The Red Hot Summer Tour is back in 2018 and the line-up is bigger than ever! The undisputed international Queen of Rock Suzi Quatro, joined by special guests The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish. The touring regional festival has been selling out each year and with the enviable line-up in 2018, the event is travelling to new regions and venues which have previously not been part of the Red Hot Summer Tour run.

Promoter Duane McDonald says it is an exciting time to be part of the Australian touring festival scene and he can’t wait to take the Red Hot Summer Tour brand into new areas. “We have had wonderful support over the past eight years since we launched the Red Hot Summer Tour,” he says. “We wanted to make sure we could bring top-notch music to regional areas and audiences have embraced that concept. Now we have the opportunity to take the tour further afield and we will be launching shows in new venues in 2018, including taking the Red Hot Summer Tour to Western Australia for the first time ever. We can’t thank music fans enough for their support – we look forward to continuing to bring fantastic festival experiences to regional Australia.”

After a sold-out tour in 2014, Suzi Quatro is back to headline the ultimate rock n roll line-up. There are few female performers who have a career as successful and versatile as Suzi Quatro. When it comes to summing up her decades of music, there is no better way than to quote Suzi directly – “I will retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence”. It’s no surprise then to find out that Suzi has never stopped working in one guise or another, whether it is playing her solo rock show to packed houses, hosting her own show on the BBC Radio 2, performing on the West End or penning hit songs. To date, this enigmatic performer has sold over 55 million records, in fact, for a seven-year period in the 1970s she was featured in the British charts for an incredible 101 weeks. Her hits include The Wild One, 48 Crash, Devil Gate Drive, She’s in Love with You and If You Can’t Give Me Love to name a few.

When it comes to great Aussie rock, it doesn’t come much better than The Angels. It’s been over four decades since brothers Rick and John Brewster co-founded the iconic band and have penned some of Australia’s most anthemic tracks. The Angels are widely reputed for their killer live shows. With hits like Long Line, Marseille, Be With You, After the Rain, Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage to name a few. Audiences need to get ready to rock when The Angels take to the stage at the 2018 Red Hot Summer Tour.

Baby Animals burst onto the Australian scene in the 1990s with a solid rock force and a sassy lead singer. Suze DeMarchi proved that girls could rock just as hard as guys and the Baby Animals soon kicked some impressive rock butt with hits such as Rush You, Early Warning and One Word. The band scored themselves ARIA awards for best album and toured the globe. When they split in the mid-1990s they ended a special era of Australian music. The band’s inclusion on the Red Hot Summer Tour line-up is a rare chance for music fans to see their original rock at its best.

Aussie rock doesn’t get much more powerful than The Screaming Jets. After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014, they released a new long-player in 2016 – Chrome ­– an album which showed the band were still rockin’ as hard as when they first crashed onto the scene in Newcastle back in 1989. With a swag of hits such as Better, Helping Hand, Sad Song, October Grey and Come On under their belt, The Screaming Jets are renowned for their pumpin’ live performances. They – and rightfully so – earned themselves the reputation as one of the country’s hardest working touring bands early on and it is this notoriety that still sees them packing rooms at shows today.

Moving Pictures are one of those bands whose songs are part of the Australian psyche. Their 1980s classic What About Me epitomised Australian music at the time. Their debut album Days of Innocence was a chart topper both in Australia and overseas. The group disbanded in the late 1980s but reformed again recently much to audiences delight! Their inclusion on the 2018 Red Hot Summer Tour line-up is highly anticipated.

For music lovers looking for a special bit of concert showmanship, then they’re in for a real treat as Chocolate Starfish take to the stage. Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Thompson, the band is known for their high energy live performances. With songs like Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain, Chocolate Starfish powered onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s and quickly secured themselves a space as an influential force. They produced two Top 10 albums and six Top 50 singles. Joining the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2018, this is a great opportunity for music fans to see one of the country’s most energetic bands in true festival style.

The Red Hot Summer Tour always sells out well in advance, and year after year it has been proven to be one of the best value for money concert experiences in Australia. Music fans are recommended to get in early to secure their tickets so they don’t miss out on one of the biggest line-ups of the festival to date.

Tickets are on sale at 9am on Thursday 8th June 2017 through Ticketmaster.

