Recently, when there were reports of a 'mega festival' featuring some of rock and roll's most beloved names (think: The Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who...) swirling, it seemed to good to be true. Well, doubters, think again: the Desert Trip Festival has been officially announced and it's coming out of the gates blazing with some MASSIVE names.
As the Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off today in Austin, Texas for the first of two three day weekends, it has been confirmed that the brand will be moving to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, set to run Auckland City Limits as an all age, one day event on 19th March 2016.
Remote Control's in-house label Dot Dash is bringing an array of brilliant Australian talent to New York City for the very first time. Remote Control Record's presents The Dot Dash Official CMJ Party featuring Sunbeam Sound Machine, Pearls, Methyl Ethel, Sui Zhen and Client Liaison.
Photo Credit: Lochlan Funston
Founded by Melbourne musician, Nick Sowerby, Sunbeam Sound Machine, now a full-fledged five piece band, and in the light of their musical successes, have been invited to play in front of a world-wide audience at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. To raise some funds to fly over to the States, the band will be holding a CMJ Fundraiser Show at The Shadow Electric in Melbourne on Friday October 2nd with a few other local bands like Good Morning, Ciggie Witch, Romeo Moon and Sporting.
Pictured: Michelle Xen
The Aussie BBQ has become a fixture of the international touring schedule of any emerging Australian band, hitting up events like The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, SXSW and Music Matters in Singapore every year. Well, next month the event will once again take over the Delancey (168 Delancey St, New York) for an entire day and night of Australian music as part of the annual CMJ conference and music festival.
CMJ Music Marathon, New York’s annual music showcase, has announced its initial line-up for 2015, with a range of performances featuring some 300 artists from Australia and the around the world. Australian acts featured include British India, singer-songwriter HOWQUA, Sydney’s NGAIIRE, SAFIA, METHYL ETHEL, The Bennies and more. Taking place in October, the 2015 installment of the CMJ Music Marathon marks the event's 35th year and will also see the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mercury Rev, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kamasi Washington, Glass Animals, Panda Bear, BØRNS and Perfect Pussy performing.
Photo: Danny Clinch
Only some hours ago in Berlin, music fans saw out the first official Lollapalooza event in their city. Across three stages at the Tempelhof Airport, Muse, Tame Impala and Martin Garrix brought 50,000 plus people together to celebrate the end of a weekend of great music, perfect weather and a successful festival line up.
The first day and night of the inaugural European extension of Lollapalooza came to a close at the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday, with hip-hop, rock and roll and dance music setting up a killer final few hours for punters to power on through to. With perfect weather conditions, an excellent venue and a solid line up of internationally renowned acts performing promptly throughout the Lollapalooza Berlin's first day, festival goers were spoiled for choice when it came not only to the variety of food options on offer, but musical fare too.
Pictured: Showcasing artist Kiasmos
This week, over 120 new acts were announced for the iconic Iceland Airwaves festival, including Kiasmos, LoneLady, Flo Morrissey, Meat Wave, Sin Fang, Chastity Belt, Bianca Casady and The C.I.A. + Nao. They join the likes of John Grant, Ariel Pink, Beach House, Hot Chip, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Battles, East India Youth, Vök and more for the Reykjavik festival, which takes place in November.
Aaaand we're off again - registrations for SXSW 2016 are now open! Interested individuals keen on heading to Austin next year now have the opportunity to purchase their Music, Film and Interactive badges through www.sxsw.com at the lowest prices. While badges are available for purchase right up until the event kicks off in March, you can expect the prices to be jacked up significantly, so it's best to jump on these deals while they stick around.
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.
Pictured: Chet Faker. Photo by Daniel Boczarski.
Chicago Metallica fans - including a group who were lucky enough to be positioned on stage - were treated to a two hour headlining show at Lollapalooza that, with the exception of "Cyanide" from Death Magnetic, featured songs from their entire pre-1998 cataloge, with a track from all of their seven LPs (to that time) featured, including "Seek & Destroy" off their debut album Kill 'Em All. Two covers were also thrown into the mix. The setlist looked a little something like this:
Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski
Sir Paul McCartney made his Lollapalooza debut last night, helping kick off the iconic three day event in Chicago with a massive two hour, 15 minute set that saw the legendary artist delve into his catalogue of Wings and Beatles songs that had the tens of thousands of fans singing along from start to finish. He even had Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes singing along, when she joined the Beatle for a rendition of "Get Back" on both vocals and guitar, taking on a verse for herself with a gusto that we're sure would have contradicted the "pinch me, is this actually happening?" feeling anyone would experience in that situation.
Lollapalooza is set to go off in Chicago this weekend for another year, while the massive festival will see its first European run in Germany happen this September. Continuing to expand as one of the biggest festival brands in the world, Lollapalooza has now announced that next year they will be hosting their first event in Colombia.
Following 10 days of carnival fun, rodeo action, live music, agriculture and a tonne of entertainment, the 103rd annual Calgary Stampede came to an end today in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, crowning their winning riders with huge pay checks and seeing legendary artist Stevie Wonder close out the event with a special performance in the Scotiabank Saddledome.