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After setting a new benchmark in 2017, Black Coffee’s Hï Ibiza residency is back once again in 2018 and now the next wave of acts for the 2018 season line-up for the world-class party can be revealed. 

As already announced, Black Coffee’s 20-week residency opens on Saturday May 26th with guests &ME, Audiofly, Blond:ish, Guy Mantzur, Mandar, Salomé, Serge Devant and Themba, then runs each week until October 6th, with a carefully curated mix of established stars from the worlds of house, tech, minimal and techno all lining up. New acts announced today include Âme live, Bedouin, Culoe de Song, Da Capo, Henrik Schwarz, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano and many more.

At the centre of each party will be Black Coffee himself, the South African house artist who has established himself as a pivotal figure in the global scene. His productions include collabs with the likes of Drake, his fans include P. Diddy and his discography includes essential works like his award-winning Pieces of Me album. His DJ sets are sophisticated and colourful affairs laden with Afro samples, deep house grooves and throbbing drums that take cues from a wide sphere that takes in everything from Motown to soul, so really bring something new to the White Isle.

This first wave of names boasts plenty of acclaimed stars. Innervisions’ main men Âme bring their impeccable live show and offer a spine tingling take on emotive deep house, while chief label artist Henrik Schwarz brings his jazz tinged house sound. Then comes Jamie Jones, whose deep tech house sound has become the defining genre of the last few years thanks to his own productions and famous Paradise parties. Desolat label boss Loco Dice is another internationally acclaimed artist with his own unique sound that fuses big, chunky drums with his own love of hip hop and house, and Cadenza label boss and long time minimal maestro Luciano always threads together the sort of infectious sets of techno, Latin percussion and stripped back house that sends crowds wild around the world.

South Africa’s finest, Black Motion, Culoe De Song, Da Capo and Themba also star. Then come Rumors founder Guy Gerber, Crosstown Rebels label head Damian Lazarus, desert house duoBedouin, dreamy house champion and All Day I Dream chief Lee Burridge, french duo Birds of Mind and cult minimal house trio Mandar. Add in further stars like &ME, Rampue and Salomé and you have a broad array of talents who all represent different but equally vital strains of dance music.

Finally, as previously announced, London based DJ collective and label bosses Housekeeping will begin their season-long Saturday residency in the Club (Room 2). Housekeeping’s sell-out London shows have featured many acclaimed DJs, including Black Coffee himself, and the Housekeeping collective have played at some of the biggest international parties. Having captivated Hï Ibiza audiences in 2017 with their deep and hypnotic sets fused with tribal percussive elements, 2018 is set to be a big year for Housekeeping.

The home for all this musical magic is the already hugely influential Hï Ibiza. A slick club and cavernous space that boasts a powerful and state of the art sound system, LED lit dance floors and flamboyant dancers that all add plenty of visual colour and character to every party.

With further names to be announced, this is already shaping up to be one of the most essential residencies in all of Ibiza for summer 2018. Tickets on sale now at




Following their explosive exploits on tour with Leprous (Norway), both in Europe and Australia, Melbourne 7-piece tribal progressive/psychedelic rock live-wire AlithiA will be joining The Contortionist (USA) & SikTh (UK) on their upcoming‘Clairvoyant’ Australian Tour in May.

AlithiA’s sound delves deep into the realm of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock. The band embraces heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-eque synth blasts, and melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude resulting in one of the most unique and diverse live shows to infect your senses.

AlithiA has previously completed 4 European Tours, including their most recent EU Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco(Iceland) in late 2017. In addition, they’ve toured Europe with acts such as sleepmakeswaves, Tides From Nebula (Poland), and Vulture Industries (Norway). In Australia, they’ve supported influential groups such as Animals As Leaders (USA), Alcest(France), The Ocean (Germany), Mother’s Cake (Austria), Dead Letter Circus, Ne Obliviscaris, and Caligula’s Horse, plus monumental appearances at Bigsound and PROGFEST.

With less than three weeks to go until the release of Alison Wonderland’s eagerly awaited new album AWAKE, comes the ambient single ‘High’, featuring rapper of the moment, Ohio’s Trippie Redd.

The track is accompanied by a sublime, mood enhancing video featuring Alison and Trippie Redd, together with incredible animations from Jayme Lemperle and Evan Red Borja.  It was self-directed by Alison Wonderland, with cinematography from Jeffrey Zoss.  View HERE.

Alison says, It was a real pleasure to work with Trippie. It is important to vibe with an artist before we collaborate. When he heard this song it was very organic and he jumped in the booth and we walked out feeling that we had something special. I felt like this song had a certain spirit and wanted people to feel like they were going on a journey with us….just like when watching the music video.”

