Category Archives: Brisbane

Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival is almost beyond words. A festival fantasy land that will fill all of your senses. From it’s humble beginnings in 1987, known then as the Maleny Folk Festival, this yearly event has grown into one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world.

Kate Miller-Heidke - Caloundra Music Festival 2008

Set in the picturesque countryside of Woodford and offering six days and nights of concerts, dances, workshops, circus acts, forums, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, an entire children’s festival, art and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event.

The Herd @ Quicksilver Pro-Show

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Serj Tankian Australian Shows January 2009


Roll up! Roll up! Rock ’n’ roll ringmaster Serj Tankian has donned his top hat and will be cracking the whip at some very special shows in Australia. With System Of A Down on hiatus, the frontman has gone solo with the multi-layered album Elect the Dead and nd his band the FCC.

Music available at Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead 

Since the album’s release in late 2007, the freshly minted solo artist has supported Foo Fighters, played festivals including Rock en Seine, Ozzfest, Coachella, Reading and

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Stray Cats @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 26-27 February 2009

It’s been a long, long, too long a wait but finally Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker will be back down under on their Farewell World Tour.

Formed in 1979 the Stray Cats took the world by storm with their infectious rockabilly musical stylings and frenetic live shows.

Having created their own version of the standard rockabilly sound by blending Brian’s jazz & swing sensibilities with the band’s love of the 70’s UK punk sound, the Stray Cats have built up a devoted following and maintained an enviable live reputation throughout their 30 year career.
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ATP 2009

For the inaugural Australian series All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have announced that arguably the most significant Australian export of the last twenty years Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, are to make their curating debut. The Bad Seeds intimate knowledge of all things Australian (music and otherwise) coupled with their innate sense of the weird and wonderful will – we are sure – make for a series of very unique events.

Performers already chosen to appear at All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 include seminal Australian punk band, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977; British transcendentalists, Spiritualized; avant-blues artist, James Blood Ulmer (US); krautrock supergroup, Harmonia (Germany); electro-terrorists, Fuck Buttons (UK); pioneering synth-minimalists, Silver Apples (UK); psychotic space rockers, Afrirampo (Japan); Ex-Swan M. Gira (USA), the jazz-noir stylings of the Laughing Clowns (Aust), former Go-Between Robert Forster (Aust), the synth-punk of Primitive Calculators: former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland S. Howard (Aust), post-grunge/noise devotees, The Stabs (Aust), classical-rock teenagers Bridezilla (Aust) & the sublime ambience of The Necks (Aust)

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The Cat Empire @ The Tivoli, Brisbane – March 12th and 13th 2009

The Cat Empire
Return to The Tivoli!

Guess who’s back? The Cat Empire. After a quieter year by Empire standards, the guys are pulling together their ever-entertaining troupe to hit the road in Australia, with the announcement of theatre shows, and more to follow for Feb/March 2009.

The National Tour will support the Feb ’09 release of a new album – Live on Earth – which incorporates recordings of shows all over the world, spanning the bands career to date.


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The Big O Kick Starts Uni Life!

School’s out for summer, the craziness of Schoolies Week is over, and Christmas holidays are finally kicking in. Once the whirl of the New Year rolls around, it will be time to gear up for study again…but where to start? To edge all those students into university life, Secret Sounds is launching The Big O, an annual orientation week event to get your uni campus rocking.

The Big O will see The Music, The Fratellis, Ben Lee, Bluejuice, Yves Klein Blue and triple j Unearthed J Award nominees Cassette Kids hit the East Coast to welcome the school year. Coming to a campus near you, The Big O is a series of O Week events to be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. Tickets are available for both students and the general public. Please note these will be the only shows for headlining acts in each state! While The Big O is the official music celebration of O Week on campus, traditional initiation events will still be in full swing. Check your university website for full details..

In their last visit to Australia The Music danced up a storm, leaving the Splendour in the Grass tent bent at the seams and the crowd ballistic for more. Their headline shows sold out in minutes. Now, The Music look forward to returning to Australian shores in 2009. “It’s one of those places you look at when you are younger and can only dream about going to, so whenever I’m there I always feel privileged,” says frontman Rob Harvey. Their album ‘Strength In Numbers’ is out now. .

