Gallery By Isabelle Haubrich
Gallery By Isabelle Haubrich
Due to overwhelming demand, Florence + The Machine have announced a second and final show at Brisbane’s Riverstage on Wednesday, January 23rd. Australian fans have shown their devotion to the UK vocal powerhouse, with her first appearance at Riverstage on Tuesday, January 22nd selling out within minutes of going on sale today.
Tickets in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, and Auckland are selling fast.
Famed for their mesmerizing live show, Florence Welch, and her band will gear up to unleash a set of songs spanning their previous three albums, and debut brand new songs from the forthcoming fourth studio album, High As Hope, live for Australian audiences.
“Florence Welch’s theatricality proves powerful as she performs tracks from new album High as Hope…an appealingly visceral force live”– The Guardian
“As she proved at Glastonbury, Florence is a match for anyone on the big stage, but when she strips the songs right back they contain just as much power” – Line Of Best Fit
Breakout US sensation Billie Eilish will join Florence + The Machine on their Sydney, Adelaide, and Geelong dates. Her current single, ‘lovely’(with budding superstar Khalid) has already gone Gold in Australia while racking up more than 97 million streams.
New Zealand indie-troubadour, Marlon Williams will warm the stage for Florence + The Machine on all Australian dates, having just returned from a sold-out world tour for his sophomore album, Make Way For Love.
Act quickly to secure your chance to catch Florence + The Machine when they return in January.
NEW ALBUM HIGH AS HOPE | OUT TOMORROW (UNIVERSAL MUSIC) | PRE-ORDER HERE
TICKETS FOR 2ND BRISBANE SHOW ON SALE TODAY, 1:30PM AEST
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE | 2019 TOUR DATES
With Special Guests Billie Eilish (Sydney, Adelaide, Geelong) &
Marlon Williams (All Australian Shows)
Brought to you by Laneway Presents & Chugg Entertainment
Saturday 12thJanuary – Perth Arena (All Ages) – Selling Fast
Wednesday 16thJanuary – Botanic Park (All Ages) – Selling Fast
Friday 18thJanuary – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (All Ages) – Final Tickets
Saturday 19thJanuary – Mt Duneed Estate – A Day On The Green (All Ages) – Selling Fast
Tuesday 22ndJanuary – Riverstage (All Ages) – Sold Out
Wednesday 23rdJanuary – Riverstage (All Ages) – Just Announced!
Saturday 26thJanuary – The Domain (All Ages) – Selling Fast
Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Wednesday 30thJanuary – Spark Arena(All Ages) – Selling Fast
* With Billie Eilish & Marlon Williams
^ With Marlon Williams
~ With Special Guest To Be Announced
It’s been 5 years to the day (maybe one off) since the Filth has graced our shores with their presence and in that time they have released two albums, Hammer of the Witches and Cryptoriana, The Seductiveness of Decay, the latter being the reason for the tour.
Melbourne’s resident intergalactic warriors Hybrid Nightmare open tonight’s theatricals, still on a high from their first international support earlier this week with the mighty Ihsahn, frontman Loki storms the stage adorning his ceremonial outfit and raring to go. They play a tight
set keeping the crowd entertained with songs from their latest album Almagest. Hybrid Nightmare take influence musically from black and death metal, while making their influences on the stage performance obvious with the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth. Although copping power issues with the bass rig they handled the upset with professionalism and continued warming up the crowd for the show to follow.
Cradle of Filth march out on stage to their intro piece for this evening and kick off into Gilded C#*t and the crowd go into a frenzy once Dani Filth jumps on stage. Tonight’s setlist is adorned with classic tracks like Dusk and her Embrace, Beneath the Howling Stars and Bathory Aria as well as playing the latest singles Heartbreak and Séance and You Will Know the Lion by his Claw. The technical issues seemed to have followed on from Hybrid Nightmares set as the PA cuts in and out a couple of times during the first 20mins of the set, but the charismatic frontman plays it off well with a quick ‘fact’ of Melbourne’s name sake being Mel Gibson. Dani’s sense of humour is part of the Cradle of Filth charm and I can’t imagine a set without it. He cuts off a punter with a quick “Shut the Fuck up!” to which another yells out “You tell him!” to which he replies “Oi! You too!” and the crowd roars with laughter.
