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SPOOKYLAND | the AU review
AU ABROAD

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SPOOKYLAND

the AU interview at Lollapalooza: Spookyland (Sydney) talk recording in Nebraska and their Inertia signing


Photo by Jenni White

Larry caught up with Sydney's own Spookyland backstage at Lollopalooza in Chicago. Their first everendeavour in North America has lead to a surreal experience of playing live shows at iconic venues and festival, staying in what can only be described as a ghost town and planning their next step: the release of their next record, which they've been working on in Omaha, Nebraska. We talk about all that and more. Read on:

Paul McCartney, Alabama Shakes, Hot Chip and more help kick off Lollapalooza in Chicago for 2015!


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.

Aussies Abroad: Spookyland, Hermitude, What So Not and Angus and Julia Stone hitting Lollapalooza, touring North America and Europe

To further our support of Australian artists touring internationally, we are presenting the tour dates of four more talented Aussie bands touring in USA, Canada and all over Europe this season. Get ready to pencil these down.

Lollapalooza Aftershows will see DMA's join TV on the Radio, Sheppard join Marina and the Diamonds and more!

With tickets flying out the door for the 2015 installment of the iconic Lollapalooza festival in Chicago next month, organisers have announced a run of late night "Aftershows" that will take place in the leadup to the festival, and each night of the event. Many of these shows have already sold out, but these shows will give fans more intimate environments to experience their favourite bands, after they leave Grant Park each night - or even before they get there!

Live Review: Steve Smyth + Spookyland - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (25.04.15)

It isn’t hard to imagine Steve Smyth as some depression era tramp, travelling across the country trading a story and a song for a meal and then moving along to the next destination. Sure his wild and wiry beard lend themselves greatly to this image, but there is more to it than that. There is an unbridled spirit and passion that is contained within his performances and music. Each song is played as if his life depends upon it and that he would be lost if he was anywhere else. It’s this passion that has seen him move from playing small pubs and clubs to headlining the Oxford Art Factory on ANZAC Day with minimal promotion.

Live Review: Benjamin Booker + Spookyland - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (02.02.15)

It's been exciting to see Spookyland re-emerge in recent months, off the back of the band's latest EP Rock and Roll Weakling. It feels appropriate to consider the EP something of a new start for a project that didn't quite take off back in 2010, when it was essentially the solo effort of Marcus Gordon. Though his debut EP showed tremendous promise, it feels that with a three piece band behind him, strong management and some finely tuned material, all that promise is being realised.

Photo Gallery: Benjamin Booker + Spookyland - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (02.02.15)

Benjamin Booker brought the blues last night to a sold out show at The Newtown Social Club with Spookyland supporting. Photos by Dan Turner.

Secret Garden Festival announces full line up for 2015!

The Secret Garden Festival recently dropped the news that it had completely sold out all tickets for the 2015 festival, which was only testament to the event's continued popularity and faith from the loyal public who've backed it for so long. Today, the Sydney organisers dropped the full line up of artists set to perform and man, is it impressive. Over 60 bands and DJs will play over four stages at Secret Garden, promising to be the biggest outing of the festival yet. Both international and Australian talent will be represented well at the event, so if you've managed to nab yourself a ticket, you're definitely in a lucky crop!

Bass Drum of Death, The Mess Hall, DZ Deathrays, Bad//Dreems and more to play the Farmer & The Owl Festival in Wollongong!

The Farmer & The Owl Festival returns wot Wollongong this March and for 2015, organisers have brought together a great line up of Australian and international guests set to ensure the punters are well taken care of. The inaugural event in 2013 sold out and has now become somewhat of an institution, regardless of its short history. Returning to the University of Wollongong in a few months, The Farmer & The Owl Festival will be playing host to the following line up of bands for you!

Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads + Spookyland - Metro Theatre, Sydney (11.12.14)

The Lemonheads teamed up with Spookyland for one hell of a show in Sydney! Mikki Gomez brings us these photos from the night at the Metro Theatre.

FBi SMAC Awards nominees announced!

FBi Radio today announced the nominees for the 2014 SMAC Awards, celebrating Sydney's music, arts and culture industry for its 7th year! Recognising musicians, artists, restaurants, events and performers who have stood out in their artistic and business endeavours in Sydney in 2014, the SMAC Awards once again represent a diverse and incredibly talented bunch of trailblazers.

the AU interview at BIGSOUND: Spookyland (Sydney)

We interviewed Sydney quartet Spookyland while they were at BIGSOUND 2014 in Brisbane. Don't miss the band on their Rock and Roll Weakling EP Tour, which ends at Sydney's Goodgod Small Club this Friday, September 19th! We talk about the tour, the EP and much more...

10 Artists to Watch at BIGSOUND 2014 (Part One)

With BIGSOUND kicking off next week, we've been taking a look at the artists who are set to perform throughout Brisbane's Fortitude Valley district over two spectacular nights of showcase events. A diverse group of musicians representing the great and strong nature of the Australian music industry at the minute, the BIGSOUND Live program for 2014 is going to be no doubt bringing many new names to the radars of those set to attend, while we also will be seeing sets from some Australian names who've been away working tirelessly on new material for some time. the AU brings you a mere ten names who should be on your list if you're BIGSOUND-bound next week or if you're not, get to the internetz and look them up now!

Surry Hills Festival announces The Laurels, Spookyland and more on its 2014 music line up!

September 27th will see Sydney's fiery hub of creatives, artists, designers and more come together for the Surry Hills Festival! The music line up for the festival has been announced today and it most definitely is reflective of the diversity within the city's music scene. Spread across two main stages in Ward Park and Shannon Reserve, as well as the Velvet Cave Stage on Hill St, the following artists will be giving festival attendees something to get around as the afternoon continues on!

Complete Line Up revealed for the Melbourne Rolling Stone Live Lodge.

The complete line up of the Rolling Stone live Lodge has just been announced! The Live Lodge will see Fitzroy’s iconic Workers Club be transformed especially for the event which runs over three entertainment packed weeks between September 25 and October 12. Seven more acts have just been added to the already extensive line up: