From our humble beginnings to today, representing some of the world’s greatest live performers, we are so stoked to be throwing our first ever ‘Secret Sounds Opening Night’ party to help everyone get in the swing of Bigsound; showcasing some of our most exciting acts featuring Adelaide’s number 1 sass-queen Tkay Maidza, guitar guru Harts, Melbourne’s CEO of fierceness Ecca Vandal, and super dreamy indie-folk-pop duo Oh Pep! Tickets and drinks are on us if you’re a delegate (make sure you flash your badge). For those of you not going to Bigsound but are still keen to party, tickets are on sale now!
At just 20 years of age, Australian rapper, singer and songwriter Tkay Maidza continues to stomp her way to the top, having recently strutted her stuff (in platforms of course!) down the same American red carpet as Beyonce, Dj Khaled and Drake after her nomination at the 2016 BET awards. With her endearing stage presence and bangers like Switch Lanes’, ‘M.O.B’ and her latest summer party anthem with French DJ and producer Martin Solveig‘Do It Right’, Maidza has fast become one of the most popular live acts in the country. She is currently gearing up to release her highly anticipated debut album this October, so our party is set to be the first live preview!
Musical phenomenon Darren Hart, aka Harts, has already had a huge year in 2016. Having released two massive singles ‘Peculiar’ and ‘Power’, he’s been driving fans wild with his captivating, on-stage showmanship both locally and internationally, including a triumphant return to the hallowed Splendour In The Grass stage last month where he played a spectacular set backed by a horn section. All that hype and build-up has served as the perfect intro to Harts’ latest album, Smoke Fire Hope Desire, which is set for release September 16 via Dew Process/UMA.
With a sound and presence that can only be described as fierce, Ecca Vandal smashed her way onto the Australian music scene with her pervasive debut single ‘White Flag’ in mid 2014, setting the alternative airwave alight and causing the online world to buzz. She dropped her debut EPEnd Of Time into the world without warning, featuring straight-fire singles ‘Father Hu$$la’ &‘Truth To Trade’ and cementing her as a creative force to be reckoned with.
Oh Pep! are Melbourne gals Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs who have been bringing their indie-folk-pop recordings to the stage for years, first trekking around Australia and then touring internationally since early 2015. They’ve performed at CMJ, SXSW and Nashville's Americana Music Festival, and for Seattle's KEXP and NPR's Tiny Desk. Now, fresh off tours with Lord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliffand theNightsweats, Lake Street Dive, and shows at Primavera and The Great Escape, Oh Pep! will continue to tour their debut album Stadium Cake throughout the world, including our legendary Bigsound party next month!
Promoters and agents by day, party-legends and DJ’s by night - some of our office favorites will be spinning bangers between sets and will have you dancing all night long!
Bigsound, bring it on!
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS BYRON PRE-PARTY ANNOUNCED
10 Jul 2016
Every year Secret Sounds throw a
legendary pre-party at The Northern in Byron Bay that makes you wake up
regretting going so hard on day zero… this year won’t be any exception, we’re
back with one of the biggest line-up in pre-party history! Tickets are
extremely limited, remember to sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list for
We’ve been teased and tormented for sixteen long years, but it’s finally
time – The Avalanches are back!
Before premiering their highly anticipated live show at Splendour in the Grass,
fans will be treated to a sneak preview at the Byron Bay Official SITG
Pre-party. Take a minute or two to let that sink
in… it’s actually bloody happening! The
Avalanches’ sophomore album Wildflower
has arrived and the band have well and
truly come good on their promise of a worthy follow-up to their debut Since I Left You, which
is (let’s be honest) one of the most revered
and important albums of all-time. Before the release of Wildflower, we got a taste of three completely diverse tracks ‘Frankie
Sinatra’ featuring Danny Brown and MF DOOM,
‘Colours’ featuring Mercury Rev’s
frontman Jonathan Donahue and
finally the dreamy funk-trenched ‘Subways’. Yep, Wildflower is going to blow our minds, and we’re giving you a
chance to see it come to life!
Let’s get one thing straight, The
Kills are the most fearless forward-thinking duo in rock & roll, period.
Bristling with tension, anxiety, sex, and unstudied cool, their pre-party set
will be the first time in five years since Jamie
Hince and Alison Mosshart graced
Australian fans with their presence. This time they’ll be armed and dangerous with
their brand new album Ash and Ice, featuring
the ultra sexy single ‘Doing It To Death’ and your old favourites from their steamy back
catalogue. For information on The Kills sideshows, please visit the Frontier website.
Making the trip east to party is Perth trio Methyl Ethel, the uninhibited alt-pop
project from musician Jake Webb. Methyl Ethel have blossomed into one of the most critically
revered and publicly embraced acts out of Australia in recent times. 2015 saw
the fellas hone their signature sound and swagger on debut LP Oh Inhuman
Spectacle and its accompanyingsingles ‘Twilight
(awarded 2015 WAM Pop Song of the Year). After a completely sold out
Australian tour, Methyl Ethel have
just played their first ever UK and European shows. It’s good to have you home, boys!
We challenge you to find a more talented artist in
the country than Harts. The master
of vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and production was anointed by the
late, great Prince himself as an
artist in his own image, and with whom he spent time jamming with at his
Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. You can hear that influence, as well as
those of other legends like Stevie
Wonder, Jimi Hendrix and Queen in his current hit single, ‘Peculiar’.
On DJ duties will be Melbourne duo
Kllo, with their dreamy brand of electro-pop.
Theduo’s been playing a tonne of sold out Australian shows
and a string of local and international festival slots including Dark Mofo, The Great Escape and Primavera
Sound. Kllo has skyrocketed
back into the international spotlight unleashing two new hits ‘Boldie’, which In
The Mix named the #6 best song of the year
and the newly premiered banger ‘Walls to Build’.
We’ll see you soon, Byron!
Secret Sounds Presents Official Splendour In The Grass Pre-Party
the fort back in Brisbane? Remember there’s pre-party for you too, kicking off
on Thursday July 21st at The Triffid, with Years
and Years, Lido, Moonbase Commander and Twinsy. Tickets on sale now from http://secretsounds.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=63500
countdown is on… your favourite indie-pop band Grouplove are back! The Californian party-starters will be heading
to Australian shores this August, playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne with
support from the exquisite singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell! They’ll be armed with their highly anticipated third
studio album, Big Mess, which is due for release September 9th (available for pre-order here). Its first single, ‘Welcome To Your Life,’ will be
released on July 15th.
If Grouplove’s epic career defining sunset slot at 2014’s Splendour In The Grass is anything to
go by, these shows will have you dancing non-stop to their new and old party anthems
with those insatiable melodies that we just can’t get
Big Mess was recorded in Los
Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain
Cuts (Grouplove’s own Ryan
Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins),
Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that
first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence, through hits like ‘Tongue Tied’, ‘Colours’,and ‘Ways To Go’.No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, including 2012’s Falls Festival, Grouplove have made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly
narrated songs with elaborate production.
made this album at an important crossroads in our lives, and it was a dream
come true to be able to work with Phil Ek up in Seattle and with Ryan down in
LA. We’re extremely excited for the world to hear it!” offered singer/guitarist Christian
Following on from her single Wah
Mitchell has just finished her new album with Eric J Dubowsky (Flume/Chet
Faker/Flight Facilities), which is slated for release later this year. These
intimate shows with Grouplove will
give us a sneak peak to Mitchell’s highly-anticipated
third studio album.
Grouplove first came together in
2009 and were quickly hailed for their standout live performances, both as
headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds
Festivals, and Glastonbury. A year
after releasing a self-titled EP in 2010, the band returned with their debut
full length album Never Trust A Happy
Song, featuring a trio of breakout singles – ‘Colours’, ‘Itchin’ On A Photograph’, plus the platinum hit
‘Tongue Tied’. The quintet’s second
full length album - 2013’s Spreading
Rumours - was met with a raft of acclaim, including the National Public
Radio who called it “ludicrously easy to
SITG PRE-PARTY IN BRISBANE ANNOUNCED
19 Jun 2016
Y’all ready for this? Secret Sounds are buzzing to announce that YEARS & YEARS, LIDO, MOONBASE COMMANDER and TWINSY will have you dancing on the ceiling at The Triffid on Thursday 21 July, at the official Splendour In The Grass Pre-Party (Brisbane Edition)! Get amongst what is set to be the party of the year featuring a bunch of Splendour 2016’s finest!
2015 saw Years & Years rise to the very top of British pop music with their popular #1 single‘King’ and their debut album Communion peaking high on the UK and Australian charts and selling over a million copies across the globe. What’s more, the band also took out the BBC Sound of 2015 award, and recently played their largest headline show to date; a sold out show at Wembley… a pinnacle moment for what is surely the UK’s and the world’s favourite new band! We welcome Years & Years back after their out-of-this-world SITG ‘15 set, which also saw the band selling out both their sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne after both venues were upgraded. If you’re not making it to Splendour this year, the Brisbane official pre party is the only chance you’ll have to see Years & Years bring the house down outside of the festival… So what are you waiting for?!
Lido, aka Peder Losnegård, is a 23-year-old composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and drummer who has been working on his craft since the tender age of 2. The Norwegian prodigy started making a name for himself by posting remixes of other artists’ tracks on SoundCloud without permission - including Justin Timberlake, Alt-J, Flight Facilities, Disclosure, Mø andThe Weeknd – catching the attention of EDM heavyweights Skrillex and Diplo, who sing his praises at every change. Lido joins us at the Splendour pre-party fresh from his boss set at Coachella, producing credits on Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape and triple j featureColouring Book, PLUS the release of his epic single ‘Crazy’, which has taken the whole world by storm.
Arising from the darker and grimier side of the Sydney bass scene, Moonbase Commander is a producer known for his distinct sound that stands between the worlds of hip-hop, juke and beats. His sets are unrelenting displays of energetic movement, light and sound - a sight that blends effortlessly with his futuristic swag. Last year saw MBC getting mad props from Pitchfork after dropping a flawless collab with New Yorker Cakes Da Killa on ‘Serve It Up’, which features on his Southpaw EP, along side his solo banger ‘Southpaw’. MBC is currently working away on a bunch of new material, which he’ll hopefully be dropping at the pre-party!
Formerly part of the Yacht Club DJs duo, Twinsy, which originally began as a multi-person act, is the solo love child of Guy Chappell. Known for his high-energy live performances and killer sets at festivals all over the country for the last 8 years, Twinsy has recently played along side The Delta Riggs, Miami Horror and Young Franco, and released some of the year’s most fire remixes, including his take on Stace Cadet’s banger ‘Molly Happy’. Twinsy released his mixtape Welcome To TacoLand earlier this year.
As tradition, the Byron Bay pre-party will be kicking off on Thursday July 21st at the Northern in Byron Bay, the line up for that will be announced in the coming weeks… stay tuned to secretsoundstouring.com and make sure you sign up to their mailing list for further details.
We’ll see you on the dance-floor, Brisbane!
Pre-sale starts 9am Wednesday 22 - 8am Thursday 23 June, sign up to our mailing list now for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 9am Thursday 23 June.
KACY HILL TAKES OVER SITG SNAPCHAT NEXT WEEK
03 Jun 2016
note to follow the Splendour in the
(snapinthegrass) on Tuesday (Tunesday)
June 7th, babe town Kacy Hill will be taking over
from 11am – 4pm, giving you an insight into what it is like to be one of the
hottest young thangs in music right now!
HEIN COOPER TO SUPPORT PETER BJORN & JOHN
03 Jun 2016
are pleased to announce that singer/songwriter Hein Cooper will be joining Peter,
Bjorn and John as guest support on their Sydney and Melbourne sideshows. Fresh off touring the world and playing The Great Escape Festival in the UK, Cooper has just released his stunning
debut album ‘The Art of Escape’, and is this week’s triple j Unearthed feature artist. The album has been received with
great acclaim worldwide and the young Sydney-sider has been dubbed by Richard Kingsmill as a ‘rising folk star worth checking out’.
Tickets on sale now!
PUP ANNOUNCE OCTOBER TOUR, ON SALE NOW
23 May 2016
Toronto punk four-piece PUP are heading back to Australian shores in support of sophomore record The Dream Is Over out May 27 via SideOneDummy/Cooking Vinyl.
Named for the first thing doctors told singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock after a recent examination of his damaged vocal chords, The Dream Is Over finds PUP as confident and as in tune with each other as they have ever been. It’s a conscious act of rebellious defiance that turns this crazy dream of theirs back on its head. If anything, The Dream Is Over is a visible, visceral proof that the dream is, in fact, very much alive.
Since the 2014 release of PUP’s self-titled debut, this ferocious four-piece has truly taken the world by storm. They were listed amongst Rolling Stone’s Breakout Rock Acts of 2014, named one of Kerrang’s 20 Hottest Bands In The World Right Now and garnered nominations for three JUNO Awards, including a 2016 Video Of The Year nod for “Dark Days,” and two nominations for the Prism Prize. They’ve toured the world twice over, playing over 300 shows in the last two years.
“Feathery guitar riffs, stop-on-a-dime shifts, sing-along gang vocals—and twisting the knife in a little deeper.” - Noisey
“Effortlessly cool, charmingly nerdy, and wholly brilliant.” – NME
Tickets on sale now!
SECRET SOUNDS ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOWS
21 Apr 2016
Supported by triple j, The Music, Xpress
At the early age of 22 years old, James Blake released the visionary and era defining EP CMYK, while his debut, self titled album a year later, earned him unanimous praise and worldwide success. His first two albums revealed his innovative musical identity and the constants of his sound; crisp production, mastery of bass frequencies, the combination of organic and digital elements, his natural talent on the piano and his hypnotic vocals. These attributes were amply demonstrated on second album Overgrown, deservedly winning him the Mercury Music Prize which led to a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist.
His live performances are a cinematic experience and watching him connect with the sounds he makes is mesmerising. James last played to Australian audiences at the Splendour in the Grass festival in 2013 then followed with a string of sold out sideshows across the country, including two instantly sold out Sydney Opera House performances. His Palais show was named one of the best gigs of the year and the overall tour voted as the best international Tour Of The Year (over the decade-long return of Bruce Springsteen) by Tonedeaf.
Since then, James has recently been sharing new material in anticipation of his new highly anticipated third album.
Tue 26 Jul – Hordern Pavilion,
Wed 27 Jul – Margaret Court Arena,
Thu 28 Jul – Thebarton Theatre,
Sat 30 Jul – HBF Stadium, Perth
AT THE DRIVE-IN
Supported by Beat,
It’s official… One
of the hardest hitting and best live bands of modern music are back! As
announced earlier this year, Texan post-hardcore titans At The Drive-In are to re-unite this April/May, marking their first
performance as a band since 2012.
It’s been a mammoth sixteen years since
2000’s LP Relationship of Command, and At The Drive-In have confirmed
that they are working on new
music. In case it wasn’t clear: At The Drive-In are planning a massive
2016 and the news of their reunion tour has been
welcomed by fans around the globe.
Sydney and Melbourne fans are able to partake in the joy first hand this
July, marking fifteen years since their last Australian shows that included the
incredibly memorable performance at the 2001
Big Day Out!
Fri 22 Jul - Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Sun 24 Jul - Enmore Theatre,
Supported by The Brag, Beat
The 1975 continue to live up to their reputation as one of the world’s biggest bands, selling out their January Australian shows in a matter of hours and debuting at #1 on the ARIA, New Zealand, UK, US and Canadian official charts with the release of their second LP, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it”. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by charismatic front man Matthew Healy and drummer George Daniel alongside production collaborator Mike Crossey, the album distils their love of 80s sonics into something that sounds impossibly now. 2016 is set to be another massive year for The 1975 with a run of arena shows booked from Brooklyn to Vancouver and slots on some of the worlds biggest festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury. Australian fans were given a little taste of their epic new live show last year, this time round they will be bringing the stunning full production with them in July.
Sat 23 Jul - Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park
Sun 24 Jul - Hisense Arena, Melbourne
with special guests BLOSSOMS (UK)*
by triple j, The Brag, Beat, Xpress
Jake Bugg’s remarkable
ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at #1 (aged 18, making him
the youngest British male artist ever to do so), going on to sell double platinum and shortlisted for the
UK Mercury Music Prize. Success only
accelerated Bugg’s creative momentum, releasing a follow-up twelve months
later, 2013’s richly textured Shangri La,
recorded in Malibu with Rick Rubin.
That album returned Bugg to the top five, earning him his second Brits nomination, a landmark show at
London’s Royal Albert Hall and a sold-out
UK arena tour. After joining Mumford and
Sons on their sold-outGentleman Of the Road show at Sydney’s Domain
late last year, the Nottingham local has announced that he is back with album
number three On My One, which will be
released on June 17th. To
make three albums by the age of 21 is no mean feat. To singlehandedly make On My One shape shifting effortlessly
from blues to pop, rap to folk and soul to country through great songwriting is
nothing short of remarkable.
Jake and making their first trip to Australia will be Stockport five-piece Blossoms,
off the back of a massive 2015 knocking off sets at Reading and Leeds, T in
the Park, Latitude and Festival No.6. Hotly tipped for 2016 band of the year,
the band have been announced as number four on the BBC Sound of 2016 list as well as being included in Spotify’s Spotlight on 2016, MTV Brand New
for 2016, iTunes/Apple Music New Artists 2016 and tipped by several other
sites and publications for more success in 2016. Blossoms channel their unique pop-rock sound with shimmering
synths, crashing drums, a catchy bass line and Tom Ogden’s now unmistakable
vocals, their Australian debut is not to be missed!
Tue 26 Jul - State Theatre, Sydney
Wed 27 Jul - Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Fri 29 Jul - Metro City, Perth* (Blossoms will
not be performing in Perth)
JACK GARRATT with
special guest Kacy Hill (USA)
Supported by triple j,
Garratt combines electric guitar, drum machines, keyboards, and an R&B-friendly
falsetto to fashion smooth, club-ready electro-R&B anthems. Garratt
released his self-written,
self-performed, self-recorded, and largely self-produced debut album Phase in
February to critical acclaim and was awarded triple j’s feature album. The beardy
multi-instrumentalist has been dubbed ‘one to watch’ thanks to a support slot
with Mumford & Sons, festival appearances at the Apple Music Festival and Radio 1’s Future Festival, sold-out shows in the UK and US and his
breakout single ‘Weathered', which was a
favourite of Beats 1 host Zane Lowe and triple j. Garratt was the winner of the critics choice category at
the 2016 Brit Awards and BBC Music Sound Poll of 2016.
Critically acclaimed new singer /
songwriter Kacy Hill, hit the Top #5 on Spotify’s Global Viral Top
50 chart with her single Foreign Fields.Kacy wrotethe
stripped down, airy tunewith British producerand
artist Jack Garratt…props to famed producer and Def Jam
co-founder Rick Rubin for introducing them to each-other in
the studio! Kacy characterized the song as about “exploring new space
in your life and surrounding yourself with people that encourage you to push
past a comfort zone.” As a member of the Vanessa Beecroft-curated
performance troupe for Kanye West's Yeezus tour, later signing
with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music label, was named as one of Dazed
& Confused’s most exciting creative artists for 2015 and was
recently listed as one of VOGUE 44 stars-to-watch in 2016.
Wed 20 Jul - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thu 21 Jul - Metro Theatre, Sydney
Supported by The
Peter Bjorn and John, the Swedish
trio behind the catchiest whistling tune of all time ‘Young Folks’, are back to wow
us with their musical talents after taking a well earned break to build their
own studio, start their own record label and perfect their effortless sounding
In April 2015, Peter
Bjorn and John released their first new music in four years with one-off single
‘High Up (Take Me to
on INGRID Volym 2, a Record Store Day exclusive double-LP of which there
are only 500 copies. In July of the same year, the band debuted two new songs
before officially announcing a forthcoming LP Breakin' Point with the
lead single ‘What You Talking
About’. Due for release June 2016, their seventh album
is a reflection of the band’s newfound search for (yet another) career high.
Wed 20 Jul – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Thu 21 Jul – The Corner, Melbourne
MARK LANEGAN BAND
Supported by The Music, RRR
Mark Lanegan, the former frontman
of iconic US 90’s band Screaming Trees,
has redefined the blues with his signature combination of growling baritone
vocals and electro, new romantic swagger. “Lanegan
sings about heartbreak and salvation and stakes his claim as the Leonard Cohen of the alt-rock moaners” said Rolling Stone when referring to his ninth studio solo album Phantom
Radio (2014). Fifty years of age and almost fifty albums in his
discography, thanks to his awe-inspiring work ethic and passion for
His collection boasts 9 studio
albums under his own name, guests spots with Queens Of The Stone Age, and Mad Season (the
mid-‘90s Seattle super group that featured members of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam
and Screaming Trees), collaborations with Isobel
Campbell, Duke Garwood, and Greg Dulli (as 50% of the Gutter Twins), and of course the work
of his legendary first band Screaming
Trees. That’s not to mention the many one-off
collaborations as the singer on records by the likes of UNKLE, Martina-Topley Bird,
Moby, Soulsavers, Melissa Auf der
Maur and Creature With The Atom
Brain. No mean feat for a
troubled kid from Washington State, whose personal life peppered with addiction
and stints in jail for theft and drug dealing!
Somewhere within that release
schedule he manages to find time to tour all around the globe, gaining a
reputation for dark, tight, mood driven shows with little talk, that are
totally badass! Get a taste of what to expect this July with this 4AD live session.
Fri 22 Jul – The Croxton Bandroom,
23 Jul – The Factory Theatre, Sydney
BEACH SLANG +
Supported by triple j, The Music
It’s a punk-rock, post-punk
showdown with a co-headline tour from alt-rockers Beach Slang and Spring King!
Philly foursome Beach Slang have proved themselves as a band who can write
memorable songs, share that energy live and create a community of like-minded
fans. The band’s full-length The Things
We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us is the culmination of their
collective career and picks up where their two critically acclaimed 7-inches,
Thrills On A Dead End Street and Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken?
left off. The feelings of youth and vulnerability lie at the core of Beach Slang’s music, which is part
punk, part pop and all catharsis. Fresh from ten whiplash-inducing shows at
this year’s SXSW, you won’t want to
miss them make their Australian debut this July!
It wasn’t long after Manchester’s
own Spring King burst onto the scene
in 2014 that they secured themselves as “one of the most exciting live bands in
the country” (DIY), and had none other than Zane Lowe as a fan. The legendary taste maker and radio host not
only loved the band, he decided to make them a part of history - choosing their
as the very first song he would play on his debut broadcast of Apple’s Beats 1 radio. They’ve since
grown to become favourites of the likes of NME, The Guardian, Stereogum,
Line of Best Fit, have been play-listed at Radio 1, 6 Music and triple j, toured with Courtney Barnett, Slaves and FIDLAR, as
well as playing one of the breakout performances at last year’s installment of
the legendary Reading Festival – and
that’s all without an album out! The bands latest track is ‘Rectifier’ premiered in the UK as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on her BBCRadio 1 show, and then made its Australian radio debut on triple j.
Wed 20 Jul – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sun 24 Jul – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
For information about our LÅPSLEY, NOTHING BUT
THIEVES and FAT WHITE FAMILY co-promoted shows please click their individual pages on secretsoundstouring.com
Presented by Frontier Touring, I OH YOU and Secret Sounds
Tues 26 Jul – Howler, Melbourne
Wed 27 Jul – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Presented by XIII Touring and Secret Sounds
Wed 20 Jul – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
Thu 21 Jul – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Presented by XIII Touring and Secret Sounds
Sat 23 Jul – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sun 24 Jul – Yah Yahs, Melbourne
Mon 25 Jul – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
MODERN BASEBALL SHARE TWO NEW SONGS FROM ‘HOLY GHOST’
14 Mar 2016
After announcing their new album ‘Holy Ghost’ at the tail end of last month, Modern Baseball have shared not one, but two tracks from the release and we are obsessed with both!
SECRET SOUNDS GROUP BRING YOU THE GREATEST PARTY OF ALL TIME @ SXSW
07 Mar 2016
Two of Australia’s favourite festivals have joined forces again this
year to host one of the most epic party line-ups on the SXSW calendar! Splendour In
The Grass and The Falls Festival
are laying out a smorgasbord of excellent tunes to get your South By
Laying claim to Sidewinder (formerly Red Eyed Fly) on
Wednesday March 16th from 12noon to 6pm, this Secret Sounds Group
presented showcase features some of the most exciting emerging artists from
both Australia and abroad, including hotter than hot Aussie acts like Vallis Alps, Methyl Ethel, and DZ
Deathrays, who will be joining UK artists Matt Woods, Formation and
HÆLOS US rockers Beach Slang,
Sunflower Bean and PATV,
Canadian heroes The Strumbrellas.
Miraculously in the space between Canberra and Seattle electronic duo Vallis Alps emerged in 2015 with a
sound that lead them to be one of the most buzzed about electronic acts in
years. The duo of Parissa Tosif and David Ansari blend down-tempo, piano-driven
melodies and acoustic guitar with 80's pop synths and gritty trap beats to
compliment their half-nostalgic, half-foretelling lyrics.
Brisbane thrash party duo DZ
Deathrays recently exploded back on to the scene with their latest single
‘Blood On My Leather’ and are no strangers to a SXSW party. Pack your earplugs
for these boys.
Dubbed “NYC’s Coolest Young Band” by Rolling
Stone kind of says it all really. Sunflower
Bean channel the energy of glam, punk and classic rock into a cacophony
that electrifies the senses.
A classically trained chorister from a young age, Matt Woods developed a love for vocal harmony that is clear in his
songs like the soul-drenched ‘In The Dark’ and his breakout hit ‘Impression’.
Twin brothers Will and Matt Ritson formed Formation in London in 2013 – playing Bowie-inspired electro punk
that captured the attention of big name UK tastemakers. Just try not to dance
to their groove-packed pop.
As if it weren’t already firmly established that there’s something in
the water over in Perth, psych-rockers Methyl
Ethel seem to have pretty much taken the mantle of the most-hyped
Australian act in recent months, with songs like ‘Twilight Driving’ and
‘Rogues’ on constant radio rotation, and having just signed to the uber
Beach Slang is a rock band hailing from the city of Brotherly Love. That description might seem bare
bones, but considering the insanely impressive music that’s emerged from the
Philly scene in the last few years, it’s anything but. These dudes play rock
and roll that celebrates being young and carefree and we’re going to cheers
loud and hard to that.
PATV (Public Access T.V.) are the quintessential US indie rockers that blew
up in the UK before anyone else realised who they were in their home country
and now the rest of the world is catching up. Fronted by former Be Your Own Pet
member John Eatherly, the trio play bombastic, new wave glam rock with big
riffs that T. Rex would worship.
A Nashville-based Americana outfit with a shared love for Petty,
Mellencamp, Waylon, and Willie, The Wild
Feathers are set to dose up the charm when they take to the Texan stage in
HÆLOS call to mind the same deserted dawn high streets stalked by the music
of Massive Attack, Portishead and the rest of those electronic artists who
spent the 90s finding the pain after the rave.
Closing out the night will be Canadian rockers The Strumbrellas, who are set to send the crowd singing along with
their poignant lyricism and infectious brand of melody and harmony.
Entry is free. So are the
drinks. Dancing is mandatory.
DAUGHTER ANNOUNCE FRACTURES AS SUPPORT FOR APRIL HEADLINE SHOWS
01 Mar 2016
we are pleased to announce that Melbourne multi-instrumentalist,
singer-songwriter and producer Fractures
a.k.athe mastermind behind hit single
‘Twisted’,will be supporting
English trio Daughter for their headline
shows this April! Both Melbourne and Sydney shows sold-out within a week and due to overwhelming demand, the Sydney show
has now been upgraded to an all ages show at the Enmore Theatre.
infectious pop hooks with haunting narratives, Fractures aka Mark Zito, has won fans and praise from his peers
including Gotye and Chet Faker for his dark, alluring
sound. Fractures’ music features lush production and swoon-worthy
harmonies for which Zito is becoming renowned. Zito has spent the last or so
playing to capacity crowds both in Australia and overseas. Fractures
latest single ‘Reactor’ is a
seductive and hypnotic follow up to his self-titled debut EP and the first
taste of his highly-anticipated debut album, which is slated for release later
purchased to the original Sydney show will be valid for general admission
(dance floor) at the new upgraded venue.
MODERN BASEBALL UPGRADE 2ND MELBOURNE SHOW
28 Feb 2016
Tickets are selling quickly for the recently announced Modern Baseball tour, so fast in fact that the 2nd show in Melbourne has sold out.
Due to overwhelming demand, the band have upgraded their Sunday Melbourne show (10 April ) to the Corner Hotel. Tickets bought for the Sunday show at The Rev will remain valid at the Corner Hotel.
Be warned! There will be no extra shows added to this tour, so once these shows sell out, that's it! You'd be best to get a ticket quick before it's too late!
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL ANNOUNCE 3RD MEL SHOW & NATIONAL SUPPORT
24 Feb 2016
With their second
Melbourne show now completely sold out Secret Sounds has today announced one
final date for Eagles Of Death Metal’s March 2016 Australian run of headline
Melbourne fans, if
you haven’t scored a ticket yet you now have one final chance to see EODM on
Thursday 31 March. Tickets for the new Melbourne show are on sale now!
Final tickets for
EODM’s Sydney are on sale now and will likely sell out today. Tickets for their
Fremantle show are still available but also selling fast.
Supporting EODM on
all of their headline dates will be Melbourne three-piece, all-star rock band All
Formed in 2012 from
members of 1QA, Betchadupa, Miami Horror and Impossible Cinema, All The Colours
are on a mission to write 10 Volumes (albums) of diverse, involved and
indulgent rock. Two volumes down. Eight to go!
MODERN BASEBALL ADD EXTRA SHOW IN MELBOURNE
21 Feb 2016
Tickets for Modern Baseball's first Melbourne show sold out within 24 hours, so we're pleased to announce a second show at The Rev, April 10th... Tickets are on sale now, get 'em while they're hot!
MODERN BASEBALL ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOWS THIS APRIL
17 Feb 2016
Modern Baseball have announced they’ll be heading to Australia in
Pennsylvanian-Rockers will play East Coast dates while on our shores, firstly
they’ll hit Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory
on April 7th, followed by Brisbane at Crowbar
on April 8th and finishing in Melbourne at The Rev April 9th.
Baseball have truly had an incredible past few years. Begining as a high-school acoustic
duo, friends and guitarists Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens were soon joined by
Ian Farmer on bass and Sean Huber on drums to record their debut full length Sports in 2012. The band found a deep
connection in their tremendous honesty and earnestness. People flocked to the
band from all corners of the punk, pop and indie scenes. By the time they
released their follow up record You’re
Gonna Miss It All in 2014, Modern Baseball had built a solid foundation of
buzz and deeply passionate fans.
In 2016, Modern Baseball will
release Holy Ghost. The highly
anticipated album brings a newfound weight to the band, as they continue to
grow emotionally and musically with each new release.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL ADD SECOND SHOW IN MELBOURNE
16 Feb 2016
Eagles of Death Metal. Melbourne has sent you a message. That message is ‘I
Want You So Hard’!
going to be one hell of a Good Friday in Melbourne for all the lucky fans who
scored tickets to the band’s March 25 headline date. All tickets for that show
are now gone, but there’s good news for those who missed out….
guessed it! Secret Sounds has just added an additional Melbourne date to the
tour. Tickets for EODM’s Thursday 24 March show are on sale now!
returned to the stage in Stockholm on the weekend, kicking off a run of
rescheduled tour dates that will take them across Europe, Canada and South
America before touching down in Australia in late March.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOWS THIS MARCH
09 Feb 2016
Secret Sounds are all pumping fists and thrilled to announce
that Eagles Of Death Metal will play three special headline dates across
Australia this March.
Already announced to perform at Bluesfest, EODM’s Easter 2016
visit will also include headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.
You don’t get much more rock-n-roll than Jesse Hughes and Josh
Homme. Best mates since they were teenagers, the Palm Desert, Californian pair
formed EODM in 1998.
Despite their band name, EODM is not a death metal band. The
story goes that a friend was attempting to convert Joshua Homme to the death
metal genre, and Homme wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death
metal band would sound like. With that, EODM was born.
They have released four albums (Peace Love Death Metal in
2004, Death By Sexy in 2006, Heart On in 2008
and 2015’s Zipper Down), toured the globe many times over and
played a bunch of the worlds biggest festivals including Coachella,
Glastonbury, Roskilde and many more.
Both prolific artists, in addition to EODM Hughes has released
solo albums, contributed to books and made a feature documentary while Homme
has become a pivotal figure of modern music, a member of Queens Of The Stone
Age, Them Crooked Vultures and most recently collaborating with the legendary
In February 2016 EODM will return to the road, hitting stages
across Canada and Lollapalooza in South America before heading to Australia in
Pre-sale commences 12PM Mon 15 Feb (local venue time), sign up
to our mailing list now for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 10AM
Tue 16 Feb (local venue time).
DAUGHTER MELBOURNE SHOW SOLD OUT, SYDNEY VENUE UPGRADED
09 Feb 2016
being treated to a heavenly week listening and falling in love with Daughter’s latest offering ‘Not To Disappear’ as triple j’s feature album, the
London-based trio’s Melbourne and Sydney shows both sold-out within a week. Due to overwhelming demand, the Sydney show
has now been upgraded to an all ages show at the Enmore Theatre and tickets are on sale
purchased to the original Sydney show will be valid for general admission
(dance floor) at the new upgraded venue.
This time around Australian fans will experience an entirely
new, different and increasingly fearless ensemble. The new material showcases the
usual intricate dynamics at play – Elena Tonra’s gauzy, fragile voice,
delivering powerful, anguished words detailing her inner turmoil, fusing
seamlessly with Haefeli’s tight, melodic guitar sounds and Aguilella’s rolling
drums – but the sound, oozing with depth and resonance, feels infinitely richer.
MS MR ANNOUNCE NATIONAL HEADLINE SHOWS THIS APRIL & MAY
02 Feb 2016
Critically acclaimed New York and LA-based duo MS MR are heading back to Australian
shores this April / May for a national tour, headlining shows in Brisbane and
Perth for the first time, as well as all Groovin the Moo dates across the
They first caught the public's attention with their infectious
2012 single "Hurricane," a dark yet sinfully melodic heartbreak
anthem. Initially steeped in anonymity, the pair was revealed to be vocalist
Lizzy Plapinger (also co-founder of the pop imprint Neon Gold) and producer Max
The duo inked a deal with Sony not long after
"Hurricane" hit the blogosphere; and their debut album, Secondhand
Rapture, appeared in May of 2013. Their second album, How Does It Feel, which
featured the singles "Painted" and "Criminals," was
released in July 2015 and features collaborations with MNDR and Tove Lo.
“MS MR played an outstanding set, and their new material mixed
in with some old favourites was enough to please everyone. Please come back to play
again soon!” AU Review
“The crowd erupted
in cheers as they closed their set with their dark and intoxicating
‘Hurricane’, their most loved single that catapulted them into our radios and
onto the hype machine.” Pages Digital
Over the years, MS MR has amassed 30 million album streams, played
festival main stages, become known and celebrated as an alt-pop duo with a wide
magnetism, a contagious exuberance and a distinctly technicolor style.
DAUGHTER ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOWS THIS APRIL
29 Jan 2016
defines Daughter’s every move.” DIY
“Elena Tonra sings midway through this English
indie-folk act's second LP, over guitars that gnash and thunder like a vacuum
cleaner on the fritz.”Rolling Stone
trio Daughter return to Australia for the first time in two years, to headline
shows in Sydney and Melbourne, with a brand new album in hand. ‘Not To
Disappear’ is the perfect follow up to their widely acclaimed, gloriously dark,
2013 debut ‘If You Leave’.
Profoundly ruminative and melancholy, bold and direct, ‘Not
To Disappear’ is even more assertive and compelling than its well acclaimed
time, Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella feel like an entirely new,
different and increasingly fearless proposition, the alchemy of their music –
more resonant and emphatic, even louder in places – somehow doubly alluring.
They go flat-out and turn up the volume throughout, as Haefeli’s beefed-up,
majestic guitar lines surge and reverberate with renewed urgency and purpose,
cut through by Aguilella’s unflinchingly muscular, red-blooded drumming – all
of it gilded by a gorgeous electronic undertow.
RAURY ANNOUNCES HEADLINE DATES THIS FEBRUARY
10 Jan 2016
folk hip-hop prodigy Raury today reveals
that he will play two intimate headline shows next month; Raury will hit the
stage at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory
on Tuesday 16th February
and Melbourne’s Howler on Saturday 20th February.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am local time tomorrow.
the country as a special guest on A$AP
Rocky’s national tour, the self-proclaimed ‘Indigo Child’ returns to Australian
shores almost exactly a year after his debut live appearances, which saw him
play to revellers at 2015’s travelling Laneway Festival.
his last Australian visit, Raury has appeared on US television shows The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and more recently The Late Late Show with James Corden, graced the stages of some of the
world’s premier music festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch and
Melt! Festival, sold out headline shows across North America, and featured in publications
like Billboard, The New York Times, and Paper Magazine. Raury’s vibrant
on-stage charisma has seen him perform with the likes of Childish Gambino, Kid
Cudi, Outkast, Kanye and more; He will tour extensively with Macklemore &
Ryan Lewis in 2016, and counts Lorde among his many admirers.
year-old Raury considers himself a product of the internet age; part of a
generation of adolescents who gain understanding of life’s opportunities and
challenges through their endless access to information. This mature viewpoint captivated
fans and critics alike on the debut mixtape ‘Indigo Child’, released
in late-2014 and establishing the young artist as a unique and confident new
talent, expertly straddling folk, hip-hop, rock, indie, soul and more. The
follow-up is ‘All We Need’,the anticipated debut studio album
which was released in October last year to widespread acclaim and has been described
as an LP “full of confidently expressed delicateness” by The New York Times. It’s
a seamless blend of acoustic RnB, indie-rock, casual beats and rap bursts, wandering
in and out of folk territory. The Line Of Best Fit says, “It’s a win for music
that artists like Raury exist. He’s an undeniable talent…”
single ‘Friends’ sees Raury team up with iconic Rage Against The
Machine guitarist Tom Morello in a cruisy
soulful alternative-rock jam. Watch the video here.
is without doubt one of the most exciting new artists to emerge from the US in
recent years, with music fans, critics and industry all eagerly anticipating
the next chapter in this young artist’s burgeoning career. These will likely be
the most intimate shows that Raury will play in Australia for many years to
come, don’t miss your chance to be there.
MORE SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR SPIDERBAIT, ON SALE NOW
15 Dec 2015
What’s that? All you want
for Xmas is a date with the ‘Bait? Well we have good news! Today Secret Sounds
can announce that extra dates have been added in those cities.
Tickets for the following
additional shows are on sale right now!
12 Feb - Metropolis, Fremantle
13 Feb - The Gov, Adelaide – SOLD OUT
18 Feb – The Triffid, Brisbane
19 Feb - The Triffid, Brisbane – SOLD OUT
Feb - 170 Russell, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
27 Feb - Metro Theatre, Sydney
28 Feb – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Mar – The Gov, Adelaide
Supported by 2015 J Award Unearthed
Artist of the Year winners Tired Lion.
HITS ON VINYL
To mark their 25th
Anniversary, Universal Music Australia is releasing Spiderbait’s Greatest Hits
as a vinyl double album with a luscious gatefold cover. Available to pre-order
FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR SPECTRUM NOW
14 Dec 2015
Birds of Tokyo, Calexico, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Rockwiz Live and The Jesus and Mary Chain have just been announced to play The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now Festival in a vintage circus themed Big Top at the festival's heart right in The Domain, March 2016!
Programmed by Secret Sounds, the stage forms part of a huge arts and music event right in the centre of the city, with the rest of the festival taking over Sydney with talks, stage, art and music from 1-16 March.
Sign up to our mailing list now for access to the pre-sale, beginning 9AM WED 16 DEC 2015.
Tickets on sale to the general public 9AM THU 16 DEC 2015.
OH WONDER ADDED TO HALSEY SHOWS, ALSO ANNOUNCE SUPPORT ACTS
11 Dec 2015
London duo Oh Wonder sold out both of their
first-ever live Australian dates
within 48 hours of going on sale. With both shows upgraded due to overwhelming
response, Sydney’s new venue already sold out and Melbourne soon to follow,
we’re excited to announce the supports for both shows.
songstress GORDI is confirmed to
warm up the stage at The Corner on Tuesday January 5 with her vintage
vocal layering, earthy guitar textures and delicate modern electronic production.
show at Oxford Art Factory Wednesday
January 6 will open with PLGRMS, a musical project born of the talented
Sydney-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bowden and accomplished Australian born, London-based
singer-songwriter Toma Banjanin.
Oh Wonder also add one more date to their
busy Australian schedule as they are announced to support Halsey’s sold out show at Sydney’s
Metro Theatre, Thursday January 7.
After spending the last twelve months releasing single tracks
online to a rapidly forming fan base on the first of every month, Oh Wonder,
who have been melting hearts across the globe with their captivating live
performances have sold out over 22 of their debut performances including two
shows at NYC’s Rough Trade, two
shows at London’s The ICA and two
shows atVillage Underground. They have just been announced for The Great Escape festival plus added
another 17 dates across Europe and
the UK for March 2016 with their O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire show selling
out the very same day tickets went on sale.
22 year old Sydney folktronica artist Gordi caused a stir in late 2014 and
early 2015 with her luminous indie pop songs ‘Nothing As It Seems’, ‘Taken
Blame’ and ‘Can We Work It Out’ being picked up by triple j and community radio around Australia, with tastemaker
blogs drawing comparisons to Asgeir,
Tallent Man on Earth and Angel Olsen.
Gordi’s debut EP out early 2016 is set to take your breath away.
PLGRMS’ JonathanBowden began working on
songs in Sydney with producer Ross James
(Bertie Blackman, Thelma Plum) and then sent them across
the globe for Toma Banjanin to work
on lyrics and record vocals in London.
The song 'Pieces' is the debut
single from PLGRMS. Featuring The Preatures' Luke Davison on drums, 'Pieces' is a dark yet inviting foray
into the world of PLGRMS.
PLGRMS are currently putting the finishing touches on
their debut EP, which will be out in early 2016.
BØRNS & BLOC PARTY SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED
02 Dec 2015
With Falls Festival now just weeks away, so are the sideshows. Today
Secret Sounds announces two more excellent reasons fuck off the Xmas shopping
and instead get yourself a ticket to hours of awesome live music!
Party supported by Kate Boy
Supported by triple j, Channel [V], Beat and Brag
With Bloc Party’s Melbourne show already sold out and Sydney heading
in the same direction, Stockholm-based electro-pop group Kate Boy is confirmed
to open in both cities.
Kate Boy (Kate Akhurst and Markus Dextegen) have been crafting their
unique sound since signing to Fiction Records in 2014. They've spent the past
year touring across the globe including sets at SXSW Festival, Secret Garden
Party and The Great Escape as well as headline shows at Koko, XOYO and The
Lexington in London.
Their releases have been critically acclaimed by the likes of
Pitchfork, V Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and Interview Magazine, making way
for their much anticipated debut album “ONE”, which was released in November.
Tuesday 5 January – The
Forum, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Thursday 7 January –
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
supported by Moses Gunn Collective
Supported by Channel [V] and The Music
LA singer / songwriter Børns has a distinct melodic sensibility that
is all his own. Currently in the midst of a huge run of dates across the
States, in Australia he’ll be joined by Moses Gunn Collective at both of his
Brisbane’s favourite sonic swingers, Moses Gunn Collective, will
play tracks from their lush debut album Mercy
Mountain. Released in August, Mercy Mountain has fortified the local
and international reputation the band established with their 2014 debut EP Morning
Shakes, and the singles ‘Shalala’
which scored rotation on triple j and stations around Australia and the USA, as
well as critical acclaim across the blogosphere.
Tuesday 5 January – Northcote
Social Club, Melbourne
Thursday 7 January – Newtown
Social Club, Sydney – LIMITED TICKETS LEFT
HAYDEN JAMES TO SUPPORT DISCLOSURE IN MELBOURNE
26 Nov 2015
Rising Australian singer/songwriter/producer Hayden James will be the coveted
support act for UK superstar duo Disclosure’s
Melbourne headline show at Festival Hall,
in January, 2016.
The announcement couldn’t come at a better time
for James, who is hot off recently opening for Australian rock heavyweights Empire Of The Sun at their massive show
in Bogota, Colombia, as well as being in the midst of performing on his own
expansive, mostly sold out tour of North America.
It’s just another stellar moment for the Sydney artist, who instantly gained
international attention with the release of his debut single ‘Permission To Love’ back in 2013,
which quickly saw him sign to local tastemaker label Future Classic and release his debut, self-titled EP to serious
acclaim later that year. But no-one was ready for the explosive success of the
hit 2015 single ‘Something About You’
when it appeared on the label’s yearly compilation album earlier this year and
quickly clocked up 10s of millions of plays across Soundcloud, Youtube Spotify
and more. It was yet another sign that Hayden James will be a significant force
in the future of both the Australian and international music scene.
Disclosure almost need no introduction at this point,
having themselves quickly risen from ultra cool electronic music act to one of
the heavy hitters of global music. The sibling duo of Howard and Guy Lawrence
have earned a place atop the mountain of pop music off the back of their
phenomenal debut album Settle (2013) and its unstoppable
follow up Caracal, which was released in September this year and featured
appearances from Lorde, Sam Smith and The Weeknd to name but a few. Their recent performance on the
hallowed stage of Saturday Night Live cemented their place in the folklore of
popular music and was just another notch on the belt of the world beating
recent hit singles ‘Omen’, ‘Magnets’ and ‘Holding On’ pumping from every radio,
computer and iPod across the planet, their
upcoming appearances in Australia will arrive at the peak of their popularity.
THE GRATES TO SUPPORT THE FLAMING LIPS IN MELBOURNE
23 Nov 2015
Australia’s favourite one-two rock combo The Grates, are set to add yet another highlight to their extensive show reel after being announced as the support act for legendary US psych rockers The Flaming Lips for their one and only Australian headline show in Melbourne, Friday January 8, 2016.
The electrifying Patience Hodgson and enigmatic John Patterson will light up the stage with colour and whip up the crowd with their explosive signature brand of celebration rock at Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre ahead of Wayne Coyne & Co taking the stage and unleashing their confetti cannons, space bubbles and wildly tripped out calamity.
The Grates’ performance will undoubtedly be yet another triumphant moment for the AMP-nominated Brisbane act, whose blistering set at this year’s Splendour In The Grass Festival was resoundingly voted as one of the event’s best on a bill filled with showstoppers. With four critically acclaimed records under their belts, including most recent release 2014’s ‘Dream Team’, as well as a rap sheet that has seen them perform on some of the most revered live stages across the globe and here at home in Oz, it’s suffice to say that the band have earned a place on the podium alongside some of the nation’s premiere rock acts.
Meanwhile, The Flaming Lips, headed up by the wonderful wizard that is Wayne Coyne, are no strangers to Australia; their most recent trip was in 2012/13 to headline Falls Festival and Southbound, where they showcased the theatrics and sonic marvels that saw them named one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die” by Q Magazine (as well as everyone that’s ever seen them play live ever).
Best known for their hit singles ‘Do You Realize??’ and ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’, The Flaming Lips have released more than 16 albums including acclaimed ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ (2001) and ’Embryonic’ (2009) and have collaborated with innovative artists from Nick Cave,Yoko Ono, Henry Rollins, Peaches, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sean Lennon, and Erykah Badu to the recent 2015 MTV Video Music Awards performance with close friend and pop renegade Miley Cyrus.
The group’s latest studio album is 2014’s With a Little Help from My Fwends - a track-for-track tribute to The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Prior to that, The Flaming Lips’ latest all-original album is 2013’s The Terror.
This Melbourne show will be their only solo headline Australian show ahead of appearances at the Sydney Festival on January 9 and the MONA FOMA festival in Hobart on January 15.
Don't miss The Grates opening for The Flaming Lips’ on their only Australian headline show at the iconic Palais Theatre, Friday January 8, 2016.
SPIDERBAIT ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
20 Nov 2015
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that Australian
rock legends Spiderbait are hitting the road in February 2016, touring
nationally to celebrate an incredible 25 years of making awesome music
Following up their totally sold out 2014 tour,
Spiderbait’s 25th Anniversary run of dates will take them to
Fremantle, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with support from 2015 J
Award Unearthed Artist of the Year winners Tired Lion.
From humble beginnings in the rural NSW town of
Finley, Janet, Whitt and Kram’s unique musical alchemy has taken them on a ride
to the top of their game, from their very first single Circle K released
in 1991 to ARIA #1 songs and the #1 spot on triple j’s Hottest 100.
Recounting their very first session together Kram
recalled a “very weird but awesome rehearsal we had on Janet's rice
farm surrounded by giant tractors…we jammed Cosmic Psychos and Dinosaur Jr
covers. We definitely had no idea then that we would become the band we have.
We were kinda cool but kinda crap too, but didn't care. It was such fun to play
together. Still is!”
