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R&B songstress Maeta announces debut Australian shows this August

Rising R&B songstress MAETA today announces her highly anticipated debut Australian shows, visiting The Night Cat in Melbourne on Friday August 23 and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Saturday August 24.

Tickets go on sale at 12pm Thursday May 9.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive presale beginning 11am Wednesday May 8.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au

Named “R&B’s next big thing” by V Magazine, Indianapolis-raised, Los Angeles-based Maeta first introduced her soulful, intimate style to the world in 2019 with the release of her debut EP, Do Not Disturb. The Kaytranada-produced Teen Scene featuring Buddy appeared a few months later, and soon garnered millions of streams. Maeta then followed up with Toxic, executive-produced by Skrillex, and signed with Roc Nation, returning a month later with the retro soul-infused Bitch Don’t Be Mad from her sophomore EP Habits.

Maeta followed up with the When I Hear Your Name EP in June 2023, her powerful vocals pairing alongside appearances from the likes of Lucky Daye, Ty Dolla $ign and The Free Nationals, with production from Pharrell and Kaytranada. A raw and sensual exploration of intoxicating lust, over 13 songs, Maeta envelops you into a whirlwind of emotions.

Maeta’s next EP “Endless Nights” produced by Kaytranada is slated for release on June 21, 2024.

As Maeta puts it: “I have a feeling it’s gonna be an amazing year.” This is one debut tour you don’t want to miss.

“Roc Nation’s hottest new R&B songstress” – The Hype Mag

“A promising voice in the genre” – Ones To Watch

“Maeta continues to leave her indelible mark on modern R&B” – Grimy Goods

THE NIGHT CAT, MELBOURNE

FRIDAY AUGUST 23

OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY

SATURDAY AUGUST 24

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM THURSDAY MAY 9

Live Nation presale: Wed 8 May, 11am – Thu 9 May, 11am

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au

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Luca Brasi & Spanish Love Songs Touring May. Supports Announced

LUCA BRASI
with Special Guest Spanish Love Songs
The World Don’t Owe You Anything’ Album Tour, May 2024
Supports Announced

Tasmanian alternative rock band Luca Brasi begin their ‘The World Don’t Owe You Anything’ tour with special guests, LA indie punks, Spanish Love Songs, in two weeks time.

Kicking off at The Baso in Canberra on Wednesday May 15, the band then heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and will wrap things up at Newcastle’s King Street on May 25.

Supports for all shows have just been confirmed.

TOUR DATES
Wednesday 15 May: The Baso, Canberra
with Sun Run

Thursday 16 May: The Gov, Adelaide
with Blush

Friday 17 May: Northcote Theatre, Melbourne
with Raging Hormones

Saturday 18 May: Rosemount Hotel, Perth
with Ellen May

Wednesday 22 May: The Triffid, Brisbane
with Dänmark

Thursday 23 May: Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
with Dänmark

Friday 24 May: Metro Theatre, Sydney
with Sun Run

Saturday 25 May: King Street, Newcastle
with Jacob

Tickets On Sale Now
livenation.com.au

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Tasmanian best mates Luca Brasi are back with their sixth studio album; one that thrums with renewed energy and verve; a fiery blast from a band refreshed, renewed, and better than ever. It’s often said that there’s something magical about Tasmania. And true, too, is that there’s something magical about Luca Brasi. They’re a marvel of an act – always humble, not an ego among them, as comfortable in amongst the crowd as they are in front of it.

This band of mates, formed in the pristine yet rugged surrounds of Tasmania’s oft unforgiving east coast, has long been on a journey. From 2011’s raucous Extended Family debut that grabbed everyone by the scruff and hauled them into a party that was already well underway, to 2021’s Everything Is Tenuous, that displayed a more matured, slowed down reflection on love, growing up, and getting older.

And now with The World Don’t Owe You Anything, the group’s sixth studio album, Luca Brasi gives us everything they’ve got. The riffs are desperate, fast, and are aching to be heard. The songwriting takes us on a journey of introspection and self-reflection and throws it up against a bombastic, urgent backing track that harkens back to the group’s salad days. The result is a collection of songs that beg the sky-flung fists and beer showers of bandrooms across the country to come with it.

