Empire of the Sun: You may be forgiven for thinking the dynamic electronic duo had disappeared forever, but Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore have finally resurfaced – returning to the stage at Vivid LIVE to premiere tracks from their long-awaited sophomore album, Ice on the Dune. The live show will be accompanied by stunning visuals at the iconic Opera House.
Thu, May 30th, Sydney Opera House
Teenage Hand Models: Self professed, “worst band in Sydney,” the Inner West locals still book show after show. The punk-rock band features an ever-changing line up of musicians, with the rumour that the only criteria to join is answering “Yes” to “Do you want to be in the band?” Their live shows are frenzied and incredibly difficult to remain indifferent to. See them for yourself. Sans Normality, Blonde Band and Robosexual will be joining them.
Fri, May 31st, The Standard
Something For Kate: This Australian rock band is nearing their 20th year together. With a critically acclaimed sixth studio album, the trio will be doing their first national tour in four years. They’ll be showcasing tracks off the latest record as well as crowd favourites from their expansive back catalogue. Something for Kate is renowned for their outstanding live sets and joining them on what will be a very special night is indie pop singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett who just released her debut EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily.
Sat, June 1st, Metro Theatre
Northlane: The metal quintet from Sydney has proved to be one of the hardest working, most ambitious bands in the live circuit. After releasing their first EP, Hollow Existence in 2010, they have been touring relentlessly, building up a cult following. They will be celebrating their latest release, Singularity with a string of live dates and loyalists will know that these guys are all about innovation – their show will no doubt be a reflection of DIY ethic and ambition.
Sun, June 2nd, Annandale Hotel
Buffalo Tales: You may remember the brains behind this new musical project as the well-publicised winner of an Australian reality singing competition, but the folk singer has reinvented himself since his bout of fame as Buffalo Tales. With his new album, Roadtrip Confessions to be released shortly, the new record will see a return to Wes Carr’s singer-songwriter roots.
Mon, Jun 3rd, Venue 505
Rachael Zella: This ethereal songbird is debuting her new album with her talented six-piece band, The Blackbirds. No Stranger is an eclectic mix of folk, indie and country with haunting vocal harmonies and beautiful melodies. Zella is classically trained and has been composing music since the age of eight so she is no doubt a talented birdie.
Wed, Jun 5th, The Vanguard (SY)