Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Bluesfest 2014

We are very excited and honoured to have been asked back 
to present three shows at Bluesfest in Byron Bay 
over the Easter weekend 2014. 

We are joining an amazing line up of artists 
and we have already begun talking to some of them 
about spending some time with us on the RocKwiz stage.

In the past we have been joined by Irma Thomas, The Flatlanders, Tex Perkins, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, CC Adcock, Dan Sultan, Allen Stone, Trombone Shorty, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Hines, Barrence Whitfield, and many more..

If you missed the RocKwiz BluesFest special from 2013, you can still 
but you will need to use rockwiz as the password.

Come and see us (and the other performers on that incredible bill) at Bluesfest 2014.


We're bringing RocKwiz Salutes Vanda and Young 
to The Perth Zoo on March 22nd. 



Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


The RocKwiz Team is assembling a cavalcade of stars for 3 special live shows to celebrate the music of Australia's most famous songwriting and production team.

Tickets  go on sale on Monday 23 September.

Harry Vanda and George Young are responsible for writing and producing some of Australia’s biggest hits: Friday On My Mind, Good Times, Love Is In The Air, Hey St Peter, St Louis, Walking In The Rain, Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3) and the list goes on and on and on. These songs have become part of our pop history and some of them became international hits for artists like Grace Jones and The Bay City Rollers.  As producers, Vanda and Young shaped the sound of Aussie Pub Rock, producing and guiding bands like The Angels, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys and AC/DC no less!

Here are some clips from previous RocKwiz LIVE shows where we have covered Vanda and Young songs.

Harry Vanda and George Young met at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in Sydney in 1964. They were founding members of The Easybeats, with Vanda on lead guitar and backing vocals and Young on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, along with Stevie Wright, Dick Diamond and Gordon Fleet. Vanda and Young co-wrote many of The Easybeats hits and produced the group from 1967.

After The Easybeats disbanded in 1969, Vanda and Young were songwriters and producers for their own projects such as The Marcus Hook Roll Band, Haffey's Whiskey Sour and Flash and the Pan. They produced the first 6 albums for AC/DC (George is the older brother of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young) and were staff producers for Albert Productions from 1973, writing and producing Stevie Wright’s #1 single Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3), along with Ted Mulry, Rose Tattoo, William Shakespeare and The Angels. They wrote and produced hits for John Paul Young including I Hate the Music, Yesterday’s Hero and the international smash hit, Love Is In The Air.

In 1988 Harry and George were inducted into the inaugural ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association surveyed 100 music industry personalities and declared ‘Friday On My Mind’ the best Australian song of all time.

As Glenn A. Baker says “Harry and George transcended pop stardom to become one of the most impressive and important creative units of the rock era: vital writers, producers and conceptualists … exhilarating song and sound craftsmen”.

As John Tait remarks in his book Vanda and Young, Inside Australia’s Hit Factory … “Australian Musician Magazine dedicated it’s June 2007 issue to the 50 most significant moments in Australian pop rock history … ranked at number one, ahead of Countdown, the Sunbury Rock festivals, The Beatles Australian tour and other critical developments in Australian music, was the day that Dutch teenager Harry Vanda met Scottish teenager George Young at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in Sydney. The article argued that without this partnership … “there would not have been an Easybeats as we know them, possibly no Stevie Wright solo career, certainly not the Albert productions that made AC/DC a huge success and none of those classic Countdown songs by artists such as John Paul Young, William Shakespeare, Cheetah etc, as well as their own hits under the Flash and The Pan name.

ROCKWIZ SALUTES VANDA AND YOUNG will feature an eclectic mix of Australian heritage artists alongside contemporary stars, performing songs written, played or produced by Vanda and Young, to create an un-missable live event.

ROCKWIZ SALUTES VANDA AND YOUNG will of course be hosted by the wonderful Julia Zemiro and wrangled and adjudicated by Brian Nankervis. The legendary RocKwiz Orkestra; James Black, Peter Luscombe and Mark Ferrie will back the artists and play those Million Dollar Riffs and Australia’s favourite roadie, Dugald, will hold up the scores and tune the guitars.

And of course … it wouldn’t be a RocKwiz show without contestants being drawn from the audience to hit those buzzers and answer curly questions. It could be you, up there on stage!


Fully Reserved Seating - Showtime 8pm
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We’ll make you happy.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Live Shows in November and December

Stand by, people... 
We're about to announce 
3 very special show in 3 state capitals 
before Christmas. 

If you aren't on the kwizlist, you won't get priority ticketing offers, 

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Live In June

Brian, Julia, Dugald and the RocKwiz Orkestra are doing it live for youth mental health!
Join us for a special live stage extravaganza of RocKwiz, featuring songs about mental illness and substance abuse. Special guest performances and more surprises. All profits from the night go to Orygen Youth Health, led by 2010 Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry AO.
Thursday June 13th 2013, Melbourne Town Hall, 8pm
Let’s rock youth mental health! Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster!
If you are buying tickets before Friday 22nd March during the special internet pre-general public sale, please use the code: ROCKWIZ.
Brought to you by association with Renegade Films and New World Artists and proudly supported by City of Melbourne.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

RocKwiz at BluesFest 2013

We'll be making the trek up to Byron Bay at Easter to perform 3 shows as part of BluesFest. We had a great time there the first time we went in 2010 and went back the following year and had an even better time! 

In 2013, we'll be bringing some special guests with us and will hopefully be able to convince some of the BluesFest performers to join us too, but most of them are on a pretty tight schedule so we make no promises!  Still, when you go to a RocKwiz show you never know who might turn up on stage!

Our shows will be on the Jambalaya stage at 2pm on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and we will be shooting all three shows to compile into a special RocKwiz episode.

If you are going and you want to be a contestant, please make a comment here.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

2013 PLAN

Hello and Best Wishes for 2013!

RocKwiz will be back live at The Espy recording episodes between February and June. If you want to come along to a taping, please subscribe to the KWIZLIST Newsletter

It's the only way to get tickets.

RocKwiz will also be at BluesFest over Easter for 3 shows on the Friday 29 March, Saturday 30, and Sunday 31. 

Come along and see us if you are going to Byron to see any of the other fantastic acts performing there.

You never know who just might end up on our stage.

There may be other live dates later in the year and, if there are, you'll find out about them first here!