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Social Distortion & Bad Religion Announce Australia & New Zealand Co-Headline Tour.

Punk rockers of Australia and New Zealand unite! For the first time in history two of the most influential and enduring punk bands of all time are heading down under together. Fans never thought they would see the day so get ready to tick this off your bucket list as LA heavyweights Social Distortion and Bad Religion team up and hit our shores in February 2023.
 
The tour will kick off at Trusts Arena in Auckland before it makes it way over to Brisbane’s Riverstage, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne’s and closing out their Aussie run at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth.

Traversing multiple and significant line-up changes, internal challenges and tragedies, and the demise of the very Los Angeles hardcore scene that conjured them for over four decades, California mainstays Social Distortion have spent a lifetime honing their uncompromising rootsy, hard-hitting brand of punk since first emerging back in the late 70s.
 
Following the release of the group’s debut 1983 album Mommy’s Little Monster, Social Distortion‘s transformation from pioneers in the then-fertile L.A hardcore scene into a distinctive sonic force to be reckoned with saw the group become one of the few punk bands to be featured on MTV in its 80s glory days and, over time, branching out to cement their now-trademark blend of punk, blues, country and rockabilly. Currently in possession of seven studio albums, with whispers of an eighth full length release on the horizon, Social Distortion‘s live prowess is overshadowed only by the passion and innovation relentlessly on display onstage, fearlessly helmed by the band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist Mike Ness. This is Social Distortion’s first Australian headline tour ever and their second time coming to Australia in over 40 years so it’s fair to say we may not see them ever again!

Bad Religion have become synonymous with retaining their underground credibility alongside building a staggering punk empire since forming back in the early 80s. Constantly on a journey of evolution and philosophical exploration, Bad Religion‘s storied career, including 17 studio albums and the label as one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time, has seen the group remain relevant and vital in the hardcore community while welding their trademark sonic foundations with inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, hard rock and lashings of melody along the way.
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With front man and remaining original member Greg Graffin‘s steadfast guidance, Bad Religion have defied the odds and expectations of an ever-changing industry around them, touring the globe armed with an overwhelming back catalogue of material, including fan favourite tracks like American Jesus and 21st Century (Digital Boy). Don’t miss out on seeing Bad Religion next February, their first Australian headline tour in over a decade!
 
Returning to Australia in 2023 since last appearing down under for Good Things Festival back in 2019, don’t miss some Bad Religion goodness next February.

2023 will undeniably declare punk’s not dead – be sure to catch Social Distortion and Bad Religion live in action when they bring their explosive live shows to a town near you.
 

Early Bird pre-sale tickets on Sale: Friday 26 August @ 9am local time

To Gain Early Ticket Access Register Here -> https://bit.ly/BR-SD-AUNZ-

General tickets on sale Tuesday 30 August @ 9am local time
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SOCIAL DISTORTION & BAD RELIGION
TOUR DATES:
 
WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2023 – TRUSTS ARENA, AUCKLAND
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2023 – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2023 – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2023 – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2023 – RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH
 
General tickets on sale Tuesday 30 August @ 9am local time
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THE LUMINEERS Announce Australia & New Zealand Dates For Their BRIGHTSIDE World Tour 2022

They’ve soundtracked countless lives with their inimitable sound, sold millions of albums, and have sold out shows the world over. Now, three years since their last visit to our shores for Splendour In The Grass and five years since their last national tour, American folk-rock outfit The Lumineers will make their triumphant return to Australia this November and play their first ever headline show in New Zealand, with dates in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne – proudly presented by Handsome Tours and Bluesfest Touring.
 
Kicking off at Auckland’s Powerstation on November 11, The Lumineers will then hit Australia to play Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on November 13, before heading to Sydney’s Aware Super Theatre on November 15, and wrapping things up at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on November 18. 
 
Tickets go on sale at 9am local time on Friday 5 August from http://handsometours.com/tours/the-lumineers-4/, with an artist presale live from Thursday 4 August at 9am local time, and a Handsome Tours presale live from Thursday August 4 at 2pm local time.
 
We can’t wait to finally return after three long years to Australia and are excited for our first headline show in New Zealand ever for us.  We’ll see you out there!” – Wesley Schultz.

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After forming as a duo comprising vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz and percussionist/pianist Jeremiah Fraites in 2005, The Lumineers first found their way onto the global music scene in 2012, with their Platinum-selling self-titled debut album boasting the massive Ho Hey, which would top charts around the world, and eventually be certified 5x Platinum in Australia. The group would follow up their debut in 2016 with Cleopatra, which would not only reach #2 in the ARIA Singles Charts, but also amass more than 116 million streams globally. Releasing their third record, the aptly-titled III in 2019, The Lumineers briefly returned to Australia for a pair of performances in NSW: an intimate show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and a high-profile appearance on the 2019 Splendour In The Grass line-up. 
 
