Melbourne will be overtaken by some true gems of the arts world and industry when the 2014 Melbourne Festival kicks off this October. Running from the 10th through to the 26th, the Melbourne Festival's program this year is representative of a carefully curated vision, specific to the city. In its 29th year in 2014, the Melbourne Festival is set to highlight global circus from Europe, North America, Asia and on the Australian homefront too, with the likes of Cirque Eloizre, Dislocate and more all on the program. Its contemporary music program for 2014 is also impressive, with events set to draw hundreds in from all areas of the community.
Known for its huge and diverse line-up, showcasing independent musicians to the masses in one hell of party, UBERfest is back this winter and its bigger and better than ever before! If it's fresh music you're after and a great live experience, then you’re in for a treat.
Get ready for all the feels - The War on Drugs have announced a short run of sideshows to accompany their appearance at Meredith this year. The Philly-based band have sustained a healthy and popular presence in Australia, with this trip only adding to the now growing list of Australian festivals they've played in recent years.
Some things just can't be left as a grand reveal, can they? Not long ago, three artists set to perform at Philip Island's new festival, Beyond The Valley were leaked, prompting promoters to confirm said appearances ahead of the full line up reveal. So, if you were thinking about heading out that way to check it out at the end of the year, you can expect to see Action Bronson, The Preatures and Peking Duk all on the bill.
Days out from Splendour in the Grass, another act pulled out, this time in British trio London Grammar. As you will most likely have seen on social media overnight, the band posted a Facebook update announcing they were cancelling their entire Australian trip due to illness. While it's sad for many fans who were anticipating their return they needn't be sad for long, as their Sydney and Melbourne dates have been rescheduled! To fill the gap London Grammar have left in the Splendour program, Sydney's The Presets are bringing their popular live show through to Byron on Friday night. You have our permission to 'yeww'.
Adelaide is gaining a new festival to their music calender in the Glenelg-set Follow the Sun Festival! Event founder David Elmes runs the Watermark Hotel in the beachside area and has now been able to see his vision come to life with the October 5th event set to take place on the Wrigley Reserve. Headlining the first event will be Paul Dempsey and will feature many talents including Benjalu, Dallas Frasca and Bonjah.
Out on the Weekend is a new destination event for Melbourne, introducing a celebration of Americana music, great food and fine booze on the water Seaworks, Williamstown. Love Police stated, "Ever since my first concert at the Wandong Country Music Festival in the mid 70’s, I have had a fascination with the country sounds, the roots of it all, let’s just call it Americana music. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to work with some great talent in this field like Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and a load more. I’ve always tried to bring the best of what I see, hear and discover to our fine shores for us all to experience the good shit".
Due to recent funding cuts to the arts sector, the organisers of the Boomerang Festival have decided to make it a biennial event. The festival is currently seeking partners and supporters for its 2015 event, to be held from October 3rd to 5th.
The hotly anticipated Soulfest is fast approaching, on track to bring the full (dream) line-up to soul, jazz, and hip-hop fans all across Australia. As a special treat to Perth, Soulfest have announced a huge sideshow to take place on Thursday October 23 at Crown Theatre.
Splendour In The Grass have confirmed reports that Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club has been hospitalised due to falling ill, and as a result the band - scheduled to headline the Saturday of SITG - will no longer be able to perform.
American rock band The War on Drugs will return to Australian shores this December to play the Meredith Music Festival in December. The band is the first act announced for the long running, three day festival, which takes places at The Supernatural Amphitheatre in Meredith, Victoria each year.
The first artist announcement for October's Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles has dropped! Returning to LA for October 16-18, Culture Collide brings with it some more huge names in 2014. The event, in its fifth year this year, announces a stellar first wave of artists, which includes a great starting Aussie contingent in Glass Towers, Bad//Dreems, KLP and Fractures:
The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival will be hitting up Windsor for its sixth year come October and by all signs, it's going to be a great year for the festival. Hollands Paddock and some of Windsor's music venues will be taken over by some awesome artists on October 23-26, as well as featuring some tops food and market stalls and kids entertainment!
Once again, award-nominated laneway festival Sounds of the Suburbs will return for 2014 and is set to take place on Sunday 28th September. The festival, which was nominated in the category of Best Music Event by Fbi Radio's SMAC Awards last year, will return to Wilbar Lane in Cronulla.
BIGSOUND have continued to bring out the big guns, first with its initial live music announcement and now with its list of speakers for the 2014 conference. Neil Finn, The Church as well as top A&R executives will each deliver panels and keynotes in Brisbane this September, sure to provide some memorable moments for BIGSOUND attendees this year.