DESERT HIGHWAYS CONTRIBUTORS TOP 10 LIST’S (+ MORE) FOR 2018!

Here’s a few of the Desert Highways team’s Top lists for 2018. Thank you all for your support again throughout 2018, it’s very much appreciated! Also a massive thanx to all of our contributors. Very proud to work with such an incredibly talented group of people!

Mark Ireland – Writer.

Best gigs 2018:
Power TripBendigo Hotel.
Roger WatersRod Lavar Arena.
MAMMALCroxton Bandroom.
Streaker Gate Benefit GigGasometer.
Meredith Music Festival: The Presets, Billy Bragg, Little Ugly Girls.
The Stems, Even Northcote Social Club.
Boogie Festival: Cable Ties, Clowns, The Southern River Band, Birdcloud, Cash Savage.
Golden Plains Festival: Mogwai, Baker Boy, Black Angels.
Stiff Little FingersCroxton Bandroom.
Download Festival: NoFx, Hot Water Music, Prophets of Rage, Arch Enemy.
BeckMargaret Court Arena.
David ByrneMargaret Court Arena.
The Demon Parade – Psych FestThe Tote Hotel.
Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, El Colosso Sookie Lounge.
ShameThe Tote Hotel.
Future Of The LeftThe Old Bar.

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El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 4 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

Post-gig meet-and-greet with our biggest, most important fans. Ourense, Spain

Days 21-24 – Ourense ES

The last few days have been a total blur of amazing food and wine, laughing, drinking, hot springs, drinking, exploring, drinking, and so on… We arrived in Ourense for our gig on Sunday night at Café Cultural Auriense. Once again, we’ve had the benefit of being looked after by folks who may as well have been old friends. Before the gig we hung out at a local bar and met a few of the native hoodlums. Got a wee bit tipsy and had a ball. Then we had our load-in, and after we were settled, and sound was checked, we went to one of the best restaurants I’ve so far had the pleasure of – Café Monte Carlo. This place is amazing! Octopus (pulpo), baby eels (zamburiñas), Galician wine, and so on… The gig went very well – another great crowd and huge fun. Oh! I forgot to mention that on the way into town today we stopped off at the local hot springs – Termas Ouratiz. No need to say how DELIGHTFUL that was! The time since Sunday has followed a similar pattern. Sleeping in until late, then a delicious breakfast (usually with wine), huge walks exploring the old town, a trip to the termas, then dinner, drinks, and enjoying the incredible experience of meeting the locals and sharing the stories of each other’s lives. The sun is up late here – it’s usually still light at 11pm – and so around the streets and plazas you still see families out and about until at least midnight. It’s wonderful to witness and experience. We are in Ourense for another day. We’ve been staying above the venue and so have had easy access to a lot of local stories! Soon we are off to Plasencia and continue working south until we hit the Mediterranean and Estepona. We’ve arranged to rent a townhouse there for three days – according to Benny and D, Estepona is the jewel in the tour. It’ll mean three days on the beach, more incredible food and drink, and more delightful indulgences of the senses! Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 3 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

Just a little lunch in Besançon with Koops and Benny.

Days 13-14 – Besançon FR

Two days rest back in this beautiful town. Lots more sun and time spent in it. Lots more amazing food and wine. Have met so many delightful people. The French in this place have a great love of life and its sensual indulgences. No small wonder they excel at wine and cuisine! A couple of reviews have been posted about our Krefeld show and they are overwhelming in their praise. Great to hear that the locals are digging our stuff. We’ve had A LOT of great eating and drinking here in Besançon. Still can’t shake off this bloody cough and cold though. It’s probably driving everyone else nuts. I feel terrible about it. I’m just glad I have lots of good medicine here – hahaha! To have come all this way, and after two weeks to still be struggling with it is doing my fucking head in.

Starting to really miss my family back home. Touring is amazing, but the separation from loved ones – especially kids – is difficult. Continue reading

El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 2 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

[Ed – We were going to get El Colosso’s Euro tour diary in installments, but when touring, and especially overseas, tour life can totally consume you. So instead, we recieved it all in one big massive lot and will post it in three installments (Parts 2, 3 & 4). Such an awesome read and we’d like to thanx Koops and El Colosso for sending this through, such an awesome band and great guys too! Cheers!]

On the tour bus on the way to Bremen with Max – Teenage Head Music.

Days 1-2 – Brussels

Feeling very run down after the crazy-long flight. Got to our apartment right in the middle of Brussels, dropped off our gear and went straight to the bar across the plaza. Baguette and beers! Crashed early after having some fruit and water. Lost my headphones somewhere between Dubai and Brussels, so mission #1 is to get a new pair…

Day 3 – Bremen DE

Today we met our tour manager from Teenage Head Music – Max. A cheeky and cool Frenchman who has spent a lot of time on the road. There is really only one main rule for the tour – no drugs on the bus. Max also informed us that rule number two is – do not be late to the bus. Cool. We had a big six hour drive from Brussels but Bremen has turned out to be very nice. First gig is Meisenfrei Blues Bar. A great venue, and great staff. A bit freaked out by the crowd – everyone seemed pretty old and uninterested, but it turned out they loved us! I lost my voice during soundcheck and got a bit spooked. Max gave me some magic lozenges and by the time we got on stage it worked out fine. Hope it clears up! The boys drank on after the show but I crashed after a long hot shower… Continue reading

A CELEBRATION OF CHRIS CORNELL. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 27-07-2018.

Photos Dot Hopkins – DOTshots.

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El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 1 of 4…

We’re lucky enough to have Koops, El Colosso vocalist, submitting a tour diary while they’re away on their European tour. We wish them all the best! Thanx Koops and El Colosso! – Ed.

In another few days the band that I sing in – El Colosso – is traveling to Europe for its first international tour. First tour of anywhere, actually. We haven’t toured Australia yet, apart from a few gigs in Ballarat, Bendigo and Frankston.

We’re heading off to play twenty-odd shows in thirty-odd days, promoting our debut album Pathways, taking in Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, France and Spain. It’s a tour that doesn’t just involve a crap-ton of money and a big flight to get there, but also a kind of leap-of-faith to remove ourselves from our families and jobs and commit to really living rock and roll every night for more than a month in a different city every day, in rooms full of perfect strangers, 14,000 kilometres away from everything we know.

Not fucking fantastic being away from our families though. In truth, that totally sucks.

Preparing for the tour has been a lot of work, but huge fun. We’ve not just stepped up rehearsals for the many weeks leading up to it, we’ve also been preparing new songs for our next record. AND we’ve also had the opportunity to play at The Forum, supporting South African band Seether. How many times have we all been at that venue and dared to dream of one day playing there? We were like kids in candy stores. Or just like the big bloody kids we really are playing at the Forum! But the new album is written, we are super-tight with our tunes, and all that remains is for us to get there and show a different part of the world what we can do. Continue reading