Special guests on the tour are Spanish Love Songs. Despite their name, the LA-formed indie-punk band aren’t known for forays into the uplifting. Since 2013, the quintet have instead made hay on the backs of a string of beloved albums –2015’s Giant Sings The Blues, 2018’s Schmaltz and 2020’s Brave Faces Everyone – lauded by critics and fans alike for their richly personal, no-holds-barred lyricism awash in existential dead, hyper-personal cultural ruminations and attempts to answer life’s big questions. Their most recent album release NO JOY find the band grappling with the messiness of what it means to be alive in the modern age – unsure of the answers themselves but confident that together, we can all come a little closer to the solutions.

Don’t miss Luca Brasi on their national tour with special guest Spanish Love Songs this May!

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Griff (UK) announces World Vertigo Tour Australia & New Zealand August 2024

GRIFF (UK) ANNOUNCES WORLD VERTIGO TOUR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND AUGUST 2024

Debut album vertigo out Friday 19 July

· English pop singer and songwriter Griff, announces headline Australia and New Zealand shows this August

· Returning to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and performing in Auckland for the first time

· Hits include ‘Black Hole’, ‘Good Stuff’, ‘Head on Fire’, ‘One Night’, ‘Walk’, ‘Vertigo’ and latest single ‘Miss Me Too’

· Frontier Member presale kicks off Wednesday 1 May at 10am local before the general on sale on Friday 3 May at 11am local

· Tickets via frontiertouring.com/griff

· Debut album vertigo out Fri 19 Jul via Warner Music Australia – pre-order here

MG Live and Frontier Touring are excited to announce UK’s rising pop singer-songwriter, Griff, will head to Australia and New Zealand for a series of headline shows this August as part of her global World Vertigo Tour.

Off the back of her exclusive sold-out debut show in Sydney back in January, the demand for Griff is overwhelming! Following a whole lot of Aussie love, Griff is returning just six months later to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this August as well as Auckland, New Zealand for the first time.

Frontier Member presale kicks off Wednesday 1 May at 10am local time before the general on sale on Friday 3 May at 11am local time. Tickets via frontiertouring.com/griff

Griff has also today announced details of her debut album vertigo,which will be released on Warner Music Australia, Friday 19 July – pre-order here. Featuring anthemic new single ‘Miss Me Too’, the full tracklist was unveiled by Griff in a huge, spray-painted dress from CSM designer Eden Tan. Watch the tracklist reveal.

Before Griff’s debut album had a name – or its titular first single, even – it had a feeling: vertigo. That pit-of-your-stomach, up-is-down sense that the world is spinning faster than you can keep up with, and your own place in it has never felt less secure. It’s a journey of self-discovery that Griff has taken fans on ever since, building the three volumes of her landmark project in real-time and weaving songs that resonated with the vertigo arc into work that moves through melancholy and heartache into healing and joy. A coming-of-age album shaped for complex times, vertigo witnesses Griff scaling new creative heights without compromising the hand-stitched, home-made magic that first marked her out as British Pop’s most modern, exciting voice.

With a 360-approach on everything from production, fashion and design to the spiral motif long connecting vertigo in plain sight – right down to her signature hair style – Griff’s debut album turns the tumultuousness of young adulthood into a source of power. Latest single ‘Miss Me Too’ is a euphoric, existential banger about the little-discussed irony of losing confidence as you supposedly grow older and wiser, and was accompanied by a beautifully choreographed video physically exorcising such emotions. Throughout the record, the BRITs Rising Star winner draws on her sideways origin-story, from her unorthodox Chinese-Jamaican outsider-status growing up to launching an international music career from the confines of her bedroom. That tenacious, no-nonsense talent always wise beyond her years also sounds – crucially – like she is living: free of expectation, and moving through a world in which there is no one way to make your debut album or to be yourself.

Introducing the record today, Griff comments: “the album is about vertigo as an emotion and the dizziness and upside down feeling of heartache. I wanted to drop this project in parts from insular low feelings (Vol.1) to desperate euphoria (Vol.2) and with volume three, the full story.”

