by Jessica Lamb
GET ready to party as Philadelphia Grand Jury and Art Vs Science drop into Magnums Hotel.
This 18 years plus event will get you celebrating Australia Day with some huge names in Aussie music.
Philadelphia Grand Jury, formed under a house in Sydney some time around 2008, when their first single 'Going to the Casino' fluked its way across the desk of Triple J radio boss Richard Kingsmill and suddenly they were a real band, with real concerts and real high rotation radio play.
The next few years were a bit of a blur: they signed to Boomtown Records and their debut record 'Hope Is For Hopers' sold way more copies than anyone expected and helped them play hundreds of shows and festivals across Australia, USA, U.K., Europe and even South Africa.
DJ Bad genuis who goes by Joel Beeson in the daylight will visit Airlie Beach for the first time this weekend.
The multi-talented bass/keyboard/occasional guitarist said the Magnum's gig comes just three months after his camper-van blew up on the way to the Whitsundays.
"I'd planned this trip to Airlie Beach for months and then the new van we'd converted into a camper van blew up half and hour into our road trip.
"It was extremely disappointing so I'm very excited about finally making it to Airlie Beach."
Flying into North Queensland, the band will tour the coast line also playing at Townsville and Gladstone before returning to Sydney.
"We really pride ourselves on our live shows," Beeson said.
"The next time we come up we want to double our crowd because people will hopefully like our stuff and bring their friends.
"Things get a little explosive, literally, at times, things do tend to break and go wrong, I think it's part of our charm.
"We'll be playing some old singles people might know and new singles to get people excited."
Philadelphia Grand Jury play their own version of pop music, Beeson likening them to three hobos playing pop music that doesn't sound like the radio.
"We have all the elements; good verses and good choruses," he said.
"We will be looking to soak up some sun while we are here so feel free to give us great local tips.
"We have a special drummer for these shows 'Handsome Dave' and doesn't know how to swim so we are looking to get him in the water."
The aptly named Art Vs Science will also feature on Australia Day, who are according to Triple J, one of the few acts who can play nightclubs live - we're talking no laptops, no backing tracks, just drums, keyboards, synths and three sets of hands.
WHAT: Philadelphia Grand Jury and Art vs Science
WHEN: Friday, January 26
WHERE: Magnums Hotel
TICKETS: Tickets from Oztix