Posts tagged ‘Major Raiser’

May 4, 2012

Hughster’s Gig Guide – May

Saturday 5th May: Major Raiser Party with a Purpose – Beach Road Bondi – $14 + bf

Old pals of Rain&Hale, Major Raiser are throwing their first party of the year in support of the Music Outback Foundation. Along for the ride are a long list of some of the freshest talent, with Mitzi, Glass Towers and Lancelot just some of the artists to help you “Party with a Purpose”. This is a night you cannot miss out on, and for just $14, it’s an absolute steal.

Friday 11th May: Prince – Allphones Arena – from $99

What more can we say that hasn’t already been said about the enigmatic performer. Prince will be touring our shores for the first time since 2003 and the Australian Public managed to crash the ticketek website when tickets went on sale last week. Rumour has it that one member of the Rain&Hale team is particularly excited about this show.

Tuesday 15th May: Wavves – Oxford Art Factory – $45 + bf

In town for the Groovin the Moo tour around the country, Californian surf-punk outfit Wavves will be making a stop-off in Sydney. His show last year was a complete blow-out which included excessive stage diving and security guard abuse. This could be a wild one.

Wednesday 16th May: MUTEMATH – The Hi-Fi – $48 + bf

Another Groovin the Moo attendee, indie-rockers MUTEMATH will be playing at the newly renovated Hi-Fi Theatre at Moore Park. Expect an intense show, as the band is well-noted for their high energy live performances.

Monday 28th May: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly – Sydney Opera House – From $59

An interesting collaboration if ever I’ve seen one. Folk-genius turned ambient interpreter Sufjan Stevens will be touring with the National guitarist Bryce Dessner and contemporary composer Nico Muhly. If Stevens’ last trip down under is anything to go by, this will be a magical event, especially combined with his conspirators’ considerable talents as well as the overall enchanting nature of the Vivid Festival.

Thursday 31st May: Dappled Cities – Oxford Art Factory – $18 + bf

The long awaited return of Sydney-based Dappled Cities is upon us. After the incredible success of their 2009 release Zounds, the boys are back with new material which they will be showcasing during a run of show in May-June.

April 1, 2012


What can we say about these kids? So much. Too much! Lead singer/r&h cover-gal Jess Pollard has been rockin’ our gear via Toucan gigs all around Sydney supporting crazy good bands such as Sneaky Sound System and Last Dinosaurs at awesome cool places like Jurassic lounge and FBI (See awesomeness below….)

Upcoming Shows include:

Sat, May 05 – Major Raiser 1st Birthday Party at Beach Rd, Bondi (yes, we will of course be attending)

Thu, Jun 31 – Moonshine at the Steyne Hotel, Manly

Treat your ears to this…

Toucan :: Brave New World mp3 download

 & a cool Toucan tour snippets vid:




December 5, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 7th December: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Oxford Art Factory – $28.70

NME described the Portland based, New Zealand founded trio’s sound as “a scruffy blend of shuffling funk and psych nostalgia that feels a lot more right than it should be”. This is probably the best way of describing Unknown Mortal Orchestra, an intriguing group which will be visiting our shores for the first time for the Summer Festival season. Support will be provided by Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays, who have a very amusing video floating around on youtube at the moment (wait till the end).

Friday 9th December: Chet Faker + Valar – Oxford Art Factory – Free 

Chet Faker first caught our attention with his buttery rendition of Blackstreet’s 90s classic “No Diggity”. Making the trip up from Melbourne, his performance will be a combination of jazz, soul and electronic music. Sydney locals Valar will be providing strong support, with hype surrounding their latest EP, The Belly of the Whale, still echoing. Did I mention it’s free?

Saturday 10th December: Major Raiser Tickets for Tucker feat. New Navy – Gaelic Theatre – $24.00 

Major Raiser are throwing their biggest event yet with the help of one of the most exciting bands floating around, Sydney’s New Navy. With the proceeds generated going towards a South African orphanage, all the more reason to get along to support a great cause. Also on the bill will be Rapids, Monks of Melonwah, Skryptcha and Sydney Girls Choir. There will also be interactive art adding to the atmosphere on the night.

For the diary:

Friday 24th February 2012: Death Cab for Cutie – Enmore Theatre – $67.10

Having recently released their seventh full album, Codes and Keys, Death Cab will be touching down early next year for their first tour since 2009. An incredibly enduring band, Death Cab have developed their sound to include a more sonic sound in addition to their well-known heartfelt lyrics and melodies.

November 28, 2011

Major Raiser is Majorly Awesome

In today’s me-first world, it’s incredible to come across a group dedicated to helping others. Major Raiser, the innovation of Sydney’s Dominic Greenwood, is one of those few. A social enterprise that uses live music and creativity to raise awareness of social issues, Major Raiser is gearing up for their biggest event yet.
Imagine going to see a gig showcasing a multitude of fresh local bands including New Navy, Rapids and Skryptcha, with the cost of your ticket going towards providing vital funds for a South African orphanage, Botshabelo. This is exactly what will be occurring on December 10 at Surry Hills’ Gaelic Club, with the venue transforming into a massive party for charity.

Aside from the music, Interwoven’s “Sunshadows” installation will transform the Gaelic into a world of colours, lights and shapes by using recycled fabrics and scavenged objects. Each attendee will receive a piece of fabric which they will be encouraged to weave onto fences surrounding the theatre. These structures will then be transported to Botshabelo when the Major Raiser team visits, creating a simple yet powerful bond.

All it takes is to help out is to spread the word about this special event, purchase a ticket here, and enjoy! Pretty simple sell huh?

Aside from the amazing Dom, special love should also go out to Rachael Lord, superhuman.