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On the Road to Somewhere – Alinta Chidzey in West Side Story [Feature Article]

By: Pepa Wolfe

On the Road to Somewhere

Actress Alinta Chidzey is wowing audiences as she burns up the floor in West Side Story, bringing sass and charm to the role of Anita. Life Music Media caught up with her for the Brisbane leg of the Australian Tour.

For someone who has just taken a quick break from an intense tech week to talk to the media, Alinta Chidzey appears very relaxed.

It’s a sunny day at Southbank in Brisbane, where the cast and crew of the classic musical West Side Story are busily preparing to launch the next leg of their Australian tour. Chidzey sits sipping an orange juice and speaks enthusiastically about the role of Anita – the fiery Puerto Rican immigrant unwillingly caught up in a 50s gang war – for which she is receiving rave reviews.
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Good Charlotte ‘Cardiology’ Australian Tour – April 2011

In their first national tour in more than three years, GOOD CHARLOTTE return this April for all-ages arena shows around the country.

Joining the boys on all dates will be Australia’s-own SHORT STACK and Boston’s BOYS LIKE GIRLS.
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Charlie Mayfair – ‘To Her Door’ [Paul Kelly cover]

This video was filmed by our good friend Patrick Self (

Life Music Media are fostering Charlie Mayfair in a competition to play at Sunset Sounds in 2011!
“To celebrate, we’ve decided to make some videos of acoustic covers of songs written by our favourite Sunset Sounds artists. THIS IS NUMBER TWO!

It’s an amazing song written by Paul Kelly called ‘To Her Door’. “… Charlie Mayfair

Interview with Winston McCall of Parkway Drive [Part 1]

Interview: Hannah Collins

Winston McCallOut on the run, and sitting quietly in a car it’s about 11.30AM when the phone rings.

It’s an anticipated call, an exciting sound, I answer, my heart beating with suspended animation.

LMM – Hello Hannah Speaking
WM – Hey Hannah It’s Winston [McCall] from Parkway Drive here.

LMM – So have you done a few interviews already this morning?
WM – No I haven’t actually, this is the first one.

LMM – Really? So you got to have a bit of a sleep in?
WM – *Laughs* Yeah a little bit!

LMM – Good Stuff. So you’ve been touring off the back of your latest release, Deep Blue, having done a recent national tour. The Brisbane leg of the show was stated to be (in your own words) one of or even the biggest headlining shows that you’ve played in Australia.
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In news that’s guaranteed to have fans all over the nation going absolutely wild, American global pop sensation, Ke$ha, is headed down under for her first ever Australian tour. In addition to her recently announced live performances at the almighty 2011 Future Music Festival, the chart-topping singer/songwriter will also play a string of headline shows around the country from 3-16 March in 2011.

Touching down for a week-long promo tour in Sydney yesterday, Ke$ha’s visit is perfectly timed for this exciting announcement! On top of some special appearances in support of the forthcoming Animal + Cannibal double CD due for release November 19, Ke$ha is sure to have the paparazzi and fans alike in a frenzy as she hits the harbour city’s shops, restaurants and hot spots.

MOS DEF – The Ecstatic Tour – January 2011 [Tour News]

  Grammy Award-nominated rapper, actor and poet Mos Def has announced The Ecstatic Tour. His first ever headline tour of Australia, The Ecstatic Tour has been titled in support of his current album of the same name. Released June 09, ‘The Ecstatic’ (his 4th studio album to date) just earned Def a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. Rolling Stone magazine named it the seventeenth best album of 2009.

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Los Capitanes new single “you (feat. me)”

  With their brand new single you (feat. me) making waves at radio around the country, a new album on the way in early December, and having just graced the stage of this year’s Stonefest as winner’s of the triple j unearthed slot, you’d be right to say that things are heating Los Capitanes in a major way. Now, this 6-piece ska outfit from Canberra, is taking their live show on the road in November.

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BIFFY CLYRO Headline Shows, Sydney/Melbourne – December 2010

  Chugg Entertainment and XIII Touring are pleased to announce Biffy Clyro headline shows at Factory Theatre Sydney Saturday 11th December (ALL AGES) and Thursday 16th Decmber at The Hi Fi Melbourne (18+).

Mercury Prize nominated Scottish rock royalty ‘Biffy Clyro’ are returning to Australia this December to storm our cities with their astounding live shows!

