What’s making news with, The Waifs tour dates, The Younglings, Fields EP release, Love Him Madly – The Doors Reimagined, Sweeny Todd, Ride, You Saw Them First with Abbe May, Coolio, Aurora and Stormrider Heavy Metal Festival.
THE WAIFS WA TOUR UPDATE
Tickets from www.thewaifs.com
Wed 29 May Princess Royal Theatre, Albany (acoustic trio show)
Sat 1 June Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance
Sun 2 June Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie
Wed 5 June Freo Social, Fremantle (acoustic trio show)
Thurs 6 June Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
Sat 8 June Federation Park, Exmouth SOLD OUT
Tues 11 June Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha
Wed 12 June Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha SOLD OUT
Thurs 13 June Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema, Port Hedland
Sat 15 June Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome
The Younglings will launch their debut CD, “OB1234″ on May 4th at The Indi Bar in Scarborough with support acts Whildfyre, Detour, One Shot and Maya & Levi.
They are the youngest band in WA to do a CD launch and started recording it when they were just 8, 9, 11 and 11 years of age.
They also just launched their 1st video clip for their song Mikki Moo this week. If you watch the clip, it has footage from the day they wrote the song back in 2017 and you can see how young they were.
Peter Renzullo from Scudley Records recorded the CD. He said, “The Younglings are the youngest professional band through the studio. But you wouldn’t know it by their ability. Very confifent, focussed and well rehearsed – They were a joy to record”.
The sound of the CD is varied since they have matured during the process but Renzullo says that they are an Indi Rock outfit.
To date they have played in the Squidstock battle of the bands where they came 2nd in their category, Wembley Downs District Fair, Mojo’s (Proud Mums, Proud Dads), The Garage (Scholarpalooza), the 2019 Nannup Music Festival and most recently Splashfest. They have also done a handful of shows at Michael Brother Juice.
Dom – 9 (Keys & Vocals) is the youngest member of the band. He has been getting lessons since he was 7. His first band was with School of Rock before joining The Younglings.
Jade – 10 (Drums, Violin & Vocals) formed her first band (The Happy Snails) and put out a CD called “Na” when they were all only 6 years old. She became one of the original students at School of Rock at the end of 2016. She also has a violin scholarship, plays in an orchestra, sings in a choir and is a member of a duo called Rip Silver playing ukulele & backing vocals.
Xavier – 12 (Bass, Guitar & Vocals) has been playing music since he was 8 and is also an accomplished piano player. He was also a member of School of Rock.
Oliver – 12 (Guitar & Vocals) has been playing guitar since he was 8. Until he joined The Younglings he had been playing with his school band.
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/418262315646861/
FIELDS RELEASES EP ‘GRACEFIELD AVENUE’
Having just wrapped up a successful string of Victorian dates and Nannup Music Festival sets this month, Alt-celtic/folk songstress Fields is pleased to announce the arrival of her new single and EP ‘Gracefield Avenue‘.
Whether it is the effortless grace of her melodies, the sweetness of her timbre or the irresistible dash of a Dublin accent, there is something magical in Fields’ alluring voice. Based in Perth, the Irish native has earned her stripes fronting sweaty, touring rock bands, but when dynamically stripped back to primal basics, Fields soars and is at her most intense on Gracefield Avenue.
Fields says of her new single, “Gracefield Avenue is about the street in Dublin where I grew up. It holds all my memories of a wild carefree youth. I wanted to write this song to trigger a memory of a place or time in the listeners mind that takes them back there, wherever that is for them and makes them nostalgic. We don’t realise as adults, that those reckless childhood days, for most of us, are some of the best days of our lives that we take for granted. We should always keep a little piece of that with us through life and Gracefield Avenue is my way to remind us of that.”
Following on from the raw and vulnerable piano ballad Promises and last year’s Neverland, Gracefield Avenue is a proper taste of what Fields does live – an intimate yet boisterous brand of Celtic-flavoured folk, driven by an unrelenting acoustic guitar and meaty foot-stomp beats. Capable of scaling mountainous melodies, Fields’ voice can be fragile and delicate, then switch to roaring velocity in a heartbeat. With these ingredients, nothing needs embellishment…the production is lean and muscular, bypassing frills so as to allow her true character to flourish.
A lifer musician down to her core, Fields will play anywhere, anytime; recently completing a European tour of her own with shows now locked in for a return trip in August. This experience finds its way into her songs, which are both personal and fantastical. Going forward, the plan is to do more of the same: tour the world, write songs, record and release. Her loyal, ever-growing fanbase can expect to hear a lot more from Fields as she prepares to launch Gracefield Avenue.
Fields ‘Gracefield Avenue’ EP Launch Saturday May 18, Kidigo Arthouse, Fremantle.
LOVE HIM MADLY
The Doors Reimagined by Perth Symphony Orchestra at His Majesty’s Theatre
Perth Symphony Orchestra invites you to take the trippiest of orchestral rides, to a time when the counterculture and free love movements of the 60s rebelled against the Vietnam War and assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, with civil rights protests, psychedelic music and the Summer of Love.
