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Birds of Tokyo Flying into Regional Australia – Optus extends tour dates for regional Australians.

Optus is offering an incredible opportunity for three towns in regional Australia to host a FREE concert with one of Australia’s hottest bands, Birds of Tokyo, as part of the Optus Sound Scribe program.

As a unique partnership with the Perth-based band, Optus are bringing Birds of Tokyo’s current tour to three regional towns at the end of November, as part of the Sound Scribe program, which gives budding music enthusiasts in regional Australia the opportunity to pursue a career in music journalism.

To be in with a chance of winning a gig in their town, the public must vote for their local Optus Sound Scribe (budding music journo) at www.optussoundscribe.com.au before 31 October and help decide which three regional towns Birds of Tokyo will be performing in.

Last week, Birds of Tokyo claimed six ARIA nominations for their self-titled album in the categories of ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Plans), BEST GROUP, BEST ROCK ALBUM, BEST MUSIC DVD and MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN ARTIST. With virtually unanimous four-star reviews, Birds Of Tokyo’s self-titled album has resonated strongly with both critics and the Australian public. Both the album and the single “Plans” are sitting firmly in the national Top 10 and both have been certified gold. The band are currently playing sold out shows across the country, as part of their September national tour and are now looking forward to performing live in regional Australia as a part of the Optus Sound Scribe initiative later in the year.

Drummer for Birds of Tokyo Adam Weston said: “We are all really looking forward to what these additional shows have in store for us  especially as the three locations will be based on local communities getting behind these talented scribes.’

The Optus Sound Scribes need all the votes they can get so go online to www.optussoundscribe.com.au and vote for your favourite Optus Sound Scribe or your favourite town to win the Birds of Tokyo concert. Remember anyone across Australia can vote once per day so get on and make your vote count.

Optus Sound Scribe judge, show host and TV and radio personality, Andrew Günsberg said: “The Optus Sound Scribe program is not only a fantastic opportunity for young people to get a head start for a career in the music industry, but a unique chance for regional towns to get a free gig with a top band and get in on all the action – beyond the typical gig location circuit.” 

Full list of Optus Sound Scribes and locations…..
NSW Armidale Nicola Traise   TAS Lenah Valley Tim Hurd
NSW Ballina Max Quinn        
NSW Dubbo Natalie Butcher   VIC Ballarat North Meg Rayner
NSW Leeton Jeremy Stevens   VIC Carlsruhe Damian Ball
NSW Lismore Heights Patrick Bradbery   VIC Junortoun Jake Schatz
NSW North Nowra Leland Foster   VIC Learmonth Lindsay Morris
NSW Port Macquarie Jaimi-lee Clements   VIC Melton West Natasha Jones
NSW Quorrobolong Jessica Willard   VIC Mildura Dylan Leayr
NSW West Wollongong Courtney Fry   VIC Mount Eliza Kayla Robertson
NSW Lavington Michael Langlands   VIC Point Lonsdale Tex Miller
        VIC Shepparton Kiel Egging
QLD Bundaberg Casey Bartholdt   VIC Teesdale Ben Pfarrer
QLD Douglas Kylie Humphries   VIC Traralgon Michael Teychenne
QLD Douglas Tanya Anderson   VIC Wangaratta Joel Hargreaves
QLD Elanora Alice Nash   VIC Wonthaggi Lucy Valentine
QLD Hervey Bay Clair Emery        
QLD Kingaroy Ashleigh Carey   WA Albany Beth Commons
QLD Kings Beach Kathleen Jeremy   WA Geraldton Darcy Hay
QLD Mackay Linden Rosier        
QLD Mount Warren Park Tasman Anderson        
QLD Sippy Downs Sandy Powell        
QLD Caboolture Alexis Day        
QLD Wandal Tegan Medlin        
QLD White Rock Cassandra Ella         

About Optus Sound Scribe:
Forty individuals located across the country are working tirelessly to produce a music blog, interview artists and report on their town’s local music scene, whilst being mentored by some of Australia’s leading music industry figures.  The scribe with the highest number of votes at http://www.optussoundscribe.com.au/ by 31 October will win one of the three gigs with the band.

About Birds of Tokyo: 
Birds of Tokyo self-titled album debuted at #2 on the national ARIA Album. Ten (10) weeks on and the album has already surpassed gold sales and sits comfortably at #6 on the national ARIA album chart.   It’s the independent group’s third studio album but their highest ever chart debut result.  Recorded in Sweden and mixed in New York, the intensely melodic and brooding collection of songs has already attracted massive critical acclaim with the Sunday Herald Sun raving that ‘Birds Of Tokyo haven’t merely arrived.  They’ve smashed the door down.’  The West Australian newspaper go on to say “This deserves to be Birds Of Tokyo’s passport to the world”.  

All remaining shows on their national tour are sold out with the exception of Sydney with limited tickets available.

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