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).
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
Thursday 2 October Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
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.
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
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.
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.
What: Nights Outside – featuring Tex Perkins and Fi Claus
When: Saturday 19 July from 7pm
Where: Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Presented by 4C arts collective
A creative cacophony for a community cause
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
LITTLE VEGAS AND THE FUZZ PARADE
THE STRANGE ATTRACTORS
plus fabulous burlesque performances from:
AND CIRCUS PERFORMERS (TBA)
4C Arts Collective
The Abbey Medieval Festival – Let the Pageantry begin…
(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.
Medieval Music & Bands, haunting melodies from harpists, trumpeters, flute and lute players, including Gregorian chanting and some of Australia’s leading medieval bands.
(photo courtesy of Abbey Medieval Festival)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Racecourse Road, Ascot QLD
DATE & TIME
Sunday 20 July – 10am to 5pm
FREE. No bookings required.
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
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/.
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.
Links: Kasey Chambers
BRAINS!!! At 3pm, Sunday 25 May 2008, Roma Street Parklands filled with zombies that had once again gathered for Brisbane’s annual Zombie Walk. More than a thousand zombies had arrived and started their pilgrimage through the city. Onlookers stood back and stared, cars beeped and zombies moaned. Leaving a trail of blood, they stumbled through to quench their thirst before disappearing into the night.
Bloody good event!
Read the event organisers “post-walk statement” here.
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Saturday saw an outstanding nights entertainment at QPAC’s Cascade Court outdoor venue. As part of the “Nights Outside” series of free concerts, Avalon Drive, Repeat Offender and Little Red Light made their mark.
Uncharted winners Avalon Drive will headline QPAC’s free Nights Outside concert this Saturday night.
The award-winning rock band who spent much of last year touring with INXS, The Veronicas and Yellowcard and performing their own national tours will take to the stage in QPAC’s Cascade Court as the lead act in a dynamic night of live music performed by some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming rock bands.
Formed in 2005, in 2006, the band’s rise was imminent when they released the EP The City Of Burnt Out Lights which spawned two singles including radio favourite, Get Up which the band went on to perform nationally as Rove Live’s house band and guest performance on Toasted TV.
Joining Avalon Drive on the bill will be the five-piece Brisbane rock band Repeat Offender, who will perform its first all ages concert this year at QPAC. Repeat Offender has shared the stage with some of the country’s best musicians including The John Butler Trio, The Butterfly Effect, The Veronicas, My Chemical Romance and The Killers. Be sure to listen out to songs from the band’s first EP To a Modern Love.
Completing the rocking line-up will be the explosive trio Little Red Light. Incorporating a quirky, funk-rock style to its music, Little Red Light is a relative newcomer to Brisbane’s music scene, but already it is making a big impact with a growing fan base.
Tickets: Free Event
QPAC – Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Links: QPAC Night Outside
31 July to 10 August 2008
The 17th Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) brings you the best and most interesting cinema from Australia and around the world. It is held at three city locations, with special sessions for families and young people. BIFF presents an entertaining mix of local and international films, retrospectives, seminars, special guests, and other events that embrace the vibrant art of filmmaking.
This Year’s Festival will showcase a selection of early films by French filmmaker, Olivier Assayas; 1970s Austrlian explotation films; and films relating to terrorism and resistance in Europe.
BIFF also incorporates Cinesparks – The Australian Film Festival for Young People, which includes free screenings for school groups and special workshops to assist the next generation of filmmakers.
In addition, the festival hosts BIFF in the Burbs that will screen a number of free films at suburban locations around SE Queensland in August.
The 2008 Brisbane Zombie walk will take play on Sunday 25th May at 3pm!
Starting at Roma Street Parklands, the meeting point will be at the amphitheater near the Wickham St entrance of the park at 3pm. After some mingling the walk will commence, leaving the park and heading towards the center of the city. Participants will then head towards Fortitude Valley. The walk will officially finish up at a small park on Ann Street just short of the Brunswick Street mall. For those zombies craving an after-party, the last leg of the walk will continue to Planet Nightclub on Warner Street.
The after-party is officially ALL AGES! Those of legal drinking age will get a special wrist band so they can buy alcohol. The venue will remain all ages until 9pm.
The cost for the after party has been kept down to a low $5 and the BBQ is only the cost of a gold-coin donation. There will also be other cheap surprises for those who attend. A cheap night out for zombie lovers!
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