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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

Your Legen-dairy 2020 Groovin The Moo Lineup Is Here

Australia’s biggest and best(est) touring regional festival, Groovin The Moo, has once again hand picked the cream of Australia’s crop together for one hell of a moo-sick lineup to herd around the country.

We knew Dope Lemon, AKA Angus Stone, was performing from what he let slip on social media a few weeks ago. But today was the full official announcement on triple j’s breakfast show.

This year’s lineup in alphabetical order:

AJ Tracey (UK)
Bhad Bhabie (US)
Blanco Brown (US)
The Cat Empire
Channel Tres (USA)
Clairo (USA)
Darude (FIN)
Dope Lemon
Gang of Youths
Hayden James
Kelis (USA)
Kira Puru
Manu Crook$
Maxo Cream (USA)
Ruby Fields
San Cisco
Slowly Slowly
Sugarhill Gang (USA)
Supergrass (UK)
Tones And I
The Veronicas
YBN Cordae (USA)
with hosts Jawbreakers and Mai

Dates and Venues
– Wayville, SA: Friday 24 April, Adelaide Showgrounds
– Canberra, ACT: Saturday 25 April, Exhibition Park in Canberra, aka EPiC
– Bunbury, WA: Sunday 26 April, Hay Park
– Bendigo, Vic: Saturday 2 May, Prince of Wales Showgrounds
– Townsville, Qld: Sunday 3 May, Murray Sports Complex
– Maitland, NSW: Saturday 9 May, Maitland Showgrounds 

Bendigo, Bunbury & Canberra tickets go on sale Tuesday 11th February at 8am local time. Maitland, Townsville & Wayville tickets go on sale Wednesday 12th February 8am local time. As always, please use only the official ticket links via gtm.net.au and never use Viagogo!

The Veronicas feature photograph taken by Brittany Long at Good Things Festival Melbourne

Elton John lets rip at security in Perth

Look, it’s fair to say we don’t know the whole story here but Elton John for PM, please and thank you.

The English legend halted his second Australian farewell concert in Perth last night – one of the final of around 300 in the Farewell Yellow Brick Road worldwide tour – to give security an absolute mouthful when he saw a couple of guards apparently ejecting a woman from the venue.

“Hey, you two security guards with the girl, fuck off,” Sir Elton can be heard saying in a video of the exchange.
“Let her up here immediately. Come on you cunts.
“Morons. Both of you morons,” he continued.
“You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone you turds.”

Whilst obviously we don’t know the full story or why the woman was ejected from the venue, it must have been a pretty forcible ejection for Sir Elton to arc up the way he did.

Most fans on Twitter praised Sir Elton’s rant (which he soon apologised for) but some didn’t approve:


Not that he hasn’t yelled at security before – like this time he told security to ‘sit the fuck down, please,’ for stopping fans from dancing at a show in Leicester three years ago:

To be fair, Sir Elton really only seems to get riled up when the people paying money to see him perform are having that experience impeded. It isn’t his fault there are no visible crowd barriers in the video from Leicester to help with crowd safety, is it?

Again, I don’t know what the woman did to attract the attention of security and I am not defending her actions, but I do applaud anyone that calls out inappropriate behaviour at shows, whoever they are and however they do it.
Even if it’s Sir Elton John dropping the C-bomb.

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Australian Tour

Wednesday, 4th December 2019
Botanic Park Adelaide, Adelaide
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, 5th December 2019
Botanic Park Adelaide, Adelaide
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 7th December
A Day On The Green, Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong
Tickets: Official Website

Tuesday, 10th December 2019
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 11th December 2019
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 14th December 2019
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 15th December 2019 
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
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Wednesday, 18th December 2019
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 19th December 2019 
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 21st December 2019
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Monday, 23rd December 2019
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Tuesday, 7th January 2020
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 9th January 2020 
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 11th January 2020
Hope Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 12th January 2020 
Hope Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 18th January 2020
Sirromet Wines – A Day On The Green, Mount Cotton QLD
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 19th January 2020
Sirromet Wines – A Day On The Green, Mount Cotton QLD
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Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
Carrington Park, Bathurst
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 25th January 2020
Hanging Rock, VIC
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Sunday, 26th January 2020 
Hanging Rock, VIC
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Wednesday, 29th January 2020
All Saints Estate – A Day On The Green, Rutherglen VIC
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 31st January 2020
Rochford Wines – A Day On The Green, Yarra Valley
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 1st February 2020 
Rochford Wines – A Day On The Green, Yarra Valley
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Saturday, 22nd February
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Tuesday, 25th February 
C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 26th February
C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 29th February
North Queensland Stadium, Townsville
Tickets: Official Website

