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FESTIVAL NEWS

Title Track announces BIGSOUND free party Feat. Tired Lion, Skegss, and more

Title Track has announced a pre-BIGSOUND party featuring local acts such as Perth’s Tired Lion, Byron’s Skegss and Rolls Bayce to kick off attendance at the annual BIGSOUND festival, one of the largest music conferences in the south hemisphere, that is taking place in Brisbane from 9th – 11th September this year.

Sydney Opera House's GRAPHIC festival returns with a huge line up led by George Miller and Kevin Smith

One of Sydney's most diverse, and celebrated festivals is back and it's returned pulling absolutely no punches, with a very big, very impressive lineup spanning the worlds of graphic storytelling, animation, and music. In it's fifth year, GRAPHIC festival will be bringing big names like George Miller, Kevin Smith, Sarah Blasko, and Ólafur Arnalds to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a unique program unlike any other on the city's rich event calender.

Flight Facilities, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, RL Grime and more confirmed for Beyond the Valley!

The 2015 Beyond the Valley Festival has confirmed its line up of Australian and international artists today, along with details of its new location and event information - pack your bags for this one, it's going to be killer! The New Year's Eve party is going to be held amongst the lush surrounds of Lardner Park, only 90 minutes driving distance from Melbourne City, and will feature the likes of Northeast Party House, Jamie xx, Pusha T, RL Grime and more performing!

Sugar Mountain returning to the Victorian College of the Arts next January!

The Sugar Mountain Festival brings out some of the best and eclectic artists from Australia and beyond - a guaranteed crowd please and cause of crowd intrigue every year. In 2016, the festival returns to the Victorian College of the Arts and we're putting money on it that the line up is sure to represent some incredible and diverse talent once again.

2015 Bush Bands Bash announced for Alice Springs next month!


Photo Credit: Steven Price.

The 2015 Bush Bands Bash returns to Alice Springs for another great year of live music - the country's biggest Aboriginal desert music festival! A huge celebration of Indigenous languages as it is about the music, the event showcases a number of talented musicians and artists from across the Central Desert region and this year will be showcasing an awesome 10 languages: English, Mudburra, Luritja, Eastern Arrernte, Ngaanyatjarra, Alyawarra, Jingili, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri and Yankunytjatjara.

Jhene Aiko to perform intimate Soulfest sideshow in Sydney

For a second year, Soulfest is set to bring down a who's who of the soul, R&B, and hip hop industry to Australia and perhaps one of the most exciting, relatively new artists on the line up is the increasingly popular Jhené Aiko. Having come so far in such a short time, with her 2014 debut album Souled Out still making waves in the industry, it makes sense that demand push for Aiko to have her very own headline sideshow in addition to her appearance as part of Soulfest. Sydney is the lucky city to get this, with the opportunity to see Aiko do her thing at the Metro Theatre the perfect opportunity to see why she has been compared to the late, great Aaliyah in a live environment.

The line-up for Sounds of the Suburbs 2015 has been released!

Just getting over Splendour in the Grass? No problem, we've got the line-up for another music festival coming your way. This year, a great mix of international and home-grown artists will be showcased at one of Australia's premier boutique festivals - Sounds of the Suburbs.

OutsideIn sideshows announced for Bilal, Stormzy, Andres, and Star Slinger

Promoters of Sydney's boutique OutsideIn Festival have crafted quite a line up for this year's event, and they want to spread the love around the country by giving us more chances to see some of the stand-out names set to descend on Manning House in September. Soul veteran Bilal will perform headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne; grime emcee Stormzy will be heading to Perth and Melbourne; UK producer/DJ Star Slinger will show Perth and Canberra some love; and Detroit house and hip-hop don Andrés will be bringing his wild set to Melbourne's Hugs&Kisses in addition to his OutsideIn appearance.

Laura Marling, The Fall, Kiasmos and more featuring on Melbourne Festival's 30th anniversary music program!

The 2015 Melbourne Festival announcement has arrived today and in celebrating 30 years, the program is indeed reflective of a well-loved and respected event on the Australian arts calendar. From highly anticipated live shows from the likes of Laura Marling and The Fall, through to a brilliantly cast tribute performance to Patti Smith's Horses, the Melbourne Festival this year is going to have people talking for sure.

Wild weather mars the third and final day of Lollapalooza; Florence and the Machine closes out the annual Chicago event.


Photo Credit: Andrew Wade (at Splendour in the Grass)

The Windy City of Chicago gave precedence to its name today when, after a windy and hot morning that covered many of the stages in dust, a looming storm cell forced organisers to evacuate Grant Park ahead of its arrival. The evacuation lasted less than an hour, during which time everyone exited the park without any reported incidences, re-entered after the storm proved to be non-eventful (at the park at least), and the music picked up where it left off. The schedule was moved forward an hour and the event was granted an hour's extension on their schedule as it was back in 2012. In the end, the extension wouldn't be needed.