This Week's 5 Gigs Under $50


The music scene in Sydney is bursting with talent, but between the plethora of international acts and growing number of lesser known artists performing each week, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time and cash. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each week as humanly possible. So check the best of what’s on this week so you can get your fix of live music without breaking the bank.

Footsie + Sk!tz Beatz

Wednesday 8th April @ Goodgod Small Club

How Much: $10
This Wednesday Goodgod are putting on a GRIME-fest, featuring UK grime lords Footsie and Sk¡tz Beatz. Footsie is one half of the Newham Generals, and has been putting out some of the world’s dirtiest beats for a long time now. Sk¡tz Beatz is also a big name producer in the UK, having been part of the production team for some of the music industry’s biggest names including Dizzee Rascal and Tempa T. Tickets on the door.



Wednesday 8th April @ Factory Theatre

How Much: $44


This week indie roots legends Dispatch are playing their first ever shows in Australia. The Boston three-piece blues and roots group met in college and officially formed as Dispatch in 1996. Having already killed it at Bluesfest in Byron, Dispatch have just announced two shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Tickets from here.


Band Of Skulls

Thursday 9th April @ Oxford Art Factory

How Much: $58.50

After making the journey from England to play Splendour In The Grass last year, Band Of Skulls clearly couldn’t get enough of Australia. As a result, they’re back on a proper tour off the back of their third LP Himilayan. A polished outfit, they bring their sweet melodies and heavy riffs to Oxford Art Factory on Thursday. Tickets are technically a tad over budget, but we guarantee that $8.50 extra will be well spent. Tickets available from here.



Saturday 11th April @ Goodgod Small Club

How Much: $12.90

Following the release of his self-titled EP, Kagu brings his lush soundscapes to Goodgod Small Club on Saturday. The project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sean Healthcliff, Kagu has been making waves on FBi and Triple J since his first official single ‘Human’ was released this year. His live show will be something to behold, with former Snakadaktal members among his live support band. Tickets from here.


Super Best Friends

Saturday 11th April @ Rad Bar

How Much: $9.60


Super Best Friends will be making an appearance at Rad Bar on Saturday, supported by a huge cast of acts including Atticus, Bollywood Blondes and Shoot The Breeze. Recognised as one of Australia’s most entertaining, politically charged punk rock groups, Super Best Friends recently released their debut album ‘Status Updates’. Checking out their video below is an absolute must! Tickets from here.


This Week’s 5 Gigs Under $50

The music scene in Sydney is bursting with talent, but between the plethora of international acts and growing number of lesser known artists performing each week, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time and cash. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each week as humanly possible. So check the best of what’s on this week so you can get your fix of live music without breaking the bank.


Wesley College Carnivale

Wednesday 1st April @ Wesley College, USYD


How Much: $42.90

Now I’m not the biggest fan of college parties, but there’s no doubt that Wesley College’s Carnivale has stood out from the pack of over the years, with last year’s event featuring a standout performance by Cosmo’s Midnight. This year will no different, with Carnivale once again securing an enormous lineup. Headlining will be two of Australia’s biggest new talents, Basenji and Sable, both of whom have big festival experience. With the addition of $4 drinks all night, it’s almost hard not to buy a ticket. Tickets from here.


Thursday 2nd April @ Fusion Nightspot


How Much: Probably fairly cheap 🙂

Despite having no indication on their Facebook page or anywhere else of how much it will be to get into Fusion for this gig, we’re banking that its going to be way less than $50. Slumberjack are another name on the growing pile of Australian electronic talent, but don’t get the impression that they’re just another duo trying to catch a break. They’ve already been named in one of Skrillex’s ‘Skrillex Selects’ playlists, and are currently in the middle of a huge Australian tour. More info here.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hegemon/slumberjack-body-cry-ft-father-dude[/soundcloud]



Thursday 2nd April @ Newtown Social Club


How Much: $18.00

Winner of Triple J Unearthed High 2012, Asta has since wowed audiences around the country with some incredible live shows. Noticeably absent however, has been a big follow up to the huge 2012 hit track My Heart Is On Fire. This Thursday she’ll officially launch her latest creative project, an upbeat, catchy tune called Dynamite (featuring the smooth words of rapper Allday). Entry is $18.00 at the door. Tickets available here.


