Posts tagged ‘Laneway Festival’

January 6, 2012

Hughster’s Gig Guide – January

I’ll be taking a sabbatical in the States during January so I’ve put together a list of the best gigs of the month for you to devour. I’ll be with you in spirit!

Thursday 5th January: Blood Orange – Goodgod Small Club – $36.80

Breathtaking pop music from the artist formerly known as Lightspeed Champion.

Friday 6th January: Flying Lotus – Metro Theatre – $59.70

Production at its very best, Flying Lotus should not be missed on his annual tour.

Saturday 14th January: Cant – The famous Spiegeltent, Sydney Festival – $43

As a member of Grizzly Bear, multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor is  brings his solo project, Cant, to the Sydney Festival.

 Friday 20th January: Alpine – Oxford Art Factory – $18.40

If you haven’t heard of Melbourne 6-piece Alpine, you haven’t read this gig guide before. They’re touring to celebrate the release of their new single, “Hands”.

Saturday 21st January: Whitest Boy Alive – Keystone Festival Bar – SOLD OUT

Hopefully you were quick and snapped up tickets to Whitest Boy Alive earlier as this event has sold out. If not, start making friends.

Sunday 29th January: Active Child – Oxford Art Factory – $49.20

This will be the gig of the month, and quite possibly the year. Active Child’s ambient beauty took the world by storm last year. In town for the Laneway Festival Tour, he’ll be supported by  locals Caitlin Park and Oliver Tank – this is a gig you should arrive on time to!

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November 21, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Thursday 24th November: Matt Corby – Oxford Art Factory – $12+bf

Matt Corby has not travelled the regular route of a young, indie musician. He was brought into the spotlight as a fresh-faced 16 year old, appearing on Australia Idol in 2007. Like many contestants on Idol, his star faded pretty quickly. Despite this, Matt has been working tirelessly ever since, and is now starting to gain the recognition his immense talent deserves. His latest EP, Into the Flame, showcases a more mature sound from the bluesy folk-singer, and it includes his brand new single, the powerful “Brother”.

Friday 25th November: Guineafowl – The Standard – $15.40

Guineafowl are a busy band. After their returning from their first US tour – where they played a slew of shows including Culture Collide in LA and CMJ in New York City– they are currently touring their new single “The Lie Is” around Australia. The Sydney’ers will be bringing their lively stage show to the Standard, which is turning in to one of best venues going around. Fingers crossed for a bass drum jump!

Friday 25th November: WIM – Sydney Theatre Company – Free

Arghhh. Another clash, why do people do this to us music lovers? WIM, also back in town after an extended journey in the States, will be playing an intimate show at the Sydney Theatre Company. Another Rain&Hale favourite, the five-piece are known for their enigmatic performances and vagabond style, and will hopefully have some new material after their trip.

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Various late January-early February: Laneway Festival Artist sideshows

With such an incredibly deep line-up for next year’s Laneway Festival, clashes are bound to disappoint (and in my case, depress). There is a solution however, with a flood of artist sideshows released last week. Highlights include Active Child at the Oxford Art Factory on January 29, M83 at the Metro on February 9, and Feist at the Enmore on February 7.

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October 17, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 19th October: RUFUS – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

I first saw RUFUS supporting a friend’s band in February this year. I was blown away by their upbeat and original style, obvious talent and their love of performing, and immediately started raving about them to anyone who’d listen. Since then, I have seen them another three times, and each time they’ve added another element to their arsenal. They’re also getting a lot of local recognition, having just showcased their energetic live show at Parklife Sydney. This week, I’ll be heading down again to the maze which is Bondi to check out one of my favourite local acts. You should get along too, make sure to pack travel snacks!

Thursday 20th October: ASTRAL Feat. Guerre, Nagakin, Thomas William, Rainbow Chan + More –Oxford Art Factory – $5

Can you still buy a Macshite meal for $5 anymore? Get along to Oxford Art Factory for a showcase of some of Sydney’s freshest and finest beat producers. Guerre has just been added to the star studded Musica Festival (see below), while Rainbow Chan will be fresh off the plane from Iceland(one of the winners of the recent FBi Northern Lights competition. Save a couple of gold coins and pop on over to OAF for a much healthier alternative to a happy meal.

Saturday 22nd October: Musica Festival –Tumbalong Park – $89

Any line-up which features the super masked producer SBTRKT is worth the entrance fee alone. He’ll be joined by an eclectic group of artists including Ghostpoet, Lunice, Simon Caldwell, Mitzi and New Navy in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park. By far the biggest pull is the appearance of SBTRKT, his self-titled album being one of this year’s biggest revelations. He’s just been announced to appear at the 2012 Laneway Festival (see below…again) but he’ll be testing out Australian crowds some months in advance at the end of the week.

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Sunday 5th February 2012: Laneway Festival –Sydney College of Arts, Rozelle – $140

The highly anticipated line-up for the 2012 edition of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (which also visits five other major Australian cities as well as Singapore) was announced last week. And what a line-up it is. Sydney’s hipster population will be treated to sets from a more ambient line-up than in previous years, with the likes of the aforementioned SBTRKT, M83, Active Child, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out venturing out to Australia. They will be joined by Feist, the Drums, Girls, Twin Shadow and Laura Marling. I apologise, I realise I’ve just listed the bands playing, but with a collection this incredible words just seems trivial don’t they? Tickets on sale 19th October, get saving!