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Christie Eliezer's Business News

Issue #528 - 17th October 2006


The 900 attendees at last Saturday's Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) gave British comedian John Cleese a standing ovation at the end of night. The event was held at Luna Park in Sydney.

Cleese kicked it off with recollections of how his most iconic of characters, Basil Fawlty, came into being. As is well documented, it was based on a grumpy hotelier at a place where Monty Python had stayed in. When the man's daughter saw three episodes of "Fawlty Towers", she had declared, "That's dad!"

But the man's widow had some years later refuted that in a newspaper interview, claiming her husband was a loving good tempered man. However, Cleese said, the paper was inundated with letters from former guests and staffers who insisted he was exactly how Cleese had portrayed him!

Cleese also urged the radio industry to "take some risks" and not to follow the path of the commercial TV industry, which he described as sterile and repetitive, "and its productions are so costly that executives are terrified of making a mistake." Radio had not become costly, Cleese said. "If you don't innovate, you're dead."

The awards were the finale of the radio sector's annual conference. Attendees saw a preview of the device which will allow listeners to download music from radio and attended seminars which looked at marketing to Generation Y, creative branding, digital radio and the necessary partnership between radio and the Internet.

Cleese did his famous Monty Python dead parrot sketch with the pre-recorded help of the voice of radio king, John Laws.

The lanky Brit also handed out some of the major awards, insisting on reading out the losers' names first, and then the winner. It was, he explained, so they wouldn't be embarrassed like the time at the Emmys when the presenter called out "John..." and Cleese stood up ... only to hear it was "Turro" who won.

He also reminded the Aussies that at overseas functions, the guests are given expensive gift bags as a thank-you for attending. He pulled out a small basket and suggested that winners should start handing over presents. Alas, the only ones to take up on the offer were Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands.

Jackie O then revealed that Sandilands had proposed to girlfriend Tamara Jaber that night, and she had accepted.

Performing on the night were Marcia Hines (who was joined by daughter Deni for "Stomp", both killing themselves with laughter as they tried out some disco steps), Augie March and the band that won the won the NA2R ( New Acts To Radio) competition won the night before, Sydney's Celebrity Drug Disasters.


Sydney pop-groove band Celebrity Drug Disasters was voted the winners of the CRA's NAR2 showcase by 650 members of the radio and music industry. The band had joined the three other finalists -- Melbourne rock singer songwriter Bobby Kidd, Byron Bay based funk merchants Kurtis and singer songwriter Mark Wilkinson.

Celebrity Drug Disasters, who are managed by former Def FX guitarist Sean Lowry, will pick up $100,000 in radio advertising by the major radio networks on the East Coast.

The New Artists To Radio was set up some years ago, and helped break Delta Goodrem, Thirsty Merc and Jade McRae. But in recent years, major labels have cut back on their support. So this year, CRA significantly took the step of using only indie acts. CRA Joan Warner said, "Radio can still has the power to create stars."


Most of the 29 categories cover country, provincial, non-metropolitan and metropolitan. The full list is on These are the music orientated wins:

* Best Newcomer Off-Air: Amanda French 101.9 Sea FM, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Maryborough QLD C; Sunny Sengupta -- Sea FM 90.9, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Gold Coast P; Sean Sowerby, "3AW Sport", 3AW 693, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Melbourne M

* Best Newcomer On Air: Louise Poole -- Gem FM, Super Network, Inverell NSW C -- winner of Macquarie Radio Network Encouragement Award Michael Etheridge -- The Edge 96.1, Australian Radio Network, West Sydney NSW P Ryan Fitzgerald -- Nova 91.9, DMG Radio Australia, Adelaide M

* Best Networked Program: Brendan McIntosh, "The Nitemix Hot 30", Mixx FM, ACE Radio Broadcasters, Hamilton VIC C Age and Renee, "The List with Age and Renee", Sea FM 90.9, Macquarie Regional Radioworks P Kyle and Jackie O, "The Kyle and Jackie O Hour of Power", 2Day FM, Austereo, Sydney M

* Best Syndicated Australian Program: MCM Entertainment, "My Generation, Melbourne.

* Best Promotions Director: Steve White, Sea FM / Mix FM Sunshine Coast, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Sunshine Coast QLD NM Melanie Lindquist, Triple M, Austereo, Brisbane M

* Best Music Director: Jessica Hinchliffe, 1503 2BS Gold / B-Rock FM 99.3, Bathurst Broadcasters, Bathurst NSW C Al Dobie, 102.9 Hot Tomato, Hot Tomato, Gold Coast P Scott Baker-Smith, Fox FM, Austereo, Melbourne M and winner of Best Music Director Scholarship trip,

* Most Popular Station Manager: Vin Dawes, Hot FM / Radiowest, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Narrogin WA C Peter Upton Sea FM / Hot FM, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Rockhampton QLD P Steve Rowe Mix 102.3 / Cruise 1323, Australian Radio Network, Adelaide M

* Best Program Director: Jon Vertigan Coast FM, ACE Radio Broadcasters, Warrnambool, VIC C Jason Matthews -- 92.5 Gold FM / Sea FM 90.9, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Gold Coast QLD P Greg Cary -- 4BC, Southern Cross Broadcasting, Brisbane M Adam Williscroft -- Nova 106.9, DMG Radio Australia, Brisbane M

* Best Music Special: Cheryl Lardner and David Bye, "Retrober", Magic FM, Star Broadcasting, Riverland SA C Erin Miller and Daniel Bozykowski, "3 Decades in 3 Days", Mix 106.3, Austereo / Australian Radio Network, Canberra ACT P Grant Tothill, Sideshow Mike Andersen, Byron Cooke & Mike Fitzpatrick "Live 8", Triple M, Austereo, Sydney M

* Best Music Personality: Matthew O'Reilly -- 101.9 Sea FM, Macquarie Regional Radioworks, Maryborough QLD C Lynne Hayes -- Star 1045, DMG Radio Australia, Erina NSW P Bianca Dye -- Nova 969, DMG Radio Australia, Sydney M

* Best On-Air Team: Grant Johnstone and Carmen Braidwood, "The Grant and Carmen Breakfast Show", Mixx FM, ACE Radio Broadcasters, Colac VIC C Phebe Irwin and Dave Gorr, "The Big Breakfast with Phebe and Dave", Wave 96.5 FM, Grant Broadcasting, Wollongong NSW P The Kyle and Jackie O Show, 2Day FM, Austereo, Sydney M

The Brian White Memorial Award went to Clinton Maynard of 2UE. Veteran sports commentator Frank Hyde, the "voice of rugby league", was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He dominated the ratings at Sydney radio station 2SM for over 30 years.

When Ray Hadley won his award, he "thanked" his ex-boss Tony Bell, GM of Southern Cross Broadcasting, who told him six years ago that he had no future in talkback radio. Hadley left 2UE and went to 2GB and increased his listenership considerably.

CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner, said this year's winners showed the wide appeal of radio, with talk, music, comedy and news being well represented.

"The diversity of the winners - male and female, young and not so young, banter and talkback -- highlights the depth of radio in Australia. We are spoilt for choice and quality. All the awards are highly competitive and there have been some tough battles over the years. But it is their sustained passion and professionalism that make the winners stand out.

"They show us that commercial radio in all its forms can entertain, educate and inform. Radio's immediacy and accessibility has never been more relevant to the Australian community."


From the Age: Metropolis Studios, the legendary Melbourne recording studio in Bank Street has been closed. Its landlord Digital Pictures Melbourne changed the locks three weeks ago, saying it has not been paid rent in 12 months by software, property development and music education company Celtex Ltd which bought 51% into the studio last year. The studio was founded in 1965 by Bill Armstrong and then engineer Ernie Rose. It was where Daddy Cool, John Farnham, Daddy Cool, the Dingoes, LRB, Kylie Minogue etc cut their classics.


The Big Sound music conference is held in Brisbane again for the fifth year, between Oct 18 to 20. It's three days of forums, showcases, networking opportunities and panel sessions with 80 speakers. Topics range from regional and overseas touring, to online marketing and digital distribution. See


After an eminent career in music licensing and music supervision that spanned 20 years, Christine Woodruff has announced her retirement. She worked on a huge array of films ("Babe", "Lantana", "Rabbit Proof Fence", "Japanese Story"), TV ("Brides Of Christ", "Changi", "My Brother Jack") documentaries ("The Music School") and theatre ("Boy From Oz", "Shout!"). Starting out as an English teacher in South Australia, Woodruff's first job was for the Johnny O'Keefe musical "Shout!" for Ben Gannon. She remembers one of the highlights of her career being attending the Broadway premiere of "The Boy From Oz", a project she worked on for eight years. Woodruff tells this column she and her talent manager/publisher husband John will do some travelling in the near future.


Artists and songwriters who want to be listed in the 38th edition of the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory still get in without a late fee by Nov 1. Forms are online at Questions? Call (02) 9557 7766.


For Australian bands wanting to be considered to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in March in Austin Texas, applications close October 27. See Cost: US$30. Successful bands will be notified in early December. Last year, 54 artists were invited from Aust and NZ, with 37 eventually performing.


Nigel Robbins, who ran MTV Australia before moving to Singapore as president of its Asia Pacific operations, has resigned. He quit after MTV laid off 84 staff in Singapore -- almost half its staff there -- as part of a restructure where MTV's offices in Asian countries will take greater roles in TV and digital media business that Singapore used to do. This is part of a worldwide revamp after MTV parent Viacom axed its president Tom Freston on Sept. 5, as MTV faces the challenge of competition from websites. Robbins will stay until the end of the year.


