Armenian Film Festival Australia announces huge 2019 Program

The Armenian Film Festival Australia is proud to announce the launch of the festival’s 4th edition. Showcasing 19 films and hosting 8 international guests plus local VIPs, this is the team’s biggest and most impressive festival to date.

Offering 12 feature films and 7 shorts across two cities, the 2019 program is an outstanding line up of films with broad appeal ranging from fantasy, outrageous comedy, heart wrenching drama and nostalgic documentaries from France, Egypt, USA, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Artsakh and Armenia, including exclusive Australian first screenings.

Rebranded ‘Australia’ from ‘Sydney’, this is big news for Melbourne as the city has been added to the schedule for the first time this year due to overwhelming demand.

Each state will formally open with an Armenian themed Opening Night Gala and feature film.

Sydney opens with Lorik, the latest feature from Armenian cinema royalty Michael Poghosyan. A magical drama featuring Poghosyan as the lead and a cast including singer Forsh and Armenian beauty Narine Grigoryan.

Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian will be in attendance at the Sydney Opening Night Gala, as will the Producer of Lorik, Martin Minasyan, multi-award winning Hollywood producer Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian and feature a live performance by Masha Mnjoyan, winner of The Voice Armenia.

Launching for the first time in Melbourne and at the historic Rivoli theatre, Melbourne’s opening night film was the most celebrated film from the 2018 Sydney line up, Lost Birds. The captivating family drama set in 1915 told through the innocent eyes of two young children.

Armenian Film Festival Australia Co-Directors; Margaret Tcherkezian Chater and Hourie Demirjian said “We are honoured to bring the film-loving community together to share the stories of the Armenian people. This year’s program pays tribute to legends past, celebrates today’s heroes and looks forward to a bright future for the new Armenia. We hope our audiences enjoy it.”

A record 8 international guests will be in attendance this year, providing the Australian community with a rare opportunity to meet the filmmakers in person. Notably, 50% of the filmmakers are women including Mariam Ohanyan, women’s rights advocate and founding director of Kin (Women’s) International Film Festival in Yerevan.

Additional highlights from the 2019 program include; Armenia Uncovered by celebrity performer Kev Orkian. Kev, along with the film’s Australian-Armenian Director Andy Simon and London based Producer Raffi Tanielian will be in Sydney for the premiere, marked with a closing night celebration. Aznavour Autobiographie honouring the legendary Charles Aznavour on the one-year anniversary of his passing, will also feature a live musical performance in Sydney. We are Egyptian Armenians, an award winning documentary followed by live Q&A from the producers Waheed Sobhi and Hannan Ezzat after the screening. Coming Home from the Republic of Artsakh, highlights the impact of war on the family dynamic in a heart-wrenching and joyous film, this will be accompanied by two short documentaries from Artsakh as part of our Spotlight on Artsakh.

The Armenian Film Festival Australia is a proud initiative of Hamazkaine Educational & Cultural Society, Shant Chapter.

For the full festival program visit the website.

See the official festival trailer here, produced by local talents Paul and Shahane Bekarian.

6th-15th September in Sydney

18th -20th October Melbourne

Alice Cooper announces two NZ shows in Feb 2020 with Airborne & MC50

Iconic shock rocker and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper has announced he’s returning to New Zealand in February 2020 with his all-new “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show. The tour comes to New Zealand for two shows, taking in Auckland’s The Trusts Arena on February 20, followed by Horncastle Arena in Christchurch on February 22.

Having shocked and delighted fans in equal measure for five decades, Alice Cooper’s new outlandish stage show incorporates a setting inside his Nightmare Castle, and features not only the return of FrankenAlice, but also the new Billion Dollar Baby. With a revamped setlist which includes not only the classic hits but some select deep album tracks and new music, New Zealand fans are in for a real treat when Alice Cooper takes to the stage in early 2020.

The “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show is currently wowing crowds in North America until 16 August, followed by a 6-week UK European tour (31 August–12 October), before returning to the United States for further dates (3 November–30 November).

