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TEDxSydney unveils 2015 performer line-up

The annual celebration of ideas that is TEDxSydney has announced an eclectic and intriguing performer line-up showcasing the diversity, skill and multiculturalism of modern day Australia.

Glastonbury Festival announces 2015 lineup: Kanye West, Courtney Barnett, Pharrell Williams and more

UK festival, Glastonbury, has issued their first massive line up announcement: for the second consecutive year, the lineup will include Australia’s Courtney Barnett, who will be joined on stage by Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharrell Williams, Alt-J The Moody Blues, Hozier and many more. The event, started originally in 1970 only a day after the death of Jimi Hendrix, will take place this year near Pilton, Somerset, England on June 24-28. With a lineup like this, it's no wonder the event is already sold out. Click through for the complete first lineup announcement...

Blur, Mark Ronson, Florence and the Machine, and The Wombats headline Splendour In The Grass 2015

This year Splendour in the Grass will be headlined by the likes of Blur, Mark Ronson, The Wombats, and Florence and the Machine, joining a very long list of eyebrow-raising names which will be spread out over the three days. Also coming down for the festival's 15th year will be Royal Blood, Spiritualized, Of Monsters and Men, and Earl Sweatshirt, amongst many other acts.

Alison Wonderland and SAFIA top the first announcement for Australia's electronic cruise ship festival: Seas and Beats

Australia is getting its first ever "electronic music festival at sea" next year, with Alison Wonderland, Hot Dub Time Machine, SAFIA, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive and more ready to play the massive event that will see 2000 revellers transported from Brisbane to a mystery island for what is destined to be a four day, three night party from the 5th to the 8th of March 2016.

Hat Fitz and Cara, John Butler Trio, Sticky Fingers, Mama Kin and more Australians to join Kanye West at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015

We're excited to be heading over to Ottawa Bluesfest for the first time this July, and in the last couple of weeks the festival has announced its massive lineup, with Kanye West among the many, many major names to grace the event's stages from July 8th to the 19th.

Groovin' The Moo Bunbury sells out event for 2015; workshops announced for Oakbank, Bunbury & Townsville!

We're weeks away from the 2015 Groovin' The Moo tour kicking off and as many may have been expecting, the event in Bunbury has sold out! Making half of the GTM tour officially sold out, organisers are encouraging music fans not to wait around for their tickets in remaining cities, as it is expecting they will be sure to follow suit. Groovin' The Moo is stepping it up this year in Oakbank, Bunbury and Townsville in 2015, offering budding producers and musicians the opportunity to partake in special workshops with some of the artists on the bill; Tkay Maidza at Oakbank, Carmada in Bunbury and the One Day crew in Townsville. With tickets still on offer for GTM Oakbank, Canberra and Townsville, now is the time to secure your spot to see some pretty fantastic local and international guests come on through.

Hoodoo Gurus add second show for Vivid Sydney due to popular demand

With their first Vivid LIVE show now sold out, Aussie rock icons Hoodoo Gurus have added a second date for their My Guru: The Evolution Revolution show. The second performance will take place on Friday 22nd May, giving more people the opportunity to witness this special concept show at the Powerhouse Museum.

Future Music Festival not returning in 2016 due to low ticket sales in recent years.

Some of us may have seen it coming, especially in the wake of Soundwave axing Adelaide and Perth from its national tour and of course, the cancellation of the Big Day Out, but today Mushroom has confirmed that the Future Music Festival has become the latest in the line of festival casualties. While 2015's festival featured the likes of Drake, The Prodigy and Die Antwoord, the touring festival drawing considerable acclaim, the festival promoters have named low ticket sales over the past two years as the reason for the cancellation of the festival's run in 2016.

Tkay Maidza, KLO, Tora, The Cribs, Gaz Coombes and many more join The Great Escape Festival lineup for 2015

Brighton, UK based Festival The Great Escape has completed its 2015 lineup. Adding to the likes of Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME are The Cribs, frontman turned soloist Gaz Coombes, Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Afrikan Boy, Hyena, Tropics, Hollysiz Australian Electro Pop outfit KLO, Tora and more.

Groovin' The Moo announces local bands for national tour including Timberwolf, Tired Lion and more!

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!

Paul McCartney and Metallica headline Lollapalooza 2015; Tame Impala lead the massive Australian charge.

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).

Courtney Barnett named best "Developing Non-US Act" amongst the 2015 Grulke Prize winners for SXSW

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'.

Tove Lo headlines Perez Hilton's "One Night in Austin" party at SXSW 2015; The Tings Tings and more also perform.

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.

Rachael Ray's Feedback party lights up SXSW with Edward Sharpe, Delta Spirit and a lot of food...

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.

The Black Keys forced to cancel their upcoming Australian and New Zealand performances

Sadly, the always anticipated The Black Keys will no longer be touring Australia and New Zealand (and Japan) in April, including their scheduled performances at Bluesfest Byron Bay. The cancellation comes due to drummer Patrick Carney suffering a serious shoulder injury.