Author: Jarrod McGrath

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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Battle of the bands, battle of the arts in new festival

Art and music don’t discriminate – and they’re great ways to bring communities together. This is the philosophy behind YAMFFA, the Youth Arts and Music Festival For All. It’s an opportunity for young musicians and artists to display their skills and win prizes during a two day event at Black Mountain School. And, with Groovin’ The Moo supporting the event, it’s also a great way for young people to possibly get their hands on tickets to this years’ sold our 2018 GTM. The idea was developed by the school’s Wellbeing Team.  Youth Support Worker, Ben Pegram, explains how it...

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