Upcoming live acts you do NOT want to miss

Cheap Fakes launched into Deep Space

How is it even possible that Cheap Fakes could redefine their sound? Well new album ‘Deep Space’ has seen the well-respected and well-established outfit do just that – and do it with authenticity and sophistication. So, if you need an excuse to fall in love with Cheap Fakes all over again, then this is your chance. With Latino and Americano zest as well as elements of ska, funk and ‘late-night cactus jazz’, all wrapped up in a psychedelic squeeze, the eight-track album is being delivered to ears as a special vinyl pressing as well as in person. Cheap Fakes hit Mo’s on 29 July and the album is due for release early this month.

Flight Facilities fly into Gold Coast

There’s plenty of buzz building for Flight Facilities’ (pictured) Australian tour with fans already selling out shows in Brisbane, Sydmey and Melbourne. Still riding high on the back of the success of recent release ‘Need Youthe boys will be showing off their much loved back catalogue and a red hot string of new hits at shows all across the country this August and September. They’ll land at Nightquarter on Friday 7 September. 

Alpha Wolf unleash the Black Mamba

They’ve had a lineup change, and time to regroup and reflect, but Melbourne’s Alpha Wolf are returning to the stage with their heaviest song to date. Black Mamba focuses on the weight we all feel of being betrayed and not knowing who to trust in times of need. They’ll be unleashing the ‘Black Mamba’ at Miami Tavern on Saturday 10 August, when they hit town alongside Thy Art Is Murder, Antagonist AD and Exile.

David Byrne is coming to the Gold Coast

Talking Heads bandleader, solo artist, visual artist and author David Byrne, is bringing his American Utopia World Tour to the Gold Coast this November. The NYC-based artist will perform songs from his acclaimed new album ‘American Utopia’ (his first solo album in 14 years and it debuted at $1 on the US Top Album Charts) as well as classics from both his solo career and Talking Heads days. A 12-piece band will also join Byrne onstage for the concert, which has been choreographed by Annie-B Parson. He’ll hit Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre on 21 November. 

First lineup announced for Mullum

Celebrating its eleventh year, Mullum Music Festival is promising music-lovers a taste of all kinds of wonders at this year’s event. And the first lineup announcement certainly lives up to that promise. Bombino, Mad Professor, Jah9, Gordi, Osaka Monaurail, Kaiit, Jordie Lane, Saint Sister, Hat Fitz & Cara and The Turner Brown Band are all locked in for the November festival. Taking place over four nights and three days, Mullum Music Festival is a whole-town event spreading throughout the halls, pubs, clubs and streets of the beautiful coastal town of Mullumbimby, 15 mins north of Byron Bay. Revered by musicians and music lovers alike for its impeccable programming and laid-back atmosphere, Mullum Music Festival is as much an experience as it is an opportunity to hear incredible musicians from across the world up close and intimate. Mullum Music Festival runs 15 – 18 November and tickets are on sale now.

Scottish Prince swaps blues for jazz

It’s Whisky Wednesday every Wednesday at the Scottish Prince and this winter, they’ve made the bold move away from blues (don’t worry, it’s temporary), to jazz. What’s even more awesome is that they’ve locked in the Ondre Davis Experience and Josh Boyd Trio who’ll be alternating over Wednesdays this July. Check out the Blank gig guide for all the deets and dates.

Groundwater blurs the lines of country music

Country music has seen a massive surge in popularity in recent years, particularly with its growing number of sub-genres and the large number of musicians experimenting within the alt-country space. This year’s Groundwater Country Music Festival (previously Broadbeach Country) is showcasing exactly how diverse the genre really is. Heritage bluesgrass and folk as well as modern country rock – all with a heart and stories to tell – get a run at this year’s event.The festival is headlined by a special, exclusive tribute show to James Blundell who’ll perform his greatest hits alongside some of today’s biggest stars: Brewn, Ben Ransom, Jonny Taylor, Cameron Daddo, Tania Kernaghan, Felicity Urquhart and more. There’s a bunch of other collaborations and special events as part of the three-day festival including Country Music Cocktails, a special broadcast of Saturday Night Country and their ‘House Concert’ (on Saturday morning in the Big Top) and a swag of genuine country and alt-country royalty including The McClymonts, Suzanne Vega, Lillie Mae and Joshua Heldey making the trip to the Gold Coast. Groundwater Country Music Festival runs 27 – 29 July across Broadbeach.


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