Australia thought they were “kinda cool” too and
has since bought over half a million of their records, sending their singles
into the Top 10, albums to double platinum status and winning them multiple
Throughout their career they’ve played all of
Australia’s iconic festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival,
Big Day Out, Groovin The Moo, Homebake, Livid and Meredith as well as countless
headline dates in venues across the country, some more memorable than others…
“That night at Macquarie Uni
in Sydney when the guy swung from the exposed ceiling water pipe and burst it
about four songs into the set. There was water gushing everywhere followed by a
flash of electricity and a loud bang and I can still hear Kram yelling over the
mike, ‘Everyone get outta here, this place is gonna blow!’” said Whitt.
One of Australia’s most celebrated live acts,
Spiderbait has continued to own every stage they have played on, from the 90s
right through to the present. Asked what they have most loved about being
in Spiderbait, Janet’s reply says it all... “The humour, the rock n'
roll, the friendship and the fans who've shared it with us.”
To mark their 25th Anniversary,
Universal Music Australia is releasing Spiderbait’s Greatest Hits as a vinyl
double album with a luscious gatefold cover. Available to pre-order now here.
CAMERON AVERY TO SUPPORT FATHER JOHN MISTY
17 Nov 2015
With just a few
weeks left to wait until the one and only Father John Misty graces stages
across Australia, Secret Sounds can confirm that Perth multi-instrumentalist,
musician, singer and songwriter Cameron Avery will be FJM’s special guest at
the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
A prolific artist
with multiple irons in the fire, Cameron Avery plays bass with Tame Impala, has
drummed with Pond and fronts his own band The Growl as well as playing the odd
that he’s also scored films and collaborated with Arcade Fire’s Owen Pallett
when writing The Growl’s album What Would
Christ Do? and was named one of NME’s 2013 Australian Acts to Watch, and
watch we have!
opening for Father John Misty at Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
Best get in quick
though if you haven’t already got tickets. The Brisbane show has just a few
tickets left and the Dec 9 show in Melbourne is heading the same way!
Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty found a
solid congregation of fans across the globe on the release of his 2012 album Fear Fun. He dropped his second album
under the FJM moniker earlier this year, the critically acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear catapulting his
star to new heights.
He’s played every major music festival
around the globe, including the 2015 editions of Coachella, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza,
Central Park Summerstage, Pukkelpop, Austin City Limits and many more.
OH WONDER UPGRADE VENUES DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
17 Nov 2015
London duo Oh Wonder, who have been melting hearts across the globe with their captivating live performances, sold out both of their first ever live Australian dates within 48 hours of going on sale. Due to the overwhelming response venues have been upgraded, and Oh Wonder will now be performing at The Corner in Melbourne on a new date of Tuesday Jan 5 and Oxford Art Factory on the same date, Wednesday Jan 6.
After spending the last twelve months releasing single tracks online to a rapidly forming fan base on the first of every month, Oh Wonder have just released a brand new video for ‘Without You’ from their recently released self-titled debut LP. The video was filmed on the streets of New York City. “We are beyond excited to present our brand new music video for 'Without You'! We had an amazing time running around the streets of New York before our first ever Brooklyn show.”
To date, Oh Wonder has achieved twelve Hype Machine #1’s and altogether have garnered an incredible 83 million global streams across SoundCloud and Spotify. They’ve also featured in Spotify’s Viral 50 Top Ten in the UK, US and Global charts. Australian fans alone are responsible for over 2.07 million streams on Spotify.
Oh Wonder made their live debut on the legendary BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Sessions. Watch Oh Wonder perform their beautiful ‘Radio 1 Track Of The Day’ ‘Drive’, where they were joined by a full live band WATCH THE MAIDA VALE PERFORMANCE HERE.
DJANGO DJANGO & MANSIONAIR TO SUPPORT FOALS
12 Nov 2015
The incredibly reckless, commanding and exhilarating Foals will soon be heading toMelbourne and Sydney in January for their biggest Australian headline shows to date. Warming up the stage in both cities will be London quartet Django Django and Sydney synth-pop trio Mansionair. Such a huge bill is not to be missed! Django Django’s self titled debut album, released in 2012 (that had been mostly made in drummer and producer Dave Maclean’s bedroom), unexpectedly went on to sell 100,000 copies in their home country and launched its creators to an unsuspecting level of international success, going on to play to 60,000 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Django Django’s debut went on to be shortlisted for the Mercury MusicPrize and appeared in various end-of-year polls with the likes of The Guardian UK declaring “updated psychedelia that beguiles and delights”, Q stating“consistently mind-melting and often brilliant”. Django Django are currently touring throughout the US and Europe in support of their critically acclaimed 2015 release‘Born Under Saturn’ and they now return to Australia to celebrate the New Year forFalls Festival and to share the bill with fellow Brits Foals. Since dropping debut single 'Hold Me Down' at the front-end of 2014, the steady rise of Australian three-piece Mansionair (Jack Froggatt, Lachlan Bostock andAlex Nicholls) has been one of intrigue. The widespread praise for the mesmerising and genre-defying track from tastemakers including NME, The Guardian,Stereogum, BBC Radio 1 and Pigeons and Planes, who declared the band an “Act to Watch”, helped propel it to a staggering 10 million-plus combined streams. Having already sold out headline shows, played the coveted Laneway Festival andSplendour in the Grass tours, and shared stages with the likes of Florence and the Machine, Alt-J, The Temper Trap and BANKS. Earlier this year, Mansionairmade their US debut at SXSW along with shows in New York and Los Angeles. They returned to the US this September, and play their debut UK shows in November, in support of CHVRCHES. In a recent interview with NME regarding Foals recently released ARIA #3 Album‘What Went Down’, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has said that the new material will "decimate venues" during live shows. "This new stuff's going to decimate venues; we're itching to play it," he said "It's going to be fun to get back on stage and obliterate places."
Who knew way back in 2008 when we received our first glimpse of these unruly English guitar slingers that they’d grow to become the behemoth that we see before us today; accumulating a legion of fans and charting a course through small stages to huge, with spiky shards like ‘Balloons’, ‘Cassius’ and ‘My Number’ taken from their records Antidotes, and the Australian #1 Holy Fire. Foals have been making a huge impact with their new album What Went Down(purchase here), featuring the brutal first single of the same name (with a chaotic video clip to match).
MUMFORD & SONS ANNOUNCE CHARITY SOCCER TOURNAMENT
10 Nov 2015
A couple of fast bowls from Australian cricketing legend Brett Lee on Saturday at the Gabba welcomed Mumford & Sons to Australia right before they entertained thousands of fans at a sold out Riverstage show in Brisbane. On Friday the 13th of November the sports mad Brits will strap on their football boots and head straight to the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney, to play a charity soccer round robin against a fellow touring acts The Vaccines, the lads from Bondi Rescue, the Dungog Boomerangs, a team of youth leaders from the NCIE, as well as music industry teams from Dew Process, Sony, I Oh You, Purple Sneakers, Stoney Roads, UndrCtrl and many more! If that’s not enough excitement for you, there will also be a raffle going, with prizes ranging from 4 x GA tickets to a Sydney FC game to a prize pack of Rimmel London cosmetics to the value of $300! The Soccer round robin will be open to the public from 5.45pm (first game kicks off at 6pm). Entry is a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Dungog Community. Details Date: Friday 13th November Gates Open: 5.45PM Kick Off: 6PM Location: NCIE (entrance via 180 George St, Redfern) Entry: $5 donation Note: NCIE is an alcohol free zone. There will be a sausage sizzle for dinner on site! “The gift that keeps on giving. If there's one thing that unites us and our crew and most of the British bands we get to go on tour with, it's not music, it's football. It's the subject that anyone who's never met can suddenly become intimate over, it's the ultimate leveller, and it's the greatest sport on earth. We love football. Football.” – Marcus Mumford, Mumford & Sons “Football is everything to me. It’s empowering, it’s humanising, it’s beautiful and it’s fun. For all of the highs and all of the catharsis that music provides me with, there is no feeling in the world like playing good football with good friends.” – Justin Hayward, The Vaccines Mumford & Sons play a sold out Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Thursday, and a special Gentlemen of the Road, all day event in the Domain in Sydney on Saturday, with special guests Jake Bugg (Acoustic), Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac, Art of Sleeping. A handful of tickets are still available for this show, get in quick!
MUMFORD & SONS ANNOUNCE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION FOR SYDNEY
10 Nov 2015
To celebrate their return to Australia this month, Mumford & Sons announce a special Gentlemen Of The Road photography exhibition to be held on 13-15 November at Young Henry’s Brewery in Newtown, Sydney. The Gentlemen of the Road concept was devised by Mumford & Sons in 2012 as a vehicle to tour their own show and curate an event that reflected their own musical tastes and provide a unique experience for their fans. The band has since hosted 17 GOTR Stopover Festivals and headline shows the world over. The GOTR photography exhibition will document shows in the UK, Australia, US and Canada and across each of GOTR Stopover towns. With exclusive access to archives from some of those closest to the eye of the storm, the exhibition will feature images in a mixture of formats and styles. All images will be available to purchase in a limited edition run. The band say: “Friends, it is with pride and excitement that we announce to you our first Gentlemen of the Road photo show opening in Sydney. This exhibition will showcase the brilliant photography of our very own tour photographer Marcus Haney. Marcus has been shooting the band since their first appearance at Bonnaroo festival in 2009. This selection of his images aims to narrate the story of the small and adventurous GOTR Stopover festival as it winds its way ever further into the lesser visited hillsides and towns of the world. Marcus’ work is complimented by a selection of images shot by Australian photographer Ty Johnson. Ty had become a close friend and collaborator of the bands and he has weathered more than a few Stopovers in his time. Lastly, a unique perspective is offered by two musicians who occupy their down time taking pictures of their travels. Bass player Ted Dwane and Drummer Chris Maas each contribute four images shot on film and developed on the road in the tour darkroom. An exhibition of photography documenting the bands own festival, taken by photographers with access to every dressing room and tour bus reveals the band and their team at their most natural. These are not the glossy images suited to the pages of a magazine, but instead show a working band navigating their way through the highs and lows of the road, both on and off the stage.” The exhibition will take place at Young Henry's Brewery, who worked with the band to create a special ale to celebrate the release of their current album A Wilder Mind. 'Gentlemen Of The Road' – a photography exhibition Young Henry’s Brewery, D & E, 76 Wilford St, Newtown NSW 2042 Opening Times: 10:00am – 7:00pm Daily All artworks will be for sale during this time Friday 13th Nov - From 12-6pm giveaway a double pass to The Domain event every hour - 20 x free beers per hour from 12-6pm Saturday 14th Nov - Free breakfast available from 10am - Live mural painters all day - Our mates at Uber are helping you get there with $25 off for new users and 20% discount for existing users simply enter the code word GOTRSYD - Limited complimentary beers from 11am Sunday 15th Nov - Live screen printer from 12-3pm, creating complimentary limited edition t-shirts - Limited complimentary afternoon beers from 12pm
FOOD & BEVERAGE MENU ANNOUNCED FOR GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD EVENT
09 Nov 2015
Mumford & Sons and some friends Jake
Bugg, Future Islands, The Vaccines, The Jungle Giants,
Meg Mac, and Art of Sleeping hit the Domain Saturday week, and
are excited to announce the food and beverage menu to accompany this all day
Hungry music lovers will find a
selection of food trucks to satisfy their bellies, headlined by the star
pulling power of the ice treat gods, Gelato Messina, who have created
some majestic sweets inspired by the day:
Chocolate Bar:Bugged Out – featuring salted caramel gelato, orange gel,
white choc orange crunch, dark choc coating and freeze dried mandarin.
Chocolate Bar:Red Velvet-Men Of The Road – featuring cream cheese gelato,
raspberry marshmallow, red velvet cake, red choc coating, red velvet cake
It doesn’t stop there… also joining the
line-up of culinary delights will be Newtown share food masters Bloodwood,
bearded bakers Knafeh with their Jerusalem street food, The Crepe &
Coffee Co, Agape, Mama Linhs, Bits Sized Delights, festival favourites Emmy’s
Gozleme, Sauerkraut Sisters, Tsuru, La Carovana, Eat Art Truck, Urban Pasta,
Thainabox and last but not least, Mary’s famous mouthwatering burgers
and fried chicken, who ‘love slinging food to hordes of sweaty folk and
can’t wait to join the Gentlemen of the Road when it hits Sydney’– Jake
Smyth, Marys. A banquet of delectable options for every taste and yearning!
Need a drink? Head over to the Craft Beer & Cider Garden and select a beverage or three from Batlow and Young Henry's, put your feet up and enjoy!
We’re absolutely delighted to have Batlow Cider on board as our Cider Partner. Batlow Cider is a local & independent cider producer based in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW, with a range of ciders handcrafted from 100% fresh crushed Batlow Apples, “Australia’s Favourite Apples” since 1922. With no added sugar or concentrates, their minimal intervention approach to cider-making results in a fresh tasting & fruit driven cider, packed with all the good stuff that Batlow Apples are renown for. Batlow Cider will be available throughout the festival and also have their own designated cider bar & garden area. They were the cider partner for the 2012 Gentlemen of the Road tour in Dungog and are back again after popular demand. See you at the Batlow Cider Bar!
"Batlow Cider was official cider partner for the 2012 Gentlemen of the Road tour in Dungog and we're really excited to be back again. The partnership with the tour means a lot to us. It’s going to be an awesome day, we’ll see you at the Batlow Cider Bar! - Rich Coombes, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Batlow Cider
Across main bars, there will be a variety of offerings from Coopers Lager, Dr Tims Pale Ale, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.
THE JAPANESE HOUSE ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW IN SYDNEY
05 Nov 2015
The Japanese House (a.k.a 20 year-old Amber Bain) has announced her debut Australian headline show at Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club on 15th January 2016. The young Londoner will also support The 1975 on their 2016 Australian tour.
After creating a unmissable buzz online with the release of debut EP, Pools To Bathe In, earlier this year - which features the single ‘Still’, Zane Lowe’s last ever ‘Hottest Record’ on Radio 1 – The Japanese House releases her second EP Clean today via Dirty Hit / Sony Music Australia.
Recorded during the summer with George Daniel and Matthew Healy, Clean sees The Japanese House expand on the unique, brooding, melancholic electronica showed on Pools…, whilst continuing to push the parameters of alt-pop with her luscious, hazy and engulfing sound.
Pre-sale from 10AM Tue 10 Nov - 9AM Wed 11 Nov, sign up to our mailing list now for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 10AM Wed 11 Nov.
LAST DINOSAURS TO SUPPORT THE WOMBATS IN SYDNEY
01 Nov 2015
will be performing a one and only Australian headline show at the Hordern
Pavilion in Sydney, Sunday January 3. With
Brisbane indie guitar-pop four piece Last
Dinosaurs just announced as support, this is one show not to be missed!
Last Dinosaurs have emerged from the Sunshine State’s bubbling indie scene to
capture the hearts and ears of listeners across the world. Having only just released their second album ‘Wellness’, a shimmering slice of indie guitar-pop which debuted in
the top 20 of the ARIA Album chart,
their triple j supported national
album tour saw the band travel across six states to
headline some of the biggest venues of their career, including The Enmore Theatre in Sydney and a sold
out show at The Corner in Melbourne.
The Wombats have just
been added to the Falls Festival lineups in Byron NSW and Marion Bay TAS, as
well as Southbound Festival. The Brit-pop
trio were in Australia earlier this year, playing to a
huge and enthusiastic crowd at Splendour In The Grass. Their Splendour sideshows
saw a number of venue upgrades and fast following sell-outs across the country
(check out the live footage of “Emoticons” filmed at their recent show at the
Hordern Pavilion here).
have just wrapped up their US tour and are currently making their was across
the UK and Europe in support of their third album ‘Glitterbug’,
which scored a triple j feature album that debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts,
featuring their latest single ‘The English Summer’ as well as ‘Greek Tragedy’,
‘Give Me a Try’ and ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’.
The Wombats made
their Splendour debut in 2008 with songs from their killer debut album ‘A Guide
to Love, Loss & Desperation’. Previous album ‘This Modern Glitch’ with its
hit singles ‘Tokyo’ (Vampires and Wolves) and ‘Jump Into The Fog’ saw The
Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it also reached #2
on the ARIA album chart and achieving platinum sales.
miss your chance to catch The Wombats only Australian headline show in Sydney, Sunday January 3 at the Hordern
ART OF SLEEPING TO SUPPORT MUMFORD & SONS IN AUCKLAND
01 Nov 2015
Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce that Brisbane band Art Of Sleeping will be their special guests at their upcoming Auckland show at Vector Arena on Tuesday 10th
November. This will be Art Of Sleeping’s debut performance in
New Zealand and judging from the adulation that Australian media are showering
on them, we are in for a treat!
Art Of Sleeping’s debut
album ‘Shake Shiver’ was released in Julyand has seen a steady stream of
glowing album reviews with the likes of the Sydney Morning Herald declaring “Art Of Sleeping have set a high bar with
their debut long-player. Production from Yanto Browning and Tom Iansek sees the
album emanate a warmth and power, which in combination with smart, poignant
lyrical turns, has resulted in one of the most compelling releases of the year”.
‘Bleeding Out’ as well as
previously released singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Voodoo’ have all
received additions on renowned Australian radio station triple j’s playlist and the bands flourishing online presence
resulting in an accumulation of over 2.7
million streams online.
This November, Mumford & Sons with Art Of Sleeping - don’t
miss your chance to see what will undoubtedly be one of the most stunning and
memorable concerts of the year!
THE VACCINES HEADLINE HUGE TRIPLE BILL IN BRISBANE
27 Oct 2015
British indie rockers The Vaccines
will be arriving in Australia next month to join their good pals Mumford and
Sons on their East Coast tour including Gentlemen Of The Road in Sydney. The
Vaccines will also be performing a one and only headline show at The Triffid in
Brisbane on Sunday November 8 and today have announced that two local Brisbane acts
The Belligerents and The Jensens will be joining them in a huge triple bill.
Coinciding with the venue’s birthday celebrations, this night is not to be
Indie-psychedelic outfit The Belligerents, most recently grabbing
the attention of the nation with a jaw dropping rendition of Fat Boy Slims
“Praise You” for Triple J’s Like a Version are also known for their raw and
experimental sound. Their latest EP ‘Outside:Inside:’ makes a statement The
Belligerents are certainly here to stay.
The Jensens have
been making music together and fine-tuning their craft on the eclectic Brisbane
live circuit since 2013, while they make the final edits towards their debut
release. Playing as a five-piece, their garage-pop sound inspires a Buzzocks
meets Los Saicos resonance and their uniqueness has captured the interest of
the Australian scene.
Described by The Guardian UK “high-octane dystopia
with monster riffs”, The Vaccines’ game-changing third studio album
‘English Graffiti’ released May of his year embodies elements of the old sound
merged with a completely different sonic palette, and are some of the best
songs of their career thus far! Watch the clip for 20/20 here.
SLEATER KINNEY ANNOUNCE BRISBANE & ADELAIDE SHOWS
26 Oct 2015
A week or two ago and with a great deal of excitement we announced appearances at Golden Plains and two Melbourne dates for SLEATER–KINNEY.
To ease the worries of fans in other cities we now can also advise that the band are confirmed to appear in Brisbane at the Triffid, HQ in Adelaide and the world famous Sydney Opera House with their full No Cities to Love touring show. Expect nothing but a "no-frills, high-kicking, hard-rocking" show (The Guardian). The second Melbourne show is racing towards selling out so you should get your tickets for these exclusive headline shows in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane as soon as you can.
Sleater-Kinney came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, the band put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. In the hiatus Tucker released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band, while Brownstein and Weiss released one album with Wild Flag. Brownstein has been writing a book “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” and also co-created and co-stars in the cult IFC series 'PORTLANDIA', and Weiss recorded and toured with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others. Then almost a decade later, the trio – guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, and drummer Janet Weiss – came back together and recorded and released the triumphant album “No Cities To Love” in January 2015. It is a modern punk classic that is certain to be on most best-of and award lists for this year.
THE WOMBATS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW IN SYDNEY
18 Oct 2015
Secret Sounds are thrilled to announce The Wombats will be performing one and only Australian headline show at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Sunday January 3.
Having just been added to the Falls Festival lineups in Byron NSW and Marion Bay TAS, as well as Southbound Festival, the Brit-pop trio were in Australia earlier this year, playing to a huge and enthusiastic crowd at Splendour In The Grass. Their Splendour sideshows saw a number of venue upgrades and fast following sell-outs across the country (check out the live footage of “Emoticons” filmed at their recent show at the Hordern Pavilion here).
The Wombats have just wrapped up their US tour and are currently making their was across the UK and Europe in support of their third album ‘Glitterbug’, which scored a triple j feature album that debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts, featuring their latest single ‘The English Summer’ as well as ‘Greek Tragedy’, ‘Give Me a Try’ and ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’.
The Wombats made their Splendour debut in 2008 with songs from their killer debut album ‘A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation’. Previous album ‘This Modern Glitch’ with its hit singles ‘Tokyo’ (Vampires and Wolves) and ‘Jump Into The Fog’ saw The Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it also reached #2 on the ARIA album chart and achieving platinum sales.
Don't miss your chance to catch The Wombats only Australian headline show in Sydney, Sunday January 3 at the Hordern Pavilion. Pre-sale from 10AM Wed 21 - 8AM Thu 22 Oct, sign up to our mailing list for access now! Tickets on sale to the general public 10AM Thu 22 Oct.
THE FLAMING LIPS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW IN MELBOURNE
18 Oct 2015
The Flaming Lips have taken some time out of their intense schedule this week, that has seen them busily planning a naked, milk soaked show, with pop phenomenon Miley Cyrus, to announce a one off headline show in Melbourne at the Palais Theatre Friday January 8….
The Flaming Lips, headed up by enigmatic front-man Wayne Coyne, are no strangers to Australia; their most recent trip was in 2012/13 to headline Falls Festival and Southbound. Undoubtedly a festival favourite, they have headlined a number of major music festivals in Australia such as Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out and Harvest, plus a string of major international festivals including Iceland Airwaves, Coachella, Lollapolooza, Firefly, Primavera Sound, Sasquatch! and Hopscotch, to name a few.
Acclaimed for their eccentricity and ostentatiousness, The Flaming Lips’ live stage shows include confetti cannons, yetis, aliens, animals as back-up dancers, a glowing neon vagina and of course, Coyne’s signature ‘space-bubble’ crowd-surfing performance. In 2002 Q Magazine named them one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".
Rolling Stone declared of their 2014 Iceland Airwaves performance “The Lips prize audience participation in a way many bands promise but few deliver… Coyne took his traditional see-through-sphere ride beyond the stage, rolling across a tide of hands to the back, and donned a billowing, silver cape… The foil was rolled out through the audience which grasped and shook it, creating a turbulent sea of shimmer in front of Coyne, who was literally in it up to his neck, singing like an excited, disembodied pharoah.”
Best known for their hit singles ‘Do You Realize??’ and ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’, The Flaming Lips have released more than 16 albums including acclaimed ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ (2001) and ’Embryonic’ (2009) and have collaborated with innovative artists from Nick Cave,Yoko Ono, Henry Rollins, Peaches, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sean Lennon, and Erykah Badu to the recent 2015 MTV Video Music Awards performance with close friend Miley Cyrus.
The group’s latest studio album is 2014’s With a Little Help from My Fwends, which is a track-for-track tribute to The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Prior to that, The Flaming Lips’ latest all-original album is 2013’s The Terror.
Don't miss your chance to catch The Flaming Lips’ only Australian headline show at the iconic Palais Theatre, Friday January 8, 2016. Pre-sale starts 10AM WED 21 OCT - 8AM THU 22 OCT, make sure you sign up to our mailing list for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 10AM THU 22 OCT.
THE JAPANESE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE 1975 IN AUSTRALIA
15 Oct 2015
Japanese House (aka 20 year-old Amber
Bain) will be joining UK art-pop quartet The
1975 on their Australian tour in January.
the release of her acclaimed debut EP, ‘Pools To Bathe In’, earlier this year - which features the
single ‘Still’, Zane Lowe’s last ever ‘Hottest Record’ on Radio 1 - the young
Londoner will release her second EP next month. Listen to the title track here ‘Clean’.
Recorded during the UK summer with George Daniel and
Matthew Healy (The 1975), ‘Clean’ continues
to see The Japanese House expand
on the unique, brooding electronica showed on ‘Pool To Bath In’ whilst continuing to push the parameters of alt-pop with her luscious, hazy
and engulfing sound.
week The 1975 released their first
new song in two years, ‘Love Me’, which
premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In the World’ on BBC Radio 1. The
single is taken from The 1975’s
second LP ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of
It’, which is set for release in February and already tipped to be one of
world’s most anticipated releases of 2016.
The 1975 lived up to
their reputation as Britain’s biggest new band, selling out their Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland shows minutes after tickets went on sale in July.
Tickets for the band’s Perth show are selling fast.
TINY RUINS TO SUPPORT LAURA MARLING IN NZ
13 Oct 2015
It is with great delight that Secret Sounds announce TINY RUINS to support LAURA MARLING in New Zealand later this month! Local gem of a songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, from Tiny Ruins, will be opening the show at the Powerstation in a solo capacity, revisiting early material from debut Some Were Meant for Sea and songs from critically acclaimed follow-up Brightly Painted One, as well as showcasing new material from Hurtling Through, an EP she collaborated on with Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, set for release next month. www.tinyruins.com
NEW BLOC PARTY ALBUM OUT THIS JANUARY
13 Oct 2015
Bloc Party today announce the details of their new album HYMNS, due for release 29 January 2016 via Create/Control + Infectious Music / BMG in standard CD and digital formats, as well as deluxe CD, deluxe digital and limited edition double vinyl formats featuring four extra songs.
The album’s opening song, ‘The Love Within’, is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album; it is also available to stream and download now.
‘HYMNS’ is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours, awards and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.
“Bloc Party started with just Kele and I, and we used to write the songs together, and we found other people and grew from that. It feels like that’s happened again,” says Russell. They started writing together, just the two of them, in 2014, and were joined at various stages by the two new members who have made Bloc Party a four-piece again: bassist Justin Harris, whom the band met in his previous guise as part of the Portland indie rock band Menomena, and drummer Louise Bartle, a 21-year-old that the pair discovered on YouTube, and who “blew us away. It’s good to have someone bringing that energy of doing it for the first time. It’s made us all excited about going forward.”
As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whomKele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?”
The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party.HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele and Russell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.
In August Bloc Party played two sold out shows in the US at The Glass House,Pomona, and The Roxy, Los Angeles, before an acclaimed appearance at FYF Fest, where they headlined The Lawn stage. Bloc Party are confirmed to return toAustralia this summer to headline Falls Festival, Southbound plus sideshows inMelbourne and Sydney. See www.bloc.party for full details.
Bloc Party are: Kele Okereke (vocals, guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle (drums).
THE FLAMING LIPS TO HEADLINE MONA FOMA
09 Oct 2015
psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips bring their special brand of weird to Mofo
this summer, 13–18 January 2016, taking to the outdoor stage at the Museum of
Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The
Flaming Lips are the first artist revealed ahead of the full Mofo 2016 lineup,
to be announced at 11am Friday 16 October, with tickets on sale from www.mofo.net.au
Museum of Old and New Art’s Festival of Music and Art in Tasmania,
Australia—takes place across Hobart from 13–18 January 2016, peaking with a
frenetic weekend occupying Mona’s subterranean galleries, cavernous spaces and
sprawling, sunny agoras.
highlight in the three-day Mona pass, The Flaming Lips have railed against the
rules of rock music for more than 30 years, establishing their reputation as
purveyors of the weird and wonderful, which is perfectly befitting for a
festival borne of Mona’s experimental ethos.
Oklahoma in the early eighties, The Flaming Lips have released more than 16
albums and broken Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for the most live concerts in
24 hours (eight, if you’re wondering). Over three decades, The Flaming Lips have collaborated with innovative artists
of the time—from the recent MTV Video Music Awards performance with frontman
Wayne Coyne’s close friend Miley Cyrus, to producing a Broadway musical of Yoshimi
Battles The Pink Robots with director Des McAnuff (Broadway musicals The Who's
Tommy and Jersey Boys), and gathering creative forces for The
Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches
Doing The Dark Side of the Moon.
ever-eclectic Flaming Lips have worked with Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Lightning
Bolt, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Sean Lennon, and Erykah Badu, to
name but a few. The Flaming Lips are
renowned for their eccentricity; from stepping onto stage out of a glowing neon
vagina; to Wayne Coyne performing inside his signature ‘space-bubble’ while
crowd-surfing, with back-up dancers dressed as yetis, aliens and animals.
There’s an art to being this weird, and we’re up for it at Mofo 2016.
Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events
The Flaming Lips bring their special brand of weird to Mona’s summer festival,
Mofo 13–18 January 2016.
Mofo 2016 lineup announced and tickets on sale 11am Friday 16 October AEST from
THE VACCINES ANNOUNCE BRISBANE HEADLINE SHOW
08 Oct 2015
a properly uproarious rock’n’roll show.After five years, the band seem to be
enjoying it as much as their audience” The Guardian
the moment the foursome casually stroll onto the stage to a rousing
reception…The Vaccines know full well how to best please their crowd.” Clash Music
Few modern British guitar bands have had such an
instant impact as The Vaccines. They land in Australia next month to join their
good pals Mumford and Sons on their East Coast tour, and have just announced a
headline show in Brisbane at The Triffid.
Hailed as the “saviors of guitar bands” alongside
The Strokes and The Libertines, emerging in the summer of 2010 with blend of
retro surf punk, Ramones guitars and Everly Brothers pop hooks, their high
octane, ultra-melodic sound saw them instantly adopted as the hot new guitar
band on the block.
The London four-piece – Justin Hayward-Young
(vocals/guitar), Freddie Cowan (guitar), Arni Arnason (bass) and Pete Robertson
(drums) had only formed in early 2010, but in early 2011, debut album ‘What Did
You Expect From The Vaccines?’ quickly achieved platinum status (watch their
performance of hit single ‘If You Wanna’ here). Just 18 months later, the follow-up, ‘Come Of Age’, hit Number One (watch
the clip for ‘No Hope here).
The Vaccines’ game-changing third album ‘English
Graffiti’ released May of his year embodies elements of the old sound merged
with a completely different sonic palette, and are some of the best songs of
their career thus far! Watch the clip for 20/20 here.
SECRET SOUNDS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOWS FOR THIS SUMMER
30 Sep 2015
With special guests
Supported by: triple j, Channel [V], Beat and Brag
Needing no introduction but commanding maximum
respect, BLOC PARTY returns to Australia with a new lease on life.
Last time we heard from Kele and the band, they were spruiking 2013’s The
Nextwave Sessions EP; a release that featured unstoppable single ‘Ratchet’.
With news filtering in that we’ll soon have a fifth record to
sit next to stone cold classics such as ‘Silent Alarm’, ‘A Weekend In The
City’, ‘Intimacy’ and ‘Four’, and a new single due for release on October 6, we
couldn’t be more excited! One of the defining bands of their generation, Bloc
Party are heading back to Australia for Falls Festival and two sideshows!
With special guests
Supported by: Channel [V] and The Music
Looking (and sounding) like the love child of Jack White and
Marc Bolan, Børns is a 23-year-old LA based prodigy. His debut single
‘10,000 Emerald Pools’ was the first sign of a significant talent. A cascading
tune as memorable as it is ethereal, it brings to mind the likes of Grouplove,
T-Rex, and Elton John, but Børns has a distinct melodic sensibility that is all
his own. There’s something magnetic about his brand of ghostly genre-spanning
pop. He’s soon to follow his gripping EP ‘Candy’ with a debut album ‘Dopamine’.
The first single ‘Electric Love’ has had over 20 million Spotify plays. Second
single, ‘The Emotion’ debuted as Zane Lowe’s Today’s World Record.
He recently featured as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight and
his cover of the Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning’ is currently the
soundtrack for H&M’s latest world-wide campaign. Currently touring the US
and the UK and selling out shows all over the place, if you don’t know Børns
already you will soon!
With special guests
Presented by Fuzzy & Secret Sounds
Supported by: triple j / Beat / Channel V
UK duo Disclosure consistently push sonic frontiers and assert
themselves as one of the best acts of the decade with their catchy, vocal-led
pop style. The release of their debut album Settle in 2013, featuring bangers
such as ‘Latch’, ‘You & Me’ and ‘Holding On’, received soaring reviews
worldwide. The dream team of Guy and Howard Lawrence will be bringing a whole
new slew of ready-made classics to Australian shores again this summer in the
form of Caracal, their brand new album, like a slow-mo sprint across the
Savannah - unstoppable.
With special guests
Supported By: The Music / Channel V
What to do after your first record, made at home in your
pyjamas, unexpectedly goes on to sell 100,000 copies in your home country? What
to do when instead of moving furniture you’re suddenly flying to Japan to play
in front 60,000 people? What did London pop maestro’s Django Django do? They
one-upped themselves. Sailing on the seas of worldwide popularity via their
incredible self-titled debut (you’ll know their ubiquitous singles ‘Default’
and ‘Waveforms’), these lads went back to the drawing board and have emerged
with Born Under Saturn - one of the finest exponents of relentless melodic
witchery seen since the heyday of Hot Chip. As festival fit as any working band
today, Django Django guarantee synchronicity
With special guests
Supported by: The Music and Channel [V]
Swedish hip hop maverick Elliphant’s ‘Look Like You Love It’ EP
featured the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and more.
Her second EP, 2014’s ‘One More’ is a musical patchwork, as warm as it is wild.
The intoxicating title track (featuring MØ) became the “#1 Most Tweeted Song on
Twitter” on release and scored loads of summer love from triple j.
Equal parts crazy club girl, hip-hop gangster, R&B baller
and hippie spirit, Elliphant toured Australia earlier this year, playing to a
huge crowd at Splendour In The Grass as well as two sold out sideshows with MØ.
With her hit single ‘Love Me Badder’ (purchase here),
much anticipated debut album ‘Live Life Golden’ due for release on Jan 29 and a
single coming at the end of this month, Elliphant’s Australian dates are not to
With special guests
Supported By: triple j / Beat/ Brag / Channel V
The incredibly reckless, commanding and exhilarating Foals are heading
to Melbourne and Sydney for their biggest Australian headline shows to date.
Who knew way back in 2008 when we received our first glimpse of these
unruly English guitar slingers that they’d grow to become the behemoth that we
see before us today; accumulating a legion of fans and charting a course
through small stages to huge, with spiky shards like ‘Balloons’, ‘Cassius’ and
‘My Number’ taken from their records Antidotes, and the Australian #1 Holy
Foals have been making a huge impact with their new album What Went
Down (purchase here),
featuring the brutal first single of the same name (with a chaotic video
clip to match).
With special guests
Supported By: triple j / The Music / Channel V
Recently turned 21-year-old American songstress Halsey has taken
the world by storm with her provocative grunge pop, exploring and exploiting
the tragic and laughable nature of human intimacy. With her debut album
here) freshly released, she has graced the stage at Firefly, Boston
Calling, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals, as well as selling out
her own USA headline tour in minutes. She has the undeniable makings of a pop
star, with a bitter aftertaste that is so tongue in cheek, she is one of those
anomalies who straddle the depths of indie cred, through to mainstream pop
hysteria, having drawn the second highest debut in the US for a new female
artist in 2015. She makes her way to Australia for the first time this December
With special guests
Supported By: The Music / Channel V
What Oh Wonder have achieved in such a short space of time is a
testament to their talent and commitment to a straightforward idea. They
simply released one song a month for a year on Soundcloud and Spotify which has
earned them over 40 million plays and a legion of fans whose anticipation for
the next tune hit fever pitch every month. Before long Anthony and
Josephine’s brand of gorgeous, soft vocals and heartbreaking emotive qualities
were hitting critical mass on a global scale. Out now via Dew
Process, their self-titled debut album is a collection of 15 impeccably crafted
songs featuring singles ‘Lose It’, ‘Technicolour Beat’ and
‘Drive’. Following their debut sold out shows in London, Paris, LA and
NYC, we’re lucky enough to have them for their first Australian shows.
FATHER JOHN MISTY ADDS SECOND MELBOURNE SHOW
15 Sep 2015
Melbourne loves Father John Misty! With both Meredith Festival and his December 10 sideshow date at The Forum now sold out, Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce additional tour dates! FJM will play a second night at The Forum on Wednesday 9 December.
Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty found a solid congregation of fans across the globe on the release of his 2012 album Fear Fun. He dropped his second album under the FJM moniker earlier this year, the critically acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear catapulting his star to new heights.
He’s played every major music festival around the globe, including the 2015 editions of Coachella, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Central Park Summerstage, Pukkelpop, Austin City Limits and many more.
Currently touring the USA, FJM will perform across the UK, Europe and Mexico before touching down in Australia this December.
Presented by Monster Children, The Music and RRR.
Sun 6 Dec - Max Watt’s, Brisbane
Wed 9 Dec - The Forum, Melbourne - NEW SHOW Thu 10 Dec - The Forum, Melbourne – SOLD OUT And also playing… Sat 5 Dec – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry NSW Tue 8 Dec - Sydney Opera House, Sydney Sat 12 Dec - Meredith Music Festival
FUTURE ISLANDS ANNOUNCE SHOWS IN BRISBANE & ADELAIDE
09 Sep 2015
Baltimore synth pop collective Future
Islands will be making their way to Adelaide and Brisbane for headline
shows this November, whilst also joining Mumford
and Sons in Melbourne and at their Gentlemen of the Road show at Sydney’s Domain.
Future Islands have developed a
reputation of delivering epic live shows all
around the world, commanding attention from music lovers, largely thanks to
the remarkably distinct vocals and astonishing performance antics
of front man Samuel T Herring. Their fourth studio LP ‘Singles’ drew
critical acclaim worldwide, with NME,
Pitchfork and Spin Magazine hailing the album lead single ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ their best track of 2014.
“Singer Samuel T.Herring’s
performance isalways something tobehold, but his gravely shouts and epic dancemoves had a particulareffect on Letterman, whoseemed even more jazzedthan usual.” Consequence of Sound
Pre-sale commences 9AM Tue 15 September, sign up to our mailing list now for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 9AM Wed 16 September.
FIDLAR RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'TOO'
07 Sep 2015
Last Friday the mighty FIDLAR return with their second album ‘TOO.’ Flanked by the triple j hit ’40 Oz. On Repeat’ and current high rotation winner ‘West Coast,’ the album is supported by a tonne of videos and online activity from the band and some fantastic press and marketing, locally. Dig in!
HALSEY'S DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW + YOUR CHANCE TO WIN
03 Sep 2015
To celebrate the release of 'Badlands', we're giving you the chance to win 1 x vinyl, deluxe album, t-shirt and poster PLUS 2 x tickets to one of her upcoming performances in Australia! Simply enter via our Facebook page.
LAURA MARLING ON DOUBLE J TONIGHT
03 Sep 2015
Laura Marling may only be 25 years old, but she's been giving us her gorgeous, alluring indie-folk music for almost a decade now.
Across five albums she has grown as a person and as a songwriter, each record uncovers a new part of her world for us to explore.
She spent her early days in the same scene as artists like Adele, The Mystery Jets andJamie T, spent a short while as a member of the band Noah & The Whale and briefly had Mumford and Sons as her backing band. Fascinating as her story is, it all falls away when Marling starts to sing. Her music is so captivating that it feels like nothing else matters when she plays.
We check in with Laura Marling almost ten years since she began to revisit an already illustrious career. Join Karen Leng for the Laura Marling J Files from 8pm tonight!
“From his voice that sounds just as
richly glazed in person, to his confidence, to his desire to connect with the
audience, he is a showman for every second he's on stage” The 405
Brothers and sisters, Josh Tillman AKA Father
John Misty is heading back to Australia this December! Already announced to
headline this year’s Meredith Festival, FJM will also play dates in Brisbane,
Melbourne and Sydney as well as Berry’s new Fairgrounds Festival.
A master of empathetic irony coupled with
a heavenly set of pipes and a mischievous and charismatic presence, Father John
Misty found a solid congregation of fans across the globe on the release of his
2012 album Fear Fun.
He dropped his second album under the FJM
moniker earlier this year, the critically acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear catapulting his star to new heights.
He’s played every major music festival
around the globe, including the 2015 editions of Coachella, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza,
Central Park Summerstage, Pukkelpop, Austin City Limits and many more.
He is a prolific artist with a wit as
sharp as his suits and dance moves that mesmerize. Don’t miss your chance for
an audience with Father John Misty this December!
High fives for I Love You, Honeybear…
“An absolutely gorgeous album” [“Album of the Week”] -
“I Love You, Honeybear, an album
by turns passionate and disillusioned, tender and angry, so cynical it's
repulsive and so openhearted it hurts.”[8.8/10, “Best New Music”] –Pitchfork
“If there's a funnier, stranger and
more touchingly bizarre album released this year, it will be a very good year
indeed.” [4/5, Review] – Billboard
Presented by Monster Children, The Music and XXX.
Sat 5 Dec – Fairgrounds Festival, Berry NSW
Sun 6 Dec - Max Watt’s, Brisbane
Tue 8 Dec - Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Thu 10 Dec - The Forum, Melbourne
Sat 12 Dec - Meredith Music Festival
NEW MUSIC FROM LANA DEL REY
19 Aug 2015
Lana Del Rey has just released a second track from her highly anticipated album 'Honeymoon' due out this September. 'High By the Beach' racked up 1.6 million views on its first day of release... see why for yourself!
LAURA MARLING PERFORMS 'I FEEL YOUR LOVE' LIVE ON KCRW
17 Aug 2015
UK folk favorite Laura Marling moved boldly forward on her latest release, Short Movie. It was written on electric guitar and has a striking openness and intensity. Her last two visits to the station were solo acoustic sets, but this time she brings a full band to present these new songs.
MUMFORD & SONS ANNOUNCE SHOW IN AUCKLAND
12 Aug 2015
Mumford & Sons are pleased to
announce that they will be heading back to New Zealand to play one
Auckland show on Tuesday 10th
November at Vector Arena.
Mumford and Sons have had a long and prosperous relationship
with New Zealand, we fell in love with the Brits right before the rest of
the world cottoned on. 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ drew us in, 2012’s ‘Babel’
got us hooked, and 2015’s ‘Wilder Mind’ is continuing to deepen our
fascination. Last in New Zealand in 2012, Mumford and Sons inaugural visit to
our shores saw them playing to over 20,000 rapturous fans for their sold out
shows in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.
In 2014 the
band returned to the studio for some writing sessions
at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studio in Brooklyn, New
York, before laying down tracks with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkey's,
HAIM, Florence & The Machine) in London. They released their
third studio LP ‘Wilder Mind’ earlier this year. Marcus
Mumford has described Wilder Mind as 'a
development, not a departure' as the band expand their musical horizons
whilst retaining key elements of their sound.
The band spent the
beginning of the year performing intimate shows for fans
in Berlin, London, LA and NYC, and are now in the middle of a
world tour, playing huge headline shows in major cities around the globe.
Earlier this year they also announced the return of their personally curated
two day Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover Festivals in small
and unique towns in the UK and USA. They are
being joined by friends like The Flaming Lips, My Morning
Jacket, Ben Howard, Primal Scream, James Vincent McMorrow, and rock
superstars The Foo Fighters.
Watch the stunning
video for their latest single ‘Ditmas’ here,shot
on location in Kiev by director Alex Southam (Alt-J/John Grant/First Aid
Kit), shedding light on the incredible horsemanship of the Ukrainian Cossacks.
MUMFORD & SONS RELEASE NEW VIDEO CLIP
11 Aug 2015
LAURA MARLING ON THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN
10 Aug 2015
Laura Marling with full band, (which included the wonderful Marika Hackman,) performed a rousing rendition of "I Feel Your Love" on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night.
FATHER JOHN MISTY RETURNS FOR MEREDITH FESTIVAL 2015
10 Aug 2015
Aunty Meredith has unveiled the first act on the lineup for the 25th Meredith Music Festival confirming that Fleet Foxes deserter Joshua Tillman – aka Father John Misty – will make an appearance in the Supernatural Amphitheatre this December.
Touring his second Father John Misty album, I Love You, Honeybear, Tillman will play the sunset slot on Saturday night. And with the ballot for tickets set to close next Monday, August 10 at 10.25pm you can expect the rest of the lineup to be announced very soon.
Aunty M’s Silver Jubilee is happening at the Super Natural Amphitheatre from December 11-13. As always the same “Meredith rules” apply this year as they did two decades ago: the event is BYO (no glass), there are no commercial sponsors and no dickheads allowed. Last year’s festival saw memorable performances from Jagwar Ma, The War On Drugs, Ghostface Killah and De La Soul.
LAURA MARLING RELEASES DIRECTORS CUT OF SHORT MOVIE
21 Jul 2015
Laura Marling has just released a Director’s Cut of Short Movie! Catch the full band reworking of 'I Feel Your Love' here. Happy Tuesday folks!
FIDLAR RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'WEST COAST'
20 Jul 2015
"Guys, we wouldn’t have made it here without yous. You’ve come to every show, jumped on stage, stole our set lists and raged with us. Our new video for our song "West Coast" features footage that we took from the last 5 years and it shows the most excellent times that we’ve had together.
BUT, we need your help in making a second video that is from your perspective. Here’s how it works:
Post your FIDLAR photos, images, GIFs, clips, WHATEVER to tumblr, twitter and instagram and use #FIDLARTOO (hashtag it). When you do that, it will appear right here on this site. We are going to look at all the stuff and make it into a new video.
We need all your shenanigans by 7/31 and we will put up a new video on 8/7. Thanks for everything!"
THE 1975 ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
12 Jul 2015
“I/ we/The 1975 are currently in production of our second full length record. Its creation signifies the end of the most inspiring challenging time that we’ve ever shared as friends and as artists. We simply couldn’t have imagined connecting with as many people as we have since the release of our debut in 2013. We have toured the world playing over 25,000 shows in 400 different countries (that is a slight exaggeration but it was a lot) and we have had the privilege of encountering the countless faces that make up our incredibly loyal and ebullient peculiar fanbase.
It is that loyalty that inspired me to write this letter, scrappy as it may be. This is the beginning of a new chapter for The 1975. Our new record signifies the start of a new world for us, more colourful world a less colourful world. We want to play shows we want a real shared experience, we want to play HUGE shows that we never thought were possible, we want to play sets at festivals that people talk about for ages cos it was fun and it was music and the weather was perfect and we want to be honest, otherwise what’s the fucking point?
The best way to start is the way we did before – in venues we have loved and placed that feel intimate enough to do a proper new show, with people who really want to be there, or need to be there in some extreme cases.
We have decided to start touring again this year, due to the size of the venues that we feel are appropriate for this particular tour and taking into consideration the humbling dedication that I have felt from a lot of our fans I predict that only the most dedicated fans will get tickets. This can only be remedied by our reciprocated dedication to playing more and more shows.
I’ll see you soon with more music and drama and you’ve knows the title all along.”
SECRET SOUNDS GROUP ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL SPLENDOUR PRE-PARTIES
09 Jul 2015
Just when you thought the Splendour In The
Grass weekend couldn’t get any bigger, we’re back to announce the Official
Splendour Pre Parties, this year taking place in both Byron Bay and Brisbane!
So whether you’re on ground in Byron and
ready to kick off a massive weekend of music or holding the fort back in Brissie,
you can still get in on the festival action with two awesome lineups featuring
a bunch of Splendour 2015’s finest!
After the surprise release of their
debut album Down To Earth, Flight Facilities show no sign of slowing down. The
album catapulted to #1 on the iTunes Australia chart, Number One and Two on the
US and UK iTunes electronic charts respectively and Number Three on the ARIA
Soon after, they set off on a Sold Out
headline Australian theatre tour followed by a quick US and EU tour and a bus
tour around America. With only a quick break at home to rework their live set,
they’ll play Splendour and the Byron Pay Official Pre Party before hitting the
European Summer festival circuit for a couple of months.
Armed with fast flow, bossy beats and
hella high shoes Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza continues to stomp her way to the
top of the rap-game.
Selling out club shows faster than she
slays her rhymes, it’s little wonder fans across the country have snapped up
the chance to hear the creator of the self-confessed ‘brat-rap’ that has been
the soundtrack to summer following the release of her latest single ‘M.O.B’ and
her internet-crashing mixtape ‘Switch Tape’.
As Tone Deaf declared “2015 is Tkay’s
year - we’re just living in it”. Witness the fitness.
Swedish reggae-pop maverick Elliphant’s
“Look Like You Love It” EP featured the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, TV On The
Radio’s Dave Sitek and more. Her second EP is a musical patchwork that’s as
warm as it is wild. The intoxicating, yet intricate title track “One More” (featuring MØ) became the “#1 Most Tweeted
Song on Twitter” on release and got a lot of summer love from triple j.
Equal parts crazy club girl, hip-hop
gangster, R&B baller and hippie spirit, Elliphant has a new album coming
this year and you can sample the new tracks when she plays Splendour and the
Byron Bay Official Pre Party!
