Influenced by the likes of Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton, songbird Ree Nay began writing poetry and songs at the age of seven. Though she grew up in Darwin, which helps to inspire her songs of travelling, adventure and learning, she calls Melbourne home these days. Her new EP is Seen You Before. You can check out the title track by visiting her SoundCloud page. Whole Lotta Love – August 9.
When the band was last here in 2011, they only took in part of the country. Now they’re heading back to make amends. One of the most influential and important bands of hardcore punk, Dead Kennedys remain as important today as they ever have. The Bedtime for Democracy tour is taken from the band’s 1986 album of the same name, an album which would become their last. 170 Russell – October 1.
Haim singer and guitarist Alana has revealed that she and her sisters have commenced work on their new album. Speaking with BBC 6 Music at the Glastonbury Festival, she said: “This is the first time we’ve ever written on the road. We’re going home in a month to start recording. I promise record two won’t come in six years – it’ll come very soon.” Apparently the ladies are channelling their inner Kanye West for inspiration.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest events on the music calendar is the Heart of St Kilda Concert. Now in its seventh year, the event brings live music and comedy together in support of the Sacred Heart Mission. With Brian Nankervis as your MC, guests include The Basics, Colleen Hewett, Vika & Linda Bull, Dick Diver, Ash Naylor, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Tim Rogers and many more. The Palais – August 13.
If you haven’t heard Hilltop Hoods’ new single ‘Won’t Let You Down’, then I don’t know what you are waiting for. Recorded in London earlier in the year, the track is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming new album, Walking Under Stars. And in case you are wondering what they have been up to over the past couple of years, you can find out through a series of mini-docs they have made in collaboration with Red Bull.
After teasing us with singles ‘Hold Your Gaze’ and ‘Lemonade’, Sydney songstress Caitlin Park released her sophomore album, The Sleeper. The album has been finding a lot of love, including from Double J who made it one of their feature albums. Now comes the tour in its support. Bella Union – August 1. * If you purchase a ticket for the show you have the chance to score the album at a very special price.
With the postponement of Big day Out for 2015, there’s a big hole in many festival lovers’ hearts. But thankfully, there’s a new festival joining the ranks that will hopefully cut short your grieving. Beyond the Valley is a two-day festival set in the lush surrounds of Phillip Island. The lineup will be announced in the coming month and tickets will follow soon after, and are rumoured to be considerably cheaper than their competitors. This could be the New Years camping experience you’ve been waiting for.
It’s not all bad news in the festival world! Soundwave festival have announced that not only will they be returning next year (in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane), but they’ll be coming back for a two-day run in each city. The idea is that half the bands will play one day, and the other half will play the next day. This hopefully eliminates timetable clashes, allow the bands longer sets, gives you more time to eat your hot dog and a better festival experience overall.
Don’t you go forgetting the swing dancing, cabaret and vaudeville extravaganza that is the Gangsters’ Ball. Taking place on September 13 at The Forum in Melbourne, the event is a fabulous recreation of a 1930s Speakeasy Club. Performers include Stephanie van der Strumpf, Frankie Faux, Mr. Gørski, The Great Gordo, Ruby Rubberlegs, Headfirst and The Sault Poets. Dress to kill.
In a sad day for Australia’s festival scene, American company C3 has confirmed the Big Day Out will not go ahead in 2015. C3 is now the official owner of the BDO after AJ Maddah recently transferred his shares to the American company. If there is any light to cling to, the company, which also runs Lollapalooza, said in a statement that they are proud of the Australian brand and that they “intend to bring back the festival in future years”. Thanks for the memories.