GIG GUIDE: August 2nd – 7th


WEDNESDAY: Comadre, Totally Unicorn, Quiet Steps, Let Me Down Jungleman, Idylls @ The Patch
8pm, $15, 18+

We love Totally Unicorn. The fact that the dudes are playing a hometown show again, just a matter of weeks after they decimated a near-sold-out Patch on their headlining tour with Ironhide, is cause enough for a mad celebration. This time, they’ll be hitting the stage before Californian punks Comadre, who, by all accounts, are absolutely awesome. Just to put some extra-delicious icing on an already sexy punk rock cake, Let Me Down Jungleman join Quiet Steps and Idylls on the lineup’s undercard.

If you saw Unicorn’s last hometown show, you know they’ve developed into probably the Illawarra’s best, tightest and most entertaining live act, reinforced by a consistent touring mentality and rewarded through support slots for the likes of Frenzal Rhomb, The Chariot and La Dispute. Their live shows are becoming the stuff of local legend, and this one is sure to be no different. Get along, get to the front, get a party hat, and bet amongst your mates at how long it will take for Drew to tear his kit off (usually takes around 12 seconds after he walks on stage). Gig of the week.


THURSDAY: Jack R Reilly, Obscura Hail, Siprioca, Yetis @ Yours and Owls
8.30pm, free, 18+

THURSDAY: Beatmeisters, Damion Stirling @ Sol Studios
8pm, all ages

THURSDAY: Bloodshed Of The Innocent, Ventures @ Wollongong Youth Centre
6pm, free, all ages

FRIDAY: Crash Tragic, Lower Coast Skies, From This Day Forward @ Dicey Riley’s
9pm, free, 18+

FRIDAY: Daemon Fetal Harvest, Rampage, Troldhaugen @ The Patch
8pm, $10, 18+

FRIDAY: Joelistics, Ishu, Sietta @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $12 + bf (tickets available through Moshtix), 18+

SATURDAY: Single Twin, Kikuyu @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

SATURDAY: Achtung Baby @ Dicey Riley’s
8pm, $10, 18+


WIN: tickets to Dead Letter Circus and Closure In Moscow

Thanks to our rad friends at Big Apachee, we’ve got a few double passes to give away to Dead Letter Circus’ show at the Wollongong Unibar on August 20!

Joined by Closure In Moscow and Wolves, it’s sure to be an awesome show.

Wanna win some free tickets? Of course you do! It’s so simple, it’s almost stupid to NOT enter the giveaway.

Jump on Facebook, tag Radar Illawarra’s Facebook page in a status, and tell all your mates to “like” us on Facebook. Then, once you’re done, just go to our Facebook page and tell us you’ve done it. Way easy!

We’ll announce the winners in the week before the show.

So, what are you waiting for? Hop to it! There’s only a few passes to go out, and they’re sure to get snapped up quick-smart!

Buy your tickets online from BigTix ($22 for students, $27 general admission); for more info on the show, see the Unibar’s website.

Dead Letter Circus have just released the new video for their track, ‘Reaction.’ Suss the video below, then enter our comp for your chance to see it performed live!

TOUR NEWS: Eskimo Joe, Regurgitator

Announced today, Eskimo Joe will play Wollongong Unibar in September. Adding to what will be a busy month of gigs in the Illawarra – with Josh Pyke, The Vines, Calling All Cars, Sparkadia and Birds of Tokyo all in town during September – Eskimo Joe will play Wollongong September 21st as part of a national tour to support their fifth album, the upcoming ‘Ghosts of the Past.’ Their last gig at the uni was a packed show in the Unihall, so it will be a treat to see the band in the intimate setting of the Unibar.

Tickets will be available through BigTix, OzTix, Redback Music or at the Unishop from July 18th. For more info, see the Facebook event page.

In addition, Sydney Girls Choir have been announced as the local supports for Regurgitator‘s upcoming gig at the Unibar. After winning through to the final of the national uni band comp last year, and ultimately placing second, the Wollongong-based four piece will open the August 12 show. Disasteradio (NZ) will also feature on the lineup for Regurgitators’ “Annual Sail Tour,” celebrating the release of the ‘Gurg’s latest album, ‘SUPERHAPPYFUNTIMESFRIENDS.’ Tickets are still available, through the usual outlets.


TOUR NEWS: Joelistics, WIM

Aussie rapper Joelistics (of TZU) will play Waves Nightclub, Towradgi, on August 5th as part of his first national solo tour. After gaining rave reviews for his debut album, ‘Voyager,’ and his live show supporting The Herd and Lowrider, Joelistics will be in the area in August with special guests Ishu and Sietta. Tickets are on sale now through Moshtix.

Modular Records-signed dreamy pop band, WIM, will also be playing Wollongong in August. Returning to the area after supporting Grace Woodroofe at the Otis Bar earlier in the year, the five-piece will bring their dreamy, blissful music to Yours and Owls cafe on August 13th. Tickets available at the door. See the Facebook event page for more info.


After big headline and festival dates around the country and the world in recent months, Melbourne indie-pop group Architecture In Helsinki will take off on a huge national headlining tour through August and September.

The group will play the Wollongong Unibar on Wednesday, August 31st, as part of the tour that takes in Perth, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Cairns.

The tour celebrates the release of ‘Escapee,’ the second single from their recent album, ‘Moment Bends.’ Check out the video below!

Tickets for all tour dates go on sale June 27th, with Wollongong tickets available online through Bigtix and Oztix, as well as the Unishop and Redback Music.

Architecture in Helsinki – Escapee from Architecture in Helsinki on Vimeo.

