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Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 8:12am
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Already mourning the end of the 2013/2014 summer festival season? Never fear - the lineup for the 14th incarnation of Splendour In The Grass is here to get you looking forward.

 

The 2014 Splendour will feature Outkast (only Australian show), Two Door Cinema Club (only Australian show), Lily Allen, Interpol (only Australian show), Foster The People, Angus & Julia Stone, City...

Posted 22 Apr 2014 @ 2:07pm
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Thanks to events such as Australasian World Music Expo (AWME), the two very distinct spheres of the musical world – the performance side and the business side – are converging. It’s a worldwide trend that has seen a number of similar showcases pop up, enabling artists and labels, agents and managers to seek out potential future working partnerships. AWME festival director Simon Raynor is busy...

Posted 20 Apr 2014 @ 12:15pm
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It looks like you can lock in Outkast for a visit to Australia this July.

 

The Atlana hip hop duo leaked their appearance on the 2014 Splendour bill on their official website (which has now been removed). 

 

 

The duo recently reunited and played their first...

Posted 16 Apr 2014 @ 11:34am
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With the 2014 Splendour In The Grass lineup set to drop on Wednesday April 23, we've pulled out our crystal ball to decipher just who we may be seeing gracing the stage at Byron Bay this July.

 

Ever since their recent reformation and announcement of a 'world festival tour', one that would see them perform 40 shows around the world, Atlanta hip hop duo Outkast have been highly...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 12:48pm
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This Easter long weekend Bluesfest sparks up in Byron Bay for its 25th consecutive year. Beginning in 1990 as a single-day indoor event, the 2014 installment will sprawl out over five days and welcome more than 100 performers to the Tyagarah Tea Farm festival site. Expanding the festival certainly hasn’t diluted the calibre of the performing artists. Bluesfest continues to showcase acts from...

Posted 14 Apr 2014 @ 9:17am
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It's time to Boogie! Ahead of the kick-off of the 2014 festival this weekend, the map and playing times have been revealed.

 

 

The 2014 incarnation of Boogie will feature Gary Clark Jr., Pond, Jason Isbell, The Legendary Vic Simms & The Halfway Revue, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk, The Frowning Clouds, Lindi Ortega, Bed...

Posted 11 Apr 2014 @ 5:51pm
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Dark Mofo is returning to the Museum of Old and New Art to celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, film, light and noise. 

 

Dark Mofo 2014 will feature a large-scale public artwork by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to light up the night sky; the City of Hobart Winter Feast at the waterfront with fire, music, and community; the MONA till Midnight open museum event;...

Posted 10 Apr 2014 @ 12:45pm
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The sixth incarnation of Poison City's annual Weekender is coming this August.

 

The 2014 Weekender will feature Knapsack, Pity Sex, Luca Brasi, The Bennies, Harmony, The Gifthorse, Clowns, Wil Wagner, Grim Fandango, Lincoln Le Fevre, Paper Arms, Fear Like Us, Postblue, Infinite Void, Hoodlum Shouts, High Tension, Apart From This, Toy Boats, Tape/Off, Ceres, Mere Women, Freak...

Posted 2 Apr 2014 @ 4:23pm
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Next Wave Festival, the city-wide, month-long celebration of cutting-edge arts and culture from around Australia and the globe, has revealed the program for its 2014 edition.

 

The 2014 festival will span 28 days and feature the work of 239 artists. It will be themed New Grand Narrative and its keynote initiative will be Blak Wave, an exploration of what's artistically 'next' for...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 2:31pm
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If a camping music festival located at an abandoned asylum in the country with a killer lineup, top food and awesome liquid refreshments sounds like your kind of day then Beechworth Music Festival is just for you.

 

The festival's debut lineup is headlined by The Bennies and also features DD Dumbo, Teeth & Tongue, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk, Sun God Replica, My Left Boot,...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 @ 9:40am
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Australia’s first ever neo-soul, jazz and hip hop festival has revealed a blockbuster lineup for their inaugural edition.

 

The lineup features Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, Leela James, Nathaniel, Ms Murphy, Miracle and DJ Trey with local acts for each city still to be announced.
 

Posted 27 Mar 2014 @ 12:49pm
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Spend a day in the sun, sinking a jumpshot, landing a trick, or sampling some tasty eats at the annual VIVA Youth Festival when it makes its return to Prahran next month.

 

Featuring VIVA Prahran Skateboarding competitions, a street basketball tournament, basketball clinics, live music and a rock climbing wall, this year's free festival promises to be the biggest yet. Aimed at...

Posted 26 Mar 2014 @ 5:40pm
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With only a few weeks until Groovin' the Moo kicks off, organisers have announced a slew of additional artists.

 

Adelaide rapper Allday leads the charge, with Linsday 'The Doctor' McDougall, Jake Stone (Bluejuice), and Tommy Franklin rounding out the additions to the national tour. Groovin' the Moo has also announced local acts for each leg of the tour.
 

Posted 25 Mar 2014 @ 3:08pm
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The youngest son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti, will bring his father’s 16-piece funk fuelled orchestra Egypt 80 to Melbourne Recital Centre next month. 

 

Hailed for continuing Fela’s musical legacy, Seun Kuti took control of his father’s band Egypt 80 at the age of 14 and has been laying down a potent version of those indestructible rhythms ever since. A number of...

Posted 24 Mar 2014 @ 4:07pm
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The second Vivid LIVE lineup has landed, with a fresh batch of artists and performers announced to join the likes of Pixies, Giorgio Moroder and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with The Presets at the 18-day festival beginning in late May.

 

Lauryn Hill will make her first appearances in Australia, while the likes of St. Vincent, Anna Calvi and the effervescent James Vincent...