Glasgow guitar-slingers, The Fratellis are no strangers to the road. Having toured the UK and USA six times, the Brit Award-winning trio were one of the highlights of Splendour in the Grass 2008. Their second album ‘Here We Stand’ saw them go from indie stars to pop icons. Their sold out headline shows had venues shaking, bodies jumping, and punters shouting for more. .

Giving any crowd the warm and fuzzies is as easy as a smile and a tune for Ben Lee. The ex-pat Aussie returns home with a full band for the first tour of brand new material from his forthcoming album, “The Rebirth of Venus” due out on February 7th 2009. The ARIA Award-winning artist’s new single ‘I Love Pop Music’ has already elected Ben Lee the President of Pop. .

Who better to get a party started than Bluejuice? With a mandate to get people dancing with carefree abandon, the five piece pulls together a sweaty mix of rock, hip hop, electro and disco. Give them a little bit of vitriol on the dance floor at The Big O. .

Fresh out of the LA studio, Yves Klein Blue will be returning to their loyal Australian fan base. The Brisbane four-piece have been recording their debut album in Hollywood with Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, The Vandals). Yves Klein Blue caused a stir in 2008 with the release of their debut EP “Draw Attention to Themselves” which saw them embark on a national and international tour, with sold out shows from home-town Brisbane to London and New York. Their debut full-length album is due out in April 2009. .

Sydney’s Cassette Kids are the final addition to The Big O bill. On the cusp of something big, Cassette Kids have already earned a fierce reputation thanks to captivating vocalist Katrina Noorbergen. They have toured with The Presets and shared the stage with Ting Tings, New Young Pony Club, Van She and many more. .

Get some higher learning as The Big O schools students across the nation in the art of a good party throughout Orientation Week 2009!.

Secret Sounds and triple j proudly present The Big O Tickets on sale from 12pm on Friday, December 19th, 2008.

Thursday, 26th February: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne Supported by FasterLouder, Street Press Australia and Channel [V] Tickets available from or 132 849 Polyester Records (Melbourne City, Fitzroy) Greville Records (Prahran) Missing Link (Melbourne City) Monash Student Association outlets For more information call (03) 9905 3035. This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested. .

Friday, 27th February: University of Sydney, Manning House Supported by FasterLouder, Street Press Australia and Channel [V] Tickets available from or 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849 + Moshtix Outlets Including: Fish Records (Balmain, Leichardt, Newtown), The Music Shop (Bondi), Utopia (Broadway) Resist Records (Newtown) Red Eye Records (City) or 132 849 In person from The Access Centre (Level 1, Manning House) Ph: (02) 9563 6103 For more information visit or call 1800 013 201. This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested..

Saturday, 28th February: University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus Amphitheatre, Brisbane Supported by FasterLouder, Street Press Australia and Channel [V] Tickets available from or 1300 762 545 + Oztix Outlets Including: Butterbeats (City & Valley), Gooble Warming (West End), Rockinghorse Records, Moshpit Music (Maroochydore), Sunflower Music (Broadbeach) In person from UQ Union 2nd Hand Bookshop For more information please call (07) 3377 2259 This is an All Ages event. Photo ID will be requested to purchase alcohol..

Tuesday, 3rd March: Australian National University Bar and Refectory, Canberra Supported by FasterLouder Street Press Australia, BMA and Channel [V] Tickets available from or 132 849 Landspeed Records (02) 6248 9220 For more information please call (02) 6125 3660 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested..

Thursday, 5th March: University of Wollongong, The Great Hall & Uni Bar Supported by FasterLouder, Street Press Australia and Channel [V] Tickets available from Redback Music (02) 4229 6169 Venue Unishop (02) 4221 8050 For more information please call (02) 4221 8000 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested..

Friday, 6th March: Newcastle Uni, Bar On The Hill & Outdoor Surrounds Supported by FasterLouder, Street Press Australia, Reverb and Channel [V] Tickets available from The Rock Shop (02) 4929 1856 Billy Hydes (02) 4965 4222 Uni Campus Outlets (02) 4968 3845 For more information please call Uni Campus Centre (02) 4968 3845 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested..

