Sat 17 Jan, 2015 MOFO Festival, Hobart - All Ages
Tue 20 Jan, 2015 Corner Hotel, Melbourne - 18+
Thu 22 Jan, 2015 Manning Bar, Sydney - 18+
Sat 24 Jan, 2015 Sugar Mountain Festival, Melbourne - 18+

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Oren Ambarchi

Oren Ambarchi

Experimental guitar veteran Oren Ambarchi will be joining New York City noise merchants Swans on their forthcoming headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Oren Ambarchi is a critically acclaimed Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose work revolves around transcending conventional instrumental processes, focusing primarily on the exploration of the guitar. Having performed in venues across all corners of the globe and at music festivals globally, from Sonar (Barcelona) to VIVID (Sydney), Ambarchi’s discography is as long as it is varied. His current release, Quixotism, features a wide array of guests such as Jim O’Rourke, Thomas Brinkmann, John Tilbury, Eyvind Kang and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra: see here.

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SWANS announce special guest Oren Ambarchi performing at Melbourne & Sydney shows

15 Dec 2014

SWANS | Playing headline shows in Melbourne + Sydney

13 Nov 2014


Experimental rock band Swans, who first emerged in the 1980s during New York’s No Wave scene, will be returning Down Under in January to play headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Made up of Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica, Swans have released an astounding 12 studio albums, with album 13 To Be Kind (out now through Young God Records) continuing to push boundaries and draw in listeners with their ability to create sounds which are equal parts beautiful and confronting.

After a 13-year break, Gira resurrected the Swans, releasing critically acclaimed albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope and The Seer. The latest album, produced by Gira himself and recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13 and what resulted was two hours and ten tracks of mini, mind bending symphonies of hypnotic and psychedelic tendencies.

‘Even at their most claustrophobic and confrontational, there has always been a splendid, unsettling beauty to Swans’ music, with rock instrumentation and lyrics wrenched into jagged configurations often intended to sandpaper away at the nerves.’ – The Quietus

‘As it plays out, To Be Kind starts to resemble a cult procession unto itself, a mesmerizing spectacle of an omnipotent band whose sound continues to expand in scope and ranks swell in size’ – Pitchfork 9.2/10

Avant-garde to the extreme, Gira’s music is and all-encompassing experience that somehow affects your entire sensory system. You don’t just hear it or listen to it, but feel it. This latest record is no exception.’ – NME 9/10

The last two times we brought the Swans to Australia, their immersive, unique performances was an experience like no other and this is only expected to have magnified since then. An experience you truly do not want to miss out on!


Saturday 17 January  Hobart | MOFO Festival*
Tuesday 20 January  Melbourne | Corner Hotel  (18+)
Thursday 22 January  Sydney | Manning Bar  (18+)
Saturday 24 January  Melbourne | Sugar Mountain Festival*
*Not a Frontier Touring show

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