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Strung Out

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When: Thursday 28th June
Where: Factory Theatre

Performing “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues” in full. Plus the absolute best of Strung Out. “I'll never bow to your expectations, I never have, I never will. I'm not a puppet, pawn, or figurehead. I'm a man of my own free will” Strung Out – “Firecracker”. Exploding onto the southern California punk scene, Strung Out were one of the first bands signed to Fat Mike’s Fat Wreck Chords, issuing their debut album in 1994. It was the band’s sophomore effort however that truly proved Mike’s faith in the band was so very well placed. “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues” was thirteen chucks of socially aware punk speed pop metal riffage that guaranteed carnage every time the play button was hit on the dash. Hear these songs played live and you’re talking something else again – a veritable maelstrom of shoutalong moshing craziness resulting in ringing ears, sweat soaked tees and huge smiles on the faces of ecstatic fans. 22 years later and Strung Out are a monster of a band, and for the first time ever the band are playing “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues” in it’s entirely. From the biting “Firecracker” and siren call of “Somnombulance” to the fraying id of “Bring Out Your Dead”, “Solitaire” and “Wrong Side Of The Tracks”, these are songs that that will suck you in and leave you joyously wasted. But wait… there’s more! It wouldn’t be a Strung Out show without shotgun blasts such as “Analog”, “Calling”, “Blueprint Of The Fall” “Ashes” and “Matchbox”. Yea verily the gods of punk have smiled upon the faithful with the promise of nothing but the best - a show jam-packed with attitude, speed, creativity and energy. Machine-gun drums, scorching guitars, hard-hitting basslines, and an in-your-face singer with more melodies than Top 40 radio - there's no-one like Strung Out and “Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues” is one of the defining albums of the Californian punk scene. Don’t be an idiot…get tickets for this and get them now!

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Article by Factory Theatre.

Snails

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When: Saturday 7th July
Where: Enmore Theatre

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Superorganism

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When: Tuesday 24th July
Where: Metro Theatre

With Special Guest: G Flip

SUPERORGANISM ANNOUNCE DEBUT AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES FOR JULY. Adding to their already-announced Splendour in the Grass appearance, London-based collective SUPERORGANISM revealed details of their first-ever Australian headline shows. Superorganism’s eight members, international musicians and self-confessed pop culture junkies, hail from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the UK, and live under one roof in London’s East End. Originally bonding via internet forums rather than geographical location, it’s the band’s new-age sonic appeal that sets them apart. Superorganism; get ready to meet your new favourite band when they land in July for their first ever Australian shows.

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Scotland the Brave

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When: Saturday 28th July
Where: The Concourse, Chatswood

Children are invited on a magical journey through Scotland in this special family concert for all ages. Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM will engage and entertain as he leads the Willoughby Symphony in a performance of Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony. The concert will be followed by free art and craft activities, as well as an opportunity to explore the instruments of an orchestra. Dress-ups encouraged!

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Suzanne Vega

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When: Saturday 28th July
Where: Enmore Theatre

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980’s. With just an acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. The release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed debut album in 1985 saw the single ‘Marlene on the Wall’ launch her long-spanning career. Since then, she has sold over 7 million albums and has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards. The other two big songs, from her breakthrough 1987 album Solitude Standing, ‘Tom's Diner’ and ‘Luka’ were Top 10 US hits. These tracks also made an impact on the international charts and continue to be on radio playlists around the world to this day. Suzanne Vega will take Australian audiences on a journey with her distinctive vocals and many of the songs that encapsulate an iconic career. Her live performances steer clear of dramatic histrionics, but are emotional experiences, allowing her audience to focus on her masterful storytelling. Suzanne has become an authentic voice of womanhood and a tuneful cult figure – she tours constantly and continues to play sold-out concerts across the globe in some of the world's best-known halls and arenas.

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Article by Enmore Theatre.

The Screaming Jets

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When: Friday 3rd August - Saturday 4th August
Where: The Bridge Hotel

After many years of posturing about recording an album of covers, The Screaming Jets & MMM recently announced the recording of a new album, titled “Gotcha Covered- The Great Australian Songbook”. A collection of the bands favorite Aussie tunes to be recorded with the Jets trademark ‘pedal to the metal’ rock n roll character. The Jets have always been inspired by and continue to support the Aussie Rock music scene since their inception in 1989. As singer Dave Gleeson once said “The Screaming Jets have always, always always promoted Australian rock’n’roll. Australian rock’n’roll is a mission, it‘s a vocation, it is something that must be a part of your life…” The Jets have never shied away from playing other peoples songs. From the massive and enduring success early on in their career with the Boys Next Door “Shivers” to long term live staples such as Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction”. On the eve of their 30th Anniversary in 2019, the Jets will go into the musical bunker to record a bunch of Australian Oz Rock anthems mostly spawned from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. A list of 30+ songs, were recently compiled based on childhood inspiration, radio favorites, some inter-band argy-bargy, universally agreed rip snorting live anthems, and a general musical ‘hat-tipping’ opportunity to their most respected of contemporaries and fellow artists from the last 3 decades. From this list of 30 odd songs, the Jets put it to their MMM audience to vote on what they would like to see make it on the record. At the time of writing the results are currently starting to filter in. Late March will see the boys hunker down to record these songs for a June 2018 release. On February 14th tickets go on sale for Fri 3rd & Sat 4th August at Sydney’s most iconic rock venue The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle . Fans will get a special opportunity to see the boys play these songs live for the first time. Limited to two shows only at The Bridge, The Jets will showcase the new album over 2 nights. These 2 shows will be the only time that fans can see the band play 2 sets (with no support), showcasing the “Gotcha Covered” album as well as a full set of the Jets hit, classics and anything else they throw into the mix on the night… As any Jets fan will know, the live shows are unpredictable and frenetic… These will be no exception to the rule…

