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SZA

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When: Friday 19th July
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Influenced by avant-garde jazz, alternative rock, and hardcore rap, American singer/songwriter SZA has become one of the most seminal voices in modern R&B, a genre-blurring force akin to contemporaries such as Jorja Smith, Solange, H.E.R., Kehlani and Brent Faiyaz. The five-time Grammy Award nominee first entered the scene in 2012 with the critically-acclaimed EP, “See.SZA.Run”, consecutively followed by ‘Sand Z’ to rave reviews. Her major-label debut record “Ctrl” helped SZA score the most nominations of any female artist at the 2018 Grammy awards.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Snow Patrol

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When: Sunday 11th August & Tuesday 13th August
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House & Enmore Theatre

Due to overwhelming demand Live Nation are pleased to announce a second SNOW PATROL show on TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 at the ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY. With all tickets for the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall now exhausted, this new show gives those fans who missed out a second chance to catch Snow Patrol in this intimate 3-piece ‘Live and Acoustic’ mode. Tickets go on sale at 2pm Friday, May 24. Fresh on the heels of their North American stadium tour with Ed Sheeran, and appearances at Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil , the Australian shows see Snow Patrol performing in a ‘Live and Acoustic’ mode as a 3-piece featuring singer and guitarist Gary Lightbody, Johnny McDaid on Guitar, piano and vocals and Nathan Connolly also on guitar and vocals. Performing songs live as you’ve never heard them before, the band will be playing all your favourites from classic Snow Patrol albums including ‘Run’, ‘Open Your Eyes’, and ‘Chasing Cars’, alongside songs from their 2018 release ‘Wildness’, which was their first studio album in seven years. Over a twenty plus year career, Snow Patrol has carved out a unique place for themselves. Since their 1998 debut, ‘Songs for Polarbears’, which Pitchfork hailed as ‘an impressive piece of work’ their melancholy anthems of heartbreak and separation have mended hearts, and the band have emerged as musical prophets striking a chord in the minds and memories of listeners over six ground-breaking, confessional albums. The band has racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominated. With an equally huge fan base here in Australia Snow Patrol have been omnipresent across our airwaves for decades, have received 8 x Platinum ARIA accreditations and continue to be one of Australia’s biggest selling International artists.

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Article by Live Nation.

Static X

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When: Saturday 24th August
Where: Metro Theatre

Evil Disco Heavyweights STATIC-X + the Prince of Horror Punk WEDNESDAY 13 + Industrial Metal Veterans DOPE Australian Tour! STATIC-X play Wisconsin Death Trip in Full (Push It, I’m With Stupid, Bled For Days & more) + other Hits. The original Wisconsin Death Trip line-up reunite to honour late frontman Wayne Static: “Our intention is to pay ultimate respect to Wayne & celebrate the music that’s been in all of our hearts for more than 20 years. It's all about channelling the vibe from 1999 to the best of our ability and playing those classic STATIC-X songs live and loud with the fans”

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Article by Metro Theatre.

The Struts

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When: Saturday 24th August
Where: Factory Theatre

UK glam-rockers THE STRUTS will make a triumphant return to Australian shores this August. Currently on their Young & Dangerous world tour. Recently in Australia as support for Greta Van Fleet, the band won over a whole legion of fans with their spectacular stage show, and they also added their own surprise headline shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney that had all cities in a buzz. Hailed as the next Queen, with singer Luke Spiller drawing favourable comparisons to Freddie Mercury, The Struts have opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns’n’Roses Foo Fighters and Motley Crue, and are now selling out headline shows in their own right. Released late last year via US label Interscope, sophomore album Young & Dangerous has taken the band to new heights, with Elton John spinning it on his BBC1 show, Spotify streams topping 20 million a month, and invitations to play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, America’s Got Talent and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show rolling in. Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has declared them “the best opening band we’ve ever had”. With their globally loved songs “Body Talks” (feat. Kesha), “Could Have Been Me” and recent single “In Love With A Camera” fast becoming classic rock anthems, make sure you don’t miss the chance to catch one of the most talked about bands on the planet. “Unashamedly channelling Queen and Slade, the Derby band are in gleeful form as they stand on the edge of the big time… 5 stars” – Live Review, Dave Simpson, The Guardian.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Safia

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When: Saturday 14th September
Where: Enmore Theatre

SAFIA have announced their highly anticipated sophomore album Story’s Start or End will be released on 9 August, closely followed by an extensive tour around Australian and New Zealand. Coming along for the ride will be good friends Boo Seeka as the main support.
Written and produced by the band over the past 2.5 years in their hometown Canberra, the album will include current single ‘Resolution’, as well as previously released singles ‘Starlight’ and ‘Cellophane Rainbow’. Story’s Start or End will showcase the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End will continue that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows. To celebrate the launch of the album pre-order, the band has shared another song from the album titled ‘Think We’re Not Alone’ which avid fans might recognise from the sold out ‘Starlight’ tour in late 2018. In the past year SAFIA have made a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, and graced festival stages including Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields, This That, The Grass is Greener, The Drop and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Soulfood Acappella

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When: Sunday 22nd September
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

