A Day On The Green with Simply Red, 22 Feb 2009 Sirromet Winery – QLD

A Day On The Green with Simply Red, 22 Feb 2009 Sirromet Wines – QLD

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In what is being billed as the The Greatest Hits Live, SIMPLY RED led by charismatic front man Mick Hucknall, will revisit the highlights of their incredible 25 year, 10 album career, in an outdoor show at Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, QLD on Sunday February 22nd 2009.

Special guest support artists will be the wonderful Kate Ceberano and the classic pop of Dragon.
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Yves Klein Blue and The Holidays – The Immaculate Confection Tour – Oct 2008

Take two of Australia’s finest new band’s shake n rotate and you have The Immaculate Confection tour.
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Brisbane’s tasty effervescent Yves Klein Blue and Sydney’s sweet astutely pop The Holidays will be touring the nation throughout October.

Yves Klein Blue’s clashy blend of classic pop, old punk, polka inspired ditties and indie rock have been gracing the airwaves and live audiences throughout 2008 with the EP “YVES KLEIN BLUE DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES” released through Dew Process. They recently played SxSW and Splendour In The Grass and have supported international bands such as The Fratellis (UK) and Tokyo Police Club (Canada) as well as a heap of others. This will be their last tour before they release their much anticipated debut album next year.

The Holidays athemic pop singles “Holiday” and “Telephone” picked up international play from self-titled EP released early 2008 through Liberation and saw them touring throughout the year with international bands such as The Wombats (UK) and Light Speed Champion (US) and festival appearances at Playground Weekender and Come Together Festival. The Holidays will be releasing new EP in October.

This double headline tour will see both bands rotating with a local opening support in each city. Something this delicious can’t be missed.
Cupcakes and other baked goods may be making appearances at each venue for early bird gig lovers!

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Calling All Zombies! – Thrill The World – Brisbane 25th October 2008

Thrill The World
Thrill The World

Who:
All zombie lookalikes, dancers, non-dancers & fans of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Brisbane to take part in an epic world-wide simultaneous dance event! Currently we have a few dozen people, but we’re looking for a few hundred to learn and perform the dance, and raise awareness and money for Camp Quality!

What:
Thrill The World. People of all ages from around the globe are learning the steps to Thriller, and are finding it surprisingly easy and fun to learn! This will be the first time Thrill The World has taken place in Australia – (take THAT Melbourne & Sydney!) Continue reading Calling All Zombies! – Thrill The World – Brisbane 25th October 2008

Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, Belongil Fields, 7-8 Jan 2009

Now “Sunset Sounds” in Brisbane on the 7th and 8th of January 2009… Click HERE for details.

***** The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival Resurrection Delayed *****

It is with great disappointment that the Byron Bay Arts Crew announces The Byron Bay Arts and Music Festival will not happen this summer. 

The festival, which originally ran from ’94 to ’96 and was organised by a collective of local arts & music enthusiasts, was due to be resurrected next January but hit regulatory hurdles. Despite securing a fantastic line-up; overwhelming support amongst the Byron Bay

community; and positive early indications from the local council, the organiser’s self-imposed deadline for obtaining final approvals for the venue expired last week. Whilst it is common for major events in Byron Bay to proceed without final approvals until only weeks before the event, organisers were uncomfortable with the level of risk given the significance of the line-up and organisation going in to the event.

With tickets due to go on sale later this month, organiser’s felt that cancelling the event was intensely regrettable yet the most responsible decision. The Byron Arts Crew are hopeful of resurrecting the festival in the future as it provides an important showcase opportunity for local music and arts as well as much needed entertainment to a vastly expanded Byron Bay population over summer. Organiser’s also wish to extend a sincere thank you and apology to the many people who have been part of the event as well as those who eagerly anticipated its return.

Music lovers need not despair as it has been confirmed that the majority of the bands will be coming together at a new Brisbane show presented by The Falls Festival – Sunset Sounds – More details announced shortly!

———- Original Announcement Below ————-
In sweet anticipation of longer days and soulfully warm nights comes a mid-Summer feast for the senses as we announce a bounty of wondrous acts from the local, domestic and international stages alike, to share in all the glory of the return of the great Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival, 2009.

The Byron Bay Arts & Music Festival will be served on the 7 & 8 of January 09, at Belongil Fields.

