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CROOKED COLOURS ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG DATE FOR THE ‘LANGATA’ ALBUM TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JUNE 8

Posted on March 22, 2019

After wowing audiences with two new tracks from the highly anticipated sophomore album Langata at the tail-end of 2018, Crooked Colours have announced that they will be bringing their unique brand of electronic dance music to audiences all around the country throughout April, May & June 2019, before heading overseas.

Fresh from closing out stages across the country for St. Jeromes Laneway Festival, the group will be joining the party at renowned Aussie festival Groovin’ The Moo, before embarking on their biggest headline shows to date.

The headline tour will cover a lengthy run of big dates before wrapping up on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Wollongong on June 8th.

Joining Crooked Colours on the headline dates will be fellow triple j faves Nyxen and Kayex.

Tickets: $35.00 incl. bf – here

ALICE IVY ANNOUNCES WOLLONGONG DATE ON HER ‘CLOSE TO YOU’ EP TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MAY 23

Posted on February 22, 2019

Having released her debut album I’m Dreaming in February 2018 (which was recently long-listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize), electronic producer Alice Ivy has performed more than 50 shows worldwide including Australian national tours with Flight Facilities, Vera Blue & The Jungle Giants, SXSW 2018, Falls Festival & Splendour In The Grass.

Alice Ivy’s eclectic signature sound spans sample-influenced soul, hip-hop and electronic pop that she brings to life live as a multi-instrumentalist. With a trio of past singles on high rotation at triple j and a reputation for explosive live performances, Alice Ivy is fast becoming recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile and exhilarating artists.

To celebrate the release of her new single, “Close To You” feat. Flint Eastwood, Alice Ivy has announced she’ll also be heading out on a national tour supported by her friend, Like A Version collaborator, and the most fearsome force in Australian hip hop, Miss Blanks, the tour will kick off May 17 in Adelaide, and will head to capital and major cities around the country, including a date in Wollongong on May 23.

Tickets: $24.54 incl. bf – here

RUBY FIELDS SET TO HIT CANBERRA ON ‘PERMANENT HERMIT’ NATIONAL TOUR – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, JUNE 7

Posted on February 22, 2019

Fresh from stunning audiences during her Laneway Festival run, Sydney’s raw-power Ruby Fields has announced a national in support of her upcoming EP, Permanent Hermit, including a show in Canberra for June 7.

The EP is set for a released early May and features seven new songs, as well as the nostalgic, slow burning anthem ‘Dinosaurs’, which nabbed the #8 spot on this year’s Hottest 100.

Permanent Hermit comes after Ruby’s debut EP Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner, released in March 2018, that showcased the Cronulla native’s knack for hook-laden grunge pop and heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting.

Her latest single off Permanent Hermit is Climate Ruby explains “It’s been a heavy year for myself and the band, hence the release of Dinosaurs, and one of the only things that pulls our heads up is time away whether it’s camping together or going for dinner at a pub, or just talking to each other. It’s a happier song and I think we all needed a bit of that.

Ruby’s 9-show national tour will see her take to the stages of her biggest headline shows to date, with celebrations kicking off at Brisbane’s Brightside on May 17th and ending with a show at Hobart’s Republic Bar on June 8th.

“Insanely keen to get back on road for a proper tour with heaps of new songs and EP coming very soon!! Been a huge year already with Hottest 100, Like A Version and Laneway shows and can’t wait to crack on. Come watch a few eternally average losers and have a few with us,” said Ruby reflecting on her insane 2018.

Tickets: $30.68 incl. bf – here

MANSIONAIR ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW AS PART OF ‘SHADOWBOXER’ DEBUT ALBUM TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MAY 25

Posted on February 18, 2019

With the release of their debut album Shadowboxer just two weeks away, Mansionair today reveal another taste of the record in ‘We Could Leave’ and confirm the news many fans have been waiting for – announcing an Australian tour for May/ June this year.

The tour will see the Sydney trio playing metro and regional shows, stopping off in Wollongong to play at the UOW Unibar on May 25th. Live, the band shine; their engaging, tight sets well-honed after numerous tours both local and abroad. Most recently, Mansionair performed at this year’s Laneway Festival.

We’ve spent four years working on our debut album Shadowboxer and we’re beyond excited to put it on a stage in front of our beautiful Australian audience. We’re hitting some new cities we’ve never played before as well as the old favs. Come bring Shadowboxer to life with us. – M x

‘We Could Leave’ arrives with a striking lyric video, giving another glimpse into the shimmering world of Shadowboxer’s 16 tracks. It follows on from current single ‘Shadows’, and previous singles ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love)’, (which late last year earnt the band their first gold ARIA certification), ‘Violet City’ and ‘Technicolour’. Collectively, the band’s global streaming numbers top an impressive 130 million.

