Tonight, we celebrate the 6th birthday of our website with a free event in Sydney, with Service Bells and All Our Exes Live In Texas performing alongside DJ sets from Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), Bhanglassi and more! We took a moment ahead of the party to get to know All Our Exes Live in Texas, by way of Katie Wighton:
Tonight, we celebrate the 6th birthday of our website with a free event in Sydney, with Service Bells and All Our Exes Live In Texas performing alongside DJ sets from Smiles Again (Mind Over Matter), Bhanglassi and more! We took a moment ahead of the party to get to know Service Bells, by way of frontman Fraser Harvey:
The 2014 Brisbane Festival has offered up so much variety and choice for fans of music, theatre and performing arts, as well as visual arts culture as well - in a few weeks, the Sunshine State capital is going to be the place to be! We bring you Part Two of our feature on simply unmissable shows taking place in the program this year, in no particular order...
It's not long now until three weeks of arts, music and culture takes over the city of Brisbane in the form of the annual Brisbane Festival. With hundreds of performances taking place, we're cutting through the list and bringing you our ten picks of live performances not to miss... here are our first five, in no particular order:
Kate Nash, by Perri Cassie
UK publication, The Daily Telegraph, recently published a report which stated a statistic most of us will know to be true. In terms of festival headliners, there have not been a high percentage of female artists being represented. Using Lily Allen's recent stint at Latitude as an example - if she'd not stepped up to replace Two Door Cinema Club, there'd have been no women headlining the major UK festivals - the article pointed out the sexism still existing within the music is as present as it ever has been. While it's still glaringly obvious that overall festival line ups in recent times, the boys have dominated, it should also be noted how talented the current crop of female artists and bands making it through to these international festivals are, instead of focusing wholly on the fact they aren't being included in the game.
Back in June, US group The Antlers delivered the stunning album Familiars - their first in three years. We touched base with the band who, with the help of Rdio, have delivered a playlist of 11 songs they were listening to while making the record. Peter Silberman (Singer and Songwriter) brings us the first five tracks and Darby Cicci (Trumpet/Bass/Keys/Synths/Vocals) chose the rest.
It has been a little over a week since Atlanta luminaries OutKast descended upon Australia and to give a rare performance as the headliners of Splendour In The Grass, bringing with them that air of exclusivity that had led me to believe that I'd never actually get the chance to see them live. Before their reunion was announced, I would have thought that if seeing them live was actually possible, then it would probably be an embittering and disappointing affair, given the legends of hip hop usually indulge themselves in a quick, vapid medley performance of their hits. I feel stupid for ever doubting them.
Back in June, we featured the single "Living Fiction" from a band called Glasgow called WHITE. It was a track I loved so much I gave it a 10/10 score in my single review. As we take some time to feature bands out of the city, it wouldn't have been complete without taking a moment to get to know these guys a bit better. After all, they do live in a world of mystery... So let's take a moment...
The sound waves from Splendour In The Grass 2014 will be felt for a while, especially on a national scale as some of the weekend's greatest performances came from locals who took full advantage of the massive platform. Special anniversary performances from OutKast and Spiderbait, an emotional set from The Jezabels, and sets from Violent Soho and Phantogram, amongst others, really kicked things up a notch for Splendour, giving punters one of the best additions of the annual event. Chris was on ground to run around the festival and witness just some of these great performances; here are 10 of his favourites. Unfortunately, he is but one person, so much talked about sets from the likes of Childish Gambino, Hilltop Hoods, Tune-Yards, REMi and Angus & Julia Stone are not included.
Splendour is an institution for any music lover (or just those keen to party in the bush for 4 nights) but what makes the weekend so special isn’t just the music, or what’s on the main stage. They say the best festivals are the ones you can go through without even seeing any of the bands, so here’s a list of the off-the-beaten track things that were on offer all weekend.
When it comes to festivals in Australia, if it's not a rare free event, it's expensive. Though sold out, Splendour in the Grass this weekend, including camping, was over $450 for the three day (and a bit) event. Not including flights, transport and day-to-day costs, like $8 beers (I can only assume).
While we're coming down from Splendour weekend, we turn our eyes now to the next massive festival some of the same artists will be leaving Byron Bay to prepare for this week, Lollapalooza. Arguably one of the biggest festivals on the calendar, Lollapalooza has gone from being a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction back in the 90s to one of the hottest festivals held in the US, Chile, Brazil and in 2014 now, Argentina. the AU will be on ground at Grant Park this weekend bringing you coverage from the three day festival but before then, we take a look at the Australian contingent of artists set to perform in 2014.
This weekend the heart of Australia will come alive, when over 20 artists and bands take over Alice Springs for the annual Intune Music Conference. The event brings together music industry figures, musician and music lovers, for three days of intensive masterclasses, workshops, networking, panels and showcases. We've picked out five great events from the program that you can't afford to miss!
Earlier in the week we took you to T in the Park, an annual festival in Scotland - the biggest in the region. Over the three days we saw dozens of bands, and among them performances from the biggest and brightest stars around the world. But then there were the bands we hadn't heard of who left their mark - and thanks to the T Break and BBC Introducing tents, we saw quite a lot of them. Here now are our top five discovered artists at the festival:
Splendour In The Grass is happening next weekend and to hype you up, we've rounded up five EDM acts that you should scuttle off to and see while you're there. There's some neo-soul in the shape of Sam Smith, some New York house with Phantogram, and Australian newbies Touch Sensitive and Wave Racer.