Musgrave World Medieval Tournament – 20-21 September 2008

Your ticket to travel the world through medieval times. Experience the many ages of Europe, and then travel the lands and sea to explore the wonders of Asia. 

Musgrave World Medieval Tournament – visit the encampments of many cultures through time, see how they lived day to day and the battles they fought.  This years event will include Asia with Korean swordsman and Shaolin Monks.

Activities:
Jousting
Cannon Fire
Living History Encampments
Asian Re-enactments
Medieval Music and Dance
Children’s Knight School & Costume Competition
Medieval Markets
Roving Entertainment

Don’t forget to dress up the kids for the costume competition drawn daily!!

When:
20th – 21st September 2008 / 9am – 5pm
Where:
Musgrave Park
Edmondstone & Rusell Street,
South Brisbane

Kate Miller-Heidke acoustc performance @ GOMA Picasso Up Late – 12 Sep 2008

The Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’ concludes with a rare acoustic performance by Kate Miller-Heidke, presenting never-before seen material from her forthcoming new album in October 2008 and subsequent national tour with a full band.
Kate Miller-Heidke

Miller-Heidke is one of the most talked about performers in Australian music today. Her unique vocal ability has captured the imagination audiences nationwide and established her as one of Australia’s most exciting musical talents.

Taking a break from her touring schedule in May 2008, Miller-Heidke has been recording a new album, her second full-length album, in Los Angeles.


The yet to be titled album follows the gold-selling debut Little Eve (Sony/BMG, 2007), which featured the hit singles ‘Words’, ‘Make it last’ and the stunning ‘Space they cannot touch’ , which entered the ARIA charts at number 11 in June 2007 and earned the artist four ARIA Award nominations. Little Eve topped numerous ‘Best Release’s of 2007’ lists Australia-wide and 2008 has already seen Miller-Heidke perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Brisbane’s Big Gay Day and as a supporting performer for Cyndi Lauper in 2008.

The Kate Miller-Heidke live experience is compelling – her theatrical stage presence, and fresh, innovative and edgy pop captivates audiences.

‘Miller-Heidke’s punishing vocal prowess is the impetus of the gutsiest show in Australian music at the moment. There is nothing contrived here; just a cathartic release of punk opera – stunning, fine and porcelain-fragile meets pummeling, bruising rock & roll.’ (Adelaide Fringe Festival review, February 2008)

Don’t miss experiencing some of Kate’s new musical creations come to life with her long term collaborator, Keir Nuttall on guitar, alongside audience favourites from her previous albums and her much loved comedic twist, to conclude the Up Late program for ‘Picasso & his collection’.
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When: 12th September 2008
Where: Queensland Gallery Of Modern Arts (GOMA)
Full Details: GOMA – Picasso Up Late
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Nova Live and Loud @ EKKA – Faker & Intercooler – 16 August 2008

On the closing night of a bumper year at the Brisbane Ekka, Faker and Intercooler proved to be a major drawcard for the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka”  2008 series of concerts. 

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Links: http://www.ekka.com.auNovaFaker – Intercooler

Don’t Miss Out – Experience the Brisbane Ekka 2008

With only a couple of days left, you don’t want to be one of the few to miss out…  the Brisbane Ekka only has a couple of days to go and there’s so many things to do and see for young and old.  With the thrill of the many varieties of rides, racing cars, bikes, horses, animal nursery, monster trucks, bands, fireworks, sideshow alley, showbags, the list is endless.  Get along, enjoy the day and experience all it’s got to offer.

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Saturday 16 August 2008 is the last night of the Ekka and the last in the Nova “Live and Loud @ Ekka” series of outdoor concerts.  Faker will be supported by Intercooler from 7:00pm at Ekka’s Nova Park. 

www.ekka.com.au

The John Steel Singers headline free Nights Outside concert

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Fresh from touring nationally with The Polyphonic Spree and ahead of their national tour with The Grates, Brisbane’s The John Steel Singers return home to headline at QPAC’s Nights Outside.

