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Tue, 14 February 2017

Geoff Achison gig list

Filed under: blues music, rock music, Tours — site admin @ 11:29 am

FEB 17 FRI
Micawber Tavern Belgrave, Australia
FEB 19 SUN
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival, Buchan, Australia
FEB 24 FRI
Tanswells Hotel Beechworth, Australia
FEB 25 SAT
Tolmie Tavern Tolmie, Australia
FEB 26 SUN
Grand Hotel Yarra Glen, Australia
MAR 3 FRI
Flying Saucer Club Elsternwick, Australia P
MAR 4 SAT
Diamond House Stawell, Australia
MAR 5 SUN
The Royal Oak Fitzroy North, Australia
MAR 10 FRI
Micawber Tavern Belgrave,
MAR 12 SUN
Beach 162 Frankston, Australia
MAR 16 THU
Farnham Maltings Farnham, United Kingdom
MAR 17 FRI
The Hawth Crawley, United Kingdom
MAR 18 SAT
Blues at Barleylands Billericay, United Kingdom
MAR 21 TUE
Tuesday Night Music Club
Hooley, United Kingdom
MAR 22 WED
The Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
MAR 24 FRI
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Liverpool, United Kingdom
MAR 25 SAT
Redcar R&B Club Redcar, United Kingdom
MAR 26 SUN
Elme Hall Hotel Wisbech, United Kingdom
MAR 27 MON
Famous Monday Blues Oxford, United Kingdom
MAR 28 TUE
Bottleneck Blues Club Rochester, United Kingdom
MAR 29 WED
The Inn. Chichester, United Kingdom
MAR 30 THU
Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham-By-Sea, United Kingdom
MAR 31 FRI
The Grainstore Brewery Oakham, United Kingdom
APR 1 SAT
Evershot Village Hall Dorchester, United Kingdom
APR 2 SUN
Duke Of Cumberland, Whitstable, United Kingdom
APR 4 TUE
Vonnie’s Blues Club, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
APR 5 WED
The Stables, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
APR 6 THU
Barnoldswick Arts Centre Barnoldswick, United Kingdom
APR 6 THU
Band on the Wall, Manchester, United Kingdom
APR 7 FRI
Bowness Bay Blues
Bowness On Windermere, United Kingdom
APR 8 SAT
Farnsfield Village Centre, Farnsfield, United Kingdom
APR 9 SUN
Kieghley Blues Live, Bradford, United Kingdom
APR 11 TUE
Mrs Yarrington’s Music Club, Battle, United Kingdom
APR 15 SAT
Eddies Attic, Atlanta, GA
APR 20 THU
Dr Mac Arnold’s Restaurant, Greenville, SC
APR 21 FRI
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, Asheville, NC
APR 22 SAT
Hendershot’s, Athens, GA
APR 27 THU
Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC
APR 28 FRI
Knoxville Museum of Fine Art, Knoxville, TN
APR 29 SAT
Inman Park Festival, Atlanta, GA
MAY 2 TUE
Carolina Wren Park, Anderson, SC
MAY 5 FRI
Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, FL
MAY 12 FRI
The Old Feed Store, Cobden, IL

Wed, 28 December 2016

Midge Ure and India Electric Company Tour

Filed under: blues music, pop music, rock music, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 7:41 pm

Midge Ure and India Electric Company Tour
Midge Ure Something from Everything : Fri Mar 10 2017
Midge’s career spans four decades from his pop band beginnings to almost joining the Sex Pistols, his electronic groundbreaking work with Visage (Fade To Grey is still voted No.1 in its genre across Europe), the mainstream success of Ultravox and the twists and turns of his solo releases. For this Something From Everything Tour, Midge and his band will perform at least one song from every album he has ever released from 1977 until now. What a journey, don’t miss it!
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Mon, 12 September 2016

Midge Ure & India Electric Co Aussie tour 2017

Filed under: pop music, rock music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 3:28 pm

Something from Everything Tour
We are delighted to announce Midge’s return to Australia in Spring 2017!

