Monthly Archives: October 2016



30 years ago, two significant moments in Australian music industry history arrived out of a passion for Australian contemporary music.

The first was the inaugural ARIA Awards in 1986. The second was the staging of a major series of outdoor festivals in the summer of 1986/87 under the banner AUSTRALIAN MADE. They were both ambitious ideas borne out of a frustration for the lack of respect for, and recognition of, our country’s musicians.

To celebrate this milestone, AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will screen exclusively at 40 Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas on Friday 25 November for one night only. Click here to view the trailer.

Both events back in 1987 not only broke the rules, they forever changed the perception about how we, as a country, viewed our place on the world stage when it came to music.

As INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence said during the AUSTRALIAN MADE Tour: “It’s grown-up time. We’ve come of age. This has proved that we’re part of the world music scene.”

AUSTRALIAN MADE saw nearly 140,000 fans in six cities witness performances from a potent and imaginative line-up including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, The Triffids and I’m Talking.


Acclaimed director Richard Lowenstein and a 50-strong film crew captured the on-stage performances and backstage camaraderie between artists for production of a feature film of the AUSTRALIAN MADE Tour.

AUSTRALIAN MADE was a critical and box-office success when it was first-released nationally in July 1987:

“An expert mixture of on-stage appearances, inspired
selection of music and behind-the-scenes interviews”
Rob Lowing, The Sun-Herald (1987)

“Those forceful images of Jimmy Barnes belting it out are
as memorable as anything I’ve seen in a rock film”
Paul Le Peitit, Sunday Telegraph (1987)

Academy Award® winner Jill Billcock was responsible for the rapid-fire editing, with music production by the legendary Mark Opitz, who’d previously collaborated with AUSTRALIAN MADE producer John McLean on Cold Chisel’s Last Stand – the country’s first theatrically-released rock film.


30 years on AUSTRALIAN MADE has been brilliantly restored for a 21st century audience. Sony Music Australia, in partnership with the film’s producers and assistance from the National Film & Sound Archive, have undertaken a major digital restoration of AUSTRALIAN MADE, including a 2K widescreen scan of the film negative and remastering of the soundtrack.

The restored film features 15 live concert tracks, including explosive performances from INXS and Jimmy Barnes – both of whose profiles are as strong now as 30 years ago. The 30th Anniversary Edition includes ‘never-before-seen’ outtakes and intimate behind-the-scenes ‘home movie’ footage that’s recently been unearthed from the archives.

AUSTRALIAN MADE is a rare ‘time-capsule’ of our music history – a soundtrack to the lives of many who were there, and a unique way for a new generation of music fans to discover the best of Australian music in the 80s.

AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will screen exclusively at 40 Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas on Friday, 25 November for one night only.

Hi res photos, the original program, tracklisting and bio information can be downloaded here.

For a full list of cinemas, session times and to purchase tickets, go to or


Global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today announce a second and final Melbourne show, due to overwhelming demand! The show will take place on the same weekend as their first sold out Melbourne show; on Sunday 2nd April at Rod Laver Arena. Tickets for the second and final Melbourne show go on sale today at 3pm AEDT.

Tickets to their Sydney and Perth shows are on sale now and selling fast.

Eager music lovers snapped up tickets to Dixie Chicks’ first Melbourne show in record time, with the band’s 1st April Rod Laver Arena show completely selling out within fifteen minutes of on sale to the general public, making it the fastest-selling Dixie Chicks show in Australia ever.

Returning to Australian shores in 2017 for the first time in over ten years, Dixie Chicks are ready and raring to blow local audiences away with their epic MMXVII World Tour, which has been making waves across Europe and North America this year.

Of Dixie Chick’s recent Hollywood Bowl show, the LA Times noted the band’s “… palpable sense of joy and gratitude, looking and sounding radiant, untouched by time, their harmony-rich vocals and precision musicianship intact.” While the UK Telegraph noted, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.”

One of the most prolific and captivating live acts on the planet, and with well over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Dixie Chicks have earned their title as the biggest US female band of all time. The trio has no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt.

Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon. Don’t hesitate, get your tickets now and secure your chance to experience one of the world’s greatest live acts when they return to Australia in March!




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Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March – Willowbank, Ipswich (All Ages)

*Dixie Chicks’ performance date at CMC Rocks to be announced


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Saturday 1st April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT or 132 849


Sunday 2nd April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – NEW SHOW or 132 849


Wednesday 5th April – Perth Arena (All Ages)

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Saturday 8th April – Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay


ARIA Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Brian Cadd makes a triumphant return to the airwaves with his first solo album in over a decade – Bulletproof. This new release harks back to the 1970s pure rock n roll sounds of Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band, and marks 50 proud years of Brian celebrating his award-winning work in the international music business.

Bulletproof is a powerful, rollicking, rock n roll album that will transport listeners back to the live show sounds of Brian Cadd with his famous Bootleg Family Band; from the opening track – and title song – Bulletproof, a reference to Brian Cadd’s 70 years young, through to the foot-stomping final song On The Edge. Whether you are a fan of Brian’s early work with the Groop and Axiom, his acclaimed hits Ginger Man, Let Go, and Little Ray of Sunshine, or his prolific work as a songwriter for the likes of Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and John Farnham to name a few, there is something on this album for everyone.

The album celebrates a collection of previously unreleased songs Brian had stored away, some that he had penned for and were previously recorded by other performers, and songs which were crafted right there in the studio… all sharing one common Bootleg Family Band theme – rock! While Brian says there was no intentional time frame for the release of Bulletproof, but now seemed fitting.

“It turns out that 2016 is my 50th year in the business, and I also turn 70 years young – a good time to release an album called Bulletproof,” he says. “Our [Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band] live shows were always completely over-the-top and full-on so we decided to make that kind of album.”

Bulletproof was produced by Brian, together with gifted engineer Doug Brady, known for his work with John Farnham, Dragon and Jimmy Barnes, at his new Furstock Studios in Melbourne. Having been a teenager during The Bootleg Family Band era, Doug’s age difference provided a younger perspective to the project, and his subsequent success and experience combined to produce a sound which was true to the era, and yet unique and cutting edge. Bulletproof also features an abundance of guest performers like eclectic musician Wilbur Wilde, talented multi-instrumentalist Mike Rudd, legend Dai Pritchard from Rose Tattoo, Mick Skelton of Thirsty Merc fame, and Brian Cadd’s close friend Rick Fenn from 10cc on guitar and slide, just to name a handful of those who joined them in the studio.

Stepping away from his famous ‘pop’ sound, the versatile full band created on this album is exactly the live music feel Brian wanted. Taking songs he had written for other great musicians like Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and Bonnie Tyler, Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band also reinvents these songs with a new and different rock n roll sound.

“Most songwriters have a couple of songs that they’ve written for other artists that they’ve always felt they would have loved to have a go at themselves,” says Brian. “As a solo artist I have always been expected to do ballads and story songs. Deep down where I live, it’s all rock n roll.”

The visually stunning album cover, a painting by Archibald Prize finalist artist Philip Howe, captures the true fiery, passionate intensity with which Brian performs. Having met the talented artist Philip through musician Wilbur Wilde, the two bonded over a bottle or so of red wine. Philip then saw a Brian Cadd performance and was inspired to capture the strength and raw energy of him onstage. When the discussion of cover art came up for this album the painting was the obvious choice to depict the energy and spirit of this recording – it is everything that Bulletproof stands for.

The Bootleg Family Band has always been Brian’s imagined proverbial ‘band in the head’. He was lucky enough to get that sound in the 70s, and now excitingly, gets to have a second crack at it with this new album. As Brian says, Bulletproof is the perfect opportunity and reason to “get the band back together”.

Brian Cadd & The Bootleg Family Band’s Bulletproof album is released through MGM on Friday 11th November 2016. For more information, please visit



Global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today reveal that they will return to Australia in March, to play national all ages headline shows for the first time in over ten years.

