Ahead of their upcoming Australian tour, I was lucky enough to secure some interview time with Passion Pit's frontman, Michael Angelakos. Having experienced a warm welcome back to the country with their album Gossamer last year, Angelakos opens up about his feelings toward the record now, touring Australia and their dedicated fan base.
Today marked the release of Aussie rockers Airbourne's new record Black Dog Barking, and Drummer Ryan O'Keeffe takes time out from their overseas tour to talk to Larry Heath about the new record, metal festivals and coming home.
In this issue: Snowy Mountains of Music full line up announced, New Big Day Out venue for the Gold Coast, Spin Off Pre-Sale tickets sell out in record time and Splendour Country Club Tickets sold out.
Now that Splendour has sold out, we have the pleasure of enjoying a slew of sideshow announcement that make those of us who were sad about not going to Splendour, a little less sad... because many of our favourite bands are coming much closer to home! Today we have announcements for James Blake, Haim, MS MR, Everything Everything, FIDLAR, Jake Bugg, Daughter, Palma Violets, Surfer Blood and a tease from Laura Marling... All tickets on Sale at 9am on Monday, 13th May.
Alpine began the year touring the US and have now returned to Australia for Track and Field and a string of other shows before they jet off again for the US release of their debut album, A Is For Alpine. Vocalists Lou James and Phoebe Baker chatted about New York, playing Splendour in the Grass this July, astronaut suits and the future before they went on stage for Track and Field.
Larry caught up with Tim DeLaughter, founder of choral symphonic band The Polyphonic Spree to have a chat about their take on The Rocky Horror Picture Show which they'll be premiering in Austraila as part of Splendour in the Grass, their psychedelic new album and Texan-Australian relations.
Alrighty, it's begun. Now that everyone, including the internet, seems to have recovered from the euphoria of scoring a Splendour in the Grass ticket or the depression of missing out, the organiser have kept the announcement ball rolling by teasing us with the highly-anticipated sideshow details.
The first cab off the rank in what is sure to be a large and exciting Splendour in the Grass artists to be performing sideshows is Iceland's Of Monsters and Men! Proving to be one of the biggest crowd-pulling band's on the 2013 Laneway Festival, the six-piece have confirmed that they will be performing their own headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and then Adelaide, where they will headline the Spin Off Festival in August.
We hope you were among the lucky ones who managed to score Splendour in the Grass tickets this morning! In just an hour, all three day, single day and camping tickets sold out...unsurprisingly. With an increased capacity and a killer line up, Splendour has once again proved to be one of the country's most popular festivals.
Brisbane five-piece Cub Scouts have packed themselves off to Europe to play a string of shows, including the UK’s Great Escape festival. This comes after the successful release of new single, 'Pool!' and a number of shows in its honour - not to mention a spot on the Splendour in the Grass lineup!
Cloud Control aren't the band you'd expect to be super secretive about a new song, let alone an upcoming record, but when it comes to their anticipated sophomore LP - the follow up to the AMP Award winning Bliss Release - mum is definitely the word from both band and management. Which makes it especially difficult to conduct an interview about the album, which they'll be premiering at VIVID Festival later this year.
Without further interruption, here is the 2013 Splendour in the Grass lineup, which includes Australian exclusive performances from TV on the Radio, The National and Mumford and Sons, the long awaited Australian debut of Frank Ocean, The Polyphonic Spree performing Rocky Horror (!!!!!!), the return of Boy & Bear and... Mystery Band?
It's coming back! After bringing the likes of Kimbra, Band Of Horses and Lana Del Rey (playing her first ever Australian show) through Adelaide in 2012, the Spin Off Festival is returning to the city of churches again this year! With the line up for Splendour in the Grass dropping tomorrow morning, the little brother festival that is Spin Off will be releasing its artist announcement soon after.
Will they or won’t they? While we will never be sure who is playing a festival until the promoters actually release a line-up, it’s always fun to speculate and throw around any rumours that come up. The next big festival yet to announce their line-up is Splendour In The Grass. With the line-ups for Primavera, Summersonic and Coachella festivals already out there, it’s time to salivate over who will may (or have already actually confirmed) continue down here fore Australia’s premier winter festival.