Aus + NZ to Celebrate Anzac Spirit with Major Concert Event this Saturday







Aus + NZ to Celebrate Anzac Spirit with Major Concert Event this Saturday

Anzac Day Event



On an Anzac Day like no other, the Australian and New Zealand music community will join together to pay its respects and celebrate the mateship between two great neighbouring nations.

While recognising and acknowledging the Anzac message, we also turn our attention to those that are currently fighting on the COVID-19 front line and say, ‘thank you’.
Music From The Home Front sees Australian and New Zealand musicians uniting for an extraordinary special concert event on Anzac Day evening, screening on Nine in Australia and Three in New Zealand.  
Live streaming direct from their safe locations to yours, Australia and New Zealand’s most revered artists will come together to commemorate the spirit that binds us all together on this special Saturday night.


Line Up of Artists:

Birds Of Tokyo with (West Australian Symphony Orchestra)

Ben Lee

Courtney Barnett

Dave Bobbin

Delta Goodrem

G Flip

Ian Moss

Kevin Parker

Marlon William (Tame Impala)

Missy Higgins

Paul Kelly

The Wiggles

The Rubens

Vance Joy

Vika & Linda

and more!

Watch the live event on Anzac Day – Saturday 25th April on

The Nine Network Australia | Three New Zealand


Live Anzac Day Event




Full Event Information and Line Up – More Details



Aus + NZ to Celebrate Anzac Spirit with Major Concert Event this Saturday

Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster







Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster

Covid 19 Fundraiser



We have always thought that music unites.

In every area, in every genre, in every situation, Music is inspiration, Music has the power to raise us above human events, Music gives wings to our hopes …
And the hope is what we all hold on to today, so that we can return to our lives as soon as possible and defeat this health emergency that is upsetting and destroying our lives.

But to do this, there is also a need for the desire and commitment of each of us, because only all together we are strong, united and we can fight and win.

With “HIGHWAY SOLOS”, Elevate Records wanted to engage in a beneficial project with some of the best Italian musicians, physically divided but spiritually united and connected to each other, in a song that is an imaginary journey along one of the hundred highways that connect our wonderful country .
Today more than ever, we gather around those who are indomitable in trying to save lives, amid a thousand difficulties and lack of tools and means to deal with this pandemic in an adequate way; for this reason all the musicians involved in “HIGHWAY SOLOS” propose to raise funds in favor of the SACCO hospital in Milan,ITALY,  committed to the forefront of the virus emergency, by purchasing the piece that bears its name for this project on the digital stores and through the company.

This massive collaboration, in which each person involved gave their contribution completely free of charge, was carried out in a very short time in order to be able to contribute as quickly as possible to face a terrible and unexpected danger.

Through this passage you will be able to carve out an emotional space in which to travel, in which to feel only positive vibrations, in which to perceive that united you can really make a difference in a moment when you need one another, even from a distance.



Musicians in order of appearance:

Stefano Sebo Xotta
Nicola Denti
Simone Gianlorenzi
Luca Colombo
Matteo Brigo
Fabrizio Bicio Leo-Bis
Marco Sfogli
Francesco Corapi
Andy Martongelli
Mistheria (keyboards )
Roberto Fasciani(bass)
Valerio Lucantoni


The realization of the song, from video to audio, was carried out completely remotely, each in its isolation due to the quarantine, but the result shows that it is possible to stay united and make projects even with the strength of volotà and desire to do and be together.



Or via the video description on YouTube you can find other ways to donate, what you can, from financial help to a simple word of mouth.

In Italy in this period we say : ANDRA TUTTO BENE  (Everything will be fine)

We are united, Fight The Virus


Project conceived and coordinated by:
Francesco Corapi  (chitarrista, compositore, speaker Radiofonico, collaboratore
Guglielmo Malusardi Tinti (giornalista musicale, esperto di chitarrismo )
con la collaborazione di
Mauro Matteucci  (Elevate Records, produzione, mix, master)
Pino Magliani (Elevate Records, speaker radiofonico )
Gianluca “Graz” Grazioli (caporedattore


Elevate Records

Highway Solos Musicians Unite for Italy’s Covid 19 Disaster

Start Selling Merch Immediately At The Merch Desk








An all-Australian print-on-demand, drop shipping solution for gigging artists. No cost and no bulk buying involved. Artists create their profile, upload a design/s and their fans can start buying merch immediately!

Artists Sign Up Here:


Now, more than ever, there is a huge need for fans to be supporting their favourite artists by getting their merch. Across the world, the message has been received and fans are trying to do their part, but what about the bands who don’t already have merch amidst this crisis?

Joseph Knox-Wheeler, the Brisbane-based musician and now founder of The Merch Desk (launching Friday March 27) has the solution for artists and musicians to help them start selling merch within hours. Wheeler states:

“The Merch Desk is designed to remove all barriers that would otherwise stop artists offering merch to their fans and supporters. The Merch Desk costs nothing to get started and with their help artists can be selling to their fans in hours not weeks.”

Each artist is given a profile. The designs are then uploaded and prices are set to whatever they’d like. Artists are shown the cost of each item and the profit that would be made from each item. All they have to do then is send their fans to The Merch Desk.

Wheeler has teamed up with the Brisbane-based company, The Print Barwho process, print and ship the merch directly to the customer within 3-5 business days. This means no waste, no upfront costs and no financial risks for artists.

Description Of How Printing Works

In this crisis, Wheeler’s only goal is to help Australian artists, this is why they only retain $1 from each item sold to cover website and running costs.

