Australia Day Eve at Geelong’s Eureka Hotel is an absolute corker, with Timmy Trumpet, Airwolf and Brynny among those set to perform. You would be doing well to find a busier DJ in the business than Timmy Trumpet. Juggling some 200 shows per year, including major festivals and international dates, Timmy barely finds the time to put up his feet.
Cosmic Psychos and The Go Set are teaming up for the greatest punk rock show on earth. Is that an exaggeration? Maybe, but you wouldn’t want to bet against it. Taking more hits than Rocky, Cosmic Psychos have soldiered on no matter what they have come up against. They have been at it since 1982, releasing their debut album, Down on the Farm, in 1985. And they’ve made friends with the best in the business along the way.
Let’s have one last look at one of 2015’s early treats – the Newstead Live Music Festival. Held from January 23 through to January 26, the festival welcomes a fine selection of international and local artists – not bad for a historic little country town. Lining up will be Vin Garbutt, Tim Edey Trio, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Black Market Tune, The East Pointers, Scott Cook, Greg Champion, Martin Pearson, Liz Stringer…
Having smashed it as support for The Mark of Cain late last year, the sounds of King of the North will continue to rumble speaker systems through until March. If you haven’t heard of these guys, you may want to start paying attention. John Garcia (Kyuss), Jimmy Barnes, Lucius Borich (COG), John Scott (The Mark of Cain) and Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet) are among the fans of the band.
Following a successful national jaunt, C.W. Stoneking is heading out for a regional adventure. His early years saw him raised by his father in the Aboriginal community of Papunya, before relocating to Sydney when he was nine. Stoneking had a guitar in his hands by the time he was 11, and by 13 he was playing with local bands. While a student at Sydney’s Balmain High School, Stoneking stumbled upon some of his old man’s blues tapes. He became hooked.
There is a hot new relationship that has started up, and it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than any relationship out of Hollywood – that of Heart of the Rat and Dead Salesmen. Heart of the Rat is a brand new independent record label based out of Ballarat that is committed to the art of making a true record. There is no bowing to trends here.
At the time of writing, tickets remained for the double-headlining show of Guy Pearce and Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on January 31. While he may well be known more for his time on the silver screen, music has long been a part of Pearce’s life. Last year saw the release of Broken Bones, his debut album. After having his time in the sun with one of the Australia’s favourite bands, Middleton discovered he had so much more to give.
It’s time to dig out the budgie smugglers as the Havaianas Thong Day Challenge rolls around for another Australia Day full of fun, sun and tunes. For those who may not be too familiar, the event has become an Australia Day classic where, basically, thousands of people come together to have fun and celebrate being Australian across five of Australia’s favourite beaches.
eld as part of the Crackerjack Family Fair on March 8, the Bellarine 2015 Busking Competition presents an opportunity to amateur musicians and groups to showcase their musical talents to a large and supportive audience. Major cash prizes are up for grabs, with the judging panel comprised of professional stage artists. If you’re a little green when it comes to performing, this is as good an opportunity as you’re likely to find.
The Rainbow Serpent Festival is just about here. In fact, it takes place this month. Ticket holders know what they’re getting, but if you are still up in the air about it it’s time to make the call. General presale tickets are currently available, and really, you’re getting a pretty sweet deal for your bucks. Well over 100 producers, bands and DJs will perform across several stages.