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GIG ALERT: Loudfest – A Tribute Festival

NOSTALGIA is the order of the day as Max Watts turns it up to 11 hosting seven hours of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock tributes in Silverback Touring‘s first instalment of Loudfest.

After some inevitable rescheduling issues thanks to border restrictions and COVID, Loudfest Melbourne is ready to rock this weekend.

Originally headlined by Killer Queen Experience (Queen), Def Replica (Def Leppard) will now move up to the top spot. They will be joined by Sisters Doll (KISS), Foovana (Foo Fighters), Fandango (ZZ Top), Riot Act (Skid Row), Vital Idol (Billy Idol) Blizzard of Aus (Ozzy Osbourne).

“Tribute shows are now far from those which you would catch, conveniently, while hitting your local for a ten-buck t-bone,” promoter Danny Bazzi said.
“The point of difference with Loudfest is the variety in the acts. This is a rock show first and foremost but it is not exclusively targeting a single sub genre of rock. It features everything from classic rock to hard rock, modern day rock and blues based rock.
“This is a day out for rock fans to just let loose and enjoy the music they know and love by some bands who put absolutely everything into their tribute shows. There is something here for everybody.”

For more info and tickets go to the official Silverback Touring website.

Watch: Blizzard of Aus perform ‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne –

Feature Pic: Sisters Doll by Brittany Long

PREMIERE: The Base Coats

THE Whitsundays’ best new ‘Wild CardThe Base Coats have a hot new single dropping tomorrow, and we’ve been lucky enough to nab the premiere.

The Base Coats are a fresh new four-piece blues-rock quartet from Mackay, North Queensland. ‘Run‘ is the second single from the band, following on from the hugely successful ‘Wild Card‘, which landed them the win in the 2019 Regional Passport to Airlie Beach Festival of Music competition.

Produced by James Russell at Heliport Studios, ‘Run‘ screams out loud to the hearts of anyone and everyone who has ever been lied to, cheated on and screwed over by their “ex” significant other.

The band explains that the new track “is all about revenge and deceit, and empowering the underdog to victory”. It’s a roaring ‘sing out loud’ vent song which builds momentum and showcases four part harmonies in the break down section of the song. The band also explains: “The film clip was an absolute riot and thank god for close theatre friends who helped The Base Coats create the feel and tone of the clip and to Simon Pope for his filming and creative genius.”

The Base Coats began, as many great Aussie bands do, with four friends having a few backyard bevies on a Sunday afternoon; when Josh Notting and Andrew Obst started jamming on acoustic guitars and Cheryl ‘Fez’ Peppin and Angela Smith added their melodies and harmonies.

From there, the quartet took out the battle of the bands, performed at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, and have since performed at festivals, corporate events, clubs and parties… circumstances permitting.

This year, they’ve performed at Wintermoon Festival, and reconnected with ABFoM alum Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows at Party Bands in Paradise, where they were invited to join the guys on stage and had the crowd dancing in the (tropical) rain.

Run‘ is the second single from The Base Coats‘ debut EP, due for release July 23rd.
Stream it exclusively here now:


HOMEGROWN multi ARIA award winning, Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark is back, bigger and better than ever with her upcoming headlining tour set to be one of the first post COVID-19 arena tours!

The Cry Forever tour due to kick off on Friday June 11 at Newcastle’s Entertainment Centre marks a momentous occasion in both the return of live music, touring and as Amy’s most ambitious live undertaking yet. Eponymously titled after her new album the tour is set to see her performing in some of Australia’s largest venues on offer.

Amy is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure the national tour goes ahead and although to meet COVID-safe guidelines the tour will now be entirely seated in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, fans can still expect a full arena production and a show that is not to be missed! Fans with existing tickets will be able to convert their standing floor tickets to allocated seats on the floor. 

The tour will see the debut of a fresh new show featuring A1 production and musicianship that is set to bring her new album to life. Armed with a bunch of new songs and some impressive ARIA wins (including ‘Best Australian Live Act’ which she picked up for her last tour, along with ‘Best Pop Release’ for ‘Everybody Rise’), the Gold Coast local is no stranger to the big stage and sure knows how to put on an impressive show. With support from exciting newcomers Evie Irie and Adelaide’s Triple J Unearthed High 2020 winners Teenage Joans – don’t snooze on tickets because this tour promises to be huge.

