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The Legend of Luke Kelly

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When: Friday 13th July
Where: Enmore Theatre

Celebrating the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend. When Dublin grieved the early death of Luke Kelly, one of the greatest traditional singers the country has seen, an indelible mark was left upon the city’s folk music scene. To commemorate and celebrate the memory of this Irish music legend Chris Kavanagh will perform The Legend of Luke Kelly this July. With a remarkable resemblance to Luke Kelly and an immense singing talent that captures the depth and passion of the great man, Chris Kavanagh has been performing to critical acclaim at shows which have been attended regularly by Luke Kelly’s family. Get a taste of what a Luke Kelly performance was all about when Chris Kavanagh brings this striking show to Australia.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Lil Dicky

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When: Friday 13th July
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring are elated to announce that multi-platinum artist Lil Dicky will tour Australia and New Zealand for the very first time this July. The LA-based rapper will be stopping by Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, bringing with him a highly entertaining show that could only come from his sharp mind. Lil Dicky ushered in 2018 with a new single ‘Freaky Friday’, featuring Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling entertainer Chris Brown, which racked up over 50 million views in 12 days. Further cementing his return, the track debuted at #9 on the US Billboard 100 & #18 in on the Australian ARIA Charts. The innovative video parodies the film of the same name, depicting Dicky and Brown switching bodies and their subsequent hilarious interactions parallel to the original trading places plot. Lil Dicky enlisted some high-profile friends including the likes of Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner to make guest appearances, making for one surprise ending. ‘One of the most savvy, thought-provoking spitters in the game.’– XXL.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Machine Head

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When: Friday 20th July
Where: Enmore Theatre

Following a completely Sold Out 2015 Australian Tour, California Metal Giants MACHINE HEAD make their hugely anticipated return Down Under! ‘fists and horns in the air… the crowd chanted in roaring solidarity’ – (Shows I Go To). MACHINE HEAD put on a live show that will guarantee you see bodies flying! Prepare to be bludgeoned with a wall of sound, voice shredded, bodies crushed. “what hit the floor faster... the collective jaws of everyone in the room or the pile up of bodies in the pit” - (Rock Sins). Don’t miss the return of the mighty Machine Head this July!

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

Lil Xan

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When: Sunday 22nd July
Where: Enmore Theatre

An enigmatic new face in hip-hop emerging from the deepest depths of SoundCloud rap culture and scaling the highest echelons of Spotify stream counts, Californian rapper Lil Xan will jump off the Splendour in the Grass bandwagon briefly this July for a couple of exclusive, all ages sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. Originally hailing from Redlands, California, Lil Xan was first exposed to hip-hop while taking photos of his friends in the Low Gang Collective - a group of rappers that included fellow SoundCloud superstars Steven Cannon and Aris Ray. After his camera was stolen at a show, Xan decided to ditch the pictures and start rapping himself, a decision that paid off almost immediately. Clocking up his first trip to Australia, Lil Xan (real name Diego Leanos) will arrive on our shores in a white-hot flurry of hard earned hype. A controversial spirit, his signature track Betrayed has been streamed close to 200 million times (its video is putting up similar numbers on YouTube) and has landed the 21-year-old rapper at the forefront of a growing counterculture in the US. Betrayed became a sensation by documenting the vagaries of addiction and detox via prescription tranquilliser Xanax - the drug from which Lil Xan and his crew take their names. Its undeniable hook “Xan’s gonna betray you, Xan’s gonna take you” sits addictively over woozy, processed beats. The success of Betrayed paved the way for debut album TOTAL XANARCHY, which hit the Top 10 in the US Charts on release. The record features spots from the likes of Charli XCX, Diplo and 2 Chainz, and has enticed devotion from millions of young Americans. Clocking up nearly 1 million views in its first 12 hours of release, Betrayed laid the foundations for Lil Xan to become one of 2018’s most popular new artists.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

MGMT & Franz Ferdinand

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When: Wednesday 25th July
Where: Hordern Pavilion

