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Don’t Miss Out – Experience the Brisbane Ekka 2008

With only a couple of days left, you don’t want to be one of the few to miss out…  the Brisbane Ekka only has a couple of days to go and there’s so many things to do and see for young and old.  With the thrill of the many varieties of rides, racing cars, bikes, horses, animal nursery, monster trucks, bands, fireworks, sideshow alley, showbags, the list is endless.  Get along, enjoy the day and experience all it’s got to offer.

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Saturday 16 August 2008 is the last night of the Ekka and the last in the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka” series of outdoor concerts.  Faker will be supported by Intercooler from 7:00pm at Ekka’s Nova Park. 

www.ekka.com.au

The John Steel Singers headline free Nights Outside concert

John Steel Singers
Fresh from touring nationally with The Polyphonic Spree and ahead of their national tour with The Grates, Brisbane’s The John Steel Singers return home to headline at QPAC’s Nights Outside.

Describing themselves as “purveyors of glorious backyard summer pop melodies” the John Steel Singers, also known as Tim Morrissey, Scott Bromiley, Ross Chandler, Pete Bernoth, Pat McDermott and Luke McDonald, will take centre stage in QPAC’s outdoor music venue, Cascade Court, on 23 August.

Triple J Next Crop winners in 2007 and finalists in the Q Song Awards 2008, John Steel Singers’ recently released mini LP ‘The Beagle and The Dove’ to rave reviews.

The Nights Outside line-up will also include performances by Brisbane rock, indie, post punk four-piece The Gallant and French pop, punk, reggae outfit, Yeo and the Fresh Goods.

Stay tuned for September Nights Outside gigs:
13 September – Repeat Offender + The Frets
27 September – The Gin Club + Tim Steward Band and James Grehan
 
Ticket Information:
What:               Nights Outside – featuring The John Steel Singers, The Gallant and Yeo and the Fresh Goods
When:              Saturday 23 August from 7.30pm
Where:            Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:           FREE
 

Brisbane EKKA – Regurgitator & Yves Klein Blue – 9 August 2008

Nova “Live and Loud & Ekka” presented another huge night of entertainment with Regurgitator and Yves Klein Blue blasting away the winter chills… the perfect end to a day at the Brisbane Ekka.
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Saturday 16 August
Faker will be supported by Intercooler in the final of the Nova Live and Loud & Ekka series.
Don’t miss this one!!

http://www.ekka.com.au

Brisbane EKKA – Butterfingers & Avalon Drive – 8 August 2008

Last night we saw Butterfingers and Avalon Drive in the first of the Nova Live and Loud @ Ekka series of concerts at the Brisbane Ekka.  These concerts are perfect in combination with an amazing array of activities and events that make the Brisbane Ekka such a magical experience. 
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DON’T FORGET!!
Tonight (Saturday 9 August 2008) it’s Regurgitator with Yves Klein Blue from 7pm 
Since releasing their first self titled EP in late 2004, Regurgitator has received national and international success touring the all over the world with particular success in Europe and Asia. Regurgitator has recorded their albums all over the world with their sixth and latest album Love and Paranoia recorded in Brazil. Indie Punk band Yves Klein Blue was the product of the four members love of Led Zeppelin forged in high school. Their current album Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves was recorded in Brisbane and Byron Bay and was released in April this year.

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Faker – Are You Magnetic? National Headline Tour

Presented by: Video Hits, Nova and Aloha Music

“[Are You Magnetic? is] the perfect choice to follow-up the single This Heart Attack, the song that made Faker the commander of the airwaves for the past six months. It has an immediate retro feel reminiscent of the Australian pop rock scene of the ’80s; in other words, it’s so hot right now.”  Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph

The Top 10 single ‘This Heart Attack’ has certainly taken breakout Sydney band Faker to a whole new legion of fans, and with new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ under their belts the band are taking to the road in September on a national headline tour.

Starting in WA the ‘Are You Magnetic?’ tour will see Faker travel to all capital cities over more than two weeks. 

