The huge Music, Digital and Social Media Matters programs are back in Singapore this May, with the three intensive and diverse conference and showcase line ups providing the opportunity for industry members from all around the globe to come together and learn, network and exchange ideas. The May 20-25 event sees Samsung coming onboard as Presenting Sponsor for the Digital Matters conference, which is a huge coup!
As Splendour in the Grass' permanent home in Byron Bay introduces thousands more to its capacity - along with some expected changes to the layout to accommodate (hopefully similar to what we saw at Falls) - 2014 is bringing with it a mammoth lineup to justify the upgrade. We already knew about headliners OutKast, who let it slip earlier this week that they'd be making the trip down for Australia's premiere winter festival. But who else will we be seeing in July?
One of our favourite US Festivals without question is Austin City Limits - a festival put on by C3 Events (the guys behind Lollapalooza in Chicago, and also co-presenters of Big Day Out here in Australia) over two weekends in Austin every October. It's hard to believe we're talking about it already, but today marked the announcement for this year's event, set to be headlined by Eminem, the already leaked Splendour headliners Outkast and recent Big Day Out headliners Pearl Jam.
Tonight, the 2014 Byron Bluesfest drew to a close, bringing five days and nights of world class music to an end with the final headline duties falling on the capable shoulders of the Dave Matthews Band, Gary Clark Jr and Elvis Costello and the Imposters on the main stages, while Watussi, Ray Beadle and Playing For Change ensured the party continued on the smaller stages too.
With the final day and night of the Byron Bluesfest around the corner, the Sunday program continue to bring the goods. Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to Peter Noble by the public and Playing For Change, who had previously wound up their Mojo Stage set.
The surprises kept on coming for the 25th anniversary of the annual Byron Bluesfest tonight, with guest appearances, surprise busking sets and more carrying on throughout the day.
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Sydney-based label-slash-collective No Good have swiftly established themselves as insurgents against conventionality, standing as a melting pot of some of the city's most eclectic music.
The second day and night of the Byron Bay Bluesfest enjoyed stellar weather and more outstanding performances from artists who were making their 2014 debut or following on from great sets on Thursday.
With his long-awaited debut album Built on Glass drawing in acclaim from around the globe, artist Chet Faker is set to head out on his first headline dates in over two years, with shows planned in both capital cities and regional centres.
People left the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm as happy as they arrived tonight, as the Byron Bay Bluesfest wound up its first night of 25th birthday celebrations! With international heavyweights Buddy Guy and John Mayer dominating much of the headline slot time, audiences were in for a smorgasbord of music from around the globe once the gates were officially opened for a 4pm start.
Sydney five piece East of Ely have just released their exciting self-titled debut EP!
Amaya Laucirica is just about to release her new album Sway, which is due this Friday 18 April.
Our Man In Berlin are getting ready to release their debut EP Is It Right?, due out May 2.
Albert Salt is embarking on his first national tour this May!
The tour is in celebration of this yet-to-be-named EP, which includes singles "Maybe I", "Riddles Come Undone" and several new songs.
So to be the first to hear the EP performed live, make sure to head to the following gigs:
May 2nd - Supporting Chela - Rocketbar, Adelaide
May 3rd - Launch Show - Revolver Bandroom, Melbourne
May 10th - Supporting Mirella's Inferno - FBi Social, Sydney