Known as one of the hardest working people in music, Alice Cooper also records and tours with The Hollywood Vampires with pals Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, while continuing his long-running nightly syndicated radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper,” heard worldwide on over 100 radio stations, including New Zealand.

New music from Alice Cooper is also imminent, with the announcement of the September 13 release of mini-album “The Breadcrumbs” from (earMUSIC), a tribute to his Detroit rock origins, recorded in Detroit with Detroit musicians, featuring covers of classic Detroit-originated songs.

Joining him as special guests on the NZ leg are Australian Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Airbourne. The loud and proud musicians have played around the globe and performed on the main stage at Download UK and co-headlined the Wacken Festival.

Also along for the ride are Detroit’s proto-punk/hard rock band MC50, who will bring their ‘Kick Out The Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour’ to New Zealand. Known as MC50 for the forthcoming “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” tour, the supergroup features MC5’s Wayne Kramer joined by guitarist Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (Fugazi), bassist Doug Pinnick (King’s X), and frontman Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla).

Amy Shark Tours Regional Australia This October and November

One of Australia’s most impressive and beloved pop exports, Amy Shark, is hitting regional venues this October and November. Bringing songs from her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Love Monster’ and faves from her EP ‘Night Thinker’, she will be launching the tour at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, then will head to University of Canberra Refectory, C.ex in Coffs Harbour and Venue 114 at the Sunshine Coast. She’ll also be performing at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, The Cube in Wodonga and Costa Hall in Geelong before capping it off at Hobart’s Odeon Theatre

An overnight success years in the making, Amy Shark has come a long way since her breakthrough single ‘Adore’. As she shared on her Instagram account recently, in just two years she has gone from moving 82 tickets in her hometown of Brisbane, to selling out arena-sized venues all across the country. ‘Love Monster’, her debut album, shot straight to number one on the ARIA charts upon release, and in 2018 she won an impressive four ARIA Awards for her efforts. Both ‘Adore’ and the powerhouse lead single from ‘Love Monster’, I Said Hi, have hit 4x Platinum status, with killer singles ‘Weekends’, ‘All Loved Up’ and ‘Mess Her Up’ all reaching that coveted Platinum milestone.

The last few years saw Amy bring her infectious, emotive brand of pop to the world, and the world is lapping it up. She has performed on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ and ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ to audiences of millions, and made music with pop royalty Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lorde), Joel Little (Khalid, Lorde), Blink-182 and more, all on top of sold out shows across the globe. She was also featured on the ‘Love, Simon’ soundtrack at the request of Jack Antonoff himself, who also secured her as an opening act for his band, Bleachers, in the US.

In a full circle moment, her single ‘I Said Hi’ is a statement for those who told her she’d never make it and the song gained high rotation across both commercial and alternative stations. Anyone who didn’t believe she could do it surely doesn’t have much to say now—and ‘I Said Hi’ has now become an anthem for the next generation, ready to have their songs heard by the masses.

Thrilled to be heading back on the road in her home country, and endlessly grateful for the massive love from her regional fans, Amy enthuses, “So many parts of regional Australia have backed me since my first ‘Night Thinker’ EP. I’m really looking forward to travelling around this beautiful country and repaying everyone who’s supported me from the start.”

Grab your tickets and let the immense talent of Amy Shark captivate you this spring!

Laura Imbruglia and The Smallgoods Join Forces For Two Shows This September

Indie friends Laura Imbruglia and The Smallgoods are teaming up this September for a pair of Victoria shows. They will be performing at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy then will head to The Eastern Station Hotel in Ballarat in support of their single releases. The co-headline gigs come right after Laura slays her set at Sounds Like Community Radio and Bigsound 2019 which are both happening in Brisbane.

Laura and her band The Bin Chickens have been hot on the tour trail this year, promoting her latest album ‘Scared Of You’ and landing supports with The Saboteurs and Teenage Fanclub, along with a coveted slot at Boogie Fest back in April. The September shows will see Laura and band officially launching the new single off the album called ‘Give Boys Pink Toys’.

The Smallgoods, on the other hand, are back from the dead after a seven-year hiatus which ended with the release of new single ‘Satellite’ last April. Since then, they have hit their stride with a number of harmony-laden shows, including Boogie Festival, and dropped a second single ‘Hurry Up & Slow Down’ in July. The co-headline gigs mark the precursor to the release of their long-awaited fourth album ‘Lost In The Woods’ which will be their first fully self-produced release.

Warming up the show at the Melbourne show will be indie dream-pop band Tender Buttons. The band will be showcasing their shoegaze guitars, synths and bittersweet pop melodies that endear them to audiences.

Grab your tickets and don’t miss Laura Imbruglia and The Smallgoods, live on one stage this September!

Friday Jams Live returns this November with its biggest lineup to date

Following its acclaimed 2018 fete, New Zealand’s colossal concert series ‘Friday Jams Live’ is back this November, bringing a jaw-dropping lineup of big hitters to Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium.

This year will raise the bar yet again by bringing some of the world’s most legendary icons of hip-hop and R&B together for one epic night—treating fans to superstar performances and non-stop hits across six glorious hours.

Janet Jackson
R&B royalty and five-time Grammy Award winner, Janet Jackson, takes full ‘Control’ of ‘Friday Jams Live’ 2019 with her countless multi-platinum hits paired with the tightest of choreography. Janet burst onto the scene in the 80s, heralding a fresh concept for R&B music. Her fierce independence quickly struck a chord with fans—empowering millions with her honest, sensual lyricism, wrapped in hypnotic synth-heavy beats.

Black Eyed Peas
With five NZ Top 20 albums (5x certified NZ Platinum), 11 NZ Top 10 singles (four #1’s) and seven Grammy Awards under their belt, the Black Eyed Peas have successfully become a household name. The group are all set to revolutionise the stage with their countless hip-hop anthems like ‘Where Is The Love?’, ‘Shut Up’, ‘Don’t Phunk With My Heart’, ‘Boom Boom Pow’, ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ and ‘Meet Me Halfway’.

50 Cent
One of the most indelible and influential figures of hip-hop 50 Cent will bring ‘Disco Inferno’ to the much-awaiting crowd of ‘Friday Jams Live’. Turning the dancefloor into the hottest club in town, he will be delivering bump and grind goodness with hits ‘Candy Shop (feat. Olivia)’, ‘Just A Lil Bit’, ‘P.I.M.P (Feat. Snoop Dogg)’, ‘Ayo Technology (feat. Justin Timberlake)’ and ’21 Questions (Feat. Nate Dogg)’.

Jason Derulo
Hot on our radars since 2010’s NZ #5 eponymous album, hip-hop maestro Jason Derulo will be bringing his polished moves and contagious energy onstage—turning up the heat with tunes like ‘In My Head’ (NZ Platinum), ‘Don’t Want To Go Home’, ‘Want To Want Me’ (Platinum), ‘Ridin Solo’ and ‘Wiggle’!

Keri Hilson
The multi-award-winning R&B songstress Keri Hilson will keep audiences on their feet with her list of slamming hits ‘Knock You Down’ (NZ Platinum), ‘Buyou’ and the colossal Timbaland anthem ‘The Way I Are’.

The dragon will be unleashed as Sisqo returns to NZ with a vital catalogue of hot tunes like ‘Unleash The Dragon’, ‘Incomplete’, and forever favourite ‘Thong Song’!

With five NZ Top 10 singles (5x Platinum) under his belt, Samoan king of party jams Savage is sure to get those hips into the ‘Swing’ of things this November. Fans can expect him to play his extensive list of hip-hop collabs including ‘Moonshine’ (feat. Akon), ‘They Don’t Know’ (feat. Aaradhna) and ‘Freaks’ (feat. Timmy Trumpet).

Known for his 2004 hip-hop smash ‘Tipsy’, notorious party starter J-Kwon also joins the awesome bill, ready to keep the vibe alive and pumping!

Fatman Scoop
Armed with his inarguable charisma, NY-based ultimate hype man Fatman Scoop will make his third return to ‘Friday Jams’. He will be the main man of the night, hosting the entire show and keeping audiences on their toes.

