Londoner Dan Smith’s solo project turned multi-million-selling synth-pop act Bastille unveil third studio album Doom Days on June 14.

The much-streamed British band head our way for six Australasian shows culminating in an all-ages gig at HBF Stadium on February 4.

Tickets go on sale on June 17 from Ticketmaster outlets, with pre-sale starting at midday on June 13.

Grinspoon singer Phil Jamieson brainstorms the Oz rock veterans’ next national tour.


Grinspoon have dished up details of their epic Chemical Hearts national tour, which hits Metropolis Fremantle on October 11 and Metro City on October 12.

While the veteran band’s previous outing focused on 1997 debut album Guide to Better Living, this tour borrows its name from their 2002 hit single and will, as frontman Phil Jamieson explains, “take a more broad approach to the little nuggets of songs that came between 1995 and 2013”.

The Hard Aches, the Gooch Palms and Bugs support. Tickets from Ticketek.

Sydney band Boy & Bear with frontman Dave Hosking, centre. Picture: Supplied


Boy & Bear return with defiant new single Hold Your Nerve, the first fresh sounds from the five-time ARIA Award-winners in four years.

The unexpected hiatus followed frontman Dave Hosking’s ongoing battle with a debilitating illness, a result of a gut bacterial issue that poisoned his nervous system and led to a treatment called Faecal Microbiota Transplant.

In a nutshell, Hosking has a poo roadie, who joined Boy & Bear in Nashville to record their fourth studio album with Collin Dupuis (the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey).

The long-awaited follow-up to 2015 album Limit of Love is due later this year. Boy & Bear play the Astor on August 23. Tickets go on sale tomorrow from the usual outlets.

Thelma Plum collaborated with songwriting icon Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe on her debut album.


Indigenous folk-pop star Thelma Plum has unleashed the hard-hitting Better in Blak, the title track of her debut due for release on July 12.

The album also features Gang of Youths’ frontman Dave Le’aupepe and Made For You, a song co-written with Aussie Paul Kelly.

Better in Blak arrives seven years after Plum’s debut single, Father Said, and will be backed by a national tour ending at Freo.Social on August 31. Tickets from Moshtix.


Deacon Blue have a loyal and surprisingly large fan base in Australia.

The sophisticated Scottish popsters’ gigs at the Rosemount on November 18 and 19 sold out within 24 hours.

The shows are part of the Real Gone Kid hit-makers’ epic 30th anniversary tour, which saw them play to 12,000 fans in Glasgow recently.