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Megadeth, GWAR, Lead No Sleep Til

Megadeth will perform its Rust In Peace album in its entirety, GWAR will make its first visit downunder and the Descendants return after 30 years as part of the No Sleep Til festival.

The six-city festival Dec. 10-19 mixes better-known acts such as NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Parkway Drive and Frenzal Rhom with the upcoming Katatonia from Sweden, Pennsylvania’s August Burns Red, and New Zealand thrashers Antagonist AD, The Outsiders, Shitripper and Leeches.

Short Notes

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, which formed in Adelaide in the late ’80s and went on to gain global success, has new management. It’s parted with CMP and signed to Kevin Brown’s Zoo Management. The Floyd Show’s 17 dates this year included a sellout at the O2 Arena in London. The group is about to announce a trek through the UK, Europe and U.S.

Glam-popster Adam Lambert returns for three theatre dates for Chugg Entertainment Oct. 19-22.

Pledge Music, the UK website that arranges for fans to invest money so bands can make records or tour, will launch an Australian operation Sept. 8. Mark Muggeridge of London-based Evil Genius Media will liaise with Australian acts and managers to assist them use the platform.

U.S. acts Skillet, Chris Tomlin and Seabird will journey to New Zealand for Christian festival Parachute Music Jan. 28-31. Skillet was signed after local heavy rock fans started a Facebook petition. The bill includes Aussie R&B chart topper Stan Walker and NZ acts Kingston and Ruby Frost.