The St.George Bank Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will return to Brisbane from 30 July to 9 August with a stunning array of films from Australia and across the world.
Now in its 18th year, this year’s festival promises to again bring audiences a range of cinematic highlights, including Australian and international premieres, gala events and a host of fascinating international guests.
The festival program and tickets will be released in early July.
For information and bookings, visit www.stgeorgebiff.com.au.
Continue reading St.George Bank Brisbane International Film Festival : 30 July – 9 August 2009
by Lisa Lamb
|The Kidney Thieves are a positive energy fix combining funk, rock, phychedlic and tribal metal with anti-pop tunes like Dance Town Show Down, guaranteed to get the keep the audience moving. They are talented and very comical with a passion for ludicrous song titles such as Sex Panther, Online Pelvis & the Exotic Juicer, Battle worm (escapes from Doom) etc and great stage names like Captain Chrispy Booyah and Crafty J.
Lead singer Jack Muzak is the lord of charisma, looking like a modern day Jack Sparrow. He promises to take the audience on a journey to fuzzy tinkle town via his keyboard which he also shares with Travis also known as Travesty, Intravenous and occasionally John Travolta.
Eminem has notched up more number one singles than any other male artist in the history of the ARIA Charts, as “We Made You” swoops past Back Eyed Peas to the top of the ARIA Singles Chart this week. Ronan Keating continues his domination of the ARIA Album Chart as “Songs For My Mother” stays at number one for a third consecutive week, holding out Andre Rieu who debuts at #2 with “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Black Eyed Peas takes over top spot on the ARIA Digital Track Chart with “Boom Boom Pow”, with the physical release of this single imminent.
Continue reading ARIA Chart News, w/c 10 May 2009
Alex Lloyd @ The Zoo, Brisbane 8 May 2009
Photo: Stuart Blythe
What in the world has happened to Alex Lloyd? Or, more to the point, his fans? Last night’s gig at The Zoo resembled more a congregation for the Corpse Bride than an intimate gathering to celebrate one of Australia’s best artists.
Best Artists you question? Yes! Come on guys, this is a man who’s brilliance dazzled all at the turn of the century, and it wasn’t luck My Friend. With credentials that put other Musicians to shame, Alex Lloyd is one of Australia’s most under celebrated treasures.
Continue reading Review: Alex Lloyd @ The Zoo, Brisbane 8 May 2009
|Brisbane based Madeleine Paige is in a class of her own.
It’s refreshing to receive an EP to review that one instantly likes and that was exactly the case with this.
Madeleine Paige’s latest EP entitled “The Voice Behind The Noise” consisting of 5 beautifully crafted songs that were recorded at Massive Studios by Matt Redlich (Hungry Kids Of Hungary).
Madeleine has been praised in recent reviews for her live performances and this certainly translates well within this album.
Starting out with “Ditty”, an upbeat happy bouncy tune that will surely remove any blues that you may be feeling.
Track 2, “My Love Looks”, is a lulla-ballad styled song where you are carried away by just her voice and soft acoustic accompaniment.
“It’s over (and over again)” is one of my favourites on this EP. A haunting lament that is definitely worth having a listen to – over and over and over again.
Madeleine’s angelic voice, coupled with well written and performed songs, will mesmerise all listeners.
“The Voice Behind The Noise” was released on 8 May 2009. Madeleine Paige is currently touring and her show is one that shouldn’t be missed.
Continue reading Madeleine Paige “The Voice Behind The Noise” EP : Review
Renée Geyer – Renéessance
Liberation Blue Acoustic Series
“I’ve avoided doing this album for a long time for the simple reason that I’ve already done these songs. I finally said yes ’cause we agreed to do it live at my keyboard player’s house: just set up like an acoustic gig and play. People tend to like the intimacy of that. It has a certain energy and I think it works.”
Intimate doesn’t mean gentle, as the opening salvo of Renéessance makes bracingly clear. Untreated and unaccompanied, Renée Geyer’s full-throttle entry into the reggae classic, Dedicated To The One I Love, serves notice of an album easy on amps but as highly charged as her most soulful work.
