Posts tagged ‘Ball Park Music’

June 14, 2012

Select Music’s 7th Birthday

Sydney-based Select Music is a multi-functional music company.  Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re bound to have had plenty of contact with them if you enjoy Aussie music. Their reach covers artist management, touring, venue consultancy and event promotion. With a seemingly never-ending roster (including Boy and Bear, Midnight Juggernauts, Tim Finn and Bluejuice), they are proud to have helped to unearth some of Australia’s top talent in recent years.

Having commenced proceedings back in 2005, they’re turning seven this year. To celebrate their birthday, they’re throwing a rather large party on Thursday 21st June. A charity fundraiser for beyondblue, the shindig will be held at four of the Oxford St precinct’s hottest venues, with a tantalising smorgasbord of Australia’s best musicians showing their wares over the evening.

Featuring Select Music artists playing across UPSTAIRS BERESFORD, THE STANDARD, OXFORD ART FACTORY (Main Room + Gallery) & PHOENIX BAR

Andy Bull, Argentina, Ball Park Music, Bluejuice, Bob Evans, Elizabeth Rose, Emma Louise, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The John Steel Singers, Josh Pyke, The Jungle Giants,  Lior, Midnight Juggernauts DJs, Millions, The Mission In Motion, Nantes, The Paper Scissors DJs, Pluto Jonze, The Preachers, Purple Sneakers DJs, RÜFÜS, Spit Syndicate, Step-Panther, Strangers, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Toucan, The Walking Who

Tickets can be purchased here for just $20!

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June 1, 2012

Hughster’s June Gig Guide

Thursday 7th June: Winter People – Oxford Art Factory – $12 + bf

After the cancellations of the Playground Weekender and Secret Garden Festivals, fans will finally get a chance to see Winter People live. They have a run of East Coast tour dates in support of the release of their debut EP “Gallons”.

Thursday 14th June: Oliver Tank – Oxford Art Factory – $12+ bf

 Currently completing a tour of the UK including a stop at the Great Escape Festival, this will be Oliver Tank’s home-coming. After last year’s incredible “Dreams” EP won him rave reviews, he’s completed new music recently in anticipation of his next EP.

Friday 15th June: Founds/Fire!Santa Rosa, Fire! – The Standard – $12 + bf

Two of the best unsigned bands floating around at the moment, they’re teaming up to show off their considerable talents. Both bands are slightly left of centre in their music and performance, so this should be a considerably special occasion.

Thursday 21st June: Select Music’s 7th Birthday – Various – $20

Rain&Hale favourites Toucan will be joining an all-star cast to celebrate Select Music’s 7th Birthday. The likes of Bluejuice, Ball Park Music, the Preachers, the John Steel Singers and Hungry Kids of Hungry will be lending their talents during the evening – to be held at four Darlinghurst/Surry Hills venues. Huge.

Friday 22nd June: Deep Sea Arcade – Beach Road Hotel – Free

 Listing the Beatles and Doors as some of their influences, you can get a feel of what Deep Sea Arcade’s music is like. Their debut album “Outlands” was Triple J’s feature album back in April, so we’re obviously not the only ones in love with their psychedelic-pop stylings.

Saturday 23rd June: Mosman Alder – FBi Social (King’s X Hotel) – $10

 Brisbane’s Mosman Alder will be playing at this year’s Splendour in the Grass Festival, but you can catch them for a fraction of the cost a month earlier. Their East Coast tour is in line with the release of their debut EP “Burn Bright”, a gorgeous piece of brooding exquisiteness.

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May 25, 2012

Gee Mikki – Photographer Extraordinaire

Aren’t chance meetings tremendous? We met Mikki at a Husky gig at the Standard at the end of 2011 when she took our photo – a quick chat and a business card swap and the alliance had been established.

Mikki started out as a street photographer, but now makes a crust taking photos of the most excellent gigs around town. Rather than just snapping away hoping for a good shot, she really thinks about the photos she’s taking.

“I’m intrigued by lights, and love crowd shots. I enjoy shooting bands who move around a lot or are quirky on stage. I need to walk away with the unconventional shot after every gig – not your regular close up of the singer in front of the mic with their mouth open and their eyes closed. I don’t want my photos to be repetitive. I need to be WOWed by my own photos.”

We were so WOWed by Mikki’s work that we asked for her help with our latest Vintage photo shoot which we released earlier in the week.

