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News: Laneway Festival Line up for 2019 Drops!!

As festival season approaches, more lineups are dropping and the emptier our bank accounts are getting. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is turning 15 this year, and their majorly hyped lineup has finally dropped.

The festival will hit Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.

The festival is headlined by Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett with other acts in the mix like What So Not, Jorja Smith, Methyl Ethel, Middle Kids, Denzel Curry, Rex Orange County and Parquet Courts.

Organisers say that 53% of this years lineup consists of Aussie acts, while the gender split is 64% male to 34% female, based on the permanent members of each act.

Check out the full line up here and get ready to groove!

Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Brisbane – Saturday 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Sydney – Sunday 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney

Adelaide – Friday 8th February
Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide

Melbourne – Saturday 9th February
Footscray Park, Melbourne

Fremantle – Sunday 10th February
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle

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News: SCOTT IAN Legendary Founding Father of Thrash, Author & Rock Royalty Announces One Man Riot! Spoken Word Tour – Australia, Sept 2018

This is the story of a Jewish kid from Queens who started a heavy metal band…Thrash Metal inventor, metal/rap cross over initiator, non fiction & comic book author, horror movie expert, TV star, son-in-law to Meat Loaf… shall we go on? 

One of the metal worlds most recognisable, praised and iconic figures, Scott Ian, will be in Australia for a series of spoken word events this September! The co-founding rhythm guitarist of ‘Big 4’ legends Anthrax practically invented Thrash Metal and in a career spanning nearly four decades remains as vital as ever.

Scott’s rapid fire riffs, unmistakable crunchy tone and incisive lyrics continue to spawn generations of new bands who wear Anthrax’s influence on their tattooed sleeves. 

Now, fans can hear and see Scott on stage in an entirely different way, behind a mike, telling wildly entertaining road stories about the people he has met, crazy experiences he has had and all the mischief, shenanigans and back stage antics he and his peers have gotten into over the past 38 years of touring the world!

 In Scott’s own words, “One Man Riot is what I call my talking show because the pretension of saying I am doing a ‘Spoken Word’ show is too much to bear. This isn’t a poetry reading. This isn’t an evening of sensitive discourse. It’s an evening of ridiculous truth.  
It’s me talking (swearing) about this insane life I’ve led over the last 38 years, the people I’ve met and the shit that’s happened. And when I’m done swearing, you can ask me anything you want, the floor is yours.  Cheers my friends.

Bursting onto the scene in 1984 with Fistful Of Metal, Scott and Anthrax have sold over 10 million albums, receiving multiple Gold and Platinum awards, been nominated for a bunch of Grammy’s and continue to write career besting albums to this day! 2016’s For All Kings debuted in the US Billboard Top 200 at number 9 and the worldwide charts at number 8!  While widely known as the face of Anthrax, Scott is also a constant and extremely recognizable figure in the worlds of horror, comics, movies and television. 

What does Scott get up to? Well…. In the early 90’s it was Scott’s idea to cover Public Enemy’sBring The Noise which brought the two worlds of rap and metal together like never before and saw Chuck DFlavor Flav and the rest of PE touring the world with Anthrax,  kicking the asses of expectations and stereotypes everywhere they went. Scott also takes no credit good or bad for any musical genre that came after… Scott hosted the Rock Show on VH1 for a year and got to interview Ozzy Osbourne while dressed as Gene Simmons for Halloween.

That went well. In 2009 Scott wrote Lobo: Highway To Hell for DC Comics and wrote his second series for DC featuring The Demon which is being scheduled for release. Scott and Anthrax are part of the iconic ‘Big 4’ metal bands alongside MetallicaSlayer and Megadeth. Scott had the highlight of his career in Anthrax when The Big 4 played Yankee Stadium in NYC on Sept 14, 2011.  