This means, that the average profit from a shirt (Small to X-large) sold at $30 is just over $20. $20 to the artist, $1 to The Merch Desk and the rest to cover the cost of producing the merch to The Print Bar.

Furthermore, artists who are stuck for designs, The Merch Desk has them covered too. Wheeler has partnered with Jimmy Patch , a Brisbane-based illustrator and graphic designer who can help artists get awesome designs completed, so they can start selling merch as soon as possible.

That’s not all though, there is more good news. This new platform isn’t just for musicians, this is for any creative out there, from designers, illustrators, comedians, or anyone who lives off gig culture!


Artists can sign up to The Merch Desk ahead of the launch via the sign-up form at, or by email at:


Answers to FAQ can be found here:

Band Profile Example


Start Selling Merch Immediately At The Merch Desk

Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday







Punk Rock Band

Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Announce Live Streamed Album Release Acoustic Set For This Saturday, March 28 at 6pm PST

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State is release the new LP ‘Tough Love’ this Friday, March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they’re going to live stream an acoustic performance this Saturday 3/28 via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel.

Tune in at 6pm PST on Saturday to hear Chief State perform songs from “Tough Love” (along with some old fan favorites). The band will also be giving away copies of the new album “Tough Love” on CD.


Chief State ‘Acoustic Album Release Show’ live stream link:


Frontman Fraser Simpson says,

“We were massively disappointed to cancel our release shows due to the coronavirus. It does at least give us a unique opportunity to take our performance to fans around the world and not just in Vancouver though! We’re excited to share some acoustic renditions of our songs old and new. We’ll be taking questions and chatting between songs so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us and all that we get up to! We’ll also be doing some giveaways so tune in on Saturday 3/28 at 6pm PST for some quarantine hangs!”

Also Available on Spotify:

Pre-order ‘Tough Love’ here:

‘Tough Love’ track listing:

1. Try Hard

2. Deciduous

3. Reprise

4. Something Good For Once

5. Biding Time

6. Choke

7. Peace Of Mind


Chief State to Live Stream Album Release This Saturday

Corona Sessions: Chart-topping Musician Raises Funds For Local Businesses “By Request”







Indie Artist


The 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 aka Corona Virus has had far-reaching consequences for more than just those directly infected by the virus. With communities being turned into literal ghost towns, due to statewide-mandated shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, local business owners have been among those hardest hit by the pandemic.

Musicians have also been greatly affected, with cancelled shows and entire tours being put on hold. Many performers have taken to online shows to reach their fans and earn some much-needed income. One Kansas City-based musician has decided to utilize this online technology to do what he can to help the local business community.

Chart-topping Americana and Folk artist, Bill Abernathy has started the “Corona Virus Sessions” at his William’s Wonderland Of Wood studios. Bill explains,

I live in the Kansas City market, and frequent the local businesses here regularly. They supply most of my food and entertainment, as well as great conversations and relationships with interesting entrepreneurial people. I am concerned about their ability to survive in these trying times.”

Bill continues,

“I was talking with my daughter Kristen, discussing ways to help support these vital businesses and have a little fun while doing it. We came up with the ‘William’s Wonderland of Wood Coronavirus Sessions.’ We are asking our fans to send me song requests. I will play their requests and video the songs, while we are all social distancing. I will make your video, and you make a donation to a business of your choice. Order take out, buy a gift card, purchase something from their web site, etc. I would also like you to send me the name of the business your supporting to help them gain a little free advertising as well.”

Requests will be taken, and videos will be posted through Bill’s facebook page at


Corona Sessions: Chart-topping Musician Raises Funds For Local Businesses “By Request”

Ella Fence Shows How it’s Done in Trying Times for Artists







Indie Artist


Every Saturday night until this wild ride is over (starting TONIGHT 6:30PM, Australian Eastern Standard Time), Ella Fence will be performing an hour set that you can live stream from the comfort of your own home.

The show will be ‘Ella Fence: Solo & Electric ‘ and will feature her originals mixed with a selection of hand-picked covers.

The performance will be a $5.00AUD admission ($6.36AUD with the booking fee) and will be streamed on Facebook Live (in a private group I’ll add you to).

BUT ALSO! If parting with any cash at the moment is out of the question, Ella will be offering a FREE ticket option. “Do don’t worry I’ve got you”, says Ella. There’s also an opportunity to pay extra if want to and feel you can. 

“Let’s say no to feelings of separation and loneliness in these isolating times and stick together through the uncertainty and anxiety. So curl up on the couch or dance around your living room with me, let’s do this together. xxx”



Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data

Ella Fence Shows How it’s Done in Trying Times for Artists

Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data







Music Festival


With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, music festivals are announcing cancelations or postponing dates on a daily basis. This puts economic strain on not only the performing artists, event organizers, and the teams involved, but also on anyone with flights, hotels, and festival tickets already booked and paid for months in advance, now struggling to get info in time to get their bookings refunded. To help everyone stay on top of things, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has put together a comprehensive list at, updated daily.

The service monitors around 5,000 festivals worldwide and lets you know which ones are canceled or postponed, so you can plan accordingly. The data is sourced from Viberate’s massive global database of artists, venues, events, and festivals. Currently, they’ve identified 141 canceled and 185 postponed festivals.

The idea for Sick Festivals came when one of the startup’s founders, renowned techno DJ UMEK, started getting an avalanche of show cancellations: 

“Just a week ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realized how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian. Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage. At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.

