Following confirmation of his long-awaited return to Australia with a headline appearance at Sydney City Limits – not to mention his Grammy nomination for Best Music Video for Up All Night – BECK is pleased to announce two new headlining shows in Canberra and in Melbourne.
Renowned for his innovative and ever-evolving live performance, the multiple Grammy Award-winner’s career has seen him utilize all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and blazing a path into the future.
Tickets for both shows go on sale 9am this Friday, December 15.
My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure during pre-sale beginning 10am Thursday, December 14. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.
Pegged as a (reluctant) generational spokesperson when Loser was released in 1994, Beck has continued to confound expectations during a career so far spanning three decades. For his first Australian tour in five years, Beck will arrive armed with Colors, his first full length offering since 2014’s Morning Phase took Album of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album. Featuring the recent singles Dear Life, Wow and Up All Night, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats.
In addition to appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Later…With Jools Holland, Beck recently captivated sold-out North American audiences with “epic” (YAHOO) performances. The prolific musician also accepted U2’s invitation to appear as special guest on the September leg of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, generating the most enthusiastic reviews of his live career.
“Beck is still at the top of his game” – DIY (UK)
“Among modern pop stars perhaps only Prince had more range” – TIME OF LONDON (UK)
“Expertly navigating through his more than two-decade career, he and his band absolutely dazzled with a tour-de-force performance that was pitch perfect…brilliant” – FORBES (US)
“Yet another milestone in his fascinating and unpredictable career.” —WALL STREET JOURNAL (US)
“’Colors’ is a whole new summer high (4 stars)” – ROLLING STONE (AU)
Joining Beck on his headline shows is very special guest, Meg Mac.
In 2014 MEG MAC was named Triple J’s “Unearthed Artist of the Year”. ‘Roll up Your Sleeves’ has had over 10 million plays on Spotify, was play-listed on radio stations across America and featured in the US TV series ‘Girls’, ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Astronaut wives club’.
In 2015 MEG MAC was nominate d for 2 ARIA Awards. The following year she was named one of Triple J’s Top 5 ‘Unearthed’ discoveries of the last decade.
MEG MAC’s debut album ‘Low Blows’ is a powerful set of dynamic, deep soul, exhortations; produced by Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges ‘Coming Home’) in Fort Worth, Texas the album debuted at # 2 on the ARIA Album Chart and was nominated for a j Award.
MEG MAC sold out her 25 date ‘Low Blows’ tour including 3 sold out shows at the Melbourne Forum and 2 sold out shows at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, as well as sold out shows in America and the UK.
ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA
MONDAY FEBRUARY 26
MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY DECEMBER 15
My Live Nation pre-sale: 10am Thursday 14 December until 5pm Thursday 14 December
Also appearing at Sydney City Limits and Auckland City Limits
Returning for their first Australian performances since 2010, the legendary PRETENDERS, fronted by Chrissie Hynde, have announced two special headline shows during their November national tour with Stevie Nicks.
On tour as very special guest at superstar Stevie Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold shows, Pretenders will also play two intimate shows – the first at Canberra’s Royal Theatre on Friday, November 10 and a very special club show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Friday, November 17.
Crossing the bridge between punk, new wave and Top 40 pop music with unparalleled style, fans can expect classic songs such as Brass In Pocket,I’ll Stand By You, Back On The Chain Gang and Don’t Get Me Wrong.
Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am Wednesday, October 11.
My Live Nation members can access tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning at 1pm Tuesday, October 10.
Pretenders have sold in excess of 25 million albums and founder and leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music’s greatest songwriters. Chrissie released the album Stockholm in 2014and in 2015 a memoir, Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, hailed by the New York Times upon its release as “honest and distinctive… first and foremost, a love letter to rock and roll.”
In 2016 the band released their first album for eight years. Titled Alone, Chrissie Hynde recorded the album in Nashville with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record; an album which sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best.
A special edition of Alone is available now containing 15 new live recordings of classic Pretenders tracks.
PRETENDERS HEADLINE SHOWS:
ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 (all ages)
THE FORUM, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 (18+)
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour with very special guests Pretenders:
Thursday November 2
Botanic Park, Adelaide
Saturday November 4
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November
A Day On The Green, Bimbagen, Hunter Valley NSW
Saturday November 11
A Day On The Green, Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD
Sunday November 12 sold out
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Thursday November 16
A Day On The Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
Saturday November 18
HEADLINE SHOWS ON SALE 10AM WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11
My Live Nation pre-sale: 1pm October 10 until 8am October 11
Aussie rock royalty Sarah McLeod has today announced her new single Wild Hearts, a laid-back, content ode to finding fulfillment through creative endeavours. Lifted from her self-produced new album, Rocky’s Diner – her first solo album in 12 years – released on August 18, the talented vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who first found fame in the late 1990s with 3X ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, has also dropped a gorgeous video for Wild Hearts, encapsulating the simple beauty in what at first appears mundane. And due to high demand from fans wanting a piece of the action, Sarah has extended her national Rocky’s Diner tour into November and December, set to swing through Adelaide at Jive on November 5, then moving through Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Bulli, and finishing up in Sydney at The Lansdowne on December 16.
