From our special summer gig featuring California’s Ty Segall to the final notes from charismatic performer Didirri, 2023 was a HUGE year for The Sound Doctor. We had a number of sold out shows across our five weekends, brought our loyal audiences some old faves and introduced them to new talent, and welcomed in plenty of first timers to our coastal gigs.
Here’s just a few photos to remind you of the great year we had. Thanks to Patrick Callow for these and for all the unbelievable shots he captures at all our shows.
The Sound Doctor wouldn’t be possible without our top team of amazing volunteers (who do pretty much everything to help run our shows). Thanks to them, especially Bea for transforming the hall into a venue, and a big shout out to Elmo and Sam for making it all sound and look so incredible, KL for her graphic design wizardry, Surf Coast Shire and Creative Vic for much needed funds, all the amazing artists who included Anglesea on their album tours or stopped by for one off shows and, of course, the music fans who came out to our gigs in such great numbers. Thanks everyone – and see you in 2024!
It’s been a huge 2023 and we’d love you to join us to finish it off in style with two great nights of music.
On Friday 6 October Melbourne band RVG swing by on the world tour for their third album Brain Worms and do what they do best: “unfurl the oddities of modern life through lyrics spiked with pathos and black humour” (The Guardian). With their blend of lush jangling guitar pop with elements of wiry post-punk, goth and ’80s college rock, this is a Friday night stand-up show not to be missed. Support on the night comes from ex-local four-Piece alternative rock band Paraquay.
On Saturday 7 October Didirri returns to Anglesea – this time with a full band and a brand-new (debut) album. With his raw talent and heartfelt lyrics Didirri is a captivating performer and we know Sound Doctor audiences are going to be blown away by this incredible show. Adding to the magic is local singer-songwriter Maddy Petch bringing her brazen voice, broad chords and rainbow indie-pop melodies as support act.
These are last two shows for the year – and we won’t be back until March – so don’t miss your chance to be part of it.
Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October – and we are thrilled this young star will be returning to The Sound Doctor after wowing audiences back in 2019.
Spanning across Melbourne, Sydney Newcastle, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Belgrave, Anglesea and Castlemaine, the Caught in the Act tour promises an exhilarating journey through Didirri’s musical landscape. With the soulful strains of his debut album featuring the mesmerising singles ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Often Broken’, Didirri aims to captivate audiences with his raw talent and heartfelt lyrics.
Didirri and his band consistently deliver an unmissable live experience. Don’t miss the chance to witness this unique songwriter and his incredible ensemble live in Anglesea.
As the wind howls and the sky looks ominous and grey outside, there is no need to suffer with the winter blues. The Sound Doctor has THREE shows to look forward to at the end of July, over a weekend of album launches that truly has something for everyone!
If you like your music loud, then get along to see incredible post-punk trio Cable Ties on Fri 28 July. For something a little more gentle, you want won’t to miss two of the most beautiful Indigenous performers on the scene at the moment – Jess Hitchcock supported by Jem Cassar-Daley – serenading us on Saturday 29 July. Then we’re inviting the whole family to join alt-country queen Fanny Lumsden for a super fun knees up on Sunday 30 July. Tickets to all three shows are on sale now!
Amaya Laucirica is an Australian singer/songwriter whose music combines the swirling contours of Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the lush, sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. Within this rich palette of sound resides Amaya’s uniquely captivating voice, restrained yet beautiful, with rich breathy tones offering touching moments of yearning and lament.
Since 2008, she has released three critically acclaimed albums, with her most recent Rituals described as “absorbing and mesmerising” (The Morning Star, UK) and “Bright and brilliant” (GoldFlakePaint, UK).
She will be joining Adalita on Saturday May 27, and we can’t wait to have her play.
Saturday 25 March is shaping up to be one very special evening! Not only can you hear the divine Mia Wray performing tracks from her stunning new EP, but we’re excited to announce Phoebe Go will be the support act.
Phoebe Go is the exciting new solo project of Australian alt-pop artist Phoebe Lou (from Snakadaktal). It’s a heartfelt project that at its core, is full of hope. It’s about growing up, staying young, losing your feet and finding them again. It’s lyrically heavy at the crux, but there’s lightness for a reason. It’s passing Go and collecting $200 on the monopoly board. It’s the sweet milk at the end of a bowl of Crunchy Nut. It’s a NASA mission control countdown and Phoebe Go is the rocket.
Phoebe Go released an EP in December last year and she’s fresh from supporting Soccer Mommy in Melbourne and about to support Muna on their headline Aussie show – and Mia Wray covered Muna for triple j’s Like a Version recently so really it’s meant to be!. We know you’re going to love her and it’s even more reason to make sure you don’t miss out on this show.
