"This country is becoming one of the cultural epicentres of the world!" - Festival co-founder Danny Rogers said yesterday, as he thanked punters at the end of St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015. The country he was talking about was Singapore, which served as the opening date of the festival run for the fifth consecutive year, before it hits Auckland tomorrow and then makes its way to Australia where the full lineup will join the tour.
The biggest music international music conference of the year, South by Southwest (SXSW) has been busy sifting through the world wide music scene and picked up over 170 new acts who will be showcasing at the event in March. The SXSW crew will be confirming more acts and sessions every day between now and the event, but as it stands the line up of music acts is - as always - epic. In addition to these new acts, SXSW has also confirmed 12 new, engaging sessions for their traditional Music Conference.
Evocative, feel-good dance music is the forte of Sydney producer Hayden James and he'll be taking it all across Australia next month on the biggest tour of his rapidly rising career. The full national live tour kicks into gear in Melbourne on 6th February and concludes on 13th March in Adelaide.
More Soundwave goodness! Lamb of God and Killer Be Killed have been confirmed to be teaming up for two exclusive sidewaves in Melbourne and Sydney this February! With special guests still to be announced, the metal bands are sure to draw out the masses at both 170 Russell and The Metro - you won't want to be missing these ones if some brutally loud, thrashing music is your bag.
The Workers Club and Spinning Half have partnered up in bringing more live music to Geelong with the opening of The Workers Club Geelong! Opening in late March, the live music and entertainment venue has already confirmed 30 live shows booked, the first international band being released today. The Workers Club Geelong will also be opening a kitchen, with more details on the fare to be served coming soon.
APRA|AMCOS initiative SongHubs, the program which partners Australian songwriters with international music creatives, is set to head Stateside this year! We went behind the scenes with SongHubs when the sessions took place in Mumbai back in 2014, where the likes of Cloud Control, Peking Duk and more worked with musicians in India, resulting in invaluable new relationships and some great music being made. Now, to coincide with Grammy Week, SongHubs is heading to LA to link up some Aussie songwriters with some US producers and songwriters.
In This Issue: we have all the details on the upcoming visits by legends Mark Ronson and Richard Thompson, the brand-new and returning grants for young artists in 2015, a 10k fund from Hilltop Hoods for emerging artists, plus the latest signings, the ARIA charts, and more.
It came as no surprise when the annual inthemix awards named Ivy's Pacha Sydney 'Club Night of the Year' for both 2013 and 2014; the mega party has firmly established itself as the most unique blend of circus, theatre, and cutting edge dance music in the country. Focused on continually evolving as a brand and an entertainment spectacular, Pacha has announced that this year they will be drawing upon the talents of creative designers The Squared Division to help push Pacha further as a distinctive and memorable series of events.
Thundamentals ain't stopping. Ever since the release of So We Can Remember, the trio embarked on a wildly successful album campaign which saw them play festival stages around the country and most recently, kick ass alongside the Hoods on their Australian tour. To mark the first anniversary of the album, Thundamentals have announced a headline tour of their own, the 'Elephant in the Room' tour, set to kick off in March and continue all the way through into May!
Primavera Sound has, for another year, got us wanting to pack our bags for a Spanish getaway this May! For its 15th year, the epic music festival will be bringing together the likes of The Strokes, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney and more to celebrate in Barcelona. While a lot of the bands featured on this year's Primavera line up you'll note as having visited Australia over the past 12 months or are perhaps set to come out this way, the calibre of bands on this bad boy is just ridiculous good.
British musician, producer and DJ Simon Green aka Bonobo will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for a run of special DJ sets this March. These special solo shows promise to include "spectacular visuals" and provide us with some hypnotic and hugely entertaining sets.
Indie folk band, Phox, who hail from Wisconsin, USA, have just announced their debut Australian show. Following on from the June release of their debut self-titled LP, the six-piece band are bringing their soulful, indie pop sound to Sydney’s Newtown Social Club on Tuesday, March 10.
In This Issue: It seems like 2015 will be the year of the debut with plenty of new LPs to try out! There's a Run The Jewels collaborator and Supergrass member handing out releases, but a bunch of local artists evolving from singles and EPs to bring you some great albums.
The 2014 FBi SMAC Awards went down overnight at Carriageworks in Sydney, celebrating the musicians, artists, performers, restaurants and events who've repped for the city brilliantly in the last year. Forming any city's creative hub and maintaining a vibrant and inclusive culture is a task in itself, but as the SMAC Awards have shown year after year, Sydney has always had a good network of creatives striving to make the city a place you want to go and a place you want to stay.
The shortlist of artists in the running to win the 10th Coopers Australian Music Prize has been revealed this morning, with the likes of Chet Faker, Remi, The Peep Tempel and #1 Dads all sitting pretty on the list! The winner, announced on March 4th, will win a $30,000 cash prize courtesy of the PPCA; their album being named number one by a panel of judges who will have listened to more than 300 records in order to make the decision. Pretty cool, hey?