A massive lineup consisting of punk legends, Refused, hardcore new york punks, Sick Of It All and up comers High Tension filled HQ venue on Jan 22, giving Adelaide a 101 history on the shape of punk.

High Tension started the night with their intensely heavy performance. Vocalist Karina Utomo locked onto unsuspecting first-time viewers with a trademark soulless stare, satanically screaming into the microphone. With dominating riffs, High Tension captured the crowd, going as far as Karina entering the pit on their final song to give every person in the audience a one on one performance roaring in each one’s face.

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Sick Of It All performed a well deserving one hour set to honour their 30th anniversary, a generous set length for any support band. The crowd began to move as a loyal turnout of fans started two-stepping and swinging, spinning nostalgia from their lengthy career. Those who weren’t familiar with Sick Of It All were unknowingly getting a history lesson of punk from one of the bands that influenced it all. Dennis Lyxzen of Refused looked on from the balcony of HQ, although appearing to keep composure, Dennis opened up to The Upside News previously about how fanatically he would be watching Sick Of It All every night.


Refused took to the stage for the first time in Adelaide after their ‘final’ performance at Thebarton Theatre in 2012. Almost 5 years later, the full room at HQ was well overdue for their dose of punk history. With new album Freedom, an altered lineup and self-proclaimed attitude adjustment, Refused were newly polished, but still classically raw.

Frontman, Dennis Lyxzen’s on stage charisma shined through all else as he lassoed the microphone over the crowd and into the lights above. With a move set similar to Michael Jackson, Dennis entertained and popped the crowd with on stage acrobatics and adventures as he parkoured his way around the venue.

Refused brought new album Freedom, to eager ears, with fans loving new tracks such as ‘Elektra’ and ‘Dawkins Christ’. Vowing to come back sooner than 5 years, Refused farewelled a disappointed, yet optimistic Adelaide crowd who for the first time in 15 years, can expect to see Refused again. However, you never know what the future can hold, if Refused ended tomorrow you wouldn’t be able to forgive yourself if you missed this set.

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Australian Tour January 2017
with very special guests
SICK OF IT ALL (Celebrating 30 Years)

Presented by Destroy All Lines and Chugg Entertainment

Tickets will go on sale:
Wednesday 13th July at 9am Local Time

Friday, January 20: Tivoli, Brisbane – 18+
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Saturday, January 21: Enmore Theatre, Sydney – Licensed AA
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Sunday, January 22: HQ, Adelaide – 18+
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Tuesday, January 24: Prince Of Wales, Melbourne – 18+

Wednesday, January 25: Prince Of Wales, Melbourne – 18+
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Thursday, January 26: Metropolis, Fremantle – 18+
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