Sunday saw the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival return to Fremantle for its 11th year. Though back to its now customary one day format and with a smaller line-up than in recent years, the festival still managed to draw a none-too-shabby 15,000 people through the gates.
A small-scale boutique festival in the most perfect of Sydney weather; it doesn't get any better for local music lovers. Unless maybe you throw in gourmet food as well! Lost Picnic was a slice of sun-kissed heaven for both foodies and musos alike, bringing two of Sydney's finest restaurants into the fold to make for one of the most pleasant festival atmospheres Sydney has seen.
The sun was smiling on one of Australia’s biggest travelling dance music festivals as it rolled into Sydney for yet another year of behemoth performances by the likes of Deadmau5, Pheonix, and Sven Vath.
Future Music Festival - one of Australia’s premier electronic music festivals - was a writhing pit of visceral pandemonium that began with tens of thousands of dance and electronic music fans thankful to the elemental gods for a day of blue skies. I knew, even before I entered, I was on a safari into the belly of a metaphorical shirtless, musical, beast on pills. Hashtag 'bulkin’ for Future.'
What exactly is Glory Box all about? You tell me. I went into this show knowing nothing and left knowing even less. Described as erotic cabaret, Glory Box is much, much more than that. This is demented art-punk burlesque with a hint of drag and interpretive dance all rolled into one big beautiful mess. If that sounds like an insult, believe me, it’s not. Glory Box is completely fabulous – although I’m still not entirely sure why.
"I can’t stand Limbo."
Hostess Club Weekender Singapore marks the last of the stops in a series of festivals organised by leading Pan-Asian promoter Hostess Club. With a slew of festival dates within a period of two weeks, the company has produced stunning lineups in each of the countries presented. Kickstarting their flagship gig in Toyko, the festival has made its way through Hong Kong, Taiwan, Manila, and finally, Singapore.
Callan Lawrence looks back at the epic day that was Soundwave Festival in Sydney over the weekend. Read on and get amongst the mayhem before the travelling show heads to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth!
Laneway Festival returned to Western Australia for the 5th year on Saturday, moving from its home in the Cultural Precinct, to the leafy surrounds of Fremantle’s Esplanade park. In a period of uncertainty for festival organisers Laneway seems to be going from strength to strength consistently selling out across the country, even in Perth! But then with a line-up boasting buzz bands like Haim, Lorde and Vance Joy it’s hardly surprising.
Floral headpieces and loud button-ups painted the grounds of the Sydney College of Arts in Rozelle for St Jerome's Laneway Festival. It was the type of highly likeable festival atmosphere that it is all too rare nowadays, and even with the event selling out, those who wanted their space could easily seek out a private patch of grass where they could still enjoy the abundance of music on offer.
Big Day Out and Perth have had a pretty strained relationship in recent years, with venue changes, reduced line-ups and poor ticket sales. This year was no different, with Blur dropping out, and continued tensions between organisers and local councils prompting a last minute change in venues and the announcement by AJ Maddah that it would be the last time the event would come to Perth.
Each year when the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival lineup is announced initially there’s both the excitement of spotting a band you’ve always wanted to see and also a vague general intrigue for the few other names you recognise from some blog or other. By the time the festival rolls around however, it’s impossible to imagine what your record collection would be like without half of those bands you were mildly interested in just a short time ago.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has long been a world-renowned attraction, armed with its ability to curate up-and-rising indie acts and presenting them on the big stage. Laneway Festival alumni such as Foals, Japandroids and the XX have gone to achieve successes in their own right, while Laneway has not strayed far from its modus operandi. This year’s edition proved to be surprisingly eclectic, ranging from the coupling of post-dubstep Mercury Prize winner James Blake to pop-rock sisters outfit Haim and synth-pop act CHVRCHES. Revellers lapped the acts up with ardour, producing huge crowds from start to finish...
There’s always something that punters can guarantee at the Big Day Out. Regardless of what the crowd is there for, whether it is the major headliners, the big bands on smaller stages, or just the general vibe of the festival, it’s a certainty that you will never quite know what to expect on the day. And the last thing that punters were expecting at the Melbourne Big Day Out... was rain.
Hiccups leading up to something as grand as Big Day Out is nothing surprising in this market nowadays; our flagship music festival has suffered, as of late, from a growing counter-culture that loves nothing more than to criticise in an area they feel they have enough knowledge to do so; among other things of course. Despite that, it still remains that the Big Day Out – super-charged by the relatively recent restructuring of its management – excels at balancing commercial appeal with credibility, giving as much diversity as is needed to ensure people of all different tastes are given all the necessary ingredients to make for a great day out.