Is there anything as magnificent as ’80s music? I can think of maybe two things, three tops. Absolutely ’80s is a fluro-coloured ’80s get-together of some of Australia’s finest. It’s a place where you knock back drinks like the Cosmopolitan, Fuzzy Navel and Kamikaze. It’s a place where Pudding Pops are on the menu. It’s a place called Wandin Valley. But most of all, it’s a place where names including Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) and Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera) are kings once again. Going as strong as they ever have, these three gents have a date lined up at the Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads on December 27. Head on down and share in some post-Christmas cheer.
There is no slowing down Jakubi. Whether they’re playing local dates or dates in the US and Canada, the five-piece feels the love of the whole room behind them. It wasn’t all that long ago when the band uploaded their first track to SoundCloud – around a year or so. Since then, the band has had reason to question whether their run hasn’t just been one long dream. For example, Perez Hilton, the celebrity gossip king, gave their track ‘Couch Potato’ a shout-out. Given Hilton has close to six million Twitter followers, it’s safe to say a lot of new people are discovering their sounds. A two-month tour of the US was about as good as it gets, with the band selling out shows in Chicago and San Francisco. For any band or artist to achieve such a thing is worthy of a thumbs-up, but for a band in their infancy it is something special. Further tours abroad is also on the cards, thanks to a deal with 7S Management in the US (home to American Authors and Dinosaur Jr.) – and Coda Agency (Disclosure, Robyn) for bookings in Europe. While they may love touring abroad, home is where their heart is. Torquay Hotel, Torquay – December 29.
Meet The Alamo, a band where the men are men. Once upon a time, four rugged individuals met on the dusty crossroads in a place called middle of nowhere. There was Cobey Fletcher, a fearless songwriter; Derrick ‘Harmony’ Price, a bass slinger with a voice of gold; Tristan Piper, a drummer who can play anything with a set of sticks; and Luke Burns, a man whose guitar sings the blues. Together they swapped stories before deciding that by combining their skills they could create a unique breed of cowboy rock. With their spontaneous energy, they’ll get rowdy with the fellas while they croon the ladies. The Loft, Warrnambool – December 24.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house… something, something. Ah, who cares?! Skip whatever you’re doing and instead head down to The Karova in Ballarat. And if you already had that planned, well, good. Good for you. Twinsy and Bad News Toilet will be there to help the night before the big day a memorable one. Because if you don’t wake up on Christmas afternoon with a hangover, you have done Christmas wrong. Twinsy is the D-list supergroup comprised of Michael Belsar, Guy Chappell and Jack Craven. Bad News Toilet, meanwhile, would be Bryce Spratling. Teaming them up may be something The Karova lives to regret, so come on down while the venue still stands.
Just in time for Christmas a new vinyl store has opened its doors! Real Music is located at 83 Little Malop Street and is stocking, sourcing and selling all your favourites on vinyl. They also specialise in turntable repairs and have a huge range of CD’s!
Falls have announced the playing times for all 3 festivals, its time to get scheduling!!! Lorne goers will ring in the New Year with Joey Bada$$ on the Midnight slot! Marion Bay will have Empire of the Sun and in Byron, Alison Wonderland will be on for the countdown! For the full program head to […]
Shannon and Simon from The Block are heading to Geelong’s Homehouse this weekend, December 20. Born and raised in Coffs Harbour, the currently Sydneybased brothers won 2014’s The Block Glasshouse. The eldest, Shannon, is a painter, while Simon is a plumber. While Shannon’s travelling prevented him from seeing his brother grow up through his teenage years, they are making up for lost time now. In fact, theirs is as tight a bond as you’re likely to find between brothers. With a shared love of all things adventurous, the brothers have become pin- ups for lifestyle, fashion and travel. Head on down and get to know them a little better.
Maybe you’re a big fan of Angus & Julia Stone, or maybe you just clicked on the link thinking the duo have actually been throwing stones. Regardless of how you got here, we’ve got some good news to announce. It’s been known for some time that over the summer months Angus & Julia are hitting the road with the likes of Cloud Control, Little May and Jarryd James. While Geelong missed the list of pit stops in the first announcement the town has just been added to the list. Set to play at Costa Hall on February 26 it looks to be the perfect night of summery music.
Port Fairy Folk Festival isn’t just a festival, it’s a community, and they’ve just made it that little bit bigger with a few sparkling new additions to their line up.
Welcomed into the fold are; The Gloaming (Ireland), the Heartstring Quartet (Ireland/UK), Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie (Scotland), the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Aniar, Edwina Hayes, Enda Kenny Band, Jenny Biddle, Justin Bernasconi, Karavana Flamenca, La Mauvaise Reputation, Oh Pep!, Siskin River, Stray Hens and ZeoN.
Matthew Flinders band, The Sweethearts, have given us plenty of joy and good tunes over the past few years, but it wouldn’t have been possible without teacher Ross Lipson forming the band in 1989.
It’s with great sadness that we report that Ross has in fact passed away. Though his passion for music and mentoring of such immense talent will always be remembered.