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The Vasco Era ‘Back from China’ Tour – November/December 2010 [Tour News]

  They’ve conquered the Great Wall, gorged themselves on Peking Duck and made tracks through the Forbidden City, now The Vasco Era are back and itching to show you their cultural side on their Back From China tour.

After playing to crowds of over 6,000 at China’s longest-running rock music festival (Midi fest), sharing the bill with the likes of U.S. metal act Soulfly and Chinese premiere league rockers, Tang Dynasty, the local lads showcased their latest release – Lucille –

in a more intimate setting, at D22 bar, Beijing, and Vox bar, Wuhan to rave reviews.
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And Landing in Australia on Ed Force One!!!

Following on from the recent announcement of IRON MAIDEN’s Australian tour dates in February and March 2011, we can now reveal that the band, along with their crew and many tons of equipment, will be arriving into Australia onboard Ed Force One –a customized Boeing 757 – on their continuing mammoth Final Frontier World Tour! Once again piloted by lead singer and qualified Airline Captain Bruce Dickinson, the plane will be flying 50,000 miles round the globe, playing 29 shows and visiting 26 cities in thirteen countries across 5 continents heading into more new Frontiers of uncharted Maiden territory!!!


Sunset Sounds Foster Band Initiative is set to shine a light on local bands!

Vote for Charlie Mayfair here
  10 of Brisbane music’s most supportive media publications have teamed up with Sunset Sounds to bring you the
Sunset Sounds Foster Band Initiative.

That’s right, this fantastic initiative will not only shine a light on local artists, it also gives them the chance to secure a paid spot on the Sunset Sounds line up, along-side Interpol, Public Enemy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Klaxons, The National and heaps more!

There are two spots up for grabs with 10 bands eagerly vying to be one of the chosen.

LIFE MUSIC MEDIA is proudly fostering Brisbane band Charlie Mayfair and thoughout November we’ll be bringing you some very tasty morsels of Charlie Mayfair goodness!
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Watch My Hands - Charlie MayfairCharlie Mayfair
  In January 2010, a band was born: with fire in their bellies and rapture in their hearts, they took to stages sharing stories woven into songs. This band is Charlie Mayfair.

The early months of the year saw the band racing around their hometown writing songs, making friends, and letting people experience their unique style of folk-fired pop. They hollered their gigs from the rooftops and Brisbane heeded their call.

And so their three-part-harmonised hollering led them to play at many lovely venues like The Powerhouse, The Troubadour, The Zoo, The Sound Lounge, World Bar and The Old Museum sharing the stage with the talented likes of Old Man River, Dan Parsons, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bedroom Philosopher, The Boat People, Loren, TheCoronas (IRE) and Iceland’s Svavar Knutur, amongst others.

Wasting no time jumping into the studio, a short six months from inception, their debut release Watch My Hands “is a five-track harmony wonderland” (Scene Magazine) imbued with a bohemian flair while striding effortlessly between elements of folk and pop. Launched at The Zoo in Brisbane to an impressive capacity crowd, the release has since received enthusiastic nods from across the nation with a feature on triple j Unearthed, spot plays on the station, and a growing collection of glowing commentary on the bands’ live shows and debut recording.

Having made a quick trek to Sydney to launch the release to a welcoming reception at the Finders Keepers markets and MUM, the remaining months of 2010 will see the group once again hit the road for their first east coast tour which follows the release of their debut video clip for ‘If I Fell Down’. The shows will feature new songs and showcase the newly expanded bands’ impassioned live show.

Debut EP – Watch My Hands

Watch My Hands - Charlie MayfairCharlie Mayfair
  Ever craved some beautifully crafted music comprised of gently soaring harmonies and dainty whimsy, yet with a mature touch to the sound and lyrics?”
– Lauren Sherrit, Life Music Media … Read Review

“With their mature blend of classy pop, folk sounds and stunning harmonies, it’s hard to believe that
five-piece band Charlie Mayfair formed a mere four months ago.”
– Jayvia Magini, Rave Magazine

“This is a really sweet folk-pop song, lovely harmonies going on.”
– Zan Rowe, triple j Unearthed

Available in stores via Green Distribution and online via Waterfront Records

Sunset Sounds Foster Band Initiative is set to shine a light on locals bands!

LIFE MUSIC MEDIA has selected CHARLIE MAYFAIR as its Sunset Sounds foster band.

