Industrial Strength

Posted 4 Apr 2014 @ 11:27am

This year’s Reclink Community Cup match, on Sunday June 22 at Elsternwick Park, has gone for a ‘Such A Perfect Day’ theme.


It is partly to salute the passing of Lou Reed – he wrote the song about spending the day at New York’s Central Park with his fiancée Bettye Kronstad, for his Transformer album in 1972.
The theme also emphasizes that the fight-to-the-death...

Posted 4 Apr 2014 @ 10:11am

Regional live music contributes $276.2 million to the Victorian state economy – but there needs a Regional Live Music Office set up to coordinate efforts to stimulate the regional touring circuit.


This is according to Music Victoria’s Regional Live Music Census 2013 which was released in Ballarat this morning on the final day of the association’s membership drive.

Posted 1 Apr 2014 @ 3:31pm

Yesterday’s announcement of the Palace Theatre’s closure next month has launched (re-launched?) a campaign to save the music venue.


While waiting for its permit to turn the building into a hotel and apartment complex, Jinshan has decided to level it and told club management to vacate. Plans by the Palace Theatre to find an alternate venue in the city precinct, including...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 11:46am

The Palace Theatre is set to close its doors on Saturday May 31. The owner of the building, China-based Jinshan Investments, apparently plans to demolish it while waiting for permission to build an apartment and hotel complex, and has told the venue’s operators to vacate.


In a statement just released by the venue’s operators, “Numerous requests to the landlord to extend our...

Posted 26 Mar 2014 @ 2:00pm

Vibrant peak music association Music Victoria today launched a Membership Drive in the run-up to the November state elections. It promises to be a close race, and Music Victoria wants to ensure that it has the power to keep live music in the spotlight in the election platforms of all the parties.


It’s got 750 members already (although many are associations with hundreds of...

Posted 24 Mar 2014 @ 8:17pm

Melbourne-based Courtney Barnett, Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos and Ainslie Wills have been given grants towards their next recordings.


The grants, an inaugural collaboration between the recording company’s licensing body PPCA and the Government’s funding body the Australia Council, offer $15,000 each. There were five grants in total, with the others the Sydney-based The...

Posted 20 Mar 2014 @ 4:04pm

The Rolling Stones tour promoter Frontier Touring is trying to reschedule the band’s return for mid-spring.


The company revealed, “At this very sad time we would like to reassure Rolling Stones fans and ticket holders that every effort is currently being made to reschedule the postponed Australia and New Zealand dates for October/November 2014.”
This would fit in...

Posted 20 Mar 2014 @ 3:51pm

Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Larry Carlton are among the modern masters confirmed for the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Corea and Burton perform as a duo.


Announced by the festival’s artistic director Michael Tortoni are the USA’s actor and singer Robert Davi making his Australian debut with a Frank Sinatra tribute, and multi instrumentalist Charles Lloyd pairing...

Posted 18 Mar 2014 @ 3:51pm

Melbourne-based African and Australian performers are teaming up for a fundraiser for the victims of current South Sudan atrocities.


Songs For South Sudan will be held on Sunday April 6 at the Northcote Social Club (2pm – 4.30pm) to raise money for the community of Bor on the White Nile River.
Singer Ajak Kwai put things in motion after hearing personal accounts...

Posted 17 Mar 2014 @ 9:25am

This year’s Australian Commerical Radio Awards in October is returning to Melbourne. Now in their 26th year, they will be held for the first time at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 18.


Organised by the Sydney-based Commercial Radio Australia, on behalf of the commercial radio industry, the national awards include 34 categories. These cover all areas of radio...

Posted 14 Mar 2014 @ 10:02am

Live Nation Australia and New Zealand this morning launched a Family Entertainment Division.


It will be headed by Graham Kennedy, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He was most recently Senior Manager of Global Touring for The Wiggles, where he managed their touring and live events across 10 countries.

He also was for eight years Label and Marketing manager...

Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 11:20am

The Gasometer in Collingwood is tipped to return to action after reports that it has just secured a new owner.


The owner also operates another live music venue and has been contacted for comment.
The Gasometer closed suddenly last November, after going into liquidation with debts of $30,000 after one of its suppliers, the McLaren Vale Beer Company Pty Ltd, brought...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 12:23pm

When the City of Melbourne called on the arts community to provide ideas and feedback for its Arts Strategy, over a 1,000 people responded.


Last night, Council endorsed the report detailing community ideas and feedback. It is the first time, the City of Melbourne Arts Strategy has been created in collaboration with the arts community. 
Mayor Robert Doyle said the...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 12:21pm

ABC Music Publishing has signed Melbourne country and roots performer Lachlan Bryan.


His Black Coffee won the 2014 Golden Guitar for Best Alternative Country Album at the Tamworth country music awards in January. Black Coffee was released last year, after which Bryan hit the road in Australia with Steve Earle, Paul Thorn and Shawn Colvin, played the major festivals and toured...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 1:00pm

Activities have started generating for Record Store Day Australia, which is being organized for the sixth year by the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA) for Saturday April 19 (Easter Saturday).


This is not related to International Independent Record Store Day.
Record Store Day emphasizes that music stores around Australia are still an important source...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 12:56pm

Good weather over the Victorian long weekend has been a boon to music festivals.


