DMA's are coming for you New York. Are you ready?
Yes, it's that time already. The annual CMJ Music Marathon is coming to New York City in less than two months - and that means it's time for us to get a first taste of the bands who'll be gracing the event come October 21st. And that includes no less than 11 (and a half) Australian bands... with tonnes more to come!
Breaking the hearts of many fans this morning, Swedish electronic duo The Knife announced that the end of their 'Shaking the Habitual Tour' would also mark the end of their career. The final show of the tour is set to take place in Iceland, ironically also being the first time siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer have played there, at the Iceland Airwaves Festival.
The final day and night of Lollapalooza 2014 came to rainy, muddy close, with Skrillex and Kings of Leon taking charge at either end of Grant Park. The bad weather began early on in the day, though it didn't bother performers or punters at all; before long, it was all about rolling around in the mud and sheltering under umbrellas.
Sun beat down heavily for the second day of Lollapalooza, setting the more electro-dance heavy areas up of Grant Park perfectly. Punters raved to the mashups and originals of Z-Trip on Perry's, while Ratking delivered a great contrasting hip-hop set just up at the Grove.
Lollapalooza kicked off its 10th anniversary at Chicago's Grant Park in great form today, with thousands upon thousands of music fans streaming into the festival before the bands started at 11am. Its status as a premier festival is no doubt strong, but the calibre of Lollapalooza was loud and proud as well, with the beautiful surrounds of the park hosting huge stages and some larger names.
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 full line-up for San Francisco's Treasure Island Festival has been announced! The two day festival is held at an island that is (seriously) called Treasure Island, with headliners OutKast and Massive Attack taking the helm for both nights. Melbourne's own Chet Faker has been announced on the line-up, which also includes TV on the Radio, The New Pornographers, Alt-J and Janelle Monáe. Treasure Island takes place from 18-19 October, and the rest of the gem-studded line-up is below.
Melbourne band Calling All Cars have just been added to the bill of Sonisphere Festival over in the UK, taking place this July in Knebworth. The bill also features heavyweights such as The Prodigy, Iron Maiden, and Metallica - just to name a few. It comes off the back of Calling All Cars' massive 22 date tour across Australia - proving that there's no rest for the wicked (good). Their latest record Raise The People will also be released in the UK on July 28.
If it wasn't big enough already - it's taking place over one continuous 48 hour period in Templehof airport - Berlin Festival has just announced a heap of artists to join their current lineup. Australian electronic favourites RUFUS are one of the artists added - bringing a great Australian presence to a bill that now includes monster electro duo Digitalism, British artists Jessie Ware and Bombay Bicycle Club, and California psych rockers Warpaint.
The Governor's Ball Festival wrapped on Sunday night in New York City with a literal bang, as headliners Axwell & Alesso released streams of confetti into a firework-laden sky.
Headliners brought the house or more likely, the park, down on Day Two of Governor's Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island.
After the 2013 festival is most remembered for the rivers of mud, the 2014 Governor's Ball launched with the perfect weather for New York's premier summer festival.
In celebrating the 35th anniversary of the grandly named Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, or the Montréal International Jazz Festival, a free outdoor program has been announced! Set to be an ongoing party from June 26th to July 6th, the outdoor program will be catering to all tastes and will surely introduce many music lovers to something new, or reintroduce them to some old flames.
Bumbershoot have revealed details of their 2014 EDM program, called 'Conscious Nights at Bumbershoot'. Presented by local promoter USC Events, the series will be showcasing international, national and local talent on the new Pavilion Stage from 7pm each evening.
The Melbourne Ska Orchestra are preparing to take their awesome live show overseas! The 25 piece will be hitting up venues in the UK and Canada from June 26th, including massive festival sets at Glastonbury and the Montreal Jazz Festival. It will be the band's first foray in to the northern hemisphere, though we've got no doubt that they will be welcomed with open arms.