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Festivals

Posted 16 Oct 2013 @ 2:29pm

Aaron Neville and Dr John & The Night Trippers are locking horns for a huge 2014 Sydney headline show.

 

After five decades of recording success, 15 Grammy nomintations (including winning one with his Neville Brothers, one with Trisha Yearwood and two with Linda Ronstadt) and alongside being declared Best Male Singer twice in the Rolling Stone critics' poll, Aaron Neville is...

Posted 16 Oct 2013 @ 2:20pm

That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, we like it, uh-huh uh-huh.

 

KC & The Sunshine Band have announced their Bluesfest sideshows, and we are shake-shake-shaking in anticipation. The Sunshine Band have been around for 40 years, and their 'Sunshine Sound' is still brightening up dancefloors around the world.

 

Posted 10 Oct 2013 @ 12:25pm

The kick on to end all kick ons, Field Day, will be blitzing the Domain on Wednesday January 1 with a lineup more explosive than tacky 12am fireworks (woo!).

 

Think hip hop gods Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky commanding your hip sways, international chart-...

Posted 10 Oct 2013 @ 9:33am

The Plot, a new electronic festival by the same promoters as Groovin' the Moo, will hit Melbourne and Sydney this December.

 

Taking place over three stages and eight hours, The Plot's lineup features Alison Wonderland, Miami Horror, DJ Snake,...

Posted 8 Oct 2013 @ 4:47pm

Reviewed Saturday September 28

 

The spirit of spring was buzzing in the air at Fuzzy’s inaugural Listen Out Festival. Continuing the Fuzzy tradition of lineups filled with international and Australian electronic artists situated across the indie spectrum, Centennial Park was awash with revellers embracing the burning heat and entertaining sets from Duke Dumont, Disclosure, TNGHT...

Posted 27 Sep 2013 @ 10:10am

Big Day Out organisers have cancelled the festival’s second Sydney show after admitting they were "a bit ambitious expanding to two dates".

 

The festival’s Monday January 27 event will be merged into one show on Australia Day, Sunday January 26. Tickets already purchased for the second date are now valid for the January 26 festival. Ticketholders can also opt to receive a full...

Posted 24 Sep 2013 @ 9:31am

Haim, Jagwar Ma, Lorde, The Jezabels, Chvrches and Savages feature on the lineup for the ever-popular Laneway Festival 2014.

 

Grown from humble beginnings in Melbourne, St Jerome's Laneway Festival has expanded globally, with a recent date in Detroit and events in Singapore and Auckland slated for next year's circuit.

 

The Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in...

Posted 20 Sep 2013 @ 2:31pm
Homebake turns 18 this year and to celebrate this coming of age, they’ve decided to forego the usual rented hall and casks of goon associate with most 18th birthday bashes and instead deliver us an extended, three-day anniversary edition of the festival.

 

To make this birthday extra special, they’ve joined forces with a venue that is also celebrating a birthday this year, the iconic...
Posted 28 Aug 2013 @ 11:30am

It’s shortly after the release of We Came As Romans’ third album, Tracing Back Roots, and lead vocalist David Stephens says he’s pleased with the initial critical and commercial response. “From what I’ve read it seems like, scrolling down the list, 95 per cent of people are really loving it and records are flying off the...

Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 11:36am

You wouldn’t think it to hear them now, but a few years ago Franz Ferdinand were on the verge of ending it all. After the massive international success of ‘Take Me Out’, the Glaswegian art school lads took off on nearly a decade of back-to-back touring and recording. The punishing schedule, as guitarist, keyboardist and co-songwriter Nick McCarthy puts it, very nearly did them in.

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Posted 15 Aug 2013 @ 9:33am

Aunty Meredith is back for 2013 with more festival goodness.

 

Meredith Music Festival has announced its lineup for 2013, featuring headliners Chic (with Nile Rodgers), Brian Jonestown Massacre and Deerhunter.

 

Joining them at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre this Friday December 13 to Sunday December 15 will be Melvins, Spiderbait, Clairy Browne & The...

Posted 14 Aug 2013 @ 10:49am

After emerging in 2001 with a distinct brand of politically-charged garage rock, Nebraskan outfit Desaparecidos made like the Spanish translation of their title and disappeared for the good part of a decade. 

 

Following on from what could well have been a one-off reunion in 2010, the band have built their momentum to become a vitalised touring and recording outfit once again. As...

Posted 12 Aug 2013 @ 2:29pm

The supersized Falls Music & Arts Festival has announced a suitably weighty lineup for its coming New Year’s extravaganza.

 

Headlining the Byron Bay festivities this December 31 – January 3 (as well as the festivals at Lorne and Marion Bay) are Vampire Weekend, The Roots and Grizzly Bear.

 

Joining them on the first lineup announcement are !!! (Chk Chk Chk),...

Posted 8 Aug 2013 @ 11:45am

BRAG's got some exciting news for you and it involves an opera partially performed underwater. Yes, that's right. Underwater!

 

Sydney Festival 2014, running from January 9-26, has made an early announcement: contemporary dance-theatre choreographer...

Posted 7 Aug 2013 @ 2:10pm

Rap City is returning to Sydney armed with a slew of hip hop talent.

 

After an illustrious and acclaimed career, Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most accomplished, lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers. He'll be joined...