Tuesday, 3rd March
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Tickets: Official Website

Wednesday, 4th March 
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 7th March
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Feature photo: AAP

Simply Plan for Good Things: Aussie Sideshows Announced

Canadian pop punk legends Simple Plan don’t need an introduction.

With over 10 million worldwide sales and countless accolades including multiple MuchMusic Awards, an Allan Walters Humanitarian Award, a Teen Choice Award and many international MTV Award nominations, the multi-platinum rockers have five studio albums to their name and don’t look like slowing down any time soon.

2018 saw the band perform throughout the USA, headlining the final Warped Tour, and were featured at the two monumental Warped finale events in San Francisco and Atlantic City. The band are currently touring through the United States with rockers State Champs.

In addition to three performances at Good Things Festival 2019 in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the band has just announced sideshows on the Gold Coast on December 10th and Adelaide on December 12th.

Tickets for the sideshows go on sale on Wednesday the 30th of October.
Supports are yet to be announced.

Simple Plan Tour Dates
Tuesday December 10 – CBD LIVE, Gold Coast
Thursday December 12 – HQ, Adelaide

Friday December 6 – Good Things Festival, Melbourne
Saturday December 7 – Good Things Festival, Sydney
Sunday December 8 – Good Things Festival, Brisbane

Strutting Down Under

Glam rockers The Struts blew Aussie fans away with their recent tour, and true to their word the English quartet will be back on our soil in August for their Young & Dangerous headline tour.

They have toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses and the Foo Fighters, and been touted as this generation’s answer to Queen – so these guys have some pretty big boots to fill.

The guys have also partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold to their shows will go to Beyond Blue, helping them to provide resources and information to Australians in need of mental health support.

Watch: The Struts Body Talks ft Kesha – 

Thursday 22 August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 23 August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday 24 August – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 27 August – The Triffid, Brisbane

Tickets on sale 11am Friday 3 May – livenation.com.au

The Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo (and why you should see them) PT I

When this year’s Groovin The Moo lineup was announced, a lot of people were posting the same thing across social media: who?

“I don’t even know these people,” seemed to be a common sentiment, particularly amongst those aged over 22. So to help you out, we’re going to go through the line up and let you know who they are, and why you should see them on this tour.
Here’s the first six:

A$AP Twelvyy: You’ve probably heard of one of the A$AP Mob (there’s plenty of them) – they’re a group of rappers, fashion designers, music video directors and producers that form a hip hop collective in New York. The rappers are the better-known members of the crew, and this includes the fairly mainstream A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky. Twelvvy has been around since 2011, and released his debut album 12 in 2017. If you want to see how genuine rappers from the Bronx do it, A$AP Twelvvy is one not to miss.

Watch: A$AP Twelvvy – Hop Out 


Angie McMahon: Hailing from Melbourne, Angie McMahon’s web site summary says, “I’m 90% spaghetti bolognese.” Now, if that isn’t relatable, I don’t know what is. Angie won a competition in 2013 to open for Bon Jovi on his Aussie tour. He gave her some advice: “Don’t screw it up.” She finished the tour and went back to University, because, as she told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I was like, ‘I’m not ready for this. My songs are shit. I can’t really perform. I’m not really bringing anything to the stage other than being a timid, folkie singer-songwriter’. I knew I wasn’t good enough. I was worried, of course, that I was passing up some massive opportunity. But, sometimes you have to.” This is a girl and a guitar, but her vocals and songwriting has won her fans the world over. She’s currently touring the USA, so check her out at GTM before the Americans want her back.