What’s love to you? Is it bliss? A distraction? Pain? Or hope? However and whomever you love, get ready to fall hard for Soulfood A Cappella’s brand new concert this year. Fresh from a series of sell-out shows, Australia’s multi-award winning a cappella group is back at The Concourse Chatswood to transform some of your favourite love songs with their signature a cappella sound. This exciting Australian vocal group features fifty powerful voices singing in up to nine parts, and is led by Melissa Kenny, one of Australia’s most celebrated musicians and choral conductors. Come experience why they took home the John Lamble Australasian Open Choral Championships last year for the fourth time. Soulfood have performed in numerous well-known venues across Australia such as The Sydney Opera House, The Basement, Lizotte’s, as well as the Jenolan Caves, Manly Jazz Festival, and Tasmania's Festival of Voices. Highlight television and broadcast performances include Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show, Network Ten, ABC 702, ABC's SingOut Sydney twice as a featured Choir, and has released two albums, ‘Scissors, Paper, Song’ and ‘Soulfood Christmas’ , both available on iTunes and Spotify. From the Beatles to Beyonce, the night promises fun, funky and original covers of hits such as Love Will Keep Us Together (Captain & Tennille), With Or Without You (U2), Best Of My Love (The Emotions) and many more. Hurry, Soulfood will be appearing for strictly one night only and tickets are selling out fast so don’t be left with a heartache!

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Article by Ticketek.

Salmonella Dub

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When: Friday 27th September
Where: Metro Theatre

The live Salmonella Dub 8 piece band will feature the Dub Originators Andrew (Guitar + time machine FX) Dave D (drums & lead vox) Mark T (bass & FX) with MC The Mighty Asterix, the epic 3 way Sal Dub horns, Mish (alto), Scotty (bone) Si (trumpet) plus Brent T (keys, bv’s) & Haza Bretherton (samples & dubs). Salmonella Dub Soundsystem featuring special guests Laughton Kora, The Mighty Asterix and the Sal Dub hornies go back to back with Salmonella Dub live mashin up a seamless journey through the bass~lands of Salmonella Dub’s remix Dancehall, Dub & DnB versions from mates Dub Fx, Mad Professor, Digital, Dreadzone, Zion Train, David Harrow, Organikismness, Tiki Taane, Tui Soundsystem, Blacklisted, Adrian Sherwood.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Stephan Bodzin

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When: Friday 27th September
Where: Enmore Theatre

SAFIA have announced their highly anticipated sophomore album Story’s Start or End will be released on 9 August, closely followed by an extensive tour around Australian and New Zealand. Coming along for the ride will be good friends Boo Seeka as the main support.
Written and produced by the band over the past 2.5 years in their hometown Canberra, the album will include current single ‘Resolution’, as well as previously released singles ‘Starlight’ and ‘Cellophane Rainbow’. Story’s Start or End will showcase the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End will continue that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows. To celebrate the launch of the album pre-order, the band has shared another song from the album titled ‘Think We’re Not Alone’ which avid fans might recognise from the sold out ‘Starlight’ tour in late 2018. In the past year SAFIA have made a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, and graced festival stages including Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields, This That, The Grass is Greener, The Drop and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Sampa The Great

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When: Thursday 31st October
Where: Factory Theatre

Sampa The Great's "Birds And The BEE9" - released in 2017 to critical acclaim - is a record that is both deeply personal and outward-looking. It's points of reference are poised between her closely-held roots and an internationally-minded musical outlook, carrying her identity through the many-sided musical influences which she draws from. An album in which "categories dissolve around her" (The Observer) - spanning spiritually-minded gospel and chants to neo-soul and hip-hop, it's intertwined with a clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook, and speaks a message of healing after her own experiences of hurt and pain. The release of "Birds and the BEE9" marked another high point in the career of Sampa Tembo, and was recently recognised by the prestigious Australian Music Prize, who named it the Best Album Of 2017. Prevailing over 400 eligible albums, voted on by a panel of music industry figures, journalists and other artists, the judges praised "BEE9" for having "an openness to the future... using hip hop and soul to connect and hit the ground gunning". Live highlights include supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibeyi and Little Simz. Sampa has also played venues such as KOKO in London, the Sydney Opera House as well as festival slots at Laneway Festival, The Great Escape, Golden Plains, Sugar Mountain, Womad and Vivid Live.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

The Sisters of Mercy

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When: Thursday 31st October
Where: Enmore Theatre

It howls. It's grindingly beautiful. It's dangerously sentient. It’s The Sisters of Mercy returning to Australia this October and November for their first headline shows in over 7 years! Propelled from the obsession with electronica but still a far distance from the machinations of the mainstream music of the time, the signature sound of The Sisters Of Mercy cultivated a powerful mystique, creating some of the most influential rock music of the 1980s. Led by the haunting voice and visual focus of founding band member Andrew Eldritch, The Sisters Of Mercy’s ingenious and self-proclaimed ‘supercharged industrial psychedelia’ spawned a subculture of underground rock music that gained cult status and has since been cited as a major influence by the likes of Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and My Chemical Romance. “aggressive, decadent, magnetic, metallic, and..downright operatic.” - AV Club. Over the course of three decades The Sisters Of Mercy released three, utterly brilliant and hyper influential studio albums scaling the charts around the globe and have amassed a legion of devoted fans who flock to see classics such as 'Lucretia My Reflection', 'Temple Of Love' and 'This Corrosion', a testament to their incredible live shows. In 2019 The Sisters' fun juggernaut drives on with a little new chrome and a lot of vintage attitude.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Shawn Mendes: The Tour 2019

