This time last year the delightful Hat Fitz and Cara were riding high. They’d toured Europe, receiving great acclaim for their wonderful Wiley Ways album, and had then come home excited for the album’s Australian release and tour. Wiley Ways reached the top of the Australian Blues Charts (it stayed firmly in the charts for 12 months), and received rave reviews all round. To top things off, Hat Fitz & Cara’s shows and festival appearances were attracting large, often sell-out crowds. It seemed that Australia as a whole had finally caught on to the charm, wit and wonderful musicality of the wee lass from Ireland and the big, bushy Queenslander.
Then in December 2012 Cara was involved in a near fatal car accident, not far from the home she shares with life and musical partner Fitz. A driver pulled out in front of her while she was travelling at 70kms an hour, leaving her with nowhere to go. Fractured ribs, a damaged 9th vertebrae, a sprained back and neck and substantial frontal lobe bruising, along with a whole world of pain, brought the progress they had made to a grinding halt. But Cara was lucky to be alive, and they were grateful for it. Together, Cara and her gentle giant Fitz tackled the doctors’ & specialist appointments and the resulting legal wrangling, while keeping their family fed and afloat.
Continue reading Hat Fitz & Cara – “Fighting Fit” Tour – January 2014
Frightened Rabbit visited Australia for a national tour earlier this year off the back of their Pedestrian Verse album, playing GTM Festivals and a run of sold-out east coast sideshows. Having recently been announced as part of Laneway Festivals 2014 line-up, Frightened Rabbit have confirmed headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
Continue reading FRIGHTENED RABBIT announce Sydney & Melbourne Side-Shows – February 2014
Photo by: Dirk Behlau
Clutch have announced Melbourne heavy rock outfit Don Fernando as support for their Melbourne show at the Prince (SOLD OUT) and Sydney show at The Metro. While local hard hitters Brisbane The Black Water Fever and Heavy Roller will open proceedings at The Zoo (limited tickets available).
Towards the end of February Clutch will land in Australia for their first shows since the release of their tenth studio album Earth Rocker (2013), which has fast become the most successful album of the bands twenty four year career, featuring heavily in top ten albums of 2013 lists across the globe, including being the number one album in Metal Hammer UK’s top 50 albums of the year.
Continue reading Clutch – 2014 Australian Tour supports announced!
Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End, and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut, iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals have announced a string of new Australian tour dates in 2014 – a continuation of this year’s national capital city tour.
Presented by Social Family Records, The Harbour Agency and MAX, “Feed The Birds Part II” will kick off with two “A Day On The Green” shows with Jimmy Barnesin Clare Valley, South Australia and Yarra Valley, Victoria; followed by headline dates in Merimbula, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Laurieton, North Brisbane, Gold Coast, Albury, Batemans Bay, Rooty Hill, Revesby, Ipswich, East Brisbane, Dee Why and Belmont.
Continue reading Baby Animals are Back with a Brand new National Tour in 2014
“He’s unbeatable when it comes to the blues. He just plays it like it’s supposed to be played”
– BUDDY GUY
JIMMIE VAUGHAN is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music but as Guitar Player magazine notes “He is virtual deity-a living legend”!! He provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool.
Jimmie Vaughan’s style as a player, songwriter and band leader can be thought of as an amalgamation of so many influences. Known for his deceptively simple yet complex attack, his clean uncluttered style capitalizes on conveying the emotion and message within the music.
Continue reading Jimmie Vaughan with Nikki Hill – Bluesfest 2014 Sideshows Announced
Southern rock royalty LYNYRD SKYNYRD has heralded the calls of their devoted fans, announcing their very first Australian shows since the band’s formation.
Boasting a rich and prolific history of more than 60 albums and sales exceeding 30 million worldwide, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s southern sounds are etched on the American rock landscape and their cult classics such as ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Free Bird’ ingrained in the American spirit.
