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KINGSWOOD ANNOUNCE GONG AND CANBERRA TOUR DATES

Posted on January 17, 2020

MELBOURNE, AU (Jan 17, 2020) KINGSWOOD are back, baby. Following on from the release of singles ‘Say You Remember’ and ‘You Make It So Easy’ in 2019, the Melbourne four-piece kick off 2020 with the announcement of their long awaited third studio album Juveniles and the latest single, the intoxicating ‘Bittersweet’. Along with the reveal of new music, Kingswood also unveil new 20+ Australian tour, kicking off in Victoria in March before travelling nationally through April, May and June.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am Wednesday, 22 January.My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Monday, January 20 until 10am Wednesday, January 22.

Kingswood’s forthcoming Australian tour dates will be the first opportunities for fans to hear Juveniles presented in all its glory. A dynamic force on stage, the ARIA nominated group has enjoyed strong success on the road in Australia and abroad, with a tour history that counts tours with AC/DC and Aerosmith, festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Groovin The Moo; and multiple sold out tours across the country as proud achievements. The journey towards the release of “Juveniles” has been one paved creative reinvention. Throughout the album, fans can piece together definitive elements of music that has formed Kingswood’s dynamic musical identity over the course of six years of relentless touring and recording. ‘Bittersweet’ shines as a tight example of the band’s love

for guitar-driven rock music; some may say it aligns itself strongly with the music of “Microscopic Wars”, however looking more broadly at Kingswood’s body of work, the progressions and stylistic arrangement of the band’s latest represents their genre-diverse tapestry of individual music tastes.

Melodically rich and delivered with the punch 2017’s “After Hours”, “Close To Dawn” became synonymous with, ‘Bittersweet’ is Kingswood at their unfiltered best. It’s a temperament that Kingswood applied to “Juveniles” as a whole. Embracing creative chaos has led the band to make music that has refused to be pigeonholed over the last handful over years, and it’s the way they like it. “‘Bittersweet’ was originally inspired by the love story of one of our dearest friends. Without going into detail, a medical issue put a question mark over their future, but without blinking they forged on together, overcome with love and companionship. The opening line, “There’s no love on this earth that isn’t bittersweet”, is a truth that we should all remember as we paddle through the waves.Fergus Linacre

A truly global record, Kingswood’s new music came to fruition across multiple writing and recording sessions across the US, UK and Europe. Through it all, the dynamic between chief songwriters Alex Laska and Fergus Linacre strengthened and diversified in personal – as well as combined – style and delivery. Working with frequent collaborator and producer Eddie Spear in their second home of Nashville, the record was an emotional one to solidify. “The album we’re finally presenting was an incredibly long and winding investigation through many different facets and avenues; almost a rediscovery, if you will, of who we are and what we find inspiring.” Alex Laska

PRAISE FOR KINGSWOOD
“Fusing the sprinklings of Queen’s rock bravado in with the leather-clad swagged out rock of Queens of The Stone Age, and you’ve got a rough image of where Kingswood sit in this new chapter of theirs.”

Triple J
“Jam-packed with slick riffage, stadium rock bravado and straight-up delicious falsetto set to the backdrop of a band clearly who call no man ‘Sir’.”

ToneDeaf
“Kingswood gives you a little something extra – it makes your body move, your fists clench, and your shoulders pull back as your hands itch to drum along on the dashboard.”

Heavy Mag
2020 heralds a new, definitive chapter for the band. A chapter built on strong songwriting, fun and energy drawn from a more matured sense of musical identity, Kingswood are ready to kick into 2020. Hard. “You know how people say, ‘Someone needs to save rock and roll?’ – we’re putting our hands up. Fuck it, we’ll do it. Why not?Alex Laska

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DZ DEATHRAYS ANNOUNCE BLACK FRIDAY TOUR CANBERRA SHOW

Posted on January 16, 2020

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DZ Deathrays are a band that started out playing house parties, and have ended up as oneof the most recognizable and loved rock acts in modern Australian music. It’s not every daythat a band gets stronger and more popular with time, but that’s exactly what’s happenedover the 10 years they’ve been thrashing outsongs. Founding members Shane Parsons andSimon Ridley have had a world of experiences, as the band has released three records, wontwo ARIA Awards, toured the world countless times, have supported The Foo Fighters onstadium tours, and have even collaborated with a Wiggle. Their songs are beloved by theirfans, with two tracks having made it into triple j’s Hottest 100. They’ve been festival-favourites in Australia, having performed multiple times at Splendour In The Grass, FallsFestival, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and others. A DZ Deathrays live show is somethingyou can never forget; with axeman Lachlan Ewbank ruling the guitar drones, and an eye-melting light show that washes over your senses, it’s no wonder they’ve been headliningrooms as big as TheTivoli, the Metro and the Forum. With 2019 comes new music yet again,because with these guys, the party never dies.

