GRINSPOON: December 26th to January 8th
Alt-rockers Grinspoon are treading up and down the East Coast promoting their 2009 album Six to Midnight. The party fires up on Boxing Day in Byron Bay and virtually does not stop until they reach southwestern Sydney. The band is playing 12 gigs in only 14 days with the support of Ballarat punk rockers, Howl, and Chicks Who Love Guns.
THE NATIONAL: January 7th to January 10th
Crammed between their performances at the Falls Festival, Southbound Festival, and Cross-Linx Festival, Brooklyn indie rockers The National still found time to tour Oz on their on their own terms. The band will play back-to-back shows at the Enmore Theatre in Victoria and the Palais Theatre in New South Wales on their High Violet tour.
THE SOFT PACK: January 5th to 7th
These non-stop Cali rockers are returning to Australia for a dreadfully short tour after a stellar response from their first ever Aussie tour last July. The tour kicks off at Sydney at the Manning Bar and wraps up at the Corner in Melbourne with fresh, local acts supporting both gigs.
HOT HOT HEAT: January 3rd to 6th
This January, these Canadian rockers will be down under promoting their first self-produced album, 2010’s Future Breeds. The buzz around the band is rising with Pitchfork calling the album “what Hot Hot Heat does best, compact, unpredictable and delivered with the scalding energy of a band about to jump out of its own skin.”