That day was also officially proclaimed Anthrax Day in the Bronx. Suck that everyone in high school. Scottʼs autobiography Iʼm The Man The Story of That Guy from Anthrax was released October 14, 2014, and with all modesty, it got great reviews everywhere! Even the New York Times book reviewer liked it. You should read it.


 Scottʼs second book Access All Areas – Stories From A Hard Rock Life was released in December of 2017. The book is comprised of twenty-three ridiculous stories from Scottʼs life. If you hate laughing, this book is not for you.


 Scott has taken his stories on the road doing Spoken Word tours of the U.S., Canada, the U.K. & Europe to critical acclaim. More importantly, the people that paid to see the shows really liked them. Scott hosts the horror FX show Bloodworks for the Nerdist Channel. Scott got to be a walker on season 5 episode 12 of The Walking Dead attacking Rick Grimes until he got a metal pole through the head by Rickʼs son Carl. 
 

For the new season of Bloodworks, Scott recently filmed an episode from the set of  Game of Thrones. Now he can retire. Scott is also happily married to Pearl Aday, daughter of Meat Loaf and they are in a band together called Motor Sister. Scott and Anthrax are currently on the Slayer farewell tour in the U.S. Scott hopes this farewell tour lasts about ten years.


 Scott thanks everyone for being cool.   Come and listen to Scott tell his legendary tales (for several hours) at one of the venues below Monday, September 24: Dunstan Play House, AdelaideWednesday, September 26: Goldfields Theatre – MCEC, MelbourneSaturday, September 29: Metro Theatre, Sydney Monday, October 1: The Tivoli, Brisbane Tickets on sale Thursday, July 5 Official Event Pagewww.dinnerforwolves.com/one-man-riot  VIP Packages Available From www.scott-ian.com

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Live Review: Flight Facilities

Live Review: Flight Facilities

Forum Melbourne

14 September 2018

Danny Harley aka The Kite String Tangle starts things off tonight with a surging electronic pulse. He stands at the opposite side of the stage to his drummer and together they create an explosive sound of beautifully crafted atmospheric beats.

The talented singer, songwriter and producer knows how to get the crowd moving as he plays his delicately crafted danceable tunes filled with house-infused bass-lines and soothing vocal features. The dance floor quickly fills up for some of his biggest tracks including the hard-hitting ‘Selfish’ and the ultra funky ‘This Thing We Got.’ Long time fans are pleased to hear old favourite ‘Arcadia’, which has a slow glimmering start and crescendos into a huge emotional chorus. For something different, Harley ends his set with his epic remix of Fatboy Slim’s iconic track ‘Praise You’ adding his own beats and samples to propel the track to new heights.

The crowd is absolutely buzzing with excitement by the time Flight Facilities touch down on the stage. The lights flicker and their logo illuminates the podium where our pilots Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell are positioned behind a console of controls, ready to elevate us high into the sky. Tonight is the last show of their current tour and they let us in on a secret that it’s also being filmed for Triple J’s Live at the Wireless, so we’re encouraged to party as hard as possible. Owl Eyes takes the lead on all the female vocals tonight and her vocals are flawless. The singer’s stage presence is second to none and enhances the live show as Gruzman and Lyell smoothly navigate us through all of their hits.

Other notable guest features include Ric Rufio who lends his sleek, soulful vocals for the feel good track ‘Sunshine’ and Dustin Tebbutt who performs their latest track ‘All Your Love’. Tebbutt starts off the song on his acoustic guitar with soft vocals and then the song builds up to an explosive, emotive chorus with a thumping electronic production. A new auto-tuned, electro-heavy dance track is added to the in-flight entertainment to create a powerful burst of turbulent energy and they take us back in time with a nostalgic disco cover of Jamiroquai’s ‘You Give Me Something’.