Perth Regal Theatre Weds March 8th

Adelaide The Gov Thursday March 9th

Melbourne Thornbury Theatre Friday March 10th

Sydney The Basement Sat March 11th

Brisbane The Triffid Sunday March 12th

New Zealand dates will follow soon!

Mon, 29 August 2016

DigiTree Media

Filed under: Television, performance art, CD Launches, Festivals & Major Events, Tours, General — site admin @ 10:21 am

DigiTree Media for your Social Media services. Entertainers, managers, production companies this is for you.
Clare will advise you on how to get started, if you don’t have the time to handle your tweets Clare does. Yes, she has always been a talker. And then…social media arrived, she tweets all day long for her favorite people. Chatty, funny and interesting, Clare will put herself out there for you in the world of entertainment and social media - one can’t get enough exposure. Not a publicist… a social media consultant.

Wed, 17 August 2016

Simple Minds & B52’s 4th Feb 2017 in Melbourne

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 5:07 pm

ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY VIC
SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY
In one of the upcoming summer’s more captivating tours, the majestic
Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of the B-52s for a huge tour in February 2017.
Both bands who are much-loved by Australian fans will roam through a day on the green wineries nationally. Simple Minds and the B-52s will be joined by two of the 80s most innovative and eclectic bands Models and Machinations.

MEMBERS PRE-SALE STARTS
12PM MONDAY 15 AUGUST UNTIL
5PM WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST (AEST)*

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
MEMBERS PRE-SALE PRICE $99.90**, USUALLY $109.90**.

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TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
2nd February 2017 Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth WA
4th February 2017 Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
5th February 2017 Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale SA
11th February 2017 Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley NSW
12th February 2017 Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD

Thu, 28 July 2016

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian & NZ Tour

Filed under: pop music, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 8:20 pm

The Monkees 50th Anniversary Australian and NZ Tour
November 2016
The Monkees’ Greatest Hits! All the songs you remember!

On September 8, 1965, when producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider placed a classified ad in The Hollywood Reporter seeking “4 insane boys,” they had no idea that they were about to unleash Monkee-mania! But that’s exactly what happened the following year when the first episode of “The Monkees” debuted on NBC on September 12, 1966.

50 years later and The Monkees anniversary show is coming to Australia and New Zealand. After sell-out North American shows, and with a brand new album “Good Times!” in the charts, Micky and Peter are bringing the Monkees magic downunder.

The Monkees 50th Anniversary show is a unique concert experience. Times may change but infectious pop hits and wonderfully charismatic characters stay in our hearts and memories forever.

‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘Theme from The Monkees’, ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’, ‘She’, ‘Saturday’s Child’, ‘Mary, Mary’, ‘The Girl I Knew Somewhere’, ‘For Pete’s Sake’, ‘Randy Scouse Git’, ‘Your Auntie Grizelda’, ‘Words’, ‘Papa Gene’s Blues’, ‘Porpoise Song’, ‘Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?’, ‘Goin’ Down’, ‘Listen to the Band’, ‘Shades Of Grey’, ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘round’, ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’, ‘Circle Sky’, ‘I’m a Believer’

When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.

Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. The show itself, meanwhile, paid tribute not only to The Beatles, but also to the comedy stylings of The Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy as well as the pop-art sensibilities of Warhol and the emerging San Francisco psychedelic scene.

The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released in August 1966, hitting #1 and serving as advance publicity for their series, which debuted on September 12. When the group’s self-titled debut album arrived in stores a month later, it quickly headed for the top spot of the Billboard charts, where it would ultimately sit for 13 of the 78 weeks it remained in the Top 200. (Two decades later, in the midst of a new burst of Monkee-mania, The Monkees popped back onto the charts, bringing the total number of weeks to 102.)

By the time the group’s TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had seen three further albums top the charts – More of the Monkees, Headquarters, and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., all of which were released in 1967, staggeringly enough – while racking up several more hit singles, with “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,” “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40.

After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but much as the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways… for awhile.