Saturday 6th January 2018

Mulwala Water Ski Club, MULWALA NSW

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 13th January 2018

Sounds By The River

Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 14th January 2018


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Heavily discounted ferry passes available at time of ticket purchase

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 20th January 2018

Mornington Racecourse, MORNINGTON VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 21st January 2018

Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Tix Tas 1300 795 257 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Friday 26th January 2018

Old Mount Gambier Gaol, MOUNT GAMBIER SA

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 27th January 2018

North Gardens, BALLARAT VIC

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 3rd February 2018


Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 4th February 2018

Bella Vista Farm, BELLA VISTA NSW

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 10th February 2018

Sandstone Point Hotel, BRIBIE ISLAND QLD

Ticketmaster 136 100 |

Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Moving Pictures & Chocolate Starfish

New Show on ZFM Country!

Tune in with Pete Matthewman for My Country Australia Wednesday mornings from 10 on ZFMpete-matthewman-my-country Country. The show is 2 hours of Australian & New Zealand Country Music Artists ONLY.

Pete comes from Brookfield a smallish country town about 50km west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. His love of country music started about 10 years ago, when he was introduced to Rascal Flatts and ever since that day he has been hooked.

Join Pete on ZFM every Wednesday morning.


Grammy Award winning band, America, famous for their harmonies and unique sound, has today announced they are returning to Australia in July for shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra, as well as two shows in Queensland.

With a career spanning more than 47 years and counting, America has an extensive catalogue of hits including Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair, A Horse With No Name and many more. From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America’s audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal.

Founding members of America, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell said “We first visited Australia in the early 1970’s and have enjoyed every trip since. The food. The sights. The people. We cannot wait to see all of our friends and fans in the beautiful land you call home again”.

Joining America as special guest on all shows, excl Queensland, will be our very own Russell Morris.

ARIA Award winner, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, platinum selling artist and former King of Pop, Russell Morris, is an Australian music icon with his own extensive catalogue of Aussie anthems including The Real Thing, Sweet Sweet Love, Hush, Wings of an Eagle and many more. Morris recently released his Blues Trilogy albums – Sharkmouth, Van Diemen’s Land and Red Dirt Red Heart – all of which reached Top 10 on the ARIA Album chart and garnering nominations for ARIA Awards for Best Blues & Roots Album (Sharkmouth and Red Dirt Red Heart won the Awards in 2013 and 2016 respectively).

Hi res photos and bios can be downloaded from here.

Don’t miss your change to see two legendary performers on tour in July and August. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10.00am local times on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017.

Book at Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Book online, at the Box Office or call 1300 182 183

Book at ticketek 132 849 or

Book at 07 5491 4240 or


Book at Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Book at Ticketek 132 849 or


Tatts: Live in Brunswick is a 14-track album recorded at Melbourne’s Bombay Bicycle Club in Brunswick in 1982 and mastered for loyal fans in 2017. Released via powerhouse indie rock label, Golden Robot Records, the album is available via iTunes and other digital retailers, with hard copies being sold exclusively at Rose Tattoo’s upcoming Brisbane and Sydney performances with Guns n’ Roses on February 7, 10 and 11, as well as the SFR Store.

It’s an album that takes you back thirty-five years ago; the Australian pub rock scene was at its peak, live music was everywhere, and so was Rose Tattoo, becoming one of Australia’s most revered rock bands of all time, known for their peerless, raw, heavy blues rock, hot mix of slide guitars, and the unmistakable voice of Angry Anderson.

Tatts: Live in Brunswick – when rock was king and Rose Tattoo was at its most formidable, with all the might of what’s ahead in 2017.


The year 2017 brings new music, a national tour and a brand-new album from 36-time Golden Guitar winner Lee Kernaghan. To celebrate the silver anniversary of his ARIA award winning debut album, Outback Club (1992), Lee is gearing up for what is set to be his biggest and most exciting tour ever.

The Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour will feature his classic hits, ballads and rural anthems that have won Lee a nationwide legion of fans that he prefers to call ‘mates’. With 34 number one hits to his credit, the show is set to be a major celebration of Kernaghan’s career and will also feature special performances from his brilliant new 25th Anniversary album, set for release in March.

The national tour will be launched on Australia Day at the Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival with a star-studded show at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre. The concert promises to be an historic Tamworth event with Lee Kernaghan fans travelling from near and far to be a part of what is set to be a massive milestone year for Lee.

The national tour dates continue in April and run through to November 2017. Lee will be joined by a stellar line-up of special guests throughout the tour [see venue dates for details] including the legendary James Blundell, hit maker Tania Kernaghan, Best New Artist Golden Guitar Winner (2016) Christie Lamb and CMC award-winning artists The Wolfe Brothers who will join Lee for the entire tour.

