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[Review] Larkin Poe @ Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne 10/04/2023

Review By Lynda Buchanan

When you attend a Larkin Poe concert, you know you’re in for a wild ride. The sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are known for their electrifying performances and their ability to get the crowd on their feet. Their concert at the Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury as part of the Bluesfest Festival was no exception.

First up to entertain the packed bandroom was the indigenous singer/songwriter, Benny Walker, hailing from regional Victoria, he effortlessly warmed up the crowd alongside his band mates on drums and keys, with his own brand of blues rock that did not disappoint.

Next up, the sisters the crowd had been waiting for started off with a bang as Larkin Poe took the stage and launched into Strike Gold, a fiery and infectious track that showcases the sisters’ incredible musical talent and songwriting skills. The song opens with a pulsing drumbeat and Rebecca’s soaring vocals, immediately drawing the listener in.

Lyrically, Strike Gold is a celebration of the sisters’ journey as musicians, and their determination to continue creating music despite any obstacles they may face. The line “ain’t nobody gonna stop us now” is a testament to their resilience and their refusal to give up on their dreams.

Summertime Sunset, She’s a Self-Made Man & Southern Comfort from their latest album release Blood Harmony features their signature blues-rock sound with gritty guitar riffs and dynamic vocals which seemed to leave the crowd begging for more.

Watching Larkin Poe perform Link Wray’s Rumble was an exhilarating experience, as the Lovell sisters brought their unique blend of blues and rock to this classic track. As they launched into the iconic riff, the audience erupted in cheers and applause, and it was clear that these sisters had the power to bring any crowd to it’s feet. But what really stood out was the sheer fun these girls were having on stage.  Overall, the sister’s rendition of Rumble was a testament to their incredible musicianship and their ability to breathe new life into classic tracks. They know how to rock, and they do it with an infectious energy and sense of joy that is impossible not to be swept up in.

After a quick shout-out to Benny Walker for getting the crowd warmed up, Rebecca spilled the beans on their track Holy Ghost Fire. Apparently, it was co-written with one of their favourite songwriters, Tyler Bryant, lead vocalist and guitarist of Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown. It’s always nice to have a little help from your friends, especially when they know how to bring the heat like Tyler does.

Larkin Poe‘s performance of Back Down South was a wild and energetic affair. The band’s Southern blues-rock sound was in full force, with Rebecca’s powerful vocals and Megan’s nimble guitar work setting the stage for, what was fast becoming, an unforgettable show. As they launched into the song’s infectious chorus, the crowd couldn’t help but sing and clap along, caught up in the song’s irresistible energy. The band’s chemistry was profound, with the sisters locking in tight on the song’s intricate guitar lines and vocal harmonies.

Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues from Larkin Poe’s 2018 album Venom & Faith, was a highlight of their set, showcasing the band’s bluesy swagger and tight musicianship. The song’s driving rhythm and catchy hooks had the crowd on their feet from the first note, with Rebecca’s gritty vocals and Megan’s scorching guitar solos stealing the show. As the song ended, the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. It was a reminder of the enduring appeal of classic rock and roll, and a testament to the band’s talent and musicianship.

Larkin Poe’s impromptu performance of Mad as a Hatter was a testament to the band’s musical prowess and spontaneity. An audience member’s request was met with enthusiastic applause, and the sisters wasted no time in launching into the song’s infectious groove. This song, originally written about their grandfather when the sisters were 15, carries quite the powerful statement from a band that refuses to shy away from difficult topics, and is a testament to their incredible musicianship and passion for their craft. Mad as a Hatter was like a shot of musical adrenaline straight to the veins – exhilarating, intense, and just a little bit mad.

As the concert drew to a close, Larkin Poe kept the energy high with a rowdy performance of another song from their new album, Boltcutters & The Family Name. The crowd sang along at the top of their lungs while Rebecca shredded on her guitar with reckless abandon. As the song came to a close, the audience erupted into cheers and applause, clearly moved by the electrifying performance.

And just when everyone thought the concert was over, Larkin Poe returned to the stage for an encore. The performance of Deep Stays Down was a poignant and emotional way to close out their show. As the sisters took to the stage for their final song of the night, sans guitars, the audience was spellbound by the raw emotion and vulnerability that the Lovell sisters poured into their vocal performance before adorning their instruments for the final time that night.

