Posts Tagged ‘Bands’

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.

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. 

Liars (USA)

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

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

“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. 

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.

Temples (UK)

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

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. 


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)

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.

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…

The National (USA)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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.

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