Rocking Out: The Living End

Rocking Out: The Living End

2016 has already been a year to remember, even for a band with as epic a career as Australian rock icons The Living End.

Having released the Top 5 ARIA chart album Shift in May; mounting the sold out national Shift tour; performing on the massive stage at the 2016 AFL Grand Final; headlining festivals around the country; and scoring nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Australian Live Act at this year’s ARIA Awards – it was a year in which the kings of Australian rock reclaimed their throne after a five-year hiatus after their 2011 ARIA-Award winning album, The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating.

However, the band is already set to roll on into 2017 with the announcement they’ll be playing a series of special Zoo shows in Sydney and Melbourne, before hitting the road for the Staring down the Highway Tour, which will head regionally throughout the country, starting in March. These regional shows will see the band play a series of mediums-sized venues and clubs, allowing fans the chance to see them play some of their most intimate shows in years.

They will be supported by Australia’s premier Psychedelic Reggae Ska Doom Metal Punk Rock band From Hell and triple j favs The Bennies, who will bring a whole-new brand of punk rock energy and exuberance to the stage, sure to wow TLE fans with their high-flying antics. Having previously supported punk heavy  weights like NOFX AND Rancid, they’re no strangers to playing with punk rock royalty, and they’re set to claim another picture card when they head out with The Living End in March.

 

Music World Twisted and Turned: Hussy Hicks

Music World Twisted and Turned: Hussy Hicks

Hussy Hicks have forged their own, very unique way into the global music scene. Fearlessly independent, the genre defying Hussy Hicks have followed a trail of possibilities, random twists and turns and discovered a musical world all of their own. They will be bringing their folk, roots inspired tunes onto NightQuarter’s main stage this February and it will be a show you won’t want to miss!

Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Acoustic Adrenaline- Innovative guitar infused with heartfelt songs, often described as “a breath of fresh air.” Christie is bringing her inspiring, uplifting music to NightQuarter all the way from Nashville, TN, USA this February! Be there!

 

Bringing Dancey Vibes: Bearfoot

Bringing Dancey Vibes: Bearfoot

Bearfoot are a reggae, roots, alternative band from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They stand for a creative culture and they say they were born to bring a message to the streets. This coming February they are bringing this message to NightQuarter as they play on the main stage in the Paddock. It will be a show full of talent and inspiring tunes, so be sure not to miss it!

Dosed is a newly formed, Sunshine Coast based, psychedelic reggae/rock band. With their sound being influenced by Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sublime, they create an uplifting, dancey vibe performing reworked covers and of course their impassioned originals! They will be bringing their euphoric vibes down to NightQuarter this February when they perform these impassioned tunes on the main stage in the Paddock, you won’t want to miss such a show!

Hailing from Melbourne, singer/songwriter Josh Lovegrove brings an innate skill and talent to music that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. After gaining immense popularity through a string of soulful live performances down the east coast of Australia, Josh recorded his awaited and well received EP ‘Infinite’ in 2014 and is preparing to hit the studio once more with Mr. Darren Percival at the helm.

My Perfect Sundae : Winterbourne

My Perfect Sundae : Winterbourne

Winterbourne are heading to NightQuarter this February!

Central Coast duo James and Jordan, aka Winterbourne are ready to get back on the road this summer and travel the country in their loyal 1989 Volkswagen ‘Randal’ (The Vandal). Having spent the last two months writing songs for their new record, the ‘My Perfect Sundae’ tour will take them all along the east coast for the entire month of February, this time with the help of good friend and skilled cellist/ pianist/ vocalist/ haver of blonde hair-Josh. Be sure to catch the lads at a show as they travel the country in trio format for the first time ever, playing unheard songs as well as new adaptations of old classics, and giving a glimpse at what is to come in the very near and exciting future for Winterbourne.

The Floating Bridges create infectious roots music, blending together big lively ska grooves, thick bottom end bass lines and smooth four part vocal harmonies – perfect for the dance floor!

The Sunny Coast 7 piece ooze charisma, on stage and off. They have long been known for their passion and dedication to music, culture, community, and the environment, forever paying respect to those who have gone before and the land they walk upon.

From Busker to Main Stage: Harry J Hart

From Busker to Main Stage: Harry J Hart

Described as “one of the city’s best young talents”, Harry J Hart is not your average 14 year old. A multi-talented musician, Harry draws inspiration from many genres over many decades. With a strong sense of compassion and motivation Harry has made his way from busking around NightQuarter and many other places on the Gold Coast, to this debut performance on the main stage in the Paddock! It will be a show you won’t want to miss.

We interviewed Harry this week, here’s how it went.

 

Q: When did you decide to start making music?
Well I first decided to start making music…well, more or less, I’ve always been a musical child.  I used to do a lot of dancing.  Back then my life goal was to dance on cruise ships, but now my life goal is to sell out Wembly.  I first actually started making music in the 3rd grade when I picked up the violin, and since then my collection of instruments and musical knowledge has just gone upwards and outwards.

 

Q: What do you think about the Gold Coast music scene?

People say it’s rather bland and empty, but that’s a lie – it’s not. It’s raging with all sorts of different performances – you just need to know where to look.

 

Q: How many years have you been playing?

I’ve been playing violin for about 5 years before I quit; I played trumpet for 5 years again before I quit.  I can still play these instruments, but probably not to performance standard! I’ve been playing ukulele for 6 years now. I still play that – it’s good fun; and I have been playing guitar for about 2 years now.

 

Q: Where is your favourite place to play and why?

 

My favourite place to play is NightQuarter because it is amazing – it’s always alive – there’s never a dull moment.

 

Q: What is your biggest achievement as an artist so far?

 

Well in the middle of last year I was asked to sing at the Queensland Training Awards, by a lady who first saw me at NightQuarter!  I sang at the regional finals and also did a set with my band. That was in a ballroom in front of 350 people.  Then I sang at the pre-reception drinks of the State Finals, where guests included the Attorney General, Yvette D’arth, and compere, Andrew Daddo, and the headline act of the night was Casey Barnes’ band Kick.  I have done other things like small festivals.

When I was younger I sang at Opera in the Park for about 5,000 people, and as a soloist at Movie World’s White Christmas, and that was all good fun.

 

You can catch Harry J Hart making his main stage debut on Friday the 17th February at NightQuarter! 

Just Like Magic: Casey Barnes

Just Like Magic: Casey Barnes

Casey Barnes is the Gold Coast’s own country music superstar.

Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. He’s had hits in Europe, written and recorded in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams, and now he is bringing this music to NightQuarter! Casey’s songs are honest and heartfelt. The emotions in the lyrics are genuine and we can’t wait to witness such talent on our main stage this February!

Innocent Eve are an acoustic duo of singer songwriters… and sisters! Reminiscent of legendary sister acts The Dixie Chicks and Wilson Phillips, Rachel and Bec perform perfect harmonies.