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Montaigne tours her new single ‘Ready’ with Wollongong date – playing uow unibar, November 30

Posted on June 17, 2019

READY is not just Montaigne’s most anthemic single to date, it’s an anthem with something to say.

“I was so reluctant to take ownership of it at first was so far I’ve been the self deprecating tortured artist who’s talked about my neurosis, whereas this song is ‘I believe in myself’ and ‘I’m ready to utilise my abilities’. That’s something I’ve been working hard to finesse.

“Putting a song out about self worth now, I’m in a place where I do think that much about myself, I work really hard every day to be really good at what I do, I’ve earned that confidence.”

There’s also a Trojan Horse factor buried in the lyrics of Ready.

Sure it’s booming pop song on the surface with that killer motivational chorus to remind yourself to stay on the grind (“I think I’m ready and I’m at the edge of the cliff, so let’s begin..“) and some seriously brilliant vocals. But in the song’s final verse Montaigne sings “take me to the final stage, gimme gimme equal wage, I am no longer afraid.”

The line sums up how the musician sees Ready connecting with the world.

“This song is a resistance anthem for me. It’s an uprise anthem. It’s not about personal gain and being a hotshot superstar. It’s about people coming together and fighting for their rights. Equal rights for women, for trans and queer people to have the same rights as heterosexual people, for heteronormativity to be dispelled, for the most vulnerable people in society to be looked after. Why shouldn’t any woman be entitled to equal pay for the work they do?”

Montaigne has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support Bush Heritage Australia a national non-profit organization conserving biodiversity in Australia.

Tickets: $40.90 incl. bf – here

Tones and I to follow up debut run of shows with Wollongong date – playing uow unibar, September 27

Posted on June 17, 2019

Tones And I has announced a national tour following a sold out run of debut shows last month.

After uploading her first release ‘Johnny Run Away’ to unearthed in March and receiving universal acclaim, it’s been non-stop with Tones signing to booking agents around the world, hitting ARIA certified gold sales, selling out shows in minutes, getting added to every radio station under the sun including being #1 most played on triple j for 2 weeks, releasing a follow up smash single ‘Dance Monkey’ and screaming to 10 million + streams globally.

Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here

Regurgitator return to Wollongong to mark 25 years active in the scene – playing UOW Unibar, November 10

Posted on June 17, 2019

Emerging from one of the eddies in the independent undercurrent of Brisbane’s 90s music scene, the past 2.5 decades have been of ceaseless re-inventive spirit, playing with form and flux, the affection of self-parody, ever ambling a rickety bridge of modus vivendi, all bagged up with an effervescent outsider enthusiasm that has never left their skin.

And now… to pound the quarter century mark with a fully blown visually rehabilitated retrospective of a show straddling a holographic hyperbole of antiquated technology, trawling the analogue back through the digital.

And when it comes to those ubiquitous lists…
Maybe 11 ALBUMS or so if you count the live, Jingles compilation and latest kids release;
EPS surely must be 7 of these at least… and in their time maybe 16 singles, a few 7inches and 5 or so DVD releases. And MUSIC VIDEOS feels like maybe 47 or so of those…
SHIRTS jeez, must have been close to 120 or so designs spread across… approximately 905 PERFORMANCES or thereabouts including maybe 25 national headline tours, 6 Big Day Out tours, so many festivals you could poke a stick at… along with some great times playing with DEVO, Boredoms, The Prodigy, TISM, Audio Active, CIV, The Mint Chicks, Ratatat, Senyawa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Helmet, The Melvins and more including the odd collaborative excursions into theatre, dance, live soundtracks and generally just bent on allowing an unstable ingenuity… and on that note who could forget 21 days inside a glass BUBBLE!

Whatever the extent of this output means in the greater scheme of things the obvious consistencies have always been the open pursuit of creative probity, humour above serious intent, sustainable mentalities above any need for dominance, and about as honest unto themselves as possible – whomever that might be? All in all just playing to the ad-hoc… making it up as it goes.

Joining them for this head-brush of a warp drive through our times is none other than Japan’s coruscating icons of sugar punk power popsters SHONEN KNIFE

Tickets: $55.22 incl. bf – here

Thelma Plum announces Wollongong date for ‘Better in Blak’ debut National tour

Posted on May 31, 2019

Thelma Plum is a Gamilaroi woman who likes to sing and play, and now finally and for the first time she will get to do that on a national album tour.

The Better in Blak album tour has been a long time coming but Thelma and her band are beside themselves at the prospect of trip around the country showcasing what Thelma has been working on for so long.

Thelma says: “It’s been a little while since I have been on the road for my own solo shows and I’m really excited to bring these songs to life and to perform them live. Playing Groovin’ The Moo recently I was only playing the singles that have already been released so I’m really happy to open up the rest of the album and get these songs out there.”

