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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











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.


April 24th 2013 04:28
Singer. Songwriter. Poet.

Here's what Tim Morre has been up to since releasing his EP last year "I've had a forced break from music towards the end of last year after a frustrating trademark issue involving a Tim Moore from the US threatening to sue me for producing music under my birth name; crazy i know!".

With this finally sorted Moore is building momentum again, shooting some videos and supporting for the likes of Passenger.

Moore will be on tour with Stu Larsen and Natsuki Kurai kicking it off in Adelaide on April 18 at the Promethean, he also has some shows in early May. A regular protagonist at intimate and moving shows in Adelaide's vibrant nu-folk scene, Tim is a gifted storyteller with a voice of untempered honesty.

He has collaborated with the likes of Stu Larsen (QLD), Joshua Spier (SA), Cookie Baker (VIC), Natsuki Kurai (JPN) and been involved with stack of local and interstate projects.

He brings his wide experience to bear on the first release of his solo project. Recorded on a shoestring in a small studio in the Adelaide Hills, Fading Fires weaves together six stories about deep breaths, wide open skies and the end of the world.

"Very occasionally you come across a songwriter who stops you in your tracks and forces you to listen. This is the hidden treasure we're all searching for as songwriters and Tim Moore has it in spades." - Tim Hart, Boy & Bear

"What a treat it is to find a folk musician who can be subtle in his methods yet sharp in insight and powerful in impact!" - Anthony Vawser, MusicSA

"Amazing lyrics. Captivating melodies. Perfect instrumentation and production." - Stu Larsen

Fading Fires Tour
APRIL 2013

18th Adelaide
20th Hobart
21st Melbourne
26th Sydney
27th Canberra
28th Brisbane

Buy physical/digital at Bandcamp, digital only on iTunes.


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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2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

April 23rd 2013 01:15
2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano has upped the ante at this year’s Festival with not one, not two, not even three leading ladies making their Adelaide Cabaret Festival debut but four divas will reign supreme, including both the good and bad witches of Broadway smash hit Wicked, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel as well as Cassandra Wilson and Molly Ringwald.

The 2013 program features 411 artists in 161 performances over 18 days and nights. 52 international artists from across the USA and the UK and the best from Australia with 369 Australian artists, 250 of those South Australian performers. Showcasing 17 world premieres, seven Australian premieres and 17 Adelaide premieres, the vibrant program also features 12 international shows.

Opening on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend 7 June and running until 22 June, this year’s Festival program is bigger than ever before. Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano set the bar high in her first year. The 2012 Cabaret Festival broke all previous box office records, claiming the highest box office ever in the event’s 12 year history, including the 2011 Festival’s record by 12 per cent. This year’s Festival line-up looks destined for the same success.

Headlining the opening weekend is Tony and Emmy Award winning performer Kristin Chenoweth. A true cabaret artist who has won hearts on stage and screen, best known as the original Glinda in Wicked, she won a Tony Award for her role in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kristin has appeared on television in Glee, Pushing Daisies, GCB & The West Wing. In her Australian Premiere performance, Chenoweth will perform with the Adelaide Art Orchestra before embarking on a national tour with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival as Associate Presenter for her Australian tour.

Molly Ringwald star of 80s hit films, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Adelaide-made slasher picture Cut (which also featured a cameo from Kylie Minogue) makes her Australian stage debut in An Evening with Molly Ringwald, and it’s an opportunity to see this iconic performer as you’ve never seen her before - an accomplished jazz vocalist who cut her first LP at the age of 6.

Two-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer and composer Cassandra Wilson, renowned for her ability to cover everything from British pop to American country, will appear with her incredible sextet made up of some of the best musicians in the USA.

Headlining the closing weekend of the Festival is Tony Award Winning performer, Idina Menzel, star of Broadway’s Wicked and the original stage production of Rent. Menzel will be joined on stage by her dancer/performer/actor husband Taye Diggs, and backed by the 55 piece Adelaide Art Orchestra. Menzel will enchant audiences and demonstrate why she is one of the great vocal performers of our time.

Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano says, “I am borderline hysterical over the program. Who could have believed the juggernaut this festival has become? What an honour it is to be presenting some of the most talented and diverse artists from all over the world! Cabaret becomes a bigger and more recognised art form every year, taking it beyond its humble beginnings and yet maintaining its up close and personal branding”.

This year’s Festival explores the theme of ‘See What Hides Within’ and that’s exactly what the program does, going beyond the realm of performers on stage. It provides audiences with a unique look at the artist and the ever evolving art form. From the satirical, nostalgic, contemporary, to the traditional, magical and vagabond, fresh-faced Cabaret artists and industry stalwarts all go to extreme lengths to share their inspiring journeys showcasing their incredible talent on very different platforms.

Ceberano’s program continues to build on the Festival’s reputation for excellence, presenting a star studded line-up of international artists. They include the UK’s Barb Jungr, the spellbinding songstress returns in Stockport to Memphis. New York Cabaret icon Joey Arias is pure cabaret gold, Arias on Holiday will showcase his channeling of legendary jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday. Also hailing from the US is Lady Rizo a Grammy award-winning diva known for being the Mistress of Ceremonies at New York’s current hotspot The Darby.

Experience the bright lights of Broadway when the grandson of the great Richard Rodgers, USA’s Tony Award winning theatre composer/lyricist Adam Guettell takes to the stage with Haley Bond. In addition to seeing him on stage audiences can get up close and personal in a Masterclass.

