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May 28th 2013 00:06


A full-scale spectacle... More than ever, Ricky Martin is an all-around showman: a singer whose baritone can be as dramatic or flirtatious as he wants... He’s a charmer... And he filled the concert with joyful pop"

– New York Times

Image: Daily Telegraph

NINE LIVE and Sony Music Entertainment are proud to announce that GRAMMY winning music superstar Ricky Martin will launch an eagerly-awaited Australian concert tour this coming October (See full dates below).

Just prior to his recent starring turn on Broadway, Ricky Martin delighted sold-out audiences and critics with extensive stadium and arena concerts across Latin America, The United States, Europe and Asia.

Now, after reconnecting with his Australian fans through his participation in The Voice and the release of his already Gold-certified Ricky Martin Greatest Hits Souvenir Edition, Martin will once again share his high-energy live show with his first Australian concerts in 10 years.

"I am so excited to bring my music back to the stage again and see all of my loving & loyal Aussie fans up close. I am looking forward to playing some new material, some of the classics and a few surprises" says Martin.

Ricky Martin is the leading Latin Music figure of his generation - beloved by fans worldwide for his instinctive understanding of rhythm, passion for performing, and equal compassion for giving. Declared "an international pop icon and Latin Music’s Global Ambassador" by Billboard and recognised by the Latin Recording Academy as it’s youngest-ever "Person of the Year" honouree, Ricky Martin has now sold over 70 million albums. His impressive list of accomplishments also boasts 95 platinum records, 6 No:1 Billboard albums, 11 No:1 hit songs, 2 American Music Awards, 8 World Music Awards, 10 Billboard Awards, 8 MTV Music Video Awards, and more than 12 million social media followers, ...and on-stage, he is one of the world’s most captivating performers:

A natural showman, Martin came out at mach speed & rarely let up on the furious tempo -Chicago Sun-Times











May 8th 2013 23:01


The Frontier Touring Company are delighted to announce that 7-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar Taylor Swift is heading down under with her blockbuster THE RED TOUR. The talented singer songwriter today confirmed she will be performing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as an arena date in Auckland, later this year as the first overseas leg of her acclaimed THE RED TOUR.

Taylor Swift

Notably, Taylor Swift will be the first solo female in twenty years to undertake a national stadium tour of Australia, with the last being Madonna’s Girlie Show tour in 1993, also promoted by Frontier Touring.

Promoter Michael Gudinski from The Frontier Touring Company said, "I saw the first stadium show of Taylor’s THE RED TOUR and Australia and New Zealand are in for an absolute treat. Taylor Swift is a superstar globally and has repeatedly sold out multiple arenas in both Australia and New Zealand. She has proven herself to be one of the most significant female artists of our time and it is a natural progression to see her take her touring to the next level here, with the confirmation that she will play four massive stadium shows across Australia this summer. It’s been 20 years since Madonna played stadiums for Frontier and I can honestly think of only a tiny handful of solo artists - male or female - who could fill stadium venues today."

Taylor Swift, currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas in North America on her THE RED TOUR, made today's announcement in response to strong fan demand. Australia and New Zealand are the first international markets outside of the USA to be announced for THE RED TOUR.

The 7-time GRAMMY winner’s THE RED TOUR performance features two multi-level stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. In a concert event that provides non-stop action and state of the art technology, Taylor constantly moves around the venue and uses different stages, giving every audience member a great seat. Taylor plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changes costumes 10 times over the course of the evening. Her set features several songs from her record-breaking RED album, as well as new takes on several other fan favourites.

Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR is earning universally high praise from top critics:

Rolling Stone -- “Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach. Red [is] the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. Seeing Taylor onstage now is commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. A true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.”

The New York Times -- “A king-size spectacle, [whose] juxtapositions have power, one theatrical scene after the next. Taylor Swift off-script is very much like Taylor Swift on-script: not just the brains of the operation, but the brawn, too, the unflappable force that ensures stuck landings. Ms. Swift’s voice is stronger than it’s ever been, and also sturdier... she sang vividly from behind a piano, show[ing] credible dark emotion."

The Village Voice - "Taylor Swift was born to entertain. Swift remains genuine….which speaks further to her endless appealing nature as a performer."

The Miami Herald – “Genuinely powerful. Swift seems to have made an astute transition to her new identity of self-determined young woman. Swift came across as sincere and open in a way that made her the modest but adored mistress of a girl-power mega church.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – “She’s supremely gifted…..For two hours T-Swizzle thoroughly charmed, entertained, and connected with the audience.”

Orlando Sentinel -- “Visually and musically, this was Swift’s most accomplished production yet.”

The North American portion of THE RED TOUR is currently playing 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013.

Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure, and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe.

Tickets to see Taylor Swift in Australia and New Zealand are priced from $85. A very limited number of premium Pit tickets will be sold for each show, which will allow fans 16 years and over access to an exclusive standing area surrounded by Taylor’s stage. The remainder of each venue will be fully reserved seating throughout.

Pre-sale tickets will be available via Really Long Link from Tuesday 14 May to Wednesday 15 May (or prior if the pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Start times are staggered for each city so please refer to the website for local details. General public on sale Tuesday 21 May - please check dates below for local start times.

General Public On-sale Tuesday 21 May
Pre-sale via Really Long Link commences Tuesday 14 May
– see website for your local presale starting times

Friday 29 November - Auckland Vector Arena

Ticketmaster 0800 111 999

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am NZ local

Wednesday 4 December - Sydney Allianz Stadium

Ticketek 132 849

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am NSW local

Saturday 7 December - Brisbane Suncorp Stadium

Ticketek 132 849

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 10am QLD local

Wednesday 11 December - Perth nib Stadium

Ticketmaster 136 100

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am WA local

Saturday 14 December - Melbourne Etihad Stadium

Ticketmaster 136 100

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am VIC local



April 29th 2013 09:14
XDR (Australia) Cultural Promotion presents
Swan Lake
The Nutcracker

Australian National Tour
September - November 2013

Returning to Australia to perform two of the most memorable and enchanting classical ballets

The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns for a tour of full-length classical performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in over 20 cities across Australia from September.

With more than 50 ballet dancers, the Russian National Ballet Theatre has toured the USA, China, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Poland, South Korea and Japan transforming Russian Ballet.

Tchaikovsky's instantly recognisable music set against the wonderfully dark story of good against evil; Swan Lake is one of the most famous and loved of all ballets. This production by Evgeny Amosov, Artistic Director of The Russian National Ballet Theatre, is heralded around the world.

Swan Lake's glamorous set is evocative of the Russian Imperial world in which the ballet was created, while the haunting moonlit lakeside is perfect for the tragic conflict of the human and spirit worlds and allows the audience to be swept away in the vulnerability of Odette/ Odile.

One of the most extravagant theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Nutcracker in 1890 was a remarkable illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its peak. It is known as one of the superior Russian National Ballet Theatre productions in the modern era. Joined by a huge cast in a fairytale setting, the, current staging is also directed by Evgeny Amosov and accompanied by a glorious Tchaikovsky score. This version of The Nutcracker has all the elements of an enduring fairy tale: adventure, fantasy, good versus evil, and of course, love.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The basis for the creation of the theatre was the necessity of promising young theatre with high creative potential, both classical and contemporary.The theatre's repertoire includes not only classical performances such as Sleeping Beauty, Scotland Suite, Don Quixote and Gala Concert, but also modern ballets set to the music of Mozart, Bach, Ravel and others.