Canberra/Seattle-based electronic duo
Vallis Alps’ music blends down-tempo, piano-driven melodies and acoustic guitar
with 80's pop synths and gritty trap beats to compliment their half-nostalgic,
Since releasing their independent
self-titled debut EP in Jan 2015, the pair’s mesmerizing tunes have clocked millions
of SoundCloud plays and peaked at #1 on Hype Machine upon release. They
continued to make their mark on the Aus iTunes Electronic Album and Singles
Chart for ‘Young’ at #2 and #23 respectively, debuting in the Top 100 ARIA
singles chart - a great feat for a new act!
You might not have heard his name yet,
but you’ve definitely heard the bouncy, technicolor beats of L.K. McKay across
airwaves and festival stages in the past 12 months! The Adelaide producer has
been one of the driving forces behind hip hop starlet Tkay Maidza, producing
her monster radio hits ‘U-Huh’ and ‘M.O.B’, and serving as her tour DJ since
Swagger. The Dandy Warhols have it in
spades. Although they’d already had some success with their first release ‘The
Dandy Warhols Come Down’ in 1997, it was their 2001 album ‘Thirteen Tales From
Urban Bohemia” that captured the zeitgeist and catapulted them to international
They have released a total of eight
albums. They’ve been the subjects of an award winning documentary, Dig!. Think
of a festival, they’ve played it. Just when you thought there wasn't enough
nakedness, fucking, craziness, motorcycle rides, cult like behaviour
shenanigans at Splendour In The Grass, here comes Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Peter
Holmström, Zia McCabe and Brent DeBoer …The Dandy Warhols! Get ready Brisbane!
They’ve sold out countless shows and
played to packed stages around the world and now Last Dinosaurs are back on
home turf. The celebrated Brisbane four-piece has been working hard on a new
album set to drop later this year. Expect tropical vibes and infectious pop
hooks with driven indie rock sounds and sensibilities.
Having shared the stage with some of
the best local and international acts around and with a new single out in time
for Splendour… we can’t wait to see what these guys pull out of the bag on
Their recent massive tour of Europe
made it clear that the wider world is finally waking up to the joys of
Australia's best-kept secret!
No-frills is pretty much Dune Rats’
motto (actually, they’d probably drop another word starting with c in there
too). This is punk-rock at its most instantly disarming and infectiously
high-spirited. A ‘skateboarding in the daytime, drinking through the night’
Hot on the heels of the release of
their highly anticipated debut LP “Young Chasers”, which debuted at #7 on the
British charts, the boys will bring a hit-after-hit set list including ‘T-Shirt
Weather’, triple j’s current spin ‘Fossils’ and festival favourites ‘So Long’,
‘Get Away’, ‘Stuck in My Teeth’ and ‘Young Chasers’.
2014 was a big year for Liverpool’s
fastest-rising stars; one of the runaway successes at New York CMJ, the coveted
opening slot on the NME Awards tour, performances in front of packed tents at
Reading / Leeds and Latitude and a prestigious appearance on the 2nd stage at
Glastonbury plus a euphoric sold-out UK tour in November confirmed them as THE
most exciting guitar band in Britain right now.
THE VACCINES PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR 20/20
03 Jul 2015
One can assume that The Vaccines new record, English Graffiti, is a riff on the George Lucas teen movie American Graffiti. So continuing with that idea, the video for the group's new track "20/20" is, in according to frontman Justin Young, "another ode to cinema [continuing] the theme of heightened reality and alternate universes" seen in the group's last video for "Dream Lover". Watch above in our exclusive premiere (available for 24 hours only, guys! Come and get it!) as the band wear some stupendously awful outfits you hope would never leave the screening room, while various characters rip out their eyeballs and play on fruit machines, all set to the ram-shackle pumping teen-era rock'n'roll of the Vaccines. More here.
MUMFORD & SONS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
30 Jun 2015
Mumford & Sons are pleased to
announce that they will be heading back to Australian shores this November
to play a handful of shows across the country. The band will return to the
stunning surrounds of Brisbane’s Riverstage, and will play
their biggest local shows to date at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music
Bowl, and a very special Gentlemen Of The Road event at
In 2014 the
band returned to the studio for some writing sessions
at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studio in Brooklyn, New
York, before laying down tracks with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkey's,
HAIM, Florence & The Machine) in London. They released their
third studio LP ‘Wilder Mind’ earlier this year. Marcus
Mumford has described Wilder Mind as 'a
development, not a departure' as the band expand their musical horizons
whilst retaining key elements of their sound.
Mumford and Sons have had a long and prosperous relationship
with Australia, we fell in love with the Brits right before the rest of
the world cottoned on. 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ drew us in, 2012’s ‘Babel’
got us hooked, and 2015’s ‘Wilder Mind’ is continuing to deepen our
fascination. It flew into the ARIA charts, giving the band their first Aussie
#1 week of release. The latest video for their single ‘The
Wolf’ charts the band over 48 hours at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music
& Arts festival in Tennessee in the USA. You can
watch it here
The band spent the
beginning of the year performing intimate shows for fans
in Berlin, London, LA and NYC, and are now in the middle of a
world tour, playing huge headline shows in major cities around the globe.
Earlier this year they also announced the return of their personally curated
two day Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover Festivals in small
and unique towns in the UK and USA. They are
being joined by friends like The Flaming Lips, My Morning
Jacket, Ben Howard, Primal Scream, James Vincent McMorrow, and rock
superstars The Foo Fighters.
Mumford & Sons All
Day Show Presented by Gentlemen Of The Road
Joining them as
an exclusive Australian appearance, in the Domain will be UK singer
songwriter and 2015 NME solo artist of the year Jake Bugg. At
the tender age of 21, he has multiple platinum selling; chart-topping
records, critical acclaim, sell out tours and a career trajectory most young
musicians can only dream of.
synth pop collective Future Islands, whose epic live shows
have been commanding attention from music lovers world wide, largely thanks to
the astonishing performance antics of frontman Samuel T
Herring. His unique delivery mesmerising live audiences everywhere they
Adding a splash of
indie pop rock to the line up are fellow Brits, The Vaccines, the
darlings of the UK music critics thanks to their time warped tunes that take
heed from the 60’s, 70’s and 80s, delivered with dose of
Local heroes The
Jungle Giants will hit the stage at the Domain fresh off the back
of touring their second album Speakerzoid. From teenage sensations to
accomplished road warriors, their indie rock tunes have made them you
tube sensations and triple j favourites.
You would be hard
pressed to find anyone who wasn’t totally bewitched by the voice of
Melbourne’s Meg Mac, the Air Award and 2014 triple j Unearthed
Artist of The Year award winner, brings her intoxicating live show to sweeten
up the Domain.
Of Sleeping will open the day with their signature expansive
folk rock, with multiple singles floating about the airwaves, and a string of
glowing reviews for their recent headline shows, they provide the
perfect avenue to ease your way into a day long musical feast.
*Secret Sounds recommends anyone under the age of 15 be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
Tickets on sale to the general public 9AM Wednesday 8 July. Pre-sale tickets available from 11AM Tuesday 7 July until 8AM Wednesday 8 July, for access sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list now!
KITTY DAISY & LEWIS ANNOUNCE SIDESHOW SUPPORTS
30 Jun 2015
Kitty Daisy & Lewis have just announced their Splendour in the Grass sideshow supports! Joining them in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will be Melbourne band Big Smoke, and in Perth alt-country songstress Ruby Boots. Hello dream combos! Tickets won't be round much longer, get in quick before you miss out!
MARK RONSON RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR 'I CAN'T LOSE'
24 Jun 2015
Gambling, heavy drinking, a very dapper looking Ronson and a dance battle worthy of Michael Jackson's "Beat It"... yes please! Check out the new clip for 'I Can't Lose' featuring guest vocalist Keyone Starr. Cannot WAIT to see this live next month! Tickets won't be round much longer that's for sure...
WOLF ALICE COVER YEARS & YEARS
24 Jun 2015
Hold up, did someone say Wolf Alice covered Years & Years for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge?! What a combo! Fingers crossed this leads to some sort of on-stage cameo/collaboration at Splendour in the Grass next month...
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING COVER KELLY CLARKSON
24 Jun 2015
Fancy a bit of Kelly Clarkson on your Wednesday afternoon? Everything Everything covered Heartbeat Song on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge recently and it is delightful!
All round legend Graham Coxon had a great interview this morning on The Today Show; talking all things Brit-pop, eating cake on a door-step with Albarn, and of course their Australian tour next month.
LAURA MARLING ANNOUNCES RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
21 Jun 2015
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that UK folk artist Laura Marling is heading back to Australia this October with shows currently planned for Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Beloved by fans around the globe, Laura Marling returns to Australia with a full band, on the back of her most recent release, the critically acclaimed Short Movie. Released in March, Short Movie is Marling’s fifth studio album in seven years and marks a new chapter in her sound and development. The record was self produced and sees her moving towards a much bigger & electric feel. Short Movie is a much freer and looser sounding album than anything she has done before. At just 25 Marling has already been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize three times (2008, 2010 and 2013), won Brit Awards, NME Awards and been nominated for many others. Marling’s body of work is exceptional and Australian audiences will hear tracks from across the catalogue at these shows! Laura Marling last visited Australia in 2013, a totally sold out tour. Lots of people missed out... so put the onsale date in your diary now!
MS MR RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'WRONG VICTORY'
12 Jun 2015
MS MR have just released another single, 'Wrong Victory', from their much-anticipated second album 'How Does It Feel' (out early July). Nothing like some deep dub aesthetics to kick off your weekend, Happy Friday friends!
PALMA VIOLETS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW IN MELBOURNE
09 Jun 2015
UK Buzz band Palma Violets will return to Australia this July for Splendour
In The Grass and sideshows in Sydney & Melbourne sideshows
supporting The Vaccines. If
you missed out on tickets to their now sold out sideshow in Melbourne, you’ve now been given a second
chance... as Secret Sounds and Tone Deaf have today announced the
indie rockers will headline their own show at Ding Dong on Sunday 26th
It's fair to say that the Palma Violets are back - two years on from the release of their
debut, top 10 UK charting album ‘180’, which NME declared to be ‘the new
soundtrack to your life’ and Q Magazine ‘one of the best debut albums of the
decade’’, they have just released their highly anticipated follow-up Danger In The Club which is out now
via Rough Trade / Remote Control Records.
Still all in their early twenties, Palma Violets have developed into first
class songwriters and honed their own unique sound and have been gathering fans
from all over the world, including the likes of Tom
Petty who caught them at one of their SXSW performances in back in March.
Make sure you don't miss out twice, as Palma Violets
take to the Ding Dong stage with special guests. Tickets are on sale now!
YEARS & YEARS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'SHINE'
09 Jun 2015
We're counting down the days until the release of Communion, Brit sensation Years & Years' first album. To tide us over, the band have just released the video for "Shine", their latest single.
GENGAHR ANNOUNCE FREE SPLENDOUR SIDESHOWS
09 Jun 2015
Having already been announced on the sold out Splendour in the Grass festival and with critics around the world ecstatically praising their debut LP ‘A Dream Outside’ (out Friday 12th June), it is with great pleasure that Jack Daniel’s#JDFutureLegends, I OH YOU and Secret Sounds announce two incredibly special shows for London youngsters Gengahr in Melbourne and Sydney this July. If the excitement around the band’s debut headline tour wasn’t quite enough, we’re very happy to confirm that these shows will allow fans to catch the hyped Brits in some very intimate venues for FREE (but you’ll have to be quick).
“…one of the UK’s buzziest new bands… [its] clanging psych-pop walks the line between Tame Impala’s sprawling soundscapes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s miniature suites.” – Stereogum
“…the result is a record that cloaks Gengahr’s inherent weirdness in peaceful melodies you’ll want to wallow in for hours. 8/10” – NME Magazine
Gengahr will be supported by Brisbane’s garage-pop multi-piece band of legends, Velociraptor and the I OH YOU DJs in both cities.
Despite being free, fans will still need to get in early to secure their tickets for each show from 10am on Friday 12th June via the venue's website. With such strong UK and AUS talent on the bill we have no doubt that Gengahr’s debut headline performances in Australia will show everyone exactly why those in the know across the music world are so excited about what’s to come from them!
The #JDFutureLegends initiative from Jack Daniel’s is a series of projects aiming to support and champion music’s future legends and the stories behind them, bringing together artists, creatives and fans. Explore more music athttp://music.jackdaniels.com
Make sure you RSVP your ticket from 10am on Friday 12 June via the venue website! Ticket holders will need to be at the venue by 8:30pm to guarantee entry. After 8:30pm guests will be granted entry on a first-come-first-served basis.
MARK RONSON ANNOUNCES GUESTS & SUPPORTS
05 Jun 2015
Mark Ronson, Mr Uptown Funk, is on his way to Australia to headline the sold out Splendour In The Grass Festival and ‘Uptown Special’ sideshow tour dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. And as the man himself revealed to triple j’s Veronica and Lewis on Friday, these shows are shaping up to be straight masterpiece!
Currently in rehearsal, this live show has been created especially for these Australian tour dates. Ronson’s Uptown Special Tour will see him hit the stage with a full live band including drums, keyboard, a brass section, backup singers and a crazy list of guest vocalists including Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Daniel Merriweather, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Theophilus London and Keyone Starr.
Renowned for having an ear to the ground wherever he ventures, Ronson has personally curated a killer lineup of Australian acts to warm up the stage at all venues.
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that Pond, Tkay Maidza, Yolanda B Cool and Jones Jnr will be joining Mark Ronson at all three sideshows tour dates!
POND What do you call a group of psychedelic songsters all grown up? A group who were often considered the younger sibling, who have come into their own? Artists who’ve just released their best piece of work yet (6th album ‘Man, It Feels Like Space Again’), and musicians who unleashed one of the rowdiest and strongest live touring sets of 2014? You call them POND.
2014 unveiled the full-formed POND and the Northern Hemisphere barely survived. POND supported the Arctic Monkeys throughout Australia and then jumped on the next plane to Europe. There, they stunned audiences at Primavera Spain + Portugal, UK festival Field Day, and brought the house down, every night, across their UK/EU headlining tour. With barely a breather between, POND then tore through North America, with sell-out shows from one coast to the next, bouncing between countries like a pogo-stick. Next up Australia, touring with Mark Ronson!
TKAY MAIDZA Armed with fast flow, bossy beats and hella high shoes Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza continues to stomp her way to the top of the rap-game.
Fresh off a 100% sold out national tour, it’s little wonder fans across the country snapped up the chance to hear the creator of the self-confessed ‘brat-rap’ that has been the soundtrack to summer following the release of her latest single ‘M.O.B’ and her internet-crashing mixtape ‘Switch Tape’.
As Tone Deaf declared “2015 is Tkay’s year - we’re just living in it”. Witness the fitness.
YOLANDA BE COOL Yolanda Be Cool have played after Pitbull and Justin Martin, Flo Rida and Jesse Rose. Their songs are in Britney's playlists and Switch’s. They had a world-wide number one hit with ‘We No Speak Americano’, yes, but they also have a growing list of Beatport hits, made only for the club.
After a critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Ladies and Mentalmen’, not to mention their ARIA award amongst countless others worldwide, in 2014 they went back into the studio with their favorite collaborator, DCUP. The fruits of these sessions are now being released. First there was the Rodriguez sampling Sugar Man, and just last week a new track ‘Soul Makossa (Money)’.
JONES JNR JONES Jnr. is Sydney duo Ev Jones and Morgan Jones (no relation), poised to take Australia by storm with their debut EP ‘Step on Sleep’ that’s due to drop on May 29.
With Evan’s daunting range perfectly complimenting Morgan’s breadth of beats, JONES Jnr. runs the gamut of Soul and their CV includes successful endeavours with the likes of Thundamentals and Rumpunch.
JONES Jnr has just released the super catchy first single from the EP ‘Never Be Lonely’.
BLUR RELEASE VIDEO FOR ONG ONG
04 Jun 2015
Blur have shared the music video for "Ong Ong," the latest single on their reunion LP The Magic Whip, which finds the band dressing up as wacky 8-bit video game villains. "Ong Ong" follows an animated yellow smiley face emoji named Mr. OK – previously seen in Blur's "Go Out" video – as he goes on a Super Mario-esque journey to save his love, an animated pink smiley face emoji.
THE DISTRICTS PERFORM ON CBS NEWS
02 Jun 2015
Hailing from Lititz, Pennsylvania, The Districts are on a fast track to stardom. Not only are they all under 21 and already featured on TIME magazine's Top Artists to Watch in 2015 list, but they're supporting The Rollingstones in Quebec and have just performed on America's CBS News!
MS MR RELEASE VIDEO FOR "PAINTED"
28 May 2015
Critically acclaimed music duo, MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) have announced new details of their highly anticipated forthcoming album. HOW DOES IT FEEL, featuring the explosive lead single ‘Painted’ will be released July 17th via Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Today, MS MR partnered with The FADER to premiere the music video for ‘Painted’, a collaboration between the band and director Tabitha Denholm (Florence and the Machine, Haim, Jessie J). “We were thrilled to work with Tabitha to bring ‘Painted’ to life in our new video,” the band says. “We were heavily inspired by Kubrick as well as the 1970s documentary ‘The Secret Life of Plants.’ Focusing on the lyric: what did you think would happen/when you put me in unnatural space, we wanted to explore the juxtaposition of natural and unnatural environments and what happens when they're forced to reckon with one another. The end result is a virtual reality psychedelic experiment gone awry—welcome to the odyssey.” Watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/PaintedVid.
‘Painted’ was the most played track on Triple J earlier this month, and is currently sitting in the top 10.
Featuring 12 brand new ecstatic, high-octane songs, HOW DOES IT FEEL finds MS MR returning to the visceral, bare-bones intimacy that launched the band just three years ago. Their 2013 debut SECONDHAND RAPTURE had been recorded for a few hundred dollars in spare rooms throughout Brooklyn. For HOW DOES IT FEEL, Lizzy and Max returned to their old stomping grounds in late 2014, specifically the neighbourhood of Bushwick, where they rented a small room to hammer out new material. For the first time, the duo teamed up with fellow musicians to co-write new songs—Tove Lo for the album’s ‘Pieces’ and MNDR for ‘Tripolar’. MS MR’s drummer Zach Nicita also co-wrote and co-produced a handful of new tracks.
HOW DOES IT FEEL was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles, including Electric Lady Studios, White Bronco Studios and the band’s own Creep City Studios. The band once again collaborated with multi-Grammy award winner Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire, Beck) to mix the album at Electric Lady Studios.
Having just wrapped a string of headline dates, all of which sold out in a matter of minutes, MS MR continue to tour the globe including festivals stops at Lollapalooza festivals in both Chicago and Berlin, Montreal’s Osheaga Festival, and our own Splendour In The Grass.
MS MR’s widely praised debut album, 2013’s SECONDHAND RAPTURE, spawned the Alternative radio hit AND Triple J favourite ‘Hurricane’, which came in at #41 in the Hottest 100 2012. Revered by press from The New York Times to VOGUE, Pitchfork to USA Today, the band has spent much of the last two years touring the globe, joining fellow musicians Marina And The Diamonds, Bastille, Jessie Ware and Grouplove on the road, in addition to playing major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, and Governors Ball. MS MR has performed on The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, while their music has been featured on countless television shows including Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and the NFL on FOX.
BEN HOWARD SUPPORT ANNOUNCED FOR SYDNEY & BRISBANE
26 May 2015
Brit Award winner and multi-platinum selling
artist Ben Howard hit Ireland this
month playing the first shows since his band line up change, the result was
gushing reviews and sold out crowds…….
cuts it in live music’s Premier League” The Independent
“Platinum-selling artist Ben
Howard delivered a stunning set to a captivated crowd at the Metro Radio
Arena…Howard’s set was full of gorgeous melancholic, electric guitar-laden
tunes and proved why the Brit Award winning musician is so popular…And for once it was refreshing to go to a
concert that was all about the music and nothing else.” Chronicle Live
“Howard is no ordinary strummer: this guy
could hypnotise the masses.”Herald
He arrives in Australia today, with two shows
in Brisbane and one in Fremantle SOLD
OUT and only a handful of tickets left for Melbourne and Sydney.
Andrew Kidman and The Windy Hills will be opening shows in Brisbane and Sydney.
Kidman, a modern day renaissance man, has made a solid name for himself across
multiple creative industries including writing, painting, photography, film,
surfboard shaping and of course, music. His film Spirit of Akasha, celebrates the legacy of Morning of the
Earth’s impact on surfing for the past forty years, it premiered at the Sydney
Opera House to a sold out crowd last year, and is the perfect example of his
multi disciplined approach to his career. Andrew
Kidman and The Windy Hills recorded To Be Young as the opening track of the film.
LANA DEL REY ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
25 May 2015
Lana Del Rey has been busy performing all over North America with Courtney Love and Grimes for The Endless Summer Tour, but she’s still found time to work on new music. In April, she was in the studio with Mark Ronson, but the only other update on her next album came in January, when Lana revealed that the title of the album is Honeymoon and that nine songs had been written.
The clip - which was directed by L.A.-based directing team Skinny (Cee Lo, Angel Haze, Yuksek) - features a fairly dark-coloured narrative which sometimes turns surreal.
A full length debut album is expected later in the year.
NEW SINGLE FROM YEARS & YEARS
12 May 2015
Years & Years have been churning out the hits. The UK trio’s latest is called “Shine,” and it’s another electronically charged pop song with a huge hook and the slight tropical aura that Y&Y are becoming known for. The group’s debut album,Communion, comes out June 22, and it’s shaping up to be a project packed with hits. Pre-order it here.
MUMFORD & SONS 'WILDER MIND' DEBUTS #1
12 May 2015
Mumford & Sons have torn into the charts this week with their third LP, ‘Wilder Mind’ to claim their first ever Australian #1 debut, joining the UK’s #1.
The chart position signals the confident endorsement of the band’s new direction, with glowing reviews springing up around the globe:
‘Mumford & Sons at their most enthralling’ NME
‘Here we have Mumford & Sons as a rock band, taking a leaf out of their friends the National’s book, where solid bass and drums give foundation to a strident rock dynamic, coloured by noodling electric guitars and subliminal synths’The Australian
‘the stunning Tompkins Square Park mixes The National and Arcade Fire…Mumford’s voice has grown more powerful – the clarity on Cold Arms sears here. Broad-Shouldered Beast is the sweetest thing Mumford & Sons have done…’ THE HERALD SUN
‘This is a record marked by its elegance, pace and excitement’Q MAGAZINE
New single ‘The Wolf’ continues to climb the airplay charts both in Australia and internationally with the band recently performing a rousing rendition at BBC’s Later With Jools Holland, hot off the back of an appearance on the Late Show with Letterman performing hit single ‘Believe’. With feature albums on triple j and Triple M, ‘Wilder Mind’ is a step to a different sonic road for the UK outfit, a step that is proving to be the right one as far as fans are concerned.
Mumford’s Ben Lovett confirmed to triple j last week they have plans to land in Australia later this year. Stay tuned for an impending tour announcement in the coming weeks.
‘Not only does Wilder Mind reintroduce the band members as rock gods worthy of the title, it does so without changing what fans cherished most about them in the first place; their songwriting, their sentiment, their gusto’ BILLBOARD
‘Mumford & Sons offer smartly crafted anthems leavened by minor-key worries’THE AGE
5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin's SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear's Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way.
Directed by James Marcus Haney. Produced by Ben Lovett & Ty Johnson.
THE VACCINES PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
11 May 2015
The Vaccines' performance of their new single 'Dream Lover' on The Tonight Show has us pretty excited to have them here for Splendour in less than 3 months!
Their forthcoming album 'English Graffiti' will be available to download from May 18 and out physically a week later on May 25. The record was produced by the band themselves, Dave Fridmann and Cole MGN, who has also produced records for Ariel Pink and Beck.
NEW VIDEO FROM MARK RONSON
11 May 2015
NEW VIDEO FROM EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
07 May 2015
YEARS & YEARS UPGRADE VENUES
06 May 2015
The heat around Years & Years internationally has filtered through to Australia, with their shows in both Melbourne and Sydney selling out super fast! This has resulted in a venue upgrade in both cities to give more people a chance to see them on their first trip to Australia.
If you bought tickets to the original shows at the Howler and Oxford Art Factory, your current tickets remain valid for the new show. All you need to do is present your ticket at the door and make sure you have valid photo ID matching the name on the ticket.
Tickets to the new shows go on sale 10AM Thursday 7 May (tomorrow!)
BLUR PERFORM BACKSTAGE WITH JIMMY FALLON
04 May 2015
Last week Blur made their first appearance on US TV in over a decade, when they performed new single ‘Ong Ong’ on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Now they’ve shared a brilliant clip of the band playing 13 cut ‘Tender’ backstage at the show, accompanied by Fallon on acoustic guitar – essentially proving what we’ve all known for sometime now: The Tonight Show is merely a vehicle by which Jimmy Fallon lives out all his fanboy dreams. Watch below.
Blur have just released The Magic Whip, their first new record since 2003’s Think Tank. They will be in Australia very soon to headline Splendour in the Grass and play three sideshows presented by FL in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
THE WOMBATS UPGRADE VENUES
29 Apr 2015
can’t get enough of The Wombats! Their
Splendour In The Grass sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne sold out in minutes
this morning, and as a result Secret Sounds have upgraded venues in both cities
to accommodate demand.
show has been moved from the Enmore Theatre to the Hordern Pavilion and is on
sale now. The Melbourne show has been moved from the Palais to Margaret Court
Arena, and will be on sale today at 2pm
purchased to the Enmore Theatre will be valid for the new Hordern event, with
extra tickets now on sale.
holders for the Palais event will receive new tickets and information from
Tickets on sale now, be quick!
MARK RONSON ANNOUNCES SPLENDOUR SIDESHOWS
27 Apr 2015
Grammy award winning super producer, DJ and musician Mark Ronson is on his way to Australia for Splendour In The Grass and some very special headline sideshows! Currently in production, Ronson’s new live show will premiere at Glastonbury Festival before he brings it to Australia. Mark Ronson has been behind a wave of hits by the likes of Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Adele, Paul McCartney and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Then, in late 2014 he released his fourth studio album, ‘Uptown Special’ and the single ‘Uptown Funk’. A bona fide world-wide blockbuster, ‘Uptown Funk’ fast tracked to #1 on charts across the globe, holding the spot for 6 weeks in Australia and a marathon 14 weeks in the USA. It became the song of the Australian summer and is currently sitting at over half a billion Youtube views. He visited our shores earlier this year, played a few DJ sets and charmed the shiz out of all and sundry. He’s about to drop Uptown Special’s second single ‘I Can’t Lose’ featuring Keyone Starr. Hot damn, call the police and the fireman! The perennially sharp Mr. Mark Ronson is on his way to Australia!
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OFFICIAL SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SIDESHOWS ANNOUNCED
23 Apr 2015
THE WOMBATS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS CIRCA WAVES *EXC PERTH Presented By: JJJ / The Music / Channel [V] / Spotify The Wombats made their Splendour debut in 2008 with songs from their killer debut album ‘A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation’. They return in 2015 with their third album ‘Glitterbug’, a triple j feature album that debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts, featuring the singles ‘Greek Tragedy’, ‘Give Me A Try, and lead track ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’. Previous album ‘This Modern Glitch’ with its hit singles ‘Tokyo’ (Vampires and Wolves) and ‘Jump Into The Fog’ saw The Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it also reached #2 on the ARIA album chart and achieving platinum sales. They will be joined by fellow Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves, whose infectious latest single ‘T-Shirt Weather’ has become an anthem for lovers-of-Summer the world over. Hot on the heels of the release of their highly anticipated debut LP “Young Chasers”, which debuted at #7 on the British charts, the boys will bring a hit-after-hit setlist including ‘T-Shirt Weather’, triple j’s current spin ‘Fossils’ and festival favourites ‘So Long’, ‘Get Away’, ‘Stuck in My Teeth’ and ‘Young Chasers’. GIVE ME A TRYT-SHIRT WEATHER
Thu Jul 23 Metro City* Perth WA Mon Jul 27 Enmore Theatre Sydney NSW Tue Jul 28 Palais Theatre Melbourne VIC Thu Jul 30 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide SA (*Circa Waves not supporting in Perth) MS MR Presented by: JJJ / Channel [V] / Spotify / Pages Digital Critically acclaimed music duo MS MR (Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow) are heading back our way for Splendour 2015. It’s only been a few weeks since they dropped “Painted,” the brand new single from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, set for release in July! The band first performed a handful of new tracks to rave reviews at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, leading Billboard to exclaim, “The duo displayed a shimmery new sound that blends disco and even hip-hop flourishes, which the crowd ate up, singing along.” In addition to their headline shows around the US, MS MR will also perform at this year’s Lollapalooza festivals in Chicago and Berlin as well as Osheaga Festival in Montreal. MS MR’s widely praised debut album, 2013’s Secondhand Rapture, hit #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart and spawned the alternative radio hit “Hurricane,” which spent nearly 30 weeks on the chart and broke into the Top 10. Revered by press from The New York Times to VOGUE, Pitchfork to USA Today, the band has spent much of the last two years touring the globe, joining fellow musicians Marina And The Diamonds, Bastille, Jessie Ware and Grouplove on the road, in addition to playing major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands and Glastonbury. PAINTED
Wed Jul 22 170 Russell Melbourne VIC Sat Jul 25 Metro Theatre Sydney NSW THE VACCINES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PALMA VIOLETS Presented by: Tone Deaf / The Music / Spotify The Vaccines released their debut album WHAT DID YOU EXPECT OF THE VACCINES? in 2011 and the follow up COME OF AGE, reached number one in the UK album charts on release in 2012. Having recently returned from a run of shows at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, the band are currently in the middle of a sold-out UK tour playing exclusive and intimate shows. The indie rockers will release their third album, ENGLISH GRAFFITI on May 22... So you have plenty of time to learn their new lyrics before they arrive! They will be joined by UK buzz band, Palma Violets, who two years on from the release of their debut, top 10 UK charting album ‘180’, which NME declared to be ‘the new soundtrack to your life’and Q Magazine ‘one of the best debut albums of the decade’’, have just announced the full details of their highly anticipated follow-up. Still all in their early twenties, Palma Violets have developed into first class songwriters and honed their own unique sound. DREAM LOVERBEST OF FRIENDS Mon Jul 27 Corner Hotel Melbourne VIC Tue Jul 28 Metro Theatre Sydney NSW YEARS & YEARS Presented by: Channel [V] / The Brag / Beat / Spotify / Pages Digital Having initially grabbed the attention of key tastemakers with their debut, Years & Years quickly cemented their status as a sure–fire act to watch with follow up singles ‘Take Shelter’ and more recently the chart bothering ‘Desire’ and UK #1 ‘Kings’. The videos for these singles have received a staggering 8.8 million views combined. The tail end of 2014 saw the stars align even more for Years & Years. Off the back of support slots for Clean Bandit and Sam Smith, a performance on ‘Later With Jools’ and their Radio 1 A Listed latest single, they were shortlisted for the much coveted Brits Critics Choice Award and named on the BBC Sound Poll for 2015. Years and Years join us following shows in Europe and New York and their first ever UK headline tour, which completely sold out three months in advance. KING
Sun Jul 26 Oxford Art Factory Sydney NSW Thu Jul 30 Howler Melbourne VIC WOLF ALICE Presented by: JJJ / Tone Deaf / The Brag / Beat / Spotify London’s Wolf Alice enjoyed a breakthrough 2014 after releasing their EP CREATURE SONGS, which featured the critically proclaimed hit ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’. Since then the band has appeared on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 long list, became the #4 most blogged-about artist of 2014 on UK Hype Machine, won Best Breakthrough Artists at the UK Festival Awards and have been touted by the likes of NME, iTunes and Hype Machine as a band to watch. Their debut album MY LOVE IS COOL, was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Black Keys), featuring new single ‘Giant Peach’ (currently in rotation at triple j) and drops June 19 – just in time for Splendour. With a touring schedule that takes in Reading & Leeds Festival, Longitude and Summer Sonic, we’re super stoked these guys are heading our way for their first headlining dates in Australia. MOANING LISA SMILE
Thu Jul 23 Corner Hotel Melbourne VIC Fri Jul 24 Oxford Art Factory Sydney NSW THE DISTRICTS Presented by: Music Feeds / Spotify / The Music The Districts exist in the moment, a captivating voice in contemporary rock, a band crafting heartfelt music that’s honest, raw, energetic and unforgettable whether they’re tearing it up in a basement or rocking a festival crowd. The Pennsylvania four-piece self-recorded and self-released their ‘Kitchen Songs EP’ in 2012, followed that summer by their full-length debut ‘Telephone’ and by their senior year, the band were performing regularly in Philadelphia, Delaware and New York. Fast-forward to today and The Districts are enjoying critical acclaim for their second LP, ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’ and have taken their live show to an envious list of international festivals including SXSW, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Reading/ Leeds, Outside Lands, Haldern Pop Festival. 4th and Roebling Mon Jul 27 Northcote Social Club Melbourne VIC Tue Jul 28 Newtown Social Club Sydney NSW
PORTER ROBINSON [live] with WAVE RACER & COSMO’S MIDNIGHT Presented by triple j, Channel [V], inthemix, Spotify
He’s the man behind one of 2014’s best jams, "Lionhearted", which was championed by BBC Radio 1 legend Zane Lowe. Porter Robinson last toured Australia on a sold-out DJ Tour and is now bringing his LIVE stage show to Australia for Splendour and some very special headline dates!
Indeed a man who can break the internet, Robinson’s debut album ‘Worlds’ included the #1 Hype Machine single ‘Sad Machine’ (Porter’s vocal debut in a duet with a robot) and Porter’s first single ‘Sea of Voices’ trended #1 on Facebook when it was leaked to fans via Twitter. The track quickly soared to the top of the US iTunes electronic chart, #5 on Hype Machine, and #5 on Spotify’s viral chart. To date, it has surpassed more than 1 million Soundcloud plays.
Our eyes were glued to the live stream of his Coachella performance. And if you think he was special in festival mode, just wait until you see him at these Official Splendour Sideshows.
Wed 22 July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney Thu 23 July – The Forum, Melbourne porterrobinson.com
AZEALIA BANKS Presented by Channel [V], Music Feeds, Beat & Brag, Spotify
Fresh from tearing up one of the most internet-breaking sets of Coachella, Azealia Banks promises to deliver one of the most talked about performances of Splendour 2015 alongside some very special Official Splendour Sideshows! She grabbed the world’s attention as one of the biggest artists to break through in 2012 with bangers like 'Liqourice', 'Van Vogue' and the Splendour favourite '212', and we’ve been watching her ever since. Her long-awaited debut album “Broke with Expensive Taste” dropped last year and proved it was well worth the wait, with international critical acclaim and some of her boldest tracks to date!
Fri 24 July – Metro Theatre, Sydney Sun 26 July – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne azealiabanks.com
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING with URBAN CONE Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Fasterlouder, The Music, Spotify
They’ve already dropped one of the catchiest songs of year so far in ‘Distant Past’ and their upcoming album is set to be one of the most exciting releases of 2015. The always inventive, forward-thinking, Mercury Music Prize-nominated Everything Everything are heading our way!
‘Distant Past’ is the first new music since Everything Everything’s acclaimed second album ‘Arc’ was released in 2013. This much anticipated return sees the Manchester-based four-piece bring experimentation and ambition back to pop music, alongside heavy doses of wit and intelligence.
Set for release in June, Everything Everything’s third album ‘Get To Heaven’ will see the band evolve still further!
Hailing all the way from Stockholm, Urban Cone’s honest, gritty tunes gave us a healthy dose of electro-pop at our Splendour in the Grass SXSW Party and we can’t wait to see them bring it to Australia!
Their first album, ‘Our Youth’, has raked up over 10 million streams since its release, with singles ‘Urban Photograph’ and ‘We Should Go To France’ charting in the top 5 on Hype Machine and ‘Sadness Disease’ quickly becoming a triple j favourite. They continued to build momentum last year, touring across the United States and Europe, and playing major festivals alongside acts such as Empire of the Sun, The Shins and Skrillex.
Influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode with a hint of Foster The People in the mix too, they’ve already caught the attention of artists across all genres and collaborated with Porter Robinson, John Dahlback and Lucas Nord!
Urban Cone’s next offering 'Polaroid Memories' is due to be released May 15 through Universal!
KITTY DAISY & LEWIS Presented by Fasterlouder, The Music, Spotify
Described as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic” (The Observer), London siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are awesomely talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalist musicians.
They have sold over a quarter of a million albums worldwide, sold out headline tours, played Bestival five times and Glastonbury thrice, they’ve opened shows for some big names (hello Mark Ronson and Coldplay) and are set to take to the stage at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival before they head to Australia.
Starting out young, they have inspired audiences and gathered an impressive fan base from Amy Winehouse and Eagles Of Death Metal to David Lynch. Their new album Kitty Daisy & Lewis The Third is a sparkling analogue production, produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.
Each rotating on different instruments with a set that includes R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, rock 'n' roll and more, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis mix up genres to perfection!
Sat 1 Aug - Metro Theatre, Sydney Sun 2 Aug - 170 Russell, Melbourne Tue 4 Aug - Governor Hotel, Adelaide Wed 5 Aug - Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Yes! Mø & Elliphant, those two Nordic legends behind the super catchy track ‘One More’ are touring together!
In March 2014, Danish electro-pop artist MØ released her debut album ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ to critical acclaim including the singles ‘Pilgrim’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’. Then things kind of went nuts… Touring, performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, awards (including no less than four Danish Music Awards) and collaborations with the likes of Iggy Azealia (‘Beg For It’), Elliphant (‘One More’) and most recently the track ‘Lean On’ with Major Lazer & DJ Snake that hit #1 on both the ARIA Singles and Dance charts. Currently playing a run of headline and festival shows across the globe including Coachella, Governor’s Ball and Sasquatch, we think MØ is set to be one of Splendour’s buzz artists of 2015!
Swedish reggae-pop maverick Elliphant’s “Look Like You Love It” EP featured the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and more. Her second EP is a musical patchwork that’s as warm as it is wild. The intoxicating, yet intricate title track “One More” (featuring MØ) became the “#1 Most Tweeted Song on Twitter” on release and got a lot of summer love from triple j. Equal parts crazy club girl, hip-hop gangster, R&B baller and hippie spirit, Elliphant has a new album coming this year and you can sample the new tracks at her Official Splendour Sideshows!
MARMOZETS Presented by Musicfeeds, Blunt Magazine, Beat, Brag, Spotify
“British Rock Didn’t Know How Much It Needed A Frontwoman Until Now” – Noisey.
UK rockers Marmozets dropped their debut album ‘The Weird And Wonderful’ late last year and have been kicking goals ever since with rave reviews, a #2 Album Of The Year from Kerrang, #1 Album Of The Year and Best UK Band Of The Year form Big Cheese Magazine UK and of course their hook-fuelled track ‘Move, Shake, Hide’ is all over triple j.
After a year that included a closing night headline set at Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing Stage and a bunch of other major festivals including Reading, Leeds, Download and Radio 1 Rocks - plus a support slot with fellow Splendour act Royal Blood - Marmozets are on their way and predicted as one of “10 New Artists To Watch in 2015” by Rolling Stone! You can watch them in July!
Thu 23 July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney Sat 25 July – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne marmozets.co.uk
BLUR ANNOUNCE SIDESHOWS WITH SPECIAL GUEST JAMIE T
23 Apr 2015
It has been 18 years since blur, one of the most successful British bands of the last two decades, has graced our shores. Together, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, have won a total of five BRIT Awards, and were twice nominated for the Mercury Music Award. And now blur are back with their eighth studio album ‘The Magic Whip’ and in July will make their way to Australia, fresh from headlining British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park, to play three huge arena shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Joining the band will be very special guest Jamie T, one of the most distinctive voices to come out of the UK in the past decade. Announcing their arrival with debut album ‘Leisure’ in 1991 and follow up release ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ (1993), blur revolutionised the sound of English popular music. Five successive UK #1 albums followed - with Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995) helping to propel the band to mass popularity around the world with tracks like ‘Parklife’, ‘Girls & Boys’, ‘Country House’ and of course hit single Song 2’, watch the amazing live footage here.
It’s been 16 years since blur’s last album as a four piece and 27th April sees the release of the band’s critically acclaimed eighth studio album ‘The Magic Whip’. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 - at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong - were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.
In 2013 Blur toured across Europe and South America – also taking in a headline set at Coachella that resulted in rapturous reviews - proving to Blur fans around the world that the English lads still have what it takes to put on an explosive live performance.
“Blur left festivalgoers with arguably the night’s most poignant moment” – LA Times
“The night's best performance” – Rolling Stone
“Triumphant” - NME
One of the most distinctive voices to come out of the UK in the past decade, Jamie T, will be joining Blur to open the arena shows. His infectiously catchy hit ‘Zombie’ came in at number 43 in triple J’s Hottest 100, he picked up three NME Awards and announced a new EP ‘Magnolia Melancholia’.
Its been almost five years since the spiky, globally-informed, occasionally grisly and proudly Clash-influenced “Kings And Queens” album reached No.2 in the UK charts, inspiring the critics to anoint the then-24-year-old Jamie ‘a rare, cocksure talent’ (BBC) and ‘a national institution’ (NME), and almost four since he last graced a concert stage. Spending his hiatus from the scene refining his songwriting, we welcome Jamie T back to the stage with open arms!
All tickets on sale 10am local venue time, Friday 1 May. Sign up to our mailing list for exclusive access to our presale!
MUMFORD & SONS PERFORM ON SNL
13 Apr 2015
Much has changed since Mumford and Sons made their Saturday Night Live debut three years ago. The band ascended to superstardom on the back of banjos and Civil War-era garb, culminating with the release of the Grammy Award-winning 2012 LP Babel. Following a short hiatus, however, Mumfords return in 2015 with a new look and a new sound, ditching their patented wool vests for leather jackets, and plugging in the amps for a sound inspired by the likes of U2 and Radiohead.
This evening, the UK rockers made their return to SNL in support of their new albumWilder Mind. They tore through the first two singles, “The Wolf” and “Believe”, in what was a no frills performance suited more for a sweaty club than a festival stage.
Catch the replays here thanks to Consequence of Sound!
MUMFORD & SONS RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'THE WOLF'
09 Apr 2015
Mumford and Sons have released their new song “The Wolf”, the second single from their forthcoming record, Wilder Mind. Following the mellower vibes of “Believe”, this new track puts the band’s much-publicized “electric” new sound front and centre.
The song hits right from the first notes with furiously strummed guitars charging over pounding snares. Featuring a classic building chorus that erupts into a raucous break, “The Wolf” demonstrates that, though the instruments may have changed, this is still Mumford and Sons.
MS MR RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'PAINTED'
07 Apr 2015
The NYC duo of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow are working on the follow-up to 2013 debut ‘Secondhand Rapture’, with a new LP due out via Columbia later this year.
Here’s the first taste - a stop-start, bubbling up pop display, tangled up in tiny idiosyncrasies and booming horn sections.
Speaking to Billboard about the new record, Hershenow said: “It feels massive - we were pleasantly surprised with how big everything feels. Everything feels more upbeat and high-energy.” He also calls ‘Painted’ a “pretty weird song… not your typical pop song.”
WATCH WOLF ALICE PLAY 'YOU'RE A GERM' IN LIVE SESSION
30 Mar 2015
Amping up for the release of their hotly-awaited debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ - out on June 22nd - Wolf Alice played ‘You’re a Germ’ live in a session for Last Fm. The song appears on the album, and tells the story of a bad young influence in a leather jacket who revs round on his motorbike trying to impress schoolgirls, and generally, being a bit of a germ. But the Ellie Rowsell and co well and truly dettol him to death.
A DAY IN SYDNEY WITH BROOKYLN TRIO WET
25 Mar 2015
The band recently took a trip to Australia, touring alongside London Grammar and playing a few shows of their own, too. LifeWithoutAndy caught up with the talented (and extremely photogenic) crew for a day in Sydney, and here’s how it went down...
We meet up with Kelly & Marty of Wet in Surry Hills – these guys are from Brooklyn, so you know they’ve got to own at least one varsity jacket. The missing link of the trio is Joe, who’s running a little late – but we forgive Joe, because we love Joe. Hot tip: The waiter in the cafe next door looks like James Franco. #FACTSONLY
Joe is here! God bless Joe. The three have a little break in their schedule, so we decide to have a little cruise around the area – Surry Hills, 2010 represent. Is it always so easy for these guys to look effortlessly cool 24/7/365? Damn, this could be the contemporary version of The Beatles’ Abbey Road cover for all we know.
“Playing with London Grammar is really interesting because we’re playing to a certain set of fans who are into a certain kind of music,” says multi-instrumentalist (and bass player) James Gordon, referring to London Grammar’s ambient stylings. “And some things really really resonate with that world, so that’s interesting.”
But the trio have never fancied boxing themselves into a single genre, with their recently released debut album, A Lesson Unlearnt, offering a tribute to their diverse musicianship, with tracks falling across a stylistic spectrum of electronica, pop, rock, R&B and even gangsta rap.
“You have to change your car every song” jokes vocalist Pete Lawrie-Winfield. “And your haircut.”
But when it comes to their “defining sound”, Until The Ribbon Breaks reckon they’re still figuring all that out.
“But I think maybe we always will be because of the nature of what we do,” says Gordon. “It’s definitely a deliberate decision to keep it open and have a record that does touch on lots of different things.”
Due to overwhelming demand Ben Howard has announced
a second and final Brisbane performance as
part of his recently rescheduled Australian tour.
Tickets to the additional show at The Tivoli on Friday 29 May are on sale now!
One of the most tirelessly touring musicians on the
planet, Ben Howard recently wrapped up months of overseas touring, and has landed
home, inspired to make changes to the line up in his band. With the Australian
dates so close, and Ben’s aptitude for perfection when it comes to delivering a
faultless live show, he decided to cancel his Bluesfest and Sydney Opera House
appearances and reschedule his tour to ensure he puts on the best show possible
for Australian fans.
BEN HOWARD: WHY I WON'T PLAY YOUR FAVOURITES
22 Mar 2015
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard has a reputation as something of a surfer. But truth be told he cares less about the loaded culture of the sport than the chaos around it.
"It's a beautiful thing to do, but I'm not a chest-pumped macho kind of guy. It gets tiring talking to those guys.
"More and more I just end up swimming. I enjoy the sea more than I enjoy surfing. It's so bizarre, being in the rolling water, but I like how insignificant it makes me feel, that's a good head space to be in.
"With music you spend so much time standing on stage in front of an audience you get a false sense of your own importance. It's worth keeping that in check."
The risk of sharks, for instance, which have ghosted public swimming areas all summer, keeps a person humble. "Australians seem to have a good ethos," Howard says. "They are amazing, incredible creatures and if you get eaten up by one I guess your time is up."
Howard caught a very big wave of success in 2011, when his debut album, Every Kingdom, went platinum and won him two Brit Awards.
Emerging as a straw-haired, square-jawed surfer from Devon who sounded like a cross between mid-career David Gray, John Martyn and Nick Drake, Howard was the latest in a conveyor belt of gifted, plaintive English singer-songwriters.
His downhearted lyrics, sad melodies and boy-next-door looks made boys and girls swoon. A comfortable career path looked mapped out.
But despite some towering ballads - or perhaps because of them - the dreaded "boring" tag dogged Howard. Unfairly, but unshakeably.
Then, from the pressure cooker of hundreds of Every Kingdom live shows, an artist emerged.
Full article by Peter Vincent here at Sydney Morning Herald.
LONDON GRAMMAR DISCUSS NEW ALBUM
17 Mar 2015
London Grammar have just finished up their sold out tour in support of their debut album 'If You Wait', and have already revealed to Triple j that they've been plotting a follow-up!
Vocalist Hannah Reid revealed there's fresh tunes in the pipeline...
"We've got some new music; we've got quite a lot actually," she said.
"We can't really play it right now but you guys will probably be one of the first to know, I'm sure."
So what is the lush London trio's new stuff sounding like?
"A cross between Pocahontas and Fleetwood Mac," according to Hannah.
"This is genuinely what Hannah said to me the other day," guitarist Dan Rothman added.
"She's like 'I've been thinking about the new songs we've been doing and what we're going to be doing when we get home and I really think it's going to be like a cross between Pocahontas and Fleetwood Mac."
Hannah reasoned that a mix of breezy West Coast soft rock and Disney sing-a-longs, like 'Colours of the Wind', wasn't so much of a stretch for the band.
"I kind of think our music's already a bit like that."
Full article here, including Dan's love for Hilltop Hoods, their (non-)connections to the Illuminati, and giggling their way through jetlag.
BEN HOWARD POSTPONES MARCH TOUR, ADDS NEW DATES
12 Mar 2015
Ben Howard is one of the most tirelessly touring musicians on the planet. He has recently wrapped up many months of live overseas shows and has landed home with the inspiration to make some changes to his set and band line up. With the Australian dates so close and Ben’s aptitude for perfection when it comes to delivering a faultless live show, he has decided to reschedule the tour to ensure he puts on his best performances possible for his much loved Australian fans.
Both Bluesfest and Sydney Opera House appearances have been cancelled, but the great news is that Ben Howard is now adding an additional Brisbane show on Thursday 28th May 2015. Tickets are on sale now!
