Franz Ferdinand, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Grates, Blue King Brown, CW Stoneking, I Heart Hiroshima, Kat Frankie and the crowd… Click read more to see the gallery.
Here’s an interesting 1988 documentary titled ‘Brisbane Bands’ we found on youTube.
This documentary focuses on the isolation and struggle many Brisbane punk bands had to endure in the face of conservative Brisbane during the 1970’s.
Mark Callaghan (GANGgajang/The Riptides), Ed Kuepper (The Saints), Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) and Ed Wreckage (The Leftovers) speak about growing up in Brisbane during the 1970’s and forming bands.
Ed Kuepper reflects on the Saints’ classic single ‘(I’m) Stranded’ and the single’s promo-video.
Filmmakers across Australia are rolling out their video cameras with the Movie Extra Tropfest 2009 call for entries officially now open! The 2009 Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is SPRING – apt as the festival, to be held on Sunday 22 February 2009, has been the spring board for launching many an aspiring Aussie filmmaker’s career.
Get in quick and look at the entry details before the Thursday 15 January 2009 deadline.
|ART: ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’
is the first in a major new national triennial series of thematic contemporary Australian art exhibitions.
Encompassing many facets of contemporary Australian visual art and culture, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, video and video installation, cinema, animation, performance, music and comedy.
GoMA until February 22nd 2009
|COMEDY: Brisbane Comedy Festival
Fri 6 – Sat 28 Mar 09
Brace yourselves for the first, the biggest, the best, LOL comedy festival Brisbane has ever seen. The inaugural Brisbane Comedy Festival takes over Brisbane Powerhouse Friday 6 – Sunday 29 March 2009 …that is just under a month of laugh-a-minute moments courtesy of some of the craziest talent from near and far!
|THEATRE: The Alchemist
Start the year with Ben Johnson’s satirical masterpiece and a parade of wildly extravagant characters in this outrageously funny co-production with Bell Shakespeare.
All that glitters might not be gold, but The Alchemist is a dazzling 24-carrat comedy classic.
QPAC: 23 Feb to 14 Mar 2009
“He is our Shelley; he is our Lord Byron!” – Bono
“Leonard Cohen was the first artist I discovered by myself. He is the symbol of my musical independence. The sadness of Cohen was inspiring; it gave me a lot of energy. I always remember all this when someone says that my records are morbid or depressing.” – Nick Cave
“I tell you who I also think is wonderful is a chap called Leonard Cohen. Do you know him? He’s remarkable. I mean, the orchestration is fantastic and the words, the lyrics and everything, he’s a remarkable man.” – Prince Charles
The Frontier Touring Company and Roundhouse Entertainment are honoured to present the legendary Mr Leonard Cohen in his first Australian concert tour in almost a quarter of a century. The tour will include a series of indoor arena concerts plus a day on the green winery shows.
Continue reading Leonard Cohen Australian Tour 2009
The Woodford Folk Festival is almost beyond words. A festival fantasy land that will fill all of your senses. From it’s humble beginnings in 1987, known then as the Maleny Folk Festival, this yearly event has grown into one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world.
Set in the picturesque countryside of Woodford and offering six days and nights of concerts, dances, workshops, circus acts, forums, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, an entire children’s festival, art and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event.
A total of 23 different venues will host 580 separate acts and 1600 events over the week. Continue reading Woodford Folk Festival
Roll up! Roll up! Rock ’n’ roll ringmaster Serj Tankian has donned his top hat and will be cracking the whip at some very special shows in Australia. With System Of A Down on hiatus, the frontman has gone solo with the multi-layered album Elect the Dead and nd his band the FCC.
Formed in 1979 the Stray Cats took the world by storm with their infectious rockabilly musical stylings and frenetic live shows.
Having created their own version of the standard rockabilly sound by blending Brian’s jazz & swing sensibilities with the band’s love of the 70’s UK punk sound, the Stray Cats have built up a devoted following and maintained an enviable live reputation throughout their 30 year career.
Continue reading Stray Cats @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 26-27 February 2009
For the inaugural Australian series All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) have announced that arguably the most significant Australian export of the last twenty years Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, are to make their curating debut. The Bad Seeds intimate knowledge of all things Australian (music and otherwise) coupled with their innate sense of the weird and wonderful will – we are sure – make for a series of very unique events.
