Words by Caitlin Trindall.
Feeling the cold? July is bringing the heat. Of course this month is Splendour in the Grass month and alongside the all time favourite festival comes a bunch of high demand sideshows you wouldn’t want to miss (and then some). With an abundance of tours, sideshows and some of the old weekly favourite club nights bringing in some serious talent, this month is sure to keep any music lover busy. I promise your wallet will still be happy, too.
Who can you catch around the country this month?
George Maple is a name you may recognise from her collaborations with What So Not (whose tour kicked off last night at the Enmore), Flume and Flight Facilities back when their track was featuring one Jessica Higgs, and what a journey this project has taken her on. Jess is often gracing us with her presence on the stage with What So Not’s Emoh Instead but now the power woman herself embarks on a national tour hitting Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, following her latest release Sticks and Horses paired with it’s very NSFW video clip. It all kicks off in Sydney at the Metro Theatre next Friday, July 8. Ticket information is available at georgemapletour.com.
Truly one of the sideshows to make fans very happy, Odd Future and LA based The Internet have sold out four of their five sideshows, hitting Melbourne and Sydney aside from their slot on the Splendour line up. Tickets to their remaining show at 170 Russell are fast flying out the door so do yourself a favour and head here right now to secure yourself a spot in the crowd in Melbourne for their third show.
London producer and singer-songwriter James Blake will be hitting a few of our capital cities this month when he takes his show to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. If you’re keen on catching him (and let’s be honest, you either are or you’ll be regretting you didn’t down the track) then grab those tickets from the Secret Sounds website right now.
JÜAN DU SOL:
Sound familiar? Of course it does. Making up 1/3 of… Yeah, you guessed it, RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL, Jüan Du Sol will be taking his first ever solo show around the country as a part of launching his Cuba EP. Catch him tonight at The Fat Controller in Adelaide, tomorrow night at Chinese Laundry in Sydney, at Old Mates in Melbourne and TBC Club in Brisbane respectively next weekend and then wrap it all up at Mondo at Flyrite in Perth the following weekend. Tickets available from the venues.
Another off the extensive Splendour line up, hailing from The Netherlands electronic producer GANZ is traveling the country bringing his sounds to blessed ears. If you aren’t heading to Splendour then catch him on his Australia and New Zealand tour all this month, including shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. You can hear the applause from the whole country because GANZ hasn’t forgotten that Australia is more than just the East Coast. Oh and if you’re in New Zealand, then spot him in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown. Tickets are available from the GANZ website.
She’s got a new album and a tour to go with. Ladyhawke is hitting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month to bring this album to our ears after taking her music around the US and heading back home to New Zealand. Her Melbourne show is sold out but tickets are still available for Sydney and Brisbane at her website.
New Zealand siblings Caleb and Georgia make up Broods and they are bringing their synth pop sound to Australia this month with shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Not only that, but they’re bringing pals Vera Blue and Xavier Dunn along for the ride as well. Snap up a ticket to their Brisbane or Sydney shows and if you’re in Melbourne, just hope that someone you know bought an extra ticket.
Hip-hop favourite Seth Sentry launched his tour announcement as a campaign with a video to match. He kicked off last night in Ipswich and well and truly brings meaning to the word ‘national’ as his national tour continues this month bringing along his mate Remi. An Aussie legend, Seth is hitting capital cities left, right and centre, with even both Canberra and Darwin getting the unusual look in on this one. Seth will also be hitting a bunch of regional towns so head to his website for more info on how to get your hands on those tickets.
As well as her Splendour slot and an infectious tune Can’t Get Enough of Myself, American singer and producer Santigold will be running sideshows through Sydney and Melbourne this month. Melbourne might be sold out (hint: it is) but you can still get tickets for her Metro Theatre show in Sydney from Ticketek.
Hailing from Hillston in central west NSW, 18-year-old Curtis Kennedy otherwise known as Kuren, continues his first ever headline tour around the country. Curtis has already knocked out a number of shows including a set at the Ivy in Sydney alongside queens of electronic music Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas last month. Having recently signed to Maker Agency we can expect to see big things from Kuren to come. He delivers his live show to the country with remaining shows in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne the rest of this month. Catch him at Fat Controller tomorrow night in Adelaide and head to his Facebook page for info on all the other remaining shows.
With just a few suggestions of the many artists bringing their music to our shores and around the country, there is no lacking in things to do this July. Of course, there’s more, the list could go on. The best thing to do this winter is not stay rugged up, but get out there and check out some live music. You’d be surprised at how much goes on when you’re not looking; what you stumble across and what you find out you missed and wish you didn’t. So go on, get out there, have a drink, a dance and a great time and support the creative scene in Australia. Enjoy the month ahead. There’s nothing worse than seeing that your new favourite artist toured two months ago and you missed out because you weren’t allowing yourself to discover.