Rolls Bayce

Saturday 4th April @ Goodgod


How Much: $12.00

Former members of Hungry Kids of Hungary and Millions have bandied together to form psychedelic soul outfit, Rolls Bayce. Now, the boys will be heading out on their first Australian headline tour and hitting up Goodgod. If you’re not already incredibly intrigued by what these guys have to offer, at just $12 entry, you’d be silly not to satisfy your curiosities on Saturday.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/rolls-bayce/on-my-own[/soundcloud]


Northern Beaches House Party

Sunday 5th April @ Mona Vale Hotel


How Much: $40.00

If you don’t already have plans for Easter Sunday, you could do a lot worse than getting down to Mona Vale Hotel and partying with the likes of Touch Sensitive, Yolanda Be Cool and Mazde. With a huge lineup of DJ’s and bands and with a headliner the quality of Touch Sensitive, it’s sure to go down as one of the more exciting Easters you’ll have as an adult. Final release tickets are still available here.



This Week's 5 Gigs Under $50


The music scene in Sydney is bursting with talent, but between the plethora of international acts and growing number of lesser known artists performing each week, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time and cash. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each week as humanly possible. So check the best of what’s on this week so you can get your fix of live music without breaking the bank.

Gang Of Youths

Wednesday 25th March @ FBi Headquarters


How Much: FREE

Having burst onto triple j unearthed in 2013, Gang Of Youths have fast established themselves as one of Sydney’s premier live acts. The indie rockers will be hitting up FBi’s new headquarters in Alexandria on Wednesday for a free show. Get down from 5:30pm for some infectiously catchy tunes.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/gangofyouths/poison-drum[/soundcloud]

Giorgio Moroder

Thursday 26th March @ The Metro Theatre

Giorgio Moroder - Portrait

How Much: $49.90

Giorgio Moroder has just about done it all in his career as an Acadamy Award-winning composer, DJ and songwriter. Across multiple decades, he is often attributed with bringing electronic music and sampling to the masses, and more recently featured in Daft Punk’s Creators Project in the lead up to the release of their album Random Access Memories. Now is you chance to catch the legend in full flight, at the Metro this Thursday. Tickets from here.

Japanese Wallpaper

Thursday 26th March @ Newtown Hotel

How Much: FREE

17-year old Melbourne producer Japanese Wallpaper won triple J’s Unearthed High competition in 2014, testament to the incredible maturity of his music for someone so young. As part of Spectrum Now, he’ll be playing at the Newtown Hotel on Thursday, supported by up-and-comer Anatole, kicking off at 8pm. As with all Newtown Hotel events, entry is free!

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/japanesewallpaper/between-friends[/soundcloud]

Northeast Party House

Friday 27th March @ Oxford Art Factory

How Much: $18.70

Northeast Party House exploded onto radio airwaves in 2014 with their hit single Sick Boy gaining some serious airtime on Triple J. Following the subsequent release of their debut album Any Given Weekend and a set considered by many to be one of the highlights of Falls Festival, the boys are now playing their own headline tour. Tickets available here.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/stopstartmusic/05-sick-boy-1[/soundcloud]

Vance Joy

Friday 27th March @ The Enmore Theatre


How Much: $51

On the back of his unbelievably popular single Riptide, Vance Joy has proved over the last year or so that he’s much more than a one-hit-wonder. Having released his debut album Dance Your Life Away in September, he then embarked on a tour of the UK and Europe, and has recently announced a tour of North America later this year. Although this gig is officially sold out, we’ve been informed that additional ticket releases may still be announced via The Enmore Theatre’s Facebook page here.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/vancejoy/03-play-with-fire[/soundcloud]


Your October Music Guide on a $30 Budget

OctoberSeptember has ended, October has begun and it’s finally time to wake Green Day up from their slumber. Here at the interns, we make it our mission to fit in as much music into each month as humanly possible. However, sometimes this isn’t so easy on the wallet (or the head) and we must take care to work out what’s worth our precious hard-earned cash and how to stretch said cash that much further. Rather than keep this useful information all to ourselves, we decided it was best to provide our loyal readers with a list of October’s music offerings, all for the price of three Blue Swimmers each i.e: $30 (give or take 20%).


