A strong sense of Déjà vu lingered in the air as I entered Melbourne's Forum Theatre tonight, having last done so a mere 2 months ago for James Vincent McMorrow and the same would have been felt by Brisbane's Airling, who supported the talented Irishman on his tour and now securing the opening spot for his European neighbour in Iceland's very own Ásgeir.
The third Live at Your Cosmic Mind event took place at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney. The event celebrates psychedelic music with local bands and live art.
Sydney’s The Preatures are one of Australia’s most promising acts at the moment. With attitude aplenty, the five-piece makes interesting, retro-inspired music that couldn’t be recreated by any other act. They hit The Metro Theatre on their Two Tone Tour for a sold-out, hometown show that was bound to be a killer show, and boy, did they deliver!
Twenty years on and they’re still selling out shows right around the country. Something For Kate’s 20 year anniversary tour was the culmination of all they’d learned on the road, putting on a truly spectacular performance- not that we would expect any less from the band that helped shape Australia’s ‘90s alternative scene.
Dan Sultan played a powerful and massively long show for a sold out hometown crowd as part of his Blackbird tour tonight. He treated the audience to some special guests as well as playing a few memorable covers by some of Australia's most talented musicians.
LA-based indie songstress Kina Grannis graced Adelaide with her organic talent and down-to-earth vibes, leaving the audience eagerly wanting to hear so much more. Her music is 'dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful' all at the same time, offering a spectrum of emotion that takes you on a long, meaningful journey. The night's setlist included a variety of songs, both young and old, and provided a significant insight into her recently released LP Elements, while harbouring a few crowd favourites that had everyone smiling from ear to ear.
After a rainy day and night, the sun peered through the clouds in Scotland for the third and final day of T in the Park, which would see Arctic Monkeys close the festival's main stage in typically rockin' fashion, while Example, Disclosure and Sven Vath ensured there were ways to end the weekend for everyone. Earlier in the day, performances from Australia's own Tame Impala, Kaiser Chiefs, Australia bound Sam Smith, Metronomy, Jake Bugg and many more proved that the festival, the final ever to be held at the current venue, would be sent off with a bang.
After a day where the gods beamed their sun on the festival site, an ominous overcast morning proved that T in the Park's second day wouldn't be as kind. But with punters eagerly awaiting entry well before the gates opened, it doesn't seem to be the Scottish way to let wet weather get in the way of a good time.
Big Scary returned home to Melbourne after three months touring the U.S promoting their album No Art, and they played one final show for their hometown before disappearing for a while to write and record their next album. They played in the beautiful art deco Ormond Hall in front of a very quiet and tentative crowd.
Self-mythologising fan service of the highest order, Something For Kate celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Enmore by bringing the house down.
We probably last saw Voyager here in Melbourne when they were supporting Orphaned Land earlier this year, but the release of their album V sees Voyager headlining their own Australian tour.
The Evening Cast are a band who pack a lot in to their music and it's an energy which translates just as powerfully on the live stage. They're finishing their 'Questions Australian Tour' in Adelaide tonight and for once, I think they've got the cold, wintry night working in their favour. People want to be warm and sheltered when it's this chilly and moreover, if they want to be out having a drink on a night like this, the Grace Emily Hotel is probably one of the ideal pubs in the city to do so. To have a band like this perform as well, it's almost like a signed, sealed, delivered situation.
Lorde is barely even legal, but her music and live performance speaks volumes for someone so young. Filled with an energy that radiates outwardly you can’t help but be amazed and a little entranced by what you see on stage. Tonight would be first of two shows at the Hordern Pavilion for this New Zealand singer who has somehow taken over the world in recent months.
Now in its 21st year, T in the Park sits as the most established music festival in Scotland and alongside Glatsonbury, Leeds and Reading as one of the most well known annual music events in the United Kingdom. Its 2014 event - headlined by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Scottish heroes Biffy Clyro, Pixies, Elbow and many more - marks something as the end of an era for the event. Like many world renowned festivals before it, the time has come for the event to move to a new home. But not before they give the venue - Balado Airfield in Kincross-Shire - where it's been held for 18 years, a proper goodbye.
One of the many buzz bands making their Australian debut at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival are New York duo Phantogram, an electronic outfit who made big waves this year with the release of their sophomore album Voices - in fact, we named it among our best albums of 2014 (so far) earlier this week. Before they head down under, however, they are touring North America, and it just so happened that we were in Quebec City at the same time; the band playing as part of the city's Summer Festival, Le Festival d'été de Québec. Naturally, I had to head along and see what all the fuss was about.