Praise for ‘Miss Me Too’

“Griff exists in the lineage of Lorde’s hyper-specific and emotional lyricism, as well as Taylor Swift’s knack for a killer hook” – Rolling Stone

“Magnificently bombastic…the British pop star’s best yet” – The Guardian

“A magnified, full-bodied sound that has progressed in step with Griff’s own growth…sends Griff’s voice to the stars” – NME

“Recalls Robyn in its devastating one-two of euphoria and melancholy” – Sunday Times

Check out full track-list for vertigo below, catch Griff live on tour later this August, and stay tuned for more to follow soon.

GRIFF
WORLD VERTIGO TOUR
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 2024
AUGUST
Presented by MG Live, Frontier Touring, triple j (AU) and ZM (NZ)

FRONTIER MEMBERS PRESALE
via frontiertouring.com/griff
Runs 24 hours from: Wednesday 1 May (10am local)
or until pre-sale allocation exhausted

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 3 May (11am local)

Tuesday 13 August
Princess Theatre | Brisbane, QLD
Lic. All Ages
ticketmaster.com.au

Thursday 15 August
Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Lic. All Ages
ticketek.com.au

Saturday 17 August
Northcote Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
18+
moshtix.com.au

Monday 19 August
Powerstation | Auckland, NZ
Lic. All Ages
ticketmaster.co.nz

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Cave In Announce Australian Headline Shows. Touring In June With The Ocean & LLNN

Destroy All Lines, Valhalla Touring & Strange Festival Presents

CAVE IN
ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE SHOWS

TOURING IN JUNE WITH THE OCEAN + LLNN

A pioneering and unique force of rock, metal and hardcore across multiple spectrums, CAVE IN will tour Australia and New Zealand for the very first time in their near 30-year history this June.

In addition to already announced dates supporting German post-metal titans The Ocean, the Massachusetts four-piece now announces a limited run of additional headline performances in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, and at the nascent Strange Festival in Perth. Though touring in support of their 2022 Relapse Records debut Heavy Pendulum, a critically acclaimed album described as everything from sludge metal to post-grunge, fans can expect a career-spanning set as CAVE IN finally touches down under.

Formed in 1995 in Massachusetts by singer/guitarist Stephen Brodsky, CAVE IN was ahead of its time from the very beginning, helping to define the then-primitive metalcore genre with a more creatively elevated slant on their 1998 debut album Until Your Heart Stops.

Not content to remain pigeonholed, the band veered into more accessible psychedelic ‘space rock’ sounds on subsequent releases before a brief hiatus in the mid 2000s. After the tragic death of bassist/vocalist Caleb Schofield in 2018, Converge bassist Nate Newton picked up his friend’s instrument and the band was able to continue on its legacy, resulting most recently in their seventh album, 2022’s Heavy Pendulum; a culmination of all the sounds the band had explored throughout their tenure and then some, with universal critical praise labeling it everything from sludge metal to post-grunge and even thrash.

Don’t miss the long-awaited debut Australian tour for CAVE IN this June – this will certainly be one for the ages!

Tickets on sale now from destroyalllines.com/tours/Cave-In

Destroy All Lines, Valhalla Touring & Strange Festival Presents

CAVE IN
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE 2024 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE*
THURSDAY 6 JUNE 2024 – HAMILTON STATION HOTEL, NEWCASTLE*
FRIDAY 7 JUNE 2024 – THE BASO, CANBERRA*
SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2024 – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY*
SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2024 – STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2024 – VALHALLA, WELLINGTON
THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2024 – WHAMMY, AUCKLAND
FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2024 – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE*
SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2024 – STRANGE FESTIVAL, PERTH
SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2024 – LION ARTS, ADELAIDE *

*Supporting The Ocean

Tickets on sale now from destroyalllines.com/tours/Cave-In

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GOOD MORNING ANNOUNCE HEADLINE AUSTRALIAN TOUR THIS JUNE + PITCHFORK FESTIVAL LONDON

GOOD MORNING ANNOUNCE HEADLINE AUSTRALIAN TOUR THIS JUNE

+ PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL LONDON THIS NOVEMBER

AUS TOUR TICKETS ON SALE
+ GOOD MORNING SEVEN LP OUT NOW

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

PRAISE FOR GOOD MORNING SEVEN LP

#5 ARIA Aus Album Chart

Triple R (Album of the Week)
2SER (Album of the Week)
SYN (Local Feature Album)
Edge Radio (Feature Album)

