Five great things to do this week
IT WOULD seem Australian audiences have fallen in love with US/UK band Grouplove. Its seemingly fast rise to fame was validated after an electric performance at Splendour in the Grass last year.
The quintet released its debut Never Trust a Happy Song with hit singles Ichtin' on a Photograph and Tongue Tied.
The new track is called Gold Coast - I wonder what inspired them?
Prior to worldwide acclaim, the members of Grouplove met at an artist retreat in Greece.
They enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to keep going, and well, the rest is history.
They're out here for the Falls Festival but will stop at Byron Bay to play at the Great Northern next Wednesday supported by the Goons of Doom.
Tickets $54.40 from www.thenorthern.oztix.com.au.
THE fourth instalment of Jupiter's Hotel and Casino Pool Party is set to be a screamer with funky disco technicians Sneaky Sound System and international starlet Wynter Gordon.
It's all about making the most of the warm weather but don't be put off by "Wynter" as this is no chilled affair.
Wynter Gordon is one of the hottest house exports from the US having collaborated with David Guetta, among others. And you all know Sneaky Sound System, the ARIA- winning posse with the hits UFO and Pictures.
The party-starting purveyors of pop perfection are joined by DJs Andy Murphy, Emily Scott and Stew Cook.
Bring your togs/swimmers/bathers or whatever colloquialism you prefer along for a dip and a dance.
The Pool Party is on this Saturday from midday to 6pm. Tickets $65 visit www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au.
LA LA Land hands over the decks to up-and-coming DJ/songstress Kate Elsworth.
The model turned aspiring muso got a break with the single Alive, co-produced by The Dirty South, and has been travelling the world dj-ing at some exclusive venues.
Check her out tomorrow night and on January 13. Visit www.lalaland%byronnbay.com.au.
!MULLUM Drill Hall presents Gypsy Caravana.
A band of extraordinarily talented folk true to the Spanish flamenco tradition.
Guitarist and singer Maros del Ojo is a member of one of Spain's most famous bands The Delinquentes.
It is joined by flamenco dancer Deya Miranda Giner.
Tickets $23/20. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.30 start.
!2THAT smouldering swamp thang Juke Baritone will be at Coorabell Hall tomorrow night.
Recently back from a European jaunt, Juke and his band The Swamp Dogs come from the theatrically gravel-throated school of Screaming Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits.
What may appear at first to be bar songs, his collection of raggedy blues, his dirges harbour hidden messages on politics and the general state of the world.
The crew will be joined by His Merry Men with doors opening at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost $20/17 from www.kupromotions.com.au.