In February 1986, after MTV broadcast a marathon of The Monkees, Dolenz, Jones, and Tork reunited for a 20th anniversary tour, with Nesmith joining them onstage for the Los Angeles date of the tour, and in 1996, all four members of the group reunited for a new album (Justus) and TV special (Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees).

In the wake of Jones’s death on February 29, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts. The shows were greeted with sell-out response and phenomenal reviews. Now, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork carry on that tradition with a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor, including clips from their Emmy Award winning series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and solo spots for each of the singers. This Evening With The Monkees is sure to please every fan of the band.

Thu, 23 June 2016

Ska Legend Neville Staple (ex The Specials) on East Coast Tour

Filed under: pop music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:06 pm

Ska Legend Neville Staple (ex The Specials) on East Coast Tour
Presented by Tone Deaf and Big Apachee

Whether you remember a time when 2Tone was king, or you’ve discovered ska much more recently, you don’t want to miss the original Rudeboy - legend Neville Staple - as he hits Australia on tour this winter.
The toastmaster of UK icons The Specials and FunBoy3 is back to skank East coast audiences through a massive catalogue of classic hits, alongside new tracks from latest album Ska Crazy.

There are limited VIP ticket packages available for serious fans who want a once-in-a-lifetime chance to connect with Neville back stage.
Ska Crazy is available thru Cleopatra Records, and at shows on CD and limited edition vinyl.
www.facebook.com/NevilleStapleBand
www.originalrudeboy.co.uk

TOUR DATES
Thursday 28th July
Long Jetty Hotel, Central Coast, NSW
7:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3262-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Friday 29th July
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
8:30pm, $47.50 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3264-neville-staple.aspx & corner.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5648-neville-staple
Saturday 30th July
The Basement, Canberra, ACT
8:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3263-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Sunday 31st July
The Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
7:00pm, $47.50 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3265-neville-staple.aspx & newtownsc.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5649-neville-staple

Thursday 4th August
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
8:00p, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3267-neville-staple.aspx
Friday 5th August
Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
8:30pm, $45 + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3266-neville-staple.aspx & oztix.com.au
Saturday 6th August
The Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
8:30pm, $47.50inc gst + booking fee
Tickets via bigtix.com.au/products/3268-neville-staple.aspx & mammothmanestage.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/5650/NevilleStaple
***** VIP Meet and Greet available at all shows - $95 + booking fee******

NEVILLE STAPLE

Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville Staple’s thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials & FunBoy3 in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the ‘90s up to the present day.
Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and Neville’s departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with his own excellent band, The Neville Staple Band, at venue and festival appearances worldwide.

“It isn’t hard to work out why The Specials lack energy on stage, it’s because Neville Staple took it with him” - Steve Oliver - Nottingham Post

Neville’s autobiography, ‘The Original Rude Boy’, was published by Aurum Press in the UK in May 2009. It is an amazing story that tells of Neville’s interest in music in the early ‘60s, his relationship with Pete Waterman (record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ and television presenter) who he met at a club in Coventry and his rise out of hell into stardom.

Neville’s latest album with his band ‘Ska Crazy’ was released in May 2014, ahead of an extensive tour, which includes new material and some old ska classic covers. The album also features guest vocals from his wife Christine Staple and long time friend, DJ and Artist, Daddy Woody.
2015 was a very exciting year for Neville with relentless touring up and down the UK and playing many festivals including a headline slot on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

2016 sees Neville hitting hard into the festival circuit again with yet another performance at Glastonbury Festival as well as many others. He continues to tour tirelessly across the UK, Europe and beyond including Australia and America and has plans to release a new album in the autumn.
Neville has a way with people, he cares about his audience and wants to give them a good time. In return, the crowd are word perfect on every song and each event turns into a party.

“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” - Anita Merritt - Exeter Express & Echo

Neville has also worked on various collaborations over the years, including with The Talks, Flipron, Duplex, co-writing 4 tracks on The Mutants album ‘Rhythm and Punk Review’, tracks with The Dub Pistols and there are many more collaborations in the works.
“Out on his own, still pretty special” - Record Collector

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