International

Iron Maiden (UK)

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Flight 666 landed into Melbourne through cloudy skies. Taking to a stage of which Spinal Tap would be proud, Iron Maiden tore up and spat out the full house at Rod Laver Arena.


Madonna (USA)

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After a show of a very different kind at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Thursday, Madonna took to the stage for the first of 2 nights in Melbourne for her Rebel Heart tour. 23 years is a long time between shows…


The 1975 (UK)

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Manchester. It’s given the world plenty of music over the years, but has any band from that famous town in the North of England managed to extract such screaming from its growing horde of fans? Loud!


The Flaming Lips (USA)

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Those present at the Palais last night in St Kilda awoke the morning, still picking bits of glitter and confetti out of places they didn’t even know existed. Wayne Coyne was in town with The Flaming Lips. Enough said. It was the New Year party everyone should have had.


Taylor Swift (USA)

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Bigger than last time. Probably even better than last time. The biggest star in the world in 2015 brought 1989 to Melbourne to close out the tour. Her first night of 3 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park probably couldn’t have gone any better.


Father John Misty (USA)

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Father John Misty brought his unique mix of hairiness and Jarvis Cocker swagger to the Forum for a night of music, Q&A and post modernist microphone stands. Indeed.


U2 (Ireland)

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When travelling halfway across the world, why not mix business with pleasure and check out something rarely seen on Australian shores – U2 indoors. No bouncy sound, no disappointed folk in terrible seats, just a huge band mixing the old and new seamlessly in one of the smallest settings they’ve played to a paying crowd [...]


Robbie Williams (UK)

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If young Robbie Williams could just muster up a bit of confidence, he could be quite the stage performer one day…


Blur (UK), Jamie T (UK)

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After 18 long years, British legends Blur finally made it back to Australian shores. And it was worth every second of the agonising wait.


Spandau Ballet (UK)

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80s icons Spandau Ballet turned Rod Laver Arena into a quite brilliant time machine. With court cases behind them, and with a bit more on stage chemistry than their previous tours to our shores, fans were treated  to a raft of hits and a couple of new tunes. 


The Script (Ireland)

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Irish crowd pleasers The Script hit our shores again for an even bigger arena show than they’d brought before. Entering the venue in a sea of green neon, it was St Patrick’s Day for the 10,000 predominantly females at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.


Rod Stewart (UK)

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The legendary Scotsman Rod Stewart made his return to Australia, delivering all the hits in his first of two shows at a sold out Rod Laver Arena.


Foo Fighters (USA)

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In amongst the nationwide madness of Soundwave, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters worked their way around the country, pumping out their Triple-M adored riffs and screams for thousands of predominantly male fans at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. 


Rise Against (USA)

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Opening up for a band as big as the Foo Fighters can never be easy, but for Chicago’s Rise Against they seemed very much at home in front of the half full Etihad Stadium. Flying kicks, wails and even some of Steel Panther’s own strutting crossovers made this a perfect support choice to pass the time whilst waiting for [...]


Incubus (USA), Antemasque, Butcherettes

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Incubus headed up a midweek triple header Sidewave with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s latest venture Antemasque and Mexico’s Butcherettes. The Forum played host perfectly.


The Wombats (UK)

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No more than 200 people crammed the tiny band room at Shebeen for The Wombats‘ triumphant return to Australia. Tough ticket this one – all free, and all gone in seconds – meant this was a crowd, venue and band all very much up for it on a Tuesday night. Superb.


Spoon (USA), Deep Sea Arcade

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Future Islands (USA)

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Whilst only 6 months since they last hit our shores, when you’re in this sort of form you’re welcome back again tomorrow. Samuel T. Herring brought Future Islands to the Hi-Fi’s  Laneway Festival afterparty and treated the full house to an incredible mix of old gems, B-sides, current hits, and extreme pilates.


Little Dragon (Sweden)

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In town for the Laneway Festival Sweden’s Little Dragon played their 2nd Melbourne show in as many nights at 170 Russell.


Damon Albarn (UK)

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With Sydney in lockdown on the 15th December, due to some nutjob in a chocolate shop, British music legend Damon Albarn, and band The Heavy Seas were faced with a dilemma: cancel the show on the 15th altogether, reschedule, or just play 2 shows back to back at one of the world’s most iconic venues, the Sydney Opera [...]


Damon Albarn (UK)

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In a year that started with his band Blur pulling out of the Big Day Out festival, 2014 ended with an incredible show from the frontman himself. Damon Albarn and touring band The Heavy Seas delivered one of the gigs of the year in front of an adoring Palais Theatre crowd.


Jason Mraz (USA)

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Jason Mraz and Raining Jane played to a sold out Palais Theatre in St Kilda, delivering a new twist on his extensive back catalogue.


Elbow (UK)

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Loveable Mancunians Elbow made their first trip back to Australia in a couple of years to play the sold out Forum Theatre.


Alt-J (UK)

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Alt-J were the hottest ticket in town as they hit The Forum as part of a short 2 show Australian promo tour. Supported ably by Grace.