Recorded between Sydney, London and New York, Thelma’s debut album features the title track ‘Better In Blak,’ as well as ‘Not Angry Anymore’ and the triple j Hottest 100 hit ‘Clumsy Love’.

‘Better In Blak’ sees Thelma at her absolute song-writing best, with help from regular collaborator Alex Burnett (Anthony & Cleopatra, Sparkadia) and, amongst others, Dave Le’aupepe from Gang of Youths.

Having toured this year with Groovin’ The Moo and with an upcoming appearance at Splendour in The Grass Thelma Plum’s in for a massive year and this album and tour will solidify her as one of the country’s brightest indie song-writing talents. Don’t miss these shows!

SAFIA to hit Wollongong following release of new album ‘Story’s Start Or End’ – playing UOW Unibar, September 13

Posted on May 27, 2019

SAFIA have announced their highly anticipated sophomore album Story’s Start or End will be released on 9 August, closely followed by an extensive tour around Australian and New Zealand. Coming along for the ride will be good friends Boo Seeka as the main support.

Written and produced by the band over the past 2.5 years in their hometown Canberra, the album will include current single ‘Resolution’, as well as previously released singles ‘Starlight’ and ‘Cellophane Rainbow’. Story’s Start or End will showcase the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End will continue that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows.

To celebrate the launch of the album pre-order, the band has shared another song from the album titled ‘Think We’re Not Alone’ which avid fans might recognise from the sold out ‘Starlight’ tour in late 2018.

In the past year SAFIA have made a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, and graced festival stages including Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields, This That, The Grass is Greener, The Drop and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.

With a rollcall of accolades that would make anyone feel proud, SAFIA’s debut album Internal was released in 2016 and landed at #2 on the ARIA Album chart, #1 on the iTunes chart, received ARIA and J Award nominations and saw the band achieve two Gold certified singles in Australia with ‘Make Them Wheels Roll’ and ‘Embracing Me’. They also completed a sold-out run of national album shows. They have accumulated over 140 million streams, not taking into account their collaborations with Peking Duk and Alison Wonderland. They have placed in triple j’s Hottest 100 over four consecutive years, toured US, UK and Europe, and have supported the likes of Lorde, Disclosure, Twenty One Pilots and Rudimental.

Tickets: $56.24 incl. bf – here

Bag Raiders to play Wollongong as part of ‘Horizons’ tour – playing UOW Unibar, August 10

Posted on May 27, 2019

The story of Bag Raiders is already the stuff of legend but in 2019, the ever-popular Sydney production dream team Jack Glass and Chris Stracey are ready to share their highly-anticipated second album Horizons and head around Australia for the official album tour, premiering the brand-new live show for the very first time.

Horizons documents the journey Bag Raiders have been on since the release of their ARIA nominated Top 10 debut album in 2010, which spawned the singles ‘Sunlight’, ‘Way Back Home’ and the triple-platinum selling, runaway meme phenomenon and global anthem ‘Shooting Stars’.

Conceived, written and recorded all over the globe, Horizons features a stunning cast of Australian collaborators including Mickey Kojak, Panama, Tora and The Kite String Tangle who appears on the first single ‘Lightning’.

Consistent regulars on the festival scene, these however are the first Bag Raiders headline live shows in 3 years and are truly not to be missed.

Tickets: $34.77 incl. bf – here

Little May Announce Wollongong date as part of upcoming ‘Blame My Body’ album tour – playing UOW Unibar, June 29

Posted on May 27, 2019

After three-and-a-half years of anticipation, Australian indie outfit Little May have returned with the release of their critically acclaimed second album, Blame My Body (out now via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia). To celebrate the release, Liz and Han are taking the band around the country on a National tour this June and July before heading off to Europe in support of their good friends The Rubens.

Already boasting the commanding singles ‘Lover,’ ‘Apples’ and ‘As Loving Should,’ the album’s arrival comes off the back of both an incredibly turbulent and fruitful period for the band. After the global breakout success of their debut, 2015’s For The Company, the band was forced to regroup after the departure of member Annie Hamilton. The resulting album drew on the experiences and creativity of remaining members, Liz Drummond and Hannah Field – the new shape of the band leading them to delve into styles, structures and emotional realms they’d never previously been ready (or maybe willing) to dive into.

The resulting piece of art is one of the most personal and reflective albums of 2019, expressed in a medium that recalls not only the delicate, intricate harmonies and hushed acoustic notes that originally won them a legion of fans, but also introduces an inspired new level of energy thanks to a new guitar growl that drives straight from the height of the ’90s alt rock era. It’s the same Little May – shimmering, melancholic, emotional, shadowy – but under the bonnet is a revamped, twin-turbo engine that purrs and roars liked you’d never have expected before.

