WIN: tickets to Tonight Alive (July 13, CBD Bar)

Thanks to the awesome dudes at Various Industries, we’ve got a few double passes to give away to Tonight Alive’s (almost) sold-out show at CBD Bar on July 13th.

There’s a sweet lineup of locals on the bill too, with Critics, The Conspiracy Plan and Avaine warming up the stage for the headliners.

This show is probably going to be the fun-est, most pop punk-inest show the ‘Gong has seen for a while, and we’ve got a handful of double passes to give away. Wanna win some free tickets? Of course you do! And it’s so incredibly simple, it’s almost stupid to NOT enter the giveaway.

All you have to do is 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!

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!


UPDATE: scheduled shows at Harp Hotel (Tonight Alive/Skyway, Ghostwood/CWLG)

As we reported on Monday, a change in ownership for the Harp Hotel has led to the cancellation of all further gigs. There had been no word, however, on arrangements or details on the few shows previously scheduled to happen at the Harp; namely, the Tonight Alive gig on July 13th, and the Ghostwood/Chicks Who Love Guns show on June 30th.

Today, Various Industries have posted an update that both shows will be moved to the very awesome Rydges CBD Bar. Dates, times, ticket prices and lineups will stay exactly the same for both gigs. However, with the CBD Bar having a much smaller capacity than the Harp, there will be less tickets available for both gigs.

Previously purchased tickets will be valid at the new venue.

Various also commented further on the reason for the sudden shift in priorities for the venue:

“A recent change in ownership at Harp has lead to a move away from live music at the venue,” they posted in a Facebook update.

“This not only includes the shows we were running on Wednesday and Thursday nights but also the cover bands that used to play on a Sunday night.”

Thursday June 30th
Ghostwood + Chicks Who Love Guns + Carpet
CBD Bar, Wollongong
$10 + bf / $15 door

Wednesday July 13th
Tonight Alive + The Conspiracy Plan + Critics + Avaine
CBD Bar, Wollongong
$15 + bf presale (tickets available through Oztix) / $18 door (if available)

Local Legends: THE HARP HOTEL

In terms of consistent pulling power, the Harp is probably the top venue in town.

The Corrimal St venue has arguably been the performance space that has ‘benefited’ most from the closure of other mid-sized venues in town, picking up acts that would have previously been hosted by the Oxford or Night Eats Day at Cooneys; the Harp has hosted the likes of Boy & Bear, The Jezabels, Ash Grunwald, Bodyjar, Parades, The Mission In Motion, Die! Die! Die!, and Howl in recent months, and the list of upcoming shows includes Oh Sleeper, The Chariot, Strange Talk, Pez and Maya Jupiter.

Largely dealing with tours from upcoming Australian talent – i.e. whatever you’re hearing on Triple J this week – its relationship with the team at Various Industries mean that the Harp is also usually a good place to check out local talent; Various seem to strive to put a local band or two on every gig that they can, helping local bands gain experience alongside more established acts.

A fairly classic representation of the ‘pub venue’ prevalent – but sadly in decline – in Sydney and Melbourne, it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t; a bar along one wall, a stage along the opposite wall, chairs and tables and a dancefloor between (and Buck Hunter and a pinball machine over in one corner). It’s a simple venue, but that is what makes it an effective venue. It’s a good venue for bands to play, it’s a good venue to see bands play. The sound system is great, you can see from wherever you are, you can sit down or stand up or dance, and – for some reason – it is never crowded.

Its proximity to the centre of town, to public transport and to essential amenities (i.e. McDonalds and Oporto) just helps to make the Harp one of the best venues in the area. A good lineup of bands, great facilities and an effective set-up; the Harp is a venue that you should become a little more acquainted with.

The Harp Hotel, Wollongong
124 Corrimal Street, Wollongong
See Various Industries website for info on upcoming gigs.

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