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LIVE GALLERY: Hein Cooper @The Northcote Social Club Melbourne

Photos: Brittany Long

Featuring Tommy Castles, Leonie Kingdom, and a guest appearance from Wolfe Black.

Aussie Rapper Zheani Sparkes Accuses Die Antwoord of Sex Trafficking & Rape, Releases Video of ‘Evidence’

*  DISCLAIMER: at this point we have spoken to neither party involved with this case, and are merely reporting from publicly available references. As always, we remain unbiased. We will attempt to get in contact with both parties for direct statements. Never believe everything you read on the internet. *

A Brisbane-based rapper called Zheani Sparkes has released a track called The Question on YouTube, accusing Die Antwoord‘s Ninja of rape, pedophilia and distributing explicit images, and naming his bandmate Yo-landi Visser as an accomplice, grooming her online before bringing her to South Africa.

This is a difficult story to get one’s head around.

Yo-landi posted the following to her Instagram a week ago – this was the first we had heard of the accusations:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu3UEG6FyhH/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu3UZ7hFYNG/

Here’s what we do know: Die Antwoord/Yo-landi did have images of Zheani on their social media accounts when this all allegedly went down in 2013. One commenter on Zheani’s Instagram said: “Just casually seeing you on DIE ANTWOORD’S Facebook page omg!!!ūüôÄūüôÄūüôÄ” You can see the post they commented on here. From the looks of it, though, all traces of the posts (and Zheani) have been removed from Die Antwoord’s social media accounts.

Okay, so that’s a bit weird. But understandable given the current situation.

Zheani posted the following to her Instagram in 2013, evidently right before she got on the plane to South Africa:

https://www.instagram.com/p/dEIPpQks8W/

She doesn’t look like she was in any way coerced to get on the plane. But, she was a fan, had been contacted by the band on social media (we’ve seen screen shots that place the initial contact from Yo-Landi on Instagram) and had been flirting with Ninja online. Any fan would be excited by having flights and passports organised by a band they look up to – right?

Okay – so what happened?

We’re going to use screenshots from The Question (so titled because Die Antwoord means ‘The Answer’) to help explain this one.

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‘Watkin’ refers to Ninja’s real name – Watkin Tudor Jones.

According to the video, here’s some of the conversation between Zheani and Ninja ahead of her trip:

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Whilst in South Africa, Zheani was tattooed by Ninja, in a traditional stick and poke style, with ‘Stoner’ and ‘Witch’ inside her elbows:

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Ninja had referred to Zheani as his ‘stoner witch’ in previous communication:

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Ninja later referred to the tattoos as a ‘spell’ he had cast on her:

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It definitely appears that the band were following Zheani’s socials. About a year after returning from South Africa and having no contact with the band, Zheani was flown to New York to model with Cara Delevingne. Then, this happened:

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Yo-landi alluded in her Instagram post to ‘nude selfies’ taken by Ninja and Zheani (who, by the way, was 20 when all of this happened) – in the clip she shows screenshots of emails between Ninja and District 9 actor Sharlto Copely, whom Ninja met on the Johannesburg film set for Chappie:

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This email exchange appears to back up tabloid claims from 2014 (as published in full here): “It is claimed by two sources that Ninja sent explicit photos ‚Äď in the act of having fellatio performed on himself ‚Äď to at least one female member of the set. Several sources say he hit on female cast and crew, even in front of his partner Yo-landi. He invited them to Cape Town ‚Äútelling them they would get a hotel room and hire prostitutes to join them‚ÄĚ, said a source.”

Yo-landi also said she only met Zheani in passing, taking a selfie together which could be this one posted on Zheani’s Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/p/dqnOCZEs-t/

However, Yo-landi was following and commenting on Zheani’s Instagram account before Die Antwoord was in contact with her – and there’s screen shots:

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Yo-landi followed up with an email:

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It’s also alleged Ninja wrote the songs Sex and Ugly Boy about Zheani. Zheani posts, among others, these screenshots in her video – apparently imposed over video featuring handwritten notes/lyrics:

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There is plenty more to this story. And, obviously, there are two sides. We aren’t saying Zheani has fabricated anything to kick start her career, nor are we saying the allegations against Ninja or Yo-landi are true. The fact is we just don’t know, at this stage. A source close to Zheani, who knew her around the 2013/14 period when she went to South Africa and worked with Die Antwoord as a PA on their Big Day Out appearances (something confirmed by Yo-landi in her Instagram post) has told Girl the allegations have been brought forward after hearing rumours of the band being booked to perform at this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival. There is nothing (that we can find) to back up this rumoured booking.

