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Thu, 28 July 2016

Ding Dong - 4 DJ’s

Ding Dong is proud as hell to present the return gigs of one of Melbourne’s most loved DJ’s in 4 special performances that add up to a mini residency of sorts.

The kid known as Dexter is about as respected as it gets in parts all over the world, ever since putting himself on the map by being Australia’s acknowledged DJ master as 4 time Australian champ and coming 2nd in the world DJ championships, only being knocked out of first place by DJ Craze.

It was no surprise those savvy cats Bobby Dazzler scooped him up to join their band The Avalanches and take the ride with them to international superstardom. He played a significant role in the sound of their album Since I Left You which has become one of the most loved Australian albums of all time.

It was a bumpy ride but one the world was a better place for and after eventually going back out on his own Dexter continued on his way knocking people’s brains out with the awe inspiring brilliance of his DJ sets.

Pretty much anybody living in Melbourne into class DJing would have come across him at some point and enjoyed the vibe that happens when Dexter spins.

After a little hiatus he’s back and over 4 nights in August you get the chance to come hang and enjoy where Dexter is at right now, fresh and ready to rock and kick some ass xxxxx xxxxx’s
Fridays 5,12,19 & 26 August.
From 12.00am
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Sat, 21 May 2016

SONGS AND STORIES – SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND

Filed under: pop music, electronic music, folk music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:21 pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival and APRA AMCOS present
SONGS AND STORIES – SONGWRITERS IN
THE ROUND
The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St in Collingwood over two evenings.
Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 12th July
The Song and Stories nights offer a genuine insight in to the craft of song writing from 20
different perspectives in various stages of artists’ careers. Some of the participants are
still in high school while others have been writing and performing music for more than
four decades. The focus of the night is essentially is the song-writing process and the
stories that inspired something which then goes on to have a life of its own.
Each evening will features ten songwriters delivering a total of 30 songs over two sets.
Some of the songwriters generally play solo while others will be performing without their
band behind them for the first time. Five musicians will be on stage at the same time,
taking a turn to introduce and play a song in three rounds.
This is the second year that the Songs and Stories series is part of the Leaps and Bounds
Music Festival. The format proved to be popular with both audiences and performers last
year and its return anticipated. Programmed as an early week event on a Tuesday, the art
of listening is not overly commanding, especially when presented with some moving and
entertaining preludes to songs and melodies. A sense of camaraderie also unfolds on
stage between the songwriters during the rounds as anecdotes, heartaches and laughs are
shared.
Appearing over the two weeks are the following Melbourne based songwriters who have
a rock, indie, pop, folk, electronic and country musical persuasion including Alice Sky,
Amaya Laucirica, Arun Roberts, Ben Mastwyk, Ben Salter, Bob Harrow, Brooke Russell,
Charm of Finches, Chris Pickering, Elizabeth Barker, Emily Ulman, Fiona Lee Maynard,
Gareth Ed Lindsay, Jack Howard, James Henry, Jim Lawrie, Lachlan Bryan, Laura
Imbruglia, Liam Gerner and Quang Dinh.
Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 12th July
at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St in Collingwood
www.thegasometerhotel.com.au
Doors 8pm
Set 1: 8.20pm - 9.10pm
Set 2. 9.30pm - 10.20pm
TUESDAY 5TH JULY:
Ben Mastwyk
Ben Salter
Brooke Russell
Charm of Finches
Elizabeth Barker
Gareth Ed Lindsay
James Henry
Lachlan Bryan
Liam Gerner
Quang Dinh (Naked Bodies/Little Red)
TUESDAY 12TH JULY
Alice Skye
Amaya Laucirica
Arun Roberts (Dirt Hand)
Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union)
Chris Pickering
Emily Ulman
Fiona Lee Maynard
Jack Howard
Jim Lawrie
Laura Imbruglia
Tickets on sale from www.thegasometerhotel.com.au
Tickets $12+BF (for one show) or $20 +BF (for both shows, presale only)
Or $15 at the door on the night if available.
www.leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com
Media queries please contact Karen@karenconradpublicity.com or ring 0400 527 365.

Thu, 2 July 2015

listen out dance and electronic fest

Filed under: Dance Party, electronic music, Dance — site admin @ 9:47 am

listen out dance festival 26.9.2015
Catani Gardens St.Kilda
When it comes to representing women, it’s been a bad year for music festivals. DJ and LISTEN member Jo Eaton calls out the latest offender, national dance and electronic festival, Listen Out.

Of the 17 acts announced on the line-up for Listen Out festival, only one, Alison Wonderland, is female. In its announcement yesterday event promoter, Novel Tours, also slung in a homophobic remark. “When done correctly and at the right place,” ran its promo material, “Dance can: attract the opposite sex…”

Thus far, 2015 has seen experimental electronic festival, Unsound Adelaide fail - for the second consecutive year - to schedule any women on its original 3-day line-up, though a late cancellation saw women added to the bill. Vivid Festival didn’t do much better. Overseas, the situation is the same. Music blog, Crack In The Road, posted images of festival posters with the male bands edited out to starkly show the imbalance and this week The Guardian has presented the statistics.