“A strong claim to be the most underrated Australian band of their generation”
Rolling Stone (Future Of Music A/NZ)

“Not many artists are willing to risk presenting their listeners with so many songs in one sitting, but they pull it off in spades. Press play and go for a thrilling and witty and creative ride”
Northern Transmissions (8.6)

“Good Morning Seven is the biggest and best triumph yet for one of Australian music’s most understated success stories”
Junkee

“The Melbourne duo’s self-recorded pop reveries continue to enjoy an international popularity that belies its lackadaisical approach”
The Australian (★★★★)

“Good Morning is a band that might have stayed one of Australia’s best-kept secrets – were it not for a series of unexpected co-signs… The album feels like something of a reset after a mammoth few years… where many songs wonder about the future and what it means to live and sustain a creative life. It might be an existential crisis – or it might just be ageing.”
The Guardian

“Liam Parsons and Stefan Blair’s music oozes personality; masters of tone, shepherds of sonics, and wizards of words, the cult two-piece have shown immense character and craft throughout their discography. Never veering from their distinctly DIY approach, they remain authentic and unique, perching at the forefront of global indie, established as one of Australia’s most cherished acts”
Wonderland

“Completely natural and welcoming, satisfying on the ear, warm to the touch and authentic in its presence”
Far Out Magazine

“Excalibur” is far from freaked-out… a soothing soft-rock composition paired with nearly mumbled vocals from Parsons”
FLOOD

“Lush retro pop balladry… melodious pop-rock, magnificently rendered with a gentle touch”
Stereogum

“A melodic, bright record with lyrics that pull you up off the floor, perfect for those days when you don’t really know what you’re doing”
Monster Children

“At 17-tracks it’s the band’s longest and most ambitious project to date, showcasing their continuing growth and meticulous songcraft”
Triple R

Good Morning today announce, in celebration of their critically acclaimed album Good Morning Seven, an upcoming Australian tour set for June. Accompanying their RISING Festival appearance and just announced Pitchfork Music Festival London showcase, tickets are on-sale now. BUY TIX HERE + LISTEN TO LP HERE.

Good Morning Seven, the 17 track double LP epic from the duo of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons has continued to garner praise for the pair’s elevated production and forthright lyricism. The steam of acclaim locally includes playlisting across Double J and community radio placements on Triple R (Album of the Week), 2SER (Album of the Week), SYN (Local Feature Album), Edge Radio (Feature Album) amongst profiles across Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Australian, Junkee, Bandcamp and abroad with the FADER, NPR, Stereogum, Paste, Northern Transmissions and more.

Upon release, The Guardian praised their “wry, charismatic, self-effacing paeans to the pain and pleasure of existence,” elsewhere Northern Transmissions remarked on Good Morning‘s enduring knack to “keep you hooked, from start to finish, with lots of variety and lots of humour and heart.” The Australian revelled, “The real magic lies in how these songs splinter and swoon in unexpected ways, prompting major feelings with minor touches.” Overwhelmingly, critical acclaim continues to laud Good Morning Seven as the vessel “that’s set to give them the wider notice they so deserve” (Rolling Stone).

Following on from their previously announced RISING Festival appearance, Good Morning are elated to perform across the east coast this June debuting their latest album to Australian audiences – that had hometown crowds at their Naarm / Melbourne SoundMerch pre-release in-store, lining up around the block attempting entry. Stefan and Liam will expand album favourites such as ‘Just In Time‘ and ‘Excalibur‘ into full band performances for the first time, as they currently support Waxahatchee across the US.

Good Morning Seven is an album of navigating choice, a testament to the investment (and pay-off) in taking time. Narratively the album considers the very real fear of it being wasted, against the means we seek to enrich it where Liam and Stefan celebrate the weird, the insular and the shitty through a stream of lessons learnt no matter how big or small. Alongside their enduring canine talisman – their metaphor for the human condition – alongside their stories on how we impact the hourglass passing.

