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Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 12:45pm

The most colourful fortnight on the Sydney calendar is back.

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has revealed its full 2017 program, with a timely theme of 'Creating Equality' connecting all the usual Mardi Gras favourites.

 

The schedule features more than 80 different events, including the headline-grabbing Fair Day (Sunday February 19), Parade (Saturday March...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 11:57am

Following the news that electric American punk outfit The Julie Ruin had cancelled their appearance at Laneway, the festival has made up for the loss with the billing of Victorian wunderkind D.D. Dumbo.

 

The emerging pop rock musician has released one of the albums of the year, in Utopia Defeated, and has been absent from the national stage for two years. Laneway 2017 will...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 10:37am

Neil Young has cancelled his headline appearance at Bluesfest.

 

This comes as a disappointment to Bluesfest punters, who were looking forward to the legendary artist's set.

 

Bluesfest is currently working on securing a new headliner, and are expected to announce a replacement act shortly.

 
Young was slated to perform a ...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 10:16am

Melbourne's folk pop twins are set to travel around the country and give fans a taste of both new and old material.

 

Pierce Brothers have just sold out national shows playing with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, but this summer they'll be showcasing their own material and building hype for an upcoming debut album.

 
With the acoustic rising star Josh...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 10:15am

Acclaimed hip hop duo Blackalicious are heading back to Sydney next year, locking in a string of dates across the country.

 

The influential pair, comprised of rapper Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel, will play hits off their first three albums and additionally celebrate their newest release, Imani, Vol. 1. 

 
Gab's eloquent rhymes and Xcel's distinctive beats...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 4:00pm

The Beach Road Hotel's upstairs venue has announced a bunch of events to make your summer more interesting.

 

Throughout December, The Valley is teaming up with Sosueme and Yours to curate an exciting month of gigs and club nights.

 

Sosueme has booked in The Middle Kids, Walker & Royce, Leisure, Krafty Kuts and GL for free parties happening every Wednesday...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 1:54pm

Newtown live music venue Leadbelly is hosting a tribute to the dearly departed Leonard Cohen this weekend. 

 

A bunch of all-star Aussie musicians will share their favourite selections from Cohen’s tower of song, and with so much material to choose from, it’s no surprise the list of acts is exhaustive.

 

The lineup includes Leroy Lee, Melanie Horsnell, Maples,...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:48pm

The bassist for Tame Impala has kicked off his solo project with a new single and some big tour plans.

 

Amid his work and non-stop touring for Tame Impala, Allbrook/Avery and The Growl, it's amazing that Cameron Avery has had the time to work on another project, but his first song 'C'est Toi' is proof that he's up to it.

 

The project sees him step away from the...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:45pm

For the fifth annual Adult Glee Club showcase, the AGC are teaming up with Eternity Playhouse for a night to remember.

 

The AGC is a group mainly consisting of 25-55-year-old gleeful singing enthusiasts, which aims to bring singers from all walks of life together.

 

After five years, the group has spread from Newtown to all over Sydney as well as Brisbane and...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:44pm

It's been 20 years since Karma County's hit 'Postcard' was released, and they're still going strong with the original band lineup.

 

With five albums, a number of world tours and an ARIA Award under their belt, Karma County are keen to get back to their hometown audience for a live show.

 

Brendan Gallagher, Michael Galeazzi and Stuart Eadie will be playing a...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:33pm

In honour of their fallen founder Justin Nichol, who tragically passed away last month, Zed Vegas Bookings have announced a free tribute festival at the Bald Faced Stag.

 

Simply titled "Justinfest", the Friday December 23 lineup of metal, punk and hardcore locals will take over the band room and front bar from 4pm till late to "party and have a beer for Justin".

 

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Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:26pm

They will be showing off the tune 'Glow' along with other music from its new EP Spillin' The Light when they come to Sydney.

 

Brisbane band I Heart Hiroshima are adding to their neat discography with a new EP and a score of shows to go with it.

 

After a brief hiatus, Matt, Sull and Cam are ready to release more of their cruisy alt-rock tunes into the world, with a...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 3:56pm

Hip hop bigshot Ty Dolla $ign is heading to Sydney.

 

Joined by Kent Jones, he'll be hitting our shores in the wake of his 2015 effort FREE TC, which was released to commercial and critical acclaim. 

 

 

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 3:45pm

Some of the most prominent names in the music industry have hit out at the ABC over the decision to scrap its music-focused Radio National programs The Daily Planet, The Inside Sleeve, The Live Set, The Rhythm Divine and Jazztrack.

 

In an open letter to the ABC board and...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 1:01pm

Sydney's favourite rock'n'roll dive bar, Frankie's Pizza, is turning four in December - and it's signed up one of Australia's most enduring rock bands to help celebrate.

 

Wolfmother, led by the one and only Andrew Stockdale, will lead the fourth birthday celebrations at Frankie's following the release of their fourth studio record Victorious.

 

Any excuse to...

