Category Archives: Melbourne

CUSTOM KINGS Album Release & Tour – June/July 2010

After numerous side projects, family obligations and working holidays, Melbourne’s much loved Custom Kings have returned to the studio to record their long awaited second album, which will be called Great Escape. Reuniting with long-time collaborator, Steven Schram (Little Birdy, Ground Components) , they booked two weeks at the famed Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne and brought to life a series of songs penned in the couple of years since the release of their acclaimed debut album At Sea. Continue reading

THE TING TINGS announce headline Melbourne & Sydney shows for July 2010

Sensational British pop duo The Ting Tings will be bringing their bright, bold melodies and catchy riffs to Melbourne and Sydney audiences for two exclusive headline performances this July.

The Grammy nominated outfit comprises of Jules de Martino on drums and Katie White on guitar and vocals. With an abundance of personality reflected in their brash lyrics and energetic tunes, The Ting Tings have been a strong presence in the pop realm since their irresistible 2008 debut album We Started Nothing.

The album propelled The Ting Tings to international fame with ‘That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Great DJ’ – wonderfully infectious singles crafted around no-nonsense chants that demanded attention from the very first listen.

The Ting Tings are arguably best experienced live, to which many concert goers can attest. Along with numerous international headline shows, the band has previously played at Big Day Out and will add this year’s Splendour In The Grass to their extensive tour list.

One of the best things about this band is witnessing how much they’re clearly enjoying themselves making all this noise – Katie grinning broadly at Jules as she thrashes out her bare chords. Their kickass way with a simple pop tune doesn’t hurt, either, but uncomplicated as the music is, there’s no doubt, watching them, how much they mean it. – NME

It’s no secret that everyone wants a piece of The Ting Tings this winter. Tickets to both headline shows will be highly sought after so jump on it.

Frontier Members pre-sale begins Thursday 3 June at 12 noon AEST. General public on-sale available from Tuesday 8 June, 9am local time.

THE TING TINGS
July 2010

Pre-sale from Thursday 3 June 2010, 12 noon AEST – Friday 4 June, 12 noon AEST

General public on-sale from Tuesday 8 June 2010, 9am local time

Monday 26th July 2010   Palace Theatre, Melbourne   18+
Ticketek.com.au or 132 849
 
Wednesday 28th July 2010   Enmore Theatre, Sydney   All Ages
Ticketek.com.au or 132 849

MIIKE SNOW exclusive Melbourne & Sydney headline shows this winter

The Frontier Touring Company announced international indie-pop heroes Miike Snow will be performing headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this August.

The band has been widely acclaimed for their songwriting finesse – which comes as no surprise due to the musical experience of all three members.

Two of them, Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, have previously written and produced under the handle of Bloodshy & Avant, cranking out hits for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears – for whom they wrote and produced smash hit ‘Toxic’ and won a Grammy for their efforts.

Rounding out the phenomenal trio is US songwriter Andrew Wyatt, widely known for his wordsmith abilities as a gifted lyricist. Their self-titled debut in 2009 included the epic ‘Silvia’ and vibrant radio hit ‘Animal’ and showcased their combined talents in an explosion of catchy melodies and compositional depth.

‘Karlsson and Winnberg have focused their talent and energy on catchy-yet-intelligent and often challenging pop songs. And, crucially, they’ve hooked up with American lyricist/vocalist Andrew Wyatt. Not only do Wyatt’s words add a sharp lyricism to the beats, but his smooth, expressive, charismatic voice gives them soul.’ – popmatters.com

Following the album’s release, Miike Snow have since toured with multiple sold out shows and gained both an underground, word-of-mouth following as well as attracting massive crowds at some of the largest music festivals including South by Southwest and Coachella.

‘When tickets go on sale for Miike Snow, don’t even blink…Vocals were sharp and the energy of the band on stage gave a surge to the energy of the crowd…As most of the crowd left covered in sweat from dancing like it might be their last chance, it was hard to deny that Miike Snow passed the live music test.’ – Examiner.com

Consider yourself warned – tickets go on sale Friday 4 June, 9am local time. Frontier Members have access to a Members’ pre-sale from Wednesday 2 June, 12 noon AEST to Thursday 3 June, 12 noon AEST.

