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The Beauty of 8

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When: Saturday 27th July
Where: NIDA Parade Theatre, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington
Time: 8pm
Cost: From $51.20

Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble, Taikoz, will explore the immersive qualities of the Japanese taiko in their stunning production, The Beauty of 8, at NIDA on 27th July. In The Beauty of 8, Taikoz contrasts masculine and feminine, extrovert and introvert, tradition and innovation. ‘The Beauty of 8’ refers to the mesmerising shapes and movements that are synonymous with the flamboyant yokouchi (side-on) style of taiko playing. The result is a spectacular combination of infectious rhythms, soaring melodies, lavish costumes and huge drums. Joining Taikoz for The Beauty of 8 is special guest artist, direct from Japan, Chieko Kojima, who is a Distinguished Member of KODO, one of the world’s leading taiko ensembles. Trained as a dancer, Kojima seamlessly combines her love of movement, sound and rhythm into an exquisite performance that effortlessly crosses between dance and music. The Beauty of 8 also features Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master, whose relationship with Kojima extends back to the 1970s when they were both members of the legendary taiko ensemble, Ondekoza. With new music composed by Taikoz, The Beauty of 8 is a spectacular collaboration that highlights the artists’ inner intensity, beauty of expression and synchronicity of sound and movement in a performance that is not to be missed.

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Article by Kabuku.

Bag Raiders: Horizons Album Live Tour

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When: Friday 9th August
Where: Metro
Theatre

The story of Bag Raiders is already the stuff of legend but in 2019, the ever-popular Sydney production dream team Jack Glass and Chris Stracey are ready to share their highly-anticipated second album Horizons and head around Australia for the official album tour, premiering the brand-new live show for the very first time. Horizons documents the journey Bag Raiders have been on since the release of their ARIA nominated Top 10 debut album in 2010, which spawned the singles 'Sunlight', 'Way Back Home' and the triple-platinum selling, runaway meme phenomenon and global anthem 'Shooting Stars'. Conceived, written and recorded all over the globe, Horizons features a stunning cast of Australian collaborators including Mickey Kojak, Panama, Tora and The Kite String Tangle who appears on the first single 'Lightning'. Consistent regulars on the festival scene, these however are the first Bag Raiders headline live shows in 3 years and are truly not to be missed.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Boy & Bear

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When: Saturday 17th August
Where:
Enmore Theatre

After the most tumultuous period of their lives both personally and professionally, Boy & Bear are back with a world tour and triumphant new single, ‘Hold Your Nerve’, their first new music since 2015’s Gold-selling Limit of Love. The band’s position in the music industry was firmly cemented in 2011 after their debut album Moonfire reached platinum sales, won Boy & Bear five ARIA awards and saw three songs make it to triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2011. Two years later came the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Harlequin Dream, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, spent five consecutive weeks in the top 10 and has since gone Platinum. In October 2015 Boy & Bear put out Limit Of Love, debuting at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it their second consecutive number one debut. Boy & Bear will reintroduce themselves to Australian fans via a series of intimate shows before heading to North America in September and the UK and Europe in early 2020.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

The Butterfly Effect

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When: Friday 30th August
Where:
Metro Theatre

Only shows in 2019.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Ben Lee, Pub Choir

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When: Wednesday 11th September
Where:
Enmore Theatre

“From the first moment I became aware of Pub Choir I realized we had very similar missions. We both aspire to fill a room of adults with a sense of connection, mischief, joy and inspiration. And we both believe singing together is the best way to make the mysterious and magical vibe we are chasing happen. I am so excited for this collaboration” - Ben Lee. “Ben Lee is an international music LEGEND. He’s been making the world sing for decades, which is exactly what Pub Choir aspires to do. We feel ridiculously lucky to hit the road with such an icon, his music buddies… and thousands of new singing friends across Australia! ” - Astrid Jorgensen, Pub Choir. Calling all car singers, closet rock stars, and Aussie music fans: from August 28st to September 11th, Pub Choir is taking their legendary, high-energy show on the road. And they’re bringing reinforcements. Ben Lee is one of Australia’s most beloved musicians. With international hits spanning decades and continents, Ben will be joining Pub Choir’s rag tag bunch to bring music and smiles to the masses across the country. Armed with his infectious, ARIA-award winning tunes, such as Catch My Disease, and Cigarette’s Will Kill You, Ben will be joining Pub Choir’s roadshow, and he’ll invite a few mystery guests/musical besties along for the adventure. Every show will be a special, unique performance, not to be missed!

