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OK GO return to Australia – February 2010

OK GO   The mind-bending band that gave us what is largely considered the decade’s most viewed music video (even the Simpsons parodied it), the treadmill-manned, Grammy-award winning “Here It Goes Again,” is back. Never content to rest on their laurels, OK Go return with the new album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky. The album is the follow up to 2005’s Oh No and was produced by ex-Mercury Rev member David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT).

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‘Walking On A Dream’ Hits Double Platinum

Like to roll like Empire Of The Sun royalty?

To celebrate the double platinum sales of the ‘Walking On A Dream’ (Empire of the SunEmpire of the Sun available at iTunes)album this week, Empire Of The Sun are giving one lucky person the chance to win this exclusive ‘hotter than the sun’ customized V8 Holden Sandman.
To win this one-of-a-kind rumbling beast, simply purchase the ARIA Album Of The Year ‘Walking On A Dream’ two-disc Special Edition and enter via this ‘Win the Sun Chariot’ link –
Empire Of The Sun Chariot

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The Killers announce headline show at Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Las Vegas rockers The Killers have decided to treat their fans to an exclusive intimate show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on 12 February 2010 to accompany their headlining slot in this years Good Vibrations Festival.

Comprising of frontman Brandon Flowers, bassist Mark Stoermer, guitarist Dave Keuning and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers have achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success around the globe. They have received seven Grammy nominations and won a variety of MTV and NME awards, gaining recognition for their ability to command entire arenas with incredible showmanship and musical prowess.
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Laneway Festival 2010 announce final acts and more…

It’s the final countdown. With the first leg of the Laneway Festival kicking off NEXT WEEK, we have a final round of announcements to make.
The Sydney and Melbourne dates sold out some time ago; outlets in Adelaide and Brisbane have sold out but you can buy the last remaining tickets via www.lanewayfestival.com.au; and all cities look to sell out pre-event. Get your tickets now etc.
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DANCE ‘A MILLION WAYS’ AT PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2010

bluejuice   Playground Weekender HQ are pleased as punch to announce BLUEJUICE, OK GO (USA), MISTA SAVONA & PRINCE ALLA (JAMAICA), LOST VALENTINOS, KING TIDE and THE HOLIDAYS will join megastars ORBITAL (Live), LUPE FIASCO, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE CRIBS and over 100 more acts at Australia’s award winning four day boutique music festival – rounding up an eclectic line up set to make your summer sizzle.

“Any festival that requires a ferry crossing to get to is a good festival as far as we’re concerned. The line-up is amazing, but it’s the ferry ride that really stokes the fires of our childish desires”… Jake Stone – BLUEJUICE

TICKETS SELLING OUT
Four-day camping tickets + early bird and members tickets have completely SOLD OUT.
There are only 200 1st release tickets left so get in quick!

ACCOMMODATION SELLING OUt
Houseboats and cabins have completely SOLD OUT.
There are only 20 campervan spaces left! Book now for Tent Hotel or Tipis.

BLUEJUICE
Sydney’s BLUEJUICE are the ultimate complement to the Playground Weekender lineup – perfectly epitomizing the festivals maverick, eclectic feel. Whilst fundamentally a rock band, they also stir into their pot a mixture of hip hop with pop, ska, punk and disco.

It’s been a huge two years which as seen the band break into the top of Triple J playlists with favorites ‘Vitriol’ and Reductionist’, before becoming global internet sensations with their hilarious skipping video for the hook laden cross over hit ‘Broken Leg’, which went onto be a top 30 ARIA hit with two ARIA award nominations. As unpredictable as a day spent without taking your medication, BLUEJUICE put on an infamously energetic live show…

OK GO (USA)
Chicago band OK Go combine off-kilter guitars, Pixies/Cars fetishism, and straightforward power pop sensibilities to produce eccentric, catchy songs.

OK Go wrote the book on how to turn a creative low budget video into a viral Internet phenomenon. The video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ saw OK Go pull of some incredible synchronized dance moves on multiple treadmills. It became one of the most watched videos of all time with over 49 million view on YouTube and a 2007 Grammy Award for ‘Best Short-Form Music Video’. That exposure helping the track break the Top 40 in both the US and the UK. The four piece are getting ready and set to go get you dancing at Playground Weekender!
‘Here It Goes Again’ (Treadmill video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI
‘A Million Ways’ (Backyard video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1_CLW-NNwc

MISTA SAVONA & PRINCE ALLA (JAMAICA)
Leading exponents of roots reggae, dancehall and heavyweight dub music MISTA SAVONA will raise the roof with percussion bliss and crazy good songs from international guest artist – reggae royalty – PRINCE ALLA. Straight from Jamaica, a serious, humble and genuine Rastaman.