The new album Cry Forever set for release on April 30 is the follow up to Amy Shark’s 2018 #1 ARIA Album Of The Year, LOVE MONSTER. Written and recorded between the US, UK, New Zealand and Shark’s own home studio on the Gold Coast, the 13-track album showcases her exceptional songwriting on full display. Co-produced with A-List producers: Dann Hume (ARIA 2018 & 2019 Producer Of The year), M-Phazes (Ruel, Eminem), Joel Little (Lorde, Taylor Swift), Jamie Hartman (Lewis Capaldi, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man), Dan Wilson (Adele, Leon Bridges) and Sammy Witte (Harry Styles, King Princess. The album also features collaborations with some of music’s heavyweights: ‘Love Songs Ain’t For Us’ feat Keith Urban and ‘C’Mon’ feat Travis Barker. While tracks like ‘Baby Steps’ take us to the heart of who Amy Shark is and the journey she has been on.

1.    The Wolves
2.    Everybody Rise
3.    Worst Day Of My Life
4.    C’MON (feat. Travis Barker)
5.    All The Lies About Me
6.    Miss You
7.    Love Songs Ain’t For Us (feat. Keith Urban)
8.    I’ll Be Yours
9.    You’ll Never Meet Anyone Like Me Again
10.  That Girl
11.  Lonely Still
12.  Baby Steps

13. Amy Shark

The album is available for preorder via Wonderlick/Sony Music at this link

Tickets to the national tour are on sale now and can be purchased here. Current GA ticketholders will receive an email from Ticketek detailing how to convert GA tickets to seated floor tickets.


TOUR ALERT: The Veronicas

FORMIDABLE Queensland pop duo The Veronicas will hit the road mid-year, smack bang between their TWO studio album releases due this year.

That’s right, folks – not only will Lisa and Jess Origliasso release Godzilla in May, they will also release a second album, Human, in July, taking the whole thing on the road throughout June.

The girls will also be appearing on our television screens this year, alongside Michelle Bridges, Ross Noble and a stack of other celebs on The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

Their 12-date national tour will take in both regional and metro centres, including Darwin, Perth, Newcastle, Hobart, Canberra and the Sunshine Coast.
It will be their first full-scale tour in six years.

The title track from their new album, ‘Godzilla,’ has reunited the twins with writing partner Toby Gad for the first time since they wrote smash hit ‘Untouched.’

Tickets to the tour go on sale 12pm March 31st via Live Nation.
Pre-order Godzilla/Human here.

Feature Pic: Brittany Long

The Veronicas 2021 Tour Dates
Fri 4 Jun – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
Sat 5 Jun – Kings Theatre, Sunshine Coast
Sun 6 Jun – Twin Towns, Gold Coast
Thu 10 Jun – DEC Playhouse, Darwin
Sat 12 Jun – HBF Stadium, Perth
Sun 13 Jun – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Tue 15 Jun – Canberra Theatre, Canberra
Wed 16 Jun – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Fri 18 Jun – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Sat 19 Jun – WIN Entertainment, Wollongong
Fri 25 Jun – Odeon Theatre, Hobart
Sat 26 Jun – Forum, Melbourne

Festival Alert: Brunswick Music Festival

BRUNSWICK Music Festival is proving you can’t keep a good fest down, returning with a vengeance this year after Covid cancellation in 2020.

The 10-day music extravaganza will be held from Friday 5th until Wednesday 14th March and will feature the likes of Adalita, Alice Sky, Gordi, Hachiku, Kee’ahn, Mo’Ju and The Vovos with so many more we can’t even list them.

The best part? Tickets to all BMF shows will be $10 or under.

It wouldn’t be Brunswick Music Festival without celebrating the suburb’s assorted live music venues so, as part of this year’s 3056 Venues program, Bar Oussou, Brunswick Ballroom, Cross Street Music Hall, Noisy Ritual, Ollie’s Pizza Parlour, Rubix Warehouse, Small Time, Tempo Rubato, The B. East, The Charles Weston Hotel, The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, The Jazzlab, The Moldy Fig and The Retreat Hotel will all be curating lineups across the festival’s ten days.

There’ll be plenty of free gigs on offer, too, including pop-up shows from acts like Ausecuma Beats, Petal Lake (Mindy Meng Wang & Daniel Jenatsch) and Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks, as well as appearances from Pinch Points and Tender Buttons.

All in all, there’s over 150 artists performing over 60 shows during a 10-day feast for the senses. Find all the info here.

Feature pic: Adalita by Jade Kennedy

Gig Alert: Thomas Headon

RISING singer-songwriter Thomas Headon will perform his debut Australian show on Valentine’s Day to celebrate his latest single, ‘Loving You.’

The intimate show at Melbourne’s Howler will be the first for the London-born Aussie, who relocated to the UK in 2019 to focus on his music career.

