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James Blake

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When: Wednesday 23rd July & Thursday 24th July
Where: Enmore
Theatre

A voice as recognisable for sonorous quality as it is for frequent reinvention, JAMES BLAKE returns to the Southern Hemisphere on the back of the strongest record of his career in Assume Form. Appearing in Melbourne and Sydney, Blake has hit his straps musically and personally, allowing his devoted fanbase a glimpse into his innermost thoughts on his deeply intimate fourth record. Still riding the faders, pushing the envelope and questioning the listener with his knack for digital manipulation, it’s the beating heart ensconced within the tracks on Assume Form that will make these Splendour side-shows an unforgettable experience.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Kirin J Callinan

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When: Saturday 17th August
Where: Metro
Theatre

"It Takes A Muscle, to Fall in Love" is a single lifted from the upcoming third album "Return To Center" by Kirin J Callinan. The new single and album are a reconnection with what made him fall in love with music over and over, a personal exploration of the timeless songwriting. Following two albums of inimitable, challenging pop music that garnered global acclaim and marked Callinan as a singularly unique talent, it is ironically singing other peoples' songs that felt like the most truthful next step for Kirin as an artist. On "Return To Center" Callinan's trademark flamboyance is cut with a newfound fragility that comes curled up in an attempt to do justice to the songs he holds nearest and dearest. Callinan, and the albums zeitgeist producer Francois Tetaz, rework both all-time favourites and last-minute spontaneous additions, songs that have shaped the artist he is today amongst songs that were jammed out of the blue in their Silverlake garage come studio, spilling onto the street with ideas, gear and talent. Callinan sounds in step with OPUS's teutonic march "Life Is Life", before completely transforming the twitchy Prince-lite of Momus' "The Homosexual" into lithe, tender acoustic folk. The Waterboys' "Whole Of The Moon" is rendered even more melodramatic and heart wrenching than the original and comes off like the theme song to the greatest 80s sitcom you never saw, while Randy Newman's "Pretty Boy" sticks largely faithful to the sombre original, and Public Image Limited's "Rise" ascends amidst Celtic guitars and television news clips. At the chronological and spiritual center of the record - the eye of the storm - lies the title track and sole original composition. A stark, spacious instrumental, "Return To Center's serenity is interrupted by maniacal laughter, assumedly Callinan's. Return To Center glimmers with what Callinan describes as a "corporate spiritual" radiance. It is a punk rock meditation on record making, music past and present. For Callinan, it slices through a contradictory and confusing year of mistakes, exaggeration and misrepresentations to be his 'Return to Center'. "In August, 2018 I embarked upon my most ambitious solo album to date. With the Terrible Records plastic in hand & USD $8888.88 on it I, along with producer Francois T, said label head honch Ethan S, creative consorts and L'Angeleno shred pigs ~ set out to purchase the most spartan assembly o instruments & studio equipment deemed necessary. Guitars, drums and keyboards o course; as well as mics, monitors, a mandolin & multi fx, cords n cables, bongos, congas, maracas, a djembe, sticks, brushes & plenty o plectrums, plus a brand-new new-age low-budget digital desk recorder / mixer thingy (to capture the imminent magic) and a quintuplet of coloured bulbs + lamp (for mood) ~ all from my favourite West Hollywood instrument shop. Our sonic palette & deadline was set. There would be no going back. Kinda. That night, day zero, in an east LA garage; Travis, my trusted engineer, & I would set it all & power it up. Boxes stacked n stocked away with price tags still intact, we began in earnest, honestly, on what would become an album worth o tunes that were & are even more so now some of the nearest & dearest songs to me. All within 14 days. All before our eventual eviction from that garage on 1024 Manzanita Street. All before our inescapable...Return To Center" – Kirin J Callinan

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Article by Metro Theatre.

