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Robbie Williams: The Heavy Entertainment Show World Tour

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When: Wednesday 28th February & Thursday 1st March
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Global pop phenomenon, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, will bring his mammoth Heavy Entertainment Show World Tour to Australia in February and March 2018. The Heavy Entertainment Show Australian Tour will see Williams perform a glittering hit-laden set spanning his entire career, along with a couple of surprising covers thrown in for good measure. From his breakthrough global smash hit ‘Angels’, through pop anthems ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ’Millennium’, 'Come Undone', 'Kids', 'Feel' ‘Rock DJ’, and more, Robbie Williams’ unparalleled catalogue is a career-defining generational soundtrack.

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Perfume Genius

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When: Friday 2nd March
Where: Factory Theatre

Mistletone and FBi Radio very proudly summons Perfume Genius back to illuminate Sydney with a headline show at The Factory. 'If you listen to the four Perfume Genius albums in chronological order, you can hear Hadreas healing himself in real time, moving toward an emancipation that seems, suddenly, to have come to pass. The centre of his music has always been a defiant delicacy—a ragged, affirmative understanding of despair. No Shape finds him unexpectedly victorious' – NEW YORKER. 'The stunning No Shape unfurls as if it were a stage show, at once incredibly grand and intimate' – THE QUIETUS. 'Considering Perfume Genius’s first two albums catalogue a lifestyle of excess, abuse and its repercussion with tremulous intimacy, Hadreas now finds himself the missing link between Rufus Wainwright and Arca. He is a fearless and literate storyteller at home on a piano stool (like Wainwright), and a sensual artist striving to transcend the body, to be fluid and unanchored… When he is in full-frontal mode, Hadreas postures like a rock star, having what looks like a blast' – THE GUARDIAN. Known early as a poster-wraith for notorious, joyous, tortured and free boys, girls and their fellow travelers, the first two albums by Perfume Genius consisted largely of exquisite and cruelly abbreviated songs seemingly sung in the dark at a piano with all the silences left in. 2014’s Too Bright stepped out saucily onto a bigger stage, expressing, with the production help of Adrian Utley, emotions arranged all along the slippery continuum from rage to irony to love. Now with No Shape we have seized the vocabulary of the full expression of all music. Here in 13 ferocious and sophisticated tracks, Mike Hadreas and his collaborators blow through church music, makeout music, an array of the gothier radio popular formats, rhythm and blues, art pop, krautrock, queer soul, the RCA Studio B sound, and then also collect some of the sounds that only exist inside Freddy Krueger. Tremolo on the electric keys. Nightclubbing. Daywalking. Peter Greenawaying, Springsteening, Syreetaing.

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Prophets of Rage

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When: Thursday 22nd March
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill have lived the resistance from day one. They are beyond being just a band, they are a counteroffensive — they are Prophets of Rage! An elite task force of revolutionary musicians here to wake us up, encourage us to question everything, find our voice and fight for our rights. All served on a soundtrack of furious rhythm and rhyme. It’s no surprise that in the midst of 2016’s tumultuous election, the revolutionary musicians would join together as Prophets Of Rage to combat the incoming storm. We welcome them to Download for their first Australian show. A pummeling live set that will feature tracks from their album, as well as a range of tracks from the back catalogues of the aforementioned bands!

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Rag 'N' Bone Man

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When: Tuesday 27th March
Where: Enmore Theatre