Tickets are on sale from July 7 and Sparkadia will support Faker on all dates which are as follows:

‘Are You Magnetic?’ Tour
Thursday 4th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Venue: (08) 9721 2016 www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 5th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Star Surf + Skate (Perth) – (08) 93216230 Mills Records (Fremantle) – (08) 9335 1945
Planet Video (Mt Lawley) – (08) 9328 7464 www.heatseeker.com.au
Saturday 6th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Beach Life (Margaret River) – (08) 9757 2888 Blue 62 (Busselton) – (08) 9752 3522
www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 12th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Box Office: (03) 9299 9800 Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au
Saturday 13th September – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Wrestpoint Service Centre: 1300 795 257 www.wrestpoint.com.au 
Sunday 14th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Venuetix: (08) 8225 8888 www.venuetix.com.au
Friday 19th September – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Oztix: 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au www.thecoolyhotel.com.au
Saturday 20th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (licensed and all ages)
Box Office: (02) 9550 3666 www.enmoretheatre.com.au
Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au

The new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ is currently available as a digital multi-track package to include a Paul Mac remix of ‘Are You Magnetic?’ and album track ‘Sleepwalking’ remix by the Hong Kong Blondes. ‘Are You Magnetic’ follows the huge success of ‘This Heart Attack’ which is still in the Top 40 after 35 weeks.

Links: www.musichead.com.au / www.faker.com.au
www.myspace.com/fakertheband / www.alohamusic.com.au

The Getaway Plan @ Red Room – University Of Queensland, 19 July 2008

The Getaway Plan
The Getaway Plan played an “all ages” gig at the Red Room – University of Queensland, 19 July 2008 as part of the Brisbane leg of their “Where The City Meets The Sea” tour (supported by Goodnight Nurse and Closure in Moscow).

Live Review: fasterlouder review by brittles 

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Photos:  The Getaway Plan live 
Links:  The Getaway Plan @ Myspace  –  Boomtown Records  – University of Queensland  – FasterLouder 
Support bands: Closure in MoscowGoodnight Nurse 

Black Francis Tour 2008

It’s rare for a musician to hold an influence in the music world for over twenty years. It’s rare for a musician to excel as frontman in one of the most respected bands of all time, and solo artist in their own right. But Black Francis has, which is why it gives The Frontier Touring Company great pleasure to confirm that Black Francis will headline shows in Fremantle, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne this September/October – his first in over a decade. 

This tour will see Black Francis perform in support of his two most recent releases; 2007’s Bluefinger (out now through Shock) and 2008’s mini-album Svn Fngrs (out now through Shock). Boisterous and meticulous, Bluefinger and Svn Fngrs have announced to the world that Black Francis’ songwriting and performance skills are as potent as ever.

Bluefinger – speculated to be the material originally ear-marked for the Pixies’ new record – sees Black Francis at the top of his game. Dutch artist Herman Brood – the man widely considered to be the epitome of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – is heavily referenced through the album, continuing Black Francis’ penchant for expressing his unique take on the world.

Of the album, the NME gushed: “The unlikely, ghoulish inspiration of a dead Dutch pop star has forced Pixies’ frontman Frank Black into making his finest album since the demise of his influential ’90s alt.rockers.”

Mojo expressed similar sentiments: “Bluefinger marks an artistic rebirth for the king of quiet/loud.” And Rolling Stone concurred: “On Bluefinger, it sounds like the Pixies’ fantastic reunion shows have allowed Black to finally shed his ambivalence about rocking out. So he does.”

Even the notoriously fierce Pitchfork couldn’t maintain their usual veneer of nonchalance: “Bluefinger is the best overall solo record Black has released in a long time…”

It’s been over a decade since Black Francis last played headline shows in Australia. Tickets to see Black Francis play as part of the Pixies in 2007 sold out in a frenzy. You don’t need svn fngrs to figure out what the equation will be in 2008. 

Tickets are on sale Wednesday 30 July.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from noon AEST Monday 28 July

Sunday 28 September             Metropolis, Fremantle
Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

Monday 29 September             HQ Complex, Adelaide
Venue*Tix (08) 8225 8888 or www.venutix.com.au

Wednesday 1 October             Arena, Brisbane
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au;
Arena Online 1300 762 545 or www.arenaonline.com.au

Thursday 2 October                 Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Giants Of Jazz – QPAC – 16-17 August 2008

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QPAC is getting all jazzed up to host some of Australia’s biggest names in jazz.

