• These twice-weekly editions of The Purge come around pretty quickly, don’t they? But there’s always plenty of music news to go ’round, especially when it comes to tour news and new releases. Like, for example, the just-announced debut album from Adelaide’s Tkay Maidza. Simply entitled ‘Tkay’, the album will comprise 14 tracks, including the just-released lead single from it, ‘Carry On’, which features an appearance by rapper (and one half of Run The Jewels) Killer Mike. To celebrate its release (on October 28), Tkay will hit the road throughout the first half of November for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. Pre-sale tickets go live from her website from 9am today, while general public tickets are on sale from 9am tomorrow, September 01.
• Usher will release his new album ‘Hard II Love’ in the middle of next month. Hot on the heels of his top ten smash ‘Crash’, the singer’s eighth studio long player will feature ‘Crash’, along with the previously released ‘No Limit’ and new grat tracks ‘Missin U’ and ‘Champions’; the latter also featuring on the soundtrack to the new sports film ‘Hands Of Stone’. ‘Hard II Love’ will land at your favourite retailer on Friday September 16.
• Big news for the Falls Festival, with confirmation from organisers that the 2016 Lorne event is fully sold out. Tickets only went on sale yesterday morning, but within just 45 minutes, all tickets to the Victorian edition of the event had gone. So your opportunity to see a top notch line-up of talent, including Childish Gambino, London Grammar, The Avalanches, Matt Corby and more has just diminished by 25%. But tickets to the remaining Byron Bay, Marion Bay and Fremantle events are also selling like hotcakes.
• Victorian sister act Stonefield will travel across the country from early October for an extensive tour of metropolitan and regional dates in support of their recently-released album ‘As Above, So Below’. The tour kicks off at the Small Ballroom in Newcastle on Thursday October 06 and wraps more than a month later with a gig at Mojo’s in Fremantle. These new dates are in addition to the girls’ Beach Hotel gig in Byron Bay on September 16, as well as their upcoming festival appearances across the country. Tickets are on sale now.
• Big Scary have added two new shows to their upcoming tour. They’ve so far sold out two dates in their hometown of Melbourne, along with a show each in Brisbane and Perth. There’s now a new Melbourne show (on October 04 at 170 Russell) and a new Perth show (on October 13 at the Rosemount Hotel). Tickets for both are on sale now and the duo’s new album ‘Animal’ roars into a retailer near you this Friday.
• Sydney’s Tonight Alive have been added to all dates on A Day To Remember’s Australian tour, which is due to hit all five main capitals this December. The band, which released their criminally underappreciated debut album ‘Limitless’ earlier this year, will now play the support role, along with the previously-announced Of Mice & Men. The tour kicks off in Perth on December 10.
• And it’s all secret squirrel in the offices of music streaming service Pandora at the moment; they’re holding their inaugural warehouse event in Sydney on October 08 (at a top secret location, no less) and performing at it will be the likes of Seth Sentry, Ladyhawke, Nicole Millar, The Griswolds and Ecca Vandal. 1000 subscribers will get the chance to win their way to the event via the Pandora Warehouse mixtape.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 : Keith Urban (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : B*Witched/Atomic Kitten etc (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : Field Day 2017 (Sydney)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : Tkay Maidza (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 01 : UB40 (Nationally)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 02 : Pixies (East Coast)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : All You Need Is Love (Sydney)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : Rodriguez (Melbourne)