Watch: Angie McMahon – Slow Mover Live on The Set


Aurora: Look, if we just go by her name alone this will be a once-in-a-lifetime set you don’t want to miss. Aurora is the stage name of a diminutive Norweigan girl who reminds us at Girl HQ of the legendary Björk… if she had a love child with Yolandi Visser from Die Antwoord. Aurora told Billboard in the US she loves to eat baby porridge – particularly the banana flavour – and would love to have a black belt in karate. With her inspirations coming from life, death, nature and the moon, this is one enigma worth checking out.

Watch: Aurora – Running With The Wolves


Billie Eilish: If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish in the last year, you may have been living under a rock. Billie was born in 2001, which officially makes the rest of us old and talentless. Her debut single, Ocean Eyes, went viral, but her clip for When The Party’s Over has clocked up more than double the YouTube views, currently sitting at just over 177 million. Overall, her videos have gathered over a billion views. She writes all of her tracks with her brother, who also performs with her. Dave Grohl recently compared the connection she has with her audience to 1991 Nirvana – apparently his kids love her! Billie’s hugely anticipated debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be released at the end of this month, and after that we can’t imagine her touring Australia regionally again – this may be your best chance to see her without traveling.

Watch: Billie Eilish – You Should See Me In A Crown live on Ellen


Carmouflage Rose: This might be a familiar face to Townsville audiences – he played Townsville GTM in 2018 as the Fresh Produce act. The Brisbane-based, Zimbabwe-born hip hop artist signed a deal with Sony last year, and his track Late Nights received gold status from ARIA last year.

Watch: Carmouflage Rose – Late Nights 


Coolio: Look, if you really don’t know who Coolio is, you might be reading the wrong blog right now. You may not know him for his cooking skills (he has released NY Times bestselling recipe books, as well as a popular web series, Cooking With Coolio) but surely – surely – you’d know him for writing and performing the mid-’90s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, taken from the Michelle Pfeiffer movie of the same name, or his follow up hits 1, 2, 3, 4, C U When U Get There, or Rollin’ With My Homies (which featured in the classic teen flick Clueless)… or at least for his crazy hair. Coolio is now in his 50s, so we’re keen to see one of the OGs hit the stage at GTM this year.

Watch: Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise


Stay tuned for Part II of Who’s Who of Groovin The Moo tomorrow.


Cairns to get two massive gigs in early 2019

North Queenslanders won’t miss out on shows early next year, with two acts announcing Cairns dates in the last two days.

ARIA-winning Courtney Barnett announced yesterday she will be doing a show at Tanks Arts Centre on 31st January with Camp Cope, whilst US RNB artist Nelly today announced a show at Gilligan’s on 5th February.

Courtney’s show is one of only two in the country – the other being in Darwin. Nelly will be Down Under for RNB Vine Days with Craig David, All Saints and more, so naturally he has to do some side shows while he’s here! (Darwin fans – he has also announced a date for you.)

Stay tuned for more huge announcements – if this is anything to go by, 2019 is set to be a scorcher!



The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Dedicates Song to North Queensland Murder Victim

Murder victim Toyah Cordingly (Pic Supplied)

Toyah Cordingley was a beautiful, highly popular 24-year old animal and music loving young lady living a carefree life in Cairns, North Queensland. Toyah’s body was discovered in sand dunes at Wangetti Beach, north of Cairns, on October 22, a day after she was reported missing.

Toyah was taken from us way too early. A young lady just walking her dog on a beach was brutally murdered in broad daylight, in a crime that has shaken the whole country.

Despite a huge amount of information collected by police, the killer is still at large. We need all the help we can get to find this killer. There may be others at risk.

Toyah’s favourite song was Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The band start their Australian Tour on the 29th of November in Brisbane. Tour publicist John Howarth was contacted by a colleague and informed that the song was often referred to as ‘Toyah’s Song.’ It was her go-to song, her ring tone for a long time and a song that her friends and family relate heavily to, more now than ever.

John contacted lead singer Ronnie Winter to see if the band can dedicate the song to Toyah on all of their upcoming Australian shows, and they will be. Ronnie has also come up with a new lyric video for the track, and the band have pinned the story under the video.

