The lineup for Fuji Rock Festival has just been updated, with the 15 additions only adding to the 3-day festival's bursting line-up. Set in Naeba Ski Resort in Japan's central island's western side, the festival has just entered its 17th year and shows no sign of slowing down. With an incredibly eclectic mix of performers (everything from the enthralling vocals of Bjork to DJ Bauer, the inventor of the Harlem Shake, and Japanese folk musician Morio Agata), there's a huge array of choices sure to leave the perfect timetable makers rewriting their plans until their arrival at the festival.
As the nation remembers our unforgotten soldiers this ANZAC day we also celebrate some brilliant successes in Australian music. Big news for Australian artists with new signings, competitions for budding artists, and some meaty updates from across the shores.
Spring Break forever, or not for forever, that is the question. I had the opportunity to see Spring Breakers last month at the SXSW Film Festival and ever since then I'm been struggling to articulate how I felt about the experience. It's one of the most divisive films I've ever seen. Not only in amongst the crowd - a love it or hate it sort of reaction was obvious - but also in amongst myself.
The music world is awash with news this week: signings, chart toppers, competitions. A metal surprise in the Aria charts and what looks like a festival but isn’t? Find out..
Armed with screwed up hooks, a trendy flow, and enough bravado to go toe-to-toe with the likes of T.I and Jay-Z, the 24 year old Harlem representer A$AP Rocky has been set for stardom ever since his 2011 mixtape LoveLoveA$AP was met with acclaim. With a highly-publicised multi-million dollar record deal backing him, Rocky’s overdue debut LP LongLiveA$AP surpasses anything I could have expected from the young emcee, placing A$AP at the top of the new generation with fellow young guns J Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
The 11th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has closed its gates after four days of music, movies and comedy, with iconic rockers Phish closing out the festivities with back-to-back sets lasting five hours.
Triple J’s Hottest 100 is one of the most anticipated countdowns of each year. It tends to have something for everyone – representing the year in music. 2011’s Hottest 100 was, of course, no exception and features a variety of songs from a vast range of genres and artists/bands. The annual two disc CD release, Triple J’s Hottest 100 Vol. 19 is a 41 track compilation, featuring a selection of the songs that made the top 100 – and a stellar compilation at that.
The Future Music Festival, at least for the past few years, has been a decent way to wind up the festival season in Adelaide. Sure, the crowd is generally unfavourable to be around, but there’s usually a good line up of artists to balance the bad with the good. 2012’s festival was a different case altogether; I don’t think I’ve experienced a worse day of live music in a very long time.
With perhaps their most diverse line-up yet, Future Entertainment have really given their all to this the 2012 edition of Future Music Festival – and it sure paid off.
Ah, Future Music: the festival that has grown to combine rock and roll with electronic acts. Since its inception, it has climbed the ranks to become one of the favourite festivals to tour the lengths of our fine country. But in a climate of vast supply, would the folks at Future Entertainment be able to again satisfy the scores of thousands of punters its pleased previously? Photos included after the jump.