2018 has been another big year for David Dean and his businesses – Hostile Entertainment, Turn Up Event and David Dean Events. I can’t believe that another year has gone again so quickly. I have been so busy this year and attended some great gigs/events/festivals as well as worked on some great shows/bands/tours over the year. I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my family at home and having some time off over the Christmas/new year break and catching up with some friends.
I worked on so many different gigs/events/bands in 2018. It was great to work with Polaris who sold out the Solbar, Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in late July as well as Regurgitator who also sold out the Solbar in late August. Polaris are going to be the next big hardcore band to come out of Australia and they are already doing big things overseas. I hope to see this band back on the Sunshine Coast in the next year or so. Check them out if you haven’t heard their music as yet.
It is always good to see Regurgitator play – they put on a great live show playing all the hits and new songs from their new album which came out this year. I also did a sold-out gig for The Black Sorrows at The Tewantin Noosa RSL in late August – it was great to see this band and Joe rock the Club and play the old songs that everyone knows. I also booked three shows for The Radiators in 2018 at The Caloundra RSL and Nightquarter, Gold Coast in August and at The Tewantin Noosa RSL in November. I went to The Caloundra RSL show in August to watch them. This band is still great live and loud.
Darkcell had a quiet year but they still played a few shows as well as their own events called Darkcell’s Psycho Circus Festival in August and September in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for the second year. See the below venues/dates/line-ups that were on each of them below.
The Bald Face Stag Hotel, Sydney: Saturday 18 August, licenced and all ages.
Darkcell, Segression, Red Bee, Noveaux, Repture, From Love To Violence, Vodvile, Lillye, Battlebard and Panik.
The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne: Saturday 25 August, 18+.
Darkcell, Kid Crusher, London, Nerve, Sirus, Flat-Liner, Coffin Carousel, White Devil Detroit, Black Alpine, Spaulding, Mass Rejection.
The Zoo, Brisbane: Saturday 8 September, 18+.
Darkcell, The Wrath, London, Tai Sui, All Strings Attached, Sunset Junkies, Vitals, Former Angels, New Clear Vision and Dirty Liars.
They got around 250 people to the Sydney event, 300 at the Melbourne event which was sold out and around 400 people at the Brisbane event which was good numbers for each of these festivals. The Psycho Circus Festival will be back bigger and better in 2019. Stay in tuch to find out when, where and who will be on them next year. Darkcell also supported Wednesday 13 and Davie Suicide both from the USA on Thursday 26 April 2018 at The Triffid, Brisbane as well as Pain from Europe on Sunday 27 May 2018 at The Zoo, Brisbane. Darkcell have a big 2019 plan ahead of them with a new album to come out in March and then touring in Australia and Europe to promote this album. There are new film clips and new merch to all come and be announced in the coming months. Darkcell have also signed a deal with DarkTune Records in Germany to put out their back catalogue of music as well as the new album. There are plans to tour over there in 2019. Stay in touch with this band’s online websites and mine for up-dates and more info on everything in 2019 for them.
Unfortunately, we lost both Phil Emmanuel and Kayleen Bull in 2018, both of whom I knew very well. This was so sad and I attended both of their funerals in June and September as I knew both of them really well in different ways. They will be missed by myself and everyone else that knew them.
As David Dean Events, I was involved in putting on two A Night Of Music And Conversation events at the Solbar’s sit down venue The Playhouse with radio and podcast talk show host, Matt Collins in August and November 2018 which went well. The first event we had local artists MC Wheels, Brooke Schubert and Mason Hope at it and the second event we had Kevin Borich and Tyrone Noonan at it who all spoke about their journeys and performed their own songs at each event. These events are a new and different format which works well and everyone who attended them liked how they were run. We will hopefully be putting more events like these on in 2019.
I had the following bands play at The Caloundra RSL over the past year that I booked and promoted:
My Lifestyle Duo in February, Devils Kiosk in March, The Barry Charles Band in April, Kevin Borich Express in May, Doc Span Band in June, Little Billy in August, The Andrew Baxter Band in September and Mason Hope Duo in October.
The 2018 Turn Up Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference happened on Thursday 18 October at The Playhouse at Solbar, Maroochydore for the fifth year. We moved towns from Nambour to Maroochydore and to a better venue to hold this industry event at, which was so good. We had the following people speak at the conference this year:
Stuart Coupe, Maggie Collins (Morning Belle), Tyler McLoughlan (Sound Pound), Kim Pengelly (QMusic), Matty Woo (Macro Music), Jeff Chandler (Chandler Music Works), Emily Holler (Mojo Bullet), Leanne de Souza (AAM), Paulie B (Bobby Alu, The Beautiful Girls, George), Sahara Beck, Brett Gadenne(Dubarray, Shinobi Kin, Ordio), Francesca de Valence (I Heart Songwriting Club) and Andrew Tuttle (APRA AMCOS).
Showcase performers: Hazel and Roanna Law, Dan Horne and Town played at this conference this year on the Thursday night. We also did an extra showcase gig on the following night at the Solbar in the front bar on the Friday night with Dear Willow Band, Matt Turner, Anna And Jordan, Nicole McKinney and Mason Hope playing at it.
Turn Up Event worked in partnership with The Gympie Music Muster to put on a music industry panel at this year’s festival at the end of August which we did on the Friday afternoon in The Muster Club. We had the following people speak on this panel:
Paul O’Gorman, Ken Outch (Sony Music), Stephen White (Stephen White Management ), Tom & Nick Wolfe (The Wolfe Brothers ), Simon Homer (On-Site Retail and Plus One Records), Kellie Lloyd (APRA AMCOS) and Jess Riches (Enriches Business). This was a great panel with lot’s of knowledge shared for people who attended it.
Stay in touch with Turn Up on facebook and sign up to our mailing list as we will have some great announcements and events in 2019.
I saw the following bands play shows in 2018 in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast:
Parkway Drive in both January and October.
The Foo Fighters in January.
COG in February.
Primal Scream in February.
Queen with Adam Lambert in February.
The Butterfly Effect in March.
Rose Tattoo in April.
Cradle Of Filth in May.
Polaris in July.
The Radiators in August.
MC Wheels, Brooke Schubert and Mason Hope in August.
The Black Sorrows in August.
Regurgitator in both August and September.
Darkcell’s Psycho Circus Festival in September.
Kevin Borich and Tyrone Noonan in November.
Bon Jovi in December.
I attended the following festivals in 2018:
Bluesfest in March.
The Big Pineapple Music Festival in May.
The Gympie Music Muster in August.
The Caloundra Music Festival in September.
I am attending The Woodford Folk Festival in December.
I have put in a lot of work and time at the Gym this year. I attend Anytime Fitness in Nambour five times a week and do two personal training sessions a week and also do classes the other three days of the week. I have built up my strength and cardio this year and have also got my squats a lot better and am doing heavy ones with weight on my back. I have also worked on my posture and it is a lot better which is good. There is more to do and get better in 2019.
I have the following gigs/acts booked and on sale in 2019 with so many more shows to come and be announced and put on sale:
Brian Cadd & Russell Morris at The Tewantin Noosa RSL on Thursday 31 January 2019 and Sara Storer at The Caloundra RSL Function Room on Saturday 11 May 2019. Make sure that you keep a look out on my facebook page and websites for more info on these shows/acts plus so many more to be announced in the coming months.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas this year with your family and happy new year to you all from me, David Dean. Thank you for your support of me and my businesses and events in 2018. Keep it live, loud and local and see you out at an event/gig in 2019.