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Featured Gig Reviews, Gig Reviews, Reviews 2019, Australian Tour, Cassandra Hale, Chugg Entertainment, Hozier, Melbourne, Vanessa Jarvis
The 25th of April marks ANZAC day, a time to remember those who bravely fought for the freedom we enjoy today. So after paying my respects at my local RSL service, I made my way to the iconic Palais Theatre to take in the soulful music of Hozier. Thursday night is the first of two sold-out shows in Melbourne, a testament to the huge following that he has amassed since his enormous hit Take Me To Church.
Opening the night’s proceedings was local musician Didirri, who has gone from being a Melbourne street busker three years ago to a full-time musician today. His 30-minute set was definitely not long enough, his onstage charm and beautifully written songs wowed the audience, he held them in the palm of his hand over the duration of his stage time. Didirri delivered black comedy as good as anyone who just performed at the Comedy Festival, add to that his rich voice and luscious locks and he really is the whole package. While he may have been just a guy and his guitar, he didn’t require anything more, captivating from his opening note Dirirri is one to check out sooner rather than later with all of his music available from the usual streaming outlets. I guarantee you will be keeping his soothing tunes on high rotation.
Talking about luscious locks, it was time for the main event and the man of the moment, Hozier. With a sell-out night one, the Palais was packed to the brim and calling the fans vocal would be the understatement of the year. The screaming was deafening as he and his band took to the stage, opening with the captivating Would That I. Dinner & Diatribes was next, followed by Nina Cried Power, which had quite a gospel feel to it. The extensive band were multi-instrumentalists and their singing complimented Hozier perfectly. It was then that Hozier suggested to the audience that the wooden things they were sitting on were “just a suggestion” and with that, the floor arose as one and happily stayed that way for the duration of the show.
With guitar changes a plenty, Hozier powered through his set including Someone New, which had the fans, myself included grooving like no one was watching. Nobody and From Eden slotted in nicely and Wasteland, Baby! saw Hozier take to the stage solo, just a perfectly placed light and his acoustic guitar. The addition of light poles at the rear of the stage projected well, along with a myriad of smoke machines which added depth to the performance. The band brought along their clapping hands and were not afraid to use them! They had us clapping on autopilot by nights end, even serving us up some pretty tricky rhythm changes which did have a few of the audience stumped with random claps ringing out from time to time, for future reference, never clap on one and three!
The light poles worked intricately with the bass drum and the impact was sensational from my vantage point. All the musicians and singers were brilliant, talented artists keeping the show running like clockwork and sounding sensational. The rear screen projected huge windows which changed colours over the course of the evening, something so simple, yet so powerful, as No Plan, To Be Alone and Almost (Sweet Music) played out. Movement saw the most magical of lighting play out with ribbons of white flooding the theatre and smoke billowing across the stage it was like a wonderland and quite stunning for the spellbound fans.
The song that needed no introduction was, of course, Take Me To Church, Hozier’s vocals sublime as we swayed in time, feeling like part of a congregation. He preached his music and we were the worthiest of receivers, hanging on every word. Leaving us hungry for more I was saddened as goodbyes were said, but we stomped and clapped hopeful of just a few more. The screams reached fever pitch as Hozier returned to the stage solo, delivering the most beautiful of songs, Cherry Wine, the fans singing so loud it sent tingles up the spine of even the most hardened. Once again just his guitar and a spotlight, stunningly sung and a highlight of the evening.
The band returned to the stage to play out the night with Work Song, the clapping was regimented but perfect, the singing taking it to celestial heights, the fans so invested some even welling up from the sheer loveliness. An exceptional choice to close out a most magnificent night.
Hozier’s music was food for the soul and the evening left me feeling like I just finished a delicious banquet, completely content and satisfied. A must see show of the highest order, you will laugh, sing and cry and you will love every minute!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
Singer-songwriter JOHN GRANT has announced headline Australian shows for June 2019, performing at Melbourne Recital Theatre on Wednesday 19 June, and Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Saturday 22 June in a new a new intimate seating and standing mode. A performer in every sense of the word, Grant will also take in an already-announced appearance at Hobart’s Odeon Theatre as part of Dark Mofo on Thursday 20 June.
John Grant brings his soaring, sensitive, and always theatrical live show to Australia this June. A powerful cocktail of brutal tenderness and biting commentary, his eclectic live shows have been delivered to acclaim around the world in support of his most recent record, ‘LOVE IS MAGIC.’
