Posts Tagged ‘International Acts’

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.

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. 

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.

St Vincent (USA)

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)

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.

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 […]

Ed Sheeran (UK)

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. 

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.