The Australian Music Associationis excited to today announce the 2019 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4 – and this year’s show is set to be colossal. Proudly presented by Triple Mand Australian Musician, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists. In addition to the world-class performances from the artists on the massive lineup, #MGS2019 will also hold a huge gear expo that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world. See, try and buy! It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, as well as hosting information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.
The first lineup announcement for #MGS2019 includes a fantastic mix of guitar talent including Keith Merrowand Dennis Jones, both from the USA, who will join the eclectic and star-studded local list, which this year features: Ash Grunwald, Sarah McLeod, Dave Leslie,Lloyd Spiegel, Stars(featuring Mal Eastick, Nick Charles, and Roger McLachlan), plus Minnie Marks, Phil Manning,Anna Scionti, Chris Finnen, James Norbert Ivanyi, Cartridge Family feat Sarah Carroll and Suzanna Espie,Jeremy Barnes, Simon Hosford’s Fair Warning(who will be playing the entire Van Halendebut album), Michael Dolce, James Ryan, Charlie Bedford, Shannon Bourneand heaps more. Hit up the Melbourne Guitar Show website www.australianmusician.com.aufor the latest show additions.
“I’m so stoked to be a part of the Melbourne Guitar Show this year!”enthuses Ash Grunwald. “I’m incredibly excited to be unveiling something I’ve been collaborating on which has been a lifelong dream of mine.”
Drawing thousands of guitar lovers and enthusiasts to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, #MGS2019is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. Champion of the Australian music products industry, Australian Music Association(AMA) will be teaming up with australianmusician.com.auand presenting sponsorsTriple M, 3PBS, Beat, Mixdown and Noise11to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend. At last year’s show, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Harts,Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Bec Sandridge, Dan Sultan and many more. Both the organisers and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!
Thrilled to present #MGS2019 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, “It’s exciting to see the show develop each year and add value to the live music industry. We are proud to present such a broad range and quality of guitars, amps and gear from the big brands to local artisans. And each year we get to put together a program of live music featuring the considerable talents of our guitar community. It’s a great weekend for anyone into music, particularly guitars.”
Rob continues, “And not only will the #MGS2019 provide a hands-on chance to see and play such a broad range of gear, there’ll be bargains a plenty. We like to call it Australia’s biggest pop up guitar store!”
The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourseon August 3 and 4.
Tickets are on sale June 7 from www.australianmusician.com.au
The Melbourne Guitar Show is produced by the Australian Music Association, an incorporated not-for-profit. Proceeds, if any, are used to provide services to the Australian music products industry, particularly the promotion of music making to the community.
Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $40, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15
MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW DETAILS
SATURDAY AUG 3 |CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 6.00pm |TICKETS
SUNDAY AUG 4 |CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 4.00pm |TICKETS
One of Australia’s most exciting pop newcomers, TAMMA, has today announced her glistening new single Beat You Down, out October 12. After a rough few years of loss and devastation for TAMMA, real name Tammy Martin, and her family, Beat You Down feels like a true triumph over hardship. TAMMA has also announced a happy-go-lucky video to accompany Beat You Down, directed by Damien Blue (Slow Pulp) and filmed at the iconic Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California and will celebrate the release of Beat You Down with a performance at Farouk’s Olive in Northcote on October 21.
Beat You Down is the ultimate pump-up song – one to bust out in the car as you head away on a road trip, when someone in your life is being a total jerk, when you are on your last dollar and your landlord kicks you out – but it’s more than that. Sparkling guitars, hard-hitting pop percussion and a killer vocal hook from TAMMA lead the way – but the reason Beat You Down hits so hard is its deep roots in vulnerability. TAMMA offers insight into the deeply personal inspiration behind the track, saying, “As I was writing Beat You Down, I thought about my family and the hard stuff we have faced in recent years. I’ve had vocal surgery twice – however, losing my voice and identity seemed trivial after the tragic and sudden loss of my nephew Buddy in 2016. The loss threw me into an unknown and scary place, as I realised how quickly life can change and turn on you. Suddenly my main priority in life was to get my sister, family and myself through the grief and confusion.”
TAMMA continues, “Music is my healer and I wanted to write something to make them feel uplifted – the way music does for me. I was thinking about my little nieces (and nephews) navigating through life at different ages and stages; it’s confusing enough as a young one, but then trying to understand that loss on top of that is so hard. I thought about my own journey, what it’s like to be a female today. Beat You Down came at the last minute, and it’s a message for my nieces: if they ever feel discouraged or hurt, don’t let it beat you down. Stay close to your loved ones…it’s a message for anyone who needs a pick-me-up. Life’s bigger than letting toxic people or trivial things get to you.”
The clip for Beat You Down is soaked in summery nostalgia, as TAMMA and her friends skateboard their way around Venice Beach. It’s fun and uplifting, pulsing with young energy and life, and the picturesque visuals fit in beautifully with the message of the song. TAMMA explains the concept behind the clip, saying, “Venice Beach is place close to my heart for many reasons, the warmth, the weirdness, the music, blue skies and palm trees, but mainly because of my awesome mates who live there, who also feature in the clip. We filmed some of it in their backyard in their amazing airstream caravan. I picked skateboarding because I wanted a visual representation where persistence and resilience pays off. I have always loved and respected skateboarding since I was a kid, it’s an artform that requires courage to master it. You get physically hurt as well as rejected from society and little recognition, you eat shit and you get up again!”