MIIKE SNOW

Melbourne and Sydney – August 2010
Frontier Members pre-sale from Wed 2 June, 12 noon AEST– Thu 3 June, 12 noon AEST
General public on-sale from Friday 4 June, 9am local time

Tuesday 3 August   The Hi-Fi, Melbourne   18+
www.thehifi.com.au or 1300 THE HIFI (1300 843 4434)
 
Wednesday 4 August   The Forum, Sydney   18+
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A DAY ON THE GREEN – BLONDIE AND THE PRETENDERS NOV/DEC 2010

  They’re two of music’s most acclaimed bands boasting two of music’s most compelling front women – Deborah Harry leading the wondrous Blondie and Chrissie Hynde fronting the mighty Pretenders. As a double-bill, it’s a world first! It’s also an absolute cracker and that’s exactly what fans can savour when Blondie & The Pretenders co-headline a November/December tour of ‘a day on the green‘ winery shows.

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Senses Fail (USA) Australian Tour – August 2010

  New Jersey quintet SENSES FAIL are set to tour Australia this August 2010, fresh out of the studio with producer Brian McTernan (Thrice, Circa Survive). The band’s long-awaited return will happen nearly 7 years after their first visit when they performed on the Taste of Chaos tour.

Senses Fail will be performing songs from their entire catalog, including their most recent Vagrant Records release ‘Life is Not a Waiting Room’, which came out in October of 2008.

7 Australian dates, 5 eager members, and a brand new live DVD scheduled to hit stores later in the year (details to come); this tour will lively demonstrate all of the passion and fury the post-hardcore band is renown for serving.

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C.W. Stoneking and the Primitive Horn Orchestra July 2010 Australian Tour

ARIA Award Winning King of Hokum and purveyor of the darkest Jungle Blues, C.W. Stoneking announces a rare Australian tour this July.

Across two full-length albums including King Hokum in 2006 and 2008’s ARIA winning Jungle Blues, C.W. Stoneking has rightfully earned the reputation as the leading voice on the Australian roots music scene. Revisiting and re-invigorating the pre-war blues, jazz, calypso and jungle sounds of the 20’s and 30’s, C.W. Stoneking has captured the imagination of a nation with his plaintive nostalgic voice and vivid narrations.
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BRITTLE Announce “THE OWLS” EP & National Tour July/Aug 2010

  There’s nothing more that Melbourne alternative rockers BRITTLE want to do but to capture their dynamic live sound and energy in their recordings and that’s exactly what they’ve achieved with legendary producer Mark Opitz at the helm on the band’s new five-track EP titled “The Owls” which will be unleashed on June 14 as a free digital download.

The EP will be backed by a massive tour of the same name that will see the band visiting all capital cities in June, July and August as well as a host of major regional centres around the country. It will be their largest Australian tour since the release of their debut EP ‘Chinese Whispers’ in 2008.

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JACK JOHNSON “To The Sea Tour” – December 2010

  Nik Tischler and Michael Coppel, in conjunction with MAX are pleased to announce the Australian dates for JACK JOHNSON’S 2010 To The Sea Tour.

Back to perform in Australia – a place he holds dear to his heart – Jack returns this coming summer in support of his forthcoming album “To The Sea”, for what will be a run of hotly anticipated shows.

A Decade on from his first visit, JACK JOHNSON will be on Australian shores again with a new album under his belt, titled To The Sea and a back catalogue of hits spanning his multi-platinum selling albums “Brushfire Fairytales”, “On and On”, “In Between Dreams” and “Sleep Through The Static”.

Performing such classics as “Inaudible Melodies”, “Sitting Waiting Wishing”, “Flake”, “Taylor”, and “Times Like These”, along side his latest hit “You And Your Heart” Jack brings in tow his ever faithful traveling companions, long time band members Adam Topol (drums),Merlo Podlewski (bass) and Zach Gill (keys).

