Susans + Strings

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We’re delighted to announce that THE BLACKEYED SUSANS are playing the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE on FRIDAY, APRIL 20th! How classy and grown-up! And befitting such an occasion, we’re expanding the line-up with a STRING SECTION, plus CLARE MOORE (vibes) and JACK HOWARD (trumpet) will be joining us for the evening. It’s going to be LUSH! What’s more, J.P. SHILO'S sublime instrumental group HUNGRY GHOSTS will be kicking off proceedings with a rare opening set. This is it, folks; The stars have aligned. Your favourite MOODY ROMANTICS playing the best room in Melbourne with STRINGS and a raft of very SPECIAL GUESTS. Reasonably priced too. 

Never before staged in Melbourne, SUSANS + STRINGS sold out at the Sydney Festival in 2016. We humbly suggest you DON’T MISS OUT…

Now with added Killjoys

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It gives us great pleasure to announce that THE KILLJOYS TRIO (Anna Burley, Craig Pilkington and Caroline Schwerkolt) will be our very special guests at our annual Melbourne CHRISTMAS SHOWS in December. 

The two bands go way back, having shared a manager in the early '90s and a drummer in the mid '90s when BIG DAVE FOLLEY filled in on the MOUTH TO MOUTH tour. In fact BIG DAVE, ANNA and PHIL KAKULAS were GO-BETWEEN GRANT McLENNAN'S backing band on his ’94 world tour and later CRAIG PILKINGTON produced and engineered our 2003 album SHANGRI-LA. So yeah, we have history. Looking forward to Anna joining us on stage to sing a few songs with ROB too.

Tickets are selling fast (thank you!) with all tables now booked out for the Caravan show and just a few tables left for the Saturday and Sunday shows – so GET IN QUICK if you want to book one. Plenty of standing room still available at all shows.

This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a SMORGASBORD of Christmas-related songs, plus CHOICE CUTS from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.

2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you again!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus with a song or two this Christmas. 

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CHRISTMAS SHOW DATES

 
Fri 15 Dec – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC | Tickets
Sat 16 Dec – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets
Sun 17 Dec (matinee) – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets

Christmas Shows 2017

Well, drum roll please, because it's time to announce our Christmas shows for 2017. We’ll be playing in Melbourne at the Caravan Music Club on Friday 15 December and the Spotted Mallard on Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December (special kid-friendly matinee show).  
 
This will be the 9th consecutive year we've dusted off the tinsel and fired up the Christmas lights, for what has now become, well, a bit of a tradition. As usual they’ll be a smorgasbord of Christmas-related songs, plus choice cuts from our latest album and the best of our back catalogue.  
 
2017 has been a big year for The Blackeyed Susans, with our latest album Close Your Eyes and See getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike (thank you!) and a successful national tour to boot. So, come help us cap off a great year and celebrate the birth of little baby Jesus in style this Christmas!  

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CHRISTMAS SHOW DATES

Fri 15 Dec – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh VIC | Tickets
Sat 16 Dec – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets
Sun 17 Dec (matinee) – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC | Tickets

Now, not to put the hard sell on you or anything but we figure you’re probably thinking that Christmas is miles away with plenty of time to buy tickets, and fine, that makes sense, but we just want to tell you not to leave it too long because these shows do have a habit of selling out. 

Sweet.

Special guests to be announced soon...  



ps. Need to buy some early Christmas presents? Why not visit our gift store for all your wants and needs.

A Visit To The Zoo

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We're happy to say we'll be back in Brisbane on Friday, Oct. 6th to play The Zoo, in celebration of their 25th birthday. Special guests for the evening are Shifting Sands and our very own J.P. Shilo. Tickets here.

We had a fine time at the Bearded Lady earlier this year - hopefully our hotel will stuff up our accommodation again and we'll end up in the penthouse like before. The lifestyle seemed to particularly agree with Evil G. Lee.

Hope you can make it.