Posted 2 Aug 2013 @ 2:18pm

A few things have changed since the very first time I went to Splendour. From the relatively intimate, two-day outdoor party of 2002, Splendour has become a four-day, 30,000-person behemoth – and one of the biggest youth culture marketing opportunities in the country. In 2013, it’s basically Westfield, outdoors, with bands (very, very good bands). The hippie markets of 2002 have been replaced...

Posted 2 Aug 2013 @ 2:01pm

Brunswick Heads on the Thursday evening before Splendour was a very different prospect to the town during Bluesfest some months before. No less than two stretch Hummers blocked the main street, dropping off punters to see Sydney’s Yolanda B Cool’s set at the Brunswick Arms’. One lady exiting a Hummer warned that the new festival site was a mess. “It’s pretty fucked up out there – wear ya boots...

Posted 1 Aug 2013 @ 11:16am

The Big Day Out 2014 lineup speculation is over – and turns out it wasn’t far off the mark after all.

 

Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Blur will headline the festival this summer, with the latter making their first Australian appearances since 1997. Guess we’ll be digging those Fred Perry shirts out of the closet at last.

 

Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire are set to play new...

Posted 31 Jul 2013 @ 12:21pm

AlunaGeorge is the product of a chance musical encounter from a few years ago, when George Reid was slated to remix a track by Aluna Francis’s band at the time, Toys Like Me. 

 

The two started hanging out and began making music with a real identity, one that threw back to the golden years of R&B whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of contemporary electronica. After...

Posted 26 Jul 2013 @ 5:30pm

Live Nation has announced Frank Ocean will not be playing the remainder of his Australian shows including Splendour in the Grass.

 

After last night's performance in Melbourne, Ocean sought medical advice due to vocal issues. Turns out, he's torn one of his vocal cords and has been advised to rest his voice. Ocean was set to headline Splendour in the Grass on Sunday July 28...

Posted 18 Jul 2013 @ 12:47pm

The Falls Music and Arts Festival have announced they’ll extend to Byron Bay this year! 

 

The iconic camping festival will take over its third location, with three days of live music and arts from New Year’s Eve until January 3 (which means you won’t have to travel to either Marion Bay, TAS, or Lorne, VIC, if you like the look of the 2013 lineup). Full details of this...

Posted 21 Jun 2013 @ 12:24pm

Save the date – Sunday November 10; that’s when Camperdown Memorial Rest Park opens up for the 35th annual Newtown Festival! It's a gold-coin-donated day of live bands, DJs, markets, food, beer and all the rest.

 

Highlights of last year were the world’s greatest thrash band, Haiku (comprised of three tween brothers – look them up on triple j Unearthed) and two cute hippy ladies...

Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 5:49pm

 

At Laneway this year, the Icelandic chamber-pop quintet inspired a near riot when they played ‘King And Lionheart’ – the first (and hopefully last) time we’ve ever seen a moshpit during a folk song. If you missed out, you can help recreate the mayhem at their newly announced third (and final) Sydney sideshow, Wednesday July 31 at the Metro with Mammals.

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Posted 31 May 2013 @ 2:03pm

Brag is presenting Deap Vally’s Splendour sideshows because we want to have their babies.

 

We’ll even forgive them for the ridiculous spelling of their band name. We’ve no idea how two people can raise such a righteous rock’n’roll storm of spit and bile, but what we do know is that we want to be there when they play Oxford Art Factory on Thursday July 25.

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 11:13am

The last time The Herd played a show together it was at Peats Ridge on New Year’s Eve, six months ago. It’s hard to organise a group of eight people and there have been plenty of things to keep them busy since then (Urthboy has been on a solo tour in support of his album Smokey’s Haunt and then had a daughter, for instance). 

 

So the Come Together Festival, which they’re playing...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 3:44pm

Brilliant ruin of a man Pete Doherty and his band of sharply dressed enablers are coming out to Australia in July (if he makes it through Customs) and we couldn't be more excited if it were The Libertines themselves.

 

They’ve got a brand new, long awaited album in the works, which they’ll be premiering here before they event kick off their September UK tour! So if you’re a fan...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:16pm

All this sideshow news is getting ridiculous – dust off that yearly planner your Nan got you for Christmas and start taking serious notes.

 

Scuzzy surf-rock beach kings Wavves are teaming up with psychedelic “ffunny ffrends” Unknown Mortal Orchestra for a sideshow of epic genre mashing proportions. With their powers combined they’ll be bringing a night of bubble gum grunge to ...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:09pm

Missed out on one of those golden tickets to Splendour ’13? Well stop that sniffling because your favourite street press is here with some serious sideshow action

 

The BRAG is presenting gigs from some of the most buzz-worthy acts in the lead-up to the festival. Game of Thrones soundtrackers MS MR will be dazzling fans on Friday July 26 at the Metro Theatre, and while we can’t...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 6:06pm

Port Macquarie’s uber-chill FOTSUN is back for 2013, taking over the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park for Friday and Saturday December 13 and 14.

 

This means you can get your Black Friday on with Day of the Dead and Halloween costumes and, presumably, some spooky bands booked. The first lineup announcement isn’t until August, but you can book tickets on...

Posted 13 May 2013 @ 11:57am

New York duo Ms Mr are set to perform in Melbourne this July as part of their visit here for Splendour.

 

This will be the second Australian tour in 2013 for the beloved Ms Mr, having previously performed at Laneway in February. Following the release of the acclaimed Candy Bar Creep Show EP in 2012, the duo will release debut LP Secondhand Rapture later this month. Fans should...

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