Festivals & Venues: Sell-outs, closures, awards & more
QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC SELLS OUT…
The Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria has sold out for another year.
In its 22nd year, it runs rom November 23-25,on the Bellarine foreshore with music and comedy.
The bill includes a number of ARIA nominees including Courtney Barnett, Kasey Chambers, Tom Ballard and The Teeny Tiny Stevies.
The QMF live, world premiere performance of Gurrumul’s Djarimirri (nominated for album, independent and male artist) has now grown to a 30 piece orchestra!
…SO DOES CORONA SUNSETS
The Corona SunSets also hit its capacity of close to 8,000.
It stages at North Beach, Wollongong on Saturday, December 1 with Safia, Hayden James, Nora En Pure, Crooked Colours and more.
For those who missed out, the festival is offering:
The chance to sky-dive 13,000 feet out of a plane with Boo Seeka and Crooked Colours onto the site.
A partnership with live music streaming be-at.tv – described by Forbes magazine as “the Netflix for music festivals we all have been waiting for” will see eight hours of the event live-streamed including onstage and backstage antics and interviews.
FESTIVALS WIN AT QLD TOURISM AWARDS
At the Queensland Tourism Awards on the weekend, Blues on Broadbeach took silver in the Major Festivals and Events category, while Broadbeach Country Music scooped silver in the Festivals and Events category.
CUB SPORT IN TRIFFID ACHIEVEMENT
Brisbane outfit Cub Sport’s Bats album has found a place on Brisbane club Triffid’s wall of honour right in between The Go-Betweens and The Saints.
It was voted by club patrons as album of the year, swiping it from The Creases’ Tremolow, Jeremy Neale’s Getting The Team Back Together, The Belligerents’ Science Fiction and The Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate Moment.
The band got the news of their win in Los Angeles where they played their biggest US headline show to date, They sold four times more tickets than when they played there in April.
The Cubbies took to Instagram to declare: “It’s such an honour to have this album connect with people the way that it has.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has embraced this record and to the angels at The Triffid for being champions of Brisbane music – this means the world.”
TORQUAY HOTEL OPENS UP TO LIVE MUSIC
The new owners of the Torquay Hotel on the Victorian surf coast have made a commitment to live music.
They’re working towards putting Torquay on the regular tour map for both local and international artists.
The Torquay Hotel Summer Series has launched with names as Ziggy Alberts, Confidence Man, San Cisco, Slowly Slowly, Didirri, The Living End, Kim Churchill, Cosmic Psychos and The Beautiful Girls.
MELT GETS GUEST DIRECTOR
Queensland’s MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture appointed theatre performer and producer Emily Gilhome as its guest director for 2019/
Gilhome set up Oscar Production Company in 2017 o promote Brisbane artists and cultivate an inclusive creative community.
MELT returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse for the fifth year between June 28—July 7.
ADELAIDE’S ARCHER CLOSES
The Archer in North Adelaide closed after an unnamed party which promised to take it over for $360,000 pulled out of the deal at the last minute.
As part of the last drinks which included challenging the patrons to drink the venue dry, they also promised a $1 million bar tab (ahem) to someone who came up with the best “close” song as voted by the crowd.
SWEET MUSIC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SWEETHEARTS
Sweet Music celebrates women in music, especially from the Geelong, Victoria, region.
To celebrate 30 years of operation for the Sweethearts program, Sunday, December 2 will see the Little Malop St precinct transform into a hive of music talent with outdoor stage spaces and local venues Pistol Pete’s, the Workers Club and Beav’s Bar.
With 17 different artists and over 90 performers throughout the day, it’s a free event.
US drumming legend Bernard Purdie is on hand, and also holds an In Conversation and Drum Clinic on Friday, November 30 at Western Heights College Performing Arts Centre.