Nova Sydney late night person Paul 'Fridgy' Hancock is new drive announcer at Nova Perth. He replaces Jeremy Anderson who left Nova.


Irish born Ronan Keating is back in Australia this week for a whirlwind promotional visit, which will include a performance of "This I Promise You" on Channel 7's "Dancing With The Stars". In Australia, Keating has sold half a million albums as a solo act, and four Top 20 singles. His current album "Bring You Home", released in July, is gold.


Sydney based Illumination Records has changed its name to Illumination Digital, effective immediately. Its new website is


The Australian Radio Network has moved radio veteran Rob Logan from PD of one of its Sydney stations, WS-FM, to a position in a new "content development unit". David Kidd, the network's research director, will temporarily take over the WS gig.


Could we see walk-through metal detectors in Perth nightclubs, similar to those at airports, to stop the rising amount of people taking knives inside? The Safer Northbridge Committee is pushing the WA government to get them installed, and to make these a prerequsite to get licences. The call comes after a knife attack at a Rockingham nightclub after someone being escorted out allegedly stabbed two bouncers and another clubber. The Racing, Gaming and Liquor Minister Mark McGowan is not in favour of the idea.


Chris O'Brien, formerly with Solitary Management, is now Entertainment Manager at Empire Events. "I will be focusing on creating new and exciting events along with artist programming on existing events," he says. He is contacted on 03 9421 2777 and


Megan Henderson has joined Universal Music Australia as general manager of its digital section. She comes from the IT sector, including being a marketing manager at Vodafone.


This week marks the launch of new Brisbane based game audio production studio Game Audio Australia ( It will capitalise on the game development industry in Australia and o/s by providing professional game audio services that range from music, sound design and implementation, to dialogue, localisation, mixing and mastering. It merges the talents of Mick Gordon of Lava Injection Studios and Andrew Curnock of Beat Therapy.

"Game audio is extremely important to the success of the game and it is taken much more seriously these days. 20 years ago, you would have had one guy doing all the art, the programming, the design and the sound! Now we have up to 100 people working on a single title that takes two years to make and sells several million copies", said Gordon. To cater for the growing handheld gaming market, the company also has a dedicated handheld audio division, to work exclusively on Nintendo DS, Playstation Portable, Gameboy Advance and Mobile gaming systems. Says Curnock, "It's really fun making music for handheld titles- but also challenging because you have to work within the constraints of the hardware, and make it all fit on a tiny memory cartridge, and still make it sound good."


JB Hi Fi has teamed with Destra for its new digital store at which offers 1.5 million tracks and 84,000 acts. Individual tracks start at $1.69 each, and albums starting from $16.95. The retail chain also launched a music gift card at $10, $20 and $50. JB Hi Fi has 62 stores, but plans to open 12 more in regional Australia.

JB Hi-Fi Marketing Director, Scott Browning said, "The launch of will enable us to offer our customers the ultimate in choice, whether they prefer to purchase their music vouchers in-store or on- line, coupled with one of Australia's largest independent music catalogues. The MP3 files available on the site will enable our customers to download to their preferred MP3 player. You are in control of your digital music catalogue and how you to choose to enjoy that music."

Destra CEO, Domenic Carosa commented, "Destra is at the forefront of delivering on the promise of digital music to Australians. We are committed to breaking down the barriers that restrict the download and playback of music from the Net, and offer our customers power over their own listening experience. The catalogue of MP3 files offered on the JB-HI-FI site is at last giving choice to the online music consumer in Australia."


Who are Queensland's finest songwriters? The inaugural Q Song Awards Ceremony are held at Brisbane's Family Nightclub on Tuesday, October 17. The Q Song Awards saw close to 900 songs entered by artists from around the state competing for a slice of $25,000 in cash and prizes across 16 categories covering rock and pop to jazz, blues and hip-hop. Performing will be Kate Miller-Heidke, The Winnie Coopers, The Boat People, Mason Rack, Ben Salter, and Soma Rasa.


45,000 tickets for Sydney Big Day Out on Jan 25 sold out in a record three hours when they went out for sale last Friday (Oct 13). As a result, promoters stopped the sale for the Sydney show, and reintroduced a ballot system for the final 10,000 tickets.

Would-be punters have to register at Big Day Out's website. Over the next ten weeks, 1,000 will be drawn at random each week. Each will only get two tickets. Winners are advised by email within 30 minutes and given five days to pay. If they haven't, they forfeit them. Anyone who applies for these final tickets when they already have tickets will not get any of these. A second Sydney show is ruled out.

The last batch of tix have had a jump in price, which the promoters have yet to explain. The first 45,000 cost $115. The first 5,000 of the final run go for $125. The final tix cost $150.

Tickets to the Melbourne show are selling at triple the pace of previous years, reports the festival's publicist Miranda Brown. 5,000 tickets sold within the first two hours of going on sale and 10,000 within the first eight hours.

Big Day Out tickets were on ebay this week charging $250 each.


Homebake (Dec 2 in Sydney's Domain) which has sold out, has announced its second and final round of acts. They are Something for Kate, The Vines, Wolf & Cub, Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea, British India, Lismore hailed Melbourne based experimental grungers Children Collide, NZ's Die! Die! Die!, Red Riders, Ground Component, N'fa, Central Coast punkers Something With Numbers, The Basics, The Vaine from Sydney's western suburbs, The Valentinos, Mountains in the Sky (big on lengthy jam sessions), Brisbane singer songwriter Tom Cooney, Melbourne rapper Romy Hoffman aka Marcomantics, the Whiskey Go Go's and Tucker B's. Soon to be announced are Triple J's Unearthed winner and the Hopetoun Hotel incentive competition winner.


The Pyramid Rock Festival, held over New Year's Eve at Phillip Island (Vic) has sold out in 15 ays. Last year all the tickets disappeared just before Christmas. The festival has already announced acts like Silverchair, the Living End, Ugly Duckling, Xavier Rudd, Evermore, UK's Freestylers, Mylo, End of Fashion, Lior, The Beautiful Girls, Faker, Karnivool, Mia Dyson, Ash Grunwald and Bomba. The next line-up announcement is on Tuesday 24 October.


The Next Wave festival's new artistic director is Jeff Khan. He has chosen "Closer together" as the 2008 festival's theme. Khan says, "The rhetoric of global culture tells us that we are being brought closer and closer together. By media, communication technologies, the free market and other snappy buzzwords which signify somewhat less transparent systems. But how close are we, and how much do we really know about each other?"

In the non-festival year of 2007, Next Wave's Kickstart program will give young emerging artists the opportunity to develop innovative new projects, with Next Wave providing funding, mentorship and regular workshops to assist the development of their work. Kickstart projects are developed in response to the festival theme, with a view to inclusion in the 2008 Next Wave Festival. Applications for the 2007 Kickstart program are now open. See


WA's Southbound Festival has announced EcoBound, promoter Sunset Events' key initiatives to keep the music, camping and arts festival environmentally friendly. They have a Green Team to go about the site educating people. If you want to join the Green Team, or come up with design for these eco-warriors (you get two free tix and a backstage tour), go to

Recycling stations are set up through the site to help Southbound achieve its aim of recycling 75 per cent of all festival waste. There will be a tree planting program in partnership with the Shire of Busselton, and GeoCatch's Peppies For Possums to help protect the Western Ringtail Possum. All their on site vehicles will all run on Bio-D (a genuine alternative to conventional diesel) and they are asking you to take the bus or car pool to cut down on vehicles.

If you are involved in an environmental organisation or have environmentally friendly products you would like to sell at the Southbound EcoVillage email your details to Southbound's good friends at BUTTsOUT have donate Dzolve Products are providing all bar cups and camping rubbish bags. They are 100 per cent plastic free, biodegradable and compostable within 60 days. Solar power is a superb alternative power source and 100 per cent environmentally friendly. Solar West will have two stations set up on site.


Four Tasmanian bands have been invited to perform at The Falls Festival in Marion Bay after auditions were held in Hobart and Launceston as part of the recent Amplified conference and showcase. Getting the green light are roosty The Embers (Spanish grooves meets drum'n' bass with folk instruments) who just won the 2006 Tasmanian National Campus Band competition, alt- rockers Modus who got best up and coming at the Amplified awards, Unleash The Nugget who fuse hip hop, jazz, reggae and Latin (they got best original live act at the Amplifieds) and electro-pop duo The Scientists of Modern Music.


More names have been added to the inaugural Bangalow Pacific Songwriters Festival, held on the NSW North Coast on Sat Oct 28. Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Bill Chambers will feature in the Country Comfort afternoon concert, and appear at the evening gala Songwriters Showcase Concert at Bangalow's A&I Hall.

As reported here before, Rob Hirst and Tex Perkins headline the Songwriters Showcase Concert, performing some of their best-known songs acoustically. Each will also take part in an intimate in-depth Q&A session about their songwriting during the day.

Representing the North Coast region's songwriting talent are Nimbin's Diana Anaid, Murwillumbah's Leigh James, Byron Bay's Sarah McGregor and Sara Tindley and Lismore's Luke Vassella. Workshops covering music publishing, marketing, multimedia and wealth creation will run through the day. A dedicated Youth Music venue will feature sessions on writing and mixing in genres such as hip-hop, with Youth Encouragement Awards presented in the afternoon. Full program with venues and session times at


Advertising revenue for Australia's metropolitan commercial radio stations increased by nearly one per cent (0.9) in the September quarter to $150.8 million compared with the same period a year ago, according to data released by industry body, Commercial Radio Australia. The data, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the five major capital city markets, showed that if Sydney was excluded, ad revenue increased by 6.1 percent during the quarter.

