Well, the Queenscliff Music Festival is already looking pretty good. Actually, it is looking most excellent – and that is just due to the awesome Aussie talent on offer. Now five international gems join the line-up. Compared to Bob Marley by the Huffington Post, Nahko and Medicine for the People will do their thing. New Orleans outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff will be here as well.
2013 was the year when things really came together for Melbourne’s indie-influenced punk outfit Have/Hold. Sporting their most active, driven and focused line-up, the band played their first gig. They also released their debut 7” single ‘Song for Bill of the Trains/Dexamphetamine Blues’, which not only scored them healthy airplay but also landed them on Blunt Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Bands to Watch in 2014’ list.
Quick bite: Sugar Fed Leopards is the band too hot to touch. They’ll keep you dancing all night long, and make your morning one of fuzzy memories. So who are they? They are Sugar Breath, Limona Squeeze, Carriemella Koala, Kitty Kat, Gum Powder Gray and Davide Dolce, and together they fit snugly in the sequinned space between disco and soul.
REMINDER: You may recall hearing the story of Melbourne-based photographer Michelle Grace Hunder who, a couple of years ago, began shooting portraits of Melbourne hip hop artists in order to strengthen her portrait work. With her book RISE now a reality, Michelle has rounded up a bunch of mates for a few shows around the country.
One of Australia’s greatest, Jimmy Barnes, is heading out for a lengthy tour to mark three decades in the solo game. As well as the tour, Barnsey has released the album 30/30 Anniversary, a compilation featuring fifteen of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists including Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens.
With a Groovin’ the Moo run and an outing at triple j’s One Night Stand behind him this year, not to mention his date with Splendour in the Grass, Illy is looking towards some smaller venues to help see out the year. The run of dates pays particular attention to his 2013 album Cinematic, an effort recorded with M-Phazes and his first to debut in the Top 10.
Local guns The Hazard Circular stop by The Karova for a date filled with the heavy stuff on August 29. The band formed out of Ballarat in 2011 through similar musical and lyrical genres. This like-minded beginning has forged a diverse metal sound that challenges both the progressive and atmospheric ear. Since stepping out into the world they have supported The Ocean, Frankenbok, Circles and King Parrot among others.
Biddy O’Loughlin brings her acclaimed play Funny Rabbit to The Bridge, Castlemaine on August 28. Funny Rabbit is a ‘one-rabbit’ play about Bill, an existential pest who becomes a stand-up comedian. Bill isn’t your typical rabbit, however – unless your typical rabbit wears an AC/DC t-shirt, is pretty lax when it comes to swearing and has a black sense of humour.
A wonderful double-header will be taking place at the Torquay Bowl’s Club on September 21. The afternoon gig will feature Frank Yamma and David Bridie, with the gig zeroing in on new releases from the pair. Frank has new single ‘Everybody’s Talking/I’ll Be Back Soon’ to welcome, while David has new album Take the Next Illusionary Exit. Both are powerful voices in the Australian music scene.