Performers already chosen to appear at All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 include seminal Australian punk band, The Saints – featuring original members Ed Kuepper, Chris Bailey and Ivor Hay performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977; British transcendentalists, Spiritualized; avant-blues artist, James Blood Ulmer (US); krautrock supergroup, Harmonia (Germany); electro-terrorists, Fuck Buttons (UK); pioneering synth-minimalists, Silver Apples (UK); psychotic space rockers, Afrirampo (Japan); Ex-Swan M. Gira (USA), the jazz-noir stylings of the Laughing Clowns (Aust), former Go-Between Robert Forster (Aust), the synth-punk of Primitive Calculators: former Birthday Party guitarist, Rowland S. Howard (Aust), post-grunge/noise devotees, The Stabs (Aust), classical-rock teenagers Bridezilla (Aust) & the sublime ambience of The Necks (Aust)
|Guess who’s back? The Cat Empire. After a quieter year by Empire standards, the guys are pulling together their ever-entertaining troupe to hit the road in Australia, with the announcement of theatre shows, and more to follow for Feb/March 2009.
The National Tour will support the Feb ’09 release of a new album – Live on Earth – which incorporates recordings of shows all over the world, spanning the bands career to date.
Awaken from thy nightmarish faerytale and prepare for the violation of thy soul as the Lords of all the metal-goth-vampire disciples, the inimitable Cradle of Filth, descend upon Australian soil in 2009. Just Say Rock Productions, in bloodied unison with Roadrunner Records Australia, proudly presents the Australian leg of Cradle of Filth’s, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder tour in May 2009.
Conspicuously missing from our shores since 2000’s Midian tour, the highly successful extreme metal innovators from Suffolk, England will deliver their full theatrical rock show to Australian audiences who have been kept waiting in the depths of murky darkness for ‘ages’.
|Billions Australia are pleased to announce that the wait is over!
Canada’s psych-and-prog-spiritual pioneers BLACK MOUNTAIN are heading to Australia in February/March 2009 to take us on a ride of monster riffs, swirling Hammond and cosmic rock.
Black Mountain play summer festival dates at the Perth Festival and Golden Plains in Victoria but will headline their own club shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney!
As promised, Soundwave returns in ’09, and to paraphrase Southpark, it is bigger, longer and uncut!
Topped by one of this generation’s most talented and uncompromising bands in NINE INCH NAILS, the festival also sees a long overdue return of grunge titans ALICE IN CHAINS and juvenile delinquents The BLOODHOUND GANG.
Never one to rest on there laurels, they’ve announced the second round of artists for Soundwave 09!
So without further ado… joining the already massive cast will be the powerful live force that is the Dillinger Escape Plan, Florida Metalcore titans Underoath, the sky-high hooks of Forever The Sickest Kids, pop rock balladeers Jack’s Mannequin and the unrelenting rhythms of All That Remains.
As always, there is also plenty to offer the fans of punk, metal and the heavier end of the alternative spectrum, as well as signing tents giving artists the opportunity to meet fans, market stalls and the odd bit of crappy installation art for you to laugh at.
Artist Line Up:
NINE INCH NAILS,ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG,LAMB OF GOD, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, UNDEROATH, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, JACK’S MANNEQUIN, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZYFISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE, EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, ALL THAT REMAINS, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER
General Public tickets are on sale now through Soundwave festival, ticketek.com.au & 132 849.
VENUES AND DATES
Saturday 21 February – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday 22 February – TBC, Sydney
Friday 27 February – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Saturday 28 February – Bonython Park, Adelaide
Monday 2 March – Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean, Perth
* Venues, lineup and date may be subject to change
Licensed All Ages Event Photo ID Required
SOUNDWAVE – IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE
Visit www.soundwavefestival.com for updates.
Smack my BIG DAY OUT up! It’s the one, the only, THE PRODIGY, back for BIG DAY OUT No.4. Whilst here they will also be playing a number of SideShows – Brisbane Riverstage, Sydney Hordern Pavillion and Melbourne Palace. (Sideshow Details Below)
The British pioneers of crash-bang-boom rocktronica will be armed with a brand new album (due in February), and the same old fierceness.
On their first tour of duty in 1996, thanks to killer tracks like Voodoo People, THE PRODIGY were the big thing on