As the final notes of Deep Stays Down rang out through the venue, the audience was left with a sense of release, as if the song had touched something deep within them. It was a fitting end to a night of powerful and passionate music, and a reminder of the incredible talent and artistry that Larkin Poe brings to every performance. It’s a testament to the power of music to connect with our deepest emotions and experiences, and a reminder of the incredible talent and passion of these two remarkable artists.

All in all, Larkin Poe’s concert at the Croxton was a night to remember. The sisters’ talent, humour, and stage presence were a winning combination that left the crowd eager to take in every song that came their way with most of the room leaving their phones in their pockets and just experiencing the night, you can’t help but leave wanting more. If you have the chance to see Larkin Poe live, don’t miss it – just be sure to wear your dancing shoes and stretch out those guitar-playing muscles.

For now, I will leave you with Rebecca’s parting words to the adoring punters. “Never let them take the fight out of you. Whatever that fight is in your heart, keep it strong

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Måneskin Announce First Ever Headline Tour Of Australia

SOLD OUT LOUD KIDS WORLD TOUR CONTINUES IN EUROPE AND UK WITH OVER 20 ARENA SHOWS TO COME AND OVER 500,000 TICKETS SOLD
 
GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM RUSH! HIT #1 IN 15 COUNTRIES, TOP 5 IN 20 COUNTRIES, #1 ON BILLBOARD ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS CHART
 
OVER 800 MILLION GLOBAL ALBUM STREAMS

Rock phenoms Måneskin have announced their first ever headline tour of Australia as they bring their RUSH! World Tour to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide this November.

Bringing their raucous live set and phenomenal production, the tour will hit Australia in November, kicking off in Brisbane at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 20, before moving through Sydney to play Hordern Pavilion on November 22, Margaret Court Arena on November 23 and finishing up in Adelaide at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on November 24.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 24 at 9am local time, with a 46 hour TEG Live/Ticketek/Venue early access sale on sale Wednesday March 22 at 11am local time.
 
Following sold-out shows across the globe, the RUSH! World Tour continues the band’s march towards global domination. On what it means to take their raucous live set to Australia, Måneskin enthuse, “We can’t wait to come to Australia, it will be the first time for all of us so we’re pretty much curious about everything, especially the crowd. It feels crazy to finally be able to meet our fans there!”
 
Armed with a 2023 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, Måneskin’s RUSH! world tour will see them headline arenas across the US and Canada, including a landmark show at New York’s historic Madison Square Garden. They’ll be crossing continents to rock their way around South America, Japan, Singapore, Germany, France, the UK and Ireland. 
 
The RUSH! World Tour will follow on from Måneskin’s ongoing LOUD KIDS World Tour which continues to see them sell out shows globally and play to over 500,000 fans. With over twenty sold out shows still to come on their current tour, and Australia’s first stop – Brisbane marking their twentieth show on the RUSH! tour, there is no denying we are in for an absolute treat when this iconic act heads down under. Notorious for their stomping live show, it’s no secret the band love winning over new audiences, with Måneskin firing up, “We want to thank our fans in Australia, we are coming for you! Expect fire, stage smashings and lots of sweat!”
 
The full throttle Måneskin live show has already travelled to over 25 countries between Europe, North America, South America and Japan in 2022, saw the band go back to their beloved Rome for an extra special sold out show at the historic Circo Massimo with 70,000 tickets sold, and between headline shows the band dominated festival stages around the world including Coachella, Rock in Rio, Lollapalooza (Chicago, Paris and Sweden), Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring, Rock Wertcher, Summer Sonic in Japan and more. 
 
Before hitting the road again for the RUSH! World Tour, the band will play 5 special stadium shows in their beloved Italy in July with more than 220,000 tickets already sold. And alongside both tours, Måneskin will be commanding stages at Glastonbury and Primavera Sound. 
 
The RUSH! tour follows the band’s new album of the same name, released in January 2023 to global acclaim and chart domination, reaching #1 in 15 countries and Top 5 in 20 countries, and garnering over 800 million global album streams, adding to the band’s impressive 7.3 billion global artist streams.
 
Tickets to the RUSH! Australian leg go on sale Friday March 24 at 9am local time.