Sydney fell around six per cent to $54.7 million. CRA's CEO Joan Warner said, "The continuing sluggish state of the whole NSW economy and the last interest rate rise in August have weakened business confidence, but we are still seeing good growth in other metropolitan advertising markets."

Adelaide performed the strongest with around 8 per cent growth to $14.4 million in advertising revenue during the September quarter, followed by Perth, which was up around 7.5 per cent to $16 million.  Melbourne grew by 5 per cent to $42.4 million and Brisbane was up 3 per cent to $23 million, compared with the same period a year ago.


APRA is gathering information for the Australia Council to help better understand and identify the issues that affect Indigenous musicians and songwriters. Indigenous musicians and songwriters are invited to meet Ebony Williams, APRA's Indigenous Project Officer, in Brisbane from Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th October. Ebony will be hosting a number of small focus groups in their local office to discuss these issues and we would love your input. Incidentally, APRA|AMCOS has moved Brisbane offices to 3 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley. Phone, fax and email stay the same. For all membership inquiries, contact Emma Carton at or phone (07) 3257 1007.


Central Station Records has moved to 107 Alexander Street in Crows Nest. The new numbers are (02) 9433 4800, and fax is (02) 9436 2666. New postal address is PO Box 267, Crows Nest 2065.


Artist Network Australia now represents contemporary country singer Beccy Cole. Contact is Alex Sinclair on (02) 9819 6411.


Rajon Music has added Joel Turner to the label. Managing Director Paul Paoliello said "We are very excited to be working with Joel and his talented crew of beatboxers, artists and musicians, that are part of his new company Modern Day Productions. Joel is a multi-talented artist with a wealth of fantastic new music to present to his massive fan base, which we hope to expand on globally with his next album."

One time "Australian Idol 2003" semi-finalist Joel is currently in the studio working on his second album entitled "Out Of The Box" which is scheduled for release early 2007. It will feature his hip hop crew - the Modern Day Poets, K1 from the Beatbox Alliance, up and coming Brisbane MC Preech (with whom Joel has established Two King Productions) and will feature collaborations with other Australian artists including Israel and Stan Bravo, with some international collaborations being negotiated.

Joel is currently World Beatbox Champion, a title he won in Germany last year, where he walked away with gongs for the "Solo" and "Team" category with fellow Beatbox Alliancer - Tom Thumb. Joel will be travelling to Tokyo, Japan in November to defend his title.


Roadshow Music signed American band Mink, who're here on tour with Angels And Airwaves, and release an EP early 2007 produced by Sylvia Massy. Mink are fronted by Neal Carlson, a finalist on "Rock Star: INXS". Ironically, they're managed by ex-INXS manager Dave Edwards.


Melbourne label Speak & Spell has signed London buzz band The Horrors and will distribute them through their "naughty cousin" imprint Etch n Sketch. Their first single Sheena Is A Parasite comes with a killer klip courtesy Chris Cunningham (Aphex Twin, Bjork). Meantime, two E&S acts My Latest Novel and NYC's Home Video tour here in Dec.


DVD players are the biggest selling items in consumer electronics in Australia, says research firm GfK. Over 8 million of them were sold between January 2003 to July 2006. This year (Jan to July), recorders with a hard disk drive now account for 44 percent of sales.


ARIA's Christy Hayes is on maternity leave until next year. Direct all ARIA and PPCA media inquiries to Dani Rote on (02) 8569 1150 or email


At the third Fine Arts Awards, Paul Kelly and Dan Luscombe took best soundtrack for director Ray Lawrence's "Jindabyne"; twenty years ago, Kelly introduced Lawrence to the works of Raymond Chandler. The Necks took best jazz record for "Chemist", Richard Tognetti took best classical for his interpretation of Bach's solo violin works, and The Cat Empire's the world category for Cities: The Cat Empire Project, a homage to their home-town of Melbourne. The awards were held at magnificent Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


British/Australian duo Bodyrockers received the dance award at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awards held in London. The act, which comprises Aussie house dj Kaz James and U.K. guitarist/vocalist Dylan Burns, won for their worldwide hit "I Like The Way." The Bodyrockers are gaining massive support from some high profile DJs, including Erick Morillo and Steve Lawler.

Other winners included Yusef Islam for songwriter of the year, and Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" for song of the year.


There's been an international break for Melbourne based male vocal group A440, who recently spent eight weeks in the studio in Orlando, Florida, with producer Gary Carolla, (producer of the Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Aaron Carter and Britney Spears. According to the band, they sent their demos to Carolla, who sent them four of his songs and asked them to record them. After hearing the results, he got them to the US.

A440 is now under management with Get Wild Management (Florida) and Herbert Driessen of Driessen Promotions Group (Melbourne). The act has no record deal yet. Overseas plans, according to Driessen, are a visit to MIDEM in France in January, and shows through Asia and the US.


The buzz on Angus and Julia Stone is continuing to build. After recording tracks with Chris Potter (The Verve) and Fran Healy (Travis), they've been signed up by UK/European tour agent Paul Wilson from GAA who also looks after Antony & The Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, and Guillemots. The influiential London radio presenter Zane Lowe is playing 'Mango Tree' as a hit pick, and they played two songs live on BBC. Seems Brett Anderson (Suede) heard them and was apparently ringing Rough Trade to try and get an EP. 

Angus and Julia are heading to showcase in New York in early November, before returning to play shows with Kasey Chambers.


Sydney producer, performer and songwriter Rephrase (aka Jaimie Olsen) is getting international attention from the funk breaks scene with his second album "Little Victories." Two tunes are licensed to overseas compilations -- "K Rush Vol 2" by Time Rec in Italy and "Nova Soul 3" in Germany.

Recently signed to ABC Music publishing, his first album "Beatcoaster" was released on Casa Del Discos. His single Boulevard/Good Felelin was remixed by Flevans (Tru Thoughts UK) and Parov Stelar (Etage Noir Austria) with more tracks set for o/s release.


Midnight Juggernauts head overseas for their first European tour in October. They'll play shows in London, Manchester and Paris, including a London show with The Presets, before returning home for a stack of gigs.


Australian power metal band Black Majesty are announced to play Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany on the 2nd to 4th of August 2007. More festival appearances and shows will be announced shortly. Black Majesty are currently working on the follow up to Silent Company which was released in 2005 on their Limb Music Products.


Now a permanent trio -- Michael on guitars and vocals, Rebecca on cello, Joh on keyboards -- Worldfly make their first international venture in late November. The band say, "Although we will have just missed the Oktober Fest (probably a good thing), Germany is set to be our first global experience together and although not to be seen as a homecoming, it will be a chance to pay tribute to the birthplace of many worldfly tracks. Not to mention reach the audience of the worlds fourth largest music industry! And play in the snow." Their website is being relaunched this month.


Look out for an official announcement of Placebo inviting Howling Bells to be their support for the stadium tour across Europe. Dates are at


Fiona Boyes' new album, "Lucky 13", continues to receive accolades in the Nth American market.  This week 'Lucky 13' has gone to: # 1 Song 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' - House of Blues Radio Hour 'Blues Breaker'., # 1 Pick for Blues Album in Billboard Magazine, # 2 Music Choice National Cable/Satellite TV Music Channels, # 5 on the Living Blues Charts and # 8 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Galaxie Charts Top Ten Blues Albums.

Boyes came the first Australian blues act to be on the cover of "Blues Revue" magazine, along with a four page article declaring "Fiona Boyes - Aussie Wonder."

Last year she was signed to Memphis based Yellow Dog Records and recorded "Lucky 13" in January. "This is a brilliant US debut album from an Australian artist we'll be hearing about for a long time to come" said "Blues Bytes".

Art Tipaldi, Blues Wax + Blues Revue, added "This debut has Blues Music Award winner written all over it...Thanks for this gem"


Melbourne band Long Walk Home will relocate to Germany in early 2007. The band launches its debut album "Youism" at the Hi Fi Ballroom this Friday, and then tours across Australia.

Says singer Charles Canh, "I believe 'Youism' captures our unconventional musical style most thoroughly and offers the discerning listener intelligent, dramatic and accessible music. The musical and lyrical themes we,ve explored in 'Youism' have all come from our significant life experiences -- for me, my experiences with HIV/AIDS, queer sexuality, gender identity, prostitution, and unrequited desire".


Nokia Australia is launching Nokia Be Heard, a competition for unsigned bands, singers or producers. Prizes include $10,000 cash, a showcase in Sydney, a $10,000 video clip and have it played on MTV, and Nokia N91 phones. Judging will be by the public, and an industry panel including Evermore, Suffa of Hilltop Hoods, MTV's Nathan Sapsfoprd, Eclipse TV & Nova host Lizzie Lovett, Kid Kenobi and Ivan Gough of TV Rock. See, entries close 3 Nov.


Going Beyond Brisbane -- What does it take? is a one-day forum on the skills, funding and support needed to export your creative practice to new markets. This forum is targeted to artists and creative practitioners, students and small business owners. It is presented by Biz Arts Makers with Creative Industries Precinct P/L. It's held Thursday 19 October, 9:30am to 3:30pm at Metro Arts Studio, Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane. Bookings (07) 3002 7100.

