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ASH

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When: Saturday 17th November
Where: Factory Theatre

Northern Ireland’s indie legends ASH finally return down under this November! Inspired by Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pixies they are known worldwide for their energetic and incredibly fun live shows that continue to delight fans. This year ASH released their seventh studio album “Islands”. Pound-for-pound, it’s also the strongest, most exhilarating long player of Ash’s career, an album which reaffirms the trio’s status as one of the most idiosyncratic and singularly thrilling guitar bands. Ash have remained popular well after the success of their 1996 classic “1977”. A testimony both to the loyalty of the fanbase as well as their ability to continually to put on brilliant live shows that never disappoint.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Andre Rieu

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When: Wednesday 21st November
Where: ICC Sydney

André Rieu live in Australia 2018 - The career of Dutch violin superstar André Rieu spans more than 30 years – he is not only a first-class entertainer, he is the “King of Waltz”. Thousands of fans from across the globe – including five continents – love his eclectic mix of waltz, score music, musical, opera and easy listening. And he sure knows how to stage a grand show including romantic moments and witty twists. His orchestral tours draw more than 600,000 people per year, meaning that the charismatic entertainer outsells superstars like Coldplay, Elton John or Madonna. His Christmas With André tour 2018 leads him to Australia – with Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 17 November, Sydney, ICC Sydney on Wednesday 21 November and Perth, Perth Arena, on Saturday 24 November.

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Article by Ticketek.

Alison Wonderland

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When: Friday 7th December
Where: Enmore Theatre

With sophomore record Awake continuing to evolve into the game changer she had always threatened to unleash, Sydney singer / songwriter / producer / DJ quad-slashie Alison Wonderland is hitting the road again for some of the biggest headline Australian shows of her career. Set to dominate huge rooms in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, the run comes hot on the heels of Wonderland’s recent slot as the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history. That set, and the hundreds before it, confirmed her place as a rising force on the world stage and a leading light in Australian eyes. Three years in the making, Awake arrived on the back of a continuous wave of success for Alison Wonderland. Her debut record Run made her perpetually in demand party starter du jour. It came on the back of years of hard graft as she toured, remixed and DJ’d her way into the heart of worldwide tastemakers and soiree seekers alike.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

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When: Wednesday 9th January
Where:
Hordern Pavilion

Having already been announced for Falls Festival 2019, ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS announce two massive summer sideshows this January in both Sydney and Melbourne. Minty fresh and overflowing with renewed energy as Dr. Dre finishes twiddling the knobs on his hugely anticipated third album, Anderson .Paak is back with a bang. Making a huge return to Australia, the Californian singer, rapper and producer arrives armed with his newest singles ‘Til It’s Over’ and ‘Bubblin’ – two new slices of trademark realness. Originally from Oxnard California, Paak was first exposed on Dre’s final album “Compton”, as he was given space to showcase his considerable skills. He then sent eager ears into overdrive with the release of the Grammy winning album “Malibu” featuring killer collaborations with Kaytranada (‘Glowed Up’) and Snakehips (‘Money On Me’). The first Anderson release arrived in 2013 as an all-covers EP, “Cover Art: before issuing a full album “Venice” a year later. Grammy nominated composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist, poet and frontwoman of neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, Australia’s very own NAI PALM will join Anderson .Paak as special guest in both Sydney and Melbourne. After selling out their 2018 Australian tour in just minutes, fans will need to move fast in order to secure their spot for what’s sure to be one of summer’s best festival sideshows.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

The Angels: No Exit 40 Years On

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When: Friday 8th February & Saturday 9th February
Where:
The Bridge Hotel

Don’t miss The Angels two exclusive live preview launch shows of their No Exit 40 Years On Recharged tour this February. This is the first chance to see this special anniversary tour in full flight before the band take to the road celebrating their third album, No Exit, released in 1979. This exclusive live preview tour launch at The Bridge will also be filmed and recorded for future release. No Exit was released in 1979 and smashed into the No. 8 chart position. It spawned classic hits such as the title track No Exit and the still beloved show-stoppers Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage, to name a few and was an apt follow-on from the band’s seminal Face To Face album, demonstrating to fans that The Angels were a rock band here to stay. Fast forward four decades and the No Exit album is still a fan favourite. The special preview launch shows are 100 percent The Angels – there are no supports – it is just two-hours of jam-packed Angels! The first set will be the No Exit album in its entirety, followed by a second set of Angels’ classics and some rarities.

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Article by Ticketek.

Arctic Monkeys

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When: Friday 1st March
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

With Special Guests: Mini Mansions

British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and now Frontier Touring is over the moon to announce the band’s return to Australia for a mammoth run of arena shows in February and March 2019. Joining them at all shows will be friends and collaborators Mini Mansions, the LA trio featuring members of Queens of the Stone Age, and The Last Shadow Puppets. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a perfect example of Arctic Monkeys’ special brand of creativity and desire to keep the world guessing. Their live show has evolved once again to make room for the exciting new material, making these shows unmissable events.

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Article by Ticketek.

Allen Stone

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When: Wednesday 17th April
Where: Factory Theatre

Just one week after getting married to his 'Brown Eyed Lover' and a hugely successful sold-out show in Melbourne; Allen Stone announces he will be spreading the love to Sydney in April! Allen Stone's vocals and melodic style show the clear influence of classic soul and R&B of the 1960s and '70s, while his lyrics reveal an idealism and passion that recall the folk-inspired singer-songwriters of the same era. Earlier in 2018, Allen appeared on 'American Idol', performing a powerful duet of 'Unaware' with contestant Dennis Lorenzo and blew judges away with his powerful vocals, including Lionel Richie who amazed, said - 'That was spectacular'. His latest release, 'Warriors' was first performed at the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Seattle earlier this year, where Stone was back during the performance by a 2,000-member choir. Commenting on the song, Allen stated 'This song came in a period of struggle. Inspiration hadn't come through to visit for a while. I had felt like I was just pushing a big rock up a hill while wearing flip-flops. I was reminded in that moment that true success comes when you face adversity head on and push through those moments of hardship. Walk tall like Warriors even when terrified'. Allen Stone is currently working on his next album, recorded live in Nashville which is set to be released early 2019. After a sold-out performance in Melbourne, don't miss out on tickets to see this talent live at The Factory!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Avantasia

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When: Sunday 12th May
Where: Metro Theatre

The world's biggest Metal opera is finally coming to Australia. 20 years after the release of the original Metal Operas, Tobias Sammet will bring the full Avantasia stage show to Australia with the eighth studio album, 'Moonglow'; just over the horizon. Avantasia's previous album 'Ghostlights'; saw them headlining both Wacken Open Air and Barcelona Rockfest, proving that Avantasia are one of the biggest names in operatic metal. Sammet is a masterful storyteller, creating epic fantasy worlds that can barely be contained even within his sprawling concept albums. Fittingly, his tales are told by an expansive contingent of vocalists, and the team Sammet will be bringing with him is sure to impress. It can absolutely be said that Australia has never seen a tour like this. From the depth of storytelling, to the range of the cast, to the sheer musical brilliance - this is a once in a lifetime tour. For the die-hard Avantasia fans, a limited release of super-rare VIP Packages will be available!

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Article by Metro Theatre.

 

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