GOOD MORNING TOUR DATES

AUS TOUR DATES

Thu 6 Jun – RISING Festival @ Melbourne Recital Hall – Naarm / Melbourne
Fri 14 June – The Servo – Dharawal Land / Port Kembla
Sat 15 June – The Lansdowne – Eora / Sydney
Fri 21 June – Bangalow Bowling Club – Arakwal Land / Bangalow
Sat 22 June – SILO @ The Brightside – Meanjin / Brisbane

Good Morning Seven LP is out now, buy/stream it here

TRACKLIST
1. Arcade
2. Ahhhh (This Isn’t Ideal)
3. Monster Of The Week
4. As The Dogs Were Playing
5. The Worm Turns
6. Dog Years
7. Queen Of Comedy
8. The Lake
9. Diane Said
10. One Night
11. Excalibur
12. Real I’m Told
13. Just In Time
14. Toy
15. Jelly Legs
16. Dogs On The Beach
17. The Fear!

ABOUT GOOD MORNING

Over the past decade, Good Morning have carved out a peculiar, hard-to-define indie career for themselves, amassing a global cult fanbase and hundreds of millions of streams despite (or perhaps because of) their defiantly DIY approach. The band/duo/recording-thing from Naarm / Melbourne, Australia come together as Stefan Blair (29, brown hair, 6 foot something) plays most of the instruments and sings half the songs. Liam Parsons (30, brown hair, 6 foot on the dot) plays the rest of the instruments and sings the other half of the songs.

The band name is intentionally impossible to Google but hasn’t gotten in the way of them getting shouted out by Tyler, The Creator, sampled by A$AP Rocky, going viral on TikTok (for their 2015 track ‘Warned You’), or touring the globe (including the US, Mexico, China, Japan, Thailand, and beyond). Their 2021 album Barnyard, both thoughtful and catchy, released internationally via Polyvinyl was met with widespread acclaim from Rolling Stone, NME, Stereogum, The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence, Alt Press, Paste, DIY Magazine, Northern Transmissions, KCRW, 6Music and more – setting the scene for their seventh record Good Morning Seven.

A moment in the two piece’s history, Good Morning Seven marks a significant shift for the duo who typically write and record independently from each other, in a matter of days, releasing albums, EPs and double tracks all in a quick sequence of each other. Their most ambitious project to date is made possible thanks to their own decade-long friendship. Liam and Stefan stretched days into longer periods of gestation, steadily developed their own studio spaces with gear accumulated or kindly borrowed, and a string of collaborators invited to contribute for the first time ever.

While it’s written, recorded, engineered, and produced solely by Good Morning, they further expand their world with an integrated community of contributors in mix engineer Tyler Karmen (Noname, DIIV, Devendra Banhart) with parts overdubbed at Stella Mozgawa’s (drummer of Warpaint) Joshua Tree studio, Fred Kevorkian (The White Stripes, Iggy Pop, The National, Willie Nelson) who mastered in Brooklyn, string arrangements by Chloe Sanger, Greer Clemens and Dannika Horvat on harmonies (the only guest vocalists on record to date), and Stefan’s father Glenn Blair even played woodwinds. The double album filled with strings, synths, samples and singing marks their 10th year anniversary of being a band. It’s all downhill from here.

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[Review] Bring Me The Horizon @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 18/04/2024

Walking up to Rod Laver Arena on a freezing cold Thursday night, I had to double check my tickets.

“Rod Laver Arena? Surely, they aren’t selling out a venue that big?” I whispered to myself as I triple checked the venue.

They, are Bring Me The Horizon. I remember them as one of the many sculptors of my mid-teens. My memories are me sitting on the bus, sullen because all my friends went to Sydney to see them. I probably gave myself tinnitus on that bus ride. Or sitting in woodwork and a group of girls I desperately wanted to be friends with told me to, “Go and talk to Jess, she likes that emo shit too.” And becoming her partner in home-ec that year. Bring Me The Horizon were an intimate band for me, the cause of friendships falling apart and coming together. They weren’t an arena rock band. They were mine, they were for the kids like me. But, clearly, they were ours. And we were all here tonight.

A swarm of platform black boots, fishnets and black lipstick pour passed me, as the hyper pop anthems of Daine pierce the freezing air. I love Daine. They were one of the artists who defined lockdown bonfires with my housemates for me. Tonight is a night dedicated to making the best out of a bad situation, clearly. SALT, I want the light to swallow me whole and a far-too short list of songs later, the set is finished. I can feel the applause from outside. Daine is an absolute machine, the powerhouse to end all powerhouses.