‘Stranded’ brings us back down to Earth for an encore with a duet from Owl Eyes and Rufio and then we light our phones up during the mesmerising track ‘Clair De Lune’. Their biggest hit ‘Crave You’ is thought to be the last, however they invite all the guest vocalists, support acts and even their truck driver Dave, on to the stage for one last boogie along to Mylo’s ‘Drop The Pressure’ and the timeless party anthem makes us want to stay and dance all night long.

Words by Michael Prebeg

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News: RAT!HAMMOCK Offer ‘Groundhog Day’ inspired video for new single ‘June’.

RAT!hammock prove to be more than just the cutest Google Image search on the Internet, as they present a ‘Groundhog Day‘ inspired video for brand new single ‘June’, which premiered on triple j Unearthed yesterday. 
Getting caught in the monotony of day-to-day life is a cross we all bare sometimes. Melbourne three-piece RAT!hammock’s new video, sees vocalistJackson Phelan‘s life buffering, waking up in an endless loop of breakfast, band practice and unnerving perplexity.

The single was recorded at Northcote’s Los Bomberos Studios by Sam Swain (TetrahedraWoy, Josh Cashman) and sees the band mature sonically, while staying tapped into their contagious jangle pop influences, employing cascading acoustic guitars, earnest, stream of consciousness lyrics and propulsive percussive elements throughout ‘June’. In his own words, front man Phelan explains the song as being about ‘going down with the ship in a sweet blaze of chemical glory’. 

RAT!hammock have only been a band for 18 months, but have already made an indelible mark on the notoriously tight-knit Victorian music community and national landscape, selling out several rooms across Melbourne, being championed by community radio, triple j and having toured nationally with Tiny Little Houses, The Cactus Channe, Angie McMahon and Jarrow. 

‘June’ signifies the beginning of a new chapter – kicking it into high gear,
September saw RAT!hammock showcase at BIGSOUND and launch into a single tour stopping over at all their favourite haunts in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. They’ve polished off their forthcoming sophomore EP too, which is due out later this year. 

‘June’ is OUT NOW. Catch RAT!hammock on their single tour throughout September and October.

RAT!HAMMOCK ‘JUNE’ SINGLE TOUR 



Friday 5 October | Grace Darling | Melbourne, VIC
TICKETS | EVENT 

Thursday 18 October | Vic On The Park | Sydney, NSW
EVENT

Friday 19 October | UC Hub | Canberra, ACT
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27 Listicle Series: Bec Sandridge

 Bec Sandridge is staking her claim to be heard as a nomadic pop-punk artist, catapulting herself onto the world stage. Release by release, her songs continue to take strong strides forward in direction, more sure than ever before.

My fave animals by Bec Sadridge

Pigs – Pigs have always been my favorite animal. I love their noses and everything weird and gross and slimy about them. They’re on my band rider. Also they’re real smart…


Narwhals -I didn’t believe these existed until a couple years ago! They truly seem made up and are almost too mythical/similar to unicorns for my liking, but nonetheless, amazing.

Dinosaurs
So scary! But. When I was little I was obsessed with triceratops, so yes.

Brussels Griffon – I met two baby Brussels Griffons in Sydney a couple weeks ago and died a slow and loving death to the point of joining several Brussels griffin fb groups and ended up on a deep scene temperament research/stalk via Google, only to discover that they too have the same anxious attachment style as me, are obsessed with affection and touch, like me, are stubborn and sometimes don’t like being laughed at, like me. Which is amusing.

Bulldog-  My partner and I two years ago dreamed of owning a bulldog called Margaret w two purple bows on either ear. These dogs are the true way to my heart.

Presented by Little Giant Agency & Four Tone Artists
BEC SANDRIDGE ‘ANIMAL’ SINGLE TOUR
with special guest Cry Club
Thursday 11th October – 107 Projects, Sydney – TICKETS HERE
Friday 19th October – Schoolhouse Studios, Collingwood – TICKETS HERE

Also appearing at
Friday 12th October – UC Refectory, Canberra
Saturday 24th November – Shakafest, Gold Coast


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News: Lenny Kravitz: New Album Raise Vibration Out Now

LENNY KRAVITZ
Raise Vibration OUT NOW
Lenny Kravitz has released his eleventh studio album Raise Vibration via BMG

Raise Vibration elevates the union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul once again. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.