18-year-old Trippie Redd has been described by XXL, Mass Appeal, Pigeons and Planes, hnhh and Noisey as “raps next rock star”, with two US Gold singles already under his belt. His debut mixtape A Love Letter to You spawned a series of viral hits: ‘Love Scars’ surpassed 16.1 million plays on Soundcloud and 11.9 million Spotify streams in addition to gracing playlists such as RapCaviar, Most Necessary, and Liit. Meanwhile, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ generated 6.6 million plays on Soundcloud and 3.5 million Spotify streams.   Spotify has praised his “versatile style, one that blends elements of cloud rap and trap with the energy of punk and stadium rock.” Noisey describes his music and place in hip-hop, stating “While most of his contemporaries produce gritty, bass-driven bangers, Trippie toys with melody and adds a softer element that sets him apart from the pack,” and FADER hones in on his “hook-making abilities and confessional writing that immediately stand out.”   Pigeons & Planes says, “he has charisma for days”, while The New York Times pointed out his, “deep-haze vocals, ambling emotions, and slow-fade resolution.”

‘High’ follows lead single ‘Church’ and tracks ‘No’ and ‘Happy Place’ as a tantalising taste of what’s to come from AWAKE.  ‘Church’ has catapulted Alison back on to playlists and airwaves all over the world, its stunning video showing a different side to this enigmatic artist.  View HERE.

At a time of chaos, AWAKE became Alison’s outlet, her therapy, her resolution. Seeking solace in the studio, she spun her struggles into songs and ultimately, hope.

“This whole album is about waking up, making peace and moving forward,” she explains. “I feel like I’ve grown up too. I still get anxiety but I also have a lot more clarity around life. I’ve learnt I can get through this and stand up for myself.”

Making music saved her, and she hopes it’ll help others face their own trials. “If you’ve got a voice and a platform, you can use it for real communication,” she adds. “I want to make a track that someone will hear and be like ‘shit, I totally get what she’s feeling and if she can get out, maybe I can too.’ I don’t want them to be afraid to talk about it.”

With the album bedded down, Alison is ready to take AWAKE to the world. After all, playing live on stage is truly her happy place.

“Every time I get off the stage I feel cleansed and high off the rush,” she says, glowing. “That’s when I think I couldn’t never do anything else. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.”

A massive live schedule kicks off with Coachella on April 13 and 20 (she will become the highest billed female DJ in the Festival’s history), followed by Belgium’s Tomorrowland Festival and a North American tour across August.

Australian fans will have an opportunity to score tickets to three intimate AWAKE `album launch parties in clubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, May 2 – 4. Pre-order the album at select outlets HERE to receive a ticket to the party of your choice. Tickets are strictly limited, on first in best dressed basis!



April 13 & 20 – Coachella, Indio, CA

May 2 – Civic Underground, Sydney, NSW – Album Launch Party**

May 3 – Boney, Melbourne, VIC – Album Launch Party**

May 4  – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD – Album Launch Party**

**pre-order  album HERE for tickets – Strictly Limited Tickets – first in best dressed

July 20-22 & 27-29  – Tomorrowland 2018, Belgium

August 3  – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – Tickets HERE

August 10 – WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA – Tickets HERE

August 11 –  South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX – Tickets HERE

August 17 – Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA – Tickets HERE

August 25 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Fransisco, CA – Tix HERE

August 31 – Echostage, Washington DC – Tickets HERE


Pre-order AWAKE HERE

Limited edition vinyl of AWAKE available at Alison Wonderland’s official store HERE



Shortly after the departure of long-term bass player Ben Hunt, Australian melodic death metal band Eye of the Enemy have announced that James McInnes will be joining their ranks and filling the role of bassist.
On his recent appointment, McInnes stated “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be the newest member of EOTE. After meeting all the guys and jamming on some of the songs I know this band is going to be a hell of a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get on stage and tear it up, and help bring the new album to the world.”
McInnes’ statement is just further confirmation, along with the weeks of teasing, that Eye of the Enemy’s third album is well and truly on its way.
The full details of Eye of the Enemy’s announcement can be found at the following link: Eye of the Enemy Announcement 

THY CATAFALQUE are premiering the second amazing song taken from their forthcoming new masterpiece, ‘Geometria’. The album is scheduled for release on May 4th, 2018.

Mastermind Tamás Kátai states: “This is a song about soil on more than one level and symbolically deals with the duality of matter and other dimensions. Stars in my eyes, mud on my heart. The title translates as ‘Mud Man’ and it features Gyula Vasvári from Perihelion on vocals and Misha Doumnov on violin.”

The artwork of ‘Geometria’, which has been created by Tamás Kátai himself, can be viewed below.