A Message From Ben:
We're really sorry we're having to reschedule the upcoming tour - it's really not what we wanted to do and it's been an impossible decision to come to. We've had to make some big changes for the greater good.
Hoping you can make the new dates. All will be well and we'll be back soon in full force.’
Brooklyn trio Wet are currently midway through their Australian tour, where they’ve been slaying audiences alongside London Grammar. They gave PagesDigital a little insight into their Aussie adventures so far, with this slick photo diary spanning Perth & Brisbane.
To get to Australia we went from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Sydney to Perth, which took around 30 hours. Collectively we watched: The Fault in Our Stars, Whiplash, Kill the Messenger, Map of the Stars, Fury, 12 O’Clock Boys, and the Lego Movie. Seinfeld.
Buena Vista Park / The Flower Conservatory, San Francisco
Our first show of the tour was in Perth at the Redhill Auditorium, a big amphitheater in the hills outside of Perth overlooking the city.
We took the train from Perth out to Cottesloe beach. Western Australia touches the Indian Ocean which felt *exotic* to us Atlantic/Pacific folks. Thank you Jeff from TransPerth security for not fining us when we didn’t have tickets ; )
Jungle have covered Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ for BBC1 Live Lounge! Staying fairly true to the original, the pair enlist the help of some very talented backing singers in place of Bruno Mars’ soulful vocals, a brass section and some synths to give the song a slightly dance-y do-over.
MUMFORD & SONS RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'BELIEVE'
09 Mar 2015
Mumford & Sons are pleased to unveil the first single from their forthcoming new album, Wilder Mind. ‘Believe’ is released on the 27th April, and precedes the band’s third album, released on 4th May through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records.
Wilder Mind was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demo'd at Aaron Dessner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn.
This new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their previous records, 2009’s Sigh No More, and 2012’s Babel. The early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too.
Following the recent announcement of the band’s headline performance at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals, and appearances at Bonaroo, Open’er Festival, Bilbao BBK Live, Nos Alive Festival, and Squamish Festival, Mumford & Sons are very pleased to announce the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers.
Joining the band over the Stopovers will be the likes of The Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Ben Howard, Primal Scream, The Vaccines, Simian Mobile Disco, The Maccabees, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, and Jenny Lewis. For full line-up details, see below.
LIVE REVIEW: LONDON GRAMMAR AT THE RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE
09 Mar 2015
Upon arriving eight minutes after the gates opened to the lush venue that is Riverstage, I was surprised to see that the masses had already arrived and occupied the venue, which was unlike most gigs held there. This gave me an indication of just how dedicated London Grammar’s fans were. The Brisbane leg of their first official ‘If You Wait’ Australia Tour had sold out along with all of London Grammar’s other shows on the tour, and so it was clear that this performance was going to be special.
Until The Ribbon Breaks kicked off the night to a large, yet unenthused crowd. Lawrie moved around the stage, refusing to let the dead audience get him down, pulling out all different tricks, notably playing trumpet on a number of tracks. They rolled from electronic to R&B with each track and the variance in styles was a welcome sound. Their set came to a close and I honestly hope they score a better crowd at their next Australian stop. They deserve it.
The second band up to the chopping block was Brooklyn based trio Wet. They slipped on stage in super casual clothes and treated the crowd to a nice set of tracks. The wave of people front and centre began to move after the first tracks, and the mood notably shifted throughout Riverstage. The sun dipped and the clouds that threatened rain seemed to dissipate simultaneously, only adding to the crowd’s excitement for London Grammar. Their set seemed to disappear along with the time and before we knew it, London Grammar‘s Dot Major slipped on stage to start their set.
The large portion of punters that refrained from leaving the comfort of the grass and their blankets rushed down to thicken the crowd when Dot Major played his first notes. He was joined on stage by guitarist Dan Rothman and they built the minimalistic music up before screams announced lead singer Hannah Reid’s presence on stage. Rothman was the spitting image of the late Jeff Buckley as he stepped up to the edge of the stage, beaming from ear to ear. Reid began to layer vocals over the music Rothman and Major set up before moving straight into their hit Hey Now. The crowd sung out every word to the band, and by the end of the song Reid seemed much more at ease on stage.
It's snowing in Western Massachusetts. Outside smells like wood fires. Up here, five local colleges support a professional class beyond the schools and their faculty: doctors, lawyers, therapists in big country houses. And living in their guest houses, in rented rooms, a cache of post-grads are figuring things out.
Joe Valle lives in one of these guest houses. You enter through the owner's garage. By the door, Joe's got a white upright piano and a blue lava lamp. Strands of shells hang from a few nails driven into exposed wood beams. Plants with long arms reach over their pots and tickle the ground. Everything here has been chosen well, and everything has its place. On his tidy desk sit white flowers, some framed woodcut prints, and a silver iMac, and you can just tell its files have been backed up.
Joe and one of his bandmates in Wet, Marty Sulkow, scroll through their work-in-progress debut album. Both are 26, and about the same height, though Marty's hair is much taller. Joe has quizzical eyebrows, Marty piercing eyes. The record with which they're tinkering—Wet's first major label effort—is due out this fall on Columbia, and the band is making a last round of edits before sending their songs to be mixed. So far, these two have done most of the production work themselves, delegating tasks roughly according to expertise: Marty is better at rock band stuff, like playing guitar and recording vocals, while Joe, more of a computer guy, handles digital percussion, textures, and tone. One of them will make edits in private, then send them to the other, who'll make more edits and send them back.
A new short film starring Laura Marling called Woman Driver has appeared online, featuring three new songs by the singer.
The six-minute film premiered at the London Short Film Festival last month (January 14). It was directed by Chris Perkel in Marfa, Texas, and won Best Musical and Best Actress in the 72-Hour National Film Challenge.
The film – which you can watch below – sees Marling star alongside Casey Thomas Brown as a hitchhiker who is picked up by a man in a yellow bus. Though the pair seem friendly at first, the man's unexpected advances prompt a change of heart.
It also features three new songs by Marling, including 'Walk Alone', which is taken from the singer's forthcoming album 'Short Movie'.
The latest entry to AV Club’s Undercover series is Father John Misty’s straight-up-but-real-nice take on the Flaming Lips’ classic “Do You Realize??
TKAY MAIDZA ADDED TO DEW PROCESS LABEL PARTY
03 Mar 2015
Dew Process are excited to
announce the addition of one of Australia’s most buzzed about young acts Tkay Maidza to an already spectacular
line up for the Dew Process Label
Party being held at the
Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday 10th March.
Tkay Maidza having recently SOLD OUT Sydney and Melbourne show dates for the official 'M.O.B Tour’ on the day of announce has
added extra capital city shows due to overwhelming demand. Tkay’s live performances have taken her from an online
sensation, effortlessly tearing up the Hype Machine charts and raking in global
recognition, to one of Australia’s youngest fearless performers. Carving up
stages around the country this year already with TheFalls Music & Arts Festivals, Southbound, Beat the Drum and St
Jerome’s Laneway Festival Tkay is now gearing up for sets at Groovin The Moo as well as support
spots with Charli XCX in April and
Tkay joins a
globe-spanning line-up of talent including Brooklyn’s love-struck R&B trio Wet, the UK’s Until the Ribbon Breaks’ brand of warped hip-hop and the mysterious
sounds of one Australia’s most remarkable songwriters Eves the Behavior. With sounds that span bone-chillingly beautiful
electronica, dark hip-hop, warm hazy melodies and party-starting beats; you’re
invited to a showcase of young artists on the Dew Process label that burst with a rich history of soul and endless
possibilities of digital innovation.
HAIM & M83 JOIN FORCES ON "HOLES IN THE SKY"
03 Mar 2015
"Holes in the Sky" will feature on the second instalment of the Divergent series. Talk about a dream combo; HAIM's layer-cake harmonies fit perfectly into Anthony Gonzalez's huge soundscapes, flatong over strings and arpeggiated synths with ease.
HAIM told MTV News they've been fans of Gonzalez and M83 for a while; "we had the best time in the studio with him, it all happened so fast and was so easy and natural. We are so excited to be a part of this movie".
MUMFORD & SONS ANNOUNCE 3RD ALBUM 'WILDER MIND'
02 Mar 2015
‘Wilder Mind’ was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James
Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new
tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A
number of the new songs were written and demo'd at Aaron Dessner’s (The
National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote
Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and
new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their
previous records, 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’, and 2012’s ‘Babel’. The
early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach
not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a
minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, whose sound Marcus Mumford
describes as “a development, not a departure.” It came about by both
accident, and by conscious decision.
“Towards the end of the Babel tour, we’d always play new songs during
soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum. And demoing
with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve
acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I
think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed
drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus,
we fell back in love with drums! It’s as simple as that.”
felt completely natural, though,” says Ben Lovett, “like it did when we
started out. It was very much a case of, if someone was playing an electric
guitar, drums were going to complement that best; and, sonically, it then made
sense to add a synth or an organ. We chose instruments that played well off
each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it.”
Wilder Mind Track listing:
Tompkins Square Park
the recent announcement of the band’s headline performance at this year's
Reading & Leeds Festivals, and appearances at Bonaroo, Open’er Festival,
Bilbao BBK Live, Nos Alive Festival, and Squamish Festival, Mumford & Sons
have just announced the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen
of the Road Stopovers.
the band over the Stopovers will be the likes of The Foo Fighters, The Flaming
Lips, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Simian Mobile Disco, The Maccabees, My Morning
Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, and Jenny Lewis and more.
and Sons are expected to play select dates in Australia, late 2015.
DEW PROCESS ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTY
01 Mar 2015
Dew Process presents one
night in Sydney with four of 2015’s most exciting new artists. Taking over the Oxford
Art Factory on Tuesday 10th March with a globe-spanning line-up of
talent including Brooklyn’s love-struck R&B trio Wet, the UK’s Until the
Ribbon Breaks’ brand of warped hip-hop and the mysterious sounds of one Australia’s
most remarkable songwriter’s Eves the
Behavior alongside a special guest that
has become the most buzzed about young acts of the country. With sounds that
span bone-chillingly beautiful electronica, dark hip-hop, warm hazy melodies
and party-starting beats; you’re invited to a showcase of young artists on the Dew Process label that burst with a
rich history of soul and endless possibilities of digital innovation.
their ‘R&B that stings like a
splinter’ (Dummy Magazine)Wet, with just one EP, have achieved
more than most bands with a sophomore album - a unique sound they can call
their own and a startling live show that they will be bringing to Australia for
the very first time at intimate shows in Sydney and Melbourne and in support of
regular touring partners London Grammar.
[Watch ‘Don’t Want to Be Your Girl’ Here]
Fresh from captivating audiences across the country as part of Laneway 2015 and across the world with her latest provoking single ‘TV’ [Watch ‘TV’ Here’]. Hannah Karydas, the mysterious young lyricist and vocalist behind the EVES THE BEHAVIOR moniker, has quietly been crafting intriguingly disillusioned-pop that draws on her experiences with synaesthesia and experiments with musical character-studies since her independently released debut single ‘Zen’ and it’s self-directed film clip emerged on the internet and airwaves last year.
‘Until the Ribbon Breaks is on the verge of something bigger’ says Wall Street Journal of the once solo project of talented
producer and songwriter Pete Lawrie Winfield. The band deftly weaves
synthesizers, electric guitars and digital percussion and Winfield's moody,
breathy falsetto that has won him famous fans, including Falls alumni and
acclaimed hip-hop duo and now collaborators Run the Jewels [Listen to ‘Revolution Indifference’
Secret Sounds presents: Dew Process Label Party
Wet (NYC) + Eves The Behavior + Until The Ribbon Breaks (UK) + Special Guests
LONDON GRAMMAR SELL OUT TOUR & ANNOUNCE ANOTHER SUPPORT
27 Feb 2015
The return national tour of London Grammar has now completely SOLD OUT! The British trio won over the hearts of Australian audiences after a career defining set at Falls Festival 2013. Joining them in some of the country's most iconic venues are this year's hottest young upcoming bands with the just announced Wet (NYC) and Until The Ribbon Breaks (UK).
Wet, with just one EP, have achieved more than most bands with a sophomore album - a sound they can call their own and a startling live show that saw the band soar from humble beginnings – room mates and collage friends – to a heralded break-out band of 2013’s CMJ Music Marathon. [Watch ‘Don’t Want to Be Your Girl’ Here]
UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS
‘Until the Ribbon Breaks is on the verge of something bigger’ says Wall Street Journal of the once solo project of talented producer and songwriter Pete Lawrie Winfield. The band deftly weaves synthesizers, electric guitars and digital percussion and Winfield's moody, breathy falsetto that has won him famous fans, including Falls alumni and acclaimed hip-hop duo and now collaborators Run the Jewels [Listen to ‘Revolution Indifference’ Here].
WET ANNOUNCE SUPPORTS FOR MELBOURNE
24 Feb 2015
Wet, with just one EP, have achieved more than most bands with a sophomore album - a sound they can call their own and a startling live show that saw the band soar from humble beginnings – room mates and collage friends – to a heralded break-out band of 2013’s CMJ. [Watch ‘Don’t Want to Be Your Girl’ Here]
UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS
‘Until the Ribbon Breaks is on the verge of something bigger’ says Wall Street Journal of the once solo project of talented producer and songwriter Pete Lawrie Winfield. The band deftly weaves synthesizers, electric guitars and digital percussion and Winfield's moody, breathy falsetto that has won him famous fans, including Falls alumni and acclaimed hip-hop duo and now collaborators Run the Jewels [Listen to ‘Revolution Indifference’ Here].
It’s the harmonies and undeniable melodies that envelop you when The Harpoons are on stage, one that houses bespoke marimbas deftly handled guitars and analogue and digital drums like two hearts beating. Twisting old-school soul vocals into the hybrid musical landscape of today the Melbourne four-piece write ballads that burst with energy.[Watch ‘Can We Work This Out’ Here]
Atlanta MC/soul singer Raury has revealed the new music video for “Seven Suns”, a standout track off his Indigo Child mixtape.
Here, the promising prodigy and his merry band of stylishly dressed “rebels” can be seen wreaking havoc on the digitally obsessed of the world. According to a press release, the visual is meant to be a PSA that satirizes “how the growth of mobile technology & social media has created a virtual world in which the citizens’ detach from real-time human communications & interactions.” Kind of ironic that we can only view the clip online, though, huh?
Hot Chip made an explosive return to the live scene at BBC 6 Music Festival as they closed day 2 last weekend.
Bringing the disco to Newcastle's Hall One at The Sage, the seven-strong band delivered their futuristic blend of electro-pop to an enraptured audience. 'One Life Stand', 'Ready For The Floor' and 'Night and Day' all got an outing, while drinks were thrown and shirts torn off for the deliciously danceable new single, 'Huarache Lights'.
WIN TICKETS TO SEE BEN HOWARD IN YOUR CITY
18 Feb 2015
We're giving you the chance to win not only a double pass to see Ben Howard in the city of your choice, but a limited edition vinyl & 4 x limited edition post cards as well!
To enter, simply jump on our Facebook and tell us in 25 words or less what you would write to Ben Howard in a postcard! Most creative answer wins.
Father John Misty is currently on tour in support of his newest album, I Love You, Honeybear. He's been dropping a cover of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" in his set and now, you can watch a video of one of those performances via Consequence of Sound!
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD RELEASE 'WARM' VIDEO FT RAURY
17 Feb 2015
Missing Raury? We are too, but never fear... West Coast rockers The Neighbourhood have revisited their #000000 & #FFFFFF mixtape & released a video for “Warm”, featuring Raury. Watch it here!
FATHER JOHN MISTY COVERS NIRVANA'S HEART SHAPED BOX
16 Feb 2015
As a Valentine's Day gift to fans and to celebrate the release of his intimately titled new album I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty shared a sparse, acoustic cover of Nirvana's tortured love song "Heart-Shaped Box." The former Fleet Foxes drummer recorded his version of the track during an SXMU Sessions earlier this month.
Given the reverb and the focus on voice, Tillman's "Heart-Shaped Box" cover sounds like the In Utero cut, Rolling Stone's 12th best Nirvana song, being reimagined by his previous band Fleet Foxes. However, Father John Misty's haunting rendition is perhaps even more comparable to the similarly bare-bones treatment that Nirvana gave to "Pennyroyal Tea" on MTV Unplugged in New York.
You’ve probably been lip-syncing hard to Calvin Harris and HAIM’s amazing new track ‘Pray To God’ for a while, and now we have the spectacular music video accompany their collaborative hit.
NEW SONG FROM HOT CHIP
10 Feb 2015
Last week Hot Chip teased a new album, and today they've officially announced it. It's called Why Make Sense? and will be out on May 18 via Domino.
If that isn't enough excitement for your Wednesday, they've also just released their first single "Huarache Lights". It continues the bold, fleshed-out pop direction Hot Chip took on their last two LPs, and it's easily as great at the highlights off those. ("Huarache Lights" is also the answer to "what the heck are they saying?" in that teaser website from last week.) Check out the video (shot by Andy Knowles) above.
The album was co-produced by Mark Ralph, and pre-orders will come with a bonus EP, titled Separate, that features four outtakes from the new album's sessions.
WATCH FATHER JOHN MISTY PERFORM IN A PARISIAN CAFE
10 Feb 2015
La Blogothèque is a French publication famous for filming guerrilla performances from today’s top artists in the nooks and crannies of Paris, bringing intimate moments to the world at large. Their series of “Take Away Shows” have offered incredible glimpses into the cores of some of our favorite songs, stripping away production and over-ornamentation in favor of elemental, heartfelt arrangements.
Father John Misty (aka J. Tillman) is the latest artist to join the ranks of the amazing La Blogothèque history, with a stunning version of I Love You, Honeybear's opening track “I Went to the Store One Day.” The video, which you can watch above, sees Tillman perform an emotional and stripped-down version of the song in the middle of the Paris restaurant Le Bon Georges, accompanied by mandolin, accordion and violin. Check out the video above.
JUNGLE RELEASE NEW VIDEO CLIP
09 Feb 2015
Ahead of their forthcoming sold out UK tour, Jungle have unveiled a new video for ‘Julia’; another foray into the world of abstract choreography. This time, the video begins focusing in on our main dancer, before additional members jump into view and engage in the intricate routine. That’s all before a handful of previous cast members from the band’s older videos are revealed in the last shot.
LIVE REVIEW: MARK RONSON DJ SET
05 Feb 2015
"Last week I surprisingly answered an unknown number, a rare occasion in itself. Yes, we will happily present Mark Ronson on the 4th of February at the Oxford Arts Factory.
Mark took to the stage and with such an extensive back catalogue of music it wasn’t surprising that he kept everyone electrified for his almost 3-hour set, which ranged from classics to new tracks including Uptown Funk, The Bike Song, Daffodils and Valerie.
The sweat-drenched crowd absorbed every beat of the back–to-back floor fillers from the likes of Nate Dogg, Ghostface Killah, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, O.T Genasis, Jay Z, Nelly and so many more.
Mark wasn’t all alone stage, joined by Vic Mensa to perform ‘Down On My Luck’ and later local hero Daniel Merriweather stepped out from side of stage to belt out their hit track ‘Stop Me’.
Thank you Mark Ronson, it’s been far too long since we’ve burnt out our dancing shoes.
Keep an eye out for our new series HiFi coming soon to monsterchildren.com where we take your favourite artists record shopping with a $100 budget. Episode 1: You guessed it, Mark Ronson."
All photos: Maclay Heriot.
Gallery & full review by Dale over here at Monster Children.
LIVE REVIEW: RAURY AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
03 Feb 2015
If you’ve heard anything at all about Raury Tullis, you probably already know his ambitions are far from small. You may have also fallen in love with his wide-eyed, take-anything-in-his-stride attitude to life, reflected in his piercingly honest interviews and incredibly diverse musical style. He’s got no shortage of confidence, but he’s not short on raw talent either. It’s no wonder the 18-year-old young gun is being flown to meetings with Kanye West and featuring on SBTRKT tracks. He’s about to go off.
The evening starts with a set of super chill vibes from Melbourne boys Milwaukee Banks. Their tracks Monitor and Van Gogh receive a warm welcome from the fast-growing crowd, and the Oxford Art Factory dance floor is almost full by the time Raury takes the stage.
It seems word about this kid has spread quickly off the back of his Sydney Laneway Festival set, and he’s here to capitalise. Raury sets a frantic pace. We’re swept up in the urgent whisperings of War Pt. 1, before he launches into one of his heavier tracks, Chariots of Fire.
It’s as if the young rapper from Atlanta has taken a choose your own adventure approach to his debut album, Indigo Child. He flips the page from rock to rap with Higher, produced by SBTRKT, before shifting into a more acoustic feel with Superfly, his collaboration with Aussie band Vancouver Sleep Clinic.
Between songs, Raury’s got a few thoughts to share with the crowd on the pursuit of happiness. If he wasn’t fresh out of high school and riding the beginning of a potentially massive wave of success, he might sound a little naïve. But he’s utterly genuine and his positivity is contagious. There’s a lot of love in the room.
INTERVIEW: SWELLING MOMENTUM BRINGS BEN HOWARD TO HOUSE OF BLUES
03 Feb 2015
Nearly three years after the arrival of his debut album, Ben Howard is back at it again. Having just released “I Forget Where We Were,” the English singer-songwriter is kicking off the New Year with his most ambitious tour yet. But this time, he does it with two BRIT awards and a Mercury nomination under his belt.
“It’s a pretty hectic schedule,” Howard said via telephone about his month-long stay in the States. Far from his humble beginnings playing in cafes, the surfer-turned-indie-sensation is selling out venues abroad and garnering more attention than he ever expected.
His new album drifts away from the chant-along motifs fans have grown accustomed to, opting for a louder, grander sound that suits the bigger venues he’s now playing. We caught up with Howard on a rare day off mid-tour in Miami to talk about his new album and the whirlwind year ahead for the singer who is now riding a very different kind of wave.
Q. You’re selling out nearly every one of your shows. How does this compare to previous tours?
A. It’s been fairly busy! We’re playing really big shows at much larger venues. I think it’s great for us to come to the states and start branching out to play in bigger venues. That’s the biggest thing we’re excited about: to be in America and have shows sell out is an incredible thing.
Q. Your first album was unplugged and acoustic, but “I Forget Where We Were” seems a bit more experimental. What influenced the newest one?
A. I don’t think there was anything in particular we were really going for — it’s been a few years since our last record, and it just felt like a natural progression from “Every Kingdom.” I think it’s definitely louder and slightly more aggressive. Everything has a time and a place and, for me, it feels like it was the right time to move into a slightly different sound.
Q. It’s only January, and you’re already kicking off the year with a tour. Should we be expecting big things from you in 2015?
A. We’re really trying to expand on the vision. It’s going to be much bigger shows, and we’re in the process of working out some festivals, which I love being a part of. We’re going to South Africa and Australia — none of us have ever been before. I can’t wait to get out of this monotone that I feel like we’ve been stuck in lately, so I’m really, really excited for everything.
Adelaide you're in for a real treat, Jung Le DJ (Jungle DJs) are heading your way for the Official Laneway Festival After-party at Rocket Bar on Friday 6 February! Tickets will be available on the door only.
The very talented Ben Howard performed "I Forget Where We Were" on David Letterman over the weekend, watch it here! With a voice like that it's no wonder tickets to his shows in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne this March are flying out the door...
NOISEY INTERVIEW: THERE'S NO HIDING FOR JUNGLE NOW
30 Jan 2015
They may have named their soul funk act Jungle, but Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland weren’t able to hide behind the camouflaged canopy of anonymity for long. The release of threeeye-catching videos made them one of the UK’s buzziest acts and bloggers and the public soon came knocking to find out who was behind the slick production. It’s hard to maintain the mystery when shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
Childhood friends, J and T weren’t always deliberate about their obscurity and before press releases sans press shots, they fronted the wistful post-pop act Born Blonde. They failed to make a dent for as T has said they were in “for all the wrong reasons”.
But Jungle are now approaching the game for all the right reasons and things seem to be working. On the phone from his home in London’s Shepherd’s Bush, J talked excitedly about the new challenges of handling fame.
Noisey: You’ve had a massive year. Your debut album was nominated for a Mercury Prize and you sold out your first UK tour. Have you had time to reflect on it? J: It was a mental year. I probably did more than I’ve done in my whole life. We’ve learned a lot in terms of confidence and what we think we are. It’s about being natural and honest. And honestly it’s very difficult to do that the whole time if you’re sometimes insecure or self-conscious; you’re gonna opt for fakery.
Definitely. And you are! Did you ever think it’d work out so well for you? It’s obviously amazing and we take each day as it comes. It’s important not to get greedy. We try not to be like that, but once you get to play to a thousand people there’s a yearning. I didn’t think we’d play to 200 people. When you play to 4000 people you go, ‘I wanna play to 7000 people now.’ But you have to work to that, and be appreciative. It’s a constant balancing act.
Read the rest of the interview by Sarah Gooding over @ Noisey here.
ALT-J ANNOUNCE SPECIAL GUEST ASGEIR FOR TOUR IN MAY
29 Jan 2015
Australia and alt-J have proven their devotion to each other
time and time again and Frontier Touring is thrilled to be bringing the
unstoppable trio back this May for their biggest Australian tour to date. Joining
alt-J as very special guest will be Icelandic melodic-folk marvel Ásgeir.
At merely 22 years of age, Ásgeir has become one of
Iceland’s biggest break-out stars. His debut release Dyrd í dauðathogn has broken multiple sales records in his homeland,
becoming the country’s fastest and biggest selling album by a native artist, with
one in ten of the Icelandic population owning the album and outselling even the
combined debuts of country mates Björk and Sigur Rós.
With the help of indie rock maestro John Grant, Ásgeir
translated the album into English and In
The Silence (out now through Inertia) was born, garnering equal acclaim. Spawning
the hit single ‘King And Cross’, the triple j Feature Album debuted
at #18 in the ARIA Albums Chart and quickly surged to #8 in its second week.
‘It’s a rare jewel of an album that
can boast all these qualities, and really is a testament to the talent that
Ásgeir possesses.’ – The Line Of Best Fit
Having sold-out sideshows when here for Splendour in the Grass in July of last
year, Ásgeir returned recently for appearances at Falls and Southbound festival,
as well hugely lauded headline performances at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre and Sydney
‘As the lights fell and darkness
settled around him, his soaring voice sounded clear and high. Gradually, a
minimal rhythmic backing and electronic waves and folk piano rounded out the
chord progressions. The effect was lonely, spare, mysterious, and very, very
beautiful.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Ásgeir is a mystic wonder to behold
live. ’ – The AU Review
Sharing a unique gift for unshackling the constraints genre
and expertly pushing sonic boundaries, Ásgeir and alt-J are a match made in
alternative heaven. Promising a night of young, innovative and powerhouse
talent, tickets to these shows are bound to get snapped up fast.
MARK RONSON TO PLAY DJ SET AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
28 Jan 2015
The perennially sharp Mark Ronson is on
his way to Australia and will play one very special late night DJ set at the Oxford
Art Factory this Wednesday 4 February from 11pm.
A globally celebrated, Grammy award
winning super producer, musician and DJ, Ronson has been behind a string of hits
by the likes of Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Adele, Paul McCartney and Amy Winehouse’s
‘Back to Black’ and iconic single ‘Rehab’ to name a few.
Alongside this stellar run of work
producing for other artists, Ronson has gained a legendary reputation as a DJ
with an encyclopedic, genre-spanning knowledge of music that he uses to killer
Ronson has released four albums, the
latest ‘Uptown Special’ being his most successful yet. With lyrics by Pulitzer-winning
American novelist Michael Chabon (with the exception of the single ‘Uptown
Funk’) the album was written and produced with Grammy winning producer Jeff
Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys) and features guest appearances by
Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt and
The album’s triple platinum single ‘Uptown
Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars sat at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart for six
weeks. ‘Uptown Funk’ has also hit #1 in the UK, the US, Billboard Hot 100 and
at over 57 iTunes stores around the world. It has had over 75 million streams
worldwide to date and is currently holding the #1 place at Spotify globally as
well as in Australia, UK, US, Mexico & France. The VEVO video views are now
over 112 million.
This is a very special opportunity to
experience one of the world’s most acclaimed DJ’s do his thing in an intimate
Sign up to secret-sounds.com.au newsletter for access to an exclusive pre-sale from 9am
AEDT today until 8am Friday 30 Jan or until allocation is exhausted.
WIN TICKETS TO ONE OF RAURY'S LANEWAY SIDESHOWS
27 Jan 2015
To celebrate the release of his new single 'Cigarette Song' and scoring 4th place in BBC's Sound of 2015, you could win tickets to see Raury at one of his Laneway sideshows! Simply by answering the following question...
Raury has already worked with the likes of Kanye West, SBTRKT and Lorde, in 25 words or less tell us who you would like to see him collaborate with next & why?
Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must be over 18 to enter. Full terms & conditions here.
Spookyland is a gifted storyteller. At his shows you’ll be enthralled, mouth agape, letting lyrics about summers past, about defeat and lust, wash over you in waves of “yes, this is so great, how is he so great? I am so jealous that someone gets to be this great.”
But I forgot to say that Gordon is undeniably unique, completely unlike the rest of the indie scene. He’s got Nick Cave’s swaggering charm, and comes from the same kind of Australian suburban origins. His voice, warbling and awkward, yet with a wide-for-a-folk-singer range is capable of tapping into wells of shared human experience. The moment when he starts wailing in ‘Failures,’ well, it gets me. It gets me right here, in the chest.
ALBUM REVIEW: FATHER JOHN MISTY'S NEW ALBUM IS NEAR PERFECT
23 Jan 2015
A woman can metamorphosize a man. She can be his wings, his anchor, the key by which he unlocks the world’s beauty. Since meeting his future wife Emma in 2011, Joshua Tillman – better known as Father John Misty – has transformed from a beacon of coy narcissism to a gracefully mordant romantic. In his own words, she is a soul “who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge.”
I Love You, Honeybear is, quite literally, a collection of songs detailing Tillman’s love for this transformative woman, and the road of excess, indulgence and raunch that lead him to her. It’s a nakedly open documentation on love, true love, its myriad consequence on the spirit, and feels entirely as much. Brimming with orchestral strings and oddities like the occasional mariachi band, ragtime jazz combos, electronic drum solos and beyond (“I’m pretty sure there’s a sitar in there somewhere,“ Tillman muses), the album embraces a lush atmosphere that’s dauntingly, classically romantic. Aiding the symphonic environment are producer Jonathan Wilson and violinist Paul Cartwright, who worked on the majority of the album’s arrangements.
Citing influences including Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali, the lyrical wit on Honeybear is a razor’s edge, a fountain of cerebral whimsy within an embrace of sentiment. Applying a sensual sincerity with a sardonic edge rather than the inverse, the pulsing, rhythmic sexuality of “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me” is thick enough to taste, a caressing serenade within a copulating embrace. “I can hardly believe I’ve found you, and I’m terrified by that,” he sings amid a soulful backing chorus before a beautifully sparse solo. If there’s a confession more naked and vulnerable, it’s yet to be uttered in song.
Walking a tightrope of acerbic wit as the gleaming points of cynicism wait beneath, Honeybear is a lyrical powerhouse in its entirety, with striking polaroids of catharsis (“The moment you came to, I swore I would change”) packed tight alongside foreboding wisdom (“You may think like an animal / if you try that cat and mouse shit you’ll get bitten. Keep moving”).
During a performance at the Westway in New York, Wet singer Kelly Zutrau swayed harmlessly in the center of a tiny stage, in front of several scouting eyes. On a blisteringly cold New York night, multiple prominent artist managers -- and representatives for labels like Atlantic, Universal and Columbia -- ventured to Manhattan's west side to catch the 11:00 PM set, standing back near the venue's bar and studying Zutrau's guileless voice as Wet unfurled its small collection of sparse R&B songs.
Zutrau was shy and gracious, quietly asking if Joe Valle's drum pads could be turned up slightly near the beginning of the set; meanwhile, a handful of teenage girls took iPhone videos of themselves passionately mouthing and miming along to the words of the song "Dreams" with their backs to the stage. The performance was unassuming, in the best way; the members of Wet certainly didn't act like they were the band that many young fans were there to worship, and that many older crowd members were there to discover.
That stasis at least gives others a chance to catch up to "Wet," a hypnotic four-song collection defined by the friction between Valle's brisk percussion movements and Zutrau's restrained sorrow. Wet's debut EP was performed at a series of CMJ shows days after its release, and in late November, the group joined CHVRCHES for a string of five live shows. Collectively, the four songs on "Wet" have been streamed 928,000 times on Soundcloud. And the EP has been recognized by dozens of tastemaker blogs; Google "Wet Debut EP," and read the raves of the Fader, Earmilk, Examiner and Okayplayer.
Following his 2014 viral success and inclusion on the Lorde-curated Mockingjay soundtrack, 18-year-old singer-songwriter Raury aims to cement his name in music history. “I definitely plan to release the best album of the year 2015,” Raury confidently proclaimed in a recent interview. His breezy approach to folk and hip-hop has drawn comparisons to both Andre 3000 and Bon Iver, but Raury aims to make a name for himself in 2015.
32. Solange: TBA
Solange’s follow-up to her True EP was originally slated as an “early fall” 2014 release. But with her late 2014 wedding to music video producer Alan Ferguson and collaboration with Puma, it seems the release was put on hold for her other endeavors. Solange hasn’t made a peep about a 2015 album release, but that hasn’t stopped gossip rags from speculating. Whatever the case may be, we hope to hear some of those 25 self-written joints sometime soon.
37. Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear
After rising from the ashes of Fleet Foxes like a handsomely mustachioed phoenix in 2012, Josh Tillman’s second album as Father John Misty is the one that will cement his status as a monster of folk in his own right. Thanks to extensive touring of his charismatic live show and an aloof but satisfyingly acerbic public persona, FJM fans have become legion, eagerly awaiting his next absurdist fiction or biting socio-political commentary like bread from heaven. If strange and beautiful lead single “Bored In The U.S.A.” is any indication, they won’t be disappointed.
41. Sky Ferreira: TBA
After years of a false start, Sky Ferreira finally released her full-length debut, Night Time, My Time, in October 2013. The album married pop gloss and lo-fi fuzziness, announcing Ferreira as a singular pop voice. While Night Time, My Time sold less than 50,000 copies, it helped repair relations with her record label and landed the singer a spot on fellow bad girl Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. In between dates, Ferreira has been working with a slew of producers for her sophomore album, including Ariel Rechtshaid, Justin Raisen, and Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream. The result? A commanding first single that’s unlike anything she’s recorded before. Soaring and self-assured, “Guardian” represents a fearless new Ferreira. If this is the direction she’s headed in, her sophomore effort is sure to be anything but embarrassing.
48. Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon
Less than a year after the release of her album Ultraviolence, pop’s preeminent sad girl is already talking about her next project. Tentatively titled Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey’s third album is expected late summer and will feature production from fellow nostalgic Mark Ronson. While she promises more of the cinematic imagery and lush orchestration, she warns fans of her sophomore album that Honeymoon will be close in spirit to Born To Die. It doesn’t matter to us as long as we get a new soundtrack for our summertime sadness.
49. Wet: TBA
Brooklynites Wet made a splash with their self-titled debut EP, packed to the brim with breakup songs. Their four official songs have racked up nearly 4 million plays on Soundcloud alone. Wet members Joe Valle, Marty Sulkow, and Kelly Zutrau have been practicing and recording tirelessly, preparing for gigs and a future (possibly full-length) release. “It’s exhausting,” said member Joe Valle in an interview with Billboard, “and so much fun at the same time.”
Songwriter and producer Emile Haynie has worked with everyone from Eminem and Kanye to FKA twigs and Lana Del Rey. His debut solo album, We Fall, is out February 24 on Interscope. Listen to "Wait for Life", featuring Lana, below.
We Fall features a whopping all-star cast. Previously, Haynie has released the Charlotte Gainsbourg/Devonté Hynes/Sampha collaboration "A Kiss Goodbye" and the Brian Wilson/Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow) collaboration "Falling Apart". The album will also feature Randy Newman, the xx's Romy Madley Croft, Lykke Li, Julia Holter, Father John Misty, Rufus Wainwright, Nate Ruess of fun., and Colin Blunstone of the Zombies. Check out the full track list below.
01 Falling Apart [ft. Andrew Wyatt and Bryan Wilson] 02 Little Ballerina [ft. Rufus Wainwright] 03 Wait for Life [ft. Lana Del Rey] 04 Dirty World 05 A Kiss Goodbye [ft. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sampha, and Devonté Hynes] 06 Fool Me Too [ft. Nate Ruess] 07 Nobody Believes You [ft. Andrew Wyatt and Colin Blunstone] 08 Come Find Me [ft. Lykke Li and Romy Madley Croft] 09 Who to Blame [ft. Randy Newman] 10 Ballerina's Reprise [ft. Father John Misty and Julia Holter] 11 The Other Side
UK indie-rockers The 1975 have now finished their biggest Australian tour to date, and the band say they’ve already locked in a schedule for their next recording effort. Frontman Matt Healy tells Music Feeds the first single from their their next album, the follow-up to 2013’s self-titled debut, will see the light of day before the end of the year.
In a recent interview with Music Feeds, Healy revealed the quartet will have their next studio album out in just over twelve months time. “2016, definitely, February to April,” Healy said.
The 1975 are already thinking about the content of the record, conceptualising a more colourful affair than their monochrome debut. “We’re from Manchester, Macclesfield, and the first record was about the rain, and this second record is about not being in the rain and doing whatever the fuck you want in the sun,” Healy revealed.
“So I’m gonna do that for a year, and then we’ll come back to Australia and do some shows.”
What will the band do with the rest of 2015 then? “We’ll put a single out this year,” Healy noted, also claiming that the band will “make a record and eat well” throughout 2015.
“That seems to be my thing,” Healy said. “A bit of ostentatious living, I hope. That’s what we want to do on this next record.”
A quick show of hands: Who, this last time last year, knew the names Sam Smith, Hozier, 5 Seconds of Summer or Iggy Azalea?
Music obsessives may have followed the scent. But not one of those artists had hit the charts yet, so the general public had no clue about them. Now everyone knows their names.
A fresh host of hopefuls stand poised to launch just as speedy a rise. Here’s a sneak peak at the 10 acts most likely to become the next ones you’ll see and hear everywhere:
Atlanta-born musician Raury kicks down the walls between hip-hop, folk and electronic-rock. The 18-year-old’s innovative piece, “God’s Whisper,” pivots on a hypnotic round of hand-claps beating under African backing vocals and a distinct, slo-mo rap. The song’s video has generated nearly 800,000 views on YouTube, while Raury’s music has been streamed nearly 400,000 times on Spotify. Oh, and Kanye’s a big fan. Small wonder Columbia Records snapped up Raury, with plans to a release his debut this year.
Full article by Jim Farber here at NY Daily News (George Ezra also gets a mention!)
Circa Waves' track Young Chasers ignited the floor with their pop percussion and catchy riffs. 100 Strangers was met with flailing limbs as the punters danced, setting the scene for the sweat soaked dance floor that was soon to come.
So Long followed with thick bass and tapping drums as drinks sprayed across the front of the floor creating a confetti-like visual. They balanced alternative-rock on a thin tightrope as they flipped between indie guitar and pop vocals. Yet, the band maintained an intense energy throughout their set showing off their youth and zest for performing.
UK-based rock'n'roll lords The 1975 took the stage clutching what one can only assume was a lukewarm bottle of chardonnay and a lit cigarette. Scratching static and pulsing lights allowed the screaming women in the crowd to lose their minds in anticipation. The City kicked off their incredible set with pumping percussion and strobe lights.
A twinkling lullaby came in the form of So Far (It’s Alright) as the crowd lunged around to the intricate anthem. Sweet guitar and soft vocals from Matthew Healy made for a memorable rendition. Settle Down invited feverish dancing with its layered bass and catchy lyrics, while Heart Out featured a cheeky smattering of saxophone.Girls lit the night with just that. Their crowd was filled with an imbalanced ratio of women to men, and the screeching of female voices could be heard for hours afterwards.
Their encore was exactly as it should be. Quaint piano made for a stunning rendition of Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You, while Chocolate was celebrated with peppery percussion and fan adoration. However, Sex would be their final act and would take the night out with streaming bass and shredding guitar. The 1975 sure know how to throw a party.
Goddess dropped in August 2014 following the two EPs (Fall Over and London) that first put Jillian Banks on the map. “There was definitely an energy shift after my album came out,” she says of her debut release, which sold 25,000 copies in its first week. Since then, BANKS has toured with the Weeknd, produced with Shlohmo and been remixed by Bag Raiders. Relatively new to the stage, this 26 year old is rolling with the big guys – and with Australia (and Singapore) up next, she'll be playing all six Laneway stages around Australia.
“My music is like water, it’s very fluid,” says Banks, who teamed up with several producers to realise the 14 self-reflective songs on Goddess. “When I work with Lil Silva [he makes the] beats while I think of the melody and lyrics and then they come together at the same time. When I work with Tim Anderson, we focus more on the song before the production comes into play,” she says. “But sometimes it’s about layering your vocals as a haunting chant and then that becomes a track.”
Brains, a song about someone trying to fit in, was produced by True Panther Sounds’ electronic prodigy Shlohmo. “You feel like you are a tribe in the studio,” says Banks about working with different producers. “Like you are with your tribe, people who communicate the same way you do.”
High highs and low lows are thematic in Banks’ eerie electronic world – the emotions innate to us all, although this particular human happens to keep intimates records of them. “I write when I’m highly emotional and when you are highly emotional it hurts sometimes. So my music comes out like that,” she says. “Music really nourishes my whole body. It’s how I function; it is like a form of meditation to me.”
“I was fucked up before I wrote Someone New,” says Banks. “My heart was bleeding. And then I went in the studio and I felt like I could breath after I wrote that song,” she says. “Nothing had change in real life but my brain had changed because I had written [it down].”
WATCH FUTURE ISLANDS' FULL EPISODE OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
18 Jan 2015
Sam Smith and Future Islands were the featured performers on last night’s episode of Austin City Limits. Smith sang his hits “Stay With Me” and “Money on My Mind,” the Disclosure/Nile Rodgers collab “Together,” and two Whitney Houston covers.
Future Islands mainly stuck to songs from last year’s Singles — including, of course, “Seasons (Waiting On You)” — and did one track from 2011′s On The Water.
Watch their interview about playing Austin City Limits here.
LIVE REVIEW: THE 1975 AT FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE
18 Jan 2015
At Melbourne's hallowed Festival Hall, I was amongst a sold-out crowd - 90% were females. When I arrived, the beats were already playing and the lights were set in a dramatic way. Suddenly, the music became faster, the screams started... and they never stopped.
The overall show was absolutely sensational. Seriously, wow. For a performance at Festival Hall, the black and white light show was spectacular - better than some lighting I've seen at venues like Rod Laver Arena. There never was a moment of disappointment - if you don't believe me, talk to all the girls that spent the show standing on their CHAIRS.
The boys had the crowd dancing for the whole hour-and-a-half set, and made it a priority to prompt them to do so. Matt even stopped a few times to ask everyone to make space for one another so the mosh pit could breathe. You could tell the boys genuinely care for the wellbeing of their audience, a true testament to the fan-artist relationship they share.
Amongst the jumping and the shouting, there were sweet, somber moments on stage. Towards the end, Matt stood alone on stage, accompanied with a keyboard and a silhouette light. It's here he performed an acoustic version of 'Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You'. He was joined by a guest saxophonist named John, who Matt had earlier introduced to the crowd, explaining it was okay to "feel sexualised" by him.
It looks like I now know who The 1975 are. My prediction: These guys are only going to get bigger. How do I know? There were 50 teenagers running around after the show trying to meet them, defying their parents who were stranded on the side of the road. Now THAT is when you know you've made it.
Full article by Bree Gashparac here at Take40.com.
CIRCA WAVES NAMED AS "ONE TO WATCH" IN 2015
15 Jan 2015
Not only have they played most of the worlds biggest festivals and won over The 1975 (who hand picked them as their support for their tour this month), they've now been named one to watch by UK magazine Hit the Floor!
Formed only in 2013 Liverpudlian quartet, Circa Waves have already managed to cause an explosion of hype. Made up of singer/guitarist Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke(bass), Sian Plummer(drums) and Joe Falconer(guitar) the band have already released a handful of singles and are geared up to release their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ next March.
With the same Merseyside love for a pop hook that has served so many Liverpudlian acts like The Wombats, Cast and some underground beat combo called The Beatles, Circa Waves can most certainly write a single. ‘Get Away‘, ‘So Long‘ and ‘Stuck In My Teeth‘ have already caused quite a stir, the latter being one of Zane Lowe’s “hottest records in the world“.
They have already supported indie-royalty like Phoenix and The Libertines, won over crowds playing most of the worlds biggest festivals and have to play secret warm-up shows due to their huge popularity. Basically Circa Waves are the firm favourites to be ‘the’ indie band of 2015!
Check out their latest single ‘Fossils‘ and be bowled over by the spiky verses and killer chorus, kinda like The Wombats used to write, before they fell into a creative hole.
Fresh off collaborativeprojects with Lorde and SBTRKT, Atlanta rapper-singer Raury has released a new standalone song called “Fly”. Featuring guest contributions from Malik Shakur, the acoustic ballad doubles as both an ode to slain black teen Michael Brown and a call for equality in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
In a string of tweets posted within the last week, the rising musician explained that he wrote “Fly” after “hearing Darren Wilson was not being indicted for murdering Mike Brown. I wrote it instantly.” He added, “I know it’s a new year but we can’t forget what happened and that they have been killing our people, your people, my people.”
Laneway Festival have announced some massive official after parties for those that want to kick on!
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will all get after parties, which among them feature DJ sets by Jungle (going by the name of Jung Le DJs), Violent Soho, Perfect Pussy, Mac DeMarco and more. Melbourne and Sydney will even get a live set from Splendour 2014 favourites Future Islands, who are quickly becoming one of the most acclaimed live bands in the world.
Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson sounds ruined on the phone. It’s understandable, after a solid year of touring the world in an explosively popular band. They return to Australia next April to play Bluesfest, headline shows of their own, as well as dates with The Black Keys.
For now, though, Emma and her bandmates are at home in Southampton, England, for a well-deserved break over Christmas. It’s a perfect time to reflect on what Band Of Skulls has achieved this year, including the release of Himalayan. It’s an album Richardson agrees sounds “bigger” than previous records from the 3-piece.
Eighteen-year-old musical prodigy Raury has come fourth in the BBC's Sound Of 2015, which showcases emerging artists for the coming 12 months.
Born Raury Tullis in the suburb of Stone Mountain, East Atlanta, he's been rapping since he was eight, and taught himself to play guitar at 11 using YouTube videos.
He's been championed by rap veterans Outkast, toured with dance artist SBTRKT, and was commissioned by Lorde to write a song for the latest Hunger Games movie.
His EP The Indigo Child blends an eclectic mix of soul-tinged hip hop, r&b and funk with 80s guitar riffs and drumbeats - hardly surprising when he cites everyone from Bon Iver to Phil Collins as his influences.
But it's not just about making music for Raury - who is friendly, thoughtful, chatty and endearing when we meet. He says he wants "to make the world a better place".
LIVE REVIEW: THE 1975 AT THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE
12 Jan 2015
REVIEW: THE 1975 PROVE THEY'RE AN ACT OF THE FUTURE AT THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE
By Sam Kelton, The Advertiser
JUST under a year ago UK pop act The 1975 played to maybe a hundred or so fans at The Big Day Out. Last night — that same band played to a sold-out Thebarton Theatre and were trending on Twitter in Adelaide.
The Manchester four-piece, who are still largely ignored by Australian radio and media (not so much this journalist from News Corp, I’ve interviewed frontman Matt Healy six times in the last 12 months alone) have managed to infiltrate one of the most luxurious markets in modern music — the young female fan.
While some still pine for One Direction and 5 SOS, The 1975 became the next logical step for girls and music fans of a young age to progress into an alternative, more dangerous side of pop.
This was evident last night at Thebarton Theatre, the screams of the largely female crowd were deafening.
This band, who have been taking Europe by storm for some time, seem to have finally made it Down Under.
Bringing the full production with them this time around, Adelaide was treated to a set that covered nearly the band’s entire catalogue.
LED rectangles resembling doors lit up behind the well-dressed band as Matt Healy and co kicked into tracks from the band’s self titled debut from 2013.
The City, M.O.N.E.Y. rang out as drummer George Daniel’s pounding was enough to shake the floorboards of the vintage theatre.
Healy’s small frame dancing on the smoke-filled stage had teen hearts racing, but what should be shouted about is the man’s talent.
Penning songs of heartache, drug use and even suicide in cleverly crafted pop songs — and to have the young audience screaming along to every word — is a promising sign that the future of music and its fans will be okay.
With an extended setlist the band squeezed in some of its finest work which had been left out on previous visits to the country including Menswear, Pressure, the rollicking She Way Out and even a new single penned for the Drive project and curated by UK DJ Zane Lowe, Medicine.
It was a flawless show that showed the hundreds of fans who arrived to the party that is The 1975 late, that it sure is better late than never.