“Leaves his audience awestruck and on its feet” ★★★★★ – The Guardian
“It’s incredible, euphoric, and ingenious. It is everything.” – Clash Magazine
Former frontman of The Czars, John Grant’s solo efforts are a result of healing from turbulent times. His fourth album, ‘Love is Magic’ was released last year to a Top 20 spot in the UK. His most synth-heavy project yet, it was declared “compelling” (Line of Best Fit), and “brilliant” (The Independent), earning five star reviews the world-over.
“… swirling loops of grand, romantic melody, sly twists of sardonic wit and heart-stopping drops of sheer honesty.” ★★★★★ – The Independent
“A silly, smutty slice of arch brilliance that also makes room for quiet introspection.” ★★★★ – NME
“… experience [John Grant’s] customary level of brutal honesty, irresistible vulnerability and wit.” ★★★★–The Line of Best Fit
John Grant’s beloved music has seen him collaborate with Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Amanda Palmer and Sinead O’Connor; co-write and perform tracks with Robbie Williams and Elbow and for Iceland’s entry in Eurovision.
He has curated his own festivals, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, performed on Later with Jools Holland, and was nominated for the BRIT for Best International Male Solo Artist.
The weird and the wonderful combine for a night of spellbinding artistry this June. Be astonished by the truly unique John Grant in these unmissable, intimate shows.
JOHN GRANT | 2019 TOUR DATES
Presented by Penny Drop & Chugg Entertainment
Wednesday 19 June – Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 20 June – Odeon Theatre, Dark Mofo
Saturday 22 June – Metro Theatre (18+)
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Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg are excited to announce an exclusive joint venture between Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment that will see the two “Michaels” reunited in business once again, exactly 20 years since parting ways in 1999 and 40 years since founding the Frontier business together in 1979.
The two promoters have accumulated decades of touring expertise and will unite together again with the shared independent spirit, determination and tenacity that has seen their respective businesses put Australian and New Zealand touring and festivals on the world stage.
The joint venture will see Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment join forces as co-promoters on all Chugg Entertainment tours, effective from April 1.
Alongside the new joint venture, Frontier will also join Chugg Entertainment and Potts Entertainment as a partner in the incredibly successful country music festival CMC Rocks QLD. The 2019 event was held in Ipswich in mid-March, with a sell-out crowd for the fourth year running and a daily attendance of 24,000.
Susan Heymann will continue as Managing Director of Chugg Entertainment, reporting to Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg on all Frontier/Chugg Entertainment joint ventures. Susan brings an extensive wealth of experience to Australasia’s leading group of entertainment brands, with over 15 years of experience in touring. Staff from the live division of Chugg Entertainment will integrate with the Frontier team to deliver Chugg Entertainment/Frontier co-promotes.
Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg have been long time friends, business partners and competitors for close to 50 years. They formed Frontier Touring back in 1979 and have since had a long and rich history bringing world class tours to Australia and New Zealand together and independently since Chuggi went out on his own in 1999.
Despite being competitors for 20 years, the Michaels have continued to share similar beliefs and business practices, with both Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment passionate and proud of their artist and fan first approaches to business, as well as their proactive anti-scalping and anti-discount ticketing policies. Notably, both have been fundamental in driving slated Government anti-scalping reform in both Australia and New Zealand.
Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment have lately each enjoyed some of their most successful years ever and the decision to join forces was born of a desire to present a powerful, united and strategic promoting front that offers artists a first class, professional and considered touring experience.
Bringing Chugg Entertainment under the Mushroom Group umbrella ensures Frontier Touring and the Mushroom Group benefit from specialised areas, in particular Chugg Entertainment’s strong presence and expertise in the country music genre. Likewise, Frontier and the Mushroom Group offer Chugg Entertainment a world class level of resources and opportunities that will allow a greater platform for business growth and development.
Michael Gudinski said; “Michael and I have been in and out of business together for almost half a century and we’ve both seen a lot change in that time. There’s no doubt that live touring in Australasia is undergoing its biggest transition ever and we’re both equally passionate about ensuring we continue to set the bar for touring down under.
“Chuggi and Susan have built a great team that punches above their weight and I’m excited about what the Chugg and Frontier teams can achieve together.”