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Shannon Noll

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When: Saturday 18th August
Where: EVAN Theatre, Panthers

Five exclusive showcase concerts are already on sale and now the tour is being extended with 9 additional shows in Queensland and Western Australia. This tour will give Shannon the opportunity to revisit the country and demonstrate why he has remained a success over his 15+ year career. Nollsie’s appeal lies in his open and honest attitude and that he has always remained true to himself. A regular Aussie bloke who is committed to his family, his mates and his job. The guy you want to have over for surf and turf and a beer. He strikes a chord with legions of music fans, tapping into a pure emotion that’s both his own and instantly relatable. His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the first Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever. Certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.

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The Sword

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When: Friday 7th September
Where: Factory Theatre

We sail through endless skies, stars shine like eyes… as we travel the universe. The Sword know no boundaries. JD Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums] take their own conception of heavy psychedelic rock beyond the realms of perception. You feel the pounding in your ears and you feel that vibration in your diaphragm, but this is an attack that is wholly joyous and uplifting. Fresh from the outstanding 5 star reviews for their latest album “Used Future”, The Sword bring their sonic journey in from the outer reaches of the galaxy to a city near you. Inspired by classic rock originators such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, ZZ Top and classic era Metallica, the Sword have forged their own identity melding buzzsaw guitars, 60’s garage, 70’s psychedelia and a decent dollop of sludge with lyrics exploring mythology, science fiction literature and introspective philosophy. The result is a spellbinding concoction of gut wrenching bliss. The Sword bring beauty and brutality evocative of rock’s golden age, but with a consciousness and bravura devastatingly shaped by these hammers of the gods for the 21st century and beyond. “Almost immediately after kicking off with “Maiden, Mother & Crone” there were hands up in the air and heads thrashing. They wanted their fervor and they got it.” - Live Music Review. “If you get the chance to catch The Sword on tour, definitely do it” - Hysteria.

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Stargazer

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When: Saturday 27th October
Where: Factory Theatre

Rainbow was the Brainchild of Ritchie Blackmore, which came into being almost the minute he left Deep Purple. They were an Instant success and after a few initial Line up changes, Rainbow settled to become a Major force within the Hard Rock community. The debut single 'Man On The Silver Mountain', from their First Album, would pave the way for a string of Hard Rock Classics which would carry them through 3 Decades. Stargazer were born from their love of this Blackmore led, Iconic Hard Rock..... The attention to Detail, The Show, The Dress, The Sound, will have you believing you have been transported back to the Day.... Stargazer epitomise what a Tribute to Rock Legends is all about. Definately not to be missed.

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Sam Smith: The Thrill Of It All World Tour

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When: Friday 16th November
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

The Thrill Of It All World Tour. Frontier Touring are delighted to announce that Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith will return to Australia and New Zealand on his The Thrill Of It All World Tour this November. Dedicating the past few years to performing to sold-out audiences across the globe and honing his songwriting talent in the studio, Smith’s return to recorded music in late 2017 with single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ was welcomed with open arms. The Thrill Of It All World Tour will see Smith play some of his biggest venues to date across UK, Europe and the United States before arriving in Australia and New Zealand this spring.

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Shania Twain: Now Tour 2018

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When: Friday 14th December & Saturday 15th December
Where: Qudos Bank Arena

Performing her first Australian shows in almost two decades, the world’s top-selling female country artist of all time, SHANIA TWAIN, has announced her NOW Tour will hit our shores in 2018. In celebration of Shania’s third consecutive #1 album – she brings her NOW Tour to Perth Arena on November 30 before heading to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as well as outdoor shows under the stars at Adelaide’s Botanic Park and Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley. Tickets for all shows including VIP Experiences will go on sale at 10am (local time) on Friday, February 9. Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop, with more than 90 million albums sold worldwide. In Australia, the September 2017 release of NOW notched up Shania’s third ARIA #1 chart debut, following 2002’s UP! and 1997’s hugely successful Come On Over. Hitting #1 in 1999, Come On Over spent 19 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot and 127 weeks in the Top 40 amassing sales in excess of 18-times Platinum. The album is home to four hit singles: “You’re Still The One”, “From This Moment”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man I Feel Like A Woman”.

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