• Welcome to your midweek edition of The Purge and take a look at this now… It’s a new box set from legendary UK performer Phil Collins. To be released towards the end of November, ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ brings together all of the acclaimed artist’s albums in one box set, full remastered and in new digipak mode. Look for it at your favourite retailer from Friday November 24.
• New Zealand duo Fortunes are doing their bit for the marriage equality cause, by dropping a new single called ‘Daddies’. Lifted from a new compilation album called ‘Thirty Days Of Yes’, the new track is, in the words of their label Inertia, one of “love, acceptance and bolted, holy matrimony”. “We’ve been writing this cute song about getting married for the last couple of years,” vocalist Conor McCabe explains. “We were was saving it for the album, but then this whole thing came up, and being from New Zealand we can’t even vote here. So this is our vote.” It’s out now.
• Tame Impala are readying the release of a new deluxe “Collectors Edition” of their smash album ‘Currents’. Due in the middle of next month, the new box set edition will feature a limited edition red marbled vinyl, a 12″ vinyl featuring two remixes and a 7″ “flexidisc” with b-sides, along with other goodies to truly make it one for the serious collectors. Look for it at your favourite retailer from Friday November 17.
• Music goddess Grace Jones (pictured) will play a one-off show in Melbourne in February. The songstress will descend upon the city’s Palais Theatre on Monday February 26 in all her finery (she might not fit on the tram in this outfit, however). An Optus pre-sale takes off at 10am AEDT today ahead of general public tickets, which are live from 9am AEDT next Tuesday, October 31.
• Speaking of Melbourne, the Zoo Twilights series in the Victorian capital is already selling well, for some artists in particular; Ben Folds, Neil & Liam Finn and The Cat Empire have already confirmed they’re doubling up their appearances for the 2018 schedule, following strong pre-sale support. The Cat Empire now plays a second show on Sunday Feb 04, Ben Folds will play a second show on Saturday Feb 17 and Neil & Liam Finn’s second date will take place on Friday Feb 23. They’re all on sale now.
• Also confirming some headline shows early next year is Kamashi Washington. Already confirmed as part of the Golden Plains and Womadelaide line-ups and with a gig already locked down at the Sydney Opera House on March 13, the critically-acclaimed performer will also play the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on March 09 and The Triffid in Brisbane on March 14. Tickets for the two latter gigs are on sale from 9am this Friday, October 27.
• There’s been another addition to the line-up for the upcoming Golden Plains Festival. Hip hop supremo Big Boi has been bobbed onto the bill, taking his place alongside the likes of The Avalanches, Kamasi Washington, The Preatures and Grizzly Bear at the March 10-12 event.
• Scottish outfit Biffy Clyro will touch down in Australia in April next year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In support of their latest album ‘Ellipsis’, the band will play the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on April 27, Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane on April 29 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on April 30. Tickets for all shows are on sale at 10am local time this morning.
• Incubus will play the three same cities when they visit our shores in early March. Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne is first up (March 09), before Hordern Pavilion in Sydney (March 10) and the Riverstage in Brisbane (March 12). And just like Biffy Clyro’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane dates, those for Incubus are on sale at 10am local time today.
• And Yelawolf will be in the country later this year for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The hip hop star will play The Tivoli in Brisbane on December 16, Forum Theatre in Melbourne on December 17, Enmore Theatre in Sydney on December 19 and Metro City in Perth on December 20. A Live Nation pre-sale kicks off at midday local time today before general public tickets go on sale at 2pm local time this Friday.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 : Biffy Clyro (Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 : Incubus (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 : Gene Simmons (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 : The War On Drugs (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Joey Bada$$ (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Loyle Carner (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Mac DeMarco (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Dream Wife (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Billie Eilish (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Father John Misty (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Icehouse (New South Wales)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : The Internet (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Shame (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Slowdive (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 : Sylvan Esso (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 : Lauv (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 : Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 : Kamasi Washington (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 : Yelawolf (Nationally)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 : Grace Jones (Melbourne)