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Killswitch Engage (USA) Announces Australian Sideshows this September!

Killswitch Engage Announce Electrifying September Side Shows
While In Australia Opening For Iron Maiden

Tour Dates:
Tue Sept 3: The Pier, Frankston w/ Feed Her to The Sharks
Sun Sept 8: Miami Marketta, Gold Coast w/ Descent
Sat Sept 14: King St Band Room, Newcastle w/ Dropsaw


Get ready to witness metal history in the making! Killswitch Engage, legends of modern heavy music, are set to bring their intense, soul-shaking live show to Australia this September.

You can count the number of acts in the last twenty years that have influenced and inspired entire sub genres within the heavy music scene. Killswitch Engage are at the top of that list.

The three-time Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling heavyweights revitalised a stagnating metal scene in the middle of a stale decade for heavy music with the release of both 2002’s Alive of Just Breathing and 2004’s, The End Of Heartache. Combining soaring, heartfelt vocals with guttural anguished growls set against a powerful mix of groove metal, hardcore and old school traditional heavy-metal-harmony, Killswitch Engage set a new standard, were heralded as a true innovators and spawned a million copy cats.

None however, could match Killswitch Engage for their sheer authenticity and pure musical skill. Over the next two decades, Killswitch Engage rose to the top and delivered eight studio albums, three live ones and played every festival that exists.

Their Australian fans have been there from the start. The bands first foray down under was way back in 2004 opening for Soilwork and Anthrax which marked the start of an enduring love affair with their army of fans. An army who have not experienced Killswitch Engage live in Australia for 6 long years. Their last visit in 2018 alongside Parkway Drive and Thy Art Is Murder!

While the band are here in September opening for the one and only Iron Maiden in monstrous arenas, they are also going back to their roots with three very intimate shows in Frankston, the Gold Coast and Newcastle that promise a visceral, sweat-drenched experience.

Supports for each show include the recently reformed Feed Her To The Sharks for Frankston: Dark, oppressive death metallers, Descent for the Gold Coast and hardcore merchants Dropsaw will play in front of their hometown crowd in Newcastle.

This is your chance to see Killswitch Engage up close and personal, a rare opportunity to witness one of metal’s greatest in an intimate setting

Tickets On Sale: Friday 21st June, 12pm [AEST]

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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.




*Announced alongside Open Season Programme



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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The Menzingers – Philadelphia Punk Legends Are Heading To Australia & New Zealand This August!

Philadelphia Punk Legends
Are Heading To Australia & New Zealand This August!

Start training now Australia! US punk institution The Menzingers are back and ready to ignite the stage playing a handful of special shows in Australia & New Zealand this August.

As one of the last acts to set Aussie stages on fire before the world shut down in early 2020, they were rabid and keen to party. Unleashing a sonic punk-storm that left their die-hard fans howling for more.

Armed with their seventh album, Some of It Was True, The Menzingers have returned with a vengeance. Decades deep into it, the band have evolved, matured, and embraced the inevitable changes life brings. Yet, with Some of It Was True, they have delivered their most immediate sounding and energetic record to date.

This record is a pivotal moment in our history. We have the liberty of our fans growing with us now, and after writing these lyrical songs about where we are in life, we decided to take other peoples’ stories and make something bigger out of it.

Coming along for the ride for the Australian dates will be local legends, The Cutaways (Brisbane show), Something Something Explosion (Melbourne show) & Chinese Burn Unit (Sydney show). New Zealand supports to be announced at a later date.

Get your gear on, grab your crew, and get ready for a night of punk rock zingers! From anthemic singalongs to the pulse-pounding atmosphere that’ll remind you what it means to be alive. Whether you’re a seasoned gig veteran or a newcomer ready to dive headfirst into the chaos, this is your call to arms. Join the ranks of the faithful and witness the punk institution that is The Menzingers.

Thurs, Aug 15: The Triffid, Brisbane w/ The Cutaways
Fri., Aug 16: The Croxton, Melbourne w/ Something Something Explosion
Sat, Aug 17: Crowbar, Sydney w/ Chinese Burns Unit
Tues, Aug 20: Valhalla, Wellington*
Wed, Aug 21: Whammy Bar, Auckland*

* Presented by SBM & Whammy

Wednesday, March 27 @ 12.00pm AEDT


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[Review] The Darkness, Festival Hall Melbourne 03/02/2024

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album Permission to Land sees The Darkness back on Australian soil for an impressive string of dates. With singer Justin Hawkins going down with illness just before their arrival we have all been waiting with bated breath, but never fear The Darkness are here and ready to rock. They are no strangers to Australia being greedily lapped up with every visit, now it was my turn to see what all the fuss is about.

