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Thursday 23rd May - Sunday 2nd June @ Various Venues
The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back to celebrate its 10th year of supporting our most exciting emerging writers. From the Writers’ Conference at the Melbourne Town Hall to the first ever Writers’ Retreat at Abbotsford Convent, this year’s festival features an expanded program catering for writers of all inclinations, from bloggers to beat poets, with over 50 events across 11 days.
Tickets and more info at emergingwritersfestival.org.au
Wednesday 29th May @ Toff in Town, Melbourne
This year, the Emerging Writers’ Festival goes electric, goes live and goes loud!
Turn The Words Up Loud is a dynamic panel discussion with live performance, exploring the differences and similarities between writing and music, how they are practiced and how they inform each other. Is there an inherent musicality to writing and what would great songwriting be without its literary qualities?
Featuring poet and songwriter Luke Beesley, 3RRR’s Dave Graney, singer-songwriter Angie Hart, and novelist and musician Alice Melike Ülgezer. Hosted by 3RRR’s Alicia Sometimes.
Wednesday May 29th, at The Toff in Town 7.30pm til late.
Tickets and more info at emergingwritersfestival.org.au
Friday 31st May @ Billboard The Venue, Melbourne
The Reverend Horton Heat returns to Australia with his white hot band to deliver the good word from the bible of high-octane rock 'n' roll.
Masters of country punk laden rockabilly, The Reverend aka Jim Heath has a strong cult following due to his manic showmanship, and a wicked sense of black humour.
Joined by Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass and recently returned tub thumper Scott Churilla, The Reverend delivers verses from the gospel of rock with a fervour unmatched and an intensity that can only be described as religious.
With special guests Mojo Juju and DOUBLEBLACK
Friday 7th June @ The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
“Mutant jazz cat” Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat) is a genre-flouting virtuoso with an extraterrestrial sense of style and a supernatural ability on the bass.
His Flying Lotus-produced solo debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, received overwhelming reviews for its “smooth soul vocal harmonies, lurching electronic hip-hop rhythms, unsettling ambient interludes and intensely psychedelic subliminals" (Mixmag).
Led by the smoky-voiced chanteuse Nai Palm, Melbourne’s own Hiatus Kaiyote – named Breakthrough Artist of 2012 at London’s Worldwide Awards – fuses neo-soul, hip-hop and electronic beats with Latin, dubstep and opera influences.
Tickets on sale now through melbournejazz.com
Saturday 8th June @ Arts Centre Melbourne Hamer Hall, Stalls Foyer
Triple R and Arts Centre Melbourne presents Performance Enhancers, getting inside heads and hearts, to discover what inspires some of Australia's most remarkable musicians.
Due to recording commitments, unfortunately Megan Washington’s Performance Enhancer event has been CANCELLED.
Friday 14th June @ Palace Theatre, Melbourne
The Texan psych rockers return to Melbourne this June armed with their fourth album.
Indigo Meadow is perhaps the best studio representation yet of The Black Angels' swirling & ageless psychedelia.
Tickets now on sale through Ticketmaster
More info at Handsome Tours
Thursday 20th June @ Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda
The Alliance Française, Melbourne’s French language & cultural centre since 1890 is proud to present La Fete de la Musique – the free international music event held each year on the first day of the European Summer.
The celebrations kick off with a collection of rising local stars performing at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda, on Thursday June 20th,
followed by the main Fete de la Musique event on Friday 21st June at the Espy from 7pm.
Join Suzie Stapleton, The Woohoo Revue, Kylie Auldist and DJ Ms Butt and be part of a free live music event.
For further information visit: afmelbourne.com.au
Friday 5th July @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Previously known for their scratchy, duelling guitars and laconic delivery, Dick Diver throw a few curveballs on their second album Calendar Days.
Recorded at a beach house on Phillip Island in winter 2012 and recorded by Mikey Young, Calendar Days displays a beguiling, inquisitive eccentricity that runs throughout, combined with a non-flag-waving but still heartfelt Australian-ness.
Special guests: Twerps and The Stevens
FRIDAY SHOW SOLD OUT! SECOND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED!
Sunday 7 July at the Corner, with special guests Lost Animal and School Of Radiant Living
Sunday 21st July @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
This July, Todd and his amazing band will bring to life 40 years of amazing music for Australian audiences. The band includes keyboard master John Ferenzik (Jefferson Starship, Todd Rundgren), guitarist and former Guitar Player Magazine editor Jesse Gress, drummer Prairie Prince (The New Cars, The Tubes, Jefferson Starship) and Kasim Sultan on bass (Blue Oyster Cult, The New Cars, Utopia).
Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture).
Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album State on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red in May 2013.
Tickets now on sale from the Corner box office
Saturday 10th August @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
In the spirit of random creative adventures, Clare Bowditch is celebrating the release of her new single ‘One Little River’ by heading out on the road, and it’s Winter Secrets time again.
The Winter Secrets tour will again deliver nights of interactive inspiration, all stemming from Clare Bowditch’s belief that everyone is creative. Joined by new wunder-kind Spender, Clare will break down the barrier between artist and audience. The show will reveal a shared collage of intimate performances, inspiring stories, songs, comedy, questions and answers, secrets, random audience participation and even group singing sessions with the talented artists.
The night is also a chance for one really talented musician to join Clare on stage for a cover of ‘One Little River.’ Apply to the Winter Secrets Competition at www.clarebowditch.com/wintersecrets
Tickets on sale now from The Corner box office.
Saturday 21st September @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Brooklyn indie darlings Beach Fossils
will finally make their way to Australia this September,
for their first ever headline show in Melbourne.
Armed with new material, plus highlights from their dreamy back-catalogue which first gained them global attention, Beach Fossils play Corner Hotel on Saturday September 21st.
Tickets are on sale now from handsometours.com
Saturday 26th October @ Westgate Centre and Grandstar Reception Altona
TELEVISION (USA) performing Marquee Moon
BALAM ACAB (USA)
POP CRIMES (THE SONGS OF ROWLAND S. HOWARD) (AUS)
The Breeders performing Last Splash (only Victorian show)
The Jesus Lizard (only Victorian show)
The UV Race
The Spinning Rooms
+ more to be announced
Tickets on sale now through ATPFestival.com