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Elton John – 2011 Australian Tour Announced! [Tour News & Tickets]

ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND RETURN TO AUSTRALIA THIS SUMMER

“Singing in an unfaltering voice, and projecting an exuberant air, Mr. John behaved more like a master of ceremonies than a guest of honor. His patter between songs was affable enough to defy the dimensions of the arena.” New York Times

“Elton played and sang awesomely, with gale-force gusto. Lord knows how many times he’s performed these songs, but somehow he still manages to sound as if he means every word of them.” The Telegraph UK

Chugg Entertainment is proud to present the much-lauded return of the one and only Elton John to Australia this summer.
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DAMN TERRAN – RATIONAL ECONOMIC MAN [Video Clip]

  Combining the talents of brothers Lachlan (guitar and vocals) and Leigh Ewbank (drums) as well as Ali Edmonds (bass) Damn Terran have rightfully earned a reputation for being one of Melbourne’s most incendiary live bands.

‘Rational Economic Man’ is four minutes of addictive tension and release. Anger and control play out meticulously in staccato chords, stop/start rhythms and Ewbank’s melodic yet virulent vocals.

To capture Rational Economic Man’s raucous glory, Damn Terran invited dedicated fans and curious punters to a Melbourne warehouse for the filming of its accompanying video clip. The entire clip was shot using head-cameras worn by the band and members of the audience, resulting in a realistic view of both band and fan alike.

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Unearth post new track and detail ‘Darkness In The Light’

Unearth “Eyes of Black” by Metal Blade Records

Unearth are currently readying to unveil Darkness In The Light, their fifth full-length in a discography that’s placed the band among the most prolific modern metal acts to come out of the US. Set for release early July via Metal Blade Records, the 11-track album was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis. Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage / Blood Has Been Shed. The first single ‘Eyes Of Black‘ can be heard below. For more information, head to http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/

Music Video Mash Up 2011 – Attn Bands & Film Makers

Do you want to make a music video?

CALLING ALL BANDS/MUSICIANS and FILMMAKERS!!!

Registrations are NOW OPEN @ www.mvmu.com.au

Following on from a huge inaugural year last year, The Music Video Mash Up filmmaking competition is back for 2011- and with the addition of Sydney and Melbourne to the competition, bigger and better than ever.

What Is It ?
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Saltimbanco – Cirque du Soleil – Australia 2011 [Official Trailer, Info & Tickets]

Performance Dates and Tickets available here

Cirque du Soleil® returns with Saltimbanco™, the show which started Australia’s love affair with the celebrated company when it first toured here in 1999.

Saltimbanco — from the Italian “saltare in banco” (to jump on a bench) — features an international cast of over 50 performers and musicians from more than 20 different countries. Presented in premium ‘intimate-mode’ arena venues, this is classic Cirque at its best – a thrilling, kaleidoscopic celebration of awe-inspiring artistry and agility.
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Trial Kennedy ‘Living Undesigned’ National Tour – May/June 2011 – Tour News

On May 13, Trial Kennedy releases its long awaited second album, Living Undesigned. To celebrate, the band is taking their show on the road for a string of album tour dates around the country in May.

On paper, you’d have to wonder how Trial Kennedy is even still a band.

Two years ago, the Melbourne rock outfit were perched at the edge of something big. After two killer EPs (2004’s Present for a Day and 2005’s Picture Frame), their Nick DiDia-produced debut album, New Manic Art, was garnering the sort of critical acclaim every band aspires to. Songs such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Colour Day Tours’ became instant Triple J anthems. The band toured hard, earning a burgeoning Australian fan base to go with their stellar live rep, and coveted support spots with the likes of Fall Out Boy and Birds Of Tokyo. Their star was rising.

And then… well, then a whole lot of bad mojo went down. The band’s original bass player left, there was illness, the daily struggle of balancing day jobs and personal relationships with artistic careers, and the band parted ways with their management and label.
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FOO FIGHTERS raise over AUD$1 million for disaster charities

The Foo Fighters came, they conquered, and they raised a whole lot of cash.

