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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.

Busby Marou: The Great Divide Tour

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When: Friday 15th November
Where: Factory Theatre

Frontier Touring is delighted to announce that much loved Australian duo Busby Marou will be touring Australia in October and November in support of their upcoming fourth studio album The Great Divide, due for release on the 27th of September (Warner Music). The APRA Award-winning duo will kick off their thirteen date tour in Brisbane on Friday 25 October before embarking on a month's journey across the country, stopping at locations in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and WA, including a host of regional shows. The duo will be accompanied nationally by Byron Bay musician Bobby Alu and in Cairns by Leanne Tennant. This upcoming tour follows the momentum of a huge past year of summer performances and new songwriting material from Tom Busby (hailing from Queensland, Australia) and Jeremy Marou (from the beautiful Torres Strait Islands). The duo rounded off 2018 with their biggest ever headline show, playing to over 3,000 people at their own One Hot Night festival in Rockhampton, QLD. 2019 began with the recording of their fourth studio album The Great Divide with producer Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy), with whom they had an immediate and compelling connection. The album which was born as a result is a powerful chapter in the story of two men from two very different worlds, on the same journey and having reached a new level of maturity. The duo said of the new album, "The Great Divide is not about division or adversaries. It's about recognising that we all have a different account of events in our own lives and celebrating how those differences combine to create a unique and colourful story. Without our great divide, there is no Busby Marou story". Just this month, Busby Marou shared the first taste of their forthcoming album with the hit track ‘Over Drinking Over You'. 'Over Drinking Over You' is a song about when fun habits stop being fun. The symptom is a broken heart and the medicine is the whiskey to endure it." A mark of difference between Busby Marou and many other live bands is their ability to captivate a crowd in a country theatre or pub in regional Australia equally as much as in a slick inner-city venue. The duo make a point of sticking close to their roots by touring regional areas, and regardless of venue, their live performances fill the room with distinct Australian storytelling and heavenly vocal interplay. "The two Queenslanders know how to improvise, how to pace themselves, how to entertain. And they know their way around everything from plaintive country ballads to bombastic rock 'n' roll wig-outs." - The Australian. "There's something about them that keeps drawing crowds… Their chemistry is intriguing: Busby could hold an audience for days, he is so engaging [and] Marou's more-than-steady hand and blinding short solo riffs on guitar add spice to the lyrics." - The Newcastle Herald Tom and Jeremy have come a long way since they met years ago, busting out tunes in the corner of Rockhampton's Oxford Hotel to anyone who might listen. A gift for storytelling, exquisite harmonies and a potent chemistry between the two mates make for a sound which is truly unique to Busby Marou. Their success over the past decade includes millions of global streams, top 20 airplay, three ARIA charting albums and twice winning the APRA Blues & Roots Work of the Year. Their debut self-titled album was certified ARIA Gold in Australia in 2014, while their follow up album Farewell Fitzroy debuted at #5 on the album chart. Their most recent album Postcards From The Shell House, released in 2017, is their first ARIA #1 album. Last year, they released their Aussie anthem, ‘Sound of Summer' which currently has over 2.5 million global streams. Joining Busby Marou on tour is Gold Coast born-and-bred singer and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Alu, whose chilled out, ukulele-driven tunes nod to a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance and bring a sense of Island-time serenity and gentle optimism to his live shows. Following his exploratory self-titled debut in 2010 (which made triple j Roots ‘n All top 10), and his widely-praised 2013 album Take It Slow, Bobby Alu has spent the past five years touring internationally on drums for Xavier Rudd. During this time, he also recorded and released his solo five-track EP Bay Sessions, released in 2015. Alu will bring to the stage this October & November flavours from each of these albums as well as, hopefully, a taste of his fresh material to come. Leanne Tennant will be joining Busby Marou in Cairns, with her alternative roots bringing an escape from the everyday, taking inspiration from nature and her own life experiences. Landing firmly on the map with her debut album Pull Up Your Britches in 2015 and follow up Red Wine, Late Nights (2016), Leanne Tennant was awarded the esteemed Carol Lloyd Award in 2018. Now in the process of creating her third album, her sound is expanding into something new and bold, whilst still remaining true to her alternative roots. The debut single ‘Cherry Cola' has already had extensive airplay on Double J and BBC Radio. Leanne will bring her strong live presence to Cairns in November alongside Busby Marou, armed with all the hits from her first two albums and if we're lucky, a taste of her new record. Secure tickets ASAP to bear witness to what will be a powerful and moving show. As an added bonus, ticket buyers will be offered the exclusive chance to pre-order The Great Divide at a discounted price when checking out.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

 

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