Describing themselves as “purveyors of glorious backyard summer pop melodies” the John Steel Singers, also known as Tim Morrissey, Scott Bromiley, Ross Chandler, Pete Bernoth, Pat McDermott and Luke McDonald, will take centre stage in QPAC’s outdoor music venue, Cascade Court, on 23 August.

Triple J Next Crop winners in 2007 and finalists in the Q Song Awards 2008, John Steel Singers’ recently released mini LP ‘The Beagle and The Dove’ to rave reviews.

The Nights Outside line-up will also include performances by Brisbane rock, indie, post punk four-piece The Gallant and French pop, punk, reggae outfit, Yeo and the Fresh Goods.

Stay tuned for September Nights Outside gigs:
13 September – Repeat Offender + The Frets
27 September – The Gin Club + Tim Steward Band and James Grehan
 
Ticket Information:
What:               Nights Outside – featuring The John Steel Singers, The Gallant and Yeo and the Fresh Goods
When:              Saturday 23 August from 7.30pm
Where:            Cascade Court, QPAC, South Bank
Tickets:           FREE
 

Brisbane EKKA – Regurgitator & Yves Klein Blue – 9 August 2008

Nova “Live and Loud & Ekka” presented another huge night of entertainment with Regurgitator and Yves Klein Blue blasting away the winter chills… the perfect end to a day at the Brisbane Ekka.
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Saturday 16 August
Faker will be supported by Intercooler in the final of the Nova Live and Loud & Ekka series.
Don’t miss this one!!

http://www.ekka.com.au

Brisbane EKKA – Butterfingers & Avalon Drive – 8 August 2008

Last night we saw Butterfingers and Avalon Drive in the first of the Nova Live and Loud @ Ekka series of concerts at the Brisbane Ekka.  These concerts are perfect in combination with an amazing array of activities and events that make the Brisbane Ekka such a magical experience. 
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DON’T FORGET!!
Tonight (Saturday 9 August 2008) it’s Regurgitator with Yves Klein Blue from 7pm 
Since releasing their first self titled EP in late 2004, Regurgitator has received national and international success touring the all over the world with particular success in Europe and Asia. Regurgitator has recorded their albums all over the world with their sixth and latest album Love and Paranoia recorded in Brazil. Indie Punk band Yves Klein Blue was the product of the four members love of Led Zeppelin forged in high school. Their current album Yves Klein Blue Draw Attention to Themselves was recorded in Brisbane and Byron Bay and was released in April this year.

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Faker Plays The EKKA Interview – 26 August 2008

LifeMusicMedia caught up with Nathan Hudson of Faker, who will be playing the Brisbane EKKA ahead to their ‘Are You Magnetic’ National Headline Tour.

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Tamie here representing LifeMusicMedia, saying a huge hello to the Sydney band, FAKER, who’s going to be performing at Brisbane EKKA on the 26th August….whoooooot – you’ll be socially inept to miss them. These guys ROCK….literally.

How’s your day been?

Nathan: Good. Been cut out trying to relax, actually.

Have you been to the EKKA before?

Nathan: No, I haven’t, I’ve been to the Sydney equivalent. That’s always fun. The idea of playing at something like that is really exciting for us.

Fame, you have it, and your music is worthy of it. Has anything interesting happened ever since your music has become more mainstream?

Nathan: I dunno, It’s all been pretty organic, so it’s more like a work in progress and something that kind of happens. What we’re doing is part of something that continues. In terms of whether people interests in what we’re doing has changed, I guess we’re more validated. Hopefully music is about communication and you spend a good deal of time trying to convince people that what you’re doing is worth making and then worth listening to and it’s nice when it translates on that level. It’s just an exciting time, people coming up to us and saying congratulations and we love what you do.

I love your lyrics, I’m a big lyrics person.

Nathan: Thank you. I generally have an idea of where I want to go – lyrically, also it takes me a long time to finish or finalise how I’m gonna do that. Getting into the studio with Paul Fox in ‘Be The Twilight’, our producer wanted to track as much of the vocal as live as possible and so we finish a lot of lyrics on the fly, which I guess to listen to is fresher to me to listen back to and hopefully for other people as well.