Cradle Of Filth Australian Tour 2009


Awaken from thy nightmarish faerytale and prepare for the violation of thy soul as the Lords of all the metal-goth-vampire disciples, the inimitable Cradle of Filth, descend upon Australian soil in 2009. Just Say Rock Productions, in bloodied unison with Roadrunner Records Australia, proudly presents the Australian leg of Cradle of Filth’s, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder tour in May 2009.

Conspicuously missing from our shores since 2000’s Midian tour, the highly successful extreme metal innovators from Suffolk, England will deliver their full theatrical rock show to Australian audiences who have been kept waiting in the depths of murky darkness for ‘ages’.

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Black Mountain Australian Tour February, March 2009

Billions Australia are pleased to announce that the wait is over!
Canada’s psych-and-prog-spiritual pioneers BLACK MOUNTAIN are heading to Australia in February/March 2009 to take us on a ride of monster riffs, swirling Hammond and cosmic rock.

Black Mountain play summer festival dates at the Perth Festival and Golden Plains in Victoria but will headline their own club shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney!

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Soundwave 2009 Festival second round announced

As promised, Soundwave returns in ’09, and to paraphrase Southpark, it is bigger, longer and uncut!
Topped by one of this generation’s most talented and uncompromising bands in NINE INCH NAILS, the festival also sees a long overdue return of grunge titans ALICE IN CHAINS and juvenile delinquents The BLOODHOUND GANG.

Never one to rest on there laurels, they’ve announced the second round of artists for Soundwave 09!
So without further ado… joining the already massive cast will be the powerful live force that is the Dillinger Escape Plan, Florida Metalcore titans Underoath, the sky-high hooks of Forever The Sickest Kids, pop rock balladeers Jack’s Mannequin and the unrelenting rhythms of All That Remains.
As always, there is also plenty to offer the fans of punk, metal and the heavier end of the alternative spectrum, as well as signing tents giving artists the opportunity to meet fans, market stalls and the odd bit of crappy installation art for you to laugh at.
Artist Line Up:

General Public tickets are on sale now through Soundwave festival, & 132 849.
Saturday 21 February – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday 22 February – TBC, Sydney
Friday 27 February – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Saturday 28 February – Bonython Park, Adelaide
Monday 2 March – Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean, Perth
* Venues, lineup and date may be subject to change
Licensed All Ages Event Photo ID Required
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The Prodigy BDO Sideshows

Smack my BIG DAY OUT up! It’s the one, the only, THE PRODIGY, back for BIG DAY OUT No.4. Whilst here they will also be playing a number of SideShows – Brisbane Riverstage, Sydney Hordern Pavillion and Melbourne Palace. (Sideshow Details Below)
 The British pioneers of crash-bang-boom rocktronica will be armed with a brand new album (due in February), and the same old fierceness.

On their first tour of duty in 1996, thanks to killer tracks like Voodoo People, THE PRODIGY were the big thing on


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Laneway Festival 2009

Laneway Festival 2009: Second Announcement

– Brisbane Set Times –

In the continuing tradition of presenting music fans with the very best music that the country has to offer, the Laneway Festival is pleased to announce a huge array of amazing local acts to the line-up – see below – in each city, in addition to a few exciting developments in 2009 across the country.

In Melbourne, the gorgeous, historic Victorian State Library will play host – for the first time ever – to a music stage on its steps, transforming the grassy knoll into an ampitheatre featuring the best of Melbourne’s underground. We’re also teaming up with QV to present a stage in their quadrangle. Chill out to some of our finest low-fi acts as the Laneway Festival takes over the entire QV precinct. Melbourne punters can also admire Warwick Baker’s astonishing pictures in his Laneway Festival photography retrospective.