Music Festivals

Music Festivals Hit Hard by Coronavirus: This Startup Has the Data


Composer/Pianist Juan Sanchez Launches Piano Music YouTube Playlist







Pianist and Composer Juan Sánchez Launches a Piano Music With Nature Landscapes YouTube Playlist To Awaken A Sense Of Awe And Appreciation For The Earth

Neo Classical Ambient Music Composer


Barcelona based pianist and composer Juan Sánchez has started uploading a series of videos on his YouTube channel showcasing nature scenery with his music playing in the background. Each video is related to one type of nature scenery (i.e: oceans, mountains, skies, etc..) while one of his compositions is playing in the background.

Juan says that images can deepen our emotional response to music, they are part of our visual language — a significant part of the culture of our consumption of music, art and entertainment and they are also a great way to spend five minutes in the afternoon.

The idea behind this series of videos is that while Juan Sánchez gets a chance to get his music heard by a wider audience, he also provides listeners with beautiful landscapes of our natural world in the hope to awaken a sense of awe and appreciation for our earth. In his own words:

“Our natural world is alive with beauty and wonder. It is important for our peace of mind and our enthusiasm for life to love the world we live in and care for the earth and all living things. I hope that these videos will awaken a sense of awe and appreciation for our earth so that we can live in greater harmony with it.”


New videos are added every week.

You can watch a full playlist of all of them on YouTube here:


Read the story from Juan Sanchez on Spotlight


Composer/Pianist Juan Sanchez Launches Piano Music YouTube Playlist


The Methadones Announce Upcoming European and US Tour









Punk Band


 The Methadones   are returning to Chicago after five years to play Chop Shop (2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) with  Direct Hit!,  Dan Vapid and The Cheats , and  Capgun Heroes on Saturday, June 27th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am.

Facebook Event:

The Methadones formed in 1993 by guitarist/vocalist Dan Schafer, AKA, Dan Vapid. The band lasted a few shows before Dan put the side project on the backburner to focus on his main band, Screeching Weasel. In 1994, Screeching Weasel disbanded and Dan Schafer and former bandmate, Ben Foster, traded off lead vocal duties with their new project, The Riverdales. It seemed that The Methadones would never come to fruition. By 1999, Schafer was no longer a member of Screeching Weasel or The Riverdales, and became determined to restart The Methadones with B-Face of The Queers on bass, and Dan Lumley on drums. The band recorded their first album, Ill at Ease, in 2001. After the recording, B-Face and Lumley left the band and Schafer formed a new lineup of The Methadones with guitarist Mike Byrne, bassist Pete Mittler, and drummer Mike Soucy.

In 2003, the band would begin their most prolific period, releasing four albums in five years. Career Objective came first via Thick Records, followed by Not Economically Viable, also on Thick, in 2004. In 2006, the band moved to Red Scare and released 21st Century Power Pop Riot. The next year they issued This Won’t Hurt…, also via Red Scare. 

They released a split album with The Copyrights in 2008, but by the summer of 2010, The Methadones announced that they were breaking up. Later that year they would release a self-titled compilation album on Asian Man Records, which featured five new songs. 

Since then, The Methadones have played only two shows, (one in 2011 and another in 2015). Now they’re back for the first time in nearly five years and have announced four upcoming shows. The first is on May 29th at Red Flag in St. Louis, MO. After that, they’ll play Chop Shop in Chicago on June 27th. Then the band heads to Italy for Punk Rock Raduno and Germany for Back To Future Festival, both of which take place in July.

The current lineup features Dan Vapid, Simon Lamb on guitar, Mike Soucy on drums, and Pete Mittler on bass.

5/29 @ Red Flag: St Louis, MO w/ Hospital Job
6/27 @ Chop Shop: Chicago, IL w/ Direct Hit!
7/16 – 7/18 @ Back To Future Fest: Germany
7/16 – 7/19 @  Punk Rock Raduno: Italy

Punk Rock Band


The Methadones Announce Upcoming European and US Tour










Pop Singer


Global superstar Niall Horan has announced he’ll be bringing his critically acclaimed Nice To Meet Ya tour to Australia to celebrate the release of his upcoming sophomore album Heartbreak Weather, out March 13 – pre-order here.  Presented by TEG Live, the Australian shows will kick off in Brisbane on September 30 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, before moving through Sydney to play Qudos Bank Arena on October 2, and wrapping up in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on October 3.  This will be Horan’s second headline tour of Australia, who welcomed him with open arms back in 2018 where he played mostly sold out shows as part of his Flicker World Tour.


Pre-sale tickets will be available via Telstra Plus™ from 12.00pm (local time) Wednesday 26 February before the general public on-sale at 2.00pm (local time) on Monday 2 March from .


Thrilled to be including Australia on his worldwide tour, Niall says, “I am so excited to bring the ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ Tour to Australia. As you know it’s one of my favourite countries to visit and the shows and fans are always amazing!”.


Rolling Stone placed Heartbreak Weather on its list of the 70 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020 and praised Horan’s recent Saturday Night Live performances of  Nice To Meet Ya and  Put a Little Love on Me.  If these beautiful songs, plus the latest single No Judgement, are anything to go by, Heartbreak Weather is set to be an absolutely stunning body of work.  Horan is thrilled to bring his dynamic, impressive live show to fans in Australia, as he enthuses, “Can’t wait to be back down under soon! This is going to be a lot of fun”.


Originally from Mullingar, Ireland, Niall Horan has sold over 80 million records and toured the globe multiple times as part of the iconic One Direction.  With his full-length solo debut  Flicker (Capitol Records), he achieved massive global success and widespread critical acclaim.  The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in October 2017, debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA Album Chart and soon earned Platinum certification or greater in 20 countries, including the U.S.  In addition to surpassing three million in worldwide adjusted album sales and 3.5 billion global streams worldwide, Flicker topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 61 countries.  The album included the 2x Platinum single This Town, and the 3x Platinum Slow Hands.  Horan’s Flicker World Tour included sold-out dates in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Singapore, Japan, Brazil and Australia.