Having been performing on some of the world’s greatest stages for the last decade, The Lumineers returned in early 2022 with their fourth full-length album, Brightside, which would top the charts in their native US. Amassing over 5.5 billion global streams for their celebrated discography and selling over 5 million albums, the duo are now set to bring their eclectic and acclaimed folk rock sounds back to Australian shores once again.
 
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am local time Friday 5 August, for tickets and further information, head tohttp://handsometours.com/tours/the-lumineers-4/

THE LUMINEERS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2022
Presented In Partnership With Handsome Tours And Bluesfest
FRI 11 NOV | POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND | 18+
SUN 13 NOV | FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE | 18+
TUES 15 NOV | AWARE SUPER THEATRE, SYDNEY | AA
FRI 18 NOV | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE | AA

 

 

 

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The Offspring Announce New Australian Tour Dates With Sum 41.

Let the good times roll as SoCal icons and one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time, THE OFFSPRING reveal their new Australian Tour Dates with SUM 41 in December.

With the original tour selling out nationally in a staggering 2 hours, new venues have been added due to phenomenal demand.

“I’m super stoked, we’re all super stoked to finally be coming back to Australia on tour in December.” says Noodles, The Offspring

Having performed over 1100 shows across the globe, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide the band are thrilled to return to Australia for their first headline tour in 18 years.
 
In true THE OFFSPRING style, this will be no ordinary show. Their incendiary live show will showcase wall to wall bangers of their anthemic, oft-humorous punk-pop singles throughout their impressive career as well as tunes from their #2 Australian ARIA Debut Record, Let The Bad Times Roll.
 
Joining this titanic double bill of epic punk rock proportions is SUM 41. After over 15 million records sold worldwide, a Grammy Award nomination, 2 Juno Awards (7 nominations), a Kerrang! Award in 2002, as well as multiple Alternative Press Music Awards, SUM 41 is uncompromising and honest with no intention of slowing down.
 
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these two punk powerhouses in action so start warming up those vocal cords, iron that crusty punk shirt, and get yourself a ticket. We won't be adding any additional shows, so don't miss out!

Sign up for early bird pre-sale access here – https://bit.ly/TOS-AU2022 

Pre-sale tickets on sale between Friday 10 June @ 11am –
Monday 13 June @ 8am, local time

General Public on sale: Monday 13 June, 9am local.
 
Tickets from www.destroyalllines.com 

THE OFFSPRING – SUM 41 AUSTRALIAN DATES

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER – HBF STADIUM, PERTH
SOLD OUT

MONDAY 5 DECEMBER – AEC ARENA, ADELAIDE

WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER – JOHN CAIN ARENA, MELBOURNE
NEW SHOW – UPGRADED VENUE

FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER – WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WOLLONGONG

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY 
SOLD OUT

MONDAY 12 DECEMBER – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
SECOND & FINAL SHOW

WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE 
SOLD OUT

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE 
SECOND & FINAL SHOW

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Enter Shikari (UK) Announce Australian November 2022 Tour With Special Guests Creeper (UK) and Windwaker (AUS)

Enter: full-blown excitement, with avant-garde UK rockers ENTER SHIKARI today announcing a run of Australian shows this November, with some very special guests: fellow English groundbreakers Creeper and Aussie metallers Windwaker. 

 “Australia was the last tour we did before the pandemic started, so shows have remained fresh in my memory throughout these difficult last few years. When our tours were constantly being cancelled and the band fell dormant, it was that mad run that gave me comfort – knowing that we went out on a high. To now finally have the chance to return and build on what those shows started is exciting me no end.” says Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari

Since forming back in 2003, ENTER SHIKARI have gone on to release six full-length albums while garnering ongoing industry acclaim, and multiple awards for good measure. And armed with high-octane lashings of punk, electronica and alt rock palettes alongside personal lyricism and oft-politically charged thematics, ENTER SHIKARI continue to be one of the most magnetic forces in the modern musical landscape.

With supports alongside The Prodigy, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds To Mars under their collective belts over the years as well as an eye-watering amount of shows on every sized stage imaginable across the globe, the band closed out 2021 with an extensive tour in the UK; a completely sold-out affair, including a fourth headline show at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace. 2022 will see ENTER SHIKARI throw down in North America, Germany and, of course, here in Australia, with a huge assortment of big-name festival appearances also on the cards.

