• Welcome to your midweek edition of The Purge, which we’re kicking off with news that Warner Music has re-serviced ‘Hooked’, the latest single from US boyband Why Don’t We. They’ve done so, naturally, to coincide with the announcement that the boys will be in the country late next month for their first ever Australian shows; one each in Sydney and Melbourne. Tickets for those shows are on the sales desk tomorrow.
• auspOp favourite Danielle Deckard has confirmed the upcoming release of her debut full length album ‘Happy’. Fresh from raising $8000 in a Pozible campaign, the album is now complete and will be made available in digital formats, along with physical CD and vinyl pressings. Its release on Friday July 20 will be preceded by one last single called ‘Sky Falls Down’, which is due to land at the end of next week. And Danielle will launch it with a show at Waywards in Newtown on Saturday July 28. Tickets are on sale now via her WEBSITE.
• 20 year old Queensland native Aspy Jones has released his debut single ‘Hatches’; an ode to maintaining one’s optimism when times get tough. “We’ve all been there and I think it’s important to let your friends and family know that you’re there for them and to remind them to keep moving forward,” he explains. The song’s plucked from Aspy’s forthcoming debut EP, which we’re told is due for release later in the year.
• Fan of Queen? You’ll love the Ultimate Queen Celebration, making its way to Australia from late next month. Helmed by the vocals of Marc Mantel (pictured), which many have commented strongly resemble those of the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, the tour will roll through a back catalogue of Queen classics for audiences in Perth (Concert Hall on August 28), Gold Coast (The Star on August 30), Sydney (State Theatre on August 31) and Melbourne (Palais Theatre on September 01). Tickets are on sale now.
• It’s only a few weeks until hip hop dynamo Lil Xan lands in Australia for his appearance at Splendour In The Grass, but he’s confirmed he’ll play sideshows for fans in Sydney and Melbourne during his stay. He’s locked a show at Festival Hall in Melbourne on Friday July 20, before heading up the Hume to Sydney for a gig at the Enmore on Sunday July 22. Tickets for both are on sale now.
• And Tash Sultana will play a one-off headline show on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast early in the new year. Pre-sale tickets for the January 12 Pineapple Fields event are already on sale, with general tickets live tomorrow morning at 9am local time. She’ll be joined at the event by Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale, Son Zephyr and many more.
WEDNESDAY JULY 04 : Hotter Than Hell (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Belinda Carlisle (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Kiiara (Melbourne, Brisbane)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Rick Ross (Nationally)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Spilt Milk Festival (Canberra)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Tash Sultana (Sunshine Coast)
THURSDAY JULY 05 : Why Don’t We (Sydney, Melbourne)