Out of this came The Doors, one of the highest selling rock bands ever, with the most charismatic frontman of them all: Jim Morrison. An American Poet. Controversial counterculture giants, together they changed music forever.
Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s mescaline-imbibed book The Doors of Perception, from 1967 onwards they released eight albums in five years to become as important and influential as greats of the era such as The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones.
The next in Perth Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed Reimagined series, this follow up to Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined at His Majesty’s Theatre is a spectacular event capturing the very essence of Morrison and The Doors at the height of their powers, in full psychedelic glory via the trippiest orchestral show you will ever see.
Witness as strings, woodwind, horns, percussion – an entire orchestra – set the room on fire, for one night only on Friday, August 2, taking audiences back to a juncture where hallucinogens, Woodstock, free love, the Cuban Missile Crisis and more created a period in time that will never be forgotten, almost 50 years to the day after Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing.
Perth Symphony Orchestra commissioned the talents of brilliant young composers Callum O’Reilly and Corey Murphy to write the charts, with award-winning arranger Ash Gibson Grieg (Unplugged: Nirvana Reimagined) as composition consultant, transporting everything from 12 bar blues to full psychedelic freakouts into orchestral scores.
Joining Perth Symphony as Jim Morrison for this special occasion is End of Fashion frontman Justin Burford, veteran of acclaimed tribute act LA Women. An actor and musician, Burford grew up reading Morrison biographies and watching controversial Oliver Stone biopic The Doors. He embodies the frontman’s dangerous charisma in a way that must be seen to be believed.
Let them light your fire, and get about as high as you can on orchestral music. From Break on Through to Light My Fire to Riders on the Storm to The End, Perth Symphony will unveil their most ambitious production to date, with the greatest hits of one of the world’s most-loved bands like you’ve never heard them before; like you’ve never heard an orchestra before. It’s time to reset the doors of perception once again.
When: Friday 2 August
Where: His Majesty’s Theatre
Tickets: From $79+bf – on sale now through www.perthsymphony.com
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
West Australian Opera presents
Following after the brightness and warmth of Perth’s wonderful summers and autumns, winter often conjures up feelings of darkness, despondency and foreboding; and the winter production in West Australian Opera’s 2019 Season will evoke similar reactors when Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street brings his tools of trade to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Benjamin Barker once had it all; but tragedy, heartache and a brutal act of betrayal lead him into a downward spiral of despair. Determined to avenge his loved ones, Barker returns to London and assumes a new identity, Sweeney Todd, “the Demon Barber” of Fleet Street. Together with the deranged pie-maker, Mrs. Lovett, he plots his revenge on those who have exiled them to society’s outer margins.
Novacastrian, Ben Mingay, will take the role of Sweeney Todd in this production. Mingay famously won a Conservatory of Music scholarship after being dared to audition by his construction co-workers. Perth audiences will also remember his role in the 2017 WASO concert “Swing on This”.
Joining Ben on stage will be Antoinette Halloran as the ruthless pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett; while James Clayton takes the role of Todd’s nemesis, Judge Turpin. Beadle Bamford will be sung by Matt Reuben James Ward and Paul O’Neill will appear as Adolfo Pirelli, a scheming former employee of Benjamin Barker. The two lovers, Barker’s daughter, Johanna, and Anthony Hope will be played by Emma Pettemerides and Nathan Stark and Fiona Campbell will appear as the Beggar Woman.
Brett Waymark will lead the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in this production which also features the West Australian Opera Chorus.
This tragic tale of treachery, deception and revenge is magnificently brought together in Sondheim’s haunting score and will resonate with audiences long after the meat grinder has stopped turning!
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 13, 16, 18, 20 July
2019 Australian and New Zealand Tour
Seminal Shoegaze legends RIDE return to Australia and New Zealand for their first headline tour in over 25 years thanks to SBM Presents!
Forming in Oxford, England in 1988, RIDE set the blueprint for the shoegaze scene with the release of their landmark debut album ‘Nowhere’– a timeless classic which spurred the emergence of a new generation of psychedelic bands to follow.
Fast forward to 2019, RIDE returns with their highly anticipated sixth studio album ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ due out August 16th via Inertia. The album’s first single ‘’Future Love’’ features their trademark kaleidoscopic wall of sound and is what Andy Bell describes as “a song about the beginning of a relationship, when everything feels possible.”
Comprised of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Loz Colbert, and Steve Queralt, RIDE have sold out headline tours around the world to a plethora of critical acclaim.
