Review by: Victoria Nugent
Photo by Charlyn Cameron
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The evening was kicked off by Sydney band The Jezabels who warmed up an initially reluctant crowd with their explosively energetic indie pop set. Front woman Hayley Mary won over the audience with her physical performance and raw vocals with solid rhythmic guitar from Sam Lockwood, a whimsical keyboard backing from Heather Shannon and wildly powerful drumming from Nik Kaloper.
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|Tegan and Sara Australian Tour 2010
With special guests Astronautalis (USA) and The Jezabels (AUS)
Canadian twins Tegan and Sara return to Australia in May for a national tour, following the release of their new album ‘Sainthood’ (Warner) last year. ‘Sainthood’ was lavished with acclaim from fans and critics a-like, the first single ‘Hell’ gathering radio spins from alternate and commercial radio around the country.
After years of selling out headline tours and their recent experience in joining the summer festival circuit, which saw them playing to thousands at the Falls Festivals, Southbound and Sunset Sounds in 2008, Tegan and Sara tours have become one of the most anticipated live shows among Aussie music lovers. Their on stage chemistry, incredible musical abilities, infectious pop sensibilities and direct connection with their fans has won hearts all over the world.
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Like a bull at a gate GTM is ready to charge into both familiar territory and territory never ventured before, rumble with an incredible array of Australian and International artists and put on five spectacular shows like no other music event in Australia.
A one day explosion of carnival and cavorting under the sun, clouds and moon, in front of a magnificent outdoor double stage, and in one of the biggest dance tents around, GTM is Australia’s only touring music event to feature regional cities in the tour diary.
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Saturday 7th March (2pm – 10pm NSW Time)
Duranbah Beach, Gold Coast
All Ages / Licenced Surf + Music Event
|Performers: BLISS N ESO, KORA (nz), KRAM, ASH GRUNWALD, DUKES OF WINDSOR, MAT MCHUGH (The Beautiful Girls), SOMETHING WITH NUMBERS, ROGERTHAT, WINNIE COOPERS, JOHN STEEL SINGERS, THE JEZABELS, NUMBERS RADIO, KID MAC, SURE CUT KIDS, AND YACHT CLUB DJs.
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The first artist announcement included a compilation of acts who recently starred in this years triple j Hottest 100 music poll with the event headliners BLISS N ESO, grabbing 3 tracks in the countdown, followed by Continue reading QUIKSILVER PRO SHOW 2009 LINE UP, MORE ACTS ADDED!
By Tara Kai Hammond
In an era when music festivals seem once again to be the current trend, there was definitely something very special and unique about The Sunset Sounds festival, put together by the same crew as the renowned Falls festival.
Originally the festival was proposed to take place in ‘beautiful’ Byron Bay, (under the name – The Byron Bay Arts festival). But the location had to change due to approval issues, and Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens was chosen to hold the event under the new banner – The Sunset Sounds Festival.
I was lucky enough to go along both days and soak up all the sun and sonic-goodness; and the following is an account of my first day at the festival.
*-:SUNSET SOUNDS DAY ONE:-*
After picking up my media pass and with a sense of excitement as I passed through the front gates, I headed straight for a big shady tree in front of the Hibiscus stage where I was entertained by the simple, laid-back, folk-rock, sounds of Australian band, TinPan Orange; which consisted of a Alex Burkoy on violin, and folk/soul driven female vocalist Emily Lubitz, – reminiscent of recent Australian artists such as Claire Bowditch – who strummed, plucked and tapped her ukulele, while singing from her heart and soul about love, life and loss.
Wandered over to the Garden stage for French based artist Soko; Soko‘s voice alternated enjoyablely between a husky-enunciation and a elevated-husky-shriek, but her songs of anguish and dejection, left me a little downhearted. The highlight of her set, for me, was the song I’ll Kill Her; Her live performance was a little strange with crying throughout her set, announcing her early retirement, and finishing her set rocking-out on the drums while singing about having a nervous-breakdown; I’m beginning to wonder if she will.
Recent graduate from Brisbane’s indie-dance-rock scene, Yves Klein Blue; were the first band on the River stage and seemed more than at home during their set. They played a high-energy show that left the crowd hyped-up and buzzing. The stand out song of the set for me and the rest of the audience was obviously the song Polka, but the set was so full-of-life and hot-to-go; that it was hard to tell whether the smoke that billowed of the stage during their set came from the band, smoke machines, or both.