Their long-awaited debut album, Shadowboxer, was written and self-produced over a three-year period – in living rooms, studios, a garage in inner-city Sydney, and finally a cabin in the Californian mountains – in between the band’s travels and touring. It’s the culmination of a journey that started with a viral hit single – ‘Hold Me Down’ – and led to high profile collaborations, a Grammy-nomination, ARIA and Billboard charting singles and several major support tours (CHVRCHES, Florence & The Machine, London Grammar and Bob Moses). But it’s also an album reflective of everything the band were going through personally and creatively – from mental health to sickness, relationship breakdowns to the ordinary coming-of-age struggles of youth.

Shadowboxer is about acknowledging that we are often our own opponent, and learning to accept our inner shadows – the ones we try so hard to ignore. It’s a record about deciding to lift our gaze from the darkness and acknowledge the light that shapes us. – Mansionair

Tickets: $25.00 incl. bf, GA on sale Tuesday Feb 19 at 8:00AM – here

I KNOW LEOPARD ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, JUNE 1

Posted on February 11, 2019

Sydney art pop darlings I Know Leopard are heading to Wollongong as part of their first headline national tour since 2015 years to celebrate the release of their long awaited debut album, Love Is A Landmine, which is released on April 5.

Whittled down from over three years’ worth of demos, and written against a back drop of emotional turmoil, which ultimately finished off with new love blossoming, Love Is A Landmine is an unashamedly romantic record that pulls you deep into the rich gamut of emotions that love will inevitably drag you through.

The first singles from the album, “Landmine” and “Heather” demonstrated a stylistic shift for the band from their earlier beloved Triple J and community radio supported tracks, such as “Perfect Picture”, “Let Go” and “Rather Be Lonely”. Finding catharsis in the ethereal bliss of pop’s plastic and proggy past, the band revel in glam, dreamy synth pop and the kind of playful, upbeat, 70s soft rock made famous by ELO, 10CC and the Alan Parsons Project. Blended seamlessly within that is the taught new wave energy of Metronomy and a glorious deep dive into vintage analogue synths.

Produced by The Preatures’ Jack Moffitt and mixed by Luke Million (who also added sounds from his legendary synth collection) I Know Leopard have created the perfect musical complement to the album’s open and impassioned lyrics.  

After touring with Gang Of Youths, Montaigne and Holy Holy, lead vocalist Luke O’Loughlin, Rosie Fitzgerald (bass), Jenny McCullagh (violin and keys) and Todd Andrews (guitar), O’Loughlin will be heading through Wollongong on their furthest reaching headline tour to date.

In an indie rock landscape dominated by 90s grunge throwbacks, hardcore punk and scrappy garage bands, I Know Leopard are something of an anomaly. Gloriously out of step by bringing with them a sense of luxury, glamour and brains with them.

As a finished product, Love Is A Landmine is the musical equivalent of a space blanket: gleaming, shimmering, retro-futuristic and synthetic, but will envelope you and warm you to your very core.

Tickets: $19.94 incl. bf – here

LUKE KIDGELL HITS WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA ON THE TAMBOURINE TOUR – AT UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 15; KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, JUNE 15

Posted on February 11, 2019

What are the top three travel essentials for any holiday? Passport, Phone and a Tambourine, If you thought anything else, you’re incorrect and this probably isn’t the show for you.

Luke Kidgell has travelled the world this year with nothing but a tambourine by his side. From the Statue of Liberty to the Big Buddha in Thailand, Luke and the Tambourine have witnessed some of the greatest wonders of mankind on their travels and now the Tambourine is going down under.

The Big Buddha showed Luke the path to enlightenment, and Luke showed him the first 30 seconds of Jets ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ on the tambourine because it’s always important to share culture.

After a sell-out national tour in 2018 and with over 400,000 fans, a national radio show, a popular comedy Podcast ‘Memoirs of a white guy’ and the ability to play over 2 songs on the tambourine, Luke is one of the biggest comedy entertainers in the country with natural percussive talent.

The Tambourine Tour is here.

Wollongong Tickets: $30.00 incl. bf – here
Canberra Tickets: $30.00 incl. bf – here

FIRST LINE UP FOR DAY OF DANCE FEATURING CLAPTONE ANNOUNCED – AT UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 6

Posted on February 11, 2019

April 6th marks another milestone in Wollongong’s well-deserved house and techno movement. No other than colossal house legend Claptone headlines an open-air dance affair with a huge line up of special guests!

