The multi-talented Mat McHugh is no stranger to the pages of Forté. So it was welcome news to hear he will be back on the road again this summer with the High Up! Summer 17 tour – a run of shows that has everyone in suspense, even the man himself.
A feature packed weekend of music, arts, entertainment, food, markets and activities, this is one for the whole family. Bruthen is set to come alive for the 22nd Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival – Australia’s biggest little blues festival.
Five years ago the Violent Femmes’ bassist and co-founder, Brian Ritchie, became an Australian citizen and he hasn’t looked back since. He and his wife settled in Hobart in 2008 and he set about establishing himself in the local arts scene. As curator of MONA FOMA Festival, he has a keen eye and a sound ear for what works – what people want and how to make it happen.
After 30 years as a band it can be hard to find a new spin to attract a new demographic, unless you are Pseudo Echo, who’s sound from the ‘80s was so cutting edge and futuristic that it is still attracting masses of younger fans. This was evident after the bands 2014 release of ‘Ultraviolet.’
All the way from the Emerald Isle ‘C’est la Vie’ hit-makers B*Witched will headline the show and they’ll be joined by UK popstars Atomic Kitten, S Club 3, East 17 and Liberty X.
In a time of low album sales and short attention spans, it makes sense for already famous musicians to pool their star power. Unfortunately the resulting acts tend to lean on the low stakes and easy ticket sales their fame affords them, meaning that very few supergroups ever create music worthy of the superlative.