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By Dom O’Connor & Scarlett Di Maio
Our feature gig this week is everyone’s favourite southern-yokels-turned-arena-rockers, Kings Of Leon, who will be bringing their stadium sound to Allphones Arena (formerly Acer Arena) on November 4. These three brothers (and a cousin) have risen from humble origins to the powerhouse live act they are now. Tickets have sold out for the Friday show, but are still available for Saturday November 5. They’ll be eagerly supported by breakthrough alt-country collective Band of Horses, so a southern flavour is sure to be on everyone’s tongues as they leave Homebush this weekend.
Australian indie rockers The Getaway Plan are back, and have just announced they will be headlining this year’s Fisher’s Gig a day after releasing their new album, Requiem. Now in its 11th year, Fisher’s Gig is South-West Sydney’s premier youth music festival. This year’s instalment goes down Saturday November 5 at Bradbury Oval, Campbelltown. Supporting them are Perth rockers The Novocaines, as well as emerging Sydney-based pop/punkers Highways. The Getaway Plan’s performance at Fisher’s will be one of their first public performances since they disbanded in 2009, before reforming again in 2010. These awesome acts will be joined by a host of insanely talented local bands and soloists showcasing a variety of musical genres. On the flip side, if any of you are looking for experience in events or festivals, Fisher’s Gig are currently looking for young volunteers to jump on board. If you’re itching to get into the industry, volunteering at festivals is always a great way to break in. To find out exactly how, just head over to our Indent site.
If you’re on the hunt for local flavour, pop-punkers Heroes for Hire are playing a rare all-ages gig at the Bald-Faced Stag on Sunday night. The whole shebang kicks off at 8pm, supported by American pop-rockers I Call Fives and three as-yet-unannounced acts. Yes, it’s a Sunday – but we guarantee those chugging power chords will wake you up.
Speaking of pop-punk… Gold-Coast five-piece Nine Sons of Dan will be playing in The Lair (at Metro Theatre) on Saturday night. From the get-go, these boys have been tipped as a band to watch out for – particularly Daniel Cox’s unique guitar style. They’ll be supported by The Never Ever, who sport a power-pop-meets-electro sound. They’re young, they’re on the rise, and they will make you dance. It all kicks off at 8pm – yet another piece of evidence that pop-punk isn’t dead, it just goes to bed at a more reasonable hour.
Canadian auto-tune enthusiasts These Kids Wear Crowns will be finishing their very first tour of Australia at the Metro Theatre on Sunday night. Currently breaking because of their techno crossover Jumpstart, these maple-syrup-loving young ones will be as bright and fresh-faced as you would be if you only started your band two years ago.
This one’s for any of you looking to get experience behind-the-scenes in performance and the arts: Sydney Opera House is currently in the process of setting up their own Youth Advisory Committee. This means they are on the lookout for eight young people between 13-18 to work and advise them on what they would like to see, hear and do at Sydney Opera House. The selected committee members will attend meetings, a variety of great shows, and will be assigned a mentor from the Opera House. If you’re passionate about arts in Sydney, jump on this now – head to the Indent site for more details.
Lastly, a reminder to tune in to The Minor Chord on FBi Radio 94.5 this Wednesday from 5pm for more all-ages news, opportunities and gig picks. Got a demo you want spun on the radio? Send your music with a bio through to firstname.lastname@example.org.