Gallery By Roger Brooks
Gallery By Roger Brooks
In late March 2018, nearly 30,000 heavy music fans descended on Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to attend Australia’s first ever Download Festival. Four days later, it was announced, much to the delight of those heavy music fans, that Download would return to Melbourne on the March long weekend AND debut in Sydney in 2019…..
You can check out our galleries from last year below.
Keep an eye on their SPOTIFY Playlist for the line-up announcements!!
“Saturday’s event packed in the fans and sent them home happy… Download was the festival Melbourne’s hard-rock tribes had been waiting three years for.” The Age
“Consider Download’s first trip Down Under a success. Same again in 2019 please.” Kerrang!
Live Nation, UNIFIED & Secret Sounds
Get your diaries out… here are the dates and venues for Download 2019…
Sat 9 March 2019 – Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Mon 11 March 2019 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC
Whether you stay sweaty in the pit soaking in your favorite bands, chill and chat over a frosty beverage in one of the bars, gorge yourself on delectable delights from the foodies, or snap up some eclectic one-offs at the markets, Download welcomes you in 2019!
Keep your eyes peeled to DOWNLOADFESTIVAL.COM.AU and facebook.com/downloadfestAU for the imminent lineup announcement, we promise it’s a corker!
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Live Nation is thrilled to confirm that P!NK’s Australian tour will resume this Saturday, August 11 in Sydney.
P!nk was released from the hospital yesterday following her admission on Monday for treatment for a serious gastric virus.
Under medical advice, she will rest and recuperate for the remainder of this week, spend time with her children, and resume her Australian tour in Sydney with the scheduled performances at Qudos Bank Arena on August 11 and 12.
The Sydney performance tomorrow, Thursday, August 9 will not go ahead, to permit the required rest and recuperation, but this will be rescheduled for Wednesday, September 19.
P!nk will return to Sydney in September after completing her New Zealand tour to allow current ticket holders the opportunity to attend rescheduled performances.
The following new dates have been announced for P!nk’s four postponed Sydney shows:
If you are holding tickets for the Friday, August 3 performance your rescheduled date is Friday, August 24
If you are holding tickets for the Monday, August 6 performance your rescheduled date is Monday, September 17
If you are holding tickets for the Tuesday, August 7 performance your rescheduled date is Tuesday, September 18
If you are holding tickets for the Thursday, August 9 performance your rescheduled date is Wednesday, September 19
In order to facilitate the rescheduling of the four postponed Sydney performances, it has become necessary to move the Brisbane Entertainment Centre performance scheduled for Thursday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 22.
Patrons’ current ticket(s) are valid for the rescheduled dates in Sydney and Brisbane as listed above and do not need to be exchanged. Simply present the current ticket(s) on the new date for entry.
VIP Package ticketholders can direct their enquiries to Info@vipnation.com.au.
Patrons who are unable to attend on their nominated rescheduled Sydney or Brisbane show date may exchange their tickets for an earlier date in that city (subject to adjustment for any ticket price difference) whilst availability permits.
For General Admission ticket holders in Sydney wishing to attend on an alternate concert date, there is the best availability to exchange their tickets for the August 25 and 26 shows.
Alternatively, patrons holding tickets for the postponed dates who are unable to attend on any other date may obtain a refund by submitting a request via Ticketek, at: ticketek.com.au/contactus.
Patrons who have purchased a parking ticket in Sydney for a postponed P!nk concert, please FORWARD the confirmation email received to email@example.com for a refund. The refund will be processed in due course, so please be patient. Patrons will need to re-book as parking tickets are not transferable.
All other performances on the Australian leg of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour as from August 11 will now go ahead as scheduled, with the exception of the changed date for the August 23 Brisbane performance.
P!nk and Live Nation apologise for any inconvenience to ticket holders due to the need to the change of tour dates but hope that patrons understand that this has been due to a serious illness, and an immense amount of effort has gone into providing the opportunity for all current ticket holders to be accommodated on rescheduled dates.
Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018
QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY
SATURDAY AUGUST 11 // SUNDAY AUGUST 12
SATURDAY AUGUST 25 // SUNDAY AUGUST 26
FRIDAY AUGUST 24 – postponed from Friday August 3
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17 – postponed from Monday August 6
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18 – postponed from Tuesday August 7
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19 – postponed from Thursday August 9
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
TUESDAY AUGUST 14 // WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15 // FRIDAY AUGUST 17
SATURDAY AUGUST 18 // MONDAY AUGUST 20 // TUESDAY AUGUST 21 //
THURSDAY AUGUST 23 – rescheduled to WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
TUESDAY AUGUST 28 // WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29
More P!NK at:pinkspage.com
After witnessing the extravaganza of a lifetime can I do P!nk justice in a written review? No, I don’t believe so, but I will give it a red hot go, sit back, relax and enjoy my snapshot of what is P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma.
The Rubens are playing to a packed house, the crowd are enjoying them but are finding it hard to look past the billowing pink curtain from ceiling to floor hanging behind them. It is a gig of a lifetime for The Rubens and they are reveling in the experience, giving us hits such as Hoops and Hallelujah in their 40-minute set. As they departed DJ Kidcutup took to the decks and gave us a kick arse set of tunes getting everyone well and truly warmed up. With Aussie flare being the flavor of the night with AC/DC, The Angels, and even Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses getting a spin. The energy was high by the end of his set and as far as DJ’s go Kidcutup had the bassline pumping and the mash-ups mixed to perfection.
MGM’s intro played (badly) by a bearded recorder player gave us all a chuckle, then Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again belted out in its entirety as we counted down to the curtain drop. The excitement was palpable, the wait was almost over and Rod Laver Arena exploded as P!nk swung onto the stage hanging from a glorious chandelier no less. Stunning in a glittering bodysuit P!nk was literally swinging from the chandelier as Get The Party Started opening the nights’ proceedings. The stage was a dazzling display of eye candy, with pink the colour of choice. Neon runways, and a supersized screen creating depth I have never seen before, the illusion was exceptionally good and made Rod Laver feel twice the size that it was. Backed by her pink-clad dancers the show took off a warp speed with acrobatics high on the agenda. Never missing a beat as she bounced, spun and even sang upside down. Beautiful Trauma was the height of elegance with P!nk gliding from lamppost to lamppost that was being ferried around the foggy floor, no stone left unturned to make this bigger and more beautiful than ever.
Costumes changes were rapid and Just Like A Pill saw P!nk brandishing a black and pink floor length jacket as she sailed along travelators that ran down the stage and into the crowd. Dancers appeared from nowhere on the runway than ran around the crowd as Who Knew was belted out. Holes opening and closing to facilitate their rapid materialization, it was quite the magic show. The Revenge Land video playing on the big screen gave us all plenty of laughs, and the larger than life Eminem inflatable that traveled down the stage during Revenge was mind-blowing. P!nk took to the sky again and gave the bag of hot air a swift kick to the head for good measure. The runways constantly changing colour and the screens awash with colourful videos it certainly was a Funhouse as P!nk did an alternative version of just that with Just A Girl mashed in between. Then a grungy cover of Nirvana’s famous Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Secrets took P!nk and one of her dancers to the sky in a stunning display of air acrobatics worthy of any Cirque du Soleil show. Her training and fitness so extensive and evident every time she took to the ropes, it was beautifully emotive and left the audience speechless. The arena turned into a fairy tale straight out of Wonderland complete with a forest and dancers dressed as animals and P!nk in a red hooded cape. Try was the song of choice and the whole scene was mesmerising, the dancers superb, and a real show stopper on every level. Just Give Me A Reason had a four poster bed flying carrying the amazing lady across the audience while her dancers twirled in the sky on lamps. I’m Not Dead, then Just Like Fire heated up the arena as flames were thrown throughout the duration, creating a fiery spectacle. Another costume
change saw a flowing white jacket and the dancers in similar costumes as the film clip for What About Us. This song was sung with passion it deserved, P!nk never wavering from her beliefs about our wonderful world. It was time to take things down a notch, as a small band were assembled on the front of the walkway to perform For Now and Barbies, P!nk took the opportunity to chat to the crowd, read signs and wave to her beloved fans, it was a lovely moment making the large venue feel almost intimate. I Am Here and F**kin Perfect opened to a lovely tribute to P!nk’s daughter Willow then another change of costume for Raise Your Glass which saw dancers flying through the air and P!nk spinning like a circus performer. It really was like the greatest circus on earth and P!nk the most beautiful of ringmasters. The crowd was pumping enjoying every second as Blow Me (One Last Kiss) saw out the set with red confetti flying and the fans screaming for just a little more. I have given nowhere near enough credit to the dancers or band in this review, they were all truly amazing, but P!nk demanded every bit of my attention so I gave it to her willingly. When introducing the band P!nk’s daughter Willow made a surprise entrance for a hug with her mum, such a lovely moment.