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COMPLETE ANNOUNCES WOLLONGONG SHOW

Posted on December 20, 2019

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Death Rattle Tour BlurbFollowing the release of his ARIA charting debut album ‘’Death Rattle’’, Perth rapper Complete is now ready to celebrate by headlining his biggestnational tour to date.Performing tracks from his new album and his popular classics, this show will have something for everyone.After doing countless shows around the country with the likes of Hip Hop icons such as Merkules, Drapht and Kerser, Complete has proven to have one of the most exciting live performances in Australia.With 18 dates in total and a bunch of friends coming along for the ride, this massive tour is not one to be missed.So get your blood stained Nikes on, cook up some Mi Goreng and get ready to see Complete at a venue near you.
Playing UOW Uni Bar Febuaray 8

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THE VANNS ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW

Posted on December 20, 2019

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Since their inception at a local Wollongong band competition in 2013, The VANNS have been crafting music that not only stirs up a melting pot of indie and alt-rock influences, but delivers a fresh, modern sound that has seen them fast become one of the most in demand young bands on the east coast of Australia, spending the last 24 months opening for the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen, Ocean Alley and Hippo Campus, as well as securing festival slots at Yours & Owls, Party in the Paddock and The Big Pineapple Festival.

After three EP releases – The VANNS (2013), Scattered By Sundown (2015), and Shake The Hand That Picks The Fight (2017), the band has signed with 123 Music (a joint venture between 123 Agency head Damian Costin and SONY Music), allowing them to return to the studio inspired and driven to record their debut album. They worked with renowned producer Oscar Dawson(Holy Holy), a collaboration that brought the band not just a fresh perspective, but the energy and excitement that comes from finding an instant connection with a creative partner.

“Working with Oscar was like having an older brother in the band; a fifth member who related so well with us lads, the songs and how we wanted to record them.”- Jimmy Vann

Add to that their fast-growing certification as a headliner, stepping up at the start of 2019 to sell out two shows at Melbourne’s Wrangler Studios, and the 750 capacity Factory Theatre in NSW; each event displaying the magnetism the band have with their following.

Their new single ‘Mother’ manifests The VANNS’ thriving, bold, creative dynamic.
Having received a final spit and polish from Mixer Chris Collins(Gang Of Youths/Middle Kids), the track lays ground for the arrival of the band’s debut album in late 2019.

“If the album has any kind of overarching, spinal theme running through it; it’s Jim and I coming together and writing about similar experiences we’ve gone through. It’s a relationship record and it’s a breakup record; and it’s about being in your early/mid twenties and trying to understand and navigate through both of those things.”- Cameron Little

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THE SMITH STREET BAND ARE BRINGING THEIR “OUT OF SMOKE TOUR” TO WOLLONGONG

Posted on December 20, 2019

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Recently finishing up a national tour, The Smith Street Band have announced their return to the road this February & March. The “Out Of The Big Smoke Tour” will take in regional cities & suburban towns in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales & Western Australia, including a few places The Smith Street Band will play for the first time ever.

Debuted live on their recent tour, Big Smoke is another taste of what’s to come from the band’s fifth album, due in the first half of 2020 with Big Smoke to be released before this tour kicks off.

Recording for the album finished this week at the band’s own Bush House Studios, which was built by the band out of an old shed. The studio is solar powered and the album has been recorded entirely with renewable energy, it will be released on the band’s own label Pool House Records.

Pool House Records presents
The Smith Street Band
Out Of The Big Smoke Tour
 
Thursday Feb 20 – Geelong – Barwon Club
Friday Feb 21st @ Plaza, Hoppers Crossing
Saturday Feb 22nd @ Village Green, Mulgrave
 
Thursday feb 27 – Belgrave – Sooki Lounge
Friday Feb 28th @ Pier Hotel, Frankston
Saturday Feb 29th @ York On Lilydale, Mount Evelyn
 
Thursday March 5th – Gilligans, Cairns
Friday March 6th – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
Saturday March 7th – Magnums, Airlie Beach
 
Thursday March 19th @ Wintersun, Geraldton
Friday March 20th @ Rock Rover, Fremantle
Saturday March 21st @ Dunsborough Hotel, Dunsborough
 
Thursday March 26th – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday March 27th – Entertainment Grounds, Gosford
Saturday March 28th – Parkhouse Laneway, Mona Vale

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WOLLONGONG’S NEWEST MINI FESTIVAL A SUNNY AFTERNOON

Posted on November 22, 2019

YOURS & OWLS PRESENTS A SUNNY AFTERNOON
WITH
MISSY HIGGINS, KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, SOMETHING FOR KATE, ASH GRUNWALD AND MORE!