John Maus

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When: Wednesday 21st August
Where: Factory
Theatre

Mistletone proudly presents John Maus, bringing his wide-screen alternate reality to the Factory Theatre with special guests, Purple Pilgrims (NZ). One of the most enigmatic figures in music today, John Maus is a man out of time. Cinematic in scope and underscored by a deadpan streak of absurdist humour, his five defining albums have quickly carved out a unique position at the intersection of power pop, punk rock and pure pathos. His driving synth pop conjures hazy anthems of the past while glimmering with hints of tomorrow. Maus’ propulsive bass-lines and cascading arpeggios create a constant sense of momentum but his careful mastery of production gives each of his original songs a frosted, nostalgic air – dreams of a hopeful future as found in a dusty thrift store. His signature style has seen him develop a cult following the world over, while leaving critics bewildered and grappling to comprehend where his sonic experiments might lead next. Perhaps that’s what you get when a former philosophy teacher at the University of Hawaii with a PhD in political science does a career U-turn and turns his hand to music. One thing is certain: there’s no one else like John Maus.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Julia Michaels: Inner Monologue Tour

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When: Thursday 5th September
Where:
Enmore Theatre

Frontier Touring are excited to announce that American pop knockout and Grammy nominee Julia Michaels will be touching down in Australia for a run of shows this September! Currently in the country supporting Keith Urban on his Graffiti U World Tour, the prolific singer and songwriter will take centre stage later in the year for her very first Australian headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Her upcoming release Inner Monologue Part I drops January 25, through Republic Records. “Couldn’t be more nervous if I tried,” she wrote on social media when announcing the record. “But here’s a piece of my mind and my heart.”  There’s no doubt about it - Julia Michaels is a pop prodigy. Don’t miss what will likely be your last chance to see an artist of such calibre in such intimate venues. Tickets will disappear like lightning.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

James Morrison

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When: Friday 20th September
Where:
Enmore Theatre

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce iconic British singer-songwriter James Morrison will be touching down in Australia and New Zealand in September 2019 for the You’re Stronger Than You Know Tour, armed with his fifth studio album, You’re Stronger Than You Know, released in March through Warner Music Australia/ADA. Featuring massive tunes ‘My Love Goes On (feat. Joss Stone)’ and ‘Glorious’, You’re Stronger Than You Know is the album Morrison always wanted to make. With nods to Van Morrison, Otis Redding, The Band, and Dusty Springfield, James dishes up a set of tunes inspired by classic soul, Stax and Motown, filtered through a distinctly British lens. Warm and positive, raw and honest, the songs on the record were born from one of the darkest periods in Morrison’s life. The pressure to follow up 2015’s Higher Than Here strongly, coupled with an extended rough patch in his long-term relationship, was enough to knock him for a serious loop. From this tough time, however, came some of his best songs yet. Fighting through it all to hold onto love and show appreciation for his wife, tackling his tumultuous upbringing and parental relationships, and crafting messages of hope and resilience for his own children reignited the creative spark, delivering an unforgettable set of tunes.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Jimmy Barnes: Shutting Down Your Town Tour

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When: Saturday 5th October
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Special Guests: Jet & Eskimo Joe

Jimmy Barnes is back with his biggest headlining tour of this century - “Shutting Down Your Town” - playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album “My Criminal Record”. ‘Barnesy’ is the heart and soul of Australian rock’n’roll. Over recent years his bestselling memoirs “Working Class Boy” and “Working Class Man” have struck a deep chord across his homeland. Now he finally returns to what he loves most - electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Oz rock; from Cold Chisel anthems like “Khe Sanh” and “Flame Trees” through “Working Class Man” and “Ain’t No Second Prize” to his current radio hit “Shutting Down Your Town”.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Jekyll & Hyde 2019

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When: Saturday 2nd November
Where: Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney

Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix will star in Jekyll & Hyde 25th Anniversary Concert in Sydney on Saturday 2 November 2019. The wait is finally over! 25 years after Anthony Warlow recorded the highly celebrated ‘Jekyll & Hyde Complete Works’ double CD, audiences at last will experience Anthony performing the musical in the most thrilling and highly anticipated theatrical event of the year! “I am thrilled to have been invited to recreate the music and lyrics of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse for this 25th anniversary celebration of Jekyll & Hyde. After reimagining these iconic characters for the concept recording, I look forward to bringing Frank’s ‘Gothic Musical’ to the Australian stage in these concert performances” Anthony Warlow. Jekyll & Hyde is a tale of tantalising suspense about the duplicity of human nature: restraint and transgression, brutality and civility – a singularly compelling story of Victorian dread.

