British India will play at the Spring Lakes Hotel on Saturday, April 7.
British India will play at the Spring Lakes Hotel on Saturday, April 7. Contributed

British India in Ipswich for gig

ACCLAIMED Melbourne indie rock band British India will perform their first-ever gig in the Ipswich region on Saturday, April 7, as part of a limited tour.

Their audience will be able to sample a range of previously unheard songs that will feature on the four-piece band's coming album.

British India will also play old favourites such as Tie Up My Hands, I Said I'm Sorry and Vanilla.

The gig will precede the release of British India's fourth album, which is set to be unveiled in August.

British India have received much attention from radio stations and music critics since first forming in 2004, and previous albums Thieves and Avalanche both featured in Top 10 Aria Album lists in their years of release.

The band, made up of four school friends, is renowned for its live shows, with many previous tours selling out well in advance.

Fans and critics have also given the band enthusiastic reviews for a long list of festival appearances including Big Day Out, Homebake, Golden Plains, The Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Pyramid Rock Festival, Groovin' the Moo and Come Together Music Festival.

British India's fiercest criticism occurred after they agreed to feature on TV soap Neighbours just over a year ago, a decision the group's Declan Melia has since expressed his regret about.

Melia spoke about his concern for the band's integrity and image, and the importance of avoiding mediocrity, following the Neighbours appearance.

The band's choice to perform in Ipswich could signal a shift in the region's appeal to big-name musicians, who have previously tended to book venues in Brisbane.

Local band Quiet Hostility (pictured right) is looking forward to supporting the well-known Australian band, and will play alongside Hack as one of the supporting acts.

Quiet Hostility's Jonka said it would be the biggest gig the band had played.

"This is a big local Ipswich gig that we are really excited about," he said.

Readers can listen to music from Quiet Hostility ahead of the April 7 show by searching Facebook or triplejunearthed.com.

Tickets to the gig cost $28.60 online or $25 at the door.

Online tickets can be purchased by searching "British India" at oztix.com.au

The Spring Lake Hotel is at 1 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes.

Doors to the gig open at 8pm.



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