Global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today reveal that they will return to Australia in March, to play national all ages headline shows for the first time in over ten years.

The captivating trio will make a triumphant return to Australian arenas with their MMXVII WORLD TOUR, set to kick off at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday 29th March before heading to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 1st April and wrapping up at the Perth Arena on Wednesday 5th April. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 26th October at 11am local time.

In a huge coup, the annual CMC Rocks QLD Festival has already announced Dixie Chicks as headliners for the 10th Anniversary event in 2017. The festival, which this year sold out for the first time in its nine-year history and is set to do the same in 2017, runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March at Ipswich’s Willowbank.

Dixie Chicks have no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt. They are a multi-platinum selling act across North America, Europe and Australia, and one of only a handful of acts to ever achieve ‘diamond’ status; reaching the stratospheric landmark of over 10 million copies sold, with both ‘Wide Open Spaces’ (1998) and ‘Fly’ (1999). With well over 30 million albums sold worldwide to date, the Dixie Chicks are the biggest US female band of all time.

Since 1990, the trio has released seven studio albums, three live albums and a string of live DVD’s. They have shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Tim McGraw and Pearl Jam among many others.

Their on-stage reputation has helped the Dixie Chicks play to hundreds of thousands of fans at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from London’s O2 Arena to the Hollywood Bowl, LA’s Staples Center to New York’s Madison Square Garden, and outspoken songs like ‘Goodbye, Earl’ and ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’ make it clear that this power trio plays by nobody’s rules. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon.

The trio has just wrapped up a mammoth European and North American headline tour, setting stages alight in every city, with epic reviews rolling in including the UK Telegraph who wrote, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.” Rolling Stone described the Dixie Chicks’ recent New York show as “thrilling” and The Boot noted, “They are equally fearless and almost absurdly talented as musicians…”.

One of the most prolific and enthralling live acts on the planet, Dixie Chicks’ return to Australia in 2017 is sure to be one of the most talked about live experiences for years to come. Don’t miss your chance to be there.

Fans will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting Friday 21st October at 2pm Local Time through Dixie Chicks MMXVII Tour Club at http://www.dcxtourclub.com/


Joining forces for a special Tamworth Country Music Festival bash, Shannon Noll will be hitting the stage with The Wolfe Brothers in their Boys will be Boys Australia Day Eve Party. This double header promises to be the party event of the festival and is the perfect lead-in to the Australia Day public holiday!

Shannon Noll is no stranger to regional Australia, a former farmhand from Condobolin in New South Wales, he burst into the Australian consciousness as the first runner-up on talent show Australian Idol in 2003. His rendition of the classic What About Me smashed onto the charts and since his appearance on the television show he has experienced certified platinum sales, #1 hits, five Top 10 albums, and is reputed as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have achieved 10 consecutive Top 10 singles. He also has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations – an enviable achievement. Shannon has also been nominated for numerous ARIA awards and has taken home the Best Male Artist accolade in the MTV awards three years in succession. Shannon has recently signed with Warner Music and has a new album coming out next March.

The Wolfe Brothers are a force to be reckoned with. They won the hearts of the nation in 2012 when they were voted in second place of Australia’s Got Talent. Their story is a tried and true one of local lads make good, thanks to a hell of a lot of dedication. Their third long player This Crazy Life was released this year to much acclaim and the Tassie boys have recently returned from a four-month tour of the United States. They are easily one of the hardest working bands on the touring circuit today, and if they are not on the road with their own headline shows, they are performing with country legend Lee Kernaghan.

The band’s debut, It’s On was released in 2013 and spawned three Top 10 singles, including their first #1 for The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory. Their equally impressive sophomore album Nothin’ But Trouble – released in 2014 – entered the ARIA Country Charts at #2. With their new release This Crazy Life under their belts, The Wolfe Brothers were also awarded the Group of the Year accolade in the 2016 CMC Awards. Any live show in the company of these guys is a rockin’ one indeed.

For Tom Wolfe, the concert is the epitome of a great musical celebration. “It is an Australia Day Eve party, it doesn’t get much more Australian than Tamworth, Nollsie, and The Wolfe Brothers,” he says. “It will be a big party – it is guaranteed to be a good time.”

The band only forged a friendship with Shannon recently, but it was an effortless one. “We first became friends about 12-months ago,” says Tom. “He came to our farm in Tasmania, we wrote some songs and hung out for a few days. We had a great time, got along really well and realised we have a lot in common. We have wanted to do a show together for a long time so we are both really stoked.”

Don’t miss this special Australia Day Eve Party as The Wolfe Brothers and Shannon Noll get ready to rock Tamworth Country Music Festival! Tickets on sale now.

Boys Will Be Boys – Australia Day Eve Party

The Wolfe Brothers & Shannon Noll

Wednesday 25th January 2017| 8.30pm

Blazes, Wests Leagues, TAMWORTH NSW

(02) 6765 7588 | www.wtlc.com.au



The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Lee Kernaghan’s amazing career and the release of his first chart busting hit, Boys From The Bush . The iconic song was the first of many number one singles from the classic album The Outback Club, which went on to achieve double platinum certification, win a swag of awards and redefine contemporary Australian country music along the way.

Since the release of his mega hit Boys From The Bush, Lee has notched up 34 number one hits on the Australian country music charts, won a staggering 36 Golden Guitars and has sold over two million albums in the local market.

Lee Kernaghan is one of the undisputable all-time greats of Australian country. There’s no better place than the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Australia Day for fans from all around the nation to join Lee at what will be an historic concert event. Toyota proudly presents this special once in a lifetime show for fans to celebrate Lee’s incredible career. The concert will cover 25 years of smash hits, featuring surprise guest appearances by an impressive who’s who of Lee’s musical mates and legends.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show is guaranteed to be one of the most sought after tickets at the 2017 Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival. Fans are encouraged to book tickets early to secure their place at this never to be repeated event.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 1 November 2016.

The Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show

Thursday 26th January 2017 | 8.15pm


Tamworth Country Music Festival

(02) 6767 5300 | www.entertainmentvenues.com.au

The use of music in online pokies

Pokies, or slots, are one of the most popular casino games around. You can easily play online slot games at Royal Vegas . With an online casino such as Royal Vegas there is no need to plan special trips to the casino every time you fancy a few games of slots. Providing players with the ability to enjoy pokies online gives them the freedom to play whenever suits them best. This convenience is taken a step further by allowing you to play these games on your mobile phone or tablet, so you do not need to be tethered to your computer to enjoy these games!

Pokies appeal to many people due to their bright and colourful presentation that is always very enticing. Having a good theme that can connect to the player is also something that makes the games personal and fun. But one often overlooked aspect of the appeal of slot machine games is the music. Music is such an important part of our life, having the ability to evoke certain emotions within us, as well as setting the tone for an environment. Of course, the music played by slot machines are an integral part of why we enjoy playing such games so much!

In general the music used in pokies is upbeat and happy, with a fast tempo and enjoyable sound. This really sets the mood for playing the slots and gets you excited for what possible winnings may await you! The music often sound electronic in nature, as a more acoustic sound may be too dull and evoke less excitement in us as individuals. The combination of the fun images and pleasing music makes it a sensory dream to play. Especially when you consider pokies to other casino games such as roulette or blackjack, you notice that pokies is alone in being inviting on both a visual and an auditory level. This provides a much needed break from table games using cards that while also thrilling and entertaining, may seem a little less inviting in comparison to the bright and musical slot machines.

Video pokies have different themes to appeal to different people. A popular theme for slots is music itself, with many slots being based off famous musicians and their music. Using music that is familiar to fans is a good way to make the games even more enjoyable! Popular artists often have their own slot machine games based off them and their music entirely. Royal Vegas offers an Elvis themed pokies game called Rock the boat. In addition they also offer some more general music themed slot machine games, such as Karaoke party, The rat pack, as well as Vinyl countdown. Try them all out to see which is your favourite!

From all this it is pretty clear that music has the ability to enhance our enjoyment of certain activities. Often we overlook and underestimate sound and music and how much these things serve in enriching our lives.

Police investigate fatal crash – Buchanan

Police are investigating a fatal crash between a truck and a motorcycle in the State’s Central Hunter last night.

About 11pm (Monday, 19 September 2016), emergency services were called to the Hunter Expressway, Buchanan, following reports of a crash.

Initial investigations suggest a Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling east on the Highway when the rider left the roadway, crashed into a fence and came to rest on the road.

A semi trailer, driven by a 39-year-old man, also travelling east, crashed into the motorcycle and rider.

The rider of the bike, a man believed to be aged in his 20s, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

No one else was injured during the incident.

A crime scene was established and investigations into the crash are continuing. A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Police investigate fatal crash – East Maitland

Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in East Maitland yesterday.

Shortly before 10am (Monday 19 September 2016), emergency services were called to the New England Highway, East Maitland, following reports of a car submerged in a creek.

Initial investigations suggest a Ford Falcon, was travelling west on the highway when it left the roadway, crashed through a fence and landed in Wallis Creek.

The 47-year-old male driver died at the scene.

A report will now be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Teenager stabbed following altercation – Caves Beach

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident at Caves Beach overnight where a teenager was stabbed.

About 9.45pm on Saturday 17 September 2016, police believe that a group of teenagers had gathered for a party at a beach known at Spoon Rocks near Caves Beach.

A 15-year-old boy became involved in a verbal argument with another male party goer who produced a knife.

A fight ensued during which the 15-year-old boy was stabbed once to the lower left abdomen.

Following the fight the unknown assailant and several other party goers fled from the area.

The injured youth was assisted by his friends to a nearby home where emergency services were contacted.

The boy was treated by Ambulance Paramedics and conveyed to John Hunter Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in a serious but stable condition.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene with several items seized for forensic analysis.

Woman in early 20’s pinged at 161 km/h with kids in car

A WOMAN in her early 20s was clocked speeding at 161km/h on the Hume Highway near Jugiong on Wednesday afternoon with two young children in her car.

Gundagai Highway Patrol officers received complaints of a motorist driving erratically on the Sturt Highway shortly after 2pm.

Police then located the woman excessively speeding on the Hume before they pulled her over.

She was issued with a court attendance notice and received thousands of dollars in fines.

Investigation into death of Carly McBride continues – Strike Force Karabi

Police investigating the death of Carly McBride have executed a third crime scene warrant in the Hunter Valley Local Area Command.

Carly McBride, 31, was last seen on Calgaroo Avenue at Muswellbrook about 2pm on Tuesday 30 September 2014. Her remains were discovered near Scone on Sunday 7 August 2016.

Officers attached to strike force Krabi, assisted by Forensic Services Group (FSG), executed a crime scene warrant at a third property – a storage shed in Scone – this week.

A number of items contained on the premises were located and seized, including five firearms, a large quantity of ammunition and various prohibited weapons. All items will be examined by forensic investigators.

Detectives have been investigating Ms McBride’s disappearance under Strike Force Karabi and are treating her disappearance and death as suspicious.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.

Police investigate fire at licensed club – Armidale

A crime scene has been established following a fire that has destroyed a licensed club in Armidale early this morning.

Just after 5.30am (Friday 16 September 2016), police responded to reports of a fire at the club on Beardy Street.

Emergency services attended to find the premises well alight. Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze; however, the club was completely destroyed.

Police established a crime scene and an investigation will commence into the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.