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Holy Holy

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When: Saturday 17th November
Where: Metro Theatre

What if the guitar band stops writing with their guitars? What do you hear when you take them out of the pristine studios of their previous releases and put them in a grab-bag of home studios and DIY pop-ups up and down the east coast? What if HOLY HOLY self-produce, whilst collaborating with some of the country’s most exciting and interesting musicians? ‘Faces’, the first taste of the duo’s third album, is unlike anything you’ve heard from HOLY HOLY. From the first listen, the opening vocal hook drags you by the ears through an experimental mini-epic. “We decided we didn’t want to write any of the songs on guitar,” Tim explains. “Oscar is such a talented guitarist that it can be easy to throw a few chords together, but it can also be a bit of a crutch.” Despite being one of Australia’s most acclaimed guitarists, Oscar was all for the new challenge. HOLY HOLY are moving away from their trademark solos and riffs in favour of sampled vocal loops and programmed synth bass lines, on top of layers of live and programmed beats. As well as relying on drummer Ryan Strathie’s rhythms to shape songs from the get-go, their music is more collaborative than ever with Melbourne’s Japanese Wallpaper providing his trademark synths and tonal vision, whilst Ainslie Wills and Ali Barter add their vocal colour to the main motif.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

The Grates

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When: Saturday 24th November
Where: Factory Theatre

Australian indie rock royalty The Grates are back in a big way! The Brisbane stalwarts are officially reuniting their original line up – singer Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson, and drummer Alana Skyring – for a special run of shows this November/December, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their seminal album, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won. The tour has been dubbed the ‘Reunited and Excited’ tour, with shows that will see them perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth – playing some of the biggest venues they’ve toured in years, where they’ll be performing some of the most memorable moments of Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, as well as songs from their breakout, debut LP Gravity Won’t Get You High and some classics from the rest of their extensive and impressive catalogue. There aren’t many Australian bands in history with as much effervescence and infectiousness as The Grates. Their combination of Hodgson’s extra-extravert persona and inimitable voice, Patterson’s blistering guitar lines, and Skyring’s singular drumming style, made them a stand out from the outset when they first arrived with ‘Trampoline,’ back in 2004. Their debut album Gravity Won’t Get You High put them on the map in 2006, but it was Teeth Lost, Hearts Won’s release in 2008 that cemented the band as one of the true greats of the 2000s, thanks to stunning songs like ‘Burn Bridges,’ ‘Aw Yeah,’ and ‘Carve Your Name.’ The album debuted at number 6 on the ARIA charts (no mean feat for an indie rock band at a time when you still had to sell big numbers to get on the ARIA charts!), and was universally praised as the record that saw the band mature their sound, while retaining the youthful, unbridled energy that got them there in the first place.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Gang Of Youths: Say Yes To Life Tour

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When: Wednesday 21st November - Friday 30th November
Where: Enmore Theatre

After their electric European tour and sold out North American tour, Sydney five-piece Gang Of Youths will return home this November for their ‘Say Yes To Life Tour’, presented by Handsome Tours and triple j. The 4x ARIA Award winners will perform at intimate shows taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Fremantle. Their hometown Sydney shows at The Enmore Theatre will form part of this year’s 2018 ARIA Week Program, amongst the seven shows the band are set to deliver throughout Australia. Following the release of the 2017 ARIA Apple Music ‘Album of The Year’, GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS, and their immensely successful international shows, this will be their final tour for the album. The band have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket purchased will be donated to support Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS). ALS is an organization working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, to provide culturally appropriate legal services, influence positive change, and increase access to justice. Gang Of Youths recently made their U.S late night television debut with the single, “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” on Late Night With Seth Meyers and are set to grace stages as a headliner at Splendour In The Grass this July. The band have also recently attained Gold certification for GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS, as well as their debut album THE POSITIONS.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Hot Potato Band: Stitched Up Tour

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When: Saturday 19th January
Where: Metro Theatre

Over the past 4 years, Hot Potato Band has seen an unprecedented evolution. Beginning their journey as roving street performers, the 10 piece band from Sydney, Australia have been twice around the the literal and figurative block. Like a muscle they have exercised their musicianship and showmanship which is the likely reason they leave lasting impressions on festivals and audiences. Many Australian and New Zealand festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC), Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) and Coastella Festival (NZ) athemed the bands first release 'This Is How It Should Be', as well as many festival reviewers highlighting the their show above larger Australian and International names. "Hot Potato Band were undoubtedly one of the most entertaining acts of the day" - Madeline Tait, THE MUSIC (Lost Picnic Festival, Sydney). "Simply amazing in every single way, from their timing, their show performance, to their impressive crowd involvement. They gave the Lost Picnic audience a performance so unique and entertaining, personally their set was definitely one of the highlights from the entire event" - Laura Tedder, AMNPLIFY (Lost Picnic, Sydney). "Of course there are always some gems of acts that you see that make the entry price totally worth it. My picks for this year were Sydney boys Hot Potato Band who i saw twice." - Kristen Austin-Zande, SCENSTR (Queenscliff Music Festival). "This band simply is a barrel of fun and a perfect fit for a summer’s night of revelry." - Philippe Perez, The AU Review. Hot Potato Band is proud of their all acoustic line up. The absence of electronic instrumentation has set them apart from many other acts and continues to tie them to their roving roots, but not to the stage. The bands energy is released through an amalgamation of catchy music and lyrics, infectious dance moves, and audience interaction, attributed to their mobility as a band and the breaking down of barriers between stage and audience. Although difficult to describe their genre, HPB continues to compile their arsenal of songs inspired by Pop, Funk, Ska, Reggae and bound by the classic sounds of New Orleans brass bands. The bands unique sound is built on the backs of three drummers and a sousaphone, along with an array of horns covering catchy chorus lines and providing a beautiful harmonic cloud for Ben (vocalist) to float above. They are a band never to shy from a good time.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Idles

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When: Monday 28th January & Tuesday 29th January
Where: Oxford Art Factory & The Lansdowne

After recently announcing Australian dates for 2019, Bristol 5-piece IDLES have confirmed additional shows in both Melbourne and Sydney having sold out their shows at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney within days of going on sale. Tickets for all new shows and remaining tickets in Brisbane are on sale now – Tuesday, October 29. Following a revelationary festival season, massive US and European tour and playing to a sold-out London Forum just days ago, IDLES are in good stead to make their Australian debut. Armed with their critically acclaimed sophomore release “Joy As An Act Of Resistance”, a record that champions vulnerability, openness and community, matches their quirky on stage charisma filled with deeply important and emotionally moving moments and ridiculous antics including dancing, hugs and many laugh-out-loud moments. “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” debuted at an impressive #5 in the UK and was equally well received here in Australia amongst tastemakers - the album was feature album on Double J, and also key community radio stations FBi (Sydney), 6RTR (Perth) and Edge Radio (Tasmania). Stripping back the sound on their second album, IDLES bare flesh with songs and lyrics that channel a message seeking to simply allow one another more space to breathe and celebrate differences – using these songs to act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Having been through a tough year for more reasons than being able to count, frontman Joe Talbot denounces the pain across the show - sweating, singing and dancing out these frustrations to their most empathetic music being made right now, as well as creating an atmosphere within the audience to genuinely feel part of an important musical community. These east coast headline shows will be a moment that will live long in the memory for all those who dare to join.

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Article by Live Nation.

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.

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.

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.

 

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