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Nimbin Roots Festival will make its debut this September, celebrating all facets of the roots genre. Curated by ARIA and Golden Guitar nominee Lou Bradley, the inaugural festival will embrace the independent music scene. Celebrating Americana, early blues, alt country, Australiana and bluegrass music, the festival will feature a huge lineup of up-and-coming Australian talent. Plucked from over 150 applicants, the musicians will perform across four of Nimbin’s most iconic venues — the Bowling Club, the Nimbin Bush Theatre, the Phoenix Rising Café and The Church.

Australian singer-songwriter Lou Bradley is no stranger to festival curation. A very well respected veteran in the Australian music industry, Lou assisted in the coordination of the one-off event, Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, which welcomed over 2,000 punters and some of the biggest names in Australian country music across four days in the Tweed Shire. A passionate ambassador to promoting local talent, Lou is well-respected for her ongoing support of independent and commercial artists alike. Channeling her energy into a festival that showcases Australian talent was a natural progression.

The ethos behind Nimbin Roots Festival continues to embrace everything Lou is passionate about – it is first and foremost about the music. “As a writer and grassroots musician myself I’m a firm believer in the importance of where music starts and where it comes from,” she says. “That’s what music is, and the Nimbin Roots Fest really represents that.”

The line-up for Nimbin Roots Festival is modest and eclectic, opening its musical arms up to artists in all stages of their careers. “After being around in the industry for so long I really don’t see the difference between a high profile artist and low profile artist,” says Lou. “To me, the art is the same and I can’t fathom the reason why one should have more attention than the other. I see a lot of artists out there who aren’t getting as much commission as they need. The public needs to hear music that’s a little more real.”

A familiar face in Nimbin, Lou says she can’t imagine a more perfect town to host the festival. “Nimbin has a very colourful culture, but it also has a strong foundation in natural living and a roots lifestyle,” she says. “It fits perfectly with the festival and it wouldn’t hurt to give it (Nimbin) a little more grounding. The venues involved and the people who are aware of the forthcoming festival are really excited about it.”

The two day Nimbin Roots Festival is setting aside the normal parameters of a festival and is instead drawing the entire town into its planning. Instead of basing itself in one venue with multiple stages, the event actually features four of the town’s most iconic venues – and everything in between. While punters can attend each venue to discover new music, there is also the opportunity to soak up the Nimbin culture, which is unlike anywhere else in the country. The venues – the Bowling Club, the Nimbin Bush Theatre, the Phoenix Rising Café and The Church – each has a history, presence and uniqueness that perfectly reflect the values and premise of the festival.


The APRA AMCOS Board of Writer and Publisher Directors have announced that legendary songwriters and musicians, Cold Chisel, are the recipients of the 2016 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. The prestigious award will be presented to Cold Chisel at the 2016 APRA Music Awards on Tuesday 5 April at Carriageworks in Sydney.

With a history that spans 40 years, a reputation forged through blistering live shows and a catalogue of much loved songs and albums, Cold Chisel – Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Phil Small and Steve Prestwich – are part of the fabric of the nation’s psyche. Their story is colourful, volatile and proud and their music continues to be ingrained in the hearts of generations of Australians.

The band has sold almost seven million albums across bona fide Australian classics like East, Breakfast at Sweethearts and Circus Animals, while songs like Cheap Wine, Choir Girl, When the War Is Over, Flame Trees, Bow River, Saturday Night, Khe Sanh and 2015’s Lost remain the staple of radio playlists, pubs, jukeboxes, concert halls and karaoke bars across every part of the country.

Australia’s love of Cold Chisel has only grown over the years. The band’s 2011 Light The Nitro tour was the biggest-ever by an Australian-based band, with over 300,000 tickets sold, and their 2015 One Night Stand tour included a number of firsts for the band, including being the first-ever Australian artist to headline the iconic Hanging Rock to a sold out audience of 18,000. Meanwhile, the band’s 2012 album No Plans was certified gold and received 5 ARIA Award nominations while last year’s album The Perfect Crime was #1 on the ARIA Australian Artists Album chart and is almost platinum. The Perfect Crime was universally hailed by critics, with many calling it as amongst the best of Cold Chisel’s career.