Artistic Director Evgeny Amosov, graduated from the Perm Academy of choreography and then joined the Ekaterinburg Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet as a principal dancer. He is also a prize-winner of Russian and International choreography contests of ballet-masters and ballet dancers. In 1988 Amosov was awarded the title Honored artist of Russia and in 1990 was the leading solo dancer of the state theatre Russian ballet.From 1993 till 1998 he studied at the Russian Academy of theatrical arts. In 2001 Amosov co-founded the company Russian National Ballet Theatre.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre is a cut above many of its rivals.
- Washington Post

Their gracefulness, perfect edges and lines demonstrate why the ballet, like opera, is such a powerful art form. You can feel the emotion in your seat without anyone saying a word that you can understand.
- The Star Press

Mackay Entertainment Centre
Sat 21 - Sun 22 September
Tickets: Adult $77.90, Concession $67.90, Student $57.90 ,Child $57.90
Bookings: 07 4961 9777

Toowoomba Empire Theatre
Tues 24 - Wed 25 September
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Concession $77.90, Child under 15 $67.90
Bookings: 1300 655 299

Bundaberg Moncrieff Theatre
Thurs 26 - Fri 27 September
Tickets:Adult $87.90,Student & Pensioner $77.90, Children $57.90
Bookings: 07 4130 4100

Logan Entertainment Centre
Sat 28 - Sun 29 September
Tickets: Adult: $77.90, Concession: $67.90, Student: $57.90
Bookings: Really Long Link 07 3412 5626

Newcastle Civic Theatre
Tues 1 - Wed 2 October
Tickets: Adult $97.90Conc/Group 8plus $87.90Student/Junior $77.90 (under 12 or full time student ID)
Bookings: 02 4929 1977

Wollongong Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Thurs 3 - Fri 4 October
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student $67.90 (A $5.10 transaction fee applies to phone and internet bookings.)
Bookings:, 02 4224 5999

Chatswood The Concourse Theatre
Sat 5 October
Tickets: Adult$97.90, Junior/Child$77.90, Pensioner$87.90, Student - Full Time$77.90
Bookings: 1300 795 012

Wagga-Wagga Civic Theatre
Mon 7 October
Tickets: Adult $90.90, Concession $80.90, Child $70.90, Student $70.90
Bookings: 02 6926 9688

Griffith Regional Theatre
Tue 8 - Wed 9 October
Tickets: Adult $80.40, Concession $70.40, Member $70.40, Child Under 15 $60.40
Bookings: 02 6962 8444

Canberra Theatre Centre
Fri 11 - Sat 12 October
Tickets: Adult $104.90, Concession $94.90, Student $84.90
Bookings: 02 6275 2700

Capital Theatre Bendigo
Mon 14 - Tues 15 October
Tickets: Adults: $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student $67.90
Bookings: 5434 6100

The West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Warragul
Wed 16 Oct
Tickets: Adults: $87.90, Members $77.90, Youth (U18) $67.90, Concession $77.90
Bookings: 03 5624 2456

SaleESSO BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre
Wed 16 October
Tickets: Adult $87.90,Senior/Pensioner $77.90,Child U15 $67.90
Bookings: 03 5143 3200

Adelaide Her Majesty’s Theatre
Sat 19 - Mon 21 October
Tickets: Adult $105.90, Concession $95.90, Student $84.25, Child $84.25
Bookings: 131 246

Moonee Ponds The Clocktower Centre
Wed 23 - Thurs 24 October
Tickets: Adults $87.90, Concession $77.90, Student/Child $67.90
Bookings: 03 9243 9191

Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Fri 25 October
Tickets: Adults $87.90Concession $77.90Students $67.90
Bookings: 03 5225 1200

Warrnambool The Lighthouse Theatre
Sun 27 October
Tickets: Adult: $87.90, Concession $77.90, Children $67.90
Bookings: 03 5559 4999

Shepparton Eastbank Centre
Mon 28 - Tues 29 Oct
Tickets: Members: Adults $70.10, Concession $61.10
Non-Members: Adults $77.90, Concession $67.90, Student $57.90
Bookings: 03 5832 9511

Melbourne Her Majesty's Theatre
Thurs 31 October - Sun 3 November
Tickets: Adults $105.30, Pensioners/Seniors $95.30, Students & Children $85.30
Booking: 1300 795 012

Perth The Regal Theatre
Tues 5 - Wed 6 November
Tickets: Adult$97.90, Junior (2-12years)$77.90
Bookings: 132 849

Albany Entertainment Centre
Fri 8 -Sun 10 November
Tickets: Adults $87.90, Concession $77.90, Junior(2-12 years) $67.90, Student (Full Time) $67.90
Bookings: 08 9844 5005

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Mon 11 November
Bookings: 1300 661 272

Geraldton Queens Park Theatre
Thurs 14 - Fri 15 November
Tickets: Adult $87.90, Pensioner & Seniors $77.90
Child Under 12 & Secondary Students $67.90,
Bookings: 08 9956 6662

Sydney The Enmore Theatre
Sun 17 - Tue 19 November
Tickets: Adult $105, Concession $95, Student $85
Bookings: 02 9550 3666 or 132 849 (Ticketek)

*Check with your local venue for which Ballet will be performed.

Don McLean in Australia

April 23rd 2013 01:24
Lennard Promotions Present:
Don McLean In Concert

Lennard Promotions present legendary songwriter Don McLean In Concert across Australia in August 2013.

Don McLean galvanised a generation with his timeless hit American Pie, as each generation since its release has discovered, the poignant lyricism and unforgettable melody stirs deep emotion and empathy from all who encounter it, once it has visited it never leaves the heart of the listener, burying itself like a familiar comforting memory only to be re awoken on subsequent encounters.

A once in a lifetime song, from a once in a lifetime artist. This track along with the classic singles Vincent, Driedel, Everyday, The Legend of Andrew McCrew and numerous others confirmed McLean was a gifted storyteller with a talent that ascended his peers and rightfully earned him a place in the Song Writers Hall Of Fame.

As a special treat for Australian fans, Don McLean will be joined by Catherine Britt one of the country's most acclaimed singer-songwriters as special guest at each show (Rockhampton and Tweed Heads not included). Catherine spent 6 years in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names.

Don McLean
Born in New Rochelle, NY in 1945 Don McLean was to become one of America's most accomplished singer-songwriters. His early work catching the attention of folk legend Pete Seeger who he performed free for in the latter's efforts to clean up the Hudson River. From these humble beginnings McLean has gone on to release some 29 album (all which are still in print) inspiring artists as diverse as Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, Elvis Presley, Josh Groban and Coolio to cover his amazing music. With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide.

Australia's love affair with Don McLean is a long and fruitful one, he held the attendance record at the Capitol Theatre in Melbourne with 18 consecutive performances, breaking the previous record of Joni Mitchell and was the first ever American artist to perform at the then newly built Sydney Opera House. Through subsequent visits, inspired performances and of course his timeless music, Don McLean's art resonates loudly with Australian audiences ensuring that his visit in August will continue to fuel the hearts of long-time fans and music lovers across the nation.

Lennard Promotions Present
Don McLean In Concert
*Tickets Onsale 29th April

with special guest Catherine Britt
132 849

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1300 795 257

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136 100

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132 849

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136 246

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The London Klezmer Quartet

February 3rd 2013 03:33
The London Klezmer Quartet
5 Week Australian Tour

The London Klezmer Quartet (LKQ) return to Australia for a five-week national tour of the festival circuit and major venues from 28 February. And they have a hot new album with them!

In "stylish performances from four highly accomplished and in-demand musicians'" (Folk Roots Magazine) this all-female band will take Australian concert and festival audiences on a Jewish musical odyssey from Eastern Europe to Australia via the Balkans, Thailand, Turkey, the US and London.

Klezmer is the traditional celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe. From kley zemer (Hebrew: vessels of song) - music that kept Yiddish wedding parties on their feet for days!

Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), and Australia's own Indra Buraczewska (double bass) bring world music fans and fine music lovers the whirling, irresistible energy of Klezmer. You will want to laugh, to cry, and most of all... to dance!

London Klemzer Quartet
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers much in demand on the UK folk, world and pop music scenes.

Ilana Cravitz, violin As a classically trained violinist with post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London, Ilana has developed an extraordinary talent for playing klezmer fiddle and is highly respected as a performer and educator in this tradition. Her book, Klezmer Fiddle - A How-To Guide, is published by Oxford University Press, and is described by Folk Roots magazine as "the best exposition I've come across of Eastern European-style Jewish fiddle playing... Highly recommended." She has introduced hundreds of people of all ages to klezmer through her playing and via courses and workshops at universities and conservatoires, and at events like the Genius of the Violin Festival and Fiddles on Fire. She is also specializes in dance calling for klezmer keilidhs under the banner 'Hopkele'.

