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Get in FAST for Music Festival tickets If you’re planning on heading to this year’s Caloundra Music Festival and haven’t bought tickets yet, HOP TO IT ! Festival Director Richie Eyles said this Saturday was already a sell-out, but ticket…

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Angus & Julia Stone

Angus & Julia Stone

Let’s cut to the chase. the captivating third, self titled album from ANGUS & JULIA STONE, is the best record the siblings have ever made. A record born of spontaneity, and totally unplanned.

“It took a while to get to a place where we thought it was a good idea,” they admit. “We were enjoying the time apart, enjoying our different directions. There was no conversation of, ‘When are we doing another Angus & Julia record? It never even came up.” In fact, the pair, over the last couple of years on solo adventures never even saw each other, aside from unexpectedly bumping into each other on the street in Paris.

It took the legendary US producer to spark the flame. From Jay Z to the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash to Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Rick Rubin knows good music.
After Rubin heard Angus and Julia’s music playing at a friend’s party- he decided he had to get in contact with them.
Julia received an email from one of the notorious producer and former Def Jam head’s associates, who visited the singer at one of her NYC solo shows, urging her to take a meeting. Weeks later in LA, Julia met up with Rubin. “At that point I was saying, ‘ but my brother and I aren’t playing music together,” Julia recalls of the initial meeting. “Rick said, ‘well I’d really like to meet him too.”

You know their history. Raised in Sydney’s northern beaches, after word-of-mouth heat and early EPs the brother and sister duo demanded attention with their 2007 debut, A Book Like This. Produced in London by Travis’s Fran Healy.

Three years on, and the result of endless tours through Europe, North America and Australia, Angus & Julia delivered the multi-platinum, ARIA-conquering Down The Way. Led by the gentle anthem “Big Jet Plane”, the band had it all: a #1 record, pole position in triple j’s Hottest 100, ARIA trophies for Single and Album Of The Year, invites to play festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and others. Years of touring internationally saw them selling out venues across Europe, playing to over 10,000 people at their Paris shows.

But their joint success had posed the question: could they do it alone? Angus & Julia had always been separate songwriters; initially, they’d never intended to be a duo. It was time to make a change.

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Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

Xavier Rudd & the United Nations

Enthralling his devoted fans, Xavier Rudd kicked off 2015 by unveiling his long-awaited dream project; a full-blown dub record, backed by a eight-piece international all-star band.

Supporting lead single Come People, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations embarked on a sold-out national tour in March that took them to packed theatres in every capital city.

As the year has progressed, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations have become a global force. Nanna has received rave reviews, and The United Nations are consistently proving themselves to be one of the best live bands in the world.

Spending April and May in North America, the band have been met with even more sold-out shows abroad, with New York, Toronto and Montreal all hitting capacity. Across the Atlantic, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations will spend June and July on a European tour, performing for fans in 16 cities across seven countries, before heading back to Australia for the Flag Tour. An incredible itinerary.

With 35 dates across all states (including performances at the Darwin Festival and Caloundra Music Festival) the Flag Tour is not just regional Australia’s first up-close introduction to Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, but also the largest regional tour Xavier has undertaken since his 2012 gold-selling masterpiece, Spirit Bird.

For his first full band, and the most dynamic album of his career, it’s not surprising that Xavier Rudd wants to take The United Nations to every town in Australia.

“In a time when Australia is digging deep, marching together and standing strong for our threatened communities in the Northwest and simply the long awaited need for positive change for reconciliation in our country, I feel the spirit of this band is very important. This album, this tour, this family, The United Nations is an example energetically & spiritually of where we need to be as a nation. We will be touring regional places in Australia; some we’ve never been to, some we haven’t been for a long time, in order to deliver this message and celebrate the energy of one people with our fellow Australians. Its time to Boogie!”- Xavier Rudd

Described by Rolling Stone as a “beautiful celebration of a global sound”, Nanna is an amazingly uplifting listen. Mixed by the legendary Errol Brown, Flag is the perfect representation of this sound, and indeed the spirit within Xavier Rudd & The United Nations: it is a passionate call to unite, wrapped in pure Tuff Gong authenticity. The perfect song to take to the people.

