This weekend is WOMAD, the weather forecast looks perfect for it. My picks are

  • Joanna Newsom on Sunday night. Absolutely my top gig of last year was seeing her in Melbourne, it’s great that she’s finally visiting Adelaide.
  • Omar Souleyman – hearing good things about his interstate shows. Plays tomorrow night only.
  • The Necks on Sunday and Monday nights. I see the Necks whenever I can but I’ve missed their last couple of Adelaide shows (I think last time they clashed with Womad, and the time before I was heading back from ATP where I’d just seen them play), so I’m very keen to catch both sets.

Should be lots of other great stuff as well.

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In the following week there’s another couple of big shows, on Wednesday it’s Belle & Sebastian at Her Majesty’s, with my DJ set at the Metro beforehand.

Next Sunday Ed Kuepper & Mark Dawson play at the Gov. Always keen to see Ed, but also very excited to see those two team up again after a break of more than 10 years. Quite a few of the first gigs I ever went to were Ed & Mark.

June will be a good time to visit Melbourne with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival being held later than usual (which suits me rather well). They’ve got a fantastic lineup including Charlamagne Palestine & Tony Conrad, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Sonny Rollins and Faust. I’ve never been able to go it before due to timing, really looking forward to it this time. In particular Overground looks absolutely amazing.



  • 11-14th WOMADelaide, includes Joanna Newsom, Omar Souleyman, The Necks, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Horace Andy, Os Mutantes, Don Letts, lots more.
  • 16th Belle and Sebastian at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Before (and maybe after) the show DJ Wolfpanther plays indie pop at the Metro.
  • 20th Ed Kuepper at the Gov.
  • 26th DOOM at the Gov.
  • 27th DJ Wolfpanther plays an all Warp Records set at the Metro.


  • 4-7th – Paul Kelly‘s A-Z shows at the Space Theatre.
  • 8th – Collarbones, Steering By Stars, Panoptique Electrical at the Metro.
  • 15th – Eat Skull, Slug Guts at Format.
  • 28th – Rites Wild EP launch at Format
  • 30th – Cheer Advisory Council album launch at Jive.


  • 4th – Herbie Hancock at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
  • 11th – Kyuss Lives at Fowlers.
  • 16th – Gary Numan and Severed Heads at HQ.


  • 1st Van Dyke Parks and Kinky Friedman at the Gov.

On the Stereo

  • Dave BurrellMomentum cd (High Two)
  • John ColtraneLive in Seattle 2cd (Impulse)
  • Albert AylerNuits de la Fondation Maeght 1970 cd (Water)
  • Volcano the BearClassic Erasmus Fusion 2cd (Beta-lactam Ring)
  • SwansPublic Castration is a Good Idea cd (Thirsty Ear)
  • The Focus Group We Are All Pan’s People cd (Ghost Box)
  • Moon Wiring ClubA Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding LP (Gecophonic)
  • Moon Wiring ClubA Spare Tabby at the Cat’s Wedding cd (Gecophonic)
  • EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I’m Here cd (Editions Mego)
  • Belle & Sebastian Lazy Line Painter Jane EP (Jeepster)