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Bob Moses

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When: Thursday 28th November
Where: Metro Theatre

Versatile maestros who excel in straddling the invisible boundaries between moody dance, shimmering pop and glacial rock, duo Bob Moses have locked in two very special East Coast shows this November, making the most of their upcoming trip to Australia as part of the huge Strawberry Fields line up. Appearing at The Metro in Sydney on Thursday November 28, and following up the next night at 170 Russell in the heart of Melbourne, these recent Grammy nominees will enrapture audiences with spectacular cuts from their two albums, Days Gone By (2015) and Battle Lines (2018), exhibiting the skills that have made them a radio hit here in Australia, and a festival favourite the world over. The duo made up of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance attended the same high school, where they shared the distinction of each having already begun to pursue his musical ambitions in the hours after school with Vallance playing clubs as a DJ and Howie performing his own songs at local venues. Years later a fortuitous meeting in the parking lot of a Brooklyn hardware store on the way to separate rehearsal spaces led to a long dinner and an almost immediate beginning to making music together.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Bloom

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When: Thursday 5th December
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

Elite Performance Studios presents 'Bloom'. 'A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.' Showcasing the work of our 2019-2020 performance teams. With energetic and entertaining routines by some of Australia's leading industry choreographers.

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Article by Ticketek.

The Beasts

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When: Friday 6th December
Where: Metro Theatre

Special Guests: Adalita

After an emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins thought of getting the band’s members, past and present into a recording studio just to celebrate the band and see what resulted. Sadly, bassist Brian Hooper died a week after the show. But weeks later former Beasts Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Spencer Jones, Kim Salmon and Tex Perkins assembled without a plan, save for the crazy M.O. employed back in 1983 when the Beasts first recorded The Axemans Jazz in that fateful 8 hour session. As back then, they went at it! Songs weren’t so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they coalesced. The result is a collection of pieces with names like ‘Pearls Before Swine’, ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’, ‘Drunk On A Train’ and ‘On My Back’ in a raucous celebration of their own Beastliness. Spencer was sadly only around long enough to make it onto one track. But what a track – witty observations from the hospital bed entitled ‘At The Hospital’. This isn’t The Beasts of Bourbon. It would need to have Jonesy on every track to be that! But loudly and proudly this is: the Beasts Still Here.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Blackbear

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When: Thursday 9th January
Where: Metro Theatre

Blackbear is a rock star who defies genres. Swinging between hip-hop and punk, rapping and singing and the increasingly fragile wall between obscure internet culture and the mainstream, blackbear is a tattooed middle finger to all expectations. Covered in denim, he accompanies his listeners through the life of a rock star. It's nihilism, drugs, sex, anxiety, and insensitive ex-girlfriends – it’s blackbear singing “do re mi fa, so fuckin 'done with you, girl”, before moving on to the next destructive adventure. With around a billion streams and collaborations with just about everyone, from 2 Chainz, Cam'ron, Machine Gun Kelly, Ne-Yo to T-Pain, blackbear is one of our most interesting rap hybrids of our time. After leaving Florida-based rock band, Polaroid, Musto relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to work with Ne-Yo and pursued a solo music career. Throughout his 13-year music career, blackbear has released six EPs, five studio albums, and two collaborative albums. His most recent release, ‘hot girl bummer’ (Interscope/Universal Music Australia), has surpassed more than 25 million streams in just 3 weeks and currently placed at #34 on Spotify’s “Australia Top 50” chart. The 28-year-old singer and songwriter has also produced songs for some of the biggest names in music including Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, G-Eazy and more. Don't miss out on this hot Florida rapper’s return to Australia this summer – catch him in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Bastille: Doom Days Tour - Part 2

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When: Monday 27th January
Where: Hordern Pavilion

British pop superstars Bastille are returning to Australia at the beginning of next year on the Doom Days Tour, Part 2, giving fans their first chance to hear the band’s third studio album Doom Days performed live. Bastille have sold more than 8 million albums and racked up global streams well over the 6.5 billion mark, making them one of the most streamed acts on the planet. Their recent Marshmello collab ‘Happier’, which they performed in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, is now certified Platinum in the UK and 5x Platinum in Australia.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Billy Idol

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When: Saturday 1st February
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Frontier Touring are thrilled to welcome back the inimitable punk superstar and Grammy nominee for a series of special headline shows in January/February 2020 - Idol's first tour of Australia since 2015! Idol will be bringing his full band back down under, including his long-time collaborator and legendary lead-guitarist Steve Stevens. The iconic singer will perform at Brisbane's Riverstage on Friday 31 January, followed by a show at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 1 February. Don’t delay in grabbing your tickets to Billy Idol, live in Sydney this summer!