Come on Brisbane… Australia… the World! Let’s secure them a spot at Sunset Sounds 2011 Festival.
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Tool announce Big Day Out sideshows in Brisbane and Melbourne!

  Lees & West proudly present TOOL

Touring Down Under for the first time in four years, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor take a break from the studio where they have been working on a follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days to share their “primal, poignant, poetic and as always utterly powerful” (ARTISTdirect, July 2010) music with Aussie music fans.

Formed in Los Angeles at the dawn of the ’90s, TOOL first caused tremors in 1993, with their debut album Undertow going platinum, winning praise for its dynamic take on metal and causing controversy with striking videos .for Sober and Prison Sex. Ænima followed in 1996 and Lateralus in 2001, both winning Grammys, taking the band further down a mind-bending rabbit-hole of artful and progressive alternative rock and inspiring an unwavering devotion in their ever-swelling audience.
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Katy PerryKaty Perry
  Logitech and Michael Coppel are proud to present Katy Perry as she sets off on her biggest world tour yet, bringing The California Dreams Tour to Australia this autumn!

Following the huge success of her #1 album ‘Teenage Dream’, sassy pop icon Katy returns with her incredibly infectious pop for arena shows in her first Australian tour since August 2009’s Hello Katy Tour.

Since her 2008 breakthrough with the massive smash hit ‘I Kissed A Girl’ which spent six weeks at the top of the ARIA chart, Katy Perry has continued to top charts around the world. Lifted from her debut album ‘One Of The Boys’, the album is also home to hit singles, ‘Ur So Gay’, ‘Hot N Cold’, ‘Thinking of You’ and ‘Waking Up In Vegas’.



[Photo credit – Stuart Blythe]
  A crowd of 58,977 spectators has enjoyed a hot day and hot racing on the streets of the Gold Coast today for the third and final day of the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

Today’s crowd brings the Event’s total tally to 170,073 fans across the three days, a result Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves said was spectacular.

“This Event means jobs, it means tourism, this is too important for the Gold Coast, and with 170,000 odd spectators over three days, that is great for the Gold Coast,” said Minister Reeves.

“The aerial shots from today’s action that are being shown around the world show what the Gold Coast has to offer, and you couldn’t pay for that kind of advertising and the benefits will be ongoing – what a fantastic result.”

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser echoed the Minister for Sport’s statements.

“There isn’t a spectator that was here today that will go home disappointed, or anyone that would have watched that on television and not hung on right to the last lap, that was competitive racing with the best backdrop in Surfers Paradise and it’s a wonderful thing,” said Fraser.

“No doubt the event has met the mark this year, we will make a formal assessment next year but right now it is firmly in pole position.”

Entertaining the spectators today was the second 300 kilometer, 120 lap battle for V8 Supercar glory on the streets, with reigning Champion Jamie Whincup and co-driver Steve Owen taking the honours after a hard-fought race which culminated in a furious battle for the lead between Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen across the final segment.

Van Gisbergen eventually crossed the line in second, seeing he and co-driver John McIntyre on the second step of the podium while Mark Winterbottom had a determined drive through the field after a mishap during his pit stop, to see he and his co-driver Luke Youlden claim third today.

“That is certainly up there as far as wins, we were a sitting duck there at the end but the car was a long way from yesterday, we reinvited the wheel which is not uncommon in motrsport, a tune up here or a tweak there, a spring change and so on, massive amount of changes last night, and the car was a lot better today,” said Whincup.

“We still used the rear tyres, but it was a fun battle with Shane, we raced hard but fair. That is what it is all about!”

Van Gisbergen was also happy with the battle to the finish although he wasn’t able to stand on the top step.

“It was definitely on at the end there and we were trying pretty hard, Jamie was driving really well, it was a great fight and I am pretty happy with the result, I would have been happy with third but second is better!” said van Gisbergen.

Priaulx was the highest placed international driver, placing tenth with his driving partner Lowndes in the TeamVodafone machine after they placed second in yesterday’s race, receiving a special trophy for his efforts.

Priaulx wasn’t alone in enjoying the weekend’s action, with Castroneves just one of the drivers expressing excitement at the prospect of coming back.

“Yes! It’s like Dancing With The Stars – so much fun. I gotta do it,” said Castroneves when asked if he would come back next year if he could.

