Keen to lock some live music dates into your diary? There are a bunch of international acts hitting Australian shores, plus a few local heroes promoting new releases over the coming months, but you’d better snap up tickets before they pass you by. Oh, and skip to the end for details on this year’s Splendour In The Grass, featuring Blur, Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Azaelia Banks, Purity Ring…it’s gonna be a good ‘un!
All bow down to the goddess that is Stevie Knicks (she’s the lead singer, for those who didn’t know/those who are too cool to admit that they did) because Fleetwood Mac are touring! Having already sold out two nights, their third date at Rod Laver is your chance to see some real live rock legends bust out some classic anthems in a 15,000-strong crowd that’ll be singing their hearts out. See you in the front row, Listers!
Monday 2nd, Wednesday 4th, Friday 6th November, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne CBD, $101.85 pp
British pop songstress Paloma Faith has a colossal voice, a passion for theatrics and a no.1 single under her belt, so this show is going to be a cracker on all fronts. Her most recent album, A Perfect Contradiction, features the hit ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ and includes Pharrell in the production liner notes, which is only made more impressive by the fact that she is a genuinely lovely person. How do I know this? I once drunkenly accosted her at an indoor disco ice-skating event (don’t ask…), screaming “I loooove you, Paloomaaaaa,” right in her face, and she gave me a great big hug. Thanks, P-Faith.
5th May, The Palais Theatre, St Kilda, $99.90 pp
Alt-J supported by Ásgeir
There are only a few seats left for this awesome double whammy of a show, so you’d better be quick! Icelandic folk hero Ásgeir supports British indie superstars alt-J at what promises to be one of the best gigs in Melbourne venue the Rod Laver Arena this season.
Sunday 10th May, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne CBD, from 86.35 pp
The hot ticket to impress your indie-loving mates, American singer-songwriter Bill Callahan is a notable talent when it comes to heartfelt stripped-back songwriting that will have you mulling over its melodies for days. Not only has he been lauded by critics as one of the best songwriters of recent years, but our own Nick Cave is a fan too. Catch Bill Callahan’s signature deadpan lyrics and delivery at Hamer Hall this May.
Tuesday 26th May, Hamer Hall, Southbank, from $75 pp
Oscar Key Sung
Local electro-R&B hero Oscar Key Sung is being tipped for big things, so this is your chance to catch him in the intimate back room of Brunswick venue Howler before he hits the big-time. His Altruism EP launch on Saturday 13th June is one of the best gigs in Melbourne that month for soulful slow-jams— get there early to soak up the atmosphere, have a few drinks and generally prepare yourself for a night to remember.
Saturday 13th June, Howler, Brunswick, $15 pp
Hot Dub Time Machine
If you like to let loose and dance til dawn, Hot Dub Time Machine are the group for you. The concept is simple: Every gig starts with music from the year 1954 and, thanks to the skills of DJ Tom Loud, the dancefloor is then transported through the next SIXTY YEARS of pop music. Basically the best megamix on earth. Ever.
Friday 5th June, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne CBD, $50.50 pp
When we first heard the phrase ‘rapper from Adelaide,’ you can be sure we snorted into our flat whites. But after hearing the first hook from Australian hip-hop newcomer Allday, we were hooked. Having sold out his last tour in 48 hours (!), tickets for this one in June are selling fast, so get yours asap.
Sunday 7th June, 180 Russell, Melbourne CBD, $30 pp
Splendour in the Grass 2015
The line up for this year’s Splendour is, quite frankly, intimidating. Blur, Mark Ronson and Florence and the Machine are all headlining, with Death Cab For Cutie, Azaelia Banks, Purity Ring, Boy & Bear, Jamie T and Tame Impala all booked for slots at the three-day event. Sure, it’s in New South Wales, but with all of your favourite acts in one place, it’ll definitely be worth the trip. Tickets are on sale tomorrow morning, so have your credit card at the ready!
Friday 24th July—Sunday 26th July, North Byron Parklands NSW, from $155 pp per day
Tickets on sale Thursday 23rd April, book here
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