Pop Artist

General public tickets will go on sale at 2.00pm (local time) on Monday 2 March from,  


2.00pm, Monday 2 March via (local time)







NIALL HORAN To Bring Global Nice To Meet Ya Tour To Australia


Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) During Reggae Month








JMC Logo

Plans for Reggae Month in Jamaica this February are shaping up quite nicely. And amidst an amazing line up of dedicated events, activities and celebrations is the Jamaica Music Conference, aka JMC, which takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, February 13-16, 2020, under the central theme of “Reggae Mek’ka Jamaica: Vision 2020.

Via illustrious partnerships with the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA), Solid Agency, and other industry stakeholders, JMC has notably solidified its place in Jamaica’s famed Reggae Month landscape and calendar and has expanded its offerings respectively, promising Reggae music industry professionals, artists and creatives an intense and enhanced, multifaceted program. Moreover, Reggae entertainment stalwart Sharon Burke’s involvement as co-producer has yielded a wealth of increased industry, corporate and artist participation and partnership including the addition of giant music streaming platform Youtube to the program.

“This partnership was inevitable as Solid Agency has stood strong as a forerunner in the entertainment industry for years. We could not pass up an opportunity to partner with JMC to further contribute to the most far reaching aspect of Jamaica’s culture, the music”, states Solid Agency founder and CEO, Sharon Burke.


With more than 30 panel discussions, workshops, plenaries, networking opportunities, entertainment showcases, artist features, exhibitions and special events planned, the 7th Annual JMC will provide invaluable information, tools, tips and opportunities to advance its audience both individually and collectively. As a part of its mission and shared vision with JARIA and other Reggae Month partners, JMC has implemented content that will help inform and contribute to the health and wealth of Reggae music as a whole.



Internationally renowned music producer and DJ Walshy Fire is a speaker at the JMC Youth Summit.

While highlighting Jamaica as the “Reggae Mecca,” the JMC will place its cultural lens on the nation’s Vision 2030 plan in an effort to determine direction and how the music will lead the way.

“Vision 2030 is an excellent roadmap to Jamaica’s nation building, and We the organizers of the JMC, deem it necessary to highlight it during this milestone year that is 2020,” says Kareece Lawrence, Jamaica-based JMC Conference Coordinator.

“The industry-trusted workshops, panels and activities are celebrated staples of the JMC,” says Kwasi Bonsu Esq., JMC Co-founder and Washington, DC based member of the diaspora.

“But through an expanded mission, exciting new partnerships and increased performance showcases, the JMC will attract a wider audience of music industry professionals and entrepreneurs.”

A host of superstar guests and music industry luminaries are confirmed for the exciting schedule, with a series of special announcements planned for the weeks leading up to the JMC. Even before the official news alerts, industry insiders have already started buzzing over the participation of renowned music producer and DJ Walshy Fire at the JMC Youth Summit on Thursday, February 13. Involvement of popular DJ, sound system and Canadian radio personality Spex Da Boss and notable others are also an added plus.

From maximizing and monetizing Reggae consumption via streaming platforms, local/global marketing and branding, music publishing, mainstream success of music, the impact of social media, defining and visualizing Jamaica as a “Reggae Mecca” to legal consultation, the multitude of panel topics, among a host of others, will speak to the pressing and diverse needs of the audience.

New to the revitalized conference is “JMC Emerge: Artist Showcase Series,” which weaves six hours of solid performances from emerging artists through-out the 4-day conference. Special events such as the JMC Youth Summit, Irie Jam Celebrity Football Match and the JMC Jamnesia Artist Showcase are also some of the conference’s planned annual attractions.

Participation from what reads like a who’s who of the Reggae music industry during past JMC stagings includes Marcia Griffiths “Queen of Reggae”, Protojé, Junior Reid, Kabaka Pyramid, Agent Sasco, Tifa, I-Octane, D’Angel, Jack Scorpio, Garfield “Chin” Bourne, Rory Stone Love, Nadine Sutherland, Bob Andy, Mikey Bennett, Copeland Forbes, Lloyd Stanbury, Tessanne Chin, Danny Dread and many more. Sponsorship and participation of prominent media outlets were also a major benefit for conference attendees.

Top that off with a mention from Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport the Honorable Olivia”Babsy” Grange MP, CD during her speech at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation of Reggae music as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” The Minister hailed JMC as one of the vehicles helping to preserve and propel the national sound and has pledged its continued support during this year’s offering!



Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference

Marcia Griffiths “Queen of Reggae” was the
“Artist in Focus” featured speaker at the
6th Annual JMC.

Jamican Music Conference






Dancehall star D’Angel was a hit at the 6th Annual JMC Youth Summit (w/JMC Co-founder Kwasi Bonsu, Esq).



Shaggy to Speak at the 7th Annual Jamaica Music Conference









Smokepurpp To Perform at The 12th Annual LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival in Lancaster








Launch Music Festival

Smokepurpp will perform at The 12th Annual LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival in Lancaster, PA on Thursday April 30th at the Chameleon Club.


Purpp will be joined by a host of placed artists who submit through the LAUNCH Submissions Platform on their website, are reviewed and voted on, and placed to perform.

Smokepurpp released “Deadstar 2” in 2019, and as recently as last Friday, unveiled his video for “What I Please”, featuring recent pop chart phenom, Denzel Curry.

