The last time Australia saw Kendrick Lamar, the irrepressible Compton emcee was playing stadiums across the country in support of Eminem at Rapture Festival. This time, the To Pimp a Butterfly genius will be headlining arenas on a two-show (so far) tour in addition to a headline slot at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016.
Dan Sultan will be on the road with some new material through November and December, supporting new music platform OPENLive and the release of a limited edition physical CD of his recent National Theatre concert. OPENLive, priding itself on being able to produce mixed and mastered recordings of performances instantly after the event has joined up with Sultan in what is a no-brainer partnership - the quality of Sultan's performances are stellar, and to have that essence captured on a physical format is something fans will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get their hands on.
Australian music legends AC/DC have announced Swedish garage rockers The Hives and Australia's own Kingswood as special guests for the Australian leg of their 'Rock Or Bust' world tour.
The nominees for the 2015 SA Music Awards have today been announced, with successful Adelaide export Tkay Maidza leading the charge, nominated for seven awards across 14 categories! Music SA this morning revealed the results of what has been a months-long judging process for a panel of local industry minds, reflective of the amount of talent South Australia has produced over the past 12 months. The awards ceremony will be held on November 11th, set to be opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Lord Mayor Martin Haese at The Mercury Cinema.
Before the weekend, Le1f was the first name leaked/revealed for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival, quickly indicating that the organisers had another vibrant and eclectic line up in store. This morning, they've gone and announced the full line up of artists, musicians and individuals set to take part in the event next January at the VCA and Melbourne Arts Precinct!
Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Music Week has released its full 2015 program. From the 13th of November until the 20th, over 100 events will light up the city, including live music performances, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, film screenings and more.
The largest publicly voted music awards in the country, The Age Music Victoria Awards, have announced the nominees for 2015, highlighting the best of contemporary, Victoria-based Australian music in the past 12 months and celebrating the enormous success of our very fine, very strong industry. As always, the awards will also shed light on the best venue and festival in Victoria over the past year.
American psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips are the first artist to be revealed for the Mofo Festival 2016! They'll be taking to the outdoor stage at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania in January next year. Click through for more info!
Making their first ever trip to Australia for Soundwave 2016 will be the "super group" who prefer to be labelled an "experience", Metal Allegiance. The group are the 11th to be announced as part of Soundwave's drip feed reveal, and features Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Alex Sklonick of Testament, Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs, Phil Demmell of Machine Head and Mark Menghi.