FRIDAY 18 AUGUST
MY FRIEND THE
The song writing genius of David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a big concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks for more than two and a half decades. Their album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity, all by the kind of stealth that makes the most haunting, exhilarating and enduring pop music.
W ELIZA HULL
With the release of their new album Punchbuzz little over a month away, Husky today bring news of a national tour to fans and share the visionary video for their current single ’Ghost’. Following on from popular first single ‘Late Night Store’, ‘Ghost’ has enjoyed a warm welcome into the world. It was premiered via triple j’s Veronica and Lewis along with Clash Music in the UK, and has since received airplay at triple j and double j, amongst a host of additions to Apple Music and Spotify playlists. The rhythmic, driving song sets the scene for Husky’s third album Punchbuzz, out June 2. The impressive, cleverly animated video was produced by Melbourne production house Dropbear, and sees Husky and Gideon entering a dreamlike and surreal Day of the Dead inspired realm. Director Jonathan Chong was inspired by the song’s evocative lyrics.
FRI 25 AUGUST
W THE SHIFTERS & BABY BLUE
Good Morning are a two piece recording project made up of Stefan Blair (Gemini) and Liam Parsons (Aries) from Melbourne, Australia. The two met in high school and have been writing songs ever since. In 2013, they went halvies in a Foxtex 4 track tape machine; Good Morning is the result of that investment. They have released two mildly received EPs, Shawcross and Glory, and some similarly received singles. In a live setting they are joined by James Macleod (Libra) and John Considine (Sagittarius). Together they have performed in the United States at CMJ Music Marathon and most of Australia. Career highlights include being unfavourably compared to Mac DeMarco a lot, that time Urban Outfitters asked to play their music in stores and when Tyler, the Creator tweeted the cover of Shawcross.
W CODA CHROMA
Following on from a national run of sold out album launches for her critically lauded debut A Suitable Girl, social commentator and femme rock champion Ali Barter has announced her return to the road. The “One Foot In” tour sets out to be Ali’s biggest run of dates yet, kicking off at Darwin Festival on Friday August 11 and taking in all major capital cities as well as regional centres Castlemaine, Byron Bay, Newcastle and including an appearance at the jewel of the leisure coast - Yours and Owls Festival.
$25 + BF
SAT 2 SEPT
W THE SUGAR FED LEOPARDS
The Bombay Royale are a world conquering cult band hailing from Melbourne Australia. Their music is a red hot marsala of surf, spy, space disco and funk inspired by the sounds and spirit of 1970s & 80s Bollywood. From unlikely beginnings in the badlands of suburban Melbourne the band have taken their unique sound to audiences throughout Europe, UK and the USA. Their music is psychedelic road trip that spans vast musical landscapes, traversing lawless deserts on a heavy riff, surfing cosmic pulse-rays on a galactic long board and finally floating through the dead of space to a synthesised 80’s beat. Overlaid with vocals in Hindi, Bengali and English, the band is fronted by The Tiger and The Mysterious Lady. The Bombay Royale’s debut album You Me Bullets Love won a place in iTunes Best of 2012 and #1 on the iTunes World Music charts. Their second album The Island of Doctor Electrico was extensively featured in the Sony Playstation game FarCry4 as well as the track ‘Henna Henna’ being featured on AMC’s Better Call Saul! On 2nd September 2017 the band will unleash their trademark sound on Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal as part of the launch tour of their explosive new record ’Run Kitty Run’. Not to be missed.
SAT 9 SEPT
W DEAD & MUFFLER
Castlemaine's own sweet-toothed-cosmic-wanderer, Carly Fern celebrates the release of her highly anticipated new record with this weird party for weird people. Featuring special performances by local weirdos DEAD, Muffler, Briega Young & more.
SAT 9 SEPT
- SALSA BAND
SalsaSocial is Castlemaine's very own salsa school run by Camila Serrano. Camila has invited Quarter Street - Melbourne premier Latin band to perform at the Theatre Royal to enable a night of salsa dancing and beautiful Latin music. Camila will give some simple dancing instruction from 7.30pm - 8.30pm before the band takes to the stage and you can try out your new moves.
Check out SalsaSocial on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SalsaSocialDance
FRI 27 OCT
"You & The
with Lizzie Flynn
W Liam Gerner and The Royal High Jinx
With a combination of lyrical honesty and charming melodies, Lizzie Flynn writes songs that blend a little satirical storytelling with a lot of joyful emotion. Her latest album, You & The Open Sky, is to be launched in September / October 2017 (see tour details below). It is a collection of original songs, which weave audiences through toe-tapping country to tender ballads withsongs of lessons learnt and love lost. Prisoner in my own Town, from the album, was shortlisted in the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriter Awards, alongside songwriters such as Josh Pyke, Tash Sultana and Gretta Ray.
Highlights of 2016/2017 included performing live on ABC radio and being interviewed by Christine Anu (September 2016), composing songs for the theatre production of ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’ (October 2016) and performing at the Bellingen Turtle Festival, Gold Coast Music Festival and the 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival with her band, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning. Lizzie has produced several independent albums, including Hush, which received an Arts Queensland Grant, with the title track described as ‘stunning’ Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail.
SUN 19 NOV
Ash Grunwald performing live at the Theatre Royal.
Stay tuned for further info and support artists.
SUN 10 DEC
W Special Guests
One of Australia's favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has today announced a regional tour of Australia alongside the news that he'll be hanging up his Josh Pyke boots and going on hiatus from the end of the year. To celebrate his illustrious career and to say 'goodbye for now,' he will be embarking on a massive regional tour in November and December, kicking off on November 3 at the Byron Bay Brewery, moving through to Port Macquarie, Katoomba, Henley Beach, Norwood, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Belgrave, Ballarat, and finishing up at Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on December 10