I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how I’m trying to see at least one gig a month this year. I’ve been succesful so far, and I now have my tickets bought for the second half of the year. I’ll (hopefully) be reviewing each show, so here’s what we’ve got in store for you:
Splendour in the Grass July 27-29, Belongil Fields, Byron Bay
Duh. It’s all I’ve been talking about the whole time. I’ll hopefully be doing daily reviews, assuming my phone’s internet works where I’m staying. And probably blogging from the road too.
Owl Eyes vs Stonefield August 1, Karova Lounge, Ballarat
As soon as I had my car in working order again, I started searching for gigs in August, and this was the first thing that came up. Having used up all of my annual leave for Splendour, I have to be careful this month with my gig selection, the Melbourne leg of the tour clashed with work, so instead I’m driving out to Ballarat the day after I get home from Splendour. I love Owl Eyes, and I think we need more bands like Stonefield, because I miss good rock music.
Frenzal Rhomb August 3, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
I’ve never been to the Hi-Fi before, and I just realised that all of my August gigs are at places I’ve never been. I was supposed to go there for Bluejuice this year, but you saw how that turned out. I’ve loved Frenzal since I was a teenager, and they were awesome at BDO, so I’m looking forward to this one.
Illy August 18, Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo
There’s a lot of driving in near future. This time the Melbourne show clashed with another show at the time I was buying tickets (I’ll cover this in September), but Illy is my favourite Aussie hip hop act, so I couldn’t miss out. Not sure how I’ll fit in with the crowd, and I’m not sure I care.
Loon Lake September 1, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
I missed these guys when they opened for Bluejuice, so I had to make the effort to make it this time. I really liked their music, and I’ve adopted them as one of those bands I really have to push people to like since I saw them at Big Day Out. Plus Cub Scouts are opening, and I may have mentioned before: I love those guys.
Julia Stone September 8, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
My last ridiculously out of my way gig for the year. I had a ticket to see her at The Forum the next night (still have it, send a Facebook message to the PS Whatever page if you’re interested), but then found out it was one of my closest friends’ birthday party that night, so plans change, and I’ve convinced my friend to drive out to Castlemaine with me. I love Julia’s solo work, not quite as much as her stuff with Angus, but enough to drive to Castlemaine to see her.
Lanie Lane September 20, Beav’s Bar, Geelong
Finally back in Geelong, my only Geelong gig for this half of the year (I was going to attend Tim Hart (of Boy and Bear)’s show at the same venue, but that clashed with my rescheduled Julia Stone show). I saw Lanie in my huge May lineup (you may have read the review, scroll down the main page if you haven’t), and I just had to see her again. She’s playing Splendour, but she’s one of my clashes, so I might not see her there. Time will tell.
Mumford and Sons October 25, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
This is the big one for me. I’m almost as excited for this as I am Splendour. Mumford and Sons are probably my favourite band, at least they’re my favourite overseas band who are still touring and making music. Two years ago, my friends and I were going to go to Splendour to see them (and the rest of that year’s monster lineup), but everyone decided they didn’t have the money for it two days before tickets went on sale. Since then, I’ve seen everyone I wanted to see there with two notable exceptions: Angus and Julia Stone, and Mumford and Sons. This show is two years in the making for me, and there is absolutely no way I am going to be more than four rows back.
The Black Keys November 1, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Another good rock outfit. I didn’t even know they were touring until their first show sold out. I’m not a huge fan of the Music Bowl, but it’s not so bad in the summer. I forsee myself rocking out to them for a full week before this show.
Coldplay November 13, Etihad Stadium
I just lost all my indie cred, didn’t I? Ok, back at Sound Relief in Melbourne, they piped in footage of Coldplay’s performance in Sydney, and the crowd went crazy for it, even though they were watching it on TV. The Sydney crowd was even more into it. I kinda want to be a part of it, plus, as far as mainstream bands go, I could do a lot worse. And Temper Trap are opening.
Gotye Dec 8, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
My last foray into the huge crowds for the year (possibly for a while, I’m going to try to save some money next year). How could I not see the biggest act to come out of Australia in recent years? I’m probably going to have to start listening to a bit of his older stuff to prepare, but I’ll worry about that when I have money in my bank account for iTunes.
The Living End 16 & 22, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Ending my year with my favourite venue, with one of my favourite albums ever. The Living End are touring the major cities at the end of the year, doing seven shows, and playing a different album in its entirety each night, with an encore for their first album, the self-titled The Living End. I was in primary school when The Living End was released, and Prisoner of Society exploded. I found myself waking up to watch Rage in the morning, in addition to Video Hits (I was like, 8. Don’t judge me.), so I could listen to it twice. They followed up with Roll On, and it was almost as good, if a little bit same-y. Since then, they’ve had a couple of good songs, but nothing that matches up to those first two albums. Which is why, on the 16th, I’ll be seeing them perform Roll On from start to finish (calling it now, Uncle Harry will go absolutely off-tap), and then on the 22nd I’ll be seeing them play almost undoubtedly my favourite Australian album from the 90s (Powderfinger’s Internationalist and Odyssey Number Five (2000 is technically still the 90s) and Silverchair’s Neon Ballroom are about even with it for me), The Living End. I could not think of a better way to top this year off. I’ve seen The Living End twice, once I couldn’t actually see them at Geelong’s Waterfront New Year’s Eve thing, which I was outside the gate of, and the second time, they only played White Noise at the NRL Grand Final (which my team lost, in a record margin). So neither time counts. These two definitely will.