Fuse Festival 2011 brings a diverse range of music to Adelaide over three days in February. As an open access festival, Fuse West & Fuse East showcase bands from all genres and from across the country, all-converging on venues around town during Fuse West, Wednesday 16th and Fuse East, Thursday 17th.
All Fuse West & Fuse East gigs are open to the public and are either free entry or minimal door charges, making it easy and accessible to see some great upcoming Australian talent.
Some of the bands showcasing at Fuse West & Fuse East 2011 include Matt Walters, from Victoria, who is preparing to release his debut album ‘Farewell Youth’ in March 2011 on Mercury/Universal. Produced by Paul McKercher (Augie March, Sarah Blasko), Walters has created an album the world will keep coming back to as the start of a real song writing talent.
From NSW, three times finalist in the International Song Writing Competition and Music Oz Awards, Singer/Songwriter, Sam Buckingham brings her enchanting live show to Adelaide’s Fuse Fest. With one of the country’s most angelic voices and an unmatched tray of folky/pop gems, Buckingham is the artist to watch in 2011.
South Australia’s The Battery Kids have their sights set on the black hole that lies somewhere between garage rock and dark pop. Built on their live experiences, the power of their debut album translates into raw energy on stage, making for a ferocious set of crowd favourites and new songs alike.
After the release of their highly acclaimed debut album in 2009, Blackchords, also from Victoria, have been building their profile both in Australia and in the UK with tours and showcases at The Great Escape Festival and Liverpool Sound City in the UK, One Movement Perth and tours around Australian in 2010. The band capped off last year opening for Powderfinger at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and are currently writing and recording their sophomore album to be released mid 2011.
Also from NSW, The Paper Scissors have gone from party band du jour, to now being one of the solid forces in Australian music. In 2009 they went quiet while writing their second album, with a couple of one off singles hinting at their shifts and progress. They have just finished putting touches on ‘In Loving Memory Of’.
Combine electro, dance, rock, pop and funk together in a blender, with 4 muso’s that love getting out there and having a great time and you’ve got much more than a massive mess, you’ve got Bambini from Queensland. Writing songs that evoke emotion and make you want to get up and dance is what these guys are all about.
Rhythm and Blues collective, The Widowbirds from NSW, are a country soul inspired movement amongst a band of men with a truth and a resilience to conform to a loveless and soulless world. Soul deep in songs grown from their lives lived , learned and dreamt. The pair are joined by riff-raff of musicians that guide us with three acoustic guitars, four voices, raw percussion and gospel organs, to produce a mood to stir your souls, and sing your sorrows.
Colourfide are an independent funky roots collective harvested from the smooth sands of the Gold Coast and fashioned in a dusty warehouse in the Northern Territory. An instrument swapping ball of creative energy and complete with three lead singers, their live show is renowned as a dynamic journey for the senses.
Tracksuit are a high energy rock band from Perth. Playing a mixture of swinging, shaking, shimmying Rock & Roll. Steve (guitar/vox) Andres (bass) and Jay (drums) have supported British India, Yves Klein Blue, MTV kickstart finalists in 2008, and have rocked a Triple J one night stand party!
Wednesday 16th February – Fuse West venues include Casablabla, Ed Castle, Enigma Bar, Fowlers, The Grace Emily, Jive Bar, The Promethean, Rocket Bar, Tuxedo Cat, and Wheatsheaf.
Thursday 17th February – Fuse East venues include Arcade Lane, Crown and Anchor, Fringe Club, Jade Monkey, The Old Exhange, Producers Bar, Shotz, The Stag, and Unibar.
For a complete list of acts playing at Fuse West and Fuse East, check out the below links and start planning your Fuse Festival shows now!