Author: Pete Dovgan

Just announced seminal British rock band The Cult tour Australia in November 2024

Legendary British rock band The Cult have just announced their November Australian tour 8424 tour playing the iconic Sydney Opera House plus Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and will be celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary Led by original members vocalist Ian Astbury, lead guitarist Billy Duffy with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp,…

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Tokyo’s all girl group Hanabie announce Australian Headline Tour this November

After impressing fans at Good Things Festival 2023 Hanabie return to Australia to embark on their first headlining Australian tour in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Formed in 2015, the Tokyo based all girl Harajuku-metalcore band consists of Yukina (lead vocals), Matsuri (guitar), Hettsu (bass) and Chika (drums) have released two studio albums Girl’s Reform…

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*Updated*: Viagra Boys announce Australian East Coast Tour 2024

Swedish punk outfit Viagra Boys return to Australia on The Australia Shrimp Grand Prix tour, with three headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Sebastian Murphy (lead singer) and the boys last played in Australia in 2019 and we can expect mayhem from one of Europe’s great live bands, with their high powered punk rock…

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Photo Gallery: Dirty Three + Laura Jean – Enmore Theatre (20.06.24)

Dirty Three conquered a sold out Enmore Theatre with support from the very talented Laura Jean Led by the wild man of rock and roll Warren Ellis on violin/viola/piano, Jim White on drums and Mick Turner on guitar. The threesome mesmerised their fans with an energetic display that ripped out the soul out of all…

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Photo Gallery: Pond + Delivery – Carriageworks, Vivid Sydney (14.06.23)

Pond played to a packed out Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney on a very wet Sydney night and I’m calling it gig of the year 2024! Supported by the excellent Melbourne garage-punk outfit Delivery. With the imminent release of Pond’s 10th studio album Stung! we were treated to new songs “(I’m) Stung”, “Neon River”, “Black Lung”…

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Photo Gallery: Deerhoof + Annie Hamilton – Machine Hall, Vivid Sydney (13.06.24)

San Francisco’s experimental awesome foursome rock band Deerhoof played at the newest and coolest Sydney venue Machine Hall for Vivid Sydney supported by the wonderful Annie Hamilton playing solo. Deerhoof dazzled with their punchy eclectic pop tunes with bassist and lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki dancing and kicking her way for what was a delightful fun…

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Photo Gallery: Fever Ray – Vivid Live Sydney Opera House (05.06.24)

Swedish singer-songwriter Karin Dreijer under the alias Fever Ray and one half of the electronic music due The Knife dazzled with an impressive set at Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the night.

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Photo Gallery: Underworld – Vivid Live Sydney Opera House – The Concert Hall (30.05.24)

Electric dance wizards Underworld dazzled with visuals and a high energy two sets show that had the punters out of their seats dancing like a rave party from the 90s. Vivid Sydney again delivered an amazing light show, not to be missed. Pete Dovgan was their to capture the moments.   Set 1 Low Burn…

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Dirty Three share new single from forthcoming album, Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three, who are on the cusp of a national tour next month, have dropped “Love changes everything II”, the latest single from their forthcoming album Love Changes Everything. “Love changes everything II” is the second single from the album, and follows on from last month’s “Love Changes Everything I”. In this latest track, Warren…

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Photo Gallery: Stumps + Raave Tapes + The Tullamarines + Grxce – Factory Theatre, Sydney (20.04.24)

Stumps on their Australian tour dropped into the Factory Theatre in Sydney and played to an enthusiastic crowd, showcasing their latest album Arcadia plus all their hits. Supported by some amazing Australian artists, Raave Tapes, The Tullamarines and Grxce. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the action.

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Photo Gallery: Incubus and +Live+ – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (10.04.24)

Iconic rock bands from the USA Incubus and Live co-headlined Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion tonight. Playing all their hits, the fans rocked out enjoying an incredible night of live music. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the night.  

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Photo Gallery: The Beasts – Metro Theatre, Sydney (05.04.24)

The Beasts return after last years 40th anniversary reformation of The Beasts of Bourbon to play Sydney’s Metro Theatre with the legendary line-up of Tex Perkins, James A Baker, Boris Sudjovic, Kim Salmon and Charlie Owen. Tex and the boys totally blew the house down. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the show.

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Photo Gallery: James Bay + Merpire – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (12.04.24)

UK singer-songwriter James Bay returned to Australia and Sydney to play a packed out Enmore Theatre. The adoring fans were treated to Bay’s classic soul rock gold hit “Hold Back The River”, the triple platinum “Let It Go” plus a whole lot more. Support on the evening came from the very talented Merpire. Pete Dovgan…

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Photo Gallery: Black Country, New Road – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (07.03.24)

Black Country, New Road on their debut Australian tour played the Sydney Opera House. Fans were left mesmerised by the amazing talents of all six members whom were a perfect fit for the sold out iconic Sydney Opera House with their eclectic art-rock sound. Pete Dovgan brings you the images.

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Photo Gallery: PWEI + Jesus Jones – Manning Bar, Sydney University (01.03.24)

PWEI (Pop Will Eat Itself) returned to Sydney in magnificent form playing their rap-rock indie anthems and were supported by fellow Brits and equally brilliant Jesus Jones at a very sweaty and humid Sydney Uni Manning Bar. Pete Dovgan brings you the action.

