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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.

Sex Pistols Experience

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When: Saturday 7th December
Where: Factory Theatre

+ Special Guests: Australis Über Alles (Dead Kennedys Tribute) appearing at Sydney & Melbourne shows

Direct from the UK, The Sex Pistols Experience hit Australia - the only Sex Pistols Tribute to get the approval of the Sex Pistols! Hear the Best of the Sex Pistols (Anarchy In The UK, God Save The Queen, Pretty Vacant, Holiday In The Sun and More) PLUS Sid Vicious (My Way, Something Else) AND post-Pistols (Silly Thing, Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle) + Public Image Limited (Public Image). With over 2000 shows under their belt, having travelled all around the globe, they finally bring their anarchy to Australia! This isn't any kind of Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle - They are as close as you can get to the sound of the Sex Pistols in ’77.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

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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