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Between The Buried And Me

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When: Saturday 1st February
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Frontier Touring are thrilled to welcome back the inimitable punk superstar and Grammy nominee for a series of special headline shows in January/February 2020 - Idol's first tour of Australia since 2015! Idol will be bringing his full band back down under, including his long-time collaborator and legendary lead-guitarist Steve Stevens. The iconic singer will perform at Brisbane's Riverstage on Friday 31 January, followed by a show at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 1 February. Don’t delay in grabbing your tickets to Billy Idol, live in Sydney this summer!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Brandi Carlile

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When: Saturday 1st February
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Brandi Carlile is currently touring in celebration of her three-time GRAMMY Award winning sixth album, By The Way, I Forgive You. The album includes ten songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, including "The Joke". Of her performance of the song on the live GRAMMY broadcast, The New York Times proclaimed, "Carlile’s vocals were robust, ragged, full of sneer and hope. On a night curiously light on impressive singing, it was an uncomplicated, genuine, cleansing thrill." Brandi Carlile has been a part of several activism campaigns and an advocate for causes ranging from spreading awareness for health issues to empowerment of women. $1.50 from each ticket sold for her performances will be donated to her charity The Looking Out Foundation. Having sold out her Madison Square Garden performance in New York on September 15, Brandi Carlile is bring her bright shining talent to Australian shores. "over the past 18 months has catapulted from longtime road-warrior fan favourite to Grammy-winning superstar… " – Rolling Stone.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Brass Against

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When: Sunday 23rd February
Where: Metro Pavilion

Brass Against are headed to Australian in February 2020! The much-hyped brass-band-with-a-twist will be fronted by supremely popular and talented vocalist Sophia Urista. In this politically challenging era, it’s time to stand up against the machine. Brass Against is collective of some of New York City’s top musicians, who have come together to form a unique brass band that combines rock and edgy hip-hop to create music that is both powerful and empowering. Founded by Brad Hammonds, the band covers Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, Gil Scott Heron, Janes Addiction, A Tribe Called Quest, and Led Zeppelin, amongst others. Brass Against is exceptional music with a political edge. They are angry, they are inspired, they are ready for change—and they hope their music amplifies this energy in everyone who listens.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

The Bluetones

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When: Saturday 9th May
Where: Metro Theatre

Britpop luminaries THE BLUETONES are returning to Australia and New Zealand in May 2020, performing their breakthrough debut album ‘Expecting To Fly’ in full along with a set of their greatest hits. ‘Expecting To Fly’ was a sensation upon it’s release knocking Oasis’ ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory) off the #1 spot in the UK charts! Decade Mag included the album in their list of all-time greatest Britpop albums, with X Radio bestowing similar honours. The album set THE BLUETONES on a storied career having played thosuands of shows across 73 countries. These long overdue dates will see the reunited foursome return for their first Australian headline tour in over 20 years whilst making their first trip to New Zealand. These will be unforgettable shows not to be missed!

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Billy Bragg

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When: Tuesday 12th May - Thursday 14th May
Where: Metro Theatre

Handsome Tours is thrilled to announce that Billy Bragg will be returning for a very special tour entitled “One Step Forward. Two Steps Back.” In each city Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights.

NIGHT 1
Career Spanning Billy Bragg Set

NIGHT 2
Songs From First Three Albums
'Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy' (1983)
'Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984)'
'Talking with the Taxman about Poetry' (1986)

NIGHT 3
Songs From Second Three Albums
'Workers Playtime' (1988)
'Don't Try This at Home' (1991)
'William Bloke' (1996)

The first night's performance will feature Bragg's current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don't Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996). Says Billy: “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I'm looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.” Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. Politicised by a Tory government operating without love or justice, this previously adrift young man from Barking, whose failure at national exams had reduced his career opportunities to two, eventually bought himself out of the British Army in 1981 ('the best £175 I ever spent'), determined to make a living out of song. Don't miss the orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled 'Bard of Barking', Billy Bragg, across three extraordinary evenings.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

The Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour

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When: Friday 22nd May & Saturday 23rd May
Where:
Qudos Bank Arena

Backstreet’s back, alright! Get your group together, because the biggest selling Boy Band of all time (100 million albums), the BACKSTREET BOYS are heading back to Australia in 2020 for a national arena tour. AJ McLean, Brian Litterell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson have been enthralling fans for more than 25 years and are expanding their massive world tour to Australia. Featuring their signature, flawless choreography, costume changes, a pyramid-shaped stage of light, trap doors and giant video screens, Australian fans will experience their harmony-laden vocal prowess and arsenal of mega-watt hits such as; >‘I Want It That Way’, ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ and ‘As Long As You Love Me’, plus songs from their tenth studio album, ‘DNA”.

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Article by Ticketek.

Belshazzar's Feast

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When: Sunday 28th June
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

PRE-CONCERT TALK - Linda Foulsham will give a pre-concert talk in the upper foyer at 1pm. SYNOPSES - Belshazzar’s Feast tells the dramatic story of the Israelites’ Babylonian captivity and enslavement, the wealth of the city-state and of King Belshazzar’s great feast at which the King drinks from sacred vessels, stolen from Jerusalem’s First Temple. This sacrilege heralds a clap of thunder and God’s hand, writing in Hebrew: “You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.” Belshazzar is killed, the Israelites are freed and the city is destroyed. The music is equally dramatic with wild extremes. The work involves a variety of moods from the delicate to the cataclysmic, a full orchestra with massed brass, a battery of percussion, some jazz rhythms, a baritone soloist and large choir. Chichester Psalms Each of the three choral movements centres around one complete psalm with excerpts from another. The work is jazzy and contemporary, Bernstein describing it as “popular in feeling” with “an old-fashioned sweetness along with its more violent moments”. Hebrew text combines with Christian choral tradition in a plea for reconciliation and unity.

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Article by Ticketek.

 

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