It’s no secret Kate made plenty of friends during South Pacific, therefore it’s not surprising that some of those fellow performers are in this year’s program. Michael Lindner performs Mark Campbell’s off-Broadway hit musical for one actor Songs from an Unmade Bed. Lieutenant Cable aka acclaimed tenor Daniel Koek returns home with his eight-piece band from London to present A Decade Down the Road. And in what is destined to be a Festival show-stopper, Kate herself will take to the stage with Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Meet Me in the Middle, a collaboration that merges opera, musical theatre and rock’n’roll. The two will be joined on stage by the Adelaide Art Orchestra and conductor Vanessa Scammell.

All-time Festival favourite Eddie Perfect will hit a six as acclaimed Australian Director Simon Phillips guides an exciting new production of Shane Warne the Musical in concert with the 24 piece Adelaide Art Orchestra conducted by the award winning Iain Grandage. Perfect heads up an exceptional cast including Lisa McCune as Simone Warne, Shane Jacobson as Terry Jenner, Verity Hunt-Ballard as Bridgette Warne (Shane’s mum!) and Christie Whelan Browne as Liz Hurley.

Tributes are a-plenty in this year’s Festival: Tommy Bradson pays homage to Australian stage legend Reg Livermore in Reg as he performs a retrospective on his illustrious career; and soul sensation and star of last year’s hit TV series The Voice Darren Percival, brings his phenomenal celebration of a musical legend A Tribute to Ray Charles.

USA’s Award-winning composer/performer, David Pomeranz’s one-man musical tour de force Chaplin A Life in Concert is based on the life story of the brilliant cinematic genius. Australian star of stage and screen Tom Burlinson performs his sensational salute to the masters of swing in Now We’re Swingin’.

Catherine Alcorn presents Go Your Own Way, the story of Christine McVie - the other woman’ in Fleetwood Mac. The intriguing tale of international fame, songwriting, privacy and the decision to Go Your Own Way. From Fleetwood Mac to Annie Lennox and Bruce Springsteen, Adelaide own star of Jersey Boys Michael Griffiths returns with Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox whilst another Adelaidean Michelle Nightingale demonstrates her Springsteen-inspired journey in Born To Run.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival will be alive with the sound of Julie as award-winning West End singer and actress Sarah-Louise Young lovingly recreates the sound of Julie Andrews in Julie Madly Deeply. Marika Aubrey celebrates Sophie Tucker’s brilliant life and career in Last of the Red Hot Mamas, a personal salute to the original red hot mama.

If you like your cabaret contemporary there’s plenty to keep you satisfied; Mojo Juju’s Pony Takes A Powder will be the perfect introduction; Also fitting the bill is RRamp created by Christine Johnston who is renowned for her creation of the Kransky Sisters. RRamp is an eclectic mix of original music, dance, story-telling, humour and animation. Purr-fect post-post-modern diva Meow Meow returns with her unique brand of kamikaze cabaret and performance art exotica.

Paul Capsis Australia’s charismatic Cabaret King is back, the multi-award winning star of stage and screen including two coveted 2012 Helpmann Awards will present the Paul Capsis Revue, Performance Partner Lexus of Adelaide. Cult musical UK duo Bourgeois and Maurice make their Australian premiere with their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Sugartits!

David Jobling and Paul Capsis
David Jobling & Paul Capsis

Unlike her persona in popular television series Winners and Losers Virginia Gay is a little bit naughty in Songs to Self-Destruct To which explores the motto “Take your tragedy and make it marvellous!”.

Paul McDermott’s highly acclaimed 2013 Fringe exhibition The Dark Garden is now a stage show, TV’s favourite funny man has created a world premiere especially for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. (and odd's are that Paul is listed as the next ACF AD once Kate has finished her gig as chief) If you like your cabaret spicy don’t miss the world’s biggest one man band Puta Madre Brothers, the wanna-be Mexicans pay homage to their heroes of outlaw rock and roll, soul and Mexican folk music.

Cabaret Survivor is pianist, singer, writer and satirist Phil Scott’s personal, idiosyncratic and at times hilarious take on his mid-life cabaret career.

Magician and philosopher Sunny Leunig presents the Adelaide premiere of his 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival hit A Guide to Unhappiness, his unique take on magosophy – magic and philosophy combined.

Cabaret traditionalists won’t be disappointed. A selection of Irving Berlin’s songs will be delivered with style by Lucy Maunder in Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black. She will also embrace Jacques Brel along with John O’May and Helen Morse in Love. War. Death. BREL.

In a nod to Cabaret’s French roots Abby Dobson songstress extraordinaire and front person for Leonardo’s Bride, with Lara Goodridge, violinist/singer from the celebrated string quartet Four Play present a passionate tour de force of French songs in Baby et Lulu.

Hear the voice of a musical dynasty as Martha Wainright presents a richly diverse repertoire from several of her albums including her most recent acclaimed release and the title of her show Come Home to Mama.

Those who missed the sold-out critically acclaimed Australian tour of Songs for Nobodies will be able to see Bernadette Robinson as she returns to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with a concert of songs by her favourite performers and songwriters.

An evening of sumptuous songs, stunning strings and tantalizing tango My Latin Heart will be presented by internationally-acclaimed baritone José Carbó who will be joined by Adelaide International Guitar Festival Artistic Director and celebrated classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan and his equally renowned guitarist brother Leonard.