Previous recipients of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music include Paul Kelly, Jimmy Little, Slim Dusty, The Seekers and last year’s recipient, Fifa Riccobono.


Two of the great voices of British pop, Leo Sayer and Lulu, are joining together for the first time for a tour of Australia.

Lulu was just 15 when she recorded her first UK hit, a version of the Isley Brothers’ Shout, and in 1967 her stunning performance of the theme tune from the film To Sir, With Love (and in which she also appeared alongside Sidney Poitier) took her to the top of charts around the world. Hits like The Boat I Row, Let’s Pretend and Love Loves to Love, Love established her as one of the most dynamic voices of the era and the way she lit up a screen made her a natural for television events like the Eurovision Song Contest (which she won in 1969 representing the UK).

Born a few months before Lulu, Leo Sayer broke through as a singer and songwriter with a string of hits including The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, Long Tall Glasses and Moonlighting. His career went into overdrive in 1977 with two global chart-toppers, the disco-fired You Make Me Feel like Dancing (a Grammy winner for best rhythm and blues song) and the ballad, When I Need You. Sayer had phenomenal nine Top 20 albums and 14 Top 20 singles from 1973 to 1983 and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and in 2006 a remix of his 1977 hit Thunder In My Heart took him back to the top of the UK charts. Leo has lived in Australia since 2005 and became an Australian citizen in 2009.

In 2015 after promoters suggested that Leo and Lulu tourtogether Lulu went to see Leo performing in London and was blown away by his vital stage presence and a voice that could match her own soulful delivery. In fact, she was so impressed she joined him on stage that same night! The two music legends hit it off so well that the Leo & Lulu tour was on.

“I am beyond excited to be coming to Australia for these gigs and sharing the stage with Leo. Leo Sayer is musically the real deal so bring it on I can’t wait ” said Lulu from the backstage of her first show of her current 35 date UK tour.

Leo added “Lulu was already an icon when I came on the scene and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. We’re good pals and I can’t wait to welcome her to Australia.”

The tour commences at Sydney’s State Theatre on 23 June before heading to some of Australia’s finest theatres around the country, with these two icons of the industry performing all their hits separately and together.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Tickets available from 9.00am, Monday 14 March from Ticketmaster

Friday, 24 June 2016

Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Vic

Tickets available from 9.00am, Tuesday 15 March from the Arts Centre and Ticketmaster

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Tickets available from 9.00am, Tuesday 15 March from Bass

Thursday, 30 June 2015

QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Qld

Tickets available from 9.00am, Monday 14 March from QPac

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Tickets available from 9.00am, Monday 14 March from Perth Concert Hall and Ticketmaster

Lulu has always found ways to reinvent herself as a performing artist, songwriter and entertainer – from TV variety show host to recording with David Bowie as producer and her 1993 return to the charts with Relight My Fire, a collaboration with Take That. In 2002 she returned to the UK charts with a cover of Bob Seger’s We’ve Got Tonight, a duet with The Voice Australia judge, Ronan Keating.

While ever-popular in the UK through touring, stage musicals and TV appearances including regular spots on Absolutely Fabulous, Lulu returned to the studio for the first time in 10 years for last year’s Making Life Rhyme, mostly self-penned and acclaimed as one of the finest albums of her career. The album was followed by a string of sold-out dates in the UK and a storming set at Glastonbury alerted new generations that before there was Adele and Amy Winehouse, there was Lulu.

Lulu was born in 1948 and raised, as Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, in a tough working-class part of Glasgow. She was first discovered as a schoolgirl singing in a band, with a mighty voice that was the opposite of her diminutive build.

That drive led to her solo career and classics like her 1967 smash with the theme tune for To Sir, With Love. She made her acting debut in that film, a warm and wise exploration of issues such as racial discrimination and the class divide, with Lulu playing one of the young classmates to Sidney Poitier’s brilliant performance as an idealistic teacher imparting life lessons in a London high school.

She was just 20 when she married Maurice Gibb in 1969, the year she won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with Boom-Bang-a-Bang. That year she recorded the New Routes album at the scene of many legendary soul music recordings, Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama, with a crack band including Duane Allman on guitar and producers Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin. The album included a fine version of the Bee Gees’ song Marley Purt Drive. Gibb and Lulu remained on good terms after their divorce, later performing on TV together. Lulu’s 2015 UK tour included songs in tribute to the Bee Gees.

