Lulu & the Paige-Turners launch EP 'Bookends & Begin-Agains'

1 SEPTEMBER 2013 @ 5pm by Dario

Stream EP:

EP Launch Dates
September 6th Fri | The Junc Room, Junction Arts Festival, Launceston
Book here!

September 7th | The Peacock Theatre, Hobart - 7pm for 7.45pm

September 8th | The Peacock Theatre, Hobart - Matinee 3pm

Peacock Theatre tickets: or

October 15th | The Butterfly Club, Melbourne

The Middle Names 'Full Friends Tour' continues

1 SEPTEMBER 2013 @ 5pm by Dario

Following August shows in Melbourne, Sydney and throughout Tasmania, The Middle Names now head to Brisbane to showcase at BIGSOUND on Thursday 12th September as well as two dates in Sydney.

Brisbane | BIGSOUND – Thursday September 12th – Alhambra Lounge (8.20 – 8.50pm)

Sydney | The Beresford – Friday September 13th – 9pm

Sydney | Special pop-up show to be announced – Saturday September 14th – 8pm

Get it on iTunes.

Christopher Coleman announces 'the rambling tour'

1 SEPTEMBER 2013 @ 5pm by Dario

After a whirlwind two months in the UK performing 26 shows, Christopher Coleman returns to Australia for his Rambling Tour. Expect to see Christopher a lot on the touring circuit around the country this spring.

Tickets now on sale Here!

Plus additional dates: Melbourne | September 1st Sunday | Graceland

Melbourne | September 4th Wednesday | The Standard

Newcastle | September 20th | House Concert

Melbourne | September 28th | Sofar Sounds

Melbourne | September 29th | Pure Pop Records

Margate | October 4th | Brookfield Vineyard

Dark Matter of Story Telling release EP "The Battle with Self"

1 SEPTEMBER 2013 @ 5pm by Dario

Get it on iTunes.

Get it on Bandcamp.

Christopher Coleman leaves for the UK

28 MAY 2013 @ 7pm by Dario

Hurrah! Christopher Coleman goes International – he will tour the UK for 25 shows during June/July in support of fellow Australian folk group The Blue Mosquitoes.

For this UK tour Christopher’s tranquil vocal and warm acoustic sounds will combine with fellow local young-gun Jed Appleton (on bass) to perform the well-woven storybook that is a Christopher Coleman Collective set.

UK Tour Promo Video here!

Christopher Coleman Collective Enjoy Melbourne

28 MAY 2013 @ 6pm by Dario

Over the last couple of months, the Christopher Coleman Collective have been breaking ground over the moderately big blue sea called Bass Strait, performing three shows in Melbourne. A roaring success, the boys can’t wait to get back once Christopher returns from the UK.

Two were at the Grace Darling Hotel, quickly becoming our home away home, with the full collective 6-piece; and then a beautifully intimate duo-show at the Retreat Hotel Brunswick.

Enough of my words; take it from these folks about how good they were!

“He perches on the edge of the stage, upon the steps that lead to the floor, unplugged and without a mic. He then asks the audience to take a seat. Chinese whispers from the sound desk spread through a line until the room fan is turned off, the only sound is acoustic guitar and Coleman’s beautiful tranquil voice reverberating throughout the room. He asks the hushed room to join in on the chorus and I’m absolutely knocked back when their voices erupt within the room singing along so well I now feel like we’re in a lounge room filled with family.“

“The adrenaline rushing through the room was coming from both on and off the stage at this point. Coleman asks his band to play four chords while he marches straight to the bar, scrambles up on it, launches himself off and for a moment successfully crowd surfs his way back to the stage.”

Full review at Raindrops & Rooftops here!

"During “Sailor’s Love Song”, he invited a member of the audience to do a country shuffle on a table top and another to bang the table so to form the drumming section of the song… The crowd joined in for the chorus, as directed by Coleman, creating a harmonic choir-like atmosphere of the most beautiful kind… With his incredible voice and pleasant acoustic guitar goodness, we can only hope to hear more from Christopher Coleman."

