Author: Jarrod McGrath

Hottest 100 favs hitting town in mini ANU festival

It seems to pop up every year or so without much warning but provides one of the musical highlights of the Canberra calendar; an O Week gig or festival at the ANU. It also seems to change names each time, which is probably another reason why it’s one of our best kept secrets. This year we’re giving you the scope a bit earlier so you don’t miss out on the chance to catch a top line-up of Australian music here in our city. Titled Euphoria: Friday Night Party, this year’s festival brings a small swag of artists that includes...

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Tap into the best of both worlds (Untapped Festival)

Have you ever been out at a gig or concert and wished they had better beer? Or been at a brewery or winery and wished for better atmosphere? The George Harcourt have answered both these questions by creating Untapped Festival which brings the best brewers and great live music from all around Australia to our backyard (well, more precisely, theirs). In its second year, this year they are expanding on their musical lineup with headliners The Choirboys joining last years headliners Thirsty Merc, adding to a stacked line up that also includes The Androids, The Gadflys, James Southwell &...

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World conquering punk pranksters hitting the capital

Bleeding Knees Club are kind of young, kind of old, kind of local, kind of global. The Gold Coast crew recorded their first album over 7 years ago in New York with Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) as producer and this year finally gave us the follow up ‘Fade The Hammer.’ They’ve played all over the world but are now giving their home town a visit.  Since the group’s origins garage punk rock has taken off somewhat more in Australia.  If you’ve picked up on some more recent acts like Hockey Dad, be sure not miss out on seeing...

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Spit Syndicate are bringing it back

“I really think this next tour is going to be the best we’ve ever done. We’ve just put out our best record, we feel the sharpest we’ve ever been, creatively and as performers and we’re the best we’ve been at performing, so I really feel like this next tour is going to be memorable.” It could sound like a good PR statement, but there is a genuine energy and enthusiasm in Nick Lupi’s voice as he makes this comment towards the end of our chat. As one half of Spit Syndicate and a member of One Day, his ten...

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Q/A classic rockers Foreigner

“No matter what crowd we are playing for we always make sure we put on a show and give it 100 per cent.” This will certainly be the case when multi-platinum selling group Foreigner kick off their Australian tour at our very own Royal Theatre, with the show backed by an 18-piece orchestra led by celebrated Canberra conductor Kenneth Lampl. Bassist Jeff Pilson gave me the lowdown on what to expect from the tour and how it all began. “I’m in Manchester,” Jeff tells me first. “We’ve just finished a tour of eastern European countries and are about to...

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