The iconic Melbourne stalwart Festival Hall is back up and running after a dubious period in no mans land, and I for one was glad to get back down to Dudley Street and rock out where so many music legends have graced the stage. The openers were plentiful giving punters great value for money, as Melbourne’s Cry Club and Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays got the party started. It was then up to Sydney lunatics You Am I to give the final warm up session. Treating us to a Spinal Tap set that opened up a world of nostalgic memories from the quintessential piece of fictional history. Tim Rogers was the perfect fit to pull off the The Majesty of Tap, he enveloped the role to perfection along with the perfect accompaniment in You Am I. Their musicianship and theatrics were the key to this set going next level, add to this Tim wearing silver flares and a black hooded cape it really set the tone. Stonehenge was delivered with faux stone appearing from the roof, keeping with the theme of the movie, it certainly enveloped the mocumentary with gusto. Hell Hole was another welcome additional and had the crowd up and about as Tim said “Open you cheeks to the sight and smell of the Tap!” as only he could. A wonderful addition to the show and a perfect fit for The Darkness.

The atmosphere was electric to say the least, green lights resembling a landing strip flashing down each side of the stage as The Darkness took full flight to an erupting Festival Hall. This show was their biggest in Australia to date and Melbourne music fans turned out in droves to witness this most prestigious celebration. Justin donning a red and black jumpsuit in his trademark fashion as they jumped into Black Shuck to get the party started. Working through the album in no particular order the fans were 100 per cent committed to making the show one for the memory banks with phones put away and everyone living in the moment. It felt like stepping back in time just people going nuts, hands in the air, clapping on command, dancing, singing and have a bloody awesome night.  Get Your Hands Of My Woman, Growing On Me, Givin’ Up were all slotted in as they worked through this cracker of an album. The punters singing the ‘oh, oh’s’ and ‘Givin Up, Givin Up Givin a Fuck’ with unabashed enthusiasm. Justin had now stripped the top half of his jumpsuit down saying “I didn’t think it would be this hot up here!”  But we all knew it wasn’t called ‘Festy Hall’ for nothing. Crowd engagement was second to none as Love Is Only A feeling and Stuck In A Rut played out, Rufus Tiger Taylor was smashing the skins to within an inch of their life and kept the set running like clockwork.

Dan Hawkins is really a jack of all trades when it comes to musical instruments, his guitar work is of the highest calibre as he strutted his stuff and worked the stage like a true professional.  Frankie Poullain kept pace with the bass, this four-string slayer did not miss a beat, so at home on the big stage as Friday Night saw the fans ready to sing. A sneaky little snippet of Led Zeps Immigrant Song was a worthy addition as super shredder Justin even noodled the intro of AC/Dc’s Thunderstruck before he launched into I Believe In A Thing Called Love. With Melbourne finally throwing up a summer day, good old Festy Hall started to really feel the heat, living up to its nickname in spades as the sweat drenched punters screamed for the one they had been waiting for. Arms aloft clapping in time it really was a sight to behold, Justin still hitting the high notes with faultless precision of a man many years his junior. With the roof well and truly raised the boys left the stage to cool their jets for five minutes but the Melbourne maniacs were having none of it as they stomped and clapped, and if you have been to Festival Hall before you would know those timber floor do love a good feet hammering. It was no surprise when The Darkness returned that Justin said he could hear the stomping from downstairs. With their outfits changed to bedroom attire, all four sporting silk robes or PJ’s of choice, even guitar tech extraordinaire Ian Norfolk sporting a robe. With Justin having more guitar changes than I have had hot dinners he was certainly kept on his toes, and he did not miss a beat. I can see why they call him the fifth member of the band.  Speaking of the band, Justin went on to do introductions to the tune of In The Air Tonight made famous by Phil Collins, with his brother Dan on the drums, mixing things up a bit. Once again I reiterate, super talented musicians!!

Justin launched into I Love You 5 Times, almost a cappella with the fans singing along until he strapped on his guitar and ramped it up a level or two.  Love On The Rocks With No Ice saw out the show and had the rabid crowd in a right frenzy as Justin took to the shoulders of one of his team and made his way in and around the floor of Festival Hall. All while shredding up a storm and not missing a single note, fans very respectful of him with the odd pat on the back as he made his way from one side to the other. After being delivered back on stage he showcased his skills again playing, jumping and even hopping on one leg as he played like his life depended on it.  Forever the showman and a moment forever etched in our hearts. The Darkness really are the complete package and if are yet to see them do not delay, with just a few shows left on this Australian tour it would be a cardinal sin to miss out.

Celebrating 20 years in the biz is no small feat but here’s hoping there will be many more years in the tank for The Darkness. Gauging on tonight’s performance Melbourne Airport will not just grant permission to land but dedicate a runway in their honour. Thanks for the thrills boys, here’s to seeing you back in Aus real soon!

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