In 1974, Lulu had a secret liaison with David Bowie, who produced her version of the Bowie classic The Man Who Sold The World, a top 10 hit in the UK. She was also learning from the best as a songwriter and in 1993 she wrote a worldwide hit for Tina Turner, I Don’t Want To Fight. The song gave Lulu the title for her autobiography, published in 2002.

“I’ve been through a lot in my life, a lot of struggles,” she says. “I’ve been one of the luckiest people but I’ve been thrown from pillar to post, emotionally .” These experiences provided the fuel for the songs she wrote for Making Life Rhyme, a soul album for the 21st century that sounds just as relevant and contemporary as anything from younger artists. “Making Life Rhyme is about how I’m living my life now,” she says. “I’ve dealt with demons, I’ve dealt with anxiety, I’ve dealt with sadness. Now I like who I am … I feel like I have grown up in a way.”

Lulu has been in the music business for 51 years. Yet she seems utterly undimmed by time; slim, vivacious and energetic, with an appealing combination of bright eyed sprightliness and a very adult, no-nonsense directness. “I was thrown into this business in my childhood. It’s a minefield, you see so many people harmed by believing in their success. You think you’re invincible, then crash, it all comes down. I’ve managed to look like I’m holding it together but it ain’t been easy. This is what I’m talking about, everything that I’ve been through in my life. It’s really about going beyond the problems everyone’s got. I’ve been there, done it but now I’m living in the solution. That’s what it’s about!”


Leo Sayer’s life is packed with extraordinary stories, from his early meeting with songwriter Dave Courtney (one of the first songs they wrote together, Giving It All Away, was a massive solo hit for Roger Daltrey of The Who), to the studio jam with LA session masters Larry Carlton and Ray Parker Jr which grew into You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

Sayer has seen all the highs and lows of a life in the spotlight, always able to adapt to the ever-changing musical landscape.

Sayer was raised in Sussex where he studied graphic design before hooking up with musician Dave Courtney. Together they wrote Giving It All Away, which became the first solo hit for Roger Daltrey of The Who in 1973. But it was Sayer’s memorable TV performance of The Show Must Go On, dressed in Pierrot mime costume and make-up, which announced the arrival of a major new force in British music.

His 1977 singles You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and When I Need You took him to No 1 in the US and in many other countries, and his 1979 compilation The Very Best of Leo Sayer gave him his first UK No 1 album and seventh consecutive top 20 album. Sayer fought back from legal disputes with former management and record companies with the weapon he has always had, the enormous energy of his live performances. Sayer has lived in Sydney since 2005, is now an Australian citizen, and continues to tour the world.

Last year he released his first album of new material in six years, Restless Years, featuring a reunion with his When I Need You co-writer Albert Hammond. The album was followed by sold-out theatre shows here in in Australia and UK.

Apia Good Times Tour returns in 2016 with a stellar line-up of local legends!

Apia is proud to announce that the annual Apia Good Times Tour is returning in 2016 for the fourth year running. With another stellar line-up of Antipodean legends including Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, and making their “Good Times” debut, Jon Stevens and John Paul Young, will take to the stage to perform their hits separately and together for a show that will have audiences across the country up on their feet, singing along.

The 2016 Apia Good Times Tour kicks off on Wednesday, 18 May in Darwin before heading to Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury, Bendigo, Melbourne, Geelong, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Newcastle, Sydney, Shoalhaven, Canberra and Launceston, finishing up the “Good Times” in Hobart. Tickets to all shows go on sale at 10.00am local times on Wednesday, 3 February.

This year’s legendary line-up have a huge array of hits to draw from including The Horses, As The Days Go By, Pash, Bedroom Eyes, Touch, Take Me Back, Yesterday’s Hero and Love Is In The Air, to name a few. Each artist will perform a solo set of their hits and join in an extraordinary finale with all four sharing the stage.

Backed by a world-class, six-piece band, and with three former cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the hits above, music fans will no doubt be delighted by some magic ‘Superstar’ moments, when the Apia Good Times Tour takes to the road in May and June.

