SHOWING UP: Transvaal Diamond Syndicate will play Yamba on Saturday night.
SHOWING UP: Transvaal Diamond Syndicate will play Yamba on Saturday night.

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate set to rock Yamba

TRANSVAAL Diamond Syndicate (TDS) are the producers of some of Australia's finest foot-stompin' swamp and dirty blues/rock.

Since their formation in 2009, the band has formed a strong reputation with their raw, energetic, exciting and often primeval live shows.

The band has continued to go from strength to strength, gathering fans by constantly touring and performing and engaging their followers with a strong online presence.

TDS came of age in 2011, performing alongside international acts such as Bob Dylan, Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ben Harper at the Byron Bay Bluesfest as well as signing a record deal with Starving Kids Records/MGM.

Then followed a 40-date tour along the east coast to promote Sins of the Blessed, a seven-track mini-album that showcases the band's diversity.

They move from straight blues progressions into half-time rock and rockabilly into stoner groove and dark roots balladry.

They maintained the effort in 2012, completing a mammoth 63-date tour from Cairns to Tasmania to promote popular single Pistols at Dawn.

They followed that up with performances at eight festivals throughout Australia while compiling material for a new album.

Their live show reputation, full of sweaty machismo, catchy hooks, foot-stompin' beats and tribal expression, has earned them headline status at more than 200 venues nationally.

They have also played support slots for a host of performers including Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, The Snowdroppers, The Fumes, Elliot Brood (Canada), Marshall and the Fro and The Beards.

TDS has maintained the pace this year, completing a 70-date national tour earlier in the year and releasing a tour EP.

They also chalked up festival appearances at the Australian Festival of Blues, Blues on Broadbeach and Caxton Seafood and Wine Festival amongst others and there are no signs that they will be slowing down anytime soon.

The band's first full-length album, Estranged Blues, will be released later this year and they have already commenced a 35-date tour to promote it.

Among the stops will be Yamba's Pacific Hotel on Saturday night.

They have a swag of other festival appearances planned including at the Queenscliff Music Festival, Great Southern Blues Festival, Pride Festival, Rocktoberfest (Brisbane) and the Toowoomba Festival of Blues.


  • J & D Duo, 5.30pm on the terrace, Crown Hotel, Grafton.
  • Hammer & The Goon, 9.30pm. Pacific Hotel, Yamba.
  • Matty Devitt Band, Yamba Shores Tavern.
  • Marc Daley, Good Intent Hotel, South Grafton.
  • Little Fish duo, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Guerilla Zingari, Maclean Hotel.
  • Shelly Jones Band, Yamba Golf Club.
  • Sea of Stones, 8pm, Harwood Hotel.
  • The 39 Steps, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.
  • Chris Staff, 6pm, Grafton District Services Club.


  • DJ Tyrone, 8.30pm, Clocktower Hotel, Grafton.
  • Bo Jenkins, Wooli Hotel.
  • Chisel Revived, Grafton District Services Club.
  • DJ Dead Ra7 vs DJ Jizz, 8pm. Jacaranda Hotel.
  • Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, 9.30pm, Pacific Hotel, Yamba.
  • Recharge DJs, Yamba Shores Tavern.
  • The 39 Steps, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.


  • The Aronsten Brothers, Maclean Hotel.
  • Made from Dust, Yamba Shores Tavern.
  • Chris Shermic, 2pm, Pacific Hotel, Yamba.
  • The 39 Steps, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.
  • Monthly Hit of Country Music with Suburban Country with special guest Tom Maxwell, Grafton District Services Club.


  • December 20: Uncle Jed, Grafton District Services Club.
  • December 20: Ben Francis Band, Clocktower Hotel Grafton.

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