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AAA’s Live Music Weekend Planner (22-25 Sept)

Every week the AAA squad laces up our Connies, Vanns, or Docs, smashes a few bevvies, and heads out to various esteemed and divey live music venues to bring you honest accounts of what’s happening in Australia’s music scene. To help you decide who you’re catching live, we’re listing what we’re most looking forward to each weekend…and why!

Thursday – Yeo @ Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Yeo Got No Game Press

Yeo has been absolutely killing it recently! After his awesome Like A Version of Japanese Wallpaper’s Forces and his set at this year’s Splendour In The Grass, this young producer is looking like he’s going to be taking over indietronica realm. Keytars, funky sounds, and very danceable beats mean this one will be king of Thursday night in Sydney!

SquAAAd represent: Nathan B, “I can’t wait to break out into song for Icarus! It’s my first time seeing Yeo so I’m more than keen.”

Friday to Sunday – Manifest Festival @ Elbow Valley

Manifest Festival

Some AAA electronica faves such as Omegachild are hitting this festival in QLD’s Elbow Valley. The festival will be a celebration of music, visual and performing arts, and food! The three-day camping event will be coming back for its sixth year on the block, meaning they have got the organisation down pat by now!

Friday – Guantanamo Baywatch @ The Foundry, Brisbane


This US outfit will be making their way around Australia playing a huge string of shows after their killer BIGSOUND set earlier this month. With supports from bands like White Lodge and Dumb Punts this is going to be one country-wide party, stopping in at a few festivals like Sounds of the Suburbs and Yours & Owls.

SquAAAd represent: Tom Vu, “Baywatch is a mashup between the famed criminal detention centre and a lusty 90s with David Hasselhoff and porn star Pamela Anderson, right?”

Friday – Shutup Shutup Shutup @ Crowbar, Brisbane


Brisbane heavy hitters Shutup Shutup Shutup have released a new effort of angry punk rock The Spit. The song is essentially three minutes of riot inducing, aggression spittin’ attitude, so their single launch show should be hectic!

SquAAAd represent: Cam Y, “I listened to some of their music they’ve put out and it is loud and fast and seems like it’d translate into a really full on live show.”

Friday – Northeast Party House @ The Triffid, Brisbane

Northeast Party House

Melbourne party-starters Northeast Party House are currently tearing up the road in support of their sophomore album ‘Dare’. With certified bangers Youth Allowance, Sick Boy, and new-ish single For You, the Victorians are sure to deliver a set full of energy, sweat, and plenty of drops to ket-down to…

SquAAAd represent: Jack,“I’m in love with NEPH’s new album, it’s the perfect mix of bangerz and track arrangement. Youth Allowance should see a hectic mosh, but I’m really keen to put the phone’s flashlight on and sway along to For You. Plus Polish Club are supporting, who were one of my favourite bands at BIGSOUND 2016.”

Saturday – DZ Deathrays @ Shark Bar, Gold Coast 


Brisbane duo DZ Deathrays are well known for their brutal pub rock anthems. They broke through to national acclaim with their 2014 album ‘Black Rat’, and they’re now turning heads with their latest, slightly more mainstream friendly, single Pollyanna. They’ve also just announced a massive tour for the end of the year.

SquAAAd represent: Elly P, “I’m excited to see DZ Deathrays because the last time i saw them i thought i was going to die in the mosh and those sorts existential experiences give an added spice to life. Also i enjoy Gina Works At Hearts.

Saturday – Ball Park Music @ The Triffid, Brisbane

Ball Park Music 2016

Brisbane heroes Ball Park Music have just dropped their latest album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’, dividing some listeners, but one thing is for sure is they don’t divide audiences at their live shows. They’re known to do some epic stuff on stage, including Bohemian Rhapsody and the ‘Friends’ theme covers, reworking their own songs, and generally just having a great time! Their current tour is HUGE.

SquAAAd represent: Jack D, “This band have continually wowed me ever since their debut album way back in 2011. Their new album ain’t for everyone, but Ball Park’s frontman Sam Cromack is one of the best performers and singer’s I’ve ever seen live. Plus I’m hoping they whip out their infamous cover of Bohemian Rhapsody!”

Sunday – Sounds of the Suburbs @ Cronulla

SOudns of the suburbs

2016 will be the second year for Cronulla’s Sounds of the Suburbs festival that hits up stages in alleys and laneways! Headlined this time around by DZ Deathrays and the aforementioned Guantanamo Baywatch, the festival will also see the likes of Alex Lahey and Verge Collection among many others!

SquAAAd represent: Ryan Morris,”Can’t say I honesty know to many bands, but the vibe’s always been an epic day so I’m stoked to get to be a part of it!”

Sunday – Apocalyptica @ Max Watt’s, Brisbane


These Finnish cello metalers are just getting started…on their Australian ‘Shadowmaker’ tour, that is! Having kicked off in Perth on Wednesday, the band will be hitting the East Coast capitals throughout the week. Dust off your metal horns fingers so you can step it up and rock with the best!

SquAAAd represent: Cristina Jorgensen,”For me I’m most excited to see Apocalyptica bring their performance to a more intimate setting after seeing them for the first time at Soundwave. When I first saw them I didn’t know who they were so it will be great to see them now knowing them and their music.”

Written by Max Higgins