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MBAX Melbourne Body Art Xpo

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Fine Arts, General — site admin @ 6:22 pm

Body Art aficionados rejoice! The annual
non-profit MBAX Melbourne Body Art Xpo
is back for their 6th huge year in 2014 with
the theme “Out of the Ashes.”
Artists are invited to share their creative
visions by painting whatever associations
they make within the “Out Of The Ashes”
theme onto human canvases.

The 2014 Melbourne Body Art Xpo
Saturday 16th August at Revolt, 12
Elizabeth Street, Kensington, from 10am
to midnight.
Tickets for the public are on sale from
12 May at Revolt Art Space website from
$50 Family of 4
Single $30
Concession $25
Early Bird tickets $5 off
For more information please visit


Kid Ink Aust Tour

Filed under: Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 6:17 pm

Kid Ink
My Own Lane Australian Tour

The Hi-Fi, Brisbane - Friday August 22
The Hi-Fi, Sydney - Saturday August 23
The Hi-Fi, Melbourne - Sunday August 24
Villa, Perth - Monday August 25


Filed under: acoustic music, folk music, Tours — site admin @ 6:12 pm

returns to Australia
“Live, there’s just no touching this guy…he’s simply an electrifying showman” ABOUT.COM
Joe Bonamassa has just announced his 2014 Australian tour dates. Kicking off in Sydney on September 14, the tour finishes up a week later in Perth on September 21, after performances in Adelaide and Melbourne. Tickets to all shows are on sale now.
The new live show will offer two stellar band line-ups with Joe Bonamassa dividing the show in half, offering audiences both a full acoustic and full electric set. This will be Bonamassa’s first time performing a full acoustic set in Australia for local audiences.

The first set will feature Bonamassa alongside the acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House playing an assortment of rare, vintage, organic and unusual instruments alongside performers Gerry O’Connor (fiddle/mandolin), Mats Wester (Swedish keyed fiddle), and Lenny Castro (percussion).

Together they will run through an hour of the celebrated signature acoustic performance from Bonamassa’s Vienna show, treating the audience to a gorgeously textured unplugged experience.

Bonamassa will then shift into electric mode for the second half of the show, which will feature his acclaimed touring band: Carmine Rojas (bass), Tal Bergman (drums), and new touring keyboardist (and fellow Black Country Communion member) Derek Sherinian.

Tour Dates
Sunday September 14
The State Theatre, Sydney NSW
Wednesday September 17
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide SA
Friday September 19
The Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Sunday September 21
Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
Tickets on sale now, for more information, head to http://jbonamassa.com/

Coldplay Enmore Theatre

Coldplay is performing one very special Australian show during their promotional visit next month.
Enmore Theatre, Sydney - Thursday June 19

Stringent anti-scalping measures will be in place for this exclusive live show, including personalised digital tickets – patrons’ names will be printed on their ticket and cross checked against credit card details and photo identification prior to entry into the venue – and the ezyTickets will not be emailed to patrons until the day of the show, June 19.


Filed under: Live Music Venues, rockabilly music, rock music, Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 6:00 pm

Acclaimed around the world for his voice, charisma and quiff, award winning singer Mikelangelo is The Balkan Elvis!
Join him at Leaps and Bounds Music Festival for the grand opening of Collingwood Town Hall on Friday 11 July for what will be an incredible tour de force!
Speaking from his luxurious estate on the shores of the Black Sea yesterday, Mikelangelo said, “I am honoured and delighted to play in this splendid ballroom. It is truly a venue fit for The King.”

Imagine, if you will, that Elvis had grown up in the Balkans and that his musical instrument of choice, aside from an impossibly lush voice, was the piano accordion.

Backed by a seven piece brass Balkan band and Eastern Bloc Go-Go Dancers, Mikelangelo sings the hits as you’ve never heard them before, sprinkling hilarious tales of his rags to riches story throughout the show like so much glitter.

This is Elvis as you’ve never seen or heard him before, overflowing with emotion, romance and animal desire, telling the history of the birth of rock’n'roll behind the Iron Curtain.

Mikelangelo is thrilled to be the first artist invited to perform at the Collingwood Town Hall, which has recently had a once-in-a-century refurbishment that has revealed and restored the art-deco delights of the ballroom.
This iconic building’s ballroom was playing host to live music long before punks were thrashing about on the floor of the Tote.
The crowds that arrived for the weekend dances in the mid-20th Century ensured that the ballroom’s well-worn timber floor became the fastest dancefloor in Melbourne.

Live music continued to light up the town hall’s stage until the 1990s.
The stage is set for a musical renaissance and who better to usher in the new era than our very own Balkan Elvis, the aptly named Mikelangelo!

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.


Filed under: Workshops, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 5:55 pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival and Music Victoria presents
The Myth Behind The Riff – metal and hardcore workshop

What do you need to do to take your band to the next level? Join some of the most dynamic players on the Victorian metal and hardcore scene in this not-to-be-missed information session. Topics cover everything you need to know about: getting a gig, making the right contacts, what Soundwave Festival is looking for in a local band, getting airplay, streaming, sponsorships, social media, artwork, media coverage, and touring overseas.

Stu Harvey - radio presenter, short.fast.loud
Matt Young – musician, King Parrot
Phoebe Pinnock – musician, Heaven the Axe
Chris O’Brien – General Manager, Soundwave Festival
Cael Johnston - National Events Manager, Destroy All Lines
Guy Palermo – publican, The Bendigo Hotel

Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall Reading Room
201 Napier St Fitzroy
Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014
Time: 6.00-7.30pm
Cost: Music Victoria members free, non-members $10
Bookings via TryBooking - trybooking.com/87936

Melbourne Music Landmark’, Bakehouse Studios

Filed under: contemporary music, Live Music Venues, Exhibitions, General — site admin @ 5:50 pm

Don’t miss your chance to look inside a ‘Melbourne Music Landmark’, Bakehouse Studios!

11am Saturday July 12th

If you’ve always wanted to look inside the studios where your favourite musicians hone their craft, here’s your chance. A secret place where The walls of drip with the history of Australian music, where the likes of Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, the Drones and thousands of bands have called home. Bakehouse is the headquarters of SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) and where the SLAM rally, “Australia’s largest Cultural Protest” was born.

Bakehouse will open their doors to the public for the first time ever and to celebrate the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival are throwing a street party in Little Hoddle Street!

Featuring Bakehouse favourites Harmony, ‘the mongrel concoction of gallows blues balladry, and soaring Gospel vocals and splatter jazz quartet The Impossible No Goods featuring BJ Morriszonkle take to the stage from 11am.

To coincide with their first ever public open day, Bakehouse will reveal a very special collaboration with some of Australia’s leading Contemporary Visual artists and artisans. Contributors presenting new works include Patricia Piccinini, Emily Floyd, Veronica Kent and Dirty Three guitarist and painter Mick Turner. In a world first, visual artists have been let loose in some of the smallest and grungiest rehearsal rooms to create installations especially for musicians in this working studio.

You’ll see installations made of Icing from the darlings of NGV’s Melbourne Now, the Hotham Street Ladies, Taxidermy from vegan artist Julia deVille, a metal room by jeweller Cass Partington, Early Punk images from photographer Peter Milne, a bespoke ”backstage’ by design duo Brustman + Boyd and a homage to pulp fiction by screen printer Stewart Russell. Tours will run through the afternoon.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, Beat Magazine & PBS 106.7 FM with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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