KICKS OFF GOLD COAST RETURN WITH MASSIVE OPENING NIGHT ROCK CONCERT
FEATURING REGURGITATOR, ART VS. SCIENCE AND 7BIT HERO
Australia’s leading video games retailer EB Games is thrilled to announce that EB Expo 2017 will kick off its Gold Coast return with a special live music event – Unit20! To celebrate EB Games’ 20th birthday, Unit20 will feature an exclusive collaboration with Australian nerd rock invaders Regurgitator to also mark the 20th year of their ground-breaking second studio album Unit. Also performing as part of this special one-off multi-dimensional event will be electronic dance rockers Art vs. Science along with Bitpop gamers 7Bit Hero, in what will be an all encompassing audiovisual experience for all music and gaming fans!
The exciting Unit 20 concert will rock the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Friday 6th October, and will make the most of the space. Showgoers will be saturated by over 200sqm of visual effects combining the latest 4K projection technology, LED screen and a state-of-the-art 3D effects. There will also be more than 100 moving and static lighting fixtures used in conjunction with visual effects to create an amazing sensory experience that will leave the audience pixelated.
More than 20 years after they first formed in Brisbane, Regurgitator are still going strong. After releasing their debut album Tu-Plang in 1996, their mega-popular follow-up Unit was released in 1997 which quickly went triple platinum and won five ARIA awards including Album of the Year.
Unit is but a pixel in time. A spec in the Australian music cultural cosmos. In itself a chimerical reaction to a love of music past. Forged in a self-created Dirty Room studio in the Fortitude Valley over a few weeks in August 1997 after returning from an extensive US tour with Helmet & The Melvins… then set adrift in the molecular world by Warner Music on NOV 3 1997. First conveyed into the live stratosphere at a ski club in the northern climes of Darwin on a balmy Halloween eve… this self-effacing monster of a retrotech platter stirred the self-styled opening jeer of I like your old stuff better than your new stuff, tumbling all that chose to follow into the rapidly embraced new stuff of beeps, blips and all out pop-rockin’ fun. Unit resolutely found its link in the musical DNA of the day and 20 years down the track this yellow dot still glows with all the intensity it rose that day to greet us with. The UNIT20 collaboration with EB Games strives for a unique multi-dimensional ocular moment, the only live revisitation we will emit across this double decade point in time… and even more the gratification to be joined in this celebration by musical compatriots Art vs Science along with 7 Bit Hero to help transmit the light and sound. Pong on indeed!
The trio will be guaranteed to erase the roof and open the sky, as will electronic dance band Art vs. Science. The Sydney-based group won the ARIA award for Best Independent Release for their debut album The Experiment in 2011. Art vs Science have come a long way since 2009. Their debut EP, featuring major hits ‘Parlez Vous Francais?’ (#2 in triple j’s 2008 Hottest 100) and ‘Magic Fountain’ (#9 the following year), cemented the Sydney three-piece as one of Australia’s favourite bands. In 2011, Art vs Science won an ARIA Award for Best Independent Album and were championed as festival headliners, welcomed back time and time again for their feel-good and dynamic live show. Taking time off after their debut record, they honed their sound for 2014 EP Create / Destroy and the result was a self-assured release paying tribute to their dance rock roots, but with a new level of depth and vitality. When the trio reunited in 2015 for their sophomore release Off The Edge of The Earth and Into Forever, Forever it was with the same desire for renewal and transformation. Art vs Science have spent the past two years touring, and working on new music.
Hyper Bitpop band 7Bit Hero, who also develop video games for mobile platforms, will also get fingers dancing with their eclectic set which combines music with interactive visuals. During their show, your smartphone will be your joystick that allows you to control a character in the multi-player game that is projected behind the band.
“We are thrilled to be launching this year’s EB Expo with our first-ever concert in Unit20,” says Event Manager Trent Weekes. “Regurgitator is one of the country’s most iconic rock bands of all time and we are super proud to be partnering with them to celebrate the 20th anniversary of both our event and their album Unit. We’re also thrilled to be featuring Art vs. Science and 7Bit Hero who have gained a huge following with young gamers.”
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER – EB GAMES EXPO opening event
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.
featuring REGURGITATOR, ART VS. SCIENCE and 7BIT HERO
Tickets available from Ticketek.com.au, ebexpo.com.au or at all EB Expo stores from May 19