Stephen Copplin, Creative Industries Precinct will facilitate the day. Robin Waters of The Boat People talks on their showcase at America's Musexpo. Chayan Sarkar of Bollywood Dreams will discuss the role of markets and trade expos as places to promote your product and identify opportunities, and networking with government, private sector and industry organisations.

Cathy Hunt from Positive Solutions will discuss Quickstart, an interest-free loan scheme for artists and creative businesses. Christine Ballinger, Director, Noosa Regional Gallery will comment on the skills, funding, support structures and networks potentially needed to develop markets beyond Brisbane. Steve Viner of digital productions company Liquid Animation on how it went global


The Sydney Performer Challenge is offering a $2,000 cash prize for Sydney's best unsigned acts, as well as 45-minute live slots for eight finalists at the Glebe Street Fair on Nov 19 before 120,000 with Sarah McLeod and John Morrison's Swing City. To enter the competition submit two digital audio files (one must be an original work) with entry form before Nov 3 November. See


One time AIR operations manager Dan Baker joins The Music Network as its content manager, replacing Tim Holland who joined ABC Music's country music division.


With the departure of its National Publicity & Promotions guy Dan Deltondo, Melbourne urban company Nufirm has appointed Aura Azucena handing Phenomena and The Kashboys' publicity and promotions, and Josh Jervis managing daily affairs.

Nufirm has also expanded its production team Elite Street Productions with three new members Damian Smith, Big Ben and Pablo.


Perth's weekly magazine "" is going monthly and glossy. The Oct 11 issue is the last in its current format. The crew launch the new look in December.


Publishers Next Media is widening the branding of its flagship title "Rolling Stone (Australia) with four live shows a year. The first is at the 400-capacity Marquee in Camperdown on Wed Oct 25 with Eskimo Joe and The Following. Plans are already underway for the second event early in 2007, " said the magazine's Peter Billing.


Aussies can't have enough goss, it seems. Celeb goss magazine "OK!" is, after two years as a monthly, going weekly. Publisher Northern & Shell plans to double its circulation to 160,000 a week and take on "Who". It might also introduce some of its British titles as "Star" and "New!" (the "OK!" for kids) to the local market.


Sydney columnist Murray Engleheart's long awaited book on AC/DC "Maximum Rock'n'Roll" arrives next week through Harper Collins. It is thoroughly researched, and chapters on the early days in Australia are worth the price of admission. So is the look at Bon Scott's final day, the mystery surrounding his death, and Akka-Dakka's wish list for his replacement, including the Small Faces' Steve Marriott, John Swan, Jimmy Barnes, and Slade's Noddy Holder. Engleheart's reputation as a global writer got him to people who refuse to go on record, including road crews.


"Are you a Mafia front?" -- David Tench Tonight asks the Wiggles how they earned $50 million last year?


"I arrive at the Four Seasons hotel and the lady at the desk asked for my autograph, and I gave it to her. Then I gave her my credit card to check in, and she asked, Do you have ID?" -- John Cleese at his keynote speech at the commercial radio conference in Sydney.


Corey Layton, ex Nova in Melbourne and Sydney, has landed a job in London as Commercial Programmer at G-across the X-FM, Choice, and Capital Gold stations. Layton was freelancing when he got to the UK, working on The Alice Cooper Breakfast Show (Planet Rock), the national chart show 'The A List' (where I interviewed The Hoff), and on an upcoming radio project with Jason Donovan.


Peter Butler has left his job as Group PD at Melbourne's SEN 1116/3MP. He is moving to Israel as a consultant for a new FM station in Jerusalem set up by an Israeli, Palestinian and South African consortium which wants to promote peace.


The satirical site is offering a new free download a week: first is Sean Kelly's unplugged version of "I Hear Motion".


Starky's new UK single "Is This How It Ends" is getting airplay on Zane Lowe's radio show in London. Their UK label Loog/Universal pitched it for use in 3Mobile. It wa almost dumped when 3Mobile thought that the line "these miserable times won't leave me alone" was "the miserable cunts won't leave me alone".


Sydney indie Laughing Outlaw is expanding its management role. Director Stuart Coupe and label manager Julia Thompson manage Starky, George Byrne (courted by UK promoters after "Mojo" put him on top of their airplay list) and Perry Keyes. Coupe managed Hoodoo Gurus, Paul Kelly, Karma County, X and Dan Brodie in another life.


This week, Sydney singer songwriter Josh Pyke makes his debut in the Top 50 with "Memories and Dust" entering at #39, and SonyBMG's reality series act Girlband entering at #43 with "Party Girl".

In the album side, NSW band Something With Numbers enter with "Perfect Distraction".


Chart historian reports that with Sandi Thom spending a seventh week at the top of the Australian charts, she has become the first British female performer to remain at No.1 since May 1977 when Julie Covington's rendition of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" was at the top for a seven week stretch. There was also another British Female artist who stayed at No.1 for seven weeks in 1977, Pussyfoot's "The Way You Do it" which was at No.1 from late January. Between Julie and Sandi there have only been six other British females to hit No.1. Kate Bush (1978), Samantha Fox (1986), Kim Wilde (1987), Sarah Brightman (1992), Dido (2003) and Jamelia (2004). Sandi is the 19th Pommie chick to hit the top of the Australian charts. The first was in May 1941 when Vera Lynn took "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" for four months; the first of six No.1's for Vera.


We announced this months back. But the ARIA board has confirmed that Midnight Oil will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this month's ARIA awards (Oct 29).

ARIA Awards Committee Chairman and President and CEO, Warner Music Australia, Ed St John said "Midnight Oil is one of the greatest rock & roll bands this country has ever produced. They were incredibly successful all over the world, but much more importantly, they made music that mattered. They covered subjects that had rarely been addressed in a rock song before: land rights, the environment, social justice, war, human rights and Australian history. The sound of their music, created by five supremely talented singers and musicians, evoked the very essence of Australia. There has never been a band like this, and I doubt there will ever be one like them again."

Midnight Oil sold 12 million units worldwide of 17 albums like "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1" (November 1982), "Diesel And Dust" (August 1987) which yielded the Top 20 US hit "Beds Are Burning" and sold 5 million worldwide, "Blue Sky Mining" (March, 1990). and "Earth, Sun and Moon" (February 1993). The act broke up in December 2002 after singer Peter Garrett left to enter politics. He is a Member of Parliament for the Federal Labour Party in the NSW seat of Kingsford-Smith.

On October 28, SonyBMG is release a best of called "Flat Chat". Said Garrett, "We always tried to make music with words that spoke to the times and with actions that backed up the words, so it's a mighty honour to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame after more than 25 years of writing and performing together."

Denis Handlin, boss of SonyBMG, said, "Midnight Oil were pioneers of unique rock music. I am very proud of their success in Australia and internationally and that Midnight Oil have been with SonyBMG for 25 years. Their music continues to be discovered by new music fans every day. They are true icons of our music scene."

On August 16, ARIA also inducted Divinyls, Icehouse, Daddy Cool, Lobby Loyde, Rose Tattoo and Helen Reddy in a stand-alone event in Melbourne.


Will Pete Murray and John Mayer team up for a song at the ARIAs?


On the back of their performance at the Falls Festival local selection showcase (from which they were selected to play at The Falls) and their recent tour to Melbourne, Tasmania's The Scientists of Modern Music received enquiries from three labels and offered European touring support with a high profile Australian dance band.


Is you act touring the USA in the next few months? If so, then WAM wants to hear about it. WAM is working with David Doepel of the Los Angeles office of the WA Department of Industry and Resources to help promote any WA acts that are touring over there. If you've got any news on this front then email details to


The Darwin Festival is looking for a full time Marketing and Development Manager with energy and experience working in an arts environment . The multi arts festival is staged across 18 nights in August each year. Full job description - contact General Manager Anne Dunn 08 8981 0083 /


90.9 Sea FM Gold Coast is looking for an experienced music director with a proven successful track record in programming a CHR radio station. Send details of your experience to Jason Matthews at


Staple Marketing is currently looking for hard working and innovative Melbourne based Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, to work with clients including Warner Music, KissChasy, Hurley, I Killed The Prom Queen, Moonee Valley Council and Destroy All Lines. Applicants should have industry experience and email by Friday 27th Oct.


ArtsWA is looking to find new ways to offer a better service to young people and needs your help to do it. If you have ever applied for a Young People and the Arts grant, ArtsWA want to hear from you! Tell them what you think about the Young People and the Arts grants program. Even if your application was unsuccessful, they want to know what you thought about the process, the advertising and everything in between. See If you have any difficulties, contact Marnie Richardson, Communications Officer at or on 9224 7332. The survey closes on 21 October.


Australian retailer Brazin Ltd, parent to music chains Sanity, HMV and Virgin Entertainment, has recruited its 1 million member of its customer loyalty program Pulse. The figure is now 1.1 million, says Brazin. The program, carrying the tag line, "Keep your Pulse(C) racing" was launched Oct 2004, and utilises the Visible Results Graphicard(TM) loyalty platform. It also uses Brazin's other brands dusk and BNT, and operates across 500 retail outlets around Australia.

The Pulse(C) program is structured to reward members with one point for every dollar they spend while shopping with their Pulse(C) card. Once a member has accumulated 100 points they are rewarded at point of sale with a $5 voucher that may be redeemed with their next purchase in any one of the five participating brands.