MACCABE PARK, WOLLONGONG | SUNDAY MARCH 1ST

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It’s almost here. Summer in Australia. The days are getting longer, the waves are getting warmer. And there’s nothing better than lazing on a sunny afternoon. And there’s no more perfect place to do this than Wollongong NSW.

The team at Yours & Owls are proud to announce ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. A one day festival that will farewell Summer with some of Australia’s biggest and best artists at the beautiful MacCabe Park Wollongong on Sunday March 1. ‘A Sunny Afternoon’ is a festival the whole family can enjoy with children and family priced tickets plus bambinos under 4 free!

And I love to live so pleasantly….Live this life of luxury….Lazing on a sunny afternoon…… In the summertime

Multi-platinum selling, ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins heads the lineup of ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. With 5 highly acclaimed studio albums, Missy has amassed an incredible canon of hits. ‘Scar’, ‘Ten Days’, ‘Steer’, ‘The Special Two’, ‘Where I Stood’ and ‘Futon Couch’ from her latest studio album ‘Solastalgia’, the list goes on. Missy Higgins live is an incredible experience. You will laugh, you may cry, you’ll certainly dance and singalong.

Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of indie-pop, folk and opera. She is the only artist in history to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Eurovision Song Contest, and Coachella. From the multi-platinum ‘Last Day On Earth’, the award-winning ‘Caught In The Crowd’ to the song that wowed Eurovision 2019 ‘Zero Gravity’, Kate Miller-Heidke’s live show is one not to be missed.

‘A Sunny Afternoon’ could not be more excited to have one of Australia’s most enduring and influential rock bands, Something For Kate on its lineup. Celebrating 25 years as a band, SFK cut across generations with their music continually pushing boundaries. With songs like ‘Captain (Million Miles an Hour)’ ‘Electricity’, ‘Hallways’, ‘Monster’, ‘Déjà Vu’ and ‘Survival Expert’, Something For Kate has been the soundtrack to many peoples lives. And with the exciting news of new music on the way, that soundtrack will continue in 2020.

Ash Grunwald is one of Australia’s finest blues guitarists. His nine studio albums have taken him around the world and back again. His latest album ‘Mojo’ features an incredible list of guests including Kasey Chambers, The Teskey Brothers and Joe Bonamassa and has been nominated for Best Blues Release at the 2019 ARIA Awards. Blues on ‘A Sunny Afternoon’ never sounded so good.

‘A Sunny Afternoon’ wouldn’t be complete without some of the most exciting artists to be making music who have a connection to The Gong and Illawarra region.

Pacific Avenue have just released their debut EP ‘Strawberry Skies’. This 4 piece indie rock band from Kiama have been embraced by triple j Unearthed and have quickly become one of the hottest new bands right now.

Bec Sandridge is one of Australia’s most exciting indie pop artists. Fresh from the release of her debut album ‘TRY + SAVE ME’ in October, Bec is pushing the pop rock boundaries as an artist and picking up hordes of fans along the way.

19-Twenty have been dubbed “The future of Blue & Roots in Australia” by the ABC. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band that have been wowing audiences throughout Australia and Europe.

Influenced by the likes of Matt Corby and Jeff Buckley, Wollongong local Sam Allen is an indie rock artist who current single ‘Heirloom’ is getting lots of love on triple j Unearthed. Sam rounds out a crop of artists that have having incredible success nationally and will bring plenty of home town feels to ‘A Sunny Afternoon’.

Now I’m sitting here….Sipping at my ice cold beer….Lazing on a sunny afternoon…..In the summertime

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STRAWBERRY BOOGIE X DRO CAREY- END OF EXAMS

Posted on November 22, 2019

Strawberry Boogie is a monthly party celebrating Wollongong’s music, creativity, culture and community. It’s been running for over 4 years, and this will be a last Boogie before a little hiatus to recalibrate. We’ve put together the following artists to help us send it off for 2019, spanning dance to live disco to experimental jazz & an AV/DJ set…

The HUGE line up for our final Boogie for a while
– DRO CAREY
– STUMPS
-SONNY GRIN
-YEN STRANGE
– NO MATTER – AV/DJ Courtyard Set

Dro Carey is the main project of Sydney producer and DJ Eugene Ward. His sets are a focused dive into intense variety, weaving the energy of classic house with the introspection of instrumental electronic.

Twice Boiler Room-invited and a veteran of underground releases on a long list of club labels, in recent years Dro’s productions have risen to greater prominence via releases on Melbourne label Soothsayer, with particular acclaim for singles “Queensberry Rules” with Kucka and “Glow Now” with Taliwhoah and Genesis Owusu. These tracks and others have seen significant Triple J support, with his last 4 singles receiving full adds.
Dro is now set to build upon the hybrid styles explored in these singles with a lineup of new material slated for late 2019 and into 2020 – once again with an exciting range of international and local collaborators.