Compositions: A Musical Close Up is a theatrical and visual masterpiece concert that brings together the celebrated musical theatre talents of Tyran Parke, with the astounding images by his brother, one of Australia’s most acclaimed photographers, Trent Parke.

Larrikans of Aussie rock Brian Cadd and Russell Morris swap tall stories and sing classics from the Aussie rock industry from the 1960s to today, whilst folk and country genres are honored as Miles O’Neil and Simone Page Jones create a divine musical collaboration in Home in Your Heart.

No stranger to the Cabaret Festival is Australia’s stunning soprano siren Ali McGregor in her new hit show Alchemy, Performance Partner Investec Specialist Bank. She transforms into a 1940s siren creating some unique mash-ups. Australian brother and sister duo Emma and Thomas Hamilton perform La Musique, an intoxicating blend of jazz-pop standards sung in both French and English.

It was only a matter of time before local media identity Matt Gilbertson’s alter ego Hans took to the Cabaret Festival Stage, along with his band The Ungrateful Bastards and dancers The Lucky Bitches. The boy wonder of Berlin is back for the world premiere performance of Like A German.

David Bromley is back as design consultant having designed the Backstage Club, is where you’ll find the artists kicking up their heels after their show and possibly even onstage. This year’s club will be hosted by an array of stars from the Festival including Joey Arias, American comedian and impressionist Jim Meskimen and Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano. Tickets for the club are $10 and it’s the perfect place to kick on after seeing a show or two.

When the club reaches capacity patrons can still party in the Piano Bar where a host of FREE entertainment and Cabaret Festival guests can be seen throughout the Festival. A diverse range of catering options is available before, between and after each performance. Experience the Winter Garden on the Festival Terrace featuring pop-up style eateries and A Little Italy, a Trattoria style casual dining experience in the Piano Bar. Patrons can also purchase platters from the bars to enjoy during the performances.

In a first ever the Variety Gala Performance will be held over two nights. The performance on 6 June will toast the 40th Anniversary of Adelaide Festival Centre whilst 7 June performance will celebrate the opening of 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Always a star studded line-up, the stunning showcase is an appetizer to the performances on offer throughout the Festival.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says “Cabaret Festival’s Variety Gala performances will salute the traditions of cabaret and variety so central to the rich history of this great arts centre, the first ever purpose built arts centre of its kind in the country”.

Thanks to Great Southern Rail who have been supporters of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival since 2008, patrons who subscribe to four or more shows go in the draw to WIN an extraordinary travel package valued at $9,000. Patrons who purchase tickets before 1 May will go in the draw to:

WIN a deluxe Ghan package for two people which comprises:
· Platinum Service travel on The Ghan (Two nights and three days from Adelaide to Darwin)
· All on-board meals
· All standard wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks
· Exclusive Off Train Excursions at Alice Springs and the beautiful Katherine Gorge
· Chauffeured transfers to the terminal
· Flights from Darwin back to Adelaide or your nearest Australian capital city

Full program and tickets are on sale now through BASS 131 246.

Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure. Get one free by calling the Adelaide Cabaret Hotline on (08) 8216 8901 or go to adelaidecabaretfestival

Download the new Adelaide Cabaret Festival App, like us on Facebook, and follow the Festival on Twitter and Instagram @AdelaideCabaret to stay up to date with all the latest news on artists and performances.

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)

BIG DAY OUT 2011 first announcement

September 28th 2010 04:28
Welcome to the official BIG DAY OUT 2011 first announcement!

2010 was one for the record books and a stellar year for BDO.

We not only passed the emotional 100 show mark with a bang, but also staged our biggest shows to the largest and our most respectful audiences of our 18 years of BDO. And so we thank you for your continued support in helping us produce the best and safest event possible for the patrons, the bands and our tireless team.

Which brings us to 2011.
2010 is a very hard act to follow, so for 2011 it felt right to turn up the heat musically and visually. And what better way to explain this than to present you with over 40 exceptional acts from home and abroad for the first round alone.

This is by far our biggest and most diverse announcement ever. As well as the many incredible first timers on offer, we are enthusiastically welcoming back several iconic BDO veterans. They are some of the most exciting and uncompromising artists performing live today. We believe this combination of extremes for 2011 will create a spectacular event.

From the heaviest to the sweetest sounds in the world today, this will be a sensory overload not to be missed.

Full tickets details are below, but please remember the policies we’ve built your show on: You’re all VIPs (Very Important Punters). We don’t do elitist or bogus pre-sales: we’re either on sale or we’re not. We have what we believe to be one low ticket price for one high standard for everyone….

And we hope to see you there

In summary, the stellar first inductees of the BIG DAY OUT 2011 are linked below:

So, let’s get rolling…

The sky will blacken, the ground will shudder, the earth will open up and BIG DAY OUT will once again tremble in the presence of the awe-inspiring TOOL. “Primal, poignant, poetic and, as always, utterly powerful” (ARTISTdirect, July 2010). Touring Down Under for the first time in four years, vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor will be fresh from the studio, where they have been slowly crafting a follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days. From Lateralus to Stinkfist, you know the music. But, backed by a video and laser light show unlike any other, TOOL live is also “the kind of visual experience you'll probably never have again” (CHARTattack, August 2009). Unmatched in the world of dark, heavy rock, California’s TOOL have over 20 years scorched themselves a place as “one of the best live bands in history” (ARTISTdirect). Be blinded by their light at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

