• Welcome to your Wednesday edition of The Purge! And we’re kicking it off this morning with great news for fans of Swedish superstar outfit Roxette, with the impending release of two new box sets. First and foremost is the brilliantly named ‘Boxette’ (cover above), which comprises four DVDs of five of the band’s live shows recorded from 1988 to 2001, including their ‘Live-Ism’ show, filmed in Sydney back in 1991. But there’s also the ‘Look Sharp!’ box set, which will come housed in a 12″ vinyl-sized package. That will house the original album on vinyl, plus a 21 track double CD with demos and rarities (some of which have never before been released), plus a home movie DVD from Per Gessle, giving fans an insight into what went on behind the scenes in the band’s heyday. Both ‘Boxette’ and ‘Look Sharp!’ will land at retailers in Australia on Friday October 05.
• Just A Gent has just dropped a new single. ‘Vibe’ landed at digital retailers just yesterday and is a collaboration between the Aussie production dynamo and Perth-based rapper T$oko. “I had so much fun making ‘Vibe’,” he enthuses. ”
“I’ve never worked on an original track with a rapper before and after this one I cannot wait to work with a rapper again. T$oko is next level and took this track to a whole new place. I hope you vibe it as much as we do.” Just A Gent was recently announced as part of the line-up for the 2019 FOMO Festivals.
• Speaking of new music, there’s a slew of new material battling for additions at radio stations across the country this week. Tracks include Havana Brown’s new single ‘Glimpse’, Kiiara’s ‘Gloe’, ‘My Hands’ from Running Touch and the new single from Muse, ‘The Dark Side’. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to our FACEBOOK page tomorrow afternoon when we’ll drop the extended list of new songs doing the rounds at media this week.
• Aussie favourite James Reyne has announced an extended ‘Endless Summer’ residency at Melbourne’s Palms At Crown; a residency that will stretch right through 2019. James will play the first Saturday night of every month throughout next year and will be backed by The Chantoozies (Jan-Mar), The Models (Apr-Jun), Taxiride (Jul-Sep) and Boom Crash Opera (Oct-Dec). Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
• US duo They will be in the country later this year to support 6lack on his upcoming national tour. But Frontier Touring have confirmed that the pair will also play special headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne next month to appease their growing legion of local supporters. Drew and Dante will play Howler in Melbourne on Thursday October 11 and the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Wednesday October 17. A Frontier Touring pre-sale kicks off at 11am AEST today, with general tickets to follow at 10am local time this Friday.
• Country star Lee Kernaghan has confirmed a show in Tamworth early in the new year. Supported by Gord Bamford, Lee will play the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre on Thursday January 24, playing all the hits that made him famous. Tickets are on sale now.
• The Secret Garden Festival will return to Brownlow Hill in New South Wales in February. The 48 hour event shifts into its eleventh year in 2019 and organisers have promised that next year’s outing will be “bolder and brasher than ever before”. Tickets for the February 22/23 event are on sale next Wednesday, September 12.
• Still on festival news and Newcastle’s This That Festival has added Broods and Allday to the mix of artists for 2018. Those two acts will join the likes of Purple Sneaker DJs, Jesse Porsches, Ebony Boadu and more to perform at the event, which will take over Wickham Park in Newcastle on Saturday November 03. Tickets are on sale now.
• Mountain Sounds Festival will be back at the Mount Penang Gardens on the New South Wales Central Coast in February next year. Organisers confirmed the return of the event earlier this week, marking its sixth year spicing up the NSW festival circuit. The full line-up will be revealed shortly, though given Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Chateau’ is the soundtrack to THIS teaser video, one would presume they’re locked. Mountain Sounds will return to Kariong on February 15 and 16.
• Victoria’s Beyond The Valley Festival have announced the addition of Joey Bada$$ and Fisher to the line-up for their fifth anniversary event. The pair will join a cavalcade of big name acts already confirmed to appear, including The Kooks, Tash Sultana, Pnau, Duke Dumont, Safia, Running Touch, Nicole Millar and many more. Beyond The Valley hits Lardner Park in Warragul from December 28 to January 01.
• And the Laneway Festival has a new home in Melbourne. It’s been held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and The Rivers Edge for the past nine years. But it’s on the move in 2019… to the nearby Footscray Park. The dates and other details for 2019 are due to be revealed soon.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 05 : Phil Collins (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 06 : Falls Festival (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 06 : FOMO Festival (Nationally)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 06 : Red Hot Summer Tour (Noosa, Cairns)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 07 : Bring Me The Horizon (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 07 : Cher (Melbourne)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 07 : They (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 07 : Yaeji (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10 : Maroon 5 (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 : Lily Allen (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 : Secret Garden Festival (Brownlow Hill)