International

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.


Kanye West (USA)

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Kanye West brought Yeezus to Melbourne, along with a pop-up store, a selfie-obsessed wife and a full house at Rod Laver Arena. The man is the world’s biggest shadow puppet fan. 


Queen (UK) & Adam Lambert (USA)

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It had been almost 30 years since Queen last toured Australia. Freddie‘s gone, and John‘s having none of it so Brian May and Roger Taylor brought the current incarnation – with front man Adam Lambert – to Rod Laver Arena


Courtney Love (USA)

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Courtney Love made her first Australian appearances in over 15 years with a national tour, hitting Melbourne on the 16th August. 


Kasabian (UK)

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After seemingly visiting Australia every handful of months a few years back, Leicester’s Kasabian had Festival Hall bouncing and thrusting through their 90 minute set.


Twenty One Pilots (USA)

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Twenty One Pilots might just be what you’d get if you bred the Black Keys with the Bloody Beetroots. Or something. Either way, their first headline tour to Australia kicked off with one hell of a show at 170 Russell. 


Interpol (USA)

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New York’s Interpol made a long awaited return to Australia, playing in the tiny surrounds of Byron Bay’s Northern Hotel ahead of their set at Splendour in the Grass.


Future Islands (USA)

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With a frontman as wild as Samuel T. Hering, punters didn’t need too much convincing to get along early to The Northern in Byron Bay for Future Islands’ pre-party set.  


Lorde (NZ)

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NZ’s Lorde made her return to Melbourne after postponing her earlier shows in the year due to illness. With a more confident stage presence, developed after performing at seemingly every awards ceremony in the world in the past 18 months, she didn’t disappoint. 


Bastille (UK)

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The English lads with the French name found themselves in a far bigger room than their last trip, but the story was the same – it was full. 


Liars (USA)

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In Australia as part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival, LA’s Liars made their way south for a show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel.


Arctic Monkeys (UK)

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The kids have grown up. Back in 2006 it was the Palace. Future tours saw Festival Hall, then the Palais, the new Palace, and finally Festival Hall again. This time though, it was Rod Laver Arena that played host to 10,000 crazy Melburnians going nuts for Alex Turner and Co.


Temples (UK)

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With Noel Gallagher and the NME to thank in almost equal measures, 60 psychadelic throwbacks showed that there’s substance behind the hype, delivering a great show at The Corner as part of their first Australian tour.


John Newman (UK)

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The mighty pulling power of the TV Week Logie Awards saw English soul crossover John Newman close out the penultimate month of the ill-fated Palace Theatre,  condemned to become yet another apartment/hotel complex. Whilst possibly more suited to the slightly smaller Forum Theatre, Newman busted out the dance moves and tunes that all had come to [...]


Ed Sheeran (UK)

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Blocking the doorways of the Hofbräuhaus and Flower Drum, a mixture of prize winners, those wagging school and Richard Wilkins clogged up the Market Lane footpaths outside Ding Dong Lounge. Their quest? Get in and see a very short and very secret set by Taylor Swift‘s favourite ginger, Ed Sheeran. 


Glass Animals (UK)

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Is it the 2nd coming of Alt-J? The hype surrounding UK 4 piece Glass Animals is growing, and their first show in Melbourne hit all the right buttons.


Neil Finn (NZ)

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With a new album in tow, NZ songwriting legend Neil Finn gave fans a dose of the new, but was careful to sprinkle some well known Crowded House classics around Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Wednesday night.


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (USA)

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Not even 12 months since his last tour, Bruce was back to do it all again. And this time he brought Stevie van Zandt with him, and was joined for the opening two songs by some bloke from Pearl Jam…


The National (USA)

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It was a case of ‘All Aboard’ for the good ship National as Matt Berninger led 10,000 fans through over 2 hours of perfection in the well chosen Myer Music Bowl. 


Savages (UK)

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Fighting their way through more smoke than a Snoop Dogg Christmas party, Savages gave Melbourne their own show ahead of a series of Laneway Festival dates.


Arcade Fire (Canada)

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Finally returning to Australia after their last visit in 2008, Arcade Fire might just have given us the gig of 2014, only 22 days into the year.


The Hives (Sweden)

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The Hives yet again found themselves back on our shores, and again, blew the roof off another venue. This time, the recently even-if-not-so-imaginatively renamed 170 Russell. If you ever need a band to put at the top of a ‘I really must see them live’ list… look no further…


Johnny Marr (UK)

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Mancunian legend and Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr stopped by Melbourne on his way home from the Falls Festival to deliver the first of two standalone shows.