Bondax (with supports Kilter & Hatch)

When & Where: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney | Thu 2 Oct (i.e: tonight)

Why: On the back of their stellar Listen Out, Sydney performance, UK’s Bondax will be playing one exclusive sideshow in Sydney. Receiving massive airplay on BBC Radio 1 and making big waves on Soundcloud, the duo have been filling dancefloors with their cheerful, tropical-inspired electronic beats. Better text your friends ASAP as their set begins in only a matter of hours.

Cost: $44. Early Bird tickets were $30 so technically this still could be included in this list.

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[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/bondax/all-i-see[/soundcloud]


When & Where: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney | Fri 3 Oct

Why: You may know him from his collaborations with JeremihHow To Dress Well and Banks or his remix of Little Dragon's Sunshine. For those that read our Listen Out Sydney wrap-up, you’d have noticed that we were slightly disappointed to see the LA producer’s nighttime beats wasted on a daytime crowd. Personally witnessing the incredible atmosphere emanating during DJ Dodger Stadium’s set at Goodgod two weeks ago, we know the compact Danceteria again will provide the perfect acoustics that Shlohmo’s brooding, insulated music requires.

Cost: Slightlyyy tipping the scale to $33.40, you might need to forgo your soy cappuccino on this day in lieu of the booking fee.

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[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shlohmo/shlohmo-jeremih-no-more[/soundcloud]


NLV Presents: International Edition

Who: Nina Las Vegas, Eclair Fifi, Sam Tiba, UNiiQU3, Swick

When & Where:

Villa Nightclub, Perth | Fri 10th Oct

The Hi-Fi, Melbourne | Sat 11 Oct

Zhivago, Adelaide | Sun 12 Oct

The Helm, Sunshine Coast | Thurs 16 Oct

The Imperial, Sydney | Fri 17 Oct

The TBC Club, Brisbane | Sat 18th Oct

Why: Full-time DJ, radio host and party liaison, Nina Las Vegas always brings us good times and great classic hits, time and time again. Whether it be presenting Triple J’s Mix Up Exclusives or rounding up a talented crew for her debut NLV Presents at the beginning of the year, Nina has established herself as both a beatmaker and tastemaker who always knows what’s up.  Nina has said her reasoning behind the tour was “to bring you some artists that you may already know and respect, as well as some artists that you should know and will get to see first in Australia on this tour.” Get to know these international artists who are soon to be the names on everybody’s lips.

Cost: $28.60

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Read: Nina Las Vegas on Emojis, Australian talent & her upcoming NLV Presents Tour

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/eclairfifi/eclairfifitriplej[/soundcloud]


Bluejuice, RETROSPECTABLE: The Farewell Tour

When & Where:

ANU Bar - Canberra, ACT

Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW (SOLD OUT) | Fri 24 Oct/Sun 26 Oct

The Venue - Townsville, Qld

Why: This will be your very last chance to see the Bluejuice boys doing what they do best in the tightest and goldest of leotards. Don’t risk missing out in the hopes that they’ll do multiple farewell tours, John Farnham-style; you’ll probably have to wait a long, long time for that to happen. Plus, wearing a leotard at the age of sixty is not exactly the definition of Acting Yr Age. Both Sydney shows have sold out but there’s still tickets available in Canberra and Townsville, so best book some flights while you’re at it. In the meantime, check out what happened when we had a chat with Bluejuice in one of their very last interviews.

Cost: $37.01

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[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/bluejuicemusic/ill-go-crazy[/soundcloud]


DMA’s (with support The Creases)

Why: Signing with I OH YOU at the beginning of the year, DMA’s have gone from strength-to-strength, almost selling out all tickets ahead of their national tour. With comparisons made to Oasis, DMA’s have an impressive catalog of tracks with the anthemic Delete gaining deserved worldwide attention. Witnessing the trio’s triumphant performances at both Splendour in the Grass and BIGSOUND this year, we, the interns, believe they are one of the best live bands of 2014. With only a handful of tickets available for some of their shows, you’d better act quick or set up those Gumtree accounts quick-stat to see these guys before they’re whisked away overseas for CMJ Music Marathon.

