The Australian music scene is certainly starting strong in 2015 with a slew of tours already lined up. Here’s a group of tours going on throughout January that will definitely start your year off right.

The Growlers

Last time The Growlers were here, fans were given a sold out tour filled with intimate shows, sweaty rooms, and endless dancing as the band played and surfed their way across the country. After returning home to their South Californian home to put the finishing touches of newest album Chinese Fountain the band toured extensively through America, UK and Europe. Now they’re eager to return to our shores to catch the Australian summer and showcase their new tunes to Aussie fans.

Wednesday 7 January – THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES, Bateau Bay NSW
Thursday 8 January – THE SMALL BALLROOM, Newcastle NSW
Friday 9 January – THE ROLLER DEN, Sydney NSW
Saturday 10 January – MONA VALE HOTEL, Mona Vale NSW
Sunday 11 January – ANITA’S THEATRE, Wollongong NSW
Wednesday 14 January – CORNER HOTEL, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 15 January – KAROVA LOUNGE, Ballarat VIC
Friday 16 January – BARWON CLUB, Geelong VIC
Wednesday 21 January – THE GREAT NORTHERN, Byron Bay NSW
Thursday 22 January – COOLY HOTEL, Collangatta QLD
Friday 23 January – THE TRIFFID, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 25 January – SOL BAR, Maroochydore QLD

 

Benny Walker

Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and laid back grooves, all elements that touch the soul through his velvety vocals and sensitive delivery. An accomplished solo performer, for this tour Walker will be regularly joined on stage by his band, replacing his acoustic guitar with a Telecaster and indulging his passion for the big blues-rock sound.

Benny Walker Tour Dates

Thursday 8 January – QEII Night Market, Albury, NSW *
Saturday 10 January –  Settlers Tavern, Margaret River  *
Sunday 11 January – Redcliffe On The Murray, WA
Wednesday 14 January – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Canning Bridge
Friday 16 January – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle *
Saturday 17 January – Music in the Park (Penistone Park) w/ Mama Kin, Perth *
Sunday 18 January – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA *
Sunday 31 January  – Yalukit Willam Ngargee (opening of St. Kilda Festival) *
Friday 13 February – Melb Zoo w/ Dan Sultan *
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February – National Multicultural Festival, Canberra *
Sunday 28 February – Mordialloc Food and Wine Festival*
Friday 13 March – Taronga Zoo w/ Dan Sultan, Sydney

* Walker performing with full band

 

The Coathangers

Forming in 2006 for the sole purpose of playing parties and hanging out, US female punk band The Coathangers are as much known for their infectious and unpretentious tunes as their are for being a formidable force live. The Coathangers encapsulate the classic, aggressive punk legacy of artists like The Runaways and Patti Smith and now four albums in they’ve becoming a powerful voice in the modern day punk.

The Coathangers Tour Dates

Thursday 15 January – The Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 16 January – The Tote Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17 January – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 21 January – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 22 January – Frankies Pizza, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23 January – The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 24 January – Trainspotters, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 25 January – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD

 

Frikstailers

Frikstailers (pronounced ‘freak-stylers’) rose from the eclectic Buenos Aires cumbia scene, turning the genre on its head with their unique style that can go anywhere from tropical ambience to 1980’s synth to psychedelia. Now they’re coming to Australia for their debut visit as guests for the upcoming Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA and NGV Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier.

Frikstailers Tour Dates

Wednesday 14 January – Brisbane club THE ZOO 
plus SABROSA and HONKY KONG feat Scorpio and Archie
The Zoo
Thursday 15 January – Hobart MONA FOMA  Faux Mo
Plus AKOUO, OMAHARRA, CHUPACABRA and more
Friday 16 January – Melbourne NGV Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier
Plus DJ set from MISTY NIGHTS
Saturday 17 January – Sydney SYDNEY FESTIVAL The Famous Spiegeltent

 

Shonen Knife

Now on their 19th studio album, Japanese rock group Shonen Knife are heading to the Southern hemisphere again to perform at Hobart’s MONA FOMA. Thankfully, they’ve thrown in a few extra dates for all the plebs who won’t be crossing the Tasman. Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio craft stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics that are sugary sweet and fucking awesome.

Shonen Knife Tour Dates

Saturday 17 Janaury – Hobart MONA FOMA Faux Mo – special OSAKA RAMONES performance
Sunday 18 January – Hobart MONA FOMA
Wednesday 21 January – Perth ASTOR LOUNGE
Thursday 22 January – Adelaide JIVE
Friday 23 January – Brisbane GALLERY OF MODERN ART Future Beauty Up Late
Saturday 24 January – Sydney THE FACTORY
Sunday 25 January – Melbourne DING DONG

 

mewithoutYou

After their first ever national tour of Australia as part of 2008’s Soundwave, Philadelphia’s five-piece rock band mewithoutYou are heading back to Australia for an east coast tour to perform tracks from their latest and self-released album Ten Stories as well as fan favourites from their huge back catalogue. The band have also revealed that fans should expect a taste of some brand new material off their  forthcoming untitled 6th studio album, due for release in later on in 2015.

mewithoutYou Tour Dates

Friday 23 January  – Amplifer Bar, Perth WA
Saturday 24 January – Uni Bar, Adelaide SA
Sunday 25 January – 170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
Monday 26 January 26th – Studio Six, Sutherland, NSW
Thursday 29 January – Baker Street, Central Coast NSW
Friday 30 January – Roller Den, Sydney NSW
Saturday 31 January – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Sunday 1 February – The Brightside, Brisbane QLD

 

Dallas Crane

Local rock’n roll mainstays Dallas Crane are national run of shows in January as a live preview of the band’s long awaited fifth LP. Joining them will be special guests Child for shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. It’ll be their last stint on the road before their release their new album later this year.

Dallas Crane Tour Dates

Thursday 22 January – Flow Bar, Old Bar NSW
Friday 23 January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Saturday 24 January – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 25 January – Corner Hotel – Melbourne VIC
Monday 26 January – Jive, Adelaide SA

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