For an entire weekend in August, jazz fans will be treated to two days of non-stop music by some of the country’s finest performers and bands.  Jazz music will weave its way through QPAC with known and local artists performing across two venues from midday to 11pm on Saturday, 16 August and midday to 6pm on Sunday, 17 August.

The exceptional line up includes one of Australia’s leading international artists, Bob Barnard (pictured, left), who will perform with his all-star band; the highly regarded composer, performer and educator Bob Sedergreen and Australia’s top rated traditional/ mainstream jazz group, The Syncopators.

Featuring all styles of jazz, Giants of Jazz also features: Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, George Washingmachine, Julie O’Hara, Peter Baylor, Laique, The Jazz Factory, Clare Hansson, Harry Lynn Quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Big Band, Jazz String.

QPAC’s Artistic Director John Kotzas said Giants of Jazz was a great opportunity for lovers of jazz to indulge in a smorgasboard of entertainment.

“It’s rare to get this number of artists of this calibre together under one roof for an entire weekend,” Mr Kotzas said.

“It’s also rare for jazz to be performed in these intimate surrounds, enabling fans an up-close and personal experience.

“Giants of Jazz builds on QPAC’s incredibly successful Jazz Fridays, which has seen local jazz artists performing in Cascade Court regularly since February,” Mr Kotzas said.

Patrons can purchase a full-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday or a full weekend pass.

Ticket Information:
Dates:            Saturday 16, August and Sunday, 17 August
Venues:           Cremorne Theatre & Studio 1, QPAC
Tickets:          Single Day Pass $105; 2 Day Weekend Pass $198
Bookings:         qtix.com.au or 136 246

Tex Perkins Headlines At Nights Outside – 19 July 2008

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QPAC’s free Nights Outside program is gaining a reputation for showcasing some of the country’s biggest names in music and this month it’s set to grow further.

In recent months, acts such as Avalon Drive, Sparkadia and Young and Restless have had QPAC’s Cascade Court buzzing. (click here for Avalon Drive QPAC article)

On 19 July, Tex Perkins will headline the entertainment along with his good friend and former Cruel Sea cavalier, James Cruikshank.

Fresh from recording his new studio album, due to be released by Universal Records later this year, Tex comes to QPAC to play some classic tunes from his back catalogue – and possibly some new tracks too.

Also featuring at Nights Outside on 19 July is Australian alt pop-rock treasure Fi Claus.

Brisbane based Fi has recently toured Australia to launch her second iTunes single, I’ll Be Spending.  Fi Claus’s free performance at QPAC will feature Emma Dean.

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Ticket Information:
What:     Nights Outside – featuring Tex Perkins and Fi Claus
When:    Saturday 19 July from 7pm
Where:   Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:  FREE

Connect Four Art Party – 19 July 2008

Presented by 4C arts collective

A creative cacophony for a community cause

Little Vegas and The Fuzz Parade


On July 19 the 4C arts collective will host the Connect Four Art Party, the follow up to the highly successful premiere March event.
The evening will feature of massive array of art in a multiplicity of styles and formats including some of Brisbane’s best bands and DJs plus burlesque, circus and physical performance and all kinds of other shenanigans.
Supplies will be provided for attendees to create and participate in making art to add to the event.
All proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Legal Service. This organisation relies on grants and donations to provide free legal advice for women in difficult circumstances.Saturday, July 19, 2008
5:00pm – midnight
Valley studios, Fortitude Valley
610 Ann st
BYO

LITTLE VEGAS AND THE FUZZ PARADE
THE STRANGE ATTRACTORS
LITTLE SCOUT
MA SHEEN
DASTARDLY KUTS

plus fabulous burlesque performances from:

LENA MARLENE
LADY LAINE

AND CIRCUS PERFORMERS (TBA)

Links:
4C Arts Collective

Abbey Medieval Festival – 5th to 13th July 2008

The Abbey Medieval Festival – Let the Pageantry begin…

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(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
There is so much to do and see at the Abbey Medieval Festival and Tournament you won’t know where to begin! Whether you’re into hands on activities, spectator sport, music, dancing or medieval food and wine you will be able to make the most of your time at the Tournament.