When you think there could nothing left in the P!nk returns fully harnessed up and takes to the roof of Rod Laver in a spectacular display of aerial acrobatics seeing her flying from pillar to post, somersaulting, hand standing and all the while singing So What, it had to be seen to be believed, so much talent in one small package. Finishing the night was Glitter In The Air, the arena a sea of phone torches, a sublime finale to a most magical evening.
While P!nk may sing So What, I’m still a Rock Star, tonight she proved she is way more than just a that, she is a mother, a believer and a most phenomenal human being.
Pink’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour will play 35 arena shows in Australia, performing to approximately 150,000 people across the 11 Melbourne shows.
Melbourne shows continue tonight at Rod Laver Arena – July 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, August 28, 29 (last night of the national tour). Pink is also still to play Sydney and Brisbane. Final tickets available at www.livenation.com.au.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
Gallery By Carleigh Ingram
The lane that runs up the side of The Metro Theatre serves a very good purpose; permitting people to line up safely, cheering when they find their friends, and allowing security to let everyone enter at a good pace – even when it’s a sold-out night for 5 Seconds of Summer!
The venue was wall to wall full, excited and tense. On the barrier several fans stood with flowers and signs, phones out ready and waiting. With no support act 5SOS had every eye glued to the stage awaiting them to walk out.
Bursting onto the stage with bright lights, they opened with 2014 hit She Looks So Perfect which caused ear piercing screams from the audience. Following with Girls Talk Boys from the 2016 movie Ghostbusters soundtrack and a slower song Disconnected. Each tune had everyone dancing and singing along, the night was off to a great start.
Luke Hemmings, lead singer greeted the eager audience, but it was clear the band was eager to play their new stuff. The crowd received the new tunes well; Moving Along was the first of the unreleased tracks to come through the speakers. Clearly the audience had managed to find versions of it before, as many joined in and others screamed in excitement. Following up with the angsty and fun She’s Kinda Hot and another new song Valentine. This song showcased their new, more mature sound and some three-part harmonies.
The night moved along quickly, and bassist Callum Hood sparked a conversation with the audience but with all the cheers, he could barely be heard. He thanked their fans and explained that they wanted to play a smaller venue to share their new material in a more intimate way. When he was finished, fan favourite Amnesia could be heard through the speakers. Of course, a sing-a-long was expected but the band was almost drowned out by the screams erupting from the crowd.
Continuing with song from the new record Lie to Me, Waste the Night from 2014 and yet to be released Talk Fast featuring lots of ‘woahs’ and funky drums played by Ashton Irwin, who could be caught standing on the drums when he got the chance. A little earlier Irwin also announced that it was his mum’s birthday and had a guess at how old she was turning “I’m probably going to get in trouble for this.’
Guitarist Mike Clifford was next to greet the crowd with Hemmings joining in for further thank yous. Following it up with the #1 single and title track Youngblood which saw the whole venue explode once the beat kicked in, with the audience on the floor off their feet and jumping. Jet Black Heart slowed the pace down a little and the band showed just how connected they are through synchronized movements which could be seen throughout the night. As always the announcement of “this is our last song” creates a hush over the crowd as they wait to hear what it could be. The keyboard intro to Want You Back began and screams followed. There was no doubt that the band was enjoying themselves once this song kicked in and they danced around the stage together.
Closing out this early night with a group hug on stage, revving the crowd up some more and throwing towels and drumsticks into the audience while waving good bye, left the crowd in hopeful wait for an encore that never came. But, after an energetic thirteen song set, it’s doubtful anyone left disappointed.
During the night they had a few words to say, telling the audience “we have so many memories in this place” and “Coming back to Australia is always a pleasure for us.” 5 Seconds of Summer thanked their label – EMI, their fans for being there and declared “this album feels like a new era for us.” With a more mature feel to the songs they shared being about love, heart break and their rise to fame, it’s to be expected that this new album will have a different feel than their earlier material. With a lot of anticipation awaiting the album Young Blood set to be released on the 22nd June and a hopeful tour later this year, 5SOS fans have a lot to look forward to.
Review Contributed by Carleigh Ingram
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY JOSE SANCHEZ