Canadians Yukon Blonde will be making their Australian return for BIGSOUND this year and today have confirmed two exclusive headline shows for Melbourne and Sydney to boot! Last catching up with them at SXSW, Jeff Innes had told us of their desire to make it back to Australia, a country they've shared a solid bond with over the years. We're excited to have them back so soon (relatively) after our last chat and even more, we're stoked that more people are going to be able to see them perform at more dates outside their already confirmed Brisbane showcase in September!
James Bay's star is one that has continued to rise within the Australian music loving community through 2015, especially with the release of his debut album Chaos and the Calm, hitting #3 on the Australian charts. With "Let It Go" and of course, "Hold Back the River", propelling Bay onto commercial radio stations around the country, it makes sense for the songwriter to come to Australia guns blazin' and next January and February will see the British troubadour do just that. Taking on his largest shows in Australia and his first ever show in New Zealand, Bay will build upon his brief visit earlier this year, showcasing Chaos and the Calm in full.
This Spring sees Aussie favourites Hands Like Houses back on the road with their new album Dissonants, taking the new material to venues down the east coast this September and October. Dissonants marks the band's third studio release (set to drop through Rise Records) and will have Hands Like Houses travelling to both the US and the UK following the end of their Australian dates!
While here as part of both Melbourne Festival and Brisbane Festival, Iceland's experimental techno wizards Kiasmos - the duo of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen - will be taking their live show around Australia, and for once, Sydney is strangely missing out. Their exploratory music and wicked audiovisual live show has been in high-demand ever since they began showcasing their artfully understated, atmosphere-heavy music with brilliant 2012 EP Thrown.
The Seed Fund, a not-for-profit organisation developed to facilitate musicians to become self-sustained professionals, has announced their first official fundraising campaign with an all-star line-up event at The Athenaeum Theatre on Monday October 12. Hosted by Triple J’s Zan Rowe, some of the talents who will be performing include San Cisco, John Butler, Missy Higgins and Emma Louise. The money raised will go towards the provision of grants, workshops, partnerships and initiatives that will support professional artists within Australia.
Sydney boys RÜFÜS have announced a huge two-week run of tour dates that will take them around the country and then back to North America, all in support of their killer tune, "You Were Right". It's been a good while since we've seen RÜFÜS perform full headline sets, so we're keen to see what the live show is like now the trio have had time away to work on new material and revitalise as performers in general!
US pop hit makers Walk The Moon have announced that they will be extending their little Australian visit next months, with two exclusive east coast dates seeing them perform in Melbourne and Sydney alongside their already announced show at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena in the Harbour City as part of the huge YouTube FanFest event.
It comes as no surprise to those following the recent headlines Tyler, The Creator has been making around the country, but it has been officially confirmed that the Australian leg of his world tour in support of new album Cherry Bomb has been cancelled. Scheduled to begin next month, the tour has been marred with petitions, online protests and a lot of airtime dedicated to Tyler's musical output and sections of the Australian public who perceive the rapper as promoting brutality, violence against women and generally being an offensive individual needing to be stopped from entering the country.
Masterful U.S emcee and activist Brother Ali will be returning to Australia this year as part of the massive line up for Brisbane's BIGSOUND, and now the rapper has announced that he will tour up and down the east coast of the country for headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.
For a second year, Soulfest is set to bring down a who's who of the soul, R&B, and hip hop industry to Australia and perhaps one of the most exciting, relatively new artists on the line up is the increasingly popular Jhené Aiko. Having come so far in such a short time, with her 2014 debut album Souled Out still making waves in the industry, it makes sense that demand push for Aiko to have her very own headline sideshow in addition to her appearance as part of Soulfest. Sydney is the lucky city to get this, with the opportunity to see Aiko do her thing at the Metro Theatre the perfect opportunity to see why she has been compared to the late, great Aaliyah in a live environment.