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that two of the most prolific bands of recent times, Franz Ferdinand and MGMT, will join forces for a pair of special co-headline shows in Aus-tralia this July. Fresh off the back of the UK leg of their world tour and currently performing in the USA, the quintet are looking razor-sharp ahead of their Australian shows. As noted by The AU Review, Franz Ferdinand live are not to be missed: ’The new songs fit in well with the old material and filled the room with real warmth, allowing the band to prove that they are not content to just sit back and trade on nostalgia alone.’ MGMT are Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, the Grammy-nominated duo who have been producing innovative psychedelic pop anthems since their 2008 debut Oracular Spectacular including some of the biggest songs of the 2000s in ‘Kids’, 'Time to Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel'. These will be MGMT’s first performances in Australia since January 2014. The band’s fourth album Little Dark Age, released earlier this year, features the “undeniably brilliant” (NME) lead single ‘Little Dark Age’ as well as ‘When You Die’ and ‘Me And Michael’, and was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. Produced by MGMT, Pat-rick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange) and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala), Little Dark Age is a true “show of strength” (Q, 4*) and “unironically gorgeous… MGMT doing what MGMT do best” (The Guardian, 4*). The combined firepower of Franz Ferdinand and MGMT in Sydney this July is sure to be unmissable.

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Article by Hordern Pavilion.

Majid Jordan

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When: Thursday 26th July
Where: Metro Theatre

Consisting of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the duo formed during college and quickly began collaborating in basement and dorm room studios, from which they’d rarely emerge. Their abilities shone through when the duo co-wrote and produced Drake’s No.1 track “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in 2013, drawing them into the spotlight. Followed up by their self-titled debut album in early 2016, the boys cracked the top 10 on the R&B charts bringing critical and commercial success, launching them on their first-ever tour across Canada and the U.S. Majid Jordan’s minimal yet soulful sound stands on its own, drawing listeners in with catchy, slick beats and Majid’s tender croon. Their sophomore album “The Space Between”, released late 2017, set the duo set off on a world tour taking in North America and Europe for more than 40 dates. Australia and New Zealand fans will be the next to experience their dance-flavoured, dreamy sounds as they expand their world tour through Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Make Them Suffer

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When: Thursday 16th August
Where: Factory Theatre

Perth’s Make Them Suffer have announced an Australian tour set to hit venues this August. With their last record Worlds Apart hitting the streets in July 2017 and taking the five piece on a lengthy world headlining tour in support, the band have stayed busy both on the road and in the studio, with recent appearances at Download Festival and Unify alongside the promise of new material manifesting soon. Joining Make Them Suffer are first time Aussie visitors Silent Planet (USA) and Oceans Ate Alaska (UK), with Melbourne’s own Thornhill completing the bill. Supported by triple j’s The Racket.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Luude

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When: Saturday 18th August
Where: Metro Theatre

Rising up through the online world to become one of Australia’s most in-demand electronic artists. It’s without question that Luude has had a massive 12 months. He now steps out on his most ambitious project to date…. "The Dark Room..." "I wanted to put together a concept where the stage, production and visuals are in sync with music that I’ve made specifically for a show experience. I’m working on an EP at the moment.. but this isn’t that, this show is it’s own beast. It’s dark, moody, heavy and as crazy as I could make it.” - LUUDE.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Moose Blood

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When: Thursday 6th September
Where: Factory Theatre

Bursting on to the scene in 2012, Canterbury quartet Moose Blood solidified themselves as one of the UK’s hottest exports. With an absolutely exceptional clutch of new songs under their belt, Moose Blood are thrilled to announce their eagerly-awaited return to Australia touring nationally in August/September with special guests, Hundredth. In an era where a majority of musicians seem to view writing good songs as low down the list of attributes required for a successful career, Moose Blood are that rarest of things: a band who let the songs do the talking. Taking in the biggest venues Moose Blood have ever tackled, the four-piece look set to be helping a lot more fans, old and new so get along to one of the shows.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Mark Lanegan

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When: Tuesday 18th September
Where: Factory Theatre

An inimitable voice in popular American music and always a huge drawcard in Australia, Mark Lanegan will capitalise on the buzz created by his latest record Gargoyle with highly anticipated shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney this September. Released last year, Gargoyle is Lanegan’s 10th solo studio album and sits proudly amongst a discography that winds its way from nascent grunge and stark acoustic balladry through serpentine guitar mastery, Krautrock experimentations, siren songs and jagged ocean-floor blues. It’s a collection of records always proudly punctuated by something Pitchfork once touted as “one of the most potent voices of a generation”. Gaining fame as the frontman of legendary Seattle rockers The Screaming Trees (a band heavily associated with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains), Lanegan’s turbulent personal life has always seemed to inform the brilliant output he can conjure. Innovative, versatile and truly rare, his work has been profoundly influential on several generations of musicians. As a renowned collaborator, he has shared the studio with the likes of Moby, UNKLE, Warpaint, Massive Attack and Queens of the Stone Age and has also released records with Belle and Sebastian’s Isobel Campbell, Guns n’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and The Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli, amongst a multitude of others. Continuing in this spirit, Gargoyle was written with English musician Rob Marshall and long-time cohort and producer Alain Johannes. Tracks like Beehive and Emperor startle in showcasing new musical sides of Lanegan. Rolling along with familiar psychedelic rhythms, they dabble with almost cheery vocals. Are they a mirage? Who knows? One thing is for sure - they’ll make for one hell of a live show. No stranger to Australian audiences, Mark Lanegan never fails to delight both long time followers and curious new devotees. His voice, once described as “scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather” is essential.