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When: Saturday 2nd November & Sunday 3rd November
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Shawn Mendes returns to Australia in 2019, and demand for tickets is already off the charts! In response, Frontier Touring has added a third and final Melbourne show to the Canadian superstar’s tour, taking place at Rod Laver Arena on Thu 31 Oct, 2019. Excitement has been building ever since the multi-platinum singer-songwriter and global sensation announced the Australian leg of his wildly-anticipated World Tour, touring in support of his new self-titled third album. Shawn Mendes: The Tour follows Mendes’ 2017 Illuminate World Tour and 2016 Shawn Mendes World Tour, both of which were sold out. Mendes will arrive armed with a slew of new hits from his self-titled LP which debuted at #1 on both the US Billboard 200 chart - his third album to do so, making him the third youngest solo artist of all time with three #1 albums – as well as #1 on the ARIA Album Chart. Shawn crossed over 1 billion career streams globally within a week of its release while he has surpassed 11 billion song streams globally to date. These shows are sure to sell out, so don’t miss your chance to nab tickets now! ‘Mendes sings… more confidently and straightforwardly than ever before.’ – ★★★★ Rolling Stone ‘Shawn Mendes is a bright and bold new direction for the singer.’ – ★★★★ NME

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Article by Ticketek.

Stiff Little Fingers

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When: Friday 21st February
Where: Metro Theatre

With Sold Out shows on their last Australian & New Zealand Tour, SLF return in February to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their seminal debut album - Inflammable Material! "They still dish out those timeless classics with a fire and brimstone that makes "Alternative Ulster", "Barbed Wire Love" and "Suspect Device" send a surge of adrenaline around the room." - Louder Than War. On Feb 2nd 1979, Stiff Little Fingers unleashed their groundbreaking debut album upon a confused musical world barely ready for the incendiary onslaught of passion and politics that positioned SLF right at the forefront of the punk movement. "Stiff Little Fingers are unmissable!" - The Rockpit. Formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, SLF wrote about their own lives growing up at the height of The Troubles. Preceded by the single "Suspect Device" which John Peel played every night, "Inflammable Material" burst into the UK Top 20 – the first ever debut album to do so on an independent label. "We don’t play a lot of love songs" - Jake Burns. This was an album of anger and frustration, full of lyrics melding the personal and political, music that combines the punk energy with infectious hooks, and a delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. "The lads banged out classics track after track…an arsenal of tracks from over four decades bombarded the Belfast crowd who were in fine voice and reciprocated in kind." Rock n Load. A Stiff Little Fingers live show continues to be a special event of energy and power and the band are more in demand than ever. Bad Religion and Rancid have both credited SLF as a major influence. As well as Inflammable Material classics "Suspect Device", "Johnny Was", "Alternative Ulster", "Wasted Life", "Barbed Wire Love" and "State Of Emergency", fans can anticipate anthemic favourites such as "Gotta Gettaway", "Tin Soldiers", "At The Edge" and "Nobodys Hero".

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited Tour 2020

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When: Saturday 30th May
Where: Enmore Theatre

Steve Hackett, as the powerhouse guitarist for one of the most important progressive rock bands ever, has been a guiding influence for musicians and guitarists for over 40 years. Following the one/two punch of “Nursery Cryme” & “Foxtrot”, both driven by the muscular guitars of new member Steve Hackett, Genesis were ready to launch what would become their finest album, “Selling England By The Pound”. Easing back on the throttle marginally, and immersing themselves in English whimsy and eccentricity, Genesis delivered just under an hour of delicate prose, wondrous melodies and, of course, the soaring leadlines of Steve Hackett. Finally, now, 47 years after the album’s release, Steve Hackett will be performing “Selling England By The Pound” in full in a series of Australian and New Zealand concerts. “I think (Genesis) really nailed the best of what that band as an entity could have done with that album.” Neil Peart (Rush). "… a complexity of tone that's pretty rare in any kind of art." Robert Christgau. “the definitive Genesis album” Fish (formerly of Marillion). In addition, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release, Steve will be performing his critically acclaimed solo album “Spectral Mornings”. “Spectral Mornings is a superb disc from one of the genre's all-time greatest guitarists. Five stars!” Prog archives. And if that’s not enough, Steve will perform selections from his stunning new album “At The Edge Of Light”, and may even be munificent enough to throw in another couple of Genesis tunes. “I’m excited to bring my Genesis Revisited show back to Australia and New Zealand. It was fantastic to play there last time and to visit those amazing countries. This time will be a special show, including the whole of Genesis album Selling England by the Pound, celebrating my solo album Spectral Mornings 40th anniversary, plus more! I can’t wait!” Steve Hackett

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

 

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