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Music: Promoter Defends R Kelly’s Australian Tour Amid Backlash

A tour promoter has defended its decision to bring R Kelly for an Australian tour next year, despite multiple sexual abuse allegations that the singer is facing.

Today Kelly announced his first ever tour in Australia for February, with scheduled performances in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The tour is organised by promoter Big Music Tour, which has spoken in its defence.

“We can confirm we are bringing R. Kelly to Australia. Our focus remains on his incredible music and bringing the show to his Australian and New Zealand fans,” said the company. “Mr Kelly was cleared of all allegations and in our view, you are innocent until proven guilty.”

Kelly has been accused of multiple sexual misconducts dating back to 2000, some of them involving minors. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of 14 counts of creating child pornography. In 2017, Kelly denied claims that he was holding numerous women in an “abusive cult”.

In May, Spotify introduced a policy to remove controversial artists such as Kelly and XXXTentacion from the service’s sponsored playlists following the #MuteRKelly social media campaign. This policy was later rescinded due to accusations of racial bias.

In July, Kelly released a 19-minute song titled “I Admit” where he admitted to have had sexual relations with “older and young ladies” but denied allegations of sexual abuse.

Event: The Newsagency’s First Airbnb Experiences Concert, Sydney

World-class jazz duo Some Of Two Parts is bringing their music to the famous Annandale music venue for its first ever Airbnb Experiences concert.

After Airbnb launched its Experiences program in Australia last month, allowing locals to offer activities and experiences, Some Of Two Parts is finally joining the party with the Newsagency to play the venue’s inaugural special concert.

Featuring Loretta Palmeiro on soprano saxophone and Mark Isaacs on piano, the jazz/contemporary duo has performed at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit the Airbnb page.

Sunday, November 18 | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Music: Post Malone Announces 2019 Australian Tour

Post Malone has announced that he will be touring across Australia next year for arena shows. Among the cities that the multi-platinum rapper will be hitting in April and May are Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Malone’s sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys broke Spotify’s streaming records with 78.7 million streams on its release day earlier this year, beating Drake’s More Life.

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, October 30. For ticketing and more information, visit the Ticketek page.

Perth: Friday, April 26 | RAC Arena

Adelaide: Sunday, April 28 | Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena

Melbourne: Tuesday, April 30 | Rod Laver Arena

Brisbane: Saturday, May 4 | Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Sydney: Tuesday, May 7 | Qudos Bank Arena

Music: NZ’s Salina Fisher Shines in the US

New Zealand composer and musician Salina Fisher has racked yet another achievement – having the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra play one of her compositions.

The 25-year-old, who is currently taking a master of music in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, said the request from the orchestra also came as a surprise to her. “I’d just moved to New York to experience what the music scene was like and I really wasn’t expecting to get a call from someone organising this concert,” Fisher told Newshub.

The composition, titled ‘Tōrino’, was co-created with Rob Thorne and features Māori instrument pūtōrino.

This wasn’t the first recognition for Fisher, who has been composing and playing piano and violin since childhood. In 2016 she won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her work ‘Rainphase’, being the youngest person ever to receive the honour. Her music has been performed by ensembles across the world, including in the US, Russia, Canada and Germany.

Fisher is due to finish her study in May and return to New Zealand afterwards.

Event: Yaeji at Sydney Opera House, Sydney

The Internet famous singer, DJ and producer is hitting Sydney before the year ends.

After touring around the world and performing on world-class stages such as Coachella, Panorama and Way Out West, Kathy Lee aka Yaeji is bringing her signature house music to the Opera House for an evening full of dancefloor burners and hazy Korean-English raps.

Tickets are $59 excluding booking fee, and will be sold starting Friday, September 7 at 9am. For more information, visit the Opera House website.

Saturday, December 1, 9pm | Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Event: Chris Saunders’s Liquid Therapy Tour, Sydney

New York-based singer/songwriter Chris Saunders is coming to Sydney after the release of his first solo full-length album, Liquid Therapy.

Combining the sounds of traditional indie rock and soul with reggae/hip-hop/dancehall elements, the album explores personal journeys and relationships formed under the influence of alcohol and music.

The performance – set to be held in the Newsagency, Annandale – will be a part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Tickets are $18 online, and $25 at the door. For more information, visit the Sticky Tickets website.

Tuesday, September 25, 8.30-9.30pm | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Music: Twenty One Pilots to Visit Australia in ‘Bandito’ World Tour

After dropping two new singles, a new video and a date for their new album, Twenty One Pilots announced an accompanying world tour to complete the experience.

The ‘Bandito’ tour will see the duo performing in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from October to March.

The full-length album, titled Trench, will be released on October 5. The two singles from the album, ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’ are now available for streaming on Youtube and Spotify.

Registration for the pre-order tickets for Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available now until Sunday, July 15 at 11.59pm ET. For more information, visit the Twenty One Pilots’ website.

The concert dates and venues:

December 7 — Perth, AU @ Perth Arena

December 10 — Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

December 13 — Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena

December 16 — Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena

December 18 — Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

December 21 — Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena

Music: Smash Mouth Announces 2018 Australian Tour

All Stars can get their get game on – Smash Mouth has announced an Australian tour.

The band, most well-known for their meme-fied song for the movie Shrek, is coming back to Australia after their last tour in 2013. They will be performing across seven cities in November.

See the list below for more information on venues and ticketing.

Thursday, November 8: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 9: Twin Towns Services Club, Gold Coast

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, November 10: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, November 14: Albury SS&A Club, Albury

Tickets: Eventopia

Thursday, November 15: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, November 16: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, November 17: Croxton Band Room, Melbourne

Tickets: Oztix

Music: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Reveals New Assistant Conductor

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.

Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”