Full review at The AU Review here!

“The sound on the night was spot on, the group delivered on all songs and after the gig it became very clear to me why the Christopher Coleman Collective are getting great reviews and gaining a lot of recognition. The band leave you with their music imprinted in your mind and the memory of their live show is something that you won’t forget.”

Full review at Little Boom Music here!

Say hello to Lulu Paige-Turner

2 APRIL 2013 @ 7pm by Dario

Dario Phillips Management welcomes a new addition to the management roster… say hello to Lulu Paige-Turner. Lulu Paige-Turner’s stunning beauty and passionate creativity come together in an invigorating theatrical performance that is striking, sensual and sexy.

A multi-instrumental performance showcasing versatility with violin, guitar, vocal and percussion, Lulu lets her music be the bearer of her mind and presents the magnetism of a confident leading lady.

Lulu curates a dynamic display with her band ‘Lulu & the Paige-Turners’. Contemporary sounds and sweet melodies meet cabaret-esque rhythm and vocal attitude that mesmerize listeners into Lulu’s world. As she lets you in to this world, playfulness and somewhat fragility emerges to present a compelling naivety to her character that adds to Lulu’s alluring persona and live performance.

Lulu & the Paige-Turners launch their theatrical live show at The Peacock Theatre on Saturday April 13th. Discover the sounds of Lulu & the Paige-Turners... here.

The Adam Cousens Band and Dark Matter Of Story Telling tour QLD this April and promote new singles

2 APRIL 2013 @ 6pm by Dario

Adam Cousens is known for his positivity and folky roots singer-songwriter songs; but that is all about to change. Coming out of the blocks in 2013 with a bold demeanour and intensity courtesy of his new single Shotgun, Cousens showcases another side to his music that has lay dormant until now.

A grungy-esque spaghetti western style combines with guitar driven pop hooks, church bells, whistles and thumping drums to make Shotgun a non-stop action packed ride from start to finish. Who’s got the number for Tarantino? Shotgun may just be a tune for Django 2.

Listen to Shotgun - Bandcamp. Soundcloud.

Thanks to the assistance provided through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, Adam Cousens will be performing with his band and bringing along fellow Tasmanians Dark Matter Of Story Telling to support at six shows of the ten-date tour.

** Adam Cousens only.

Continuing in this music and visual symbiosis, Dark Matter Of Story Telling have launched their new single ‘I Lay’ with a mysterious promotional video that emphasises this band’s unique presentational and conceptual nature to delivering their music.

Listen to the full track: Bandcamp. Soundcloud. Unearthed.

2013 - Locked in a studio

28 JANUARY 2013 @ 6pm by Dario

What a great summer it’s been. We made it through the crazy schedule during November to January with over 50 gigs, across four states and one territory. And we took up an Entertainment Coordinator role with Hobart City Council’s The Taste Festival – a fantastic event and a promising partnership we hope to build on and assist to foster a substantial music entertainment program that continues to provide valuable summer performance opportunities for local artists.

Now we’re raring to go like never before to make 2013 a year for much growth and enjoyment, and see our artists reach magnificent heights sharing their music with people all over Australia and the World. All the crew are locked away in studios at the moment working on their next records – Ben Wells and the Middle Names are set on the big kahuna, their debut album, which they’ll be recording in Queensland at Applewood Studios with acclaimed ARIA award winning producer Magoo.

Christopher Coleman has released three tracks from his debut album in the form of a mini EP titled ‘Burnt Black Wood’, while the final touches are undertaken on the full record. Next month Adam Cousens and Dark Matter Of Story Telling both hide away in the studios to record EPs.

We have a couple of other surprises and announcement to come soon, so keep checking in here, sign up to the email list, or follow our Twitter and Facebook.

