Step right up to the greatest show on Earth. If you think circuses are daggy, then you had better think again. Born in 1978, Circus Oz is one of the coolest nights out you could have. From New York to South American rainforests, Madrid to outback Australia, this rock ’n’ roll circus has played out to countless people.
Well, as you know the dynamic Ballarat tag-team of Guy Chappell and Gaz Harrison, better known as the Yacht Club DJs, announced earlier in the year that 2014 would be their last year of weird and excessive nudity, stage invasions and boundless energy.
REMINDER: He has been tearing it up in Nashville and recently signed with the US-based Agency Group (The Pogues, Dead Kennedys), but Ash Grunwald has his sights set on a lengthy Australian run. Ash has also enjoyed a recent US voyage with pal Xavier Rudd.
Quick bite: An afternoon of entertainment for a great cause is in store at the end of the month for those in the Hepburn Springs area. Hepburn Hotel 2014 Talent Quest winners Hallway Jam Band, The Brass Jungle, The Safari Suits and alt-country outfit Scurvy will team up for an afternoon of variety entertainment to support the protectors of the Wombat Forest.
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.