The V8 Supercars weren’t the only cars thrilling the crowd today, with a special trip down memory lane arranged for the fans this morning when the infamous 1977 1-2 Bathurst finish of Alan Moffat and Colin Bond was recreated before their eyes.

During their session this morning, the cars did laps for the crowd before the entire field slowed to walking pace, apart from the cars of Moffat and Bond, who continued on at ‘race pace’ to recreate the form finish across the start/finish line.

However it wasn’t exactly as before, with the pair changing it up to see Bond cross the line first.

“This is a fantastic event to be a part of. It was terrific to recreate probably the most memorable moment in my motor racing career,” said Moffat

“It was great to spend time with the drivers from my era.

“The Bathurst Regional City Council and the National Motor Racing Museum must be congratulated for giving up the car for this weekend.

“The last time we went around it was 1-2, this time around it was 2-1, so I guess the score is even between Colin and myself. Who knows…we might have to get together for the decider.”

Also on track today were the Yokahama V8 Utes, the Hertz MINI Challenge pocket rockets and the Genuine Ford Parts Australia Formula Ford Championship.

Taking race wins in the Utes today were Rhys Mc Nally for race two and Grant Johnson for race three, with Chris Pither taking the round honours.

In the MINI Challenge and Formula Ford racing it was Glenn Seton and Chaz Mostert respectively who took the race three spoils, with Paul Stokell and Mostert winning the rounds respectively. Mostert dominated his category with three wins from three races allowing him to extend his championship lead significantly.

The Armor All Gold Coast 600 has taken place across three days October 22-24, and is a partnership between the Queensland Government and V8 Supercars Australia. For more information on the event, please visit

Friday – 50,980
Saturday – 60,116
Sunday – 58,977
TOTAL – 170,073

      Race Results: Race 20 V8 Supercar Championship Series –
Armor All Gold Coast 600

1. #1 Team Vodafone – J.Whincup/S.Owen : Holden Commodore VE
2. #9 SP Tools Racing – S.Van Gisbergen/J.McIntyre : Ford Falcon FG
3. #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon – M.Winterbottom/L.Youlden : Ford Falcon FG
4. #18 Jim Beam Racing – J.Courtney/W.Luff : Ford Falcon FG
5. #55 The Bottle-O Racing Team – P.Dumbrell/J.Villeneuve : Ford Falcon FG
6. #15 Jack Daniel’s Racing – R.Kelly/O.Kelly : Holden Commodore VE
7. #22 Toll Holden Racing Team – W.Davison/R.Briscoe : Holden Commodore VE
8. #39 Supercheap Auto Racing – R.Ingall/J.Perkins : Holden Commodore VE
9. #33 Fujitsu Racing / GRM – L.Holdsworth/G.Ritter : Holden Commodore VE
10. #888 TeamVodafone – C.Lowndes/A.Priaulx : Holden Commodore VE
11 #34 Fujitsu Racing / GRM – M.Caruso/P.Long : Holden Commodore VE
12. #24 Bundaberg Red Racing Team – F.Coulthard/D.Reynolds : Holden Commodore VE
13. #6 Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon – S.Richards/W.Power : Ford Falcon FG
14. #12 Bing Lee/Panasonic Racing – D.Fiore/G.Morbidelli : Ford Falcon FG
15. #51 Castrol Edge Racing – G.Murphy/Y.Muller : Holden Commodore VE
16. #19 Dick Johnson Racing – J.Webb/S.Bourdais : Ford Falcon FG
17. #3 Centaur Racing – T.D’Alberto/T.Monteiro : Holden Commodore VE
18. #16 Stratco Racing – T.Ricciardello/D.Wood : Holden Commodore VE
19. #47 Wilson Security Racing – T.Slade/H.Castroneves : Ford Falcon FG
20. #11 Rock Racing – J.Bargwanna/A.Tagliani : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #2 Toll Holden Racing Team – G.Tander/C.McConville : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #17 Jim Beam Racing – S.Johnson/D.Franchitti : Ford Falcon FG
DNF #21 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing – K.Reindler/F.Giovanardi : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #8 Team BOC – Andrew Jones : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #7 Jack Daniel’s Racing – Scott Dixon : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #30 Gulf Western Oil Racing – Scott Pruett : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #10 Bundaberg Red Racing Team – Mika Salo : Holden Commodore VE
DNF #4 Irwin Racing – David Brabham : Ford Falcon FG
DNF #14 Trading Post Racing – Alain Menu : Holden Commodore VE