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Wed 5 Mar 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Ave, Moore Park, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: PoppyEF

French quintet Phoenix are set to bring their inimitable blend of genre-twisting synth-rock and high-energy performances to Sydney and Melbourne for headline shows in March 2014!

The announcement comes alongside their place as co-headliners on the epic line up for next year¹s hugely anticipated Future Music Festival.

Phoenix released their fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in 2009, a piece of new wave brilliance that struck a chord with audiences everywhere and projected the band into mainstream consciousness in a way they had never been before. The album¹s sound referenced the sizzling electro-pop from their debut but was also fine-tuned with sharp lyricism and thoughtful composition. First single Œ1901¹ was a bona fide smash hit globally, certifying platinum in America and reaching #1 on the US Alternative Songs Chart and second single ŒLisztomania¹ came in at #4 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix itself ranked at #5, #3 and #1 in Time, Rolling Stone and Drowned In Sound¹s Top Albums of 2009 lists respectively, winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, certifying ARIA gold and making its way to #13 on the Australian Albums Chart.

Phoenix¹s fifth album Bankrupt! saw the band throw out the rule book, retaining the synth-pop heart they had become synonymous with but evolving their sound into something altogether more experimental. The album debuted at #5 on the Australian Albums Chart and #1 on the Alternative, Independent and Rock Albums Charts in the US. Current single ŒS.O.S. in Bel Air¹ is insightful and post-modern track that Pitchfork called ³the album¹s heart-racing standout². Contrary to its own title, Bankrupt!, has received wide-spread acclaim for its new ideas and fresh sound, becoming possibly the band¹s most heralded release yet:

³They¹ve taken what made Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix so brilliant, turned it up to 10, and then added a few new twists to create one of the most effortlessly enjoyable albums you¹re likely to hear all year² ««««1Ž2 ­ Music OMH

Phoenix¹s live shows have continued to set the benchmark for expert musicianship and unparalleled flair and as such are as equally celebrated by critics as their albums are:

³A truly majestic, memorable night by a group very much at the top of their game, it was clearly just as special for the band as it was for everybody watching² ­ The Hollywood Reporter

³The sheer energy and joy in seeing Phoenix at their best is an addictive treat. They can be stylish, quirky, and yet effortlessly catchy; a notion well and truly supported by a crowd that exited in awe this particular evening.² ­ FasterLouder

Joining Phoenix as special guests will be Australia¹s very own new-wave and synth-rock virtuoso¹s World¹s End Press! The quartet have performed with the likes of Cut Copy and Hot Chip and in October released their self-titled debut album, a darkly melodic and triumphant gem that has rapidly collected accolades as the one of this year¹s smartest and most danceable releases:

³A remarkable debut that never merely submits to trends²
­ Sydney Morning Herald

³This hour-long opus sets dreary romance against spring-loaded rhythms and incessant catchiness ­ and thrives off the resulting friction² ­ Rolling Stone

Alongside contemporaries and friends Air and Daft Punk, Phoenix are one of France¹s finest contributions to modern music. Their headline performances in Sydney and Melbourne in March are an opportunity to see an accomplished band in their element, performing non-stop hits that for many of us have become the soundtrack to our life for the last decade. Don¹t miss out!

General public on sale from 9am local time, Thursday 21 November