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.
This October, both San Fran and LA are going to each be hosting a Culture Collide festival of their own, bringing together musicians, music fans, industry professionals and more over a massive two to three days. The Culture Collide experience is one of a kind and in 2015, the brand has partnered with Noise Pop and Spaceland Presents for the first time, while the events are to be presented by The Guardian. Top notch.
With tickets flying out the door for the 2015 installment of the iconic Lollapalooza festival in Chicago next month, organisers have announced a run of late night "Aftershows" that will take place in the leadup to the festival, and each night of the event. Many of these shows have already sold out, but these shows will give fans more intimate environments to experience their favourite bands, after they leave Grant Park each night - or even before they get there!
It's been fun watching Courtney Barnett slay it overseas with her highly acclaimed Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It seems like she's really making her mark as one of the biggest names on the international scene right now, and it's not hard to understand why with live performances like this. Barnett showed up to rock the studio stage of The Tonight Show recently, performing "Pedestrian at Best" with her superb touring band. Watch her own the stage below: