Today marked the first day of the 10th annual All That Matters conference in Singapore - a three day event which takes over the Ritz Carlton for talks on Music, Video, Sponsorship, Sync and Live Events. The first day kicked off with special panels highlighting the music industries in India, Indonesia, Australia (pictured above) and Taiwan. A common thread sat amongst many of the talks throughout the day was that of collaboration and partnerships being integral in industry success.
Music and fashion icon Grace Jones will be the special guest at this year's Modulations at Carriageworks during Vivid Sydney, and a third show has just been added for the highly influential musician. With her first two performances nearing capacity, this third and final concert will take place on Tuesday 2nd June.
High profile Aussie dance and electro bands in the snow fortress that is Thredbo? Yes please. Rekorderlig Cider have announced that their popular live music series Sounds in the Snow will indeed return later this year, popping up a winter playground at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel from June 6th.
The 30th anniversary celebrations of the Barunga Festival were always going to be mega, but with the event's final artist announcement featuring the likes of Paul Kelly, Briggs and Gurrumul, the festival to be held this Queen's Birthday long weekend has now been certified as being something of the legendary quality. Barunga is known for its memorable musical collaborations and the 2015 artist line up could possibly still offer up some gems and surprises for sure.
Oxjam, a month-long music festival with hundreds of events by international charity body Oxfam, is set to make it's debut in Australia this August. The national series of events will be bringing in reliable party starters like MTV Music, MTV Dance, FBi, Noisy, and Thump to help present the 'gigs for good' concept.
Last year, the inaugural edition of Soulfest did what many doubted would ever happen; they actually delivered on a BIG promise. That promise was to bring Australia and New Zealand a dream line up that included soul, hip hop, and R&B icons like D'Angelo, Maxwell, and Common. How can they possibly top that this year? Well for starters they can bring inimitable hip hop and R&B Queen Mary J Blige down to headline a line up that is even more diverse and just as exciting as last years.
Coming October, Austin City Limits (ACL) festival will be running for two consecutive three-day weekends from 2nd-4th & 9th-11th at Zilker Park. With a killer lineup including the likes of Foo Fighters, Drake, Florence + The Machine as well as eight stages and 130 acts to choose from, festival goers will have to look out for this one! Read on to find out which Aussie artists are being featured!
Following their anticipated return to Splendour in the Grass much-loved Australian band The Grates will be running up and down the East Coast on a limited three-date tour.
Photo: Andrew Wade captures DZ Deathrays at the Bovine Sex Club during CMW 2012.
Tomorrow, the ten day Canadian Music Week festival kicks of in Toronto, Canada. Australia is the focus country of the event this year, and as part of the celebrations, there will be three major showcases of Australian talent. Two of which are being put on by our friends at Sounds Australia, and the other by Footstomp Music in partnership with us here at the AU review!
The Darwin Festival has revealed its first six acts set to hit the tropics this August and already, we're excited about what shows punters in the Top End will have on offer in the ways of music, comedy and live performance. The festival, running from August 6th through until August 23rd, now sees former Northern Territory Chief Minister and Arts Minister Clare Martin named as the new Chair of the Darwin Festival, with the event's General Manager Mark Crees noting that Martin is going to be a valued member of the team given her support of the arts in the NT over the years, bringing years of experience to the table.
Welsh favourites Catfish & The Bottlemen have announced two Splendour in the Grass sideshows for Melbourne and Sydney, no doubt exciting the fans who've been hanging out for this announcement ever since the band was announced to be making their Australian return. Set to play both The Corner in Melbourne and at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, fans are encouraged to jump on these tickets quickly once they go on sale, they will fly!
Come October, Melbourne will be witnessing an exclusive one-night-only performance from the exceedingly talented Flight Facilities as they trace their five-year journey all the way to their acclaimed debut album Down to Earth, with the celebrated Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
US indie legends TV on the Radio have confirmed an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the VIVID LIVE component of VIVID Sydney! The band will already be performing in Australia this June, as we all know, but this announcement means they'll be now bringing VIVID LIVE to a triumphant close. Performing two shows in the Concert Hall, TV on the Radio will be playing their largest shows in Sydney yet in support of their acclaimed latest record, Seeds.
The incomparable Grace Jones will be returning to Australia next month to perform as part of Modulations at Carraigeworks, during Vivid Sydney - the festival of light, music and ideas. She'll perform for two nights on the 31st of May and the 1st of June and these will be her only Australian appearances. It's her first time in Sydney since 2011 and continues on from the tradition set by the inagural Modulations event last year, to feature a huge international guest at the top of their showcase. Last year we were of course gifted the wonderful Pet Shop Boys.
The Districts are one of those bands on the Splendour line up we can see being strong contenders for festival highlight; they've been killing it overseas at the moment with their sophomore album A Flourish and A Spoil, with shows at SXSW successfully in the bag and a dance card of festival spots at the likes of Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza and OutsideLands still to come. Breaking through initially with their debut Telephone, the Pennsylvanians have cultivated for themselves a strong and enviable fan base that is hankering for some more Australians in the international contingent - we can't wait to have music fans out this way get introduced to what's a great live show and brilliant output from the band.