Susi Evans, clarinet Susi's performances have inspired press reviews remarking on her "nimble solo features and excellent tone control" (The Scottish Herald), and "infectious enthusiasm" (Oxford Times). Susi also fronts She'koyokh - a band she co-founded 10 years ago that not only enjoys a considerable following in Europe, but also was nominated for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 and will be performing on the BBC Radio 3 stage at WOMAD this year (2012). Susi also appears regularly on the West End stage in the award-winning show War Horse and is much in demand for concerts and recordings with international artists. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class degree in 2004 and has studied in Istanbul with acclaimed clarinettist Selim Sesler.

Carol Isaacs, piano accordion A classically trained pianist, Carol works as a keyboard player and accordionist in the pop and world music fields. She has recorded and toured with many international artists including Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Bonnie Raitt (US), Joan Baez (US), Jackson Browne (US), Sam Brown (UK), Squeeze (UK), Midge Ure (UK), Latin Quarter (UK), Robert Palmer (UK), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), Sheik Taha (Egypt), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), Guesch Patti (France), Phongsit Khampee and Surachai Janthimatorn (Thailand).

Indra Buraczewska, double bass After graduating from the Victorian College of Arts (Australia) as a classical violinist, Indra discovered the wonderful world of the bass. She has played a multitude of genres, from original pop and Balkans to jazz and funk. Touring throughout Europe, Indra has played at the Edinburgh and Galway festivals, and in Australia has appeared at major festivals including Woodford, the Falls Festival, Earthcore and the National Folk Festival. She played bass for the gypsy trio Vardos for the past six years and is currently a member of an exciting new Balkans quartet Byzantine Blue. Indra first joined the London Klezmer Quartet for their 2012 Australian tour and features on their new album, Butterfield Green, N16, recorded in London in September 2012.

2013 Australian Tour Program:

28 Feb Kulcha, Fremantle (WA)

1 Mar Bunbury, Eliot St Bar, Burlington Hotel

2-3 Mar Nannup Music Festival (WA)

7 Mar Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon auditorium) SOLD OUT!

8-11 Mar Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC)

13 Mar Sydney Jewish Museum (NSW)

14 Mar Camelot (Sydney)

15-17 Mar Blue Mountains Music Festival (NSW)

17 Mar Camelot (Sydney)

18 Mar Sydney Conservatorium w'shop

22 Mar Castlemaine State Festival (VIC)

23 Mar Brunswick Music Festival (VIC)

24 Mar Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Melb.

24 Mar House Concert (Glen Iris, Melb.) for bookings contact Pam Harris

25 Mar Melba Hall (Melb.) Lunch hour concert

28 Mar-1 Apr The National Folk Festival (Canberra)


January 16th 2013 05:39

Grinspoon have been BRANDED.

BRANDED is the second single to be lifted off homegrown favourites Grinners Top 10 ARIA chart album BLACK RABBITS.

BRANDED is in true style a Grinspoon sing a long rock classic song. Following up the hit first single PASSERBY which saw radio smashing it.

BLACK RABBITS is the bands seventh studio album which they released late 2012.

Grinspoon kick off 2013 playing the Big Day Out shows across the country with a special All Hits set with just a couple of new tracks thrown in.

Phil is also taking part in the Big Day Out Rock N Ride for headspace charity event supporting the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. So look out for him on the back of a motorcycle riding from his Big Day Out set at Gold Coast to his set at the Adelaide Big Day Out, a race through 4 states over 5 grueling days all in the name of raising awareness for headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

After they wrap up the National Big Day Out tour the boys will embark on their own National BLACK RABBITS headline tour which will be a whole new live show for fans who’ve experienced the explosion of energy, sound and good time rock ‘n roll that is Grinspoon.



SPA, Fasterlouder and Channel V are proud to present the ‘Black Rabbits’ tour.


Fri 15-Mar-13 Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
Sat 16-Mar-13 Metro, Sydney NSW
Thu 21-Mar-13 The Gov, Adelaide SA
Fri 22-Mar-13 The HiFi, Melbourne VIC
Fri 05-Apr-13 Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA
Sat 06-Apr-13 Capitol, Perth WA
Thu 11-Apr-13 Waves, Wollongong NSW
Fri 12-Apr-13 Capital, Wagga Wagga NSW
Sat 13-Apr-13 ANU Bar, Canberra ACT
Sun 14-Apr-13 New Albury Hotel, Albury NSW
Wed 17-Apr-13 Entrance Leagues, Entrance NSW
Thu 18-Apr-13 Panthers, Newcastle NSW
Fri 19-Apr-13 Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
Sat 20-Apr-13 The Big Pineapple Music Festival, Woombye (Sunshine Coast) QLD
Sun 21-Apr-13 Cooly, Gold Coast QLD
Wed 24-Apr-13 Bended Elbow, Geelong VIC
Thu 25-Apr-13 Pier Live, Frankston VIC
Fri 26-Apr-13 Inferno, Traralgon VIC
Sat 27-Apr-13 Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully VIC

For further information on ticketing and tour details head to

The 2012 Laneway Festival

January 27th 2012 00:51
You’ll find a heady mix of artists in this, the 2012 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival line-up announcement. There’s the ground-breaking, the genre-bending, your recent discoveries and your soon-to-be new favourites. But one thing unites them all: they are spine-tinglingly great live. Say that five times.

The 2012 Australian event returns to the five venues that have established Laneway as one of the most unique events in the country. The banks of Melbourne’s Maribyrong river, the historic sandstone buildings of Sydney’s College of the Arts, the tree-lined laneways just minutes from the Brisbane CBD, the lush grounds of the Perth Cultural Centre, and a new, expanded site at University of SA will provide the backdrop for 2012’s most exciting indie line-up.

Laneway continues its ongoing international expansion, returning for events in Auckland and Singapore.

The festival is proud of its continuing association with US based The Windish Agency
and UK promoter Eat Your Own Ears, both of whom return in 2012 to co-curate a stage. This year, Laneway is also thrilled to collaborate with Young Turks, the London label proving to be one of the most exciting on the planet right now. Stay tuned for more details about an extra stage in each city that will boast some of the best cutting-edge electronic acts around.

Over the years, the festival has hosted many still relatively-unknown acts at the start of their careers who have gone on to have major international success shortly after: The Temper Trap, Tame Impala, Feist, Florence The Machine, The XX and Mumford & Sons to name just a few. It’s an impressive record, one we’re determined to uphold.

So here it is: the headliner-free, A-Z, top to bottom awesome list of acts playing at the 2012 Laneway Festival:


ACTIVE CHILD’s heaven-high vocals were honed in school choirs, which kind of makes us wish we listened to our parents. You Are All I See is the assured debut from LA resident Pat Grossi, a synth-y affair that melds danceable hip hop beats and soaring R&B melodies. And harp. There’s lots of harp. It makes for a gorgeous, diverse sound that has seen him tour with the likes of English dubstep producer James Blake and dreamy synth-poppers School of Seven Bells.

ANNA CALVI is on fire. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see adjectives like hot, incendiary, burning and smokin’ thrown round with abandon. Pretty sure it’s metaphorical but listen to her eponymous debut or watch any video of her performing and you’ll see why. The half-Italian, half-British artist’s deliciously dramatic vocals and darkly cinematic instrumentation have won countless plaudits (including a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination) and the praise of Brian Eno who calls her ‘the best thing since Patti Smith’, which is not a compliment you’d throw out of bed.

AUSTRA’s assured debut Feel It Break is a culmination of the leading lady Katie Stelmanis’ years of school choirs (Again! Sorry Mum.), operatic training and her fascination with electronic music. Stelmanis, along with fellow Canadians, drummer Maya Postepski and bassist Dorian Wolf, have crafted a darkly hypnotic album, not quite dance music but made for night-time. Some people call it electro-goth but it’s much warmer than that. triple j and alternative radio have been all over stylish singles ‘The Beat, The Pulse’ and ‘Lose It ’, as they should be. File next to Bat For Lashes, Kate Bush and The Knife.

Nathan Jenkins is BULLION. Three years ago, the West Londoner self-released a 'mash up' album combining music by the Beach Boys with production inspired by J Dilla, called Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee and watched it become a viral sensation on the internet within days. The latest offering from the fast-rising, fresh-faced producer is You Drive Me To Plastic, which drops courtesy of Young Turks Records, friends of the festival and the ultra-hip home of Laneway alumni The xx, Holy Fuck, El Guincho and more.

