Recently, when there were reports of a 'mega festival' featuring some of rock and roll's most beloved names (think: The Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who...) swirling, it seemed to good to be true. Well, doubters, think again: the Desert Trip Festival has been officially announced and it's coming out of the gates blazing with some MASSIVE names.
With what must have been hundreds of performances over three days on more than eight stages, Chicago's iconic Lollapalooza festival has its fair share of eclectism and choice for all attendees. And alongside the big names - from Paul McCartney to Metallica - there are plenty of unknowns too. Emerging local, national and international artists who the festival wants to give you the chance to discover. Our following feature runs through a couple of our own favourite discoveries at the festival, alongside our favourite performances from the bands we already know.
Daniel Boczarski takes us to the action packed first day of Lollpalooza 2015 in Chicago and brings us photos featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, MisterWives, Glass Animals, Father John Misty, Hot Chip, MS MR, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, The Weeknd, Broods and more! Check out the gallery here:
Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski
Sir Paul McCartney made his Lollapalooza debut last night, helping kick off the iconic three day event in Chicago with a massive two hour, 15 minute set that saw the legendary artist delve into his catalogue of Wings and Beatles songs that had the tens of thousands of fans singing along from start to finish. He even had Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes singing along, when she joined the Beatle for a rendition of "Get Back" on both vocals and guitar, taking on a verse for herself with a gusto that we're sure would have contradicted the "pinch me, is this actually happening?" feeling anyone would experience in that situation.
Chicago’s massive Lollapalooza festival has announced its livestream lineup which includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence + the Machine. Other notable acts include Alt-J, Of Monsters & Men, and Chet Faker. Lollapalooza has redefined the current day festival experience through its large mix of genres and attractions, and people at home are now able to experience this online. Click through to find out how to have access to the immersive Lollapalooza experience.
With SXSW at an end, the music world is looking ahead to the rest of the major festivals to take over America this year. Following the announcement of Outside Lands in San Francisco earlier this week (see that lineup HERE), it's now Lollapalooza's turn - the iconic Chicago festival set to take place from July 31st until August 2nd. This year, Beatles legend Paul McCartney will join Metallica and Florence + the Machine as headliners for the festival - which at the time of publishing has already sold out of single and 3-Day passes (some VIP and Travel Packages are still left, however).
You'll be hard-pressed to find a collaboration as unexpected as this, as pop princess Rihanna ropes Kanye West, and the legendary Paul McCartney together for "FourFiveSeconds". Heartfelt vocals from Rihanna, a gorgeous guitar melody from Paul, and some additional singing from Yeezy melt into each other on this acoustic jam, taking away the need for an overproduced beat and giving it to us raw.
Rap maestro Kanye West has decided that he was to start 2015 off in a big, BIG way. His rumoured collaborations with the legendary Paul McCartney surfaced earlier last year, and now we have confirmation that this is indeed a reality. "Only One", the first track from the unlikely pair has been released, and it is glorious. Listen to Kanye singing from the perspective of his late mother Donda West in a very personal track directed at his daughter North-West (Nor-We) and himself, while Sir Paul McCartney tinkers on the instrumental:
Following admiration from the legendary Sir Paul McCartney for Kanye West's experimental Yeezus, insiders have reported that the two artists have been secretly recordings songs together, and apparently they have been enjoying it so much that there is potential for an entire joint album. Among the songs titles; "Piss on Your Grave".
It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only visit to Australia and the year that Beatlemania hit. In 1964 the band performed to 73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, played multiple overseas concerts, met Bob Dylan, recorded Beatles For Sale, released A Hard Day’s Night and made chart history when they held the top five spots on the US singles chart. Foxtel’ s Studio 132 will be celebrating the Fab Four this Saturday with a series of documentaries and concert films as The AU Review explores in more detail.
Following surprise performances for fans in NY and London, Paul McCartney has released his latest album; the modern, eclectic and funky New. Co-producing the album by various individuals, including Mark Ronson and Paul Epworth, McCartney has created an eclectic sound across the release.
This week, we've got some juicy news from the likes of World's End Press, Megadeth, Tinie Tempah, Kurt Vile, 65daysofstatic and more!
'New' is the title track and first taste of Paul McCartney's upcoming album. It's his first new solo material in six years, and the full album is set for release on October 11.
After a hard night of seeing three or four bands in a sticky pub, there’s nothing like curling up in bed with a good book to soothe the high-pitched ringing that is pulsating from the eardrums. Of course, I am assuming you all go home after a gig and get tucked away in your little beds all nice and comfy with a teddy bear and a book as your companion, no? What do you mean when you say that you continue on to another pub and ensure that the hangover from hell comes the next morning?
The line up for the 2013 Outside Lands Festival has been announced, with the San Franciscan audience set to get amongst some awesome sets courtesy of Paul McCartney, a reformed Nine Inch Nails and more. From August 9-11, Golden Gate Park will become a music lover's haven; tickets are on sale now from sfoutsidelands.com/tickets, with a portion of ticket sales going toward San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.
Check out the full line up below!