• Welcome to your Wednesday Purge. And welcome to ‘War And Leisure’, the brand new album from American R&B favourite Miguel. He’s been drip-feeding information about the new album on his socials throughout the year and now he and his label Sony have confirmed its arrival into stores across the planet on Friday December 01. ‘War And Leisure’ is the performer’s fourth studio album and follows on from 2015’s ‘Wildheart’, which peaked inside the top ten on the ARIA albums chart.
• Also confirming a new album release on December 01 is Van Morrison. Yes, the legendary Irish singer songwriter only released his 37th studio album ‘Roll With The Punches’ a couple of months ago, but No.38 is already in the bag and ready to roll. ‘Versatile’ contains 16 new Van Morrison recordings; ten cover versions and six original songs. “Recording songs like these – especially the standards – gave me the chance to stretch out vocally and get back to the music that originally inspired me to sing – jazz,” Van explains.
• The Pierce Brothers will release a new EP entitled ‘My Tired Mind’ on Friday November 17. The eight tracker (six new songs and two live tracks) is helmed by lead single ‘Follow Me Into The Dark’, which the boys say “is about literally lying awake going over and over your past decisions, and searching for ways to move on.” To celebrate its release, the gents are hitting the road in support of Tash Sultana on her upcoming local dates, which kick off at the AEC Theatre in Adelaide on Saturday November 18.
• The Human League (pictured left) will be in Australia for their local shows in a month’s time, but there’s been a change of plans in Brisbane, where the date has been shifted from Eatons Hill Hotel to the (much) smaller Tivoli Theatre. According to organisers, this is due to “feedback for a more intimate and partially seated venue closer to the CBD”. The show date remains the same – Sunday December 17.
• Jamaican reggae performer Chronixx will be in Australia early in 2018 for a trio of live shows across Australia’s East Coast. Discovered by Jimmy Fallon, Chronixx will play the Metro Theatre in Sydney on February 21, the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on February 22 and The Zoo in Brisbane on February 23. “I’m so excited to be back performing live in Australia for my fans, where I’ll be performing new tracks from the ‘Chronology’ record as well as the classics,” the singer said in a statement. Tickets for all three dates are on sale this Monday.
• UK outfit The Hunna will also be in Australia early in the new year. They’ve locked in shows in Brisbane (The Brightside on Jan 19), Sydney (Oxford Art Factory on Jan 20), Melbourne (Corner Hotel on Jan 21), Adelaide (Fat Controller on Jan 22) and Perth (Rosemount Hotel on Jan 24). Tickets are on sale from 9am local time tomorrow.
• And already confirmed as part of the CMC Rocks Queensland event in March, US country star Darius Rucker has announced that he’ll play headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne during his visit. He’s set to hit the stage at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on March 19 before zipping up to Sydney for a show at the Enmore Theatre on Wednesday March 21. Tickets are on sale from 10am AEDT tomorrow.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 09 : Days Like This Festival (Sydney)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 09 : The Hunna (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 09 : Lil Uzi Vert (Nationally)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 : Rick Price & Jack Jones (Nationally)
MONDAY NOVEMBER 13 : Chronixx (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14 : Roy Orbison Hologram tour (Nationally)