A decade since ruling over BIG DAY OUT with a reign of fire, pyrotechnics, monstrous riffs, wicked humour and industrial savagery, RAMMSTEIN will return this summer to reclaim their sovereign territory. The RAMMSTEIN live experience is “dizzyingly ridiculous”, says the BBC. “Rock is at its best when confrontational, subversive, curiously camp and bold, which is why RAMMSTEIN are currently one of the most important bands in the genre.” Armed with their sixth album, Liebe ist für Alle da, Germany’s infamous techno-metal masters bring nothing less than the greatest show on earth: “RAMMSTEIN are in pulverising form, the crowd are going crazy, the atmosphere is electric and the firebombs launching from the stage are like World War III on apocalypse LSD” (The Quietus, February 2010). Bow down to your kings, BIG DAY OUT 2011, for RAMMSTEIN have returned. (ALL SHOWS)

It’s time for a new generation to plug in to the raw power of IGGY AND THE STOOGES at BIG DAY OUT 2011. The band that invented punk rock return with iconic frontman Iggy Pop rejoined by guitarist James Williamson, drummer Scott Asheton, bass player Mike Watt and sax player Steve Mackay. IGGY AND THE STOOGES will be performing songs from their landmark 1973 album Raw Power, and cherry-picking the likes of Fun House, I Wanna Be Your Dog and Down On The Street from their incendiary back catalogue. Kurt Cobain consistently listed Raw Power as his #1 favorite album of all time and Jack White will tell you that Fun House is the best rock and roll album ever made! It’s “the most chaotic and beautiful mess you could ever want” (Boston Herald, September 2010). As Iggy says, “The Stooges and I are cocked and loaded to deliver it live on stage.” And the only place to see IGGY AND THE STOOGES deliver it this summer is at BIG DAY OUT. Don’t be the one to say you missed it. (ALL SHOWS)

Standing at the front line of mission BIG DAY OUT 2011 is the one-woman shock and awe campaign that is M.I.A. The Sri Lankan-British “singer/rapper/firebrand” (Pitchfork) fearlessly cuts through genre boundaries and lyrical taboos, blazing new ground from the clubs to the streets with powerhouse tracks like Galang, Paper Planes and, from her latest album /\/\/\Y/\, Born Free and XXXO. On record and on stage, M.I.A. delivers “pure, flashing brilliance, a lightning cognitive connection of word, idea and sound that few do so well” (NME, July 2010). Often controversial, always compelling, M.I.A knows only one way: all guns blazing. Take cover, BIG DAY OUT. (ALL SHOWS)

John Butler is undeniably the most successful truly independent artist in Australia. The recent rebirth of his band, JOHN BUTLER TRIO, saw two new members join John Butler; Nicky Bomba on drums and Byron Luiters on bass. The title for the trio’s latest album April Uprising is all about a period of change, of evolution and a constantly renewing beginning. April Uprising is John's most focused, diverse and accessible album to date. Between the epic opening track Revolution and a whispered acoustic coda A Star is Born, dedicated to John's son, April Uprising is an album that combines the personal, the political and the musically memorable with skill and passion. BIG DAY OUT is very excited to welcome back JOHN BUTLER TRIO. (ALL SHOWS)

GRINDERMAN, BIG DAY OUT is shivering with anticipation as the howling, growling, malevolent rock beast that is GRINDERMAN approaches. GRINDERMAN are Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos – Four Bad Seeds on a mission to take us somewhere else entirely. On album No. 1 they were equal parts swagger and sexual frustration. On Grinderman 2, they’re simply ravenous and rampaging, “mixing horror and black humour with barely tamed musical malevolence” (The Guardian, September 2010). Fronted by Australia’s unarguable king of intense, intimidating performance, GRINDERMAN are coming to draw out the heathen child in all of us at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

WOLFMOTHER Brothers and sisters sound the siren. A new moon has risen and the return of WOLFMOTHER is well and truly upon us. It was a whirlwind journey the band went on with the Wolfmother album, a voyage that resulted in over one million sales, sold out riots disguised as shows the world over, multiple ARIA Awards and a Grammy. In 2009 they regrouped and returned with a thundering 2nd record, Cosmic Egg, which they describe as “the sound of the Wolfmother world being rethunk and cracked wide open, with a sprawling, jubilant galaxy of musical and metaphysical harmony spilling forth”. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves and BIG DAY OUT couldn’t be happier to have them cracking it open again in 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

You thought it was all over, but James Murphy’s genre-mashing LCD SOUNDSYSTEM couldn’t farewell the live arena without one last tilt at BIG DAY OUT 2011. The biggest name in punk-funk for much of the last decade, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM is a “disco-ticking-time-bomb” (OC Weekly) that has done everything – from movie soundtracks to Grammy-nominated albums. Now, after winning raves for third album This is Happening, Murphy is about to flick LCD’s ‘off’ switch. But before he does, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM wanna put some dance, party and soul in your world one last time, via the likes of Drunk Girls, North American Scum and Daft Punk is Playing at My House. And they’ll be bringing “the heavy artillery … More muscular and frenzied than on record, the LCD seven-piece live line-up avoids the ‘live dance music’ cul-de-sac in favour of a looser, more dynamic sound … Wow” (The List, May 2010). You better believe this is happening – so be sure to get enough LCD SOUNDSYSTEM to last you a lifetime at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)

