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Review Falls Festival Marion Bay 2014

IMG_5063Falls 2014 saw the Aussie playlist crew leave the modern surrounds of Sydney for the rolling hills, boundless forests and plentiful bays of Tasmania as we hit the Marion Bay for the first time. After a couple days of driving and ferrying we arrived fully aware of the constraints of our small bladders, but alas had arrived in the beautiful Marion Bay down the South East of Tasmania.

Day 1 kicked off later in the ‘avo with a host of DJ sets followed by Client Liaison. Those guys can do two things really well. Firstly, they can really put on a show and secondly, they can pull off a pastel coloured sports jacket like nobodies business. It was a great way to kick off my festival and make me regret cutting the mullet off. They were followed up by DJ Woody who unexpectedly turned out to be one of my highlights of he whole three days. He mixed 40 years of hip hop into 90 minutes dropping classics from Kool and the Gang, Kurtis Blow with modern Kanye in a set that had the whole crowd pulsing.  Salt and pepper came out and dropped their classics ‘Push It’ and ‘Shoop’ but were certainty showing some signs of age. Alison wonderland closed the night with an epic set as always.mixing in her own popular tunes ‘I Want You’ and ‘Lies’ with a host of other crowd favourites.

Day 2 bought  the on and off again rain which was literally the only dampener as the bands on show didn’t figuratively dampen anything. It was a huge day for the purveyors of local tunes with Kim Churchill, Safia, Vance Joy, The Rubens, and Spiderbait gracing the stage. I really enjoyed The Rubens set, they were tight and played a couple of new songs that are due out later in 2015 and did enough to have me excited for their next album drop. Vance Joy was flawless again, and Safia really fired up the afternoon crowd with their funky electro sounds.  


The real highlight for Day 2 was watching a thumping but nostalgic end to one of Sydney’s premier bands, Bluejuice. The guys had a set that spanned the years with ‘Vitriol’, ‘Broken Leg’, ‘Act Yr Age’ and newie ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ given a thorough workout in a fun set that will always have finished too soon.

The Temper Trap put on an awesome shows being one of the first big bands to play, they had the lights and the sounds to satisfy any fan. ‘Fader’, ‘Sweet Disposition’ and other breakthrough tracks were interposed with second album tunes and a couple of soon to be released tasters in an electrifying set that definitely had everyone pumped and ready to go for Alt J. The English musicians aren’t so much into the show, but by god they are good instrumentalists, and nothing is better than feeling the body jarring bass of ‘Fitzpleasure’ live. 
The Presets have never been my favourite live band, but falls 2014 saw them mix things up, and actually be towards the shade of awesome. I’m sure the beer and copious amounts of dumpling wraps (probably the most amazing culinary discovery) I was consuming was helping. Todd Terje was the final act of the night and one that I was super stoked for, with his release it’s album time bein one of my favourite records of 2014. Pinging or not, people were breaking it down, whipping out the moves and having a ball.

New Years eve opened with Jim Lawrie, who is apparently no longer Grizzly, but does still play ‘Midnight Run’. Next was one of the few genuine clashes of the festival with the Kite String Tangle and Tkay Maidza facing off. I split myself between the two and was pleasantly suprised by the youthfulness and charm of the young South Australian, who was simply awesome. ‘Brontosaurus’ went off, and ‘Switch Lanes’ were particularly epic. 

Asgeir put on a sound show, with ‘King and Cross’ going off. DMAs were one of my favourites of the entire festival. Their set highlighted why they have had such a meteoric rise with each track being something of sonic brilliance. They played their EP in full and finished with the crowd harmonising to ‘Delete’.

Festival favourites Sticky Fingers played a bouncy show with plenty of singalongs, before a 60 minute rave kicked off to Jagwar Ma who excelled in their set. Cloud Control were elegantly polite in their set, which included ‘Gold Canary’ a throwback to ‘Buffalo Country’ and their big hit ‘Scar’.

La Roux was a band I hadn’t seen before and would hihgly recommend getting along to any side shows they do. Having not listened to La Roux for nigh on 4 years, the fact I could still recall all the lyrics to ‘Bulletproof’, ‘In for the Kill’, as well as ‘Uptight Downtown’ highlighted their ability for making catchy electro pop.

Empire of The Sun were the final band of 2014 playing a set that showed their capacity for entertainment as much as the quality of their music. Midnight came and they did the countdown for 2015. However, they then just walked off stage, with no last song to welcome in 2015. Luckily SBTRKT picked up the slack and bought 2015 with a bang.

Shukas 2015

Sticky Fingers, The Vanns, Lyall Moloney Gig Review – Unibar 29th, September


As the crowd stumbled into the Unibar, Lyall Moloney mixed elements of folk, hip hop, reggae and blues rock, and came up with a unique sound and a solid set. Bootleg Rascal must have liked Moloney’s set because they asked him for a little help on a few tracks. The track Sharks was a boppy beachy bundle of fun and Psychotica got a great crowd reaction. Bootleg Rascals laid back guitars and seamless dub influence ensured crowd energy stayed on the way up.

