10 September

Melbourne Music Week first line-up and festival hub announced

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The annual city festival celebrating Melbourne music is back and this year it’s bigger than ever, with 250 local and international artists appearing at 110 events over 40 locations. The first Melbourne Music Week line-up announcement reveals: Tangerine Dream, Architecture in Helsinki, Cut Copy (DJ set), The Church, A Winged Victory For the Sullen, Dusky, Ten Walls (live), Allday, Total Giovanni, Black Cab and Andras & Oscar.

Traditionally, MMW is made up of gigs, showcases and talks around many Melbourne venues – some traditional, some pop-up. There’s also the festival hub, which this year is at Queen Victoria Market. It seems like an odd choice, being quite a hike from the bulk of venues in the city and the north, but the Market is to undergo a massive development, so it means all eyes will be on the vicinity with a view to it branching out into hosting more events.

Once again, Melbourne Music Week partners with the Face the Music industry conference.… Read more

8 September

Sam Smith coming to Melbourne in April 2015

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He impressed us with his soulful set at Splendour in the Grass this year, he’s lent his smooth vocals to some of our favourite pop tracks of the past few years (ear worms including ‘Latch’ and ‘La La’) and his debut album has some great ballads on it, too. Now Sam Smith will return to Australia in April next year to play the Margaret Court Arena on his In the Lonely Hour world tour.

Tickets go on sale this Monday 15th September at 11am.

Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour tour, Margaret Court Arena, Thu Apr 30Read more

8 September

Support Act launches Bandwagon fundraising drive for musicians in hardship

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We’re all familiar with the trope of the struggling musician – living off the meagre spoils of the last gig, scrounging coins for much-needed new equipment, car spluttering on the last drops of petrol to the next low-paying appearance.

But then, we’re also convinced that the moment a musician, band manager, producer or rock journo finds moderate success, then they’re financially secure for life. Rich, even.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Last Wednesday morning, members of Melbourne music royalty, Pozible staff and media gathered at Allan’s Billy Hyde CBD store to launch Bandwagon: the biggest crowd funding campaign yet for Australian charity Support Act. The organisation aims to help music professionals experiencing financial hardship, whether this is due to injury, illness or personal crisis.

“People think that if your song gets on the radio or you’re on Rage then you’re set,” says Hannah Findlay of rural Victorian band Stonefield.… Read more

7 September

Shirley MacLaine unveils plans for a Melbourne show in December

Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine will mark six decades in show business with a special trip to Australia. In her just-announced stage show If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine, the Academy Award winner will treat audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide to an evening of stories from her many years in the trenches of Hollywood. Producers John Frost and Phil Bathols are promising “an intimate evening” that will take guests on “a head-spinning journey from the golden age of Hollywood to the modern celebrity era, spiced with the fearless outlook that has [also] made MacLaine a best-selling author.” Steel Magnolias fans, Christmas just came early.

Tickets for the show go on sale from Mon Sep 15.

If They Could See Me Now – Shirley MacLaine, Hamer Hall, Thu Dec 4Read more

5 September

The Agent of Change principle is enforced in Australia

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After a hard-fought battle, as of Thursday 4th September the agent of change principle will be enforced in Victoria meaning our cherished live music venues will no longer be threatened by noise complaints from residents and businesses moving in around them. Up until now the onus – and expense – of soundproofing has been placed on the venue, which has threatened some with closure. In July, Cherry Bar was forced to launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise the cash for their soundproofing. Thanks to 11 years of campaigning, an army of supporters marching on parliament and a whole lot of love for live music the onus has finally been flipped to stun those naysayers into silence.

The Save Live Australia’s Music team announced: “It’s been a long and hard road to get here. Activists like Dr Kate Shaw and Jon Perring from Fair Go 4 Live Music have been working on this publicity and butting heads with governments for 11 years.… Read more