• Welcome to the midweek edition of The Purge (edition #283, no less). And it’s all kicking off today with Tayla Mae, who was the winner of Sony Music’s new online search for the next big artist, The Sharespace. The young starlet’s triumph was captured as part of the final episode of the series, which you can watch HERE (cue the audience cheer track). The Sharespace essentially takes over from ‘The X Factor’ as Sony’s quest to uncover the next big star. As such, Tayla scores a record contract and will be whisked away for a songwriting trip to develop her sound.
• Speaking of Sony, they’ve confirmed the December 15 release of a new album from G-Eazy. Called ‘The Beautiful & Damned’, the release will comprise an impressive 20 track double album, as well as a short film.
• There’s a bunch of new songs doing the rounds at Aussie media this week, including Empire Of The Sun’s newbie ‘On Our Way Home’, the new Clean Bandit/Julia Michaels collaboration ‘I Miss You’, Alfie Arcuri’s marriage equality anthem ‘Love Is Love’, Sheppard’s latest ‘Coming Home’ and the sub-two minute ‘Dogs Love Christmas Too’ (yes, really) from Chris Isaak. Keep your peepers peeled on our FACEBOOK page tomorrow for a more comprehensive list of the new singles doing the rounds at media.
• The ladies from Swedish outfit First Aid Kit have added a third and final Melbourne show to cope with demand. With their first two shows at the city’s Croxton Bandroom already sold out, they’ve added a third and final show at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday April 07. Tickets are on sale from 9am AEDT this Friday.
• Kitty, Daisy & Lewis will play a pair of headline shows (on each in Sydney and Melbourne) in February next year. They’ve locked in shows at the Factory Theatre in Sydney on February 14 before they head down to Melbourne’s Corner Hotel on February 15. Secret Sounds pre-sales kick off at 9am AEDT this morning, before general public tickets go live tomorrow morning from 9am AEDT.
• Country star Luke Bryan will play his first ever Australian arena dates in March next year; the announcement coming just weeks before the release of his new album ‘What Makes You Country’. Already confirmed to play CMC Rocks Queensland, he’ll now hit the stage for audiences in Sydney (Qudos Bank Arena on March 16) and Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena on March 20). Tickets are on sale at 10am AEDT this Friday.
• Gomez, Youssou N’Dour and Canned Heat are among a handful of acts who’ll be playing sideshows while they’re in the country for Bluesfest in Byron Bay in March. Gomez will play shows at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on March 31, 170 Russell in Melbourne on April 01 and Metro City in Perth. Youssou N’Dour hits the Sydney Opera House on March 28 and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on March 31. Canned Heat have a double date in Sydney; at The Basement on March 22 and Factory Theatre on March 23, before heading to Lizotte’s in Newcastle on March 25, the Melbourne Recital Centre on March 25 and the Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on March 28. Then there’s Walter Trout (Corner Hotel in Melbourne on March 29 and Factory Theatre in Sydney on March 31) and The Riff Raff (March 24 at the Corner Hotel and March 26 at the Factory Theatre). Pre-sales for all kick off at 10am local time today, before general public tickets go live from 10am local time this Friday, November 17.
• US hip hop star Big Boi will return to Australia in March next year for headline shows in both Sydney and Melbourne. He’ll take to the stage at 170 Russell in Melbourne on Tuesday March 13 before venturing to Sydney for a gig at the Metro Theatre the following night. Tickets are on sale from 10am this Friday.
• And Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel is rolling out the big guns for their annual NYE Block Party, with what’s being dubbed their biggest line-up yet. Bliss N Eso head the list of performers, which also includes Elk Road, Kilter, Touch Sensitive, Asta, Kwame and Jaytee Hazard. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15 : Paramore (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Paul Dempsey (Regionally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Neil Diamond (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Download Festival (Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 : Mammal (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Big Boi (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Luke Bryan (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Canned Heat (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : First Aid Kit (Melbourne)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Gomez (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Hurray For The Riff Raff (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Youssou N’Dour (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 : Walter Trout (Sydney, Melbourne)