Photographer: Rebecca Reid
Photographer: Rebecca Reid
Photographer: Rebecca Reid
THE AMITY AFFLICTION have announced a run of Australian headline shows taking them back to venues they haven’t played in more than four years. After a massive arena tour in December 2015, these new dates will see The Amity Affliction getting up close and personal with their Australian fans in smaller and more intimate venues.
Photographer: Charlyn Cameron
*** TOUR UPDATE ***
THE AMITY AFFLICTION and A DAY TO REMEMBER today announce that they are adding a New Zealand stop to the epic ‘Big Ass Tour’ following the recent announcement of a second Brisbane show. The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Motionless In White and The Ghost Inside will now kick start the ‘Big Ass Tour’ with an R15 show at the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland on Thursday 10 December, in what will be one of the biggest rock shows of the year.
Tickets for the Auckland show go on sale at midday this Friday 30 October. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.
THE AMITY AFFLICTION and A DAY TO REMEMBER will join forces this December to bring one of the biggest rock shows of the year to Australia. The BIG ASS TOUR will play to 60,000 fans as it hits arenas in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, with Motionless in White and The Ghost Inside completing the stellar bill.
After being onsale for just 3 days, the Geelong and Coolangatta dates of The Amity Affliction’s ‘The Weigh Downunder Tour’ have completely sold out. To accomodate the demand, an additional and final show has been added at the Coolangatta Hotel for Sunday November 18. Tickets go onsale 9am AEST (Queensland local time) tomorrow October 21.
The Amity Affliction recently announced ‘The Weigh Downunder’ Tour which will reach regional and suburban centres around Australia throughout January including Tasmania, North Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and the East Coast. Joining them on the tour will be In Hearts Wake, Confession and Antagonist AD.
Photographer: Davey Rintala
Arriving at The Hordern Pavilion I found myself meeting a swarm of dark cladded fans, sporting their war paint indicating that the night would be anything but peaceful. But who can blame them? With a line-up that boasts a solid blend of homegrown talent and international stars, what awaited everyone was a fierce display of talent and memorable performances.
With 5,000 die hard fans trying to getting into the show, the beginning of the night seemed slow and to tie that in with compulsory check-in for bags. The stage was almost bare when Deez Nuts arrived. Throwing their unique blend of Rapcore with heavy undertones, the boys played to faithful fans who made damn sure that they would witness the whole set and while things started to pour outside, the heated atmosphere inside the venue opened up the opportunity for a warm-up moshpit.
Photographer: Maria de Vera Photography
Event: Vans Warped Tour Australia 2013 – Sydney www.vanswarpedtouraustralia.com
Venue: Barangaroo, Sydney
Date: December 1, 2013
Bands in this Gallery:
The Amity Affliction
Reel Big Fish
New Found Glory
We Came As Romans
Call The Shots
Buried In Verona
The Summer Set
The Dangerous Summer
** CLICK HERE to read our Live Review: Vans Warped Tour – Sydney – December 1, 2013
Photographer: Stuart Blythe
Words and Pics: www.hoskingindustries.com.au
Tonight’s all-ages gig meant it was an early start for punters hoping to check out all four bands playing The Big Top at Sydney’s Luna Park. While the eager crowd wrapped its way around the Luna Park grounds in serpentine fashion, patiently waiting for the doors to open, it seems as though most of the other press outlets missed the memo on playing times, with the photo pit looking rather barren for opening act, Buried in Verona.