You may remember CHAIRLIFT’s insanely catchy track Bruises from their 2008 debut, Does You Inspire You . Caroline Palochek and Patrick Wimberly are Chairlift and their music pivots around a hazily romantic, fragmented, psychedelic sense of humor and love for pop music. The duo have spent the past year holed up in the spare room of an antique shop producing their forthcoming album, which will be debuted in Australia in live-band form at Laneway. If lead single 'Amanaemonesia' is anything to go by, it’s a massive winner. The clip for said track is directed by Palochek and is fairly mesmerising. Girl can move, too.

Young NYC-by-way-of-San Diego pop duo CULTS burst onto the scene early last year with the irresistible 'Go Outside', a short, sharp burst of hazy bedroom pop steeped in classic girl-group harmonies and Spector-esque production. Little was known about the twosome of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, whose almost ungoogleable name and refusal to give interviews befitted their creepy moniker. A couple of months ago, the band decisively stepped out of the shadows, silencing the doubters with their great self-titled LP , a winsome and succinct half-hour set shot through with darker undercurrents that amply delivers on the band’s early promise.

There’s only one word for DZ DEATHRAYS and it’s ‘fucking-awesome’. Fuzzy, scuzzy, wall-of-sound punk of the highest order. The Brisbane duo have been gaining praise from all over the place (a spot in NME’s Top 50 Bands of 2011, Q Mag, Mark Ronson) for their two EPs but it hardly matters when your face is being melted at one of the band’s electrifying live shows.

‘Holy fucking fuck!’ is how NYC’s Village Voice responded to EMA’s former band, the cult outfit Gowns, but it applies equally to her debut Past Life Martyred Saints. South Dakota songwriter Erica M. Anderson’s devastating, poetic, deeply emotional album is nothing short of gut-wrenching. It’s sparse and full of reverb and like all our favourite Nineties girls’ albums rolled into one.

Can’t believe it’s been four years since FEIST ruled Laneway. Time is a fast train, people. Having gone underground for the past few years, Leslie Feist emerges with her new album, Metals, a typically gorgeous, acutely observational collection of tracks ranging from low rumbling and moody ambiences to those more brutal and intense. It’s a worthy follow-up to her already classic, award-winning and much loved albums Let It Die and The Reminder.

In lieu of a festival appearance in Adelaide, Feist will be performing an exclusive, intimate theatre show at the Thebarton Theatre, presented by the Laneway Festival. Fans purchasing tickets to the festival will be able to bundle a Feist side show and Laneway Festival ticket for a special discounted price of $159. That's a $40 saving, so we're basically giving you money! This is a strictly limited offer. The discount is only valid upon purchase of the bundle ticket. Festival and bundled tickets go onsale Wednesday 19 October through . Single side show tickets go on sale Friday 21 October through VenueTix.

GEOFFREY O’CONNOR has more or less been releasing one accomplished album a year since the debut of his former, much-adored outfit Crayon Fields in 2006. Not sure what inspired him to lose his Sly Hats moniker for his solo material but his brand new album Vanity is Forever is brimming with sexy swagger that shifts seamlessly between seductive dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry. Proof. Also, his new live show is the bomb, demonstrating a new found confidence that has come with the new throne.

GIRLS (who are not actually girls) have upped the ante with their stunner of an album, Father Son, Holy Ghost, a release marked by classic song-writing and classy production. Critics everywhere have praised the San Fran natives’ follow-up to their 2009 breakout debut: Pitchfork stamping it with a 9.3 and Clash mag proclaiming it a ‘quiet, understated triumph’. Taking cues from the likes of Alex Chilton and Elliott Smith, frontman Christopher Owen’s loverlorn lyrics are perfectly complemented by deft instrumentation and a refusal to get anywhere via just one musical avenue. The album is a slow-burner and, dare we say it, a masterpiece. Spend some time with it and you will be rewarded many times over.

Lafayette quintet GIVERS bring their joyful pop to the Sydney and Melbourne events and take the party vibe Up, Up, Up. Their debut ‘In Light’ is as sunny as its title, with requisite handclaps, tropical beats and electronic samples. Sound familiar? It is but Givers’ are possessed of a restless spirit that helps set them apart from the plethora of Vampire Weekend/Animal Collective 2.0 imitators. It’s fun, but not simple. Mad dancing prediction. Get into it.

‘Easy to like’ says Pitchfork of GLASSER, the one-woman orchestra of Cameron Mesirow; ‘easy to love’ say we. On Ring, the L.A. native’s universally praised debut lp, ethereal vocals swirl above an intoxicating mix of tribal percussion, lush electronics and orchestral flourishes. It’s mystical, yes, but without any of the put-on eccentricity or pretension those words sometimes imply. Glasser’s music, like her beguiling, beautifully restrained live shows, is the real deal: generous, direct and free of any gimmickry, all of it built around Mesirow’s formidable pipes.

East London via Southend-On-Sea band THE HORRORS have come a long way since 2005, when they graced the cover of the NME with eye-linered eyes, big hair, an eff-you attitude and barely a single (the spiky ‘Sheena Is A Parasite’) to their name. Their live shows were a riot – often literally – but did what rock n roll is supposed to do: energise, excite, divide and polarise. Three records on, they’re all grown up and the hype has evolved into almost universal respect. Skying is a wide-ranging, shapeshifting album with an overarching pop sensibility (see: unlikely hit single ‘Still Life’). They headlined the Laneway-curated stage at London’s Field Day in July and we guarantee that they’re as thrilling as ever.

Ten bucks says that local newcomers HUSKY grew up listening to Paul Simon, The Doors, Leonard Cohen and The Beach Boys. The Melbourne four-piece make classic pop, and their influences are as undeniable as their talent for rich harmonies, and artful songwriting. The band have had people talking since winning a Triple J Unearthed competition earlier in the year. They’re obviously hard workers, having supported Devandra Banhart, Noah & the Whale and Gotye and recorded their forthcoming debut Forever So (out 21 October).

You may not be familiar with Barcelonian producer JOHN TALABOT, but you should be. He makes pop-inflected house music, fusing driving club-friendly beats and gorgeous soaring melodies. Check out his Young Turks debut, the Families EP, which features Laneway cohort Glasser on the title track. Hypnotic, adventurous and infinitely interesting.

Over the past few years JONTI has been quietly making a name for himself as one of Australia’s most interesting musical exports. Under various guises, the multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and vocalist has already worked with Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon and the Dap-Kings and producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth). Pretty impressive for someone who is yet to release his debut album. ‘Twirligig’ is out next week via US indie label Stones Throw and it is all summery fun: a breezy, cacophonous album that belies its sophisticated arrangements.

It’s as though LAURA MARLING was born in the wrong decade. Wrong century even. Preternaturally wise beyond her 21 years, Marling inhabits an analogue world where she makes literate, timeless folk music. Previous albums Alas, I Cannot Swim and I Speak Because I Can were both nominated for the Mercury Prize (the latter earning her a 2011 Brit Award and NME Award for Best Solo Artist) but her new album, A Creature I Don’t Know, is perhaps her best yet.

We’re calling it. M83’s new LP Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is the Album of The Year. It’s an ambitious, sprawling, epic 22-track double album and it’s outstanding. We were massive fans of French electronic dream-pop artist Anthony Gonzales’ last album, Saturdays = Youth, (as was, um, everyone) but this is next level. Buy it, put it on, turn it up. Can’t wait until M83 close out the main stage in February.

We are very privileged to be streaming it exclusively this week. Head over here for a listen.

Wanna dance? Same. Luckily, that’s the modus operandi of ONEMAN. Revered for his incredible mixing skills, this London Dubstep king is among the scene's most important. His RINSE FM shows are some of the stations most popuar and throw in his legendary London Boiler Room sets and we can be assured that ONEMAN will get the party started.

Neil Finn is an international treasure (did you see him at Meredith last year? Bloody hell) and thus, we are thrilled to present PAJAMA CLUB, the new project by Finn and his wife Sharon. Borne out of a post-dinner jam to fill their empty nest, the coolest parents in the history of the world joined forces with friend and neighbour Sean Donnelly to create a mesmerising self-titled album that embraces electronica, krautrock, soul and is positively brimming with chemistry.

