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Touring Artists 2018: February to May

2018 is shaping up to be another busy year, as Australia is about to embrace an explosion of the world's greatest talents, local and international, to be playing at a venue near you. From Lana Del Ray to the Killers, join Music Lovers as we create your musical itinerary for the first half of 2018. All artists and selective albums available on Freegal and in our music catalogue.

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Holy Holy
Croxton Bandroom, 17th of February

Holy Holy are still riding high off the success of both highly acclaimed albums, 2015’s ‘When the Storms Would Come’ and 2016’s ‘Paint’. Holy Holy are a must see for indie rock fans, whose masterful hit songs in an intimate setting at the Croxton Bandroom will ensure a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Recommended:
Paint

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The Libertines
The Forum, 28th of February

If you like your British noughties’ rock n roll, this is a gig that is surely not to be missed. Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty and Dirty Pretty Things’ Carl Barat have finally reunited The Libertines, the band that have made them one Britain’s most recognised acts to come out since The Smiths. They return with their third studio album ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’.

Recommended:
Anthems for Doomed Youth

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Hiatus Kaiyote
Melbourne Zoo, March 2nd

Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote have gained a world-wide following with their accomplished blend of retro soul, jazz fusion, hip-hop grooves and experimental pop, all performed with amazing musicianship and distinctive vocals from singer-guitarist Nai Palm. Choose Your Weapon is the band’s acclaimed second album, released in 2015.

Recommended:
Choose Your Weapon

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Grizzly Bear
The Melbourne Zoo, 9th March

Grizzly Bear return to Australia for the first time in four years with their fifth studio effort ‘Painted Ruins’. The Brooklyn four-piece performed their last gig of the ‘Shields’ world tour at the Sydney Opera House, and their latest record is proving to be their most ambitious work yet. Grizzly Bear are co-headlining the annual Golden Plains music festival in Meredith, Victoria, alongside the Avalanches.

Recommended:
Painted Ruins

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The Avalanches
Golden Plains Music Festival, 10-12 March

In what feels like a million years, The Avalanches make their long awaited comeback with their critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘Wildflower’. Known for their incredibly creative song writing which broke down barriers of noughties electronic music, hits such as ‘Since I Left You’ and ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ skyrocketed their musical popularity in Australia. Their first album ‘Since I Left You’ is regarded as one of Australia’s finest records. Over a decade later, The Avalanches have not only expanded their already distinctive sound, but ‘Wildflower’ proves just how far ahead of their time their sound actually was, and is.

Recommended:
Wildflower

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Tinariwen
Melbourne Recital Theatre, March 14th

Formed in the 1980s, Tinariwen are from the Sahara Desert region of Mali. They play evocative “desert rock” music that combines West African styles with influences from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Santana. Tinariwen’s lyrics reflect the turbulence of the region in which they live, and the band’s 2007 album Aman Iman is considered by many critics to be one of their best.

Recommended:
Aman Iman

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Lana Del Ray
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 31st March

One of pop’s most mysterious and glamorous musical starlets Lana Del Ray returns to Australia to promote her critically acclaimed new album ‘Lust for Life’, which includes singles ‘Love’, ‘Lust for Life’, and ‘Coachella- Woodstock in My Mind’.

Recommended:
Lust for Life

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Robert Plant
Palais Theatre, April 1-2

Legendary Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant is making a rare trip to Australia this year for a solo tour, performing with his latest band the Sensational Space Shifters. With his band, Plant will perform a broad selection of songs from his varied solo career, as well as some hard-rocking Led Zeppelin favourites.

Recommended:
Band of Joy

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The Killers
Hisense Arena, May 4-6

The Killers return to Australia to promote their fifth studio album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, having only recently played in the AFL Grand Final in September. The Killers are no strangers to Australian shores, having dominated the bills of many Australian summer festivals, including the Good Vibrations festival and the Big Day Out.

Recommended:
Wonderful Wonderful

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Smith Street Band
Hawthorn Arts Centre, May 12

Melbourne rockers Smith Street Band are steadily continuing their meteoric rise to the top in Aussie rock popularity, starting from humble beginnings on….wouldn't you believe it….Smith Street, towards enjoying a well-received tour across the UK, including shows in Manchester and London. If you enjoy your Aussie rock with references to everything Melbourne, The Smith Street Band are not to be missed.

Recommended:
More Scared of You Than You Are of Me

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