I arrived at The Tivoli one hour before the Cub Sport gig was supposed to start. The line to get in was long, the longest I had seen for any gig I had ever attended in the area. I was nervous.
There's always a certain sense of anxiety while making the walk from the train station to any venue in The Valley- and I was definitely feeling it on this busy Saturday night. Surrounded by your usual Valley folk accompanied by some very inebriated Saint Patty's day venue hoppers, I was more than eager to make it out of the bustle and into the open arms of Tomcat. Besides knowing they run one of the greatest meme accounts on Facebook (seriously, check it out), I didn't know much about the venue. I was welcomed by a room covered in colourful walls filled up with eager people all here to see some local newcomers, Matilda Red.
Even though we don't get DOWNLOAD here in Queensland, there were many positive outcomes from this year's festival. Not least among them was some very worthy sideshows. As a result this I managed to see grunge legends Alice in Chains perform a magnificent set at Eatons Hill Hotel
Khruangbin, one band I really haven't stopped listening to for about two years now. I've had friends walk down the aisle to their music, it's just so damn beautiful. It makes you feel all the feels. This was the first time the Houston-based band toured Australia, it was a sellout
“It’s your one-way ticket to midnight,” sang Sammy Hagar on ‘Heavy Metal’ the theme song from the 1981 film of the same name. I must have gotten off at the wrong stop becuase by nature or design I’ve always been more taken by the frivolous and all too clever. But you could forgive me for wanting a little bit of metal’s mayhem for my own. And that’s how I found my way to DOWNLOAD.
When I first saw Rüfüs Du Sol at Splendour In The Grass 2014 the trio were already on the way up. At the time, Rüfüs were enjoying their first flushes of success, the kind most Australian artists could only envy. Watching them onstage tonight it strikes me just how far they've come.
This is the scene. It’s Fortitude Valley, Anne Street. A rainy night. Tia Gostellow has just played to a near capacity crowd at a venue called The Zoo. Most of the music which made up the set came from debut album Thick Skin. The concert has just finished. Three friends exit. As they stand on the street corner one asks the others what they think about what they've seen.
Consider this. The closest thing we’ve got to original jam bands in our modern day is the unparalleled combination of experimental garage and psych. Lucky for us Gold Coast folk, that’s exactly what washed over us when Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees) took to the stage at Miami Marketta on a faithful Friday evening.
Fortitude Valley was as busy (and scummy) as you would have expected it to be on a Thursday night. However, this was not a night like any other as it was my first time having the K Y A Experience with KYAEXP.
Surfers Paradise was booming with people. Street performers were clouded by insane crowds, tourists and locals alike, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Gold Coast culture. The markets by the beach were filled with eager buyers, and as I made my way through I could not wait for it to hit 8pm, for the doors at Elsewhere to open, and to be welcomed by not only the aircon, but some of the best local musicians for Tesla Cøils’s ‘Dinosynth’ single launch.
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