MEG Montreal festival is known for its showcase for emerging talent having already hosted MIA, Santigold, Brodinski, Justice and more. This year from July the 25th to August the 3rd you'll dancing along to The Hacker, Agoria, Para One, Duchess Says, Sexy Sushi, Sound Pellegrino, Thermal Team and more.
For those of you lucky enough to be in Italy right now - or Europe for that matter - this weekend is the Kappa Futur Festival in Torino. This Torino Summer Music Festival is kicking off Thursday the 13th of July at the Parco Dora and finishes Friday the 14th from midday to midnight.
Taking heed from fans alike and moving the date to less volatile weather is Canada's Canadian Music Week in Toronto. As they've put it bluntly "After 31 years of freezing our asses off, we're heading your advice and moving to warmer climates". Next year's event sees it now taking place in the spring, starting May the 6th till the 10th 2014.
Giving you more musical festivities in the summer and less reason to leave your comfy couch in the freezing winter. Sounds good to me.
Krakow's Coke Live Music Festival has just announced the addition of Wu-Tang Clan to the line-up along with a bevy of talented female performers. Already announced are Florence and The Machine, Franz Ferdinand and Biffy Clyro.
Now joining them are Regina Spektor, Katy B and Brodka, all musical femme fatales in their own right. This will be a diverse and interesting two day festival with more to be announced I'm sure.
Winners of the UK's best small festival (two times around) Kendal Calling, have added a whopping 80 new acts to the line-up alongside Primal Scream, Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy, Johnny Marr and The Charlatans.
With over 14 stages some of those announced are Lucy Rose, Dj Yoda, The Twang, 808 State, Richard Norris, Ashley Beedle, Clean Bandit, Elite Force, Maribou State, North Base and so much more.
Less trashy than the name suggests but probably just as rowdy is Copenhagen's Trailerpark dance festival back again for 2013. Staged at the Copenhagen Skatepark since 2007 and building a reputation for showcasing THE up & coming artists to watch within urban, electronic and indie music. Trailerpark artists of the past have included Caribou, Toro Y Moi, Trentemoller and Peaches.
Yeah made you look, I'm talking about the electro Soundwave festival held over five days in Croatia, from July the 18th to the 22nd. With three stages, a huge line-up of over 70 electronic acts, including a boat party this is the epitome of fun in the sun.
In my last article looking back on Digital & Music Matters in Singapore (there's a pile of interviews still to come!), I'm going to take you back to the Beer Garden, the concept bar where we also spent our Wednesday evening for the annual Aussie BBQ. On Friday, the venue a showcase of bands from all corners of the globe, including my personal highlight of the whole week, New York's The London Souls, pictured above, and two others I managed to catch.
Local Singapore group These Brittle Bones kicked things off at the Crazy Elephant on the last night of Music Matters, with a British lead singer on the keys, who just so happens to be fourteen! I don't know about you, but I certainly wasn't performing at an international industry event at that age.
When I arrived at the HP Showcase at the New Zealand themed bar Fern & Kiwi, as part of the 2013 Music Matters LIVE event in Singapore, I was greeted to a band from India called Indus Creed (pictured above), members of whom I saw take part in the Bombay Metal Project at the NH7 Weekender in Pune, India, last year. The group are one of the most influential rock bands in the region, being formed back in 1993 and leading the way for a new generation of musicians - though their origins date back all the way to 1984 when they performed under the name Rock Machine, releasing the "first all-original rock album" that came to underground acclaim around the world.
K-Pop group SPICA opened the Music Matters Conference with an upbeat performance of their hit single I'll Be There. Photos by Johnny Au
Bravo! Taiwan showcases some of the best indie music to come out of Taiwan this year. On the lineup we have rock-funk band Guntzepaula, punk-rock outfit TRASH and SXSW showcase artists The Chairman (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au
Day 2 of YouTube FanFest started with a press conference with some of the stars of YouTube. Then we moved on to the main event where musician Joseph Vincent, Indonesian group GAC, Indian comedians The Viral Fever, Korean based Canadian duo Eat Your Kimchi, Thai artist Dome Pakorn Lam, Aussie cooking show Nicko's Kitchen, American band Boyce Avenue and superstar Ryan Higa (pictured above) hit the stage in front of their fans. A special appearance by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was a surprise visit. Photos by Johnny Au
The New Zealand themed bar Fern and Kiwi was one of the many places to be on the final night of Music Matters Live in Singapore on Friday night, though if you wanted to see some local music, there was none better. The Made in Singapore showcased displayed some of the finest local talent in the country and we were there to catch the first two acts: The Observatory (pictured below) and Kevin Lester (aka TheLionCityBoy) (pictured above).
It was Japanese rock mania when I arrived at Clarke Quay for the second night of Music Matters LIVE. The free, public, outdoor stage would be home to two massive J-Rock acts: flumpool and SID, which saw fans waiting in the heat for hours. They would then move indoors into the Beer Market, where the Aussie BBQ was held the night before, to be accompanied by a third Japanese band, WEAVER. Not only was this my first time seeing any of the bands, but it was also my first time hearing of any of them. Suffice it to say, J-Rock is not my specialty.