It was good to see local boys The Vanns getting to play to such an excited and sizeable crowd, and even nicer to see them absolutely kill it. James Vann’s husky vocals on Don’t hold me back combine nicely with tight basslines, bouncy guitars and tropical beats. Blender was the song of the set.

Sticky Fingers took the stage at around 10.30, dressed as sharply as you would expect five boys from Newtown to be. Their punk rock spirit and cock rock attitude is ever present, though the boys add a sense of maturity through Dylan Frost’s husky vocals and clever lyrics. The dub beats and semi psychedelic guitars coincide with the bands overall energy. These Days provided a nice softer moment, Australia Street was a nostalgic dance along track and closer Caress Your Soul was huge. Overall it was a great bill of acts whose sounds complimented each other nicely, great times.

Listen Out Festival – Sydney Review


This Saturday we were lucky enough to head over to Centennial Park for Listen Out, the new dance music festival that is Fuzzy Entertainment’s replacement of the now-scrapped Parklife festival. The festival’s tagline of “Party. Redefined.”  was well reflected by the headliners of Disclosure and Azealia Banks, along with countless dance acts, both Aussie and from abroad.

We arrived just in time for Aussie electronic artist Hayden James, who started the day off with some heavy beats from his recently released five-track EP Permission to Love. Following Hayden James was Sydney-based trio RüFüS, whose debut album Atlas debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart on August 18th. Despite only having formed in 2010, this indie dance band has skyrocketed in popularity and managed to draw one of the largest crowds out of the early acts at Listen Out. Fans were well rewarded by their foot stomping set which ended on a fantastic, extended, upbeat version of their popular single ‘desert night’.

Next up was Touch Sensitive, who you may know as any of Arithmatix, a multi-instrumentalist band member of Van She, or by his actual name Michael Di Francesco. He delivered a synth-tastic set complete with hip shaking, a remix of Hayden James’ ‘Permission to Love’ and his current hit single ‘Pizza Guy’. Minutes afterwards, British duo AlunaGeorge hit the stage to keep the party going, with Aluna Francis capturing the attention of every man and woman alike with her alluring dance routine and awe-inspiring vocals.

Not so well received was headliner Azealia Banks from Harlem, New York. Ten minutes into her set she berated a crowd member for throwing a can onto the stage. A few songs later a not-so-impressed crowd member threw another can onto the stage during Azealia’s rendition of ‘Harlem Shake’, sending her storming off the stage in a fit of rage. The crowd booed and many crowd members were heard saying something along the lines of “she didn’t even do her main song!” Lucky for the few who were holding out for ‘212’, she came back on stage briefly to perform the debut single and then promptly left again. In stark contrast, UK house superstars Disclosure drew the largest crowd for the day and kept the crowd very pleased. Opening on huge dance numbers ‘F for you’ and ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’, Disclosure had their fans dancing from the get go and never slowed down from there.

Overall, listen out was a solid day of dancing, great music and good times. Look out for it to become an annual shindig.

Vydamo – ‘Gonna Make It’ Tour


Vydamo headed up by Art vs Science‘s Jim Finn are hitting the road with their ‘Gonna Make It’ Tour after the scorching popularity of their song with the same name. Be sure not to miss Vydamo’s first official tour, especially considering Jim is heading back to spend time with Art Vs Science as they approach a new album.

Tour Dates

Fri 19th April - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Sat 20th April - The Toff, Melbourne

Sat 27th April - Alhambra, Brisbane

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Elisabeth Rose – ‘Give In’ Tour

Elisabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose is hitting the road as part of her ‘Give In’ tour this March. Hitting the East Coast with a host of yet unnamed special guests (denoted by *)  and for the Sydney show Triple J Unearthed winners, the highly touted Olympic Ayres and rising act Polographia.

Show Dates







Under 18s Live It Up Music Festival Announces Line-Up


Being big supporters of U18s music in Australia we are so excited to announce the line-up for Brisbane’s first major U18′s music festival ‘Live It Up’.

Being staged at the RNA Showgrounds on April 13th the first announcement of the line-up features something for everyone with The Amity Affliction, Pez, The Getaway Plan, Chance Waters, Pigeon and MESSRS all playing.

Local promoter and Live It Up founder Zanda Strofield echoed our views describing Live It Up Festival as “for young people who want to hear some of Australia’s most exciting young acts in a cool environment where they can hang out with their friends and it’s all about the music.”

With U18s in mind, tickets are also on the cheaper side, compared to most festivals, being just $37 per person for the earlybird offers (More info here). So check out the website and keep your eyes posted for more details and second line-up announcements.


The Amity Affliction


The Getaway Plan

Chance Waters



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