First release tickets are now on sale – move fast.

The faces behind Wollongong’s dedicated music community come together in a day of dance in the UOW Gardens set to raise the standard of house and techno events now and forever after. The well-established entities of Unknown Records, Institute of Dance and Heyday are dominant forces in fighting for the freedoms of rave facilitation through weekly house and techno events, and it’s time to take the task a little further.

April 6th – Unknown Records and Heyday Present. Day of Dance!

Tickets: $60.33 incl. bf – here

ONE LOVE FEATURING NICKY BOMBA BRING BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE SHOW TO WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 29; KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, MARCH 30

Posted on February 11, 2019

After sell out shows in Sydney and Newcastle, One Love is finally heading South!

A ten-piece group fronted by the amazing Nicky Bomba (best known for his work fronting The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento and as a member of The John Butler Trio) and with members who have performed with the original “Wailers”, Katchafire (NZ), Michael Franti (USA), Maxi Priest (UK) and The Beautiful Girls (Aus.), One Love is a celebration of the music of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

One Love shows are truly a shared experience – the band and the audience rejoicing in the poetry, wisdom and music of Robert Nesta Marley.
Come and be part of the celebration.

“Reggae is the consciousness of the people coming together” – Robert Nesta Marley

Wollongong Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here
Canberra Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here

TASH SULTANA + OCEAN ALLEY ANNOUNCE TWO MASSIVE WOLLONGONG SHOWS – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, FEBRUARY 22 & 23

Posted on February 11, 2019

After the first show scheduled for February 23 sold out in record time, global sensation Tash Sultana has announced a second show at Wollongong Uni Gardens on February 22 with limited tickets remaining. The last Australian city to be announced as part of the ‘Flow State World Tour’, Wollongong will host two shows of festival proportions with a massive line-up of Australian artists, including Hottest 100 winners Ocean Alley.

The one-person powerhouse has been nonstop touring the world over the past 3 years and is finally bringing the acclaimed live show back to home soil. Tash started out playing open mic nights on a fake id and busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries and playing dozens of high-profile festivals around the globe.

Recent accolades include winning an ARIA award for Blues and Roots Album of The Year with ‘Flow State’, over 500M streams, topping the iTunes chart in multiple countries, ‘Jungle’ coming in at #3 in triple j’s Hottest 100, achieving platinum sales for the Notion EP and platinum sales for single ‘Jungle’ which also featured in FIFA 18, winning the prestigious unearthed j award, multiple APRA nominations and recently playing a stand out set at Coachella & Lollapalooza 2018.

Supports announced: Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale, Clews, Pacific Avenue, Big Words and The Zilzies

Tickets: $89.99 incl. bf – here

GARDEN PARTY 2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCED – AT UOW UNIBAR, MARCH 22

Posted on February 11, 2019

UOW UniBar and Yours and Owls are teaming up again to bring back Wollongong’s BIGGEST student party for the 16th year running. This year the team is hosting its tastiest party yet with DZ DEATHRAYS, CONFIDENCE MAN and SAMPA THE GREAT headlining an all-star Australian music line-up featuring local band GOOD LEKKER.

DZ DEATHRAYS are a dance-punk duo hailing from Brisbane, Australia and have toured over 15 countries with 3 studio albums and 3 Eps. Their debut album Bloodstreams won Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards. Their recent music video for single ‘Like People’ features Murray Cook of Red Wiggle fame (if you’re lucky he may just pop up at Garden Party).

CONFIDENCE MAN are and electro-pop band from Brisbane, Australia whose debut album ‘Confident Music for Confident People’ has had music lovers alike grooving since it dropped earlier this year. Formed by band members from The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective and The Jungle Giants, CONFIDENCE MAN are known for their high-energy, choreographed dance routines and outlandish costumes. Their track ‘Boyfriend’ featured in this year’s Netflix smash-hit ‘To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before’.

SAMPA THE GREAT is one of Australia’s greatest and most innovative MCs. Born in Zambia, the Melbourne based rapper won the Australian Music Prize in 2018 for her ground-breaking mixtape ‘Birds and the BEE9’. Her sound blurs the boundaries between hip-hop, soul, jazz, gospel and reggae, and she has performed as the opening act for Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat.

With this year’s massive line-up, GARDEN PARTY is expected to sell out fast. There’s no better way to start the 2019 Academic Year than with our GARDEN PARTY.

Supported by: i98FM

FULL LINE-UP: DZ DEATHRAYS – CONFIDENCE MAN – SAMPA THE GREAT – CERES – MOANING LISA – GENESIS OWUSU – GOOD LEKKER

Tickets: $59.90 incl. bf – here