Live & livid – Halloween Special

So folks, Halloween is this Friday and boy does Sydney have a lot to offer in terms of live entertainment and an excellent excuse to dance those weekday blues away.

Here’s just a few events to keep your blood trickling:

The Standard Bowl:

“Halloween Hellraiser” feat. Hurst (EP Launch), Aether Beach & DJ Deckhead – FREE ENTRY!

Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills:

Good God Small Club:

“This Thing X The Finer Things: Halloween” feat. NBL, Jace XL, RY 4 and The Finer Things and This Thing DJs

55 Liverpool St, Chinatown, tix: 

El Topo Basement:

“House of Ghouls” – feat. Slow Blow, PESTO and Marc Javin with awesome drinks packages on offer

500 Oxford St Bondi , tix:

The Newtown Social Club:

“Helloween Party” – FREE ENTRY!

Oxford Art Factory:

Thelma Plum is playing for a neat $20 – if some cruisy and beautifully delicate vibes are more your style.

Basement, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, tix here:

Live the gig and have a hell of a weekend! Once it finally comes.


Live and MORE live!

Our friends at Tone Deaf have done it again, and put together a marvellous list of new live music venues that you should most definitely check out.

Venues in Adelaide and Brisbane got a bit of coverage, which is awesome to see.

Here’s a few in Sydney that you should take a gander at and #livethegig!

  • The Factory Floor –  105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

Below the Factory Theatre, there lies a new 250-capacity theatre and has become a bustling space for live music. It also sells delicious beer for wonderfully cheap prices and has an outdoor courtyard. Yum.

  • The Roller Den – 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

Located in the basement of the Imperial Hotel, this little groovy hotspot opened up in March, and has hosted many of Australia’s newest young musical talent of a huge range.

  • The Standard Bowl – Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Booze, bands and bowling, all in one location. You can’t go wrong with that. The venue has always been a cool set up for intimate and funky gigs, hosting a wide range of acts from City and Colour to Childish Gambino and Australia’s Glass Towers.

  •  The Lewisham – 794 Parramatta Rd, Lewisham

Named by Time Out as one of the top 5 best pubs for live music in the city, The Lewisham has got you covered with constant live and local music action throughout the week. You can expect a different genre any day of the week!

  • Newtown Social Club – 387 King St, Newtown

Established by Corner Presents, Newtown Social is a hip little venue catering to the weird and wonderful musical hub of Newtown. Quality live music of diverse genres, great sound and cool vibes.


Whether you’re on or off live music, this is one project you should get on board about

We’ve always said live music is amazing, for so so many reasons. Music and portrait photographer Tom Oldham has done a cool thing to show us why.

Oldham is raising money for War Child International, an organisation made up of a number of family humanitarian groups dedicated to helping children affected by armed conflict.

Simultaneously, Oldham has given us a rare insight into the effects of live music, by photographing a number of leading bands and artists before and after their respective live performances. The photos explore the ‘calm before the storm’, the exasperation, the adrenalin and the vigour that live music can bring. The comparisons are amusing and rather touching.

These images featuring artists like Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Prodigy, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, M.I.A., Rudimental, Primal Scream and more have been photographed across venues in the UK and have the potential to make a significant difference to people in need.

Curated by Ed Bartlett at The Future Tense, the 72-page photo book can be purchased through a pledge music campaign to support children in countries of the likes of Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

It has taken a mighty 6 years to pull off, but the reward could be huge. Here’s what Oldham has to say about it:

You can pledge for prints and books, even a jpeg – if you’d care to contribute to the wonderful work of War Child and get some of my work as a tasty payback then I would just love you all the more. If it’s not for you, then please share it – you know someone somewhere who loves at least one of the artists featured. Thank you – it genuinely means a huge amount to me, War Child, the artists, and the victims of war around the world. Please read more about where your contribution will go by clicking here.

There’s no denying that live music does good for all.

Take a look at the project here:

“National Tour” – Wait, what?


This image went viral earlier this week – why?

Luke Penman from Adelaide posted this image onto Reddit Australia to make a point about the definition of a “National Tour” in Australia. The image got more than half a million views and over 300 comments, and FasterLouder gave the “music person guy” a bit of coverage.

Apparently Penman posted it up as a joke he thought a few of his mates could have a chuckle about, being from Adelaide where the music scene doesn’t seem to flourish so much.

For people that live in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney – we are not all that hindered by the way a ‘National Tour’ of a band, even those from Australia, rarely venture further than the East Coast stretch, possibly stopping at a few larger towns in between – namely Newcastle, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

It’s a terrible shame; everyone should have access to live music and have the opportunity to see their favourite bands. But in Australia, these National Tours inevitably reflect the density of the population – more than 50% of our country’s population live in the east.


So what can be done? Keep living the gig and spreading the love and need for live music, and hopefully the bands will catch on.

When live music loses, everybody loses

The live music scene has fluctuated up and down over the years, and once again it has been struck.

Australia is soon to lose three iconic live music venues, reports Tone Deaf.

Fans of FBi Social, a long-term pop-up stage situated on Level 2 of the Kings Cross Hotel, will be disheartened as the team will be closing after one last show on Saturday 1 November.