 

RUSH! AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES
 
MON 20 NOV | BRISBANE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, BRISBANE QLD | ALL AGES
Tickets available from: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23 | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets

WED 22 NOV | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW | ALL AGES
Tickets available from: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23 | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets
 
THUR 23 NOV | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE VIC | ALL AGES
Tickets available from: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23 | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets
 
SAT 25 NOV | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE SA | ALL AGES
Tickets available from: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23 | 132 849 | All Ticketek Outlets
 
TEG LIVE, TICKETEK AND VENUE PRE-SALE COMMENCES:
Wednesday 22 March 11am to Friday March 24 9am (local time)
TEG LIVE – https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23&eg=PROM&ep=PROMOTER
TICKETEK – https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23
VENUES – https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23&eg=VENUE&ep=VENUE
 
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE:
Friday March 24 9am (local time)
https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MANESKIN23

RUSH! World Tour
***NEW tour dates***
September 3, 2023 – Hanover, Germany – EXPO Plaza
September 6, 2023  – Nancy, France – Nancy Open Air
September 21, 2023 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden 
September 23, 2023 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion 
September 25, 2023 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
September 27, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena  
September 29, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena 
October 1, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
October 3, 2023 – Nashville, TX – Nashville Municipal Auditorium 
October 6, 2023 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
October 10, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum 
October 13, 2023 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena 
October 15, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
October 20, 2023 – Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio De Los Deportes 
October 24, 2023 – Bogotá, Colombia – Movistar Arena 
October 27, 2023 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Bicentenario La Florida 
October 29, 2023 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Movistar Arena 
November 1, 2023 -Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil – Qualistage 
November 3, 2023 – San Paulo, Brazil – Espaço Unimed 
November 20, 2023 – Brisbane, QLD – BCEC
November 22, 2023 – Sydney, NSW – Hordern Pavilion 
November 23, 2023 – Melbourne, VIC – Margaret Court Arena 
November 25, 2023 – Adelaide, SA – AEC Theatre 
November 27, 2023 – Singapore 
December 2, 2023 –  Tokyo, Japan
December 3, 2023 –  Tokyo, Japan
December 7, 2023 – Kobe, Japan
December 14, 2023 – Dublin, Ireland –  3 Arena
December 19, 2023 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena
 
LOUD KIDS World Tour
2023 tour dates
February 23, 2023 – Pesaro, Italy – Vitrifrigo Arena SOLD OUT
February 25, 2023 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour SOLD OUT
February 27, 2023 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (previously at: AFAS LIVE) SOLD OUT
March 2, 2023 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National SOLD OUT
March 3, 2023 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National SOLD OUT
March 6, 2023 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena SOLD OUT
March 10, 2023 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena SOLD OUT
March 13, 2023 – Paris, France – Accor Arena (previously at: Zenith) SOLD OUT
March 16, 2023 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena SOLD OUT
March 17, 2023 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena SOLD OUT
March 20, 2023 – Florence, Italy – Nelson Mandela Forum SOLD OUT
March 21, 2023 – Florence, Italy – Nelson Mandela Forum SOLD OUT
March 24, 2023 – Rome, Italy – Palazzo dello Sport SOLD OUT
March 25, 2023 – Rome, Italy – Palazzo dello Sport SOLD OUT
March 28, 2023 – Naples, Italy – Palapartenope SOLD OUT
March 29, 2023 – Naples, Italy – Palapartenope SOLD OUT
March 31, 2023 – Bari, Italy – Palaflorio SOLD OUT
April 3, 2023 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum SOLD OUT
April 4, 2023 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum SOLD OUT
April 6, 2023 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum SOLD OUT
April 11, 2023 – Barcelona, ​​Spain – Palau Saint Jordi SOLD OUT
26 April 2023 – Zurigo, Svizzera – Hallenstadion (previously at: Halle 622) SOLD OUT
April 28, 2023 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle SOLD OUT
30 April 2023 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal SOLD OUT
May 2, 2023 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Royal Arena
May 5, 2023 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum SOLD OUT
May 8, 2023 – London, UK – The O2 Arena (previously at: O2 Academy Brixton) SOLD OUT
May 12, 2023 – Warsaw, Poland – Torwar Hall SOLD OUT
May 14, 2023 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena (previously at: Malá Sportovní Hala) SOLD OUT
May 16, 2023 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena (previously at: Barba Negra) SOLD OUT
May 18, 2023 – Riga, Latvia – Mežaparks Grand Stage (previously at Arena Riga) VENUE UPGRADE
19 May 2023 – Tallinn, Estonia – Saku Suurhall SOLD OUT
 
Stadium shows in Italy
16 July 2023 – Trieste, Italy – Stadio Nereo Rocco
20 July 2023 – Rome, Italy – Stadio Olimpico SOLD OUT
21 July 2023 – Rome, Italy – Stadio Olimpico 
24 July 2023 – Milan, Italy – Stadio San Siro SOLD OUT
25 July 2023 – Milan, Italy – Stadio San Siro

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LARKIN POE Set To Appear At Bluesfest 2023 and Sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney!