THY CATAFALQUE do not pretend to produce easy-listening music that comes as easy as it quickly fades out of the mind again. ‘Geometria’ demands to be listened to with full attention, but with every new spin this masterpiece reveals more of its secrets and rewards the listener with a rich treasure of fascinating details.

On their fourth full-length, ‘Róka hasa radio’ (2009), THY CATAFALQUEinvited Ágnes Tóth from neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT to add her haunting female vocals. With fifth album ‘Rengeteg’ (2011), Tamás Kátai finally went solo with the help of hired guest musicians that again included Ágnes Tóth. Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with ‘Sgúrr’ (2015). The sixth full-length turned out to be slightly more complex than its successor, ‘Meta’ (2016), which returned to a more direct approach without losing the steadily growing sonic diversity.

Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist János Juhász. Following their joined debut ‘Sublunary Tragedies’ (1999), the Hungarians evolved into quite different directions, but steadily gaining more followers in the process through the following albums, ‘Microcosmos’ (2001) and the self-released ‘Tűnő idő tárlat’ (2004).

Yet, THY CATAFALQUE come out as a sonic entity far more than just its combined parts. What could quickly end up as an academic exercise and meaningless jumble comes in fact across with emotional depth and beautiful soundscapes that render the seams of their components invisible by     ingeniously fitting every tessera into a greater musical picture.

THY CATAFALQUE are delivering another spectacular musical mosaic with their eighth full-length, entitled ‘Geometria’. The project’s sole mastermind, Tamás Kátai has one again assembled pieces out of such diverse genres as ambient, folklore, jazz, metal, electronica, rock, pop, wave, and other styles that each taken for itself seems not to fit easily to the other parts.


Australian rockers Lillye will release their debut full-length album entitled Evolve on May 18, 2018 via Eclipse Records. The band is fronted by vocalist Virginia Lillye who previously held lead roles in theater productions such as CatsJesus Christ SuperstarGrease, and more. The album was produced by bassist Christian Lauria at his own Machine Men Studios, and mixed by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Hanz Zimmer, Thy Art is Murder) at Karma Studios.

Evolve track listing:

  1. Run
  2. In the End
  3. Chained
  4. Brittle Glass
  5. Better Days
  6. Fire
  7. It Is What It Was
  8. Take on Me
  9. Grass Is Greener
  10. Surrender
  11. Through My Soul

The band have also revealed a new music video for the album’s first single, entitled ‘Run’. The “Mortal Kombat”-inspired video was directed by Dave Molland w/ assistance from Max Greig and filmed at Sydney Props and Boo & Cams.

“Run is dedicated to a dear friend and fan of the band, Luke “Woody” James Woodland who passed away in 2014” states vocalist Virginia Lillye. “He was conscious about environmental issues and the importance of significant numbers that ran in sequence. One of his attempts to make people aware of the environment would be to paint himself blue, spay his hair green and become “Captain Planet”. He would then begin running around Sydney, Australia starting from a suburb beginning with a letter of the alphabet then ending in another suburb beginning with the same letter. This was his favorite song, and whenever we played it live, he would be the first to break out into a wild dance. We were fortunate to have his younger brother Will, play the lead role in our video, and honored that he portrayed his brother Woody who was such a colorful and passionate character.”

Pre-order Lillye’s new album Evolve on compact disciTunesAmazon, or Google Play, and stream the single via SpotifyApple Music, Deezer, and more at


Los Angeles, CA’s modern prog rock/metal outfit Sifting have just been confirmed as support for two different upcoming U.S. tours. The band will be supporting Prong (March 29 – April 8) on the West Coast, and then supporting Sons of Apollo (April 21 – May 20) nationwide.

Sifting’s latest full-length album Not from Here, was released in 2017 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Ryan Williams (Velvet Revolver, Rage Against the Machine) and Steve Evetts (Sense’s Fail, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence). So far, the band has released four music videos promoting the album for the songs ‘Epsilon’, ‘Blowing Fire’, ‘Nothing but Us’, and ‘Not from Here’; with a fifth currently in production for the song ‘Gloom’. Fans may also watch a studio playthrough video for the song ‘Epsilon’ at this location.