We’ll keep you in the loop as this story develops. In the meantime, you can watch Zheani’s video here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JY6hCE2D-cc#dialog

Download Australia Lineup Drops

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After weeks of rumour and speculation, the lineup for Download Australia‘s debut in March has finally dropped.

As previously speculated, Korn and Limp Bizkit will head up the festival with Prophets of Rage, with an array of Aussie and international acts filling out the bill.

Whilst the initial festival will only be held in Melbourne, organisers have hinted at plans to tour the event in coming years.

Download Festival Australia will be held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Saturday 24th March 2018.

General admission tickets will be $169.90 + booking fee, and go on sale Thursday 16th November at 9am Melbourne time. For more info visit the official web site.

Download Festival Australia 2018 Full Lineup:

Korn
Prophets Of Rage
Limp Bizkit
Mastodon
Good Charlotte
NOFX
Suicidal Tendencies
Gojira
Amon Amarth
Arch Enemy
Neck Deep
Sabaton
Hot Water Music
Of Mice & Men
The Story So Far
Northlane
Trophy Eyes
Nails
Issues
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Ocean Grove
Psycroptic
King Parrot
Clowns
Chase Atlantic
Cursed Earth
Alpha Wolf

 

Save The Date For Groovin

Our fave regional music fest has announced it’s tour dates for 2018.

Groovin The Moo will hit six regional centres over three weekends next April and May, across Victoria, Queensland, New South wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 8am daylight savings time on Friday 1st December. A lineup announcement is expected in the following weeks. For more information visit the official web site.

Groovin The Moo 2018

Friday 27th April
Adelaide Showground, Wayville

Saturday 28th April
Maitland Showground, Maitland

Sunday 29th April
University of Canberra, Canberra

Saturday 5th May
Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo

Sunday 6th May
Murray Cricket Grounds, Townsville

Saturday 12th May
Hay Park, Bunbury

 

The Whitlams Set To Blow Up Pokies In 2018

 

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Tim Freedman and pals are preparing to Blow Up The Pokies across Australia with The Whitlams announcing a massive tour next year.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the band is playing the pub crawl to end all pub crawls for two months, covering most of this great brown land (except Perth… because… Perth).

Deborah Conway and Alex Lloyd will even join them for a few shows.

The Whitlams 25th Anniversary 2018 Tour Dates

Tickets on sale now
* shows supported by Deborah Conway & Alex Lloyd

Tuesday, 1st May: Lizotte’s Newcastle
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 2nd May: Lizotte’s Newcastle
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 4th May: The Street Theatre, Canberra
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 11th May: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne *
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 23rd May: The Republic Bar, Hobart
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 25th May: The Metro Theatre, Sydney *
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 30th May: The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 31st May: The Soundlounge, Gold Coast *
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 1st June: The Triffid, Brisbane *
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 8th June : Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 9th June: Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 15th June: The Gov, Adelaide *
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 22nd June: Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 23rd June: SS&A Club, Albury
Tickets: Official Website

 

Barnesy Is Back

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It’s no secret Jimmy Barnes is a legendary muso, but he’s also now a best-selling author – and he’s combining those two things on his next massive national tour.

It’s been around three decades since the iconic pub singalong¬†Working Class Man was released. He’s just completed a memoir of the same name, the sequel to his number one nonfiction Working Class Boy, and will be taking this one on tour around the country for three months next year, with a mix of spoken word and musical performances.