Marking their second visit down under, roots rock sister act Larkin Poe are set to return to Australia this April, bringing their Blood Harmony tour to Sydney and Melbourne, alongside an appearance at the mecca of all things blues and roots: Byron Bay Bluesfest. With two performances at Bluesfest’s 2023 edition on Thursday 6 April and Friday 7 April lined up, as well as Bluesfest sideshows at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Sunday 9 April and a sold out show in Melbourne at Croxton Bandroom on Monday 10 April, the pair have also added an extra date for the city of laneways, bringing a bonus night of their energetic Southern sonic flavours to Melbourne’s iconic Corner Hotel on Tuesday 11 April. 
 
Inspired by music of the 60s and 70s, including the likes of Black SabbathLed ZeppelinFleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers BandLarkin Poe, comprised of sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, also pay homage to some of the greatest turn-of-the-century blues artists, with Son HouseSkip James and Muddy Waters amongst the heady mix that collide into Larkin Poe’s trademark sound. Bringing scintillating modernity with a Southern-fried twist to their roots‘n’roll sonic leanings, the pair’s upcoming performances will offer Australian fans a chance to catch these multi-instrumental mavericks live in action once again, after the Lovell sisters wowed crowds back in 2019 for their debut Bluesfest appearance. “It’s been a long time in the making, y’all – we are super excited to be coming back to Bluesfest this year and to be bringing our Blood Harmony tour Down Under!” the band share of their impending return to Aus. “Our last time in Australia was our first time ever; this time we know what fun we’re in for – Aussies really know how to rock out to some good music! That’s what we live for.”
 
Armed with their recent album Blood Harmony for these upcoming Aussie appearances, fans will also be able to witness some new Larkin Poematerial live for the very first time. Co-produced alongside Texas-bred musician, and husband of RebeccaTyler BryantBlood Harmony is a vivid and captivating jolt of fresh air, equally snapshotting the group’s trademark sonic identity in Southern rock territory, while also harnessing sharpened storytelling, heightened vigour and permeating female empowerment. And as if it wasn’t already a thrill to have Larkin Poe back in town next month, audiences in Australia are in for a bonus treat, with the pair set to perform plenty of new songs, as well as some reimagined versions of some older fan faves, as the pair reveal, “We’re gonna be playing songs from our album Blood Harmony along with newly reworked old favourites. Fans can expect a super energetic, raw and real show. We love to connect with people and ride a wavelength together through music. We hope folks will show up with open hearts and singing voices ready!”
 
Boasting a horde of high-profile admirers for their unforgettable live performances, including Bob Seger and Russell CroweLarkin Poe have also previously toured as backing artists for an array of industry icons, including Elvis Costello and Keith Urban. Continuing to thrive under their Larkin Poe project moniker as the world has emerged out of the pandemic lockdown years, the duo closed out 2020 with two albums, Self Made Man and Kindred Spirits, before diving into creating the painstakingly crafted Blood Harmony. Now poised and stacking up a massive year ahead, Larkin Poe may boast big Spotify and YouTube numbers, but the talented pair effortlessly retain their spellbinding and authentic Southern charm and hospitality – and a Larkin Poe live show is definitely not one to be missed.
 
Tickets are on sale now.
 
LARKIN POE – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
THURS 6 APR & FRI 7 APR | BLUESFEST, BYRON BAY
Tickets available from www.bluesfest.com.au
SUN 9 APR | BLUESFEST SIDESHOW THE METRO, SYDNEY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from premier.ticketek.com.au
MON 10 APR | BLUESFEST SIDESHOW CROXTON BANDROOM, MELBOURNE VIC
Sold Out
TUES 11 APR | BLUESFEST SIDESHOW CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from tickets.cornerhotel.com

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