Fantastic. With ‘This Heart Attack’ and your new single ‘Are You Magnetic’, there is a big difference in attitude. Why did you choose to release this next?

Nathan: I feel like ‘This Heart Attack’ to ‘Are You Magnetic’ is a natural progression for me. ‘This Heart Attack’ is like doing your head in and I guess it’s to get away and sort things out. To figure out what it was you exactly liked about this relationship or any kind of relationship in the first place. ‘Are You Magnetic’ is kind of about making those decisions that are sometimes harder to make. To try to move forward in the relationship or to end it.

Back to the EKKA, do you have an ultimate show bag that you’d like?

Nathan: The only thing I know about show bags is that they’ve got a lot of chocolate in them really, either that or magic tricks. I’m kinda torn between both of those things. Each of us as kids would have a limited amount of money to spend on show bags, and I had to decide whether my belly was more important than the entertainment or the entertainment more important than my belly. It was really, really difficult. I’d be in tears trying to decide which way to go.

The Bertie Beetle Bags, are pretty good value.

Nathan: They’d be in the paper review with a list of how exactly they were the best seller or something. I don’t know anybody that’s bought a Bertie Beetle outside of a Bertie Beetle showbag.

No, I don’t think you can buy them singly.

Nathan: That’s bizarre.

Any plans on jumping on any rides while you’re at the EKKA. Will you get out after the show?

Nathan: Everything that throws me up-side-down and around a bit, I’m excited about. I’d like to go on.. Yeah, it’s called a Whizzer or something. That thing where you’re in a cage and the cage goes around and you go around in the cage? Perfect!

Good Stuff Just wanted to ask if you had a chance to play/jam with somebody, who would it be?

Nathan: Sitting in a room with guitars and jamming doesn’t interest me so much except if it’s with my band… the band that I’m in. It’s kind of taken a long time to develop those relationships and work out how to do that. The idea of sitting with someone that does stuff electronically and finding musical ideas that way is really exciting.

Would it be possible, to perhaps while you’re on stage take a photo of the crowd for me?

Nathan: HaHa, that’s kinda not something I tend to do, I tend to be about the singing and the dancing, and doing stuff – I’ve often wanted to get photos of myself with the crowd, but, the idea of holding a camera and taking the photos is not something I do.

Last Question – The fans, what can we expect from FAKER in the future?

Nathan: Ummmm, Music and the celeberation of music!

Thank you for your time Nathan…

Credits: Tamie Guttormsen / Sabrina Man

www.faker.com.au
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Faker – Are You Magnetic? National Headline Tour

Presented by: Video Hits, Nova and Aloha Music

“[Are You Magnetic? is] the perfect choice to follow-up the single This Heart Attack, the song that made Faker the commander of the airwaves for the past six months. It has an immediate retro feel reminiscent of the Australian pop rock scene of the ’80s; in other words, it’s so hot right now.”  Kathy McCabe, Daily Telegraph

The Top 10 single ‘This Heart Attack’ has certainly taken breakout Sydney band Faker to a whole new legion of fans, and with new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ under their belts the band are taking to the road in September on a national headline tour.

Starting in WA the ‘Are You Magnetic?’ tour will see Faker travel to all capital cities over more than two weeks. 