Continue reading Lynyrd Skynyrd – Australian Shows – February 2014
“…his voice and energy reminds listeners of music legends like Stevie Wonder and Prince” CNN
After making such a huge impression on his first – sold out – Australian Tour, Allen Stone is back and ready to captivate once again. At 26 years old, he hypnotized the entire crowd with his heartfelt lyrics and social morals – get set to be blown away by the extra-ordinary raw soulful talent of Allen Stone.
Continue reading Allen Stone – Bluesfest 2014 Sideshows Announced
Arriving at the Sydney Lyric in March 2014, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way on to the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart.
Continue reading Strictly Ballroom The Musical – Sydney – Opens March 2014
Grease is the word! New Cast announcements!
JOHN FROST has announced additional cast members for his multi-million dollar production, GREASE. Playing Marty will be Karla Tonkich, currently performing in Legally Blonde, and the role of Cha Cha will be played by Andrea Arena. Also joining the cast are Jared Bryan, Elisha Chin, Stefanie De Castro, Euan Doidge, Mitchell Mahony, Natasha Marconi, Scott Morris, Shannon O’Shea, Stephanie Silcock and Jessica White.
They join the already announced stellar cast members Rob Mills as Danny and Gretel Scarlett as Sandy, Bert Newton (Vince Fontaine), Todd McKenney (Teen Angel), Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino), Val Lehman (Miss Lynch), Lucy Maunder (Rizzo), Stephen Mahy (Kenickie), Francine Cain (Frenchy), Chris Durling (Doody), Sam Ludeman (Sonny), Duane McGregor (Roger) and Laura Murphy (Jan).
Continue reading GREASE THE MUSICAL – Playing in Sydney and Melbourne
Riding the momentum of a soaring radio and video favourite Put Your Curse On Me (watch it below), a string of sold out shows across August and a massive BIGSOUND campaign that saw the band partner with Red Bull to throw a packed-out launch party for their album on the first night of the Brisbane industry conference, Stonefield are poised to make their mark on the rest of 2013.
Produced by acclaimed Band of Skulls producer Ian Davenport and mixed by Grammy-nominated Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam), ‘Stonefield’ is a contemporary take on classic rock ‘n’ roll. A heavy, raw and startlingly mature collection of songs with an overt blues influence, a trademark of the band.
Continue reading STONEFIELD – 2013 Australian Album Tour
Brisbane’s Guards of May are celebrating the release of their new track Numbers with the release of a completely self-made film clip! It comes just one week ahead of their hometown launch show at Tempo Hotel alongside WA’s OPIA and Brisbane compatriots Soxiet X-Ray Record Club and House of Giants and a day ahead of the start of their tour.
Their latest track Numbers is a kinetic, melodic track that is awash with thumping bass lines, vigorous drum patterns and soaring vocal hooks. It was recorded at Loose Stones studios on the Gold Coast with Tyse Lee, is them at their sharpest – a dynamic, melodic, hook-laden track that is anything BUT by the numbers.
Continue reading Guards of May release film clip for single ‘Numbers’ + Tour Dates
Hot off the success of their first studio album release in 20 years, This Is Not The End, and its Top 20 ARIA Album Chart debut, iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals are thrilled to announce a new national Australian tour in 2013.
Fronted by Suzie DeMarchi, Baby Animals strike a familiar pose with guitarist Dave Leslie returning for action, Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums. The “Feed The Birds” tour named after the infamous Baby Animals tradition of pouring red wine into the mouth of fans in the front row – from Suzie’s own!
Continue reading BABY ANIMALS – ‘Feed the Birds’ Tour – October/November 2013
The Gum Ball has announced dates for 2014, marking its 10th year as an independent boutique music and arts festival.
The event is set to take place again at the pristine country venue ‘Dashville’, in Lower Belford, on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014.
Slightly earlier on the calendar this year, the two night event will be held on the first weekend of the April school holidays. A move that organisers hope will better suit families looking to get away over the break before Easter kicks in.
Continue reading The Gum Ball announces dates for 2014 – its 10th year!