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Tue, 3 June 2014

SEX ON TOAST - THE TONAY TOUR 2014

Filed under: electronic music, contemporary music, rock music, Tours — site admin @ 5:09 pm

SEX ON TOAST - THE TONAY TOUR 2014
Since the release of their debut album of synth-funk, soul, slow-jams and hard-rockin’ shuffles and subsequent sell-out launches in both Melbourne and Sydney, Sex on Toast have been laying low in Melbourne and doing their thang…

And now they proudly announce ‘the Tonay Tour’ - another sexual exploration up the East Coast culminating in Melbourne with two evenings at the Toff in Town.

Frontman Angus Leslie said, “A lot of people want to know…
What do we mean when we say ‘Tonay’?
To us Tonay is an essence… A life-force… a beautiful woman… a stank bass line… a damn good time…
Tonay.”

Catch Sex On Toast burning down the house live at the following venues:

June 8 at The Loft in Warrnambool
July 2 at The Vanguard in Sydney
July 3 at The Bunker in Coogee
July 4 at Turner Bowls in Canberra
July 5 The Toff In Town in Melbourne
July 6 The Toff In Town in Melbourne

Sat, 24 August 2013

MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS (USA) @The Corner Gigs

LINDSEY STIRLING (USA) - 2nd show due to popular demand!
Monday 26 August 2013 7:30pm
LINDSEY STIRLING (USA) - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 27 August 2013 7:30pm
Ticket: $35.00 ($3.00 bf)
Ticket + album (digital): $45.00 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: DJ Kuya
Website: http://www.lindseystirling.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic

JAPANDROIDS (Canada) - SELLING FAST! 2nd show due to popular demand!
Wednesday 28 August 2013 8:00pm
Ticket: $46.00 ($4.00 bf)
Guests: Drunk Mums
Website: http://japandroids.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/japandroids

ASH (Ireland) performing ‘1977′ - SELLING FAST! 2nd show due to popular demand!
Thursday 29 August 2013 7:30pm
Ticket: $59.00 ($4.00 bf)
Ticket + Tshirt: $95.00 ($5.00 bf)
Guests: The Staffords + Suzie Stapleton
Website: http://www.ash-official.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ash

THE FAUVES (25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee show)
Saturday 31 August 2013 8:30pm
Ticket: $20.00 ($3.00 bf)
Guests: Doctor’s Orders
Website: http://www.thefauves.com/
Last FM: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Fauves

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Kele, Booka Shade @ Prince Bandroom

Filed under: electronic music, Gigs — site admin @ 5:35 pm

KELE
13 SEP
Night Creatures - A supernatural Rock N Roll Disco Having sold millions of records, you won’t be forgiven for not knowing who Kele is. Both the front man for monolithic UK band Bloc Party, and his own very successful solo project (Kele), the man is a legend in his own right.Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with a very limited run of intimate DJ performances this September across the country.

BOOKA SHADE - DJ SET(DE)
24 OCT
Booka Shade are Berlin-based duo Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier; a pair who – after producing music together for more than 25 years – have emerged as one of the rare electronic music acts that channel the spirit and sounds of underground techno, but who can ignite any festival crowd, winning over fans across the rock and dance music scenes. Guided by Booka Shade’s unmistakable productions The pair went on to become highly sought after remixers, lending their magic touch to respected artists such as Depeche Mode, Moby, Yello, Hot Chip, Kings Of Leon, Tiga, and The Knife.. Memorable DJ appearances so far this year have included the Space Ibiza opening party, as well as a range of US festivals including the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Their most recent DJ mix also reached #1 on the Beatport charts.

Fri, 19 July 2013

SOUL-A-GO-GO

Filed under: electronic music, Dance Party, pop music, Dance, Gigs, rock music, General — site admin @ 4:26 pm

PBS 106.7FM presents SOUL-A-GO-GO
ON SATURDAY 3rd of August AT THE WORKERS CLUB
The first Saturday of every month can only mean one thing – Soul-A-Go-Go – for your monthly dose of good vibes!
Banging out the 45s this month will be Miss Goldie, DJ Manchild, Richie 1250, Pierre Baroni, Zack Rampage plus special guest
Dave Boots. The party kicks off at 8pm sharp and goes through to 1am.
Gather your friends and head on down to The Workers Club for Melbourne’s ultimate soul and funk night!
It’s $10 for members and $15 for future members.
Proudly presented by PBS!
SOUL-A-GO-GO
Miss Goldie, DJ Manchild, Richie 1250, Pierre Baroni and Zack Rampage and Guest Dave Boots
Saturday 3rd August at The Workers Club
8pm – 1am

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