BIG DAY OUT has seen the future of dance music, and it goes by the name of BLOODY BEETROOTS DEATH CREW 77. Bob Rifo’s Italian gang may be DJs, prolific producers, masked avengers and remixers extraordinaire, but this summer it will be BLOODY BEETROOTS DEATH CREW 77 invading the Boiler Room. This isn’t just a live set, this is live communal anarchy, an electro punk rave-up that has madeBLOODY BEETROOTS DEATH CREW 77 one of the most talked about dance music acts on the planet. Madly energetic, or just plain mad? Whatever the answer, you’ll be showing mad love for BLOODY BEETROOTS DEATH CREW 77 by the time they’re done with BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

Get ready to get messy with CRYSTAL CASTLES at BIG DAY OUT 2011. Toronto’s electronic experimentalists Ethan Kath and Alice Glass are purveyors of the most frenetic live show on the planet. “It's a thrillingly anarchic, messy show … all over the place, and all the better for it” (MusicOMH, June 2010). The whispers about CRYSTAL CASTLES began in 2006, a series of limited, lo-fi vinyl singles selling as quickly as they were pressed. Two self-titled albums later, the whisper is a roar. Or maybe that’s just Glass’s “hellish shriek backed by warzone beats and liquid synths”. Shield your ears – CRYSTAL CASTLESwill bring the noise at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (AUCKLAND & EAST COAST ONLY)

If BIG DAY OUT is beamin’, it’s because we’re psyched to be welcoming back hip hop superstar LUPE FIASCO. The MC with the madly energetic, fast-flowin’ live-band show kicked and pushed outta Chicago with two Grammy-nominated albums, Food & Liquor and The Cool. Since last hitting these shores, LUPE has wrapped a new album, Lasers. But where is it? Singles I’m Beamin’ and Shining Down were a tasty tease, yet the album proper remains so damn anticipated that the rapper’s fans have resorted to petitioning his label to have it released. That’s just the kind of passion LUPE FIASCO inspires, and that’s why we’re beamin’ to have him back at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

20 years after taking the sounds and spirit of the second summer of love and acid house and melding it into one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, British rockers PRIMAL SCREAM will remake history by performing their epoch-defining classic Screamadelica in full at BIG DAY OUT 2011. Two decades on, these songs still sound like the future: Loaded, Movin’ On Up, Higher Than the Sun, Come Together, Don’t Fight it, Feel It. Bobby Gillespie and the band will be joined by gospel singers, a horn section, and a field full of memories. Come together to see PRIMAL SCREAM do Screamadelica at BIG DAY OUT.(ALL SHOWS)

Brothers and sisters, stomp your feet, nod your head and stroke your beard in time with the baddest blues-rock duo around, THE BLACK KEYS. “Patrick Carney beat on his drums like they just stole his girlfriend, and Dan Auerbach was a man possessed, wailing with his soulful voice and playing his fuzzed-out bluesy guitar riffs” (Chicago Examiner, August 2010). Ohio boys Auerbach and Carney have been knocking out crunchy blues-rock jams since the early 2000s, adding a little soul, glam and psychedelia on their latest album, the US No.3 hit Brothers. This is the real thing. No nonsense. Just pure, unadulterated THE BLACK KEYS at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

BIG DAY OUT is daring to look deep into the Diamond Eyes of California’s favourite alt-metal sons, DEFTONES. The 2010 release and sixth album, is “a brilliant, invigorating reintroduction” (NME) to Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and new bassist Sergio Vega – the men who shook the world a decade ago with the groundbreaking White Pony – still “wield that balance between beauty and brutality better than anyone” (ARTISTdirect, August 2010). So brace yourself for extremes as you prepare to witness the long-awaited return of DEFTONES at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

Fresh from knocking off Eminem’s six week reign at the top of the ARIA Album Charts, with their fourth album Running on Air Aussie hip hop trio BLISS N ESO are self assuredly demanding your ears when they hit the stage at BIG DAY OUT 2011. This is music made to fill the wide open spaces of BIG DAY OUT: “This is a career defining album; an album by which every new hip-hop release in this country will be judged, and deservedly so” says The Vine, MX added “Running on Air is a rocket that never runs out of fuel.” Hip-hop style stadium singalongs? We think yes. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

Australia’s finest duo ANGUS & JULIA STONE have spent the last few years on a remarkable musical journey together and now they bring their lovingly crafted songs to BIG DAY OUT 2011. Their latest album Down the Way was released to critical acclaim mainly due to the subtle shift of gear, represented by a growing confidence in their abilities as artists which has seen the music follow suit. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

BIG DAY OUT is reverting to PLAN B. But Ben Drew is no back-up plan, he’s the recalcitrant renaissance man of British music: rapper, actor, guitarist, storyteller, filmmaker and now chart-topping soul singer. After shocking the nation with his 2006 debut Who Needs Action When You Got Words, PLAN B took a sharp turn with The Defamation of Strickland Banks, a surprising, slick album filled with “stonking tunes” (NME) that trace the rise and fall of a smartly-suited soul singer. But don’t be fooled – this sweet soul morsel has a razor-sharp edge. Quite simply, no one else cuts it like PLAN B, and he’s suiting up for BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

As the world now knows, Australia’s electronic / pop crossover pioneers, PNAU did make the big move over two years ago to take up residence in London following on from a life changing moment crossing paths with (and now under the guidance of) the pop maestro himself, Sir Elton John. It's been three long years since the release of their last spectacular self titled album, with which Messrs Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes have been incredibly busy traipsing the world completing album number four in studios in London, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, as well as having been involved in array of projects including one half of Empire Of The Sun; production jobs for Groove Armada, Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams and more. In amongst this worldly action, Nick has been given the auspicious duty of composer and musical director for the famed international production Cirque du Soleil. With the wait now over and the highly anticipated fourth album arriving shortly, it's time for PNAU to present the next chapter of 'their brilliant career' and as such the rumours can be confirmed as PNAU finally return home to Australia in January 2011 for the BIG DAY OUT. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

