LUKE KIDGELL IS ON THE RUN! AND HE’S HEADING TO KAMRBI ANU & UOW UNIBAR THIS MAY!
Now with 3 National Tours under his belt Luke Kidgell has amassed, over 500,000 fans online, a national radio show and two of the most popular comedy podcasts in the country. It’s almost unfair that his body is a work of art, due to countless hours of grinding in the world gym. It is undeniable that Luke Kidgell is one of the biggest and most physically elite comedy entertainers in the country. The man is a rare specimen, on and off the stage.
However this year Luke’s life was turned upside down. While writing this new show, he went and tried some new jokes at comedy clubs and what happened next would change his career forever. He straight up killed… like murdered, even harder than he usually does. And now he is on the run! Wanted for arson, for lighting up various comedy venues around the country with jokes so killer that he had to become a fugitive.
So don’t miss out on seeing this renegade, before he gets locked up, because in 2020, Luke Kidgell is officially On The Run.
SPACEY JANE TO PLAY SHOWS IN WOLLONGONG & CANBERRA!
Pardon the pun, but it’s fair to say that Spacey Jane’s recent rise has been of the meteoric variety. For relatively new kids on the block, the four piece from Fremantle have had a very impactful start, clocking up nearly 10million streams and garnering huge support from industry and fans alike. In 2019, Spacey Jane nabbed a J Award Unearthed Artist of the Year nomination and undertook three completely sold out tours of Australia, with the most recent run taking in New Zealand. Over the last 18 months, festivals have been pounding on their door too, with Spacies taking to the stage at Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Yours and Owls, BIGSOUND and Wave Rock Weekender. They’ve started 2020 with a bang – January saw “Good For You” voted #80 in triple j’s highly coveted Hottest 100 countdown. February sees them joining the likes of The 1975 and Charlie XCX on the Laneway Festival national tour. With a debut album in the works and heaps of exciting news to come, it’s definitely onwards and upwards for Spacey Jane
THE MURLOCS PLAY KAMBRI ANU
The Murlocs are Ambrose Kenny-Smith (vocals/harmonica), Matt Blach (drums), Cook Craig (bass), Cal Shortal (guitar) and Tim Karmouche (keys). Sharing members across King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Crepes, ORB and Baked Beans, ‘Uncle Murl’ as they’ve been affectionately dubbed, set themselves apart for their signature blend of old-world rhythm, blues and psychedelia, bolstered by the unmistakable vocals and harmonica breakdowns of Kenny-Smith.
‘Forged in their homelands of Victoria’s Surf Coast near Geelong in 2011, across the course of two EPs, four albums, and a dynamic presence on the live circuit, The Murlocs have established themselves as a much-loved staple of the international psych and garage scene. Having sold out headline tours all across the USA, UK, Europe and Australia. Uncle have also shared stages in support of The Pixies, Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall, Stephen Malkmus and Gary Clarke Jr., and have made appearances at festivals such as Gizzfest, Splendour In The Grass, Austin Psych Fest, Meredith Music Festival and Boogie.’
KINGSWOOD ANNOUNCE GONG AND CANBERRA TOUR DATES
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.”
“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’.”
“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.”
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
DZ DEATHRAYS ANNOUNCE BLACK FRIDAY TOUR CANBERRA SHOW
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.
COMPLETE ANNOUNCES WOLLONGONG SHOW
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
THE VANNS ANNOUNCE WOLLONGONG SHOW
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
THE SMITH STREET BAND ARE BRINGING THEIR “OUT OF SMOKE TOUR” TO WOLLONGONG
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
WOLLONGONG’S NEWEST MINI FESTIVAL A SUNNY AFTERNOON
YOURS & OWLS PRESENTS A SUNNY AFTERNOON
MISSY HIGGINS, KATE MILLER-HEIDKE, SOMETHING FOR KATE, ASH GRUNWALD AND MORE!
MACCABE PARK, WOLLONGONG | SUNDAY MARCH 1ST
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