The people at The Thousands are using their considerable knowledge of the best local designers, street fashion and art to present independent designer markets at the Laneway Festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Buy some cool vintage stuff, designer gear or baked goods and use their concierge mail service so you don’t have to lug it around. ??We are excited to support the thriving W.A music scene as we head to Perth for the first time for a special twilight show. The Path to Laneway program offers emerging, original, unsigned (to a major record label) Western Australian acts the chance to open the Perth leg of the festival. You only have a week to enter, so get to www.sonicbids.comfor all the details.

Tickets to all shows are selling quickly and there will be no second release of tickets. Get yours now from

Plus! Subscribe to Lost and Found to win two VIP tickets to Melbourne’s Laneway Festival, airfares, accommodation and drinks with Temper Trap! Lost and Found is a free insiders’ guide to Melbourne, arriving with a ‘ping’ in your inbox just when you need it. Covering music, design, fashion and caffeine, it’s guest edited by the likes of Susien Chong (Lover), Dan Whitford (Cut Copy) and Pedro ‘Busy P’ Winter. Visit Lost and Found before January 19 to enter.


Over 18’s only.

Saturday, 31 January 2009
Alexandria St off St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley

Sunday, 1 February 2009
Lonsdale St, Caledonian Lane and Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Friday, 6 February 2009 (Twilight Event)
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Saturday, 7 February 2009
Fowler’s Live, North Terrace

Sunday, 8 February 2009
The Basement, Macquarie Park & Reiby Place, Circular Quay

Onsale NOW

Online Booking:
Phone Booking: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) and all Moshtix outlets nationwide.

Purchase Laneway tickets from these Levi’s® stores to receive your FREE Laneway T-shirt (while stocks last).

St. Jerome’s Bar, 7 Caledonian Lane, Melbourne
Polyester Fitzroy store: 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – (03) 9419 5137

Jackson Browne @ Brisbane Riverstage – 27 February 2009 with Toni Childs, Richard Clapton and Tim Freedman

Music legend Jackson Browne is returning to Australia with his full band. Andrew McManus Presents one of music’s most influential songwriters, Jackson Browne, with Toni Childs, Richard Clapton and Tim Freedman at selected shows, live in concert Feb/March 2009! Tickets for this not to be missed performance are on sale now.

JACKSON BROWNE has been described as the ultimate LA singer-songwriter. Over the course of three decades, he has
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PRIMAL SCREAM Welcome To Your Beautiful Future AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2009

Good things come in nines…….

In July this year Primal Scream released their ninth studio album Welcome To Your Beautiful Future.

And when they return in February 2009, it will have been nine years since they graced Australian fans with their live presence. We are sure there is at least nine hundred ways to get excited about this!

With 26 years of music behind them, and a discography that holds some of the most critically acclaimed and important records of the modern era, Primal Scream have drawn descriptions as varied as noise terrorists to retro rock and even pop with their newest release.

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José González @ Brisbane Powerhouse 7th February 2009

José González
Brisbane Powerhouse – Sat 7 Feb 09 – 7:30pm

Swedish Grammy Award winner José González’s extraordinary finger-picking guitar skills, hushed vocals and warm melodies create an intimate musical experience with universal appeal.

Born in Sweden to Argentinean parents, González’s signature Spanish-meets classical guitar style is influenced by both Northern Argentinean folk and Scandinavian pop.

With gold and platinum records in multiple countries, González is revered for his own song writing as well as his inspired acoustic interpretations of songs by artists such as Massive Attack, Kylie Minogue and Joy Division.
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The Streets “Everything Is Borrowed ”Australian Tour

Hailed as the ‘voice of a generation’, Mike Skinner’s The Streets are revered by music critics and fans alike. The first time people heard The Streets’ Mercury nominated album Original Pirate Material, they couldn’t decide on whether the person making the music was black or white, from London or the Midlands, deadly serious or a total joker.

These days The Mercury Prize winner and Brit Award nominee has been described as one of the most authentic voices of British youth for many years.

The Streets have made the cultural crossover from the small UK Garage music and pirate radio scene to the mainstream becoming equally as important to the charts as they are to the indie kids.

With a brand new album, Everything Is Borrowed (September 2008) tucked under their belts, The Streets return to Australia to tour in 2009.

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