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Rocketsmiths blast through Sunny Coast to Byron Bay 10-13 June 2010

  Following on from QLD support slots with Texan rockers Spoon and the release of their pyromaniac-friendly film-clip for new single ‘Underground’, Brisbane’s most wayward rock quintet get the second leg of The Underground Tour underway next week.

The Underground Tour takes in a dozen dates from the Sunshine Coast to Melbourne.

It gives audiences the chance to share in the good times that always seem to find the rabble-rousing bunch who are masters of the sharp, short and colourful rock ditty.

Those who like their rock a tad off-kilter, their punk a little clever and their stage antics a lot crazy are encouraged to catch Rocketsmiths as they haphazardly make their way throughout the country, with support on the majority of dates from Melbourne indie-power-popsters Red Ink.

    ROCKETSMITHS – THE ‘UNDERGROUND’ TOUR

QLD/NORTHERN NSW DATES

Thursday June 10 2010 | Neverland, Coolangatta
w/Red Ink
$10 door

Friday June 11 2010 | Villa Noosa, Sunshine Coast
w/Red Ink & The Marsden Lees
FREE

Saturday June 12 2010 | Great Northern, Byron Bay
THE CANNON BALL: A ROCK & ROLL PIRATE MASQUE
w/The Good Ship, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-ups, Rag Tag Band & Burlesque
Tickets: thenorthern.oztix.com.au / $23.50

Sunday June 13 2010 | The Troubadour, Brisbane
(QUEEN’S BDAY EVE)
w/Red Ink, Velociraptor, Bang Bang Bos Kelly
$12 pre
/ $15 door
Tickets: troubadour.oztix.com.au

Related: RocketSmiths – “Underground” : CD Review [LifeMusicMedia]
Live Review: Tom Ugly with The Rocketsmiths and Comic Sans @ The Troubadour, Brisbane

The Cat Empire – Australian Tour August/September 2010

If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!

EMI Music Australia is proud to announce that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25 2010. Continue reading The Cat Empire – Australian Tour August/September 2010

The Cat Empire Announce New Album ‘Cinema’ and Tour

If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!

EMI Music Australia proudly announced that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25. Continue reading The Cat Empire Announce New Album ‘Cinema’ and Tour

Bluesfest 2010 wraps up its 21st Birthday

Bluesfest 2010 wraps up its 21st Birthday with the world’s finest musicians and approx 80,000 fans

April 6th 2010 – Last night at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm 12 minutes north of Byron Bay, five incredible days of blues and roots music from all over Australia and the world drew to a close, capping off a 21st Anniversary birthday party of infectiously good music and signature Bluesfest spirit.

Blessed with glorious sunshine and the occasional cooling shower, approximately 80,000 fans from 30 different countries walked through the entry gates over five days of blues, rock and roll, alt-country, world, soul, reggae, funk, Latino and roots music.
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Tour: Hoodoo Gurus ‘Purity Of Essence’ Tour ‘Purity Of Essence’ Tour – April/May 2010

The mighty Hoodoo Gurus are back with their ninth studio album Purity Of Essence and to mark this auspicious occasion they will do what they do best: hit the road and perform like they have done for many a decade, exciting fans across the globe with a live show to rock you to your core and leave you aching for more!
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Hungry Kids of Hungary – OK GO Support Slots and AIR SICK TOUR

HKOH   Joined by musical explorer Ernest Ellis and ethereal melody-makers Boy and Boy, Hungry Kids of Hungary are turning The Air Sick Tour into an even bigger affair with the addition of a further support for each state.

In New South Wales, HKoH will be joined by Mucho roster-mates and little cousin band Ball Park Music in their first interstate journey, while pop-folk upstarts Oh Ye Denver Birds represent for Queensland and The Box Rockets get their jangly-rock mitts on Victoria.

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The Kill Devil Hills – ‘Another Joke, Another Ransom’ Tour

The Kill Devil Hills   The Kill Devil Hills kick off their ‘Another Joke, Another Ransom’ tour next Friday 5 February 2010 at The Zoo in Brisbane, supported by Mexico City and The Blackwater Fever.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Man, You Should Explode, the band will also play Saturday 6 February at Bon Amici in Toowoomba, and Sunday 7 February at the Great Northern in Byron Bay.

Having spent the past few months touring non-stop around the country, The Kill Devil Hills’ live show is at its electrifying best. They’ll also be unleashing their blood, sweat, and tears on venues in Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne throughout February.
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News: THE FRAY AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MARCH/ APRIL 2010

It seems that Australians just can’t get enough of The Fray. The band’s last tour in March sold out in every city well in advance of the shows, and the performances themselves gripped crowds across the nation.

Luckily, The Fray can’t seem to get enough of us either. With that in mind, The Frontier Touring Company is very pleased to announce headline shows for the multi-platinum-selling band in addition to their performance at 2010’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
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Jack Johnson to headline Bluesfest 2010

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Bluesfest unveiled a major new announcement – that Jack Johnson will be the headline artist at the Bluesfest 21st Anniversary festival held in Byron Bay over Easter from Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010.