Previously released off of this album, Kravitz’ debut track “It’s Enough” stands out as one of the most powerful compositions in Kravitz’s catalog and is a tense, decisive rumination on the global state of affairs today. 

His single, “Low” is a pulsating introspective composition dealing with the issue of preconceptions in the beginning of a relationship. 

It’s a funky cinematic groove layered with horns, strings and multi layered vocals with the help from the late great Michael Jackson.

About Lenny Kravitz
Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ’60s and ’70s, this writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive Grammy® Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. In addition to his ten studio albums, which have sold more than 38 million worldwide, this multidimensional artist has segued into film, appearing as Cinna in the box-office hits, “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Kravitz can also be seen in the critically-acclaimed films “Precious” and “The Butler.”
  Raise Vibration is available in some amazing formats includingStandard CD (digipack)Deluxe CDSuper Deluxe Book12” VinylLimited Edition Picture DiscCassetteDigital and MFiT Out Now!LennyKravitz.lnk.to/RaiseVibrationPR



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News: Grampians Music Festival announces 2019 dates

Whilst the festival’s line up is still being kept tightly under wraps, Carly has ensured that preparations for 2019 are in full swing with artist bookings remaining a closely guarded secret until the official announcement on Wednesday 31 October, “we’re so excited about what we’re planning for our 2019 line-up and can’t wait to share it with our audience.”

Previous festival instalments have included highlights from some of the best home-grown Aussie talent including Polish Club, Felix Riebl, Tired Lion, Alex Lahey, Saatsuma, Didirri and more and the third bill is set to be no different. With a guaranteed good time line-up to come, there’s no better time to snag cheap tix than the pre-announcement Early Bird phase on now. Open until Tuesday 30 October or sold out, the Early Bird Roundoffers three-day, three-night festival and camping ticket options to 300 lucky punters at a generously discounted rate. Teaming up with the lush Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park,GMF can provide festivalgoers with a three-night camping ticket for admission to their affordable and accessible camping just a 10-minute walk from the festival grounds, which also grants free access to the shuttle bus every day.

Join Grampians Music Festival in February 2019 and celebrate regional Victoria, and the diverse collection of the best up-and-coming musicians from across Australia.

Grampians Music Festival 2019
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February
The Valley Floor – 7 Valley Drive Halls Gap, VIC 

Early Bird Three Day Pass Friday / Saturday / Sunday
$159.00 + BF
*This ticket does not include camping or parking

Early Bird Camping Per Person Friday / Saturday / Sunday
$36.00 + BF

Car Parking Pass
$15.00 + BF

Children under 14 Free but must be accompanied by an adult

Early Bird tickets on sale now via Eventbrite and ends on 30 October
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/grampians-music-festival-2019-tickets

www.grampiansmusicfestival.com

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News: DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST REVEALS GROUNDBREAKING 2018 PROGRAM

2018 has been a year of bar-raising in the music industry, and in classic Darebin Music Feast style, expectations will be met and surpassed with the diversity, engagement and celebration contained in the 2018 festival program. 

Taking place over 11 days from October 18-28, the 22nd annual Darebin Music Feast will encompass 120 events across 26 different venues, thoughtfully curated to showcase a swathe of artists and musicians who represent and reflect the rich and culturally diverse community of Darebin. 

I’m so thrilled with what’s on offer in 2018. This year’s program is vast, rich and diverse,” says Mayor Le Cerf. “At its heart is a commitment to celebrating our local musicians, live music venues and music lovers.”

