State of Affairs: Keep Sydney Open installs plaques outside live music venues, Live Nation and Air New Zealand announce new partnership & more!

This week in the music industryL Keep Sydney Open garnered wide media attention from all over the country when they partnered with 18 internationally successful homegrown artists to install plaques outside shutdown live music venues across the city, Live Nation and Air New Zealand announced a new partnership, and EMC 2016 announced their first lineup of speakers for their Academy Program.

Keep Sydney Open installs special plaques across the city’s lockout zone

Last Friday, Keep Sydney Open garnered wide media attention from all across the country, as they partnered with 18 internationally successful Australian musicians and Lorde, to install a series of plaques outside shutdown live music venues within the city’s new lockout zone. The plaques were placed to mark the venues where each of the participating musicians cut their teeth, played their early gigs, held residencies, or met fellow members.

The participating artists included the likes of Flume, Flight Facilities, RUFUS, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, Art vs Science, The Presets, Hayden James, Yolanda Be Cool, and Lorde (who played her very first showcase at Goodgod).

Live music plays a fundamental part in the success of new musicians, and is the main source of income for most musicians. In addition, according to Music Australia, the live music industry also employs around 40,000 people on a full-time basis, and contributes $2 billion annually to the Australian economy.

Keep Sydney Open will be holding their second rally against the new state lockout laws on Sunday October 9.

Live Nation and Air New Zealand announce new partnership

This week, Live Nation Australia and New Zealand announced a brand new partnership with Air New Zealand. As a result, Air Ne Zealand Airpoints members now have access to a wide range of benefits such as exclusive reserved seating, VIP hospitality and exclusive membership experiences for Live Nation events across Australia and New Zealand.

In a recent press release, the president and chief executive officer of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, Michael Coppel said “utilising Live Nations’ network of concerts, ticketing and online assets will enable Air New Zealand to fully tap into the power of live music and its intimate connection with millions of fans.”

This new partnership sees Air New Zealand joining Live Nations’ already existing team of globally respected bran partners such as SparkAmerican Express, Flight Centre, EuRopcar, Hilton Hotels and Resorts. 

EMC 2016 announce their first lineup of Academy Program speakers


This week, EMC 2016 released their first round of guest speakers participating in their annual Academy Program, tailor made for students, emerging and entry-level artists who are pursuing a career in electronic music. Running from Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30th November, EMC 2016 Academy Program will feature a series of master classes and panel discussions from a wide range of professionals currently working in the electronic music industry.

The lineup of confirmed speakers so far include the likes of Aden Mullens from etcetc, Anna Fitzgerald from Ministry of Sound, Benson, Elizabeth Rose, Feki, Paces, and more. The full program details and final lineup of guest speakers will be officially announced on October 12, 2016. More information about EMC and ticket sales can be found here.

The Roundup

WAMFest announced their second round of speakers for 2016, including Stephen Goodhew from FBi Radio, Paul Mason from Australia Council for the Arts, and Nick Yates from UNIFIED.  The music conference will be held at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from Friday 4th – Saturday 5th of November, 2016. The full list of confirmed speakers and ticket information can be found here.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  4. Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
  5. Sia – Chandelier
  6. Nick Murphy – Fear Less
  7. Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
  8. Sia – Elastic Heart
  9. Vance Joy – Riptide
  10. Slumberjack – RA

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  2. Sia – This Is Acting
  3. Big Scary – Animal
  4. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  5. Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier
  6. The Delta Riggs – Active Galactic
  7. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  8. Camp Cope – Camp Cope
  9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
  10. The Black Sorrows – Faithful Satellite

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer
  2. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  3. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side
  4. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  5. Hailee Steinfeld – Starving
  6. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  7. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  8. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water
  9. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign,
  10. Illy feat. Vera Blue – Papercuts

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Anthony Callea – Backbone
  2. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad: The Album
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  4. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection
  5. Usher – Hard II Love
  6. Barbra Streisand – Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
  7. Soundtrack – Bridget Jones’s Baby
  8. Adele – 25
  9. Die Antwoord – Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid
  10. REMI – Divas And Demons


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