Friday, March 7, 2014
The band, who kick off their North American tour (as Rüfüs Du Sol) with a show in San Francisco later tonight, have added new dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and in Geelong, where they'll play a new all ages early show.
The tour was already their biggest to date, but will now take in a respectable 19 performances across the country.
"It's pretty amazing the response from people for these shows,” drummer James Hunt enthused in a statement. “And we're really excited about the supports we've got for these gigs. Hayden James, Movement, Kilter, Crooked Colours... all really good people doing great things musically. It's a good time to be making music in Australia."
Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
May 09 : Gold Coast (Coolangatta Hotel)
May 10 : Brisbane (The Tivoli) SOLD OUT
May 11 : Brisbane (The Tivoli) NEW SHOW
May 14 : Melbourne (Palace Theatre) NEW SHOW
May 15 : Melbourne (Palace Theatre) SOLD OUT
May 16 : Geelong (Wool Exchange) NEW ALL-AGES EARLY SHOW
May 16 : Geelong (Wool Exchange) SOLD OUT
May 30 : Mandurah (Players Bar)
May 31 : Fremantle (Arts Centre)
June 05 : Bateau Bay (Entrance Leagues Club)
June 06 : Newcastle (Panthers)
June 07 : Coffs Harbour (C-ex)
June 08 : Byron Bay (Beach Hotel)
June 13 : Adelaide (HQ)
June 14 : Hobart (Wrest Point Showroom)
June 19 : Canberra (ANU Bar)
June 20 : Wollongong (Waves)
June 21 : Sydney (Enmore Theatre) SOLD OUT
June 22 : Sydney (Enmore Theatre) NEW SHOW
Second shows have subsequently been added in each city to cope with the phenomenal demand.
Justin's fan club members will have pre-sale access to the new dates from Monday, with general public tickets for all second shows going on sale from 10am on Friday March 14.
September 18 : Melbourne (Etihad Stadium) SOLD OUT
September 19 : Melbourne (Etihad Stadium) NEW SHOW
September 22 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre) SOLD OUT
September 23 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre) NEW SHOW
September 26 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) SOLD OUT
September 27 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) NEW SHOW
October 01 : Sydney (Allphones Arena) SOLD OUT
October 02 : Sydney (Allphones Arena) NEW SHOW
October 08 : Perth (Perth Arena) SOLD OUT
October 09 : Perth (Perth Arena) NEW SHOW
Nathaniel's dreams started to be realised almost eight years ago when, under a flop of curly hair, he took his first tentative steps onto the stage of 'Australian Idol'. But proved to be a massive wake up call; the singer quick to admit that he wasn't ready.
"It was full on," he admits. "I really hadn’t done much gigging or performing before that. I was still learning vocally. I got quite far – top 24 – but I was 20 years old – turning 21 and it was just a lot for me to handle."
Immediate national exposure was followed by a hit of attention. But it was short lived; Nathaniel forced to go back to the drawing board soon after.
"A couple of opportunities came my way and then it just died down. It was pretty full on. It was so overwhelming and then… nothing happened and then you’re back to square one.
"You throw yourself in the deep end and challenge yourself and it didn’t really work out for me. I suffered from mild depression because it just knocked me around after the show. But I look back now eight years down the track and recognise that I wasn’t even ready to take on what I needed to take on."
"I’d written and produced a song and had sent it to Gary," Nathaniel explains. "And I asked him to give me a call and let me know what he thought of it. Obviously he’d heard that I’d said ‘no’ to appearing on the show.
"To cut a long story short, Gary and I spoke about everything except the song that I sent him. We pretty much chatted about ‘X Factor’ for a couple of hours and he twisted my arm to do it. He opened my eyes to see things from a different perspective.
"We got back in contact with the producers. The audition process was over by that time, but I did the audition for the producers and…"
Nathaniel tells us that his appearance on 'The X Factor' was really his last shot at making a name for himself in the music business, with the days of labels spending years developing artists seemingly a thing of the past.
"Having a fan base is so important in today’s music business," he admits. "You need a following to be able to sell records. These platforms like ‘Idol’, ‘X Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ are huge for people like me to go on and give it a crack and hope for the best. That’s how I looked at it."
Ten months after 'X Factor', his debut single 'You' was released. One of the most stylish productions to emerge from the DNA studios in Sydney, 'You' conquered the charts, hitting the top five and notching up double platinum sales. Nathaniel had arrived.
"We came up with a whole bunch of ideas during the day and nothing sounded like a hit," the singer admits. "We’d maybe create music and write a hook for it, but nothing was a hit and we’d move onto the next idea. So we did that all day.
