TOUR NEWS: Abbe May joins Art vs Science tour

Perth-based singer/songwriter, Abbe May, has been announced as the national support for Art vs Science’s upcoming ‘Feels Like Home’ regional tour. May will join AvS at all dates on the tour, including the show at Waves Nightclub on October 2nd.

May, who released her debut album ‘Design Desire’ earlier this year, will also perform as part of the Nick Cave tribute concert series, ‘Straight To You,’ in November.

Tickets for the Art vs Science show at Waves are on sale now. For more details on the show, click here.


$25 (on sale now)


TOUR NEWS: Lo!, Safe Hands

Sydney metalcore outfit, Lo!, have announced a short tour in October to celebrate the launch of their debut album, ‘Look And Behold.’

The six-date tour stops into Wollongong on October 16th, at Yours and Owls. Newcastle hardcore dudes Safe Hands will also join the show.

See below for a teaser video for ‘Look And Behold,’ the upcoming album from Lo!

Lo! – Look and Behold, Teaser Trailer from Aborted Prosthetics on Vimeo.

The Jezabels release ‘Endless Summer’ video

The Jezabels are heading our way very soon, and they’ve just released the video for new track, ‘Endless Summer.’

Lifted off upcoming debut album, ‘Prisoner,’ you can check out the video below.

The Aussie four-piece will play the Unibar on October 20, with Alpine and Hey Rosetta. Click here for more info.

TOUR NEWS: The Grates, Last Dinosaurs

It’s been a busy year for The Grates; they announced their comeback, unveiled their new lineup, dropped their stellar ‘Secret Rituals,’ played sold-out headline shows around the country, supported The Hives, and tore up Splendour In The Grass last month. It doesn’t get any less hectic for the now-two-piece, as they release plans for a nice big national tour through October and November.

The Grates have included Wollongong as part of the “Summer’s Breath” tour, and will hit Waves Nightclub, Towradgi on November 10. Also playing will be Last Dinosaurs. In some sweet news for Wollongong’s multitude of uni students, The Grates have announced that uni students will receive 10% off their ticket price, as well as the chance to buy ‘Secret Rituals’ for a discounted price.

Tickets go on sale August 19, through Moshtix. See the Facebook event for more info.


TOUR NEWS: Confession, Antagonist A.D, Thy Art Is Murder

Local hardcore dudes; bust out your basketball shorts, start practising your siquest mosh moves, get angry at the world, and get psyched. ConfessionAntagonist A.D and Thy Art Is Murder are heading our way as part of a mosh-tastic, throwdown-friendly triple bill in October.

Confession, the latest musical output of Michael Crafter (of I Killed The Prom Queen, Bury Your Dead, Carpathian and brief Big Brother fame), will hit the road through October to promote their anticipated second LP, ‘The Long Way Home.’ Written in “The Parkway house” in Byron Bay, and recorded in a frosty, oh-so-metal Sweden, it follows up their 2009 debut, ‘Cancer.’

After a string of massive tours supporting the likes of Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Misery Signals and The Amity Affliction, as well as being part of the No Sleep Til festival in 2010, Confession will head the bill for a pretty extensive run of dates later this year, with a stop at the Unanderra Community Hall on October 20th. Warming up the stage for Confession’s br00tal mosh-metal, will be New Zealand hardcore band Antagonist A.D, and Sydney dudes Thy Art Is Murder.

Radar was pretty damn impressed with Confession’s last local show, supporting Parkway Drive and Miss May I at the WIN Entertainment Centre a few months back (click here for our review of the show); with Confession now in a headline slot, you can bet they’ll be fired up and ready to tear the house down.

Tickets available through Moshtix.


TOUR NEWS: Bloc Party announce Wollongong show

We usually don’t care much for DJ announcements here on Radar; but in this case, we’ll make a rare exception.

In a surprise development, the recently reformed Bloc Party have announced a special DJ tour this October, with Wollongong’s OneFiveOne nightclub set to host an exclusive event on October 13th.

Details are somewhat scant at this stage. We know that it will be Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack manning the decks, and Sydney’s Metro Theatre, which is also to host a leg of the tour, offers this tantalising description of the event; “an exclusive intimate DJ Set… with some very special guests yet to be revealed.”

Bloc Party have long had a special relationship with Australia, scoring headline slots at Splendour In The Grass in 2005, 2007 and 2009, before taking a hiatus towards the end of 2009. During the interim, frontman Kele released his debut solo album – ‘The Boxer’ – while Lissack toured with Ash, and Gordon Moakes started a new project called Young Legionnaire.

Bloc Party have been slowly dropping hints of a reunion for almost a year now, and finally all-but-confirmed a new album was on the way just weeks ago.

Again, DJ sets usually aren’t our thing here at Radar; but with indie-rock royalty hitting Wollongong – albeit in a limited, and somewhat unconventional capacity – we thought it deserves a mention.

Stay tuned for more news on how this special DJ set develops…

“80s REWIND FESTIVAL”- The Human League, Kool & The Gang, Bananarama

Good times, indeed, Kool And The Gang...

Here’s surely the most bizarre thing you’ll read all day.

The UK-based “80s Rewind Festival” will travel to Australia later this year, and Wollongong has been selected to host the two-day concert.

An absolutely incredible range of classic 1980s acts including The Human League, Kool and the Gang, Bananarama, ABC, Mental As Anything, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) and Pseudo Echo will play the weekend-long festival, which will take place at Bluescope Field, Kembla Grange between October 28-30.

See below for ticketing details.

80’s Rewind, which began in the United Kingdom in 2009, has attracted over 30,000 fans each year since its inception. With many of these heritage acts heading to Wollongong for the first time – and with the festival format sure to attract huge numbers of tourists and out-of-town visitors – this event may well be the biggest music event ever staged in the Illawarra region.

This year, Rewind festival hosts two events in the UK – one each in Scotland and England – with The Human League, The Village People, Billy Ocean and Bananarama among the acts featured.

We will be keeping you updated with more news on Rewind festival as it breaks; all jokes aside, this will be one of the biggest events ever staged in the Illawarra, and the calibre of artists speaks for itself.

UPDATE: Check out the full lineup by clicking here.

See for more details. For now, see the lineup below, and let Kool & The Gang serenade you with some sweet, sweet funky tunes

The Human League, Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, ABC, Midge Ure of Ultravox, Ross Wilson, Mental As Anything, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, Go West, John Paul Young and Pseudo Echo.

Tickets on sale NOW via Moshtix (buy tickets here)
Saturday or Sunday adult: $99
Saturday or Sunday child (12 and under): $55
Weekend adult: $190
Weekend child: $100
Weekending camping adult: $55
Weekend camping child: $25
Children 3 years and under: FREE

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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