Comin’ straight outta Cape Town to BIG DAY OUT 2011 are South Africa’s interweb-conquering, next level, hip hop heroes DIE ANTWOORD. The hard rhyming Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek burst on to the scene with serious gangsta skillz and viral videos for Enter the Ninja and Zef Side, then quickly became the “so zef, so fresh” smash hit of Coachella 2010 – “Pound for pound the most engaging and legitimately surprising act of the weekend,” said the LA Times. Part anarchic art project, part the-future-of-rap, total mystery. Are DIE ANTWOORD for real? Find the answer at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)

With their magic tour bus painted all the colours of the rainbow and their fearless leader at the wheel, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS are on the road to BIG DAY OUT 2011. The (at least!) ten-strong, Hottest 100-conquering neo-hippie combo from California are putting a skip in the step of the world with smile-inducing songs from the name-making Home to the happy-go-lucky Janglin’ and 40 Day Dream. This is the stuff group singalongs are made of, music to bring people together. As the Denver Post put it: “At an Edward Sharpe show, everybody is family.” So get on board with EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES – next stop, BIG DAY OUT. You’ll feel right at home. (ALL SHOWS)

Berlin duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier are BOOKA SHADE DJs – Get Physical label bosses, producers of immense electronic club music, newly-minted DJs. At BIG DAY OUT 2011, it’s BOOKA SHADE in DJ guise that’ll take to the Boiler Room. A BOOKA SHADE DJs set isn’t just about flinging vinyl onto a turntable – “Bringing together new tracks and new beats and creating something new around it, is more the spirit of our music,” says Kammermeier. It’s also about capturing the feeling of a great party. Grab the feeling and don’t let go with BOOKA SHADE DJs at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)

When it’s time to party, BIG DAY OUT knows exactly who to consult – the ultimate authority on partying hard, ANDREW W.K. Infamous for his bloody nose, highly regarded for his motivational speaking, famous for his high-life attitude, beloved for his songs like Party Hard, She is Beautiful and It’s Time To Party, New Yorker ANDREW W.K. is coming our way with his full band for the first time ever to create feelings of pure joy, fun, freedom, and possibility. How does he do it? “His fast and hard party anthems whip the crowd into a fist pumping frenzy … ANDREW W.K. takes command of the crowd and bids them to live it up while they can” (mxdwn, September 2010). So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to party. It’s time for ANDREW W.K. to take command at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

THE JIM JONES REVUE will be burning the house down at BIG DAY OUT 2011. THE JIM JONES REVUE manifesto is simple, and ferocious: "If you're going to get on stage,” says guitarist Rupert Orton, “deliver." And that they do, riffing on Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis for a rock’n’roll sound that could have come direct from the 1950s, if it wasn’t fused with the so dang wild, loud and loose vibes of The Cramps and The Birthday Party. The Londoners may have only dropped their debut in 2008, but don’t let that fool you – these five punk rock bluesmen have been around. Hot on the heels of their blistering second album, Burning Down Your House, THE JIM JONES REVUE are set to fire up BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)

BIRDS OF TOKYO certainly aren’t the kind of band to do things in halves. Their latest self –titled album was recorded between Sydney, London, Gothenburg and New York, giving themselves the most surreal and inspiring experience possible, knowing that the results of doing so would speak for themselves. This journey into such deeply personal territory has produced BIRDS OF TOKYO’s most meaningful and powerful album yet. Stand up and be counted at BIG DAY OUT 2011 with BIRDS OF TOKYO. (ALL SHOWS)

Melbourne’s LITTLE RED have been away a while, growing up, growing down, tasting the sweet and the bittersweet in equal measures, and they’ve recently returned with their second album Midnight Remember. Described by The Age as ‘pretty much the best band in Melbourne at the moment’, LITTLE RED and their all-singing, all-dancing live show are set to shake up BIG DAY OUT 2011 with their pure, irrepressible pop, infectious hooks and good times. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

No strangers to the BIG DAY OUT, GYROSCOPE is bringing something new to the table this time and it’s not what you would expect. You would be forgiven for thinking that they would stick with what seems like a formula for success. But for something to succeed you don’t need a formula – you need a solid foundation on which everything can be built. And few in music have set a foundation as strong asGYROSCOPE. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

The temperature gauge is rising as BIG DAY OUT ushers in the artist who ushered in a whole new era of dance music, VITALIC. The man born Pascal Arbez has always been one step ahead of the electro game, his 2005 debut OK Cowboy preceding the rise to worldwide dance-dominance of every other Frenchman with a laptop. In 2009, he re-stamped his authority on the scene with the highly-charged Flashmob. Using big synths, big beats and a big slice of glittery disco as his building blocks, VITALIC creates a sound as pulverising as it is infectious. No messing around – “This guy is incredible” (inthemix, November 2008). Keep up if you can, as VITALIC flashes forward at BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL SHOWS)