‚ÄúThe new ‚ÄėWorking Class Man‚Äô¬†live show and book ‚Äď again both written by Jimmy ‚Äď begin in 1974 as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old bread truck with a then unknown rock group called¬†Cold Chisel. They trace the legendary band‚Äôs long climb to the top and their subsequent implosion. The story then picks up as Jimmy carves out a new solo career for himself. He becomes the country‚Äôs biggest rock star before drugs and alcohol bring him to his knees and he eventually rebuilds his life thanks to the love of his wife and his family. It‚Äôs a spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction.‚ÄĚ

Tickets for the tour will go on sale the same day as Working Class Man hits bookstores: Monday 23rd October (mailing list subscribers will have exclusive early access).

To celebrate the new book, Barnesy is also releasing a limited edition, commemorative version of one of the greatest Aussie rock albums of all time, For The Working Class Man. The deluxe double-disc LP is packed with newly remastered tracks and never-before-released live recordings, and will go on sale next Friday, 20th October.

Jimmy Barnes ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄėWorking Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs‚Äô 2018 Tour¬†

Members of Jimmy’s mailing list and Frontier Touring Members will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets from 2pm on Thursday, 19th October until 2pm on Friday, 20th October.

Venue pre-sales from Friday, 20th October from 2pm until Monday, 23rd October at 9am (local times) or earlier if pre-sale allocations are exhausted.

Tickets on sale to the general public from 10am local times Monday, 23rd October.

Thursday, 15th March: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 16th March 2018: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 17th March: Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Tickets: Venue Website

Wednesday, 21st March: Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport TAS
Tickets: Venue Website

Thursday, 22nd March: Country Club Showroom, Launceston
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 23rd March: Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 24th March: Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, 5th April: Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Mudgee NSW
Tickets: Venue Website

Friday, 6th April: Civic Centre, Newcastle NSW
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 7th April: Bathurst Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW
Tickets: Venue Website

Thursday, 12th April: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane Qld
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 13th April: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD
Tickets: Venue Website

Saturday, 14th April: The Star Theatre, Gold Coast QLD
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 18th April: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury WA
Tickets: Venue Website

Thursday, 19th April: Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 21st April: Keith Mitchell Theatre, Port Pirie SA
Tickets: Venue Website

Sunday, 22nd April: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, 26th April: Frankston Arts Centre Theatre, Frankston VIC
Tickets: Venue Website

Friday, 27th April: Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong VIC
Tickets: Venue Website

Saturday, 28th April: The Palais Theatre, St Kilda VIC
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 29th April: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC
Tickets: GoTix

Thursday, 3rd May: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 20th May: Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
Tickets: Venue Website

Tuesday, 22nd May: Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Tickets: Ticketlink

Wednesday, 23rd May: Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Tickets: Ticketlink

Friday, 25th May: Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville QLD
Tickets: Venue Website

Saturday, 26th May: Plenary Halls, Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Tickets: Venue Website

Sunday, 27th May: Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD
Tickets: Venue Website

Tuesday, 29th May: Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra QLD
Tickets: Venue Website

Wednesday, 30th May: Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW
Tickets: Venue Website

 

Our Mate Ed Adds New Aussie Dates

A ridiculous number of Aussie fans cracked it yesterday while trying to get Ed Sheeran pre-sale tickets online, prompting new dates to be announced today for most cities.

Thousands of fans took to social media to complain about wait times, being dumped off the site and having problems checking out as the ticket seller sites struggled to keep up with the huge demand.

General public tickets don’t go on sale until May 23rd, but tens of thousands of fans (and more than a few scalpers) flocked to the web yesterday vying for the first tickets.

Scalpers are already posting their wares for up to $1,000 per ticket, proving measures like a limit of four tickets per person useless in the war against ticket scammers.

Promoters Frontier Touring have announced additional shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, which makes this the biggest Australian and New Zealand stadium tour next to AC/DC‘s 2010 jaunt.

Ed Sheeran 2018 Australian Tour

Pre-sale begins Tuesday, 16th May via Frontier Touring.