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Article by Ticketek.

Jon Bellion

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When: Friday 8th November
Where: Enmore Theatre

The rumors are true. Jon Bellion, the 28-year-old songwriter and producer today announces he will visit Australia for a run of headline shows this November. Known best for his hit single, 'All Time Low', which cracked the Top 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 2017, Bellion will begin his Australian tour at Melbourne's Forum Theatre on November 6 before heading to North to Brisbane and Sydney.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Jai Wolf: The Cure To Loneliness - Australia 2019

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When: Thursday 14th November
Where: Metro Theatre

After hundreds of millions of streams, blockbuster festival sets and headline shows across the globe, JAI WOLF has today confirmed Australian tour dates on The Cure To Loneliness tour – kicking off in Brisbane at 256 Wickham on Friday, November 8 before heading to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 11am Friday, June 14. My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 10am Thursday, June 13 until 10am Friday, June 14. Born in Bangladesh, raised in New York City, inspired by everything from indie-punk to hip-hop, orchestral symphonies and the Bollywood classics of his parents, Jai Wolf’s life and music have been defined by a liminal quality that only a third culture kid could understand. It’s that quality that takes centre stage on his new record, “The Cure to Loneliness”. The album sees him slip between references to cultural moments with an ephemeral quality tinged with nostalgia. The sunny melodies and bombastic hooks bely subject matter that often ruminates on loneliness, distance, and a lack of place. This all converges to create an emotional complexity to the music that cuts deeper than the average festival fare. “My music is for people who are desperately dreaming beyond where they are at right now – it can be the future, it can be the past. I want you to feel nostalgic. I want you to reflect on your life. I also want you to be inspired about where your life could go," says Jai Wolf. Jai Wolf has taken an unconventional path to arrive at this point. It was Skrillex himself who plucked him from obscurity when he came across the then-fledgling bedroom producer's bootleg of "Ease My Mind" in 2014. But it was ‘Indian Summer”, officially ARIA Gold accredited, that propelled him to the stratosphere, racking up tens of millions of streams, a major GoPro ad campaign, an appearance on American Idol, and even soundtracked Kobe Bryant's final basketball game in the NBA. The song made Jai Wolf a star, but creatively, he was already looking towards bigger and better things. “The Cure to Loneliness” (out now via Pod / Inertia) completes his evolution from upstart bedroom remixer to future bass DJ to builder of lush musical worlds. While still very much dancefloor-focused, some tracks on his latest LP conjure the angular riffage of The Strokes and Phoenix, weave melodies through the sugary happy sad of M83 and CHVRCHES, or build up walls of sound like Explosions in the Sky – all while maintaining the melodious polish and evocative groove to which fans have grown so close. Taking a different approach to many of his contemporaries under the wing of indie darling label Mom+Pop (Courtney Barnett, Flume, Jagwar Ma, Alina Baraz), Jai Wolf largely eschewed singles over the course of two years to patiently craft “The Cure to Loneliness”. The result is a thoughtfully framed, confidently expressed musical vision, that when experienced in a live setting will tug at heartstrings in 2019 and long beyond.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

KISS: End Of The Road World Tour

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When: Tuesday 26th November
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

After an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. "… This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in..... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," said KISS.

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Article by Ticketek.

Khalid: Free Spirit Tour

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When: Wednesday 4th December & Thursday 5th December
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Grammy nominee and multi-Platinum artist Khalid is returning to Australia on the Free Spirit Tour. With his Grammy-nominated debut album American Teen having been certified double Platinum and his new record Free Spirit finally out in the world, there’s no better time for fans down under to experience the El Paso singer’s magic.

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Article by Ticketek.

 

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