SIFTING on tour with PRONG (w/ PowerflowCutthroat also supporting) – (get tickets)
3/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
3/30 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
3/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
4/02 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
4/03 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/04 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorn Theater
4/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
4/08 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick

SIFTING on tour with SONS OF APOLLO (w/ Felix Martin also supporting) – (get tickets)
4/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
4/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
4/24 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/25 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
4/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/29 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/30 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
5/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
5/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
5/04 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/05 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
5/07 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
5/08 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
5/09 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/11 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
5/12 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
5/15 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
5/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of The Living Arts
5/18 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
5/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/20 – Washington DC @ Howard Theater

Buy the full album on CDiTunesAmazon, or Google Play, and stream the full album via SpotifyApple MusicPandoraiHeartRadioDeezer, and more at


Adelaide Post Hardcore band Emecia have just released their new single and lyric video ‘Sleepers’.
‘Sleepers’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album ‘Familiar Spirits’ (released on 20th April 2018.)
Emecia have also announced that their album is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
The band recently released single and video ‘Victims’, which was premiered via AAA Backstage.
Emecia released their single ‘Legacies’ in late 2016 (which was the first offering from their forthcoming album) and celebrated with a run of East Coast tour dates. The music video received airplay on MTV Australia and established an entirety new platform for the band.
Emecia are renowned for their high-octane live show have played alongside bands such as Closure In MoscowIn Hearts WakeAllday and Chiodos (just to mention a diverse few.)
New single ‘Sleepers’ is available for download on all major online stores.


Three teenagers, known as ALIEN WEAPONRY, from a tiny town in the small South Pacific nation of New Zealand have managed to capture the imaginations of people all over the world with their unique thrash metal sound and commanding live performances. 
This in itself is surprising, but perhaps the most unexpected element of all in their success is that many of the band’s songs are delivered in a language that is unknown to international audiences – New Zealand’s native language, Te Reo Māori.

Now, ALIEN WEAPONRY are ready to release their furious debut album ‘Tū’ on the world. Short for ‘Tūmatauenga,’ the Māori god of war, Tū also means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. 
The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the M
āori warrior. 

Standing for something important is something the band does equally well in English or in Māori. Today, Napalm Records releases the single and video for the song “Holding My Breath” – the first single so far to be sung entirely in English. 

The song was written by Lewis (Vocals/Guitar). In it, he talks about the anxiety of being judged and socially ostracized by peers to the point of being unable to function.

It’s about something that actually happened to me. I felt so bad that I literally stayed in my room and couldn’t bring myself to leave the house or talk to anyone,” he says. “I wrote the song at that time, and it was one of the things that helped me work through it, so I hope it will resonate with other people going through similar things.

One of the people it has already resonated with is actress Rose van Wylich, featured in the video; who experienced similar feelings of isolation as a teenager.

“Holding My Breath” is the first single put out by Napalm Records in advance of ALIEN WEAPONRY’s debut album  being released on June 1st
A month later, the band will head to Europe for a 3-month tour which includes the world’s biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air.

Preorder ‘Tū’ HERE 

01   Whaikorero
02   Rū Ana Te Whenua
03   Holding My Breath
04   Raupatu
05   Kai Tangata
06   Rage – It Takes Over Again
07   The Things That You Know (Bonus Track)
08   Whispers
09   PC Bro
10   Urutaa
11   Nobody Here
12   Te Ara
13   Hypocrite (Bonus Track) 

Vocals, Guitars: Lewis de Jong
Drums: Henry de Jong
Bass: Ethan Trembath

In today’s world, there is an undeniable, ever-growing sea of noise. Like an ocean, it swirls together the sounds of humanity into a churning vat of anonymity, and we are drowning.

It is from this abyss that LESSER GLOW was born. A necessary change from the common kind, this Boston five-piece brings an undeniable heaviness, with lyrics and music coexisting in the same beautiful, dynamic and volatile space. Heavy but not excessive. Massive yet not gratuitous. Meticulous. Focused. Direct. Necessary.

The idea of LESSER GLOW grew as a response to the unrealistic progression of heavy music in recent years… generally feeling over-technical, over-produced and sometimes entirely fake.

“I was caught in a major 90s binge, listening to a bunch of stuff like Unsane and Failure, and feeling like that raw, palpable energy and songwriting was slipping away from modern heavy records”, comments main songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Nault, who is not only the guitarist in LESSER GLOW, but also session drummer for electro-post-hiphop outfit ARMS AND SLEEPERS“I was tired of genre-choked bands, and missed hearing songs instead of riff parades.”

The lineup of the band came together organically, “though now the combination of individuals feels incredibly fortunate”, comments Nault. The fact that all members are experienced professionals – engineers & session musicians – has certainly helped LESSER GLOW to accomplish the simplicity that makes this record what it is: heavy.

“I tried to keep that simplicity in mind during the recording process, don’t over play or worry about shredding to fill space”, comments bass player Scott Conza. “Just as important as choosing when to play, is choosing when not to play.”

With their upcoming debut release “Ruined”, Lesser Glow rips open a massively wide and confident blend of traditional doom meets melodic metal, paired with the likes of hardcore, post hardcore, noise rock, post rock and beyond. Molding all these into one cohesive mix, LESSER GLOW stand out as a refreshing and unapologetically brutal take on heavy music.

Pre orders available now