Tickets on sale to general public Tuesday, 23rd May at:
Melbourne: 1pm local time
Brisbane: 2pm local time
Perth: 3pm local time
Adelaide: 3:30pm local time
Sydney: 6pm local time

Saturday, 3rd March
Perth Stadium, Perth (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Wednesday, 7th March
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 10th March
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 11th March
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Monday, 12th March ‚ÄĒ NEW SHOW
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 16th March
ANZ Stadium, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 17th March ‚ÄĒ NEW SHOW
ANZ Stadium, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Tuesday, 20th March
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 21st March ‚ÄĒ NEW SHOW
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Ed Sheeran Pre-Sales Already Going Nuts

Tickets to Ed Sheeran‘s Australian and New Zealand stadium tour in March go on sale today, with pre-sale tickets to his Auckland show selling out so fast, promoters have added a second show to keep up with demand.

Frontier Touring posted on Facebook:

“Tens of thousands of Ed Sheeran fans have snapped up the entire pre-sale allocation to his Auckland show in just minutes today.

In response to the demand, Frontier Touring have added a second concert for Sunday 25 March at Mt Smart Stadium.

Frontier Members pre-sale tickets to the new show will be available from 3pm NZST today.

Tickets in all price categories will be available for both Auckland concerts to the general public once on sale on Tuesday 23 May.”

Stay tuned for further announcements later today.

It’s Official: Australia is Ed-sessed

It’s no secret Australia loves British pop star Ed Sheeran.

His debut single The A Team spent virtually all of 2011 at the top of the ARIA Singles Charts, and went five times platinum, selling over 350,000 units.

In 2013 Sheeran played Brisbane’s Riverstage. By the time he came back in 2015, he was selling out Suncorp Stadium.

After a notable absence last year, Sheeran returned in 2017 with two new singles, Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill, and made ARIA chart history by debuting in the number 1 and 2 spots respectively.

His new album,¬†√∑ (Divide), features 16 songs. A whopping 15 of those are currently sitting in the ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart. In fact, they’re all sitting pretty in the top 40, including the two debut singles which are still sitting at number 1¬†and 2.

His previous albums X and + are currently sitting at numbers 3 and 4 on the ARIA Top 5 Albums Chart, as well. Of course, ÷ is number one. Adele has taken out the other two places.

So what’s the big attraction to us Australians? Is it Sheeran’s seemingly affable nature?

Certainly, Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage had plenty of good things to say when Sheeran appeared on the show during a promo tour in February, saying his rider request was one of the least diva-ish they’ve had.
“A bottle of Robinson’s squash, six cans of fizzy drink and one jar of Manuka honey,” she said, before adding, “strawberries and pineapple,” as well.

Media personalities Hamish & Andy¬†showed off Sheeran’s good nature in this video, where they gave fans in Sydney an opportunity to peep at the star for $2:

Or is it just because he reminds us of the other great British ranga, Ron Weasley (AKA Rupert Grint), who actually appeared in Sheeran’s music video for Lego House?

Whatever the reason, Australia has certainly embraced Ed Sheeran – and we can’t wait for his next tour Down Under!

Sir Elton John Heading Down Under

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Legendary artist Sir Elton John has announced shows in North Queensland ahead of a massive Australian tour announcement.

The iconic UK superstar has announced performances in Mackay and Cairns, with more Aussie dates expected to be announced.

The man who penned many hits over several decades, including Tiny Dancer and Candle In The Wind, last visited Australia in 2015. His only North Queensland show to date was in Townsville in 2007.

“I always love coming back to Australia,” John said.

“It holds a very special place in my heart, ever since my first visit there at the start of my world-wide career in 1971. My band and I are really looking forward to playing there again in September and this tour will be even more memorable because it will be the first time I have ever played Mackay and Cairns‚Ķ which I can‚Äôt believe but there you have it.

“If the audiences are anything like those at all of the other shows we have done in Queensland over the years, everyone will surely be in for a wonderful crazy night!”

The Once In A Lifetime Tour 

Tickets on sale to general public Tuesday, 14th March
Pre-sale access via Chugg Entertainment

Friday, 22nd September
BB Print Stadium, Mackay
Tickets: Moshtix

Saturday, 30th September
Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns
Tickets: Moshtix

More shows still be announced