Award winning English band Gomez, was next up on the Garden Stage; and I must admit to being a little bit disappointed due to their low-energy performance, which could have something to do with the fact that it was boiling hot when they played, or just couldn’t be bothered putting in much energy or effort. And also, because their set lacked a lot of the tracks they’re most famous for, like the tune Get Myself Arrested. However they did play some classics and crowd favourites such as Get Miles, Bring It On, GirlShapeLoveDrug, and We Haven’t Turned Around, amongst others. An excellent band in general, but I definitely had high hopes of them being even better live and couldn’t help feeling that they could have done better, (and would have at some point in the past).
I only got the chance to see The Rocketsmiths, (another quality Brisbane band), for a short while; but during that time I was quite impressed with the way they mix the funk-punk-rock-carnivalesque genres quite well. And they also reminded me of one of my favourite ‘old school’, Zappalesque, mixed genre bands, the one and only, Mr. Bungle.
If ego had a name, its name would be Howling Pelle Almqvist! The Hives certainly know how to entertain the crowd, and the power outage early in their set only fired up Pelle even more. The crowd wowed to their show but, for me, with Pelle declaring “You do not cut the power on The Hives!”, it was time to move along to the next act.
Making my way back to the Garden stage, The Cat Empire were a happy and vibrant breath of fresh-air, who put the crowd in a good mood, (with smiles and good vibes all around); got the crowd pumping, (arms and legs in the air and everywhere); and kept the happy-high-energy going the whole one hour set. Playing crowd favourites like Two Shoes, Someday, and So Many Nights, amongst others. And also a few covers as well – one of Paul Kelly’s songs Dumb Things, (which got the whole crowd singing along); and also a French version of The Eagles tune Hotel California, (which segued into their song Chariot). Throughout their six year career as a band they’ve received much recognition, (including their first album receiving seven ARIA nominations; their first two albums scoring double platinum sales; and the fact they’ve done around 600 sold-out shows between Melbourne and Montreal). The Cat Empire continue to be vibrant, warm, engaging, humble band; with attitudes of respect for creativity, the power of music, the environment, and other cultures and humanity in general.
The Cat Empires horn section eventually faded, sounding the end of the nights activities, and as the lights went down, the crowd cheered and began to quietly file out of the main gate like ants; tired, energized and eager all at the same time. And as I left the festival, (high on life and buzzing and beaming from ear to ear); I headed along the bamboo track that leads back into the concrete jungle, (a.k.a Brisbane City); and I let out a big “ahhhhhh” and thought – what a festival!!!… can’t wait for tomorrow!!!
By Tara Kai Hammond
Australia’s hottest summer festival line-up heads north to infuse Brisbane in sonic goodness at Sunset Sounds this January. With tickets to The Falls Festival well and truly sold-out, fans need not despair as the cream of the crop have just been confirmed for a frolic in the park at Sunset Sounds. Brisbane’s Botanical and City Gardens will play host to this summer soiree over two blissful evenings as Sunset Sounds crafts its own stunning and spacious home by combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens. Whether you are enjoying a summer break or an après work beverage with a sound track to shake to, kick start your 2009 on January 7th & 8thin super fine style.
Bringin’ it on Wed 7th: monochromatic, dapper suited gents of THE HIVES (Sweden); hip-shakin’, smokin’ sets of THE CAT EMPIRE; burgeoning Brighton brood, THE KOOKS (UK); power-pop maestro’s, TEGAN AND SARA (Canada); the shimmy-tastic classy purveyors of modern Rhythm & Blues that have re-written the Dictionary of Funk & Soul, SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS (USA); unchartered brilliance of GOMEZ (UK); bewitching voice of SOKO (France); mixed palate of classic gypsy pop from YVES KLEIN BLUE
Layin’ it down Thu 8th: Super sharp guitar stabs & exhilarating live show from great Glaswegian’s FRANZ FERDINAND (UK); dance-a-holic, shambolic interludes of THE GRATES; 24 carats topped with bling from Brooklyn’s own dance movement, SANTOGOLD (USA); blissed-out, good vibes of DONAVON FRANKENREITER (USA); bluesman ASH GRUNWALD; straight from the dust-bowls of the 1930’s comes countryfied-blues troubadour CW STONEKING; bright and catchy melodies of quirky indie-pop 3-piece, I HEART HIROSHIMA
When: Wed 7th & Thu 8th January
Where: Sunset Sounds combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: First release Friday 3rd October with 1 night tickets $89+b/f, 2 night tickets $129+b/f available from Ticketmaster7 . 18+ event.
More Details: www.sunsetsounds.com.au
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***** 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