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Concrete Surfers

Track by Track: Brisbane’s Concrete Surfers take a deep dive into their Calamities EP

September 17, 2021

Brisbane rockers Concrete Surfers today dropped their latest EP, Calamities, a well-crafted four-track collection of high-octane surf-rock. With grungy vocals, a driving beat and songs addressing issues that relate to the youth of Australia, it’s another winner from the boys from Brisbane. They live-tracked the EP, capturing the energy of their renowned live shows. It’s […]

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Factory Launches New Format For Summer Festival With Broods & Lime Cordiale

September 9, 2021

The emerging Factory Summer Festival has announced it will be held over four days rather than three weeks in 2021 with shows in Perth and Brisbane, including New Year’s Eve celebrations with Hermitude, Lime Cordiale and Broods among the headline acts. The Factory Summer Festival, previously known as Ice Cream Factory, had grown into a […]

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Alexander Biggs, du0 & Teenage Joans win US Songwriting Competition

September 9, 2021

Three Australian artists today find themselves amongst the 38 international winners of the 2021 US-based Unsigned Only Music Competition. Singer/songwriter Alexander Biggs (Melbourne, VIC) and EDM artist du0 (Brisbane, QLD) have both been awarded First Place in their respective categories. Biggs was awarded First Place for the song “Madeleine” in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category, while du0 […]

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Will Henderson

Will Henderson releases new single “Too bad to be true”

August 20, 2021

Will Henderson is one of those musicians who effortlessly shifts genres. One of his many musical projects is being one half of the pop duo Gimme Gimme, with his sister Esther. They recently released the extremely fun track “Silk”. Today Will is releasing a solo track, the beautifully atmospheric “Too bad to be true”.  This […]

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Splendour rescheduled for fourth time, with new dates set for July 2022

August 20, 2021

With the NSW lockdown still ongoing, Splendour in the Grass organisers have made the call to postpone the festival for the fourth time. The 20th anniversary celebration, originally due to be held last year and then later scheduled for November 2021, is now set for July 2022. Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and […]

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Meghna

Meghna: Top 5 Movies I Watch Again and Again

July 7, 2021

We premiered “Bad Thoughts” from Australian/Indian artist Meghna last September, and have been keenly anticipating the follow-up. Meghna hasn’t disappointed, with the gripping “In My DNA”. The track was written about her parents and grandparents who grew up in India, experiencing poverty, with the fear that they might not be able to escape that poverty. […]

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Vermont

Melbourne’s Vermont take us behind the scenes of filming the music video for “Erased”

June 18, 2021

Last month Victorian outfit Vermont released their first track of 2021, “Erased”. This followed on from their well-received self-titled EP which dropped last year. They’ve amped up their sound in a grittier sonic direction, with the familiar alt-rock and some electronica elements threaded throughout. They might have cranked things up, but there is still a […]

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First names revealed for Riot Fest 2022 as stacked 2021 Chicago event sells out

June 10, 2021

The US Festival season is finally heating up again as Covid restrictions start to lift and that promised “Hot Vax Summer” becomes a reality in the Northern Hemisphere. With the last 15 months being live music free in most of the country, music fans are chomping at the bit to see their favourite bands perform […]

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Tyne-James Organ

10 things you didn’t know about Tyne-James Organ

May 26, 2021

Last week Sydney singer-songwriter Tyne-James Organ dropped his debut album, Necessary Evil. The album was recorded during 2020 with his longtime creative partner, Chris Collins at his NSW Hinterland studio in Stokers Siding. His final release before the album dropped was “London’s Calling”. This is a beautiful heartfelt track, about a friend of Tyne’s who announced […]

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Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly added as headliners to the rescheduled Bluesfest lineup

May 19, 2021

In what is great news for Bluesfest, Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly have been added to the lineup for the rescheduled event, in the October long weekend. The festival will take place over four days at Byron Bay, from 1st to 4th October. Midnight Oil will headline the opening night, Friday 1st October. Paul Kelly […]

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Mia Rodriguez

Record breaking number of Australian Songwriters honoured in US-Based International Songwriting Competition

May 4, 2021

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2020 winners, and this year marks a high point for Australian artists and songwriters, racking up the most Aussie First Place wins in the competition’s history,. Australian writers have taken home six First Places (including Mia Rodriguez, pictured), three Second Places, one Third Place, and 35 Honorable […]

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Free live music to arrive in Sydney every Friday this month

May 3, 2021

This May, Sydney’s Seymour Centre will be introducing a new weekly event to its annual calendar: Seymour Nights. The night is part of the venue’s contemporary music program, and will kick off this Friday – May 7th – with two sets from beloved alt-bluegrass outfit The Morrisons. The night kicks off just after sunset, at […]

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Lime Cordiale are set to embark on their largest Australian tour yet

May 1, 2021

Lime Cordiale seem to be everywhere since the release of their debut album 14 Steps To A Better You. And through October, they quite literally will be as they embark on their biggest tour yet around the country. 2020 saw the band score the most nominations at the ARIA Awards, taking home the Breakthrough Artist […]

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The Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba

The Tivoli team sets their sights on new Brisbane venue, The Princess

April 11, 2021

Queensland’s oldest standing theatre, The Princess, is set for a new lease of life as the team behind Fortitude Valley’s The Tivoli announce the purchase of the Woolloongabba venue. The Tivoli’s owners, brothers Steve and Dave Sleswick, alongside prominent Brisbane businessman Steve Wilson, recently revealed their plans for revitalising the 133 year old Princess, aiming […]

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Hinterland

With live music set to return in America, why festivals like Hinterland are going to be more important than ever