Daryl Braithwaite is back after a very successful first year Apia Good Times Tour debut, bringing with him a wealth of history and hits to choose from. From his early days as lead singer of 70’s hitmakers, Sherbet (Howzat!, You’ve Got The Gun, Summer Love) through to being voted King of Pop for 3 successive years (1975-1977) and beyond, Daryl Braithwaite has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years including ARIA Chart toppers As The Days Go By, Higher Than Hope and The Horses and Apia is thrilled to have him join in the “Good Times” again in 2016.

Kate Ceberano first found fame with her funk band I’m Talking, who are widely acknowledged as the band who pioneered New York-style art pop in Australia. The group’s ‘platinum’ debut album included three top ten singles and secured Kate a spot in Australian music history. With 3 ARIA Awards, a Logie, two People’s Choice Awards and seven nominations for the ARIA Best Female Artist Award, Kate Ceberano’s talents and triumphs are that of Australian entertainment royalty. In her 30+ year career, Kate Ceberano has released 23 albums, performed in the stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and South Pacific, had her own tonight show on the ABC, won Dancing with the Stars and curated the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to name just a few of her multitude of career milestones.

For over 30 years, Jon Stevens has had a remarkable career as a singer, songwriter and performer. His achievements have included ARIA chart-topping success as the frontman of legendary Australian band, Noiseworks (Touch, Take Me Back, No Lies, Hot Chilli Woman) joining INXS as the “seventh member”, and maintaining a successful solo career as one of the country’s foremost touring artists. Like Kate Ceberano, Jon also starred in the 1992 highly acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar and in 2013 he again trod the Superstar boards, this time in the role of Pontius Pilate. In 2000, a studio collaboration saw Stevens become part of rock band INXS as guest vocalist spending the next 3 years touring the world before returning home to unleash a further two solo albums. In 2012 Jon formed The Dead Daisies, once again getting back out on the road in 2013 and 2014 touring across the USA and New Zealand and in 2015 released his first solo album in four years, Woman.

As undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, John Paul Young has cemented himself a place in music history with a string of hits resulting in over 4 million record sales and capped with an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009. Following a stint as Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-1974), “JPY” went on to became a Countdown regular, both as guest and performer, with his easy going personality making him a favourite with fans. More major hits followed – The Love Game, I Hate The Music, I Wanna Do It With You, Standing In The Rain (all Top 10 hits) and his June 1978 No. 1 song, Love Is In The Air, also a huge hit internationally following the release of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom in 1992.

Tickets to the Apia Good Times Tour go on sale to the general public at 10.00am, local times, on Wednesday, 3 February 2016. Apia customers will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets on Monday, 1 February and venue and ticket outlet database members will have early access from Tuesday, 2 February.

The Apia Good Times Tour is proudly brought to you by Apia, celebrating over 50s living life at their best.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Tickets available from the Box Office, 08 8980 3333 and

Friday, 20 May 2016

Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Theatre Mode), Adelaide, SA

Tickets available from Ticketek – 132 849 and

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Tickets available from Ticketmaster – 136 100 and

– and – Perth Concert Hall Box Office, 08 9231 9999 and

Sunday, 22 May 2016*

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury, WA

Tickets available from the BREC Box Office, 1300 661 272 and

*4pm matinee show

Friday, 27 May 2016

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, Vic

Tickets available from the Box office, 03 5434 6100 and

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Vic

Tickets available from Ticketmaster – 136 100 and

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong, Vic

Tickets available from GPAC – 03 5225 1200 and

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, Qld

Tickets available from the Box office, 1300 655 299 and

Friday, 3 June 2016

QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Qld

Tickets available from the Box Office, 136 246 and

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Tickets available from the Box office, 1800 014 014 and

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Tickets available from Ticketek – 132 849 and

-and- the Box Office, 02 4929 1977 and

Friday, 10 June 2016

Enmore Theatre, Enmore/Sydney, NSW

Tickets available from Ticketek – 132 849 and

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven, NSW

Tickets available from the Box Office, 1300 788 503 and

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Tickets available from the Box Office, 02 6275 2700 and

