August 2, 2012
Friday 10th August: Break the Ice Fest – UTS Glasshouse Bar – $28.10 + bf
A fantastic line-up of local talent will appear at the University of Technology for the first ever Break the Ice Tour (which will also stop at other Uni’s around the country). Joining headliners Bluejuice will be the likes of Deep Sea Arcade, The Preachers and Hungry Kids of Hungary.
Saturday 11th August: Kill City Creeps – The Vanguard – $11.80
With influences ranging from 60s psychedelia to 70s glam-rock, Sydney’s Kill City Creeps are a thrill to behold. Lead singer Daniel Darling is ably supported by Knives, Mon Cherie and Nina B, combining to create a truly unique sound.
Saturday 11th August: Twerps – Goodgod Small Club – $14
If Kill City Creeps don’t sound like your cup of tea, perhaps Melbourne’s the Twerps are. After a huge American tour, they’re back in Australia to promote new material. Their US trip saw them stand-out at SXSW before supporting the incredible Real Estate on their national tour.
Friday 17th August: Jinja Safari/Opossom/White Arrows – Metro Theatre – $38.90
The Metro welcomes an incredibly diverse line-up, with local popsters Jinja Safari being joined by Opossom (NZ) and White Arrows (USA). The truly innovative and original International acts especially should not be missed for any reason.
Wednesday 22nd August: The Pharcyde – Upstairs Beresford – $47 + bf
Hip-Hop pioneers the Pharcyde are returning to Australia after their last visit three years ago. An alternative to early-90s gangsta rap, their music was (and is) as challenging as it is fun.
Wednesday 29th August: SURES – Beach Road Hotel – Free
Rain&Hale favourites SURES continue to sweep all before them. Having supported a number of prominent acts in recent times, they’re quickly becoming a heralded group on their own. See them for free alongside equally talented Battleships, as Beach Road comes up with the goods once again.
November 7, 2011
Thursday 10th November: Made in Japan – GoodGod – $13.30
One of my favourite things is to tell people about a band just before they blow up. If you want to do the same thing, get along to GoodGod on Thursday to catch Sydney four-piece, Made in Japan. They will be launching their single, Sights and Sounds, the title track to their upcoming debut album release. If you like bands like New Navy, these guys should be a band on your radar.
Friday 11th November: Jinja Safari – The Metro – $20
A Jinja Safari show is an adventure which includes exuberant dancing, fascinating instruments and a stage set up like a forest. The indie-folk favourites have experienced a hectic year and a half since their conception, including appearances at major festivals and supporting some of Australian music’s biggest names. They also sold out their own headline tour earlier in the year. The guys are back to celebrate the release their compilation “Locked by Land” which includes songs from their first two EPs as well as remixes. They’ll be joined by perhaps the most incredible supporting line-up I’ve ever seen, with Megastick Fanfare, Elizabeth Rose and Pluto Jonze all scheduled to perform. Here’s a clip of Jinja Safari’s performance at this year’s Secret Garden Festival…you get the picture.
Friday 11th November: Gold Fields (+Millions) – Oxford Art Factory – $14.80
Oh Dear. Sydney music lovers have a difficult decision on their hands. Ballarat firecrackers Gold Fields will be bringing their debut National Tour to Sydney on the same night. If you like up-tempo indie-pop with heavy percussion, opaque basslines and plenty of cowbell, you might decide to give Jinja Safari a miss and head down to OAF. Over to you Sydney.
For the diary:
Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th March 2012: Secret Garden Festival – It’s a secret – $TBA
I nearly cried after hearing about how good this year’s Secret Garden Festival was. With the location hidden until the day before, attendees can expect an incredible weekend of frivolity. With the line-up and ticket prices unannounced thus far, I’ll just have to vouch for this one and keep you posted on future updates. Shhhhhh…
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