I finally manage to make my way inside, shoulder to shoulder with the coolest people I’ve ever seen. I love ex-emo kids. I’m now much more of a corduroy-and-American-Traditional-tattoo emo enthusiast, but here I am with the upper echelon of emo kid. And I’m thrilled. As I take my seat, the lights dim again and Make Them Suffer takes to the stage. Going from goth-rock meets hyper pop to Australian metalcore might seem strange, but this crowd is absolutely on board for the weirdness. I watch as a half-filled GA area throws themselves against each other, the smacks of their arms audible from my seat. Opening with Ghost of Me and winding up seven songs later, I wish the Perth band had stayed on earlier, but tonight is about celebrating lots of bands, and so they make their way offstage after a thunderous finish with Doomswitch.

Now, my relationship with Sleep Token, is a little bit…. Strange. The London progressive-metal band are famous for making a TikTok edit song for a hot video game vampire. I didn’t know it was a Sleep Token track, until I was sitting down and as The Summoning started playing, I was surrounded by videos of this pale hottie. Certainly, one for the ol’ bucket list.

Sleep Token have this awesome stage presence. White masks with red and black paint splatters cover the faces of the entire group, their anonymity is their power. The crowd is almost possessed with the slow, melodic drops and the ultra-high screaming peaks. The band plays in a way that makes them seem blank-faced, but their musicianship is evocative, powerful and an absolute feast for the senses. The red lights spray into the crowd as our screams mix with theirs. An outstanding final opening act for the absolute chaos I was about to experience with Bring Me The Horizon.

Bring Me The Horizon are mythic. Formed in 2004 in Sheffield, they’ve released 8 albums and have sold over 5 million records. They sold out 3 shows in Melbourne alone, on this Australian tour. To say they’re popular, would be an understatement. They’re revolutionary. And my God, do they know it.

The show opens with Eve, an AI woman doing “audience analysis” on us. The screens of the arena are filled with her uncanny face movements as she asks us to scream in excitement, only to be met with; “Performance analysis: Weak as fuck”. The antsy crowd on the floor takes that as a challenge, and immediately open up a Circle Pit. Before the band’s even come on. It’s insanity.

Then, the backdrops project the walls and windows of a church, with beautiful sunlight streaming through. The British 4-piece come onstage, taking their own pillars, except front man Oli Sykes, who is on the lowest level in a velvet top and these amazing loafers. All of the band take to their human-spine mic-stands and let it rip for the next nearly 2 hours. “Bang your fucking heads, pussies!” Sykes screams into the crowd as he lets out a vocal-chord tearing scream and his guitarists jump what feels like 20-feet into the air.

I am completely swept up into the story they’re telling. Project angeldust has gone awry, Eve’s systems are corrupted and her fanatic cultists are dying. Project angeldust arrives, and the church windows aren’t filled with snow or rain or sun anymore, they’re torn down by a body-horror baby with wings, and everyone loses it. Matt Nichols on drums is an absolute mad-man, he is incredible. Every song, he’s making the beat and then outperforming himself as the song goes on, legendary. All of the musicians are killing it, they’re note-perfect, and even better than I can describe.

There’s fire, sparklers, smoke, lights – it’s a feast.

As the circle pit continues, and the crowd keeps splitting itself into walls of death, Sykes smirks that smirk we all know, “You guys are fucking mad for it! But can you jump?” And yes they can. He insults us, he lifts us up – anything he barks at us, with that killer smile, we are all too eager to oblige.

At first, I thought he was kidding with the repeated; “I’m a little bit poorly, seeing double. Hot sweats, cold sweats.” Because we launched into Kingslayer, and he smiled up at us before spitting into the mic, “1-2-fuck you!” and let out another spine crunching scream. God, he’s good. But he did need to take a 3 minute break in the middle to get himself feeling better. Even being clearly very unwell, he was the frontman to end all frontmen. Like so spellbinding, his skill is unmatched, his synergy with the band was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. As he returns from break he’s smiling again, “Fuck me you guys are fucking mental!” And we are, it’s true, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. What he considered a 4/10, was most concerts 11/10, and we just kept going. “Peng crowd!” His band coos in agreement to eachother.

