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After testing out a set of new tunes last week at The Old Bar, The Bennies have announced their next move; a massive Australian tour. They’ll take The Hard Aches and Wet Pensioner along for the run that includes Cairns, Darwin and Tassie. Their Melbourne show hits the Corner Hotel on Friday November 20.
 
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats have already been announced for Meredith this December and they’ll tack a couple dates onto their tour, including an extra gig at the Corner Hotel on December 13. They’re going to release their fourth album The Night Creeper on Friday September 4 so expect a bunch of tunes.
 
A Skylit Drive have very quietly cancelled their Australian tour. It wasn’t terribly apparent over the weekend when it happened, but tour promoter has calmly confirmed that “Due to unforseen circumstances” the tour has been cancelled with the band hoping to make it back to Australia “in the near future”. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase for the Corner Hotel show.
 
Sydney’s flamboyant rockers Gay Paris will release their new album Ladies and Gentlemen, May We Present To You: The Dark Arts on Friday September 18 and they’re going to have a hell of a lot of fun promoting it on tour throughout October and November. Cherry Bar will play host on Saturday October 10 or you can see them on Thursday October 8 at Workers Club Geelong or Friday October 9 at The Eastern, Ballarat.
 
Punk rockers rejoice: Lagwagon and Flatliners are coming to town shortly with thanks to Blue Murder. Both bands have been celebrating Fat Wreck Chords’ recent birthday in the USA and they’ll continue the party down here with two Victorian shows. Pick between December 2 at Barwon Club, Geelong, or December 4 at Max Watt’s in Melbourne. What a nice bloody time. Tickets are available now.
 
A Day To Remember and Amity Affliction are joining forces to have a crack at Rod Laver Arena. With the assistance of Motionless In White and The Ghost Inside they’ll smash through the arena show on December 17. Tickets will be available on September 1.
 
Bullet For My Valentine and Dead Letter Circus have been confirmed as the first two acts on Soundwave’s 2016 lineup. Next year will see the festival return to the one-day format and travel the East Coast only, excluding Perth and Adelaide. The dates have also moved forward significantly, now taking Big Day Out’s spot at the start of the year with the Melbourne date landing on the Australia Day Public Holiday on January 26. That means we should see the rest of the lineup unfolding rather quickly over the next couple of weeks.