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Weekend Gig Guide: Deafheaven, Cat Empire, Vivid

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The Cat Empire 

Friday June 3 — Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill, QLD (SOLD OUT)

Saturday June 4 — Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD,

The ska and jazz band The Cat Empire are travelling up and down the country supporting their latest release Rising with the Sun.

One of the country’s most consistently excellent live bands, a ticket to a Cat Empire gig is one of the closest things you’ll get to a guarantee of good times.

Just before heading off to a series of performances in major international festivals, they’re completing their lengthy Australian tour with a series of shows in North Queensland.

Client Liason

Friday June 3 – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC (SOLD OUT)

Saturday June 4 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC (SOLD OUT)

Sunday June 5 – Forum theatre, Melbourne, VIC

It’s easy to write off Client Liason as just another example of 80s retro revivalism but even though they tip their hats duly towards the past their music edges somewhat towards the future.

The electro pop-rockers are touring their most recent single World Of Our Love and are sure to entertain.

After several sold out shows, tickets are still available for their Sunday night gig at the Forum before the band head to Adelaide next week to complete their national tour.

Deafheaven (pictured above)

Friday June 3 — The Corner Hotel, Richmond, Victoria

As beautiful as they are terrifying, San Fransisco five-piece Deafheaven have taken the metal and hardcore scene by storm over the past few years defying established preconceptions of what the genre is supposedly capable of.

Their 2013 album Sunbather was an epic blast of cinematic music that established them as a critical darling and fan favourite across the globe.

In Australia for an appearance at the Vivid Sydney festival, they’re also one of the few headlining bands to also make a trip down to Melbourne.

Philadelphia Grand Jury 

Friday June 3 — Transit Bar – Canberra, ACT

Saturday June 4 — Jimmy’s Den, Perth, WA

Sydney three-piece Philadelphia Grand Jury have established a well-deserved reputation and following across the country for their raucous and jaunty live performances.

Though defined somewhere under the punk rock banner, their tunes have a knack for pop hooks that makes them an easily digestible and entertaining force for all music lovers.

After a brief breakup, the band reformed and their 2015 album Summer of Doom was their comeback release. The boys are making a whistlestop tour of the country to celebrate a fresh updated version.

Radio Birdman

Friday June 3 – The Factory, Sydney, NSW (SOLD OUT)

Saturday June 11 – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

One of the all-time legends of the Australian punk scene, Radio Birdman were one of the first punk rock bands this country produced with their roots casting all the way back to the 70s.

Now, entering their fifth decade as a performing band, Radio Birdman are still up and about and still a force to be reckoned with.

Featuring original members Pip Hoyle, Rob Younger, and Deniz Tek, this is a chance to see one of the true icons of the local music scene.

Visions Festival (featuring Deep Sea Arcade, Flying Colours, Kirin J Callinan, Gideon Bensen and more)

Saturday June 4 – Various Venues, Chippendale, NSW

As part of the Vivid Sydney festival, multiple venues around the Chippendale area will be throwing open their doors to a variety of local acts.

Curated by the rather excellent psychedelic-tinged Sydney rockers Deep Sea Arcade, with a little help from Chugg Music and Rare Finds management groups, Visions will also feature the likes of Kirin J Callinan, Montaigne and Gideon Bensen.

However, while these confirmed acts on the lineup are tasty enough, the festival also has a history of hosting secret sets with the likes of The Preatures and The Creases making unannounced performances.

This is a free event, but entry into the relatively small venues is limited to availability.

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