This lyric video will stand as a living memorial for those we have lost along the way. If you know someone who has passed and this song was special to them feel free to leave their story in the comment thread or a simple name and date of passing to have them remembered and thought of by all…”

R.I.P. Toyah Cordingley, Bless you beautiful lady and we certainly will make Your Guardian Angel ‘Toyah’s Song.’ Music can bring us all together, it bonds us, it strengthens us. Please spread the word as well as the song. We need to find the killer.

If you have any information at all regarding the death of Toyah Cordingley PLEASE phone Crime Stoppers immediately on 1800 333 000.

Watch: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Your Guardian Angel (Toyah’s Song)

Caravãna Sun’s Beauty, Pain and Creative New Direction

Caravãna Sun live at Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane. Photo: Ash McGregor

For the last 10 years, Aussie band Caravãna Sun have forged a musical career out of upbeat, feel-good sometimes frenetic songs. However, the release of their latest single, ‘Beauty and the Pain’ challenges their signature sound as the band explores new musical territory. Girl at a Rock Show‘s India Marx had a chat with singer-songwriter Ant Beard, Caravãna Sun’s vocalist and bass guitarist, about the band’s new sound.

‘Beauty and the Pain’ is a drastic contrast to the band’s previous work, especially compared to songs such as ‘The Bottle’ or ‘Gaia’ which have a deeper dependency on instruments like the trumpet to truly bring them to life, whilst their latest tune has a far edgier, almost risqué vibe.

Beard attributes the band’s new direction to a new method of creative output.
“For 3 hours at a time we were just playing in a room together. Nobody was talking; just recording it all and seeing what would happen.
“That song didn’t have any lyrics to it, it kind of came from a bass melody and a couple of things that clicked over about 20 seconds,” he said.

Beard generally takes the role of lyricist within the band, describing his style as soulful and blue in colour.
“I took that idea back to my house and thought man I’m resonating with this for some reason! Something’s in it!
“So, then I went home and started expanding on a bunch of the lyrics and I took my version of it down.
“Then the song kind of took on this new upbeat life”.

The lyrics effortlessly compliment the track the band worked together to create as the song dives into the reality of relationships. The good and bad times and the inevitable struggles that expose themselves in all relationships.

The success of ‘Beauty and the Pain’ has paved the way forward for the band with the vocalist acknowledging the song as the catalyst for their new style.
“It was definitely the start of opening up this whole new can of worms that is now filtering through all of our music which is super exciting,” explains Beard.

“It’s always a hard one with music and I think the biggest thing I try and maintain throughout any creative process is as soon as you start standing in front of a song or start to put your mental hands on it, I find that is when it starts to lose its essence.
“I think for songs like ‘Beauty and the Pain’ it has that sort of darker edge with the lyrics but I think it was a perfect example of not trying to stand in the way of something that is meant to be said in the moment.”

Drawing on the organic nature of the song, ‘Beauty and the Pain’s video clip is built off behind the scenes footage and provides an insight into the groups dynamic.
“We’ve been together for 10 years and I usually do all the film clips for the band just cos I really love that aspect of it in the sense of organising.
“That one was honestly the least amount of money and the least amount of effort and has probably had the best response out of anything we have done.
“So I think it’s exactly that this song was born from this creative thing and we wanted to get a camera in there and capture what this was looking like. Simple but I think sometimes simple is best,” says Beard.

Fresh off the back of their Australian tour, Caravãna Sun are prepping to head overseas for their seventh European tour.
Beard recalls the time he and the band played in the Netherlands seven years ago: “We were so excited and we got to play up in the Netherlands and now seven years later we’re headlining that actual festival in front of 10-12,000 people.
“It’s been a really nice journey in that sense of us going back and forth to Europe.”

Beard says the band’s new style has been well received by fans around the world and has exposed them to a new audience. “It’s been amazing,” he says.
“Before we released it we had it there and we were like holy shit!
“This is very different to anything we’ve released and it was definitely that feeling of people are either going to love it or they’re going to hate it!
“I think it’s been an absolutely incredible response and I think ultimately it’s just been such a fresh and contemporary version of what we do.