Tickets are on sale from July 7 and Sparkadia will support Faker on all dates which are as follows:

‘Are You Magnetic?’ Tour
Thursday 4th September – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Venue: (08) 9721 2016 www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 5th September – Metro City, Perth, WA
Star Surf + Skate (Perth) – (08) 93216230 Mills Records (Fremantle) – (08) 9335 1945
Planet Video (Mt Lawley) – (08) 9328 7464 www.heatseeker.com.au
Saturday 6th September – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Beach Life (Margaret River) – (08) 9757 2888 Blue 62 (Busselton) – (08) 9752 3522
www.heatseeker.com.au
Friday 12th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Box Office: (03) 9299 9800 Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au
Saturday 13th September – Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Wrestpoint Service Centre: 1300 795 257 www.wrestpoint.com.au 
Sunday 14th September – HQ, Adelaide, SA
Venuetix: (08) 8225 8888 www.venuetix.com.au
Friday 19th September – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Oztix: 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au www.thecoolyhotel.com.au
Saturday 20th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (licensed and all ages)
Box Office: (02) 9550 3666 www.enmoretheatre.com.au
Ticketek: 132 849  www.ticketek.com.au

The new single ‘Are You Magnetic?’ is currently available as a digital multi-track package to include a Paul Mac remix of ‘Are You Magnetic?’ and album track ‘Sleepwalking’ remix by the Hong Kong Blondes. ‘Are You Magnetic’ follows the huge success of ‘This Heart Attack’ which is still in the Top 40 after 35 weeks.

Links: www.musichead.com.au / www.faker.com.au
www.myspace.com/fakertheband / www.alohamusic.com.au

The Getaway Plan @ Red Room – University Of Queensland, 19 July 2008

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The Getaway Plan played an “all ages” gig at the Red Room – University of Queensland, 19 July 2008 as part of the Brisbane leg of their “Where The City Meets The Sea” tour (supported by Goodnight Nurse and Closure in Moscow).

Live Review: fasterlouder review by brittles 

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Photos:  The Getaway Plan live 
Links:  The Getaway Plan @ Myspace  –  Boomtown Records  – University of Queensland  – FasterLouder 
Support bands: Closure in MoscowGoodnight Nurse 

Black Francis Tour 2008

It’s rare for a musician to hold an influence in the music world for over twenty years. It’s rare for a musician to excel as frontman in one of the most respected bands of all time, and solo artist in their own right. But Black Francis has, which is why it gives The Frontier Touring Company great pleasure to confirm that Black Francis will headline shows in Fremantle, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne this September/October – his first in over a decade. 

This tour will see Black Francis perform in support of his two most recent releases; 2007’s Bluefinger (out now through Shock) and 2008’s mini-album Svn Fngrs (out now through Shock). Boisterous and meticulous, Bluefinger and Svn Fngrs have announced to the world that Black Francis’ songwriting and performance skills are as potent as ever.

Bluefinger – speculated to be the material originally ear-marked for the Pixies’ new record – sees Black Francis at the top of his game. Dutch artist Herman Brood – the man widely considered to be the epitome of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – is heavily referenced through the album, continuing Black Francis’ penchant for expressing his unique take on the world.

Of the album, the NME gushed: “The unlikely, ghoulish inspiration of a dead Dutch pop star has forced Pixies’ frontman Frank Black into making his finest album since the demise of his influential ’90s alt.rockers.”

Mojo expressed similar sentiments: “Bluefinger marks an artistic rebirth for the king of quiet/loud.” And Rolling Stone concurred: “On Bluefinger, it sounds like the Pixies’ fantastic reunion shows have allowed Black to finally shed his ambivalence about rocking out. So he does.”

Even the notoriously fierce Pitchfork couldn’t maintain their usual veneer of nonchalance: “Bluefinger is the best overall solo record Black has released in a long time…”

It’s been over a decade since Black Francis last played headline shows in Australia. Tickets to see Black Francis play as part of the Pixies in 2007 sold out in a frenzy. You don’t need svn fngrs to figure out what the equation will be in 2008. 

Tickets are on sale Wednesday 30 July.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from noon AEST Monday 28 July

Sunday 28 September             Metropolis, Fremantle
Moshtix 1300 438 849 or www.moshtix.com.au

Monday 29 September             HQ Complex, Adelaide
Venue*Tix (08) 8225 8888 or www.venutix.com.au

Wednesday 1 October             Arena, Brisbane
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au;
Arena Online 1300 762 545 or www.arenaonline.com.au

Thursday 2 October                 Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Giants Of Jazz – QPAC – 16-17 August 2008

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QPAC is getting all jazzed up to host some of Australia’s biggest names in jazz.

