In news we can all turn up to, a brief tour of Australia and New Zealand has been announced for Atlanta rapper and recent presidential candidate Waka Flocka Flame. Flame, a man known for his high energy live shows, will be bringing his Turn Up Godz Tour to venues across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Broome, Wellington, and Auckland. Joining Waka on stage will be none other than special guest DJ Whoo Kid.
**TOUR UPDATE**: The Australian leg of this tour has been cancelled due to immigration issues. The New Zealand dates have been rescheduled until later this year.
Wolf Alice were last in the country over New Year's, bringing in 2015 with us at the Falls Festival on the coast and in Tasmania and we're particularly stoked to see the British band are coming back so soon after for another run of shows! Continuing to tour internationally and develop a brilliant reputation for themselves as a live performance act, Wolf Alice were one of the visiting SXSW bands to Austin that we had the most trouble getting in to see play, with the lines for their shows extended on for ridiculous lengths of time. We finally were able to check them out near the end of the festival though and man, have they come such a long way from their first SXSW shows in 2014. A powerful live band, they're going to be ones to watch at Splendour this year, for sure.
The last time we saw The Vaccines, they were performing a surprise set in a tiny venue at SXSW. Riling up the crowd, the band shot through after 20 minutes to get to their next show, leaving the audience all flustered. There were a few Aussies in the crowd that night and chatter turned to when we'd see them in the country next soon after they finished playing. Having become festival favourites over here, The Vaccines are of course coming back for Splendour in the Grass, but on the same trip they're going to be hooking up with Palma Violets for two headline dates too!
You've probably heard "King" being flogged on commercial radio in the last few months but come July you'll be able to hear more of Years & Years' music when they come through for Splendour. The London-based trio will be making their debut headline Australian appearances in Melbourne and Sydney, coming off the back of their first ever UK headline tour and raved about spots supporting the likes of Sam Smith and Clean Bandit.
MS MR were definitely one of the standout bands we were able to see at SXSW recently, that is, when we could worm our way into the crowds that were packed out for them each time! With a new album being prepared for a July release, Australians can be getting around Lizzy and Max soon when they play Melbourne and Sydney as well as the sold out Splendour in the Grass.
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Ah, the big one. Yesterday, when it was revealed the Splendour in the Grass sideshows were being unveiled, the obvious reaction from many was BLUR. The iconic British band who broke hearts when they pulled out of the Big Day Out tour in 2014 was added to the winter festival instead, set to make good on the last boo-boo that kept them from coming to Australia last year. Today, they've gone and one upped the original festival announcement in confirming three exclusive arena shows for fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this July.
It's going to be a Liverpudlian love in this July, when The Wombats and Circa Waves join forces for a run of Splendour sideshows to take them through Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide! The Wombats were only out in the country recently for a few promo shows in support of new album Glitterbug but as always, have made sure that fans around the country (sorry Brisbane) are still going to be taken care of as best they can on this next trip out to Australia. Circa Waves, who played Splendour last year before returning to tour with The 1975 at the beginning of 2015 have also fast conjured for themselves a fan base of dedicated music lovers who no doubt will be showing up in force upon their return.
Remember when Of Monsters and Men first stormed through Australia with their acclaimed first record? You had to cram into venues to be able to see the band and My Head is an Animal became ingrained in our heads for months afterward. After two years away, the band is set to return for Splendour but of course, couldn't make the journey all the way out here without slotting in a few little headline shows of their own!
Megan James and Corin Roddick have made themselves famous as Purity Ring with some intriguing and highly memorable live performances around the world. If you remember the intricacies found on their 2012 effort Shrines, that feeling of 'Wow!' when it comes to their music still remains today, especially with the latest Purity Ring album, Another Eternity. Set to play Splendour in July, Purity Ring will be showcasing the new album at two select shows in Melbourne and Sydney as well.
Ryan Adams' return to Australia is a long-awaited one for many fans, but with the round of Splendour sideshows dropping today, it's brilliant to see that the east coast hasn't been neglected by the singer songwriter. With his band The Shining, Adams will play a number of headline shows to accompany his festival appearance, also confirming Jenny Lewis as a special guest!
There's something special about the way Australian fans have taken to Best Coast over the past few years of albums and tours. Whether it's that shared sun-kissed attitude between Australians and the Californian duo or a similar penchant for music that is excellent to bliss out to in the haze of summer, it's always a fun time when Bethany and Bobb come through. Although Splendour is in the winter, we're keen to see Best Coast bring some of the LA flavour back through as they return for some special shows in Melbourne and Sydney as well!
Do you remember how you celebrated your 18th birthday? Newcastle producer Just A Gent may have a memorable one on his hands, as he prepares to extend the birthday celebrations through the remainder of April until the end of May with the 'Just Turned 18 Tour' coming to a venue near you! At just 17, Jacob Grant had already toured the country and NZ successfully, earned high kudos from Skrillex and had been tipped as one of the country's most exciting breakthrough producers.
Australian singer songwriter, and George Harrison fan, Wes Carr, will be taking his admiration for the late musician's work and giving audiences his own take, when he tours Harrison's work around the country from May. Owing his own embrace of Transcendental Meditation to Harrison's connection with the eastern practice as a way of recovering from depression, Carr comments on the late Beatle's influence on him and the inspiration for the live show stemming from the relevance his music still has today ('George was at the forefront of a global shift that today still rings true for so many').
Whoever had the idea to get Cosmic Psychos and Dune Rats together for a full Australian tour needs an award, a pat on the back, a huge blunt. All of the above. Total mayhem is expected to ensue when two favourites of the Australian touring circuit take to venues around the country this June. For Dune Rats, the shows will be the first headline gigs they'll be embarking on upon their return from overseas while for the Cosmic Psychos legends, they'll be touring their new album Cum the Raw Prawn...you know this one's going to be hectic.
Tickets sold out quite quickly this morning for AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" tour. Due to high demand, extra dates have been added for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. The band will now be playing two stadium shows in each of these cities. Tickets are on sale now.