Ball Park Music are one of those bands who've always been..there. They've been dominating the Australian live circuit for ages now and for a while there, you could've put money on the Brisbanites being on any touring festival during the summer/New Year period. Currently, Ball Park Music are taking the 'Trippin' The Light Fantastic Tour' around the country and have been pulling large numbers with each stop. Their first of two Adelaide shows was testament to the force they've become as a band.
Ball Park Music played their first of two night at The Gov in Adelaide on Tuesday night, thanking the crowd (a sea of punters in Ball Park Music branded 3D glasses) for turning out on a hot Tuesday evening and giving the band the chance to play at one of their most loved venues. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review and brings us this epic photo gallery:
The Griswolds' Australian tour has been a while in the making for many fans. Their debut album, Be Impressive, was received incredibly well upon its release a few months back, though it's fair to say a lot of the excitement surrounding the record also came down to the fact that Australian fans hadn't seen the Sydney band play many gigs extensively through 2014. Instead, the band has been generating a strong international fan base, touring and appearing at festivals in the US for the past few months. It made sense that their Australian album tour would be popularly attended and as Adelaide falls on the midway mark of their run around the country, it's glaringly evident that The Griswolds are becoming quite the powerhouse live band.
Fresh from touring the States and Europe, The Griswolds are bringing their energetic live performances around Australia. Last night they hit Jive Bar in Adelaide and our photographer John Goodridge was there to capture the madness of the sold out show.
It was by luck that I stumbled on a gig listing which promoted The Whitlams' return to Adelaide recently. Returning to The Gov for the first time in some years, the Sydneysiders were met with a warm reception, as they always are when they play here. Sure, their show with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra a few years ago was magical, but there's something about a classic 'Whitlams-at-The-Gov' show that has never lost its sheen.
In the past few months, DMA's have achieved more than most young bands dream of achieving over the course of a few years. From being signed to I OH YOU to playing Splendour In The Grass, the journey of this Sydney trio thus far has to be what Hilary Duff was referring to when she said, "Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of". Making their first appearance in Adelaide last Thursday night at Rocket Bar, these Britpop bandits were eager to prove that their sudden popularity is more than just a matter of dumb luck.
Dave Elmes, the founder of the new Follow the Sun Festival in Glenelg, needs to be commended. The new kid on the festival circuit in South Australia had its first run over the Labour Day long weekend and brought about the perfect excuse to spend a Sunday down by the beach, enjoying some great live music and general excellent vibes.
It was perfect weather on the long weekend for the first Follow the Sun Festival at Wigley Reserve on the foreshore at Glenelg. With a line up of quality Australian acts including Paul Dempsey, Bonjah and Dallas Frasca, it was a glorious day out for all the family. Our photographer John Goodridge was there and brings you these pics.
Adelaide's looking more delicious than ever, with the inaugural Air Asia Asiafest Food & Cultural Festival set to bring the best in Asian food and entertainment to Rymill Park over the October long weekend, with mini-festivals focussing on Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as a "melting pot" of many other Asian cuisines and culture.
Filthy Lucre returned to their home town, from a recent Victoria tour, to launch their new single "Hand Made" with help from their friends The Dead Bells, I Am Mine and Jungle City. Chad Lofts was there with his camera and brings you these photos....
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard always have a show full of energy, crazy guitar faces and driving riffs. The wonderful Murlocs supported, complete with guitarist on crutches. Local band The Dunes started the evening off with their dark psychedelic sounds. Our photographer John Goodridge was there and captured some photos.
When Bluejuice promise you one last BJ you know it's got to be a good one. And the Sydney lads didn't disappoint one bit. At the end everyone was feeling a little moist and spent. Our photographer John Goodridge was there, of course, to soak up the atmosphere and whatever else was flying around.
I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one: Bluejuice breaking up sucks. A lot. It sucks because they're just one of many Australian bands who went years without being given the amount of recognition they deserved and now, as their almost completely sold out farewell tour dictates, people are coming out of the woodwork to show the Sydneysiders a fucktonne of love and support that should really have been there all along. But I digress. This isn't about how I feel about the topic, this is about tonight's gig at the Adelaide Unibar, the first of two gigs here, the first of the band's final hurrah - 'The Retrospectable Tour'.
Jeremy wrote us a poem:
"Where were you ten years ago?!" Andy Bull deadpans, during the encore of his set, before laughing, "No seriously, I appreciate you all a lot. Thank you and see you next time." It's one of those moments where you laugh, but if you've been a fan of his for the last however many years, part of you does think, 'Well? Where was this crowd?' Standing in a venue which was barely full for the Sydney musician when he last headlined here some time ago now, now completely sold out, brings with it a sense of accomplishment...and I'm not even the artist. Being an Adelaide-based music fan, seeing a musician being able to crack this city and sell it out on a weeknight is a commendable feat on its own and Andy Bull made sure the crowd got what they paid for.