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Birds of Tokyo: Good Lord Tour

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When: Saturday 21st September
Where:
Enmore Theatre

It's been nearly three years since Birds Of Tokyo did a full national tour but with their new track "Good Lord" riding high in the charts the band has finally announced a string of dates around Australia later this year. Tickets will go on sale to members of their mailing list from 9am tomorrow and to the general public next Monday. Full date, venue and ticketing details are listed below. "Good Lord" is currently at #1 on iTunes, top 5 on the radio airplay charts and rising rapidly up the Spotify and Apple Music rankings so it's no wonder these gigs have been dubbed "The Good Lord Tour". The haunting song is a raw rendering of lead singer Ian Kenny's marriage implosion. "To be honest it's been a rollercoaster couple of years", he explains. "I was basically in pieces when we were writing this song and maybe that intensity explains why it's striking such a chord with people. It's great that something good can come out of something bad - funny how often that happens if you can just get through the rough patches in life." "Good Lord" is actually part of a larger batch of songs that were all written in the wake of Kenny's marriage breakup, with last year's more upbeat "Unbreakable" (heard everywhere as the theme to the Invictus Games) actually being the first piece drawn from his thematically linked body of work. "We've still got at least three more new tracks that explore the breakup experience from various angles so there's going to be a bit of a theme running through our stuff for the rest of this year", says Birds guitarist Adam Spark. "It's cheaper than therapy to use music to get this stuff off our chests - we're really lucky that way." "Good Lord" is the latest in over a decade of epic Birds Of Tokyo songs that have resonated with Australian audiences. Since breaking out of Perth back in 2007 the band has had 11 different tracks make Triple J's Hottest 100 and they've won APRA's "Rock Work Of The Year" on five separate occasions but this new single seems set to eclipse even their biggest anthems like "Lanterns", "Plans" and "Anchor".

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Bravura

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When: Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

BRAVURA! Grammy-nominated chief conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM leads the electrifying Willoughby Symphony through Zoltán Kodály's energetic Galanta Dances. The individual stars of our orchestra are sure to shine in this dazzling showpiece of Hungarian flair and fire. Bringing his own bravura to the stage will be multi award-winning Australian pianist Tony Lee as he joins the orchestra to perform Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. This work is sure to astonish with its juxtaposition of profound poetry and thrilling virtuosity. Nicholas Milton's interpretations of the major Romantic orchestral repertoire have consistently been highlights of the Willoughby Symphony's stellar concert programs, and this performance concludes with Brahms' final symphony, a work of incredible and effortless complexities hidden within a gloriously pristine symphonic architecture, the pinnacle of a great man's joys and anguish and a pillar of western art for all time.

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Article by Ticketek.

Big Country

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When: Saturday 28th September
Where:
Factory Theatre

Legendary Scottish indie rockers Big Country return to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their classic album ‘Steeltown’. As an added bonus, they will play an Encore of Greatest Hits. ‘Brilliant music, atmosphere great, everybody singing and joining in’. Big Country’s live show is always full of energy and enthusiasm with a set list that includes all their Classics - In A Big Country, Fields of Fire, Chance, Look Away, Wonderland, East of Eden and more! ‘Big Country are great fun to see Live, a rousing performance, tons of smiles, and the crowd totally into it. Very highly recommended.’

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Bad Rapper

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When: Friday 11th October
Where: Metro
Theatre

Die Laughing… Escape The System. The biggest Badrapper show to date. Special Guests TBA.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Ben Portsmouth

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When: Friday 11th October
Where: EVAN
Theatre, Panthers

Taking Care of Elvis – The King Is Back

Ben Portsmouth -The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist. Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent. He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on-stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises "“"Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest" which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the "“"Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist"”", the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title from 2007 thru 2017. Fans from all over the world declare Ben Portsmouth as the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley. Social media forums are overwhelmed with fans demanding his return to their country. On this night, you will see the live performance that left David Letterman at a loss for words exclaiming, “Oh my God, Oh my God!” when Ben headlined his show in February of 2013. Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma and will show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business.

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Article by Ticketek.

Buckcherry & Hardcore Superstar

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When: Sunday 13th October
Where: Metro Theatre

Stand by for a triple shot of dirty, gritty, sleazy, street wise Rock 'n' Roll as Los Angeles' notorious, multi-platinum-selling rock band BUCKCHERRY return to Australia and team up with special guests Sweden's Kings of thrashy sleaze rock HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, and upcoming Sydney rockers, BAD MOON BORN. BUCKCHERRY head back to Australia for the first time since 2016 and staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of anthems primed to explode on impact live on stage and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact. Will be performing their hits including Lit Up, For the Movies, Say F** It, Crazy Bitch and many more.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Batushka

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When: Sunday 3rd November
Where: Factory Theatre

Destroy All Lines presents Batushka Australian Tour 2019 Plus Special Guests

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Article by Factory Theatre.

 

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