Tony Quinn, General Manager Strategic Projects at Brazin commented, "The consumer value proposition of Pulse(C) surpasses any other program of its kind in the Australian retail market. With more than a million members enrolled in less than 18 months we have exceeded all our targets and the level of customer enthusiasm for the Pulse(C) program has been extremely encouraging."


FBi 94.5 FM has launched a podcasting service called Beforecast at, among the first to use a pilot licence from APRA. It will also include interviews and its segments as The Fine Line, Virtual Vices and Shooting the Shit for its claimed 200,000 listeners.


Melbourne band Responder appointed Kate Ritchens as their manager. She is on 0402 276 805 or at


The New Capers, a club showcasing acts in a dinner show format, launches this Thursday with Brian Cadd's show "Life Of Brian". The club in Hawthorn (Burwood Rd and Power St) is owned by Shawn and Stephanie Wolfe (of Wellers of Kangaroo Ground) and managed by Ian Plummer. Contact is (03) 9819 1797.


The Australian newspaper reports that Macquarie Regional Radio has warned it would be forced to close at least 10 stations in towns in Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland under new local content requirements. MRR executive chairman Tim Hughes said extra staff and production would kill the station.

He told the newspaper, "For example, in Scottsdale in Tasmania, our two stations have a revenue of $59,902, compared to the cost of meeting the requirements of $368,000 in additional staff and $125,000 in additional infrastructure."

A few days later, Progress Press' CEO Brian McCarthy announced his company would be happy to buy any stations that MRR jettisoned.


There has been a mixed response to the Government's change in media rules which stipulate that regional radio networks must run at least 4.5 hours of live and local content.

The Macquarie Regional Radio network has warned it'd close 10 stations as it would increase their costs.

But Bendigo-based Independent Musos Network Inc, which was formed in 2003 by Anita Donlon, says it could be a boon for local indie musos. Its vice president Nathan Hulls is calling on regional radio to play more live shows by local musicians. "This new ruling will be great for the Australian music industry if executed correctly," he said.

Hulls believes the legislation will give radio networks the chance to build up a strong bond with regional audiences, the way the Bendigo Bank has done.

"I believe that IMN inc can work with regional stations to create a win/win for regional communities and their radio stations. Musicians across Australia are penalised due to high petrol prices and venues that are more concerned about gambling machines than their own communities."


New postal address for radio 3SCB (Southern FM) is PO Box 92, Mentone, Vic 3194.


The Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC) launches the inaugural Brizband School Challenge @ The Riverstage - Sun Oct 22nd. It runs 3 pm- 7.30 pm. Bands were invited to submit live DVDs of themselves. Take 21, The Rogues, Small Talk, B.E.A.T., AEON, Flowtrip, The Common Ground, Sunny Jane, The Three Dirty Birds and Famous Last Words were finals. Also playing: Repeat Offender and Raw Metal.

Part of the program has been mentoring programs at the Entertainment Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse, gift vouchers from Ellaways Music, two days recording at Modern Music Studios, Woolloongabba. Students from Centenary State High School were also stage managing the Riverstage event, supervised and mentored by a professional live production crew. Other sponsors include Frontal Lobe Productions (Ty Noonan) and Oxygen 4 2 (Greg Dodge).


A benefit is held at the Spanish Club in Melbourne on Sat Oct 28 for soup vans in Fitzroy, Footscray and Collingwood. Playing are Electric Mary, The Legs, Black Guns, Master Cardinal, The Hello Morning and Hi Ball Burlesque.


Kane Alexander, Tamsin Carroll, Chloe Dallimore, Lucy Durack, Michael Falzon, David Harris, iOTA, James Millar, Sun Park, Emma Pask, Alex Rathgaber, Hayden Tee, Kaye Tuckerman and Belinda Wollaston and many more will unite to show their support and join the fight against leukaemia and raise funds for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. Maggie Kirkpatrick will again be the MC.

The second "Light The Night" is held at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney on Monday November 13.

In August 2004, one month before his 21st birthday, Matthew Rennie was diagnosed with leukaemia. His family and friends held the first "Light the Night", in November, 2005. Over $40,000 was raised for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation and the Haematology Oncology Ward at Liverpool Hospital.

The two shows are produced by Matthew's older brother musical theatre star Shaun Rennie, said, "After the success of last year's concert we saw that as individuals in the entertainment industry, we can make a difference. There will always be a need for raising awareness of leukaemia and raising money for research. Light the Night is a great way for all of us in the entertainment world to help this worthy cause."


The first Ian Rilen benefit in Melbourne raised $40,000, with moments like Chrissie Amphlett jamming with the Hoodoo Gurus on "I'll Make You Happy", and Thorpie and the Tatts doing their thing together, and Steve Lucas playing X songs and a version of John Lennon's "Mother". Rilen was too ill to attend.


The APRA Peoples Stage is on again at Falls Festival in Lorne and Marion Bay. APRA is calling ticket holders who want to perform; musicians, comedians, poets, street performers etc. Send a demo and bio to Con Kalamaras, C/ APRA, 3 & 5 Sanders Place, Richmond Vic 3121 by Mon 18th December. Kalamaras is on 03 9426 5200.


Rabbit Hole Urban Music, or RHUM is a cyber-based, non-for-profit mob, founded three years ago to expand perception of original music. This is, says Ballina-based founder by Raquel Woodfield, a one time marketing and media gal, is by connecting performers with their target audience, media and advertisers via innovative marketing techniques and unique events. They're launching the concept nationally via to expand membership, with prize-packed music newsletter Curiouser & Curiouser will be launched on November 2.


The Department of Culture and the Arts has announced the next round of funding for live original music venues to undertake sound management activities. The program will provide funding on a dollar for dollar basis for successful applicants, of up to $50,000 per project. Applicants must have a strong track record of supporting local live original contemporary music. Funding is available in the following categories: Acoustic audits and advice; Sound attenuation equipment and fittings; and Minor capital works for sound attenuation purposes.Applications close 5pm Friday 17th November.

Live original music venues are also invited to apply for the industry support program. This program offers venues direct assistance to identify noise issues, and develop best practice sound management and communication strategies. Applications close 5pm Friday 27th October, More info


Who will be crowned EG's inaugural legend? Who is the mystery o/s guest? Who is best festival, venue and tour of this century? All this is revealed at the Prince Bandroom on Oct 27 at EG's anniversary bash. Voting has closed, with 35,000 votes last time they looked. Dallas Crane plays, with appearances by Mia Dyson (doing "You Shook Me All Night Long"), Mark Seymour ("Short Memory"), Kim Salmon (MC Dave Graney's "Night of the Wolverine"), Renee Geyer, Mick Harvey, Ron Peno and Lime Spiders' Mick Blood. All profits to Support Act Limited, a Rock Auction conducted by auctioneer Stuart Hocking.


Melbourne's Stovetops were flying back from gigs in Adelaide and, after spotting an ad in the in-flight magazine for the Elvis Presley concert. They quipped about becoming Elvis impersonators and burst into "Are You Lonesome Tonight." An elderly gent sitting alongside introduced himself as El's keyboard player, gave them tix for the show and backstage passes where they met El's guitarist James Burton.


Feature Film Score of the Year:
Title Caterpillar Wish Composer Burkhard Dallwitz
Title Half Light Composer Brett Rosenberg
Title The Proposition Composer Nick Cave and Warren Ellis* Publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd obo Mute Song*
Title Wolf Creek Composer Francois Tetaz Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) Pty Ltd

Best Music for a Documentary
Title Cape of Storms Composer Michael Yezerski* Richard Tognetti Afro Moses Chris Nelius Publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing*
Title Frocks Off Composer Carla Thackrah
Title Treasure Fleet Composers Gerard Fitzgerald Evan Roberts Publisher Song Zu Publishing Pty Ltd
Title Unfolding Florence - The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst Composer Paul Grabowsky Publisher ORiGiN Music Group

Best Music for a Short Film
Title Gargoyle Composer Sean Timms
Title Gloomy Valentine Composer Elliott Wheeler
Title Gustavo Composer Jonathan Nix Title Sub- Composer Basil Hogios

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Title McLeod's Daughters - Episode 146 Composer Alastair Ford Publishers Nine Films & Television Pty Ltd administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Title MDA - Episode 7 Composer Chris Neal Publishers Origin Music Group ABC Music Publishing administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd
Title Peking To Paris Composer Roger Mason Publishers ABC Music Publishing administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd
Title Supernova Composers Paul Healy Russell Thorton Publisher Supersonic Pty Ltd

Best Music for an Advertisement
Title McDonald's Inner Child Composer Elliott Wheeler Publisher Nylon Publishing Pty Ltd
Title NZ Maritime SF Composer Rafael May
Title Pepsi's Samba Legs Composers Martin Eden Carlos Mora Publisher Song Zu Publishing Pty Ltd
Title Yogo Megabot Composer Michael Lira

Best Soundtrack Album
Title R.A.N Composers David Bridie* Albert David Kadu Key Torres Strait Island Composers Publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*
Title Solo Composers Damian de Boos-Smith Martyn Love
Title The Caterpillar Wish Composer Burkhard Dallwitz
Title Thursday's Fictions Composer Michael Yezerski Publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing

Best Music for Children's Television
Title Blinky Bill's White Christmas Composer Guy Gross* John Palmer Publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd *
Title Faireez - Episode 40 Composer Christopher Elves Publishers Southern Star Music Publishing Pty Ltd administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Title The Eggs - Episode 23 Composers Anthony Byrne and Brendan Byrne
Title Tracey McBean Composer Nerida Tyson-Chew Publishers Southern Star Music Publishing Pty Ltd administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Title The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Composer Iva Davies Publisher EMI Songs Australia Pty Ltd Title The Silence Composer Antony Partos Publisher Supersonic Pty Ltd
Title The Society Murders Composer Cezary Skubiszewski Publisher ORiGiN Music Group
Title Thursday's Fictions Composer Michael Yezerski Publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Title Blinky Bill's White Christmas - Christmas In Australia Composers Guy Gross* John Palmer Publisher Mushroom Music Pty Ltd*
Title Elephant Tales - Nobody But Me Composer Frank Strangio Publisher ORiGiN Music Group
Title Thursday's Fictions - ARIA Composer Michael Yezerski Publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing
Title We Can Be Heroes - Indigeridoo Composers Chris Lilley Bryony Marks Publishers ABC Music Publishing administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Best Television Theme
Title The Chaser's War on Everything Composer Andrew Hansen
Title Torino 2006 Winter Olympics Composer Burkhard Dallwitz
Title The Silence Composer Antony Partos Publisher Supersonic Pty Ltd
Title We Can Be Heroes Composers Chris Lilley Bryony Marks Publishers ABC Music Publishing administered by Mushroom Music Pty Ltd

Most Performed Screen Composer - Australia
Composer Christopher Harriott
Composer Stephen Rae
Composer Jay Stewart
Composer Neil Sutherland

Most Performed Screen Composer - Overseas
Composer/s Garry McDonald & Laurie Stone
Composer Mark McDuff
Composer Chris Pettifer
Composer Neil Sutherland


We realise that INXS are forever associated with leather pants. But INXS singer JD Fortune has recorded a public service announcement for PETA in which he sings the praises of a vegetarian diet. "I feel better emotionally knowing that I'm not contributing to the suffering of animals worldwide", says Fortune, who became a vegetarian over ten years ago. "Remember, every time you sit down to eat, you have a choice to make. I hope you,ll choose to make a difference".

The print version of the ad shows J.D. holding a chicken with the tagline "Love 'Em, Don't Eat 'Em".

In the interview, Fortune reveals how a visit to an abattoir turned him into a vegetarian virtually overnight. "[I] went to a slaughterhouse probably about 11 or 12 years ago", says Fortune. "There was this pig corral. And it had all these beautiful pigs out there. And they would lead them out on chains out onto these posts, and they would come by with these bolt guns and they would jam them in the forehead. And they were supposed to die, I guess, right away, but you know, nine out of 10 pigs didn't die right away".

A few days later he went to a grocery store, and saw food packaging with happy dancing pigs and happy dancing cows. Fortune recalls, "I just about puked. And that,s when I became a vegetarian." Fortune joins a growing list of musicians who have kicked the meat habit, including Sir Paul McCartney, Missy Higgins, Moby, Daniel Johns and Prince.


Australian promoter Jacobsen Entertainment's struck gold with the London West End run of its "Dirty Dancing" musical version of the hit film. It has taken £11m in advance ticket sales, with over 240,000 tix sold. It has its official premiere at the Aldwych Theatre on Oct 24. Producers had to install new seats to cope with the demand.


The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame's 2007 tribute dinner will salute the pioneering McKean Sisters, Joy and Heather. Both were performing on stage and radio by the ages of 10 and eight respectively. In 1949, they began presenting their own country music radio show from 2KY in Sydney and, by 1951, were recording for the Rodeo Records tracks like The Gymkhana Yodel, Yodel Down The Valley and The Morning Mail. Joy married Slim Dusty and Heather married Reg Lindsay. In 1983, the McKean Sisters were eighth pioneering Australian country music act to be elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown.

The tribute dinner to Joy and Heather will be held at Gregory's Function Centre in Tamworth, Country Music Capital, on Friday night, January 26. More info, contact the Hall of Fame on 02 6766 9696. All proceeds from the dinner - including a silent auction - will go towards establishment of Australia's new Country Music Hall of Fame building.


Pink Floyd's Roger Waters returns for Michael Coppel Presents to feature the complete The Dark Side of the Moon live, together with his classic Pink Floyd and extraordinary solo works. Waters will present a staggering and spectacular 2 and 3/4 hour show.

The 1st set will showcase an abundance of his classic work with Pink Floyd, as well as his remarkable solo music, incorporating such memorable Floyd songs as Another Brick in the Wall II, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and many others. The 2 nd set will feature the complete 43 minute performance of The Dark Side of the Moon album, live. The album has sold 35 million copies and said to be still selling more than 8,000 copies a week.

The Australian concerts will feature elaborate large-scale video projections, theatrical staging, and a dazzling array of special effects to underscore and accentuate the power of the music, which is delivered via a state-of-the-art 360º quadraphonic sound system, immersing the audience in a 3- dimensional hyperworld. Pigs (and astronauts) will fly! Waters is touring with a crack 10 piece line up, comprising: Andy Fairweather- Low - Guitars & Vocals, Snowy White - Guitars, Dave Kilminster - Guitars & Vocals, Jon Carin - Keyboards, Harry Waters - Keyboards & Organ, Graham Broad - Drums, Ian Ritchie - Saxophone, Katie Kissoon, P.P. Arnold and Carol Kenyon - Backing Vocals



Andrew McManus Presents brings together Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy under the banned "Double Trouble". Both are great guitar bands, both were spearheads of a certain trend, and Cheap Trick are currently burning with their best album in 25 years. Joining the pair are Screaming Jets.

December 2 Brisbane River Stage
December 4 Newcastle Entertainment Centre
December 6 Wollongong Entertainment Centre
December 8 Capitol Theatre, Sydney
December 12 Palais, Melbourne
December 15 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide


Hoobastank return to Australia for Michael Chugg Entertainment after their sell out dates in 2004. The latest album, Every Man for Himself, sees them move into flutes, accordion, chimes and trumpets.



After selling more than 2 million copies of their record Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, My Chemical Romance, will be bringing a taste of their new epic, theatrical concept album The Black Parade with them to Big Day Out and a few select headline shows around the country for Michael Chugg Entertainment.



They're here on their first visit for Billions Australia, signed to Matador and something of an indie supergroup lead by AC Newman.

Friday December 15 GAELIC CLUB SYDNEY, NSW


This is her eighth Oz tour for the 24 year old Peterborough, Ontario. Previously Serena has supported Steve Earle and Missy Higgins and had festival appearances at Port Fairy, Byron Bay and Woodford. This time around she's on her own and launching her major label debut 'If Your Memory Serves You Well', released on EMI.

3 Reclaim the Night Workshops, Port Macquarie, NSW
4 Reclaim the Night, Port Macquarie, NSW
7 The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne, VIC
8 Indie Bar, Scarborough WA
9 High Road Hotel, Riverton WA
10 Mojo's Bar, Fremantle WA
11 Blues at Bridgetown, WA
12 Blues at Bridgetown, WA
15 TBA
17 The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
18 The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW
19 Parliament Gardens, Hobart, TAS
22 The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
24 The Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD
25 Alley Bar, Brisbane, QLD
30 The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

1 Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
2 Ruby's Lounge, Belgrave. VIC


Formed by Isle of Wight natives Paul Butler & Aaron Feltcher over their love of lashings of hammond organ, a great big bassline, a dirty old guitar riff, a sweet harmony & someone off in the distance having a ball with an old pee- yanner, The Bees are, for all of their 60s influences, actually a startlingly contemporary act. They make their first visit to Oz in mid summer.

Saturday December 30-Sunday December 31 Falls Festival - Marion Bay, Tasmania + Lorne, Victoria (both sold out)
Tuesday January 2 The Forum, Sydney
Wednesday January 3 The Zoo, Brisbane
Thursday January 4 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday January 6 Southbound Festival, Perth


"When Vika and Linda and I sing together it's bone-crushing," says RenÈe Geyer. "That's the only way I can put it. We get goosebumps ourselves when we hear it coming out of the monitors. It'll just blow you away."

The three teamed up, inspired partly by Deborah Conway's Broad shows. They've worked together. In 1999, Renee joined Paul Kelly to co-produce Vika & Linda's highly acclaimed album of spiritual songs, "Two Wings", which also showed of Geyer's skill as arranger.

Vika & Linda will showcase their new acoustic album on the Liberation Blue label, Between Two Shores. Opening is Melbourne 17 year old newcomer Ella Thompson, whom Geyerdescribes as "amazing" which is enough recommendation for us.

Thu 19th Oct Woodvale Tavern Woodvale WA
Fri 20th Oct Civic Hotel Inglewood WA
Sat 21st Oct Fly By Night Club Fremantle WA
Sun 22nd Oct Ravenswood Hotel Ravenswood WA
Wed 25th Oct Shoppingtown Hotel Doncaster VIC
Fri 27th Oct Drum Theatre Dandenong VIC
Sat 28th Oct Twin Towns Tweed Heads NSW
Sun 29th Oct Tivoli Theatre Fortitude Valley QLD
Wed 1st Nov Tilleys Lyneham ACT
Sat 4th Nov Penrith RSL Penrith NSW
Sun 5th Nov Bridge Hotel Rozelle NSW
Wed 15th Nov Prince of Wales St Kilda VIC
Thu 16th Nov Prince of Wales St Kilda VIC
Fri 17th Nov Chaffey Theatre Renmark SA
Sat 18th Nov Capri Theatre Goodwood SA


Sydney 8 piece soul/hip hop group Kid Confucius's new single "Closer" moves away from the gospel to a more soul-urban feel which shows off Rob Hezkial's falsetto. It's got strong drums and 80s sounding guitars and even some rock flutes and clarinets, produced by Sydney's producer de jour Buchman (AKA Tony Buchen), and mixed by Grammy award winning engineer Russell Elevado (The Roots, Common, D'Angelo, Talib Kwali) at Jimi Hendrix's famed Electric Lady Studios in NYC. 