TAMMA is set to perform Beat You Down and a bunch of never-before-heard tracks live for fans at Farouk’s Olive in Northcote on October 21. Stoked to be showcasing her new music, TAMMA enthuses, “My shows are playful – I tell stories through my music that people relate to, we have laughs and an there is a lot of rawness and honesty in the room. My songs are catchy, warm, summary and soulful. This show will be performed with a live band which will be such a good vibe!”
Beat You Down is set for release on October 12, via True Music.
SUN 21 OCT | FAROUK’S OLIVE, NORTHCOTE | 18+
Sassy LA-based Australian force, Lili Kendall has today announced her sultry new single Lifetime, a cosmic love song to a young partner, set for a global release on December 1.
Lifetime is bound to catch listeners off-guard – it’s a surprisingly mature love song from this young artist, who has already reinvented herself several times throughout her short career. But Lili is fully formed on Lifetime; relaxed and in control, her unmistakable voice glides above world-class production from her collaborator Deaneaux. Lifetime is the most appropriate name for this slow-burning track – RnB and hiphop influences are sprinkled throughout, but there’s a cosmic force underlying that somehow places this song on the edge of this universe and the next.
Speaking about the track, Lili enthuses, “I wrote Lifetime when I first moved to LA in June. It’s about the chase that you and the other person are on at the start of a relationship. The back and forth, and lust, the want of each other. It’s also about being ride or die for that one person because you know that you have been lovers in previous lifetimes, and it is something worth fighting for.”
Lili has settled into the creative LA lifestyle without a hitch, and is currently putting the finishing touches on her new EP. “My EP is finished and we’re in the final stages of mixing and mastering, as well as making some amazing visuals for each song,” she says. “I am home in Australia for the holidays and will be heading to Sydney and Melbourne for work, I’m so excited to be back on home soil and get into the studio with some local creatives.”
Lifetime will be released on December 1.
A new wave of artists are breaking into the music scene. SZA, Kali Uchis & NAO are the pioneers in the newest music era likewise we see a darker more eerie ABRA make her own path to success. The “Darkwave Duchess” of Awful Records teamed up with the Red Bull Music Academy’s Road to Weekender on August 27th to perform at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel giving her fans a dark but honest look into her life.
Her stage presence requested your attention & you wanted to give it. With hit songs like Fruit & Pull Up she had the whole crowd singing along to the lyrics with such passion and energy. Perhaps you’d think maybe they were the performers and she was their audience.
ABRA manifested her Atlanta swagger into each performance. With Influences from Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame. The current Atlanta music scene was alive and well in the dimly lit room in Melbourne.
ABRA’s vibe is unlike any other, she is open, honest and raw in her artistry. Don’t miss out, go check out one of her shows in your local area.
After a massive 2017, neo-soul vocalist Maya is back with a stellar new single Blackout, about a moment forever lost in time, out tomorrow May 11. Produced by the renowned Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac, British India), Blackout is an exciting addition to Maya’s impressive discography. The young artist has also dropped a video to accompany the track, directed by Grace Moore. To celebrate Blackout, Maya will be performing at The Penny Black in Melbourne on May 10, Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne on May 12 and The Toff In Town on May 26.
Blackout is ominous, and intuitive – as though Maya knows something we all don’t, and she’s trying to let us know. Her flawless vocals sit atop a motivated rhythm section with urgency and skill, as her lyrics persuade the listener to pay attention. Joel Quartermain’s expert touch has propelled Blackout into a whole new dimension for Maya, and as her star begins to rise one can only wonder what’s to follow. Speaking on the creation of the track, Maya says, “Releasing this single has got to be one of the most exciting times of my career. Blackout means so much to me lyrically and I feel like the production is the next step sound that really represents my aesthetic…Most people have ‘blacked out’ before, whether it’s when they drink, if they black out a bad memory, or if they just forget certain things. This song takes you through my perspective and how I felt when it happened to me – it was inspired by so many moments of blackout in myself that I still fight everyday.”
The video is as striking as the track itself. Dramatic lighting cloaks Maya and her sisters, as Maya tries to navigate her own personal blackout. Maya was specific about her goals for the video, as she reflects, “The Blackout video shows a cross between the dark reality and positive space. It captures a representation of the dark energies that are felt in those fragile times, juxtaposed with a bright, welcoming space that leads to happiness. The video, set the morning after the night before, features the Blackout Girls chasing me out of my dark memories until finally I arrive at a space where there is no black. There I’m free from the watchful eyes of the blackout, and surrounded by positivity and light.”
With three hometown shows coming up, these intimate gigs are Maya’s element, and fans are lucky enough to be able to catch her before she jets off to New York City to continue writing with world-class musicians over there, as she enthuses, “I have been working with many writers and producers in NYC on my next project, and I’ve been writing a lot and am now just doing the final touches on some seriously felt and fresh music. I’ll be doing more writing in Australia, and working on production of the tracks I already have written in New York. Some more release this year, and an EP toward the end of the year, with a full insight into my new sound.”
Blackout is set for release on May 11.
BLACKOUT LAUNCH SHOWS
THURS 10 MAY | THE PENNY BLACK, BRUNSWICK VIC | 18+
Free entry all night
SAT 12 MAY | RISING SUN HOTEL, SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC – SPECIAL JAZZ SHOW | ALL AGES
Tickets available from https://www.ellasmusicclub.com/maya
SAT 26 MAY | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC – LADYHOOD SUPPORT SHOW | 18+