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Austra Australian Tour 2012 – Laneway Sideshows

Written by Brayden Darke on November 15, 2011

Canadian four piece Austra have announced their first ever Australian tour shows on the back of their appearance on the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2012 line up in 2012. They will be playing two sideshows; at The Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on Thursday 2 February, followed by Thursday 9 February at The Basement in Sydney.

Embracing the esoteric, Austra combine soaring neo-operatic vocals and multifaceted electro-pop soundscapes with a firm new wave sensibility. Austra’s classically trained lead singer Katie Stelmanis sums it up best; I wanted to make classical music with really fucked up, distorted crazy shit on there.

Mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, UNKLE), Austra’s critically acclaimed debut album Feel It Break was nominated alongside Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs for the highly coveted Polaris Music Prize, galvanising the band’s reputation as a formidable new comer upon the ever-expanding musical landscape.

To celebrate Austra’s first Australian Tour, Domino have released a very special tour edition of Austra’s debut album, Feel It Break featuring remixes by NY duo MNDR, legendary producer Mark Pistel (Hercules & Love Affair/ Meat Beat Manifesto) and one of DFA’s newest artists, Planningtorock to name just a few.

Tickets on sale now.

Austra Australian Tour 2012 – Laneway Sideshows

Thursday 2 February
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
with special guests
Tickets available via:, Northcote Social Club Box Office: ph: (03) 9486 1677, in person at the Corner Box Office (57 Swan St Richmond 11am-8pm Mon-Sat)

Thursday 9 February
The Basement, Sydney
with special guests
Tickets available via:
Moshtix: and moshtix outlets

Austra will also be playing the 2012 St. Jeromes Laneway Festival.

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