NICKODEMUS (NEW YORK)
A mainstay of the New York underground, NICKODEMUS is a DJ and producer who co-founded the now legendary Turntable on the Hudson (the longest running weekly party in NY) parties with the simple edict of playing “music with soul”. NICKODEMUS will be bringing his ‘spinning at sea’ set to Playground Weekender blending Latin, Afro-funk, hip-hop, big beat, house, funk, reggae, broken beat, soul and more.

LOST VALENTINOS
Formed in Sydney in 2005 LOST VALENTINOS quickly established themselves as one of the hottest acts in on Australia’s indie scene. The immediate success of their self tiled EP, and the follow up ‘Damn & Damn Again’ nailed their reputation as a gang of rogue’s intent on forging their own original sound. Current single ‘Serio’ is out now and taken from their debut album ‘Cities of Gold’. With punk intensity and noise-drenched melodies, a LOST VALENTINOS set is for young adventurers seeking a new treasure. Dig deep with them at Playground Weekender!

KING TIDE
Renowned for their brilliant high-energy shows, KING TIDE have earned their fan base on the live scene. Using reggae as the compass guiding them to new and wonderful musical lands. Renowned reggae and roots influenced band, KING TIDE are the first Australian band to be signed to prestigious UK record label, Urban Sedated.
“I love me hip hop but Reggaes me life. We’re gonna have a Reggae party tonight.” Tony Hughes.

THE HOLIDAYS

Time for a change of scenery? It’s time for THE HOLIDAYS. After only a handful of shows, Sydney’s FBI radio latched on to the band, then Triple J put them on high rotation with their self titled single. THE HOLIDAYS ball had begun rolling in a big way. They soon achieved airplay on several eagle-eyed US stations, which led to the ‘Artist of the Week’ billing in influential US trade publication A&R Worldwide. They are very much a band in the ‘next big thing’ bracket. We are sure you won’t be disappointed by their performance at Del Rio Resort.
“We play every gig like it’s our first gig’’ said Will Magnus.

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With the stellar line up, Australia’s largest fancy dress party, houseboats, tipi’s and wine bars under the stars, don’t miss out on getting your tickets now!

FULL PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2010 LINEUP… SO FAR!

Orbital Live, Lupe Fiasco, Polyphonic Spree, The Cribs, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jamie Lidell, Bluejuice, Bjorn Again, Gui Boratto live, OK GO, Steve Lawler, LTJ Bukem, British Sea Power, Norman Jay, Bertie Blackman, Mark Farina, James Lavelle, Prins Thomas, Pivot, New Orleans Bingo Show, Mista Savona & Prince Alla, Ewan Pearson, Washington, Luna City Express, The Bees DJ set, Lost Valentinos, Gaslamp Killer, 16 BIT (Southside Dubstars), Vincenzo, King Tide, Charles Webster, The Holidays, Regular John, Goons of Doom, The Jezabels, Black Ryder, PBR Street Gang (2020 Vision), Kid Mac, Mr Doris, Snowdroppers

www.playgroundweekender.com.au

News: Vieux Farka Touré @ Brisbane Powerhouse Tue 19 – Wed 20 Jan 2010

Brisbane Powerhouse and Love Police Touring present PLANET:
Vieux Farka Touré MUSIC

New record Fondo on Six Degrees Records OUT NOW.This January sees the first time visit to Australian shores for African guitarist/singer/songwriter, Vieux Farka Touré who is set to perform intimate club shows in both Brisbane and Melbourne, and will also be performing as part of the calendar of events at the Sydney Festival. Mixing reggae, funk, and R&B, Vieux Farka Touré breaks new ground as one of the first world music artists to embrace the sounds of rock. The son of African music legend, the late Ali Farka Touré, he draws on West African Malian traditions, and incorporates his father’s signature desert style blues to create his own unique style and sound. Vieux Farka Touré will be supported by Baala Baajo. Baala Baajo combine African drums with guitar, keyboard, balafon and nyatiti. Their music features original compositions, traditional soulful rhythms, beautiful vocals and high energy percussion and dance. Well-known for their energy, exuberance and musical talent, they have travelled nationally and internationally, performing and teaching African arts and culture. Baala Baajo will take you on an uplifting and soulful journey!

Tue 19 – Wed 20 Jan 10
Powerhouse Theatre
8pm
All tickets $54.80

For more information go to: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

News: Future Music Festival 2010

empireofthesun-2009-4   Future Music Festival 2010: it’s time to go back to the Future …

After rocking tens of thousands of fans across the nation in 2009, it’s time to go back to the Future once more as the Future Music Festival juggernaut gears up to do it all again in 2010 …

Featuring an all-star line-up of the planet’s hottest music artists, Future Music Festival scooped the pool in last year’s Sony inthemix poll, picking up no less than two coveted Best Festival Awards for its massive shows in Adelaide and Sydney and Runner Up honours for Melbourne and Perth.
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Tour News: Amanda Palmer returns to Australia in 2010

Amanda Palmer   Much-loved and lauded performer Amanda Palmer is returning to Australia in February and March to wow fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Last here in early 2009 Amanda toured our shores with shows that left critics and fans raving.

Time Off Brisbane wrote “Palmer is an amazing lyricist and composer. One of the best shows that The Tivoli has seen in a long time.”

Rip It Up in Adelaide echoed the sentiment adding “The entire night was an intimate sharing of stories and jokes…Have To Drive and Strength Through Music left the crowd speechless until their very end, some on the verge of tears as they applauded as loudly as possible.” Continue reading

Escape The Fate – Soundwave sideshows (Sydney and Melbourne) February 2010

Escape The Fate   Escape The Fate is running straight for rock stardom, exuding a spirit of chaotic mischief, reminiscent of the riotous Motley Crue, which they capture brilliantly in their electrifying live shows. Hailing from the world’s most outlandish city, Las Vegas, Escape The Fate have been conquering crowds and packing venues throughout the world, enslaving a legion of faithful fans at each stop with their brand of boisterously addictive rock.

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News: THE FRAY AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MARCH/ APRIL 2010

It seems that Australians just can’t get enough of The Fray. The band’s last tour in March sold out in every city well in advance of the shows, and the performances themselves gripped crowds across the nation.

Luckily, The Fray can’t seem to get enough of us either. With that in mind, The Frontier Touring Company is very pleased to announce headline shows for the multi-platinum-selling band in addition to their performance at 2010’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
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News: BIG DAY OUT 2010 – THIRD ROUND OF ACTS ANNOUNCED

Summer has begun, the New Year is just around the corner, and so is the BIG DAY OUT! We’re thrilled to let you in on the final artists who will be touring with the BIG DAY OUT in 2010 plus the local acts taking to the stage in each city.

BIG DAY OUT 2010 is hosting the mother of all celebrations – FEAR FACTORY’s 21st birthday. Continue reading

News: Datarock Australian Tour – January 2010

datarock-sml    Norway’s Datarock have returned with the follow up to the geek-chic party album of 2005, Datarock Datarock and will be heading down under to serve it up live to Australian audiences.

Their debut mixed Happy Mondays punk-funk with warped Devo humour, and was well received locally with ‘Computer Camp Love’ landing #12 on Triple J’s Hottest 100. The new album, Red, has lost none of the duo’s aptitude for so-classic-you-must-haveheard-it-before hooks, but this follow-up is an altogether more concept-driven beast.

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News: Another electrifying artist announce for Bluesfest 2010!

The second major round of artists to perform at the 21st Anniversary Bluesfest has been announced! Australia’s most awarded and internationally renowned festival officially will be held at its permanent new home – at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay. The Easter weekend dates for your diary are Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010!

Festival goers should also note that the new and updated playing schedule is now online, and one day tickets are now also on sale – just visit www.bluesfest.com.au to see it all. This announcement marks the first time so many artists (over 50) have been unveiled this early, along with the playing schedule – giving fans more time than ever to plan their Easter holidays. Continue reading

GLOBAL COMEDY ‘ROCK-STAR’ – RUSSELL PETERS RETURNS TO OZ – March 2010

Russell Peters   International comedy phenomenon Russell Peters has just announced his eagerly-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand. Peters is set to perform a cross country, 5 city tour, performing in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand in March 2010. He returns after two years by popular demand, tickets for the tour will go on sale Tuesday, December 1st, 2009.

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News: Patrick Wolf (UK) ‘The Bachelor’ Australian Tour – December 2009

The infamous Patrick Wolf returns to our shores, to celebrate the release of his latest album, The Bachelor.

Visceral, Impulsive, Antagonistic and Unique; the list of superlatives and adjectives for this young man and his music go on ad infinitum. Never one to conform to artistic nor industry status quo, young Master Wolf could rightly claim pole position at the vanguard of avant-garde pop. His wonderfully wilful compositions and forays into the glamorous aesthetic of leather, chains, glitter and feathers only exalt the kind of compelling self- awareness we find so irresistible.
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