• Welcome to your Wednesday Purge and welcome to ‘One Kiss’, the new collaboration with dance music dynamo Calvin Harris and so-hot-right-now UK songstress Dua Lipa. The track dropped digitally on Friday, at the same time as the single made its way to Australian media. It’s the latest in a series of high profile collaborations from the British DJ, following on from ‘Nuh Ready Nuh Ready’ (with PartyNextDoor) and ‘Faking It’ (with Kehlani and Lil Yachty).
• Calvin’s track is one of a handful making their way to Australian media this week. Among the other new singles doing the rounds are Drake’s ‘Nice For What’, Hayley Kiyoko’s ‘Curious’ and ‘Symphony’, a new single from Josh Groban. Be over on our FACEBOOK page sometime between three and four tomorrow afternoon when we’ll bring you a more comprehensive wrap of the newbies.
• Mahalia Barnes and her band The Soul Mates will release a new album called ‘Hard Expectations’ this Friday. The album features 12 new recordings, including nine originals penned by members of the band. There are also covers of The Pointer Sisters’ ‘You Gotta Believe’, as well as Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Hard Times’. “I am excited for people to hear this record,” Mahalia reveals. “I really feel like the album has captured the spirit and energy of The Soul Mates, we experimented a bit more and really let loose in the studio this time. The end result is a journey through love, loss, heartache and happiness. It’s raw and it’s all heart.”
• Damien Leith will be back on the road from early July, this time to pay tribute to another one of his childhood idols, Elvis Presley. The ‘Elvis : The Gospel Collection’ tour will see Damien tackling some of the King of Rock & Roll’s biggest hits, including ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Peace In The Valley’ and ‘You Saw Me Crying In The Chapel’. The tour kicks off at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Friday July 06 and makes stops in Wollongong, Darwin, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Perth and the Barossa Valley, before it all wraps up at the Dunstan Theatre at the Festival Centre in Adelaide on Saturday September 22. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
• Aussie legends Dragon will play a series of shows celebrating some of the classic music of the ’80s. ’80s UK Chartbusters’ will see the boys playing tracks from the likes of Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, Queen, The Police and many more. Naturally, they won’t let the occasion go by without inserting their own classics in there for good measure. The tour kicks off at the Calamvale Hotel in Brisbane’s south on June 01 and visits Alexandra Hills and Paddington in Queensland. It then saunters southbound, stopping in Rooty Hill (June 08) and Melbourne (June 29) before heading back north for the remaining 18 shows in New South Wales. Tickets are on sale now.
• And Suzi Quatro will headline the ninth edition of the Rock The Boat cruise out of Sydney from October next year. She’ll be joined on the week-long voyage by The Angels, The Sweet, John Paul Young, Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd, Mi-Sex, Chocolate Starfish and even Molly Meldrum. The cruise (on board the Radiance Of The Seas) will make stops in both Noumea and the Isle Of Pines in New Caledonia. Tickets are on sale now.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 : The Presets (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 : Radnor & Lee (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY APRIL 13 : Shania Twain (Sydney)
FRIDAY APRIL 13 : The White Album Concert (Nationally)