Friday, 17 June 2016

Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS

Tickets available from the Box Office, 03 6323 3666 and

Sunday, 18 June 2016

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS

Tickets available from Tixtas – 1300 795 257 and
For more information or to book, visit


As one of the hottest summer festivals on the calendar, the annual RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is once again bringing out an incredible line-up of the best talent in the Australian Music Industry. The 2016 tour features the proverbial who’s who of Oz rock royalty; featuring Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks, The Angels, Mark Seymour & The Undertow and The Badloves. Set to be the largest tour in the festival’s history, audiences can expect a day jam packed with classic hits with dates running throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

RED HOT SUMMER TOUR promoter Duane McDonald says the 2016 festival will be huge, with 15 shows booked. “We always receive requests from audiences in regional areas to bring the tour through their town,” he says. “This year we have expanded to take the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR to new areas and new venues, which makes it the biggest run we have done for the tour to date. We can’t wait to get out on the road in 2016.”

Jimmy Barnes needs no introduction to Aussie audiences. As a legend both from his time fronting Cold Chisel and his top charting solo career, Barnes has toured the breadth of Australia. He has an enviable back catalogue that makes for incredible live performances with songs like Working Class Man, When Your Love Is Gone and No Second Prize to name a few. It has been a few years since Jimmy Barnes has headlined the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR, so it is no surprise that his return is highly anticipated. The 2016 Red Hot Summer Tour gives rock fans a chance to see Jimmy Barnes at his best and enjoy classic hits which have made him an icon in the Australian music scene.

Noiseworks are Australian rock legends and are well reputed for their incredible live shows. They are adored by music fans and critics alike. The multi-ARIA nominated band features some of the best musicians in the country and have produced a swag of incredible songs, such as Take Me Back, Love Somebody, Touch, Freedom, Miles and Miles and In My Youth to name a few. The band sold in excess of 1.2 million albums with 15 hit singles before calling a break in the early 1990s. They are now back and they are rocking harder than ever and their upcoming performances on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR are guaranteed to blow the speakers!

When it comes to great Aussie rock, it doesn’t come much better than The Angels. It’s been over four decades since brothers Rick and John Brewster co-founded the iconic band and have penned some of Australia’s most anthemic tracks. The Angels are widely reputed for their killer live shows. Fronted now by Dave Gleeson, The Angels have had a massive couple of years, not only celebrating their 40th anniversary, but also releasing an album of all-new material. With hits like Long Line, Marseille, Be With You, After the Rain, Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage to name a few. Audiences will be in for a treat when The Angels take to the stage.

When it comes to one of the country’s most prolific songwriters, the name Mark Seymour is one of the first to pop to mind. Mark Seymour and the Undertowhave been steadily touring the country promoting their latest release Mayday, demonstrating to audiences why this talented songsmith has endured such longevity in the Australian music scene. With a back catalogue of songs such as Throw Your Arms Around Me, Holy Grail, Football Train, Do You See What I See and When The River Runs Dry, to name a few, any time in the company of Mark and his band is a treat for all music lovers.

The Badloves are an Australian institution. Established in Melbourne in the late 1980s, they have made an indelible imprint on the local scene, from their original compositions to their collaborations. Described as having a ‘neo-hippy, retro’ sound, they have an impressive back catalogue including the likes of Green Limousine, I Remember, Lost and Memphis to name a few. They’ve toured with icons of the Australian and international music scene, and are revered for their live shows. The band called it quits in 2010, only reforming in 2015 for a run of shows, making their inclusion on the 2016 line-up of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR a very special one indeed.

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR always sells out well in advance, and year after year it has been proven to be one of the best value for money concert experiences in Australia. Music fans are recommended to get in early to secure their tickets so they don’t miss out on one of the biggest line-ups of Australian music royalty to share the same stage.