While the band’s most recent album, 2020’s Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible, tantalised with its “unruly genius” (NME), cohesive direction and unbridled innovation, ENTER SHIKARI certainly aren’t resting on any laurels, with some telling social media posts of late hinting that the band are holed up in the English countryside conjuring new music.

A band who crawl deeper into your soul with each listen, Southampton heroes CREEPER initially drew together over a mutual love of hardcore, punk and glam rock stylings. A fantastical and refreshing amalgamation of lush brawn, oozing elegance and immersive storytelling, CREEPER continue to be one of the UK’s most exciting entities.

Built on a desire to inject fantasy and flamboyancy into punk rock back in 2014, CREEPER‘s self-titled EP released that same year instantly snapped heads, cultivating an instant fervent fan-base (aka the Creeper Cult) and leading to a double 2016 award whammy, snagging a Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer as well as Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ Best New Band award.

CREEPER‘s debut full-length album Eternity, In Your Arms only heightened the feverish buzz surrounding the group, with the 2017 release debuting at #1 in the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart, and in the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart; a rare feat for any band, let alone one on their maiden album unveiling. Over the years CREEPER have continued to reinvent and refine their trademark sonic hues, leading to their 2020 Brit-pop-tinged sophomore album Sex, Death & the Infinite Void and a fifth EP, Sounds from the Void, unveiled just last year.

Never ones to play it safe, yet ones who eternally make any listener feel simultaneously invited and emphatically charged, a CREEPER live show is one equally as memorable as their music, with a touring rapsheet with Black Veil Brides, Funeral For A Friend, Misfits and countless others.

 WINDWAKER have built an empire over the years based around explosive innovation and scintillating contrasts. Most recently in possession of their debut full-length album Love Language, WINDWAKER wrestle and reflect on the unpredictable nature of love across a super-charged twelve tracks, ultimately gifting rabid chaos flexed with glistening melodics and a staggering display of the band’s measured progression since first emerging back in 2017.
 
The recent album was met with resounding critical acclaim, including a perfect 10/10 rating from Wall Of Sound, saying: “Windwaker have done a lot of growing over the past few years, and their hard work and creativeness has paid off tenfold. It’s almost hard to believe this is their debut album because it is so well constructed and executed. The peaks and troughs of this album are subtle perfection…if Love Language doesn’t launch their career internationally, I’ll riot.
  
Hailing from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, the WINDWAKER burgeoning legacy was first forged via the group’s earlier EPs, 2017’s Fade and 2019’s Empire, with the latter boasting the breakout tracks Colourless and My Empire, which each hit 850k streams on Spotify. After inking a deal with Fearless Records, the band ferociously built towards their debut full-length opus, with a sturdy live show reputation also forming in their wake courtesy of previous headline tours, support slots with the likes of Beartooth and many more on the horizon.

As their 2022 album title Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible suggests, the dream to have ENTER SHIKARI back on Australian shores has gone from possible to guaranteed; don’t miss these meteroic nights of blistering beauty this November.
Pre-Sale tickets on-sale Wednesday 18 May @ 9am local time
Sign up for Pre-Sale tickets: https://mailchi.mp/55c1e769abc2/entershikari

General tickets are on-sale Friday 20 May @ 9am local time
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A SO Recordings, 30 Century Management & X-Ray Representation,
In Association With Destroy All Lines Presents

 
ENTER SHIKARI (UK)
AUSTRALIAN NOVEMBER 2022 TOUR 

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
CREEPER (UK)
WINDWAKER


FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022: FORUM, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022: ROUNDHOUSE, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022: EATON’S HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2022: THE GOV, ADELAIDE

Tickets on sale Friday 20 May @ 9am local time 
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[Review] Our First Kiss Festival@ Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne 7/05/2022

As soon as Our First Kiss festival was announced, as bought to us by the incredible team at Destroy All Lines, the needle in my memory record player became permanently stuck on the monster 3Oh!3 track featuring Kesha, leading to a high school time capsule bursting open. 

Reels of moments in time flooded my temporal lobe from spending way too much time becoming an HTML master coder to create the ultimate MySpace profile (full of mirror snaps with puffy hair and smudged thick black eyeliner, ‘raaawr <3’ captions and the best scene bands as your top friends), religiously attending battle of the bands to discover the next big scene gods, and naturally spending all of my spare cash at Dangerfield on band tees, studded belts and Emily the Strange merch. Ahh the good old days…

Like the generations before us – the rockabillies, the hippies, the punks, the grunge gurus – we all still hold onto that defining period of our formative years, and Our First Kiss was an indicator of that knock-white grasp.