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Mayday

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When: Friday 21st September
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Unquestionably one of the Asia’s most popular and influential rock groups, their place in Asian music history has already been established. Mayday may hail from the small tropical island of Taiwan, but their fans stretch across Asia, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. The band consists of five members - Ashin, Lead Vocal; Ming, Drum; Moster, Guitar; Masa, Bass and Stone, Guitar. In the 20 years since their first public performance, Mayday has released more than eight studio albums. Known for their peptic and heartfelt lyrics about love. Mayday’s music has been the soundtrack of this generation.

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Article by Ticketek.

Mariah Carey

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When: Friday 12th October
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

One of the world’s most loved and recognized voices, Mariah Carey is heading down under, bringing her tour to Australia. Mariah will perform the songs that made her the biggest selling female artist of the millennium, including Hero, One Sweet Day, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby, Vision of Love, We Belong Together and many more. The shows will be Carey’s first in four years with her successful album ‘Me. I Am Mariah’ and reality docuseries ‘Mariah’s World’ continuing her reign as the Queen of the American music scene.

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Article by Ticketek.

Neck Deep

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When: Saturday 1st December
Where: Metro Theatre

NECK DEEP have become the most successful UK band in the history of the pop punk genre, at an average age of just 23. On the back of appearing at Download Festival and alongside Good Charlotte during their recent headline run in Australia, the pop-punk lords will return down under in November and December for a string of their own headline dates, the first since The Peace & The Panic dropped in August of last year. Already having played over 100 shows throughout 22 countries, and selling over 54,000 tickets since the album’s release, the dedication of the 5-piece has seen them on a trajectory of unbridled success, becoming the zeitgeist-capturing band of their generation and scene. They’ve scored Kerrang! and APMA awards along the way and worked alongside legends like Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Their second full-length album Life’s Not Out To Get You smashed its way into the top 10 of both the UK and U.S. album charts. Neck Deep’s third album The Peace & The Panic, which debuted No.8 on the ARIA albums chart and hit No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart, is a meditation on the constant duality of life and the struggles that come with it. Joining Neck Deep on their ‘Straya’ tour are locals Stand Atlantic, Between You And Me & Stateside. Upon releasing their critically acclaimed EP “Sidewinder” via Rude Records, STAND ATLANTIC continue to go from strength to strength. With an honest lyrical nature being the core foundation of the Sydney female-fronted 3 piece, they’ve gone on to achieve international recognition thanks to a worldwide touring cycle with some of this genres biggest acts. With their foot firmly on the accelerator, pop-punk powerhouses BETWEEN YOU AND ME are on an upward trajectory. Just this year, the band have hit the road with Australian pop heroes Tonight Alive and Arizona punks The Maine. They've also been spotted sharing stages with Hellions, Seaway, Little Brother and Cute Is What We Aim For. Spreading a new-wave of energetic female fronted pop rock STATESIDE have supported the likes of The Wonder Years, As It Is, Cute Is What We Aim For and Knuckle Puck. The band haven’t slowed down in 2018, touring Australia with Against The Current, before getting a call out of the blue from Simple Plan, asking them to join their sold out April 2018 National tour. Do not miss Neck Deep performing a full length headline set in Australia for the first time in almost four years. NECK DEEP. Supported by Stand Atlantic, Between You And Me & Stateside.

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Article by Metro Theatre.

Miro Freitas Cruise

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When: Saturday 23rd February
Where: Star Casino Wharf

One of Portugal’s (Madeira) popular and successful artists Miro Freitas is returning to Australia early in 2019. Expect to hear all the songs that have shaped Miro’s illustrious career so far, including recent release 'TanSolita'. Join Miro Freitas and Courtney Teixeira and band (support act) aboard a two level, 35 meter catamaran for 4 hours of entertainment and Deluxe Cocktail Menu cruising the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Book your tickets now for the event of the year.

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Article by Ticketek.

 

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