Ararat Live is a not-for-profit group that hosts original live music in venues around Ararat in Western Victoria. They have done some fantastic work over the years and recently notched up their 50th gig. But there is still a lot more to come. On July 17 you have Rose Wintergreen. An electro/folk artist from Melbourne, Wintergreen had a breakout year in 2013, winning the Artist of the Year at the Australian Independent Music Awards (Dance/Electronic category) and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Vanda and Young Songwriting Award.
Heathen Skulls and Metal Obsession are the ones to thank for the Origins of Hate tour. In the blue corner you have Melbourne’s Mason. Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2011, the band has toured and shared stages with Havok, Primate, Forbidden, Hobbs Angel of Death, Blood Duster, King Parrot and Elm Street among others.
A partnership between the City of Greater Bendigo council and La Trobe University, the Bendigo Writers Festival is a celebration of the written word. The full program was released last month, but if you haven’t had the chance to check it out (or if the news passed you by), we’re going to take a brief look here.
HEY YOU! Yes, you. The Bennies are here to help you make it through the end of the week with a couple of cracking shows, and they’re bringing along Jeff Rosenstock (Kudrow) for the ride. We know and love The Bennies as Melbourne’s “punk ska psychedelic doom metal punk rock” kings. We know The Bennies as the band that loves to party.
It’s colder than a well digger’s arse out there at the moment. Fortunately, Martians Café has three warm and wonderful gigs to see out July that are sure to put a little colour back in your cheeks. On July 12 you have Dave Graney. You know Dave; we all know Dave. The songman has been playing and releasing music for over 35 years through various guises, his latest release being Fearful Wiggins.
On June 8, 2014, folk/acoustic quartet Sons of May launched their first official single, ‘Up Before Your Eyes’, at The Evelyn in Melbourne. Reports from the gig say it was one of the biggest Sunday crowds the venue has hosted. Despite it being their first official single, the band has been around the traps for a couple of years, playing a ton of shows around rural Victoria. They will be releasing their self-titled debut in November.
The Karova in Ballarat is one of the best regional live music venues you’re likely to come across and just around the corner it celebrates a milestone. We’re talking its 10th anniversary. Yep, ten years of hosting international and local acts. Ten years of supporting backyard artists. Ten years of quenching the musical thirst of locals and travellers. It’s one hell of an effort indeed and most certainly worthy of a get-together. And showing just how cool they are, the venue is making it a family affair.
If you love your Italian food you’re going to love this. Presented by Apra Productions, the first annual Ferragosto Festival serves up four amazing Italian courses and five hours of live entertainment. Ferragosto is an Italian and Sammarinese public holiday celebrated on August 15. Although technically running from August 15 through September 1, other than the national holiday on the 15th, it is left up to everyone else how they want to spend the period.
There remains a whole lot of love for the band that has given us such songs as ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Hey Little Girl’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Great Southern Land’, ‘My Obsession’ and ‘Man of Colours’. With their White Heat: 30 Hits compilation reaching Platinum status, Icehouse figured they would return the love by announcing a string of shows. Frontman Iva Davies: “Live is where we get to really know our fans better.