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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.