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Wed, 17 August 2016

Killing Heidi Queenscliffe Music Festival

Filed under: pop music, rock music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 5:20 pm

KILLING HEIDI
CELEBRATE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
WITH FIRST LIVE SHOWS IN 10 YEARS + DIGITAL RELEASE OF
‘REFLECTOR’
25th November 2016 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queensciff VIC

Celebrate 20 years since the band formed, Killing Heidi will be performing exclusive sets of their biggest hits for the first time in 10 years, including headlining the opening night of the 20th Queenscliff Music Festival.

“It’s a celebration not a reformation” says Jesse “We thought this was a really special opportunity to reflect on that era, as it’s Queenscliff’s 20th anniversary - and we started Killing Heidi 20 years ago too!”

It’s been twenty years since triple j unearthed the Hooper siblings as Killing Heidi with their folk pop song, Kettle. The Australian public embraced the duo who soon became a band, releasing debut album Reflector in March 2000. Singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and the album makes up an integral part of Aussie indie music story – one that hasn’t been told digitally until now.

Reflector took out four ARIA awards and reached 4 x platinum status, the album spawned 4 hit singles including the number one single ‘Mascara’ and teen anthem ‘Weir’. Weir placed #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 1999. The Hooper siblings won the critically-acclaimed APRA song-writers of the year award for the album. The album launched the band into international markets, and the Hooper siblings followed up with another two top twenty albums and four top-twenty hit singles.

For old and new Killing Heidi fans alike this digital re-release has been a long time coming. “Fans have been asking for years for Reflector online, It’s amazing that generations of people still feel connected to this music, they want to blast it… And now they can! It’s great, it feels like coming full circle.” - Ella Hooper

“We’ve been asked to perform live many times over the years and have always declined. But it just goes to show – never say never. I’m ready to celebrate that amazing time and also to claim that part of my journey as a songwriter. To join such a stellar lineup at this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival is the perfect way to return to the stage for us. There are so many great artists playing this year, we can’t wait! We love Queenscliff Music Festival and usually go with our family, so to be busting out the family band to perform this year is going to be KILLER. What Killing Heidi’s music meant and still means to the people that shared that amazing time with us really blows me away. I meet so many people, especially young women, who tell me how Killing Heidi inspired them to be themselves, back themselves or even start a band, and I’m completely honoured that it had that effect on people.” - Ella Hooper

“I’m really excited to revisit the Killing Heidi days, they were a big part of my youth and I can’t wait to perform these songs live for people who loved them too. We’ll play all our biggest hits from our first singles Weir and Mascara through to our later releases ‘I Am’ and ‘Calm Down’ We also have some other exciting things on the horizon so stay tuned for more announcements”. - Jesse Hooper
25th November 2016 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queensciff VIC

Thu, 23 June 2016

The Tarantinos @ The Jack Daniels Barrel House Melbourne July 2016

To celebrate 150 years of the Jack Daniel distillery we will be bringing Jack Daniel’s Barrel House from June 24 - July 3 at Crown Riverwalk on Melbourne’s Southbank.
Experience the house that gives our Whiskey its character, with finely crafted Whiskey cocktails, American smokehouse flavours from San Antone and an amazing line up of FREE live music.
Jack Daniel’s longstanding love of good music has been going since Jack himself started the Silver Cornet Band in 1866 to entertain the people of Lynchburg, the birthplace of his Whiskey.
The music taking the stage at the Barrel House will celebrate that, spanning through the ages and across the spectrum

No registration for tickets – first come, first served.
The Tarantinos: Friday 1st July and Sunday 3rd July - Don’t miss The Tarantinos 5 pce Band playing the best songs from Quentin Tarantino Movies…Pulp Fiction etc.
Its Free. Rock Up early. Drink. Dance. Celebrate Jack’s Birthday.

DAN BRODIE AT LEAPS AND BOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Filed under: contemporary music, blues music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs — site admin @ 12:47 pm

DAN BRODIE AT LEAPS AND BOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL
DAN BRODIE with James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims
Saturday 16 July / Doors: 8pm
The Tote, Collingwood
Special Guests:
Sean McMahon & The MoonMen
and Cowsmuff
TIX: $13 through Oztix or $15 on the door
http://thetotehotel.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=63054
Since 1999, Brodie has captured audiences around the world, releasing a succession of
albums (six in total) which have been nominated for numerous awards.
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The Tarantinos

Gigs:
Sorry, you just missed them @ The Gem, June 17th it was The Gems Birthday Celebration.
But.. now catch them at the Jack Daniels 150th Birthday Celebrations on 1st and 3rd July.
Jack Daniels Barrel House. Crown Riverwalk, Crown Melbourne.
Free entry. Look for the Big Barn. Dance.

Wed, 8 June 2016

GreazeFest Returns To Melbourne With 2016 Lineup

GreazeFest Returns To Melbourne With 2016 Lineup
Greasers rejoice, Australia’s premier rockabilly and kustum kulture festival is back for another year with a lineup so slick you could quiff your hair with it.
Leading the charge at this year’s event is John Lewis & His Trio coming over from the UK alongside US rockers The Rhythmn Shakers and Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers.

Elsewhere on the lineup comes sets from Pat Capocci, The Detonators, Three Kings, Scotty Baker, Doubleback, The Flattrakkers, Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Cruisin’ Deuces, The Hi-Boys, The Koffin Rockers, Stripped Black, Midd Teresa, Twang, Knights of Sin, The Ten Fours, Cherry Divine, Itchy Fingers, TJ & The Twinspinners, Cold Heart and a hell of a lot more.

Rounding it all out comes a huge hotrod and kustum showcase, artists, pinups, tikis, and markets.
Comb your hair back and get down to Sandown Racecourse on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Head to Greazefest for more details.

Noni Hazlehurst Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde

Filed under: Film, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 4:45 pm

Noni Hazlehurst will lead a session on power and influence in the media at the 2016 Screen Futures Summit, presented by The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and ACMI.
Taking place in Melbourne from June 30-July 3, the summit will run for three days across ACMI and RMIT with over 100 sessions. Christos Tsiolkas will be joined by producer Tony Ayres to discuss their upcoming TV adaptation of Tsiolkas’ novel Barracuda, and Eva Orner will participate in a Q&A via satellite with human rights advocate Julian Burnside after a screening of her documentary Chasing Asylum.
The team from The Family Law will participate in a Q&A, as will the makers of Logie-winning teen drama Ready for This.
Industry leaders Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde and Rebecca Mostyn will discuss diversity on screen, and Warwick Thornton will be joined by Philip Batty, Neil Turner and Curtis Taylor to talk about the role community media plays in communicating and preserving Indigenous culture.

Organiser Kate McCarthy Ficai called the summit a “unique opportunity to hear directly from our industry and to really dive in to the insights and questions our speakers pose as we navigate our way through our collective future. Screen Futures is for anyone working in the education and media sectors as well as general screen enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Youth Media Festival, for young filmmakers and students, will run concurrently on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

Woodford Folk Festival 2016

Filed under: Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 4:18 pm

Woodford Folk Festival - Tickets Now on Sale
The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. The festival is a place you can escape from ‘reality’ and immerse yourself in cultures from near and far. It is a place where artists inspire, community spirit engulfs and life memories are made.
Early bird tickets are on sale- current round is 30% off gate price until sold. Payment plans are also now open and available at 25% off the gate price.

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