Although the weather in Melbourne begs to differ, it’s almost Summer and that means we’re getting into the full throw of international tours and festivals. I’ve taken a bit of a look at what tours and sideshows are coming up and I’ve narrowed down 5 shows that I really don’t want to miss.



Toronto synth-rockers Metric are headed out here again for the first time since their appearance at 2012’s Splendour in the Grass. I was lucky enough to catch them at Coachella in April and their performance was outstanding. Very much looking forward to catching them when they hit Melbourne in 3 weeks time. More info and tickets here.

The Roots

The Roots by Danny Clinch 2

Plenty of amazing international bands on the Falls Festival lineup but of all the sideshow options, I think The Roots are going to be one of the highlights in Melbourne. They’ve been making amazing music since before I was born and these will be their first Australian shows since 2007. It’s a shame they won’t be playing this gem though. More info and tickets here.

Arcade Fire


Reflektor has been on high rotation on my iPod for the last few weeks and is just another chapter in Arcade Fire’s already stunning catalogue. They’ve only existed for just over a decade and the last time they toured was way back in 2008 when they were also on a Big Day Out lineup. If their live music video at the YouTube Music Awards is anything to go by, the show should be fantastic. And the best news is, they haven’t even stipulated a dress code for the Australian shows! Tickets available here.

Thirty Seconds To Mars


It’s unlikely that any other arena tour will be quite as dramatic as Thirty Seconds To Mars’ upcoming shows and while their music doesn’t do all that much for me personally, I’m very excited about the spectacle that Jared Leto and his band will bring out here. After breaking world records for the longest ever tour and launching their single into space with the help of NASA, I can only hope their arena shows will be incredible. More info and tickets here.

Queens of the Stone Age & Nine Inch Nails


Apart from perhaps The Rolling Stones which was just announced, this co-headline tour is likely to be the biggest non-festival tour of 2014 and one of the biggest tours Australia has seen recently. Undoubtedly we won’t be getting anything quite as spectacular as what Trent Reznor and co. are currently touring but, with both NIN and QOTSA delivering brilliant comeback albums this year, there’s no doubt this show will be phenomenal. It’ll also be interesting to see who wins the coin toss and headlines each of the two Melbourne shows. More info and tickets here.

Wes Fahey

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