Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

Tumbleweed will continue, at least in the short term, without bassist Jay Curley.

Tumbleweed will continue, at least in the short term, without bassist Jay Curley.

Last week, we brought you the sad news of Tumbleweed bassist Jay Curley's death.

Tumbleweed have said they will continue at least in the short term, using their headlining slot at Young Henry's Small World festival in Newtown as a tribute to Jay. "Filling in on bass will be Jay and Lenny's older brother, Pat Curley. Hope to see you there to celebrate the life and times of Jay Curley," Tumbleweed announced on Facebook.

They did not make any announcement on future plans, stating "future bookings will be decided at a later date".

• Riptide singer Vance Joy announced a national tour to launch debut album Dream Your Life Away, including a stop at Anita's Theatre. The Melbourne ukulele fan will play Thirroul on March 24 next year, with Airling and #1 Dads in support.

• Brisbane festival Blurst Of Times will expand to Sydney and Melbourne this year. Wollongong rockers Born Lion play the Brisbane gig on October 18 and join the Sydney show at Factory Theatre on October 25. Hockey Dad and Step-Panther will also play the Sydney gig, headlined by DZ Deathrays and The Hard-Ons.

• The line-up for Hytest's annual Hyfest has been released - headlined by Hytest, the gig also features High Tension, Giants Of Science, Nunchukka Superfly and more at Corrimal Hotel on November 29.

• In more gig news, the first announcement for the big Gingerfest gig has Totally Unicorn and Born Lion near the top of the bill. Headlined by punk legends 28 Days and Bagster, the show - December 6 at Factory Theatre, Sydney - will raise funds for Vision Australia.

• Culture Shock is an evening at Anita's Theatre later this month, with Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina headlining an eclectic bill. The night will feature the debut performance of Russell W & The Five Islands, the new project from Shining Bird's Russell Webster. Set for September 28, the evening will feature Argentinian food, DJs and art.

• Congratulations to The Walking Who, winners of FBI Radio's Northern Lights competition. The guys won the chance to jet off to Iceland to play Airwaves Festival in November.

• After returning from a successful European tour recently, veterans The New Christs officially give their Incantations a local launch at Beaches hotel at Thirroul on Saturday. They will play two sets on the night.

Gig guide

  • Cupid Falls, Pulse Mavens – Rad, Friday
  • The Audreys – Anita’s Theatre, Friday
  • The Strides – Heritage Hotel, Friday
  • The New Christs – Beaches Thirroul, Saturday
  • Hugo Race – Heritage Hotel, Saturday
  • Deja vu w/Reecelow, Baytek – The Grand, Saturday
  • Sumeru, Oppressor – Rad, Sunday (afternoon)
  • Everconscious, Lost Coast – Rad, Sunday (night) 
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