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Hoodoo Gurus

Hoodoo Gurus

Hoodoo Guru in Chief, Dave Faulkner was once asked whether the band he sings and plays guitar for, had left an influence. “I know we have,” he replied. “I see it in lots of things going on, but whether it’s our influence or people that we were influenced by, who can tell? I see our way of thinking, which is something that when we started I didn’t see as much of.”

The Hoodoo Gurus formed in Sydney on January 1, 1981 to play their first “show” in an inner city lounge room. Core members are Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd joined along the way by Mark Kingsmill (’83) and Rick Grossman (’89)

The band’s debut Stoneage Romeos, full of garage punk songs and pop references, was named Australian Debut Album of the Year and was released in America where it stayed at number 1 in the Alternative / College charts for 7 weeks, becoming one of the most played albums for the year on the college network.

Mars Needs Guitars, the band’s second album, topped the charts and went gold within three weeks and platinum shortly afterwards. Blow Your Cool, released in 1986, was a massive pop hit propelled by the band’s highest charting single ‘What’s My Scene”. Album 4, Magnum Cum Louder, reaches Number One on the American College and Alternative charts. Followed by albums Kinky, Crank, Blue Cave, Mach Schau and Purity of Essence the band continued to tour regularly through Europe, North America, Australia and Brazil.

In 2011 and 2012 the band curated and headlined the extremely successful Dig It Up national tour comprised of some 26 bands and solo artists each year who all shared the same the love of the culture and music that inspired the Hoodoo Gurus.

Through Sony Music the Gurus released their successful “Gold Watch” best of compilation in 2011.

The Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into Australian Music Hall of Fame in July, 2007.

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Baby Animals

Baby Animals

In 2007, the rumors of a reformed Baby Animals with all original members were confirmed. They released an acoustic CD of their hits titled Il Grande Silenzio on 19 January 2008, as part of the Liberation Blue Acoustic Series. The following month, Liberation Records re-released their previous two albums (Baby Animals and Shaved and Dangerous remastered) as a 2-CD set. The remastered version of their first record was missing the track “Big Time Friends”. The band indicated that they had such a great time recording that they wrote more songs which will be released in a future, as-yet-untitled CD. Meanwhile, the band has some Australian tour dates already confirmed for January 2008. The band also appeared live on the Australian breakfast TV program Sunrise on 22 January 2008.

On 12 January 2009, The Baby Animals announced another Australian tour, playing 14 shows across Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast during April 2009. Prior to embarking on this tour, it had become evident that the band could not sustain a creative partnership, owing to internal conflicts. With Celenza’s resignation and two day later self-reinstatement, and Parise’s resentments bubbling beneath the surface, Demarchi and Leslie decided to continue with a couple of hand-picked Sydney musicians, Matt Cornell (bass/ vocals) and Mick Skelton (drums).

The tour was a success with fans attending all shows and culminated in a sell-out show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. There the band was joined onstage for a song by Richard Clapton and for the encore by Bettencourt for a version of Extreme’s “Get The Funk Out”.

In April 2013, the Baby Animals released their first new single – called “Email” – in nearly 20 years. It was followed by the release of a new album entitled This Is Not The End in late May.

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San Cisco

San Cisco

San Cisco, the sunny four piece from Fremantle comprised of Nick Gardner (bass), Jordi Davieson (vocals, guitar), Scarlett Stevens (vocals, drums) and Josh Biondillo (guitar, vocals); have been making catchy, upbeat music since they started playing together in high school.

Australia fell in love with their quirky call-and-response single, ‘Awkward’ and they’ve since released their debut album to critical acclaim, awarded triple j feature album and sold out national tours around their home country.