“Deadstar 1”, Smokepurpp’s debut album, boasts nearly one billion streams, and features collabs with modern-day hip hop giants such as Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Lil Pump, and more, as well as including Purpp’s smash hit “Audi.”

LAUNCH director, Jeremy Weiss says,

“I’m super psyched to have one of the premier modern hip hop stars perform at LAUNCH 2020. Having Purpp perform this year speaks to the connectivity perpetuated at LAUNCH, in general! Robert, his manager, joined us last year as a panelist. We stayed connected and worked towards getting Smokepurpp to LAUNCH for much of the year. This is what LAUNCH is ALL ABOUT…connectivity and relationships. This show is gonna be fire too!”


Launch Music Festival

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival returns to Historic Downtown Lancaster April 30-May 3, 2020.

Now entering its TWELFTH year, LAUNCH Music Conference has redefined what a start-up music conference could be, bringing together musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from all over the world to downtown Lancaster, PA, for a weekend of instruction, networking, and entertainment. Showcasing artists ranging from Grammy-nominees to high school upstarts, from regional touring acts to major label veterans.

LAUNCH has attracted a wide swath of respected, relevant industry experts who speak on panels, mentor musicians and attend conferences, from label reps to booking agents to managers, instrument sponsors, publicists, and manufacturers– In short: every type of contact a working artist needs in order to function in the current music business landscape.

The mission of LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is to serve aspiring musicians and industry professionals from across the country & around the world, employing the expertise of an array of elite industry professionals, while maintaining unparalleled low pricing for all attendees, even FREE attendance for those who submitted for performance consideration.

Each year LAUNCH Music Conference strives to redefine what a music conference can be, bringing together musicians and industry professionals for a weekend of instruction, networking and entertainment.

LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival is only made possible by the support of our many generous brand partners, including Bud Light, Stella Artois, Goose Island, Bon & Viv, Reverbnation, City of Lancaster, PA, Atomic Design, PRS Guitars, GHS Strings, York College, D’Addario, SoundRink, SJC Drums, and more.

For the fourth year in a row, FEST Friday will be held at Binns Park, which is directly across the street from our home base at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This “event within the event” will feature various artists on multiple stages, food trucks, libations, and more!

This year, FEST Friday will coincide with Downtown Lancaster’s time-honored First Friday tradition, attracting an average of 10,000 Lancaster County residents to the Downtown area, the first Friday of each calendar month, on average.

Despite its historically low attendance fees, LAUNCH is repeatedly ranked as one of the Top 5 music conferences in the world. We have grown exponentially since the pilot year in 2009.

Past performers and panelists include Atreyu, August Burns Red, Dredg, The Early November, Emarosa, Felice Brothers, Foxy Shazam, Ice Nine Kills, Meaghan Trainor, Panic! At The Disco, Rusted Root, Twenty One Pilots, Whitechapel, Holly Williams and more.

Former panelists include Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Randy Nichols (Force Management), Talinda Bennington (320 Changes Direction), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Vince Edwards (Metal Blade Records), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Nick Storch (Artist Group International), David Silbaugh (Milwaukee Summerfest) Kyla Lombardo (Firefly Festival, Riot Fest) and many more.

2020 Single-Day, Weekend and VIP passes are available for purchase at

Bands/artists/media/industry can also register, submit to perform and book lodging

Smokepurpp To Perform at The 12th Annual LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival in Lancaster








Riot Fest Poster

Riot Fest organizers announced today that the recently reunited My Chemical Romance will headline Riot Fest 2020. The three-day festival takes place September 11, 12 & 13 at Douglas Park in Chicago; 3-day passes are on sale now.

The news of My Chemical Romance’s reunion and subsequent comeback shows in Los Angeles was met with immense excitement from their legion of fans, many of whom never got a chance to see the band live during their initial 11-year run. Now, seven years after disbanding, fans both old and new will witness the band deliver an unforgettable performance at Riot Fest 2020—and starting today, fans can get a limited number of 3-day passes starting at $139.98 ahead of the full lineup, to be revealed Spring 2020.

My Chemical Romance initially announced their reunion on Halloween 2019 with a pair of shows at the Shrine Expo in Los Angeles, which took place at the end of December. Both shows sold out almost instantly and garnered critical acclaim from multiple journalists and publications; Rolling Stone wrote, “Though the 2010s saw dozens of emo band reunions bubble up and dissipate, it’s with this landmark concert that MCR ceases to be a nostalgic act, and proves its mettle as a timeless, rock & roll band for the ages.” Forbes similarly remarked, “Tonight was a celebration, an earned one, between fans who joyously welcomed back a band they thought they had lost forever and a group that oh-so-deserved this moment of being praised, of being feted for their legacy, for their impact and for being a generational act for fans discovering rock music in the 2000s.”

With their emo-punk songwriting, theatrical vocals, and neo-goth appearance, My Chemical Romance rose from the East Coast underground to the forefront of modern rock during the early 2000s. Comprised of frontman Gerard Way, bassist Mikey Way, and guitarists Ray Toro and Riot Fest alumni Frank Iero, the band captivated millions of fans with the its iconic imagery, stage presence, and best-known singles—including “Helena,” “I’m Not OK (I Promise),” “Teenagers,” and “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

Riot Fest:

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Founded in 2005, Riot Fest features the best of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, metal, alternative, and just about everything in between. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, the Replacements, the Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among other reunions—a staple feature of Riot Fest, alongside the full album performances, freak shows, carnival rides, and occasional butter sculptures.