Fri 20 October Albion Hotel Parramatta
Fri 3 November @Newtown Sydney
Sat 25 November Mona Vale Hotel Sydney
Sat 16 December Festival Of The Sun Port Macquarie
Sat 23 December Heritage Hotel Bulli


"Girl Talk absolutely detonates the notions of mash-up" declared Pitchfork Media. Woody & Penny present, from Pittsburgh, USA, mash up master Gregg Gillis. His mixes have made him a hit with bloggers.

Thursday 7th December - Bar Broadway, Sydney + Muscles, Sleater Brockman.
Friday 8th December - Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne + Party Line, Muscles, Tranter, Mafia and Sleater Brockman.
Saturday 9th December - Meredith Music Festival


To celebrate The Release of his mini album "Heavy Soul Part 1" and single "Back (Where I Started From", added to commercial radio across the country, jazz boy and George guitarist Tyrone Noonan is on the road this week.

Thur 19th Oct - Heritage Hotel (Bulli) NSW,
Fri 20th Oct- Hopetoun Htl (Sydney) NSW ,
Sat 21st Oct- Northern Star (Newcastle) NSW,
Sun 22nd Oct- Brass Monkey (Cronulla) NSW,
Thur 26th Oct- JIVE (Adelaide) SA,
Fri 27th Oct- Northcote Social Club VIC ,
Sat 28th Oct- National Hotel (Geelong) VIC ,
Thu 2nd Nov - The Chophouse (Gold Coast) QLD,
Fri 3rd Nov- Columbian Bar (Brisbane) QLD,
Sat 4th Nov- Sol Bar - Coolum - Sunshine Coast QLD


Contempree/Calderazzo Entertainment present their 4th annual celebration of "The Great Gig In The Sky" paying homage to Pink Floyd on Fri 20 and Sat 21 Oct at the Basement in Sydney.

The Friday's show has vocal performances by: Steve Balbi, Dave Wilkins, Marty Worrall, Spencer Jones, Yolanda Thomas and Amanda Davis with an all-star band featuring: Peter Northcote, Joseph Calderazzo Greg Royal - Paul Najar, Aaron Michael - Pete Skelton, and emcee Paul Hunt .

The Sat show's vocalists are Stephen Corey, Dave Wilkins, Marty Worrall, Spencer Jones, Yolanda Thomas and Amanda Davis.


German metal sensations Gamma Ray, featuring the legendary Kai Hansen who formed the band in 1989. Albums include "Heading for Tomorrow" that year, Land Of The Free (1995), Somewhere Out In Space (1997) after which the band solidified. Last year came "Majestic". Joining Gamma Ray in Sydney is Australia's most emphatic live metal act Lord whilst Melbourne delivers Vanishing Point who supported Gamma Ray on their European tour in 2001.



Soundworks Touring are bring down the death metal pioneers, whose album this year 'The Stench of Redemption' was their first to showcase the more melodic leads of guitarists Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (ex-Iced Earth/Death).  

Monday December 11th, Perth, Heat Nightclub
Tuesday December 12th, Adelaide, HQ Nightclub
Wednesday 13th, Melbourne, The Hi Fi Bar
Thursday 14th, Sydney, The Gaelic Club
Friday 15th, Auckland, The Studio
Saturday 16th, Christchurch, The Civic
Sunday 17th, Brisbane, The Arena


Charlie McMahon, recently the star of an ABC-TV "Foreign Correspondent" episode of his trip to Russia, brings his electro-didj to three East Coast venues.

Oct 21 -- The Marquee, Camperdown
Nov 10 -- Transit Bar, Canberra
Nov 17 -- Club Kooky, Sydney


Hot on the heels of their first ARIA Nomination for Best Blues and Roots Album, The Audreys have done a banjo driven rendition of INXS's "Don't Change."

Friday 20th Newcastle Music Awards, Newcastle Civic Centre

Friday 10th -- Sunday 12th Bridgetown Blues Festival, WA
Friday 17th Governor Hindmarsh, SA
Thursday 23rd Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC
Friday 24th Hepburn Palais, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Saturday 25th Groovin The Moo Festival Albury
Sunday 26th Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Saturday 16th The Famous Spiegeltent, Melb, VIC
Saturday 30th Falls Festival, Lorne
Sunday 31st Falls Festival, Tasmania
January Monday 1st Feelgood festival - Luna Park Sydney
Friday 5th & Saturday 6th Southbound Festival, Busselton WA

AIRBOURNE (update)

Airbourne are finishing up recording their debut album in Los Angeles, and announce the support acts on their upcoming tour.

Wednesday 15 Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne w/ The Devil Rock Four & Silver Night Drive
Thursday 16 Peninsula Lounge, Moorooduc w/ The Devil Rock Four
Friday 17 East Brunswick Club, East Brunswick w/ The Devil Rock Four & Black Guns
Saturday 18 Karova Lounge, Ballarat w/ The Devil Rock Four & Black Guns
Sunday 19 The Tote, Collingwood w/ The Devil Rock Four & Black Guns
Tuesday 21 Sodens, Albury w/ The Devil Rock Four
Wednesday 22 Green Room, Canberra w/ Tonk & The Devil Rock Four
Thursday 23 Oxford Tavern, Wollongong w/ The Devil Rock Four & Tonk
Friday 24 Candy's Apartment, Kings Cross w/ The Hell City Glamours
Saturday 25 Spectrum, Sydney w/ The Hell City Glamours
Sunday 26 Northern Star, Newcastle w/ The Hell City Glamours
Wednesday 29 Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour w/ The Presidents Bush
Thursday 30 Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast w/ Liquidate & Each Revolving Door
December Friday 1 The Columbian Bar, Brisbane w/ Lump
Wednesday 6 Yahoo Bar, Shepparton w/ The
Thursday 7 Criterion Hotel, Warrnambool w/ The Devil Rock Four
Friday 8 Loxton Hotel, Loxton w/ Angelik
Sat 9 Enigma Bar, Adelaide w/ Angelik & Booster


Half A Cow Records celebrate turning Sweet Sixteen this year (their first release, a 10incher by the Craven Fops, hit the streets of Glebe in March 1990) with two special shows.

The Melbourne show is at the Rob Roy Hotel in Fitzroy on Saturday 4th November with Sneeze (first visit south since June '04), Khancoban, The Triangles, Smudge acoustic, Swayback and Nic Dalton & the Gloomchasers.

The Sydney show is at the Annandale Hotel on Sunday 19th November with Bernie Hayes Quartet, Sneeze, Dog Trumpet, Warmer, Smudge acoustic, Khancoban, Nic Dalton & the Gloomchasers/


Touring their third release, No Satellites, saw Melbourne's Gersey cross the country with sell out shows, taking in dates on the Wave Rock Festival in WA and inviting friends Sodastream, Holly Throsby, Old Man River, Ned Collette and Because of Ghosts to share the stage.

Now they've announced more dates, some with Magic Dirt.

Albury Thursday 26 October Sodens Hotel with Magic Dirt
Sydney Friday 27 October Manly Fishos with Magic Dirt
Sydney Saturday 28 October The Annandale with Magic Dirt
Sydney Saturday 4 November Rebel Rebel with Guests
Melbourne Monday 6 November Northcote Social Club with The Boat People (Bris)
Shepparton Thursday 9 November Yahoo Bar with Magic Dirt
Melbourne Friday 9 November Corner Hotel with Magic Dirt Ballarat
Saturday 11 November Karova Lounge with Magic Dirt


Graeme Connors continues his national tour with Queensland, Tasmania & New South Wales dates announced for Simply Graeme Connors, the career encompassing two hour solo show and It's All Good, the spectacular new concert with band, leading into Tamworth 2007.

28 Oct Sat Cairns Civic Theatre
4 Nov Sat Wrest Point Entertainment Centre
17 Nov Fri Seagulls RLFC Tweed Heads
18 Nov Sat Joeís Waterhole Eumundi
19 Nov Sun Pioneer Village CM Club Petrie ** 1pm show
23 Nov Thurs Ex-Servicemenís Club Sth Grafton
24 Nov Fri RSL Club Sawtell
25 Nov Sat Ex-Services Club Macksville
26 Nov Sun South West Rocks Country Club
30 Nov Thurs Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton
1 Dec Fri Moncrieff Theatre Bundaberg
14 Dec Thurs Entertainment Centre Mackay
26 Jan Fri Town Hall Tamworth ** 2pm show


Promoter Civil Society and Etch 'n' Sketch Record are excited to announce the December Australian tour for Glasgow five My Latest Novel (including soaring violins, xylophones and undulating percussions; they're seen as Glasgow's Arcade Fire) and NY's Home Video, here to support their brand new release 'No Certain Night or Morning'.

Melbourne - Thurs, 7th Dec @ Corner Hotel
Brisbane - Fri, 8th Dec @ The Globe
Sydney - Sat, 9th Dec @ The Basement


Over 50 musicians will take part in an all ages performance showcase called Hive Live 3 at the Annandale Hotel on Sunday October 22. Hive Live is a performance showcase by Guitarhive students (and a few guest singers and drummers) as a result of four to five months of workshopping and rehearsing. Ben Little, organiser and owner of the Guitarhive expects between 250 to 300 to attend for this third event.


