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!
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).
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'.
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.
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.
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.
For the last four days, the Pandora Discovery Den at SXSW has been taking audiences through the world of music, starting with Electronic, moving through Hip Hop, Americana and closing the week out with a day dedicated to Rock. Performing through the final day were artists like Big Data - who earlier in the day also rocked the Rachael Ray Feedback Party at Stubb's - Joywave, Ex Cops, Zella Day, Priory and Palma Violets.
As the music program of SXSW steams towards an end for 2015, the action only seems to get more intense as bands take to pop-up venues to debut new material, remind everyone of their greatness, or just simply do what they love doing the most, performing for appreciative fans. One such pop-up venue which has seen a tremendous amount of highlights at SXSW this year is Spotify House, and day five of their temporary digs has seen a surprise from none other than genre-bending gems Passion Pit.
MS MR’s debut, 2013’s Secondhand Rapture, was an almost perfect distillation of their sound aesthetic: dark, dramatic electro pop, undercut with thudding bass riffs and trap inspired percussion. Coupled with the crackling intensity of Lizzy Plapinger’s vocals, it was an intriguing and highly successful combination, propelling them to fame and a much-hyped performance at 2013’s Splendour In The Grass.
Following on from the venue's opening day with an electronic curation, Thursday marked the day Pandora dedicated their SXSW venue to hip hop, with iconic artist Wyclef Jean closing out the stage. As part of his epic 90 minute set, Wyclef took the audience on a musical (and somewhat educational) trip down memory lane, not only playing some of his best known solo tracks, but Fugees favourites and reinterpretations from the last 30 years of hip hop.
Nestled in what we can only assume was the ground level of a car park on the west side of Austin's downtown, UK electronic outfit Hot Chip tonight played the third and final night of the Samsung Milk Music Lounge as part of the 2015 SXSW Music Festival, following on from sets by Australia's Iggy Azalea and A$AP Rocky on Wednesday and Thursday nights respectively.
Wednesday at SXSW marked the first of four days of the Pandora Discovery Den, an annual party held at The Gatsby on 6th Street - featuring a mix of well established and up-and-coming artists from around the world. Australia's own Peking Duk helped kick off the celebration with a day focused on electronic music. Closing out with "High" - the number two song on the triple j Hottest 100 this year - the group also invited Benny from SAFIA on stage for their popular collaboration "Take Me Over". SAFIA were also in town to play the iconic Austin, Texas based festival.
Highlighting influential women may be the focus of Neiman Marcus' "Make Some Noise" activation at SXSW this week, but it was New York duo The Knocks who had the privilege of helping kick the three day event off in style yesterday.
His great mop of brown hair flopping about his face, Van McCann bellows at the crowd "I can't believe you know all the words Texas!". Catfish & The Bottlemen is only a bar into their opener, "Rango", but sure enough, the crowd is echoing every line, rendering McCann's job virtually obsolete.
After five days of talks, events and parties (...lots of parties), the Interactive portion of SXSW came to an end tonight with a massive party at Austin's iconic Stubb's BBQ outdoor amphitheater, presented by Media Temple. The drinks and BBQ flowed as Z-Trip, Ludacris and TV on the Radio performed in front of some two thousand lucky attendees. Relatively intimate for all, no doubt.