"Later that night, after hours of frustration where we couldn’t get anything out, we went out for a bite to eat and were pretty much ready to call it a night and I walked out of the door and started singing that hook for ‘You’ and asked the guys ‘do you think that’s cool?’
"We thought it was a bit silly at first, but then it just worked out. One thing led to another and we finished the song the next day. That’s how ‘You’ came about."
Topping it was - in Nathaniel's own words - "going to be tough to beat", but he and his team decided to stick with a familiar formula for his just-released follow-up, 'You're Beautiful'.
"We wanted to make sure that it was in the same realm as ‘You’, but have points of difference. We looked at Lorde and almost all of Lorde’s songs are identical or close to being the same type of sound. So we didn’t want to sway too much.
"I’ve had feedback from friends and other people who’ve said it sounds exactly the same as ‘You’. It doesn’t sound exactly the same. It’s in that same area stylistically in sound and vision terms. We wanted to follow through with that falsetto vibe, but we wanted to make it a bit edgier, a bit ballsier and with a bit more lyrical depth."
"From day one, the brief I gave to Sony, my manager and even the DNA guys was that I didn’t want to get stuck in this little bubble of doing music to please this country. I want it to go overseas. And still my priority and number one plan is to go overseas and get my music out there and heard.
"If everyone else can do it then why can’t I? A lot of people are stuck in this bubble of thinking it’s too hard and there are too many people doing it. Stuff that. I’m going to go for it. I’ve always been a big dreamer and I’m always so ambitious. Everyone at the company always laughs at my emails in terms of what I want to do. But I live by a quote I saw recently that read, ‘If they don’t laugh at your goals, they’re not big enough’."
And it seems that some very influential people overseas are indeed paying attention, with Nathaniel jetting off to the US next weekend to perform a showcase for none other than L.A. Reid, the Chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
"Yeah, poor me," he laughs. "I’m doing a couple of showcases for a whole heap of people when I get over to America when I go there next week. But South Africa I’d like to be released, Germany and we’re looking at the UK. But America’s the biggest one. I wanna take over the world."
"The main thing, which I said to my manager and the guys at Sony, is that I want to come back with an album that is undeniable and so good."
And if Mister Reid decides he want to get him into a studio in the States?
"Let’s do it!" Nathaniel says. "Anything’s possible. I’m the type of dude where if it honestly came down to me needing to relocate there, I’d pick up my stuff and go. I’m trying to go for the big fish now. I’ve been trying to do this for ten years and I’m not getting any younger."
Yes, Nathaniel might not be getting any younger. But for now it seems, his dreams only seem to be getting bigger.
Nathaniel's new single 'You're Beautiful' is available now.
Today, his fans have something new to call their own, with the release of his new single 'When You Were Mine', which is already firmly entrenched in the top five on iTunes. And in a move sure to whip his fans into further frenzy, the singer and his label Sony also timed the video reveal to perfection, also dropping it earlier this morning.
'When You Were Mine' is, admittedly, a gorgeous track that showcases Taylor's honeyed vocal superbly. Soft, well crafted acoustic pop in the same realm as James Morrison that seeks to draw you in like a warm embrace.
The clip sees Taylor running a record store, but it's one of his (very tardy) customers that's caught his eye. It seems it's not just shopping on her mind.
AT RETAIL ON FRIDAY MARCH 07, 2014
Rachael Beck – This Girl
Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes
Calling All Cars – Raise The People
Dan Croll – Sweet Disarray
Drive By Truckers – English Oceans
Bob Dylan – 20th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
The Eli Young Band – 10,000 Towns
Ernest Ellis – Cold Desire
Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction
Joan As Policewoman – The Classic
JTR – Touchdown
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Oddments
Lior – Scattered Reflections
The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
Metronomy – Love Letters
Lea Michele – Louder
Moby – Innocents : Live At The Fonda, LA
One Direction – Midnight Memories EP
OST – 300 : Rise Of An Empire
OST – Fat Tony & Co.
OST – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ozomatli – Place In The Sun
Mikhael Paskalev – What’s Life Without Losers
RAC – Strangers : Part 1
Marc Romboy – Shades
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Tensnake – Glow
Various – Ministry Of Sound : Decade 2000 - 2009
J Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors
Water Liars – Water Liars
Miley Cyrus – Adore You (Cedric Gervais remix) * March 11
Taylor Henderson – When You Were Mine
Samual James – Karbon
Love And Theft – Night That You'll Never Forget
Given Katy Perry is one of the world's biggest chart stars right now, along with the fact that there was plenty of space between the already announced shows, the addition of even more Katy concerts to the local leg of her 'Prismatic' world tour was pretty much a given. What wasn't a given, however, is just how soon those concerts would be added.