TOUR NEWS: Dead Letter Circus, Closure In Moscow, Calling All Cars

Two bits of tour news for you today, and both are pretty swell!

Dead Letter Circus recently announced that they will be undertaking a fairly massive tour through August and September. Titled the ‘No Fracking Way’ tour, it may have a strange name, but it’s got a story behind it; ‘fracking’ is a term denoting ‘hydraulic fracturing,’ a dangerous and controversial way of extracting coal seam gas. Without wanting to devolve into a science lecture, the technique compromises and damages water supplies. The tour will aim to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘fracking’ and coal seam gas mining in general.

The tour stops into the Wollongong Unibar on August 20th. The tour sees a revolving door of support acts, but Wollongong will be treated to Melbourne’s alternative rockers Closure In Moscow, and Perth act Wolves. Tickets go on sale June 16, and go for just $20. See here for more details on the tour.

And just announced today, Melbourne rock trio Calling All Cars will play Waves Nightclub on September 3rd, as part of their ‘Dancing With A Dead Man’ national album tour. It will be an all-Melbourne affair in terms of lineup, with support coming from rock’n’roll group Boy In A Box, and psych-rockers Redcoats.

Tickets go on sale through Moshtix on June 15, starting at just $16. Jump onto the Facebook event page for more info.

TOUR NEWS: The Vines, Papa vs Pretty, Bleeding Knees Club

Some great big juicy tour news for fans of rock’n’roll has just dropped, with THE VINES announcing that they will be dropping into the Wollongong Unibar in September, as part of their ‘Future Primitive’ album tour.

Touring the country through August and September, The Vines – Australian grunge revivalists, and one of our most successful rock’n’roll exports of the last decade – will stop at the Unibar on September 1st. On the back of their fifth album ‘Future Primitive,’ the band will also play Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Also tagging along on the tour are Sydney up-and-coming rock’n’rollers Papa vs Pretty, whose blistering live performances – in addition to their brand new album, ‘United In Isolation’ – have been getting rave reviews around the country. Completing the lineup of the biggest Aussie rock tours of 2011 is Gold Coast surf-punk duo Bleeding Knees Club who return from touring the UK and USA, and recording their debut album in New York City, in time to take part in this national tour.

And in even better news, The Vines have announced that they will pick a local act to open the show in each city!

Tickets go on sale June 17, through Oztix, Bigtix, Redback Music, and at the Unishop; be quick though, as tickets for this bumper lineup is sure to sell out quick!


TOUR NEWS: Ash Grunwald, Smoke or Fire, Pour Habit, Wolf & Cub, Fait Accompli,

A little bit o’ tour news for you on this crummy, cold night!

First off, Aussie blues and roots flagbearer Ash Grunwald will soon be passing through town, as part of his Road Dog Diaries tour in August. He plays Waves Nightclub on August 13, with tickets just $20 through Moshtix.

Next up is a big one for old school punk fans; Smoke Or Fire and Pour Habit will be heading Down Under for a co-headlining tour through October. This big, noisy double-header pulls into Waves Nightclub on October 5th; tickets go on sale July 14th, through Moshtix.

Adelaide psych-rockers Wolf & Cub have been keeping pretty quiet lately, but they’ve been at work finishing up a new single that should be out soon. To celebrate, they’re hitting the road for a quick tour through June. The band will be at The Patch on June 22, with Dark Bells and Upskirts in support. Tickets are twelve bucks, through BigTix.

Finally, Sydney ‘soul punk’ trio Fait Accompli will play The Patch on July 22nd. The band are touring to celebrate the launch of double A-side single ‘No Fool’ and ‘On A Blue Day.’ The Flat White Cats and Latham’s Grip are among the locals who will complete the lineup for what should be an excellent show.

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In some other tour-related developments, Californian punk group Comadre will be joined by Totally Unicorn and Sydney’s Let Me Down Jungleman at their Headlands Hotel show on August 3.

Totally Unicorn alone are literally worth the price of entry, as anyone who saw their performance when supporting The Chariot and Oh Sleeper at the Harp last month could attest. Throw in the fact that they will be joined by an international in Comadre, an interstate favourite in Quiet Steps, and truly exciting Sydney indie-punk group Let Me Down Jungleman, and you’ve got a formula for a potentially kick-ass show.

In addition, this is likely to be one of the last shows to be held at the soon-to-be-demolished Headlands Hotel; so get to the show, down a beer while looking out at the ocean, have a pub feed, then lose your mind in that shabby, white-washed warehouse-style bandroom.

Tickets are $15.

Headlands Hotel
August 3

TOUR NEWS: Pnau, No Use For A Name, Regurgitator

A few big-name acts announced this week that they would be visiting Wollongong in the near future.

Playing on the mammoth Splendour In The Grass festival, Sydney duo Pnau will head out on a run of east coast dates, after returning from recording their album in London. Towradgi’s Waves Nightclub will host the boys on the 28th of July. Tickets are on sale now.

No Use For A Name also announced a visit to the Illawarra, with the Californian punk band set to play the Unibar – also on July 28th! (looks like that’ll be a good night for music in the ‘Gong) More details on that as they come to light.

Finally, long-time Aussie favourites, Regurgitator will be back ’round these parts soon. These guys seem to play the Unibar at least once a year, and this time will be no different; they’ll hit the Uni on August 12, with support from New Zealand’s Disasteradio.

Pnau w/ guests
July 28, Waves Nightclub, Towradgi

No Use For A Name
July 28, Wollongong Unibar

Regurgitator w/ Disasteradio (NZ)
August 12, Wollongong Unibar

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