• Hello and welcome to your midweek edition of The Purge! Remember MKTO? Malcolm and Tony? They gave us the chart smashes ‘Thank You’ and ‘Classic’? Well after a two year hiatus, they’re back – and they’re armed with a new single called ‘How Can I Forget’. “This time around, we decided to really take some risks,” Tony explains. “Malcolm and I are doing exactly what we want to do and having a blast. I do believe in fate, and I always felt like this was destined. This is what we dreamed about. There’s an energy between us that we never found anywhere else. We’re so excited to be back.” The single was serviced to Australian media yesterday.
• US starlet Elle King hit the big time with her breakout hit ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ here in Australia. It hit the top five down under and although further chart success has thus far eluded her, she’s giving it all she’s got with her just-announced sophomore album ‘Shake The Spirit’. “I decided to call it ‘Shake The Spirit’ because I was shaken to the core over the last year and a half,” Elle explains. “I was literally talking to ghosts. But making the album not only changed my life, it saved my life. It’s like when you see somebody who is struggling, you want to shake them. Putting this record out is like shaking myself awake.” Look for the album at your favourite retailer from Friday October 19.
• The special guests have been confirmed for Taylor Swift’s upcoming ‘Reputation’ stadium tour of Australia. British pop starlet Charli XCX is on board for all four shows, as are New Zealand sibling duo Broods, who’ve just dropped their latest single ‘Peach‘. Both acts will join Tay Tay at her shows at Optus Stadium in Perth (October 19), Etihad Stadium in Melbourne (October 26), ANZ Stadium in Sydney (November 02) and The Gabba in Brisbane (November 06). Tickets are still available for all four dates.
• The acclaimed Laneway Festival will be back early in the new year, once again making stops in all five main capital cities across the country. And organisers have this week unveiled the all-important dates and venues so you can pop them into your party schedule. Brisbane’s the first cab off the rank; Saturday February 02 at the Brisbane Showgrounds. From there it’s off to the SCA and Callan Park at Rozelle in Sydney (February 03). Later that week, it’s Port Adelaide’s turn (Harts Mill on Friday February 08), followed by Melbourne (Footscray Park on February 09) and Fremantle (Esplanade Reserve and West End on February 10). The main line-up announcement is due to land on Tuesday. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Tuesday September 25.
• In other festival news, tickets for the 2018 Falls Festivals had only been on sale for a couple of days, but organisers have confirmed that the 2018 edition in the Victorian coastal town of Lorne is now sold out. Tickets are still on sale for the Byron Bay, Fremantle and Marion Bay events.
• And the Let Them Eat Cake Festival will be back at Werribee Park in Melbourne’s west on new years day. Among the acts ready to take to the stage include Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Midland, Peggy Gou and Joe Kay. Tickets are on sale on Tuesday September 18.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 : Secret Garden Festival (Brownlow Hill)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13 : Pianos Become The Teeth (Nationally)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18 : Let Them Eat Cake Festival (Melbourne)