My Chemical Romance To Headline Riot Fest 2020








Indie Artist

Award-winning alternative pop artist and songwriter She Nova, shares yet another side of her musicianship with an intimate album “for the weirdos”, releasing first single “Neon Tears” on January 15th.


Her fans, named the ‘Weirdo Crew’, who watch the outgoing performers’ live streams on the platform Twitch, requested the singer release the “#mushifying” piano and vocal arrangements of her songs to the world.


The multi-instrumentalist has notably collaborated with Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas writer/producer Printz Board, performed on Fox Original Series “GLEE”, and was music director/keyboardist/singer for Atlantic Records artist Alexander Cardinale known for his song “Simple Things” featuring Christina Perri. Summer 2019,

She Nova won “Best Pop Video” at the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival for her self-made music video “ADHDAF”, where she depicts the ups and downs of having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), through contrasting a dark, muted palette with colorful, child-like “play” scenes.

She Nova is on her debut world tour the “Weirdo Crew Tour”, performing her gutsy, passionate one-women show with a variety of instruments, vocal harmonies and looping elements, creating one-of-a-kind performances each night. US dates for Spring 2020 have been announced.



01/25 Phoenix, CA
01/30 Orange, CA
02/02 Paso Robles, CA
02/07 Monterey, CA
02/16 Lake Stevens, WA
02/20 Seattle, WA
02/21 Seattle, WA
02/22 Portland, OR
03/10 Fort Worth, TX
03/11 Dallas, TX
03/13 Dallas, TX
03/28 Fargo, ND
04/02 Fargo, ND
04/08 Atlanta, GA
04/09 Atlanta, GA


She Nova’s debut single “She Weirdo” is an anthem to all the outcasts and dreamers who write their own identity. It’s a song that plays to the inner weirdo inside all of us… that voice in our heads that blurts crazy ideas that most say are weird or impossible. Listening to this voice was She Nova’s way of coping with a racing ADHD and dyslexic mind that refused to fit the norm. At a young age, she learned she could channel her seemingly random and up-side-down thoughts and feelings to create songs. She Nova aspires to be a role model for self awareness and mental health, helping others find the confidence to be uniquely themselves and find the superpower beneath their challenges. Here’s to the kids with fire in their bellies who chase wild dreams and march to their own beat, no matter who calls them weirdo along the way.





She Nova, Winner of Best Pop Video Kicks Off World Tour and Album

Melodic Rock Fest Melbourne March 2020







Melbourne Theatre Melodic Rock Fest LogoThe music of the 1980s and 1990s will go down in history for its unbridled love of rock and its almost unashamed glam rock look that involved men wearing makeup and hairstyles that defied logic.


It is a period of music that, despite initial scepticism, flourished and turned into a worldwide phenomenon with new fashion cultures spreading as rapidly as the music itself.


It was a time where image held just as much importance as the music and a time that revolutionised the world of music and ushered in legions of imitators and pretenders that continues unabated today.


The music then was almost a guilty pleasure, but if you looked beyond the glam and make up the quality of musicianship was – and still is – second to none.


Melodic Rock Fest 2020 promises to turn the clock back to the final two decades of the Millenium, rolling out the best bands and artists of that period and unleashing them back into a musical climate that is vastly different to when they played their first chords in anger.

Headlining MelodicRock Fest 2020 will be Firehouse, with support from some of the biggest names to grace melodic rock, with FM, Eclipse, Enuff Z Nuff, Crazy Lixx, Ron Keel, XYZ, Janet Gardner, Paul Laine, Tony Harnell (TNT) and Kip Winger rounding out the international contingent.

With a strong emphasis on local talent, MelodicRock Fest will also feature Midnite City, White Widdow, BB Steal, Serpentine Sky, The Radio Sun, Teargas, Ragdoll, Madman’s Lullaby, Cassidy Paris, Saint Scarlett, Terramaze, KVLTS of Vice and Dangerous Curves.

Held over March 6, 7 and 8 at The National Theatre, Melbourne, Melodic Rock Fest 2020 is taking you back to the days when music was more than just a background distraction. The fact that so many of the bands who dominated that period are still touring and performing today is testament to the enduring nature of rock. Music transcends age barriers and will continue to prosper long into the next generation.

Yesterday’s heroes remain today’s pacesetters, with the greatest line up of melodic rock ever seen in this country only fuelling this belief.

Join the rock revolution and relive the moments that will remain an integral part of music for many years to come.