Posted 29 Nov 2016 @ 9:00am

The man behind the infamous Inception "bwammmm" sound is heading our way.

 

Sonic maestro Hans Zimmer has today announced a very special arena tour, one that will see him hitting a number of key Australian venues armed with an over-stuffed back catalogue of hits.

 

Zimmer is one of the most celebrated and notable of contemporary cinematic composers, and has lent his...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:57pm

A slew of reggae legends will band together for the epic Raggamuffin All Stars show when it brings some sunny vibes to Sydney in 2017.

 

Leading the charge comes Grammy-winning superstar Shaggy, who'll be bringing with him 20 years worth of certified hits. From 1995’s 'Boombastic' to 'It Wasn’t Me' and 'I Need Your Love', the reggae fusion singer has become the genre’s most...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 7:13pm

The celebration of indigenous culture and arts is celebrating its 15th birthday.

 

Yabun Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, transforming into one of Sydney's most important celebrations of culture and music.

 

Just as excitingly, the event's upcoming lineup is a doozy, with the headline set to be performed by the legendary Kev...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 7:06pm

Sydney "thrust-core" roustabouts Rick Dangerous & The Silkie Bantams are hitting the road for a national tour come 2017. 

 

The group will be promoting their latest single release 'Powdered Sugar', a blistering track dedicated to Rick’s hedonistic lifestyle and all those who like to party.

 

The crew have had a busy year, rattling cages and playing stages...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 6:58pm

The freaks of the week are heading Down Under.

 

Here's one for all you UK hip hop fans, particularly those of you who were disappointed by the multiple tour cancellations from big grime artists in the latter half of 2016: Krept And Konan have announced a 2017 Sydney date.

 

The brace of musicians have spent the last few years cleaning up, expanding from their South...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 6:42pm

With a band name like that, how are you not intrigued?

 

Local psych/funk/folk act Majun Bu were brought into this world without much of a plan, formed after a couple of mates played an improv jam gig that was well-recieved enough by punters for them to decide to sort out a proper tour schedule. Count that as an exceedingly happy accident then, given the group are already being...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 6:34pm

The Grammy Award-winner is set to perform at one of the most beautiful venues around.

 

If you're a venue as stunning as Darling Harbour, you're allowed to celebrate yourself every once in a while - modesty be damned. Indeed, that is the driving thrust behind the Celebrate Darling Harbour event, a day of music that will culminate in a headlining performance from Kiwi favourite...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 6:04pm

The Riversdale Group, with a portfolio comprising 12 venues around Australia, is set to be broken up, with its venues put up for sale.

 

The first two venues for sale are the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown and Kinselas Hotel in Darlinghurst, The Shout reports...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 10:42am

Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Tinie Tempah is returning Down Under for his first headline shows since 2014. 

 

Tinie Tempah shot to prominence in 2010 with his debut album, Disc-Overy, and followed with his sophomore album, Demonstration - both home to top-charting UK singles. 

 

His most recent efforts have seen him unleash Not Letting Go,...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:38am

Drunk Mums and The Pinheads are getting together to rip across Australia in a co-headline jaunt. 

 

It comes in the wake of a new video from The Pinheads, with 'Wildfire' getting the full visual treatment. The clip shows each member lured into an ominous coffin by their personal vices, only to be transported through the vortex and into the secret satanic lair of frontman Jez...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:35am

Hardcore band Death By Stereo will leave their Orange County nest to revisit their Australian fanbase. 

 

Off the back of a new EP Just Like You'd Leave Us, We've Left You For Dead, the heavy-hitting veterans are bringing their explosive live performances Down Under once more. 

 
After touring on the Vans Warped tour and churning out a bunch of highly acclaimed...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:31am

Zac Brown's new band Sir Rosevelt will make an Australian premiere at Bluesfest for one show only.

 

Sir Rosevelt is an interesting build on southern music, pulling inspiration from pop and EDM sensibilities, a departure from the country stylings of the Zac Brown Band. The group joins an already massive lineup for Byron Bay's 28th annual Bluesfest.

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:29am

The metal legends will thrash through their landmark album in entirety to celebrate its 15th anniversary. 

 

Australian fans will get to hear the metalcore-defining Alive or Just Breathing in the flesh, not to mention Killswitch Engage's other heart-pumping, energetic songs.

 

They'll be supported by deathmetal big names Fallujah across all their huge tour dates, ...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 9:26am

The Wollongong busker turned adored songstress will be touring the country in support of her captivating release exemplifying her incredible songwriting and artistic range.

 

In The Fog is a collection of five songs which, according to Sandridge, has been two years in the works. Title track 'In The Fog, In The Flame' opens things with a bang, followed by the disco-pulsation of...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 12:38pm

The indie darling will play Sydney in December. 

 

Darren Hanlon will be topping off 2016 with his 11th annual Christmas tour, which will feature an intimate solo set drawing on songs from his entire back catalogue and a surprise guest or two each night.

 

A recent addition to the shows has been The Christmas Address, where guests are invited to explain what...

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