Michael Chugg, Executive Chairman, Chugg Entertainment said; “Chugg Entertainment has had an incredible run of late and it’s the perfect time for us to take this step to strengthen our place in the market and keep growing while the industry changes and evolves. Michael and I share so much history and so many stories, it feels right for us to move forward into the future with Frontier Touring. We both love to wind it up and fight the good fight, we’re going to be louder and prouder together. Look out!”
Susan Heymann, Managing Director, Chugg Entertainment said; “Frontier Touring has established itself as one of the most powerful promoters in the world and has a proven track record of delivering successful tours, time and again. With all that knowledge and experience, as well as the other music businesses in the Mushroom Group to lean on and collaborate with, I’m excited to see what the Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring teams can accomplish together.”
Frontier Touring and Chugg Entertainment both secured Top 20 spots in the 2018 Billboard End Of Year Top Promoters Chart, with global positions of #3 and #16 respectively.
Stay tuned for news on some exciting Chugg Entertainment/Frontier Touring tours shortly.
Melbourne singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist G FLIP has announced her biggest headline dates ever, after playing sold out Australian-New Zealand dates last September. This May, she will hit Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Thursday 2 May, Brisbane’s The Zoo on Monday 6 May, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on Thursday 9 May, and Perth’s Jack Rabbit Slims on Friday 10 May, in addition to bringing her killer live set to Groovin’ The Moo 2019.
With an ever-expanding catalogue of electro-pop gems, from triple j staples ‘About You’ and ‘Killing My Time’, to brand new tracks ‘Bring Me Home’ and ‘Drink Too Much’, G Flip – born Georgia Flipo – has risen from bedroom producer to immense success in just a short year.
A musician born out of a love for drumming, G Flip blew audiences away with her cover of ‘Proud Mary’, performed live under the sails of the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve. Her dynamic performances are accompanied by her talking drum kit Jeromo; the animated LCD, created by G Flip herself, is a creative addition to her punchy hooks, making for a memorable live experience.
“G Flip’s set was so inviting and varied, so funny and meaningful, that it’s hard to not to see a star in the making.” – LA Times
“Who needs a backup band when you can alchemize a ridiculously catchy synth-pop gem all by yourself?” – Pitchfork
“a spry and springy hookfest that burrows into your subconscious in a matter of seconds.” – NPR
Her rapid ascendance has seen G Flip play standout sets at major festivals Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, SXSW and headline shows in the USA & the UK. With over 25 million global streams, she has been championed by Beats 1, BBC Radio 1, KCRW and NPR and is one triple j’s most played artists for 2018.
Unfiltered and driven, G Flip’s live show and on-stage banter are uniquely engaging. See the ground-breaking talent of this rising star in full flight, bursting onto stages this May.
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G FLIP | 2019 TOUR DATES
Bought to you by Future Classic, Chugg Entertainment, and Village Sounds Presents
Thursday 2 May – Oxford Art Factory (18+)
Monday 6 May – The Zoo (18+)
Thursday 9 May – Corner Hotel (18+)
Friday 10 May – Jack Rabbit Slims (18+)
Also appearing at Groovin’ The Moo 2019
Global pop-phenom BILLIE EILISH has revealed anticipated Australian headline dates for this April-May. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter-producer will bring her When We All Fall Asleep, World Tour through Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday 30 April, Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on Friday 3 May and Brisbane’s Eaton Hill on Tuesday 7 May for all-ages shows, plus Fremantle’s Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday 10 May. She’ll also appear at Groovin’ The Moo 2019.
After playing to sell-out crowds on her last two Australian visits, Billie’s third headline tour will be her biggest to date! Since the release of debut viral single ‘ocean eyes’, Billie’s unique mixture of sinister lyrics, soaring melodies, and emotional deliveries has gained her legions of fans the world over.
“Genius, bewitching and powerful, not only because of Eilish’s talent, but the devotion, love and passion of the all the fans in that room.” – Line of Best Fit
“Passionate and vulnerable but also vindictive and treacherous. Onstage, she gets thousands of voices singing along.” – New York Times, Artists to Watch
“Welcome, our new pop overlord… 2019 is hers.” – NME
‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ is the debut record from Billie Eilish, coming March 29, 2019. Highly anticipated, the release of album taster and video ‘bury a friend’ last week garnered 4 million YouTube views in just 24 hours.
Billie’s multi-platinum catalogue features tracks like ‘watch’, ‘idontwannabeyouanymore’ (gold), ‘bellyache’, (platinum), and ‘lovely (with Khalid)’ (double platinum), plus heart-wrenching single ‘when the party’s over’ which took out a top ten spot in triple j’s Hottest 100. Not to mention 25 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and a cult following of 12 million on Instagram.