Pulling up Sam, a random audience member in a bucket hat, and laden with the most Australian accent ever, was so genius. Performing Antivist together, Sam was throwing in improv lines, screaming and barking orders at us. “Pull the finger out of your fucking asses! Make a wall of death! Let’s go, let’s go!” And we are all too happy to oblige. Sykes grins at his newest prodigee, and they absolutely crush their unplanned duet.

Parasite Eve is, of course, spellbinding. Rave lights illuminate the arena. Spectacular rays of green and yellow and white. Sykes’ voice is unbelievable. His screams are… Better than recorded. His vocal control is criminally underrated, it’s fucking awesome. As their platinum hit rides to a close, the stage turns red, rose petals fall. Sykes lies on the ground. “I have a question, can you… can you…. Can You Feel My Heart?” He jumps to his feet, clearly ready to punch out this last number with everything he has “If you don’t jump to this song, you are a certified dickhead!” And they go into Can You Feel My Heart. A studded sacred heart lights them from behind, the arena is bathed in light, and I am 14 again, in home-ec, on the back of the bus. I feel like I could burst.

The encore goes off without a hit, and I am still lost in nostalgia. Please, treat your inner-teen. I promise they’re desperate to scream along with Bring Me The Horizon and leave arm in arm with other cry-laughing adults as we go from being swallowed by Sykes poetic screams, to being swallowed by the Melbourne cold.

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ORGY and COLD Announce 2024 Australian Tour

ORGY Celebrating 25 Years Of CANDYASS

COLD Celebrating 20 Years Of YEAR OF THE SPIDER

Korn's Jonathan Davis was so excited by ORGY that he created his own record label in order to sign them and fund their debut album. Not to be outdone, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst discovered a very young COLD and threw his considerable weight behind them.

Both Nu Metal giants' intuitions were well vindicated when Orgy's groundbreaking and revolutionary Candyass and Cold's incredible 13 Ways To Bleed and Year Of The Spider albums all became absolute classics of the era, going on to collectively sell five million copies worldwide and putting a few more Platinum and Gold records on the walls of Mr. Davis & Mr. Durst!

Led by charismatic front man Jay Gordon, Orgy earned a well-deserved reputation as one of alt-rock's most forward-thinking and dynamic bands. With a sound defined by catchy hooks, powerful guitar riffs and throbbing electronic beats, Orgy have cultivated a devoted fanbase and remain a major force thanks to their electrifying live performances and irresistible intensity.

Cold achieved major success with the album 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage and the follow up album Year Of The Spider only picked up the pace spawning smash singles ‘Stupid Girl’ and ‘Suffocate’. They are renowned for their emotionally charged lyrics and deep connection with their fans, who are dubbed the “Cold Army’’.

The dynamic collaboration of the two highly influential bands will see them perform in Australia for the first time for three unforgettable shows.

ORGY AND COLD AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2024

MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE

Friday October 25

METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY

Saturday October 26

THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE

Sunday October 27


TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY APRIL 26 AT 9AM

Pre-sale: Tuesday April 23 at 9am

ThePhoenix.au

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TROPHY EYES ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR 2024

TROPHY EYES
ANNOUNCE
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR 2024

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
BOSTON MANOR & TOWNS

Australia’s finest purveyors of melodic noise Trophy Eyes have had a busy year already. After the success of their ARIA Top 10 release “Suicide and Sunshine” in 2023, the band then headed on a capital city run promoting the album, selling out shows right around the country. This was followed up with a raucous regional Australian victory lap with their mates Dear Seattle, then finally the band managed to take one deep long breath.

I guess they knew what 2024 had in store for them. The band are currently half way through a sold out European tour, their first in the territory since early 2023 and one which is giving the Northern Hemisphere an overdue first taste of the album live. They then fly direct to the US for an extended run of headline shows, with the tour being a proper circumnavigation of the US starting in Brooklyn and ending in Baltimore 5 weeks later.