The encore for this evening brings out something I haven’t seen in a metal crowd before which is a slow dance. Nymphetamine begins and I see a few couples grab hands, hold each other close and sing the goth ballad whilst looking into each other eyes.
The latest female vocalist/keyboard member of the band, Lindsay Schoolcraft, has her moment to shine during this song and sings her parts well. This line up of Cradle of Filth have played extremely well and have had more crowd interaction than the last time they were in Australia. Richard Shaw, one of the current guitarists, played most of the set using mainly hammer ons and gesturing at the crowd for either a circle pit or singling out crowd members by staring and pointing at them.
Closing off their set with Her Ghost in the Fog and From the Cradle to Enslave they have played songs from most albums of their back catalogue keeping all fans happy. The new line up and the new songs sound as tight live as they do on the album, fitting in with the rest of their soundscape. I’m sure I was not the only one hoping that it’s not another two albums and 5 years in between Australian Tours, that’s just way too long!
Review Contributed by Mitch Charlton
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY SHANE HENDERSON
CRADLE OF FILTH are a monstrous tour-de-force of utterly distinctive but reassuringly destructive heavy metal.
Currently enjoying a collective creative renaissance that is driving them to new heights of elegant fury, the band are more potent and devastating than ever before as they approach the release of their latest and perhaps greatest studio effort, ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Even Kerrang! Magazine recently exclaimed that they “have created a gothic horror that makes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein look like The Emoji Movie.”
As they prepare to introduce these stunning new songs to their dedicated global fan base, CRADLE OF FILTH have never been more powerful or their excellence so undeniable. It’s been a long 5 years between tours, but Australia fans finally get their chance in 2018.
Tickets for CRADLE OF FILTH go on sale Thursday 5 October, 9am local.
Wednesday 9 May – The Basement, Canberra – 18+ *new venue, all tickets remain valid*
Thursday 10 May – The Triffid, Brisbane – 18+
Friday 11 May – 170 Russell, Melbourne – 18+
Saturday 12 May – Metro Theatre, Sydney – 18+
Monday 14 May – Capitol, Perth – 18+
Those familiar with The Forum Theatre in Melbourne will have no difficulty picturing the scenery prior to a sold-out show. A beautiful warm Melbourne night with jostling, excitement and smiles as far as the eye can see along Flinders Street until the snake disappears up Hosier Lane and into the dark. Simple Plan have a long and beloved history with Australia and our fair city in particular, so no prizes for guessing that the fans are out in force to return the favour with unrestrained adoration.
As the crowd swells within this august chamber our openers in Brisbane based band Stateside begin a dynamic performance bursting with energy, appeal and fantastic music. Erin Reus is at home in front of the big audiences and the whole band have the capability to feed off every ounce of audience enthusiasm and return it ten-fold in performance. Hamish Maguire is captivating at the kit and despite the stiff competition of his band mates, you eyes insist on returning back to his sensational drum work. Ethan Laenen and Brendan Heidke provide the fantastic guitar work and Jackson Lehane keeps the rhythm tight via the bass. Must be the cape that helps the four-stringed boy wonder blast us with the superb bass sound. The group provided a brilliant set and warmed up the crowd in a perfect manner for a crowd expecting huge things from Simple Plan. A cover of Heathens provided a welcome familiar sound, but the last track of the performance stole the show. For more information about Stateside visit their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
The short wait between openers is over and thanks to Stateside we are already enjoying a sensation evening, but the dimming of the lights for a second time heralds the arrival of Eat Your Heart Out, and that’s exactly what we do. With a brilliant blend of pop-punk and emo afforded a hearty helping of rock and grunge, the band treat us with their truly magnificent sound couple with stunning stage presence. The kit doesn’t hold together long and Jake Cronin due to a powerful pummeling worthy of the crowd assembled. A sneaky snare change and we are back on track but with all providing such a killer show the bewildering bass skills of Dom Cant remain a central point of reference throughout the performance. Caitlin Henry is captivating both in stage presence and voice while Will Moore and Andrew Anderson maintain their status as a formidable guitar force. Each providing a solid performance and together keeping each song vibrant and alive. For more about this fantastic group visit Twitter or Facebook