In addition to Lee’s anniversary tour dates, he is also scheduled to perform at some of the biggest country music events of the year. In March, he will share the CMC Rocks QLD stage with international superstars the Dixie Chicks. He will also headline at ‘the world’s most remote music concert’ the Big Red Bash near Birdsville in QLD in July, where he will perform to an estimated 7000-strong crowd. Joining Lee on stage will be special guests Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts and James Blundell, in a unique and exclusive 25th anniversary event. Lee will also make a headline performance at the iconic Deni Ute Muster in September. In October Lee takes to the high seas with The McClymonts, John Williamson, Adam Harvey and a host of Australian music stars for Cruisin’ Country.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour is set to be an unforgettable concert experience, so book your tickets early and join the celebration of the epic career of one of this country’s all-time greats.

Tickets to the Boys From the Bush – 25th Anniversary Tour go on sale from 9am on Monday 16th January 2017.

More tour dates will be announced at the end of February. Details about the new album will be released on Friday 20th January 2017. Album pre-sales will commence on Friday 20th January 2017.


Lee Kernaghan reinvigorated Australian Country Music in the 1990’s, synthesising traditional country themes with his own brand of rural rock and images of an evolving regional culture. Songs like The Outback Club, Boys from The Bush, Hat Town, She’s My Ute and Australian Boy are now modern day anthems for a generation of Australians living and working on the land.

In 2015 Lee released the epic work Spirit of The Anzacs, based on a collection of letters and diary records from Australian servicemen and women, some dating back to the landings at Gallipoli. On its release the album struck a chord with the Australian people holding the #1 position on the Australian ARIA Album Chart for four consecutive weeks. It was the highest selling album by an Australian artist (all genres) for 2015. All proceeds from The Spirit of The Anzacs song and music video featuring music greats Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Shepherd, Shannon Noll, Jon Stevens and Megan Washington are donated in perpetuity to veteran support groups – Legacy Australia and Soldier On.

Lee has sold over two million albums in Australia with releases including Outback Club, Three Chain Road, 1959, Hat Town, Rules Of The Road, Electric Rodeo, New Bush, Ultimate Hits, Spirit Of The Bush, Planet Country, Beautiful Noise and Spirit Of The Anzacs all achieving platinum or multi-platinum status. Lee is a four-time ARIA award-winning artist and in 2015 he was presented with the Australian Record Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Lee has achieved a staggering 34 #1 chart hit songs over his career and has been awarded 36 Golden Guitars. He has been named Hit Maker of the Decade, twice, in 2001 and 2011. This accolade is in recognition of Lee having more chart hits in Australia than any other country music artist in the world.

Kernaghan is long-time and passionate supporter of rural and regional Australia. His Pass the Hat Around Australia Tours, Spirit of The Bush and Farmhand concerts have raised millions of dollars for drought, flood and bushfire relief, hospitals, schools, ambulance and volunteer organisations nation-wide. In 2004 Kernaghan was the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal and was named 2008 Australian of the Year.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boys from The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour launches in Tamworth on Australia Day with concerts covering the length and breadth of the nation throughout 2017.


Thursday 26th January 2017 | 8.15pm


Tamworth Country Music Festival | (02) 6767 5300

Saturday 18th February 2017

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival WA | (08) 9765 1657

Saturday 25th February 2017 | Gates Open 4.30pm

York On Lilydale, MOUNT EVELYN VIC

Outdoor Country Carnival

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | (03) 9736 4000

Saturday 18th March 2017 | Gates Open 4.30pm

The Gateway Hotel, CORIO VIC

Outdoor Concert

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | (03) 5275 1091

Sunday 26th March 2017

CMC Rocks Queensland – Willowbank, IPSWICH QLD

Thursday 20th April 2017 | 7.30pm

Yoogali Club, GRIFFITH NSW

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, Tania Kernaghan & Christie Lamb | Ron Dalla Menswear & Club

Friday 21st April 2017 | 8pm

Albury Entertainment Centre, ALBURY NSW

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, Tania Kernaghan & Christie Lamb | (02) 6043 5610

Saturday 22nd April 2017 | 8pm

Eastbank Concert Hall, SHEPPARTON VIC

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, Tania Kernaghan & Christie Lamb | (03) 5832 9511

Sunday 23 rd April 2017 | 7.30pm

Swan Hill Town Hall PACC, SWAN HILL VIC

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, Tania Kernaghan & Christie Lamb | (03) 50362444