Watching the sea of former scene kids swarm upon Melbourne Pavilion this cold May evening offered two thoughts – one of pure youthful excitement for the stacked lineup and one of comfort in the fact that I was home with my people. We’re all still donning the band tees, the black skinny leg jeans, the tartan, the skater skirts, the fishnet stockings, and a variation of vans, converse, and Dr. Martens. The mega side bangs have evolved but the unconventionally coloured hair and piercings a-plenty remain. The wings on our eyeliner have been tamed but the sentiment is strong – we are emo kids, hear us RAWR.

And we did… to the bands that helped shape, and are continuing to shape, our pop-punk and Emo scene in Australia.

Typically a venue for glamorous weddings and functions, Melbourne Pavilion is a stunning setting thanks to the Sia-worthy swinging chandeliers and dome ceiling. The dance floor which has seen many emotional first dances swept across it was filled with feet ready to jump. Propped up in the corner were giant mirrors marked with lipstick encouragement titled ‘Mirror of Expression’ where patrons could scrawl their own words of wisdom along with a must-have photo booth. Back in the foyer was a free hair and makeup station from the glam team at the Academy of Makeup and a merch desk. Taking a right turn to the outside area was the food truck festival with burger and Mexican menus. For a 5 PM indoor festival setting, Our First Kiss paid attention to the emo hearts’ detail.

From newer addition and revivalist local act Terra to the 2008 tiger stripes of Closure In Moscow, Dream On Dreamer, The Getaway Plan, Short Stack and The Veronicas, adding in the nostalgia noose of DJ sets from Bangs finest DJ’s, Our First Kiss musically could not disappoint.

Terra, who have been sweeping the festival slots and have just launched their latest EP Reverie, delivered a stellar opening set full of swirling hooks and larger-than-life vocals – two key ingredients to the emo music makeup and a damn fine way to start the evening.

A personal favourite, Closure In Moscow, offered a faultless set of tracks from their debut baby First Temple and prog product Pink Lemonade. Wearing a vibrant pink co-ord, Mansur Zennelli, started the wheel rolling for top-notch showmanship. With an exaggerated dramatic flare, including gun hands and nail-biting, Zennelli elevated the impeccable musicianship onstage tenfold. Also if you haven’t heard their EP The Penance and The Patience, quit wasting time and stream that album already! 

Our First Kiss got changeover slots spot on by involving Bang DJ’s Rayve Moor, Maddi Nightmare, Tropical Depression, and Rayden Joy. Between the live sets, these tune-fishers curated the most emo-filled playlists imaginable with belters tracks from Emo Gods My Chemical Romance, Paramore, A Day To Remember, Escape The Fate, Pierce The Veil, AFI, and more inducing monumental sing-alongs across the night. 

The singalongs hit full swing as The Getaway Plan took to the stage. With huge hit ‘Shadows’ opening their set, Matthew Wright and co-performed their guts out, proving range does not age. Teasing that they went overtime and breaking each and every punter’s heart before launching into one of Australia’s most recognizable emo anthems, ‘Where The City Meets The Sea’, The Getaway Plan dominated the Our First Kiss stage.

You want showmanship? You want banter? You want crowd interaction? Oh, hey there Short Stack!

There was nothing short about this show, from walking on to ‘It’s Raining Men’ to covering banger ‘All The Small Things’, these lads were on fire, accurately summing up their set with the following comment: ‘you can see their eyes and ears bleeding from the musical amazingness’.

As the disco ball spun overhead and ‘Freak’ by Australia’s best band Silverchair erupted, the stage filled with smoke. An emergency alarm sounded for an intruder alert. There was a breach in festival security – The Veronicas infiltrated Melbourne Pavilion for an adrenaline animalistic experience. Australia’s twin-pack pop-punk princesses turned pop goddesses may be small in stature but they deliver larger-than-life sets. Our First Kiss was no exception. Whilst no wall-of-death erupted this time around, the crushing weight of their talent hit like a tonne of bricks. ‘4Ever’, ‘Everything I’m Not’, ‘When It All Falls Apart’, screamo star ‘Mother Mother’, ‘Hook Me Up’, ‘This Is How It Feels’, ‘You Ruin Me’, ‘Take Me On The Floor’, ‘In My Blood’ and the national anthem ‘Untouched’; there are no words to describe a set of this proportion. The best of the old, the best of the new – simply, the best!

Our First Kiss could have been sloppy and somewhat awkward but so much thought and love went into it that it left us feeling all fuzzy inside, magical, memorable, and thinking about the next kiss.

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