Following sufficient opportunity soak up these two fantastic bands and refresher the eager Simple Plan fan within, the time to celebrate has arrived. The venue now stuffed to capacity and a heaving mass waiting to celebrate Simple Plan sold out style, the red search lights scan a screaming crowd and a fog veiled stage reveals nothing more than cloaked moving figures, impossible to distinguish from one another, but then a guitar strum and a “What’s Up Melbourne” caused the crowd to erupt and the band to launch into I’d Do Anything. The entire building seems to jump, thump, stomp and mosh in emoesque celebration of this phenomenally tremendous band. The Worst Day Ever, You Don’t Mean Anything, I’m Just A Kid and When I’m With You make me wonder why I’m regurgitating the album track list considering the tour name and celebration, so instead I will add that the light spectacle accompanying each track enhanced this experience magnificently and is a credit to all the crew involved. With the whole band playing to such an phenomenally impressive standard, and Pierre having visited the front row within the first three songs, a distinct feeling of personal investment envelopes me like seldom before. The doors might as well be padlocked because this show is just for us. This show feels like a private thanks from Simple Plan just to we Melbourne representatives assembled and anything is possible. Perhaps more than a few stared toward the ground in guilty reflection as passing puns of ‘superfans’ using band posters to ‘pleasure themselves’ sends laughter through the room.
From David swapping roles with Pierre and both doing a great job of each, to massive inflatable balls bouncing around the room, advice on not telling your mom to shut the f&^k up and a massive encore of Shut Up, Jump, Boom!, Your Love Is A Lie, Summer Paradise, Crazy and Welcome To My Life, to a brilliant duet with the lovely Erin Reus of Stateside, this was an absolutely astounding show.
Jeff Stinco, Sébastien Lefebvre, David Desrosiers, Chuck Comeau and Pierre Bouvier have been utterly sensational at past shows in Melbourne from Rod Laver Arena to the Prince Bandroom, but tonight was something extra special for fans and passing music aficionados alike. To hear the bands breakout debut album being celebrated in such a dynamic fashion and enhanced with the inclusion of other hits from their expansive catalogue was magnificent indeed.
Sometimes the right venue, the perfect hosts, the perfect light show, brilliant performances and a crowd determined on a great time bring everything together for a benchmark live show that will go with you to the grave as one that brought goose bumps to the flesh and drew the breath from your chest. This was one of those shows. Thank you, thank you, thank you Simple Plan. One cannot imagine what you could possibly muster to make this show any more superlative. Utterly superb.
Review and Photo Contributed by Casper
ESCAPE THE FATE are headed back to Australia to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their highly praised ‘This War Is Ours’. With ‘This War Is Ours’ ESCAPE THE FATE came into their own exuding a spirit of chaotic mischief with each song firing like a cannon of pure rock genius. For the first time ever Australian fans will be treated to hearing the album in its entirety. But that’s not all! Fans will also be treated to Greatest Hits set to top it all off.
Hailing from the world’s most outlandish city, Las Vegas ESCAPE THE FATE are also about to release their 6th Album ‘I Am Human’ and the upcoming chapters not only look brighter than those Vegas lights but are set to resolutely be their best yet.
And so, what we witness is a re-incarnated, reborn, rejuvenated ESCAPE THE FATE firing on all cylinders once more. The message from the ESCAPE THE FATE camp is louder and clearer than it has even been in the past: “We’re coming for everyone and we aren’t taking any prisoners,” concludes Craig Mabbitt. Brace Yourselves!
Also on board are Brisbane’s AWAKEN I AM. Anxiety and pain are not uncommon as a catalyst for great art, and AWAKEN I AM injected this uneasy mindset to create their recent album, Blind Love.
The sonically infectious and groundbreaking album captures a lush sound, painted in front of dual guitars complemented by frequent piano, strings, and airtight vocals with soaring harmonies. Is it possible to create art that is risky and eclectic, yet cohesive, intelligent and fluid at the same time? The answer is evident in AWAKEN I AM’s gorgeous, layered landscape of musical precision entitled Blind Love. AWAKEN I AM’s live show is impressive as well, erupting with energy, which was witnessed around the world on tours with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rufio, with headlining dates in Japan and an appearance at So What Festival in Dallas.