Arriving in Australia as part of the massive Bluesfest line-up, English singer-songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man will be heading out for an exclusive Sydney sideshow in March 2018. BRIT & Echo Award winner, Rory Graham (aka Rag’n’Bone Man) will embark on the highly anticipated Grande Reserve Tour set to hit the continent in 2018. Performing tracks off his multi-platinum selling album ‘Human’ The Grande Reserve Tour will see Rag’n’Bone Man perform across 23 European countries, as well as Australia and new Zealand throughout February, March, April and May next year. Rag’n’Bone Man released his debut album Human in February 2017 to mass critical acclaim, the album was immediately certified gold and swiftly certified platinum just 3 weeks later having spent 2 consecutive weeks at the number 1 spot in the UK charts. The album has now sold more than a three quarters of a million copies in the UK to date, with the single ‘Human’ selling more than a million copies. The phenomenal success of his single Human around the globe follows years of relentless performing for Rory. At the age of just 15 he started rapping in his hometown of Uckfield and then at 19, encouraged by his father, started singing at local blues nights. His combined love for blues and rap soon developed into something bigger, when he joined Brighton’s hip-hop crew The Rum Committee, regularly travelling up to London to play hip-hop nights in Brixton. The releases of his Blues Town, Wolves and Disfigured EPs earned him huge crowds across the country, firming a dedicated fan base incredibly early on in his career. So far in 2017 Rory has won two BRIT Awards – making him the first BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner to win Best British Breakthrough Act in the same year - sold out tours across Europe & the UK including three nights at London’s O2 Brixton Academy, and performed on The Graham Norton Show, Comic Relief, Later with Jools Holland, The Jimmy Fallon Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of the major draw cards of the 2017 Splendour In The Grass lineup, Graham returns to Australia in March 18. The success of Human, which recently went Gold in Australia, has allowed him to pull together a world class live show, replete with pulsing rhythms, divine backing vocals and, of course, that unmistakable voice - sounding more like something from the deep American South than of the British seaside town he calls home. The reaction of Australian audiences to his previous shows has been nothing short of ecstatic, so it’s fitting that the East Coasters in Sydney will be given a chance to witness Rag’n’Bone Man at these exclusive sideshows.

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Playboi Carti

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When: Thursday 29th March
Where: Enmore Theatre

Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring are delighted to welcome Playboi Carti to Australia for the very first time in March. Young Carti will be stopping by Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland to deliver his chart busting tracks from his self-titled 2017 debut mixtape, out now worldwide on AWGE/Interscope Records. Released on April 14, Playboi Carti debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 charts. The mixtape features Carti’s two hit singles ‘Magnolia’ and ‘wokeuplikethis*’ both of which embody the 22-year-old rapper’s experimental but hook-heavy sound. The songs spent the summer simultaneously climbing the Billboard 100 chart and Spotify’s RapCaviar playlist, as Carti performed at festivals across North America and Europe, solidifying his place at the forefront of today’s breakout hip-hop artists. ‘Gunning for the song of the summer’ – Pitchfork on Magnolia. ‘One of the Internet's most buzzed-about new hip-hop artists’ – Rolling Stone. ‘Carti is one of the most buzzing new artists out.’ – XXL. Playboi Carti’s breakout hit ‘Broke Boi’ arrived in spring 2015, around the same time that Playboi Carti made his debut at SXSW and ended up crossing paths with A$AP Rocky. Shortly afterwards, Playboi Carti relocated to the Bronx to begin work on his debut project. No stranger to performing live, Carti recently sold out his debut headlining tour, including shows in New York, LA, Atlanta and London. Vevo dropped into the first of two sold out nights in London to capture him perform ‘Magonolia’ and ‘wokeuplikethis*’ to a crowd that knew every single word. ‘Carti turned his set into a full-on rager’ – Billboard. ‘His stage presence was electrifying, he had so much energy which was directly mirrored by the crowd’ – Village Underground UK. ‘More than a rapper, the… [Carti] performed like a rock star’ – Washington Post.

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Rose Tattoo & Special Guests

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When: Saturday 7th April
Where: The Bridge Hotel

The wise amongst us have always said ”never say never” so with the spirit of that in mind..’here we go again!’. I’m very excited to be going out again as Rose Tattoo, 100% adrenalin fueled Aussie rock ‘n’ roll, played in the traditional Aussie way with passion and total commitment to the moment. As there is no permanent Rose Tattoo line up at the moment, until Demarco gets out, I have assembled the finest bunch of rogues, worthy to wear the colours, to accompany me into the fray. Dai Pritchard on slide off course, in my eyes he has no equal. Second guitar is Bob Spencer, a monster of a player, one of the greatest players I have ever seen and has been a close friend, brother and ally for the past forty years. Mark Evans on bass, his pedigree is enshrined in Aussie rock history.

