KRS-One Is Coming to Canberra

Column: News   |   Date Published: Friday, 24 February 12   |   Author: Allan Sko   |   5 years, 3 months ago

KRS-One Is Coming to Canberra
KRS-One is a fascinating gentleman. He has a morbid fear of flying and so only travels to foreign countries via boat. He doesn’t drive at night. He insists people have read a copy of his autobiography so he can quiz people on it. He also happens to be one of the most significant names in hip-hop; one of the genre’s godfathers, pioneers and mainstayers all rolled into one. As a result of KRS-One’s dislike for flying, it is a rare thing to get the man out to Australia. But thanks to those incorrigible Koky Prik promotion cunnies, we finally get the chance to witness the legend first hand. Playing out at the Southern Cross Club Events Centre top room - the same venue as the highly successful Bone Thugs N Harmony gig - on Friday (huzzah!) April 13, KRS-One will be joined by Def Wish Cast and the KP Records stable. Tix are $85 + bf and available now from Moshtix.

John Butler announces national tour:

John Butler will be returning to his roots to perform a series of solo concerts throughout the country in March and April. Aptly titled Tin Shed Tales, these shows will be a rare opportunity to hear the music of this iconic artist in a raw and intimate setting. John will be bringing his Tin Shed along for the ride, and it’ll be decked out with a collection of personal art pieces, old skool skateboards and vintage guitars; these items are laid out in his shed at home where he draws inspiration for his art and songwriting. John will unveil some brand new songs alongside tracks from his extensive catalogue on the Tin Shed Tales tour. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the most intimate performance this versatile artist has ever undertaken. John hits the Canberra Theatre on Friday April 13. Tickets are available online from

Groovin the Moo line-up:

Yup, it’s that time of year again – Groovin The Moo have just announced the line-up for this year’s jolly jaunt around the country. In 2012 we can sample the musical delights of 360, Adrian Lux (SWE), Andrew W.K One-Man-Party Tour (USA), Beni, Big Scary, Bluejuice, Chiddy Bang (UK), City and Colour (CAN), Digitalism (GER), The Getaway Plan, Gold Fields, Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Kaiser Chiefs (UK), Kimbra, The Maccabees (UK), Matt Corby, Muscles, Mutemath (USA), Naysayer & Gilsun, Parkway Drive, Public Enemy (USA), Purple Sneakers DJs, San Cisco, Wavves (USA) with more local and triple j unearthed artists to be announced.

The Canberra leg of the tour occurs on Sunday May 13, so once again there will be a parade of distraught mothers left offspring-less on Mother’s Day. Tickets are a thrifty $99.90 + bf and are available by logging onto or moshtix, or by calling 1300 438 849.

BMA Magazine and ENLIGHTEN present the West Side Stage Line-up:

As reported last issue, Australian Capital Tourism and BMA Magazine are teaming up to program the ENLIGHTEN stage on the weekends of March 2–3 and 9–10. We now have some acts to share with YOU, The Adoring Public. The launch night on Friday March 2 will be an all electronic affair with some of the brightest minds in Australian production sharing their wares. Headlining will be UK/Melbourne deep house/prog legend Anthony Pappa, the “DJ’s DJ”, who has turned in revered mixes for the mighty Global Underground, Renaissance and Balance series. Alongside him will be Melbourne’s much loved Rollin Connection. They will be joined by the mystical pops and bleeps of Hypnagog who promise to deliver a sonic exploration like no other.

On Saturday March 3 it’s all about big bands with big sound. Seven-piece deliverers of horn-piano-guitar driven funk/ska good times Eagle and the Worm will be joining us, along with Canberra’s favourite sons Los Capitanes who will be indulging in the long overdue launch of their latest album No Rest For The Wicked. On Friday March 9 the lovely Lanie Lane will be entrancing us all with her old timey country raunch, and will be joined by perennial Canberra favourite The Ellis Collective and Owen Campbell. To finish ENLIGHTEN with a bang on Saturday March 10 will be the Puta Madre Brothers – a dirty hi-energy mariachi style three-piece where every member is a one-man-band. Literally. They will be joined by Canberra’s own summoners of energy Fun Machine and the Brass Knuckle Brass Band. More of Canberra’s finest musical talent will join the bill over the coming days. All four concerts are free. Each night will run from 6.30pm through to 11pm as part of the wider ENLIGHTEN program featuring over 35 free and ticketed events spanning music, art, cinema, architectural projections, talk and tours, live comedy, food, drink and more. You can find out more at . See you there!

Applespiel need Canberra music:

Applespiel, a performance collective from Wollongong, are excited to be presenting their radio/theatre installation Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show as part of You Are Here 2012. Over three mornings they’ll inhabit cafes around Canberra’s CBD and build a commercial radio show from scratch, and they need music from independent Canberra artists. These are the guidelines: you must be independent, from Canberra, own the music you are submitting, and the song must be radio friendly and no longer than five minutes. Head to for more info. 

Ice Cube Canberra Show Rescheduled For April:

Put On Ice
Continuing the hip-hip tip, the much anticipated Ice Cube show, scheduled for last year, is finally happening at the AIS Arena on Thursday April 19. He will be supported by DJ Daz and the rest of the KP Records roster. Tix are $91.50 + bf and available now from Ticketek.



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