Christopher Coleman releases Burnt Black Wood

28 JANUARY 2013 @ 5pm by Dario

Christopher Coleman has released a mini EP called ‘Burnt Black Wood’ which features tracks ‘Man In The New Sydney Hotel’, ‘Dandelion Flower’, and ‘Sweet, Sweet Melody Part 1 & 2’. This is a preview to his debut album to be released during 2013.

Now available on iTunes

DPM Xmas Party Weekender

10 DECEMBER 2012 @ 10pm by Dario

Tickets from Republic Bar /

Weekender tickets (Fri & Sat): $20 + bf here!

Friday only - $12 (pre/door) here!

Saturday only – $12 (pre/door) here!

Control and Summer Tours

30 OCTOBER 2012 @ 7am by Dario

Dario Phillips has been selected among 15 managers from around the country to participate in the five stage music management program CONTROL, presented by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and supported by the Association of Artist Managers. For more info visit AMIN and AAM.

DPM is gearing up for it's busiest summer to date, with 39 gigs during November/December across 4 states - QLD, NSW/ACT, VIC, and TAS.


Celebrating the release of their new film clip 'Bear In A Birdcage', directed and produced by prolific surfing cinematographer Simon Treweek.

Watch the stunning film clip HERE!

Nov 7 – Brisbane / Black Bear Lodge w/ Kira Puru & the Bruise
Nov 8 – Byron Bay / Beach Hotel w/ Kira Puru & the Bruise
Nov 10 – Hobart / The Grand Poobah - Amplified showcase
Nov 24 – Tasmanian International Beer Fest
Nov 30 – Hobart / The Grand Poobah w/ Kira Puru & the Bruise
Dec 1 – Launceston / Royal Oak w/ Kira Puru & the Bruise
Dec 5 – Melbourne / The Workers Club w/ Buchanan & Tom Milek
Dec 6 - Geelong / Beav’s Bar w/ Tom Milek & Imogen Brough
Dec 7 – Canberra / The Front w/ Rebecca Moore & guests
Dec 8 – Sydney / Kittens @ Spectrum w/ The Guppies & Found At Sea
Dec 28-Jan 3 – Hobart / The Taste Festival


**Help get Christopher Coleman Collective to Falls Festival Marion Bay**
Thanks to The Mercury newspaper, the band is in the running to play at Falls Festival. It is up to public vote to get them the gig - VOTE HERE!

Voting closes this week 31st October.

Listen to their debut single 'Dandelion Flower' HERE!

Nov 2 – Hobart / The Grand Poobah – supporting The Woohoo Revue
Nov 3 – Hobart / Republic Bar – supporting Eagle and the Worm
Nov 10 – Hobart / The Grand Poobah - Amplified
Nov 11 – Glenorchy / Works Festival
Nov 16/17 – Hobart / Soundscape Festival
Nov 23 – Hobart / Youth Arc (all ages) w/ Jed Appleton & the Quartet
Nov 24 – Hobart / Tasmanian International Beer Fest
Dec 1 – Melbourne / Fair @ Square – Federation Square
Dec 2 – Melbourne / John Curtin Hotel w/ Dark Matter Of Story Telling, Atluk, & Jackson Thornton
Dec 28-Jan 3 – Hobart / The Taste Festival
Jan 11-13 / Cygnet Folk Festival


Adam Cousens has been in isolation for the last few months of 2012 writing songs and working with schools in far north remote Queensland on the Cape York Peninsula. He was closer to Papua New Guinea than he was to his home cities and familiar gigging pubs in Hobart and Melbourne. Adam Cousens hits the road again:

Watch 'This Road Ahead' film clip HERE!