Underpinning the curation of this year’s program is an intention to recognise and respond to the long-standing inequalities that exist in the music industry; gender disparity, sexism, lack of cultural diversity and all ages gigs. Over a third of the events in the 2018 program are free to attend, more than half are open to people of all ages and many are wheelchair accessible.

The Darebin Arts Centre will once again host the opening party on October 18, with a special screening of the must-see ‘Her Sound, Her Story’ documentary. Created by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and Michelle Grace Hunter, this powerful film seeks to uncover the conscious and unconscious bias in the music industry around gender and highlights the significant social impact women have within the Australian music industry – a theme that resonates throughout this year’s Feast.The screening will be followed by an immersive night of music and art curated by LISTEN and newly launched ThickWave. Showcasing the modern spirit of community, diversity and empowerment, SONIC/ASCENT brings together a stellar line-up featuring Alice Skye with the PICAA Choir, Girl Zone, Jesswar and Wahe.

Sonic aGender, curated by Janelle Johnstone, is an entire weekend of events that consider the relationships between gender, sound and narrative; including a keynote address from Darebin local and world-renowned muso Jen Cloher, round table discussions with famous faces, networking drinks, an in-cinema music clip binge, and an all ages gig at the Thornbury Bowls Club.Darebin Music Feast’s Event Producer Mentorship program ‘AMPLIFY’ returns, following an incredibly successful debut in 2017 with Daisy Catterall’s Mana. This year the mentorship has been awarded to Dani Sib, who under the mentorship of Jessie Lloyd has curated Jirrmujina Liyan (songs for spirit) featuring a diverse line-up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists including Kalyani, DRMNGNOW and Soju Gang.Our Voices Inc. will present a special Feast edition of Sudo Girls Talk!showcasing an all-South Sudanese female line up of musicians, spoken word artists and poets. Sudo Girls Talk! is about recognising and celebrating the many talented individuals that are within the South Sudanese Australian community.

Music moves to the silver screen for Feast Films, a new concept making its debut at this year’s festival. In partnership with the freshly opened Thornbury Picture House, Feast Films continues the theme of gender and the music industry, with screenings of feature and documentary films  ‘The Punk Singer’, ‘A Life in Waves’, ‘PATTI CAKE$’, ‘The Song Keepers’ and ‘20 Feet from Stardom’.

Feast for Families returns in 2018, as does the annual Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award Grand Final where one of ten local finalists will take home a prize package of $2000 cash, studio time and more.  And as always, Darebin Live guarantees something for everyone with a back-to-back program of gigs across Darebin’s prestigious music venues and pop up shows in unexpected places.

Finally, October 28th’s Closing Party is going to be bold, broad and BIG – 18 acts across three stages to be exact! A stunning line-up of some of Darebin’s most famed local talents, including Banoffee, Clypso, Jaala, Jade Imagine, Jess Cornelius, Loose Tooth, Oetha, RVG… the list goes on. It’s all ages, all day and free entry.
A perfect way to close out a stunning 11 days of festivities!

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27 Listicle Series: Oh My My

Sydney producer and musician Oh My My gives listeners hit of dark and sultry electronica. We asked Oh My My what top Sydney bands you should be listening to.

Fav Sydney bands by Oh My My 

Stumps Not only are these some incredibly lovey dudes, but they are also just an insane live band. As a producer who works with different vocalists, I really appreciate how unique and emotive Kyle’s voice is. Hopefully we can make some music together at some stage.

Gaspar San – If you haven’t heard of this local gem of a band, then you’re really missing out. First time I saw them, they were supporting a friends band in Newtown. And shit, son!!! They completely blew me away. There was just so much conviction and attitude coming from the stage. It was infectious.

Chymes- Kiersten’s voice is just one of those amazing voices you could listen to all day, or night at a show. It’s perfectly complimented by the production. Live, they mix a lot of acoustic elements with electronics and it’s a bloody sweet symphony of sound. How’s the alliteration.

