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Splendour is done and we’re itchin’ for something to look forward to. If you missed Kirin Callinan literally swinging naked from the rafters at a Splendour after-party or Tina Arena’s brilliant guest performance with Client Liaison, never fear — there’s more great stuff coming up down under (although both of those things are pretty hard to beat). Here’s our round-up of the best live music coming up down under in August and September, from Pussyriot to Client Liaison to the one-and-only Lionel Richie.

1. Client LiaisonClient Liaison may be Australia’s most exciting musical act, celebrating kitsch Australiana with spectacular live pop shows that’ll get you on your feet. Their first-ever “world tour” continues with performances at Western Australia’s Noodle Palace (26 Aug), Melbourne’s The Forum (31 Aug), Queensland’s Eaton Hills Hotel (01 Sep), Hobart’s Odeon Theatre (02 Sep), Sydney’s Enmore Theatre (07 Sep), Wollongong’s Unibar (08 Sep), and Canberra’s UC Refectory (09 Sep). And for our euro friends, they’re in Germany at Way Back When Festival (29 Sep) and at Waves Vienna (30 Sep). Get tickets now! 

2. Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie is touring Oz, kicking off in Perth on September 30th. Lionel. Fucking. Richie. There is nothing more that needs to be said.

3. Supersense

There’s a superstar line-up at the Melbourne festival of music, performance and art called Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic, including Blonde Redhead, Spiritualized, and Pussy Riot. From 18th to 20th of August, Supersense takes over the Arts Centre Melbourne with an explosive series of performances. New Zealand’s electro-pop queen Kimbra — best known for her debut album Vows not to mention her part in Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ — will be playing too. Wooh!

4. Pond 

Pond is the critically acclaimed psychedelic band from Perth that’s made up of a bunch of young Aus music legends — Joseph Ryan (Mink Mussel Creek), Nick Allbrook (Mink Mussel Creek, Allbrook/Avery, Tame Impala, Peter Bibby & His Bottles of Confidence), and Jay Watson (Tame Impala). They’re touring pretty soon, with shows in Tokyo (Aug 19) and Ireland (Sep 01) before a solid spate of dates down under, visiting Adelaide (Sep 15), Fremantle (Sep 16), Richmond (Sep 21), Newtown (Sep 23), and Brisbane (Sep 24).

5. Kinky Boots

Okay, for us, musicals definitely count as ‘live music’. Especially Kinky Boots — the true story that became a film that became a Tony-winning musical production about a guy who makes resilient heels for drag queens. Kinky Boots is showing at Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, Sydney until August 13th, so it’s basically your last chance to see it in the near future!

6. Listen Out 2017 

Listen Out is your best bet at a bloody good dance-filled day out post-Splendour, with star headliners Mac Miller, Future (who this year became the first artist in history to have two DIFFERENT albums be the number one albums in two consecutive weeks — insane!), Jai Wolf, Duke Dumont, and Bryson Tiller (whose also playing at The Forum in Melbs on 27th September and the Sydney Opera House on 28th September). Check the site for the dates it hits your town.

7. Angus & Julia 

If you’re in Australia and you like indie-pop, we probably don’t need to tell ya who Angus and Julia Stone are. They’re touring to promote their new album Snow in September, but tickets are already sold out for all but their Adelaide show on September 28th. Get it!

8. Darwin Festival 2017 

If you’re living in Darwin, chances are not too many things come out your way, and you’re already aware of Darwin Festival. For those who aren’t — do we need to give you an excuse to visit Australia’s only truly tropical capital city? Go for the eclectic mix of music and art, stay for some crocodile sightings and insane sunsets. It runs from August 10th to 27th.

9. Ministry of Sound, Orchestrated

If hearing tracks by Massive Attack and Fatboy Slim performed by a live symphony orchestra is your thing, then boy have we got the... well, that exact thing, really. It’s called Ministry of Sound Orchestrated and it’s coming to Melbourne for one night only on August 11th.

10. Placebo, Train, Grinspoon 

For those seeking a trip down ol’ Memory Lane, there are a few amazing lives acts coming up that’ll remind you of the good old days that we’re cramming into one mention here because we’re running out of space. Placebo, Train, and Grinspoon are all touring Oz, but if you’re a fan of any of the above you probably already knew that!

Honorary mention: Kirin J Callinan

Okay, Kirin J Callinan’s Australia-wide tour for the super-amazing album Bravado is O. V. A. H., but Kirin’s such a great Aussie artist that we had to mention him anyway. According to his social media he’s about to announce a slew of American tour dates for our friends in the US. Yew!

Article written by Zac Bayly

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July 27, 2017