Her incredible list of achievements does not stop there, the prodigy collaborating with Khalid, Vince Staples, and Denzel Curry, creating stunning landmark TV performances on Ellen, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and debuting sets at huge music events including Reading, Lollapalooza, and Laneway Festival.
With a sea of accomplishments and more to come, Billie Eilish’s live shows will pull audiences between emotional spells and energetic moshes. And they’ll go quickly, don’t miss out on your chance to catch one of the hottest acts in the world, live!
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BILLIE EILISH | WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WORLD TOUR | AUSTRALIA-NZ 2019
Brought to you by Laneway Presents & Chugg Entertainment
Wednesday 24 April – Spark Arena (All Ages)
Tuesday 30 April – Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)
Friday 3 May – Margaret Court Arena (All Ages)
Tuesday 7 May – Eatons Hill Hotel (All Ages)
Friday 10 May – Fremantle Arts Centre (18+)*
*Minors allowed with a legal guardian.
Also appearing at Groovin’ The Moo 2019
Featured, Music News 2018, Australian Tour, Chugg Entertainment, Florence & The Machine, Jack River, Laneway Presents, Leon Bridges, Marlon Williams, Yellow Days
Florence + The Machine will descend on Australia for her sixth visit next January. Today, the enigmatic musician announced changes to her line-ups on select Australian shows.
Due to international scheduling conflicts, breakout US teen sensation Billie Eilish will sadly no longer perform in Australia in January next year.
Billie was scheduled to appear at Florence + The Machine’s Sydney, Geelong and Adelaide dates, but will need to remain in the US in January, she has released the following statement regarding the cancellation:
“hi my loves, unfortunately we all came to realize recently that we need some more time to finish something very important before going back out and doing more shows. I love you all and I’m so sorry about this 🙁 I promise you I will be back in australia and new zealand before you know it.
my love to youuu all.”
Off the back of a sold-out national tour and triple j feature album, local singer-songwriter Jack River has confirmed she will join the bill at Geelong’s A Day On The Green on Saturday 19th January and Sydney’s The Domain on Saturday 26th January, which will be the largest show Florence + The Machine has ever played in Australia and one of the largest ticketed music events ever to take place in the iconic open-air venue.
Recently Grammy-nominated US RnB artist Leon Bridges, who will be in Australia in January for a headline East Coast tour, will make detour mid-tour, to make a very special appearance at Adelaide’s Botanic Park on Wednesday 16th January.
Already announced on the bill, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams will join the bill with Florence + The Machine on all Australian dates, having recently returned from a sold-out world tour for his sophomore album, Make Way For Love, and London-based singer-songwriter Yellow Days will captivate audiences at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with his commanding baritone and dreamy brand of slacker-rock on his debut New Zealand visit.
Florence + The Machine’s new album, High As Hope, is out now via Universal Music
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE | 2019 TOUR DATES
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
JACK RIVER (Sydney, Geelong)
LEON BRIDGES (Adelaide)
MARLON WILLIAMS (All Australian Shows)
YELLOW DAYS (Auckland)
Brought to you by Laneway Presents & Chugg Entertainment
Saturday 12th January – Perth Arena (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
Wednesday 16th January – Botanic Park (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
Friday 18th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Saturday 19th January – Mt Duneed Estate – A Day On The Green (All Ages) –
Tuesday 22nd January – Riverstage (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 23rd January – Riverstage (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
Saturday 26th January – The Domain (All Ages) – FINAL TICKETS
Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Wednesday 30th January – Spark Arena (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
* With Jack River & Marlon Williams
> With Leon Bridges & Marlon Williams
^ With Marlon Williams
~ With Yellow Days
Featured Gig Reviews, Gig Reviews, Reviews 2018, Australian Tour, Cassandra Hale, Chugg Entertainment, Foreigner, Hamer Hall, Live Review, Melbourne
Melbourne’s Hamer Hall was at its finest as I took my seat for night one of two sold-out shows from the highly anticipated Foreigner. The buzz was widespread as the mature audience flowed in to fill their seats, and I must admit I had been counting down myself, my butterflies taking flight as I awaited the start of the show. Now, this was not just any show, this was a celebration of 40 years of rock legends Foreigner, accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra no less.