It seems fans are happy to follow the band’s creative journey as their last album also saw success when they worked with Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain.
“That’s been a huge highlight for us as we keep creating music today in this contemporary age. It’s nice just to follow wherever we want to go and have fans who will follow and that are accepting.”

The song’s success is also thanks to producer Steven Schram, best known for his work with The Cat Empire.
“He really got the fine touches down and really embellished the parts that needed to be embellished. He really made the song almost what it is,” says Beard.
“It was an amazing experience and it was so nice working with somebody else, like a third party outside of the band.
“Because the four of us; we care so much about what we want it to sound like and all that sort of stuff, but when you have somebody sitting on the outside that is so unemotionally attached to it, it’s so refreshing.
“I think that is a huge aspect when you’re working with four creative, emotional, sensitive… boys,” he laughs.

Fans can expect to see new music from Caravãna Sun around September/October as the band looks forward to spending more time in the studio.
Expect big things from these guys as they continue to discover their new sound!

Video: Caravãna Sun – ‘Beauty and The Pain’

Caravãna Sun Beauty and the Pain European/UK Tour Dates

Thursday 5 July – Bierzelt Tour 2018, Buch AT *AA
Friday 6 July – Madnes Festival, Ameland NL 18+
Saturday 7 July – Rock Oyster Festival, Cornwall UK 18+
Wednesday 11 July – Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NL 18+
Thursday 12 July – Häkken, Hamburg DE 18+
Friday 13 July – Gastfeld, Bremen DE 18+
Saturday 14 July – Balmers Herberge, Interlaken CH 18+
Wednesday 18 July – UFO, Bruneck IT 18+
Thursday 19 July – Lendhafen Café, Klagenfurt AT 18+
Friday 20 July – Bierzelt Tour 2018, Perchting DE *AA (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 21 July – Lost Weekend, Munich DE 18+
Sunday 22 July – Bierzelt Tour 2018, Mainz DE *AA
Thursday 26 July – Farsons Beer Festival, Megesheim DE 18+
Saturday 28 July – Der Krater Bebt Festival, Megesheim DE 18+
Friday 3 August – Reggae Sun Ska Festival, Bordeaux FR 18+
Sunday 5 August – Bestival, Dorset UK 18+
Tuesday 7 August – Watering Hole, Perranporth UK 18+
Friday 10 August – Koblenzer Sommerfest, Koblenz DE 18+
Saturday 11 August – Zandstock Festival, ‘Tzand NL 18+
Sunday 12 August – Bierzelt Tour 2018, Bad Brüchenau DE *AA
Tuesday 14 August – Bierzelt Tour 2018, Dettendorf DE *AA

UK Siblings Heading Down Under

2855dbb5-6fdb-45aa-a8c0-3101b96442a5.jpgBritain’s rocking roots trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are bringing their infectious energy and nostalgia-soaked fusion of rockabilly, vintage country and first-generation rhythm and blues to Sydney and Melbourne in February next year.

Delivering their fourth studio album Superscope to Australian audiences for the very first time, featuring Black Van and Down on My Knees, the siblings from North London have been inspiring audiences and gathering an impressive fan base since their inception, including Eagles Of Death Metal, the late Amy Winehouse and David Lynch.

Having sold over a quarter million albums, playing to sold out crowds worldwide, including support slots alongside Coldplay, Mark Ronson and Stereophonics, plus performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals (British Summer Time Festival, T in the Park, Bestival, Fuji Rock and Splendour in the Grass) their live set highlights their extraordinary musicianship, a tightly packed multi-instrumental jam session with each sibling playing any instrument they lay their hands on.

Described as a “gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” the trio are sibling revelry on stage, captivating audiences worldwide and delivering a set so dynamic they will have you up and dancing by the first beat of the drum.

Presale tickets are available from 9am this Wednesday, 15th November until 8am Thursday 16th November AEDT. General tickets go on sale 9am Thursday 16th November at 9am AEDT.
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Watch: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis ‘Down On My Knees’ – 

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Australian Tour 2018
Wednesday 14th February – The Factory, Sydney

Thursday 15th February – Corner Hotel, Melbourne