LIVE: Expect the spectacular

NEWCASTLE’S own 1929indian cap off a busy year with their last home-town gig of 2012 at Your Festival at the Cambridge tomorrow night.

This year, the five-piece have released their debut EP, been played on radio and Rage, and played a swag of shows including Groovin’ The Moo, Fat As Butter and their own national headline tour. LIVE caught up with singer Alex Connell for a quick chat.

What does 2013 hold for the band?

The plan is to release some more music early next year. Its format is yet to be determined. This will most likely be followed by a sizeable tour.  We work extremely hard on each facet of the band, so we’ll definitely be kept busy.

 What can punters expect at the gig tomorrow?

We play in Newcastle quite rarely these days, so when we do we like to make our set as memorable as possible. We’re always refining our live show to ensure it’s the best it can be; whether it be through adding new interludes and jams, reinterpreting songs or introducing a new visual element. 

Specifically for this show, we have a substantial amount of additional lighting, exorbitant projected visuals and we’ll be debuting a few new songs which push our sound even further. 

A lot of bands at the moment seem very nonchalant about their live set, but it’s everything to us.

Unstoppable Grinspoon to tour in 2013

AUSSIE rock ’n’ roll’s favourite sons Grinspoon aren’t showing any signs of slowing, announcing a national tour for March and April next year.

In September the band released their seventh studio album, Black Rabbits, which debuted at No.8 on the ARIA chart, bringing their tally of top 10 albums to a whopping seven.

The Lismore-born quartet – frontman Phil Jamieson, guitarist Pat Davern, drummer Kristian Hopes and bassist Joe Hansen – played Newcastle’s Fat As Butter earlier this year.

They’ll bring their ‘‘All Hits’’ set (with a couple of new tracks thrown in) to Newcastle Panthers on April 18. Tickets are on sale 9am tomorrow.

GTM call for fertile design minds

GROOVIN’ The Moo will kick off its 2013 tour at Maitland Showground on April 27.

The line-up will be announced on January 30 and tickets will go on sale on February 5 and 6.

Go to for more, including the chance to win tickets for you and two friends to your local GTM, a merch pack and a poster signed by artists from the 2013 line-up.

GTM is also inviting all local artists, graphic designers, students, professionals and amateurs to submit work for the GTM Tee. Participants are asked to respond to the theme ‘‘home grown’’ for a single-sided T-shirt graphic.

Entries for GTM Tee open on January 28. Visit the competitions page at for more.

The Gum Ball music festival is also set for Belford for three days from April 25. Go to

Unearthed James with FOTSUN icons

FESTIVAL of the Sun and Triple J have crowned mid-north coast musician Patrick James the FOTSUN Unearthed winner for the 2012 Port Macquarie festival.

James will be taking the stage at the festival next month, alongside Aussie and Kiwi music icons Kimbra, Dead Letter Circus, Hermitude, the Datsuns and many more.

Born and bred in Port Macquarie, James has toured with the likes of Tim Hart, Howie Day, Jay Brannan, and the Paper Kites, and headlined his own tour earlier this year.

Festival of the Sun is on December 14 and 15. Tickets and information at

Coughlan mates to play tribute gig

THE third annual benefit for Kids with Cancer in tribute to late Newcastle bass player Tony Coughlan is being held this weekend.

Coughlan’s close mate Andrew Davis of blues rock outfit Voodoo Express has been busy organising the gig, which will include Voodoo Express, the Nargiki Electric Band,  Southern UnderStars and the Steve Edmonds Band.

The gig is at the Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday from 1.30pm to 9pm. 

Entry is free.

City Riots take new album to east coast

ADELAIDE’S City Riots are capping off a busy year that included writing and recording an album in six months with an east coast tour.

LIVE caught up with singer and guitarist Ricky Kradolfer.

How does your album mark a new phase for the band?

Sea of Bright Lights is all about showing what City Riots sound like. 

We wanted to make an album that was sonically cohesive and summed up everything City Riots is. 

We’ve spent a lot of time touring in the last few years, especially supporting other bands, which is awesome for finding new fans, but we’re excited to take this album on the road and play our own shows. 

What’s the best thing about going on the road? And the worst?

Best – getting to hang out with my best friends and see the country.

Worst – our sleeping and eating habits.

City Riots play The Terrace Bar, Newcastle, tonight. Tickets at or at the door.

TIGHT: 1929indian’s live set is everything to them.  Picture: Cormack O’Connor

TIGHT: 1929indian’s live set is everything to them. Picture: Cormack O’Connor