For an entire weekend in August, jazz fans will be treated to two days of non-stop music by some of the country’s finest performers and bands.  Jazz music will weave its way through QPAC with known and local artists performing across two venues from midday to 11pm on Saturday, 16 August and midday to 6pm on Sunday, 17 August.

The exceptional line up includes one of Australia’s leading international artists, Bob Barnard (pictured, left), who will perform with his all-star band; the highly regarded composer, performer and educator Bob Sedergreen and Australia’s top rated traditional/ mainstream jazz group, The Syncopators.

Featuring all styles of jazz, Giants of Jazz also features: Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, George Washingmachine, Julie O’Hara, Peter Baylor, Laique, The Jazz Factory, Clare Hansson, Harry Lynn Quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Big Band, Jazz String.

QPAC’s Artistic Director John Kotzas said Giants of Jazz was a great opportunity for lovers of jazz to indulge in a smorgasboard of entertainment.

“It’s rare to get this number of artists of this calibre together under one roof for an entire weekend,” Mr Kotzas said.

“It’s also rare for jazz to be performed in these intimate surrounds, enabling fans an up-close and personal experience.

“Giants of Jazz builds on QPAC’s incredibly successful Jazz Fridays, which has seen local jazz artists performing in Cascade Court regularly since February,” Mr Kotzas said.

Patrons can purchase a full-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday or a full weekend pass.

Ticket Information:
Dates:            Saturday 16, August and Sunday, 17 August
Venues:           Cremorne Theatre & Studio 1, QPAC
Tickets:          Single Day Pass $105; 2 Day Weekend Pass $198
Bookings:         qtix.com.au or 136 246

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Bio

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Arguably Australia’s most successful cultural export of the last twenty years, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – both collectively and individually – are also the most prolific. In the last eighteen months alone, Nick Cave, alongside fellow Bad Seeds; Warren Ellis (violin, mandocaster) Martyn Casey (bass) and Jim Sclavunus (drums), have released an album and toured under the name Grinderman – a bump and grind exaggeration of the Bad Seeds groove. Warren Ellis and Nick Cave have also written and released the soundtrack to the Brad Pitt produced movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; bassist Martyn Casey has revived his former role in the reunited Triffids performing at last year’s Sydney Festival; and the longest serving Bad Seed, Mick Harvey (guitar and organ), has released a solo album (his fourth) entitled Two of Diamonds. Harvey has also performed as guest musician at The Triffids reunion shows and most recently has been remixing the entire Bad Seeds back catalogue in 5.1 surround sound.

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Ben Lee Bio

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Ben Lee has been making albums since he was 14 years old.
• Recordings by his first band, Noise Addict, were released in the US by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
• The Re-Birth of Venus is his seventh solo album and his fifth collaboration with Chicago-based producer, Brad Wood.
• Ben has been nominated for thirteen ARIA Awards and has won six, including Best Male Artist in 2005. In that year, ‘Catch My Disease’ was the most played song on Australian Radio.
• Ben has collaborated with a vast array of artists including Liz Phair, Evan Dando, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds, Jason Schwartzman and Kylie Minogue.
• He has also starred in a film, The Rage in Placid Lake, and composed the ARIA and AFI-nominated soundtrack to the new Australian movie, The Sqaure.
• Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Ione Skye, and his stepdaugher, Kate.
• New single ‘I Love Pop Music’ points out how pop music can also provide a serious message.
• ‘I Love Pop Music’ will be released digitally on December 20th.
• Missy Higgins and Patience Hodgson join Ben on ‘I Love Pop Music’.
• New album, “The Rebirth of Venus” is out through Dew Process/UMA on February 7th 2009.
• The inspiration for ‘The Rebirth Of Venus” is to celebrate feminine qualities such as creativity and compassion, hence the title.
• The new album was recorded with Brad Wood (Awake Is the New Sleep)
Ben Lee will be touring in March 2009


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