Combustible Brooklyn-via-Florida outfit THE DRUMS have packed a lot into their two years: two excellent, mostly self-recorded albums and an EP, line-up changes, internal strife, a couple of world tours. Now a five-piece, The Drums deftly sidestepped the sophomore slump this year with Portamento, an intimate and largely autobiographical LP full of the band’s trademark mix of giddy hooks and singer Jonathon Pierce’s musings on heartbreak, redemption, loss and love. Lest it all get too glum, The Drums keep their arrangements spry and wiry, drawing on the dynamics of 80s British post-punk to turn some decidedly heavy feelings into seriously compelling pop.

It’s not hard to get your head around the appeal of THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. Belong is their second album and it’s classic indie pop: jangly guitars, sun-soaked melodies, themes of heartbreak, redemption and so on. It’s like they sat down and wrote an album specifically for the Australian summer. Produced by genii Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Flood (PJ Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode), Belong is an album that both revels in and transcends its palpable Nineties influences. Also, they have a song called ‘Anne with an E’, which is appealing if you are an Anne of Green Gables fan.

THE PANICS have found a wider audience since their breakout track ‘Don’t Fight It’ from their 2007 J Award-winning album Cruel Guards, and rightly so. The Melbourne-via-Perth band have long been a world-class act and their latest long player, Rain On The Humming Wire, is an accomplished, beautifully evocative work, full of incisive lyrics and expansive soundscapes. One for the canon.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN is not a man. It is a four-piece hailing from the fabled Alaska and settled in Portland, Oregon, though their rock n roll mantra of record, tour, repeat as necessary means that they’re not home all that much. 800 shows and six albums in (In The Mountain In The Cloud is their accomplished latest) Portugal. The Man are on the cusp of breakthrough success, though you suspect they don’t care about that much. They’re a jam band, capable of texturally rich, sprawling opuses and europhic singalongs. Current single ‘Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)’, for example, wouldn’t be out of place on the Almost Famous bus. Makes for a rollicking good time.
(MEL and SYD)

Don’t let SBTRKT's aversion to vowels put you off. The anonymous producer’s self-titled debut album (released via Young Turks) pulls off a series of impressive feats: it's bursting with fresh ideas, and yet it sounds immediately familiar; it’s warm yet gritty, playful yet seriously powerful. SBTRKT’s nuanced, purposeful production is augmented by the silky smooth guest vocals of Sampha (accompanying SBTRKT at the festival), Roses Gabor, Jessie Ware and Little Dragon. It’s a record that marks SBTRKT as a standout of the pervasive dubstep scene and an artist worthy of a mainstream audience.

This year’s line-up is crowded with over-achieving youngsters and Chaz Bundick, a.k.a TORO Y MOI, is one of them. Hailing from South Carolina, the multi-talented 24 year old musician, designer and photographer this year released the follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 debut Causers of This, which had him in the company of blogger favourites and chillwave proponents Washed Out, Neon Indian and Memory Tapes. A lyrically rich, stylistically diverse album, Underneath The Pine has firmly established Toro as an exciting and ambitious talent, one confident enough to move on from the scene that made him. His recent live shows, meanwhile, have been described as akin to ‘a flashy, sex-fueled 80s rooftop fiesta’, which is to say they require your attendance.

The supremely-titled TOTAL CONTROL epitomise everything great about punk: a restless musical spirit and a deep disdain for social networking. Composed of members from various Melbourne indie outfits (UV Race, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al), the band’s primitive synth-punk singles and already-legendary live show will see them tour around the US and UK (including an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties at the invitation of Les Savy Fav) before returning to tear apart Laneway.

George Lewis Jnr aka TWIN SHADOW’s debut album is as intriguing as his upbringing. The troubled son of a hairdresser and a teacher ‘who lived many lives’ (semi-pro footballer, massage therapist, film maker and other things we’ll tell you about when you’re older), Lewis Jnr was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Florida. Forget is the sepia-tinged homage to his childhood, recalling moments from his youth in moods alternately sweet and sinister, but always compelling. Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) produced the album and he does a fine job of making Forget’’s 80s-tinged electro-pop sound altogether new. Grab a partner and pretend it’s your school formal: Twin Shadow’s slinky tunes and deep, velvety voice are made for this.

If ever there was an evocative title for an artist, it’s WASHED OUT. Ernest Greene’s dreamy, melancholic pop denoted the arrival of a new scene when his first couple of EPs surfaced a few years back. The poster boy for chillwave proves he’s not just a flash in the pan with his highly-anticipated/lauded first full-length (and Sub-Pop debut), Within and Without. Live, it’s less ‘chill’ and more ‘party’ as Greene and his full live band nimbly manoeuvre his multi-layered pop out of the bedroom and onto the stage.

Being ‘fiercely independent’ means nothing if your band is rubbish. Thankfully publicity-shy, record label-averse Mancunian four-piece WU LYF (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation) are anything but. The self-described proponents of ‘heavy pop’ released their startling first record Go Forth To The Mountain to far-flung adoration in the middle of the year and it is indeed a corker: the explosive mix of organs, echoed percussion, chiming guitar and one of the most distinctive vocalists of recent years combining to utterly euphoric effect. Believe it.

Multi-national London four-piece (and occasional five-piece) YUCK take us straight back to the golden era of Nineties indie rock, a time where Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo ruled supreme. That the band were infants when this era’s defining records came out is very much to their advantage: instead of reliving lost youth, Yuck instead reinvigorate the fuzzily charming sound of a now bygone era with an energy and verve all their own. Their self-produced, self-titled LP, released early this year, is, as Pitchfork put it, ‘a deeply melodic, casually thrilling coming-of-age album’ for a generation who weren’t around for Slanted and Enchanted and Nevermind. If you can imagine that.

Alexandria Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006

Laneway returns to a Saturday! That’s right, no more slinking off early on a Friday afternoon mumbling something about a headache to your boss. The festival returns to weekend frivolity and to its adopted home at the RNA Showground. Just a few minutes walk away from the Fortitude Valley precinct and public transport hub the festival awaits. Due to Brisvegas' January heat we have included more undercover areas and shade to ensure you will have a prime Laneway experience. Get up early as doors are opening at 11.30am.

Silo Park, Beaumont Street. Auckland

For 2012 Laneway New Zealand takes another step towards the ultimate Auckland experience. The remodelled, revamped, refreshed waterfront site of Silo Park will play host to Laneway with three stages, all those showcase boutique amenities and a truly exciting landscape. Silo Park provides Laneway NZ with its first waters edge location, spectacular views to the Harbour Bridge and the towering restored silos to pinpoint this landmark location.

Silo Park was recently completed as part of the upmarket restoration of the Wynyard Quarter. Laneway is proud to be one of the first ticketed outdoor events to grace this new cosmopolitan heart of Auckland City.

Footscray Community Arts Centre – 45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011 (Subject to Council approval)

There couldn’t be a better location for the Melbourne event than the banks of the Maribyrong River. The generous assistance of our friends at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and Maribyrong City Council (and the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation on whose grounds the event takes place) enables punters to catch their favourite bands in a spacious, tranquil and idyllic ... but still suitably Laneway-esque, urban site (cue stages on roads, views of a gorgeous city skyline and sweet industrial vistas). The spaces that you loved will all be there but we've given you a little bit more too - there's a brand new stage in leafy Grimes Reserve and the Car Park stage is moving to an even better location further down the all new 'River Promenade'.

In another very important development for 2012, the Laneway Festival in Melbourne is especially honoured to be naming a stage after one of our local music heroes, Dean Turner and proud to be supporting the Yiriman Project in his name. More details can be found here but we ask that you select the donation option when you purchase your ticket to Laneway this year.

We've upped the local content and, along with the always brilliant performance of a winning Very West band, we'll be bringing you more of Footscray's wonderful arts, markets and cuisines as well all your favourites from Laneway last year.

The public transport will still be free and we're currently working on a bike valet for all of you cyclists out there, so getting to and from Laneway in Melbourne this year will be as easy as the line up is good.

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) – Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2039 (Subject to Council approval)

There will be many and varied developments to the Sydney event in 2012, the most notable being the move of the main stage to the gorgeous Callan Park Ampitheatre and the addition of another stage tucked away in the trees behind the Sydney College of the Arts. Don’t worry - the historic sandstone buildings of the Sydney College of the Arts will still be fully utilised, hosting stages, markets and fine cuisine. Following feedback from punters, we are making significant improvements to the transport options to and, especially, from the event with more frequent bus services running to the city centre. Stay tuned for more news on this closer to the event.

