• Good morning and welcome to your midweek edition of The Purge! What better time to let you know that Canberra dance music icons The Aston Shuffle are back with new music. The pair used the almighty Pete Tong to unveil their new single ‘Make A Wrong Thing Right’, which features the vocals of US singer songwriter Micah Powell, on his BBC 1 radio show. Micah’s name has popped up on previous collaborations with the likes of Paul Oakenfold and Jamie Foxx. Take a listen to the hot new tune HERE.
• Plenty of other fresh new music doing the rounds at Australian media this week, including the aforementioned new Casey Barnes single, a re-service of DNCE’s ‘Toothbrush’ now they’re in the country, plus the new Justice single ‘Safe & Sound’. Keep your peepers peeled (as always) on our FACEBOOK page tomorrow for our weekly comprehensive list of the new tunes doing the rounds at media.
• The lead single of The Audreys, Taasha Coates, will release her debut solo album ‘Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts’ on August 26. She’s recorded the new material alongside Aussie country star Shane Nicholson while The Audreys are on temporary hiatus. First single ‘This House Is Gonna Burn’ is available now.
• Iconic singer songwriter Morrissey will be back in Australia in October for shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. Sydney got the chance to see him last time as part of last year’s Vivid festival, but it’s the first time ever he’ll be visiting Wollongong, Newcastle and our nation’s capital. Frontier pre-sales kick off today, with general public tickets hitting the sales desk from 10am local time this Friday, August 05.
• Canada’s Simple Plan keep selling out shows on their forthcoming Australian tour. While the band’s show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre is now onto its last tickets, in Brisbane they’ve sold out their show at The Triffid and in Melbourne they’ve already sold out two gigs at the Prince Bandroom, now adding a third and final concert to satiate demand. The boys will hit the stage for a third consecutive night on Thursday September 15 and tickets are on sale from midday tomorrow, August 04.
• Calling all budding musicians in the Victorian capital. The Bank of Melbourne has confirmed that Melbourne Music Bank will be back in 2016, with a massive $60,000 prize pool up for grabs, including recording, mixing and mastering an EP, film clips, album artwork, CDs, media training, photoshoot and more. Musicians from Victoria have until 5pm on August 27 to submit their song, with the public choosing four finalists from a pre-chosen shortlist of 12. Click HERE for all the info.
• A hot new dance festival is ready to make its mark in Sydney this November. Mystery Mark will make its impact at the Sydney Showground on Saturday November 19 and they’ve rolled out a pretty impressive line-up of local electronic talent to keep punters dancing the day away. Joel Fletcher is in; so too Bombs Away, Yolanda Be Cool, plus SCNDL, Uberjak’d, Brooke Evers and many more. More acts for the 15+ festival will be announced prior to the event, but VIP and early bird tickets are already available.
• Newcastle’s This That Festival has announced a huge line-up of talent for their 2016 outing, confirming that in addition to so-hot-right-now ScHoolboy Q (in his only Australian festival appearance for 2016), the likes of Peking Duk, Hermitude, LDRU, Safia and Moonbase Commander are all locked in. Sampa The Great is also ready to roll; so too Elliphant, Jess Kent, Drapht, Koi Child, Ball Park Music and more! Best you mark 9am next Thursday (August 11) in your diary… as that’s when tickets for the Saturday November 05 event go on sale.
• Bondi Beachfest will once again take over the iconic stretch of Sydney coastline on Saturday November 12. For seven magical hours, the beach will play host to a mass of incredible live music, but just who’ll be hitting the sand to play remains a well-guarded secret… until next Wednesday (August 10) when all will be revealed.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 03 : Michael Franti & Spearhead (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY AUGUST 04 : Simple Plan (Melbourne)
FRIDAY AUGUST 05 : Bernard Fanning (Nationally)
FRIDAY AUGUST 05 : Morrissey (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : A Day On The Green (Nationally)
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : Garbage (Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong)
MONDAY AUGUST 08 : The Temper Trap (Sydney, Melbourne)