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Photo Gallery: Wednesday + MJ Lenderman and the Wind – Factory Theatre, Sydney (29.02.24)

Wednesday are Karly Hartzman (guitar/vocals), with MJ Lenderman (guitar), Xandy Chelmis (lap/pedal steel), Ethan Baechtold (bass) and Alan Miller (drums) they are all the way from North Carolina USA. Think shoegaze, indie rock combined with alt country and we are on a winner. Check out one of the great indie albums released 2023 Rat Saw…

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Photo Gallery: Dinosaur Jr – Enmore Theatre , Sydney (21.02.24)

Dinosaur Jr the American alternative rock legends celebrating 30 years of Where You Been album tour with their original lineup J.Masics (guitar vocals), Lou Barlow (bass vocals) and drummer Murph played to a raucous sold out Enmore Theatre. From the get go Where You Been was played in chronological order with a few classics thrown…

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Photo Gallery: Paul Weller – Sydney Opera House (09.02.24)

Legendary English singer-songwriter Paul Weller referred to as the Mod Father from his period with 19070s/1980s mod band The Jam, new wave soul band The Style Council and a huge solo career, played the first night of three sold out gigs at the iconic Sydney Opera House for his only performances in Australia. Pete Dovgan…

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4 international acts you need to see over the next few weeks: February and March 2024

2024 is well and truly underway. The Laneway Festivals have kicked off, and there are a number of outstanding international visitors ready to hit our shores in February and March. We’ve picked a few of our favourites. Dinosaur Jr After last touring Australia in 2017 legendary US alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr return to Australia…

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Photo Gallery: Texas + Sarah Levins – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (01.02.24)

Glaswegian rock band Texas played a special 35th anniversary show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre supported beautifully by local Australian artist Sarah Levins. The very chatty and animated vocalist Sharleen Spiteri from the get go had everyone out of their seats and dancing to the classic Texas songs from the 1990s including the smash hit “I…

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Breeders

The Breeders are touring Australia later this month – find out which shows still have tickets available

The Breeders return to Australia in January 2024 for an East Coast tour, their first tour of Australia in five years. The Breeders, originally conceived by Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly, emerged as a creative outlet, became one of the biggest bands of the early 90s, and influenced many bands that followed. Their second album,…

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Photo Gallery: Kraftwerk – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney (06.12.23)

German electro-pioneers Kraftwerk mesmerized Sydney fans with a faultless display of electronic music, computer animations, and performance art. There were many highlights on the setlist, including “The Man-Machine”, “The Model”, “Autobahn”, “Geiger Counter”, “Radio Activity”, “Trans Europe Express” and the first of the four-song encore, “The Robots”. Pete Dovgan was there to capture images.  …

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Photo Gallery: The War On Drugs + Spoon + Indigo Sparke – Sydney Opera House Forecourt (04.12.23)

The War On Drugs played in the iconic Sydney Opera House Forecourt, returning for the first time since 2018 in support of their fifth studio album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore. They were supported by one of rock’s most acclaimed acts, Spoon. Last here in 2017, Spoon are touring Australia for the first time since…

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Photo Gallery: Post Malone – The Domain, Sydney (29.11.23)

Post Malone performed to a drenched sold out Sydney crowd after a massive storm hit pre gig and the fans went crazy. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the magic.  

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Post-punk royalty THE THE announces 2024 Australian tour

New wave London icons THE THE are returning to Australia as part of their Ensouled world tour. After four decades of making music and selling out Sydney and Melbourne during their last visit in 2018. They will also play their first Perth, Brisbane, and Adelaide shows in over 30 years. They broke through to the…

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Photo Gallery: Interpol + Bloc Party + Dust – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (18.11.23)

Indie Rock legends Interpol from New York and Bloc Party from London joined forces for a double headlining gig at the sold-out Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. They were supported by Australian post-punk outfit Dust. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the night.  

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Photo Gallery: Suicidal Tendencies + Mannequin Death Squad + Astrodeath – Metro Theatre, Sydney (16.11.23)

Suicidal Tendencies brought their Still Cyco Punk After All These Years tour to Sydney’s Metro Theatre on the 40th Anniversary of their landmark, self titled debut. 1983’s Suicidal Tendencies! Supported by Melbourne’s thrash power pop duo Mannequin Death Squad and local Sydney metal duo Astrodeath. Pete Dovgan was there to capture the mayhem.

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Photo Gallery: Clearly Music, Art & Wellness Festival – Kiama, New South Wales (11.11.23)

Clearly Music and Arts Festival is a unique event with a focus on wellness and community inclusion held in Kiama, NSW. The inaugural festival brings together community from all walks of life for a day to create awareness and celebration of Australia’s roots with a strong focus on cultural inclusivity. Highlights from the Clearly Stage…

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Photo Gallery: Kristin Hersh + T Wild – The Vanguard, Sydney (09.11.23)

Kristin Hersh played a mesmerising gig at Sydney’s The Vanguard on her “Clear Pond Road” Australian tour. She was beautifully supported by Blues Mountains singer-songwriter T Wild. Kristin delighted her Sydney fans with songs from her prolific solo career, as well as from Throwing Muses, and reading from her book Seeing Sideways. Pete Dovgan was…

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Photo Gallery: Teenage Joans + Bella Amor + Aleksiah – Factory Theatre Sydney (04.11.23)

Teenage Joans are touring their debut album The Rot That Grows Inside My Chest across Australia, and played Sydney’s Factory Theatre last night. They were supported by the impressive emerging artists Bella Armor and Aleksiah. Teenage Joans, a duo consisting of vocalist and drummer Tahlia Borg and vocalist and guitarist Cahli Blakers, powered through their…

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