As Splendour in the Grass' permanent home in Byron Bay introduces thousands more to its capacity - along with some expected changes to the layout to accommodate (hopefully similar to what we saw at Falls) - 2014 is bringing with it a mammoth lineup to justify the upgrade. We already knew about headliners OutKast, who let it slip earlier this week that they'd be making the trip down for Australia's premiere winter festival. But who else will we be seeing in July?
One of our favourite US Festivals without question is Austin City Limits - a festival put on by C3 Events (the guys behind Lollapalooza in Chicago, and also co-presenters of Big Day Out here in Australia) over two weekends in Austin every October. It's hard to believe we're talking about it already, but today marked the announcement for this year's event, set to be headlined by Eminem, the already leaked Splendour headliners Outkast and recent Big Day Out headliners Pearl Jam.
Tonight, the 2014 Byron Bluesfest drew to a close, bringing five days and nights of world class music to an end with the final headline duties falling on the capable shoulders of the Dave Matthews Band, Gary Clark Jr and Elvis Costello and the Imposters on the main stages, while Watussi, Ray Beadle and Playing For Change ensured the party continued on the smaller stages too.
With the final day and night of the Byron Bluesfest around the corner, the Sunday program continue to bring the goods. Bluesfest’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to Peter Noble by the public and Playing For Change, who had previously wound up their Mojo Stage set.
The surprises kept on coming for the 25th anniversary of the annual Byron Bluesfest tonight, with guest appearances, surprise busking sets and more carrying on throughout the day.
The second day and night of the Byron Bay Bluesfest enjoyed stellar weather and more outstanding performances from artists who were making their 2014 debut or following on from great sets on Thursday.
People left the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm as happy as they arrived tonight, as the Byron Bay Bluesfest wound up its first night of 25th birthday celebrations! With international heavyweights Buddy Guy and John Mayer dominating much of the headline slot time, audiences were in for a smorgasbord of music from around the globe once the gates were officially opened for a 4pm start.
Canada's largest outdoor festival, Festival d'été de Québec, is set to be phenomenal once again for 2014! The legendary July music gathering sees millions travel to the historic city for ten days of incredible live performances. There's the opportunities to discover new and fresh artists from around the world while also bearing witness some international heavyweights bringing world class live shows through to Québec too.
British festival T in the Park has brought a strong lineup for its 2014 run! The three day July festival still has more artist announcements to come, but the list of artists already name-dropped is impressive indeed. With the Tame Impala boys being the first Australians to be included on the festival bill (so far) this year, the festival will also be seeing some stellar international names coming through, including some who will be soon knocking on our doorstep in Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Biffy Clyro and Disclosure.
MONA's winter festival DARK MOFO returns to Hobart this June with another huge impressive lineup that is set to fulfil the senses!
Oh Glastonbury, why you gotta be such an enticing minx every year? The legendary British festival (already sold out, duh), has released its first line up of artists and if you're living on this side of the globe, you're probably feeling a huge case of FOMO.
It's another huge festival announcement, though this time, we're talking Outside Lands in San Francisco! The August 8-10 festival has announced its first lineup, which will see Kanye West perform alongside the likes of The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Six Australian artists have made this cut as well and join the following artists listed below.
We're headed back over to Toronto for the annual Canadian Music Week, which is happening in May for the first time this year (in the past it's been held straight after SXSW in March). There's always an amazing contingency of Australian bands who play the event - and in spite of the date change, as well as a clash with the similarly popular Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, the 2014 CMW event is of no exception.
The Homeground Festival is taking place in Sydney this weekend - a free weekend celebrating the First Nations through dance and music. Building on 13 years of the Message Sticks Festival, HOMEGROUND will be giving Sydneysiders an opportunity to get amongst not only the culture of Australia's first peoples, but those from around the world too. Shane Howard and Shellie Morris will be performing, alongside hip-hop legends Street Warriors and Casey Donovan.
I|E|G and Ginnen Group in association with Channel [V] and MAX have confirmed the rumours of a new festival debuting in Australia, with a focus on neo-soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Soulfest is the name, and it's bringing with it a star-stuffed line-up that many thought was too good to be true when rumours began circulating the internet a few weeks ago.