FRANZ FERDINAND (UK) / THE HIVES (Sweden) / THE CAT EMPIRE / THE KOOKS (UK) / THE GRATES / GOMEZ (UK)
FAKER / TEGAN AND SARA (Canada) / DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA) / SOKO (France) / JIMMY WILLING AND THE REAL GONE HICK-UPS / DUBSHACK / GHOST MOUNTAIN / TIJUANA CARTEL / SARA TINDLEY

Interview with Katy Steele of Little Birdy

Katy SteeleKaty Steele, set to grace the stage at Valley Fiesta 2008, talks with our Tara-Kai Hammond

TH: So you grew up in the Perth Music scene didn’t you? What’s it like now, in comparison to say 10 years ago?
KS: Well, I have only been in the scene for the last 6-7 years as an actual musician. Before that I watched my brothers grow and gain success, the old school way, by playing gigs and gaining airplay, the way we did it. But for most of my teens, I watched my dad perform. He is a survivor who I have never seen play a bad show. True professional.. I would say that it was hard then and its even harder now. But It seems that music has taken a very serious turn. The only way, is to survive. We are all surviving, which is all I have ever asked for.

TH: Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at the Valley Fiesta?
KS: I’ve heard that the John Steel Singers are quite good. Other than that, I d love to check out some local Brisbane bands.
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Bio: Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam

Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
Blues/Rock (UK)

Davy Knowles   Every so often a truly explosive, blues-steeped star comes slamming down the pike. The ’60s were filled with acts – from Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page – but each generation has since added to the legacy. Think of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Now think of Davy Knowles. Think long and hard and toast a bright future. Fronting his band Back Door Slam, the 22-year-old British phenomenon with an encyclopaedic grasp of blues-rock draws on influences from Robert Johnson to

Rory Gallagher and gives it a fresh Celtic feel along the way.
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Amandah Wilkinson of Operator Please tells Tara-Kai Hammond, “It’s good to be home…” in the lead up to the Valley Fiesta

Amandah Wilkinson of Operator Please tells Tara-Kai Hammond, “It’s good to be home…” in the lead up to the Valley Fiesta

Operator Please

This years Valley Fiesta promises to be the biggest yet, with artists like yourselves set to headline, joined by the likes of Sparkadia, Urthboy, DJ Dexter (Avalanches), Jeff Lang, Katy Steele (Little Birdy), Avalon Drive, Winnie Coopers, The Gin Club and Texas Tea, to name a few. How do you feel to be included in such a noteworthy line up of artists?
We feel honoured to get the chance to play. We have never played the Valley Fiesta and I have been wanting to see the bands on the line-up. We have been away for such a long time, so it’s good to be home.

So what do you think it’ll be like playing the Valley Fiesta now that you’ve produced a Top 10 album and achieved international acclaim?
I don’t really know to be honest, and I don’t really think about those things when we play a show.
If anything you should never have any expectations, you never know what the crowd or atmosphere will be like until you are onstage. Hopefully it will be okay.

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at this years Valley Fiesta? And Why?
I am looking forward to seeing DJ Dexter! He’s is incredible.
I want to see Katy Steele, because I haven’t seen just her play before.

Operator Please would have played at some very different venues, (small and large, etc) over the years… What’s the best gig you ever did? And why?
The best gig to date for me is a toss up between Melt festival in Germany and the Shorditch Crawl! We played Melt festival at night and it was the perfect atmosphere! We had a beautiful crowd too. It was amazing to go there and have people come to see us and what was a major bonus was that there were people singing! And the Shorditch Crawl show was messy and hilarious but still a favourite. It was about 1am and the place was packed, everyone was dancing, lots of people swinging off various light stands and stairs into the crowd and even people dancing on the bar! The fold back was shit, all our instruments broke, stage divers mangled the kit. Incredible!!!Amandah I read somewhere that you picked random people who could play an instrument to join the band. How did you all combine your musical styles to make the winning combination that is Operator Please?
We didn’t really consciously combine our styles, I think that’s what makes us Operator Please. We were obviously influenced by different music but we really didn’t think about the sound we were going to make. We did what we could do with our instruments and still do the same.

What made you decide to record an independent EP, do some shows and self-promotion, then head over to the Big Apple, (New York)?
We recorded an independent EP because it was the next logical thing for us to do, we just started playing shows and we made little badges and our own screen printed tshirts but we didn’t have any music recorded. So we scraped up some money between us and recorded some songs live, all very quick. We distributed it ourselves by burning copies and getting my sister to design the art and got bits and pieces like cardboard and stuff to print on. You have to do things by yourself if you want to get them done, we decided to go to New York because we were invited to showcase a week before CMJ.So the line up for Operator Please has changed quite a few times since the beginning…Why is this?
Being in a band isn’t for everyone. Our first Violinist left because she didn’t want to perform music live and didn’t enjoy it. Our keyboard player left as a mutual decision between her and the rest of the band. We are away so much from home and touring is a strenuous thing and if you can’t cope the slightest it isn’t right. You are put totally out of your comfort zones and you have alot of time to think and you live in and out of eachothers pockets day in and day out. We started out really young and growing up touring and making music and seeing things you form your own opinions and forge your way of life, if you don’t love what you are doing, then you shouldn’t do it.I’ve read that you’ve never expected anything and are happy enough to have people turning up to your shows and liking what they hear. So what motivates or inspires you to write and perform? The artistic expression? As an outlet? For the joy of it? For others enjoyment?
I enjoy making music. I enjoy playing music. Music is a release for me from everything, it is also and expression. Ultimately when you start making music, you make it for yourself, you never think that other people are actually going to listen, but when they do it’s amazing and you are appreciative for it. Music like many forms of art is a single minded thing. If you are constantly thinking of how to please everyone else, how are you supposed to be happy with yourself.

