Groovin' The Moo just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of a number of local names to each leg of the national tour. The festival kicks off over ANZAC Day weekend in Oakbank, the SA leg being introduced to the wider bill for the first time in 2014. Check out the additions to each date of the Groovin' The Moo tour below and grab your tickets while they still last!
Courtney Barnett has barely been back in Australia more than a week and already she's hitting the ground running in the lead up to her highly anticipated Australian tour. Slaying Stateside at SXSW, Barnett's debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit has been going from strength to strength in the meantime, earning love both at home and internationally too. Her Australian tour is selling out shows unsurprisingly and to appease demand, Barnett has announced some extras for those punters who may have missed out on tickets the first time round.
Following on from the success of his previous releases with The Aerial Maps and also Modern Giant, Adam Gibson is continuing the good momentum generated from his knack for weaving music and storytelling in announcing the release of new album Australia Restless with his new band, The Ark Ark Birds. The band will be touring the down the east coast over a few dates in May, bringing Adam's perspective of elements of this country to life on stage.
In This Issue: we have the winners of the Australia Council Awards and the APRA Music Awards 2015, as well as the details of Abbey Road’s new educational institution, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.
Any death metal fans out there? Here’s something for you to look forward to: Swedish death metal band, At The Gates, is set to return to Australia this year for the first time since 2012.
If you’re a Melburnian, you might be tired of missing out on the spectacular performers of Vivid Sydney. But no more: the event is expanding its reach, as folk-rocker, Bill Callahan is set to play a Vivid Sydney sideshow in Melbourne this May.
With SXSW at an end, the music world is looking ahead to the rest of the major festivals to take over America this year. Following the announcement of Outside Lands in San Francisco earlier this week (see that lineup HERE), it's now Lollapalooza's turn - the iconic Chicago festival set to take place from July 31st until August 2nd. This year, Beatles legend Paul McCartney will join Metallica and Florence + the Machine as headliners for the festival - which at the time of publishing has already sold out of single and 3-Day passes (some VIP and Travel Packages are still left, however).
In This Issue: Starting off with a bit of folk roots this week is packed full of releases for all those metal fans, and just because we all have a diversity of taste there's even something for the pop fans out there.
Outside Lands Festival has just announced a killer line-up for this year's event. Located inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, the festival showcases a host of local artists and food vendors for what becomes an ultimate summer destination for music lovers and foodies. This year's line-up includes Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Sam Smith and more. Outside Lands will occur over three days from August 7- 9.
The third annual Grulke Prize has been awarded in three categories to some of the showcasing artists taking part in SXSW this year. The special accolade, created in honour of the late Brent Grulke, who was the Creative Director of the SXSW Music Festival, recognises artists from both the US and abroad who have shown considerable promise and have been breaking ground with their creativity and music. This year, Courtney Barnett has taken out the 'Developing non-US Act', noted as a 'boundary pushing breakout performer'.
Treasured Surry Hills bar The Soda Factory have roped in a pretty big name for their second birthday, which will take place tonight Wednesday 25th March. DJ Yella from the infamous N.W.A will be spinning cold cut classics all night long for free.
The spotlight was strictly on Australian music at the 2015 APRA Music Awards, which saw some stunning performances from new and old locals as those who have driven Australian music forward, whether in current or past generations, were honoured. Unsurprisingly world-dominating singer-songwriter Sia - who sadly couldn't attend the ceremony in person - walked away with two of the biggest awards, trying at two wins with ubiquitous family band Sheppard.
Headlined by Swedish pop star Tove Lo, Perez Hilton's 'One Night In Austin' closed out the Saturday, and essentially the last night, of SXSW for 2015. His eighth year of hosting the showcase, with all proceeds going to charity, Hilton personally chooses the lineup himself, based on artists that he's featured on his website - and artists that he thinks are about to break.
Strange-pop sensation Alison Wonderland is bringing the Wonderland Warehouse Project back in 2015 with the Wonderland Warehouse Project 2.0, kicking off at the end of May across the country and in Auckland. Wonderland is bringing her sharp-edged pop to a series of secret locations around the country in a bid to bring excitement, strangeness, and the kind of party you just don't get anymore to Australia's music scene. If nothing else, the tour will be interesting, especially if you're bored of the same vibe and the same venues.
For the 8th consecutive year, Rachael Ray's Feedback Party took over Stubb's BBQ for the final afternoon of SXSW, seeing a mix of bands from around the world play across three stages, while four Rachael Ray recipes (which you can see HERE), were enjoyed by the masses (you have to try the tacos!) - some of whom had lined up since the early hours of the morning to get their position in what has become one of the most popular and anticipated events of SXSW each and every year.