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CHUPAROSA RETURN TO WOLLONGONG AFTER 2 YEAR HIATUS – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MAY 31

Posted on April 5, 2019

After a 2 year Hiatus, Chuparosa has returned! Now putting on their first Headline show since Woolworths ditched single use bags, their infectious grooves is returning to the UOW UniBar on May 31st.

Joining them are local legends Mac Tango and the smooth South Coast sounds of FiKa. This is a lineup not to be missed!

Tickets: $24.54 incl. bf – here

THE TEA PARTY SET TO ROCK CANBERRA AS PART OF NATIONAL TOUR – PLAYING KAMBRI PRECINCT ANU, JUNE 25

Posted on April 5, 2019

Canadian iconic rockers THE TEA PARTY are heading back to Australia and bringing their genre-defying career to Canberra this June.

The one constant at a THE TEA PARTY show is how deeply Jeff Martin, Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood connect with their audience, you really feel; not just hear them during their performances.

Complex and provocative THE TEA PARTY will be showcasing a treasure trove of songs from across their incredible catalogue and for the first time ever fans will get to witness this in intimate settings across cities and regional areas.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with THE TEA PARTY.

Tickets: $81.70 incl. bf – here

JOHNNY HUNTER CHARGING THROUGH WOLLONGONG WITH THE ‘ASHAMED’ SINGLE TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, MAY 18

Posted on March 25, 2019

Sydney’s own post punk powerhouse JOHNNY HUNTER is bringing their signature live show across the east coast. Off the back of millennial anthems ‘1995’ and ‘Cult Classic’, the 5 piece are performing their latest release ‘Ashamed’, a self-loathing & all-indicting confession of the band’s own brand of hometown dysphoria.

“ASHAMED” is the latest single from live spectacle JOHNNY HUNTER that sets a new pace for their established post punk stylings. Ashamed was produced by Dylan Adams (West Thebarton, DMA’s, SKEGGS). After a fantastically received double A-side release through Break Even Recordings in 2018 which saw ‘1995’ receive instant rotation adds to FBI radio, Triple J Unearthed and Rage, The five piece have delivered again with this 2:20 knockout single. An introspective attack on the budget-grade hedonism that is known all too well amongst the punters of a dying Sydney nightlife, Ashamed is the band’s admission of guilt, as well as a barking indictment of all those around them; a top-down testimony of Sydney’s slow decay. This city that once seemed to inspire the creative endeavours of so many, is now better known for testing artist’s mettle with political curveballs and erratic legislation that rarely makes sense to anyone affected. Disgruntled but with no sense of innocence, Johnny Hunter know that they should be Ashamed.

Johnny Hunter are Nick Hutt (vocals), Ben Wilson (guitar), Xander Burgess (guitar), Nick Cerone (bass) and Gerry Thompson (drums). As offspring of the baby-boomer generation – it’s only natural that the grit and bravado of a golden era settles into the band’s foundations. Yet make no mistake, Johnny Hunter are no revival band. Glam-pop theatrics are delivered with a metallic, post-punk sheen and an unwavering gaze – taking the all-consuming, rock n roll charm of The New York Dolls, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Iggy Pop, and meshing them with The Church and Wire’s songwriting grace. Live, they expertly manifest their unhinged and youthful energy, and channel it through frontman Hutt, a mayhem managed in the shadow of a greater self-awareness. In their short-time, they’ve shared stages alongside Woodes, Joyride, City Calm Down, Press Club and Polish Club, sold out a joint-headline show at The Lansdowne with best mates Triple One, Sold out their own headline show at The Lansdowne, and have played much talked about recent sets at Yours & Owls Festival, Oxford Art Factory’s 11th Birthday and Secret Garden (in which the band famously had to stop halfway through their set due to a flaming PA speaker).

The Tour Kicks off on the 19th of April at Bad Friday, and will hit Wollongong on May 18th.

Tickets: $12.78 incl. bf – here

KYLE LIONHART ANNOUNCES WOLLONGONG DATE FOR ‘SO CLOSE’ SINGLE TOUR – PLAYING UOW UNIBAR, APRIL 26

Posted on March 25, 2019

Beloved Byron Bay singer/songwriter Kyle Lionhart is heading back out on a national Australian tour off the back of his brand new single, “So Close”.

“I wrote this song In the midst of chaos. Everything was bubbling up, all my past decision, mistakes, we’re haunting me again. Everything I thought I had built a solid foundation under started falling apart and it all started with an argument with someone I love and look up to” says Kyle on his new single “So Close”, which is available now on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.

In February 2015, Lionhart self-released his debut EP, “Keep In Mind”. His music and reputation soon spread around the world thanks to the enthusiastic reviews of impressed tourists as he busked around Byron Bay. Kyle signed a deal with Ivy League Records in 2016 and a year later released his second EP entitled ’Eleven & Two”, which lead to a sold out national Australian tour. Despite little radio play, the EP generated over 10 million streams and caught the attention of one of Kyle’s longtime idol, Xavier Rudd who then offered him a spot on his 2017 European tour. Lionhart also played his first solo London headline show and surprised everyone by selling it out within a week of going on sale.

An undeniable talent, Kyle Lionhart is destined to become your favourite new artist in 2019. The 14 date ‘So Close’ tour kicks off in Newcastle on 24 April and will hit Wollongong on the 26th.

Tickets: $29.65 incl. bf – here

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