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Music lovers in northern Queensland are in for a special treat this July as three impressive local bands join forces to showcase what makes the Queensland music scene one of the most vibrant in the country. QMusic - Queensland’s peak music development body, A-Venue and Arts Queensland are proud to announce the Round & Round, Up & Down Tour.
“We all know how difficult it is for young bands to get a gig in their local town, let alone towns close by, so we are delighted with Arts Queensland’s support to provide this opportunity to tour live original music into regional communities” says QMusic program manager Martine Cotton
The tour is a major two-phase operation, with a swag of exciting emerging talents signed up to blitz venues in the north and south of the State. The line-up includes the finest young talents in the field of hiphop, alternative rock, folk and fuzzed-up electro – guaranteeing that Round & Round, Up & Down Tour has something to suit everyone’s taste.
It’s long been known that Queensland, from south to north, east to west, is a hot bed of creativity, and QMusic’s brief is to bring together a rich amalgam of keen young bands and package them up in a fun-filled raucous roadshow.
The northern leg of the tour, which runs from July 24-28, features a bill that is a delicious mixture of Cairns rockabilly queen Leanne Tennant, Rockhampton alt-folk duo The Short Fall, and electro-poppers Finding Luna from Townsville. All up, Round & Round, Up & Down Tour is a fabulous opportunity for punters in Gladstone, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Townsville, Cairns and everywhere in between to experience some of the most innovative, enthralling and – let’s face it – damn good music being made in Queensland today. The next time some of these guys roll around the tickets will be much harder to get – and much more expensive.
Tour organiser QMusic is the first point of contact and interface for emerging artists and industry workers within the wider music industry. The organisation which began in 1994, is an active voice for the Queensland music industry on a national and international level. QMusic is a member of AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network) which is a network of state based music organisations that provides a national voice for policy development and advocacy issues for the music industry. Signature events such as BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards promote networking and collaboration that contributes to building the profile of the Queensland music industry.
Bands involved in the northern leg of Round and Round, Up and Down Tour are:-
The Short Fall
Rockhampton-based alt-folk duo The Short Fall boast influences as diverse as Jeff Buckley, John Mayer and The Temper Trap. Led by brothers Angelo and Ryan Conway, the band has just recorded a new EP, Make A Move, guided by well-known producer Anthony Lycenko. Blending folk with self-described ‘soft rock’, The Short Fall are determined to become a force to be reckoned with.
Fresh from the Cairns Blues Festival, rockabilly queen Leanne Tennant is set to bring some downhome roots magic to the tour. Leanne’s musical career is in full-bore mode, with the talented performer winning the Port Douglas Carnivale Songwriters’ Competition, being nominated for a Cairns Post ‘Hit’ award, enjoying featured artist status at Queensland Music Awards website and collaborating with the likes of Colin Hay, The Screaming Jets and Jenny Morris.
Townsville trio Finding Luna effortlessly combine hiphop, pop, electro and dance accents to produce instantly memorable music. The band’s debut EP, Bliss City, has been warmly welcomed by fans and critics alike. Finding Luna, in blending rapped vocals and hardcore turntablism with alt-folk phrasing, are rapidly carving themselves a unique niche in the Aussie music industry.
Wednesday 24th July 2013
The Grand Hotel, GLADSTONE QLD
Thursday 25th July 2013
The Heritage Hotel, Rockhampton QLD
Friday 26th July 2013
Paddy Shenanigans, Airlie Beach QLD
(07) 4946 5055
Saturday 27th July 2013
Molly Malones, Townsville QLD
Sunday 28th July 2013
Tanks Arts Centre [Market Day], Cairns QLD
For more information on the bands involved, please visit www.facebook.com/theshortfall | www.facebook.com/leannetennantmusic | www.facebook.com/findingluna
Round & Round, Up & Down Tour received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund – Boost to Touring