Representin’ for São Paulo at BIG DAY OUT 2011 are Brazil’s hot, hot band of the people, CSS. “The physical embodiment of the best party ever” (NME), CSS have shared their unquenchable thirst for good times and all things pop and art via two albums, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Donkey. On the eve of the release of their next blast of post-punk-electro-art-school madness, CSS are back to doing what they do best – creating unbridled joy live on stage, in a set that’s equal parts dance party, urban circus, and out-and-out chaos. As the band’s technicolour frontwoman Lovefoxx would say: get up, get up, get up! Get up, and get your CSS while it’s hot at BIG DAY OUT. (ALL SHOWS)

When BIG DAY OUT is rockin’, RATATAT will come a’knockin’. New York duo Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have been mixing electronics with guitars for the past decade, combining the power of noise and dance, collaborating with Kid Cudi, remixing Bjork, dropping four albums. Songs like Lex, Wild Cats and Seventeen Years have made them completely hip, but it’s when you see RATATAT live on stage – an aural, visual and physical assault of synths, guitar, hypnotic video and boundless energy – that the hype makes perfect sense. If you’re ready to be blown away, you’re ready for RATATAT at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

AIRBOURNE have been waving the rock and roll flag for Australia both at home and overseas since 2003. AIRBOURNE crank out with all cylinders firing potent, solid and good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. “Basically, we’ve never been about having a specific message; we don’t talk about politics or social injustices in our songs. There are other bands out there to take care of that,” says rowdy lead guitarist and vocalist Joel O‘Keefe. The band’s latest album No Guts, No Glory is a true testament to AIRBOURNE’s way of life: the album is a virtual rock and roll buffet served up this summer at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL SHOWS)

It’s been a few years since DEAD LETTER CIRCUS blasted onto Australian airwaves in 2007, their bombastic yet nuanced take on alternative rock left most observers struggling to process what they were hearing. It was epic, it oozed confidence, it was intense. Fast forward a while and the band then set out to record the follow up to their self-titled EP that started it all. Over an incredible 18 month gestation period, with every deadline pushed, every note analysed, every resource pooled, and every avenue of exploration exhausted, the new album This Is The Warning was born. From one travelling circus to another we make way for DEAD LETTER CIRCUS to come play BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

You can put your fist in the air, come just as you are, you can bounce to da beat, rock out up the front row or chill up the back. Hard hitting lyrics and groove delivered in the most accessible way…you’re atBIG DAY OUT 2011 and Australia’s premier urban roots crew BLUE KING BROWN have arrived! Lead by the multi talented, relentless energy of Natalie Pa’apa’a, the band have established themselves as one of Australia’s most engaging live acts. BLUE KING BROWN bringing groove to BIG DAY OUT this summer. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

The meteoric rise of THE NAKED AND FAMOUS has been the biggest story in New Zealand music in 2010. The group had already won over alternative radio ears in their home country with two EPs where a home studio full of industrial strength electronica ideas underpinned some of the most melodic dream pop concocted down under, before they unleashed single Young Blood in May. But were they ready for that song to go straight into the NZ charts at number one, hook them up with NY indie label and blog Neon Gold, hit playlists from Triple J to London’s XFM, win them the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll and make them one of the hottest unsigned properties in the world? Probably not. But their self-produced album, Passive Me Aggressive You, has since appeared and garnered even more praise. Nudity? Not in public. Fame? Most definitely around the corner for these five kids from Auckland. (ALL SHOWS)

Returning to the BIG DAY OUT national tour for their second time OPERATOR PLEASE are well and truly back. This time though, take everything you think you know about OPERATOR PLEASE and put it aside. The Queensland-based band defy all expectations on their second album, Gloves, with the youthful enthusiasm and teenage angst that gave them worldwide recognition making way for a more sophisticated and developed sound. After spending the last few years touring the globe the band bring their pop anthems along for the ride and are set to rock BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

CHILDREN COLLIDE arrive for BIG DAY OUT 2011 on the back of their powerful new album Theory for Everything. Vocalist and guitarist Johnny Mackay says "Alchemy and chemistry, reason and religion, love and logic. Art and music are so often about tying opposing forces together into a contentious dualism. Contradiction is a big part of what we do." CHILDREN COLLIDE are here. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

There is no gypsy and there is no cat, but there is a GYPSY & THE CAT, an electronic duo who, instead of pumping out house beats and booty-quaking bass lines, pen gorgeous mini epics of forlorn beauty and elegiac romanticism that, you can just tell, are about heartache and solitude, past girlfriends and future loss. Their brand new album Gilgamesh is set for release this summer. In the meantime the lead single Time to Wander has been described as “…dreamy, epic and luscious soft rock, just in time to soundtrack the Summer. Bam” (The Brag). GYPSY & THE CAT bring their summer soundtrack to BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

WILL STYLES first discovered “The Rave” when he was 16. At the end of the night he was moshing on the dance floor with his Skid Row t-shirt and torn jeans, whirling 2 flannies above his head, yelling along to Speed Racer. He was hooked. He's always tried (often spectacularly badly) to play rave in FunkTrust sets, but after taking awhile he's finally playing rave music every week: like a shitty Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-movie, he's been re-united with his first love. Will has hosted Radio FunkTrust on Triple J since 2006. Every Friday night you can tune in to him playing super-sweet new records and making fart jokes. WILL STYLES is joined for the BIG DAY OUT shows by MC HAYLEY BOA. She used to sing in one of The Wiggles shows and was reprimanded for incorrectly miming the actions during the Eat a Bananasong. Instead of peeling it, she was (quite innocently) fellating the banana to tens of thousands of small children. No one has been able to convince her to re-enact her banana antics on stage yet, but we’re hoping it happens at BIG DAY OUT in 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

