Australian News 3/27
Il Divo will return for Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Live Nation for five arena appearances October 8-17.
America’s “Take Action!” tour bows downunder, with All Time Low and Set Your Goals for six club shows June 3-7. Ten percent of all ticket sales will be donated to youth suicide prevention ReachOut.com.
KMW Productions teams teen U.S. metal act Black Tide with Florida’s Trivium for five theatre dates May 13-19.
Frontier Touring is bringing British pop-soul maestro James Hunter for one show at The Vanguard in Sydney April 14.
Brian Eno will curate the Luminous music festival at Sydney Opera House late May announcing New York band Battles, U.K. electro group Ladytron, trumpeter Jon Hassell, Ireland’s Damien Dempsey, singer Rachid Taha and comedian and musician Reggie Watts.
Ladytron will then do three club shows for Principal Entertainment.
Pop singer Gabriella Cilmi was picked by VH1 as a key artist and she might open on Enrique Iglesias’ U.S. tour.
Authorities will not fine Kings Of Leon’s Matthew Followill for lighting up a cigarette on stage despite being told not to beforehand by Brisbane Entertainment Centre operators.
Before arriving at SXSW, the first of dance act Cut Copy’s shows at Los Angeles’ Henry Fonda Theatre was closed down by the cops because of over-crowding.
The second was moved to Club Nokia, after which the Los Angeles Times called them “the most formidable Australian export since INXS.”
Press reports suggest that budget cuts at Ten Network has led to it passed on broadcasting this year’s ARIA awards — they cost $1 million to produce — which may be picked up by MTV or Channel [V].
Live music venues are having a bad run. Brisbane’s The Arena and Adelaide’s Fowler Live shuttered, and Capers Melbourne closed for two weeks after reporting water damage.
In Darwin, Yass club is looking for a new home while promoters are waiting to see what music style the new owners of Brown’s Mart will decide on showcasing.