In New Zealand their Auckland charity concert raised NZ$354,903 for the New Zealand Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal while in Australia their Brisbane charity concert raised AUD$770,717 for the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
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Splendour in the Grass 2011 – ‘Woodfordia’, QLD [Festival News]

PLENDOUR IN THE GRASS – the annual, ephemeral city of sounds that exists solely for sweet music and good times will transform Woodfordia, near Woodford, south east Queensland from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July. The Woodfordia campgrounds will open from 7am Wednesday 27 July until 5pm Monday 1 August. Please note the entire festival site including the three main stages – Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage and GW McLennan Tent – will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. For those camping onsite, the event area will open from 9am Thursday 28 July with a bunch of spaces and entertainment in full swing to keep you busy right across the weekend.

Due to the very heavy traffic congestion when arriving and departing SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2010 we have spent the past year working on initiatives that will simultaneously ease traffic on local roads and within Woodfordia, whilst also creating a greener event. Borrowing from other international music festivals that have experienced similar issues, and in an effort to radically reduce traffic congestion, we will be implementing a car pass system which will encourage carpooling. More info on this plan and all of SPLENDOURs environmental initiatives will be supplied in the coming weeks.
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Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs” Revealed

  When your name is Eddie Vedder, you get to do stuff like this. The album is due May 31.

By the way, the artwork isn’t a painting. It’s a real sculpture created by an artist named Jason deCaires Taylor who has this thing for creating works of art under water. This piece, called The Lost Correspondent, can be found 8 metres below the surface off the coast of Grenada.

1. Can’t Keep
2. Sleeping by Myself
3. Without You
4. More Than You Know
5. Goodbye
6. Broken Heart
7. Satellite
8. Longing to Belong
9. Hey Fahkah
10. You’re True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights (feat. Glen Hansard)
13. Once in Awhile
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong to Me (feat. Cat Power)
16. Dream a Little Dream

BRISBANE GETS A NEW MUSIC EVENT – Track & Field – June 4th, 2011

  Track & Field is a brand new boutique music event taking over Brisbane’s Old Museum on Saturday, June 4. Featuring the cream of local talent, the line up includes indie-popsters Last Dinosaurs and Ball Park Music, party starters The Belligerents and Mitzi as well as DJ sets from Hungry Kids of Hungary, The John Steel Singers and The Honey Month.

Track & Field is the brainchild of artist managers Ben Preece and Stu McCullough that sits between a club night and a festival. “Ben and I had been kicking the idea around for a while now, and both liked the idea of a boutique event that happened a few times a year, instead of the one big event at the same time and location every year. The idea is

to make it feel like a regular warehouse party. Kind of like you and your friends taking over an interesting space every 3-4 months” outlines McCullough.
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VIVID SET TO INSPIRE SYDNEY – May/June 2011

Vivid Sydney (27 May – 13 June) today reveals the second major program announcement of the annual festival of light, music and ideas. Over 50 global and local creative leaders will come together to imagine the future at Vivid Creative Sydney.

Vivid Creative Sydney (30 May – 12 June) explores the potential of the creative industries to transform society and re-shape our economy. The 2011 series will pursue in-depth debate andcelebrate our city’s creativity, with events at some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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BENJALU ‘Shadows In The Sun’ Tour – April/May 2011 [Tour News]

Budding roots rock outfit BENJALU win over fans with a new approach on their new ‘Shadows in the Sun’ EP and tour.

  Four musician mates from Newcastle, collectively known as BENJALU, will release their third EP ‘Shadows In The Sun’ on April 15 via MGM’s Green label, and this week they’ll set off on another lengthy tour returning to fans in venues across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

With new media changing the way musicians approach releasing their music, speculation has been growing about the status of the long player release and BENJALU believe offering music lovers a slice of solid new sounds on a regular basis is the best approach. As a young independent self funded band, by releasing EP’s it allows them to tour more often and share their music with their fans more regularly which in turn helps them build a solid fan base.

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19th Annual Brisbane Blues Festival @ Tempo Hotel – May 14, 2011 [Event News]


What started as an annual gathering of local blues fans has now turned into one of our River City’s most eagerly awaited musical events. Each year hard-core fans as well as a surprising number of people new to the blues attend the festival. They all come along to enjoy a day of music that can touch your soul as well as make your body move.
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