As if it wasn’t enough that we have a huge March weekend of music coming up – with Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band in a totally sold out show on Friday 24 March and Mia Wray on Saturday 25 March –but we’ve already got you excited for May with Jen Cloher on Friday 26 May with tickets flying out the door.
Adalita is well-known and well-loved by many Sound Doctor fans, so it will be welcome news that her upcoming album tour will bring her back to the Surf Coast for an intimate show in Anglesea Memorial Hall.
And she won’t be coming empty handed – she’s bringing her stunning new album, Inland and some very special guests, including her powerhouse band consisting of Matt Bailey (Paradise Motel) on bass, Dan McKay (Nation Blue) on drums and Lewis Boyes (Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males) on lead guitar. Together they’ll perform songs from Inland in a specially curated set in her trademark captivating style.
Tickets have just gone on sale – but they will not last long! Book yours now.
ID: Photo of Adalita, standing outside on a light pink salt lake with clouds in the distance. She is wearing a black top and pants and resting her right hand on her left wrist. Her hair is windswept and she is looking off to her left side with her face directly towards the camera.
After an incredible night out with Parsnip and Ty Segall with his Freedom Band in January, there is a definite buzz around about The Sound Doctor. So we thought we’d strike while the iron’s hot and give you another awesome act to look forward to. Jen Cloher is returning to Anglesea on Friday 26 May with their latest album and tickets are on sale now!
Before we get there we still have a huge weekend in March to enjoy with Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band on Friday 24 March and Mia Wray on Saturday 25 March. Tickets are selling well so don’t delay in getting yours – you don’t want to be the one who misses out!
And don’t forget you can buy a Jeff Raglus designed Sound Doctor t-shirt when you buy your show ticket or anytime here. Well while stocks last anyway!
It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago that Jen Cloher (Ngāpuhi & Ngāti Kahu) got Sound Doctor audiences out of their chairs for the first time and cheering up a storm! We are so excited Jen is back with a new album to rock Anglesea once again on Friday 26 May.
Jen’s taut, terse brand of rock is charged with the static tension that comes with being an eternal misfit – they have spoken truth to power with the shrewd eye that only an outsider can possess. Admirers have naturally gravitated towards Jen’s incisive, generous songwriting and their first album in five years (the verdant and rich I Am The River, The River Is Me) is inspired by Jen’s powerful matrilineal line of wāhine Māori. It’s filled with fiercely political songs that are as much an energetic celebration as a form of resistance.
If you missed Jen the last time they were in Anglesea, you will not want to make that mistake again!
“A modern day Patti Smith whose brutally honest, politically charged lyrics mark her out as one of the most interesting and important artists of her day.” The Independent UK
ID: This is a photo of Jen Cloher looking directly into the camera. Their mouth is closed and chin is slightly raised. There is an indistinct red and orange background. They look strong and confident.
It’s time to buy tickets to see Mia Wray and Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band in March
As we all start to come out of holiday mode, it’s nice to have something to look forward to. So get out your diaries and lock in the first full weekend of Sound Doctor music for 2023 on Fri 24 & Sat 25 March. We’re excited to announce we have Mia Wray heading to Anglesea on her EP tour and Tex Perkins with his Fat Rubber Band bringing their soon-to-be-released second album to the Surf Coast. Tickets for both shows are on sale now!
We haven’t forgotten that before that happens, Ty Segall and his Freedom Band are playing for us on Fri 20 Jan. But as that has been sold out for so long now and there won’t be any tickets available, we didn’t want to rub it in if you missed out on yours!
We know you’re all busy planning the upcoming silly season, and we hope you’re in the mood for great music! We are beyond excited to announce that Grace Cummings is bringing her distinctive voice, intensely personal songs and rocking band to Anglesea on Friday 2 December.
A captivating performer Grace Cummings is a uniquely gifted folk rock musician who has developed a global audience since the release of her critically acclaimed album, ‘Storm Queen’, earlier this year. Her songwriting reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape, while influenced by poets and luminaries from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. With a voice that demands to be heard and lyrics that cut through to the heart, this show will leave listeners gasping for air.
But don’t take our word for it – here’s what the press have to say:
“Cummings isn’t content to merely sing along to her melodies. She tears her low, surging voice to shreds, braying like she’s beckoning you from the opposite end of a crowded room. It adds an eerie, intense quality to her music – a desperation behind the calm of her arrangements.” Pitchfork
“Exquisite, desolate, beautiful… Grace Cummings’ voice blazes a loving flash of energy like fire.” Your Music Radar
Support will come from Melbourne psychedelic pop outfit Sunfruits.
“Watery guitar effects, a tight-as-hell rhythm section, and those heavily melodic vocals – Sunfruits are coming into bloom, and there’s no telling where this journey will stop.” – Clash Magazine (UK)