Also joining ESCAPE THE FATE and AWAKEN I AM are Brisbane based post-alternative rock outfit BETWEEN KINGS. BETWEEN KINGS play with an immediacy that has been missing from most modern rock. The band has developed a palette of songs that pour out of the speakers with emotional intensity and vitality.
Playing with a heartfelt resonance one minute, then mixing it with arena-rock balladry the next, the band triumphantly uses melodic elements making it irresistible for rock enthusiasts to throw up the horns, or even hit the dance floor. With the group quickly developing a bond over their desire to create infectious rhythms and powerful hooks they bring together the sound that is BETWEEN KINGS!
ESCAPE THE FATE TOUR DATES:
Monday 28th May – PERTH Amplifier Bar 18+
Tuesday 29th May – ADELAIDE Fowlers Live Lic/AA
Wednesday 30th May MELBOURNE Corner Hotel 18+
Friday June 1st SYDNEY Manning Bar 18+
Saturday 2nd June NEWCASTLE Cambridge Hotel 18+
Sunday 3rd June BRISBANE The Triffid Lic/AA
Monday 4th June WELLINGTON Valhalla 18+
Tickets: On Sale Friday 23rd March at 10:00am Local
For the two thousand people who battled the sweat and packed conditions at Melbourne’s Forum last night, they got to watch something very special. I guess you could call it a battle of the bulls, the old and the new. On one side Darius Rucker returning to Australia after a 20 year hiatus and on the other Luke Combs barely in his twenties enjoying his first plane ride ever arriving on our shores late last week.
Combs has been making an impression from the moment he touched down in Brisbane to play CMC Rocks Queensland over the weekend. A native of North Carolina Combs is the real deal writing and singing a hat trick of number one country hits over the last 2 years. Combs love of people and one big sweaty party was evident the moment he moved his large imposing frame onto the forum stage. Singing songs about beer, boot scootin and relationship break ups may all sound cliché to some, Combs puts a fresh coat of paint on all the topics. I am sure with Sydney still to come Australia has not seen the last of this man.
As the lights dim on this sweaty Melbourne evening, it’s time for Darius Rucker and his six piece to take to the stage. Cramped in and ready, armed with voices that at times over shadow the man himself, for one night welcome to Australia’s home of country music. Rucker has successfully reinvented himself since his last tour of Australia. As the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish he is no stranger to fame, armed with a Grammy Award and several number 1 singles this musical veteran promptly makes himself very comfortable with the sell-out audience. Rucker is living proof he has successfully transitioned from soft rock to the world of country music.
Opening with “This” from the 2010 album Charleston SC 1966, Rucker promptly moves into “Radio” from the 2013 smash True Believers. Dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans Rucker moved and grooved to each song backed by the full house choir. Rucker paused briefly before introducing the fourth song of his set and would you believe it was a cover of the 80’s Men at Work hit “Overkill”. Rucker couldn’t do a show without introducing a few hits he wrote along the way with his Blowfish, “Hold My Hand” went over a treat as did “Let Her Cry” but the biggest reaction came with the worldwide smash “Only Wanna Be With You” which had everybody jumping. It’s hard to believe this trio of hits all came from the 94 album Cracked Rear View, so long ago. The set consisted of a lot of covers from the Garth Brooks classic “Friends in Low Places” to of all things Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” the audience sang along to all of them. Rucker’s band appear more like friends than members all six play an integral role in the show and are acknowledged (be it very humbly) by Rucker.
Holding the audience in the palm of his hand Rucker closed the first encore with his country smash “Wagon Wheel” which had the audience jumping and dancing, their vocal almost drowned out the band as they sing along, Returning to the stage Rucker finished the night with his version of Prince’s “Purple Rain”.
I think it is fair to say country music is alive and growing. With sell out shows in three different states including the very successful CMC Rocks Queensland expect Rucker to return and Combs also next time as a headliner.
Review Contributed by Natasha Wyborn