Fowler's Live and UniSA West Courtyards – 68-70 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Adelaide can look forward to major upgrades to the site following extensive consultation with Laneway fans. The bottleneck issue from the last event will be avoided by the addition of two brand new stages and a one way flow system into and out of the Fowler’s Courtyard: The Young Turks stage, in the recently renovated Law Building Courtyard; and a new main stage on Register St, off Hindley St. A big video screen with vision of the Main Stage, additional food and vintage clothes stalls and a bigger main bar will ensure a premium boutique festival experience.

Click here to see festival director, Danny Rogers, walk you through the changes.

Perth Cultural Centre – Beaufort Street, Perth WA 6000

In 2012, Laneway will again take place in the urban beauty of the Perth Cultural Centre, with a couple of changes to the layout from last year. The magical Museum Stage area under the trees has been expanded while the Francis Street stage will move to the State Library end of the street and the patron entry will move to the Beaufort St end. The market stalls move across to the Urban Orchard. Look out for all the new upgrades around the Cultural Centre precinct, including a neat little kiddies playground outside the Museum. Our fine selection of foods stalls, located around the Urban Orchard and Art Gallery, ensures there’ll be plenty of fine food for you to enjoy.

Fort Canning, Canning Rise, Singapore

After the legendary inaugural event in 2011, Laneway returns to Fort Canning in 2012. Demonstrating our commitment to building this show into the premiere music festival event in South East Asia, Singaporeans and their regional neighbours can expect some exciting developments, including the addition of a second stage. Fourteen bands (eight up from last year) from around the world will descend on Fort Canning in February, transforming the event into a bona fide festival experience. The confirmed lineup for Laneway Singapore is now to be announced on October 21. Some final amendments are being done to ensure that the lineup for Singapore is unsurpassed.


In lieu of a festival appearance in Adelaide, Feist will be performing an exclusive, intimate theatre show at the Thebarton Theatre, presented by the Laneway Festival. Fans purchasing tickets to the festival will be able to bundle a Feist sideshow and Laneway Festival ticket for a special discounted price of $159. That's a $40 saving, so we're basically giving you money! This is a strictly limited offer. The discount is only valid upon purchase of the bundle ticket. Festival and bundled tickets go on sale Wednesday 19 October through . Single sideshow tickets go on sale Friday 21 October through Venue Tix.


November 22nd 2011 00:27

Right in time for Kurt Vile’s first ever tour of Australia, Kurt's latest album Smoke Ring For My Halo has been released as a deluxe edition. Available now via Matador / Remote Control, the album comes with the additional CD EP So Out Of Reach.

So Outta Reach features five incredible unheard songs, recorded during the Smoke Ring For My Halo album sessions, plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Downbound Train’.

The EP will also be available as a stand-alone release on 12” vinyl.

Released earlier this year on Matador / Remote Control, Smoke Ring For My Halo is tender and evocative, elusive but companionable; tough in the gut and the arm but swollen in the chest and giddy in the head. Smoke Ring For My Halo is a gorgeously layered record - a true American psychedelic folk album. Recorded at the Magic Shop by John Agnello, (Dinosaur Jr ,The Hold Steady, The Living End, Andrew WK, Sonic Youth), the album is a massive step forward for this most beloved (not least by other musicians) rock songwriters.

Over the past eighteen months Kurt Vile has toured with the likes of Sonic Youth, Panda Bear, Ariel Pink, Fucked Up, Dinosaur Jr, The National and Deerhunter. Don't miss your chance to see Kurt Vile and The Violators in Australia for the first time this December.

Australian Tour

Saturday 3 December - The Bakery, Perth
Sunday 4 December - The Corner, Melbourne *SOLD OUT
Monday 5 December - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne *Just announced
Wednesday 5 December - The Red Rattler, Sydney *Just announced
Tuesday 6 December - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney *SOLD OUT
Thursday 8 December - Woodland, Brisbane
Friday 9 December - Meredith Music Festival, Victoria


November 20th 2011 22:59

Popfrenzy Presents are excited to announce the return of SONS & DAUGHTERS to Australian shores, this January 2012. Formed in Glasgow over a shared love of Johnny Cash records and absolutely nothing to do with long-running Australian soap-operas, Sons & Daughters' sound is of blackest Americana mixed with broadest Scots, spinning dark tales of broken bones and tough love.

For the last eight years Sons & Daughters have worked towards fashioning a distinctive sound, image and story. Inspired by the melancholy storytelling of Lee Hazlewood, the lyricism of Bill Callaghan and Leonard Cohen, and the raw power of country, blues and folk, the Glasgow-based four-piece have been busy creating their own world and making it an interesting place to live.

Records that instantly deliver greatness can often leave you wanting more, while others slowly but surely sink in its haunting hooks and refuse to let go – like Mirror, Mirror. Sons & Daughters’ third and latest album is a slow burning sensation, a wiry, raw, sensual and spacious injection of primal monochrome rock with a potent undertow of post-punk dance that’s not only thrillingly contemporary but unique by 2011 standards.

Their tense sparse dynamic reaches back to their own past, namely 2006’s The Repulsion Box and the band’s 2004 mini-album debut Love The Cup, but also the 80s post-punk revolution in sound, from The Cure and This Heat to Gang Of Four, and then spun into something modern and timeless.


Tickets on sale Wednesday 9th November 2011


Wednesday, January 11 | Space Theatre ADELAIDE

Thursday, January 12 | Sydney Festival Keystone Festival Bar SYDNEY

Friday, January 13 | East Brunswick Club MELBOURNE

Saturday, January 14 | The Bakery PERTH

Records that instantly deliver greatness can often leave you wanting more, while others slowly but surely sink in its haunting hooks and refuse to let go – like Mirror, Mirror. Sons & Daughters’ third album is a slow burning sensation, a wiry, raw, sensual and spacious injection of primal monochrome rock with a potent undertow of post-punk dance that’s not only thrillingly contemporary but unique by 2011 standards.

But just as the album takes time to get under the skin, so it took its time to materialise.

Bunkered down in their rehearsal space inside an old town hall in Glasgow’s south-west district of Govan, Adele Bethel (vocals, guitar, piano), Scott Paterson (vocals, guitar), Ailidh Lennon (bass, mandolin, piano) and David Gow (drums, percussion) had the task of following up the denser, busier guitar-rock of 2008’s Bernard Butler-produced This Gift.

Scott: “We sound better when we’re more minimal. We wanted everything on the new album to be necessary, no added fluff, and only recording on 16-track.”

Adele: “We wanted something quite haunting and feminine. With an air of malevolence”.

Scott: “All we knew is we didn’t want to repeat ourselves. But for a year, we weren’t happy with what we’d written. But then “Rose Red” and a few other songs that followed finally gave us the direction we were looking for. But we weren’t prepared to record anything unless it was exciting, and fun. Once we did start recording, it only took a month.”

This time, the band enlisted the help of trusted mates, working at engineer Sam Smith’s Green Door studio, recording on analogue tape for that classic aural warmth and with Keith McIvor, aka JD Twitch of local legends Optimo Music, producing his first full-length album. “We knew someone like Keith could be really honest with us,” says Scott. “He’s been a big supporter, and he has great taste in music, and we also knew we wanted to start using electronics, and he’s really into his dance music. He’d play us tracks, like This Heat or Fingerprintz, to suggest a mood, or suggest something based on how he approaches remixing.”

For starters, Scott – who incidentally is singing more again after taking a back seat on This Gift, restoring Sons & Daughters’ original boy/girl dynamic – admits that several tracks changed shape on the day of recording. “Silver Spell” and “Ink Free” both had, “full on punk rock guitar” before the synths (vintage, of course) took over and they took on a different mood. “We’d think, ‘what’s the most prominent part of the song? Delete it,’” says Scott. “We wanted to put ourselves on the spot and create something new on the day. “Bee Song” was just a sketch on my computer, an ancient riff from before I joined the band. The beat was me tapping on a mike, through a Fender Twin amp with the bass all the way up, like a heartbeat.”

