On Friday night, Kahlee and I headed over to the Acer Arena to see Sheryl Crow’s opening set for John Mellencamp. After a cracker start with All I Wanna Do, Crow delivered a terrific set of old and new songs, plus excellent covers of Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest and Crowded House’s Mean to Me. If I’m going to be honest, the brand new song “inspired by the Dalai Lama” pretty much sucked, but hopefully Shazza will leave the political stuff to Rudd in the future. (Xavier, not Kevin.) Read the full story
Now live music, to me in Sydney has always been great, and there has always been lots of it. But even in the past year I’ve noticed a steady downturn in not only the amount of live music that’s been going on (everyone shout – hooray economic downturn!) but also the amount of people who just don’t even seem to be keen for it anymore.
As someone who used to have a lot to do with all ages live music around the Sutherland show, I saw hundreds of kids pack themselves into a venue to watch local bands do what they do best, for a reasonable amount of money at least once a month minimum. Now, these shows have been canned for reasons beyond the promoters control and the kids just seem to have… lost it? Almost all the kids who used to come to Engadine to see bands they love would have turned 18 by now, but do I ever see any of them out at venues watching the same bands the used to love struggle to hit it in the city scene? No.
Friday 27 February – Perth, Burswood Dome
Tuesday 3 March – Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 4 March – Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Sunday 8 March – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Monday 9 March – Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 11 March – Sydney, Acer Arena
Thursday 12 March – Sydney, Acer Arena
We haven’t seen these chaps since 2006. Welcome back boys :) Tickets go on sale: Thursday 4 December. Tickets and details through www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849 (this is a very hard number to find!).
Touring seems to be the most fun aspect of being a working musician. Heading out on the road for weeks at a time, neglecting concerns for personal health and indulging in excess at every turn seems to be part and parcel for most artists but as I sat down to chat with Sydney MC Dialectrix I started to realise that not everyone has it so easy.
NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE, EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER
5th December – Melbourne – The Espy
6th December – Byron Bay – The Great Northern
7th December – Brisbane – The Zoo
11th December – Sydney – Oxford Art Factory
12th December – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
13th December – Meredith Music Festival
Good to see they have their shit together. Now if they can only do something about that bar line.
Early Bird On Sale Date Postponed
In order to avoid the unfortunate clash with The Big Day Out on sale week which has caused some distress to fans wanting to attend both festivals, we have postponed the SW09 Early Bird On Sale by 2 weeks.
New Dates as follows:
BRISBANE: THURS 23 Oct @ 9am
SYDNEY: FRI 24 Oct @ 9am
MELBOURNE: SAT 25 Oct @ 9am
ADELAIDE: SUN 26 Oct @ 9am
PERTH: SUN 26 Oct @9am
Last night Chizm and I decided to head out and see electronic pop outfit Ladytron at The Metro Theatre. What a fucking disappointment.
It was, without a doubt, the most boring concert we have ever been too. It was like someone had an unequalized recording blasting out of the speakers. The front female vocalists were lifeless and completely emotionless. Read the full story
Watching the Deftones and Flyleaf play in 2006 was incredible — even if the bar lines were ridiculously long.
Tickets on sale as follows: Postponed by 2 weeks BRISBANE: THU 9 October @ 9am
SYDNEY: FRI 10 October @ 9am
MELBOURNE: SAT 11 October @ 9am
ADELAIDE: SUN 12 October @ 9am
PERTH: SUN 12 October @9am
Soundwave 09 is proud to announce our headlining act…Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available right now. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.
Trent Reznor explains, “I’ve been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn’t have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts.”
NINE INCH NAILS, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLOODHOUND GANG, SCARS ON BROADWAY, LAMB OF GOD, ALKALINE TRIO, BILLY TALENT, THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, FACE TO FACE, IN FLAMES, RIVAL SCHOOLS, ANBERLIN, THE SUBWAYS, EVERY TIME I DIE, DEVILDRIVER, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, LESS THAN JAKE, POISON THE WELL, MADINA LAKE, NEW FOUND GLORY, FROM FIRST TO LAST, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, HELLOGOODBYE, FINCH, GOLDFINGER, SAY ANYTHING, CHIODOS, SILVERSTEIN, SAVES THE DAY, LACUNA COIL, 36 CRAZY FISTS, STRAYLIGHT RUN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, MINUS THE BEAR, MONEEN, ACE ENDERS (THE EARLY NOVEMBER), I AM THE AVALANCHE, JAGUAR LOVE, UNEARTH, BAYSIDE EMERY, HOUSTON CALLS, THE AUDITION, ATTACK IN BLACK, INNERPARTYSYSTEM, VALENCIA, IN THIS MOMENT, ALESANA, THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, HORSE THE BAND, MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER
BIG DAY OUT 2009: NEIL YOUNG, ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE LIVING END, THE PRODIGY, SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM, MY MORNING JACKET, PENDULUM, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, TV ON THE RADIO, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, THE TING TINGS, TIKI TAANE, CUT COPY, COG, YOUTH GROUP, THE GRATES, BIRDS OF TOKYO, TZU and EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING.
Fucking awesome. See you there.
Ticket information has also been released. I’ll be there for: The Prodigy, Pendulum, Cut Copy, Cog, and Sneaky Sound System.
TICKETS ON SALE:
SYDNEY: WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER
GOLD COAST: THURSDAY 9th OCTOBER
AUCKLAND, MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE & PERTH: FRIDAY 10th OCTOBER
There have been countless rumours exceeded only by countless hopes. But it seems it has all come true — The Prodigy are coming to Australia in 2009.
I was lucky enough to catch them in 2005 at their Hordern Pavilion show, and I was blown away. The ferocity, presence and power of the live group was surreal. I’ve been a fan since I was about 13 and believe they have always been a very innovative group well ahead of their time.
Sensation is a Dutch based Dance party organiser who runs these amazing events call “Sensation White” and “Black” (which originally was called “Sensation Black”). Everyone will be in white to celebrate.
My anticipation for Friday’s Shapeshifter (New Zealand) show was well worth it. Although I only managed to fire off a few shots with the iPhone, they took the stage with presence and experience.
Paora ‘P Digsss’ Apera presents himself with power and intimacy and hits every note with passion and skill. He, and the NZ band have the ability to make a grand show seem personal.
Watching a genre like Drum & Bass performed live with a five piece outfit brings electronic music to life. It’s powerful, melodic and upbeat. If you ever have the opportunity to check them out, be sure too.
At last year’s Parklife I finally got to see my favourite live drum & bass act, Shapeshifter. The 5 piece is playing this September 5 at The Metro. The second Chizm flicked me the announcement, I bought tickets and they arrived yesterday. If you want to go you can buy tickets for just $35 through The Metro – let us know if you’re going too.