Nov 9 – Sunshine Coast / The Woombye Pub w/ David Flower
Nov 11 – Brisbane / Old Museum w/ David Flower, Caroline Trengrove, & Swoon
Nov 13 – Rainbow Beach / Frasers on Rainbow
Nov 16 – Cairns / The Buddha Bar
Nov 23 – Toowoomba / Bon Amici
Nov 24 – Dalby / Mary's Commercial Hotel
Nov 28 – Brisbane / The Round (Dowse Bar)
Dec 1 – Bowen / Summer Edge Festival

Supporting The Wolfe Brothers on their ‘Thank You Tasmania Tour’ Dec 5th-7th:
Dec 5 – Launceston / Country Club Tasmania
Dec 6 – Burnie Town Hall
Dec 7 – Hobart / Wrest Point Entertainment Centre
Dec 14 – Hobart / The Republic Bar (full band) w/ The Bully Hay Band & John Coleman
Dec 15 – Warrandyte / Carols by Candlelight
Dec 16 – Longley International (full band)
Dec 28-Jan 3 – Hobart / The Taste Festival


Watch their debut single/film clip 'Art Of Darkness' HERE!

Nov 25 – Hobart / Tasmanian International Beer Fest
Dec 2 – Melbourne / John Curtin Hotel w/ Christopher Coleman Collective, Atluk & Jackson Thornton

Triple Treat - New Singles!

10 SEPTEMBER 2012 @ 5pm by Dario


Download the song at Triple J Unearthed here! No. 57 on the chart this week.


Download the song at Triple J Unearthed here! No. 99 on the chart this week.


Download the song at Triple J Unearthed here! No. 46 on the chart this week.

Ben Wells & The Middle Names going to BIGSOUND

14 AUGUST 2012 @ 6pm by Dario

What a year it’s been for Ben Wells and the Middle Names! Kicked off with a performance at Falls Festival thanks to Triple J Unearthed, they have released their debut EP “House, Come Home”, toured the East Coast – selling out Canberra and Wollongong, and have now been invited to perform at BIGSOUND Live in Brisbane this coming September.

This is quite an achievement and exciting opportunity being the first Tassie act to ever perform at the showcase event.

Be sure to come show your support and check out Ben Wells and the Middle Names: Wednesday 12th September at 8pm-8.30pm on the Channel [V] stage at The Zoo!

For more details on BIGSOUND visit

Before hitting up Brisbane, BW&TMN has two shows in Hobart coming up:

August 24th Republic Bar – supporting Snakadaktal

August 31st Republic Bar – headline show, supports: Lincoln Le Fevre & The East and ASTA

DPM roster gains a couple of KGs

13 AUGUST 2012 @ 7pm by Dario

Winter is all about putting on a couple of extra KGs is it not? While in hibernation, dreaming of the sunshine and festivals, we’ve been busy cultivating the launch of two new artists. Say hello to…


Shows coming up:

August 24th and 25th – supporting JORDIE LANE at The Grand Poobah, Hobart; and The Royal Oak, Launceston.


Shows coming up:

August 31st and September 1st – supporting THE MEDICS at Hotel New York, Launceston; and Waratah Hotel, Hobart.

Both acts will be releasing debut singles during August and September. Keep an eye out!


18 JUNE 2012 @ 8pm by Dario

25 days, 11 shows, 7000km, 47 roadhouses, 840 litres of petrol, 8 cities, 1 Van, 1 six-piece band and their manager roaming the East Coast of Australia. One hell of a good time for Ben Wells & The Middle Names!

Touring with Kate Martin, BW&TMN played in all the major cities along the East Coast – Brisbane, Byron, Gold Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne. The shows were awesome! Great crowds all round, sell-outs in Wollongong and Canberra capped off a stellar tour run. New friends and fans were made.

It’s brilliant to see the band garnering some attention on radio, blogs and Rage (ABC TV) where ‘My Dear Summer’ has been played the past 5 weeks. Twice in a superb 9am slot, straight after The Black Keys!

While in Brisbane the gang caught up with Press Record in New Farm Park for a stunning Pop Up performance of their new song ‘My Brother & I’:

Bec from Vulture Magazine caught their show at The Loft, Gold Coast. Safe to say, she enjoyed it.
Click HERE!