Ross Macdonald’s pulsating bass lines were incessant while guitarist Adam Hann rarely looked up from his precise guitar lines that seamlessly tie this band together.
Finishing with hits Chocolate and Sex, Healy implored fans to put their phones away, lamenting that he’s sick of seeing the Apple logo.
He then asked the crowd to hold hands with the person next to them and go crazy — inciting somewhat organised chaos that brought a wry smile to the handful of older fans in the crowd.
Now off to finish their second album — the band who were named hardest working band in music in 2014 playing more than 190 shows in 29 countries and lapping the world six times over — have the foundations to truly become one of the biggest acts in the world.
And for the fans who have been there from the start — well, you all knew this would happen.
We’ve only just had one Lana Del Rey album - or so it seems - and already she’s talking about the next one.
It’s not just your general niceties either. In an interview with Billboard, Del Rey reveals she’s got nine songs written and a title - ‘Honeymoon’ - for the record.
“The production is perfect; I’m looking for a few more songs to tie everything together,” she explains. “It’s very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise.
“I finished my last one [Ultraviolence] in March and released it in June and I had a follow-up idea. It’s growing into something I really like. I’m kind of enjoying sinking into this more noirish feel for this one. It’s been good.”
IT'S CONFIRMED: RAURY IS OBSESSED WITH AUSTRALIA
06 Jan 2015
Atlanta’s alt-everything Raury Tullis has been heralded as a “next big thing” – and he has epic ambitions. In early 2014 the teen singer/rapper/guitarist/producer aired the psych-urban single God’s Whisper – a Cody Chestnutty variant on Jesus Walks – and, come August, followed with the album Indigo Child, available for free download. Imagine if Theophilus London was down with the Dungeon Family…
Music Feeds: You’re coming down to Australia over summer. What have you heard about us?
Raury Tullis: All kinds of things, man… I’m really astounded by most of all just the history and the geographical features of Australia that I really want to see. Musically I know it’s just crazy – they know what good music is out there. It’s like a whole other world as far as how things go and I’m really interested to see about that. So, really, I’m just excited to come to Australia. I’ve been kind of obsessed about this country.
MF: What can we expect when you hit Laneway?
RT: Tell everyone who’s coming to my show to just really expect a slew of emotions and twists and turns throughout the set. It’s a very dynamic thing – it’s really cool. It’s gonna be really shocking to what you would even expect just from listening to the music.
22-year-old Icelandic phenomenon Asgeir discusses the Icelandic music scene, his musical influences and playing Australia and Sydney Opera House for the first time.
RAURY TAKES FANS FOR ICE-CREAM AFTER DEBUT IN NYC
19 Dec 2014
Last night, fast-rising Atlanta singer, rapper, and all around creative Raury performed his debut show in New York, presented by Pigeons & Planes and Love Renaissance. Any artist’s first NYC show is a big moment, but Raury’s came off the back of an especially exciting month in which he dropped his debut project Indigo Child, announced signing a deal with Columbia Records, freestyled over Outkast’s “Elevators” on Sway in the Morning, and featured on songs with SBTRKT and The Neighbourhood.
The show, which went down in The Studio at Webster Hall, was packed, with an interesting mix of music industry people and Raury’s core fans, his “indigos”—young, fashionable, creative people who know all the words to all his songs. Alongside music from Indigo Child, Raury performed three covers which seem to reflect who he is as an artist, and the kind of impact the wants to have on people. He covered Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit Of Happiness,” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as part of his ten song set.
Watch Raury perform his final song of the night, “God’s Whisper,” and then lead fans to an ice cream shop around the corner where he gave out free ice cream.
WATCH 'ROAD DAWGS' - A MINI DOCUMENTARY ABOUT FUTURE ISLANDS
18 Dec 2014
This was Future Islands' year. After touring hard for eight years and recording four albums, they finally broke through. The latest album, Singles, came out in March. It is a well-loved and grand look at the dramatic and synthy side of this Baltimore band, though it may have been Sam Herring's rubbery and thrusting dance on TV that got people listening.
Now they're touring the world with massive crowds hearing these heartfelt tunes and trying to stay true to their humble selves. This short film, Road Dawgs, directed by Jay Buim, who also did the "Seasons (Waiting On You)" video, is a glimpse at a band who now knows things have changed but is trying to keep it real.
NEW VIDEO FROM CIRCA WAVES
18 Dec 2014
THE 1975 - THE HARDEST WORKING BAND OF 2014
18 Dec 2014
All hail The 1975. The Manchester quartet aren’t just the hardest working band of 2014. Their phenomenal efforts over the last 365 days have shot them to the top of the Songkick leaderboard, having played more shows and covered more ground within a calendar year than any other artist since 2010 (when we started crunching numbers).
The 249724km travelled by the band, venue to venue, would take them two-thirds of the way to the moon. Which is little surprise, given they averaged a gig every 1.8 days. Unbelievable!
The guys had this to say: “Touring this past year has been a really humbling experience. Our album was pretty much the story of the last decade of our lives, to see so many people around the world connecting with it has been incredible. We are very proud of our fans, they really understand what we are doing and the shows are an extension of that feeling.”
So without further ado, cue the Cool Runnings applause as we unveil the breathtaking efforts of the Hardest Working Bands of the year!
“Originally the inspiration came from a story I heard about Ray Charles being a huge Corvette fan,” says Petecia Le Fawnhawk, co-director of the latest release from transatlantic supergroup, The Acid. “I was overcome with awe as I stood in front of a 1967 Stingray, thinking of how it would be to discover such a magnificent creation through touch and the wonder of being born blind. I shared my idea with Eliot [Lee Hazel] who immediately had an emotional connection as his father was blind.” Set amidst stark Californian Dumont Dunes that evoke the backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s "La Femme Nue Dans Le Desert," the new video conjures up an appropriately surreal universe.
Icelandic sensation Ásgeir performed an intimate acoustic rooftop session whilst in Australia for Splendour In The Grass Sideshows. It included this performance of 'Going Home,' which was filmed by GAGA on their roof top in Melbourne.
BANKS: THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT ARTIST OF 2014
12 Dec 2014
The Hype Machine, widely considered to be the blogosphere’s top aggregator, have unveiled their list of the most blogged-about musicians of the past 12 months. These aren’t the acts who topped charts or garnered views, but the ones whom the blog world just could not shut up about. Who could blame them?
Coming out on top to almost no one’s surprise is Los Angeles electronic songstress Banks, whose success has been largely credited to equal amounts of talent, undeniable style, and a virtually unrivalled following on the blogosphere that borders on obsession.
Hype Machine’s Most Blogged-About Artists
1. Banks 2. Caribou 3. Little Dragon 4. SBTRKT 5. Chromeo 6. alt-j 7. Jessie Ware 8. Yumi Zouma 9. Sam Smith 10. Jungle 11. Lorde 12. Tei Shi 13. London Grammar 14. Chet Faker 15. Sylvan Esso 16. Lana Del Rey 17. Mac DeMarco 18. Glass Animals 19. Drake 20. Zhu
German duo Milky Chance made international waves this year with their debut album Sadnecessary, led by the hypnotic lead-single Stolen Dance. Now, before the duo head to Australia for their first ever headline shows and a run of festival dates, they’ve shared an acoustic performance of their songStunner, which you can view exclusively on Music Feeds.
Performed as part of the Sadnecessary Sessions, Milky Chance have taken to an open field armed with only an acoustic guitar and sparse percussion to deliver a beautiful version of the Sadnecessary track.
The performance should act as a precursor to fans heading along to catch Milky Chance when they take the stage at Falls Festival, Southbound and Field Day this summer as well as their various sideshows.
WATCH TYCHO'S FULL SET FROM THE BOILER ROOM, SAN FRANCISCO
11 Dec 2014
Tycho, one of electronic music's most captivating acts, will be playing in Singapore and Taipei this January thanks to Secret Sounds Asia. His live performances, such as this one from the Boiler Room in San Francisco, have a euphoric feel to them and really showcase an audio visual experience like no other.
For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, a San Francisco, California-based ambient music artist and producer, also known as ISO50 for his photographic and design works. With the release of Awake his second LP for Ghostly International the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entire new realm of sonic possibilities this time out, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen's vision of Tycho like never before. "This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record."
WIN TICKETS TO SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS OR AN ALL YEAR PASS
10 Dec 2014
Tell Secret Sounds' Secret Santa what you want for Christmas in 50 words or less and you could win the choice of a double pass to Splendour in the Grass 2015 or a golden ticket to every Secret Sounds tour in your city for 2015! Click here to enter.
NEW VIDEO FROM FATHER JOHN MISTY
09 Dec 2014
Following on from the David Letterman performance of his contemplative new song “Bored in the USA” Father John Misty releases his latest single and video "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” directed by Josh and Emma Tillman. The track comes from his upcoming sophomore ‘I Love You, Honeybear’, released February 6th, 2015 on Sub Pop via Inertia.
Josh Tillman says of the video, "A few months ago, I had an idea for a music video. I was going to rent a wedding chapel, get a dozen kittens and stage a kitten wedding, over which I would preside and intercut with performance footage of me lip-syncing the song which you’re hearing today, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)”.
"Sounds great, right? It may have even gone viral because kittens. If a video goes viral, that means you’re reaching a wider audience, and you might even get on a chart. If you get on a chart that means you’re streaming more records, and the more records you’re streaming the more money you supposedly have for hiring kitten wranglers.”
"Aside from the fact that kitten wranglers are considerably more expensive than you may realize and that said-kitten wranglers all informed me there was no way we were going to be able get the outfits I had mocked up onto said-kittens, there was another extenuating factor involved in the decision to abort this music video concept and ruin the slim likelihood that I might ever get to see the Huffington Post entertainment headline “EX-FLEET FOXES DRUMMER WEDS CATS”.
"That reason is that the song actually means a great a deal to me. It’s got the #4 on it because this iteration Chateau Lobby was the 4th attempt at arranging and producing the song that did not turn out perversely sentimental. Sentimentality brutalizes emotion. Much like ironic music videos."
"I don’t care all that much if you like the music video or not. The label isn’t crazy about it. Management isn’t crazy about it. I have been informed I’m basically kissing an MTV "Woodie" award goodbye forever. I made it on an iPad on my wedding anniversary with the one I love. We ate pancakes.”
"I love you,
GEORGE EZRA TO PERFORM AT THE FIRST BBC MUSIC AWARDS
08 Dec 2014
For the first time ever, BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and The One Show will unite for a spectacular celebration of the best in popular music from across the BBC in the last 12 months. The extravaganza will feature captivating live performances and surprising artist collaborations by the likes of One Direction, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Take That and of course, a personal favourite of ours, George Ezra.
"I'm extremely excited to be part of the first ever BBC Music Awards. I can't wait. I think the nicest thing about it is that it's the first one so I have no idea what to expect. There's going to be a good excitement around everything," said Ezra.
MILKY CHANCE'S STOLEN DANCE 2014's 9TH MOST SHAZAMED TRACK WORLDWIDE
04 Dec 2014
If you’re still playing catch-up, the makers of the ubiquitous music identification app record tons of data on the world’s collective music preferences and are able to use it to gauge the most popular artists of today and even make predictions about which artists will be blowing up in 2014 based on the number of identifications an artist accrues.
They have a rather substantial dataset to work from, too. With over 400 million global users making over 15 million song identifications every day, even major labels have now begun looking at Shazam data to try and predict where the next big hit will be coming from and even to chart tours.
Top Ten Most Shazamed Artists of 2014 Worldwide:
1. Avicii 2. David Guetta 3. Ed Sheeran 4. Katy Perry 5. Jason Derulo 6. Clean Bandit 7. OneRepublic 8. John Legend 9. Calvin Harris 10. Pharrell Williams
Top Ten Most Shazamed Songs of 2014 Worldwide:
1. Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne – ‘Rather Be’ 2. John Legend – ‘All Of Me’ 3. Lilly Wood & The Prick & Robin Schulz – ‘Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)’ 4. Mr. Probz – ‘Waves’ 5. Nico & Vinz – ‘Am I Wrong’ 6. Magic! – ‘Rude’ 7. Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J – ‘Dark Horse’ 8. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’ 9. Milky Chance – ‘Stolen Dance’ 10. Kiesza – ‘Hideaway’
Shazam's 2015 Hit Makers Predictions
Young Thug Echosmith Rae Sremmurd Oliver Heldens DeJ Loaf Sam Hunt James Bay Maddie & Tae Years & Years Tchami Raury (Honorable Mention)
Armed with his soaring and emotionally connective second album “I
Forget Where We Were”, the million-selling, Mercury-nominated English
singer-songwriter Ben Howard returns
to Australia. A featured artist at Bluesfest,
he will also take his captivating new music and beloved classics to a sold out
crowd at the Sydney Opera House,
Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena, Fremantle’s stunning Arts Centre and
the historical confines of Sydney’s Hordern
Ben Howard is what you might call a reluctant star. Despite
achieving critical and commercial success with the release of his 2011 debut “Every
Kingdom”, he's one to shy away from the limelight – choosing instead to
craft an expansive LP that builds magnificently on his debut. “I
Forget Where We Were” is a superlative return that cements Howard's
place as one of the world's finest singer-songwriters – a genuine, if shy,
Last year, Ben
Howard’s debut Australian tour sold out within a matter of days and his
allure as a live performer has shown no signs of slowing down. Most recently
selling out London’s iconic Alexander Palace for two nights, with a third
selling fast, audiences from Washington DC to Plymouth have flocked to buy
tickets to his acclaimed shows. It’s clear this unassuming artist has found a
place in the hearts and headphones of audiences across the globe. Check the
stunning live performance of his latest single ‘Conrad’
“… a heartfelt performance by Ben
Howard and his band. He held the audience in the palm of his hand with his
expert guitar strumming, earnest and thought-provoking lyrics and his
wonderfully youthful vocals, which almost seem to ameliorate the dark intensity
exuding from much of his material.” – MUSIC
Tickets on sale to the general public 9am Friday 5 December. Sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list to receive presale information!
RAURY COVERS "HEY THERE DELILAH" BY THE PLAIN WHITE T'S
03 Dec 2014
Stop what you are doing. Raury has just released a video of him covering "Hey There Delilah" sitting on his bed, in his straw hat, with his dog by his side. Be still my beating heart!
Two dramatic new Lana Del Rey tracks have appeared online. Big Eyes and I Can Fly (below) were both written for the forthcoming Tim Burton-directed biopic Big Eyes. [Have a listen here]
As Rolling Stone have noted, Del Rey’s lyrics on the film’s title track appear to mirror its narrative, which portrays artist Margaret Keane and the artistic fraud of her husband Walter.
“With your big eyes / And your big lies / I saw you creeping ’round the garden / What are you hiding?” Del Rey croons, before climbing into her upper register.
The film’s other leaked song, I Can Fly, has a more uplifting tone, with Del Rey’s vocals sitting atop a very cinematic string section. The song will reportedly play over the movie’s end credits, with the title track appearing elsewhere in the film.
A snippet of Big Eyes was first heard in a lyric video and trailer released for the film earlier this week. The movie will see a US release on Christmas Day, with an Australian release in the following months.
RAURY & WOLF ALICE MAKE THE BBC SOUND OF 2015 LONGLIST
02 Dec 2014
Near the end of every year, the BBC (or, as it happens, a group of BBC-selected tastemakers) picks a whole pile of artists who might be a big deal over the next 12 months. They eventually settle on one. Their track record is strong. Last year, it was Sam Smith, and he competed against people like FKA twigs, Sampha, Jungle, and Chance The Rapper. The year before, HAIM won it. The BBC just announced next year’s list of prospects, and at least a few of the names should be familiar to regular readers: Atlanta soul-rap bohemian Raury, London dance-pop spell-weaver Shura, Las Vegas silky-disco eminence Shamir. There are also a few people I’ve only barely heard of, if at all: A handful of grime rappers, a few smooth house-garage types, a couple who sound surprisingly grunge-esque. Below, check out the full list of nominees.
This year’s longlist:
James Bay George The Poet Kwabs Lapsley Rae Morris Novelist RAURY Shamir Shura Slaves Soak Stormzy Sunset Sons WOLF ALICE Years & Years (via BBC)
Future Islands’ simmering synthpop anthem “Seasons (Waiting On You)” is one of the defining songs of the past year, and Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD have recorded their own cinematic jazz version to the extent that it could almost pass for an old James Bond theme.
NEW TRACK FROM MILWAUKEE BANKS
28 Nov 2014
Fast establishing a name as key players in the future of Australian rap, Milwaukee Banks is the coming together of producer Edo and rapper Dyl Smith. After an insane few months, including Age Award nominations, two Melbourne Music Week shows and a spot on the Golden Plains 2015 line up, the exciting progressive hip hop duo carry the hype with their band new single ‘Van Gough’ featuring beats by local producer extraordinaire Andre Eremin.
Catch them supporting Raury at his Laneway Festival sideshows:
Father John Misty has shared a video trailer for his new album 'I Love You, Honeybear', featuring snippets of tracks that will feature on his second album, due to be released February 2015.
Misty – aka former Fleet Foxes member and solo artist Josh Tillman – previously released a lengthy explanation about the album in a press release. Speaking about the LP, he said: "'I Love You, Honeybear' is a concept album about a guy named Josh Tillman who spends quite a bit of time banging his head against walls, cultivating weak ties with strangers and generally avoiding intimacy at all costs. This all serves to fuel a version of himself that his self-loathing narcissism can deal with. We see him engaging in all manner of regrettable behavior."
"In a parking lot somewhere he meets Emma, who inspires in him a vision of a life wherein being truly seen is not synonymous with shame, but possibly true liberation and sublime, unfettered creativity. These ambitions are initially thwarted as jealousy, self-destruction and other charming human character traits emerge. Josh Tillman confesses as much all throughout."
The full tracklisting for 'I Love You, Honeybear' is as follows:
'I Love You, Honeybear' 'Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)' 'True Affection' 'The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.' 'When You’re Smiling And Astride Me' 'Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow' 'Strange Encounter' 'The Ideal Husband' 'Bored In The USA 'Holy Shit' 'I Went To The Store One Day'
WATCH JUNGLE LIVE AT PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL
27 Nov 2014
The live footage of Jungle at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris has us SO excited to have them back in the country for Laneway Festival! Tickets to their sideshows are flying out the door, you know what to do:
Splendour in the Grass alumni James Blake has just released a new track "200 Press" on BBC Radio 1 and it is goooood!
‘200 Press’, which was reportedly made using just synthesisers and a computer and is given the title “cause only 200 are going to be pressed up”, is instead being released on his own imprint, 1-800 DINOSAUR, and will be available digitally on 8th December.
Last week he teased that a collaboration with Kanye West may feature and that the follow up to 2013’s ‘Overgrown’ was “70% finished”, while teasing at an April 2015 release date. Sign me up!!
CIRCA WAVES RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'FOSSILS'
24 Nov 2014
Liverpool’s Circa Waves are backing up their biggest tour of the UK so far with a new single, ‘Fossils’.
Taken from their forthcoming debut album due out early next year, the new track is a giddy, charming cut from the Kieran Shudall-led group.
The track premiered as a Future Exclusive on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.
It’s out 19th January, backed by a cover of The Ronettes’ ‘Be My Baby’.
Circa Waves’ last gig of 2014 is at XFM’s Winter Wonderland, 15th December at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. They’re joined by Bear’s Den, Hozier, Wild Beasts, Jimi Goodwin, George Ezra and Ben Howard.
WATCH MILKY CHANCE PERFORM 'DOWN BY THE RIVER' LIVE
24 Nov 2014
Unsurprisingly, Milky Chance's brand of singalong folk really comes into its own in a live setting, which you can see in this video of them performing Down By The River live in London. Can't wait til January!!
ANGUS & JULIA TOUR THROWBACK VIDEO
24 Nov 2014
Missing Angus and Julia Stone? Relive their amazing performances at Sydney Opera House with this beautifully shot video.
Raury is known for his genre-bending style of music, with singles such as "God Whisper." He recently made an appearance on Sway In The Morning and dropped a freestyle over OutKast's classic, "Elevators." The opening line sets the tone: "How would society be if Tupac was alive today?/How many blacks would not have been shot if we still had MLK?" Raury's energy and rapid-fire delivery is reminiscent of a freestyle from another Stone Mountain native on Sway's show.
The verse had a profound effect on Sway and Heather B. "Yo, I like this dude," Sway said simply, shaking his head. "When you find an artist you're really into, man, that shit uplifts you and elevates you." It's lofty praise from a radio personality who has watched artists such as 2Pac, Eminem, and Kanye Westblossom into icons.
NEW VIDEO FROM RY X
23 Nov 2014
O’Neal has previously provided visuals for The Acid, the enigmatic electronic three-piece that Ry X aka Ry Cuming is the vocalist for. One might not expect the duo to be such close creative bedfellows. The former’s filmography consists of a dive bar dance-off for electro-funk jokers Chromeo and a web series about park rangers with dreams of becoming the next Scorsese. The latter is an emotive songwriter and acoustic artist. But, like its subject, the making of the video was a romance—or, more succinctly, a bromance—in its own right. “In many ways Dugan and I have become brothers,” says Cuming. "I generally have a thread and bring it to Dugan, we sew it together over lunches and teas, and then go shoot.”
Captured around Glassell Park and Downtown LA, the video is just the latest in a long series of vines, music videos, and songs created by the pair, most of which has never seen the light of day outside their own circles. “We always have a lot of fun,” says O’ Neal. “A lot of jokes. One of the most memorable was when Ry actually cried on camera, it was deep—then we went back to jokes.”
"Sweat / Love Like This" is out today on Dumont Dumont and Ry X is on tour across Europe kicking off in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London from February 13 through 20, 2015.
GEORGE EZRA RELEASES TOUR DIARY VIDEO
21 Nov 2014
Fancy a sneak peek into what life is like on tour for dreamboat George Ezra? Well you're in luck my friend, he has just released two episodes of his UK Tour Diary and it looks fuuun!
Be quick Sydneysiders, his Melbourne show has sold out and you're not too far behind...
Be still my beating heart... Ben Howard has released a new video for "I Forget Where We Were" and it is beautiful.
For the title track’s video, Howard decided to get behind the camera and try his hand at a bit of directing, a choice that seems to be unanimously agreed upon as a wise one. The entire album explores some of the most poignant and affecting lyricism of the year, and the visuals for “I Forget Where We Were” complement them beautifully with metaphors that portray the hardships and distances that can come between two people, along with changes that must be made in order to rectify the cold rift. Howard’s directorial debut stars Danny Fox and Tatiana Kartomten.
You can catch him performing his many other heart-yearning tunes at Sydney Opera House next March. Be quick though, tickets are flying out the door!
JUNGLE ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SUPPORT
19 Nov 2014
UK act Jungle bewitched crowds at Splendour when they played the Mix Up Tent earlier this year, packing the space to capacity and selling out their sideshows quick smart.
This January Jungle return, back by popular demand with their seven-piece touring outfit, for Laneway Festival and two special headline dates in Sydney and Melbourne.
One of Australia’s most prodigious new talents, Oscar Key Sung is set to heat the dance-floor as Jungle’s support.
Melbourne-based singer, songwriter and producer Oscar Key Sung brought us the hypnotic singles ‘All I Could Do’ and ‘It’s Coming’ and has collaborated with a bunch of artists including Mercury Music Prize-nominated MC Ghostpoet and Brooklyn-based artist MeLo-X who asked him to produce their debut release as MELOGHOST, 'WecanWORKitout'.
Since emerging from the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Key Sung has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, phenomenal voice and scored some coveted support slots with the likes of St Vincent, Four Tet, Metronomy and Gotye. He’s also played Falls, Meredith, Sugar Mountain, Splendour and more.
Oscar Key Sung will set the tone for an evening of sweet beats and alluring vocals, readying you for the soul-funk explosion that is Jungle!
Tickets are flying out the door for both shows, be quick or you'll miss out:
Circa Waves were hand-picked as support by The 1975 after the two British groups played nine SOLD OUT shows across the UK in September.
Known for their hits 'Young Chasers' and 'Stuck In My Teeth', Circa Waves’latest single ‘So Long’ premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Recordand has since been Track of the Day – receiving spins in all four daytime shows.‘So Long’ went straight into full rotation on triple j and was recently the station’s fifth most played track of the week.
Circa Waves are amidst a massive four months of extensive touring in the UK playing their own headline tour this month and recently supporting with The Libertines and The 1975. They visited Australia earlier this year for Splendour In The Grass and joined Metronomy for their national sideshows.
WIN THE CHANCE TO MEET THE 1975
18 Nov 2014
The 1975 are touring Australia in January 2015 and we're giving you the chance to act as their tour guide! Simply suggest somewhere for the band to visit in your city and you could win:
- Two tickets to see The 1975 in your closest capital city - Meet and greet with the band at the show - Signed CD copy of 'The 1975' - Merch pack
To enter, just upload an image of a location in your town that the band should visit to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Make sure you include a description of the location so we can see where it is, and use the hashtag #MeetThe1975 and #The1975Tour so we can find your entry. And if you've already bought tickets, you can still enter the competition so you can bring even more friends along. Good luck!
Wet, the rising minimal-pop three-piece-band from Brooklyn, have just announced that in addition to supporting London Grammar on their national tour, they
will be making the journey across the globe to perform two intimate headline
shows in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Wet have recently toured with the likes of Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches
and their performances at 2014’s SXSW saw them emerge a strong festival favourite, dazzling
fans and industry alike. The band have only just
arrived home in the US after European show dates only to hit the road with one
of the years most talked about producers, SOHN.
Saturday 14 March - Festival Hall, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Presale from 9am Thursday 20 November - 8am Friday 21 November, sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list now for access! Tickets on sale to the general public 9am Friday 21 November.
THE 1975 STREAM NEW SONG 'MEDICINE'
16 Nov 2014
Radio 1 have been hyping up their re-scoring of the modern classic film Drive for quite a bit now, and today they unveiled the final track from the score - a new song from The 1975, 'Medicine'. A slow-burning track that fits right in line with the band's more atmospheric material, rather than their pop hits - 'Girls', 'Heart Out', 'Chocolate' - it should fit the overall tone of the film incredibly well, and you can stream it for yourself. The Drive re-score airs on BBC Three tonight at 10pm.
The 1975's lead singer and guitarist Matthew Healy said: "We wrote Medicine for our chosen scenes. Medicine, its title and sentiment, goes all the way back to the original The 1975 project that was based in my bedroom. It's a new piece of music informed by the genesis of our band and our love for 'Drive' as a film.
Having the opportunity to re-score a movie of which we were already so familiar provided us with a sense of knowing and allowed us to be slightly more introspective than we maybe would have been approaching something unknown.
"The movie itself plays with the duality of resignment and hope - and this is most obvious and stirring in the scenes we chose to score.
The song is a testament to that same idea and has in turn become one of our most personal and best loved pieces of music to date.
I won't delve into what the song is about lyrically because frankly I want to put those ideas to bed; but being provided with the context in which Medicine came to be, it allowed the song to become a mausoleum for those ideas, captured, diverted and frozen forever. Which is pretty cool."
THE 1975 SHOW SOLD OUT IN ADELAIDE
13 Nov 2014
The 1975's Adelaide show is now SOLD OUT! The clock is ticking my friends, it won't be long until tickets to their remaining shows are all gone...
Saturday 10 January - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SOLD OUT
Tuesday 6 January - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
LONDON GRAMMAR SET TO PLAY PERTH FESTIVAL
11 Nov 2014
London Grammar will now take to the Redhill Auditorium stage on Thursday, March 5, as part of next year's Perth International Arts Festival program. It'll be their first time in the state since their appearance at the last Southbound event, and the show joins Brisbane to comprise the only two London Grammar performances left in the country with tickets to spare.
Tuesday 6 January - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
PS: How great is Ezra's new video clip featuring none other than Sir Ian McKellen?!
FATHER JOHN MISTY DEBUTS NEW TRACK ON LETTERMAN
11 Nov 2014
Josh Tillman A.K.A. Father John Misty has released the first track ‘Bored In The USA‘ from his second album (under the Father John Misty title) called I Love You, Honeybear that’s due for release on the 10th of February next year.
Here's what Pitchfork had to say about it:
"Appropriately, the music teases at toxic levels of mawkishness. Tillman's alone at his piano, doing his best Harry Nilsson and having the nerve to ask, "How many people rise and think, 'Oh good, the stranger's body is still here/ Our arrangement hasn't changed,'" when most folks stay up nights worrying about dying alone. Likewise, the title itself is sung in a way that doesn't seem to mock Bruce Springsteen—it sounds like Tillman's mocking those who would go after that low-hanging fruit, ignoring the Boss' complexities to show their shallow disaffectedness with the American Dream. Or maybe Tillman's just one of us, not even sure if we're being sarcastic anymore.
"Bored In the USA" has a tragicomic resonance, as all of our friends are on Facebook complaining about election results they find awfully scary even if they're unsure how they'll realistically be affected. When Tillman lays out the woes of the upwardly mobile man who had the ladder cut out from under him—"They gave me a useless education/ A subprime loan/ A craftsman home/ Keep my prescriptions filled/ Now I can't get off, but I can kinda deal"—he pipes in a goddamn laugh track to underscore that his concerns aren't clever. They're clichésworthy of a terrible sitcom, and that "boredom" is like most chronic conditions, a malady of the affluent. So there you have the devastating punchline in "Bored In the USA"'s epic #whitepeopleproblems gag—that joke isn't funny anymore." - Ian Cohen.
BEN HOWARD TO PLAY AT THE ICONIC SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
11 Nov 2014
Armed with his soaring and emotionally connective second album “I Forget Where We Were”, the million-selling, Mercury-nominated English singer-songwriter Ben Howard will be bringing his captivating new music and beloved classics to Sydney Opera House this March.
Ben Howard is what you might call
a reluctant star. Despite achieving critical and commercial success with the
release of his 2011 debut “Every Kingdom”, he's one to shy away
from the limelight – choosing instead to craft an expansive LP that builds
magnificently on his debut. “I Forget Where We Were” is a
superlative return that cements Howard's place as one of the world's finest
singer-songwriters – a genuine, if shy, star.
With sell-out shows
across the globe and 2013’s debut Australian tour selling out in a matter of
days, as well as his most recent stunning performance on Later with Jools Holland (see above) it’s clear that this
unassuming musician has found a unwavering place in the hearts and headphones
of Aussie audiences.
London Grammar for all shows will be
New York minimal pop three piece Wet.
The talk of SXSW this year, the band came to
prominence late 2013 with breakthrough single ‘Dreams’ – a track
readily added to full rotation on triple j and boasting in excess of 300,000
plays online. Their second single ‘You’re The Best’proved a worthy successor; showcasing
the indie pop smarts and minimalist R&B that saw the band publicly lauded
by the likes of NME (“beguiling”), Billboard (“the toast of the
tastemakers”) and BBC Radio 1 (“understated, considered and beautiful”).
song of pure, unhurried, produced-but-not-overproduced beauty that sounds like
it was made in the city but would sound good while driving to the country, to
get a little space to breathe and reflect. Soooo pretty.” – The Fader
Band Of Skulls – Splendour in the Grass and summer rock
favourites – return to Australia in 2015 for a host of shows, including the
sought-after support slot for frequent touring buddies The Black Keys’ Rolling Green concerts, a coveted
performance at Bluesfest and two very special limited capacity club
Australia for selected shows during their hectic worldwide tour of their third
LP ‘Himalayan’, the Southampton-trio blew the top off the Hi-Fi
in Melbourne and stunned fans across the country, generating water cooler talk
with many reviewers. Their performance
befitting a band honed by two years of constant touring, their sun-kissed
melodies sweeter than ever, their riffs heavier and dirtier…
Now, after a year of perfecting their latest album
on the live stage, a string of high-profile shows across the UK and Europe -
including a notorious performance on Later…
with Jools Holland, the trio offer Australian audiences another
chance to see them live.
Secret Sounds and Now/Live Present Secret Sounds Asia
27 Oct 2014
Secret Sounds and Now/Live are extremely proud to announce a new joint venture -Secret Sounds Asia. With the intention to promote, champion and encourage the developing live music scene in the Asian touring market, the two globally recognised companies have united to present the very latest in world-renowned musicians, emerging artists and local sounds for a global audience across Asia and Australasia.
Secret Sounds are at the forefront of the Australian touring industry. Headed by co-founders Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, they have developed long term and successful live careers in Australian and New Zealand for international artists, by bringing their experience to venues ranging from clubs, to arenas and beyond. Directors of two of Australia’s most loved music festivals, Splendour In the Grass and The Falls Music and Arts Festivals, and touring international acts such as Mumford and Sons, Lana Del Rey, James Blake, Foals, London Grammar and many more. Secret Sounds intent is to deliver both the worlds best new and established talent of all genres and to help foster an ongoing love affair between musicians and fans alike.
“Now/Live have been fundamental to the growth of the Asian touring market in recent years. It seemed only logical that Secret Sounds partnered with one of the leading promoters in the region to develop a more integrated approach. The market is maturing beyond just single stop tours to a destination circuit for international acts seeking new opportunities. Secret Sounds Asia aims to develop and grow touring opportunities for international artists in Asia”.
Marc Sousley, General Manager, Secret Sounds.
Directed by Dan Gordon, Singapore-based Now/Live is a boutique concert promoter who has toured internationally and critically acclaimed artists of all genres across Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei. Previous shows have included Phoenix, The xx, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, Bloc Party, TeganandSara, Robyn, The Kooks and SBTRKT.
'Secret Sounds Asia is a very exciting partnership that will allow us to create many more opportunities for artists throughout Asia. I feel that we have found the perfect partner in the team at Secret Sounds with their excellent touring history and internationally renowned festivals. Together we believe that we can build an unmatched Asian touring circuit that will take advantage of its geographical positioning and make perfect sense for artists, agents and managers.' Dan Gordon, Director, Secret Sounds Asia
LONDON GRAMMAR ANNOUNCE 2ND SYDNEY SHOW
10 Oct 2014
Due to overwhelming demand, London Grammar have
added a second all ages Sydney Show at The Enmore Theatre on Monday 9
The Enmore show joins the recently announced
Brisbane show, at the stunning Riverstage, to give all of the Northern New
South Wales and Queensland fans who missed out on their Splendour set, a chance
to see them live.
Sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list for access to the members presale.
Presale tickets go on sale 9am Friday 17 October, with tickets to the
general public available from 9am Monday 20 October.
"This trio already functions like a well-oiled machine, and they've
produced a stylish debut that demonstrates both their immense talent and
impressive instincts." Pitchfork
THURSDAY 12 MARCH - HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 14 MARCH - FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE (SOLD OUT)
GEORGE EZRA COVERS BOB DYLAN
10 Oct 2014
Ask just about anyone for their thoughts on George Ezra, and they’ll say something along the lines of him having “one big voice” for a “little young Bristol guy”.
Midway through taking over the world (he's currently topping the UK album charts), Ezra visited the SiriusXM studios for a Sirius performance of Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl From the North Country’. His version only emphasises the “woahhh” reactions to that singing voice of his, crackling into view all whiskey-soaked and gruffly.
He'll be in Australia at the end of the year for Falls Festival, check out his sideshow dates below:
Asgeir has revealed an acoustic version of his brilliant song 'Leyndarmál', and it is amazing. There's something more impactful and poignant about the original Icelandic version, and in his HIjodriti Session, he's stripped it back to its beautiful bare bones.
The song originally featured on the singer's debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, which was released in Icelandic in 2012 before being re-recorded in English this year for In The Silence.
The singer is gearing up to release a new deluxe edition of his In The Silence album, which comprises 3 CDs of rarities, remixes and unheard material as well as both language versions of his album. It's released on 21 November.
He'll be in Australia for Falls Festival this coming January, check out his sideshow dates below:
New York trio LOLAWOLF will release their debut album “Calm Down” this Friday October 10 via Create Control and Innit Recordings ahead of a string of live shows next week.
Fronted by Zoë Kravitz, LOLAWOLF also includes Jimmy Giannopoulos andJames Levy from Reputante (whose record is out on Julian Casablancas' label Cult Records).
Fresh from touring the United States and Canada with Lily Allen and Mr Little Jeans and ahead of another US tour with Warpaint, LOLAWOLF will support Miley Cyrus at her Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide shows.
They will also play at the Oxford Art Factory 7th Birthday alongside Kilter, The Gooch Palms, Oscar Key Sung, Hatch, Flyying Colours, The Upskirts and more.
"Calm Down", the band's debut LP, was recorded earlier this year in the Bahamas and Las Vegas. Produced by band member Jimmy Giannopoulos, the album finds the band emphasising hip-hop and tribal elements.
The album is the follow-up to the band's five-song debut EP released earlier in 2014, which Pitchfork described as "surging electronic pop." Neon Gold called lead track "Drive (Los Angeles)" "a perfect piece of distinctive, melody-driven, back-to-the-future synth candy."
* Appearance by arrangement with Dainty Group and Secret Sounds.
* This one's FREE ENTRY - how could you say no??
THE 1975 WRAP UP THEIR UK TOUR
03 Oct 2014
The 1975 have just end their UK campaign for their debut album with a triumphant show at London's massive Alexandra Palace.
Drawing on their already impressive canon of anthems, Matt Healy and co sent thousands of their devoted fans into a frenzy with a set that showcased the eclecticism of their sound and the potential for even further greatness.
Just two and a half months until they're in Australia! Get a feel for what their shows are going to be like by checking out the photos here.
LONDON GRAMMAR REMIXES ASGEIR
01 Oct 2014
Ásgeir makes the kind of storybook atmospheric folk music that could only come from Iceland. His lead single "King and Cross," from his album In the Silence, is an otherworldly, emotionally-wrenching ballad that comes with a music video where ballerinas and a SWAT team dance together. Now the track has been reworked to an even more slowburning degree by London Grammar's Dot Major, who added a weepy piano-laden intro and a crunchy beat and dialed up the vocals. It's a little more haunting and darker than the original—which is exactly what you'd expect from one of the members of brood-rock trio London Grammar. It's the perfect tide-over until both acts tour Australia early next year.
THURSDAY 12 MARCH - HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 14 MARCH - FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE (SOLD OUT)
GEORGE EZRA COVERS CYNDI LAUPER FOR BBC RADIO 1
29 Sep 2014
George Ezra covers Cyndi Laupers Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in the Live Lounge for Fearne Cotton and BBC Radio 1 as part of Even More Music... Here at Secret Sounds HQ we cannot wait for his tour in January!
Tickets on sale to the general public 10am Tuesday September 30. Pre-sale starts 9am Monday September 29 - 8am Tuesday September 30, for access sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list now!
ASGEIR ANNOUNCES SIDESHOWS
29 Sep 2014
Ásgeir has just announced he will be playing two sideshows while he is in Australia for Falls Festival! He will be performing at the Sydney Opera House on January 7 and at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on January 9. Jane Tyrrell will be joining as a special guest at his Melbourne headline show, with Sydney's support act yet to be announced.
Tickets are on sale for Melbourne now! Tickets available for the Sydney show from 9AM Friday 3 October.
MILKY CHANCE ANNOUNCE FALLS FESTIVAL SIDESHOWS
25 Sep 2014
Fresh from a European festival season and acclaimed headlining performances at the likes of UK’s Reading Festival and Spain’s Food For Thought, the German-duo Milky Chance will be bringing their summer sounds and vibrant music to their first Australian festival performance at The Falls Festival as well as two special sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney. In 2013, school friends Clemens and Phillip began work on their full-length debut, Sadnecessaryand when they were finished, they uploaded several of the tracks, including the catchy "Stolen Dance" online. With its bright handclaps, plaintive acoustic guitars, and smooth delivery the song became a viral sensation, eventually racking up over 65 million YouTube views. With their fresh and original take on folk, soul and reggae-infused electronica Milky Chance will be one of the must see shows of the New Year.
Tickets on sale to the general public 10am Tuesday September 30. Pre-sale starts 9am Monday September 29 - 8am Tuesday September 30, for access sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list now!
GEORGE EZRA ANNOUNCE FALLS FESTIVAL SIDESHOWS
25 Sep 2014
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce that
George Ezra will perform sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne in January 2015 around
his already announced festival dates.
This matter-of-fact, 21 year old, singer
songwriter’s phenomenal success over the past few years can be attributed to
one thing …Ezra has got the chops!
In just a few years, Ezra has catapulted
from an aspiring musician – famously flipping burgers at Splendour In The Grass
when holidaying in Australia – to dominating airwaves around the globe with his
ridiculously catchy breakthrough track 'Budapest',
from the debut album 'Wanted on Voyage'.
Produced by Cam Blackwood (London Grammar,
Florence and the Machine), 'Wanted on
Voyage' was released in June 2014 and promptly shot up charts in the UK, USA,
Australia, NZ and across Europe.
With the album’s second single 'Blame It On Me' due for release in late
October, Ezra is about to embark on a massive tour of the UK and Europe before
bringing is super infectious country and folk-infused sounds to Australia!
Tickets on sale to the general public 10am Tuesday September 30. Pre-sale starts 9am Monday September 29 - 8am Tuesday September 30, for access sign up to the Secret Sounds mailing list now!
BAND OF SKULLS ON LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND
25 Sep 2014
Band of Skulls dropped by Later With Jools Holland to play the title track from their new album 'Himalayan', and pretty much tore the roof off. If this isn't reason enough to catch them at Bluesfest & Rolling Green in April next year, I don't know what is!
Need another reason to be excited about the upcoming January tour for The 1975? We didn't think so either, but here's one anyway! The 1975 have unveiled a new video for 'Girls' filmed over the course of their summer tour.
The short film comprises footage from the band's festival performances, with onstage shots and black and white footage of delighted audience members - if you saw The 1975 this summer, you might well be in this.
LONDON GRAMMAR COVER LA ROUX FOR BBC RADIO 1
25 Sep 2014
London Grammar perform their cover of La Roux's In For The Kill for Huw Stephens and BBC Radio 1 in the Live Lounge, showcasing how phenomenal Hannah Reid's voice is. Brisbane, you know what to do... tickets to their Riverstage show are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
NEW VIDEO FROM MILKY CHANCE
22 Sep 2014
Milky Chance clocked up 85 million Spotify streams and 65 million YouTube views for ‘Stolen Dance’. The song went double-platinum in Australia, Canada, Germany and The Netherlands and gold in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, New Zealand, and Switzerland. This week they debuted their new video ‘Flashed Junk Mind’, and it is PERFECT.
Don't miss your chance to see them in Auckland, tickets available here.
LONDON GRAMMAR ANNOUNCE SHOW IN BRISBANE
21 Sep 2014
Grammar were forced to postpone their Splendour In The Grass side shows earlier
this year due to illness. Their rescheduled dates in Sydney and Melbourne sold
out instantly, and the trio have just announced a Brisbane show at the
stunning Riverstage, to give all of the Northern New South Wales and
Queensland fans who were hoping to see them at Splendour a chance to see them
Their first trip to Australia in
2013 became a highlight of each of the Falls Festivals and Southbound, resulting
in an ever expanding fan base, stellar reviews and a breath taking recording
for triple J’s Live At The Wireless, you can get a taste of it here.
Sale Tickets on sale midday Tuesday September 23rd - Wednesday September 24th 5pm. Sign up to our mailing list now! General
on sale 9am Thursday September 25th.
NEW JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
17 Sep 2014
Watch his magical new video for "Look Out", taken from his latest album "Post Tropical". What a dreamboat.
ÁSGEIR COVERS MILKY CHANCE'S STOLEN DANCE
15 Sep 2014
God's gift to Iceland, Ásgeir, dropped in to the Triple J Like A Version studio to bring some of his 'galdur' (that's Icelandic for magic) to Milky Chance’s ‘Stolen Dance’.
MILKY CHANCE ANNOUNCE SHOW IN AUCKLAND
14 Sep 2014
The Kassel, Germany duo Clemens and Philipp
otherwise known as Milky Chance met
in an Advanced Music Course when they were 16, and they creatively gelled right
off the bat. Weaving together elegant electronic production with acoustic
guitars and lilting, lush vocals, they harnessed a style unequivocally their
own. Clemens puts it best, "Think of
it as the singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats. Somehow, it's
always a little bit melancholy, but there's a positive spin. You can dance to
most of it too!”
they began work on their full-length debut, Sadnecessary – released
July 2014 – and when they were finished, they
uploaded several of the tracks, including the catchy "Stolen Dance,"
with its bright handclaps, plaintive acoustic guitars, and gravelly
smooth delivery. The song became a viral sensation, eventually racking up over 65
million YouTube views. It didn’t stop
there, using nothing but their Facebook page to announce the shows the band
soon set out on what was to become a 100+ date European tour playing to
sell-out crowds at venues that increased in size as the tour unfolded and more
shows were added. In New Zealand the single “Stolen Dance” peaked #3 in the
charts, the album “Sadnecessary” on #14.
Now the European electro-folksters are set to
bring their live show to Auckland, New Zealand in January 2015 and will be one
of the must see shows of the New Year.
Presale tickets will go on sale on Wednesday
17th September at 9am - to
register for the pre-sale, sign up to our mailing list now!
ANGUS & JULIA TOUR COMPLETELY SOLD OUT
09 Sep 2014
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, is a fitting line when it comes to describing Australia’s affection for Angus and Julia Stone. Their recent return from hiatus has delivered them a number #1 album, critical acclaim, and now a completely SOLD OUT tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Australian leg kicks off this Friday in Adelaide and ends in Melbourne in two weeks time before the band make the hop across the Tasman. To think, it may not have happened if one of the world’s most respected producers hadn’t intervened and requested a creative reunion of the two! Thank you Rick Rubin!
NEW VIDEO FROM THE 1975
09 Sep 2014
The 1975 have digressed a few decades to become children again for their new video for 'Heart Out'. The youngsters do a pretty good job of imitating the band; not only do they look remarkably like them, but the attention to details is staggering - everything from baby Matty Healy's tattoos, floral shirt and stage charisma has been nailed down to a T.
ASGEIR PERFORMS ON "LIVE AT THE BRIDGE"
04 Sep 2014
So this is what happens when you combine one of the world’s most picturesque harbours and recognisable bridges with the heavenly sounds of Icelandic Splendour visitor Asgeir. Absolutely amazing!
THE 1975 ADD NEW SHOWS
03 Sep 2014
Now that Sydney and Melbourne are both sold out, the band have added second shows in both cities, added one over in Adelaide, AND upgraded their Brisbane venue! Tickets available now for the below shows:
Need more of a reason to get excited? Just today the band have ended their UK campaign for their debut album with a triumphant show at London's massive Alexandra Palace. Drawing on their already impressive canon of anthems, Matt Healy and co sent thousands of their devoted fans into a frenzy with a set that showcased the eclecticism of their sound and the potential for even further greatness. Get sneak peek at what their shows are going to be like by checking out the photos here.
BAND OF SKULLS ARE BACK!
02 Sep 2014
The Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015 lineup has just landed, and the festival has delivered another massive serving of some of today’s hottest acts in blues, folk, soul, jazz, and roots music... not to mention a huge favourite of ours, Band of Skulls! Check out the line-up below:
Band of Skulls, The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions feat Dan Sultan, Kira Puru, & Vika And Linda Bull, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebelution, Soja, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beth Hart, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Mariachi El Bronx, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pokey Lafarge & Rockwiz Live.
But wait, there's more! Promoters of A Day on The Green have added a new show to their concert roster under the banner of Rolling Green. As part of their Australian tour, The Black Keys will headline the first events of its kind alongside Spiderbait (another Secret Sounds favourite!), Band Of Skulls and Bad//Dreems.
Ben Howard has finally announced his next album “I Forget Where We Were” as the follow up to his massive debut album “Every Kingdom”, which sold more than a million copies, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and led to Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.
The countdown is on for its release October 20th!
LONDON GRAMMAR RELEASE REMIX EP
29 Aug 2014
London Grammar have released their second remix EP "If You Wait" featuring a set of remixes by celebrated producers and DJs such as Claude Von Stroke, who was the man behind one of America's most innovative houes labels Dirtybird Records, Zero 7, and British duo Unkle.
The fans asked and the
band answered – The 1975 have added
an Adelaide show to their January
tour. Due to demand via social media and even an online petition, the all ages
show will take place at The Thebarton
Theatre on Saturday, January 10. This
will be the band’s first headline show in the South Australian capital following
on from their Big Day Out appearance earlier this year.
For access to exclusive
pre-sale tickets for the Adelaide show, fans are encouraged to sign up to our mailing list.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 2nd at
9AM local Adelaide time.
General Public tickets
are on sale Friday, September 5 at 9AM local Adelaide time.
JULY TALK OPEN FOR SPIDERBAIT'S LAST SHOW
26 Aug 2014
Australian rock n roll icons
Spiderbait have just totally sold out their first headline tour for a decade, and
in true Spiderbait style of course…casual as f**k.
With Sydney, Adelaide and Perth
already in the can, this weekend Spiderbait will head to Adelaide and also play
the first of three sold out Melbourne shows.
Canadian rockers July Talk are making their way to
Australia for Bigsound and will also head to Melbourne to open for Spiderbait
on September 13. Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked
lullabies while backed by Crazy Horse and you’ll start to get an idea. Somewhere
between Americana and indie-rock, July Talkʻs Beauty & the Beast kind
of aesthetic may burn a little going down, but you’ll want more!