The captivating trio will make a triumphant return to Australian arenas with their MMXVII WORLD TOUR, set to kick off at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday 29th March before heading to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 1st April and wrapping up at the Perth Arena on Wednesday 5th April. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 26th October at 11am local time.

In a huge coup, the annual CMC Rocks QLD Festival has already announced Dixie Chicks as headliners for the 10th Anniversary event in 2017. The festival, which this year sold out for the first time in its nine-year history and is set to do the same in 2017, runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March at Ipswich’s Willowbank.

Dixie Chicks have no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt. They are a multi-platinum selling act across North America, Europe and Australia, and one of only a handful of acts to ever achieve ‘diamond’ status; reaching the stratospheric landmark of over 10 million copies sold, with both ‘Wide Open Spaces’ (1998) and ‘Fly’ (1999). With well over 30 million albums sold worldwide to date, the Dixie Chicks are the biggest US female band of all time.

Since 1990, the trio has released seven studio albums, three live albums and a string of live DVD’s. They have shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Tim McGraw and Pearl Jam among many others.

Their on-stage reputation has helped the Dixie Chicks play to hundreds of thousands of fans at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from London’s O2 Arena to the Hollywood Bowl, LA’s Staples Center to New York’s Madison Square Garden, and outspoken songs like ‘Goodbye, Earl’ and ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’ make it clear that this power trio plays by nobody’s rules. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon.

The trio has just wrapped up a mammoth European and North American headline tour, setting stages alight in every city, with epic reviews rolling in including the UK Telegraph who wrote, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.” Rolling Stone described the Dixie Chicks’ recent New York show as “thrilling” and The Boot noted, “They are equally fearless and almost absurdly talented as musicians…”.

One of the most prolific and enthralling live acts on the planet, Dixie Chicks’ return to Australia in 2017 is sure to be one of the most talked about live experiences for years to come. Don’t miss your chance to be there.

Fans will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting Friday 21st October at 2pm Local Time through Dixie Chicks MMXVII Tour Club at


Joining forces for a special Tamworth Country Music Festival bash, Shannon Noll will be hitting the stage with The Wolfe Brothers in their Boys will be Boys Australia Day Eve Party. This double header promises to be the party event of the festival and is the perfect lead-in to the Australia Day public holiday!

Shannon Noll is no stranger to regional Australia, a former farmhand from Condobolin in New South Wales, he burst into the Australian consciousness as the first runner-up on talent show Australian Idol in 2003. His rendition of the classic What About Me smashed onto the charts and since his appearance on the television show he has experienced certified platinum sales, #1 hits, five Top 10 albums, and is reputed as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have achieved 10 consecutive Top 10 singles. He also has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations – an enviable achievement. Shannon has also been nominated for numerous ARIA awards and has taken home the Best Male Artist accolade in the MTV awards three years in succession. Shannon has recently signed with Warner Music and has a new album coming out next March.

The Wolfe Brothers are a force to be reckoned with. They won the hearts of the nation in 2012 when they were voted in second place of Australia’s Got Talent. Their story is a tried and true one of local lads make good, thanks to a hell of a lot of dedication. Their third long player This Crazy Life was released this year to much acclaim and the Tassie boys have recently returned from a four-month tour of the United States. They are easily one of the hardest working bands on the touring circuit today, and if they are not on the road with their own headline shows, they are performing with country legend Lee Kernaghan.

The band’s debut, It’s On was released in 2013 and spawned three Top 10 singles, including their first #1 for The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory. Their equally impressive sophomore album Nothin’ But Trouble – released in 2014 – entered the ARIA Country Charts at #2. With their new release This Crazy Life under their belts, The Wolfe Brothers were also awarded the Group of the Year accolade in the 2016 CMC Awards. Any live show in the company of these guys is a rockin’ one indeed.

For Tom Wolfe, the concert is the epitome of a great musical celebration. “It is an Australia Day Eve party, it doesn’t get much more Australian than Tamworth, Nollsie, and The Wolfe Brothers,” he says. “It will be a big party – it is guaranteed to be a good time.”

