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Liverpool Sound City names Belle and Sebastian as its first headliner and details of their new site for 2015!

Liverpool Sound City will be celebrating its 8th birthday in 2015 with a new venues and what is looking to be a huge program lineup! The festival is set to move from its original home at Wolstenholme Square, over to the Bramley Moore Dock is a move to grow, evolve and breathe new life into the heart of the city. Along with this announcement, Liverpool Sound City have also named Belle and Sebastian as their first festival headliners!

Randa named winner of the NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards!

Mainard Larkin, the 21 year old rapper who performs under the moniker of Randa, has taken out the NZ On Air Critic' Choice Prize as part of the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Up against other finalists in Estere and Lake South, Randa performed an electric set at the King's Arms in Auckland last night to a vull venue of punters and music industry figures alike.

Secret Sounds and Now/Live announce joint venture in Secret Sounds Asia.

A new business venture has been created between Secret Sounds and Now/Live, in Secret Sounds Asia. Established with the intention to encourage and strengthen the already burgeoning Asian touring market, the renowned Australian company headed up by Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco have joined forces with the boutique promotions company which has been responsible for some critically acclaimed touring artists performing through Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei

The Church, Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music & Bloods among first Australian bands announced for SXSW!

The first round of bands and speakers have been announced for SXSW 2015! The Texan music festival and conference has also outlined some of their planned conference programme for next year, which looks set to be providing some great sessions for those holding Music passes.

Sleater-Kinney are back! Release new single "Bury Our Friends" and announce first new album in 10 years!

We suppose just about every "reunion" is inevitable these days, but it doesn't stop us from getting excited about it. Iconic punk trio Sleater-Kinney are the latest to get us excited, announcing today their first album in ten years, No Cities To Love, which will be released on 16th January 2015 on Sub Pop via Inertia in Australia.

Vodafone NZ Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards have just been announced and front-runners are Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Ladi6, David Dallas, The Naked And Famous, Broods, Tiny Ruins and Stan Walker.

Aussie showcase "Southern Exposure" lineup and set times announced for CMJ, presented by the AU review.

Southern Exposure is a special showcase of Australian music taking over Piano's in New York City this Thursday night, from 8pm to 3am, as part of CMJ 2014 - proudly presented by Australian publication the AU review and showing off some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Great Southern Land. Today we're excited to announce the bands playing the event and the set times. Let's take a look at the bands playing the event:

Paola Antonelli named as first keynote speaker for SXSW Interactive 2015.

Early SXSW news is beginning to filter out of Austin, with the Interactive crew announcing their first keynote speaker for 2015! Paola Antonella, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of Research & Development at MoMA in New York, will be taking the reins on Friday, March 13th.

Adelaide's Tom West bound for New York's CMJ Festival in October!

The Australian contingent of artists headed Stateside for the annual CMJ conference and live music program this year is mighty strong, with the likes of Bad//Dreems, Courtney Barnett, DMA's and Dune Rats set to fly the flag for the diverse Australian music industry. Set to join them and perform in New York this October is Adelaide singer songwriter Tom West, who will be playing the CMJ Music Marathon and the Aussie BBQ, as well as a run of his own shows to coincide with the event!

Australia's Bang Gang DJs to perform with Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and more at Bacardi Triangle event!

The epic Bacardi Triangle festival event which is taking place in the Bermuda Triangle...yes, you read that correct, is certain to be one killer way to spend a Halloween weekend. Featuring headline sets by Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and Ellie Goulding, the festival is also going to be hosting a series of world-class DJ sets from some of the best names and beatmakers from around the world.

Courtney Barnett, D.D Dumbo, Dune Rats, King Gizzard, DMA's, Luluc & more Australians head to NYC for CMJ 2014!


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!

The Knife to end career at the Iceland Airwaves Festival this November.

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 2014 installment of Lollapalooza ends in Chicago with Kings of Leon, Skrillex, The 1975, Flume and more...

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.

Outkast close out day two of Lollpalooza in Chicago, while Australia's Cut/Copy, The Temper Trap & John Butler Trio shine.

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 marks 10 years in Chicago, opening their 2014 festival with Arctic Monkeys and Eminem.

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.