April 8, 2021

The experience of a music festival is unlike anything else in the world today. The collective experience of being able to gather with thousands who all share something in common: The love of music. During a music festival throngs of people camp, stand, and sing together for several days on end. Sadly, Covid-19 took all […]

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US festival Bonnaroo sets new dates and lineup for 2021 with Tame Impala and King Gizzard set to join Lizzo, Foo Fighters and more

April 6, 2021

The past year has been hard on the world and especially tough to live music fans. But as vaccines start to roll out and Covid-19 numbers go down the hope for a return to normal gets stronger. As Bonnaroo unveiled its 2021 lineup, it started to feel like the world might be slowly looking familiar […]

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Presets & Illy to fire up Perth’s Factory Summer Festival this Long Weekend

April 1, 2021

The hard work of organisers is set to pay off with Perth’s Factory Summer Festival set to fire up this Easter long weekend and for the remainder of April with The Presets, Illy and Northeast Party House among the acts to come. The Factory Summer Festival, originally slated for December and January, had to be […]

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Updated: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2021 cancelled

March 31, 2021

In what is devastating news for the organisers, artists and vendors, Bluesfest 2021 has been cancelled due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak. This is the second year in a row where the festival has been cancelled due to the virus. Needless to say, it is a great disappointment, given the effort put in by the […]

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DMA'S

Yours & Owls Festival unveil Australian-first revolving stage details, as they change venues and replace the Kiwis

March 24, 2021

Yours and Owls is happily going ahead this April 17 and 18, 2021, with a number of measures in place to keep the festival stress-free and COVID-safe, without compromising on fun, sustainability, and the ability for festivalgoers to have a good party. One of these changes involved moving the party to Dalton Park, Wollongong, two […]

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WAMAwards 2020

Spacey Jane win big at star-studded 2020 WAMAwards

March 24, 2021

Last night saw the best and brightest of WA’s music scene come together to celebrate the very best of 2020 at the WAMAwards.  Taking place as part of WA Music Week, the evening was testament to Western Australia’s vibrant, talented, and resilient music scene, with live performances from winners, Adrian Dzvuke, Noah Dillon and more. […]

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AMP Winners The Avalanches announce Brisbane and Sydney concerts

March 23, 2021

The Avalanches have announced shows in Brisbane and Sydney in April and May. The duo will be bringing their latest album, We Will Always Love You to Brisbane’s Riverstage on Friday, April 30, and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 27th May. It was one of our most anticipated albums of 2020, with our reviewer Dylan […]

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Pinkish Blu’s Top 5 Adelaide Haunts

March 18, 2021

Indie outfit Pinkish Blu are officially coming in not pink, not blue, but red hot, with a new single and a list of live shows. Previously supporting the likes of The Rubens and Trophy Eyes, the Adelaide band is quickly becoming one of South Australia’s most promising acts, with their new track “Backward” being all your […]

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Dan Sultan to play an exclusive show this month at the Enmore Theatre

March 10, 2021

Six-time ARIA winner Dan Sultan will grace the stage with an exclusive, one-off performance at Sydney’s iconic Enmore Theatre. In a one-off show on Saturday March 27th, Sultan will entertain audiences with an evening of stories, reflection and music. Sultan is a brilliant raconteur so fans can expect laughter as well as all the heartfelt […]

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Six Aussie artists join a new international program for female-identifying producers

March 8, 2021

Today is International Women’s Day and it’s exciting to see that a new initiative by Canada’s National Arts Centre is cutting through gender imbalance in the music industry. And thanks to export office Sounds Australia, six Aussie artists are on-board. The Global Network for Female-Identifying Music Producers is the new virtual and global project, offering […]

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The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival announces first round of artists for March 2022

March 4, 2021

After taking this year off, The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival is set for 2022, and the first round of artists has just been announced. Celebrating in the music-loving coastal village in Victoria from 11th-14th March, a mix of home-grown talent and folk stars from around the world will be on show. Audiences can expect […]

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Byron Bay Bluesfest is a go: Pete Murray and more added to the All-Aussie 2021 lineup

March 4, 2021

Bluesfest is on for 2021, the first multi-day, multi-stage camping festival to be held in the world since the beginning of Covid-19. Running from April 1st-5th at the idyllic Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), the festival will be a smaller affair than we’re used to – only 3 stages – but […]

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Splendour in the Grass

Splendour moves to Spring 2021 with Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator

March 2, 2021

Organisers have announced that Splendour in the Grass in 2021 has been rescheduled to 19th-21st November 2021. The great news of this rescheduling is that Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator are all available for the new November dates. With international travel not expected to re-open until later this year, it was wise to […]

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Sydney’s Enmore Theatre to reopen with Gala night featuring Ian Moss, Alex The Astronaut, Red Riders and more

February 5, 2021

Sydney’s iconic inner-west live music venue, the Enmore Theatre, is officially reopening and celebrating their well timed refurbishment with a grandiose Gala night on Monday February 22nd. The Sounds of Sydney (Re)Opening Night Gala is more than a party for the historic renovated building, but also a celebration of Sydney’s music scene, with an array […]

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The first Aussie acts to play SXSW Online 2021 have been announced

January 28, 2021

If 2020 was the year that conference festivals were dealt the unexpected and either had to cancel or quickly adapt, 2021 is the year they have to settle into a new normal. For now, this means events that are entirely run online- and hopefully, as the year progresses, hybrid events that will see us start […]

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NSW: A breakdown of the new live music reforms and Covid-19 restriction lifts

December 4, 2020

NSW has recently become the accommodator for the biggest law reforms affecting the live music industry in the state’s history. On November 12, the NSW Legislative Council passed amendments that saw long overdue, but nonetheless historic changes made to liquor, planning, local government and building laws. The reforms have excited all and everyone, particularly for […]

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