Bigger. Brighter. Bolder: Just three words to nail the irresistible sound of hot Adelaide quartet LOWRIDER’s sophomore album, Round the World. LOWRIDER have taken their unique blend of soul and funk to the world, forging a reputation along the way as one of the most mesmerising live acts around. Get soulful, get funky, get LOWRIDER on the menu this summer at BIG DAY OUT 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

SAMPOLOGY is a DJ. And we're not talking your steak and three vegie solid club set here. He's a highly accomplished technician on the 1s and 2s, (and sometime 3s) cutting his teeth in the early days as turntablist for a number of live bands including Soma Rasa and the Vinyl Slingers, which saw him first doing BIG DAY OUT at the tender young age of 17. He's also one of the most consistently brilliant and versatile club Djs who's not shy of mixing up his styles to suit the show. One week you might find him creating mash-up mayhem in intimate clubs by changing the vibe of the room to some kind of ridiculously wicked house party. The next week you'll stumble into a bass bin laden club night to find him delivering a fast paced performance, skilfully bringing together endless forms of club music at countless tempos. And he’s bringing the whole swag to BIG DAY OUT in 2011. In the words of Peaches: “Sampology makes me wanna break dance.” We couldn't have summed up SAMPOLOGY the DJ better ourselves. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

Jordan and Sam were born in 1988. In 2009, they were the toast of the music world with the chart conquering disco sleaze of their platinum selling debut single My House. They followed up with a string of throbbing electro anthems culminating in the release of the insanely catchy, wildly electric journey of 21st century dance pop discovery that is their 2010 debut album Sugarpills. As their recordings and remixes have been filling club dance floors, KIDS OF 88 have since smashed their way around New Zealand and Australia, lighting up clubs and sharing the stage with everyone from the Passion Pit and Scissor Sisters to Cassette Kids while ducking back to their home studio to remix stars like Ke$ha and Cobra Starship. (ALL SHOWS)

At the turn of the decade, KID KENOBI AND MC SHURESHOCK first joined forces and by the middle of the 2000s, they were recognized as Australia’s premier MC-DJ tandems, having completed sell-out tours of the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Switzerland, New Zealand and Singapore. Celebrating a decade of working together since the turn of the millennium, KID KENOBI & MC SHURESHOCK will release their debut EP TEN on 10.10.10 supported by a very special TEN tour incorporating a retrospective 2000-2010 performance across a whopping 23 dates nationally, and culminating with BIG DAY OUT across Australia in early 2011. (ALL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS)

So in summary, the stellar first inductees of the BIG DAY OUT 2011 are:

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Al Di Meola with World Sinfonia

January 10th 2010 03:56
Al Di Meola with World Sinfonia
Touring Australia & New Zealand
from March 2010

Legendary guitarist, Al Di Meola is bringing his 6-piece Latin Jazz Fusion band World Sinfonia to our shores in March 2010. One of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz field, Al Di Meola’s dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars is unmatched, extending to fluid arpeggios flying at breakneck speed and beautiful, slow vibrato-laden melodies.

The tour commences in Perth and extends through NSW, Queensland, New Zealand, Tasmania, South Australia and ACT. Provocative and enchanting, Al Di Meola’s intriguing union of complex rhythms, lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmonies ensures an unforgettable aural sensation.

Known for his guitar mastery, Al Di Meola has twenty one recordings, three gold albums and has recorded and played with a number of illustrious names including Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Santana, Luciano Pavarotti, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Steve Winwood, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jaco Pastorius, Les Paul, Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Vai, Milton Naciemento, Egberto Gismonti, and many more.

Early in his career Al Di Meola was bestowed a Grammy, as part of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever. He has been voted World’s Best Guitarist several times by Guitar Player Magazine and has had sold out concerts across the world including Bulgaria and the United States.

Al Di Meola’s finds inspiration in music cultures across the world including sounds from Argentina, Brazil, Israel and the Mediterranean and in acoustic genres such as flamenco and the tango. The depth of his writing along with the soulfulness of his guitar expression have won this guitar virtuoso legions of fans worldwide, having played over many years to sell out shows across Europe, Canada and his native USA.
Of Di Meola, Guitar historian Robert Lynch said: “In the history of the electric guitar, no one figure has done more to advance the instrument in a purely technical manner than Al Di Meola. His total command of the various styles and scales is simply mind-boggling.”

Al Di Meola
with World Sinfonia
Australian & New Zealand Tour

Perth Concert Hall
March 5
08 9231 9900

Sydney City Recital Hall Angel PlaceMarch 7
02 8256 2222
Bellingen Memorial Hall
March 9
02 6655 1522

Byron Bay High SchoolMarch 10

Enmore Theatre Sydney
March 12
02 9550 3666

The Basement, Sydney
March 13
02 9251 2797

Christchurch James Hay
BrisbaneMarch 15
136 246
Kuranda Amphitheatre
New ZealandMarch 16
1300 762 545

Auckland The Great Hall
March 18
0800 289 842

James Hay Theatre Christchurch
March 19
03366 8899

Wellington Opera House
March 22
04384 3840

Hobart City HallMarch 24
1300 762 545
Melbourne Hamer Hall
March 25
1300 182 183
Adelaide Her Majesty’s Theatre
March 26
08 8216 8600

Canberra Royal Theatre March 27
02 6243 5711

Newcastle Civic Theatre
March 29
02 4929 1977
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
March 30
02 8839 3399

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