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Iron Maiden (UK)

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.

Taylor Swift (USA)

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.

Robbie Williams (UK)

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

Splendour in the Grass 2015

Winter in Byron Bay is so much more alluring than Winter in Melbourne. Splendour in the Grass brought the bands, the rain, the mud and most importantly, the Byron Bay Organic Doughnut food stand. 

The Script (Ireland)

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)

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.

Future Music Festival 2015

Festivals in Melbourne. Generally, that means pouring rain or 40+ temperatures. Future Music 2015 though saw the city turn on the perfect day for a lineup that didn’t always hit the mark but ended on a high – even if for some it was a substance assisted one.

Foo Fighters (USA)

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. 

Best Gigs of 2014

With another 12 months flying by, it’s time for a look back at my favourite gigs of 2014. There’s pub gigs, stadium gigs, festival sideshows and even some shameless man love involved. It all adds up to a damn fine year of shows in Australia yet again.

Damon Albarn (UK)

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)

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

Alt-J (UK)

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.

Splendour in the Grass 2014

  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.

Something for Kate

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)

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)

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. 

The End of the Palace Theatre?

Whilst Melbourne’s iconic Palace Theatre has had many an obituary written for it in the past week (amid the news that it’s owners want to demolish it to build a multi storey heartless apartment block), the fight may not yet be over.

Arctic Monkeys (UK)

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.

John Newman (UK)

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 […]

Neil Finn (NZ)

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)

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…

Johnny Marr (UK)

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.

2013 In Pictures

2013 has been and gone. So here seems like a decent place to dump some of my favourite  shots from shows that landed on my doorstep this year. 

Best Gigs of 2013

Last year, it was 5 bad and 5 good. 2013 though has been a damn fine year for live music, so rather than pick out the bad ones… here’s 10 of the good.