South African singer songwriter Farryl Purkiss's music is acoustic and unhurried in construction. His first South African release, 'Chapter One' was self financed and nominated for a 2006 SAMA Award in the 'Best Adult Contemporary' category. 'Chapter One' was recorded in collaboration with fellow South African Nibs van der Spuy and now they reunited to tour Australia supporting Canadian songsmith Hawksley Workman. The new self titled long player is his second album in South Africa and his debut in Australia.

Fri 3rd Nov: Jive - Adelaide (SA)
Sat 4th Nov: Northcote Social Club
Sun 5th Nov: The Troubadour - Brisbane (QLD)
Wed 8th Nov: The Heritage Hotel - Bulli (NSW)
Thur 9th Nov: The Clarendon - Katoomba (NSW)
Fri 10th Nov: Wheel Shop Blues (Honeysuckle Markets) Newcastle (NSW)
Sat 11th Nov: The Brass Monkey - Cronulla (NSW)
Wed 15th Nov: @ Newtown - Newtown R.S.L (NSW)


Sydney's Carla Werner had a failed album with Sony and now returns on the indie trail with an album titled Pure Things In Wild Places which is"a first-rate set of sombre chamber pop and digital-age torch songs. It only falters when she loses herself in navel gazing" according to Jeff Apter.

Nov 01 - THE BASEMENT, Sydney, NSW - Album Launch
Nov 11 - The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW - w/ CODA


Sydney band with cutting edge computer-rock with influences from French house to early 80s electro-funk and Krautrock has a new EP out that's given them a buzz status. Remaining dates:

19/10/2006 University Social Club Sydney Uni
27/10/2006 Candy's Apartment Sydney
02/11/2006 Melbourne EP Launch Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
04/11/2006 Click Click, Brown Alley Melbourne

MATT FINISH (update)

These are the latest dates for the Matt Finish reunion run:



Brisbane rockchick Kate Bradley and her band The Last Desire have just started recording the full-length sequel to Kate's 2005 EP You Don't Choose Me.  The album is slated for release in 2007. Meanwhile, their new songs are set to receive a thorough airing in coming weeks

Thursday 19th October: BigSound Showcase @ The Moon Bar, Empire Hotel, Fortitude Valley - with Mary Trembles, Royal Engineers & others.
Thursday 26th October: duo show for Fraulein @ The Spark Bar, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.
Thursday 9th November: full band show @ Ric's, Fortitude Valley - with Halfday.


After relocating to England earlier this year they did 75 shows, with the NME calling them "righteous, thrilling, scary and loud" and trade paper Music Week as "At The Drive In fronted by a Nick Cave-Cedric Bixler hybrid". They return for their first Australian shows in over nine months, titled the "Oh My God, We're In The NME!" Tour

Melbourne Friday 27 October Ding Dong Lounge
Adelaide Saturday 28 October Jive
Canberra Thursday 2 November Green Room
Sydney Friday 3 November Spectrum
Brisbane Friday 17 November The Columbian Bar
Gold Coast Saturday 18 November Berlin Lounge


Aussie singer songwriter with impressive future hits the road behind her second album Black, supported by The Vandas.

Thursday 26 October The Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast + The Vandas
Friday 27 October The Globe, Fortitude Valley + The Vandas
Saturday 28 October Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay + The Vandas
Thursday 2 November Republic Bar, Hobart TAS
Friday 3 November James Hotel, Launceston TAS
Saturday 4 NovemberWrestlepoint Hotel, Hobart TAS Supporting The Whitlams
Saturday 11 November Spectrum, Sydney With The Vandas
Wednesday 15 November The Brass Monkey, Cronulla + The Vandas
Friday 17 November Mona Val Hotel, Mona Vale Supporting The Fumes
Saturday 18 November The Arts Centre, Campbelltown NSW
Sunday 19 November Heritage Hotel, Wollongong
Wednesday 22 November East Brunswick Club, Melbourne + The Vandas
Thursday 23 November The Peninsula Hotel, Moordu+ The Vandas
Friday 24 November Soden's, Albury VIC + The Vandas


Carl Cox set to headline Harbour Party NYE, at Luna Park, with three massive arenas, and with the best views of the fireworks at the Harbour Bridge. Joining Carl in the Big Top will be The Presets Mark Dynamix and UK's Eric Powell.

Crystal Ballroom will host the coolest dance acts of the moment including Sneaky Sound System, Alan Thompson, Ivan Gough from TV Rock and Bang Gang

Tickets include unlimited free rides all night plus there'll be over 100 street performers including the sensational Brazillian Dancers,2 indoor and 1 outdoor arena, international cuisine & bars and 6000 party people going off in the finest Sydney style


Ssoul, jazz and electronic music pioneers, including New Yorican disco and latin soul legend Joe Bataan and acclaimed soul singer Steve Spacek, will headline Collideascope at the Espy on Saturday October 21st. Full list is Joe Bataan (USA) Steve Spacek & Benji B (UK) Aloe Blacc (USA) Patrick Pulsinger (Austria) Chez Damier (USA) Alex Smoke (Scotland) Rekid / Audio Slave (UK) Roman Rosic (Russia) Andres (Equador) T-Man (Sth Africa) Yogo (Israel) Chief (UK) Nesho (Sarajevo) Daniel Brant (Germany) Roberto Auser (Neth.) Skymark (Switz.) Zeynep Erbay (Turkey) Nire (USA) Douglas Greed (Germany) Aroop Roy (Japan) Aloe Blacc (USA) Fred Cherry (Australia) + The Academy Band Plus local shakers: Lanu / JPS / Loot / Little Beasties / Reseach & Development / Kano / Harris Robotis / Mike Callander / Dave Pham / Ennio Styles / Matt Radovich / Jay Reading / James Rudd / Ed Thomas

Each year, the Red Bull Music Academy seeks out a city that cultivates the coming together of like-minded communities from around the world; a place where friends can draw from the vibrant environment of their surroundings, that+can act as a real inspiration, and can help narrow the gap between melody and rhythm, musician and audience.


Held Saturday October 21st @ The RNA Showgrounds, playing are Butterfingers, The Dreamkillers, Giants of Science, Six Ft Hick, Iron On, Dubdoubt, Indigenous Intrudaz, The Disables, Sekiden, Butcher Birds, Transport, The Gin Club, new darlings I Heart Hiroshima, Mary Trembles and tonnes more. Fronting the national crew are Sydney's The Bird, hip hop diva Maya Jupiter and her outfit Foreign Heights, breakcore, lo-fi synthpop maestro Talkshow Boy, ska kings The Strange Tenants for their 25th anniversary reunion shows, seminal Melbourne rockers The Meanies, The Follow, Jump 2 Light Speed, Melbourne's Curseovdialect - and on, and on...

International representatives include renowned Californian DJ Kid 606 setting the doof stage ablaze, New York City's Drop The Lime and NZ's Batrider - and on, and on...


New Zealand trio release "Solace" in Oz and head to our shoes to promote it. They toured with Cog throughout Australia in 2005 and are heading back in 2006 for their own shows celebrating the release of Solace.

Nov 1st Spectrum Sydney NSW
Nov 2nd Espy Melbourne VIC
Nov 3rd Rob Roy Melbourne VIC


Announces Dates In Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand - Oct. 14, 2006 New York death metallers Suffocationhave confirmed their first-ever visit to Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, set to take place in February 2007. Commented drummer Mike Smith: "We are definitely looking forward to bringing the pain to a new audience of fans. They've been requesting us for years and we are happy to finally be able to pull it off. I'm positive every show will be an amazing time. In 2007 our goal is to hit as many places as physically possible that have yet to witness our live show and party with SUFFOCATION."

Feb. 11 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Feb. 13 - Perth, Australia
Feb. 14 - Adelaide, Australia
Feb. 15 - Melbourne, Australia
Feb. 16 - Sydney, Australia
Feb. 17 - Auckland, NZ
Feb. 18 - Wellington, NZ
Feb. 19 - Brisbane, Australia


After sell out shows earlier this year (some with Deerhoof), Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic) returns to Australia with gigs through Popfrenzy.

Thursday November 2 MELBOURNE: Joint Hassles - 2A Mitchell St (off High St), Northcote with The Cannanes and Sly Hats
Sunday November 5 SYDNEY: Newtown Theatre - Cnr King & Bray Sts, Sth Newtown with The Cannanes and Kiosk
Tuesday November 7 BRISBANE: Jugglers Art Space - 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley + Ambitious Lovers 


Michael Coppel Presents and Phil McIntyre Entertainment have added extra shows at the Brisbane Convention Centre (Jan 22, 23) and Melbourne Vodafone Arena (Jan 30, 31, Feb 1) for Little Britain creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams.


Aussie blues gal Fiona Boyes, wowing them in North America (see item in main column) is back to show the home folks what's what. She's in WA this week, with a backing band that includes Hans Deberitz on bass, Richie Pavledis on drums, Kent Hughes on guitar, Bill Rogers on sax and Hammond and Bob Patient on keyboards.

Wednesday 25 October THE UNIVERSAL BAR, N'bridge
Thursday 26 October THE FLOREAT TAVERN - solo
Saturday 28 October SETTLER'S TAVERN, Margaret River
Sunday 29 October RAVENSWOOD HOTEL - band
Tuesday 31 October THE PERTH BLUES CLUB - band

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