Milan Ring-I’ve been obsessing over her stuff of late. Perfect minimalist production. Amazing vocals. Interesting, unpredictable harmony. It’s just about everything I want in an artist.

Creo  – I’ve always digged these guys. But their latest release ’In The Red’ is just a real epic break out track for me. It feels nostalgic and reminds me of some of my favourite bands, while still being original and refreshing. This one really hits hard. It’s been on repeat in car for the last week or so.

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News: AlithiA announce album ‘The Moon Has Fallen’ with video ‘Empress’, sign to Wild Thing Records + join EU tour for Shining

Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, Australian 6-piece progressive rock livewire AlithiA will release their highly anticipated sophomore record The Moon has Fallenworldwide on Friday October 26th 2018 through Wild Thing Records. They are celebrating this announcement by releasing the first single/video from the record, entitled Empress – which is available, alongside the pre-order for the record at http://smarturl.it/alithia.

AlithiA are set to traverse the globe with The Moon has Fallen, their best album yet. In sync with their monumental release, AlithiA will tour Europe with Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining as direct support in November 2018.

Recorded in Athens, Greece, The Moon has Fallen delves deep into the realm of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock. The band embraces heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-esque synth blasts, and striking melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude, resulting in one of the most unique and diverse albums to ever infect your senses. The Moon has Fallenis

AlithiA’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The SunFrom the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, AlithiA have emerged with a simply exceptional album.

AlithiA founder and lead singer John Rousvanis had this to say about the new album. “We didn’t choose to make this album, but rather it was it’s own entity already in the etheric plane which chose us as it’s conduit birthing parents, in turn the writing process affected myself and the other members of the band in a extremely challenging way, leading to tumultuous ups and downs, we went through an intense journey that involved  bemusement, blind optimism, broken hearts, death, loss, depression, near band break ups, sever sickness, mental illness,  suicide, self destruction, betrayal, doubt, hedonism, salvation, brotherhood, the left and right hand path, realisation, enlightenment, new friends, love, marriage, empathy, philosophy, gratitude and growth all in our daily lives while traveling across the world and back in making this music…this album is just one part of my self and AlithiA that will live on after we are gone. The Moon Has Fallen.

AlithiA, meaning ‘Truth’ in Greek, was formed by singer John Rousvanis in 2004. Following the release of two experimental EP’s in The Rising (2009) and A Realm O Null(2011), AlithiA honed their sound with the ethereal debut album To the Edge of Time (2014). Recorded in Budapest, Hungary, To the Edge of Timegarnered international interest in the group, with the record receiving rave reviews worldwide; Metal Hammer (UK) proclaimed “the kind of emotional fireworks that could send the world’s festival stages into orbit”. The band’s momentum gathered steam, becoming a core component of Australia’s progressive rock scene revival, leading them to tour Australia and Europe several times over with The Music (AUS) affirming, “their live show is starting to attain legendary status“. Their captivating live setup was further solidified with the joining of young prodigious guitarist Nguyen Phambam in 2017.

AlithiA are nomadic travellers in every sense, displayed in their extensive touring history and vivacious ‘street dog’ personality, an expression / movement of which they’re proud to have pioneered. In recent times, AlithiA embarked on a 29-date European Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco in 2017 (their fourth European sojourn), and 2018 saw the band tour Australia with Leprous, and The Contortionist and SikTh. AlithiA have directly supported some of the biggest names in progressive music such as Animals As LeadersAlcestDead Letter CircusNe Obliviscaris, The Ocean, sleepmakeswavesCaligula’s HorseTides From NebulaMother’s CakeVulture Industries, and many others. In Australia, they’ve performed at prominent festivals such as BIGSOUND, and at PROGFEST a record five times. Their engrossing live performances led the group to signings with Wild Thing Presents (management), and Artery Global (bookings).

AlithiA’s “The Moon has Fallen” will be available for pre-order from today at http://smarturl.it/alithia and will see its release into the world on Friday October 26th.