michael's debut album Faith proved he was more than mere boy band fodder.


Since his untimely passing, the tribute...

Posted 26 Feb 2017 @ 4:20pm

You might remember last week’s horrific news which saw Thundamentals kept from the #1 position on the ARIA albums chart thanks to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Well, the good news is that you can unclench your fists of rage now, since the Aussies are back on...

Posted 25 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

You might recall back in March of last year, the internet was alight with rumours that the Foo Fighters were breaking up. True to their trademark humour, the group released a jovial video making it clear that they weren’t breaking up, but were taking some time off. Following news earlier this year that ...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 9:30am

Remember those horrid budget cuts to Radio National last November which axed all but one music program? And were made without ABC members’ or artists’ knowledge? Well, there’s a protest against them happening outside of the ABC today.


“ABC senior management has failed to acknowledge the devastating blow they have delivered to Australia’s music culture and diversity as a result...

Posted 20 Feb 2017 @ 9:32pm

A bunch of our favourite local bands decent on Sydney for ShoreShocked this April


We're all for any music event that gets awesome live music in front of the people who need it most, so the idea of having bands like Luca Brasi and Camp Cope teaming up for a free gig in April for the oft-ignored teenage crowd is definitely a great one.


Between most gigs either...

Posted 19 Feb 2017 @ 4:11pm

While there has been a lot of disdain held for the books and films for quite some time now, the Fifty Shades franchise has now offended some Aussies on a musical level, with the second film’s soundtrack knocking Thundamentals off the #1 spot on the ARIA charts.


In what has turned out to be a relatively sad week for Aussie talent, Aussie hip-hop crew Thundamentals’s fourth album...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:22pm

A day of live music will hit Parramatta on Saturday February 25 with 40 musicians playing in various pubs, cafes, record stores and places you might not expect.


Head down to Parramatta to check out 40 new artists playing in 15 venues in Parramatta, running throughout the afternoon.


Venues hosting live music including Centenary Square, Crown Hotel, Beatdisc...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 12:36pm

Five venues in the CBD will be able to open for longer after successfully applying for extensions.


Oxford Street’s Stonewall Hotel and The World Bar in Kings Cross join The Palace Hotel, ArtHouse Hotel (both in the CBD), and the Observer Hotel at The Rocks in being granted later opening times beyond the 1:30am Sydney lockout.


“This means five venues in the CBD...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 9:48am

Following a major tease from Frontier Touring last week, the local promoter has announced that Midnight Oil news we’ve been waiting for since 2002.


The Great Circle 2017 World Tour runs for six months, starting with a special pub gig in Sydney (to be revealed) and closing at The Domain. It marks the band's biggest tour since the release of fourth album 10-1 in ’82.


Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 2:01pm

For the first time ever, fans of Things Of Stone And Wood will get to see the band perform its album The Yearning in full. 


25 years since its release, The Yearning propelled the career of Things of Stone and Wood, and cemented their place in Melbourne folklore. 
The band will play all 14 album tracks, including of course 'Happy Birthday Helen', as well as some...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:13pm

Melbourne metal band Twelve Foot Ninja will be playing a show at Manning Bar as part of their National Sick tour, which is under way now.


Twelve Foot Ninja will hit Sydney's Manning Bar Saturday March 11 as part of their current tour.


The five-piece from Melbourne have been bringing the noise to fans since 2012, even supporting Distirbed on their 2016 tour....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:13pm

New Orleans-based jazz, funk and hip hop act Hot 8 Brass Band will hit Oxford Art Factory supporting their upcoming album, On The Spot.


Hot 8 Brass Band have been on the block for a while. The New Orleans crew famously celebrated their 20th anniversary busting out their covers of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and Basement Jaxx tunes.


The band has released four...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 3:10pm

Dance sensation No Lights No Lycra will bring an end to this year's All About Women festival in March.


No Lights No Lycra is a dance community that began in Melbourne and is now found at over 76 locations around the world. The dance sessions have no rules, techniques or teachers, and only encourage freedom.


Over both hour-long sessions, your only job is to hit...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

Music lovers, take note. Ahead of the 2017 iteration of Secret Garden Festival, organisers have shared a 'Fancy Ideas For Fancy Dress' video.


The clip includes a heap of ideas for dressing up at this year's event (disco ball, anyone?), while avoiding causing offence like the two punters who found themselves face-to-face with the festival programmer after...

Posted 12 Feb 2017 @ 8:14pm

Back in December, we were sad to announce that Sticky Fingers were breaking up. Punters everywhere were devastated at the news, but were happy to see that Sticky Fingers were planning to keep their already-announced tour engagements before breaking up. However, ...

Posted 12 Feb 2017 @ 5:25pm

Frank Ocean is one of the growing number of artists who are promising to do things their own way. From releasing his visual album Endless last year as a way to get back at his record label, ...

Posted 11 Feb 2017 @ 12:37pm

Back in September we heard the news that 2016 Hottest 100 winner Flume was set to release a series of companion EPs to his 2016 LP Skin. Now, a couple of months after the release of Skin Companion EP I, Flume has announced the second EP in the series.


Made up of tracks that didn’t quite make the...

Posted 11 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

The Internet is a crazy thing; it’s an educational tool, it gives us access to an almost infinite amount of media, and in many cases, we can end up with music that wasn’t exactly meant to be heard. This time though, the victim at the forefront of this latest music leak, is the musical...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 3:09pm

“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” isn’t just a hedonistic lifestyle choice anymore, it’s also cold, hard scientific fact. Rock ‘n’ roll!


A study undertaken by researchers at Montreal’s McGill University has shown that opioid receptors are triggered by music.


The researchers gave participants of the study the drug naltrexone, which blocks the brain’s opioid...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 12:11pm

Keep Sydney Open will host its third public rally against the lockout laws on Saturday February 18.


Following a Supreme Court decision to prevent the planned Saturday night protest in Kings Cross this month, the Keep Sydney Open organisers have regrouped to...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 8:57am

The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard will send off one of Sydney's favourite music venues with a bang.


After three years of operation since rescuing the beloved 'Sando' pub on King Street, Newtown Social Club recently announced its impending closure due...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:19pm

Brisbane rockers Sunhaus won't make it to their Wollongong show this Thursday February 9, after running into trouble on the road.


Over to them:


"Yesterday (Wednesday 9th) we were driving down the highway and about 5 hours in, somewhere between woop woop and Forster, belting out Teenage Dirtbag, when our back wheel seized up and we semi-swerved to the side of the...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 12:02pm

Sydney post-rock band Sleepmakeswaves are back again with news of a third album and national tour. 


Off the back of shows in the US and China, the Sydneysiders will be heading home to play a leg of Australian shows. You can catch them at the Metro Theatre in March.
After releasing their ARIA-nominated album Love Of Cartography in 2014, the band have announced news...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:14pm

The second lineup for the Hunter Valley's Gum Ball music festival has been announced. 


Kim Churchill, The Funk Hunters and Flyying Colours are amoung the new artists announced for the second line up for The Gum Ball music festival this April. They join Regurgitator, Tripod, Boo Seeka and many others.


The festival hits Belford in the Hunter Valley on Friday April...

Posted 7 Feb 2017 @ 8:36pm

The lads will be piling into Utopia Records tomorrow to hang out for a bit.


Sure, Sydney fans may have caught Dunies' killer set at Laneway Festival this past weekend, but now they've got a chance to actually meet the boys in person and nab a copy of the new album at the same time.


Revealing the surprise show on socials this evening, Dunies didn't give us a huge...