Friday 28th April 2017| 8pm

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, HOBART TAS

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Christie Lamb | 1300 795 257

Saturday 29th April 2017 | 8pm

Princess Theatre, LAUNCESTON TAS

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | (03) 6323 3666

Sunday 30th April 2017 | 7.30pm

Burnie Town Hall, BURNIE TAS

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | (03) 6430 5850

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 | 7.30pm

Frankston Arts Centre, FRANKSTON VIC

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | 03 9784 1060

Thursday 4 th May 2017 | 7.30pm

Kay Street Entertainment Complex, TRARALGON VIC

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | (03) 5176 0463

Friday 5th May 2017| 8pm

Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre, CANBERRA ACT

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Christie Lamb | 132 849

Saturday 6th May 2017 | 8pm

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, NOWRA NSW

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Christie Lamb | 1300 788 503

Friday 2nd June 2017 | 8pm

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, BUNDABERG QLD

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | (07) 4130 4100

Saturday 3rd June 2017 | 8pm

The Great Western Hotel, ROCKHAMPTON QLD

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Tania Kernaghan | (07) 4922 3888

Friday 9th June 2017 | 7.30pm

Mackay Entertainment Centre, MACKAY QLD

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | (07) 4961 9777

Saturday 10th June 2017 | 8pm – ON SALE 6th FEBRUARY

Townsville Entertainment Centre, TOWNSVILLE QLD

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Tania Kernaghan | (07) 4771 4000

Thursday 6th July 2017


Friday 11th August 2017 | 8pm

Her Majesty’s Theatre, ADELAIDE SA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | 131 246

Saturday 12th August 2017 | 8pm

Barossa Arts & Convention Centre, TANUNDA SA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | (08) 8561 4299

Thursday 17th August 2017 | 7.30pm

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, MANDURAH WA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | (08) 9550 3900

Friday 18th August 2017 | 8pm

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY WA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | 1300 661 272

Saturday 19th August 2017 | 8pm

Crown Theatre, PERTH WA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Tania Kernaghan | 136 100

Sunday 20th August 2017 | 8pm

Queens Park Theatre, GERALDTON WA

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | (08) 9956 6662

Friday 8th September 2017 | 8pm

Twin Towns Services Club, TWEED HEADS NSW

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers & Tania Kernaghan | 1800 014 014

Saturday 9th September 2017 | 8pm

Empire Theatre, TOOWOOMBA QLD

Special Guests: The Wolfe Brothers, James Blundell & Tania Kernaghan | 1300 655 299

Friday 29th September & Saturday 30th September 2017

Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin NSW

8 th – 16th October 2017



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 |


Sophie Francis, the wildly gifted teen from Holland, has taken the electronic music industry by af-sophie-34storm with her exceptional production prowess and enigmatic live DJ sets. A hit-maker at just 17, her most recent release, ‘Walls’ was voted ‘hot’ at Radio 538 in Holland by a 94% margin. That’s a 538 record! Walls was also a ‘Dance Smash’ on the station which meant it was the top track of the month, played once every hour for that entire month and included on the top selling Dance Smash year-end compilation. The compilation includes; Sophie, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, & Chainsmokers among others.

Media in her home country adore her and have been swift with coverage inviting her on national television, radio shows and she’s done many features for top magazines. This girl is on fire and is poised to be the first female DJ to take the #1 spot.

The true power of Sophie is that she’s the real deal. This girl can write, DJ and perform with such tenacity and passion that it’s impossible not to join in. Watch any performance of Sophie’s and you’ll understand how truly meant for this life of music she is. Artists are not made, they’re born and although Sophie is young in years, she’s light years ahead of artists twice her age. The energy she radiates feels pure and unpolluted. She’s not a copy of a copy, or trying to be someone else- she’s a true original and it’s something very special.

Sophie will surely be a household name come 2017. Promoters are vying for position, and there is quite literally a record label bidding war going on for her at this very moment. She has just inked a deal with Spinnin’ for her next few singles and has 30 festival dates confirmed in 2017 already.

With all this a girl could go a little crazy, but Sophie stays blissfully unaware that all this fervor is swirling around her. After all, she has her studies to attend to – finals are coming.


Kaylee Bell joined Keith Urban on stage in Wellington at the Westpac Stadium just recently to perform Keith’s number 1 US single We Were Us.