The band only forged a friendship with Shannon recently, but it was an effortless one. “We first became friends about 12-months ago,” says Tom. “He came to our farm in Tasmania, we wrote some songs and hung out for a few days. We had a great time, got along really well and realised we have a lot in common. We have wanted to do a show together for a long time so we are both really stoked.”

Don’t miss this special Australia Day Eve Party as The Wolfe Brothers and Shannon Noll get ready to rock Tamworth Country Music Festival! Tickets on sale now.

Boys Will Be Boys – Australia Day Eve Party

The Wolfe Brothers & Shannon Noll

Wednesday 25th January 2017| 8.30pm

Blazes, Wests Leagues, TAMWORTH NSW

(02) 6765 7588 |



The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Lee Kernaghan’s amazing career and the release of his first chart busting hit, Boys From The Bush . The iconic song was the first of many number one singles from the classic album The Outback Club, which went on to achieve double platinum certification, win a swag of awards and redefine contemporary Australian country music along the way.

Since the release of his mega hit Boys From The Bush, Lee has notched up 34 number one hits on the Australian country music charts, won a staggering 36 Golden Guitars and has sold over two million albums in the local market.

Lee Kernaghan is one of the undisputable all-time greats of Australian country. There’s no better place than the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Australia Day for fans from all around the nation to join Lee at what will be an historic concert event. Toyota proudly presents this special once in a lifetime show for fans to celebrate Lee’s incredible career. The concert will cover 25 years of smash hits, featuring surprise guest appearances by an impressive who’s who of Lee’s musical mates and legends.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show is guaranteed to be one of the most sought after tickets at the 2017 Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival. Fans are encouraged to book tickets early to secure their place at this never to be repeated event.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 1 November 2016.

The Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show

Thursday 26th January 2017 | 8.15pm


Tamworth Country Music Festival

(02) 6767 5300 |

The use of music in online pokies

Pokies, or slots, are one of the most popular casino games around. You can easily play online slot games at Royal Vegas . With an online casino such as Royal Vegas there is no need to plan special trips to the casino every time you fancy a few games of slots. Providing players with the ability to enjoy pokies online gives them the freedom to play whenever suits them best. This convenience is taken a step further by allowing you to play these games on your mobile phone or tablet, so you do not need to be tethered to your computer to enjoy these games!

Pokies appeal to many people due to their bright and colourful presentation that is always very enticing. Having a good theme that can connect to the player is also something that makes the games personal and fun. But one often overlooked aspect of the appeal of slot machine games is the music. Music is such an important part of our life, having the ability to evoke certain emotions within us, as well as setting the tone for an environment. Of course, the music played by slot machines are an integral part of why we enjoy playing such games so much!

In general the music used in pokies is upbeat and happy, with a fast tempo and enjoyable sound. This really sets the mood for playing the slots and gets you excited for what possible winnings may await you! The music often sound electronic in nature, as a more acoustic sound may be too dull and evoke less excitement in us as individuals. The combination of the fun images and pleasing music makes it a sensory dream to play. Especially when you consider pokies to other casino games such as roulette or blackjack, you notice that pokies is alone in being inviting on both a visual and an auditory level. This provides a much needed break from table games using cards that while also thrilling and entertaining, may seem a little less inviting in comparison to the bright and musical slot machines.

Video pokies have different themes to appeal to different people. A popular theme for slots is music itself, with many slots being based off famous musicians and their music. Using music that is familiar to fans is a good way to make the games even more enjoyable! Popular artists often have their own slot machine games based off them and their music entirely. Royal Vegas offers an Elvis themed pokies game called Rock the boat. In addition they also offer some more general music themed slot machine games, such as Karaoke party, The rat pack, as well as Vinyl countdown. Try them all out to see which is your favourite!

From all this it is pretty clear that music has the ability to enhance our enjoyment of certain activities. Often we overlook and underestimate sound and music and how much these things serve in enriching our lives.