Live Music

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.


Smith Street Band, Pup, Great Cynics

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  One of Australia’s hardest working bands, The Smith St Band, said their Melbourne farewells as they head off overseas: First, Tasmania, then the world. It’s been a massive couple of years for the local lads.


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.


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. 


The Amity Affliction

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A massive 5 band lineup turned the Festival Hall PA up to 11 and stripped what paint is left on the walls of the West Melbourne venue. Led by The Amity Affliction, if you came for ballads you were at the wrong gig. 


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. 


The Mercy Kills

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The Mercy Kills opened up proceedings at Festival Hall in Melbourne ahead of Courtney Love‘s headline set. 


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. 


Splendour in the Grass 2014

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  Blue skies, green grass and not a drop of mud. 2014 was already shaping up as a very different incarnation of Splendour to the 2 years prior.


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.  


Tkay Maidza

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Adelaide up and comer Tkay Maidza kicked off proceedings at the Splendour in the Grass pre-party in front of a few hundred at Byron Bay’s Northern.