There is a lot that can be said about Stone Music Festival. What happened to the event before tickets went on sale was something quite telling of the nature of the current industry, and what happened after tickets went on sale perhaps showed the organiser's lack of foresight, albeit a strong ability to adapt. And unlike two other festivals who were cancelled in the last week due to low ticket sales, not to mention existing in a genre where artists tend to drop off like flies, to all the credit of the Stone Music Festival organisers, they still got the event off the ground, and by all indications - a few gripes from some early ticket purchasers aside - everyone in attendance had a great time. I was only able to attend the second day, but here are my thoughts on the fantastic music of the day - and as for the rest of my thoughts about of the event as a whole, I'll save that for a separate editorial.
Stone Music Festival Day 2 continues with a huge lineup consisting of acts such as Gypsies And Gentlemen, Illumination Road, The Hiding, Mark Seymour, Mark Moroney, Shannon Noll, Chase The Sun, Diesel, Dallas Frasca, Guy Sebastian, Stone Parade, Icehouse, London Cries and the headliner Billy Joel (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au
The lineup for Australia’s first Stone Music Festival just keeps getting bigger! The festival’s local offerings recently got another boost with 2012 musicOz Award winners Stone Parade joining the festival line up: With Van Halen, Buckcherry, Kings of Chaos and Billy Joel to name a few.
Tickets for the two day festival at Sydney’s ANZ stadium (April 20 and 21) are available now from $129 a day.
Yep, you read right. Shannon Noll is very much coming to a town near you and playing what you want to hear in his latest 'In My Youth' tour. What a legend, BUT it has to be from the eighties and from Australia's finest. An idea that has come from the heart, Shannon Noll already has a hitlist of songs he wants to homage but is looking for his fans to suggest a few of their own.
Diafrix (not Die-af-rix don't let them hear you say that) have just been added onto the bill at the Queenscliff Music Festival. The Melbourne based and African born dancehall and hip hop duo who are famous for their high energy performances will be adding their swag to the already insane line-up.
It has been four years since Shannon Noll has gone on a massive tour but he is back in his biggest tour yet for the release of his fifth and latest album ‘A Million Suns’, which features the APRA Award nominee single ‘Switch Me On’ and the most recent single, ‘Living in Stereo’.
On Saturday afternoon we had the pleasure of joining the "beautiful people" for the second annual Take 40 Stars of Summer party, presented by the new Toyota Yaris. Featuring high energy performances from Sneaky Sound System and Havana Brown, it would be hard to compare the event to last years (in which Jamiroquai headlined), but the popular beats got everyone dancing all the same.
Canada’s Tim Chaisson is preparing for his first visit to our shores, landing next month to launch his album Broken Hearted Beat with live shows, alongside support slots with Shannon Noll and two dates at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival.