Pseudo Echo at Upstairs Beresford pics 27/10/11

One word – Awesome! I’ve been wanting to see Pseudo Echo for so many years and for various reason have missed them, but luckily not this time. They played at the Upstairs Beresford, which I must say is a really good venue and was the right size for the crowd last night.

Coming on at around 10pm, they played out a mix of songs from Autumnal Park and Love An Adventure. The ones that the crowd enjoyed in particular I think were were Destination Unknown, Listening, Living In A Dream, Lies Are Nothing and Love An Adventure.

My favourite was the encore. They did a cover of Real Life’s hit Send Me An Angel which was brilliant! Also played Funkytown which (not surprisingly) brought the house down. This led onto some snippets of other songs like Just Can’t get Enough (Depeche Mode) and Girl U Want (Devo) which were totally done adlib and well appreciated by the crowd. The concert finished just after 11.30pm.

Below are some pics taken from my iPhone (damn, should of taken my real camera).

Can’t wait until they play again up here in Sydney again. Do yourself a favour and see them if you get the chance. Their music is awesome, but live is so much better.

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80s rewind festival heading to Australia

The UK-based 80s Rewind Festival is heading to Australia later this year, with the 2 day event being hosted near Wollongong (just south of Sydney) on Oct 28-30.

The line-up is amazing for all you Retro fans, including artists such as The Human League, Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, ABC, Midge Ure of Ultravox, Ross Wilson, Mental As Anything, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, Go West, John Paul Young and Pseudo Echo.

80’s rewind is a relatively new concept(?), having started only in 2009, but it has become a hit with fans in it’s short life.

Ticket and pricing info is as follows:

OCTOBER 28-30, 2011

Artists appearing:
Headline Act – The Human League
Support Acts – Kool and the Gang, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, ABC, Midge Ure (of Ultravox), Ross Wilson, Mental As Anything, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, Go West, John Paul Young and Pseudo Echo.

Tickets go on sale 9.00am Monday, July 25, 2011 from Moshtix

Ticket Prices (check website for full pricing options):
(Note: prices are AUD and do not include booking fees)

Saturday or Sunday adult – $108.90
Saturday or Sunday child (12 and under) – $60.50
Weekend adult – $209
Weekend child – $110
Weekending camping adult – $60.50
Weekend camping child – $27.50

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The Cure Live in Sydney report

The Cure played two concerts in Sydney this week as a part of the Sydney Vivid Live Festival – and fans were certainly not disappointed. The concert lasted just under an incredible four hours each night, with the band playing a whopping total of 44 songs.
This include their first three albums in their entirety (Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds and Faith), and then 3 unforgettable encores consisting of 14 songs. The concerts were played at the Sydney Opera House, the first time The Cure had played in this smaller venue which only holds about 2500 people.

What was interesting was the reuniting of former keyboardists Lol Tolhurst and Roger O’Donnell, who I have not seen live for quite some time. That added a nice nostalgic touch to the performance.

What songs were played? Well, check out this playlist and tell me if you’re not impressed:


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The Cure ‘Reflections’ playing in Australia for Vivid Live

Woohoo – announced today. The Cure are coming back to Australia for vivid live festival in Sydney. Playing on the 31st May and 1st June, it’s sure to be be pretty special, especially considering ‘what’ they will be playing.

They will be playing three albums in their entirerty – namely Three Imaginary Boys (1979), Seventeen Seconds (1980), and Faith (1981). Any die hard Cure fans will absolutely love the playlist. There’s nothing better than songs like 10:15 Saturday Night, A Forest or Play for Today being played live.

Look at the line up of who will be appearing – Awesome to see Lol Tolhurst back for this tour:

Three Imaginary Boys (1979)
The Cure Trio: Robert Smith (voice & guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums)

Seventeen Seconds (1980)
The Cure Quartet: Robert Smith (voice & guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys)

Faith (1981)
The Cure Quintet: Robert Smith (voice & guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys & percussion), Laurence Tolhurst (keys & percussion)

The Cure are playing at the Opera House which is unusual and new to the band, but I noticed that the performance will be recorded for distribution and broadcast so expect to see DVDs released in the future. Pity their other Oz tours from years back haven’t been recorded because they have done some good ones – hang on, all of them have been good! And it is being advertised as a 180 minute concert.

Can’t wait for this, and look for another post here after the concerts to report how good it was as I’m definitely going!

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