GREAT reviews coming in for "House, Come Home"!

12 JUNE 2012 @ 7pm by Dario

Ben Wells and the Middle Name’s debut EP ‘House, Come Home’ has been getting a work out by the ears of discerning listeners; here are a few reviews:

“Opening with Robin Hood, the first single from House, Come Home, the band stake their claim for a summer festival slot. Los Campesinos-esque, the track is catchy and well complimented by jangling guitars evocative of summers spent chasing girls. My Dear Summer must be a strong contender for the bands second single and works well following the opener, swapping the drum kit for a violin in the chorus to replace the ‘here and now’ feel of Robin Hood with more nostalgia….”

“If you’re a fan of Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Ball Park Music, Megan Washington et al, then you’d be well advised to check out this charming little EP from Tasmanian alt-pop rockers Ben Wells & The Middle Names…”

“Following in the vein of bands like Ball Park Music and San Cisco, Tasmanian band of six Ben Wells and the Middle Names are embracing a multi-vocalist approach with their music, which works in their favour. Their latest EP House, Come Home if full of light and shade with each vocalist giving the songs their own colour…”

“Never mind Cradle Mountain, The Cataract Gorge or the picturesque wilderness, Ben Wells and his fellow Middle Names are the most appealing things in Tasmania right now. The Hobart band have recently released their debut EP ‘House, Come Home’. The six tracks oozes immense professionalism far beyond what should be present on a debut EP by an independent band…”

“Sometimes it takes a cold climate to produce something warm and wonderful, and that’s exactly what has happened with this debut from Ben Wells & the Middle Names. As unexpected as a bogan in a library, this indie-pop six-piece from the cool, southern climes of Hobart have made a record brimming with summery, sun-drenched melodies, happy-go-lucky lyrics, and catchy pop hooks...”

“They return to their pop-folk style with the second track, My Dear Summer. The mix of acoustic and electric guitars create a big sound in their layered harmonies. The track plays like a classic summer song with the lyrics singing of a summer romance and waiting for love. The piano brought in during the first chorus builds throughout the song finishing it off on a rather masterful note…”

“This six-piece from Hobart have produced an absolutely killer debut EP that combines everything we love about indie music. They have melodic keyboards, sweet violins, catchy guitar loops, a fantastic lead vocalist with the back-ups to boot. Its a crazy good EP, and its not surprising that several of the tracks have already gained some radio time.”

‘House, Come Home’ out now through Green/MGM, available from JB Hi-Fi and iTunes - GET IT HERE


10 FEBRUARY 2012 @ 5pm by Dario

On February 23 in 2010, 20,000 people came together to rally against the Victorian Government’s misguided policy link between live music and violence. This nonsensical policy placed ridiculous and unsustainable demands on music venues to operate. The SLAM (Save Live Australian Music) rally and initiative was a spirited action responding to these policies, coming together following the closure of the Tote in Melbourne.

During the past two years we have seen a scary decline in music venues, most notably in Sydney and Melbourne. House hold local favourites that have fed the hearts of music lovers for years, showcasing incredible Australian and International music, have folded or reframed how they showcase live music due to the pressures of restrictive policy and big business building developers. In a matter of a couple months, one of Melbourne’s most revered venues, the East Brunswick Club will open it’s band room for the last time, making way for the development of apartment dwellings.

This year, SLAM invites the nation to demonstrate its support for live Australian music by celebrating local musicians in small venues on the same night all around the country. Thursday February 23.

Dario Phillips Management has brought together ten of Hobart’s finest songwriters to join in the nationwide celebrations and show our appreciation for our talented local artists and venues who inject culture into our society; providing the space for artists to perform and pubic to consume live original music.