The Red Hot Summer Tour Queensland shows – slated for 4th & 5th March 2016 – are due to be announced on 1st November 2015. Stay tuned for updates.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 24th September 2015

Saturday 2nd January 2016


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Batemans Bay Visitor Centre 1800 802 528

Saturday 9th January 2016

Centenary Oval, PORT LINCOLN SA

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Nautilus Arts Centre 08 8683 5088

Saturday 16th January 2016

Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA

‘Sounds By The River’

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Mannum Visitor Information Centre 1300 626 686

Sunday 17th January 2016

Old Mount Gambier Gaol, MOUNT GAMBIER SA

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Old Mount Gambier Gaol 08 8723 0032

Saturday 23rd January 2016

Mornington Racecourse, MORNINGTON VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Sunday 24th January 2016

Mulwala Water Ski Club, MULWALA NSW

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Ski Club Reception 03 5744 1888

Saturday 30th January 2016

Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS

Tix Tas 1300 795 257 |

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Sunday 31st January 2016


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Tix Tas 1300 795 257 |

Saturday 12th March 2016

Lazy River Estate, DUBBO NSW

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Dubbo Tourist Information Centre 02 6801 4450

Saturday 19th March 2016


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

The Glasshouse |

Sunday 20th March 2016

Kiama Showgrounds, KIAMA NSW

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Kiama Visitors Centre 1300 654 262

Saturday 26th March 2016

Bendigo Jockey Club, BENDIGO VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Capital Theatre Box Office 03 5434 6100

Sunday 27th March 2016

Bonnie Doon Hotel, BONNIE DOON VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2015 10th Edition

Some of Victoria’s hottest acts including Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett, Harts, Briggs and The EG Allstars, will celebrate the 10th Edition of The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell on 11 November 2015.

A limited release of 300 tickets will be available to the public, so get in quick to celebrate with your favourite musicians.

The event will be co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM. Two of their finest broadcasters, Chris Gill and Lyndelle Wilkinson, will MC the event and Fee B-Squared will be spinning the tunes between sets.

In a celebration of the diversity of the Victorian contemporary music scene, the night will peak when special guests Ajak Kwai, Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, Ecca Vandal, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry) and Olympia, perform a song with The EG Allstars.

For the first time, the Public Awards, which are decided by 80,000 public votes, and The Genre Awards, which are chosen by select expert panels, will be merged in one huge show. The Hall of Fame acts will be celebrated in a separate concert at the Palais Theatre on 20 November 2015.

We are thrilled to announce that last year’s major industry partners Live At Your Local and Bakehouse Studios, are joining us again, with $5 from every ticket sold once again going to Support Act Limited to support musicians in need.

“Wow, 10 years since the first awards and this year’s nominees have delivered some of the best music we’ve ever heard” said The Age’s music editor Martin Boulton.

“The Age Music Victoria Awards shines a spotlight on a year of outstanding releases and promises to deliver a wonderful night, celebrating the diversity of great Victorian music”.


After a 19-year hiatus, raucous rockers UGLY KID JOE are set to return with a new full-length album entitled, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be. Known predominantly in Australia for their massive hits of the early 90’s, which saw ‘Everything About You’ reach #4 on the Australian ARIA Charts, followed by ‘Cats in the Cradle’ soaring to #1 in 1993 with massive amounts of airplay and achieving #8 on the overall chart for that year.

The new album, which was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana under the helm of producer and UKJ guitarist Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Godsmack, Evanescence), is scheduled for digital release in Australia on September 18 via UKJ Records.

Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars) to form the now 7-member line up a.k.a. “Seven Headed Monster” (pictured below) and write and record in the studio. The result is the most cohesive sounding UGLY KID JOE record to date.

The chemistry flows so well throughout this new release, it’s as though they never left. Uglier Than They Used Ta Be boasts a collection of well-crafted rock tunes, from the riff driven ‘Let The Record Play’ to the hard-hitting ‘She’s Already Gone’ and ‘Hell Ain’t Hard To Find’. The album offers a collection of some of the best songs ever written by the band.

“It’s a full circle of sorts,” says Crane. “There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like.”

In addition to the nine newly written original songs, the album features a couple of cover songs including Rare Earth’s version of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ with Australian chart-topping vocalist Dallas Frasca lending her unmistakable vocals behind Crane, and the Motörhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’ with a very special guest appearance from Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell who lends his signature sound to the timeless track. Campbell also appears on the tracks ‘My Old Man’ and ‘Under The Bottom’.