Fri 08 Aug - Metro Theatre, Sydney SOLD
Sat 09 Aug - Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane SOLD
Fri 15 Aug - Astor Theatre, Perth SOLD
Thu 28 Aug - The Governor Hindmarsh
Hotel, Adelaide SOLD OUT
Fri 29 Aug - The Corner Hotel –
Melbourne SOLD OUT
Sun 31 Aug – The Corner Hotel –
Melbourne SOLD OUT
Sat 13 Sep – The Corner Hotel
– Melbourne SOLD OUT
Proudly supported by Triple M.
NEW VENUE FOR THE 1975 IN BRISBANE
20 Aug 2014
The hysteria for The 1975’s January return is in full swing! From pre-sale tickets alone, the UK four-piece have SOLD OUT their first ever Brisbane headline show at the Tivoli Theatre. Due to demand, this show has now been upgraded to The Marquee at Brisbane Showgrounds. For those who have already purchased tickets, these will remain valid for the new venue. All remaining tickets will be on sale this Friday, August 22 at 9AM via Oztix (Note: New Ticketing outlet). Fans should also note that this show is no longer a matinee performance and is now a licensed all ages show. New door times are below. It’s not just Brisbane that is experiencing a whirlwind of pre-sales, both Melbourne’s Festival Hall and Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion are selling fast ahead of the general public on sale this Friday.
THE 1975 ARE BACK!
18 Aug 2014
They may have only left
the country a few weeks ago, but UK outfit The
1975 will return to Australian shores in January 2015 for three massive east coast shows. Taking to the
stage at Melbourne’s Festival Hall,
Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and their
first headlining show in QLD’s capital at Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre, the hysteria continues to grow for the four-piece
on Australian turf.
Last month the
Brit-rockers toured across Australia for Splendour
In the Grass and four sold out
sideshows. Venues were upgraded, second shows were added and it was clear that
the worldwide force of The 1975 had hit Australia.
Having played over 400 global shows in the last 18 months and put in
countless miles on the road, The 1975 have seen crowds grow significantly
through 2014. Fuelled by word of mouth buzz, their live shows continue to
thrill whilst consistently confounding expectations. The band, a recent US VEVO
Lift Artist and MTV Artist to Watch, won the mtvU Breaking Woodie for Best
Emerging Artist at this year’s SXSW and have performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel
Live! and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The 1975’s debut album The 1975 is out now via Sony Music
Australia. A collection of memories, overheard conversations, and snapshots in
time, The 1975’s eponymous debut album is
a love letter to youth, played out in bold and brash technicolor. Having topped
the UK album charts and sold out every headline show to date, The 1975 have
cemented their status as Britain’s biggest new band.
Tickets to all shows are on sale Friday, August 22.
To secure tickets before the general public,
sign up to our mailing list. Pre-sale via Secret Sounds
kicks off Monday, August 18 at 9AM.
SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED FOR SPIDERBAIT
05 Aug 2014
SYDNEY SUPPORT – THE GOOCH PALMS
Opening for Spiderbait in Sydney are Novocastrian garage-punk sweethearts The Gooch Palms! This unstoppable duo plays catchy-as-hell pop music for the underdogs of this world. With their debut album Novo’s released late last year The Gooch Palms have toured the country extensively hitting stages with The Sonics, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, 5,6,7,8's and at a bunch of festivals including Big Day Out, Groovin The Moo, Sydney Festival, Big Sound, Mona Foma, Dig It Up and others, blowing audiences away with their high energy, take no prisoners live shows where ever they go! Make sure you get to the Metro early!
The Furrs released their debut EP in October and subsequently found themselves on the receiving end of some glowing praise for their track Get On Your Horse. triple j’s Richard Kingsmill said “If this were a horse, I’d back it.” On top of that, they’ve had plays on triple j and community radio and triple j Unearthed announced The Furrs second in ‘the best discoveries of 2014’’.
Galapogos heavy melodic sound has already been compared to Brisbane legends Not From There and the mighty Sonic Youth. Their unique performances include improvisation, stream of consciousness and spoken word…Galapogas are in a world of their own!
PERTH SUPPORT – AXE GIRL
In the West, Spiderbait will be supported by pop rock three-piece Axe Girl, featuring (two) members of one of Perth legends Jebediah and fronted by U.K. vocalist/guitarist Addison Axe. With a new album due to launch later this year Axe Girl are ready to bring their super fun brand of pop punk to the Astor Theatre on August 15!
MELBOURNE AND ADELAIDE SUPPORT – APES
Melbourne four-piece APES will open for Spiderbait at their sold out run of shows in Melbourne and Adelaide. Their strong hooks and catchy choruses have already taken them around the country with the likes of Band of Skulls, Stonefield, FIDLAR, The Datsuns, Dune Rats and Yacht Club DJs and landed them spots on The Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo Festivals. And APES are heading to Bigsound 2014 too. With their new single Pull The Trigger already added to triple j and the band yet to release an album, the future is looking bright for APES.
BEN HOWARD AUCKLAND VENUE UPGRADE
26 Jul 2014
Due to the huge demand around Ben Howard's
first visit to New Zealand, the decision has been made to move to a larger
venue. Ben will now be performing at Auckland Town Hall on Saturday August 2nd.
English record producer and DJ often hailed for the fusion of breakbeat and techno ADAM FREELAND will support The Acid at their Sydney show Wednesday 23 July at GoodGod Small Club.
With 17 years of extensive global touring history behind him, whipping up main-stage audiences at the world’s biggest festivals, you'd be crazy not to catch him in such an intimate setting... head over to Moshtix now!
Melbourne's sold out show will feature Lanks as support, the enigmatic solo electronic project of Will Cuming.
LONDON GRAMMAR SPLENDOUR SIDESHOWS POSTPONED
22 Jul 2014
After cancelling last week’s set at T in the Park in Scotland, London Grammar have been forced to postpone their up coming Splendour in The Grass side shows due to illness. To ensure fans won’t miss out, they will return to Australian in March 2015, so everyone hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. Thursday March 12th 2015 Hordern Pavilion Sydney NSW Saturday March 14th 2015 Festival Hall Melbourne VIC
Statement from London Grammar: “With great sadness we have to announce that we have postponed our upcoming trip to Australia this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad situation for us as our last trip to Australia was one of the most memorable of our careers, but we do not feel that we can currently provide the level of performance that you all deserve from us. Our fans in Australia have been hugely supportive of our music since the very beginning, and it pains us to have to disappoint any of you.We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are back down under as soon as possible and will reschedule our Sydney & Melbourne shows and give you more details very shortly.” This was going to be the second sold out Australian tour for the band this year, with their three headline shows in January selling out in just a few hours culminating in a host of rave reviews. Tickets for the postponed shows will be valid for the new dates, simply turn up to the venue and present your ticket.
If you can't make the new dates, ticket refunds are available (click here for more info). Please note album purchases are non-refundable.
ANGUS & JULIA STONE NZ VENUE UPGRADE & SECOND PERTH SHOW!
21 Jul 2014
It’s safe to say that hotly anticipated tour from
Angus and Julia Stone isn’t cooling
down any time soon. The much-loved duo have now SOLD OUT their Perth
performance and are pleased to announce a new show at Perth’s Concert Hall on Wednesday 24th September! Tickets are on sale here.
But wait, there's more...
New Zealand, you have spoken and due to popular demand the upcoming Angus & Julia Stone concert is moving to the larger majestic yet intimate Civic Theatre in Auckland!
All tickets will be moved into the new venue, your old ticket will no longer be valid for entry.
Tickets will be allocated on a first purchased best seated basis, starting from the front of the theatre.
If you have purchased tickets separate to your friends but would like to sit together, please contact Ticket Master ASAP, requests to change seats will be accommodated dependent on availability.
If you have mobility issues or require wheelchair seating please contact us so we can allocate your seats accordingly.
Your new tickets will be sent to you as per your original order request, either via email or post or made available for box office collection.
Please allow up to 10 working days for your new ticket order to be processed, if you have not received them in this time please contact us on 0800 111 999 or email email@example.com
THE WILD FEATHERS POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN SHOWS
15 Jul 2014
Nashville’s The Wild Feathers have postponed their impending trip to Australia and have released the following statement.
“The Wild Feathers have regrettably announced the cancellation of their 2014 Splendour In The Grass appearance and Sydney and Melbourne sideshows due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.
The Nashville based band have said they will definitely return to Australia in 2015 and are very much looking forward to it.” Tickets for The Wild Feathers Melbourne and Sydney shows can be refunded at point of purchase.
3RD & FINAL SHOW ADDED FOR SPIDERBAIT IN MELBOURNE
14 Jul 2014
With their Splendour In The Grass set just around the corner and their national headline tour just weeks away, today Spiderbait is announcing a third show in Melbourne on Saturday 13 September.
Tickets for Spiderbait’s third show at The Corner will go on sale this Thursday 17 July.
Melbourne, this is your last chance to see Spiderbait on this tour. No further dates will be added!
Melbourne four-piece APES will open for Spiderbait at all Melbourne shows.
Their strong hooks and catchy choruses have already taken them around the country with the likes of Band of Skulls, Stonefield, FIDLAR, The Datsuns, Dune Rats and Yacht Club DJs and landed them spots on The Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo Festivals. And APES are heading to Bigsound 2014 too.
With their new single Pull The Trigger already added to triple j and the band yet to release an album, the future is looking bright for APES.
Fri 08 Aug - Metro Theatre, Sydney ON SALE NOW Sat 09 Aug - Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane ON SALE NOW Fri 15 Aug - Astor Theatre, Perth ON SALE NOW Thu 28 Aug - The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide ON SALE NOW Fri 29 Aug - The Corner Hotel – Melbourne SOLD OUT Sun 31 Aug – The Corner Hotel – Melbourne SOLD OUT Sat 13 Sep – The Corner Hotel – Melbourne ON SALE 17 JULY
Proudly supported by Triple M.
RY X "BERLIN" COVERED BY SAM SMITH
02 Jul 2014
No stranger to collaborations or covers, fellow Splendour In The Grass debutante Sam Smith returns with a heartbreaking rendition of “Berlin”, the 2013 single from our fellow Australian RY X
"I’m deeply excited to come home to Australia soon !!Sharing my music and art at Splendour in the Grass and two very special sideshows" - Ry x
Jungle’s highly-anticipated debut album is out July 11, in
support of the record, the band made their US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band played their two most recent songs, “Time,” and “Busy
Earnin’.” Watch a replay of their performances above
People’s Splendour in the Grass sideshow in Sydney is now SOLD OUT
The Sydney sell out follows a
crowd-pleasing set from the Californians at Glastonbury over the weekend (see abvove). They’ll also take to the stage at Fuji Rock Festival before heading our
way for Splendour in the Grass.
Foster the People
are joined by support Gang Of Youths
who were hailed NME magazine’s number one buzz band in September, and have supported
the likes of Cloud Control, Smith Westerns and Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend,
The Jezabels and Frightened Rabbit.
Hip-Hop's favorite indie band Phantogram grabbed the deserving spotlight in VEVO Lift's profile. Sarah & Josh talk their major influences including Josh's love for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the impact Prince & James Brown had in Sarah's household.
The two also discussed how big an influence Hip-Hop has had on them; from their endless discussions on Busta Rhymes, the Wu & The Roots & Dilla's critically acclaimed Donuts. Above you can also check for an exclusive live performance of their single "Black Out Days"
Fresh from a sold out show at the Sydney Opera House, Irish dreamboat James Vincent McMorrow and his bandmates dropped into the triple j studios. He warmed us up with a delightful version of his own track Gold, before sealing the deal by covering Lana Del Rey's latest tune West Coast with impeccable sensuality.
THE ACID RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR "FAME"
16 May 2014
Ahead of hitting Australian shores for Splednour In The Grass aloing with two sideshows in Melbourne & Sydney, The Acid have released a poetically choreographed video for the sensuous, downtempo track "Fame".
The video features dance troupe known as WIFE...... Enjoy !!!!!
Australia’s love affair with London Grammar continues, their Splendour
in the Grass sideshows at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney and Festival Hall in
Melbourne have sold out, just days after going on sale last Friday.
It’s the second sold out Australian tour for the band this year, with their
three headline shows in January selling out in just a few hours, culminating in
a host of rave reviews.
London Grammar return to Australia following a string of performances at
a number of the world’s greatest festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Lollapalooza
and Fuji Rock.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SPROUTS SIDESHOWS!
05 May 2014
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SPROUTS SIDESHOWS!
*drum roll please* We are very happy to announce we will be touring the following official Splendour in the Grass sideshows: Sign up to our secret sounds newsletter to have first access to all presale tickets and information.
London Grammar bring their spellbinding sound back to Australia after playing a
string of the world’s greatest festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival.
With three coveted spots in the triple j Hottest 100 including a top 10
placement for Strong, Australia’s love affair with London Grammar is only
growing. Their maiden Australian voyage culminated in a host of rave reviews
and sold out three headline shows in just a few hours so be quick to witness
one of the world’s most enchanting acts.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
These charming Californians have been on one hell of a ride; their album
Torches sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide, reaching #1 on the ARIA charts
along with their 6 x platinum song of the year Pumped Up Kicks. Their
much-anticipated second release, the triple j Album of the Week awarded
Supermodel just dropped with Coming of Age and infectious new track Best Friend
in high radio rotation and set to be among the songs of 2014.
METRONOMY with special guests CIRCA WAVES Bringing a
simultaneously fresh and timeless approach to electro pop, this foursome from
London is known for writing great songs, crafting lyrics with care and pushing
pop melodies into fabulous shapes.
prize-nominated and critically lauded album The
English Riveria elevated them to the upper echelons of the UK's music
elite. Their newly released, fourth album Love Letters has been described as a timeless masterpiece and also
happens to be on high rotation in the Splendour in the Grass office.
synthesizers to heavenly heights, Metronomy will hit the stages of Primavera
Sounds and Glastonbury before playing shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
around their performance at Splendour In The Grass.
BEN HOWARD with NICK MULVEY
This young eclectic troubadour amassed a secret society of fans via the world’s
fiercely loyal surfing community following his platinum-selling debut album,
Every Kingdom. He returns to our shores ahead of the release of his upcoming
sophomore album and following countless sell out shows around the world, these
tickets won’t last long!
GROUPLOVE with MIKHAEL PASKALEV
GROUPLOVE Rapidly becoming one of the best live bands of their generation,
their raucous live show has entertained surging crowds on back-to-back
headlining tours. Their second album Spreading Rumours has already delivered
awesome hits Ways To Go and Shark Attack, with more to come. Get your group
together and feel the love for Grouplove!
The charming young Norwegian/ Bulgarian captured our hearts with the super
catchy ARIA charting single I Spy and backed it up with Jive Babe. With a
dynamic live set, circus-like energy and all-round great vibes, Mikhael Paskalev
returns after a sell out national tour in March. As any one who attended those
shows would tell you, you don’t want to miss this!
The 1975 make pop music, but not as you know it. Critics have been bemused and
thrilled by the Manchester four-piece and their amorphous drifts between
brooding rock, crisp electronica, dance floor R&B, and 80s gloss pop. An
army of loyal fans saw their January headline shows sell out so don’t delay
when these go on sale.
SKATERS New York City quartet Skaters' music, ethos, and attitude are
remarkably entrenched in the late nights, eclectic characters, and punk roots
of their hometown, adopting it as their muse and infusing their sound with the
grit and energy of the kind of post-punk and new wave scenes that thrived in
the city decades earlier.
EP, Schemers, arrived in 2012, and
the band followed it up by heading to the famed Electric Lady Studios to begin
work on their first full-length, Manhattan,
which appeared earlier in 2014 and has already been featured as a triple j
album of the week.
PHANTOGRAM with MAS YSA
PHANTOGRAM With live performances as captivating as their film clips, The New
York duo behind the entrancing hit Fall in love from their critically acclaimed
album Voices bring their elegant electronic pop to Australia. You'll instantly
fall for it.
Witness nomadic composer Thomas Arsenault bring his unique blend of triumphant,
danceable, melancholy folk music to Australia for the first time. With no
public songs or marketing, Mas Ysa had already shared the stage with
Deerhunter, Purity Ring and Delorean. With his newly released EP Worth gaining
critical praise, in the words of Pitchfork, “You find yourself asking why it
took him so long to release something in the first place”.
After spending most of 2013 on ‘ones to watch’ lists Sky Ferreira’s debut album
Night Time, My Time more than delivered on the hype. One of the hottest names
in music right now, she blew away fans at a special Sydney show in March that
sold out in a flash and these shows are sure to follow suit!
JUNGLE London-based collective Jungle are all set to bring their ethereal
electronic grooves, bittersweet soul felt melodies and captivating live show to
Australia following an appearance at Fuji Rock and ahead of Lollapalooza.
Based around a
core musical duo known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’ who expand to a seven piece live
band, Jungle make mesmeric, modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but
with true global appeal.
They were the
talk of SXSW, they’ve just been out Busy
Earnin’ playing shows with Haim across Europe and they have an album about
to drop in May. Jungle will be playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne around
their appearance at Splendour 2014.
THE STRYPES The Strypes
are a proper phenomenon! These four Irish lads, all under the age of 18, have
skills and a sound way beyond their years, the hard-earned result of years
spent honing their craft in Irish pubs, hotels and music halls.
debut album, Snapshot released in
September 2013 and a suite of famous faces consistently appearing in the
audience of their shows, The Strypes promise a performance of true blues rock
THE ACID When The Acid
first emerged, there was mystery. Who was behind it? The mystery has now been
The Acid are globe trotting, Grammy nominated
DJ & Producer Adam Freeland, creator of subversive crossover hit We Want Your Soul; Californian producer,
composer, professor of music technology Steve Nalepa; and Australian, LA
based artist and producer Ry X, whose Berlin
EP was released in late 2013 to acclaim, and who, with his other alter ego as
one half of Howling, created an eponymous club smash and toured
heavily through 2013’s festival circuit.
With a self
titled EP just out and debut album, Lineal
due out in June, The Acid will be touring through Europe before heading to
Australia where they’ll play shows in Sydney and Melbourne alongside Splendour
in the Grass.
THE WILD FEATHERS All the way
from Nashville, The Wild Feathers make modern rock & roll, laced with
nostalgia, built for the new millennium!
A five piece
that personifies the essence of the America spirit, The Wild Feathers combine
rock, folk and blues into a distinctive new rock’n’roll sound with the strength
of four harmonious lead singers.
With some super high profile support slots behind them – hello Bob
Dylan – they enlisted producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, The Wallflowers,
Emmylou Harris) for their self-titled debut. The resulting record is a
collection of bluesy, American rock tunes that they recently showcased at SXSW.
Ry X Yes, you did just read this name above. LA based Australian Ry
Cummings is playing Sideshows both with his band The Acid and in his solo guise
This talented musician’s beautifully captivating four-track EP Berlin has received international
acclaim. Such is the power and immediacy of the title track Berlin that it won the attention of Sony
Bravia who chose the track to soundtrack their new TV advert, which has been
running in the UK, France and Germany since November. It immediately connected
with people, seeing it jump up the UK iTunes and Shazam charts and be placed on
Radio 1’s playlist.
Evoking early-'90s grunge, British three-piece, Darlia has lured fans and
industry alike; landing Zane Lowe’s Next Hype Record on BBC Radio 1 and full
rotation on triple j. Their debut EP Candyman dropped in April with the title
track causing quite a stir online, also named Hottest Record in the World on
BBC Radio 1. Catch Darlia play to Aussie audiences for the first time this
THE HEAD AND THE HEART Following their celebrated eponymous debut of 2011, Seattle’s The
Head and the Heart released their second album Let’s Be Still late last year to critical acclaim. The six-piece
went from busking and playing open mic nights to selling out San Francisco’s
Fillmore, Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, New York’s Terminal 5 and more.
presenting a perfect mix of solid songwriting, sweet harmonies, minimalist
drums, hand percussion and solid bass The Head and the Heart continue to win
over new fans with their live show. The band has also charmed audiences through
performances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late
Show with David Letterman, the legendary Austin City Limits and Coachella to
drop just a few names.
CIRCA WAVES Tipped by NME as a band to watch and crowned twice with BBC Radio
1’s Hottest Record in the World…double kudos, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves
backed up their breakthrough debut single Get
Away with the infectious track Stuck
In My Teeth.
with unashamed indie-pop Circa Waves recently wrapped up a UK headline tour,
including a sold-out show at London’s Sebright Arms and hit the road with
Interpol, Temples and Royal Blood for NME Awards Tour 2014.
You can catch
Circa Waves playing sideshows with Metronomy or at their own headline show in Sydney.
MISSED OUT ON JAKE BUGG TICKETS ?
09 Apr 2014
Missed out on Jake Bugg tickets?
Never fear, a very small amount of tickets have been held back just for you, this is your absolute last chance to grab tickets to Jake Buggs return trip below
Due to overwhelming demand, Secret Sounds, Handsome Tours & Sydney Opera House today announced Irish sensation James Vincent McMorrow will perform a second and final performance at Vivid LIVE 2014 on Saturday 31 May. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am, Wednesday 9 April.
To celebrate we are giving away the ultimate James Vincent McMorrow
prize pack including a double pass to his Sydney Opera House Vivid
performance and a vinyl copy of his record "Post Tropical. 2 x runners up
will also receive "Post Tropical" vinyls.
MS MR have released ‘SECONDHAND ^2: THE REMIXES’ with remixes of your favorite tracks from their debut album, Secondhand Rapture. Listen to it here, we are loving the remix of "Think Of You" by Wet
SECRET SOUNDS BANDS TO PLAY COACHELLA
07 Apr 2014
Its thats time again, Coachella Music & Arts festival is here to flood every social media feed of yours possible.
This year Secret Sounds will be joinging your annoying friends with a Coachella takeover of our secret_sounds instagram acount, our man on the ground will be regularly updating you with some of the amazing acts Coachella has to offer including your Secret Sounds touring artists listed below.
Lana Del Rey HAIM Foster The People Solange James Vincent McMorrow Grouplove MS MR Daughter Kate Nash Blood Orange The Head and The heart The Afghan Whigs Surfer Blood
Sky Ferreira who is supporting Miley Cyrus on her tour across the US, performed 'I Blame Myself' from her debut album 'Night Time, My Time' accompanied by full band and lasers.
LANA DEL REY TO PLAY GLASTONBURY + NEW ALBUM NEWS
06 Apr 2014
Lana Del Rey will play Glastonbury festival on Saturday June 28. No stage details have been announced yet but there's rumours circulating online that the 'Summertime Sadness' singer will headline the West Holts Stage.
Del Rey posted the below image to her instagram account, hinting her sophamore album is due for release in the very near future.
Never fear, a very small amount of tickets will be released next wednesday (9th April) but only to subscribers of the Secret Sounds mailing list.... so sign up before 5pm April 8th to be eligible for tickets.
LONDON GRAMMAR PERFORM "STRONG" LIVE ON JIMMY KIMMEL
04 Apr 2014
London Grammar continue stealing hearts across the globe, performing on US TV to play two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As the BRIT-nominated trio continue to rise in the US, the If You Wait stars performed singles and fan favourites 'Strong' and 'Metal & Dust' on the late night show.
SKY FERREIRA OXFORD ART FACTORY GALLERY
03 Apr 2014
For such a small frame, Sky Ferreira has an almighty presence on stage. Walking onto the stage with dark sunglasses, she does little but giggle before she has the front-row of the crowd fawning.
We hope everyone is getting as excited as we are for Splendour In The Grass to drop their lineup, stay tuned for announce details... until then here's a little video to get you in the mood.
Splendour In The Grass & The Falls Festival SXSW Party!
03 Mar 2014
Two of Australia’s most loved music
festivals Splendour in the Grass and The Falls Festival are packing their
collective suitcases and headed to SXSW for one hell of a hoedown. The Secret
Sounds-presented shindig will take over Austin's Holy Mountain on Wednesday,
March 12 from 12:00-5:00pm.
Flying the star spangled banner is US
contingent SKATERS,BASECAMP, DE LUX, DROWNERS and TOR MILLER,
alongside Brit pals CHLÖE HOWL, ROYAL BLOOD,
WOLF ALICE and JETTA. Canadian lass LOWELL
is also along for the ride, joining Australia’s own GOSSLING and DUNE RATS.
Entry is free. Dancing is
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS & FALLS FESTIVAL AT SXSW
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 - HOLY MOUNTAIN
ENTRY I 12:00 - 5:00pm
617 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
SKY FERREIRA'S PERFORMS LIVE ON JIMMY KIMMEL
03 Mar 2014
Sky Ferreira took a break from the Bangerz tour with Miley Cyrus to stop by "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Watch her belt out the Night Time, My Time highlight "You're Not the One" (with her leg in a bandage)
LANA DEL REY TEAMS UP WITH THE BLACK KEYS
02 Mar 2014
Lana Del Rey's new album 'Ultraviolence' has been produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
Lana took to Twitter to post a picture of herself sitting on the lap of the rock frontman and Grammy Award winning producer, captioning it: "Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence". Auerbach has produced a host of artists including Dr John, The Growlers, Hanni El Khatib.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAKE BUGG
27 Feb 2014
his 20th birthday and with his 2014 Australian tour still a month
away, we can announce that Bugg has now sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and
A second Melbourne
date on Wednesday 16 April, added after the first show sold out at lightening
speed, is also selling fast.
Bugg has a lot to celebrate! Just last week Johnny Marr (yes, Johnny fucking
Marr) joined him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall to perform ‘Kingpin’ from
Bugg’s second album ‘Shangri La’.
haven’t got a ticket yet, Melbourne is your last chance! No more shows will be
added to this tour.
It’s the tweet that sent the cyber realm into overdrive - “Australia & Japan in March”, and
now US indie starlet Sky Ferreira
confirms her maiden Australian voyage - a one night only affair, afforded to
Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday, March 18.
The short, but oh so sweet, stopover sees Ferreira
armed with tunes from debut album Night
Time, My Time - an effort that has not only survived the hype, but
snowballed expectation; recently landing triple j’s coveted Feature Album and
uniting fans and critics alike in praise.
“Debut pop albums are rarely as self-reflexive as
Night Time, My Time.”- SPIN
Time, My Time has arrived, and it was definitely worth the wait.” TRIPLE J
Direct from US tours with Vampire Weekend and Smith Westerns, not to
mention a massive arena tour with Miley Cyrus, Sky Ferreira’s Sydney soiree is
not to be missed. Her acclaimed debut Night
Time, My Time is out now via EMI.
Fans best get in quick, with an exclusive Secret
Sounds pre-sale kicking off from 10:00am
AEDT on Tuesday, March 4 and general public hitting sale next Wednesday, March 5. Sign up to our newsletter for more information.
MIKHAEL PASKALEV TAKES OVER OUR INSTAGRAM
26 Feb 2014
Ever wondered what Mikhael Paskalev gets up to our tour?
Well now you can find out as he has taken over our Secret Sounds Instagram account this week while on his Australian tour. Maybe he will pretend to be Tom Cruise in Risky business again , maybe we will see some snaps of his lunch or maybe he will be playing I Spy in your home town the only to find out is to follow secret sounds Instagram account.
Micheal Paskalev is currently on tour in Australia, for tickets and more info visit secret-sounds.com.au
BAND OF SKULLS RELEASE VIDEO FOR "NIGHTMARES"
26 Feb 2014
Band of Skulls have released a cinematic promo video for the latest song 'Nightmares' to be taken from their forthcoming new album, 'Himalayan', which will be out on March 31.
London Grammar’s pool of cover songs runs the musical gamut, and includes everything from Miley Cyrus’ pop smash “Wrecking Ball” to Kavinsky’s house anthem “Nightcall” to even the left-field rendition of Chris Isaak’s lusty “Wicked Game”.
Dan, Dot and Hannah recently appeared on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, where they unfurled a cover of UK girl group All Saints’ 2000 single “Pure Shores”, turning an unabashedly cheery track into something subtle and seductive.
HAIM REVEAL VIDEO FOR "IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND"
26 Feb 2014
The track is taken from Haim's debut album 'Days Are Gone', which was released in 2013. The dance-heavy video was directed by Warren Fu, who has previously worked with Daft Punk, The Strokes and The Killers.
JAKE BUGG ADDS SECOND MELBOURNE SHOW
11 Feb 2014
today for Melbourne’s Jake Bugg fans! Following the recent early sell out of
Bugg’s Palace Theatre and Hi-Fi Bar Brisbane shows, a second night has been added to the tour.
will perform an additional show at the Palace on Wednesday 16 April. Tickets
for this new show are on sale now
weeks still to go until Bugg arrives in Australia, tickets for his Sydney show are flying out the door
BAND OF SKULLS ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
10 Feb 2014
Southampton rock heavyweights
Band Of Skulls return to Australia to celebrate the release of their third LP, ‘Himalayan’
(due in store March 28th through Electric Blue Recordings / [PIAS]
After the success of 2012’s
‘Sweet Sour’, which hit the ARIA album chart at #35 and birthed successful
radio singles ‘The Devil Takes Care Of his Own’, ‘Sweet Sour” and ‘Bruises’, the
band have toured worldwide, including support slots for artists such as Queens
of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, The Dead Weather and
Muse, as well as a memorable performance at Splendour In The Grass, with
full-throttle live shows earning them a reputation as one of the most
accomplished, exciting live bands around.
Both live and in the studio,
Band Of Skulls are performing at the top of their game; 2014 looks set to
catapult the band to the forefront of the British music scene with ‘Himalayan’ undoubtedly
one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
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BAND OF SKULLS
Presented by Spotify and Fasterlouder
Tue 17 June – MELBOURNE - THE HI-FI - ON SALE TUE FEB 18 Fri 20 June – SYDNEY - THE HI-FI - ON SALE TUE FEB 18 Sat 21 June – BRISBANE - THE HI-FI - ON SALE TUE FEB 18 Visit secret-sounds.com.au for more info
MØ RELEASES BADASS VIDEO FOR 'DONT WANNA DANCE'
28 Jan 2014
With less than a month until the release of her debut album, MØ has released a badass video for infectious lead single “Don’t Wanna Dance,” which sees the Danish pop singer busting some moves in a pretty sweet furry pink coat with a car compactor in the background.
LANA DEL REY PREMIERES NEW TRACK AT THE GRAMMYS
28 Jan 2014
Lana Del Rey has delivered the theme to the upcoming Disney film 'Maleficent' starring Angelina Jolie.
Three months out from his arrival in Australia, today Secret Sounds announces that Jake Bugg’s Melbourne show at the Palace Theatre on April 17 has sold out!
Sydney and Brisbane fans take heed! Both these shows are moving in the same direction. In fact, Bugg is selling out shows pretty much everywhere including Terminal 5 in New York earlier this month.
With his 20th birthday still a month off, Jake Bugg’s trajectory shows no sign of slowing down. Earlier in January the nominations for the 2014 Brit Awards were announced with Bugg up for British Male Solo Artist alongside David Bowie, James Blake and others.
“A Song about Love”, the third single from Bugg’s sophomore album Shangri La video has just been released, check it out above.
Presented by triple j, Channel V, Monster Children, The Music, Fasterlouder and Spotify
Thurs 17 April – MELBOURNE – PALACE THEATRE – SOLD OUT! Sun 20 April – SYDNEY – ENMORE THEATRE – ON SALE NOW Wed 23 April – BRISBANE – THE HIFI – ON SALE NOW
For those that managed to get their hands on tickets to see Daughter's SOLD OUT Heavenly Sounds concerts in Sydney & Melbourne in February, please introduce yourselves to Vancouver Sleep Clinic who will be opening both shows.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic stepped into the world
earlier this year via ‘Vapour’ – a
track that gained a national nod as finalist of the 2013 triple j Unearthed
High competition. Now, through unveiling
hype around Bettinson has gone global - in a mere 48hrs Zane Lowe had pegged it as his ‘Next
Hype’ track on BBC Radio 1.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE RELEASE NEW SINGLE !
21 Jan 2014
Foster The People will release "Supermodel," their second album expected this March. The 12-track album includes "Coming of Age," the first single, which was teased earlier this month.
The new song, which features a time-lapse video to go with its initial release, represents very little in terms of artistic departure for Foster the People. "Coming of Age" showcases frontman Mark Foster's high-register vocals, sunny guitar and a peppy chorus, in line with much of the band's previous releases.
NEW TUNES FROM MIKHAEL PASKALEV
20 Jan 2014
After causing a stir Down Under with lead single ‘I Spy’, Paskalev will hand deliver 'What’s Life Without Losers' in March when he lands for a handful of launch shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, alongside performances at Perth Festival and WOMADelaide.
Combining shameless pop sensibilities and lo-fi scrappy spirit, 'What’s Life Without Losers' will populate, invigorate and gyrate dance floors across the nation when Paskalev hits our shores.
The good news keeps coming for fans of the rockabilly rebel, with Paskalev alsounleashing second single ‘Jive Babe’; an infectious hand-jiving-anthem, inspired by Twin Peaks’ heroine-come-bad-ass Audrey Horne.
After amazing festival plays and sold out sideshows across the country,London Grammar flew straight to perform on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York, this is what happened........
Broods To Support Youth Lagoon At Laneway Sideshows
12 Jan 2014
Joining one of music’s most innovative minds on
his forthcoming Australian visit, Youth
Lagoon is pleased to welcome emerging NZ based brother-sister duo Broods as the support for his Sydney
and Melbourne headline shows.
Positioned as one of the fastest rising acts of
2014, Broods have just released
their debut single 'Bridges' produced by the man behind fellow kiwi Lorde. In
response to their strong and swift reception, shows are planned across the
globe with Australia being one of the first to witness their newly put together
live show. Their debut EP is out at the end of this month and an album is
expected late 2014.
Tickets to see Youth Lagoon with special guests
Broods are on sale now. Don’t miss your chance to see this musical maestro in
Secret Sounds are spreading the holiday cheer in the lead up to the festive season, by offering their dedicated Secret Sounds subscribers the last chance to snap up tickets to sold out sideshows for both London Grammar and Solange. Demand for the band's maiden tours down-under was huge with all shows selling out rapidly.
A small handful of tickets will be released on Friday, December 13 to subscribers of the Secret Sounds mailing list, so sign up by 5PM on December 12 to be eligible for tickets. This is your absolute last chance to grab tickets to London Grammar, Solange and James Vincent Mcmorrow at these not-to-be-missed shows. No further tickets will be released.
Following a stand
out performance at Splendour In The Grass 2013 and a sold out run of sideshows,
Jake Bugg is heading back to
Australia in April 2014 for headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Bugg returns to
Australia with a fresh set of tunes, his sophomore album Shangri La was released
worldwide on November 15.
Shangri La comes just over a year since Bugg’s self-titled
debut album went straight to number 1 in the UK, sending him into the record
books as the youngest solo male to debut at the top of the UK charts with their
Produced by the
legendary Rick Rubin and named after the producer’s studio in Malibu, Shangri La sees Bugg enlist the likes of
Jason Lader, Matt Sweeney, Pete Thomas of The Attractions and the Red Hot
Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith. The album builds on its predecessor with a ramped
up version of Bugg’s signature timeless sound blended with lyrics that are
totally of their moment.
In Australian Jake
Bugg will be joined by special guests The Creases & The Growl (Acoustic)
songwriters Jarred and Joe aka The
Creases created and recorded a set of tracks in the basement of their
Brisbane share house and it didn’t take long for word to get out about their
infectious tunes. With supports for Peace (UK), the Preatures and The Jungle
Giants already under their belts and new single ‘I Won’t Wait’ just released, the
story of The Creases is only just unfolding.
hemisphere summer run of festivals has taken in Glastonbury – where he drew one
of the biggest crowds of the weekend – Reading/Leeds Festival, T In The Park
and Summer Sonic in Japan. Currently touring across Europe, Bugg will also play
across the USA, the UK and Lollapalooza South America before he hits Australian
shores in April.
by triple j, Channel V, Monster Children, The Music, Fasterlouder and Spotify
April – MELBOURNE – PALACE THEATRE
April – SYDNEY – ENMORE THEATRE
April – BRISBANE – THE HIFI
SOLANGE SELLS OUT FIRST EVER AUSTRALIAN TOUR
20 Nov 2013
Following on the quick sell out of her Melbourne show, all tickets for Solange's headline Sydney show are now also gone. SOLD OUT. True! Those who missed out need not despair! You can catch her at Falls Festival Marion Bay – tickets still available here.
Presented by Channel V, The Music and
Sun 29 Dec – LORNE - FALLS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thurs 02 Jan - BYRON BAY - FALLS MUSIC
FESTIVAL *SOLD OUT*
Tues 7 Jan – MELBOURNE - PRINCE BANDROOM *SOLD
Weds 8 Jan – SYDNEY - METRO THEATRE *SOLD
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE.... MIKHAEL PASKALEV TOUR
06 Nov 2013
He played his first gig at just 14 – in front
of a biker gang – and writes songs inspired by cult TV shows like “Twin
Peaks”. With his sparkling folk-pop and indie soul croon, MIKHAEL PASKALEV is the best thing to come out of Oslo since fjörds
– and now he’s coming to Australia!
one-man tour de force of irresistible charm” – 7bitarcade.com
Secret Sounds are proud to announce that the
charismatic singer/songwriter will be making his very first visit to our shores
in March 2014, for three special live dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Paskalev has charmed the pants off fans
here in Oz and afar – and not just because he appears sans pants in the hilarious, black and white ode to Risky Business, the video for ‘I Spy’. It’s the title track from his
Aussie debut – I Spy EP, released on
Dew Process on Friday 15 November.
The part-Norwegian, part-Bulgarian is signed to
label Communion in the UK (the Mumford & Sons-founded imprint, home also to
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Willy Mason, Deap Vally and Foy Vance),
as well as Mom + Pop (Wavves, Flume, Animal Kingdom) in the US. He hit SXSW in
March, supported alt-J back in June, and you can expect a full-length album in
the months to come – but first up there’s the EP, recorded with producer Joe
Wills and showcasing his love of everything from The Everly Brothers to Paul
Simon, The Shins and The Mamas and the Papas.
Having just played Iceland’s Airwaves Music
Festival and recently completed dates throughout the UK with the rockin’ Half
Moon Run, Paskalev is set to bring
his super catchy pop with a twist to Australia this March. Prepare to fall in
love with MIKHAEL PASKALEV!
Mikhael Paskalev’s I Spy EP is
released digitally on Friday 15 November via Dew Process.
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London trio DAUGHTER will perform two
intimate sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne in the unique HEAVENLY SOUNDS
Church setting when they are in the country for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival next
Starting out in 2010, DAUGHTER released
two EPs ‘His Young Heart’ and ‘The Wild Youth’ in 2011 before signing to 4AD a
year later. With numerous sold out shows under their belts, and a fan base that
continues to multiply, it’s no real surprise that their debut long-player ‘If
You Leave’ entered the Top 20 in the UK album charts in its first week of
release earlier this year.
As well as playing shows with Sigur Rós and The National, they were one of this
year’s highlights at the Glastonbury Festival and our very own Splendour In The
Grass. Expect a very special performance from DAUGHTER at their HEAVENLY SOUNDS
shows. To avoid disappointment be sure to get in quick as their last Australian
tour sold out entirely.
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mailing list can access a pre-sale from Monday 28 October. Sign up via the subscription panel to the left of your screen
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW RELEASES "CAVALIER
16 Oct 2013
It’s a brooding twist on the slow jam; a soft and bridled build spanning hushed
keys and hand-claps to soaring brass and beats, replete with James Vincent
McMorrow’s unmistakable falsetto. Revealing new single ‘Cavalier’, the Irish songsmith
looks to broadened horizons and embarks a soulful trajectory into atmospheric
R&B. The track precedes James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore LP offering Post Tropical, which is now confirmed for an exclusive Australian release on Friday
29th November, ahead of global release next year.
“Her first London gig in four years is the kind of show where
half of London appears to be crammed into a hot basement, while the other half
of London is outside tweeting plaintively that they will do anything to get in.”
happened when Solange played in London earlier this year and with her Melbourne
show now SOLD OUT and Sydney on the way, it’s set to be the same story when she
hits Australian shores for the first time in December
acclaimed 2012 release True and its
super catchy tracks Losing You and Lovers In The Parking Lot continuing to
gather her new followers around the globe, Solange is currently busy working on
a new album that’s expected to drop next year.
These club shows are going to be special!
Presented by Channel V, The Music and
Sun 29 Dec – LORNE - FALLS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mon 30 Dec - MARION BAY - FALLS MUSIC
Thurs 02 Jan - BYRON BAY - FALLS MUSIC
FESTIVAL *SOLD OUT*
Tues 7 Jan – MELBOURNE - PRINCE BANDROOM *SOLD
LONDON GRAMMAR’S FALLS SIDESHOWS SOLD OUT IN MINUTES
08 Oct 2013
British trio behind this year’s most sophisticated and exquisitely bridled
sounds, but today London Grammar’s
Aussie fans prove a force to be reckoned with; driving the band’s Sydney and Melbourne Falls sideshows to
SOLD OUT status within minutes.
A second and
final show at Melbourne’s Prince
Bandroom on Friday 10th
January has been added to meet heavy demand - on sale NOW.
It comes as
little surprise with lead single ‘Hey Now’
sending the online world into a frenzy in January, kick-starting their
global notoriety. What followed were three blog-smashing singles, two
highly-buzzed EPs and a #2 ARIA Chart
debut with new album If You Wait, not to mention taking out triple
j’s Feature Album and earning a swag of stellar reviews along the way.
year’s Falls/Southbound Festivals,
London Grammar’s freshly sold out shows further solidify Australia’s love for
the band. Currently taking on an extensive US tour London Grammar will then hit
a sold out run in the UK, placing them in fine form for their impending Aussie
Tickets to London Grammar’s second and final Melbourne
show are on sale NOW. Visit www.secret-sounds.com.au for tickets.
London Grammar’s #2 debut album If You Wait is out now via Dew
Process/Universal Music Australia, and available on iTunes: po.st/IfYouWait
7th January: The Metro, Sydney SOLD OUT
9th January: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne SOLD OUT
NEW SHOW Friday 10th
January: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Sydney beat architect Kilter will take to the stage at GOODGOD on Tuesday, October 29 as the opening act for Danish songstress MØ’s intimate Australian performance.
His smooth and souful electronic meets experimental hip-hop sounds have already seen him share the stage with the likes of Elizabeth Rose and Klaxons in his short 12 months of performing. In the Mix named him in their top ten of their “Local Producers to Watch” and it seems there’s plenty more to come from this 21 year old with an official EP release slated for later this year.
In MØ news, she will be releasing her first official EP Bikini Daze on Friday, October 18th via Sony Music Australia. It features the Diplo produced ‘XXX 88’ and her new single ‘Never Wanna Know’.
Limited tickets are still available for this very exciting, one-off Australian performance, click here to purchase
MØ ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE SYDNEY CLUB SHOW
23 Aug 2013
MØ (AKA Karen Marie Ørsted)
landed on everyone’s radar when she posted the emotive, lush synthscapes of ‘Maiden’
online in May 2012, and followed up with a stunning turn at CMJ in New York in
the autumn. Likened to the sounds of Grimes meets Lykke Li, MØ was soon to be
tipped by the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit and NME, and voted onto the longlist of
the Blog Sound of 2013.
She dropped her beat-driven
glitch-pop debut single ‘Pilgrim’ via Chess Club / Neon Gold / Nook Nook in
February, and stormed SxSW in Austin, Texas the following month. Both ‘Pilgrim’
and its B-side, a remix by new label-mates MS MR, topped the Hypemachine chart
In the background, MØ has been in
the studio, working on her debut album with Ronni Vindahl of Danish producer
entity No Wav. It will be released in Australia via Sony later this year.
Tickets are strictly limited to MØ’s first
Australian headline appearance
Secret Sounds Present MØ With Special Guest Tue 29 Oct – Goodgod, Sydney Tickets from moshtix.com
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING SYDNEY ALL AGES FANS REJOICE !
09 Jul 2013
EVERYTHING Open Their Sydney
Metro Show to ALL AGES Fans
Good news today for Sydney’s underage music fans
desperate to get a slice of the Splendour In The Grass action.
In response to numerous direct appeals from their
younger fans, Manchester quartet EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING has decided to make their Sydney show an ALL AGES event!
In the midst of a monster run on festival shows
across the northern hemisphere EVERYTHING EVERYTHING have gone straight from
cult favourites to the big time!
The band has recently played The Great Escape, Field Day, Parklife Weekender, Isle Of White, Glastonbury
and Open’er Festival and will also
perform at T In The Park and Latitude before they head to Australia
at the end of this month.
They’ll be joined in
Sydney and Melbourne by CLUBFEET, who recently released Cape Town, the third single from their critically acclaimed
sophomore album Heirs & Graces.
Plus, Sydneysiders will also be treated to a set by Vydamo, the solo project of
Art vs Science’s Jim Finn.
SPLENDOUR SIDESHOWS JUST GET BIGGER - SUPPORTS ANNOUNCE
20 Jun 2013
If you thought July couldn't get any better... you were wrong! Secret Sounds today announces local supports for Splendour In The Grass official sideshows. From Art Vs Science's front man Jim Finns solo project VYDAMO, all party duo Bleeding Knees Club to Jeremy Neales smooth 60s sensibility we've got you covered.
SURFER BLOOD With: JEREMY NEALE, PALMS & THE HARLOTS Presented by FBi, Channel [V], Deezer, Street Press Australia and Tonedeaf
After recently wrapping up a huge US tour supporting Foals, Florida rockers Surfer Blood are prepping for their jaunt downunder. For both shows, Brisbane’s Jeremy Neale will be bringing his smooth 60’s sensibilities to the stage. Local two-piece Palms, whose debut album is slated for release this September, will also be appearing in Sydney. Expect some new material. In Melbourne, sextet The Harlots will be armed to the teeth to kick off proceedings.
PALMA VIOLETS With: BLEEDING KNEES CLUB & TEENAGE MOTHERS Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Deezer, Beat, The Brag and Groupie
Palma Violets’ sideshows just got a whole lot hotter; the kings of NME will now be joined by Gold Coast no-fuss, all-party duo Bleeding Knees Club. With debut album Nothing To Do and new single Feel in tow, Bleeding Knees Club will bringing some serious surf punk to the stage in Sydney and Melbourne. Also joining the East Coast run will be Melbourne trouble makers Teenage Mothers. Known for not giving a fuck, their dark punk tracks tackle dead-end jobs, social injustice and kicking against the pricks. Palma Violets aren’t the first international band to ask them on the road, with The Kills and M83 already requesting their company in previous tours. Until they kicked them off, that is. Mon 29 July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Tues 30 July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney
DEAP VALLY With: THE DELTA RIGGS Presented by Channel [V], Frankie, Fasterlouder, The Brag, Beat and Spotify
Hot from the stages of Bonnaroo - their performance provoking audience nudity and taking out the #6 spot in SPIN’s Bonnaroo 2013: The 10 Best Things We Saw on Thursday - Deap Vally are now on their way to Glastonbury before they head to Australia. Joining them for both of their Splendour sideshows will be frenetic, energetic, Melbourne five piece The Delta Riggs…their particular brand of rock a perfect match for Deap Vally’s lady power. Prepare to sweat!
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING With: CLUBFEET & VYDAMO Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Spotify, Street Press Australia and Music Feeds
Currently in the midst of a massive run of festival dates across the northern hemisphere, including recent performances at The Great Escape and Field Day, and forthcoming spots at Glastonbury and T In The Park, Everything Everything will be well and truly warmed up when they hit Australian stages this July. They’ll be joined in Sydney and Melbourne by CLUBFEET, who recently released Cape Town, the third single from their critically acclaimed sophomore album Heirs & Graces. Sydneysiders will also be treated to a set by Vydamo, the solo project of Art vs Science’s Jim Finn. Fri 26 July – The Corner, Melbourne Sat 27 July – The Metro, Sydney[
As if LA skate punks FIDLAR weren’t enough trouble, now Secret
Sounds has thrown DUNE RATS into the mix as well!
Speaking of the forthcoming tour Danny Beus and BC Michaels (aka
Dune Rats) said “PSYCHED AS FUCK!!!!!!!”
Dune Rats are known for not only their infectiously catchy
garage-surf tunes but also for being able to back them up with one of the most
visceral and outlandish live shows in the country.
Recently ruffling feathers across their sold out Australian tour the
band are at the moment embarking on new territory with tour dates throughout
South Africa, China and South East Asia, returning to home soil for Splendour
In The Grass and these Official Splendour Sideshows with FIDLAR. Dune Rats are infamous for performing and partying in equal measure
and they’ve done both with the likes of The Drums, Best Coast, Cults, Ariel
Pinks Haunted Graffiti and The Hives.
for a trail of destruction when Dune Rats join forces with FIDLAR across Australia this winter!
For more information & ticket purchases click here
SPLENDOUR SIDESHOW SUPERPASS GIVEAWAY
05 Jun 2013
WIN the Secret Sounds Splendour Sideshow Superpass (try saying that 5 times fast!) and you and a mate will have a ticket to every official Splendour in the Grass sideshow!