Motor Ace Playing Bushfire Benefit Australia Day







Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years


After making their highly anticipated return to the stage in 2018, beloved Aussie band Motor Ace are hitting the road for a run of summer shows, kicking off next week at 48 Watts in Newcastle on January 25, before heading to play Festivale in Launceston on January 31, Coopers Ale House in Adelaide on February 21, and finishing up playing in Dunsborough (WA) on February 22.  They will also be jumping on stage and doing what they do best to help Aussies in need, playing a bushfire benefit show on-ground in Sale, East Gippsland on Australia Day.
We all loved getting the band back together and had a really great time on the road last year, so when we were asked to do a few more shows, we were excited to take them on.  It was such fun to get out and play and we’re soo humbled that our fans haven’t forgotten us!” says drummer Damian Costin.
Passionate about helping those caught up in the bushfires that ravaged East Gippsland on new year’s eve, Motor Ace are keen to do all they can, Costin enthuses, “Words won’t fix anything right now.  Action is required, and getting down into the Gippsland area to do a benefit show is important to us.  So all ticket sales will be passed on in cash form, straight to those in the area that need it most.  There’ll be auctions, the hat is getting passed around and we are having a bbq to bring some slight relief to the area.  We’re hoping to get Melburnians along to spend some money in the community as well, donations are great, but actually getting in your car and heading down to eat, stay and be there is massively important right now too.”
With a rich musical history spanning over twenty years, Motor Ace’s debut album Five Star Laundry went gold within the first month of going on sale in Australia. After that massive feat, the band spent many months on the road touring and making music, with massive supports slots alongside Foo FightersOasis and Blink-182.  You couldn’t turn on the radio without coming across Motor Ace; and as sold out shows became the norm, their tracks became a mainstay on the ARIA charts.  Their timely sophomore album Shoot This was released in 2002 to abundant critical acclaim.  It spawned lead single Carry On that held the coveted #1 most played song on Australian airwaves for 8 weeks in a row, and Shoot This, debuting at #1 on the charts and achieving gold sales on release.  
Can we expect to hear a new Motor Ace tune any time soon? “Patch and Dave have been writing new music and we had a session in the studio late last year, the expectations are high, so we can’t drop anything until it’s really right.  The magic was there and that’s what is important to us, to find the magic,” beams CostinAnd quality takes time, and time is something we don’t have a lot of.  But I can confirm what we have been working on sounds fucking brilliant, better than anything that currently exists in this solar system.  The new tunes are like a universe of rainbows and magical musical notes sprinkled with pools of baby dolphins and fluffy pink sun lounges with a cocktail bar in your ear!
Motor Ace is Patrick Robertson (vocals, guitar), Dave Ong (guitar), Damo Costin (drums) and Matt Balfe (bass).
Tickets to the Motor Ace summer shows are on sale now.
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Motor Ace Playing Bushfire Benefit Australia Day

Bushfire Bootcamp Appeal This Weekend Australia Wide 

DIMMU BORGIR Drummer Daray Featured On Drummers From Hell’s Drum Cam Compilation







Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years

DrummerDrummers From Hell have posted online their ‘Drum Cam Compilation 2019’, featured also DIMMU BORGIR extraordinary drummer Dariusz “Daray” Brzozowski, performing ‘The Chosen Legacy’ at Rockstadt Festival-Romania 2019.

Just recently DARAY launched his own drum school “Daray Drum Academy”. He’s also offering individual drum lessons on 2020 European Tour with DIMMU BORGIR, see the tour dates below.

Read Daray’s announcement:

“I decided to start my own drum school DARAY DRUM ACADEMY. The decision was made after a many lessons, that I organized on tours with Dimmu Borgir and Hunter. The school is located in Warsaw in Poland. If you want to have a drum lesson with me but you are not from Warsaw, I will be offering individual lessons on my practice pads while on the tour with DIMMU BORGIR in Europe this January/February. Lessons will be 1 hour long, and cover areas of the students choosing. The price is 50Euros and NOT includes entry to the show. Bookings are essential. If you would like to book in a lesson, please email: with subject indicating which date/city you’d like to book.“

Dariusz “Daray” Brzozowski is one of the most recognized drummers within the metal scene. Well known for his extreme drumming, blastbeats, precision and supersonic speeds, he earned his reputation through the years and was repeatedly valued for his achievements. Extensively touring the world with his bands. He played over a 1000 shows.

Born in 1980, he got his first kit at the age of 14. His story began with the band Vesania, and was continued in Vader, Masachist, Hunter, Black River. He’s also a session musician for multiple bands. Today, drumming for Vesania and Dimmu Borgir and being an active clinician and educator, he remains in the lead of worlds‘ uncompromising drummers.

More information at, #daraydrumacademy

January 22 – London UK – 02 Forum Knetish Town
January 23 – Paris FR – Bataclan
January 24 – Zurich CH – Komplex 457
January 25 – Tilburg NL – O13
January 26 – Wiesbaden DE – Schlashthof
January 28 – Munchen DE – Tonhalle
January 29 – Filderstadt DE – Filharmonie
January 30 – Berlin DE – Columbiahalle
January 31 – Oberhausen DE – Turbinenhalle
February 1 – Hannover DE – Swiss Life Music Hall

More information at:

DIMMU BORGIR Drummer Daray Featured On Drummers From Hell’s










Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years

Australian fitness personality, Sophie Guidolin has raised over $1million dollars for the NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Fund in NSW and the CFS Foundation Volunteer Fund in just over a week.

Since then, the fitness professional has her eyes set on rolling out the Bushfire Bootcamp Appeal, with the aim of raising $250,000 to go directly to Kangaroo Island which will be held on Saturday 18 January from 7am.

Now being termed “Australia’s biggest bootcamp for the bushes”, Sophie has enlisted the help of a number of well- known faces in the fitness community to help her run the bootcamps across the country.

Names such as Rachel Dillon, Revie Jane, Triniti-Jean, Sally Harding, Julia Woodford, Zac Smith, Chloe Szep, Sophie Allen, Kwame Duah, Joe Pitt, Mitchell Orval, Amanda Matthews, Lauren Simpson, Danni Belle, Ali Oetjen and more have signed up to donate their time to run the events.

Tickets are $25, with 100% going directly to Kangaroo Island. No profits, no overheads, no expenses. All aid must and will go to those directly impacted on Kangaroo Island.

Guidolin, who’s father has served in as a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years, was immediately and personally impacted by the Australian bushfires. Knowing all too well the exhaustive efforts and dangerous conditions that so many men and women face on the front line, Sophie could not just sit back and do nothing.

Sophie said, “Kangaroo Island is undoubtedly one of Australia’s crown jewels, with over half of the island already burnt this will effect this beautiful island for many years to come.”

