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DE LA SOUL

Soulfest 2015 announces stage times

Soulfest has just announced the stage schedule for its 2015 festival dates in Sydney and Melbourne. This year welcomes the best in soul featuring the one and only Mary J. Blige, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Miguel, De La Soul and many more, for performances on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of October in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. The event will also be held in Auckland on the 26th of October.

Mary J Blige leads an exciting line up for Soulfest 2015

Last year, the inaugural edition of Soulfest did what many doubted would ever happen; they actually delivered on a BIG promise. That promise was to bring Australia and New Zealand a dream line up that included soul, hip hop, and R&B icons like D'Angelo, Maxwell, and Common. How can they possibly top that this year? Well for starters they can bring inimitable hip hop and R&B Queen Mary J Blige down to headline a line up that is even more diverse and just as exciting as last years.

Live Review: Damon Albarn + De La Soul + Remi - Sydney Opera House (16.12.14)

Following the cancellation of Blur at this year's Big Day Out, the group's lead singer Damon Albarn called time on their reunion shows to release his debut self-titled album Everyday Robots. The album, while well received, essentially ensured that Blur wouldn't be making it to Australian shores anytime soon. But hope remained that Albarn - last here in 2010 fronting his acclaimed project Gorillaz - would make the trip down in a solo guise. And indeed, with just two weeks left in the year he's made a quick trip down our way for not one but two shows at the Sydney Opera House.

De La Soul announce Sydney performance at Chinese Laundry

Popular Sydney nightclub Chinese Laundry will be throwing one of their funkiest Garden Parties yet when the legendary hip-hop group De La Soul pop in to rock the mic on Sunday December 14th. As an exclusive sideshow to their appearance at the sold-out Meredith Music Festival, De La will be bringing their rich body of work to an intimate club setting, playing to a crowd who are already well aware of just how exciting they are as live performers.

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 17th October 2014

In this issue: De La Soul to play Chinese Laundry's Garden Party, Tom Stephens to launch new EP, Holy Shakers to launch their debut album at Spectrum, Frankie's to host a killer Halloween Party, The Faders to headline NYE Party At The House, New Music Network presents austraLYSIS and Canyons to headline last One Night Stand of the year.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 23rd September 2014.

In This Issue: De La Soul Meredith sideshow in Melbourne on sale now, The Clouds to play at The Corner, The Pollydevlins announce Melbourne single launch, The Sleepy Dreamers announce October residency, Party with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at the Juke and Organic Sounds all ages show.

Ty Segall, Phosphorescent, Ghostface Killah and more join the Meredith Festival line up!

The Meredith Festival has once again made those who've entered the official ticket ballot incredibly hyped for the chance of landing themselves passes and everyone else who can't be at the December festival fiercely jealous, with the reveal of their 2014 artist announcement! Joining The War on Drugs is a line up of Australian and international artists Meredith describes as a result of 'dreaming longer', 'going further' and 'listening longer'.

Single Stream: De La Soul "Dilla Plugged In" (2014)

Ever since J Dilla's passing in 2006, there have been zillions of tribute albums, tracks, mixtapes and posthumous releases made in an effort to sustain his legacy. He was and still is considered one of the greatest producers of all time.

Photo Gallery: De La Soul + DJ Yoda - Metro Theatre (28.12.13)

Hip Hop legends De La Soul returns to Australia with a rocking show at the Metro Theatre last Saturday night. Supported by DJ Yoda. Photos by Ashley Mar.

Photo Gallery: De La Soul + Remi & NFA + The Psyde Project - The Espy, Melbourne (27.12.13)

Alex Kwong is a lover of hip-hop, to put it mildly. Travelling to Melbourne from Adelaide with only his camera and a backpack to last him the weekend, he got completely immersed in a weekend of classic performances. Kicking it off, he was down at The Espy for the legendary De La Soul, supported by N'fa Jones, Remi and The Psyde Project!

Live Review: De La Soul + Soliloquy + Psyde Project + Remi - The Espy, Melbourne (27.12.13)

Hundreds of hip hop aficionados congregated around the Espy front bar to see the legendary grandfathers of alternative hip hop, De La Soul bring their syncopated grooves and quirky lyrics to St Kilda. The evening consists of a multitude of hip hop acts and DJs, and 5 hours worth of music, surely a hip hop fan’s wet dream.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne and VIC - August 16th 2013

The Bombay Royale

In this issue: The Bombay Royale staging a hometown gig, Delsinki Records launching their new single, Les Thomas launching Survivor's Tales in September, The Dames launching their debut album; De La Soul returning to Melbourne, Indian Red will launch their EP at the Workers Club, Swervedriver add second Melbourne show to tour, Joe Creighton taking on Van Morrison in September, Snarksi v Snarski at the Flying Saucer Club, Cosmo Jarvis will bring Australian tour through to Melbourne, Bitch Prefect launching "Adelaide" in September, Vika and Linda performing at the Yarraville Club, Zomby playing debut Melbourne gig in September, Dustin Tebbutt launching new single at the Workers Club and Tanya Batt is set to perform at the Toff In Town.