Cheers rang out as the lights dimmed and the orchestra lead by Canberra conducted Kenneth Lampl filled the stage. Opening with a beautiful overture, hinting what the night may hold as Foreigner flooded the stage, all seven members looking vibrant and champing at the bit to get the show on the road. Dynamic frontman Kelly Hansen taking the helm, looking amazingly fresh in his sports jacket, scarf and the tightest of jeans, but let me tell you, he rocked it and had all the ladies swooning!
Blue Morning, Blue Day got the ball rolling, followed closely by the classic hit Cold As Ice which saw Kelly take the crowd, high fiving fans and climbing across seats rousing the punters who were ecstatic to get up close with their music idol. Founding member Mick Jones showing us all just how talented he is, swapping from guitar to keys and back again, with backing vocals on point, he is such a well-rounded musician, once might say he is the complete package! Waiting For A Girl Like You and That Was Yesterday both faultless, bass player Jeff Pilson working the stage like the professional he is, guitar picks flying to screaming fans, his behavior a lot more lively than the average bass player. With a back catalog of the highest caliber I knew it would be hit after hit as the band moved into the acoustic part of the performance. With stools appearing onstage the guys took a seat with the exception of drummer Chis Frazier who stood tambourine in hand and Michael Bluestein on the keyboard. The acoustic set was a new addition to their shows and wow what an addition it was, Say You Will was simply amazing, and the heart rendering The Flame Still Burns, perfect in every way.
It was the orchestra’s time in the spotlight with a short prelude giving the band a much needed moment to catch their breath. Bounding back onstage with the killer track Double Vision and their first mega-hit Feels Like The First Time from their debut album way back in 1977 which had everyone on their feet. Up next was Fool For You Anyway also from the debut album and one of Kelly’s favourites to sing. Dirty White Boy saw Kelly getting fresh with the front row, giving his butt a grab asking if the girls liked it, and just quietly, I think they did!
Urgent had the fans up again, singing along loving every minute and brought multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel to the forefront showcasing his amazing sax skills. Guitarist Bruce Watson a seasoned professional, while he kept his blue shades on for the duration is was abundantly clear he could play with his eyes closed and still sound sensational. I had been patiently waiting for my favourite Foreigner song and as the orchestra started the sublime classically arranged Juke Box Hero I was on my feet, the cello, double bass, and percussion lifting this legendary song to celestial heights. As Kelly delivered the famous ‘That One Guitar’ line Hamer Hall erupted in flashes of colour, my skin tingling hairs standing on end, oh what a rush, it takes a very special song to coerce that reaction and for me, that song is Juke Box Hero! Full credit must go to Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer for their orchestral arrangement it was perfection. They both performed astonishingly well, Chuck rocked the percussion section like no other and Dave Eggar, cello player extraordinaire gave us a breathtaking solo which brought the house down with applause.
The lights dimmed but we knew the boys would be back and it didn’t take long for Kelly to return saying of ‘course we have more’ then we had the discussion on the average age of the fans, which of course was over forty, we stood proudly and did a meditation of sorts led by Kelly, just for this moment we let go of our worries and let in the love of rock and roll. We put our arms around the person next to us and felt the groove the music provided, the vibe was one of happiness and was the perfect intro to I Want To Know What Love Is. Once again, the orchestra was sensational, for this song they were accompanied by the Melbourne Children’s Choir which made for a very beautiful dynamic. Everyone on their feet swaying to the beat, phones lit up in the air made for a gorgeous spectacle. You could feel the love in the room and it was extremely refreshing to let go of all that negativity if only for a few hours. The stamina of Kelly Hansen must be seen to be believed, working the stage with ease, spinning the mic stand, playing every instrument he could get his hands on, his vigor that of a man half his age. But let’s touch briefly on his voice, I was blown away from the opening song and it just got better and better, one of the best in the business, every lyric delivered with perfection and the backing harmonies were pretty damn fantastic as well.
If I wasn’t pumped enough by this point in the night I literally went into overdrive as Hot Blooded rang out. Chris a machine, working his kit like an extension of his body, the room exploded as everyone made the most of the last song of the night. Mick showing us all how the big boys do it, Jeff and Bruce racing from side to side engaging with all the fans, Michael smashing out this classic loving every second. It was a phenomenal end to the night and as the final bows were taken I couldn’t help but think that this brilliant bunch of musicians were far from foreign, they felt like part of our Australian rock family. As with any family, we will welcome them back with open arms, sooner rather than later!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
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