Horizon & Yo! Mafia
Concluding this year’s killer lineup are two of hip-hop’s in-demand DJs Horizon and Yo! Mafia. They’ll be treating concert-goers to the greatest R&B and hip hop tracks, from the minute gates open until the last mic drops.

Watch out for tickets and don’t miss your chance to witness NZ’s rollicking R&B and hip-hop blowout this November!

Friday Jams Live Returns This November With Biggest Lineup To Date

New Zealand’s biggest party – Friday Jams Live – returns in 2019!

Church & AP Drop New Single ‘Roulette’ Ahead of New Zealand Tour

Complex U.K. say they’re the future of New Zealand hip hop, and there’s no doubt that Church & AP are the most played and most talked about local rap act of the moment.

The Try Guys To Make Australian Debut This September With ‘Legends of The Internet’ Tour

YouTube four-piece The Try Guys are headed for the first time in Australia this September as part of their ‘Legends of The Internet’ tour. They will first amuse fans at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre then will cheer up crowds at Sydney’s Big Top with their iconic brand of “trying everything and anything” in the live stage set up.

Members Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang were all former Buzzfeed employees, who came together initially for the original video with ladies’ underwear (which now has near to 22 million views). It was an instant hit and took on a life of its own, and launched a series of video challenges from simulating child birth with electrodes to swimming with sharks, all in the name of better understanding the people and world around them. They now boast more than six million YouTube subscribers and total views in excess of two billion.

Apart from their Melbourne and Sydney dates, the group will also be appearing at this year’s VidCon Australia. No stranger to the VidCon stage, the last two years have seen them headline the main stage performances at VidCon USA with spectacular original performances that have gained their own viral acclaim.

Alongside their video instalments, The Try Guys also produce an audio podcast, ‘The Trypod’. Recently, they’ve also just released their first book, ‘The Hidden Power of F*cking Up’. No doubt, The Try Guys are a collective of passionate video producers, entertainers, authors, and best friends. They love each other; they love you; they love creating things with each other for you.

Grab your tickets and watch The Try Guys try everything imaginable, live, this September!

Pixies to play one-off NZ comeback concert in March 2020

After their sold-out shows in 2017, Boston-based alt-rock superstars Pixies are bouncing back to NZ, bringing their all-new ‘Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa’ tour to Auckland’s Spark Arena next year.

Forming in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, Pixies are often acclaimed as one of the most influential, pioneering alternative bands of the late ’80s. Their debut releases—the electrifying 1987 EP ‘Come On Pilgrim’ and 1988’s full-length album ‘Surfer Rosa’—brought rise to a new genre and defined contemporary music for a generation. The tour will bear witness to both seminal albums being performed in full, plus new and old tracks spanning their extensive catalogue.

‘Surfer Rosa’ is a record made up of rage, religion, gore, incest and superheroes named ‘Tony’. It’s a debut album so good that it’s since been seen as the band’s remarkable masterpiece. Produced by Steve Albini, it includes early Pixies classics such as ‘Bone Machine,’ ‘Gigantic,’ ‘Vamos’ and ‘Where Is My Mind?’. ‘Come On Pilgrim’, on the other hand, contained eight songs from the band’s first-ever studio session—produced by Gary Smith and recorded at his Fort Apache Studio near Boston.

Since their debut in 1986, Pixies have successfully released five genre-defining studio albums. Reunited in 2004, the band began touring, playing to packed-out venues around the world. This September, Pixies will release their brand new and eighth studio album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’. Visceral, musically cinematic, otherworldly but strangely familiar and a bit unsettling—the album boasts 12 new tracks produced by Grammy Award-nominated Tom Dalgety. Lead single ‘On Graveyard Hill’ is an in-your-face, classic Pixies tale of imminent, ominous doom. The evolution of the album’s creative process is uniquely documented in a 12-episode podcast entitled ‘It’s a Pixies Podcast’.

Grab your tickets now and let Pixies stun you with their rip-roaring live performance next year!

Six60 Set To Sell Out Western Springs Stadium Again

Over 35,000 tickets to the Six60 concert at Western Springs Stadium on Saturday 22nd February 2020 were snapped up by fans after going on sale at midday today!