There’s always plenty of concerts and gigs for live music lovers to see all around Australia.
So here’s where you get all the latest info on dates, venues, and tickets for announced upcoming tours, including the debut headline tour from Spender, album launch shows from Caitlin Park and Seekae, dates to promote new EPs by Thelma Plum and Fractures, plus Jen Cloher’s only 2014 shows and Tin Sparrows’ East Coast jaunt.
Spender Announces Australian Tour 2014, Signs With 123 Agency
Melbourne music maverick and the second ‘Most Promising Artist of 2013‘, Spender, has joined the roster of 123 Agency, coinciding with the announcement of the producer and multi-instrumentalist’s first national headline tour. The June tour is to commemorate the release of Spender’s first new material since his Modern Pest EP, in ‘Lake’, a dramatic dose of experimental pop storytelling continuing his well-written, better-executed form. Following a year of sold-out national supports with Mama Kin, Clare Bowditch, a standout performance BIGSOUND slot, Spender is set to play Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast before embarking on his live trek across the East Coast. We can’t wait.
19th, 20th, 21st June – Dark Mofo, Winter Feast, TAS
Thursday 31st July – The Armidale Club, Melbourne VIC
Door sales only
Friday 8th August – Easy Tiger, Sydney NSW
Thursday 14th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
Friday 29th August, Shebeen, Melbourne VIC
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Caitlin Park Australian Album Tour 2014 Announced
We’ve already shared our love for The Sleeper, the second album by Caitlin Park that sees her taking “several strides forward in developing her ambient, feel-good soundscapes; impressively written, arranged and produced.” Now the Sydney songstress is heading off for an East Coast tour to celebrate the release of her sophomore LP. The Sleeper Tour will see Park and her band playing dates in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, and if you’ve yet to pick up a copy of The Sleeper, you can grab the record along with your pass at a very special package price. Tidy and highly recommended.
Friday 11th July – The Vanguard, Sydney, 7pm
Tickets: $12 + bf – www.thevanguard.com.au or 02 9557 9409
Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, 8pm
Tickets: $12 + bf – www.bellaunion.com.au or 03 9650 5699
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane (All Ages), 6pm
Tickets: $15 + bf – www.oztix.com.au
Seekae Confirm Album Details, Australian Tour 2014 Dates
We’ve been patiently awaiting the details of Seekae’s third album since the Sydney-born, Lonon-baced electronic group dropped ‘Another’ late last year, now our patience has been rewarded. Two years in the making, The Worry, is touted as Seekae’s most expansive yet intimate work to date as percussionist Alex Cameron steps forward as singer for the first time. Out 13th June via Future Classic, Seekae have released another taste of The Worry in ‘Test & Recognise’ (listen below) while confirming their first 2014 live shows at home after touring Europe, Japan, and North America. Sydney beatmaker Jonti will be opening for Seekae’s tour, the perfect accompaniment for their signature blend of electro-pop, IDM, post-dubstep and ambient house. Tickets on sale now.
Saturday 9th August – Darwin Festival, Darwin QLD*
Tuesday 12th August – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Friday 15th August – The Gov, Adelaide SA
Saturday 16th August – The Villa, Perth WA
Friday 22nd August – 170 Russell St, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 23rd August – Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
(*Tix on sale June 26th and Jonti not appearing)
Tickets and info at seekae.com/#live
Thelma Plum Drops New Single, Announces Tour Dates
Having staked her songwriting claim and won the NIMA Unearthed award with her acoustic-led debut EP Rosie, Thelma Plum is putting down the acoustic guitar and moved towards new musical landscapes. The first taste of Plum’s new direction comes in ‘How Much Does Your Love Cost? (listen below). It’s the first single off her follow-up EP Monster, featuring the likes of mixer Eric J Dobowsky (Chet Faker/Flight Facilities) and beat-maker M-Phazes (Kimbra, Eminem) behind the decks, helping sculpt a new sound around Plum’s warm colloquial purr. Her upcoming three-date run will see her playing with a full band onstage.
Friday 4th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Tickets: www.newtownsocialclub.com | 1300 724 867
Saurday 5th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Tickets:www.northcotesocialclub.com | 1300 724 867
Thursday 10th July – The Old Musuem, Brisbane QLD
Fractures Announces Debut EP, Tour Dates
The lush, haunting tunes of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Mark Zito, better known as Fractures has already cast quite the spell on the Australian music world and now he’s locked in the date for the release of his anticipated self-titled debut EP. Led by new lead single ‘Won’t Win’ (listen below), Fractures is out on 4th July via Create/Control just ahead of Fractures bringing their dark, alluring production and sumptuous vocals to Splendour In The Grass. Following the festival slot, Fractures will play two headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney to launch his new 7-track release. Don’t miss out.
Jen Cloher Announces Only 2014 Tour Dates, New Track
After delivering one of the best local releases of 2013, In Blood Memory, Jen Cloher has announced her only headline shows for 2014 along with the release of a brand track, a cover of The Loved Ones’ ‘Sad Dark Eyes’ with engineer Burke Reid (The Drones, The Mess Hall). Following a year that saw her playing 40 live dates as part of Dyson, Stringer, & Cloher, earning an AMP nomination, and bringing her I Manage My Music workshop series across the country, Cloher’s one-off 2014 tour will feature two full-band dates and two rare solo shows.
Friday 18th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Saturday 19th July – Shebeen, Melbourne
Sunday 20th July – Wheatsheaf, Adelaide (solo)
Friday 25th July – Skukum Lounge / Junk Bar, Brisbane (solo)
Tickets and info at www.jencloher.com
Tin Sparrow Single Launch Dates
Sydney’s Tin Sparrow have returned after a writing sabbatical and a lineup re-shuffle with a brand new single ‘Echoes In The Dark’ (listen below), taken from their forthcoming third EP, Shoelace Ring, produced in a farmhouse in regional Victoria with Dann Hume (Evermore). Self-described as sounding like “Arcade Fire circa The Suburbs“, Tin Sparrow’s new material mixes straight ahead rhythms against frontman Matt Amery’s vocal prowess to deliver some very listenable guitar rock. The band play three dates, beginning this weekend, to launch their new single this coming June.
Saturday 14th June – Rad, Wollongong NSW
Tickets from www.thelittleboxoffice.com
Friday 20th June – FBi Social, Sydney NSW
Tickets from www.fatsoma.com
Sautrday 21st June, Grace Darling, Melbourne VIC
Tickets from www.stickyticket.com.au