Music
Medieval Music & Bands, haunting melodies from harpists, trumpeters, flute and lute players, including Gregorian chanting and some of Australia’s leading medieval bands.
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(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
Medieval Encampments
Explore and wonder in over 30 re-enactor encampments, from Vikings to Knights in Armour, authentic representations of medieval life from 600-1600AD, do not miss the ever popular Shuvani Romani gypsy encampment, or the colourful 15th Century encampment of the Knights order of Lion Rampant.

Jousting
The breathtaking and highly charged Joust, when knights on their trusted war horses tilt for the honour of Champion of the Lists.  Abbey Medieval Festival will host the largest jousting tournament ever held in Australia in 2007with international participants from Belgium and New Zealand.

Street Theatre, Dancing & Games
Medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry, dancing, and costume parades for your entertainment.
Medieval Masque Ball brings your mask and dance to the fabulous melodies of Musica Prima in our spectacular Medieval Masque Ball on Saturday night the 12th of July.

Evening Markets
Australia’s most authentic medieval Markets, nearly a hundred stallholders covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts.  Whatever you’re looking for, it’ll be here! This year’s markets will open until 6:30pm on Saturday, 12th July 2008.

Fighting Displays
Combat from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance (450 – 1600 AD).  Different fighting styles and archery, tourneys, melees and individual combats including- Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

Human Chess Game
For the first time at the Abbey Medieval Festival, a game of human chess will be on show.
It follows a story dating back to 1454 when two young gentlemen played to settle which man should woo the lady they were in love with. An event will be repeated at the Abbey Medieval Festival on Saturday 12th July.
Sumptuous costumes, multi-colour banners, martial parades and exquisite elegance. This show will have over 50 characters and will go for about half-hour.

Workshops
Dancing, Crafts, Hobby Horses, Masque making, shield painting for kids, crown painting, princess hat making, Adult and Junior Medieval Cookery School, Knights School, Jester School and much more.

Lectures
Visitors have the opportunity to learn all manner of facts and figures when they visit the university pavilion on tournament days.

Medieval Stained Glass tours
Visit the Abbey Church
Be awed by its ancient stained glass- some from Winchester Cathedral and enjoy the medieval sound of Gregorian chant.

View the collections in the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
The Abbey Museum is one of Australia’s premier fine arts and archaeological museums.  Its displays have won international acclaim and the Queensland government has acknowledged that it is one of the best small museums in the country.

Events and Entertainment Program 2008

Immerse yourself in medieval culture and delight in the entertainment, there is something for everyone at Australia’s largest and most unique Medieval Festival and Tournament.

Highlight Events:

Medieval Banquet 5th of July
Free Children’s Day 7th of July
Masque Ball 12th of July
Knighting Ceremony 11th of July
Abbey Medieval Tournament 12th and 13th of July

Fact Sheet
Location & transport

  • Easy 45 minute drive from Brisbane
  • Free Buses operate from Caboolture Railway Station to the Tournament every half an hour
  • Take the Bribie Island exit from the Bruce Highway.

Festival Activities: Music: Dancing: Street Theatre: Shows: Lectures: Workshops: Spectator Sport-Jousting, combat, fencing, and archery: Markets: Stained Glass Tours:

Links:  www.abbeytournament.com

Parkway Drive & Have Heart @ Tivoli – Brisbane, 13 June 2008

Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive and Have Heart ripped up the Tivoli on Friday the 13th (13 June 2008).

Boston’s Have Heart is easily one of the biggest bands in straight edge hardcore scene and managed nothing less than a solid, full on performance that saw the packed Tivoli crowd jumping and screaming for more… perfect fodder for the mainline act “Parkway Drive“. Have Heart’s front man Pat Flynn is the face of the straight edge movement and proved that this movement is alive and well in Brisbane.

As Parkway Drive entered the stage, the crowd surged forward and erupted in classic hardcore fan style, flying fists, circle pits, and a mountain of aggression. Parkway Drive blistered through their set and did not disappoint, offering up (among others) “Gimme A D”, “Siren’s Song” and “Guns for Show, Knives for a Pro”, their high energy show that would have kept the hardest hardcore critic happy.