What is the band up to at the moment? Writing? Jammin’? Recording? Touring? Or just taking a break?
We are writing, playing a couple of shows, but we are just happy to be at home and in one country for more than a week

SUPERGRASS – Australian Tour 2008

SYDNEY SELLS OUT, SECOND SHOW ADDED
They are a band that make joyous, galloping punk-pop music and after announcing their return to Australia next month, the Diamond Hoo Ha Men’s SYDNEY show at the FORUM on FRIDAY OCTOBER 3RD has SOLD OUT!

The good news for Sydney fans is that an extra night has been added to their Australian run. SUPERGRASS will now play a second Sydney date at the FORUM on SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Tickets to this second and final Sydney show go on sale 9.00 am, THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER.

While tickets to their Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth shows are still available, they are selling fast, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, better giddy-up as no more shows for this tour will be announced. Don’t miss your opportunity to see one of the most highly regarded and accomplished live bands to come out of the UK.

Listen out for their new single Rebel In You pumping on your stereo and stay tuned for support info in coming weeks.

SUPERGRASS TOUR DATES
Thursday 2 October – The Tivoli, Brisbane (over 18) – tix still available
Proudly presented by Video Hits, FasterLouder.com.au and Rave
Tickets from Ticketek outlets: Ph 132 849 or >www.ticketek.com.au; Rocking Horse Records, Ph 07 3329 5360,

September 3 – On This Day In Music

1934, Born on this day, blues guitarist Freddie King. Eric Clapton covered his ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ on the ‘Layla’ album. Died on 28th December 1976 of heart trouble and Ulcers aged 42
1955, Born on ths day, Stephen Phillip Jones in Shepherds Bush, London. rock guitarist, singer, guitarist for punk rock band Sex Pistols.
1964, during a US tour The Beatles played two shows at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. They were paid $85,000 for the shows, tickets cost $4.00.
1966, Donovan hits #1 with “Sunshine Superman”
1970, Bill Halley and Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia
1972, ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ by English glam rock band Slade hit number 1 on the UK top ten singles.

Australian Defence Force Air Show – October 4-5, 2008

Australian Defence Force Air Show
RAAF Base Amberley October 4-5, 2008
Australian Defence Force Air Show

Link to flickr photo group for the 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/amberley/pool/

The 2008 Australian Defence Force Air Show, to be conducted on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of October will be the largest and most exciting Air Show conducted by the ADF.

This year’s Air Show will include aircraft from the United States Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force as well as representation from across the Australian Defence Force.

The F-111, based at RAAF Amberley will star, performing its dump and burn display. The Roulettes, the Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Beret Army parachute team and the Navy Squirrel Team will also perform on both days of the Air Show.

A host of ground displays will also showcase career opportunities and capabilities within the Australian Defence Force.

A packed program of air displays will include participation from war birds from past conflicts and professional aerobatic displays.

Parking, food and facilities will be provided to guarantee those interested in an Australian Defence Force career and families and those interested in aviation enjoy an action packed day.

Full information about the Air Show is available at www.airforce.gov.au/airshow

September 1 – On This Day In Music History

1653, Born on this day, Johann Pachelbel, composer, in Nuremberg
1947, Born on this day, Barry Gibb, singer, songwriter, producer, The Bee Gees
1956, Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.
1967, Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band.

Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008

Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008
Brisbane Powerhouse presents The Gathering – TaikOz

Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘bold and original’, TaikOz is Australia’s most energetic and exciting taiko drumming group. From 28 – 30 October 2008, Brisbane audiences will have the chance to experience their compelling performances when TaikOz tours The Gathering to Brisbane Powerhouse.


The Gathering is an unforgettable concert experience. The powerful and thundering sound of taiko drumming is counter-balanced with the beautiful, ethereal tones of the shakuhachi bamboo flute. Featuring performances by shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and guest percussionist Timothy Constable, the result is a synthesis of east and west, old and new.

Since its formation in 1997, TaikOz has become Australia’s most exciting and energetic taiko drumming ensemble, attracting devoted audiences across the country and around the world. While observing ancient practices, the Japanese art form of taiko is given a uniquely Australian interpretation with muscular choreography, hypnotic compositions and delicate musicality. Continue reading Taikoz – The Gathering @ Brisbane Powerhouse, 28-30 October 2008

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’.
Kate Miller-Heidke Kate Miller-Heidke band
When: 12th September 2008
Where: Queensland Gallery Of Modern Arts (GOMA)
Full Details: GOMA – Picasso Up Late
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