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Festival News Roundup - Future Music Festival on track to sell out and announces extras tages; FUSE Festival news and more!

Future Music Festival close to selling out, adds DFA Records and Ear Storm Records stages!

Future Music is going from strength to strength this year; with a killer lineup that came out of left field for all festival fans (including the elusive Aphex Twin as well as Fatboy Slim, Sweedish House Mafia, chronic Australia-addicts The Wombats and quirky Zef-rappers Die Antwoord) the festival announced today that Sydney is on the verge of selling out the third release, with all other cities following close behind. Tickets in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide have officially moved onto third release, with the price increasing to $150+bf.

Future Entertainment have also announced a string of stages to accompany the festival. The first is the Flamboyant Flamingo Stage presented by Mazda; this stage will be graced by the likes of New Order, The Wombats, The Rapture, Friendly Fires, Gym Class Heroes, The Naked And Famous and Alex Metric.

With James Murphy and Pat Mahoney (two of the minds behind LCD Soundsystem) appearing at the event, Smirnoff have teamed up with their parent label DFA Records to present a stage at Future 2012! The lineup includes James Murphy and Pat Mahoney (obviously), Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, Horse Meat Disco and a few more to be announced!

Finally, Knife Party have announced the Ear Storm Records stage. Featuring Flux Pavillion, Knife Party and Zane Lowe, it's sure to be one of the highlights of the already packed festival. More acts are to be announced on this stage!

So that's 10 stages for the festival; impressive, no matter which way you slice it! Don't delay any longer, lest ticket prices go up further or more likely sell out completely! Tickets are on sale now at the Future Music Festival website.

Song Summit 2012 Announces New Speakers, Registration Date

Sydney's Song Summit today announced their registration date for the festival, as well as the final dates for the conference and some exciting keynote speakers!

Song Summit will take place at the Sydney Convention Centre from the 26th of May to the 28th of May. Registration opens February 14th, 2012. Keynote speakers announced so far include Paul Kelly, Josh Pyke, Abbe May, Melinda Schneider, Lior and multi­-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken.

The conference is held as a part of Vivid Festival, and is in it's third year.

FUSE Festival announces management masterclass!

Adelaide's FUSE Festival have announced the addition of last year's surprise hit conference session, Management Masterclass, as well as announcing Yahoo! and Squidoo creator Seth Godin as a guest speaker.

The Management Masterclass will take place on the 22nd of February, 9AM through to 4PM.

Sydney band sleepmakeswaves announced as Sunday night headliner for DUNK! Festival in Belgium!

Sydney outfit sleepmakeswaves today announced they will be heading to Belgium as a headliner for the Sunday night of DUNK! Festival, alongside 65daysofstatic!

The alternative music festival is being held April 6-8, 2012; check out the lineup that's been released so far.

Friday April 6th
Pelican
This Will Destroy You
Omega Massif
Mosquito
Stories from the Lost

Saturday April 7th
Steak Number Eight
If These Trees Could Talk
Beware Of Safety
Vessels
The Allstar Project
Lento
Kasan
Alright the Captain
The Beauty the World Makes Us Hope For

Sunday April 8th
65daysofstatic
sleepmakeswaves
Atlantis
The Samuel Jackson Five
Late Night Venture
Sky Architects
Terraformer
My Empty Phantom
San Diablo