Posts Tagged ‘2013’

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.

Jack Johnson (USA)

Taking to the stage in a pair of thongs, Jack Johnson did a fine job of converting the sterile conference centre turned live music venue, The Plenary, into his lounge room.

Taylor Swift (USA)

Taylor Swift brought the bright and bold RED tour to close out 2013 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and showed why she hits pretty much every music demographic available in a spectacular stadium show.

Guy Sebastian

As one of the few reality show contestants to actually push on and forge a career beyond a first single, Guy Sebastian showed why when opening for Taylor Swift at Etihad Stadium. A polished, high energy set that delivered to those who entered the venue  rather than queueing for merchandise. 

Steel Panther (USA)

Crass, sexist, offensive and bitchin’. Steel Panther delivered brilliantly on every promise as part of their Spreading The Disease or STD tour. Expect nothing less, and accept no imitations. 

Fozzy (USA)

Ex-wrestler Chris Jericho brought his metal crew Fozzy back to Australia for the 2nd time in 2013, and despite a very ordinary sound mix got the job done with an entertaining set ahead of Steel Panther.

Buckcherry (USA)

Sounding more like a Mötley Crüe coverband than one here to deliver originals, Buckcherry never really hit their stride whilst opening for Steel Panther

Muse (UK)

Muse put on one hell of a show for their first night in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena. 

Birds of Tokyo

For those who managed to defeat the Melbourne traffic, Perth lads Birds of Tokyo opened up proceedings for Muse at Rod Laver Arena. 

Bon Jovi (USA)

Bon Jovi launched their Australian tour to the media at Crown Casino ahead of their first show at Etihad Stadium

Jeremy Woolhouse’s Silverbeat feat. Jacqueline Gawler

Led by Melbourne composer Jeremy Woolhouse, and featuring the expert musicianship of Lachlan Davidson (Clarinet/Saxophone), George Andrews (Drums) and Frank DiSario (Bass), Silverbeat deliver an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz in the intimate surrounds of Dizzy’s Jazz Club. Joining Silverbeat on stage throughout the night is vocalist Jacq Gawler, whose melodic voice and quirky lyrics provide a […]

Among The Living (The Australian Anthrax Show)

Capping off a night of tribute metal at the Espy, Australia’s own Anthrax tribute show Among The Living tore up the stage in front of a dedicated crowd.

Damage Inc (Metallica Tribute)

Sydney based Metallica tribute Damage Inc made the trek down on the train to play the Espy’s famous Gershwin Room. 

2013 The Age Victorian Music Awards

Melbourne soul icon Renee Geyer was inducted into the Victorian Music Hall of Fame at the 2103 Age Victorian Music Awards. 

Franz Ferdinand (UK)

Though armed with a new album, it was the cuts from the first couple of albums that really stole the show for the quite brilliant Franz Ferdinand at the Forum Theatre

Lorde (NZ)

Melbourne fans had their first of two chances to catch US Billboard chart topping sensation Lorde at the Corner, ahead of the inevitable “Lorde Backlash” that we can probably expect in a few months. 

The Polyphonic Spree (USA)

Tim de Laughter brought 14 of his closest friends out to Melbourne for 3 exclusive nights at the Melbourne Festival. In a makeshift venue, the crowded stage provided mayhem and majesty in equal measure. It’s a slow burn, the crowd seemingly not up for the involvement required at a Polyphonic Spree gig at first, but […]

Imagine Dragons (USA)

The trip from Las Vegas may have been a long one, but for their first show ever on Australian soil, Imagine Dragons delivered a set which – on the whole – left an adoring crowd feeling lucky.

Cosmo Jarvis (UK)

Back on our shores for the 3rd time in as many years, the man-of-many-talents-but-often-troubled-by-guitar-tuning lad from Plymouth gave the Northcote Social Club crowd plenty, with new and old stuff lapped up in equal measure.

The Cult (UK)

After a series of breakups, hiatuses (hiatii?) and lawsuits, Bradford 4 piece The Cult soaked up the adoration of a Melbourne crowd at the, very fitting, Festival Hall.

One Direction (UK)

Simon Cowell’s cash cow opened up their 8 show Australian tour in front of 10,265 girls and 7 boys on Wednesday night. Judging from the squeals, it was an emphatic success, and one of the few times earplugs are needed not for the sound in front, but behind.

Foals (UK)

First 3 songs became the last 3 songs tonight, and for Oxford’s 2nd most famous band it was a spectacular way to finish their first night in Melbourne.

Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra (USA)

Part rock gig, part cabaret, part Jim Rose Circus, Amanda Palmer returned to Melbourne again to perform, well, anything and everything really. 

Cloud Control

One of the hardest working bands in the country deliver a set befitting the brilliant Forum Theatre. Sounding more polished with every gig, and armed with their own take on the ‘difficult 2nd album’, the 4 Sydneysiders hit the mark.