‘Hell Ain’t Hard to Find’ has already been released on music video and can be viewed via the following link, with UKJ’S latest single, ‘She’s Already Gone’ available to radio on Monday, September 14.

Arno Cost When in Paris comes to Radio Bondi

As one of the artists at the forefront of the French house scene, Arno Cost launched a brand arnocostnew bi-weekly radio show, fittingly titled When In Paris.

Both a globally renowned DJ and producer, he truly understands the spirit of Parisian music and will undoubtedly lead his listeners on an explorative journey of both classic and future classic sounds. Having also just rounded off a hugely successful 2014 (packing in a stream of releases and tour dates all over the world) Arno feels the time is right to share his musical roots and showcase how inspirational a city France’s capital is.

With the first show aired in January, there are a number of special guest mixes done the past few months by artists the likes of Nicky Romero, Ansolo, Tom Staar and Marcus Schossow. Presenting an authentic guide through some of the finest French-inspired sounds on offer every other week, Arno Cost is the ideal host. Let this exciting new show be your soundtrack… When In Paris.

Catch When in Paris on Radio Bondi Saturdays at 8pm.


The legendary Cold Chisel have announced that they will start their 2015 One Night Stand national tour with a headlining set at the 2015 Deni Ute Muster on Friday, 2 October 2015.

Cold Chisel smashed the record for the biggest crowd at the Muster in 2010 and it also marked the last time the band performed with their drummer, Steve Prestwich, who passed away in January 2011.

‘We loved playing the Deni Ute Muster in 2010 and we can’t wait to play there again. It holds great memories and emotions for us, being the last time we ever played with Steve,” said guitarist Ian Moss.

With a history that spans forty years and a reputation forged through blistering live shows and a catalogue of much-loved songs and albums, Cold Chisel has become a part of the nation’s psyche. Their story is colourful, volatile and proud and their music continues to be ingrained in the hearts of generations of Australians. They’ve sold almost 7 million albums across bona-fide Australian classics like East, Breakfast at Sweethearts and Circus Animals, while songs like Cheap Wine, Choir Girl, When The War Is Over, Flame Trees, Bow River, Saturday Night and Khe Sanh remain the staple of radio playlists, pubs, jukeboxes, barbeques and karaoke bars across every part of the country.

Their reunion in 2009, for a one-off performance at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, saw the band play in front of 50,000 people – the biggest crowd of their career. This sparked a renewed enthusiasm for working together again – onstage and in the studio.  In 2010 they smashed the record for the biggest crowd at the Deni Ute Muster and then in late 2011 they undertook the Light The Nitro tour, one of the biggest tours ever by an Australian band.  In 2012 they then released the critically hailed and Gold-selling No Plans album which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Album chart.

After a three year break, in February this year Cold Chisel played the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide to over 35,000 people. More recently the band announced two special shows under the banner ‘The Last Stand of Sydney’s entertainment centre’, to mark the closing of the iconic Sydney venue (now known as the Qantas Credit Union Arena). The band promised to construct a show that referenced their legendary 1983 Last Stand tour and it captured the fascination and excitement of music fans across the country – with the band selling all 20,000 tickets in minutes.

“The Muster is going to be the first show of our One Night Stand tour so it’ll be full of excitement, adrenaline, emotion – and just the right amount of danger,” said singer Jimmy Barnes. “Bring it on!”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “The Deni Ute Muster is one of Australia’s most unique festivals and it’s fitting that one of Australia’s most iconic bands, Cold Chisel, will return to the festival stage again this year.”

“The Deni Ute Muster brings thousands of visitors to Deniliquin, who come to enjoy a taste of the Regional NSW lifestyle along with world-class entertainment. The NSW Government is proud to be supporting the event in 2015 through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW,” he said.

The Deni Ute Muster is on almost every local and international bucket list and with, more music and more fun than your average long weekend can cram into it, our Australian Made special event will be one to remember for a lifetime so don’t miss out – get your tickets today!

Festival General Manager, Kate Pitt said “Cold Chisel deserve their legendary status – as no one has documented Australian life better than Chisel, so to have them headlining our proudly Australian event will be the perfect way to celebrate our 17th record breaking Muster”.

The Deni Ute Muster is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.