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Touring Artists 2018: August to November

Oh how this year has flown! Now that we're entering the second half of the year, Music Lovers has compiled a list of the must-see acts that are touring in Melbourne, from July onwards. All music available in our library catalogue.

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Suzanne Vega
Friday the 3rd of August, Palais Theatre

New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega hit big with her 1987 release “Solitude Standing,” which featured the hit songs ‘Tom’s Diner’ and ‘Luca’. Since then, Vega has released a string of well-received albums on which she blends folk, pop and rock in her own unique way. Suzanne Vega is performing at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on August 3.

Recommended:
Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

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Regurgitator
Friday the 10th of August, 170 Russell

Australian cult band Regurgitator will be gracing Melbourne this August, playing stand out tracks ‘Polyester Girl’, ‘(The Song Formerly Known As)’ and ‘Black Bugs’. While the Brisbane outfit haven’t released a record since 2015, they have directed their efforts to other creative ventures, including covering the Velvet Underground’s debut ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ in its entirety at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2016. With no concrete plans on releasing any new material soon, this gig is not be missed.

Recommended:
Dirty Pop Fantasy

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Bob Dylan
Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of August, Margaret Court Arena

Widely considered to be one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the past 60 years, musicians don’t get much more legendary than Bob Dylan, who returns to Melbourne for a couple of shows this August. Having released around 40 albums during his long and varied career, Dylan’s music has ranged from folk and blues to country and rock, with more recent albums exploring the classic, jazzy pop of the 1940s and ‘50s. Whatever he decides to perform during his upcoming tour, a Bob Dylan concert is always sure to be a memorable event. Bob Dylan performs at Margaret Court Arena on August 13 and 14.

Recommended:
Bringing it All Back Home

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Client Liaison
Saturday the 18th of August, Flemington Racecourse

Do you miss the 80’s, and everything that came with it? Do you miss the mullet, the keytar, and Ansett Airways? Get reacquainted with your 80’s rock star self and head to ‘Expo Liaison’ to catch Client Liaison and their all 80’s music festival that’s surely going to knock some nostalgia into you. Don’t believe us? John Farnham is co-headlining the festival.

Recommended:
Diplomatic Immunity

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Queens of the Stone Age
Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th of September, Margaret Court Arena

Queens of the Stone Age are undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest music acts. In an era where rock bands are dwindling, Queens of the Stone Age proves that rock n' roll is certainly not dead. This year, they finally bring their critically acclaimed record ‘Villains’ to Australia, featuring hit singles ‘The Way You Used to Do’, ‘The Evil has Landed’, as well as reprising mega hits ‘No One Knows’, ‘Little Sister’ and ‘I Sat by the Ocean’.

Recommended:
Villains

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C.W. Stoneking
Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th of September, Margaret Court Arena (supporting Queens of the Stone Age)

Supporting Queens of the Stone Age at their Melbourne shows in September (as well as for the rest of their Australian tour) is none other than local blues legend, C.W. Stoneking. The eccentric singer-songwriter and guitarist first gained wide-spread critical acclaim with his 2005 album “King Hokum,” which was reminiscent of a country blues recording from the 1930s. Stoneking expanded that sound with a band and calypso influences on his 2008 album “Jungle Blues,” while his most recent release, “Gon’ Boogaloo” incorporated rockabilly and rhythm & blues sounds into his calypso country blues. C.W. Stoneking supports Queens of the Stone Age at the Margaret Court Arena on September 7.

Recommended:
Gon' Boogaloo

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Gang of Youths
Monday the 29th of October, Forum Theatre

Sydney rockers Gang of Youths are bringing their sophomore album ‘Say Yes to Life’ tour back to Australia this coming October. Gang of Youths have steadily grown in both talent and popularity since their first album ‘The Positions’ in 2015 - a concept album written about lead singer David La’aupepe’s late wife, and her tragic loss of life to cancer. Compared to American music greats Kings of Leon and Bruce Springsteen, Gang of Youths is one of Australia’s most promising new talents on the global stage.

Recommended:
Go Farther In Lightness

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Childish Gambino
Saturday the 10th of November, Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Hip hop global megastar Childish Gambino returns to Australia to promote his critically acclaimed 2017 record ‘Awaken, My Love!’, as well as running high off the success of his controversial new single ‘This is America’. Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) has been prominent over different spheres of entertainment in the U.S., from success in the hit comedy series Community, as well as his own television series Atlanta, based on the Atlanta rap scene in Georgia. Glover has been just as successful with his outlandish alter-ego Childish Gambino, and with rumours circulating that he intends to end his career shortly under the Childish Gambino pseudonym, this gig will surely be remembered for the times.

Recommended:
Awaken, My Love!

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Bloc Party
Thursday the 10th of November, Maragret Court Arena

In the early noughties', Bloc Party established themselves as one of the pioneers of the rock n' roll indie scene, dominating worldwide charts alongside the likes of the Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, the Hives and Arctic Monkeys. Ten years, 6 albums and two new band members later, their 2016 record Hymns possessed the strong songwriting prowess of front man Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack, despite Okereke’s previous limited solo success, and Lissack’s unfortunate injuries after being bitten by a lion.

Recommended:
Silent Alarm

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