G’day October! With possibly the biggest stream of Australian and New Zealand musical acts hitting London and the UK we’ve ever seen, October 2013 is set to be a huge one for music from down under – a musical glimmer of sunlight just as temperatures begin to drop to uncomfortably chilly levels. There’s really nothing quite like catching your favourite Aussie and Kiwi bands live in London, and every month we’ll bring you the acts that are lined up to tour the UK and pay London a visit along the way. If we’ve missed any, please let us know in the comments or shoot us an email. We’ll always keep this page as up-to-date as possible, and any additions will pop up on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well (make sure you like/follow us to get the latest).
October 17th (Brixton Academy, with Local Natives) tickets
After receiving rave reviews for their recent sold out performance at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, Cloud Control will return to the UK’s chilly shores to perform tracks from their latest offering, Dream Cave (‘Dojo Rising’ is one of our tracks of the year!), as well as songs off their beloved debut, Bliss Release. After kicking off their massive European tour in London last month to rave reviews, they’re be back in the capital on the 17th to play Brixton’s O2 Academy in support of magnificent Californian indie rockers Local Natives.
Fat Freddy’s Drop
October 5th (Brixton Academy) tickets
Heavyweight Kiwi soul providers Fat Freddy’s Drop have taken flight once again and touch down in the UK this month with the worldwide release of their awesome new album Blackbird. This one will sell out quickly!
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
October 26th, 27th, 28th (Hammersmith Apollo) tickets
Marking the release of the new album Push The Sky Away, the Cavester and his Bad Seeds are celebrating another successful summer festival season with a massive European and North American tour, kicking things off with a three-date run at Hammersmith’s immense Apollo in late October. A rare opportunity to see the eclectic maverick at his fresh-faced finest.
The Cat Empire
October 20th (Brixton Academy) tickets
Melbourne’s finest genre-busting, multi-platinum collective The Cat Empire embark on their biggest world tour to date, in celebration of the release of their fifth studio album Steal The Light.
October 14th (Barfly Camden) tickets and 23rd (Scala) tickets
Jagwar Ma are all the rage this year, making some serious waves with their fresh, danceable old-but-new psychedelic grooves. The Aussie rock duo take on Camden’s Barfly (one of the best live music venues around) on the 14th, kicking off the first of six exclusive Q Awards shows (also featuring Toy, Suede, John Grant, The Ruen Brothers, and The View) in style before headlining their own show at Scala on the 23rd. Expect ringing ears and beaming smiles.
October 17th (Scala) tickets
Following the success of their two Triple J Hottest 100 2012 records, San Cisco are returning to the UK for the third time this year with their infectiously melodic upbeat sounds. Catch them take the stage at London’s Scala on the 17th, the last of their UK dates before they jet off to France to complete their European tour.
Ball Park Music
October 23rd (The Water Rats) tickets and 25th (KOKO, with TedZed) tickets
A year on from the release of their acclaimed second album, Musuem, the pop-rockers make their return to London with fellow Brisbanites Sheppard in tow on the 23rd, before hitting up KOKO for Club NME on the 25th in support of curious instrumentalist and producer TedZed. Get your dancing shoes ready!
I Am Giant + Agent Band
October 29th (The Black Heart) tickets
After blowing all in attendance away earlier this summer at this year’s Homelanz Festival in the heart of London, NZ rockers I Am Giant are set to take over Camden’s Black Heart in what’s bound to be a hectic night of edgy, powerful rock tunes. Already making waves across New Zealand, Australia and the UK with sold out tours and #1 singles, these guys have a huge future ahead. And for double the Kiwi love they’ll be supported by tenacious prog-rockers and fellow countrymen Agent Band, touring to promote their sophomore album, Kingdom of Fear, out this December. We’ll see you there!
October 22nd (Madame Jojo’s) tickets and 23rd (Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen) tickets
With one of the tunes of the summer in spunky pop number ‘Is This How You Feel?’, Sydney five-piece The Preatures are continuing their bumper-to-bumper year of sold out shows (which included supporting Haim on their recent Australian tour) with a long-overdue UK and European headline tour to show us here on the other side of the world exactly how it feels.
I Killed The Prom Queen
October 8th (Electric Ballroom) tickets
Australian metalcore stalwarts I Killed The Prom Queen return to the capital for what’s destined to be one of the most hectic nights London has ever seen. In what is sure to be one hell of a bone-crushing spectacle, they’ll be forming the core of Impericon’s Never Say Die! Tour, along with Emmure, Carnifex, Betraying The Martyrs, Hundredth, Northlane and Rise Of The Northstar. Always relied upon to deliver a stellar line up of genre pushing, ground breaking bands at the forefront of the hard-hitting music heavy-weights of this world and now in its 7th year the Impericon Never Say Die Tour! Tour 2013 continues to bring audiences an un-miss-able tour.
The Getaway Plan
October 10th (Brixton Academy with Sleeping With Sirens) tickets
Armed with new material, a new bass player, new management and renewed drive, The Getaway Plan have been hitting the road for the last couple of months on their most extensive and intimate Australian tour in over 5 years. Making the long journey over to the UK to finish it all off, the Melbourne rockers will be supporting Florida post-hardcore outfit Sleeping With Sirens, bringing new material to life along with some old crowd favourites and forgotten gems.