When & Where:

Brightside, Brisbane | Thurs 2 Oct

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney | Fri 3 Oct (SOLD OUT) / Sat 4 Oct

Rocket Bar, Adelaide | Fri 10th Oct (SOLD OUT)

Northcote, Melbourne | Sat 11 Oct (SOLD OUT) / Sat 12th Oct (SOLD OUT)

Cost: $18.50

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Check out our DMA’s review from BIGSOUND.


Oxford Art Factory’s 7th Birthday

Who: Kilter, Oscar Key Sung, Hatch, Kanyon., Meare, Phondupe + more.

When & Where:

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (duh) | Fri 17 Oct

Why: Oxford Art Factory (or OAF, as its regular visitors lovingly refer to it) has been providing us with solid good music and, almost always, memorable nights out for a massive seven years. Now it’s time for everyone to come together and celebrate the birth of the Surry Hills establishment in the best way possible: to a slew of awesome electronic acts for you to dance away the night until the early hours of OAF’s Birthday Boxing Day. But wait, there’s more! There will also be a Hunter And Fox Tattoo parlour lined up in the cube to influence you and your friends to make life-changing and body-altering decisions when you’re at your most vulnerable. There may or may not be cake.

Cost: Free!



Adult Disco featuring Lxury

When & Where: The Imperial Hotel, Sydney | Sat 4 Oct

Why: After dropping his debut track, J.A.W.S, in July last year,South London DJ/Producer, Lxury, has been filling dancefloors with his sunny house remixes of tracks such as CHVRCHES’ Lies and Jungle’s Time. Releasing his spirited EP, Playground, just last month, the  enigmatic producer has a whole load of new tracks to show off. Located at the non-lockout-zone-affected The Imperial Hotel, you’ll be able to drink and dance to your heart’s content. Hot tip: Don’t be confused when you check the time upon your departure, as Adult Disco also coincides with the Daylight Savings rollover.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/jungle-8/jungle-time-lxury-remix[/soundcloud]


SAFIA - You Are The One Tour

When & Where:

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney | Sun 5 Oct

‘Halloween Party’ at The Bakery, Perth | Fri 31 Oct

Why: The Canberra trio have had a busy year, going on tour, performing at Splendour in the Grass and supporting Lorde, as well as remixing and releasing a number of tracks. Their latest, You Are The One, has received massive airplay, and rightly so. The brooding, beat-laden track shows that these boys have something special going on. Already selling out some of their shows, you’d best get onto the rest of their gigs quick smart.

Cost: $15.40

Buy Sydney Tickets  Buy Perth Tickets  

SAFIA want to be brought back from the dead as a hologram & other things I learnt from our interview

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/safia-music/you-are-the-one[/soundcloud]


Caribou’s Our Love

When & Where:

Your local iTunes or record shop | 3 Oct

Why: Dan Snaith made a stunning comeback with the delicate slow burner Can’t Do Without You, the first single from his fourth album under his Caribou moniker. Succeeding that release with only one song, title track Our Love, the Canadian producer left us in the lurch, keeping the rest of his album under tight wraps before launching the stream of Our Love in its entirety a couple of days ago. the interns had a sneaky peek of the album, also known as had it on repeat for the past two days, and it is safe to say it was well worth the wait.

Cost: $16.99

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you[/soundcloud]


Jessie Ware’s Tough Love

When & Where: Your local iTunes or record shop | 10 Oct

Why: I don’t believe a day goes by without one of the interns gushing over the talent of English songstress Jessie Ware. Releasing the captivating Tough Love earlier in the year, Ware has slowly been offloading song after song, each one as impressive as its predecessor. We highly recommend you show her some un-tough love and buy this record without delay.

Cost:  $19.99

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/jessieware/tough-love[/soundcloud]


Your September Music on a $30 Budget


Here at the interns we’ve made it our on-going mission to spam your Facebook feed with as much free new music as possible. And, as far as spam artists go, we feel we’ve been doing a pretty good job at it. Agreed? No matter how good the track though, there is only a limited amount of gratification to be gained from a cheeky soundcloud link or vimeo clip even when it’s dropped right at your feet in a neat little CMYK package a la the interns. So, in order not to be threatened with that ever-looming “unfollow” button Facebook so kindly installed, we’ve upped the stakes and will now be bringing you a monthly gig guide with a twist so you and hear and see new music. This month’s challenge? Music and feed for under $30. Goooo!



