With what must have been hundreds of performances over three days on more than eight stages, Chicago's iconic Lollapalooza festival has its fair share of eclectism and choice for all attendees. And alongside the big names - from Paul McCartney to Metallica - there are plenty of unknowns too. Emerging local, national and international artists who the festival wants to give you the chance to discover. Our following feature runs through a couple of our own favourite discoveries at the festival, alongside our favourite performances from the bands we already know.
Lollapalooza is now two days and nights down, with Metallica headlining the Grant Park festival on Saturday evening. With recent Australian visitors Florence + The Machine set to bring it home on Sunday, the final day, it's safe to say that Lolla has done it up right for its 2015 event. We continue our look at the program day-by-day and bring you five bands that aren't to be missed, other than the flame-haired headliner, of course!
The sun may well and truly have set on Friday in Australia, but in a few hours, it'll be rising over the city of Chicago and thus heralding the first day of Lollapalooza 2015. Grant Park in Chi-town will be turned into a hive of music for three days and nights, with thousands upon thousands set to stream through the gates to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine and more perform. Recently we gave your our picks for five artists you can't miss on Friday's program, and now we cast our attention to Saturday, to be headlined by a little band named Metallica...
It's that time of year again as tens of thousands of people head to Chicago's Grant Park for the iconic Lollapalooza festival - a three day music festival that's considered one of the finest in the world. Headlining this year we have Paul McCartney, Metallica and recent Australian visitors Florence + The Machine. You may have heard of them. But the headliners aren't the only bands worth seeing at the event - over the next few days, we're going to bring you five bands you can't miss for every day of the event, starting with, naturally, Friday! Naturally, you have to see Paul McCartney... after all, Kanye discovered him. But here are five of the best of the rest:
Last week we flew to Ottawa, Canada, to cover the 21st annual RBC Bluesfest (you can view our coverage HERE), featuring some of the world's finest artists - alongside a selection of great Australians too! Along the way we had our highlights, in addition to our favourite discoveries! Here now are our five favourite from each category, placed in alphabetical order - though do note as we were only on site from the 12th to the 17th, this only captures a small selection of the massive 11 day event!
Now that we’re halfway through 2015, the Arts on the AU team thought we’d take a look back at the dazzling first half of the year to pick our most favourite of the performances we’ve seen. Perhaps the Helpmann Awards should have waited on their nomination announcements till they saw some of the great stuff we have!
Photo Credit: Mark Horton
Over the next 10 days, the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (which kicked off on July 8th) is taking over Canada's capital city, with an incredible - and vast - array of artists from around the world. The event kicked off yesterday - but as we don't arrive at the event until July 12th, we wanted to bring you our picks of the festival from July 12th until the event ends on the 19th! Read on...
It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!
It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from outside of Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!
The past six months have been good for hip hop, in terms of both mixtapes and studio albums. Kendrick and Lupe are head and heels above everyone else so far, thanks to two very distinctive, conceptual albums, but the quality of songs being released indicates that the two emcees may see a heap of competition by the time 2016 rolls around. From interesting production, to straight-up rhyme-fests, these are the singles we think have stood out as the best this year. No artist (unless featuring) appears more than twice, otherwise I might as well copy and paste the tracklist to Tetsuo & Youth. This is part one, 20-11.