Cementing their status as a promising Australian act, San Cisco are now taking the rest of the world by storm. Inking a deal with US labels Fat Possum/RCA and teaming up with Columbia in the UK, they’ve travelled the globe, performed at SXSW in Texas and sold out their own headline shows in Minnneapolis, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, as well as supporting the likes of Darwin Deez and The Vaccines in the UK and US & Chicago’s Lollapalooza – one of four Australian acts chosen to play. They’ve pricked up ears at NME, The Guardian and other respected outlets around the globe, so it won’t be long before everyone has caught onto their infectious, indie-pop!

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Allday

Allday

Allday is leading a new era in Hip Hop for Australia.
Having dropped out of art school to focus full time on music, he successfully lived off stolen sachets of microwave rice for months on end. Oh, and managed to drop multiple mixtapes, slide into triple j’s world famous Hottest 100 Poll with ‘So Good’, debut an EP at #1 on the AIR chart (and #18 in the ARIA Charts), and play a whole bunch of sold out shows and festivals around Australia.

Which brings us to 2014, where the first two singles from Allday’s debut album, ‘Right Now’ and ‘You Always Know the DJ”, have found a place on the airwaves and into the hearts of many. Sold out national tours, supports for Lily Allen, and huge festival spots have ensued. Allday’s debut album “Startup Cult” is a blend of broad influences and personal stories. Thousands joined the cult and helped Allday debut at #3 on the ARIA Album Charts, and #1 on iTunes Hip Hop Charts. A massive national tour sold out within days, months ahead of the shows themselves.

The album was nominated at the AIR Awards as one of the best hip hop releases of the year, and won the hip hop category at the Fowler’s Live Awards. With a swag of summer festivals to come, US College Radio picking up on Allday and the album sitting the CMJ charts, Allday’s cult is spreading far…

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Good Times Band Feat. Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri, Brian Cadd, Ross Wilson & Wilbur Wilde

Good Times Band Feat. Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri, Brian Cadd, Ross Wilson & Wilbur Wilde

Don’t miss your chance to see this never-before-seen lineup of Aussie music royalty in action! With songs such as Hit & Run, A Little Ray Of Sunshine, Help Is On Its Way and Pash – fans will be in for a treat with a solo set of hits from each performer, followed by an extraordinary finale with all entertainers sharing the stage.

Singer, songwriter, producer – Brian Cadd has done it all. Cadd kicked off his career with two of the most celebrated bands of their day The Groop and Axiom, with hits Woman You’re Breaking Me and A Little Ray Of Sunshine. He followed this with a string of massive hits as a solo artist with songs like Ginger Man, Let Go, Alvin Purple and the soundtrack to the classic Morning of the Earth surf movie. Cadd then moved into a ‘behind-the-scenes’ role in the music industry, going on to produce and work alongside music heavyweights from around the globe. Cadd is a renowned songwriter and has written for the likes of Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, John Farnham, Little River Band, Bonnie Tyler, Glen Campbell and The Pointer Sisters.

Due to popular demand, Apia is thrilled to welcome back Joe Camilleri to the Good Times Tour bill for a third time! Camilleri (aka Jo Jo Zep or Joey Vincent) celebrated 50 years in Australian music last year, and was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2007. Throughout his impressive career, Camilleri has achieved countless Top 20 hits both as a solo artist and as part of iconic Aussie bands Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Black Sorrows – Hit & Run, Taxi Mary and Chained To The Wheel to name a few. Camilleri has also produced records for Paul Kelly & the Dots, Renée Geyer and Ross Wilson among others. Camilleri achieved great success with his 45th album released in 2014 ‘Certified Blue’.

One of Australia’s most loved national treasures is the one and only Kate Ceberano. With three ARIA Awards, a Logie, two People’s Choice Awards and seven nominations for the ARIA Best Female Artist Award, Ceberano’s talents and triumphs are that of Australian entertainment royalty. Cementing this was Ceberano being the first Australian woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association Hall of Fame last year, joining the likes of Don Walker, The Easybeats, LRB and The Angels. Ceberano has released 23 albums over 30 years, with beloved hits such as Pash, Bedroom Eyes and Love Is Alive.

