Things have been going extensively well for Kingswood in 2014, they travelled to Nashville to record their debut album among festival appearances at Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass, not to mention picking up an ARIA nomination along the way!
In this Issue: Doc Holiday plays new EP this Friday, Alanna Cherote presents fresh single in over two years, Infinity Broke announces last show for the year, Illy heads to Wollongong, Hudson Mohawke teams up with Mr. Carmack, Pantha Du Prince returns down under, OutsideIn after party announced and presented by adidas, The Beautiful Girls named as headline act for Drop In pop music event, Warner Music launches legacy for Melbourne counter culture of the 70s, Frankie invites friends and fans to 2nd birthday bash.
Consistently playing over one hundred shows every year it's no wonder that Santa Barbara Reggae enthusiasts Rebelution could be content only to appear once on Australian stages for Bluesfest 2015. Thusly, the chart topping band have unveiled two sideshows surrounding their appearance at the massive Byron Bay event.
With a debut album that turned the 1980's roots rock community on its head with its unique and unheard of blend of blues, rockabilly, early rock and roll, to name but a few elements, The Blasters were then ravaged by a split born from sibling rivalry. Now along with showcasing their first album together in thirty years and performing at Bluesfest 2015, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin announce sideshow dates in Sydney and Melbourne with their band The Guilty Ones<?b>. It sure is nice to see a brotherly feud refuted! Tickets are on sale 1st of December.
Off the back of a career spanning haul of not one, not two, but three Grammy awards, Keb' Mo' has just has let loose what could be the pinnacle of his releases over the last twenty years of his active participation in music. BLUESAmericana marks the 20th anniversary of Keb' Mo's 1994 self titled debut. Mo has earned a great reputation for being a modern master of American Roots music and his live performances are nothing short of excellent. You can catch Keb' Mo' at his Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Tickets on sale 1st of December.
Holy Smokes! Comfortably sitting on the senior side of eighty, and championing a career that spans a period of over fifty years and the release of over sixty albums, John Mayall is now performing two sideshows, one in Brisbane and the other in Sydney to coincide with his highly anticipated appearance at Bluesfest 2015. If being the godfather of British blues music wasn't enough then how about launching the careers of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Don "Sugarcane" Harris. The critics are raving that at eighty years old John Mayall still moves and plays like he was still in his twenties. In era of his career that has so much to commemorate, yet still much excitement to come, this one is sure to be a real treat. Tickets on sale 1st of December 2014.
Recently reunited, socially aware hip-hop legends and 90's stalwarts Jurassic 5 have had their way with unleashing a slew of Bluesfest sideshows next year both Glastonbury and Coachella this year, and are now pleased to announce a bunch of shows around their appearance at Bluesfest this year. J5 will be hitting Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle in their four date fling with Australian audiences. Almost eight years have passed since they split in 2007, and now you have the opportunity to catch this distinctive sextet perform diamonds such as Quality Control and What's Golden. All sideshow tickets are on sale 1st December 2014. Don't miss out!
Jakubi must have left a good impression when they travelled stateside recently, as they sold out various venues during a massive month long stint even Perez Hilton had something to chime in about the genre fusing collective, describing their single Couch Potato as "...so dope! They've got a real laid-back, positive vibe that's infectious." The resulting attention has seen them sign a co-management with US major players, 7s Management! Usually there is bad news with the good, but not this time, as Jakubi have also announced a huge 11 date tour across waterfront towns in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. How's that! Jakubi will be departing back to the US soon after for a reprise, so don't miss out!
Zac Brown and his band promised they would return after effortlessly converting naysayers and leaving the rest in a slack-jawed stupor during their highly successful Australian debut. The day has now come and the Zac Brown Band have announced their first ever headline tour slated for 2015.
Welsh indie icon Gruff Rhys will return to Australian shores next March for a selection of shows in support of his new solo album, American Interior.
Ben Pearce, the DJ whose name is synonymous with his 2012 deep house debut "What I Might Do" has just announced that he will return to Australia in late December and early January for his most comprehensive tour yet.
Little Bastard have been cooling off from being on the road for a matter of months, but now The Bastards are wickedly excited to announce a run of headline shows in celebration of their brand new single and video clip "Desert Roller". The song marries a country western style with a gore-ladden post apocalyptic narrative that takes clear influence from the likes of Mad Max, Gorillaz' Clint Eastwood and of course Quintin Tarrantino. The video was written and directed by The Bastards own Dan D'arcy, and along with the likelihood of performing some new songs during the upcoming tour Little Bastard will also have some festival dates to be announced very soon, so stay tuned!
Not one to be content with merely performing at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, British folk-punk Frank Turner has recently announced a slew of headline shows across Australia and New Zealand in April 2015. Seeing nothing but positive growth since his departure from Million Dead and expedition in an exciting solo career this is an opportunity to experience the unique connection with the audience that this man is so applauded for creating. With such achievements fitting comfortably under his belt as opening the 2012 Olympic Games and moving 200,000 copies of last year's Tape Deck Heart, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls are definitely not to be missed! Tickets are on sale 9am, Wednesday 26th November.
Reigning in from Sydney's western suburbs, Kerser has announced a national tour in support of his fourth album King. With prominent themes of his background, personal struggles and success thus far, the tour will open to an audience at Melbourne's Hi-Fi in late January, with 5 gigs to follow, closing in Adelaide toward the end of February.
The mysterious countdown to an OVO-related announcement that began a few days has finally reached 00:00:00 and resulted in the very exciting news that hip-hop megastar Drake will augment his Future Music Festival appearances with a round of sideshows. Drake's legion of Australian fans will be scrambling for tickets to this one as the Canadian rapper performs in venues which are relatively intimate when compared to his massive headline slots at next year's FMF.