“We went into this record wanting to be bold & honest with ourselves, without shame,” the band recently said in a statement on their social media pages. “Both of us had very different experiences whilst making this record, too. We wrote these songs separately and together, and in the process there was fear, joy, freedom, denial, shame, love, acknowledgment, anger, acceptance, surprise and confusion. We both became aware of ourselves and each other a little more. We tried to make sense of the world during a specific time, and in our own ways. Some of these songs were written consciously, some were written unconsciously. We wrote them to self soothe, and to have a good time. We had an incredible time making this record.”

Those reflective words, reviews and acknowledgement of Little May’s new direction and sound have bolstered the reputation and appreciation for an act with one of the most storied careers in contemporary Australian music. Started by high school friends home-recording their shared passion for singing, playing and writing together, they now boast more than 110 million online streams, and have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages – from local festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival and Laneway, through to supporting the likes of Mumford & Sons, The National, City & Color, and The Vaccines.

Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here

Jordan Shanks brings Friendlyjordies comedy show to Wollongong – playing UOW Unibar, August 3

Posted on May 13, 2019

FRIENDLYJORDIES PRESENTS: John Howard REALLY Sucked


Let me explain why the libs suck at managing the economy. I just need an hour of your time…and your money…


When pollsters ask the public, “who was the best Prime Minister?” John Howard wins that title. The only thing that man should win is “man who looks most like a depressed coconut”. He was most certainly not, this show explores why – and no it’s not a university lecture it’s a stand up show, stop
asking!

Jordan Shanks is a satirist comedian, live radio host and podcast creator. He had produced over 250 no-holds-barred videos for his YouTube channel, has 430,000 followers on social media and his videos have been viewed over 86 million times. Jordan hopes he will foster some sort of interest in socio-political discourse, maybe even stir positive change, but most people keep asking him to dress up as a high school kid he once knew. Sometimes he complies.

“If you’re a staunch Liberal supporter, a Murdoch press journalist or a fan of Kylie Gilles, it might be best to skip this show by political analyst-comedian Friendlyjordies. Everyone else should hurry up and see it.” – InDaily, 4.5/5 Stars

“A character-actor that rivals Daniel Day Lewis… Jordan somehow makes the audience give a shit about politics again.” – The Upside News, 4/5 Stars

“The show is a mixture of the Jordanism’s recognisable from Friendlyjordies, weird impersonations, and a ton of stats and you leave with the niggling feeling that you… learnt something?!” Glam Adelaide

Tickets: $35.00 incl. bf – here

Birds Of Tokyo announce new Canberra date of ‘Good Lord’ tour as single goes gold – playing ANU Kambri Precinct, September 27

Posted on May 13, 2019

Fresh from a performance at the AFL’s Anzac Day match, which saw no less than 6 of their tracks re-enter the charts, Birds of Tokyo announce new dates for their September ‘Good Lord’ Tour.

Already in the enviable position of selling out multiple dates on the tour, second Birds shows have been announced today for Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Brisbane has been upscaled to a larger venue due to popular demand and dates have also been added in Newcastle & Wollongong, as well as reaching Canberra on September 27.

In other good news for the band, ‘Good Lord’ has been certified Gold on the ARIA Singles Chart. The breakup anthem is already one of the most played songs on Australian radio, proving that there’s still some space on the commercial airwaves for electric guitars and real drums. The track is also climbing the streaming charts having been ensconced in Spotify’s Viral Top 10 for the last few weeks.

It’s been more than a decade since Birds of Tokyo formed in Perth and released their first few indie albums. Over the years since then, they’ve enjoyed 16 APRA Award nominations – more than any other band in history – and 11 of their songs have made the triple j Hottest 100.

The ‘Good Lord’ Tour is proudly presented by Channel [V].

Tickets: $56.14 incl. bf – here

C.W. Stoneking bringing homegrown Aussie blues to Wollongong and Canberra – playing UOW Unibar, May 24; ANU Kambri Precinct, May 25

Posted on May 1, 2019

For C.W. Stoneking the road continues to call and, following successful solo dates across the USA, Europe, New Zealand & some of Australia’s southern states earlier this year, C.W is returning to local stages including Wollongong and Canberra for a limited series of solo performances.

Rumour has it C.W. Stoneking has been busy crafting songs for his next full length album, his first since 2014’s ARIA Award winning, Gon’ Boogaloo.

Fans can expect songs old and new, favourites performed as never heard before and perhaps a few surprises too.

Tickets: $44.99 incl. bf – here