Aussie Dates:
Soundwave Sideshows From Pumpkins, Slash

Some acts touring for hard rock festival Soundwave – eight dates in four cities Feb. 21 and March 1 – announced headlining sideshows.

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"KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas," Forum, Inglewood, Calif.

Smashing Pumpkins will also play Melbourne Festival Hall Feb. 23 and the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney Feb. 25.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators is at Sydney Hordern Pavilion Feb. 24 and Melbourne Festival Hall Feb. 26. They are joined by L.A. glam-metal act Steel Panther.

Judas Priest and Dragonforce play Sydney’s Enmore Theatre (Feb. 24) and Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel (Feb. 26).

In other tour news, Frontier Touring has British singer Jessie J returning for a mix of five theatres and arenas March 13-20. She is joined by Australian singer and dancer Tim Omaji (aka Timomatic), who notched up four Top 10 singles in the past six years since appearing on TV contests “So You Think You Can Dance” (Australia) and “Australia’s Got Talent.”

Enter Shikari plays five theatres May 18-24 through a team-up of Destroy All Lines, Chugg Entertainment and X-Ray Touring. Opening are Canberra band Hands Like Houses, whose tours through North America (as well as Europe and the UK) saw last album Unimagine debut in the top 40 Stateside. 

Destroy All Lines and Chugg Entertainment have UK’s Funeral For A Friend return April 18-25, for nine clubs with Sydney hardcorists Vices.

French electro pop group Yelle returns for Live Nation for theatre dates in late March.

Nine Live added UK’s McBusted and Australia’s Samantha Jade as openers for One Direction’s seven stadium shows Feb. 7-20.

Ty Dolla $ign makes his debut through Westgate Touring at four theatres in late January en route back to Los Angeles.

Top ranking German DJ Dixon and house/techno name Âme do three raves March 20-21 for Novel Presents.

Canadian jangle pop trio The Courtneys makes its first visit, with Bone Soup and Future Popes booking them into clubs Feb. 19 to March 6.

Virginia metal band Iron Reagan returns for five clubs through Nightmare Music and 123 Agency in April. UK producer and DJ Bonobo is down for nightclub shows March 13-21 booked through Niche Productions.

Ace Frehley returns to Australia for the first time since 2010 with six theatre dates April 29 to May 7. The tour, through Metropolis Touring and Tombowler, sees the former KISS guitarist make his solo bow in New Zealand April 24-25.

Canadian hardcore band Silverstein celebrates the tenth anniversary of their Discovering The Waterfront album with a club run May 3-10. Destroy All Lines and Chugg Entertainment added Melbourne’s Dream On Dreamer and Brisbane’s Young Lions to the bill.

Britain’s The Pop Group, which is about to drop its first album in 35 years with Citizen Zombie, makes its Aussie debut to coincide. Feel Presents booked three theatres March 5-7.

Fast-rising UK DJ Patrick Topping is confirmed for seven nightclubs Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, Thick As Thieves announced.