Mar 22 2017

Oz Music Legend Mark Seymour Unveils New Album & National Tour Dates

Celebrated Aussie musician Mark Seymour has compiled a new retrospective full-length album celebrating 30 years of songwriting ahead of embarking on a six-date national tour from late June.

Roll Back The Stone 1985-2016 collects Seymour's best-known and best-loved works — yes, including Hunters & Collectors favourites such as Throw Your Arms Around MeWhen The River Runs Dry and the evergreen Holy Grail — re-recorded and reimagined with his current backing band, The Undertow.

The album was laid down over three nights in the Scrap Museum, at Richmond's Bakehouse Studios, and draws on the complementary talents of instrumentalists Cameron McKenzie (guitars), Peter Maslen (drums) and John Favaro (bass) to imbue Seymour's songs, no matter their physical age, with a renewed sense of purpose and immediacy.

As its name suggests, the 24-track release spans from 1985 to most recent album Mayday, painting a thorough picture of a life lived through song over the past three decades. The album will be released on Friday 24 March via Liberation Music, and pre-orders are available now.

The band hit the road soon after, starting off with an all-ages outing at Hobart's Theatre Royal on Saturday 24 June, before heading to Brisbane (18+), Melbourne (all ages), Adelaide (18+, though under-18s can be accompanied by a guardian), Sydney (18+) and Perth (same deal as Adelaide), where Seymour and his band finish up on Saturday 26 August, at the Astor Theatre.

Frontier Members get first run at tickets, with a pre-sale running from 2pm AEDT on Tuesday 21 March through till the same time on Wednesday 22 March, or until the allocation runs out.

General-public tickets will go on sale the same day as the album — Friday 24 March — from 10am local time.

Mar 22 2017

Alison Moyet Returns to Australia

Veteran British pop singer-songwriter Alison Moyet has announced an upcoming tour of the antipodes in October this year, making the journey in the wake of her impending ninth studio album, Other.

The studio release is due to land on Friday 16 June via Cooking Vinyl and tackles a diversity of topics across its 10-song track list, explored through the distinguished, thoughtful lens of Moyet's broad experiences.

"For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition," she explained of the writing process for the album. "Observation in most cases replaces emotion. The invisibility of middle-aged woman rather thrills me and instead I watch.

"Subject matter covers what you might expect from a pop album: dyslexia, locked-out syndrome, diversity, Persephone, doggedness and the internet," she continued. "Always asked what a song is about, I attempted to cooperate, but in truth though the lyrics incorporated my best attempt to describe what I see and of the meaning that is mine. I want, who chooses to, to find their own landscape, or indeed none. Some of us have always felt 'Other'. I no longer wish it were otherwise."

Pre-orders are available now.

Just a few months later, Moyet — who first grabbed widespread attention as one-half of 1980s synth-pop duo Yazoo before going on to pursue a fruitful career as a solo artist — will make the trip to Australia (and New Zealand) for her local run of shows, getting under way at Perth's Riverside Theatre on Wednesday 4 October and hitting Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane before heading across the ditch.

Telstra customers will get first run at tickets through a 48-hour Telstra Thanks exclusive pre-sale, running from 9am this Wednesday, 22 March until the same time Friday or until the allocation is exhausted.

General-public tickets will go on sale from 10am this Friday, 24 March.

Mar 15 2017

Elton John Adds Yet Another Date To Upcoming Aussie Tour

Due to tickets selling out in a matter of minutes yesterday, Sir Elton John has announced he will play a second show in Hobart during his Once In A Lifetime tour this September. 

The music legend will take to the stage twice at Derwent Entertainment Centre, with the second gig locked in for Thursday, 28 September. 

Revered Aussie promoter, Michael Chugg, said of the news, "I trusted in Tassie, I knew they'd bring it home.

"The turnout for tickets on Elton's first show was fantastic, and I'm trusting it will be just as strong for this second one. But it's really Elton we have to thank for agreeing to go again."

Tasmania wasn't the only city that sold well either, as more than 50,000 tickets for John's shows in Mackay, Cairns and Wollongong were snapped up yesterday. 

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