Dragonforce are an puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Playing the cheesiest, over-the-toppest metal that should be airbrushed onto the side of a van belonging to an overweight man in his mid-50s who retains his mullet despite balding two decades prior, they manage to move beyond the realm of parody into a whirlwind force of synchronized dips, two handed fret tapping, grins from both band members (Herman Li becomes the guitarist embodiment of the muppet Animal at times) and the headbangers in attendance, and that one song from Guitar Hero. Moving past the ridiculousness (and the one minor complaint that have each song may slightly overstay the welcome with eight songs fitting into the hour long set) Dragonforce still manage to put forward a hell of a show that's a rare craft of awe, tunes, and a refreshing lack of irony.
Judas Priest - after an incredible almost 50 years of performances, there's really not much to say about the band that hasn't been said. Despite the heavier riffs, there's a similar sense of humour and an extra step of theatricality to bill-mates Dragonforce - Rob Halford struggles on stage with a walking stick but proceeds to belt out all the lines without breaking a sweat in the packed Eatons Hill band room, casting it off by the second song and never resting. Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner come forward and thrash out in sync with huge grins, while bassist Ian Hill stands in front of huge LED displays of fire switching between stoic and ecstatic looks. With two massive encores including "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and Brisbane getting an especially special airing of "Painkiller", it's obvious that Judas Priest aren't on a victory lap, they have nothing to prove - this is one of the best bands playing their best work, and we're lucky to have been in the presence of legends.
Conor Oberst was joined by The Felice Brothers in a special show at Brisbane's newest venue The Triffid last night. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the show:
Andrew Wade captures Foo Fighters' first Australian per-foo-mance of the Australian tour, supported by Rise Against and The Delta Riggs!
Seth Sentry, Citizen Kay and Coin Banks played to a packed Brisbane Hi-Fi. Mitchell Manz brings us photos from the night.
Clowns were joined at Crowbar in Brisbane by The Disables and American Sharks. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the night.
Rising American star Lindsey Stirling performed to a packed out crowd at The Tivoli in Brisbane last night. Amanda Brenchley was there and brings us these photos from the set:
There is something delightful about a quiche. The idea of sitting together and sharing a slice of a delectable breakfast is marvelous. The light fluffy eggs mixed in with who knows what delicious ingredients. Mushrooms, zucchini, spices, rosemary, chilli, feta; there are all sorts of scrumptious things that belong in a quiche. But, there is one ingredient that the ladies in Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche adamantly abhor, and simply refuse to allow in a quiche: sausage.
The Laneway Festival is back doing the rounds once again, and this is the year that it seems to have come back at us with an incredibly solid line-up. From FKA twigs to Perfect Pussy, Courtney Barnett to Banks, Mac DeMarco to Pond and to top it off, the choice of Flight Facilities or Flying Lotus - it is clear Laneway has delivered.
The Laneway Festival rolled into Australia for the first time in 2015, bringing FKA Twigs, St Vincent (pictured), Pond, Mac DeMarco and more to Brisbane!
Chiodos hit up The Hi-Fi in Brisbane, so Andrew Wade went along and brought us these photos. Supported by Storm The Sky.
The off Broadway cult hit, 5 Lesbians eating A Quiche, is making it’s international debut in Brisbane. Be transported back to the 50s, the A-Bomb has been dropped and everyone is dying to get their secret out. Director Nathaniel Cooper is audibly excited about the upcoming performances at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Not many bands can claim 30 years of albums, tours, singles and a worldwide cult status, but Japanese all-girl pop punk act Shonen Knife are one of the few - and with good reason. Their songs are simple, incredibly catchy and have extreme novelty value, and their live show is an energetic and polished affair - it’s a winning combination, and it drew a huge crowd to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art on Friday night.
In a lineup curated by Mosman Alder, Soviet X-Ray Record Club, Smoke and Big Bad Echo took to the stage at Brisbane's newest venue The Triffid last night. Aidan Hogg was there and brings us these photos from the night:
The Coathangers headlined an amazing show last night at Trainspotters in Brisbane, with support from Babaganouj and Some Jerks. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the night:
Japanese group Shonen Knife played GOMA in Brisbane from Friday and Andrew Wade was there. Here are a few photos from the incredible performance: