Canada's largest outdoor festival, Festival d'été de Québec, is set to be phenomenal once again for 2014! The legendary July music gathering sees millions travel to the historic city for ten days of incredible live performances. There's the opportunities to discover new and fresh artists from around the world while also bearing witness some international heavyweights bringing world class live shows through to Québec too.
British festival T in the Park has brought a strong lineup for its 2014 run! The three day July festival still has more artist announcements to come, but the list of artists already name-dropped is impressive indeed. With the Tame Impala boys being the first Australians to be included on the festival bill (so far) this year, the festival will also be seeing some stellar international names coming through, including some who will be soon knocking on our doorstep in Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Biffy Clyro and Disclosure.
Sounds Australia will return to Toronto soon, along with many Australian bands, for Canadian Music Week! Their world-renowned showcase will a great line up of Aussie artists play at The Aussie BBQ, held at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 10th. Taking place from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, the BBQ will give our talent the perfect opportunity to show their goods off to the Canadians - the biggest showcase of Australian music outside of the country itself.
Oh Glastonbury, why you gotta be such an enticing minx every year? The legendary British festival (already sold out, duh), has released its first line up of artists and if you're living on this side of the globe, you're probably feeling a huge case of FOMO.
It's another huge festival announcement, though this time, we're talking Outside Lands in San Francisco! The August 8-10 festival has announced its first lineup, which will see Kanye West perform alongside the likes of The Killers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Six Australian artists have made this cut as well and join the following artists listed below.
We're headed back over to Toronto for the annual Canadian Music Week, which is happening in May for the first time this year (in the past it's been held straight after SXSW in March). There's always an amazing contingency of Australian bands who play the event - and in spite of the date change, as well as a clash with the similarly popular Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, the 2014 CMW event is of no exception.
Rodeo comes to Alberta in July, when the famous Calgary Stampede makes its presence known for another year! The July 4-13 event also known as 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth', brings thousands of rodeo fans to the Canadian province to watch the best cowboys and cowgirls presenting a killer show of saddle bronc riding, calf roping and more. Entertainment is the name of the game and what better way to bolster an already world-class lineup than with a performance by country music superstar Keith Urban?
The countdown for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, lovingly known as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, is officially on as we near ever more to the April 25th kick off! Some exciting announcements have made their way out of the camp, which are sure to add to the rapidly growing momentum which surrounds the festival itself.
Seattle's Bumbershoot is gearing up for a spectacular 2014! The biggest news is the Festival's Main Stage is moving to Memorial Stadium, after three years at KeyArena. The new layout allows for the venue to be open all day, with minimal lines and increased safety. A smaller, secondary stage will also be activated in between the Main Stage headliners.
Who wants to go to Chicago? Well, with today's massive Lollapalooza announcement, we certainly do. Headlining the three day event - now in its 10th year and already sold out by the time we write this article - are Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon alongside names like Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Foster The People.
After helping bring some of the world's biggest artists to Austin during SXSW - from Coldplay to Soundgarden - alongside the hottest talents of moment - from London Grammar to ScHoolboy Q - the iTunes festival ended its inaugural five night run during the event with Australia's biggest country star Keith Urban sharing the stage with Mickey Guyton and the legendary Willie Nelson, at a venue that was appropriately positioned right on Willie Nelson Blvd.
Pandora internet radio will be returning to SXSW for its third annual Pandora Discovery Den party, set to happen from March 12 – 15. And to make things even better, they will be broadcasting every performance live to Australia + New Zealand fans via a multi-platform audio stream.
With over 35 acts set to take the stage over a huge 4 days, this is one event not to be missed. The lineup includes Australia’s own Boy and Bear, Brooklyn's Haerts, newcomers MAGIC! + heaps more.
So, the AU is hitting the ground running at SXSW, as you could tell if you've been following the social media posts, but one thing we've been doing above all else is keeping ears to the ground of any special unexpected showcases. First it was the rumours of an Outkast show. Then there was Gaga, which ended up being confirmed. What we didn't expect, was for Samsung (one of the large presences in Austin this year) to announce a massive concert season for this week, kicking off with a special one-off performance by Jay Z and Kanye West.
The annual M for Montreal SXSW party is returning to Austin on March 13 at Maggie Mae’s. The massive showcase will feature 8 hours of music from specially selected artists, showcasing Montreal’s talent!
SWSX kicks off today and the announcements keep rolling in! Joining the Rdio Sessions will be English electro-popster Little Boots, Canada’s Tokyo Police Club and LA brother/sister duoBlondfire.
Rdio recently released it’s annual "Artists to Watch" list, which showcases 20 handpicked artists Rdio anticipate to break through this year. Rdio Sessions at SXSW will features many of these artists, including Haerts, Strange Talk and Tensnake.