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The Tour Rider: 13 December – Tegan And Sara, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Illy + Many More


Time is money. Money is precious. Each day seems to get away from you faster then the last. You have boutique music festivals to pretend to know about. You have homemade Christmas decorations to be crafting. You have doomsday planning to do since Trump was elected as the next U.S president. You have foreign foods to Google so you can make The Urban List’s articles feel like old news. We know how full your schedule is, that’s why we at AAA want to save you some time with The Tour Rider!

Contained in this top-secret dossier we have the best tour announcements that come across our editorial desk (and even a few that we had to go searching for), so read up if you want to show up! The Tour Rider is published bi-weekly.

In this edition of The Tour Rider: Shady Cottage Music & Leisure Festival, St Kilda Festival, Balance and Composure, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Illy, Old Mate’s Block Party, and Tegan And Sara.

Tegan And Sara Announce Zoo Twilights Sideshows 


Adelaide and Brisbane fans of Tegan And Sara will be pleased to hear the indie-pop duo have announced some special sideshows before the make appearances at the Zoo Twilights series in March next year.

Perhaps making up for completely skipping Brisbane and Adelaide during their Splendour sideshows earlier in the year, they’re giving these two cities their first opportunity to experience Tegan And Sara’s latest release ‘Love You To Death’ live!

In conjunction with this announcement, Tegan And Sara have also dropped their brand new video clip for Dying To Know, featuring some funny little Tegan And Sara puppets throughout! Be sure to check it out below.

Tegan And Sara Live Dates

The Tivoli, Brisbane
The Gov, Adelaide
Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne
Twilight at Taronga, Sydney

Old Mate’s Block Party Returns In 2017 With Rad Local Lineup


After selling out in its debut year, we welcome back Old Mate’s Block Party lineup for 2017 with open arms. Proving itself last year as an exciting addition to the cultural calendar, the Sydney one-day mini-festival, created by the brains running voodoo rock’n’roll band The Lockhearts, is rising alongside its bountiful lineup of local up-and-coming artists.

The festival includes such luminaries as grunge rockers The Stiffys, Kvlts Of Vice, and Twin Fires – just to name a few! If that wasn’t enough, the grassroots bash has got us weak at the knees following confirmation that the much-loved Newtown’s Bloodwood food vendor will be the event’s official food vendor once again!

Old Mate’s Block Party will take place at the Factory Floor on Saturday 28th January. Check out the full lineup and ticketing info below!

Old Mate’s Block Party 2017 Lineup

The Lockhearts
The Stiffys
Kvlts Of Vice
The Bitter Sweethearts
Wolves In Fashion
The Bottlers
Twin Fires
Uptown Ace
The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Private Function
The Persian Drugs
DJ Goggles

Old Mate Block Party 2017

The Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW

Tickets HERE

Illy Announces ‘Two Degrees’ Album Tour


By all accounts, Melbourne’s hip hop king Illy has had a humungous year! Not only has he dropped two chart-topping hit singles Catch 22 and Papercuts to forerun his latest record ‘Two Degrees’, but has had some epic collaborations, and nabbed himself six ARIA nominations as well.

The hip hop champ has announced he’ll be continuing his massive streak into the new year, with a five-date tour set in stone for March and April, with hip hop risers Spit Syndicate coming along for the ride! Tickets are available Friday, unless you’re with Telstra Thanks in which case you should already be on it!


Get Tickets HERE

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Announce ‘SKA-BQ’ Tour


Melbourne Ska Orchestra may have only just released their second album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’, to nationwide critical acclaim, but they’re back in the saddle to release album number three! The new release, entitled ‘Saturn Return’, features 22 tracks that were actually recorded for the ARIA Award-winning ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ but didn’t quite make the cut. ‘Saturn Return’ looks to expand further into the global reggae and big band sound the band are loved for, and if the success of its predecessor is anything to go by, ska fans are in for a treat!

The announcement of the new record comes alongside another tour too, which will see the group of more than 30 members take on the cleverly named ‘SKA-BQ Tour’ with stops in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra ‘SKA-BQ’ Tour

Shimmerlands w/ Ska Vendors, NoNonsense, Project Ska Collective (Syd) and DJs Mohair Slim & Jesse I, University of Melbourne
The Factory Theatre Precinct, Sydney
The Triffid, Brisbane
The Gov, Adelaide

Get Tickets HERE

Pennsylvanian Rockers Balance And Composure Announce Down Under Tour


Pennsylvanian alt-rock band Balance and Composure have made plans to bring their live show back to Australia! In their first appearance since supporting La Dispute back in 2014, the 5-piece will be giving Aussie fans their first taste of their 2016 release ‘Light We Made’, as well as sharing the old favourites!

The band will be dropping by Perth and Adelaide, then making their way up the East Coast through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, making for their biggest run of headline Aussie shows to date!


St Kilda Festival Reveal Up-And-Comers In First Line Up Announcement


Melbourne’s boutique beach event St Kilda Festival has announced its return in warmth of February 2017, revealing their very first artist announcement!

The announcement shines a light on the New Music Stage, which name-appropriately hosts some of the best new musical talent around! The 2017 stage will see New Zealand soul songstress Wallacewith her unique take on smooth soulful sounds, follow in the footsteps of the previous New Music Stage-dwellers Client Liaison and Stonefield. Joining her will be Sydney up-and-comer Georgia Mulligan, with her powerful indie-soul voice, as well as sweetheart Phia’s twinkling indie-pop tracks.

Best of all, these rising musicians all have the chance to win a $5000 prize, with voting for the crowd’s favourite beginning on the day of the festival!

The St Kilda Festival is known for their amazing line ups, with last year’s festival headliners Montaigne and Hayden James, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled in January when the major announcement will be made!

St Kilda Festival 2017 Line Up

Georgia Mulligan
Smoke Rings
Davis Spry
Thom Lion & The Tamers
The Harlots
Two Can
Sugar Fed Leopards


St Kilda Festival 2017

St Kilda, Melbourne

Tickets: Free

Shady Cottage Drop Killer Music and Leisure Festival Line Up


Victoria’s Shade Cottage, a live venue out in North Blackwood, has dropped their line up for the annual Shady Cottage Music & Leisure Festival!

Returning in the last weekend in March, the 2017 festival will host Melbourne’s very own funk-soul 10-piece Sex On Toast, as well as Wax’o Paradiso, Sunbeam Sound Machine and many more!

Check out the full line up and ticket details before!

Shade Cottage Music & Leisure Festival 2017 Line Up

Sex on Toast
Wax’o Paradiso
Sunbeam Sound Machine
Wesley Fuller
Gonzo Jones
Jennifer Loveless
Flamingo Jones
Big Words
The Neighbourhood Watch
Cassettes for Kids
Tim Koren
Francesca Gonzales
Picket Palace
The Quasar Gachapon Affair


Shady Cottage Music & Leisure Festival 2017

Shady Cottage, North Blackwood VIC

Get Tickets HERE