The tense sparse dynamic reaches back to their own past, namely 2006’s The Repulsion Box and the band’s 2004 mini-album debut Love The Cup, but also the 80s post-punk revolution in sound, from The Cure and This Heat to Gang Of Four, and then spun into something modern and timeless. Similarly, Adele talks of inspiration from Stevie Nicks (whose album Back Side Of The Mirror, Adele discovered after she’d named this one, was originally titled Mirror, Mirror…), Siouxsie, Kate Bush and PJ Harvey. Scott also mentions Fever Ray, and “Ink Free” has a similarly ominous undertow to that first lady of Swedish goth-folk-tronica.

It’s also in these dark, veiled spaces that Adele stirs in themes of fairytales, serial killers and witchcraft, as well as tapping her own inner demons. The album title – turned into a forceful mantra on the opening “Silver Spell” over claustrophobic electronics and a clomping beat – comes from reflecting on all that darkness. Adele’s stunning performance on “Bee Song” stems from the idea of ‘head bees’, meaning depression and the idea of entrapment. “It’s strange talking about depression,” she says,” but many people suffer from it, and for years we’ve done benefits for mental health.”

“Ink Free” and “Orion” come from a similarly troubled place. “Ink Free” recalls the writer’s block that afflicted Adele and Scott after This Gift; “Orion” may be rhythmically uplifting but it concerns, “feeling deflated and insecure after This Gift, and losing your inner glow.”

Even deeper and darker, “The Model” is based on a newspaper story about a model who threw herself from a balcony window. “The Beach” was initially written for the soundtrack to the film short Native Son, about the discovery of a dead girl in the woods while “Axed Actor” is another filmic reference, to ‘50s Hollywood and actress Elisabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, who was found dismembered in a field and her killer never found (bonus points for guessing the ‘80s cover – and ‘60s origins – of the song quoted in the middle…)

Have Sons & Daughters ever been this dark? “Maybe not,” says Adele. “But with so much time off, I became interested in different things and new ideas. On This Gift, it was ‘60s cinema; this time it’s Italian Giallo cinema [crime, mystery and evil) If any film represents this record, it would be like Dario Argento’s Suspiria.” But Scotland’s psycho-geographic nature also stains Mirror, Mirror. “I was raised on stories of famous Scots serial killers – my dad was interested in them – some of which operated in Lanarkshire, where we’re from,” says Adele. “Rose Red” was inspired by the so-called ‘Bible John’ in the late ‘60s, who found his victims at Glasgow’s Barrowlands ballroom. “When you live somewhere where something so dark and heavy has happened, you want to find out about it.”

Mirror, Mirror has the same capacity – it keeps revealing more and more as time goes on. “I love the feel of this album and it’s the most balanced thing we’ve done,” Scott reflects. “There are great rocking moments, for want of a better word, but it’s also reflective and dreamy. Someone who wasn’t a Sons & Daughters fan before said it sounds really spooky and weird but not like we’ve been forcing that. It sounds odd in a natural way.”

In other words, the pain was worth the gain. See you on the other side (of the mirror)…


General On Sale – Wednesday 9 November 2011


January 2nd 2011 11:16
Summadayze 2010

Sumadayze kick started the new year in Adelaide in ways I couldn’t even begin to predict. As I arrived at Rymill Park on the East end of Adelaide I was feeling quite flushed as I’d done the right thing and used my bicycle to get there. A stinking hot day on New Years Eve had left the streets pretty quiet for new years morning around my place so I set off from home, arrived in good time, locked up the bike and collected my ticket. My plus one was unable to attend, so I was collecting my ticket and doing the whole gig solo. Easy enough, I thought, to wander quietly and soak in the atmosphere. Listen up for the music that drew me towards it.

No sooner had I stepped into line, when a beautiful black police dog came and wedged its nose into my butt cheeks. For a moment there I thought I was being greeted in that way doggies say ‘hello’, and I was in a way, but this doggie was saying ‘you smell like pot’. So the police took me aside and went through all the proceedings in a polite and not overly dramatic or threatening way. I was completely astonished. I did not have any drugs on me, and was not there to score any or hook any up, ‘I’m reviewing the music, it’s not really a day off, I’m here with the purpose to remain sober so I can observe and reflect,’ I explained.

After giving my details, being searched, having my pockets examined, all of that, I was set free to wander inside; I had an apology and an explanation about the process. Evidently I could have sat somewhere and been exposed to marijuana, and I wondered how long it had been since I’d sat in any number of places where there may have been residue of bong water or pot. It’s difficult to really know under the circumstances, but because they were polite about it and I was quite clearly innocent – sure I look like an old hippy, but I also look like a wizard and a monk, a rock star, and the serial killer ‘Bob’ from ‘Twin Peaks’ but that doesn’t make me any of those things. I went and settled on the lawn by the Almost Famous stage and chilled for a while. Ajax, Miguel Migs and Lisa Shaw kept the spirits up. Singing live at these gigs must be a challenge. Dust, grass seed, dry breeze, humid, all sorts of reasons why singing could be awkward. Lisa Shaw came out with her magically smooth vocal styling and hit the nail on the head. Lisa presented with her beautiful personality, warm smiling face and a truly great strength in her voice. After a few songs from her and some dubious rain starting to drop I moved around for a little walk. The rain didn’t develop as the clouds moved over and sun shone.

On the Mainstage as the crowds gathered Riva Starr was really thumping things along. I find one needs the crowd in the main area to absorb the sound. The bass was a little heavy for me while there were so few people. Later in the day it would be so packed around the area I would only observe from the bleachers. I was ultimately attracted to some of the fine rapping and the groove end of the scale. There was so much room to dance under the trippy HQ tower, I couldn’t help myself, and that’s where things started to spin out a little.

I’ve done Future Music Festival, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Big Day Out, Blues Fest, Parklife and plenty of live gigs. I guess I don’t think too much about what part of the country I’m in when I start to actually enjoy the music and dance. Here in Adelaide I guess I also stick out in a crowd like this given I’m 50 this year, and the main age of other punters seems to be around 20-something. I have long grey hair – so plenty of the youngsters get a laugh or a shock when I pass them in the crowd. I hear comments like ‘it’s my grand-dad’ (seriously). This year, 2011, it seems the hi5 has really come home to roost in Adelaide. I was meeting them all over. And once, in Sydney, we used to laugh at the Japanese tourists who jumped off a bus to photograph a tourist attraction without seeming to actually experience it beyond the potential postcard it was being captured in. As my day progressed I discovered that young folk are really keen to jump up next to you and grab a photograph of themselves with you. It’s the phone camera thing. All of a sudden I’m surrounded by some crew – didn’t even see them coming, they’ve all grouped around me, some young woman is taking a shot. They move on... what a great new friendship that was... not. The first few times it happened I thought it was a bit odd, but by the time I had danced my little old hundred year old feet off I (each foot is fifty this year) had been captured in more shots than I could possibly count, and I didn’t meet most of them – however I did meet a few, and had a dance with actual people not just my shadow.

The overall groove was wild as the day moved into night. The late sunset here due to daylight saving paid off, and dusk in Rymill Park is a magical time. Sumadayze is probably the most amazing place for any music enthusiast to be on New Years Day inside the South Australian borders.
The type of music enthusiast you would be is one who enjoys a beat and a bit of space to dance. A touch of rock and funk jazzed up with very groovy dance beats and some trippy dub. I didn’t notice any big trouble, no fights, not bad vibes.

Horrorshow, Urthboy, Madcap, Tinnie Tempah were all as feisty as get up with slick rhymes busting out. The giant purple mushrooms on either side of the stage were fun to glimpse every so often under the leafy shade. Food stalls and body art market area didn’t really pull me, but others seemed involved. I didn’t drink but for the free water fountain in the park. There were a great deal of people drinking, but I didn’t notice any growling at bars or line-up’s out of control.

What I did notice was a fresh and fun respectful group of people who mingled and enjoyed some ground-shakingly-good music presented by some of the most hip acts you could hope for. Quite the triumph on behalf of the team who put it all together.

National Tour Dates

Summanights - Sydney - Thursday December 31st New Years Eve

Summadayze - Melbourne - Friday January 1st New Years Day

Summadayze - Adelaide - Friday January 1st New Years Day

Summadayze - Perth - Sunday 3rd

Summafieldayze - Gold Coast - Saturday January 9th

*Artist line up will vary in each state. See website for line up information in your city.