In addition, renowned dinner and show teams will be closing their venues in Dee Why, Sydney and Kincumber, Central Coast in 2015.

These venues may seem insignificant, but these closures signify something more worrying about the Australian music scene.

After the lock-out laws imposed in Sydney in February this year, there have been fears that the live music scene may disappear. Of 220 hotels, pubs and clubs effected by these laws, 143 are classified as live music venues. As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, while larger music venues such as the Metro Theatre won’t be affected due to their 12pm finishing times, it is smaller venues that provide space and exposure for up-and-coming musicians that will cop massive change. This applies to bands, as well as dance music venues, such as Good God Small Club, where international DJ’s often play sets well after 1am.

We have a massive amount of talent in this country, especially Sydney, and the closure of venues and a limitation on artist’s ability to spread their music is an extremely negative tactic… particularly when the City of Sydney council has launched efforts to revive our live music culture.

Bit hypocritical, I’d say.

So what can we do about it? Keep on supporting live music – LIVE THE GIG. Be there, experience it and spread the word about how lucky we are to have access to it. Just don’t be a dickhead while you’re doing it.

Live the gig as a broke-ass student

I’m all about promoting watching live gigs and supporting bands by experiencing their wonder and talent live, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem affordable. As a university student – I get that. If you can’t find yourself some cheap or free gigs to see, there are plenty of methods for showing your love for bands. So rather than using your phone to take awful recordings or semi-focused shots of the band when you do get the chance to see them live, here’s a few ways to support artists when your broke, courtesy of The DIY Musician.

1. Leave a comment

Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists. You can leave comments on blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

2. Video testimonial

Leaving a video testimonial is another way to show support. Recording a video testimonial or review is very simple given the technology that we possess. Record a video talking about the music. Keep it short and share it with the artist or your loved ones.

3. Like or Share

Like the artist’s web content. Actually I want to take it a step further and say share the content. Share, retweet, repost, etc. Get the content in front of people. It’s free.

4. Change your Avi

If the artist has a new album or single out you can show support by changing your avatar. Changing your Avi is a simple process. All you have to do is find the artwork (Google search), save it and upload it. Bam!

5. Promote

Promoting an artist is easier than you think. All you have to do is track down the link and share it via your social media platforms. Add a creative blurb to your link or it might look like spam.

6. Word of Mouth

Remember that your word is valuable. People make decisions based on what their friends and family have to say about a product, service, or — in this case — music. Share the music that you love with those that are close to you.

7. Post content on Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.

You can post the content on Reddit or Stumbleupon and help the artist receive an uptick in views or plays. Make sure your follow the guidelines of the site though or risk getting banned.

8. Post content on message boards

Post the content on message boards and help spread the word. In order to do this you usually need to register with the site. If this is too much work, try looking for a Facebook group that you can contribute to.

9. Use a Hashtag

Use an established hashtag on Social Media. All you have to do is find the hashtag that the artist is using and use it whenever you talk about their music.

10. Blog About It

One of the best ways to share your thoughts about a single or album is to blog about it. This form of support is very beneficial. It has SEO benefits, Social Media benefits and personal benefits. Share your honest thoughts about the music, and then press Publish. When you are finished you can even contact the artist to notify them of your work.

What do you think? How do you support artists when you are financially limited?

Leave a comment below!

Live the gig… because the band wants you to

Do you sometimes feel like fellow concert-goers are just being super narky when they ask you to stop talking, to get off your mate’s shoulders, or to put your phone away?


But the truth is, gig etiquette goes beyond having respect for those around you who want to enjoy the music with a relatively clear view. It goes to the band as well, who have put the time and effort in to not only create tunes that make you buzzed, but to come out and perform with unmatched energy and passion, sometimes night after night.

Some artists have actively spoken about the need to eliminate the use of mobile phones at gigs – asking fans to put them away until certain moments during the gig, or allowing fellow concert goers to reprimand those who chose to disobey and disrespect their requests – ahem, Chet Faker.

If you go to YouTube and type in ‘Chet Faker No Diggity Live’, there are thousands of poor quality mobile recordings already there for your convenience… why not enjoy it live?

Legendary UK singer Kate Bush came back to stage after 20 years, she specifically asked fans to refrain from using their phones to take pictures or record songs during the concert, and stated:

I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.

(The Guardian, 2014:

And she isn’t the only one to do it.

Beyonce last year  berated one of her fans at a gig for filming.

You can’t even sing because you’re too busy taping…  I’m right in your face, baby. You gotta seize this moment. Put that damn camera down!” (The Guardian, 2014)

Shake it, Queen Bey.

Her call is joined by many others, of all genres and ages, including:

The Who

The Who

The Lumineers

The Lumineers



Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel

St Vincent

St Vincent

Oh and if you’re planning on seeing The Eagles when they make a comeback tour next year, better leave your phone behind.

We want people to be in the moment with us and experience the concert through their eyeballs and not a tiny square on a phone… It’s not a very pure experience – Don Henley, The Eagles drummer/songwriter

(Tone Deaf, 2014) – read full article here:

The Eagles

The Eagles

So if you don’t do it for your fellow punter, do it for the band. Don’t be a dickhead. Live the gig.