A word from the wise at Secret Sounds HQ.... JAKE BUGG & DAUGHTER Melbourne shows sold out in a flash, Sydney shows aren't far behind, get in quick so you don't miss out.
We're super excited to announce DUNE RATS as support for FIDLAR plus LITTLE GREEN CARS will be joining DAUGHTER for shows across the country. We've announced sneaky sideshows for power rock divas DEAP VALLY as well as adding a second JAMES BLAKE show in Perth.
A little birdie tells us there will be some limited tickets for all sold out sideshows exclusively released to Secret Sounds subscribers. Don't miss out, stay tuned at www.secret-sounds.com.au
FOALS’ SEPTEMBER TOUR GETS BIGGER + ALPINE Added As Support
02 Jun 2013
Off the back
of mass demand, Oxford rockers Foals have bumped their Australian Tour to a
seven-date run this September; the biggest we’ve seen from them yet! Second
shows have been added to Melbourne’s
Palace Theatre on Thursday 26th
September and Sydney’s Enmore
Theatre on Sunday 29th
September. Tickets will go on sale this Friday 7th June.
The news will
come as a relief to fans who missed out on tickets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
– all of which sold out months ahead of their Aussie return. Limited
tickets are still available in Perth and Adelaide, but not for long, as word begins
to spread of Foals’ frantic, nay, ferocious live shows in the wake of ARIA #1
album Holy Fire.
hitting the road with Surfer Blood in tow for a mammoth North American tour, Foals
stormed the stage at Coachella and also appeared on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel
Live. Front man Yannis Philippakis has set tongues
wagging across the globe, with his vicious on-stage antics sparing none… not
even the barman.
builds to a furious crescendo that sees Yannis frantically hammering away at
his guitar while standing on top of the bar at the rear of the venue as the
band build up a frenzy onstage.” – The USA Guardian
“Foals are one of the most captivating live bands… there’s
always Yannis stomping around the venue during almost every non-vocal break,
throwing himself into the crowd while playing guitar, jumping off a second
floor balcony during “Electric Bloom,” or walking around the crowd for
ever-explosive closer “Two Steps Twice”…” – Consequence of Sound
Joining Foals on the road will be indie protégé’s Alpine. With debut A is for
Alpine under their belt (and a #1 on iTunes, no less) as well as a slew of
accolade including an ARIA nomination for breakthrough artist, Alpine’s honeyed
harmonies and hypnotic rhythms will be the perfect starter. Currently touring
the US and Canada for a series of headline shows, the Aussie 6-piece will be ready
for some home-country love when they bring the much-adored Gasoline and Seeing Red
to the stage.
Tickets to the
newly-added Foals shows in Melbourne and Sydney go on sale Friday 7th
June. Perth and Adelaide are on sale
POWER ROCK DIVAS DEAP VALLY ANNOUNCE SYDNEY & MELBOURNE SIDESHOWS
28 May 2013
The Official Splendour Sideshows just keep giving! Today Secret Sounds adds a dose of power rock to the mix with the announcement that DEAP VALLY will play shows in Sydney and Melbourne alongside their spot on the Splendour In The Grass lineup.
If you caught their maiden tour of Australia earlier this year, it’ll come as no surprise that Silverlake rockers Lindsey Troy (guitar) and Julie Edwards (drums) – aka DEAP VALLY – were chosen by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to open a recent Las Vegas gig.
They’ve also carved it up alongside Mumford & Sons, Eagles of Death Metal, Muse and The Vaccines, and post Splendour and these sideshows they’ll hit stages at Lollapalooza, Pukkelpop, Leeds Festival and Reading Festival to name a few.
The pair’s fierce drum rolls and blues rockin’ howls are all over tracks like “Lies” and “End Of The World”, lifted from the Get Deap EP and they are just about to drop their anticipated debut, Sistrionix, in June.
“I think people could look at us and make one assumption, and then when they see us play, that assumption will be shattered,” says Julie Edwards, Deap Vally’s drummer. “And that’s the beauty of it.”
“Their spit ‘n’ blood rock makes Joan Jett and Jack White sound like the Disney Club” THE INDEPENDENT
“Singing guitarist Lindsey Troy yowls like a wildcat while coaxing heavy blues rock riffs out of her guitar. They are impossible not to love.”THE OBSERVER
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Secret Sounds Presents... DEAP VALLY With Special Guests
Thursday, July 25th Oxford Art factory, Sydney
Saturday, July 27th The Tote Hotel, Melbourne
LAURA MARLING ANNOUNCES A SERIES OF INTIMATE PERFORMANCES
16 May 2013
Returning to Australia this July for the Splendour In The Grass festival, Laura will also perform side shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, in an intimate church setting. This unique experience, a must for any fan, will see Laura perform songs from her new album, ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ as well as a selection of older material. ‘Once I Was An Eagle’, Laura’s fourth album, released in Australia on May 24, is already garnering high praise from critics.
“It’s the sweet sound of this unique talent evolving and it’s utterly captivating ****” – Mojo
Since her 2007 debut, ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’ Laura has established herself as one of the finest young talents around. At just 23 years of age, she has scored a Brit Award, two Mercury Music Prize nominations, and an NME Award for Best Solo Artist. Tickets for LAURA MARLING’S HEAVENLY SOUNDS shows are open to ALL AGES and available through www.ticketek.com.au
Heavenly Sounds by arrangement with Secret Sounds Presents... LAURA MARLING With Special Guests
Tuesday, July 23rd St Stephen's Uniting Church, Sydney
Thursday, July 25th Flinders Street Baptis Church, Adelaide
Friday, July 26th St Joseph's Church, Subiaco, Perth
Tuesday, July 30th St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne
HIGH HIGHS TO PLAY ONE OFF SYDNEY & MELBOURNE SHOWS
14 May 2013
Sydney-born, Brooklyn-based duo High Highs will return to Australia for headline appearances in Sydney and Melbourne in June. The band released its debut LP Open Season earlier this year, and justified the buzz with widely hailed performances on the Laneway Festival, as well as two intimate headline appearances. They’ll bring their dream-pop soundscapes to Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on June 5th and Melbourne’s The Toff in Town on June 6th.
Open Season has resonated strongly with fans and critics alike, with Australians particularly praising their harmony-laden indie pop:
“Open Season is an extraordinarily beautiful ride, and is a listening must if chilled experimental indie is your vibe” – 9/10 – The AU Review
“… truly bliss-worthy moments” – themusic.com.au
High Highs will wrap up their current US tour supporting Vampire Weekend, and fly straight to our shores. They’ll also take to the stage at Vivid 2013, opening for Empire of the Sun’s long awaited return to the stage.
If you’re yet to see High Highs bring their dreamy debut to life, now is the time.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 16th at MIDDAY (12PM) via Moshtix.
Secret Sounds by arrangement with Artist Voice Present
HIGH HIGHS With Special Guests Presented by Tone Deaf
Wednesday, June 5th Oxford Art Factory Tickets available moshtix.com.auor 1300 438 849
Thursday, June 6th The Toff In Town Tickets from moshtix.com.auor 1300 438 849
OFFICIAL SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2013 SIDESHOWS
07 May 2013
Emotionally resonate, beautifully realised. Two years back JAMES BLAKE released one of the best albums of 2011 in his eponymous debut. With 2013’s Overgrown,
the classically trained pianist/post-dubstep auteur surpasses all
expectation. From touches of R&B and gospel (see single
“Retrograde”) to collaborations with RZA, and Brian Eno – Overgrown is a perfect listen. “JAMESBLAKE
is a modern master of emotional speculation,” argued Pitchfork – and we
agree. With two shows in March selling out in just minutes, get in
quickly: these tickets will go fast.
JAMES BLAKE TOUR DATES Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Street Press Australia, The Vine & Rdio
FRI 2 AUGUST - AUCKLAND TOWN HALL, AUCKLAND NZ Tickets from the-edge.co.nz
Topping the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 and conquering SXSW, Californian siblings HAIM – Este,
Danielle and Alana (joined by drummer Dash Hutton on stage) – have
serious buzz. You’ve already swooned to their Californian
folk-meets-R&B blend on “Falling” and the title tune from EP Forever;
now their highly anticipated winter album, sees the girls teaming up
with producers Paul Epworth (Adele) and James Ford (Arctic Monkeys).
Whether supporting Mumford & Sons or Florence + The Machine, HAIM’s astonishinglive shows area must-see!
HAIM TOUR DATES Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Yen, Spotify & Street Press Australia
We first fell for New York duo MS MR via the glam-yet-gloomy “Hurricane”, 2012’s Candy Bar Creep Show
EP, and Chet Faker’s remix of “Dark Doo Wop”. Lizzy Plapinger and Max
Hershenow won over Aussies hearts during their February trek on Laneway;
May will see the release of Secondhand Rapture, the indie-popster’s scorching debut LP. MS MR
just wrapped a US tour with Jessie Ware, while HBO used their track
“Bones” for the Season Three trailer for “Game Of Thrones”. Can they
get any cooler?
MS MR TOUR DATES Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Beat, The Brag, FasterLouder & Spotify
Released at the tail-end of 2012 from the Manchester quartet’s second album, Arc, “Cough Cough” snuck into triple j’s Hottest 100 in the nick of time. The eclectic sound of EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
is complex pop candy – witness sublime sparks like “Duet”, or
“Kemosabe”. With sold-out gigs back home and support for Two Door
Cinema Club and Muse, EVERYTHING EVERYTHING have gone straight from cult favourites to the big time. Said the NME of a recent show, “Britain’s poppiest smart band become Britain’s smartest pop band.”
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING TOUR DATES Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Music Feeds, Street Press Australia & Spotify
You caught “Two Fingers” in our Splendour announce video: there’s big things on the horizon for Nottingham’s 19-year-old JAKE BUGG.
Released in October 2012 and hitting #1 in the UK, Jake was nominated
for Brit and Ivor Novello trophies for his self-titled LP, which houses
top notch single “Lightning Bolt”. Says Rolling Stone, “Bugg does
what Adele and Amy Winehouse did with soul: he yokes the spirit and
styles of dated genres to the now.” Fresh off the road on a US tour with
Band Of Horses, Jake’s the real deal.
JAKE BUGG TOUR DATES Presented by Channel [V], Tonedeaf, The Brag, Beat & Deezer
Snotty and fresh: LA skate punkers FIDLAR don’t
mess around when bashing out songs like “Wake Bake Skate”, “Cheap Beer”
or “Max Can’t Surf”. On their 39 minute, self-titled debut the
four-piece mix scatological jokes and West Coast party anthems, songs
which sit quite nicely thank you alongside tour buddies like Wavves,
Cheatahs and the Black Lips. Henry Rollins is a fan – and their name’s
an acronym for “fuck it, dog, life’s a risk”. Get ready for a trail of
destruction when FIDLAR hit Australia this winter!
FIDLAR TOUR DATES Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Deezer, The Brag, Beat, Xpress & FasterLouder
Signed to seminal label 4AD, London trio DAUGHTER unleashed one of 2013’s most hypnotic debuts in If You Leave. Originally a solo project of singer/guitarist Elena Tonra, DAUGHTER
make introspective, emotional pop – songs of heartbreak and hope, like
smouldering singles “Smother” and “Still”. Recorded by Rodaidh McDonald
(the xx), If You Leave follows two acclaimed EPs – and now the
trio make their first trip to Australia on the back of a sold-out UK
tour run, with supports for Sigur Rós planned, plus Glastonbury, Fuji
Rock and Primavera.
DAUGHTER TOUR DATES Proudly presented by Channel [V], Beat, The Brag, Groupie, FBi & Spotify
want you to be my best friend!” sings Sam Fryeron on the raucous “Best
Of Friends” – and by the time these rockers depart Oz you’ll be just
that. Crowned ‘best new band of 2013’ by the NME, PALMA VIOLETS’
glorious, raw live show was honed at Studio 180, a South London art
space/crash pad. That’s also where they recorded the excellent 180 (Rough Trade/Remote Control). PALMA VIOLETS recently broke hearts across the US, and come July are set to support the Rolling Stones back at home, no less.
PALMA VIOLETS TOUR DATES Proudly presented by triple j, Channel [V], Beat, The Brag, Groupie & Deezer
MON 29 JULY - NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE Tickets from thecorner.com
drop their brand new album on June 14 and are currently criss-crossing
the States on a two-month trek with Foals. Now Florida’s SURFER BLOOD are set to bring their summery magic back to Australia! Pythons is the follow-up to SURFER BLOOD’s critically-acclaimed debut Astro Coast, which earned spots on ‘best of’ lists from Rolling Stone,
Pitchfork, NME and the BBC. Recorded in LA with producer Gil Norton
(Pixies, Foo Fighters) and mixer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith), you
can catch the first taste of Pythons via single “Demon Dance”. Last here in 2010, these shows will leave you warm and fuzzy!
SURFER BLOOD TOUR DATES Presented by Channel [V], Tonedeaf, Street Press Australia, FBi & Deezer
Beloved by fans here at home and abroad, LAURA MARLING returns to Australia on the back of her remarkable fourth album, Once I Was An Eagle.
At just 23-years-old Laura’s body of work is exceptional, as evidenced
by her 2011 Brit Award for Best Female Solo Artist and two Mercury Music
Prize nominations. The ambitious new LP – arguably the
singer/songwriter’s best work yet – was recorded at the Three Crows
studio of producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Vaccines).
Says Laura, “I can and should offer nothing to the world other than what
I have learned and only to those that want to hear about it. Human
beings are naturally inclined to feel pleased when they understand or
Fanning will also be doing a run of shows surrounding Splendour In the
Grass. Hitting 18 shows, across metro and regional areas in every
Australian state, The Departures Tour provides fans from Cairns to
Canberra the first opportunity to hear the forthcoming album Departures
live. First taste of the album 'Battleships' has already been embraced
across the nation, with the likes of triple j, Triple M, Nova 1069 and
B105 pushing it straight onto rotation last week. Tickets are on sale
this Friday, 10th May at Midday.
JAMES BLAKE WELCOMES JONTI TO SOLD OUT SHOWS THIS WEEK
18 Mar 2013
After selling out Melbourne’s Corner Hotel in record-breaking 60 seconds flat, and Sydney’s Verbrugghen Hall in just minutes, James Blake’s Australian shows were already deemed some of the hottest tickets in town. Lucky ticketholders are in for yet another treat as multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist Jonti is welcomed to the bill.
With acclaimed debut ‘Twirligig’ in his stride, the Sydney (via South Africa) based musician has recorded with the likes of Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon, to name but a few. Following a European/US tour with Gotye last year, Jonti will be back on home turf for two very special shows with James Blake.
The shows will provide an increasingly rare chance to see Blake up close and personal, placing Australians among the first to hear Blake’s forthcoming album ‘Overgrown’ in a live setting.
Following Blake’s critically acclaimed debut of 2011, ‘Overgrown’ is said to earmark the 24-year-old Londoner as a worthy successor to thrones long since vacated by Massive Attack and Aphex Twin. Released next month, the new album showcases Blake’s signature electronics and stunning reinterpretations of dubstep, hip-hop and house - culminating in lead single ‘Retrograde’ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p6PcFFUm5I
Tickets to James Blake’s Australian tour are sold out. No additional shows will be added. His sophomore album ‘Overgrown’ is due Friday 5th April, via Universal Music and available for pre-order here.
Deap Vally Latest Tour News & Local Supports Announced
18 Mar 2013
long before DEAP VALLY makes their
way to Australia for their first ever shows early April, Lindsey and Julie have
been busy honing their gig chops.
deliver tracks like 'End of the World', ‘Lies’ and ‘Make My Own Money’ like a
band with something to prove, a rare sight these days” – London on
the Inside, Feb 2013
killer headline UK tour, a string of European dates with Mumford & Sons and
what are sure to be scorching appearances at Coachella, Reading and Leads
festivals this year, DEAP VALLY have gained a reputation for a powerful,
sincere live show with engaging and precise delivery and
an indescribable constant energy.
out from feverishly touring and working with Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta) on
their highly anticipated debut album Sistrionix,
the increasingly talented girls recently spent time at BBC Radio 1 to record
this awesome cover of Jake Bugg’s Lightning Bolt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zx9XsMv33s
Joining DEAP VALLY in both Sydney on the5th and Melbourne on the 6th
are GUNG HO. An energetic and original Brisbane outfit who have been together
since 2010. And after making a powerful first impression, they have been
hailed as one of the country’s more promising young bands. With big ideas and a blend of styles, Gung Ho’s combination of
Oliver’s retro bass lines with Mike’s hook laden guitar riffs made for a unique
environment of post-punk jams alongside other melodious new wave singles.
joining the Sydney bill is the
wonderful STEVE SMYTH. Hailing from the rugged
heartland of the New South Wales south coast, Steve’s roots in music can be
traced back, past adolescent forays into punk, folk and rock, to a childhood of
Sunday gospel sessions. A born
wanderer Steve has toured the globe playing with an incredible mix of local and
international acts including The Killers and Angus Stone just recently. Following
the worldwide acclaim of his 2012 debut album, Release Steve returns home from European Festival circuit to a
rapidly growing local fan base of fervent enthusiasm.
already, get your tickets for this night of rock’ n roll. Because
all too quickly they’ll take their glitzy glamour, big hair and fierce riffs back home and you’ll
be wishing you did.
Holy Fire rockers FOALS return for massive Spring tour.
08 Mar 2013
Reckless and exhilarating, Oxford indie
superstars FOALS are back! Secret
Sounds are thrilled to announce the return visit of this acclaimed
Mercury-nominated band, who’ll head to Australia in September for a huge national
headline tour which will also include a special show in New Zealand in October.
In the country earlier this year for the Big Day
Out, demand for tickets saw FOALS sell
out two intimate Sydney club shows in less than 10 minutes. On their 2008 debut
Antidotes, FOALS’effortless techno
reflected one rule: Yannis, Jack, Walter, Edwin and Jimmy wanted guitar music
they could dance to. Two years later, FOALS
unveiled the Mercury shortlisted Total
Life Forever (which included widescreen masterpiece “Spanish Sahara”) In February
2013 delivered their finest album yet: Holy
“We wanted a record that was all gut,” says
frontman Philippakis. “The mission we set was to get freer. The focus was on
the emotion: from our hearts and our hands, into the instruments and the
microphones, then out of a speaker, six months later – and into your ears.”
Debuting at #1 on the ARIA album charts thanks to
first single “Inhaler” (2.7m YouTube views and counting) and follow-up “My
Number”, the triple j Feature Album was recorded by infamous producers Flood
(PJ Harvey, U2) and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), at the
pair’s Assault & Battery studios in North West London.
is a very good, ambitious record, one that operates on an artistic economy of
scale... there's an added element of showmanship that establishes [Holy Fire]
as a point of no return.” –Pitchfork,
With their reputation for ferocious and savage
live shows well familiar to Aussie fans, demand for FOALS tickets will be high - get in quick! Tickets will go on
sale 9am, Monday 18 March.
Holy Fire is out now via
Transgressive/Warner Music Australia.
Buy your ticket and at the same time grab the new FOALS album Holy Fire for
Five lucky people who buy the
ticket + album bundle will also go in the draw to win a limited edition Holy Fire box set, which includes: 12”
box with exclusive Holy Fire artwork,
exclusive marbled heavyweight vinyl, documentary DVD and bonus CD, six
double-sided 12” prints, 12” x 24” Holy
Fire print, album download code and “My
Number” 7” vinyl. Each box set is numbered, initialled and sealed by the
Secret Sounds Presents FOALS Supported by triple j, Street Press Australia and Tone Deaf
SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER: METRO CITY, PERTH - (18+) Tickets from: oztix.com.au & 1300 762 545
Just prior to the release of his highly-anticipated sophomore album, UK’s James Blake will return to Australia for two special shows this month.
Fans in Melbourne and Sydney will witness the enchantment of James Blake, as he will take to the stage of The Corner Hotel and Verbrugghen Hall for a rare and intimate affair. In his first visit since his famed Splendour In the Grass jaunt in 2011, this tour will reveal his brand new follow-up album Overgrown live. After collaborating with the likes of Brian Eno and RZA, this material casts light on a further evolved Blake, one with fewer boundaries, a richness of depth and newfound intensity.
Blake’s 2011 self-titled debut tipped the UK bass culture on its head; down previously unimagined roads of introspection. Including singles, ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ and Fiest cover ‘Limit To Your Love’, the work earned Blake a Mercury Prize nomination, along with two BRIT award nominations and a #2 on the BBC Sound of 2011 countdown. It saw him travel the globe over, each show met with pin-drop silence for an audience willing to be transposed to another world.
The 24 year old Londoner’s signature soaring electronics and stunning reinterpretations of dubstep, hip-hop and house are qualities that culminate in latest single ‘Retrograde’. Partnered by a dark and deeply pensive video, the track is an electronic soul testament that earmarks Blake as a worthy successor to thrones long since vacated by Massive Attack and Aphex Twin.
Limited tickets to the intimate shows plus an exclusive Overgrown vinyl + badge ticket bundle will be available this Monday 11th March at 9am. James Blake’s forthcoming album Overgrown is due Friday 5th April, via Universal Music Australia and available to pre-order here.
Secret Sounds Presents JAMES BLAKE
Tuesday 19th March: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Tickets available from: cornerhotel.com & 1300 724 867
Friday 22nd March: Verbrugghen Hall @ Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Tickets available from: ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100
DEAP VALLY Loud. Fierce. Sassy. Not your average girl band.
14 Feb 2013
Troy howls like she's teaching the world a lesson while wielding her guitar
like a whip. Her Deap Vally bandmate Julie Edwards punishes the drums as if
they’re telling her lies.” – Spin
watches to rock! Secret Sounds is proud to announce California’s latest
heartbreakers DEAP VALLY will bring their fierce riffs to Australia for the
first time this April. Playing two intimate club shows on FRIDAY 5 in SYDNEY
and SATURDAY 6 in MELBOURNE, tickets to these limited capacity shows are onsale
at 9am on THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY.
at a crochet class" is not something you would expect to hear
from this brash LA pair. Bonding over their love of threading and classic rock,
Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards joined musical forces in 2011.
Shattering the image of a stereotypical girl
band, they have excited their peers, fans and industry alike with their heavy,
feisty rock n roll performances. From supporting rock royalty Eagles of Death
Metal, Muse and The Vaccines to a string of headline shows in the UK this month
and spots on Coachella and Spain’s FIB later this year, they will continue to
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2013 FEATURE & RECORD OF THE DAY ¨ ¨ NME SINGLE OF THE YEAR ¨
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the ever-increasing hype surrounding the band, we eagerly await the release of
their debut album 'Sistrionix' in
Australia this May. Currently in the studio in LA putting the finishing touches
on the record, their second single Lies
has just been released and is already causing a stir.
guitar and huge drums, it’s an all-out aural assault. Troy and Edwards believe
it's not about perfection; it’s about giving it as much authentic energy and
harnessing the powers from the universe of rock! Coupled with plenty of
sass, attitude and soul, they
are impossible not to love and impossible to miss when they hit our shores for
the very first time in April.
Ben Howard Announces a Second and Final Sydney Show, Second Melbourne Show Now Sold Out
09 Jan 2013
When tickets went onsale for Ben Howard’s first headline tour late last year, they were snapped up quickly, with Melbourne and Sydney both declared sellouts.
A second show at The Corner Hotel, in Melbourne was promptly added, which has once again SOLD OUT.
Sydney fans will be excited to hear that due to overwhelming demand, Howard will now take to the stage in Sydney for a second and final show on Tuesday, April 2nd, once again at The Metro. Tickets are on sale this Thursday January 10th at 9AM.
With tickets selling fast for Brisbane’s show at The Hi-Fi and three SOLD OUT shows already under this belt, Ben Howard’s Australian tour is quickly becoming one hot ticket. Don’t miss your chance to see Ben Howard with his band this summer.
“Every Kingdom” and “The Burgh Island EP” are out now through Island/Universal.
Secret Sounds Presents Ben Howard With Special Guests Presented by Street Press Australia, Yen and Music Feeds
Wednesday, April 3rd, The Metro, Sydney – SOLD OUT
Friday, April 5th, The Hi-Fi, Brisbane – SELLING FAST Tickets from: www.moshtix.com.au or 1300 438 849
Saturday, April 6th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne - SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 7th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Ben Howard Sells Out Melbourne and Sydney. Second show added in Melbourne.
20 Dec 2012
Following last week’s announcement of Ben Howard’s 2013 headline shows, Australian fans came out in force. So much so, that Melbourne’s Corner Hotel show sold out in just two hours. Sydney show at The Metro has also followed suit, selling out today.
Those in Melbourne who missed out on tickets are in luck, as Ben Howard will take to the stage a second time on Sunday, April 7th, once again at the Corner Hotel. Tickets for this new show will go on sale tomorrow, Friday December 21st at 9am.
Whilst in the country for Bluesfest, Howard will perform his debut Australian headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.
His Mercury Prize-nominated, platinum-selling release “Every Kingdom” saw the English singer/songwriter embark on a grueling international tour, winning over audiences in the US, UK, Europe and Australia.
Howard’s “The Burgh Island EP” explored all things electric, with the four tracks serving as a dark and brooding follow up to his much-loved pop folk tunes, including ‘Old Pine’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up’.
With new music in tow, the anticipation is high for BEN HOWARD’s 2013 Australian tour.
“Every Kingdom” and "The Burgh Island EP” are out now in Australia through Island/Universal.
Tickets to Brisbane are on sale now. Melbourne’s second show will go on sale at 9am, Friday, December 21st.
Secret Sounds Presents Ben Howard With Special Guests
Wednesday, April 3rd, The Metro, Sydney – SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 6th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne - SOLD OUT
NEW SHOW: Sunday, April 7th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Tickets from: www.cornerhotel.com or 03 9427 9198
Ben Howard - Australian Tour 2013
11 Dec 2012
establishing himself as one of the most in-demand live artists in the world,
Secret Sounds is thrilled to announce BEN
HOWARD’s 2013 Australian tour. Whilst in the country for Bluesfest, Howard
will take to the stage for his first three Australian headline performances in
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne respectively.
BEN HOWARD has had a whirlwind introduction to
the world off the back of his Mercury Prize nominated, platinum-selling debut
album “Every Kingdom”.
the back of a grueling worldwide tour schedule that saw him shine in front of
US, UK, European and Australian audiences, it’s no surprise that he notched up over
a half a million record sales to his name worldwide.
follow up release “The Burgh Island EP” sees
him ditching his acoustic guitar and taking up things electric. The four tracks
are more dark and brooding; an interesting counterpoint to previous radio
favourites ‘Old Pine’ and ‘Keep Your Head Up’.
seems his pop folk tunes, laid-back manner and love of surfing resonate well
with Australian audiences. After testing the waters earlier this year when
touring as part of the Communion tour, it was clear that Howard had herds of
fans with rooms a-buzz to see the troubadour play.
new music in tow, the anticipation is high for BEN HOWARD’s 2013 Australian tour.
“Every Kingdom” and “The Burgh Island EP” are out now in
Australia through Island/Universal.
Sounds Presents Ben Howard
With Special Guests
Saturday, April 6th, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Tickets from: www.cornerhotel.com or 03 9427 9198
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, THE VACCINES AND THE JUNGLE GIANTS INVITE YOU ABOARD A CITY CRUISE
10 Dec 2012
Two Door Cinema Club, along with pals The Vaccines and The Jungle Giants, are searching for a fan and three friends to join them on a river (or harbour) cruise.
In a chance to explore the glorious Australian cities they are playing in, Two Door Cinema Club are asking fans in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to show them why they should choose their city for a day on the water. If they pick your city, it could be yourself and three friends in for a triple treat, with all three bands on the bill joining thecruise.
Tickets are still available to Two Door Cinema Club’s east coast side shows. Queensland fans will need to get in quick though, with the Brisbane’s all ages show at The Tivoli currently teetering on sold out. Fans of all ages in Sydney and Melbourne are also encouraged to get in before Christmas if they wish to catch the three bands at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion or Melbourne’s Festival Hall.
Joining DJANGO DJANGO on their forthcoming
Australian headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are three of
Australia’s most exciting up and coming outfits – PALMS, THE GRISWOLDSand
Made up of Al Grigg and Tom Wallace, previously one
half of Red Riders, Sydney duo PALMS have garnered attention throughout 2012
off the back of their first two singles ‘The Summer is Done With Us’ and
‘Love’. The two are currently recording their debut LP due for release in the
Chameleons of indie pop, The Griswolds are
overflowing with energy. The colourful five-piece introduced themselves to the
world with tracks ‘Mississippi’ and ‘Heart of a Lion’ alongside supports with
San Cisco and Hey Geronimo. Their debut EP “Heart
of a Lion” is out now.
After just finishing a national tour supporting
Last Dinosaurs, TWINSY are fast becoming well acquainted with Australian
audiences. Comprising of Guy Chappell of Yacht Club DJ’s and Michael Belsar of
Hunting Grounds this feel good duo unleashed their first single ‘Waterbombs’
earlier this year and is a taste of what is to come from their debut EP due
“Django Django” is out now
through Warner Music Australia.
Secret Sounds Presents DJANGO DJANGO With Palms, The Griswolds and Twinsy Presented by Channel [V], Tone Deaf, The Brag, Beat & Time Off
Thursday, January 10th – The Zoo, Brisbane With The Griswolds & Palms Tickets from: oztix.com.au & 1300 762 545
Friday, January 11th – The Metro, Sydney (All Ages) With Palms & Twinsy Tickets from: ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Saturday, January 12th – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne With Twinsy & Palms Tickets from: moshtix.com.au & 1300 438 849
HIGH HIGHS TAKING MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY TO NEW LEVELS
23 Nov 2012
Tipped as a band
to watch by Pitchfork, NME and The Guardian on the strength of their debut EP, HIGH HIGHS will be home in Australia to
show off their wares at Laneway Festival. Melbourne
and Sydney fans will be treated to the hypnotic live experience with two
intimate shows at The Toff In Town and Oxford Art Factory.
The Sydney natives
have now relocated to Brooklyn; but the chaos and cold have done little to diminish
their dreamy, atmospheric sun kissed pop.
acoustica with pop choruses; lullabies with bite.” - The Guardian, New Band of the Day
“The EP is a breathtaking debut
from the three-piece, providing stunning vocals and quietly confident
instrumentation, with much promise for the future.” - Tone Deaf, 8.5/10
harmony-laden indie pop has drawn favourable comparisons to Neil Young across
the blogosphere. But their marriage of
electronic indie and classic acoustic rock has created a dynamic widescreen
sound of their own reckoning. High Highs are the not-to-be-missed act of the
Tickets are on sale
Thursday, November 29 at 9.00am. An exclusive pre-sale will be available to all
those who have signed up to the Secret Sounds mailing list by Wednesday, November 28 by midday ADST.
Secret Sounds by arrangement with Artist Voice Present
Wednesday, January 30 The Toff In Town Tickets from moshtix.com.auor 1300 438 849
Thursday, January 31 Oxford Art Factory Tickets available moshtix.com.auor 1300 438 849
FATHER JOHN MISTY RETURNS FOR SHOWS IN MELBOURNE, SYDNEY AND BRISBANE
07 Nov 2012
the crowds and stealing a heart or ten on his maiden trek to Australia earlier
this year, Father John Misty is set
to impress yet again with headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne throughout February, 2013.
Josh Tillman stepped
out from behind the drum stool in Fleet Foxes to record his first album “Fear Fun” under the moniker Father John
Misty. “Fear Fun” earned him a rapturous critical response worldwide for his
smooth songwriting, sweet melodies and literate lyrics.
Misty had the
crowds in awe when he played the G.W. McLennan Tent at Splendour In The Grass and
sold out his shows at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and Melbourne’s The Corner
Hotel – the live experience is nothing short of captivating, mesmerizing and just
a little bit kooky. Not knowing what to
expect from this American musician live is half the fun, he has his fans eating
out of his hands.
"He makes the performance as important as
the music. Long story short, he has a fucking good time. And so do we." Inpress
"His voice remained in fine form
(despite some rather energetic physical interpretations), and every story came
to life as he sang it. The energy grew as his set progressed, the music shifted
from folk to rockabilly, everyone became considerably more disheveled, his hips
gyrated impressively fast and his mic stand refused to stay in one piece until
eventually chaos seemed to erupt on the stage." Drum Media
endearing and very charming, Father John
Misty gets his swagger on this February. Tickets go on sale Wednesday,
“Fear Fun” is out now through Inertia Music/Sub
Pop. Tickets are on sale 9am local venue time on Wednesday,
November 14. An exclusive pre-sale will be available to all those who have
signed up to the Secret Sounds mailing list by
Monday, November 12 at midday.
Secret Sounds Presents FATHER JOHN MISTY With OH MERCY Presented by Channel [V], Street Press Australia, Fasterlouder & Deezer
BRITISH SOUL ARTIST MICHAEL KIWANUKA IN AUSTRALIA FOR HEAVENLY SOUNDS TOUR
06 Nov 2012
Early this year, 25 year old British soul
artist MICHAEL KIWANUKA sold out an
East Coast tour and thrilled the audience at Splendour in the Grass. Michael
returns to Australia in March to perform in Melbourne and Sydney for
the HEAVENLY SOUNDS tour of churches and cathedrals.
With his acclaimed debut album ‘Home Again’ nominated for this year’s
Mercury Music Prize, MICHAEL KIWANUKA’s
music strikes a balance between being contemporary yet timeless, his key
musical touchstones rooted in 1970s soul, folk and gospel.
Credited as a BBC Sound Of 2012 Artist
and recently nominated for an MTV 2012 EMA in the ‘Best Push’ Category, MICHAEL KIWANUKA’s style of music is
the perfect match for a HEAVENLY SOUNDS
tour. Since its inception mid last year, HEAVENLY
SOUNDS has built a solid fan base of music lovers who enjoy a unique music
experience set in the architectural splendour, rich acoustics and otherworldly ambience of
the church setting.
Tickets for the shows in Melbourne & Sydney are on sale now (see dates and ticketing info below). Expect nothing short of a show
full of pure talent when MICHAEL KIWANUKA takes
to the stage on his HEAVENLY SOUNDS
MICHAEL KIWANUKA – Heavenly Sounds Tour With special guest Ainslie Wills Presented by Secret Sounds, One Louder and Artist Voice
All shows are open to all ages. Tickets on sale now!
Wednesday March 27th St Stephen's Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW ticketek.com.au
MS MR ANNOUNCE LANEWAY SIDESHOWS IN SYDNEY & MELBOURNE
02 Nov 2012
Australia for the very first time to play the 2013 St Jerome’s Laneway
Festival, MS MR (pronounced Ms
Mister) are also set to treat fans to two very special headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
the duo behind the moniker were shrouded in mystery, proving themselves to
intrigue universally and garnering attention from critics around the world.
“MS MR deliver,
ratcheting up the rapture to near-thunderstorm levels: seething percussion,
steely vocals, and a sonic fog that buries any lingering pleasantries.” Pitchfork
“Potentially the first
superstars of chillwave? Steeped in the ethos and ideas of the era, even if
their music is more sweetly strident.” The Guardian, New Band Of
lovely marriage of Brooklyn and gentle ‘80s rock n roll, the self-described
Tumblr-glitch-pop duo, make music to sink your teeth into. On the back of releasing
their critically acclaimed EP, “Candy Bar Creep Show” they’ve toured with
Marina and The Diamonds, Grouplove and most recently wowed crowds at CMJ.
Performing as a
band on stage bringing the lushness and energy of their recorded tracks to
life, MS MR are a band not to be missed.
“Candy Bar Creep
Show” is out now through Sony Music Australia.
DJANGO DJANGO Announce Falls Sideshows for East Coast!
18 Oct 2012
a rapturous response to their maiden trip Down Under, DJANGO DJANGO are back to see in the new year at Falls and
Southbound Festivals, also treating Australian fans to three very special
headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
the release of their debut, self-titled LP earlier this year, Australian’s
followed in the footsteps of the rest of the world, coining their admiration
for the four Scotsmen. Whilst on their first visit to Australia, punters rushed
to buy tickets, selling out not one, but two Oxford Art Factory’s in Sydney and
The Corner Hotel in Melbourne.
j favourites ‘Default’ and ‘Wor’ prove that DJANGO DJANGO’s sound can’t be pigeonholed, crossing plains between
exotic/psychedelic/electronic/pop rock created by their DIY approach to playing
instruments and making music.
agrees, when it comes to their live show; it’s nothing short of impressive.
“Live the band
are a versatile bunch, switching instruments, ganging up on drums and oversized
tambourines and all the while with grins across their faces. The crowd matched
their enthusiasm with rapturous applause” Drum
“It’s hard for me
to say much about this band that hasn’t already been said; they’re simply one
fantastic live act. – The AU Review
Unassuming newcomers DJANGO DJANGO have become one of the world’s buzz bands. Get your
tickets this Thursday October 25th, to see what all the fuss is
is out now through Warner Music Australia
Tickets are on sale 9am local venue time on Thursday
Secret Sounds Presents DJANGO DJANGO With Special Guests Presented by Channel [V], The Brag, Beat & Time Off
Thursday, January 10th – The Zoo, Brisbane Tickets from: oztix.com.au & 1300 762 545
Friday, January 11th – The Metro, Sydney Tickets from: ticketek.com.au & 132 849
Saturday, January 12th – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Tickets from: moshtix.com.au & 1300 438 849
Tickets are on sale 9am local venue time, Thursday
THE RETURN OF HOT CHIP!
18 Oct 2012
About to reclaim dance floors with their fresh beats and irresistible
hooks is the almighty HOT CHIP who return to Oz courtesy of Secret
Sounds this January. The UK quintet will perform three special shows along the
East Coast (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) off the back of their
appearances at the Falls and Southbound festivals. Tickets are on sale at
9.00am on MONDAY OCT 29TH.
Since 2004, HOT
CHIP has released a string of ambitious and creatively bold albums of
soulful, lyrical and melodic electronic pop. The collective creative talents of
Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor, Felix Martin, Al Doyle and Owen Clarke
have led to a stellar
catalogue now stretching to five albums and several standout singles including
mega dance hit Ready For The Floor -
not to mention nominations at the Mercury Prize and Grammy Awards.
Now widely regarded as one of the UK's greatest
exponents of quirky, compelling, electronic pop music, HOT
CHIP have had a cracking
year. Their fifth studio album In Our
Headshas received critical
acclaim around the world, being almost universally described as ‘joyful’, ‘exuberant’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘filled
with infectious pop hooks’. It landed in the ARIA Top 20 and was featured by
youth radio network triple j who described the album as ‘more HOT CHIP goodness; the perfect balance between
tender and banging dance music.’
In news that will thrill their legion of devoted fans,
HOT CHIP has announced the release
of an expanded edition of In Our Heads.
The new deluxe version of the album – released in Australia on NOV 16TH – comes
with an extra disc/digital bundle featuring remixes from Major Lazer, Optimo,
Daphni and Moretime, rare tracks and previously unheard demos.
CHIP on all shows will be buzz band WORLD’S
END PRESS. The Melbourne quartet have spent the past year gracing festivals around the world and
generally getting themselves noticed by the indie blogosphere via the avant-pop
gem Second Day Uptown. Written up in NME three times to date
(including their 100 New Bands You have to Hear issue earlier in the year), World’s
End Press are a band to keep on your radar.
HOT CHIP has created a uniquely identifiable sound with a lexicon of influences
that includes a diverse mix of soul, R&B, gospel, Detroit House, disco and funk.
by the BBC as ‘dance music with feelings;
beats in cardigans’ there’s nothing ordinary about HOT CHIP. Prepare
HOT CHIP JANUARY 2013 Supported by triple j, Channel [V], Street Press Australia & inthemix.com.au
Sun 6th Jan - The Tivoli, Brisbane Tickets on sale from 9.00am local time ticketek.com.au & 132 849 With special guests World’s End Press
Tue 8th Jan - Enmore Theatre, Sydney Tickets on sale from 9.00am local time ticketek.com.au & 132 849 With special guests World’s End Press
Wed 9th Jan - The Palace, Melbourne Tickets on sale from 9.00am local time ticketek.com.au & 132 849 With special guests World’s End Press
Tickets are on sale Mon 29th Oct at 9am
CREATORS OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST ROCK SHOW, THE HIVES, RETURN!
30 Sep 2012
“As long as you scream
‘The Hives!’ at the top of your voice, nothing can go wrong in your life.” – Howlin’
Pelle Almqvist. World’s wisest frontman.
up dear peoples, for we come to you with news. News more captivating than the
latest online phenomenon. News more thrilling than your first nephew’s birth.
Yes loyal reader, fix your eyes on this: The world's wisest musical council and international
rock sensation, The Hives, are back!
The first ears to
experience their sonic touch will be the Falls Festival troops, then it’s on to
Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne where the chaos kicks in. The Hives will take
over the The Tivoli in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd January,
The Forum in Melbourne on Sunday 6th January
and The Metro in Sydney on Monday 7th January
as they deliver blistering proof they aren’t simply part of the royal rock
family – they are the kings.
They conquered the
Americas with a show at Coachella so storming that your best friend’s little
sister still hasn’t come out of the haze. They occupied the United Kingdom with
such strength at Reading and Leeds that your eldest cousin is still yet to
return. Now, in January, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson, Chris
Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, and Vigilante Carlstroem will return to your
holy shores to lay down the holy laws etched in their latest stunner, “Lex Hives”.
“If Lex Hives has one fault, it's that it makes you
want to switch it off, go straight out and see the Hives live." The Independent★★★★
“This Swedish quintet remains one
of the most riveting live rock bands of the last dozen years.”Spin, from Coachella 2012
“…a moment that live festivals are made for.
Almqvist is still one of rock's most engaging frontmen.” LA Times, from Coachella 2012
Run your little legs to
get tickets on Friday 12th October in order to hear these five
single-minded men with a telepathic connection slam their instruments against
each other and the floor. The Hives are a force to be reckoned with.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB ANNOUNCE HUGE HEADLINE SHOWS IN MELBOURNE AND BRISBANE
30 Sep 2012
Secret Sounds are
excited to announce sideshows for TWO
DOOR CINEMA CLUB in Melbourne and Brisbane while the lads are back in Oz
for Falls & Southbound Festivals. Joining them on both sideshow dates will
be special guests THE VACCINES and THE JUNGLE GIANTS.
Ireland, three-piece TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
returned only weeks ago with follow-up album, “Beacon”. The relentless
touring after the success of platinum selling debut “Tourist History”, meant
the recording of their second effort, strongly reflects on their time on the
road. Bursting at the seams with their signature electro-tinged indie-pop,
“Beacon” has been met with praise from Australian listeners, including garnering
triple j feature album status.
"An album that'll fill arenas all over the world" The Fly, (4*)
"Uplifting electro pop with introspective, melancholy
undercurrents" The Guardian
"Each track is densely
layered, richly textured, hooking attention" The Times
Only 18 months
after releasing their debut “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines”, Justin Young and
his band-mates returned
earlier this year with “The Vaccines Coming Of Age”. The second instalment from
THE VACCINES sees a welcome
progression from the band by media and fans alike with rapt reviews and sold
out shows around the globe.
“This sophomore release is a brave and stunning
progression that now solidifies the statement that this group can grow past
2011 without going stale.” Clash Music, 8/10
Rounding out the bill is
Brisbane indie outfit THE JUNGLE GIANTS.
After releasing their second EP “She’s A Riot” and a single of the same
name earlier this year, the four-piece have been on the road sharing their
energetic wares with fans around the country. This is set to continue well into
“The Jungle Giants…have asserted themselves as
real up-and-comers amidst an ever-growing scene.” Music Feeds
You won’t want to
miss this line up hitting Melbourne and Brisbane this Summer; get in and get tickets
Tickets are on
sale at 9am on Thursday October 11th.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE
AND THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Presented by triple
j, Channel [V], Street Press Australia, Groupie & Spotify
Saturday, December 29th –
Festival Hall, Melbourne (Licensed All Ages)
WILLY MASON - NEW ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 30TH AND UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN DATES
28 Sep 2012
US singer/songwriter WILLY MASON will be playing two headline shows this October
ahead of the release of his much anticipated third studio album ‘Carry On’. Coming in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut ‘Where The Humans Eat’ (which
included the now classic track ‘Oxygen’), and the progressive sound of his 2007
sophomore release ‘If The Ocean Gets Rough’, ‘Carry On’ has been five years in
been introduced to producer Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, M.I.A, Yeasayer, Hot
Chip) by a mutual friend, Willy decamped from his home in Martha’s Vineyard,
heading to South London to record what would become ‘Carry On’. The resulting
work is the 27 year old’s most ambitious and fully realised work to date.
Elements of dub and reggae infuse themselves seamlessly with guitar, low
strings, and Willy’s inimitable gravel deep vocal to deliver songs awash with
the sentiments of hope, disillusionment, love and lost connections.
“I think of this record as the third and final chapter to a
particular narrative that started with Where the Humans Eat,” says Willy. “It’s
a narrative that’s loosely based on me, on my character through performance,
and I think that by completing this album, I’m sort of closing the door on that
and opening up a whole new world of possibilities.”
MASON - ‘CARRY ON’ - OUT NOVEMBER 30th ON FICTION RECORDS/UNIVERSAL
In 2013 the Laneway Festival is presenting its most forward-thinking and eclectic line-up to date. It’s all classic Laneway: the newest and most exciting acts from here and around the globe, programmed by music-lovers for music fans, delivered to you in an intimate, metropolitan setting.
One act we are very exited to see on the bill is New York City duo MS MR. They've recently released a beautiful slow burner of a song called 'Hurricane'. With its driving drums and singer Lizzy Plapinger’s seductive and husky vocals, it evokes an inner turmoil and mystery over a downtempo groove. It kinda sounds like an anxious
Florence Welch rolling around on a bed of crushed
velvet with Lana Del Rey whilst The XX watch through a peep hole in the next room. A song that lingers in your head way after it's finished.
Here's the full Laneway lineup in alphabetical order:
ALPINE - ALT-J# - BAT FOR LASHES - CHET FAKER - CLOUD NOTHINGS - DIVINE FITS - EL-P - FLUME - HENRY WAGONS & THE UNWELCOME COMPANY - HIGH HIGHS* - HOLY OTHER - JAPANDROIDS# - JESSIE WARE - JULIA HOLTER - KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - THE MEN - MS MR - THE NEIGHBOURHOOD - NICOLAS JAAR## - NITE JEWEL* - OF MONSTERS AND MEN* - PERFUME GENIUS - POLICA - POND - REAL ESTATE# - THE RUBENS - SHLOHMO - SNAKADAKTAL - TWERPS - YEASAYER
Singapore Saturday 26th January 2013
Auckland Monday 28th January 2013 (Auckland Anniversary Day)
Brisbane Friday 1st February 2013 RNA Showgrounds QLD 4006
Sydney Saturday 2nd February 2013 Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) – Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2039 (Subject to Council approval)
Melbourne Sunday 3rd February 2013 Footscray Community Arts Centre – 45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011 (FCAC + Maribyrnong City Council)
Adelaide Friday 8th February 2013 Fowler's Live and UniSA West Campus – 68-70 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Perth Saturday 9th February 2013 Perth Cultural Centre – Beaufort Street, Perth WA 6000
MUMFORD & SONS AUSTRALIA GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TOUR SELL OUTS CONTINUE
19 Sep 2012
Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide have joined Canberra and Perth in reaching SOLD OUT status for Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Tour Tour. Melbourne is not far behind with a mere handful of
tickets left, leaving Hobart, Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns, as the only
cities where fans can grab tickets to feast their eyes on one of Australia’s
who have witnessed Mumford & Sons live will attest, these are shows not to
be missed. Their recent video for booming single ‘I Will Wait’ gives insight to the band’s sheer grandiosity live. View
it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKfrgqWcv0
& Sons will be joined by friends Edward
Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, from Perth
through to Canberra. With their new
album “Here” spreading their
infectious free will, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will bring their 12-piece
show to the party each night.
Opening proceedings at all shows will be Willy Mason, with a sound that combines
folk's soft and loose delivery, recalling Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
In Cairns, Townsville and on the Gold Coast, the eminent Sarah Blasko will be rounding out the
bill. Recognised as one of Australia’s boldest and bravest artists, Blasko recently unveiled her new
single ‘I Awake’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD137cd7Cw0. These Queensland shows will
be the first to experience Blasko’s new works live, with her new album ‘I Awake’ out just before she sets off, on
Friday 26th October.
& Sons’ sophomore release “Babel”
hits shelves this Friday, however those in Sydney need not wait to hear it. The
Mumford & Sons General Store and Saloon opened it’s doors last week in
Darlinghurst giving fans a chance to hear the album before release, with free
coffee (or whiskey) to accompany. Find
out more about the store here: www.mumfordandsonsgeneralstore.com
“Babel” will be released through Gentlemen of The Road/Dew
Process on 21 September, 2012. Pre-order “Babel”
in the format of your choice with ticket purchase.First single ‘I Will Wait’ is out now digitally via Gentlemen of The Road/Dew
traveler seeks true love. Must have a excellent taste in music. Be from Perth,
Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney or Brisbane. Be available in
August for a blind date. Strangers to dance floors need not apply.