Demand for pre-sale tickets has been so strong these past couple of days that Dainty Group has been forced into adding a further five dates, even before tickets officially go on sale.
Sydney and Melbourne get a third show each, while Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide each gain a second concert, taking to 12 the number of dates Katy will be performing while on our shores in November.
Tickets are on sale from 12 noon on Tuesday March 11.
November 07 : Perth (Perth Arena)
November 08 : Perth (Perth Arena) NEW SHOW
November 11 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre)
November 12 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre) NEW SHOW
November 14 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
November 15 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
November 18 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena) NEW SHOW
November 21 : Sydney (Allphones Arena)
November 22 : Sydney (Allphones Arena)
November 24 : Sydney (Allphones Arena) NEW SHOW
November 27 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre)
November 28 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) NEW SHOW
Yes, the cast of US hit 'Glee' will celebrate the show's landmark 100th episode in the coming weeks and the team at Sony Music certainly aren't going to let the occasion slip by unnoticed, with the '100 Episodes' CD set to be released in Australia later this month.
The compile will reportedly bring together a selection of favourites from the show's history (albeit reworked), along with a selection of new recordings including a new season five edition of 'Don't Stop Believin' and a cover of Pharrell's megahit 'Happy' by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth.
'Glee : The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes' will be released in Australia on Friday March 28.
See, what they've done this time around is brought together 65 of the biggest dance and club anthems of the '90s and they've squidged them all onto three jam-packed CDs that will likely have you begging for more.
Club and dance favourites like Modjo's smash 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)', Martin Solveig's stunning 'Rockin' Music', Eric Prydz' inimitable 'Call On Me', Benny Benassi's 'Satisfaction', Fedde Le Grand's 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit', Soul Central's sublime 'Strings Of Life' and even Michael Gray's feel-good anthem 'The Weekend' are all featured across the collection, but there's plenty more where they came from. And we mean plenty.
Brilliantly, the gang at Ministry Of Sound has kindly decided to chuck five copies of the new compile in our direction, so we're offering them up to you. And as always, we know you're champing at the bit for a little slice of giveaway love. So here's how to enter;
Shoot through an email containing your name and postal address and in the subject line, place the term "Deliver Me The Decade Discs" and we'll pop you into the draw to win a copy!
Competition closes at 10:00pm AEDT on Friday March 14, 2014. Only one entry per residence and email address will be accepted. Open to Australian residents only. Winners drawn entirely at random using our technologically advanced raffle tickets in a stay-fresh tub system. Winners' first names, suburbs/towns and states will be published on the site on Saturday March 15, 2014. Five fab auspOppers will each receive a copy of Ministry Of Sound's sensational new triple disc set 'Decade : 2000-2009', with thanks to the ace in space peeps at Ministry Of Sound.
And as always, we'll be keeping your details locked up tight as they gasp for breath. Good luck!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The performer, who's already been captivating Australian audiences with his energetic live show, has fallen ill and will be unable to take to the stage for tomorrow night's performance.
The good news, however, is that it's not a cancellation; merely a postponement, with all tickets remaining valid for the new date at the Entertainment Centre on Thursday March 13.
Those who are unable to attend next Thursday night's show are advised to seek a refund from TICKETEK before 5pm on Tuesday.
March 07 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) POSTPONED TO MARCH 13
March 08 : Sydney (Entertainment Centre)
March 10 : Sydney (Allphones Arena)
March 11 : Sydney (Allphones Arena)
March 13 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 07
Timed to co-incide with Mother's Day, 'L.O.V.E.' will contain a selection of timeless classics, all released in tribute of his own mum Janine.
"Over the years, she has given me so much," Harrison said in a statement. "And if I can give her back even the smallest amount of happiness I will, I will feel like I am doing my job - giving happiness to those who mean the most."
The new 13 track LP will again be a specially-selected range of cover versions, each of which hold special meaning to the singer. There's Robbie Williams' 'Angels', the classic 'Moon River' and other favourites like 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me', 'Love Is In The Air' and even Labrinth's recent chart hit 'Beneath Your Beautiful'.
To celebrate its release, Harrison will embark on a trio of East Coast Mother's Day shows - one each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
'L.O.V.E.' will be released on Friday April 11. Tour dates and tracklisting below.
02. The Way You Look Tonight
03. Dream A Little Dream Of Me
04. Because We Believe
05. How Sweet It Is
06. You Belong To Me
07. Let It Be Me
08. Moon River
09. Til There Was You
10. All Of Me
11. Beneath Your Beautiful
13. Love Is In The Air
May 09 : Brisbane (Convention & Exhibition Centre)
May 10 : Revesby (Workers Club)
May 11 : Melbourne (Palms At Crown)