He has returned to Australia for a short visit over the summer, and will play his highly anticipated debut headliner next weekend, presented by music industry heavyweights Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring.

Drawing inspiration from acts like Rex Orange County, The 1975, Tyler, The Creator and Harry Styles, Headon has been called a “seriously impressive force in pop music” by triple j, who named him Unearthed‘s Feature Artist last July, with over 25 million streams across all platforms to date and a string of sold-out UK shows last year.

Loving You‘ premiered on triple j’s Home and Hosed, and has a self-directed video featuring over 100 fan-made shorts which you can watch here:

Catch Thomas Headon with special guests for an acoustic Valentine’s show at Howler Melbourne on February 14th. Tickets on sale 10am AEDT tomorrow (Thursday) here.

Feature pic: supplied

Festival Alert: Mornington Country Music Festival

WITH Kasey Chambers and Nollsie on the bill, the Mornington Country Music Festival is already a cracker.

The inaugural gig was held pre-Covid last year, and was so successful organisers managed to pull together Chambers and Shannon ‘Nollsie’ Noll, three-time ARIA award winner Shane Nicholson, hot Melbourne commodity Darlinghurst (who are also performing at Rock The Bowl this month), as well as up and comers Gareth Leach, Gretta Ziller and Mornington local Bo’Ness for this year’s event.

The one-day event promises to be fun for the whole family, with amusement rides, food trucks, and beers, wines, cider and spirits from some amazing local breweries.

The Mornington Country Music Festival will be held on Saturday 6th March at The Briars conservation park, Mt Martha, Victoria. More information and ticket info can be found here.

Watch Gretta Ziller – ‘Unlikely Believer‘:

Feature Pic: Kasey Chambers (supplied)

Festival Alert: Now & Again

VICTORIAN music lovers have a new festival to look forward to this season, with Now & Again announcing it’s arrival.

The event plans to turn Seaworks – a unique heritage-listed waterfront location right next to Port Phillip Bay – into an immersive music and art gathering in April.

Headlining the music side of the event will be SAFIA, Confidence Man, Client Liaison, E^ST, The Velvet Club and George Alice performing live alongside DJ sets from Chiara Kickdrum, Dena Army, djhmc, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Papa Smurf, Tina Says and Bound.

First release tickets have sold out, but second release tickets are still available here.

Now & Again Festival will be held at Seaworks on Saturday 17th April.

Watch Confidence Man – ‘First Class Bitch‘:

Feature pic: SAFIA (supplied)

Festival Alert: By The C

TOURING music festival BY THE C will hit the southern coasts this summer with a stellar lineup of Aussie talent.

March 2021 will see the festival return to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with an iconic Australian lineup including headliners Icehouse and Pete Murray with ARIA Hall of Famer James Reyne.

Others on the festival circuit include Baby Animals, Killing Heidi, You Am I and Tex Perkins.

Tickets and info can all be found here. All events are Covid-safe and tickets will be limited.

Check out American rockers The Killers‘ cover of Icehouse‘s classic ‘Electric Blue‘ to get you pumped for the shows:

Feature pic: James Reyne (supplied)

By the C festival tour dates 2021

Saturday 13th February | Glenelg Beach, Adelaide SA
Icehouse, James Reyne, Pete Murray, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi, Motor Ace

Saturday 6th March | Cronulla Don Lucas Reserve, Sydney NSW
Icehouse, James Reyne, Pete Murray, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi, Motor Ace

Sunday 14th March | St Kilda Catani Gardens, Melbourne Vic
Icehouse, James Reyne, Pete Murray, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi, Motor Ace

Saturday 27th March | City Beach Oval, Perth WA
Icehouse, Pete Murray, You Am I, Tex Perkins, Killing Heidi

Gig Alert: Rock The Bowl

MELBOURNE music fans are rejoicing with the announcement of Rock The Bowl, a mega music event featuring some of Australia’s hottest entertainers in February next year.

Capped at 3,000 due to Covid restrictions, the Live at the Bowl event will feature Aussie music royalty Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite and The Black Sorrows with Darlinghurst.

The event was an incentive by the promoters of the Red Hot Summer Tour, to bring back a little love to both Melbourne, who suffered the longest and strictest lockdown of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, and the music industry, which has been one of the hardest hit.

Rock The Bowl: Live at the Bowl will be held on Friday 12th February 2021 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne.

Set times:
6:40PM – Darlinghurst
7:30PM – The Black Sorrows
8:35PM – Daryl Braithwaite
9:45PM – Jon Stevens 

Feature Pic: Daryl Braithwaite (Supplied)