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The Mars Volta Announce Big Day Out Sideshows

Written by Daniel Clarke on November 4, 2009

Strap yourself in, hold on, and feel free to scream. Few musical experiences match the roller coaster ride that is THE MARS VOLTA, and in 2010, they’ll loop the loop in Australia for the fourth time. You love THE MARS VOLTA? Here’s three last chances to feel the thrill. Since emerging from the ashes of El Paso’s lauded and lamented At the Drive-In (who also played BIG DAY OUT way back when) in 2001, composer and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and incredibly dexterous vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala have followed their muse in whichever direction it takes them; so, far the journey has been the ride of the creative lifetime.

Their fifth album, Octahedron, takes all the energy, all of the furious invention that has characterized THE MARS VOLTA’s music so far, and distills it with a clarity they’ve never before achieved. The sound may be less aggressive than 2008’s The Bedlam in Goliath, but touring with a pared-down six-piece line-up of Bixler-Zavala, Rodriguez-Lopez, bassist Juan Alderete, keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez on percussion and synths, and drummer Thomas Pridgen, THE MARS VOLTA are still blistering, ferocious, and set the stage alight like no other.


Monday 18th January
Bookings thru Ticketek 132 849

Wednesday 20th January
SYDNEY – Hordern Pavilion
Bookings thru Ticketek 132 849

Monday 25th January
MELBOURNE – Festival Hall
Tickets on sale from Festival Hall Box Office, 288 Rosslyn St West Melbourne OR Ticketmaster outlets, phonecharge 136 100 and Licensed & Unlicensed areas

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