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
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
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
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.
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!
We’re opening the door on a new chapter, something we’ll all get to enjoy and create together Introducing our newest love child , La La La’s small bar vibes with big emphasis on live music and the local. She’s even serving up a mouth watering menu! This one’s a new take on an old classic and we can’t wait to create a vibrant community around it #smallpub . Launching Monday, November 18th with a HUGE month of gigs and go-to’s, we can’t wait to share this baby with you.
HOT CHIP ANNOUNCED FOR CANBERRA – PLAYING KAMBRI, ANU – MARCH 1
Posted on November 21, 2019
Described by The Guardian as “the greatest British pop group of their generation”, audio adventure addicts Hot Chip will make their triumphant return to Australia in 2020, locking in some huge party shows across Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as they immerse themselves in the warm praise surrounding their latest album A Bath Full Of Ecstasy. Also in the country headlining Victoria’s Golden Plains and Wollongong’s Farmer and the Owl Festivals, the band will be ably supported on all sideshow dates (excluding Canberra) by Melbourne funk synthesist Harvey Sutherland (LIVE), himself in the midst of a globetrotting odyssey as he spruiks his latest banger ‘Something In The Water’ and a brand new studio band.
Arriving with a reputation for sonic wizardry cultivated through nearly two decades of marvellously consistent output, Hot Chip have always had an ability to charm all who stand before them. A Bath Full of Ecstasy, their seventh studio album, builds on this reputation as it racks up some of the best reviews of their career. Singles such as ‘Hungry Child’ and ‘Melody of Love’ crystallise a celebrated sound as the five-piece bridge a sense of euphoria and melancholy with colourful melodies and inspired vocal transmissions.
New Years Day of Dance set to ring in 2020 for The gong – playing WIN entertainment centre, January 1
Posted on October 16, 2019
Following the previously SOLD OUT dance editions featuring Claptone (Day of Dance) and Patrick Topping (Night of Dance), the gong’s premier pump purveyors present the biggest event to date on New Year’s Day in our very own backyard.
Beach goth underground icons bring their latest LP ‘A Natural Affair’ down to the Southern Hemisphere – playing uow unibar, January 10
Posted on October 16, 2019
Icons of the Los Angeles underground The Growlers announce their return to our golden coast this Summer for their biggest run of Australian shows to date.
The twelve-date tour which celebrates the release of the bands sixth studio album Natural Affair (Out October 25) is destined to be a travelling circus of colour, movement and sound all the way down the East Coast stopping in most big centres and surf breaks across QLD, NSW and VIC. The beach goths will land in Wollongong on January 10th.
Let’s just come out and say it: The Growlers are the biggest band you’ve never heard of. Longtime icons of the Los Angeles underground music scene and fan favorites the world over, the band managed to fly under the radar of mainstream attention while building a passionate following that rivals some of the biggest acts on the festival circuit…until now.
The band is thrilled to present Natural Affair, the new full-length studio LP to be released October 25, 2019, on their very own Beach Goth Records and Tapes. On Natural Affair, The Growlers (led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor) advance their swampy aesthetic into a sturdier, synthier, dancier sound, bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.