Words by Caitlin Trindall.
With the warmer months well and truly having kick started, last weekend saw one of Australia’s fastest growing festivals Listen Out hit Melbourne and Perth. This weekend Sydney and Brisbane are in for a long weekend treat with top billed Aussie artists mixed amongst a line up of talented internationals at the once-Boutique, now not-so-much, festival that has been praised for hitting the perfect spot balanced between dance and hip hop. Also to be praised is the fact that the three-year-old festival has sold out every single city, which music lovers can pray means this continued success will see Fuzzy Touring expand their Parklife replacement baby into Adelaide next year. Another really incredible aspect of Listen Out this year is that the RÜFÜS DU SOL boys are taking out the headline spot, after playing in the inaugural year alongside international heavy weights Disclosure and Duke Dumont. This isn’t something to treat lightly, with both the trio’s 2014 debut Atlas and follow up album Bloom released in January of this year, hitting #1 on the ARIA charts. Not to mention the Sydneysiders have been selling out shows across the world (including in their hometown of course) since winning the ARIA award for Best Dance Release after Atlas hit our ears.
This speaks volumes for the Australian music scene. It is great when internationals grace our shores but what it is even better is when homegrown artists well and truly kill it at home, on the charts and overseas. There is often an attitude amongst festival go-ers that there are not enough internationals these days at our festivals. It is difficult yes, when one’s favourite overseas act doesn’t make an appearance for one’s favourite festival, but you know what… that’s okay. That act is going to be all right and they are going to continue making music and touring because they are already an international success and they will, I promise, come to Australia again soon. Also, there definitely are enough internationals on festival line-ups.
With this in mind, October is shaping up to be quite a romper and here is a special all Aussie line up this month for you of all the acts you can catch around the country.
It wouldn’t be an Australian line up of shows without mentioning these guys. The lads bring their energy to Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide from the end of this month through until November. Not much needs to be said about the Sticky Fingers lads, other than their new album has been run as the feature album this week on triple j, if you didn’t already know, and it gives plenty of substantive evidence as to why their Enmore Theatre show in Sydney sold out immediately and why they’ve got two more shows in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Catch them on home ground off the back of their North America tour, before they appear at the sold out Spilt Milk festival in Canberra and you’re sure to be in for a great time.
The Brisbane-borne indie pop legends are hitting the road at the end of this month taking their latest music to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, with the former three of those each getting a second show dedicated to U18s. There’s no way anyone can deny they like the band’s hit Come On Mess Me Up off their album Vices released earlier this year, it’s absolutely glorious. Tickets are super cheap at only $15ea and available from the band’s website.
Adelaide’s hip hop darling has been a very busy girl, making waves in the US right now, accompanying What So Not on tours, rubbing shoulders with George Maple and appearing on just about every Australian festival line up that you can think of. Luckily, everyone’s girl Tkay is heading on an album tour around the country this month and bringing her enormous energy to the stage. Now technically, her Australian leg of the tour doesn’t kick off until November, with her first two October dates seeing her deliver shows in Auckland and Christchurch, however after that it’s onto Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Grab your tickets here.
Okay, the lines are blurred on this one, since Mitchell was born in England and all. However, she is an Aussie girl by heritage and she grew up in very-much-so-Australian Albury of regional New South Wales so her British birth certificate can be overlooked in this case. Particularly because Mitchell is talented as hell and hitting Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide this month on the Something About These Streets tour ahead of her third album Warriors, set for release the day the tour kicks off in Melbourne. With Melbourne and Sydney initially selling out, there are still tickets available for the second show in both cities and all the others. Head to her website to nab those few remaining tickets (also they’re really cheap).
If you can find something better than a tour that hits capital cities and regional and rural locations then please let us know. It screams “legend”. These Melbourne indie rock boys are kicking off their single launch tour at the end of this month and hitting more towns than you can poke a stick at. For the full list of shows and tickets, Oztix have got you covered.
Only just scraping into the October time frame with their first show on October 29 in Canberra, Blue Mountains born and bred Thundamentals are taking themselves around the country on a huge tour before finishing up with two huge festival appearances at Southbound Festival in Western Australia and Beyond the Valley in Victoria respectively. If you haven’t seen these Aussie hip-hop masters perform, this is not a drill, get your tickets. If you have seen them, see them again. If you haven’t listened to their Like a Version cover of Matt Corby’s Brother then stop what you are doing and watch it now. Then go and check out where they are playing on their stacked list of towns and buy yourself a ticket to the nearest show because you don’t want to miss the energy they bring into the room.
You know her, and even if you think you don’t, you’re probably wrong. The vocalist behind 2014’s biggest dance track High delivered to us from Canberra duo Peking Duk is taking herself around the country this month kick starting at the Yours & Owls festival in Wollongong, NSW and hitting Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane with a string of shows and stop at The Plot festival in Parramatta, sitting on the outskirts of Sydney. Millar will wrap it all up at the Southbound Festival in Perth in time to bring in 2017. Kindly, her hometown Sydney has not two, but three shows, including an all ages. Grab a ticket to Millar’s Signals tour now.
Formally known as Iotah, the four Findlay sisters hailing from Darraweit Guim in rural Victoria hit the road this month for their As Above, So Below tour, bringing their second album to towns everywhere. In case you don’t know much about them, the rock goddesses won the triple j Unearthed High comp back in 2010 and since then, with awards under their belt, they’ve played at one of the most renowned festivals in the world, none other than Glastonbury. Expect exciting things to keep coming from the Findlay ladies. Head to their website for the full list of dates, cities and tickets.
Following their debut album release Internal, the Canberra boys are taking to the road this month and beyond, having already kicked off a sold out show in their hometown last week, to bring this absolutely spine-chilling record to some very blessed ears. SAFIA are truly like no others in the game right now, with leading vocalist Ben Woolner-Kirkham lending his angelic voice to Peking Duk for their hit single Take Me Over before just popping right back over to the electronic trio and delivering hit after hit after hit. It is without a doubt that Internal is one of the greatest Australian albums released this year and no surprise that their shows have been received so well. Selling out shows in not only in their hometown, the boys have sold out Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart with remaining tickets available for their second Sydney and Brisbane shows as well as Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland if you’re on that side of the ditch. Oh also, they’ve added some more 18+ tickets to their Melbourne show if you initially missed out, and not to mention most of their shows are all ages to please those younger fans. Head to their website this very second and get yourself a ticket. Also worth noting is that the Set Mo boys who are killing it of current are joining them for the ride, so definitely check that support act out.