About 25,000 were estimated to head to the fishing village of Port Fairy’s street concerts, in addition to the 11,000 who bought tickets for the 38th Port Fairy Folk Festival. Police said crowd behavior was the best in a decade. Attractions included Archie Roach getting a standing ovation after an...

Posted 7 Mar 2014 @ 12:45pm

Both PledgeMusic and triple j Unearthed have updated their sites this week to make it easier for users and provide greater functionality for artists.


Five years ago, PledgeMusic launched as a primarily crowd-sourcing site and got used by 20,000 artists. These include Slash, The Hold Steady, The Lumineers, 311, Bring Me The Horizon, Ben Folds Five, LCD Soundsystem, BB King,...

Posted 6 Mar 2014 @ 6:12pm

A large number of Melbourne acts and festivals were recipients of the latest Australia Council grants.


In its latest round of funding, the Council has given out $1.2 million worth of grants to support tours and new projects from around Australia. As a result, there will be 170 gigs and five festivals across the country. Ten bands get to tour internationally, 50 composers and...

Posted 6 Mar 2014 @ 4:20pm

Reports have emerged that club promoter Laurence J. Richards has passed away. 


From the mid-'70s to the late ‘80s, he ran or founded iconic punk and new wave venues as the Crystal Ballroom and Beverly Crest in St Kilda as well as the Jump Club in Fitzroy, the Tiger Lounge and Kingston Rock in Richmond and the Sarah Sands in Brunswick.
With a humorous and colorful...

Posted 5 Mar 2014 @ 4:56pm

Big Scary’s Not Art won the 9th Australian Music Prize earlier today in Sydney, and got a cheque for $30,000 from the PPCA.


It was the fourth time that a Melbourne act won the prestigious AMP, after Augie March’s Moo, You Bloody Choir (2006), Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Primary Colours (2008) and Lisa Mitchell’s Wonder (2009).
Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Joanna...

Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 8:55pm

Melbourne’s The Basics are heading off next week to London to record what they hope will be their next album.


With the working title Knaïvety, it will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios – in fact, in Studio 2 where their idols The Beatles recorded most of their masterpieces.
It is the first overseas visit together since 2009 for bassist Kris Schroeder...

Posted 4 Mar 2014 @ 11:19am

This year’s APRA awards are heading to Brisbane for the first time, APRA AMCOS announced this morning.


It will be held on Monday June 23 at Brisbane City Hall.
APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle explained, “The caliber of songwriters from Brisbane and world-class industry events like BIGSOUND, make this city a leader in the Australian music industry, It is a perfect...

Posted 3 Mar 2014 @ 10:43am

Nick Cave & Bad Seeds’ Push The Sky Away and Mick Harvey’s Four (Acts of Love) albums are among the 24 nominated for the IMPALA European Independent Album awards.


Held for the fourth time, the awards look at the best releases from independent European labels. The Bad Seeds album was released through their own Bad Seed Ltd while Harvey’s was out on Mute.

Posted 3 Mar 2014 @ 10:30am

Melbourne band Massive have scored a five-album deal with UK/US metal/rock label Earache Records.


The deal was brokered by Rick Butterworth, who signed the band to his Third Verse Management. Butterworth toldBeat that Earache’s top executives fell in love with Massive’s debut album Full Throttle from last year. “It fitted right in with their sound,” Butterworth said, pointing...

Posted 28 Feb 2014 @ 10:06am

Stereosonic promoter Totem Onelove Group revealed that the electronic music festival will land in Melbourne Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7.


This year for the first time, promoters are rewarding “the most passionate members of the Stereosonic community” with an Early Bird ticket opportunity. “This provides fans across Australia and the world, ample time to plan their...

Posted 28 Feb 2014 @ 9:48am

Digital music sales overtook physical for the first time in Australia last year.


This is according to figures released this morning by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for January to December 2013.
Digital music is now 54.7% of the Australian recorded music market, worth $192.3 million after selling 115.8 million units. In comparison, the...

Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 10:52am

Friends and colleagues of the late Melbourne drummer George Kristy are holding a tribute show to him called Another Day In The Life next week.


It also serves as a fund raiser for beyondblue. The organization works to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community.
Kristy died on Thursday December 18 last year. He played in ‘90s bands as Desire, Peace...

Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 12:19pm

Australia is in line to adopt stringent rules to stop online piracy of music, films, TV shows, games and technology. 


Attorney-General George Brandis told the Australian Digital Alliance forum in Canberra he wants to adopt both the ‘three strikes’ rule (ISPs warn infringing customers three times before pulling their account) and web-blocking (rights holders can request ISPs...

Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 11:44am

Australian musicians have the lowest weekly salaries, according to the Commonwealth Government’s Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC) study. 


Only 6% earned $2,000 or more per week from their music in 2011. Most made $972 and $719 a week from their music. 52% have jobs outside music to survive. The study set out to measure the economic value of the music and performing...

Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 10:38am

The Port Fairy Folk Festival has sold out yet again, organisers announced this morning.


Similar to the last two years, the “no more tickets” and “no vacancy” signs have gone up two weeks before the tribal gathering. Promoters say that the only tickets to be had are through the festival’s new Ticket Exchange. Check out the festival’s website.
The Port Fairy Folk...