August is set to have the nation coming
together for an all-in blind date when three bands get to know each other
whilst blazing a trail across seven cities. New Zealand’s Opossom,
Los Angeles’ White Arrows and
Australia’s very own Jinja Safari
are combing their hair, shining their shoes and putting on their Sunday best
for a triple-headline tour that is sure to spark some long-term relationships
Our favourite party starters Jinja Safari are very pleased to be
joining The Blind Date Tour. As way of a welcoming corsage (the kind you take
home to your mother) the band have a brand new track to get you shaking. ‘Toothless
Grin’ premiered Wednesday night this week on triple j. Although Australia has been pining for their
live antics, don’t expect any cobwebs with the band recently getting the UK and
North America on board their safari. Trend setting
NYC label Neon Gold called their
shows at this year’s Great Escape Festival
in the UK a ‘bristling force of nature’. BBC1’s
Rob Da Bank also jumped on the
bandwagon, naming the group a ‘cosmic pop safari’. The band have plans to return to the UK, as
they were hand-picked for Bestival in September later this year, but not
before reminding Australia why the are one-of-a-kind on the Blind Date Tour.
For Kody Neilson,
the mastermind behind Opossom, music
is in each step, each breath and every waking moment. The ten tracks on debut
album “Electric Hawaii” are
testament to Neilson’s devotion to music. Following the acclaim for his
previous incarnation as the singer of The Mint Chicks, the New Zealand born
producer, writer and performer, now delivers a rolling debut, drenched in
groove-laden psychedelia. The home-recorded album is box fresh released today! It
features as album packet on Sydney’s FBI radio and with singles like ‘Getaway Tonight’ and ‘Blue Meanies’, who would expect any less. Tackling topics of
love, drugs, and a little DIY, Opossom will take fellow blind-daters on a
pulsing rollercoaster when he brings it to life “Electric Hawaii”on the
Rounding off this
triple bill is Los Angeles’ White Arrows. Dizzying new single
‘Roll Forever’ saw the band take
on the UK with their storming live set.
With a show compared by the Daily Post as being led into “a cul-de-sac of orgasmic, sweet
indie-synth-psychedelic pop” that “blow(s) our tiny little
keen to join the Blind Date will have a sneak peak of just what White Arrows
are capable of, check out their RAC produced debut album “Dry
Land Is Not A Myth”.
Blind Date Tour is on sale now. Be sure to
get in on all the action: Opossom’s “Electric Hawaii” is out now via
Create/Control. White Arrows’ “Dry Land Is Not A Myth” is out now via Dew Process. Listen out for Jinja
Safari’s new single ‘Toothless Grin’
on your airwaves!
White Arrows, Jinja
Presented by The Brag, Beat, Xpress, Db, Rave,
RTRFM, Triple R, FBi94.5fm, Dew Process, Hello Pavement & Artist Voice
out on Splendour tickets? Secret Sounds are pleased to present a special treat
in the form of a triple-bill, with Splendour acts FRIENDS, HOWLER and ZULUWINTER set to soothe any broken-hearted punter. These three buzz
bands will join forces at their sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney.
With FRIENDS’ Northcote Social Club show on
Wednesday July 25 sold out they are moving venues and dates, to now play The
Corner Hotel on Tuesday July 24, where they will be joined by HOWLER and ZULU WINTER.
FRIENDS’ Sydney show is moving from The Standard
on Thursday July 26, to Oxford Art Factory on Wednesday July 25, where they
will once again team up with HOWLER
and ZULUWINTER for another evening of indie fun times.
After blazing out
of Bushwick in 2011 with two buzz-worthy singles, ‘I’m His Girl’and ‘Friend Crush’ and a reputation for turning live gigs into
spontaneous DIY parties, Brooklyn’s FRIENDS
will bemaking their debut Australian
appearances. FRIENDS’ slinky ESG-style polyrhythmic post-disco take on
'tropicool' fronted by the uber-sultry Samantha Urbani will have the dance
Minneapolis' HOWLER are described
by Q Magazine as “the latest skinny-jeaned claimants to the indie-rock
throne”.with rave reviews for their debut album “America Give Up” on
both sides of the Atlantic. HOWLER
have also made a name for themselves with their impressive live shows and
on-stage antics from
19-year-old frontman Jordan Gatesmith.
the band that BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe labeled as the “hottest band in the world”
and are tipped by NME, The Fly and Q Magazine as THE band of 2012 will be rounding
out the huge lineup of main stage proportions.
rare treat to have the opportunity to see several high-calibre international
acts on the one bill. Melbourne and Sydney tickets are on sale NOW!
All FRIENDS tickets
purchased for the Standard show in Sydney on Thursday July 26 will be honoured
on Wednesday, July 25 at The Oxford Arts Factory. All HOWLER and ZULUWINTER tickets
sold will be honoured at the FRIENDS show. Refunds are
available from point of purchase, please contact Moshtix Customer Service firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 438 849.
Secret Sounds presents FRIENDS, HOWLER & ZULU WINTER Presented by Vice Magazine, Channel [V], Street Press Australia The Vine and Groupie Tickets on sale now
TUESDAY JULY 24 - THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY Tickets from: oxfordartfactory.com or ph: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
SECRET SOUNDS PRESENTS MUMFORD & SONS GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TOUR
28 Jun 2012
‘It just had that vibe. That feeling that something special was about to unfold. Mumford & Sons played a packed out Oxford Art Factory earlier in the year. Tonight they had returned to a bigger and more accommodating venue in The Enmore. A sold out crowd were treated to one of the best gigs I have seen at The Enmore.’ – MusicFeeds
Secret Sounds is thrilled to confirm Mumford & Sons will return to wow audiences this October and will play an incredible 10 concerts across major metro and regional venues around the country! Kicking off in Perth on October 13, the band will perform in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Cairns and Townsville before their final show of the Gentlemen of the Road Tour on the Gold Coast on October 31. Anyone who has been lucky enough to see them before, will tell you it is guaranteed to be one of the biggest and most exciting nights on the year’s live music calendar!
‘Those who missed tickets might have to try even harder to score one next time because the show was fantastic and to the rest of Australia who are yet to see Mumford & Sons – beg, borrow, steal or do whatever you need to because this show is one not to be missed.’ – FasterLouder
With ‘Sigh No More’ achieving phenomenal global success, Mumford & Sons have had a jaw dropping couple of years since its release in 2009. Having won a Brit and ARIA award and topping triple J’s Hottest 100 poll with the astonishing smash hit ‘Little Lion Man’, they were also nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, a swag of Grammys and other notable awards. The good news is the wait will soon be over for fans as their highly anticipated sophomore album set for release in September.
Joining Mumford & Sons at the beginning of the tour in Perth through to Canberra (seven shows) will be American indie-folk ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Sounding like how a festival feels, and with a sprawling 12 members on stage - it nearly looks like one too. The group is renowned for their fiery show, drawing their inspiration from the communal musical communities that peppered Southern California (specifically Laurel Canyon) with positive vibrations during the '60s and early '70s. With a new album ‘Here’, expect to be on your feet, singing along with arms overhead and sonically satisfied when Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros bring their joyful boho-rock back downunder.
Also riding with Mumford & Sons this October (all ten shows) will be American singer-songwriter Willy Mason. With a sound that combines folk's soft and loose delivery which recalls Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash with an insightful narrative about growing up and finding one’s place. The critically acclaimed Mason returns to Australia to premiere songs from his third and as yet untitled album (his first in 5 years!), which includes the first taster ‘Restless Fugitive’.
In addition to these concerts, fans should stay tuned for another big announcement about a special one-off date as part of the Gentleman of the Road series. Details of this unique event will be revealed in the coming weeks. More information on Gentleman of the Road can be found here www.gentlemenoftheroad.com
With music we know and love full with enthusiasm and confidence plus a new album to boot, join Marcus, Country Winston, Ben and Ted this October and bare witness to '…their incredible energy drawing us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men.’ - Sydney Morning Herald
Ticket buyers can be among the first to pre-order Mumford & Sons' second studio album, the follow-up to Sigh No More, to be delivered on the day it is released in the format of their choice. More details coming at www.mumfordandsons.com
The album will be released this September through Gentleman of the Road/Dew Process.
Subscribe to the Secret Sounds mailing list to access an exclusive pre-sale on 5th July.
MUMFORD & SONS GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TOUR Presented by triple j, Channel [V] & Street Press Australia.
Tickets to all shows ON SALE NOW
Friday 12th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100 - SOLD OUT
Saturday 13th October – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100 - SOLD OUT
Monday 15th October – Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketek.com.au and 132 849 - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 17th October – Riverstage, Brisbane With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100 - SOLD OUT
Thursday 18th October – Entertainment Centre, Sydney With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100 - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 23rd October – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100
Thursday 25th October – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketek.com.au and 132 849
Friday 26th October – Royal Theatre, Canberra With Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketek.com.au and 132 849 - SOLD OUT
Sunday 28th October – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns With Special Guest & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketlink.com.au and 07 4050 7777
Monday 29th October – Convention Centre, Townsville With Special Guest & Willy Mason Tickets from tecc.net.au and 07 4771 4000
Wednesday 31st October – Convention Centre, Gold Coast With Special Guest & Willy Mason Tickets from ticketek.com.au and 132 849
Sunday 4th November – Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, NZ Tix from ticketek.co.nz and 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538)
Tuesday 6th November – CBS Arena, Christchurch, NZ Tix from ticketek.co.nz and 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538)
THE HEARTBROKEN GANGSTER OF LOVE, DEVONTE HYNES aka BLOOD ORANGE, RETURNS IN MAY
09 May 2012
Life moves pretty fast, and Devonte Hynes keeps busy, so get prepared for murder on the dance floor this May as the Essex-raised, Brookyln-based indie bratpack posterboy returns to Australia under the moniker Blood Orange. Revisiting the material from his critically lauded 2011 album “Coastal Grooves”, Dev has taken time out of his busy production schedule (Theophilus London, Solange Knowles,Teenagers, Bleeding Knees Club) to bring his own ‘80s funk infused sound of Brooklyn to Sydney on Friday, May 25.
His new one-man live show has been honed to near-perfection in the dive bars of New York City, and it is currently blowing minds all over world including recent headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne earlier this year. The show consists of just a backing track, and Dev shredding his Stratocaster like Prince - singing and dancing like a heartbroken gangster of love. On his last Australian jaunt Dev broke stage and audience boundaries diving into the crowds to play his set.
“The show bloomed into something special… the Northcote Social Club erupted into a spontaneous mid-week dance party, with Hynes at its sweaty, staggering centre.” Everguide
“His tales of lovesick frustration, delivered with a sticky, soulful croon and a pared-back rhythmic bottom-end, are far-better suited to his one-man shtick of laptop, mic and modest guitar-shredding.” Beat Magazine
Supporting Blood Orange will be Wax
Witches, Alex Wall of Bleeding Knees
Club DIY brat punk side project. Bottling everything into a fast, fuzzy and grimey
haze Wax Witches are the product of Alex spending time in his bedroom, making
music that is entirely self-produced, played and mixed
Catch Blood Orange in real life on Friday, May 25 at FBi Social.
Secret Sounds Presents BLOOD ORANGE With special guests Presented by Pedestrian
INDIE POPSTERS FUN. ANNOUNCE DEBUT AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE SHOWS
08 May 2012
With a number one single to their name, New York
popsters FUN. are set to arrive on
Australian shores for the first time this July thanks to Secret Sounds.
is what happens when three extraordinarily talented musicians come together to
create something altogether new and wonderful.
The trio meld a stunning array of diverse
inspirations, spanning Broadway to The Beach Boys, into an irresistible
collection of freewheeling pop song-craft first revealed with their 2009 debut "Aim and Ignite". Praise soon
followed, applauding the trio's pop offering with Sputnikmusic notably
concluding that it was the "most consistent pop album around".
Following the release, FUN. toured
North America and landed a spot on Coachella alongside Kanye West and The
Whilst writing for their second record, frontman
Nathan Ruess's Fascination with hip-hop swelled. "I started falling in love with the
Drake album and the Kanye album, and I thought, that's really theatrical, and
it's hip-hop music, and I make really theatrical music, why can't I add a
hip-hop element?" Reuss told the NY Times.
After researching the liner notes on these
records, Reuss was intent on working with producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West,
Jay Z, Alicia Keys) on his next record. Bhasker agreed to meet Reuss, the two
started talking and after a few drinks Nate sang him the chorus of an - at the
time – unfinished track called 'We Are
Young'. A studio was promptly booked for the following day.
Young' which features R&B sensation Janelle Monae
has gone on to become an international hit, snagging the top spot of the ARIA
chart for three consecutive weeks upon release. Lifted from their sophomore
album "Some Nights", the
multi-platinum single was chosen by TV sensation Glee to be covered on the show
- an experience that meant the world to a band that prides itself on appealing
to any demographic that might feel disenfranchised or just plain odd.
The trio is currently wowing audiences in the US
off the back of their chart success and ready to floor Australian fans upon
their arrival for Splendour in the Grass and sideshows. FUN. will no doubt continue to live up to their name.
Nights" is out now through Warner Music.
Secret Sounds Presents FUN. With Special Guests to be announced Presented by Nova & Channel [V] Tickets on sale Wednesday May 9 at 9am
Wednesday July 25 – The Metro, Sydney (all ages) Tickets from: ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Friday July 27 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Over 18s) Saturday July 28 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Under 18s matinee) Tickets from: thehifi.com.au, or 1300-THEHIFI (843 443)
LANA DEL REY MELBOURNE & SYDNEY SIDESHOWS SOLD OUT, NEW DATES ADDED!
04 May 2012
Glamorous chanteuse LANA DEL REY has SOLD OUT
her Sydney and Melbourne Splendour Sideshows in less than an hour. To meet the overwhelming demand, Secret Sounds is
pleased to announce second and final shows on Tuesday, July 24 at the
Palace Theatre, Melbourne and Friday,
July 27 at the Enmore Theatre,
Secret Sounds Presents LANA DEL REY
With special guests to be announced
Presented by triple j, Vogue, vogue.com.au, Channel [V] and The Vine
Tickets on sale Monday May 7th at 9am
Monday July 23 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne SOLD OUT
Tuesday July 24 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne SECOND AND FINAL SHOW - BUY TICKETS
Thursday July 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT
Friday July 27 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney SECOND AND FINAL SHOW - BUY TICKETS
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS BRING THEIR OCEANIA WORLD TOUR TO AUSTRALIA!
03 May 2012
Following the record sellout of this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival,
Secret Sounds are excited to announce that festival headliner THE SMASHING
PUMPKINS will be playing very special sideshows in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland, NZ.
these headline performances, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will be debuting a
unique stage design in Australia created to reflect the visual themes to go
along with the full presentation of their new album, “Oceania” – which is set for release on June 22, 2012, through
Create/Control – as well as playing plenty of classic Pumpkins catalogue.
Billy Corgan of the new show: "Australia
is the perfect place to usher in a new era of The Smashing Pumpkins, where we
look to combine an epic rock show with the latest in visual mapping technology
to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our fans.”
rock’n’rollers WOLFMOTHER will join THE SMASHING PUMPKINS as special guests
in Sydney and Melbourne. WOLFMOTHER’S
self-titled debut album catapulted them onto the national and international
music scene when it picked up the J Award for Album of the Year, multiple ARIAs
and a Grammy Award, going on to sell more than a million albums worldwide.
About The Smashing Pumpkins:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having
sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards
in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released “Gish”, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed
by albums including the nine-time platinum “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and the
four-time platinum “Siamese Dream”, as well as the platinum
certified 1998 album “Adore”.
The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to
resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.
The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album “Zeitgeist”
and they have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with
various online releases. “Oceania”
is their 7thstudio album and the band will support it with a
global tour in 2012.
“Oceania” will be released on June 22,
2012, through Create/Control.
Secret Sounds Presents
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
With Special Guests WOLFMOTHER*
Presented by triple j, Max, Street Press Australia & fasterlouder.com.au
(*Wolfmother play Sydney and Melbourne only)
Tickets on sale at 9am on Wednesday 9 May
Thursday 26 July – Challenge Stadium, Perth
With Special Guests to be announced
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.au, 136 100
GET INTIMATE WITH THE ENIGMATIC LANA DEL REY, IN AUSTRALIA IN JULY!
02 May 2012
On January 31st, 2012 LANA DEL REY released the darkly glamorous “Born To Die”. The album debuted at #1 on iTunes in eighteen
countries and has since totaled well over a million in sales worldwide.
After having only debuted her home made clip for
the single ‘Video Games’ the previous June DEL
REY’s year was a tornado of activity, touring and media commitments around
the globe forcing the newly famous glamour girl to postpone her first
Australian tour. Secret Sounds is thrilled to make good on the promise of the
25 year old chanteuse’s to visit Australia, with an appearance at Splendour In
The Grass and a handful of intimate theatre shows.
With YouTube views of ‘Video Games’ climbing over
the 32 million mark, LANA DEL REY
might be mistaken as an overnight sensation. However, DEL REY, nee Lizzy Grant, started her musical journey after moving
to NYC as a teenage university student. Already immersed in Beat poet Allen
Ginsberg, whose lush wordplay and dark irreverent work remain a keystone for
much of her lyrics, DEL REY began
honing her lush romantic sound playing acoustic sets in the Big Apple. Her
performance debut came at an open mic night in Williamsburg.
It was around this time that the young Lizzy Grant decided to reinvent
herself “It’s nice to be able to try and build the life you want for yourself,”
she says. “You have to be brave and try to start again. It might be a little
scary. Not many people say let’s start life over and do it again the way I want
to… I wanted a name I could shape the music towards.”
hybrid of Portishead and Nancy Sinatra.” ***** Independent on Sunday
“Brilliantly realized.” BBC Music
In addition to her visual flair, “Born
To Die”s cinematic quality is also due to DEL REY’s affinity for classic arrangements. Her ability to fuse
mannered torch song balladry with hip-hop bravado imbues the music with a sense
of drama that feels familiar yet new.
compelling new pop star around: half doomed romantic, half mordant cynic, with
a distinctively conflicted vision of how love, fame and America work.” Q Magazine
Now boasting accolades across the world including Best International
Breakthrough Artist at the Brit Awards DEL REY has graced the covers of UK
Vogue, Wonderland, Interview, NME, Q and Billboard with TV performances
including Later… With Jools Holland, Late
Show with David Letterman and Jimmy
DEL REY is currently finalizing her 2012 tour plans, as her loyal fan base
grows worldwide. For the 25-year-old it's an overnight success eight years in
the making. Be sure to catch her at these very special sideshows.
“Born To Die” is out now through UMA.
Secret Sounds Presents LANA DEL REY
With special guests to be announced
Presented by triple j, Vogue, vogue.com.au,
Channel [V] and The Vine
SECRET SOUNDS ANNOUNCE SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2012 OFFICIAL SIDESHOWS
30 Apr 2012
ALL TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY MAY 4
Missed out on tickets to Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay? Don’t despair! Secret Sounds is bringing the crème de la crème of the Splendour line up direct to your door with sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Here’s just a taste of what’s to come with some of the hottest indie acts from around the globe firing up your Winter.
The wait is over! 25 years after their first gig, THE AFGHAN WHIGS are coming to Australia for the first time. The recently reformed ’Whigs first began in Cincinnati in 1986 and became one of the most acclaimed alternative bands of the early '90s, developing a dedicated cult following. Playing material from across their catalogue including the seminal albums “Congregation” and “Gentlemen”, these shows are not to be missed.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 – THE HI-FI, MELBOURNE Tickets from: thehifi.com.au or ph: 1300-THEHIFI (843 443)
BAND OF SKULLS Presented by triple j, Channel [V], Beat, The Brag & The Vine
Fresh from performances at Coachella, a UK tour with The Black Keys and a mass of North American shows, BAND OF SKULLS will play a handful of Splendour sideshows. Having wowed the world with their debut release “Baby Darling Doll Face Honey“, this will be the first taste of their critically lauded new album “Sweet Sour” live for Australian audiences. A powerhouse on stage, the UK trio is a must-see at their Sydney and Melbourne performances.
THURSDAY JULY 26 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
Secret Sounds is very proud to join with London label Communion in presenting a series of special Splendour sideshows featuring a sample of their finest artists with MICHAEL KIWANUKA, BEN HOWARD and Australia’s TIM HART. Communion is the brainchild of Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons fame and this is their first full-curated tour. “It's such an incredible evening of music, I'm going to be gutted to miss out on it. But we are very proud these artists will be flying the Communion flag Down Under,” says Lovett.
With universal rapturous reviews for their sweat-soaked "live happenings" and a worldwide buzz overflow from their SxSW appearances, DJANGO DJANGO are the art-rock geeks to be reckoned with in 2012. With their debut album being named a ”giant cohesive dance party” with “songs crafted for hand-clapping and feet-stomping”, be sure to catch the East Londoners for their first-ever Australian performances. They are joined by Irish math-rockers THE CAST OF CHEERS for a hip-swiveling night out at these Sydney and Melbourne Splendour sideshows.
TUESDAY JULY 31 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1 – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY Tickets from: oxfordartfactory.com or ph:1300 GET TIX (438 849)
From separate corners of the world come two of the biggest buzz bands of recent years, HOWLER and ZULU WINTER. Minneapolis' HOWLER are described by Q Magazine as “the latest skinny-jeaned claimants to the indie-rock throne”.with rave reviews for their debut album “America Give Up” on both sides of the Atlantic. HOWLER will be the band to watch when they bring their white-hot show to Australia. Add to the mix ZULU WINTER and you can see why these will be some of the hottest Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. With a fan base including Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and The Kaiser Chiefs, the hypemachine is in overdrive for Oxford's latest indie wunderkinds ZULU WINTER.
TUESDAY JULY 24 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
WEDNESDAY JULY 25 – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY Tickets from: oxfordartfactory.com or ph: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
FRIENDS Presented by Vice Magazine, Channel [V], Street Press Australia & Groupie
After blazing out of Bushwick in 2011 with two buzz-worthy singles, ‘I’m His Girl’ and ‘Friend Crush’ and a reputation for turning live gigs into spontaneous DIY parties, Brooklyn’s FRIENDS make their debut appearance in Australia with Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. With debut album “Manifest!” set for release on June 8, FRIENDS’ slinky ESG-style polyrhythmic post-disco take on 'tropicool', fronted by the uber-sultry Samantha Urbani, will have the dance floor heaving.
ELECTRIC GUEST Presented by Channel [V], Street Press Australia & Groupie
Hailed worldwide by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard and Nylon as being this year's ‘pretty much irresistible’ indie darlings, ELECTRIC GUEST have kicked off their studio career in grand fashion with Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys, U2) producing their debut album ''Mondo". A seamless fusion of Motown, 70's daytime radio funk lite, indie rock and 60's French pop, "Mondo" is the breezy slick pop sensation of 2012. File unashamedly next to Hall & Oates and Gnarls Barkley. Be sure to check out their Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
TUESDAY JULY 31 – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY Tickets from: oxfordartfactory.com or ph: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
Having departed Fleet Foxes in 2011 after 3 years on the drum stool, Joshua Tillman celebrates the release of his debut album "Fear Fun" under the new moniker of FATHER JOHN MISTY with Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. The music maintains a gloomy, secretive and yet conversely playful quality. Lyrically, his absurdist fever dreams of pain and pleasure elicit, in equal measures, the blunt descriptive power of Bukowski or Brautigan, the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III. Come experience the soulful musings of FATHER JOHN MISTY at these intimate performances.
FRIDAY JULY 27 – OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY Tickets from: oxfordartfactory.com or ph: 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
SATURDAY JULY 28 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
YOUTH LAGOON Presented by Channel [V], The Brag, Beat & The Vine
YOUTH LAGOON, the moniker of 23-year-old Trevor Powers, has been doing anything but sleeping since the release of his debut album. “The Year Of Hibernation” was a dreamy lo-fi breakthrough of 2011 landing in Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of the year and set Powers off on a touring schedule that spanned four continents and over 100 shows. Having captivated Australian audiences on his sell-out tour in February, Powers returns for a series of intimate Splendour sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
SUNDAY JULY 29 – THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE Tickets from: cornerhotel.com or ph: 03 9427 9198
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW SELLS OUT DEBUT AUSTRALIAN TOUR | VENUE CHANGE IN SYDNEY DUE TO HIGH DEMAND | SUPPORTS CONFIRMED
26 Mar 2012
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW has swiftly won over Australian audiences, with his upcoming visit selling out multiple venues. Due to unprecedented demand, the second SOLD OUT Sydney show on Monday, April 9th at The Vanguard has now been upgraded to The Factory Theatre, with additional tickets on sale now.
Just as “Early In the Morning” has enthralled European and American audiences, Australians are now proving to be equally captivated. Those lucky enough to have tickets to his headline dates are certainly in for a treat. They will bear witness to his mesmerising live show honed by extensive international touring. Alongside these dates, James will also be heading to Byron Bay for Bluesfest.
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW will be joined by three of Australia’s more interesting acts on his upcoming headline dates. TIMOTHY CARROLL, CAITLIN PARK and EMILY ULMAN will help to warm up chilly Autumn audiences at his shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne respectively.
TIMOTHY CARROLL is back in Brisbane having spent twelve months in Europe playing shows in Paris, Berlin and Stockholm as well as the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. We can expect him to bring some of the new material that he is currently recording for his third album, due out later this year.
CAITLIN PARK is a singer-songwriter from Sydney, who has single-handedly taken this genre and pulled it to the left with her abstract composition, electro-acoustic stylings and film nostalgia. Her debut LP “Milk Annual” is out now.
EMILY ULMAN has established herself as one of Melbourne's finest singer-songwriters. Emily is applauded for her lyrical honesty, and the sheer beauty of her clear, distinctive vocal delivery.
“Early In the Morning” is out now through Dew Process. Get in quick for tickets to The Factory Theatre, as these too are sure to move fast!
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
WITH THU 5 APR - BLACK BEAR LODGE - BRISBANE SOLD OUT WITH TIMOTHY CARROLL
NEW VENUE MON 09 APR - THE FACTORY THEATRE - SYDNEY WITH CAITLIN PARK
ZULU WINTER SHOWS PUSHED BACK AS SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS SNAPS THEM UP.
21 Mar 2012
Secret Sounds half-heartedly regret to announce that Zulu Winter will be postponing their Australian tour. Half-heartedly, as they have a bigger plan in store. After witnessing their scorching live show at SXSW, the Secret Sounds promoters have decided to keep Zulu Winter up their sleeve for a special Australian debut performance at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS this year.
Zulu Winter will be making good use of their now ‘spare time’ in April, with their international schedule ramping up off the back of their performances in Austin. They will be heading to Europe where demand continues to increase from promoters, fans and press. After hearing rumours of their incredible live show, the likes of Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Kaiser Chiefs all made it down to catch separate Zulu Winter SXSW shows. It is little wonder that Zulu Winter are amongst the hotly tipped bands in the world right now.
The bookish lads from Oxford’s lead single ‘We Should Be Swimming’ have been turning heads across the UK and US with Q Magazine naming them amongst their “Essential Listening” on the eve of SXSW, NME ticking them off as a band to watch and previous tracks receiving a Pitchfork endorsement. It is testament to the year they have spent locked up in seclusion, creating and recording their highly-anticipated debut album, due out later this year.
Any Zulu Winter fans who got in early for tickets to their April show will be happily refunded at their point of purchase. Stay tuned for further announcements.
In the meantime, Zulu Winter’s debut album “Language” will be out May 11, 2012 via Dew Process. Digital only single 'We Should Be Swimming' is out now.
UK Guitar Rockers ZULU WINTER are coming to Australia!
23 Feb 2012
newcomers, Zulu Winter, arrive here in April to show why they are the name on
five firm friends have produced a euphoric debut worthy of their newly coined
moniker ‘the most exciting guitar band in Britain’. Titled “Language”, the
album’s powerful guitar and soaring vocals has led them to be hotly tipped by NME, The Fly and Q Magazine as the band of 2012.
this year Zulu Winter cracked the UK and European touring circuit with Foster
The People while also scoring a bunch of prestigious summer festivals. Soon to
embark on a string of shows at the biggest industry festival in the world,
South By South West, Zulu Winter will be well and truly ready to impress
Australian audiences when they arrive.
the early evidence this seems like a band that’s clearly able to not only write
tunes that are instantly engaging, but that are ready as singles… After this
first few months of hype is over we predict that this band will go on to be the
success that 2012 doesn’t yet know it’s waiting for." The
management with The Cribs, Crystal Castles & The Vaccines the band is in
good company. North America is also taking note, with a deal in place at the
credible Arts & Crafts label, home to Feist, Broken Social Scene & Phoenix
“Language” scheduled for release this May, first single ‘We Should Be
Swimming’ has already received widespread UK radio play from Radio 1’s
Steve Lamacq & Huw Stephens along with XFM and in turn is breeding high
anticipation for the album. It made waves online as well, scoring over 100,000
views within 36 hours of posting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCVGxH5fEo0
Winter’s live shows are fast becoming “must see” events and this April it’s
Australia’s turn to witness England’s new guitar heroes. The band is excited to
share the stage with special guests City Calm Down. These Melbourne electro
punks have the critics and audiences alike claiming this four-piece as the real
there can be (as there were at last count) four new Lily Allens, seven new
Laura Marlings and eleventy-nine new Amys, surely there's room for two new
indie bands with the potential to become the next Brixton Academy-filling,
festival tent-headlining phenomenon? The feeling is that Zulu Winter could be
the ones." The Guardian
Winter’s debut album “Language” will be out via Dew Process in May.
Digital only single ‘We Should Be Swimming’ is out this Tuesday, Feb 28.
Pre-order Zulu Winter's debut album for only $10.99 with every tour ticket
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW brings “Early in the Morning” to life in Australia!
09 Feb 2012
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW makes his maiden voyage to Australia this April to
introduce his remarkable solo talent. Alongside debut performances at
Bluesfest, McMorrow will set out on an east coast run with stops in Brisbane,
Sydney and Melbourne. No novice to the stage, James has already captured
audiences throughout Europe and USA with his passionate, pop oriented folk,
including the UK where his spot on last year’s Glastonbury lineup had many new
fans witness his magic. His self-recorded album “Early In The Morning” platforms his musical integrity and genuine
talent with hypnotic lyrics inspired by life, love and literature.
McMorrow’s live show is a hushed and reverential affair, each show met with pin
drop silence as people are mesmerised by every word and syllable. It will not
always be this way however, James shares his future and tells us his dream for
a much grander affair that includes a full band in tow when he visits here
again. “Playing on my own right now is
beautiful because it allows me to connect on a very primitive level, but I’d
like to be in a place soon where I can be surrounded with friends on stage to
share this with me.”
McMorrow’s “Early In the Morning” is
released via Dew Process on Friday, March 2nd. Shows go on sale this Monday, February
6th. For a limited time only, fans have the chance to download his album for
just $10.99 with tickets purchased online.
**** PLEASE NOTE: Due to popular demand, the James Vincent McMorrow show scheduled for Monday April 9th at The Vanguard, has been moved to The Factory Theatre. All show tickets purchased for the Monday April 9th show at The Vanguard, are valid for this new show at The Factory Theatre. Anyone requiring a refund for show tickets purchased for the Monday April 9th show, can contact The Vanguard via email@example.com or 02 9557 9409. Tickets for the show at The Factory Theatre are available here.
Lana Del Rey Postpones Sydney & Melbourne Tour Dates
08 Feb 2012
Due to unprecedented international demand, LANA DEL REY's forthcoming Australian tour dates are to be re-scheduled. More extensive dates will be announced soon. All ticket holders will be given refunds and priority booking for new dates.
The re-scheduling follows the release of one of the most anticipated debut albums in recent memory. Born To Die debuted at #1 on the UK album charts and is currently sitting atop the iTunes Australia album charts in this, its first week of release.
Refunds for the Tues 28 Feb show at Oxford Art Factory and Sat 3 Mar show at The Toff in Town will be processed shortly.
If you purchased your ticket online or over the phone through moshtix your ticket will be automatically refunded back to your credit card/PayPal account. If you purchased your ticket from a moshtix retail outlet you will need to return to the outlet with your ticket to receive your refund.
Lana is looking forward to her maiden Australian visit and sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Lana's beguiling, elegant debut album Born to Die is out now via Universal.
Praise for Born to Die:
'Beautifully turned pop music' **** - The Guardian
'Intelligent, ambitious and brilliantly realised, Born to Die defies any backlash.' - BBC Music
"Positively brimming with atmospherics — soaring, sonorous strings, echoing electronic boom-bap, morose, maudlin guitar crescendos — all of which imbue it with a truly epic scope...a thrilling headphone experience" - MTV Online
'A literate, emotional collection of beautifully crafted, pithily memorable songs' **** - The Telegraph (UK)
YOUTH LAGOON wading in Australian waters in Feb
15 Dec 2011
brainchild of 22-year-old Trevor Powers, YOUTH
LAGOON produces beautiful melancholy melodies. Debut album “The Year of Hibernation” draws from the
dark depths of Powers’ struggles with anxiety, love, heartbreak and, well,
eerily nostalgic undertones of this haunting collection draw happy comparisons
with James Blake, Caribou and Radiohead without being derivative. For Powers the act of writing is
cathartic, allowing him to reflect on himself.
“The title of the
record describes its world. These are songs about alternately hunkering down
and hiding, and heading out into the world to explore and report back on what
you've found. Powers is very much an innocent here, a kid with an ear for
poetry who mixes striking images with the occasional groaner.”8.4/10
“Delivered in a frail
squawk recalling Seattle singer-songwriter Perfume Genius, his coming-of-age
songs carve intuitive, idiosyncratic paths (spidery guitar, buzzing
electronics) to mountaintop indie-rock catharsis.”
Lagoon isn't me," says Powers. "It's merely a part of me. I was in
and out of different bands in high school and always tried to define
myself by what music I played. I tried to find a sense of meaning by being
in a band. But it wasn't until this last year - when I realised I was
more than just music - that I was able to create music that means
something to me. And that is Youth Lagoon. "
is both a captivating listen and a terrifying one: Powers was 22 this year, but
his voice carries all the experience of a man thrice his age.” 8/10BBC Music
Translated to a live arena, YOUTH LAGOON is mesmerizing. Joined
on stage by guitarist Logan Hyde the tracks come to life in full. They will be
joined on tour by 2012 triple j Next Crop Artist Oliver Tank whose creative
soundscapes have seen him nominated for an FBi SMAC Award and win a trip to
Iceland as part of their Northern Lights Competition where he performed at
Iceland Airwaves Festival.
Year of Hibernation” is out now through Spunk.
Secret Sounds Presents
With Special Guest OLIVER TANK Presented by Street Press Australia & Pedestrian
Wed 15 Feb – Toff In Town, Melbourne
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.auor 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
Thurs 16 Feb – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets from www.moshtix.com.au or 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
Revered songstress LAURA
MARLING has moved beyond her nu-folk tag with her highly-acclaimed new
album “A Creature I Don’t Know” showing further depth and wisdom in her
songwriting and lyricism. Hailed as NME’s Best Solo Artist and anointed Best
British Female at the recent Brit Awards, LAURA MARLING’s star has well
& truly risen at just 21 years of age.
“Laura Marling’s third album is less a total
reinvention than a subtle maturation, a stretching out to the extent of her
reach in all directions…. it’s also a record with more weight, darkness, humour
and playfulness than ever before, her rockiest and jazziest moments yet, but also
her most accessible sound.” – NME
On her third jaunt to Australia
to play Laneway Festival 2012, Secret Sounds is pleased to announce that LAURA
MARLING willalso perform at the Forum Theatre, Melbourne on February
2ndfollowed by a special show at Sydney Opera House on
MARLING first grabbed the world’s
attention with her softly spoken and obscenely talented debut “Alas I Cannot
Swim” in 2008. She was just 17 when she penned standout single ‘Ghosts’
which found its way onto high rotation on triple j and leapt into the Top 50 of
the station’s Hottest 100. She toured the album down under, playing her
inaugural Splendour in the Grass plus several rewarding sideshows.
Outstanding 2010 follow-up “I
Speak Because I Can” cemented her position beyond that of a teenage
prodigy, with themes of mortality, womanhood and responsibility effortlessly
flowing into her music. Her live shows reflected that confidence, delivering
stellar sold-out performances en route around the nation.
"The tiny elf is …deft with maturity and an
astounding understanding of the intricacies of folklore storytelling,
accompanied by quintessential folk instrumentation." - Time Off, January 2010
"This was a truly enchanting evening from one of
the finest young talents around." - Drum Media, February 2010
“A Creature I Don’t Know” is a darker, subtler, more
complex beast. Born from a woman who is musically bolder and lyrically more
astute, the album weaves tales that Marling describes as “one-sided
conversations”, creating characters that flow throughout her various songs. It
tells of beasts and muses and mythic women. It has been welcomed as her finest
work yet, a mean feat for an artist whose rise has taken on its own mythic
proportions whilst her feet remain firmly on the ground.
Having charmed Glastonbury
festival, BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, Radio 1 Sessions, and supported hero
Ryan Adams, LAURA caps off this year with a sold-out UK cathedral tour and a
string of performances across Europe. In 2012, it is Australia’s turn to again
fall at the feet of this accomplished chanteuse.
A Creature I Don’t Know is out now through EMI.
Rolling Stone ★★★★ The Age ★★★★ Herald Sun ★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald ★★★★ Q Magazine ★★★★ mX ★★★★
Secret Sounds Presents
Presented by triple j and Beat
Thursday, 2nd February
FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE With Special Guests HUSKY ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Thursday 9th February
Presented by Sydney Opera House
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL
Tickets from sydneyoperahouse.com or 02 9250 7777
BLOOD ORANGE set to tear up the dancefloor in January
21 Nov 2011
Life moves pretty fast, and Devonte
Hynes keeps busy. Following the huge acclaim for his previous incarnation, the
Houston-born, Essex-raised, 25 year-old indie bratpack posterboy artist
formerly known as Lightspeed Champion completely lost his voice and took a
hiatus. Following major surgery, not speaking a word for two months; Dev
re-learned to talk, re-learned to sing and reincarnated himself as Blood
Orange, the one-man DIY project showing off his new voice on album, “Coastal Grooves” telling his tales of
love and loneliness.
Blood Orange songs are subtly layered,
stripped-down, bedroom-built electronic compositions. They thread a
heartstring-tugging line from the angst and urgency of new wave, through
eighties power-pop, to the bounce and sex of American swing and R&B.
There's a palpable new obsession with
oriental melodies, much technical electric guitar shredding, and on top of it
all, Dev's gobsmacking new vocal style. He's gone from 'guy-singing-in-a-band'
to 'virtuoso-soul-crooner-who-sounds-like-Prince's-edgier-little-sister.’ The
result is intoxicating and addictive; a moody and atmospheric pop alchemy.
new one-man live show has been honed to near-perfection in the dive bars of New
York City, and it is currently blowing minds all over the world. It consists of
just a backing track and Dev shredding his Stratocaster like Prince and singing
and dancing like a heartbroken gangster of love.
to Australia under his solo moniker, Blood Orange, Dev will treat Sydney and
Melbourne to headline performances of his pumped-up drum patterns, chiming
guitar tones and re-creation of genres of a forgotten era. Be prepared to kill
the dance floor when Blood Orange hits the stage in January. Tickets on sale
Hynes’s latest project is an irresistible synthesis of Eighties sounds, from
galloping power-pop to rich funk-soul shudder. Hynes’s voice is refined into an
emotive croon.” The Telegraph UK, 5/5
record it's glaringly reminiscent of past niche musical trends, but sounds so
contemporary and original that it lures you into a very confused time warp of a
listening experience.” Drowned in Sound,
“Dev’s new venture is upbeat soulful,
kinda funky and quite brilliant.” NME
Debut Album 'Coastal Grooves' Out Now Through Domino.
Secret Sounds Presents
Thurs 5 Jan – Goodgod, Sydney
Tickets from moshtix.com.au or 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
Having played more than
180 SOLD OUT shows worldwide off the back of their debut GOLD album, FOSTER THE PEOPLE return to Australia
to satisfy the masses with headline performances in Brisbane, Sydney and
Melbourne in January 2012.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE went
from an LA indie club act to an international hot ticket off the back of their
EP, but it was their debut album Torches
that saw them become festival favourites and radio royalty. Forming in 2009,
the trio met in the City of Angels after frontman Mark Foster made the move
from middle America Ohio. Foster was bored at work one day and penned a little
ditty that would become a massive track the world over. It was called ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.
A hit, a monster single,
a song with a life of its own -- FOSTER
THE PEOPLE’s contagious dance-pop anthem ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ has clocked more than 38 million YouTube views.
The single is certified Triple PLATINUM in the USA, and Double PLATINUM in
Australia. It is the #1 Song on iTunes, Alternative Radio and Spotify in the
USA and is currently in the Top 10 of the ARIA Charts.
Having collaborated with
not one but four big name producers, Paul Epworth (Florence & the Machine,
Bloc Party), Rich Costey (Muse, The Mars Volta), Greg Kurstin (Bird and the
Bee, Lily Allen) and Tony Hoffer (Belle & Sebastian, Depeche Mode) FOSTER
THE PEOPLE made the album they wanted to make. Their way. And it certainly paid
have become darlings of the late night TV circuit playing on Letterman, Ellen,
Saturday Night Live and many more. The trio have also been nominated for Best
New Artist at the MTV VMAs and the American Music Awards. The album is now GOLD
in the USA and Australia.
Australia was one of the
first countries to embrace the LA locals and we’ve kept on hugging them tight
ever since. FOSTER THE PEOPLE’s energetic sold out club shows in February 2011
saw a devoted and lucky few fist pumping to the tracks that would form the
basis of debut album Torches. In July 2011 they returned just as the
album hit stores for a triumphant Splendour In The Grass performance that
almost raised the roof of the Mix Up Tent with thousands of voices singing in
unison. Their subsequent headline tour also sold out, with new shows added to
meet the high demand.
audience seemed to know and lose their shit to the first few bars of every
single song with good reason – the infectious hooks of Call It What you Want
and memorable lyrics of Miss You and Pumped Up Kicks created the perfect
dance-and-sing-a-longs that often left no reason for the lead singer to be
there as they drowned out his voice.” Inpress,
tracks included the obvious Pumped Up Kicks, Waste and Houdini. However, this
show was one of the few gems that made every track as appealing as the
last…With Sean Cimino going nuts on the synth, Isom Innis on the keyboard and
Cubbie Fink completing the tightly bound sound of FOP; they did not put a foot,
finger or fret wrong and played like seasoned pros." The Dwarf, Melbourne July 2011
Returning for Big Day Out
2012, FOSTER THE PEOPLE will play
their biggest headline shows yet at the Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, on Monday,
January 23rd; the Enmore Theatre, Sydney on Wednesday, January 25th
and the Palace Theatre, Melbourne on Monday, January 30th. Tickets go on sale to the public 12pm next Monday,
Hannah Hooper isn't just an incredible frontwoman for Grouplove – she's also an amazing artist! Hannah has been responsible for creating Grouplove's album and EP covers, and now she's working on something just for you! Simply buy a ticket to any Grouplove show listed on this site before December 1st and you'll automatically go in the draw to win Hannah's work. Good luck!
Californian “naked kids” GROUPLOVE return to Australia this January! Their sunshine-laden hooks sparkled brightly at Splendour in The Grass and fans in Sydney and Melbourne were treated to intimate headline sideshows. Now back by popular demand, GROUPLOVE are set to kick 2012 off with a bang, including performances at both Falls Festivals before heading out on the road nationally, including WA’s Southbound.
“Lead track ‘Itching on a Photograph’ does what Cold War Kids can no longer do: scrape the clouds with a chorus that breaks open a cleansing storm.” Daily Telegraph
“It’s a perfectly woven mix of sappy sweetness with depth and they deliver it fantastically, the crowd eating out of their hand.” Inpress August 2011
After finding each other in the balmy climes of Greece, GROUPLOVE produced a gem of an eponymous EP that saw their google-friendly name spread across the world. The band was founded by love after frontman Christian Zucconi met keyboardist/singer Hannah Hooper under Williamsburg Bridge and bonded over a mutual love of Pixies, Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac. It could have ended there as Hannah left for Crete shortly after, but on a whim, Christian joined the artist overseas. The pair then met guitarist Sean Gadd and pro surfer and bassist Andrew Wessen, add to the mix drummer and producer Ryan Rabin and GROUPLOVE was born.
Fast forward to 2011 and GROUPLOVE’s debut record “Never Trust A Happy Song” produced by their own Ryan Rubin has been hailed by triple j, earning it Feature Album of the Week and a slew of gushing reviews. It hit the ARIA charts at #21. With hit singles “Colours”, “Naked Kids” and “Itching On A Photograph” leading the charge, the ‘70s tinged sparkle-pop album is effortless.
“Never Trust a Happy Song is far from a cohesive album, but that actually works to its advantage--because it encapsulates the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, of this emotional rollercoaster known as life.” BBC MUSIC
“L.A.-based quintet unleash positively euphoric debut.” Q MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2011
“Listening to Never Trust A Happy Song is like God smiling down on you, telling you that you are his most wondrous creation and then giving you $50 for being a swell guy.” THE AU REVIEW
It’s not surprising considering their place amongst the world’s hottest new bands, having already been named in the Top 10 of NME’s ‘Best New Bands’ list and ‘Ones to Watch’ from Spin magazine. GROUPLOVE recently shined on Conan O’Brien’s show in the US and have clocked up the frequent flier miles playing every summer festival from here to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza to Reading, Rock En Seine France to Optimus Alive Portugal. They’ve recently graced the stage with Florence + the Machine & embarked on a sold out co-headline US tour with Foster The People. It’s no wonder they’re in high demand! Get tickets this Friday.
“An emphatically joyous sound of summer has landed and it goes by the name of Grouplove.” LONDON BARFLY REVIEW
“Never Trust a Happy Song” is out now through Warner Music.
Secret Sounds Presents
With Special Guests Presented by triple j, Pedestrian and Street Press Australia
Wed Jan 11 – THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY OzTix.com.auor OzTix outlets
Dananananaykroyd split up!
29 Sep 2011
It’s always sad when great things come to an end, but we’re going
to convert all that sadness into a million joyous moments for these
After five years of consistently smashing audiences around the
collective face, we are gutted to announce that Glasgow’s six-man
musical fireball Dananananaykroyd have announced their intention to
split immediately after the conclusion of their forthcoming UK tour.
Drawing plaudits wide and varied, the outfit oft-described as “the
best live band in the world,” have notched two critically-acclaimed
albums including their most recent effort ‘There Is A Way’ made on
Venice Beach, LA with legendary producer Ross Robinson.
“We all still love each other very much,” said the group, “for a band
called Dananananaykroyd we’ve done more than we ever expected or
possibly even intended and we’ve enjoyed nearly every step of the way.
We’re very keen at the same time to make sure we’re never compromising
or giving anything less than 100% and at this juncture of our collective
lives, it makes sense to go out with a bang – which is exactly what
this tour will be.”
Following shows in Leeds and Bristol, Dananananaykroyd’s
12-date farewell tour begins in hometown Glasgow and ends in a giant
sphere of blood, guts, human flesh, fire and rock in Newcastle on 12th
November and calls over the UK beforehand.
They will be missed :-(
Dress like The Hives
24 Jun 2011
Do you like to dress yourselves in the dapper attire of THE HIVES? If so, now is the time to break out your suit and tie and show us what you’ve got. We want to see your best Hives impression/photo. Whoever we deem the best lookalike will be heftily rewarded. Enter here!
Get involved with Fitz And The Tantrums
21 Jun 2011
Riding on the crest of a retro soul revival, FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS are all about sexy soul tunes, crisp two-tone suits and infectious beats. Cross the style of Madmen with seriously good sounds reminiscent of Motown and you’ve got an idea of how much fun there is to be had. LA’s super soulful six-piece FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS are heading our way as part of the official Splendour 2011 Sideshows! Download "MoneyGrabber" free here!
Tickets Go On Sale On 27 May 2011
20 May 2011
There's lots of excited Pulp fans out there! While we wait for July to roll around, we can distract ourselves with this handy Youtube playlist, consisting of Pulp's hits and one live gem.
Pulp fans will want to make sure Friday 27 May is locked into their diary. Tickets go on sale that day at 9am!
Splendour Sideshows have been announced!
19 May 2011
Not heading to Woodfordia? No problem! Winter just got a whole lot warmer as we’re bringing the best of Splendour to you with these special sideshows. Here’s your chance to celebrate some of the most illustrious names in music – and get up close & intimate with the hottest new bands to visit Oz. Hold tight for more special guest announcements to soon join the revelry.
This year, a portion of all tickets purchased on splendoursideshows.com will go toward the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, which helps Queenslanders affected by the devastation of the recent floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
Fitz & The Tantrums Let Us Have It
17 May 2011
Ahead of their first ever trip to our shores, Fitz & The Tantrums took a few moments to say hi to their Aussie fans. If you haven't heard much about Fitz & The Tantrums yet, you'll soon be hearing a lot more if this LA Times live review is anything to go by!
Get acquainted with the band by listening to their album in full on their website