Category Archives: Live Review

Live Review : Montaigne at Corner Hotel, Melbourne – 13 October 2016

Reviewer: Ben Connolly
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A stage moniker borrowed from a 16 th century philosopher; an Unearthed gong before finishing high school; a teasing EP which was salivated over; and a 3-time ARIA nominated debut album. And all of this before your first headlining tour. It’s a helluva back-story for Montaigne’s eagerly anticipated run of headlining shows in support of her world-beating debut Glorious Heights.
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Live Review : Deni Ute Muster 2016

Deni Ute Muster 2016 - Deniliquin, New South Wales Photographer: Natasha Wyborn

Deni Ute Muster 2016 – Deniliquin, New South Wales
Photographer: Natasha Wyborn

Deniliquin Ute Muster 29th & 30th September 2016

Review by Natasha Wyborn

20,000 die hard fans came, saw and eventually slid out of the 18th Deni Ute Muster on the weekend. No matter what the vehicle from a 100K cruiser right down to the standard suburban car, all fell victim to the mud. For a festival conceived on a swamp in the middle of the plains of the Murrumbidgee any down pour becomes an issue. Days prior to the event the region was having its heaviest rainfall in years. Confronting the punter was the mud bath starting on the road to the front gate and never left your boots for the entire festival. Many an expensive foot wear became carnage to the deluge. For the hardcore it was fun, something to play in, for the “glampers” it was an excuse to justify why they never like camping in the first place.
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Live Review : EARTH WIND & FIRE at Asia Expo, Hong Kong – 24 September 2016

Review and photos by Pete Coates
EARTH WIND & FIRE at Asia Expo, Hong Kong - 24 September 2016 Photographer: Peter Coates

This was the first visit to Hong Kong ever by the any incarnation of Earth Wind & Fire in their 47 year history, made all the more poignant coming only a few months after the death of founding member Maurice White in February this year.
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Live Review : Adam Eckersley Band Live at Central Charlestown Leagues Club – July 23, 2016

by Natasha Wyborn
Adam Eckersley Band at Central Charlestown Leagues Club - 23 July 2016
Central Coast based four piece country rock outfit The Adam Eckersley Band sent the local football club into overdrive last Saturday night with a full on assault of their unique brand of country rock. Lead by one of Australia’s best on the axe, Eckersley is both modest and quiet in approach. Take this man and his band to a performing stage and they unleash the beast within to provide the bands ever growing audience with more than their monies worth.
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Live Review : The Kills at Enmore Theatre, Newtown – 26 July 2016

Reviewed by Meghan Player
The Kills - Photo Credit Kenneth Cappello
This time of year in Australia always heralds an influx of phenomenal bands gracing our shores for Splendour in the Grass; which ultimately means, killer sideshows.

For those that choose The Kills as their priority tonight, there is little doubt that the right decision has been made.
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Live Review : The Bennies at Max Watt’s, Melbourne – June 24, 2016

Review by Ben Connolly
The Bennies at Max Watt's, Melbourne - June 24, 2016 Photographer: Annie Wilson
If a word-cloud was done on The Bennies’ song lyrics, it would be a short but exhilarating list. With a subject matter focussed almost exclusively on hedonistic pursuits, the lyrics rarely venture outside the life of of a constant party, and the best ways in which to get there. The band’s live show is a perfect personification of that single-minded pursuit; their sold-out hometown gig at Max Watt’s to kick off their triumphant national tour is a masterclass in shambolic, euphoric pleasure seeking. And it’s as intoxicating as the substances they croon about.
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Live Review : Steel Panther + Black Stone Cherry at Metro City, Perth – June 23, 2016

Review and photos by Peter Coates
Steel Panther at Metro City, Perth - June 23, 2016 Photographer: Peter Coates
The somewhat dated, chrome steel and neon lit Metro City seemed a perfect location for the flashy, trashy, lewd and crude beast of risqué cabaret and vaudeville that is a Steel Panther show, and with the packed house still streaming through the doors, southern US rockers Black Stone Cherry hit the stage and crash into Me and Mary Jane. Definitely Southern, and certainly bluesy, but with some alt-metal nuances, this is a band I have been a fan of for years, and they never fail to deliver a powerful live show.
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Live Review : The Beards at The Triffid, Brisbane – June 18, 2016

Photos and review by Amanda Lee Starkey
The Beards at The Triffid, Brisbane - June 18, 2016 Photographer: Amanda Lee Starkey
If you don’t have a beard or at least love beards then this evening you might just be in the wrong place. This evening is all about beard appreciation in all its forms. There are beard songs naturally, beard jokes, beard admiration and of course copious amounts of beard stroking with one hell of a display of masculinity.
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Live Review : Culture Club at Riverstage Brisbane – June 14, 2016

Review and photos by Amanda Starkey
Culture Club at Riverstage Brisbane - June 14, 2016 Photographer: Amanda Starkey
The rain held off for the final leg of Culture Club’s Australian tour in Brisbane at the open – air Riverstage. It’s the first show since the 2000 tour and there are rumors that it could be the last world tour as a band.
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Live Review : Culture Club at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – June 11, 2016

Review by Natasha Wyborn
Culture Club at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - June 11, 2016 Photographer: David Jackson
He is arguably one of the most famous faces from 80’s music; loud, colourful and flamboyant; he is Boy George. On Saturday night Boy George together with Culture Club originals Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig joined 9 other outstanding musicians to smash live music out of the park at the Hordern Pavilion. Commanding front and centre George was a magnet seeking attention and rightfully getting it.
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Live Review : Apia Good Times 2016 at Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Review by Natasha Wyborn
Apia Good Times 2016 at Civic Theatre, Newcastle on June 9, 2016 Photographer: David Jackson
The Newcastle Civic Theatre welcomed a full house last night as the Apia Good Times tour hit town. For the fourth year in a row the gig was a sell-out continuing to astound by drawing fans of all ages to the show.

Opening the evening was John Paul Young. Paying a tribute to the song writing team Vanda and Young ‘Down Among The Dead Men’ hit the spot. With hits like ‘I hate the music’, Yesterday’s hero’ and ‘Pasadena’ you would be hard pressed not to sing and clap along.
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Theatre Review : The Tragedy of King Richard III – Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane

Review by Amanda Lee Starkey
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If the purpose of theatre is not only to entertain, but to make us think and begin conversations, then the latest play The Tragedy of King Richard III at La Boite does just that.
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Theatre Review : Little Shop of Horrors – Playhouse, QPAC Brisbane – June 2, 2016

Review by Amanda Lee Starkey
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First made popular in the early 80s the theatre heavy weight Little Shop of Horrors is back to introduce a whole new audience to the blood- thirsty plant that wreaks havoc on a small time Florist shop.
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