EXCLUSIVE FAN PRE SALE BEGINS: Tuesday 30th April, 9am local
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TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday 2 May, 9am local
RIDE Tour Dates
Thursday 29th August – Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 31st August – Astor Theatre, Perth
Wednesday 4th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Thursday 5th September – Forum, Melbourne
Friday 6th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
YOU SAW THEM FIRST
Open Minds Music is a unique live music platform designed to launch and promote emerging, raw talent onto the stage and into the music industry. Open Minds Music provides the perfect start-up support for young singers and songwriters to showcase their original music, backed by a highly experienced house band.
After the first successful launch event “YOU SAW THEM FIRST! at Freo.Social”, Open Minds Music is back with its second instalment of this entertaining music talent show. Three more emerging unsigned singers and songwriters havebeen selected to play their original songs on stage to a live audience.
During this highly curated night, each artist will play three original songs and one cover backed by the highly professional Open Minds Band comprised of the combined of talents of Gordon Cant (keys) , Dan Ablett(drums) and Sam Timmerman (bass).
Tickets available from Moshtix.
COOLIO TOURING AUSTRALIA THROUGHOUT APRIL & MAY
Lucky and Monster are excited to announce that Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Coolio will perform at Perth’s own Capitol, as part of their ‘90s, ‘00s and Top 40s club night on May 10. Tickets are on sale today via Oztix.
American rapper, actor, chef, and record producer Artis Leon Ivey Jr. – better known as Coolio – achieved mainstream success in the ‘90s with his albums It Takes a Thief (1994), Gangsta’s Paradise (1995), and My Soul (1997), selling over 17 million records.
Coolio took over the world with his now iconic rap, 1995’s Gangsta’s Paradise, which sold over six million copies, was Billboard Magazine’s #1 single the year of release and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. He is also known for the singles Fantastic Voyage (1994), 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) (1996) and C U When U Get There (1997).
Coolio has won an American Music Award, three MTV awards, two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and a World Music award. He has received six Grammy award nominations (1994, 1995 and 1996), two Billboard Music Awards (1994, 1996), two ASCAP awards (1996, 1997), three MTV video awards (1996, 1997), four American Online Awards (1996) and was the Playboy Music Poll winner in 1997.
He has since gone on to release albums independently and – in a twist of fate – become a chef with his own Cookin’ with Coolio web series and cookbook.
AURORA AT METROPOLIS FREMANTLE ON 8 MAY
The 22-year-old Norwegian producer and singer-songwriter is currently touring the country with Groovin’ The Moo and will play select theatre shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle.
Following over 200 million streams and huge sales with her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, AURORA dropped the first LP in a two-part project, entitled Infections Of A Different Kind (Step I) in September. Tracks like Runaway and Queendom showcase a powerful, angelic voice that has landed her a devoted following both in Australia and abroad.
Ethereal and ground-shaking new single The Seed is taken from the second and final part of the project, an LP entitled A Different Kind Of Human (Step II), out June 7. The Seed contrasts heavily with lead single Animal, harking back to the minimalistic sounds explored on her debut album.
Born near the city of Bergen, AURORA began writing music and lyrics at a young age, releasing her debut single Awakening in 2013 and following up with Under Stars, which led her to be signed by US label Glassnote Records. AURORA came to further prominence in 2015 when her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend charted at #1 in Norway and across Western Europe.
Much like the enchanting light display with which she shares her name, Aurora has to be seen to be believed. Get your tickets now from Oztix.
STORMRIDER HEAVY METAL FESTIVAL 2019
Stormrider Touring presents the annual Stormrider Heavy Metal Festival! Returning for it’s 6th year in a row, this year is no exception in bringing Australia’s best Heavy Metal bands to the west coast for a night of unforgettable head banging action.
Headlined this year by the mighty LORD from Sydney, we say Welcome Back after having the guys at our 2nd ever Festival back in 2015.
Formed in 1989 as Dungeon, LORD are one of Australia’s longest running and most successful melodic metal acts. The guys are poised to release a new album sometime soon following the release of the new single earlier this year; Untied (Welcome Back), so we are hoping for a few new treats at the show!
Silent Knight are Perth’s favorite Power Metal sons with a high paced and energetic stage show. The guys are currently working on a new album and perhaps some new songs to be debuted at the festival!
Truth Corroded are a Death/Thrash outfit from Adelaide and have just come off a European tour with Misery Index following the release of their latest album Bloodlands. The guys were last in Perth for Metal United Down Under in 2016 and can’t wait to return!
Melbourne’s Orpheus Omega are definitely the rising star of Australian Metal over the past few years. National tours with legendary acts Trivium and Wintersun have seen them on the biggest stages across Australia and Asia. A new album titled Wear Your Sins came earlier this year and a new stage show to boot!
Divine Ascension makes their first time west after a long time waiting. This world class Progressive Metal band has toured Europe with the likes of Stratovarius and Gloryhammer and domestically with Blind Guardian. This is a performance you will not want to miss!
Opening the event will be new Perth outfit Diamond Sky who channel the golden era of Rock n Roll to create triumphant & powerful Heavy Metal anthems!
Saturday June 29 – Badlands Bar Perth
Tickets from Oztix