Words by Caitlin Trindall.
Summer is fast approaching and the last few weeks have been filled back to back with solid line up dropping after solid line up. As we wave goodbye to winter tomorrow, the first month of spring is delivering a stacked month of incredible live acts all across the country to get you in the mood for the warmer months to come.
The best bit about the upcoming spring and summer months is just how many of these shows are well and truly national. With so much of Australia and so many artists, a lot of towns are really getting a look in. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of live music in summer. If you’re anything like me, you’re already planning what household goods you can go without and calculating the kilometres per tank of your car to work out where you can save money to go towards tickets. The next few months are going to go quick and there’s more live music than you can poke your selfie stick at (but seriously, leave the selfie sticks at home, don’t be that jerk).
Here’s who you can catch around the country this month:
One of this year’s most anticipated international guests is none other than grime lord Skepta. The good news is not all of his shows are sold out. If you’re in Sydney or Brisbane you’ll have to pray a mate has a spare ticket, but for fans in Perth and Melbourne you are in luck because both of the second dates for Skepta’s shows still have tickets available. Actually, Sydneysiders and Queenslanders, take a trip over the ditch and catch some beautiful New Zealand scenery because tickets are still available for Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch. Kiwi’s, you’ll wanna snatch those up ASAP. Remaining tickets are available from respective venue websites.
Following supporting one of Australia’s fastest rising acts Client Liaison earlier this year, synth pop duo GL are heading around the country this month in support of their new album Touch. It all kicks off this weekend in Adelaide, followed by visits to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Grab your ticket from Astral People now.
So, technically these guys kicked off their shows in August but Mosquito Coast have still got four stops left on their first ever national tour after winning last year’s Triple J Unearthed High competition. Catch them on Friday night in Adelaide, before they’re along to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. These youngsters are still at school, which is incredible, so definitely head down to check them out and give them the support they deserve with such talent. You can grab tickets from their website.
Kilter has released a killer new song, They Don’t Know Us, that’s receiving praise from all over the place and to celebrate, it would 100% be worth getting a ticket to one of his shows on this month’s national tour. Starting in Sydney tomorrow night at the Manning Bar, Kilter will go all the way through to October making stops along the way in Jindabyne at Snowtunes alongside What So Not and Ball Park Music, to name a couple, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Brisbane. In fact, he’s even having a sneaky trip to New Zealand with stops in Dunedin, Christchurch and Brisbane. On ya Ned, you’re a legend. Snatch those tickets up.
If you haven’t considered heading along to Montaigne, think again. She’s just released her new album and to celebrate she’s heading on a national tour kicking off this month and continuing on through until October. Lucky fans of the underage variety will be happy to know that a select number of those shows are all ages too. The fun starts in Brisbane then along to Toowoomba, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Port Macquarie, Caloundra, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle, Geelong, and Melbourne. You can grab a ticket or two at Montaigne’s website.
Ball Park Music
Yassssss please, it’s finally time for Ball Park Music to take the stage. The next two months are full of glorious Ball Park songs upon the stage with their gracious presence and you can still get tickets to neeaarrllyyy all their stops, unless you live in Melbourne that is, but fear not as they still have tickets available for their second Geelong show. If you can get to Maroochydore, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Townsville or Cairns then do so, and get a ticket quickly, because some of those shows are second shows and the others are on their fast path to selling out. Alternatively if you wanna catch them at Jindy this weekend on the slopes for Snowtunes, or in Wollongong on the October long weekend at the Yours & Owls festival, you can do that too.
City Calm Down
Melbourne lads City Calm Down are coming to a city near you this month. It all goes down Friday night in Hobart, followed by Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Towradgi, and winding it up with two shows in their hometown at 170 Russell. Unsurpisingly, their final show in Melbourne is sold out, so snatch a ticket for their second show a couple of nights earlier. You can also get tickets for the rest of their show over at their website as well.
Just in case you were living under a rock and unaware of the blissful goddess that is Vera Blue, let me spell it out for you. She is a gem. Everyone’s boy Flume brought her to the stage during his Splendour set and she’s been all around the place catching up with Triple J and promoting her upcoming tour. Kicking off tonight in Ballarat, Vera Blue will continue on this month with shows in Geelong, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle, Perth, Darwin, Newcastle, Sydney, Launceston and Hobart. She’ll also take to the stage at the Maroochy Music Festival in Queensland along the way. She’s sold out quite a lot of the shows already, so for the rest hop on that ASAP. Limited tickets available on the door for some shows.
After Skrillex picked up on Jai Wolf’s remix of his Ease My Mind, NYC’s Jai Wolf fast became a recognised name on the dance scene. He is now signed to OWSLA, got a high rotation of his infectious tune Indian Summer and is delivering the beats to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide this month, as well as a sneaky trip to Auckland. Tickets are still up for grabs for all of his shows, and you’re guaranteed for a good time if you head along.
Astral People continue to deliver a phenomenal roster of artists and they really do have a jam packed September up their sleeves. Rainbow Chan has released her debut album Spacings and has a national tour in tow. With support from Triple J, Pitchfork and i-D, she’s not someone you’ll want to miss. If you live near Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane you should buy yourself a ticket.