From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys, & more recently The Screaming Jets, Ross’s involvement with success has continued unabated. He fronted Daddy Cool & exploded out of the 70s playing rootsy 50s sounds. Then formed Mondo Rock who surfed the contemporary scene with chart topping singles & albums from the mid 70s to the late 80s. As a solo performer and major songwriter he continued to achieve success & make his mark during the 90s & beyond with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, DEF-FX, Custard, Jennifer Rush (EU), Troy Cassar-Daley, Leslie Avril, Hey Gringo, You Am I, Uncle Bill, Keke (Spain), Renee Geyer, Christine Anu, Duane Jarvis (US), Elkie Brooks (UK), Ann Kirkpatrick & Lee Kernaghan, Sovereign, Pleasantville, Beccy Cole, Sonic Jihad, and The Wiggles! On trips to Europe & the USA he collaborated with O/S writers & concluded the millennium as a special guest performer on John Farnham’s “I Can’t Believe I’m 50” tour & live CD/DVD.

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Ben Lee

Ben Lee

Over the course of a music career that, amazingly, now spans close to a quarter century, Ben Lee has quite literally grown up in front of our eyes — and our ears. And as with any lifelong journey, Lee’s musical trek has been dotted with unforeseen twists and turns, as well as explorations into unconventional and unexpected musical arenas. His latest statement, Love Is The Great Rebellion, his tenth studio album overall, at once signals both a revisiting of his past and an unequivocal rejection of it.

The record comes on the heels of two divergent releases, the 2011 concept album Deeper Into Dream and 2013’s meditative and experimental Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work, and finds Lee wholeheartedly re-embracing the type of buoyant, insightful, and largely acoustic-guitar-based pop-rock that has long been his stock in trade. But Love Is The Great Rebellion is hardly a retread of tried and true Lee tropes; its break with the past is, in fact, baked into the album’s very title.

“It seems to me that love is always inviting us into the present moment,” the 36-year-old native of Sydney, Australia, explains. “And one of the prerequisites of love, whether it’s love in a marriage or for your child or for your craft, is that it can exist only in the present. So the reality of stepping into that moment involves letting go of the past. In a way, that’s a metaphor for my career. I’ve made a lot of choices that didn’t necessarily ensure my longevity, but somehow despite that I have longevity. I’m not the most famous singer in the world and I haven’t had the most hits, but I’m still here and making the music I want to make. And in order to be able to do that I’ve had to continually shed my past.”

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Thundamentals

Thundamentals

After years of well earned respect in the Australian Hip Hop scene and wider music community, hundreds of shows including almost every major music festival in the country and punctuated by sweat and smiles, four acclaimed releases including their 3rd album So We Can Remember which remains the only album released in 2014 to be nominated for an ARIA Award, AIR Award, J Award, FBi SMAC Award and The Australian Music Prize. Also debuting at #1 on Digital, Independent, Australia and Urban Charts and #3 on the Album ARIA Charts sprouting massive singles ’Smiles Don’t Lie’ (#32 in 2014’s Hottest 100), ’Something I Said’ ft. Thom Crawford, ‘Quit Your Job’, ‘Got Love’ ft. Solo and ‘Missing You’.

With a jaw dropping live show and a fan base that grows exponentially every time one of their groove-laden songs lands on the radio – it’s fair to say that Blue Mountains via Newtown hip hop trio Thundamentals are an absolute mainstay. Clearly focused on the big picture, Thundas are all about using broad brush strokes on their ever-widening sonic canvas, never more evident than on their newest work, their Third LP ‘So We Can Remember’.

In the time since they first started work on beats and rhymes in their hometown of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, the three guys – MCs Tuka and Jeswon and DJ Morgs, all now based in inner-city Newtown – have been all about pushing themselves. With one foot firmly planted in Hip Hop history and the other kicking down the walls, they stride forward growing with them an army of loyal Thundakats and a vast and impressive catalogue of forward thinking songs.

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