As part of the Sydney Festival next year, triple j are choosing to throw a huge ass birthday party in the Domain! The Beat the Drum event is already hosting the likes of Hilltop Hoods, The Presets and The Cat Empire, but today on the Matt and Alex show, a huge second artist announcement was revealed for the January 16th party!
Fans of R&B music straight outta the 80s and 90s, be prepared to tick this one off the bucket list - Bobby Brown has been announced to be coming to Australia with Treach and Kay-Gee of Naughty By Nature next March! Earning a global music reputation with New Edition, Brown has remained consistently working within the industry since, establishing a successful solo career and even in reality TV. Naughty By Nature too, have also been steadily building and maintaining their spot as one of the biggest breakout acts in hip-hop, successfully churning out the hits since the 90s.
Sydney band Mammals have been having a pretty great year. Following on from a successful 2013 which saw them take to the stage at the Sydney Laneway Festival, support Of Monsters and Men the band supported The 1975, Mammals have been ticking off all the boxes. Their debut EP Animalia, which was released earlier in the year, has already seen single "Move Slower" earn great response and it's shown a great direction for the band to be heading in now they're working on their debut album.
Purveyors of 'modern folk music with a Scottish backbone', Black Market Tune are set to bring their music over to Australia for a January tour! Fusing together many strands of Ethno, American and European folk, the band has been developing themselves into a musical force to be reckoned with. Nominated in multiple categories at the Austrian World Music Awards this year, Black Market Tune are hitting all the right notes. Catch them when they bring their energetic live sets to Australia next year!
Tim Minchin is the latest drawcard to be announced as part of the Sydney Opera House's 'On the Steps' series for 2015! The show will be Minchin's only Australian gig, an exclusive performance on the inaugural week-long series of events. Tickets are on sale for the February show now, head over to www.minchinonthesteps.com.au or www.livenation.com.au to secure your spot!
Anna O is once again set to light up stages with her remarkable live presence and voice with some new shows coming up this month and in January! Releasing her new single "Symphony" recently, the young singer has begun to showcase her forthcoming EP, which sounds like it's another soulful, dreamy collection of music. Anna O, from Perth, has already been earning much kudos from recent live shows across the country and these shows are sure to draw similar results.
All the way from Cordoba, Frikstailers are bringing the party to Australia for the first time! Under the banner of 'TROPISTRALIA', Frikstailers are coming over for the Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA and the NGV Friday Nights series in Melbourne, Rafa and Lisandro are set to fuse the likes of dancehall, hip-hop, cumbria, house and more in brilliant fashion. Rising up from the Buenos Aires cumbria scene, they released their first album, En Son De Paz, in late 2013. The duo now have their new EP Crop Circles circulating and, come January 2015, Australian fans will be able to witness this energy to the best extent!
We're stoked to see First Aid Kit are returning to Australia next year for a run of long-awaited headline shows, but now we're even more thrilled to learn that Luluc have been confirmed as the Swedish duo's support! The Brooklyn via Melbourne duo has been touring their latest release Passerby to much acclaim, and it's about time they get the wider recognition they deserve on the homefront. Last seen supporting The National on their Australian tour, it's going to be great to see Luluc back in Australia treading the boards in 2015!
UK duo Psychemagik have announced some more Australian dates to accompany their Lost Paradise Festival sets at the end of the year! The festival is already looking to be one of the main drawcards of our summer festival season and these guys being on the bill is a surefire highlight. Psychemagik will be appearing at both the Let Them Eat Cake festival in Melbourne and at the Matisse Beach Club in Perth in the New Year - be sure to catch them!
Melbourne's Clowns have announced that their new album, Bad Blood, will be dropping come February 27th, released through Poison City Records! Having spent the past year touring hard off the back of 2013's I'm Not Right with the likes of The Meanies and Frenzal Rhomb, Clowns are continuing to kick ass on the live stage with a new run of tour dates for 2015 alongside US mates American Sharks.
Adelaide punk rockers The Grenadiers have announced the release of their new single, "Summer", taken from their forthcoming album of the same name! The trio have been keeping fans waiting with the release of this record, four years passing since the release of their last record, Songs the Devil Taught Us. The powerful live act have cultivated a strong following and it's no surprise that The Grenadiers will be looking to capitalise on the great vibes of "Summer", with a run of tour dates to support the new track!
California's The Growlers are returning to our shores for a massive tour this coming January. The band will be bringing their latest album Chinese Fountain on a 14-date national tour, kicking off in Bateau Bay on January 7.
Tasmanian boys Luca Brasi will be heading out on the road for a national tour set for March 2015. The loveable punks will be hitting the stage throughout NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA and WA with UK's Gnarwolves and Perth's Tired Lion joining the festivities.
Well, this is fairly big. Your mates Mastodon are making their way back to Australia for some headline dates in March! Bringing their sixth studio album, Once More Round the Sun, to stages in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, not to mention their killer live show they're renowned for, Mastodon are sure to impress.
Tech N9ne, one of the most unique and intriguing rappers in history, will be making his return to Australia and New Zealand in March, bringing frequent collaborator Krizz Kaliko with him for a seven-date tour.