“Murder is women’s business” – overheard at the venue.
Over the past few years, the true crime industry has boomed. Podcasts such as Casefile and Last Podcast on the Left have grown in popularity, and My Favourite Murder is consistently in iTunes’ Top 10 comedy podcasts, with over 19 million monthly downloads. Shows like Making a Murderer and The Staircase have become global sensations. Liking true crime has gone from being something you do on the downlow, an interest you have but don’t tell anyone about, to one that is spoken about regularly, between friends, colleagues and even strangers. And data shows these watchers and listeners are predominantly women (and this was even touched upon in the audience Q&A, asking why true crime seems to be so popular with female audiences).
On the back of incredible album Rue and a colossal performance at Unify Gathering 2019, Sydney four-piece Hellions have continued in their seemingly endless rise. Gearing up for some of their biggest headlines to date, we sat down with drummer Anthony Carusso for a quick chat about Rue, and what’s to come.
Bluesfest Touring and Love Police are thrilled to announce that travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are taking to the road across Australia this April with live dates set for Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in conjunction with their performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest.
After what seems like an eternity, US metal icons Devildriver are finally returning to Australia to appease their rabid legions. It’s been five long years since the band last headlined here and Dez and the boys are primed and ready to make up for lost time!
Ahead of Architects‘ hotly anticipated headline return to Australia in August, the band have unveiled a live video of ‘Royal Beggars’, filmed at their performance at Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany last month. In celebration of their album Holy Hell the band are set to embark on a mammoth debut stint in the US in April before taking to Europe and the UK, and finally landing in Australia in August.
Louisville KY indie-Americana quintet Murder By Death and Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers have today announced a co-headline tour of Australia. This will be Murder By Death’s first ever tour of Australia with the band promoting their latest studio album The Other Shore, which is out now on Bloodshot Records. Laura Jane Grace has been a semi-regular visitor to Australia with her band Against Me! Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers will be promoting their latest release Bought To Rot, which is out now on Bloodshot Records. Special guest on this co-headline tour will be Brisbane acoustic/folk/country punk act Emmy Hour.
River Sessions will return to Mackay on the 29th of June 2019. After a triumphant come back in 2018 at Queens Park, we will be changing venues to J.M. Mulherin Park at the Mackay Harbour. This is due to major renovations taking place at Queens Park to revitalise the venue for future festivals and events. Although the festival will temporarily change locations, festival organisers are extremely excited about the new venue with its tropical atmosphere and picturesque surroundings.
Off the back of their electric new track ‘Ask For The Anthem’, Ocean Grove have announced that they’ll be embarking on an Australian headline tour throughout May. The tour will be the band’s first national headline run since 2017, and their first featuring their new lineup – Twiggy Hunter on bass and Dale Tanner assuming full time frontman duties.
Australian blues-rock guitarist and songwriter Hamish Anderson has announced his new single ‘Breaking Down’, in the lead up to his support slot for the one and only Gary Clark Jr. The single belongs to a new album, Out Of My Head, due out in May 2019.