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OzFest 2016 lineup drops It may be the earliest Australia Day lineup announcement yet, but it’s certainly worth getting excited about. Miami Tavern has dropped its OzFest 2016 lineup, which will see Australia Day celebrated in the hotel’s grounds on Saturday 23 January. Seth Sentry leads the announcement with indie-pop darlings San Cisco also on the bill. They’ll be joined by Saskwatch and Tired Lion. Early bird tickets are available from Moshtix for $59 and more acts are due to be announced in December. More at

Woodford’s 30th anniversary programme Woodford Folk Festival organisers are delivering an intense cultural experience and commitment to social responsibility for their 30th Anniversary event. With music, dance, poetry, talks, circus, health and visual arts workshops, the internationally renowned event is forging ahead while strengthening its cultural integrity and traditions. And Gold Coast artists are featuring in the program as well. Tijuana Cartel, Cheap Fakes (featuring Scotty French) and Hanlon Brothers are amongst the GC artists who join Michael Franti, Courtney Barnett, Josh Pyke, Nattali Rize and Harry Manx on the bill. The event runs 26 December until New Year’s Day with more than 2400 artists across 25 venues. Rock the Reef at Shark Bar Aptly taking place at Miami Tavern’s Shark Bar, the Gold Coast iteration of Rock The Reef, which raises funds for Australian Marine Conservation Society will happen on Friday 13 November from 4.30pm. AMCS is one of the key players in protecting the Great Barrier Reef and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. On the bill are Regular Band, Dispunktion, Monster Fodder, BONED, Baltimore Gun Club and Cactus Dill-Dos. Second lineup drops for EFF2016 It’s a tribal gathering of epic proportion and its second lineup announcement has been made. Cave In the Sky, Essie Thomas, Lift Shift, Dub FX, Oka, Lubdub and Kingfish are amongst 20 acts that make up the announcement for the event which runs 12-15 February in SE Queensland. Get all the details at Former Angels’ November to Remember Brisbane-based rockers Former Angels will release new single Far Away at the beginning of their November to Remember tour which will take in locations between their hometown and Sydney. The single launch happens 4

on Friday 6 November at The Zoo with a killer bunch of supports that includes Swamp Gully, Howlers, Taken By Wolves and Scotch & Cider. Tickets $12 on the door. Former Angels also recently recorded a live album at The Zoo which is available for free at

Ella Fence in the running for $25k fellowship Ella Fence has been announced as a finalist for the highly sought after Grant McLennan Fellowship which offers $25,000 for travel to New York, London or Berlin. She’s up against fellow Queenslanders Tim Steward (Screamfeeder), Hanna Macklin (MKO Sun) and Jack Carty for the prize, which has been designed to expose the recipient to the full cultural life those cities have to offer. The judging panel are Sean Sennett, Sally McLennan, Ian Haug and Adele Pickvance and the winner will be announced in November. If you wanna see what all the fuss is about you can catch Ella Fence at Summertime Sessions in the Village on Friday 30 October, at Foco Neuvo in Brisbane on 6 November and at The Zoo on Thursday 12 November supporting Timber Bones. She’s also got gigs booked for Palmy’s new Sun Day Fun Days as well as the Nightquarter which opens in Helensvale on 28 November. Visit for more details.

Kellie Knight and the Daze hit Marketta Seven-piece Kellie Knight and the Daze sound like a blend of old retro soul vinyl mixed with future funk and jazz improv. Their debut single Twisted, released earlier this year recently took out the NCEIA Dolphine Music Awards and their debut EP of the same name earned them two additional awards making it a super winning release. They hit Marketta on Saturday 28 November and have also scored a slot at Woodford Folk Festival.

Surfari at The Avalon Stone & Wood are bringing their beer truck all the way from Byron to The Avalon in Miami for a surfari which will cause serious FOMO. As well as beers, surfboards, films and “Byron” vibes, food will be available from JR Smokehouse and tunes provided by Kyle Lionheart and Waxhead. All profits go to Surfrider Foundation and the event runs 4.00 – 9.00pm.

Six60 back in Australia The first half of 2015 has been all about New Zealand for Six60 where their much anticipated second album was released in February and is now certified platinum. After 28 weeks Six60’s album still sits in the Top 15 on the album chart. Now signed to iconic record label Capitol Records, the band are based in the US while they release the album over there. It will be released in Australia soon to coincide with their tour which will take in Coolangatta Hotel on Thursday 3 December. Tickets via Oztix.

Archie Roach to re-release Charcoal Lane One of the best Australian albums of all time is being remastered and released with new material. Archie Roach’s moving album Charcoal Lane was first released in 1990 and this new release marking its 25th anniversary will include the remastered version of the original album along with a second disc of five acoustic tracks recorded live for Triple j’s Live at the Wireless, also in 1990 plus new recordings by other artists. Paul Kelly, Courtney Barnett, Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, Marlon Williams, Leah Flanagan, Radical Son, Urthboy, Briggs, Gurrumul and Dewayne Everettsmith all feature on the additional material. Charcoal Lane’s 25th anniversary edition will be released on 6 November.

Double Lined Minority find Closure No signs of slowing down for Gold Coast four-piece Double Lined Minority with the announcement of a new single and the band’s last tour for 2015. Aptly titled Closure and due for release 16 November, the track completes a trilogy of songs the band have recently released that are based around Eddie Salazar’s dissolving relationship, with each song capturing a different reflection of the situation as time moves forward. The tour will take in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne and more information is available at

Hussy Hicks launch That Old Heartache Hussy Hicks and friends will take over Currumbin Creek Tavern on Friday 30 October for the launch of their brand new single That Old Heartache. It’s been a while between singles for the duo, who call the Gold Coast home but travel the world sharing their special blend of surfdessert-blues. The single launch will feature Allensworth (USA) who happen to be in town at the same time, as well as a special set by Minnie Marks and live art by Robert Gammage. If something happens you miss that show (but you’d be certifiably insane to do so), then you can also catch the Hussies when they headline the Grass Roots Festival which takes place at Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens on Sunday 1 November from 11.00am. Tickets for the single launch can be found at Fletch’s Son of a Gun Scoring a Griffith Uni scholarship saw local alt-folk songwriter Fletch travel to LA and Nashville, which has resulted in new inspiration. Currently studying a Bachelor of Popular Music, his new single Son Of A Gun, which features Eliza Pickard is now available via Soundcloud and a new track called Grover’s Mill is just around the corner. Stay tuned for more from Fletch and his sideproject the Cold Ghost.

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