Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Something for Kate

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Celebrating 20 years in the industry, Something For Kate played the first of their 3 night birthday party at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre.


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.


Things of Stone and Wood

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Melbourne’s own Things of Stone and Wood returned to the stage for the first of 3 sold out shows at the Northcote Social Club and kept the place pumping until 1am on Saturday night. 


Gentle Persuasion

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“Like a high school reunion but with people you like” seemed an appropriate description for the crowd who assembled to give Gentle Persuasion a huge welcome back to the stage after a 20 year absence in their support slot for Things of Stone and Wood at the Northcote Social Club. 


St Vincent (USA)

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Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, played the first of her run of 3 consecutive nights at Brunswick’s brilliant chosen venue, Howler. 


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.


Deep Sea Arcade

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Opening up for Temples, Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade kick off proceedings bathed in light and saw to it that the Corner Hotel was itself bathed in their brand of swirling psychadelic pop. 


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. 


HTRK

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The surviving members of HTRK, Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, took to the Hi Fi to launch their latest offering, Psychic 9-5 Club.


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.


Illy

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Melbourne rapper Illy kicked off his National Cinematic tour in his home town of Melbourne. Friday saw the first of a two night stint at The Hi-Fi, and the local boy didn’t disappoint.


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.


Big Day Out 2014

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Whilst the crowd numbers were down on previous years, the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out  in 2014 still had something for everyone.


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…


Jagwar Ma

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Coming off a huge 2013, Sydney 3 piece Jagwar Ma showed no signs of slowing down with a stellar performance at Melbourne’s Hi Fi.


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.