After taking a short sabbatical from photography, Mikki’s just started getting back into the swing of things and is looking to try out more fashion/product photography in the near future. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out her website.


October 31, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 2nd November: Super Wild Horses + Straight Arrows – Beach Road Hotel – Free

Super Wild Horses are a female punk duo based in Melbourne. They had no musical training up until 5 years ago when they decided to form a band (as you do!) and have gone from strength to strength ever since. They’ve recently returned from a tour of the States where they performed at a number of prestigious festivals, wowing fans with their ability to alternate between drums and guitar sporadically. Joining the girls will be an all-punk line-up including Sydney’s Straight Arrows and Ganashz.

Saturday 5th November: New Navy – Oxford Art Factory – $15+bf

New Navy are going places quickly. On the back of recent single “Zimbabwe’s” success, the Sydneyfour-piece are launching their new EP Uluwatu at Oxford Art Factory. New Navy are a band who will soon be one of the highlights of the upcoming Summer, possessing a tropical sound perfectly designed for the warmer months. Bursting with sparkling guitars and bubbly percussion, make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes for this one. The guys will be supported by up-and-comingSydney beat-maker Flume on their night of nights.

Sunday 6th November: Boy and Bear – The Enmore – $44.80

If you haven’t already seen the juggernaut which is Boy and Bear, do yourself a favour and get a ticket. The lads are experiencing an incredible year, having recently been nominated for seven Aria Awards for their debut LP Moonfire. Having recently returned from America, their Australian tour docks into Sydney for two shows over the weekend (Saturday is sold out). Having seen them perform a number of times, this is a gig you do not want to miss. Supporting the lads will be Ball Park Music and the Paper Kites, incredible performers in their own right.

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Sunday 11th December: Explosions in the Sky – Metro – $60

Having recently been confirmed to appear at the Meredith Festival, Texas’ Explosions in the Sky will also be bringing their intense live show to Sydney. Their incredible, intrumental resonance is both haunting and uplifting, with tear-jerking melodies and heavy soundscapes synonymous with the band. They will be playing material from their seven albums including the recently released and lauded Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

October 24, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 26th October: Ball Park Music – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free 

Brisbane’s Ball Park Music create tunes to make you smile. You just can’t but help liking the six cheerful, indie kids who have been on the cusp of blowing up. They have played alongside the likes of Cloud Control, Boy and Bear and Hungry Kids of Hungary, as well as appearing at the Big Day Out, Falls and Good Vibes festivals. There time has now arrived with the recent release of their debut LP “Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs”. As part of their album tour, they will be dropping in on the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi this Wednesday to set the fun-dial to 10 (whatever that means). A nice support line-up includes Northeast Party House and The Jungle Giants.

Thursday 27th October: Pluto Jonze – Oxford Art Factory – $10 

Pluto Jonze has developed his own, unique brand of pop music which he’s been showcasing since he won the 2009 Tropfest Music Award at just 22. Since then, he’s been busy writing and producing which culminated in the release of his debut EP in May this year. He’ll be joined by his 3-piece backing band in line with the release of his single “Plastic Bag in a Hurricane”. Speaking of up and coming performers, his supports Toucan and Tim Fitz are both dynamic acts in their own right, both flying the flag for the future of pop music. They both have fresh EPs in the pipeline, so expect a night full of brand spanking new tunes.

Saturday 29th October: Jamie Hutchings/Wintercoats/Oliver Tank – The Gate Presents (secret location in Pymble) – Donation

The Gate is a concept designed to bring great music to the suburbs of Sydney (where so much talent is hidden away). Aside from their regular events at Pablo & Rusty’s in Epping, they also put on pop-up gigs in various suburband backyards. This particular event will showcase the considerable talents of three talented troubadours. Sydney song-writer veteran Jamie Hutchings, Melbourne’s dream-pop wiz Wintercoats, and recent winner of the FBi Northern Lights competition, Oliver Tank, will be providing a smorgasbord of experimental music bound to delight.

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Thursday 24th November: Matt Corby – Oxford Art Factory – $15.30 

Don’t do what I did and judge Matt Corby just because he was on Australian Idol. He’s better than that. Much better. A friend of mine made me listen to some of his stuff a little while ago and I was instantly hooked. Matt could be Australia’s answer to Jeff Buckley, so strong are his vocals. Get along to the OAF next month, you might be able tell people “I told you so”.

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