After selling an astonishing 18 million+ copies worldwide, JACK JOHNSON, is set to release his fifth studio album – the aptly titled “To The Sea” – produced by Robert Carranza, and JACK JOHNSON, which also features guest appearances from long time collaborator and friend G. Love, and Paula Fuga. The first taster from the record comes in the shape of single and first track entitled “You And Your Heart” – a beautiful, melodic slice of acoustic bliss, that is indicative of – and perfectly introduces – “To The Sea”, to JACK’S ever faithful, and ever growing audience.

In a continuing effort to acknowledge and support environmental work JACK JOHNSON’S 2010 To The Sea Tour will collaborate with hand-chosen community groups in Australia and around the world as part of Johnson’s All At Once Community. This year’s All At Once campaign will focus on supporting non-profit groups and engaging fans in the realms of Sustainable Local Food Systems and Plastic Free Initiatives. As in 2008, Jack Johnson will donate 100% of his tour profits to charity and tour proceeds will go to these groups to support their projects. Visit www.AllAtOnce.org for additional information.

With a history of tickets selling fast on JACK’S Australian tours, fans should get in early to avoid missing out on what’s shaping up to be the must see tour of 2010.

Saturday December 4th 2010 – ME BANK STADIUM, PERTH
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Monday December 6th 2010 – ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE

Wednesday December 8th 2010 – SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL, MELBOURNE

Saturday December 11th 2010 – THE DOMAIN, SYDNEY
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Monday December 13th 2010 – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE

Further ticketing, general tour and additional environmental information available on the dedicated tour website – www.jackjohnson.com.au

Tickets for all shows are on sale Friday June 4TH 2010
all shows are LICENSED and ALL AGES

Jack Johnson – “To The Sea” out Friday June 4th – Brushfire Records / Universal Music
The album is an Australian exclusive with bonus VIDEO download of ‘You & Your Heart’

LEONARD COHEN – Second Melbourne show announced!

OVERWHELMING DEMAND – SECOND & FINAL CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE

Tickets to Leonard Cohen’s Melbourne show at Rod Laver Arena have quickly sold this morning, prompting The Frontier Touring Company to add a second show on Saturday 13 November.

The excitement and devotion of his fans has been evident today. Concert goers have been quick to call Cohen one of the most remarkable, moving live performers and the reviews following his 2009 World Tour reveal critics wholeheartedly agree. Continue reading

The Drums – Australian Headline Shows August 2010

  Dubbed ‘New York’s official coolest new band’ by NME, The Drums have heralded a return to the simplicity of the mind-invading catchiness unique to good, solid, guitar-pop songs. “We love the 1950s,” they say, “it was the beginning of basic pop music. They did it from scratch and pulled these amazing, timeless melodies out of thin air.” And The Drums’, with their New Order-style trebly, melodic bass, Ventures-esque guitar songs about surfing, do exactly that.

On stage their infectious energy manifests as near-lunacy, the band playing their chirpy, whistle stopstart ditties with breathtaking mania. It’s no wonder that after only a year of living in NYC The Drums’ concerts became a weekly dance-party attended religiously by even the most cynical of music fans.

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Gosteleradio Album Launch & Tour [June-July 2010]

  Following the release of their stunning debut album Great Deeds Against The Dead –as featured on Edge Radio (Hobart), Three D Radio (Adelaide) and SYN FM (Melbourne) – Gosteleradio are pleased to announce the supports for their upcoming Melbourne album launch. Continue reading

Sally Seltmann ‘Heart That’s Pounding’ Album Launch Tour – July 2010

  Sally Seltmann is the award-winning songwriter and singer best known for her work as New Buffalo – the artist behind ‘intoxicating’ albums The Last Beautiful Day’ and ‘Somewhere, anywhere.’ Her new album is ‘Heart That’s Pounding’. After the stripped-back elegance of her previous albums, Sally’s new record is an album that resounds with confidence, megawatt melodies and energising joy.

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Frightened Rabbit – Sydney & Melbourne shows – August 2010

On the back of their third studio album ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’, Glasgow’s Frightened Rabbit is heading to Australia to play the Splendour In The Grass Festival. If you don’t have tickets to see them there, you can still catch them at Melbourne’s Hi-Fi Bar on August 2 and The Factory in Sydney on August 3. Don’t miss out.

Frightened Rabbit
Melbourne – 2nd August 2010
The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Sydney – 3rd August 2010
The Factory, Sydney