NORTHLANE ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA SHOWS

Posted on November 22, 2019

NORTHLANE ANNOUNCE THE 4D REGIONAL TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GRAVEMIND & LOCAL TRIPLE J UNEARTHED WINNERSOff the back of a huge sold-out national headline tour, Australia’s elite metallers Northlane announce the 4D regional tour. The tour sees the band hitting up the east coast of Australia throughout January 2020 with special guests Gravemind and local triple j Unearthed winners.

2019 has been a huge year for Northlane with the release of their bold and most personal 5th album, Alien which had fans and critics raving across the globe. With perfect scores and being hailed as a contender for album of the year, Alien debuted at #3 on the ARIA album chart and has been nominated for ARIA’s Best Hard Rock Release.

Their previous three albums have debuted in the Top 5 in Australia – with Node landing at Number One before going on to win an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock, an accolade also awarded to Mesmer.

Melbourne’s Gravemind have never been one to do things in halves. From the very inception of the band they have always worked to break the moulds of the genre and with their latest album Conduit. Between receiving as close to perfect reviews across the board as an extreme metal band could hope for, and landing a spot in the top 30 ARIA Album Charts, it’s clear their hard work has paid off, and now the band will take the energy from the studio and lay waste to stages across Australia and supporting Northlane on the 4D tour.

In conjunction with triple j unearthed, Northlane are running a competition for grassroots level local bands in each town to win a paid opening slot on the 4D tour. Acts are to have their tracks uploaded to triple j unearthed to be in the running.

2019 marks the 10-year anniversary for Northlane and the band are in no mood to play it safe. Kicking off the tour with a performance at UNIFY Gathering, make sure you hit up one of the shows and witness one of Australia’s best live heavy acts

TICKETS: $39.88 incl bf – UOW HERE

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GREEN VELVET HEADLINE ANNOUNCE FOR NEW YEARS DAY OF DANCE

Posted on November 21, 2019

Green Velvet announced as headliner for Wollongongs New Years Day of Dance the HUGE heavy house DJ will play the Gongs premier pump purveyors biggest event to date! Located at a secret Loading Dock location which will see it’s party debut.

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HERMITUDE ANNOUNCE – WOLLONGONG AND CANBERRA SHOWS

Posted on November 21, 2019

Fresh from releasing their latest record and triple j Feature Album, “Pollyanarchy”, HERMITUDE have today announced the expansion of their upcoming Australian tour with added shows at Australian National University’s Kambri bar in Canberra and at UniBar in Wollongong.

The Australian tour, which kicks off next weekend will begin at Metro City in Perth and sees the duo travel coast to coast through Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Wollongong.

Hermitude pulled off a huge move for triple j’s ‘Like A Version’, taking on Nirvana’s iconic ‘Heart Shaped Box’, with a moody yet raucous electronic smash. Paired with the energetic vocals of up-and-coming Jaguar Jonze (recently signed to Nettwerk Records), the cover was a moment of rediscovery for the duo; excited to connect with this long-lost love from 93’s illustrious “In Utero” album.

Coupled with a reconfiguration of their original ‘OneFourThree’ (currently riding up the Shazam charts and in triple j’s most played tracks, as well as being championed by Annie Mac and Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 1 and 2), they invited First Nations rapper Jimblah to the LAV floor. Spitting new rhymes over the much-loved beat, he added his own exciting feels to the track, following in the footsteps of the original writers BJ The Chicago Kid and Buddy.

With a huge year speeding to crescendo, Hermitude have ticked a bunch of new peaks off the bucket list, including dropping their much anticipated 6th studio album “Pollyanarchy” and completing their first ever world tour. Adding two new dates to their Australian/New Zealand Tour this morning, Hermitude will now be heading to Wollongong and Canberra next month, topping off the year with a headline slot at NYE In The Park.

Joining the boys across Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane will be interstate collective Haiku Hands and NINAJIRACHI, a 19-year old producer from the NSW Central Coast. As a finalist in triple j’s Unearthed High competition in both 2016 and 2017, Nina’s ‘lush and ethereal’ (Indie Shuffle) sounds to the stage, warming things up each night with her chart-topping singles ‘Pure Luck’ and ‘Thursdays’ which has been heard across festival stages at Listen Out, Falls, Groovin’ The Moo and Field Day.

Following up to more than 40 shows in 2018, Haiku Hands* have firmly established a presence for their tongue-in-cheek, rave inspired bangers that are equally outrageous as they are bold and at times unconventionally pop. Their synchronised dance moves and high energy production have turned dingy clubs into heaving sweaty messes – a sure fire way to warm things up every night!

TICKETS: $64.90 incl. bf – UOW UNI BAR HERE

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