United by the spirit of summer and a universal love of dance, for the last 11 years tens of thousands have made the pilgrimage to this sacred festival's sites around the nation to share in this one, very special day.

Now, for the first time ever, Australia's premier dance music experience Summadayze is coming to Adelaide's Rymill Park on January 1, 2010 for an historic News Years' Day celebration - the likes of which the city of churches has never seen before

Adelaide, prepare to revel in the glory, colour and sheer excitement of this world-famous party and get ready to start 2010 in the biggest and best way possible.

Featuring a truly epic selection of the world's biggest DJs, including headliners Carl Cox, Infected Mushroom, and Deep Dish's Sharam, this will be a Summadayze like no other.

For House lovers, Tom Novy, Klaas, The Ian Carey Project, The Shapeshifters and Mark Knight are all on board, while Eddie Haliwell is guaranteed to take Trance fans above and beyond. Tech-House, Techno and Progressive fans can ride the hypnotic sounds of Sebastian Leger. Last but not least : Don Diablo will reach deep into his bag of Electro tricks and keep mash up and Indie Disco fans screaming for more! Fans of hip hop won't be left out with the Groove stage providing the sounds of seminal west coast outfit Dilated Peoples and festival favourites Ugly Duckling.

So join us for the party of your lifetime. The one, the only Summadayze 2010 is coming, Adelaide

Summadayze First Artist Line Up Announcement

Carl Cox, Sharam (Deep Dish), Roger Sanchez

Eddie Halliwell, Infected Mushroom (Live)

Tom Novy, Mark Knight, Sebastien Leger

Dilated Peoples (live), The Shapeshifters,

The Ian Carey Project, Don Diablo,

Ugly Duckling, Klaas

And more to be announced!

Tickets On Now!!

Stay tuned to or for further announcements.

Summadayze 2010 - First Announcement Artist Bios

Carl Cox - UK

Arguably the most recognised name in EDM, legendary UK DJ/Producer, Carl Cox, is an artist who requires little introduction. A pioneer of the early rave sound, since the 1980s he's been at the forefront of underground dance music culture and has blown hundreds of thousands of party-goers around the globe away with his inimitable sounds and infamous multi-deck wizardry. From his seminal 'F.A.C.T' Techno compilations and stunning artist albums to his top-shelf 'Intec Records' imprint, and from the success of his ongoing legendary 'Carl Cox & Friends' residency at Space in Ibiza to his universally acclaimed 'Global' radio show (which boasts 4 million listeners and is syndicated to over 20 nations); it's little wonder Carl Cox is widely acknowledged as one of dance music's true and undisputed legends.

Sharam (Deep Dish) - USA

As one half of the all-conquering Deep Dish duo alongside Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia, Sharam Tayebi has reached heights that few DJ/Producers can only dream of. An artist of rare and exceptional talent, his DJ sets are famed for captivating club crowds from Miami to Ibiza, while his solo productions (including 2006's monster hit 'P.A.T.T (Party Al The Time) continue to break new ground and consistently find their way into the CD wallets and record crates of the world's DJing elite. From his acclaimed Global Underground compilation 'Duba' and his highly anticipated forthcoming artist album 'Get Wild', to his daily duties looking after a trio of coveted co-owned labels with Ali (Yoshitoshi Recordings, Deep Dish Records and Shinichi Recordings); Sharam is a revered electronic music trendsetter that has stood the test of time and forges the future with every studio session he completes and every upfront tune he drops.

Roger Sanchez - USA

Where you know him as 'the S-Man' or 'Roger S', Grammy Award-winning producer and iconic DJ, Roger Sanchez, is without question one of the biggest and most influential names in the history of House music. In a groundbreaking career that spans nearly 30 years, the native New Yorker has wowed crowds in every corner of the globe with his trademark thumping, sexy and soulful brand of House, and, in turn, has helped define the tag of superstar DJ for generations to come. From his legendary performances at the world's most exclusive events to his chart-topping hits (including 'Turn On The Music' and 'Another Chance'), and from his seminal label 'Stealth' to his award-winning radio show and acclaimed compilation and party series 'Release Yourself'; Roger Sanchez is a true master, pioneer and innovator of the global EDM domain.

The Ian Carey Project - USA

Having sold over one million records worldwide and having toured the planet a number of times over playing DJ gigs and live PA sets, in 2009 American-born electronic musician Ian Carey is a global House music phenomenon. An established and highly successful Producer since the late 1990s, his catalogue of hits include summertime anthems like 'Lose Control', 'Say What You Want' and last year's chart-destroying 'Get Shaky' (under his current guise 'The Ian Carey Project'), while his self-run record label 'GFAB Records' is regarded as one of the best in the business and has peddled the musical wares of key industry icons and House music heavyweights including Mark Knight, Paul Rincon and Soul Avengerz. Always funky, always fresh and always up for raising and rocking a party, The Ian Carey Project is an explosion of 100% pure House music that moves the body, ignites the mind and soothes the soul. It's time to get shaky with it.

Don Diablo - NED

As a prolific and successful producer, insanely popular globetrotting DJ, intrepid label boss and the most Googled man in Holland in 2008; four-deck wizard and all-around dude, Don Diablo, is a gifted musician who's clearly on the path to greatness. Renowned for writing tunes that top charts and get snaffled up by TV shows like 'CSI: NY' (and ad campaigns for films like 'Snakes On A Plane'), and lauded for remixing enormous artists like Public Enemy, Kraak & Smaak and Laidback Luke; this flying Dutchman is currently producing part of UK rapper Example's new album in between rocking gigs all over the planet and concentrating on his next album for Sony/BMG worldwide. Fresh, bold and spontaneous, Don Diablo's DJ sets are famed for comprising a barrage of exclusive edits and bootlegs, and further championed for their frenetic energy, technical mastery and spur of the moment insanity.

Klaas - GER

Cologne-based DJ/Producer Klaas is a bonafide powerhouse of the global Electro House scene. In just a few short years his distinctively energetic style has seen him remix the likes of Eddie Thoneick, Aston Martinez, Michael Mind and Global Deejays - while his original productions (including the hugely successful floor-filled 'The Way') have earned him legions of new fans and stormed dance charts around the world. Nominated by Beatport as one of the Top 10 Best Electro House Artists in the world in 2008, Klaas has recently rocked DJ tours in North America, Australia and beyond, and is well on his way to being one of EDM's brightest shining lights.

Ugly Duckling - USA

Blurring the boundaries of Hip Hop and Funk to create a sound that's all their own, this trio of fiercely independent musical ideologists have taken the planet by storm. Comprising the prodigious talents of Andy, Dizzy and Young Einstein, Ugly Duckling have been delivering knock-out blows with their humorous style and piping hot live show since 1997. Leaving a trail of revered releases in their wake (including the infamous 'Fresh Mode' and 'The Leftovers' EPs, and the truly audacious 'Taste The Secret', 'Bang For The Buck' and 'Audacity' LPs), this triply talented team's motto of 'no management companies, no major labels, no media powers and no marketing budgets' has proven to be an intoxicating and refreshing recipe for global music industry success. Big, bold and full of soul, Ugly Duckling's beats and rhymes are truly the sound of now.

Dilated Peoples - USA

Dilated Peoples energized the rap underground in similar fashion to fellow West Coast crew Jurassic 5. The duo of Evidence and Rakaa came together in the mid-'90s, when they met at many of the same hip-hop shows; after deciding to start making tracks together, they formed Dilated Peoples. Once they added to the fold an excellent turntablist, DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples recorded the singles "Third Degree" and "Work the Angles" for ABB Records. The latter became an underground hit via hip-hop radio and club play, prompting Dilated Peoples' signing to Capitol. The Platform followed in May 2000. The group's follow-up for Capitol, The Expansion Team, was released with rave reviews as well as a Top 40 placing, and the group hit the road touring with the film Scratch, a documentary about hip-hop DJs and turntablists. Now are set for their first ever tour down under.

National Tour Dates

Summanights - Sydney - Thursday December 31st New Years Eve

Summadayze - Melbourne - Friday January 1st New Years Day

Summadayze - Adelaide - Friday January 1st New Years Day

Summadayze - Perth - Sunday 3rd

Summafieldayze - Gold Coast - Saturday January 9th

*Artist line up will vary in each state. See website for line up information in your city.


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