Category: Music

Following the announcement on the weekend of their forthcoming appearance at the AFL Grand Final, iconic Australian band Goanna have announced an extra show of their Spirit of Place 40th Anniversary tour, which is set to resume this weekend with shows in Newcastle and Sydney before heading to Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT, NSW’s South Coast, and South Australia before the end of the year.

The additional show of Goanna‘s tour has been announced for their old hometown of Geelong. It will take place at Costa Hall on Friday 18 November. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 15 September at

The new show follows the recent addition to Goanna‘s tour of a guest appearance on Midnight Oil‘s last ever WA show (Sun Sep 25 – Nikola Estate, Perth), a Goanna headline show at the Freo Social (Mon Sep 26) and, to finish their Spirit of Place 40th Anniversary tour in good company, an appearance at the recently announced Harvest Rock festival in Adelaide (Sat 19 Nov).

Goanna will perform with special guests First Nations artists Christine AnuEmma DonovanTasman Keith and William Barton as part of the Half-Time Entertainment at the 2022 AFL Grand Final at the MCG on Saturday 24 September.

Additionally, Goanna‘s “Let The Franklin Flow” features prominently in Franklin, a feature-length documentary about Australia’s most significant environmental campaign: the battle to save Tasmania’s World-Heritage listed Franklin River from being dammed by a hydroelectric project in the early 1980s. Franklin is in Australian cinemas now.

Goanna have also announced support acts for their tour with sensational artists joining them at every stop on the road.  The list includes long-time fan Troy Cassar Daley in Sydney, legendary No Fixed Address drummer/singer Bart Willoughby in Melbourne, and Warumpi Band songwriter/guitarist Neil Murray in Ballarat.
 The complete list of remaining shows, with support acts, is as follows: GOANNA TOURING ON COUNTRY 2022Sat Sep 17 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW – Awabakal/Worimi
Sun Sep 18 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Gadigal/Eora
Sun Sep 25 – Nikola Estate, Perth, WA – Whadjuk Noongar
Special Guests for Midnight OilTICKETS
Mon Sep 26 – Freo Social Club, Perth, WA – Walyalup
Fri 07 Oct – Princess Theatre, Launceston, TAS – Tyerrernotepanner/Lutruwita
Sat 08 Oct – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS Nipaluna/Lutrawita
Thu 27 Oct – Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, VIC – Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong
Fri 28 Oct – Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, VIC – Warrnambool/Peek Wurrong
with Special Guest BRETT CLARKE SOLD OUT
Sun 30 Oct – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC – Naarm Wurundjeri/Bunurong
Fri 04 Nov – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, VIC –  Boonwurrung
with Special Guest LOREN KATETICKETS
Sat 05 Nov – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC – Djadjawurung
with Special Guest DAVID SPRYTICKETS
Sun 06 Nov – Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts, Ballarat, VIC – Wadawurrong
Fri 11 Nov – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT – Ngunnawal
Sat 12 Nov – Shoalhaven Arts Centre, Nowra, NSW – Yuin
Fri 18 Nov – Costa Hall, Geelong, VIC – Wadawurrong
Sat 19 Nov – Harvest Rock 2022, Adelaide, SA – KaurnaTICKETS

Forty years on, and with their messages of positive engagement in Indigenous rights and environmental protection more relevant than ever, GOANNA this week re-commence an extensive national tour to commemorate and celebrate 40 years of their acclaimed, multi-platinum debut album Spirit of Place and the album’s truly iconic first single “Solid Rock”
The group announced the tour following a celebratory performance at WOMADelaide in March and followed the announcement with a three-show run as special guests of old mates Midnight Oil on their farewell tour. Other than these performances, the Celebrating 40 Years of Spirit of Place tour comprises the group’s first full-band shows in over 20 years.

The 40th Anniversary tour took in Queensland and the Northern Territory in June and July and now resumes to take in other capital cities and major regions, with a final headline homecoming show in Geelong, where it all started some 45 years ago.  

The core trio and ever-beating heart of Goanna – Shane Howard, Rose Bygrave, and Marcia Howard – are being joined for the tour by original Spirit of Place guitarist Graham Davidge and a stellar line-up. The group will be joined on stage by special guests, and each night will feature a hand selected special guest as opening act. 

Join this iconic Australian group as they embark on a new journey, paying homage to the classic songs from their early days and reigniting the Goanna spirit once more.

Perth based rock sensations, SEAWITCH, featuring Fiona Horne of Def FX and Dave (Spiff) Hopkins of Hellmenn, are casting their spell on Victoria with three high profile shows this Halloween/Melbourne Cup Eve long weekend, to launch their debut album, Well Of Spells, out 21st October on Cheersquad Records.

In addition to appearances at the Do The Pop Festival in Port Campbell down the Great Ocean Road on October 29, and a guest spot with US band Stoner, featuring Brant Bjork  and Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and Queens of the Stoneage, on their sold out Gaso show on October 30Seawitch have announced they will be hosting their own HALLOWEEN ROCK’N’ROLL BALL at the Tote on October 31, which this year falls on the eve of the Melbourne Cup public holiday.

Joining Seawitch at the Rock’n’Roll Halloween Ball will be Melbourne inner city rock’n’roll mainstays HOSS, up & coming gorgeous gang ELECTRIC PURRS, and, fresh from the launch of her new book Sound As EverDJ JANE GAZZO.

With their national run with The Chats kicking off tomorrow in Hobart, Melbourne’s new three-guitar power pop act The Prize have launched an eye-catching new video for the title track of their debut EP Wrong Side Of Town.

The group and their label Anti-Fade have also announced a repress of the EP, which sold out immediately upon release last Friday. New red vinyl and blackvinyl editions can be pre-ordered via Bandcamphere, while a very limited white vinyl run on white vinyl with an alternative sleeve can be pre-ordered from Rough Trade in the UK here

Today the band’s drummer/vocalist Nadine Muller sat down for a chat with Dave Griffiths about the tour.

Witchgrinder are celebrating 10 years since the release of their first full-length album “The Demon Calling” with a limited remastered vinyl pressing.

In what is a stunning package, the album will feature a darkly gold and black splatter vinyl and come with exclusive and rare behind the scene photos as well as never before seen promo and Live Photos. There will also be signed copies of the album available with each record also coming with a digital download code.

This week Travis Everett from Witchgrinder chatted to Dave Griffiths about the release.

Released through Rue Morgue Records.
This will be a strictly limited edition release shipping early 2023.

Melbourne based Thrash Metal outfit Vault Hill have just released their ferocious debut EP ‘Amber Falls’, which was premiered via AAA Backstage.

They have also announced a launch show at Whole Lotta Love on September 10th to celebrate the release.

‘Amber Falls’ is a tribute to the late and former drummer Nathan Johnston. Nathan contributed to writing to majority of the tracks on the release. The title and EP artwork (by artist Judy Antill) draws its name and imagery from a memory. The Amber Falls are created by holding four cups of beer, two in each hand and arranging them to spill over into the next to create a new waterfall. The first time the band attempted the feat they all failed except for Nathan. He was the only one to conquer the Amber falls that night.

Vault Hill draw influence from PanteraSlipknotLamb of God and Metallica. Combining intensity, groove and rawness the band meld together a unique twist of ornate metal that bears fruits from traditional roots laden with signatures sounds of their own.

The band stemmed from a high-school project that was founded by brothers Morgan (vocals) and Adrian O’Brien (guitars). They are now joined by a powerhouse rhythmic section made up of bass player Kyle Dean and drummer Frankie Demaru, completing the jigsaw puzzle and creating a formidable sound in the process.

Subculture’s Dave Griffiths this week sat down with the band to chat about the new EP.

 Their debut EP ‘Amber Falls’ is available on all major online stores and streaming services.

 VAULT HILL‘AMBER FALLS’ EP LAUNCH September 10th – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC W/ Deadweight80 + The Orphan + Those Left Behind + Swordfish Trombone. Tickets available at | 18+ only