Playing to a half-full venue, the Sydney sextet appeared a more polished, confident band than when this reviewer last caught them supporting Sweden’s Soilwork at the Manning Bar at the tail end of 2010. They’re plagued by the usual opening-act muddy mix, which is exacerbated by the three-guitar attack that’s the fashion these days. And while the clean vocals (courtesy guitarist Richie Newman) have improved a lot, every time singer Brett Anderson tries to sing along it all falls apart.
|Heavy music fans in Australia are set for yet another treat this year with Destroy Music – a festival headlined by The Amity Affliction and a recently reformed I Killed the Prom Queen. The undercard is just as unrelenting, featuring Deez Nuts and US band Of Mice and Men.|
For The Amity Affliction, Destroy Music marks the band’s first Australian capital cities headline tour since hitting the road last July on the back of their sophomore release “Youngbloods”. Since then they have notched up two UK tours, a mainland European run and returned home to play to tens of thousands of people on the recently completed Soundwave Festival, where they turned heads as the Australian heroes on a 70 band bill. They’ve scored a #6 ARIA debut, multiple magazine covers, topped almost every heavy music poll, had Triple J singles and garnered ARIA and AIR nominations for “Youngbloods”. The Amity Affliction juggernaut is showing no sign of slowing down either. In March and April they will embark on their first ever US tour, taking in close to 40 dates, including SXSW, before returning to Australian shores for Destroy Music.
Review: Amy Lee Freshwater
[Photo Credit: Amy Lee Freshwater]
|It’s not surprising The Getaway Plan sold out two shows in one day at the Metro Theatre, they were at the height of their career when the announcement was made that they were breaking up, and the anticipation to see whether they still rock built up a big response to this reformation tour. Joining them on tour were Melbourne friends Secrets In Scale and Sydney band Tonight Alive.|
Managing to catch the end of Secrets In Scale, general consensus from the crowd was that they played a decent set and really got everyone pumped for the remainder of the night.
Tonight Alive took to the stage to a loud and excited audience. Rarely do I witness such enthusiasm for a support band, but Tonight Alive took it right in their stride and used that energy to their advantage pushing the same amount of energy, if not more, right back out at the audience in order to create an incredibly impressive set. They played something to please everyone, old song, new song, love song, heavy song, sing-a-long song. Tracks included My Favourite Thing, Revenge and its Thrills and closed out with Wasting Away, but the highlight for many was a cover song ‘In My Eyes’, the original by band Rufio. A notable set from this fitting support act who in no time will be headlining venues such as the Metro I’m sure.
Seeing the audience during the changeover time between bands reminded me of being a little mosh teenager sweating it out at the front just to be in a good spot for my favourite band. Even though this was the over 18’s show, people were going nuts pushing and shoving during the whole half hour trying to be front and centre for The Getaway Plan. Expecting them to come out and smash us with a hit, the set began with the melodic ‘Move Along’, a new song, that somehow super-fans already knew the words to. Soon enough they did break out into songs ‘Streetlight’, ‘Sleep Spindles’ and ‘New Medicine’ from their album Other Voices, Other Rooms. Four tracks in and the stage backdrop lit up with fairy lights, it was a bit of an ‘aww’ moment.
It was clear by now that The Getaway Plan were enjoying playing together again, and that their time apart doing other projects has massively improved their dynamic as a band. Noticeable improvements both musically and performance wise from guitarist Clint, who has been playing with The Amity Affliction whilst being on a break from TGP. The announcement from singer Matthew Wright that the band are in the process of recording a new album received an overwhelming response from the crowd, only fueling the fact that their popularity is going to increase second time round. The set built in intensity throughout the show, ‘Red Flag’ was a definite highlight with Wright getting his scream on and the band breaking down that song and just ripping like I’ve never heard them before. Another new song made it into the setlist and Wrights voice may have been tiring from the former song, as he introduced back onto the stage the singer from Tonight Alive to lend her killer vocals to this one. The band closed out the set with an old favourite ‘Where The City Meets The Sea’ which triggered a loud sing-a-long, to the point where Wrights voice was almost unheard. Inspired by the ever-waiting audience, TGP returned to the stage for a two song encore comprising of two more from their debut album, ended the night perfectly.
This band has reaffirmed their place in the Australian music scene, and no doubt their next record will take off as their first one did, lets hope they stick together for the long run this time round.