Wild Hearts is a fine example of Sarah’s storytelling abilities; those that hooked so many from the very beginning of her career. The simplicity of this track, and the narrative that drives it, is where the beauty lies here; a lone voice accompanied by understated guitar slowly swells into a full rock-band arrangement and just as quickly recedes again. Sarah paints a picture for the audience, and with just a few choice words she develops a character with a depth that demands multiple listens. She explains, “I wanted a lead who could show fulfilment within a scenario that to most would appear to be failure. I was going to start by describing what my character was, but I decided rather to describe what she wasn’t, and let the listener imagine the rest: ‘She’s not 18, living on guts and coca cola, she’s never been on train, or felt the ocean’s salty water.’ I was imagining a woman around my own age, not oblivious to the world around her but not an active participant either. She’s not flighty, she’s a thinker. She has a repetitive life and she enjoys the routine, and she would find fulfilment through creating stories about fictitious characters doing fictitious things. This writing was her release and it made her happy and noone in the world could touch that.”
The video documents seemingly routine moments in time, like passing buskers in the street – but rather than rush by them, like you might if you were on your way to work or similar responsibilities, the clip allows you to stay a while. With the help of Tribal Apes (Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena, Havana Brown), Sarah has created a little time capsule of a creative moment in her life, alongside her canine companion Chachi, and invites the audience to share it with her, as Sarah says, “The clip is basically about depicting the beauty in what appears to be the mundane. Observing people in the street connecting with each other, finding joy in simplicity, all through the eyes of me and my best friend, my dog Chachi…and now I’ve got a little movie of me and Chach to watch when we’re older! That clip will make me smile forever.”
The recent South Australia Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Sarah McLeod has extended her already-massive national tour, adding nine extra shows in celebration of the new album Rocky’s Diner. Performing as a two-piece band alongside drummer Mick Skelton (Baby Animals), the powerhouse and self-confessed lover of touring has some seriously unique and impressive plans for the shows, explaining, “I have designed a guitar whereby I can play bass and regular guitar at the same time. It’s been a lot of trial and error because I didn’t really know what I was doing – but it seems to be working now! It’s a very ambitious live show, but super fun to perform. Chachi comes with us as well, she wears little headphones and sits on stage. I love touring so I don’t even care where I am or where I am going, as long as I am playing every night I am happy. I feel I am at my best when I’m touring.”
Charismatic and hugely motivated Canberra rapper CITIZEN KAY has revealed details of his new LP, ‘Belly of the Beast’. Fans of big-hearted, intelligent, party-time hip hop can get it via ONETWO on August 25, in time to catch him on tour nationally with Illy and on his own headline dates.
Since dropping sunny first single ‘These Kicks‘ and announcing his signing to Illy’s ONETWO label (a joint venture with Unified Music Group), Citizen Kay has been hard at it, hiding away in the studio like a crazed word-doctor making sure his forthcoming LP is exactly as he envisioned. “A lot of time was spent choosing my words, and how I wanted things to be said.” says Kay of the writing process “I challenged myself more, as a wordsmith and poet on this album“
‘Belly of the Beast’ is a personal record, incorporating themes of introspection and reflection, as well as the fine line between ego and confidence. Taking his time with each track, Kay dug deep into his own psyche, with the firm intention of harnessing his strengths and accepting his weaknesses. Significant emphasis was put on perfecting the flow and tracklisting, resulting in a cohesive, authentic record that packs a serious punch.
Rapper, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Citizen Kay migrated from Ghana to Australia at six-years-old, and has made it his life’s mission to make music that blends traditional hip-hop with the soothing sounds of soul, jazz, blues and rock. This cohesive and confident new release will further entrench him as a boundary-pushing artist, continuing the run to greatness that’s seen Kay collect ARIA nominations for his Demokracy EP (2014) With the People LP (2015).
Fans of these fresh and passionate sounds can catch Citizen Kay careering through a whole host of regional areas on tour with his good pal and label mate Illy, or at his own headline club shows throughout October and November. An undeniably charming and dedicated performer, Citizen Kay has shared stages with some of the best: Ice Cube and Public Enemy, Run The Jewels, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt, plus locals Tkay Maizda, Seth Sentry and more.
Its a rough and tumble world out there at present, but Citizen Kay’s deft rhymes and bombastic attitude are going to actively convince you that, really, we’re all going to be OK.
Give in to the ‘Belly of the Beast’ from August 25.