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Links:  Parkway Drive  –  Have Heart
Venue:  The Tivoli Brisbane

In Stitches Comedy Festival – Brisbane, 17-29 June 2008

In Stitches
12 nights of comedy, stand up, live music and a free outdoor program… In Stitches at QPAC brings together some of Australia’s most popular comedy performers for two weeks of laughs, music and random acts of weirdness.

Acts include:
Jimeoin, Puppetry of the Penis, Fiona O’Loughlin and Raymond Crowe, Cal Wilson, The Young Guns of Comedy with Tahir, Carita Farrer, The Kransky Sisters, Ahn Do, Julia Morris, Scared Little Weird Guys, The Chasers, The Umbilical Brothers and Sarah Pember.

Links:  QPACqtix

Racecourse Road Street Party – 20 July 2008

As part of Brisbane Festival 2008, the ultimate street party reclaims Racecourse Road for one massive day only.

Check out the three stages of FREE live music and create your own soundtrack to a perfect day out with the amazing sounds of jazz, world music, funk, pop and rock performances coming to you from all around Australia. The day’s performance includes Australia’s premier original soul/funk outfit Pablo Discobar, roots group Afro Dizzi Act, The Tonights a trio unbounded by genre, indie rockers Kristy London and The Other Halves, singer songwriter Emma Dean, Australia’s hottest latin band Chu‘Kale’ and many more.

This incredible day will also feature heaps of activities for children and families with face painting, workshops in circus, physical theatre, juggling, dance and kite making plus more than 150 stalls offering gourmet produce, community information and arts and crafts for sale. Complete your day by visiting the retail stores and restaurants that make Racecourse Road the hub of North Brisbane.

FEATURING
Pablo Discobar, Kafka, Afro Dizzi Act, Emma Dean, Chu‘kale’, The Tonights, Tim Loydell & the Deckchairs, Kristy London & the Other Halves, 8 Ball Aitken

VENUE
Racecourse Road, Ascot QLD

DATE & TIME
Sunday 20 July – 10am to 5pm

TICKETS
FREE. No bookings required.

TRANSPORT
TRANSLink 13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au

Train: Ascot Station
Bus: Racecourse Road, Kingsford Smith Drive & Lancaster Road
CityCat: Bretts Wharf
Parking: Eagle Farm Racecourse with a gold coin donation to charity and limited street parking available

MORE INFO
Food and beverages will be available for sale from a variety of stalls and cafes and restaurants along Racecourse Road. Umbrella making, kite making, jewellery, circus and dance workshops will run throughout the day.

For information on road closures, alternate traffic routes and parking restrictions visit http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/.

Kasey Chambers with Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones Tour

Kasey Chambers
The Frontier Touring Company by arrangement with Premier Artists are delighted to announce that Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson will be touring Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,Adelaide and Canberra this August.

Riding high on the success of their ARIA #1 album collaboration Rattlin’ Bones (out now through Liberation), Kasey and Shane’s metro concerts will include new songs from this gorgeous album, as well as past hits from Kasey’s impressive multi-platinum back catalogue.

Joining Kasey and Shane on stage will be a full band comprised of Bill Chambers, John Watson, James Gillard, and Mark Collins. Fans will also be treated to a special acoustic segment during the evening.

Rattlin’ Bones has been unanimously declared one of the year’s best releases. Check out what some of the reviews have said:

“.Some might have pondered if Chambers teaming with Nicholson in the studio was wise. Rattlin’ Bones blows any such doubts away.”  Courier Mail, Brisbane

“…the songs are so strong, they sound like instant classics.” Rhythms Magazine

“…a deadset beaut bunch of traditional country tunes that are as honest as a boy scout and as open as a drunkard writing his resignation at 4am.” People Magazine

“…destined to stand the test of time.” Beat Magazine, Melbourne

“…their voices complement each other beautifully.” Time Out, Sydney

Having been fortunate enough to have seen Kasey and Shane perform together in the past, I am able to attest to the powerful rapport between the couple. Likewise as a solo performer Kasey shines as always with her impressive vocals and delivery. With a plethora of old and new hits to choose from, these concerts will have something for everyone.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 10 June 2008.

Sunday 17 August Brisbane Concert Hall, QPAC
qtix 136 246 or www.qtix.com.au

Links:  Kasey Chambers