Ella Hooper, Mantra, Thelma Plum and more to join Urthboy at the Melbourne Festival!

Urthboy is bringing his 'Make Me a Mixtape' to the Melbourne Festival this year and if its success at the Brisbane Festival earlier in the month was anything to go by, this event is going to bring the Melbourne Festival to a close in great fashion. Joining him for the October show will be the talented Ella Hooper, Mantra, Henry Wagons, Thelma Plum and Bobby Flynn.

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders set for shows in Melbourne and Sydney this November.

After wowing crowds at BIGSOUND, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders are continuing the positive momentum with two shows now schduleld for Sydney and Melbourne this November! Launching their new album, the band's fourth, Playmates, the band will be performing their first shows since signing with Select Music.

Jay Brannan announces Australian tour dates for December!

New York's Jay Brannan will be coming through Australia with a tour that many fans out this way have been waiting a long time for. The December run will see Brannan tour material from his latest album, Always, Then & Now, alongside the material which have made him a household name for many music fans. As a songwriter, Brannan has become synonymous with some utterly heartbreaking lyricism across his entire catalogue and as a live performer, has become equally as endearing.

The Dead Daisies announce headline Australian shows with the release of new single "Angel In Your Eyes"!

The Dead Daisies will be out on the road through the country once more this year, this time, with their new single, "Angel in Your Eyes". The band will be touring through November and December performing headline shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane while also heading to New Zealand to support Jimmy Barnes on a few dates of his tour! "Angel in Your Eyes" will be released in October and is the second single to be lifted from The Dead Daisies' latest EP, Face I Love.

The Flumes announce massive Australian tour.

The Flumes have announced their Sweet, Sweet Rain tour to showcase their album to audiences stretching from Queensland to Victoria. Having performed alongside a plethora of musicians including The Beards and The Violent Femmes, The Flumes are no stranger to the stage and plan to kick off their tour from Queensland on October 10.

Violent Soho's "Hungry Ghost" goes gold, band announces November/December 'No Sleep Til Mansfield' tour!

Oh no, they ain't done yet! Mansfield's favourite sons Violent Soho had recently been dropping social media hints at some more shows, but I don't think many people were anticipating another national tour, especially off the back of what was a huge run around Australia only recently. Celebrating the success of their album Hungry Ghost, which now holds GOLD status, the Queenslanders have announced the aptly titled 'No Sleep Til Mansfield Tour', which will see them on the road playing some larger venues in both capital and regional cities this November and December!

The Living End confirm three exclusive shows for Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney!

The Living End would have to be one of the country's hardest touring bands, right? I can't count how many times I've seen them perform or have at least been at an event they've been at, over the years. Today, the trio announced that they'll be on the road in October and November for three exclusive shows only because, why? Well, they want to, that's why. Fair enough, too.

Phil Jamieson announces he will join Scott Russo for Queensland Acoustic Shows!

Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) has announced that he will be joining Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) for two acoustic shows in Queensland in December! Christmas is coming early for fans, with the pair playing at Sol Bar on the Sunshine Coast on Friday December 12th and at Brisbane’s The Brightside on Saturday 13th, before continuing their national tour with performances in Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Newcastle, Entrance, and Wollongong.

Second round of Music line-up announced for Surry Hills Festival!

Surry Hills Festival have released a second round to their already stellar music line up for 2014! Joining the excitement of music acts such as Spookyland, Donny Benét, and The Laurels, music lovers can look forward to energetic performances from Nic Cassey and his band, and The Protestors, among many more.

The Datsuns announce December tour for new album 'Deep Sleep'.

The Datsuns will be hitting the road at the end of the year to support the release of their new album Deep Sleep! Revelling in '1970s cult film super-villains' for the record, The Datsuns recorded the album at Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

Willow Beats announces the 'Water EP' Tour for December!

Melbourne uncle and niece duo Willow Beats have announced a national headline tour in support of their new EP Water! The release has debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes Electronic charts and reached #11 on the main album charts after it premiered on Rolling Stone online.

The Gum Ball Festival to take a break in 2015, 'Dashville on Main Street' concert announced for November!

After celebrating their 10th anniversary in great fashion this year, the Gum Ball Festival organisers have announced that it will not be going ahead in 2015. Determined not to become another festival casualty, Gum Ball will instead be working towards an even bigger event in 2016, so fans needn't worry about it being away for long! Other events have already been planned for Dashville, the home of Gum Ball, including a special concert to herald the arrival of The Rolling Stones in November.

CMJ announces first round of daytime speakers for 2014 event!

The first round of daytime speakers for CMJ 2014 has been announced! The New York music industry conference which will be taking over NYU's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center this October will feature the likes of Zola Jesus, Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance (Superchunk) and more in conversation, with all badgeholders invited to attend!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 19th September 2014

In This Issue: Award and competition finalists are announced, support for music charity Bandcamp grows, and EMC reveals new opportunities for young artists, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Mariah Carey will tour Australia and New Zealand in November

Following the release of her latest album Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse earlier in the year, iconic vocalist Mariah Carey is set to return to Australia and New Zealand for a massive arena tour, including a special performance as part of A Day on the Green at Rochford Wines in Victoria's Yarra Valley and Sirromet Wines in Mt Cotton (just outside of Brisbane).