Having previously duetted with Keith during his Light The Fuse Australian tour in 2014 Kaylee was delighted to join Keith on home soil in Wellington recently, as part of his ripcord World Tour. Check out the live performance here:

“It was a total dream to sing with Keith in 2014, but to do it for second time in my home country – seriously that feeling can’t be described. I felt like we were ‘one’ with the audience and Keith is without a doubt my biggest idol and has been since I began singing at the age of 4.” – Kaylee Bell

Following in Keith Urban’s country superstar footsteps, Kaylee became the first Kiwi since Keith to win the Toyota Star Maker Australia competition in 2013. She hasn’t looked back since, with Kaylee’s latest single, Getting Closer, taking out the #1 position on the NZ iTunes country chart.


To honour David Bowie’s 70th birthday, Bowie band members, friends and an ensemble of top recording and touring musicians from around the world are getting together for a one-time only series of global concerts, called Celebrating David Bowie.

The concerts all take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work and will feature a core two dozen musicians, joined by our own Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko and Paul Dempsey, recreating a sound like no other. The Sydney concert takes place at the Sydney Opera House on 29 January 2017.

The concept for the shows grew out of two large, informal ensemble shows featuring 70+ musicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the spring of 2016 which included Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and Bowie band alumni from Space Oddity to the latest Blackstar album with both shows generating a great deal of press and fan praise from around the world.

Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, who delivered an emotional speech about David at The BRIT Awards, and is opening the tour in London with former Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with many other special guests to be announced. Their return to London together at the 02 Academy Brixton show this coming 8 January, David Bowie’s birthday, sold out in just two hours.

Leading the group in Sydney will be former star Bowie band members Mike Garson, Adrian Belew, Earl Slick, members of David’s last two touring bands, Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Latin Grammy Award Winner Gaby Moreno, Bernard Fowler from The Rolling Stones, Joe Sumner, and a vast extended musical family who play with or have played with Tom Waits, Sting, Seal, Herbie Hancock, De La Soul, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, B52s, Dr. Dre, Burt Bacharach, David Byrne, Todd Rundgren, Prince, Neil Young, and Lenny Kravitz make up the core ensemble.

Individually, these former Bowie band members performed, wrote and recorded together with David through several decades including the 1973’s Ziggy Stardust tour, the Diamond Dogs tour, Isolar II (Heroes) tour, to the hugely successful Serious Moonlight tour, the Sound And Vision greatest hits tour to Glastonbury 2000, Heathen, his final A Reality Tour and many of them appeared on Bowie’s triumphant comeback album, The Next Day.

After their BRIT Awards performance, Bowie’s last touring band refrained from further opportunities to honour him as it was still too emotional. But as word reached them about the sincerity of this particular group they slowly decided to come onboard to say goodbye to David properly in a grand show keeping in line with his tremendous legacy.

Far from being a tribute show and never referred to as one, this ensemble is David Bowie people playing David Bowie music, David Bowie style. This is the first and last time this inner circle will do anything like this and these global shows are likely to be the last time that they perform his music together. Sadly, this may be the closest anyone will come to a David Bowie live experience ever again.

Celebrating David Bowie will be joined by Australian guests to be announced shortly.

Tickets to Celebrating David Bowie go on sale at 9.00am on Monday, 12 December 2016


Sunday 29 January 2017

Sydney Opera House

Tickets on sale at 9.00am, Monday 12 December from or (02) 9250 7777 or 136 100


Two teens charged after police pursuit in stolen vehicle – Goulburn

Two Victorian teenagers have been charged after a police pursuit at Goulburn today.

About 10.40am (Saturday 19 November 2016), officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting speed enforcement duties on the Hume Highway, Marulan, when they detected a stolen Ford Falcon utility travelling 145km/h in a 110km/h zone.

Police followed the vehicle with lights and sirens activated; however, it allegedly failed to stop when directed to.

A pursuit commenced and road spikes were deployed at Goulburn.

A second set of spikes were used and the utility eventually stopped on the centre median strip.

Police will allege the pursuit lasted for eight minutes and travelled 22 kilometres.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, and the passenger, a 19-year-old man, both from Drouin in Victoria, were arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station.

The 18-year-old man was charged with drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, police pursuit, exceed speed (over 45km/h) and learner not accompanied by driver/police officer/tester.

The 19-year-old man was charged with be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

The pair were refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court tomorrow (Sunday 20 November 2016).

The Ford Falcon was reported stolen in Victoria last Thursday (17 November 2016).