Jack Johnson’s exclusive 2010 Bluesfest appearances mark his first Australian appearances since March 2008, and his first Bluesfest appearances since 2005. These hotly anticipated Bluesfest performances are truly special as there will be no other Jack Johnson Australian shows on this tour!

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Bluesfest 2010 Mega First Artist Announcement

   CROWDED HOUSE, BUDDY GUY, ROGER HODGSON FROM SUPERTRAMP, THE GIPSY KINGS, ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, JEFF BECK, LYLE LOVETT, ROCKWIZ, JIMMY BARNES PLAYS THE RHYTHM AND THE BLUES, JESSICA MAUBOY, THE SWELL SEASON, NEWTON FAULKNER, DR JOHN AND THE LOWER 911, BELA FLECK’S AFRICAN PROJECT FEATURING OUMOU SANGARE AND BAND, BLUE KING BROWN, AL DI MEOLA
WORLD SINFONIA, GOGOL BORDELLO, FAT FREDDY’s DROP, JOE BONAMASSA, PETER GREEN & FRIENDS, THE FLATLANDERS, AVETT BROTHERS, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, RENEE GEYER, COLIN HAY BAND, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, LIL BAND O’ GOLD, BRIAN AUGER’S OBLIVION EXPRESS, ROBERT GORDON & THE GANG THEY COULDN’T HANG – FEATURING CHRIS SPEDDING (Roxy Music), GLEN MATLOCK (Sex Pistols), SLIM JIM PHANTOM (Stray Cats)

Bluesfest 2010 takes place over Easter from Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010
Visit http://www.bluesfest.com.au for full details!

Interview: Josh Pyke speaks with Elize Strydom about Splendour, touring and studio/producer aspirations [SITG]

Interview by: Elize Strydom
Josh PykeHe’s spent the last two months traipsing from the top of the country to the bottom but Josh Pyke is hungry for more. Charmingly unaware of the affect his music has had on her and hoards of others, Mr Pyke tells Elize Strydom about what’s coming up.

When the Aussie troubadour rides into Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass next month he’ll be on familiar turf. Pyke may struggle to resist the urge to buy a carton of Tooheys New and head down to the beach front to skull ten beers. You see, he’s quite familiar with the place, our Josh. He celebrated the completion of 13 years of schooling here with a bunch of mates. Each year the guys regroup, rent a house and relive old times. Expect a laid-back, sun-drenched Pyke in holiday mode come July 25th, but don’t show up for his set if all you wanna do is chill.

“I’ve played Splendour twice before and it has a whole different vibe. I can play more upbeat songs which work for a big audience, that’s really fun. There’s less pressure. I get to rock up, have an hour to play my set and the crowd’s already there. It’s also cool to see all the other bands and catch up with friends. “
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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2009 – Event & Camping Tickets Sold Out

SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2009
Event & Camping Tickets Sold Out

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Organisers would like to advise that at 10.15am today, Splendour In The Grass weekend and camping tickets to the 2009 event, taking place Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay, have completely sold out.

“’We are yet again in awe of the interest in Splendour, thanks to everyone for your support and embracing our ticketing process with its anti scalping features and carbon offsetting option.” said Event Producers – Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco
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Elize Strydom gets stuck in the mud at the 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival

Bluesfest – 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Friday 10th April
Review: Elize Strydom

Personality test: What sort of footwear would you choose to wear to Bluesfest?

a. Thongs from Woolies
b. Gumboots from Bunnings
c. Your brand new Dunlop Volleys
d. Au Natural (bare feet)

If you answered a. you’re an optimistic idealist. If you picked c. get set for disappointment. If you deliberated between b. and d. then read on…

The 20th Annual East Coast Blues and Roots Festival was always going to be muddy. In the two weeks leading up to the festival the Northern Rivers had copped near-torrential rain, flash flooding and damaging winds. I spoke to Festival Director Peter Noble a day before the gates were due to open and he was optimistic. One day of hot sun beating down on the Belongil Fields meant they had “dodged a bullet” and things were looking up. Yesterday the Rain Gods withheld their mercy but they’re well and truly smiling again today. Steam is literally rising off the sodden grass as punters – young and old – stream past sniffer dogs, security checks and wrist band fasteners. Tracks between the festival’s six stages, market stalls, food tents and port-a-loos have been beaten and new tracks are appearing as people try to avoid the shin deep mud pit at the centre of the original track. So many are falling at the first hurdle as their thongs flick splats of mud up their legs and backs. Others are literally stuck in the mud as their feet plunge into the thick brown slosh and fail to emerge. Now is not the time to suffer from unpreparedness – there’s music to see, oh so much music. More than 500 artists and 220 performances, to be exact. I’ve gotta start somewhere, why not with Watermelon Slim and the Workers?
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