Trophy Eyes know they can’t let fans overseas have all the fun, so it’s with immense pleasure and more than a little excitement that they announce their only headline tour of Australia for 2024, a lightning run with a storming support bill of international guests and mates Boston Manor (UK), and with Adelaide’s Towns in the opening slot. Full tour details below.

Boston Manor recently released their new single ‘Container‘. It marks the first new music from the band in 2024 as they make their return in impassioned and ambitious mood. Full of thrust and intention, ‘Container’ is rich with depth and groove, offering an early signpost to where their sound is taking them next: from parallel universes to personal growth, vivid dreamscapes to raw grief.

Towns will continue to deliver their good-time vibes, having recently joined fellow Adelaideans Teenage Joans on a sold out co-headline tour, they also hit the road for their own headline shows and supporting Ruby Fields, playing to packed out venues and bringing the high octane energy they are known for.

Trophy Eyes and friends will see you in August.

Live Nation & Lonely Lands Agency presents

TROPHY EYES
Australian Headline Tour 2024
With Boston Manor (UK) and Towns

Fri 23 Aug – The Fortitude Music Hall – Brisbane
Sat 24 Aug – Roundhouse – Sydney
Fri 30 Aug – Hindley Street Music Hall – Adelaide
Sat 31 Aug – The Forum – Melbourne

Tickets go on sale Friday 19 April, 9AM AEST via www.trophyeyesmusic.com

Live Nation Presale: Thu 18 Apr, 11am > Fri 19 Apr, 9am

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LADYHAWKE ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM 15TH ANNIVERSARY AUSTRALIAN TOUR!

Acclaimed Electro Rock-Pop Synth Artist Ladyhawke (‘Pip’ Brown) burst onto the international music scene with her self-titled debut album, which celebrates this year its 15th Anniversary! To honour the major milestone and calls from fans after the UK show run dates sold out in February, Ladyhawke has announced her electrifying anniversary live show is coming to Australia this July/August.

TOUR DATES:

FRI 26 JUL – THE GOV, ADELAIDE

SAT 27 JUL – FREO.SOCIAL, FREMANTLE

THU 01 AUG – PRINCESS THEATRE, BRISBANE
*Announced alongside Open Season Programme

FRI 02 AUG – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY

SAT 03 AUG – NORTHCOTE THEATRE, NORTHCOTE

Fans can secure access during a pre-sale commencing at 12pm (AEST) tomorrow Wednesday, April 17 via https://sbmpresents.com/tour/ladyhawke-2024/

General public tickets go on sale the next day Thursday, April 18 from 12pm (AEST). Visit: https://sbmpresents.com/tour/ladyhawke-2024/

From her early days playing in Wellington band Two Lane Blacktop and Sydney act Teenager (formed by Nick Littlemore), Pip Brown’s knack for writing a catchy pop hook has garnered her global recognition. Coupled with 80’s rock-chic ambiance, Pip quickly made a name for herself under the moniker Ladyhawke, releasing her debut self-titled album in 2008. Boasting electro-pop classic gems My Delirium’, ‘Paris Is Burning’, ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, ‘Magic’, ‘Back Of The Van’ and more. The record made huge waves internationally with accolades including multiple ARIA and New Zealand Music Awards, along with nominations for BRIT, MTV, and NME Awards. This success propelled Ladyhawke on a global tour, during which she was invited to perform at esteemed festivals such as Big Day Out, Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass, and Laneway.

The album charted Top 20 across Europe, UK, Australia, and Number One in NZ plus hailed unanimous glowing reviews upon release which included…

“A confection of synth-infused, mammoth-chorused tunes that sound surprisingly and thrillingly fresh”SPIN

“’Magic’ may be the best opening track on any album this year, other tracks “Dusk Till Dawn”, “My Delirium” and “Another Runaway” are monumentalTHE GUARDIAN

“Each of the tracks has a chorus to kill for, and Brown’s voice features an end-of-phrase exhalation that is sex on a microphone stand”THE SUNDAY TIMES

“An accessible but immensely rewarding listen”THE OBSERVER

Be sure not to miss out on the chance to celebrate and relive history by grabbing your tickets early to Ladyhawke’s 15th Anniversary tour of her debut album.

Proudly Presented by SBM Presents

www.sbmpresents.com | www.ladyhawkemusic.com

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