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Happy Mondays

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When: Friday 8th March
Where: Enmore Theatre

For the first time in Australia the band will be playing their seminal album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in full! HAPPY MONDAYS formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester: the original line-up included Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day who are all still with the current line up! The group's work bridged the Manchester independent rock music of the 1980s and the emerging UK rave scene. 1987 saw their first album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile’ and this was followed by the classic album ‘Bummed’ in 1988. But it was 1990’s ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ an majorly influential album, produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne which saw the band break big time and go platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies. This put the band firmly on the map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in the early 1990s. Singles Step On and Kinky Afro from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. ‘Yes Please!’ followed in 1992. By the late 1980s the HAPPY MONDAYS were an important part of the U.K. music scene. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success to go along with the massive success in their home country. It wasn’t until 2007 that they released their first album in fourteen years ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’. The band played Coachella Music Festival in California and toured throughout the summer of 2007. The band continued to make festical appearances, and after a successful UK tour in November/December 2017 HAPPY MONDAYS are were back playing festivals throughout 2018. Joining the Ryders Brothers and Mark Day are Bez (Percussion & dancer), Gaz Whelan (drums), Rowetta (vocals) and Dan Broad (keyboardist and musical director). Now it is Australia’s turn to see this visionary band and they have a huge surprise in store!

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

House of Shem

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When: Saturday 9th March
Where: Metro Theatre

HOUSE OF SHEM - CARL PERKINS TRIBUTE TOUR. Aotearoa’s premier reggae outfit HOUSE OF SHEM are hitting the road for your listening pleasure! To honour their legendary leader, the late CARL PERKINS, they will be dedicating every single show on tour to promoting everything that was important to him: Love & Unity. They will not only be performing all of their hits, but they will also give us a taste of the some new music that has never been heard before! These will be some special shows in honour of a great man!

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Gregory Alan Isakov

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When: Saturday 16th March
Where: Factory Theatre

Gregory Alan Isakov announces his first ever Australian tour, confirming a run of headline shows along with his appearance at Port Fairy Folk Festival this March! Known for his soft, mellifluous crooning, poetic lyrics and acoustic finger picking, Isakov crafts a performance so full of nostalgia and beauty, you might forget what decade you’re in. Isakov wrote and recorded his forth full-length studio album, Evening Machines in a studio housed in a barn on his property in between farm duties. As its name implies, the dark indie rock and folk populating Evening Machines possesses a dusky hue. Hushed acoustic guitar and sparse piano combine for moody foundation that’s amplified by ornate and heavy embellishments. “There is a far away look that people get in their eyes and somehow Gregory Alan Isakov is able to capture that in a song” – Folk Alley. Evening Machines is simple to the ear. That simple presentation leaves nothing for Isakov to hide behind. He lets the stripped down nuances of his lyrics and musicianship speak for themselves; the results are deceptively straightforward but immense in their complexity. Isakov has an ability to elevate the apparently ordinary to the undeniably sublime. He is the master of using references, whether words or sounds to indicate big themes, applying them to his sonic canvas to create feelings and emotions. “Isakov invites you to a place you never want to leave” – NPR. Isakov’s sets are personal, raw and often emotionally charged. Australian audiences will have their chance to bask in the reverie when Gregory Alan Isakov lands on our shores this March.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Hugh Cornwell: Monster Tour 2019

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When: Thursday 9th May
Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney

The HITMAN from THE STRANGLERS is BACK! Hugh Cornwell wrote the hits, sang the hits and played guitar on the hits. Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Strange Little Girl, Always The Sun, No More Heroes, Nice And Sleazy, (Get A) Grip (On Yourself), Peaches - these are the great songs that established the legend of The Stranglers. And now Hugh Cornwell is back to present a monster tour celebrating his legacy with a storming full set of those iconic classic Stranglers hits, plus an opening set of curated prime solo Hugh works including selections from his brilliant new album, MONSTER. See the big Stranglers hits performed by the man himself with his first-rate UK band.

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Article by Ticketek.

Haveron, Breider, Clerici

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When: Wednesday 22nd May
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

More lithe and malleable than a full quartet, the combination of violin, viola and cello makes for a scintillating three-way musical conversation. This concert presents three principals, and good friends, from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, making their trio debut for Musica Viva. The three trios of Beethoven’s opus 9 were considered by the 28-year-old composer to be his best works thus far. Premiered in 1799 with the great Ignaz Schuppanzigh on violin, the energetic C minor Trio is the most beloved of the set. Ernst von Dohnányi’s 1904 Serenade brings the form into the 20th century. Through five satisfying movements the Hungarian composer packs in an array of melodies and moods, from Haydnesque ebullience to a delightfully mischievous scherzo.

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Article by Ticketek.

HAKEN: Vector

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When: Friday 7th June
Where: Factory Theatre

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, recently released their much-anticipated and highly praised fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’. Following the announcement North American, European & Latin American tour dates, the band are pleased to reveal Australian and New Zealand live dates in support of the new album for 2019. “Show after show, Haken seem to prove they are one the tightest bands in the world right now, with incredible song writing ability to go right along with it.” Overdrive.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

 

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