"This country is becoming one of the cultural epicentres of the world!" - Festival co-founder Danny Rogers said yesterday, as he thanked punters at the end of St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015. The country he was talking about was Singapore, which served as the opening date of the festival run for the fifth consecutive year, before it hits Auckland tomorrow and then makes its way to Australia where the full lineup will join the tour.
The biggest music international music conference of the year, South by Southwest (SXSW) has been busy sifting through the world wide music scene and picked up over 170 new acts who will be showcasing at the event in March. The SXSW crew will be confirming more acts and sessions every day between now and the event, but as it stands the line up of music acts is - as always - epic. In addition to these new acts, SXSW has also confirmed 12 new, engaging sessions for their traditional Music Conference.
Primavera Sound has, for another year, got us wanting to pack our bags for a Spanish getaway this May! For its 15th year, the epic music festival will be bringing together the likes of The Strokes, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney and more to celebrate in Barcelona. While a lot of the bands featured on this year's Primavera line up you'll note as having visited Australia over the past 12 months or are perhaps set to come out this way, the calibre of bands on this bad boy is just ridiculous good.
The Annual Canadian Music Week has chosen to feature Australia and New Zealand for their 33rd installment, hosting 21 elite industry members and over 25 artists to participate in conferences, performances and awards shows... with more to come!
World renowned American Festival Bonnaroo has just announced their 2015 lineup. Headlining acts include Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Florence and the Machine and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, as well as 2014’s break out artist, Hozier, who's playing Bluesfest this year in Australia.
SXSW have released another round of musicians from around the world who will be joining the massive music program as part of their 2015 program overnight, featuring a strong line up of Australian artists who are sure to make their impact in Austin next March! Included on SXSW Music's third round are the likes of Meg Mac, Remi, Kirin J Callinan and Tkay Maidza, while on an international level, punters can be expecting the likes of Circa Waves, Best Coast, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Marina and the Diamonds to showcase!
Welp, count us keen. The line up for the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or Jazz Fest, has just revealed the list of names set to perform this year and it is nothing short of mega. Leading the announcement is Elton John and The Who, while the likes of Gurrumul, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Wilco and The Meters are also announced to be playing. And they're only just getting started.
Hot on the heels of the Coachella 2015 line up, the Governors Ball in New York City has presented its bill for this year's festival set to take place in June. The wildly popular weekend of music at Randall's Island Park from June 5-7 is this year featuring an international smorgasbord of artists including Drake, The Black Keys and Bjork.
SXSW's second artist announcement came out of Austin in the early hours of this morning, revealing a whole new stack of artists from around the world who will be taking part in the March 17 - 22 program next year! It's shaping up to be another kickass few days of live music and conference sessions spread throughout the Texan city, and the Australian contingent is only getting stronger, with Hiatus Kaiyote, Lenka, Gang of Youths and Mansionair now joining the bill.
Music Matters Live, which is now Asia's largest independent music festival, has opened up for applications for its 2015 event! Returning to Singapore for its fifth year, Music Matters Live will be hosting four nights of incredible live music and all artists are now encouraged to apply!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.