Continue reading Renée Geyer – Renéessance – June, July 2009 Tour
The Dreaming is an annual festival celebrating the cultural diversity of indigenous cultures, presenting over 200 high profile indigenous acts from Australia and around the World. Three days and four nights of concerts, theatre, dance, speakers and film, complete with ceremony grounds, traditional healing, art galleries, rituals, fire story circles, and workshops across nine venues and twelve galleries. The festival offers an intimate indigenous experience with an embracing atmosphere described by audiences as awakening, enriching, inspiring and deadly. The Dreaming has become known for presenting acts
of international significance and as an annual ceremony time where people connect, celebrate and are intrigued by the spirit of The Dreaming.
Continue reading The Dreaming – Australia’s International Indigenous Festival – Woodford, QLD : 5 – 8 June 2009
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival
The eighth annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will be held from Thursday the 28th of May up until and Sunday the 31st of May 2009.
The annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival has attracted over 250,000 people since it’s inception in 2002 making this a world class event.
Transcending the barriers of age, gender and culture Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia’s iconic Blues Festivals. The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is unique as it feeds on the unique village like atmosphere and relaxed ambience that is Broadbeach.
The Blues on Broadbeach Music festival nurtures Australian Blues talent as well as provides a stage for international acts. The festival provides a musical experience like no other in Queensland, remaining a FREE event.
Blues music is food for the soul and this festival combines the best of blues with the cream of Gold Coast cuisine in a guaranteed recipe for success.
Australia’s Leading Rock & Roll Nostalgia Retro Event….
Wintersun 2009 starts on Friday 29th May and ends with the huge Best of Wintersun Concert on Monday 8th June. Wintersun is Australia’s leading annual Retro Nostalgia Festival. Featuring almost 1500 Hot Rods, Custom and Classic Cars, more than 100 bands and performers, dancing, movies, and competitions. The festival is held in the border coastal towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads on the New South Wales & Queensland border. Many events are free, some are in the streets while others are in the local clubs and shopping centres.
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival 2009 – 3 May 2009
Photographer: Stuart Blythe
KRAM, OP 25, The Winnie Coopers, Dukes Of Windsor
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[Photo: Stuart Blythe]
On 26 September 2009, Brisbane’s own Sounds of Spring music festival will once again open its gates at an impressive new venue at Victoria Park, Gilchrist Ave, Herston (opposite RNA Showgrounds & Royal Children’s Hospital) to an impressive line-up of the country’s best indie acts and 15,000 antsy music lovers. After cutting our teeth on the festival scene last year, Sounds of Spring invites you back for a bigger, better, louder festival, in every way. The response from bands wanting to play at SOS09 has been incredible and we’re extremely proud to present an exciting blend of your favourite Australian acts, and a few new ones we think you’ll really enjoy.
Making up the first of two line-up announcements are the following 28 exciting acts:
Continue reading Sounds of Spring 2009 First Lineup Announcement
Don’t want to see La traviata on your own? With Opera for One, you can join a small group of other opera lovers and be treated like a VIP. For just $130 (inc. fees) you’ll enjoy an A Reserve seat in Balcony One with the Opera for One group, a pre-performance drink and reserved seating at the pre-performance talk, an interval drink, a theatre program and a dedicated Opera for One host for the evening.
Numbers are strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Phone Jane on 07 3735 3030 to purchase your Opera for One package.
Opera for One, La traviata
21 & 26 May l 7.30pm l $130 (inc. fees)
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Related: QPAC’s Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall – Brisbane
Now in its 9th year, SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS returns on Sat July 25th and Sun July 26th at Byron Bay’s Belongil Fields to present its much anticipated annual mid-winter music celebration. With offerings from around the globe, the 2009 line-up packs a punch with a flock of Splendour first timers, festival favourites and exclusive one-off performances to boot.
TICKETS ON SALE
9.00am sharp on Thursday May 14th – Internet sales only – www.qjump.com.au
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2009
Sat July 25th and Sunday July 26th
Belongil Fields, Byron Bay
Continue reading SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2009 – 1ST LINEUP