Look forward to an intimate night of solo performances, bring your own beanbag and settle yourself in for this special evening featuring:

Dean Stevenson (11.15), Seth Henderson (10.50),
Ben Wells (10.25), Jonno Coleman (10.00),
Samuel Cole (9.35), Al Future (9.10),
Jade Young (8.45), Andrew Marshall (8.20),
Hannah May (7.55), Jed Appleton (7.30)

The Grand Poobah – 142 Liverpool Street
Thursday February 23
Doors 7pm - $7 Entry
BYO Beanbags


27 December 2011 @ 12pm by Dario

Summer is well and truly going to be huge! and extremely busy here in the DPM camp. We love festival season, a time to catch up with friends, check out some damn stellar live music from all around the World, and soak up the hot summer rays with a cold beer and delish food!

If you’re out and about over the next few weeks attending the sensational festivals happening in Hobart, go listen, dance and immerse yourself in the live music. There is a humungous amount of incredible talent on show! The Colemans, The Adam Cousens Band and Ben Wells & The Middle Names will be performing all around town, get along and dance til your hearts content at:

The Falls Music & Arts Festival

Ben Wells & The Middle Names
Dec 30 Friday – 11.25am, The Valley Stage

The Taste Festival

The Adam Cousens Band
Dec 28 Wednesday – 1pm
Dec 31 Saturday – New Year’s Eve! 7.30pm

The Colemans
Dec 31 Saturday – 1pm

Ben Wells & The Middle Names
Jan 2 Monday – 11.30am

Cygnet Folk Festival

The Colemans
Jan 6th Friday – 7pm (Carmel Hall)
Jan 7th Saturday – 4.00pm (Loongana Park)

The Adam Cousens Band
Jan 7th Saturday – 4.30pm (Drill Hall)
Jan 8th Sunday – 3.30pm (Cygnet Town Hall)

Until next time, keep well and share the music

Dario Phillips


12 Decmeber 2011 @ 11am by Dario

The year is ending in a furious flurry in the DPM camp. From October to seeing out the year 2011, DPM is connected to a whopping 47 shows! These gigs cross multiple state boundaries striking a chord with audiences in Tassie, VIC, NSW/ACT, QLD and SA.

Ben Wells & The Middle Names will hit up Falls Festival Marion Bay after the folks at Triple J gave them the Unearthed nod! It goes without saying that we’re incredibly stoked to be joining the list of amazing Australian artists who have been Unearthed previously. Before they take to the Falls stage, they’re off on an East Coast tour saying hello to audiences in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle and Port Macquarie – where another festival stage awaits them at Festival of the Sun!

Adam Cousens gives his band a well earned rest on his upcoming “Goin’ out East” tour, joining his singer-songwriter pals Jay Fraser and Teinne on a 12 date solo tour from Tassie to Queensland. Cousens’ is going back to where it all began, the solo troubadour with stomp box and guitar getting audiences in a fun dancing frenzy.

The Colemans are in pre-production for their next release, and between you and me, their churning out absolute killer tracks! They continue to amaze me, the talent and song writing prowess each Coleman has is extraordinary. I’m excited! These new songs will be on display at their special Christmas show, delighting the audience with a set of solo, duo, trio, quartet performances before bringing the full band out for a set as well!

The busy schedule doesn’t look like stopping as we cross into the New Year. The Colemans and The Adam Cousens Band will be performing multiple times at the Cygnet Folk Festival and Ben Wells & The Middle Names have some sweet support slots coming up as they prepare to unveil their sensational debut EP “House, Come Home”. Our concept events will be back again to treat Tasmanian audiences, with plans underway for One Fine Day Fest 2012.

DPM will take another big step, adding personnel to the working team and broadening our activities further. Exciting projects await us in 2012 as we continue forging ahead to provide premium quality and innovative service to our artists, our event initiatives and fostering continued growth for the Tasmanian music sector.

Remember if you would like to keep in the loop with what DPM is up to, please sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time, keep well and share the music

Dario Phillips


10 December 2011 @ 10am by Dario

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