“Kangaroo Island has lost its major sources of income: Tourism and Farming/Food Production. Tragically, we have lost lives (which can never be replaced) however, many have lost their homes, properties and livelihoods.”

Sweat for good, and join us as we raise funds for Kangaroo Island. For more information or to purchase tickets jump on to Eventbrite, Instagram @bushfirebootcamp or


Bushfire Bootcamp Appeal

Saturday 18 January – Nationwide

Starting at 7am

Tickets are $25 and available via Eventbrite:

Fitness Personality


Melbourne Albert Park

Indoor Sports Centre Albert Park, VIC 3206


Sydney Centennial Park

Centennial Park, NSW 2021


Perth Wellington Square

Wellington Street, East Perth, WA 6004


Adelaide Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16)

Wakefield Road, Adelaide, SA 5000


Gold Coast

Southport Sharks Musgrave Avenue, Southport, QLD 4215


Bushfire Bootcamp Appeal This Weekend Australia Wide 

Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years







Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years

The Golden Years

Following SOLD OUT shows in 2019, including its debut show at the Corner Hotel, it is only fitting that BOWIE: GOLDEN YEARS become an annual celebration paying homage to the epic career spanning music of rock and roll legend, DAVID BOWIE. 

The variety and depth of David Bowie’s music requires an epic line-up of artists in their own right to ensure justice is done; Bringing the show back in 2020 is the line-up that blew audiences away in 2019:





Also joining the line-up for 2020 is MICK PEALING, of iconic 1970s Australian Country Rock Band STARS.


With only two shows planned for 2020, BOWIE: GOLDEN YEARS will pay tribute to David Bowie on his birth day, 8 JANUARY at the OCEAN GROVE HOTEL and on the anniversary of his passing, 10 JANUARY, at the CORNER HOTEL

Backed by a incredible band comprising some of Australia’s premier musicians, including BABY ANIMALS DAVE LESLIE on guitar and TAXIRIDE’s SEAN McLEOD on drums, BOWIE: GOLDEN YEARS will celebrate the breadth of BOWIE’s musical styles from Rebel Rebel, Jean Genie and Space Oddity to Heroes, All The Young Dudes, Modern Love, China Girl, and Where Are We Now.



8 JANUARY – OCEAN GROVE HOTEL *Dale Ryder appearing only on 8 January




Epic Line Up To Pay Tribute To David Bowie’s Golden Years

Rolling Sets Music Festival Looks To Be A Blast With Awesome LineUp







Australian String Quartet creates new interactive adventure with experience design company, Sandpit

Music Festival

Rolling Sets has today announced there will be more awesome Aussie artists joining the lineup including pop rock outfit Lime Cordiale, as well as producer LTTLE KNG, Coffs locals Seafome, and DJ unit Dr. Cool and Prof. Funk.  The brainchild of Matt Wise and Steve Sewell of music agency Kingdom Sounds, this one-day festival is set to light up Coffs Harbour on January 25 and has already dropped a stacked lineup including Hilltop Hoods, The Rubens, Mallrat, George Alice, Los Scallywaggs and more.  And due to overwhelming demand, Rolling Sets is excited to announce that the festival is now a licensed, all-ages event. 
The all new festival has also today revealed its mouth-watering lineup of food vendors including local faves The Palmetto and Bubble Pop.  Punters are urged to get in quick, as tickets are moving fast to the inaugural event that will take place on Gallows Headland, boasting 280 degree ocean views from the harbour all the way around to Boambee Beach.
This all-Australian lineup of acts was already a colossal statement for the brand new festival, but with the new lineup additions, things just got a whole lot bigger.  LTTLE KNG are set to get the dancefloor vibing with their eclectic cocktail of soul, hiphop and pop, while Coffs locals Seafome will be bringing their groovy surf-rock to centre stage, and DJs Dr. Cool and Prof. Funk spinning crowdpleasing bangers for the masses.  
Lime Cordiale have had a huge 2019, with multiple national tours and singles MoneyInappropriate Behaviour and RobberyRolling Sets organiser Matt Wise is thrilled to add Lime Cordiale, enthusing, “Steve and I are stoked to include Lime Cordiale on the Rolling Sets lineup.  We have been working with the guys for many years now, watching them sell out smaller rooms to now large capacity concert venues!” Pumped to be included, guitarist and singer Oliver Leimbach says,“We can’t wait to drop in to Rolling Sets Festival! We’ve always had a lot of love for the area, even recording our upcoming album at a farm near Coffs Harbour and our show at Hoey Moey a while back was insane!”
Fresh off an ARIAs win for Best Australian Live Act, Hilltop Hoods are sure to bring the heat to their headlining set at Rolling Sets, while triple j darlings The Rubens, Mallrat and George Alice will be keeping those vibes high throughout the day. 
Not just satisfied with an unbelievable lineup of music for their punters, Rolling Sets have also curated a delicious array of food vendors for fans to satisfy every type of craving.  Vendors will include The Red C, featuring burgers, fish and chips and curry, the famous southern cooking of The PalmettoBubble Pop, The Boba Tea Shack, the Asian fusion delights of Hawker Hero, the sweet or savoury stylings of Master Crepe, and more. “We’re also excited to have a stellar line up of delicious food trucks, flea markets and some dope activations happening throughout the day,” enthuses Wise.
It’s sure to be a massive day full of incredible Aussie live music, with delectable eats to boot – Rolling Sets is bound to be a staple in the summer festival family for years to come. 
TICKETS are available now


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Rolling Sets Music Festival Looks To Be A Blast With Awesome LineUp