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Polaris

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When: Saturday 14th April
Where: Factory Theatre

With Special Guests: The Plot In You (USA) and Alpha Wolf & Ambleside

To celebrate the release of their Aria dominating debut, The Mortal Coil, POLARIS will be hitting the road this April for their most ambitious run to date, where they’ll be joined by US titans, THE PLOT IN YOU, along with fellow countrymen ALPHA WOLF and AMBLESIDE! For those in the know, POLARIS had been Australia’s best kept metallic secret for quite some time, however a Triple J feature album slot, a #6 debut on the Aria charts and a largely sold-out national tour later, has seen Sydney’s finest grow from local legends to those bordering on a household name. If you’re lucky enough to have snared tickets to Parkway Drive’s “Horizons” tour this month, then you’ll get to catch POLARIS playing direct support throughout the entire trek, an opportunity that was no doubt born from the quintet’s own ability to post sold out signs throughout the country during October’s “The Remedy” Tour. US outfit, THE PLOT IN YOU, are four albums into an already-successful career, however complacency doesn’t appear to be in their vernacular. Turning everything up to ten for their maiden release under the Fearless Records banner, the Ohio-based quartet enlisted the production services of Drew Fulk (The Amity Affliction, Crown The Empire) for DISPOSE, their most sonically satisfying effort to date. Traversing the alt-rock and metalcore genres with ease, lead cut “Feel Nothing” racked up more than a million streams within its first few months of release! Fans of grooving (and at times, downright terrifyingly heavy) riffs won’t need an introduction to Melbourne mosh merchants, ALPHA WOLF, after a string of hugely successful tours with Australian bigwigs Thy Art Is Murder and Make Them Suffer has seen them firmly tagged as a must-see within the metal community. Their cracking first release for Greyscale Records, MONO, managed to create its own ruckus in the Aria charts during release week as well, cracking the national top 30. Rounding out this four-headed touring monster is South Australian punk rock troupe, AMBLESIDE, a group whose fierce commitment to the road and their DIY roots has seen them land tours with everyone from Counterparts and Hellions to Trophy Eyes and Silverstein. They may not be as traditionally heavy as their tour buddies, but AMBLESIDE’s onstage intensity is second to none.

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P.O.D.

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When: Friday 20th April
Where: Factory Theatre

A Metropolis Touring & David Roy Williams Presentation. Here comes the Boom! American hard rockers P.O.D. Tour Australia this April! Catch them performing highlights their hugely successful 'Satellite' album - “Alive”, “Youth Of The Nation”, “Boom”, “Satellite”, "Set It Off" plus other Hits! “The energy from the band and fans alike is consistently high: onlookers mosh and headbang in unison” - The Up Coming. Don't miss your chance to see their blunt riffs and rousing choruses up close and personal! “send the crowd into a frenzy” - Best Rock List. Get your tickets now!

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Robert Cray Band

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When: Wednesday 16th May
Where: Enmore Theatre

Nightmare Music today announce an Australian headline tour by US Blues legend Robert Cray. Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B, with 3 Grammy wins, 12 Grammy nominations, over 20 acclaimed albums and a well deserved place in the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2017 he received the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. Eric Clapton’s response on first hearing Robert Cray’s music was “As a blues fan, we’re saved!” But it is Cray’s friend and music collaborator, the renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, who says it best; “Robert is a great person besides being an extraordinary talent. People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life. Not only because of his singing ability, but his interpretations. He’s an honest soul.” During the 90s the Cray Band was featured in concert with artists like Clapton, the Stones, John Lee Hooker, BB King and Bonnie Raitt, who declared that the band leader is “an original; he’s passionate, he’s a bad ass and puts on one of the best shows you’ll ever see.”

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P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018

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When: Friday 3rd August - Sunday 12th August
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers of her generation, Australia’s favourite international pop icon, P!NK, has announced her Beautiful Trauma World Tour will hit Australia and New Zealand in July – September of 2018. P!NK’s 2013 The Truth About Love Tour still stands as the biggest selling tour by a solo female artist in Australia (out selling Taylor Swift and Adele). Following last week’s announcement of a 40-date trek across North America in support of her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (out October 13), P!NK will head to Australia for multiple arena shows starting at Perth Arena on July 3 before heading onto Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane before returning to New Zealand for her first shows since 2007. Staying true to being up-close and personal to her fans, P!NK has opted for a return to the relatively intimate surrounds of multiple indoor arena shows. With a limited window of time in her global schedule to visit Australia, the number of shows is sure to be limited. Fans are urged not to wait to secure tickets.

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