Hot Tours in January 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 Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.