One of the feature artists for this year's Bluesfest in Lenny Kravitz, has just announced that his whole tour of Australia has been cancelled. Citing scheduling issues, Kravitz's run of Australian dates haven't been rescheduled at this stage, it's been made clear that the circumstances leading to the tour's cancellation were definitely unforseen. Kravitz was due to perform in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Byron Bay festival, not to mention dates in South East Asia and Japan as well this April.
The AU Review has some exciting news for all the Morrissey fans out there: Vivid Live has just announced Morrissey as their first artist set to play this year’s festival of lights, Vivid Sydney. The festival is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and takes place over a span of eighteen days, from 22 May to 8 June. For six years previously, the Vivid Sydney has transformed the Harbour city into a stunning spectacle of colour and light.
Perhaps the best sign that the Future Music Festival is just around the corner is the news that Drake has finally landed on Australian soil. The hip-hop star makes his debut Australian appearances on the 2015 festival tour, as well as some highly anticipated headlines shows around the country also on his busy schedule. To keep that party rolling, Drake will host an exclusive Future Music Festival after party at the Sydney venue following the festival wrapping up in the city on Saturday night.
At SXSW for their fourth year running, Spotify has just dropped the lineup and details for their house - running from the 15-20 March. Artists James Bay, and Misterwives will perform their unreleased debut albums - in full - for the very first time - and over 30 other performers will feature over the 6 days. Those "other performers" will include the likes of Run The Jewels, Marian Hill, SZA, and Stromae, and a heap more.
There’s only just under a month to go before Farmer & The Owl kicks off and it just keeps getting bigger with new music, food and arts additions. The Wollongong festival is already hosting the likes of DZ Deathrays, Bad//Dreems and Jebediah amongst many more, and have now announced that Velociraptor, Rolls Bayce, Jeremy Neale, Parkside + Friends, SPACE 44 DJs, Blackbear, Honeybear, Berko (FBi), Vintage Stylus DJs and Music Farmers DJs will also be joining.
It looks like Smashing Pumpkins are going to be bringing some interesting guests with them to their Sydney and Melbourne Soundwave sideshows, today announcing that former My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way, and Japanese rockers One OK Rock would be supporting them at the shows next week!
Future Music Festival fans, get the highlighters out - maps and timetables for this year's tour are now available! The run of shows which will see the likes of Drake, The Prodigy and Die Antwoord perform around the country this month and March are just weeks away now and below, you'll be able to see exactly when you'll be able to scope out some of the hottest acts currently performing around the globe at the moment.
Photo: AFI at Soundwave Brisbane, 2014. Andrew Wade.
If you're hanging on the edge of your seats in anticipation of Soundwave kicking off its 2015 tour in Melbourne and Adelaide this weekend, you can at least get to planning your day and night now that the most updated timetables and maps have been released! The now two-day festival will see artists ducking from one state to another for the mammoth few days of rock, punk, metal, hardcore and every other shade of music you possibly find. A few major clashes aside, it's looking to be a sweet weekend out.
The line up for the popular Firely Festival has been released, with a swag of our favourite artists set to fly out to Delaware this June to play alongside some of the world's best live bands. A mysterious third headliner is blanked out on the festival poster, with many already speculating that Paul McCartney will take the spot - with his many appearances lately, it wouldn't be totally surprising. For now, we know that Kings of Leon and The Killers lead the top row, with the likes of Morrissey, Bastille, Foster the People, Modest Mouse and Snoop Dogg following hot on their heels.
Proving that they are capable of catering to a variety of music fan, the organisers behind the 2015 Urban Country Music Festival today confirm Australian indie favourites Cloud Control as part of their line up this year! The band joins the likes of Lee Kernaghan, British India and Last Dinosaurs down in the Moreton Bay region for the May 1st-3rd festival on what's become quite a diverse festival bill.
Sydney Animals As Leaders fans, you're in luck! The band has just announced a special headline show at the Manning Bar as part of their Soundwave trip to Australia for February 26th! The show will see the band team up with Ne Obliviscaris for one hell of a show, with tickets on sale from tomorrow.
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party just keeps growing, with today revealing its first five headline performers for the annual event! Leading the charge is Nick Jonas, who is now well and truly making an impact on the US music scene as a solo artist, with his hit single "Jealous" becoming a #1 radio hit. Being featured alongside the talented Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Courtney Act, Jessica Mauboy and Betty Who, Jonas is part of a dynamic line up of Mardi Gras headliners this year!
Annual Washington-based music festival, Sasquatch! has recently announced their 2015 lineup. Set to take place at Gorge Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend (May 22-25) the line up includes Modest Mouse, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Lana Del Ray, Kendrick Lamar, Spoon and Ryan Adams. Holding their own amongst these top-billed international artists are several Australian acts, including Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett and Flume.
Die Antwoord always know how to entertain when they're out this way and if you've seen them take to the stage on the Future Music tour in the past, you'll know how hectic they can get over the course of 45 minutes. The South African duo are on their way back to Australia for the tour again this year and today they've announced two headline sideshows for Melbourne and Sydney in March.
With two sold out years in a row since its inception, The Big Pineapple Music festival is set for its third year to hammer home a trifecta of awesome vibes, the best names in Australian music and crowds of 10,000+ in a beautiful Sunshine Coast location. Set behind the iconic Big Pineapple in tree-lined surroundings the laid back vibe of the festival will give way to such acts as The John Butler Trio, Violent Soho, The Jezebels and Dune Rats. There will be three stages, camping grounds for 2500 people and of course plenty of parking! Full Lineup and dates below.