It's the announcement that will make hip-hop fans the nation over die a little bit on the inside; Live Nation, in conjunction with Niche Productions, Triple J and MTV present the Movement Festival. Co-curated by American icon Nas, the festival will feature performances by some of Australia's best hip-hop acts, as well as Chiddy Bang.
As the legendary Bob Marley put it, ”Sun is shining, the weather is sweet; make you wanna move your dancing feet…” - nothing could describe Parklife in Adelaide better. Traipsing through the Botanic Gardens on a Sunday were hundreds of punters keen for a dance along to tunes provided by over 35 national and international acts and as I’d find out as the day continued on, the artists were just as keen to get in on the party as we were.
The day was frigid. But the punters were undeterred (and under-dressed), ready to dance the cold away and enjoy a rain-soaked Melbourne version of the travelling circus that is Parklife.
AU Review's photographer Yaya Stempler captured additional footage that rounds out our Parklife Sydney coverage.
Pictured: The Presets.
A hint of summer was in the air as the 2012 edition of Parklife hit Wellington Square with a lineup featuring The Presets, Passion Pit, Nero, Robyn and more. Stuart Sevastos was on the ground to bring the photos of the day.
I had to trash my mental map for this year’s always-anticipated Parklife, as the Sydney leg of the established yearly dance festival came with a not-to-distant venue change. The familiar Kippax Lake was left alone as brightly-lit kids marched into Centennial Park for a day filled with gorgeous weather and trendy tunes.
In this week's column: opportunities in the International Songwriting Competition and the Telstra Road to Discovery. The Sandringham Hotel get a huge heap of fan support, and Allens Billy Hype go in administration.
In this weeks edition: Plenty of opportunities - get on commercial radio, be involved with remixing Bon Iver or grab a grant to tour and network. New signings for The Snowdroppers, Mark 'Chopper' Read and The Rubens plus yet another street press magazine closes.
Sasquatch! is an incredibly social festival and day three saw us watching music as much as it did interacting with the other folk attending. It’s always nice to hear about what brings people to a festival like this; whether they came for a particular band, are a veteran of the festival or they’ve followed friends just for the fun of it (some people even came to enjoy the campground without any intention of entering the festival grounds). Everybody has a story and many of them are just as entertaining as the acts on any stage. Speaking of which…
Chiddy Bang’s 2010 breakout hit, “Opposite of Adults”, was the epitome of what a pop-rap song should be. The track featured a sample of a recent crossover hit (MGMT’s “Kids”), an electro-pop beat, and a hook that was catchy enough to be memorable, but not so much as to become grating with repeated listens. Chiddy’s debut LP, Breakfast, attempts to recreate the magic of that pop gem, but, for the most part, fails dismally.
Ahead of the release of their debut record Breakfast, I have a chat with Xaphoon Jones, one half of Philly hip-hop act, Chiddy Bang. Along with chatting about what we can expect on the record, Jones reveals his thoughts on being pulled from the Groovin' The Moo a few weeks ago.