Words by Caitlin Trindall.
It’s always great when artists remember what the word national means. Despite the classic East Coast preference, a lot of great artists this month are bringing their sounds far and wide, hitting the country hard and fast. A lot of regional towns are getting a good look in this month and it seems like artists are really remembering Adelaide and Perth do exist. There’s hope yet for our northern friends in Darwin.
The Australian music scene isn’t slowing down and neither should we. Get your live music fix at a variety of shows in August.
The 22 year old responsible for the harmonic single Can We Work It Out hailing from central west NSW and plummeting through on Triple J Unearthed is taking herself on an East Coast tour this month. Catch her in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The good news is that even though her Newtown Social Club gig is already sold out, Gordi will be putting another show on for Sydney fans so grab those tickets while still available at her Facebook page right now.
After winning Triple J’s Unearthed High comp, the life of Gab Strum hasn’t quite been the same. Nailing Like A Version on Triple J in June, and teaming up with Airling to deliver us astonishing single Forces, Japanese Wallpaper with full band in tow will be hitting Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Fremantle this month. Both Sydney shows, Brisbane and one of his Melbourne shows are already sold out with the others not far behind so you should be getting onto that right away.
You might have heard these guys from the States before, just maybe. You might have also heard that they have a new album coming out. And you might have heard that they’re only hitting two towns in Australia this month, with a show in Melbourne and Sydney both already sold out. What you might not have known is that there is a second Sydney show on at the Oxford Art Factory and you’d be crazy to miss it. So don’t.
The boys from Byron have been around for a few years now and being from coastal NSW they’re showing a lot of love by really caring about the whole of Australia on their national tour and hitting the road with stops along the way in Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Geelong, Melbourne, Bendigo, Brisbane and then wrapping it up with a home show in Byron Bay. See what all the fuss on this electronica act is about, tickets available from their website.
The Amity Affliction
With two shows each in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and a new album coming out, the boys don’t seem like they’re slowing down. They’re on high rotation on Triple J at the moment and continue to prove themselves as popular as ever. Head on over and get yourself some tickets now.
Dead Letter Circus
It’s been a while since Dead Letter Circus have done something huge on the scene and this month they’re back with an 11 show national tour hitting Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brunswick Heads, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Mandurah, Margaret River, Perth and Fremantle. Better yet, they’re bringing along mate Clint Boge from The Butterfly Effect to perform with them (unless you live in WA, in which case you won’t get to see Clint Boge then). Head to the band’s site to snatch a ticket up.
No strangers to the scene, the lads have toured alongside Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band, signed to the same label. They’re hitting Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart this month. The bad news? There’s only tickets left for Canberra, Newcastle and Perth. The good news? If you live in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle aren’t that far a drive. So make that trek, grab the tickets for that trip and if you’re in any of the other cities then keep your eyes peeled for a friend who might have a spare ticket.
Indie legend Dustin Tebbutt is bringing meaning to the word national this month by hitting Broken Head, Brisbane, Marroochydore, Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, and Fremantle, with various shows throughout each city. Check him out alongside the upcoming album and head over here for tickets.
L-Fresh the Lion
Extremely last minute addition to Splendour only last weekend, L-Fresh the Lion is killing it on the scene right now. Kick starting a tour that will take him from this month into the next this Friday in Adelaide, touring with Sampa the Great along the way and hitting the Gold Coast, Darwin, Perth, Fremantle, Ballarat, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane, he isn’t to be missed. 1 in 100,000 defined L-Fresh the Lion as hip hop and set the scene for huge things to come. Grab tickets from his website now.
So what are you waiting for?