Posted 24 Mar 2014 @ 12:53pm
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After smashing their first Melbourne show last year, Hits & Pits will be returning to The Hi-Fi this May for another round.

 

Joining the punk-hardcore tour will be Californian legends Unwritten Law, who are responsible for introducing many hardcore-grunge fans to the scene with radio singles Lonesome, Teenage Suicide and Cailin; Three Chords and a Half Truth melodic hookers...

Posted 24 Mar 2014 @ 12:39pm
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It’s just under four weeks until Boogie Festival lights up Tallarook, and to get celebrate, organisers have announced two more acts to their already extensive bill.

 

Joining psychedelic swag-masters Pond and more will be Californian superstars Hunx and His Punx, and amalgamators Shannon and The Clams. Likened to the female version of The Misfits, Hunx and His Punx have been...

Posted 20 Mar 2014 @ 3:51pm
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Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Larry Carlton are among the modern masters confirmed for the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Corea and Burton perform as a duo.

 

Announced by the festival’s artistic director Michael Tortoni are the USA’s actor and singer Robert Davi making his Australian debut with a Frank Sinatra tribute, and multi instrumentalist Charles Lloyd pairing...

Posted 19 Mar 2014 @ 12:11pm
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Bluesfest have added even more artists to their monster 25th incarnation.

 

Super group Coronet Blue, husband and wife team The Mastersons and singer-songwriter Zane Carney are set to make the trip across the Pacific for the five day long festival. Further additions include Aussies Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson, Phil Manning, Round Mountain Girls, Claire Anne Taylor, Bryon...

Posted 14 Mar 2014 @ 2:11pm
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Blues guitarist extraordinaire Walter Trout has pulled out of his appearances at Bluesfest and his Sydney and Melbouirne sideshows.

 

In a statement released to the press, Trouts said: “I was really looking forward to playing in Australia. However, our health insurance company took forever to approve the treatment for my liver problems and so it kept getting delayed. Now finally...

Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 3:51pm
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Next Wave Festival will unveil the 2014 program with an explosion of art, music and mayhem at their launch party at Testing Grounds. 

 

The launch party will see art installations and video projections by Channels Festival, iPod DJs will be streaming music through an archipelago of dance podiums made from recycled pallets, roaming performances from Next Wave Festival artists and...

Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 12:30pm
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Don't have the coin to Boogie on down this year? Easy - apply to be a volunteer and receive a ticket for a nominal amount of your time.

 

In exchange for 12 hours of volunteer work (although it could be less) over two shifts you receive entry to Boogie for the whole weekend, a V-Line train ticket, return and connecting shuttle to site plus a collectible Boogie T-shirt and a meal...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 5:18pm
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Paradox: how can something be predictably surprising? The notches on my wall keeping track of my Meredith trips are starting to resemble a pic of the South Pines; I no longer have to frantically pack the night before but instead have a restful sleep and let my somnambulant self pour the whiskey into the water bottle, wrap it in a change of undies and chuck it in a bag. I go there, I laugh...

Posted 12 Mar 2014 @ 1:35pm
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This year the Festival of Live Art, known affectionately as FOLA, will make its debut in Melbourne. Hosted over 16 spectacular days, the festival will include over 20 innovative and evocative works of theatre, art and performance, including the Australian debut of Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model.

 

“It’s...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 4:53pm
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Legendary alternative rockers Pixies will feature at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2014 Vivid LIVE program, playing four Concert Hall shows exclusive to Sydney.

 

It’ll be the first visit to Australia shores for Black Francis and co. (whoever ‘and co.’ might comprise by the time they get here) since 2010, when they toured the Doolittle record. They’ll play nightly from...

Posted 6 Mar 2014 @ 12:41pm
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Despite the tumultuous lead-up to Soundwave 2014 – tour cancellations from Desaparecidos, Megadeth and Stone Temple Pilots, and timetable clashes – the atmosphere at Flemington Racecourse was sparked with excitement when this reviewer arrived with her best friend in tow; crowds had pooled around stages in anticipation for the first act, while others had simply started their day by lounging on...

Posted 5 Mar 2014 @ 2:48pm
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CARBON Festival's already inimitable roster of guest speakers just got bigger with the addition of three new voices to the 2014 event.

 

New York City photographer Janette Beckman, Perth musician Ta-Ku and LA artist Jeff Soto are all set to speak at Melbourne's festival of style, culture, and creativity.

Posted 3 Mar 2014 @ 3:34pm
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After celebrating a huge 20th anniversary last year, Earthcore have announced another stellar launch party as they prepare to press 'game on' for this year's event.

 

The event, taking place on Easter Sunday, is lead by Perfect Stranger and Space Tribe and will feature the likes of Digital Sun, Dean Benson, Trent McDermott, Twisted Molecule, Scott Alien, Jean Paul, Kurk Kokane,...

Posted 27 Feb 2014 @ 1:46pm
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Hip hop upstart Allday has been added to the Moomba Festival's free Push Pop Up Stage.

 

The 21-year-old rapper's recent single Claude Monet has grown to be a crowd favourite, earning a spot in triple j's heavy rotation lineup. Allday will join The Smith Street Band, Remi, and the FreeZA Push Start grand finalists at the Push Pop Up Stage.

Posted 26 Feb 2014 @ 2:32pm
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Bluesfest Music Festival may be 80% sold out, but it isn't stopping organisers from announcing more sharp and innovative additions to their bill.

 

This time around Matt Corby, Saskwatch, Skunhour, Dubmarine, Foy Vance, Kim Churchill, Watussi, Lime Cordiale, Tijuana Cartel and Tim Rogers will be joining Jack Johnson, Buddy Guy, Iron & Wine and Joss Stone for a weekend of...

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