What: Clap Clap Riot

When: September 6th

Where: FBi Social Club, Sydney

Cost: $10

Budget Cuts: New Zealand four-piece Clap Clap Riot, are coming to Australia for the first time and are doing it on the cheap so you can too. Fresh from the release of their latest single All About The Weather, a trackfilled with surf-rock charm and catchy hooks, the modest price tag attached to this rock outfit will ensure you get gig and grub all for under $30. Hint, make a beeline for New York Pizza.


What: [album release] Banks’ Goddess

When: September 9th

Where: An iTunes Store near you

Cost: However much albums cost these days

Budget Cuts: Banks is an all round intern fave so we highly recommend loading up that iTunes account and supporting this LA songstress the legal way. With singles like Goddess, Drowning and Beggin’ for Thread already released, we’re sure the album is going to be a killer. Treat yourself to a quality bottle of red and go all Bridget Jones’ Diary on it as you belt your lungs out to ballad after ballad after ballad.



What: Kanye West Yeezus Tour

When and Where:

Fri 5 Sep, Perth Arena, WA

Sun 7 Sep, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA

Tue 9 & Wed 10 Sep, Rod Laver Arena, VIC

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Sep, Qantas Credit Union Arena, NSW

Mon 15 Sep, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Cost: $99 - $149

Budget Cuts: Short of sneaking in, or milking your ex-girlfriend’s sister’s best friend who happens to be security on the door or knows somebody who might know somebody who might be able to get you backstage passes for a small fee paid in dignity and poor decision (good luck), this is a major budget blow out. Our suggestion? Reinvest that $30 in a bottle of tequila or two and watch all Youtube footage of Kanye, having a shot each time he refers to himself as a Black Jesus in one form or another or, for the more seasoned drinker, calls out the fashion industry for excluding him and his creative potential-come-genius. On second thoughts, better make that 3 bottles and a pack of Berocca for the next morning.



What: Spookyland + Guests

When: September 19th

Where: GoodGod, Sydney

Cost: $13

Budget Cuts: At only $13 a ticket, make sure you shuffle on over to BBQ City for some post gig Bibimbap or share a jug of GoodGod’s Kool Aid with mates. Refreshing AND nostalgic mmmm.


What: Miami Horror

When and Where: 

16th Sep,The Telstra Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival

18th Sep, Zierholz, Canberra

19th Sep, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

20th Sep, Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

25th Sep, Fowler's Live, Adelaide

September 26th Sep, 170 Russel St, Melbourne

27th Sep, Read Earth Arts Festival, Karratha

28th Sep, The Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Cost: Miami Horror’s Wild Motion Tour comes in just under budget at a neat $25 plus $3.70 booking fee. Head over to Moshtix to grab a ticket before they sell out.

Budget Cuts: None. In fact, if you raid your parents liquor cabinet in an effort to “pre-game,” convince said parents to give you a lift to the venue, and secure a spot on Sydney’s Circus on Wheels otherwise known as a night rider, you’ve even got a spare $1.30 to pick up a Mc-Anything really to calm those midnight munchies.



What: Listen Out Festival

When and Where: September 28th

Sat 27 Sep, Centennial Park, Sydney

Sun 28 Sep, Ozone Reserve, Perth

Saturday 4 Oct, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Sunday 5 Oct, The Avenues & Expo Place, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Cost: Admittedly the $130 price tag attached to this puppy doesn’t quite meet the budget but, resourceful as we are, we’re not going to let a little thing like a $100 blow out stand in our way of experiencing the sweet sounds of Four Tet, Shlohmo, Ta-Ku reign out across Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

Budget Cuts: There are a couple of options here. Short of jumping the fence with that $30 firmly tucked in your back pocket for drinks’ sake, you could gather 5 friends, each contribute your $30 to sponsor a single person to go and enjoy the day on your behalf with a $20 surplus for 1 all-class-all-the-time Redbull vodka. Strap a GoPro to their chest and it’ll be exactly like you were there, peering over muscly backs in attempt to see just who’s remixing Flume for the umpteenth time that day. Hint, it’s probably Chet Faker. Alternatively, find yourself a nice pub at the top of Oxford St, grab a glass of the house red and that $10 meal deal and listen out for the bass. Who needs rhythm or melody anyway, right?


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