Flying Saucer Club - Saturday, August 19th

After launching our new album to SELL-OUT SHOWS around the country, we’re looking forward to coming back to Melbourne to play the FLYING SAUCER CLUB, ELSTERNWICK on AUGUST 19th. Special guests for the evening are Sydney based folk-noir duo JEP & DEP. We'll be playing selections from the new album as well as the best of our back catalogue. Who knows, we might even take a request or two. A night of HIGH DRAMA, MOODY ROMANCE and EPIC SOUNDTRACKS is all but guaranteed. Hope to see you there. Tickets here.

THE LOLLY SHOP

Limited stock of both the ‘Close Your Eyes and See’ 12” vinyl album (autographed by the band) and the ‘Lover or the Loved’ CD EP (with its 3 exclusive tracks) available now from our online shop, along with an array of top-shelf singles, EPs and albums. Take a look here.

Last Stop Adelaide

All manner of great things have been happening in Susie-land of late. What with a national tour,  sold out shows in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, a vinyl launch and numerous radio appearances and interviews, it’s been hectic for sure. We have just two shows left in Adelaide to close out our tour before returning to Melbourne for our debut show at the Flying Saucer Club in Elsternwick in August. Read on for the details...

ADELAIDE

We’ll be in Adelaide to launch our new album, Close Your Eyes and See at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July. Playing selections from the new record as well as the best of our back catalogue, we’re promising a night of moody romance, dreamy soundscapes and high drama. Special guests for the Saturday are The Yearlings. Whilst on the Sunday we get the chance to stretch out a little with a special kid-friendly two set matinee show (kids under 12 admitted free).

Sat 29 July - The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide  TICKETS
Sun 30 July (matinee) - The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide  TICKETS

FLYING SAUCER CLUB

After winding up the tour, we’ll be returning to Melbourne for our debut performance at the Flying Saucer Club on Saturday 19th August with guests, folk-noir duo, Jep & Dep (Sydney).  They wowed us a few years back when they guested at our Xmas shows and we’re chuffed to have them on the bill again. Seating, dining and standing, drinking options available.

Sat 19 August - Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne  TICKETS

THE LEMONADE STAND

Plenty of CDs, vinyl, snow domes and other mementos available now from our online shop.

Two Nights with a Bearded Lady

We bring news of a brief liaison with a Bearded Lady plus a vinyl launch and a date with Vincent Van Gogh.

BRISBANE, JUNE 9 & 10

This weekend we travel to BRISBANE for two shows at THE BEARDED LADY on FRIDAY JUNE 9 and SAT JUNE 10. We’’ll be playing songs from our new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE, plus the best of our back catalogue. Special guests on the Friday are THE STRESS OF LEISURE, self described 'Sub-Tropical Post Punk Pop crossed with Art School Brisbane Indie.' Whilst on Saturday night we’re pleased to be joined by the atmospheric improvisations of JIVE CANYON.

Either way, come help us launch the album. It’s been getting embarrassingly good reviews from critics and fans alike and the live shows have been just as warmly received, with SELL-OUT SHOWS around the country. We’ll have VINYL, CDs, BOOKS and more available from the souvenir stand too.  

Hope to see you there.

Fri 9 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS
Sat 10 June - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane  TICKETS

"A strong and eclectic batch of atmospheric noir." **** 4 stars
Steve Bell - The Music

“Late night music for lovers” 
Jeff Jenkins - Stack Magazine

“Close Your Eyes and See is the assured work of a confident and inspired band still at the top of their game” 8/10
Graham Blackley - Beat Magazine

"A masterful comeback...these songs slow the pulse and nourish the soul" **** 4 stars
Doug Wallen - Rolling Stone Australia

"This slow burner of glorious post-punk pop earns the love over time" **** 4 1/2 stars
Chris Lambie - The Age

VINYL LAUNCH, MELBOURNE, JUNE 18

We'll be launching the vinyl edition of our new album with an acoustic in-store performance at Greville Records, Melbourne on Sunday, June 18 at 4pm. Signed limited edition hand-numbererd vinyl available on the day or (signed on request) from our online shop.

NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS, MELBOURNE, JUNE 23

Join us at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne on June 23rd.

Doors open 6pm. Susans from 8.30pm in the Great Hall. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include entry to the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition.)

Fri 23 June - NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne  TICKETS