March 16th 2011 – Here it is folks, the final artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011. As you can see, we’ve definitely saved some of the best till last with these stellar talented musicians, so if you weren’t excited before, you will be now! Tickets for Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 April are still available – don’t miss out, the clock is ticking and it’s only a bit over a month until Bluesfest finally kicks off!
The whole lineup has become picture perfectly clear with the official downloadable Bluesfest Playing Schedule now online at www.bluesfest.com.au .
That means you can now make all those big decisions and plan your complete Bluesfest itinerary. Check it out for all artist times and stages – download it, print it out, circle your options – whatever you need to do to make sure your Bluesfest 2011 experience is all set to go in glorious fashion!
Please note that on Tuesday April 26 Bluesfest will open its doors at 11am, music starts at 2pm and finishes at 10pm, allowing everyone to get home in plenty of time for work the next day.
Continue reading FINAL artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011’s outstanding lineup of star performers!
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au
||THE JD SUMMER SET IS BACK FOR 2011!
MGMT HEADLINE AS JACK HEADS BACK TO BYRON IN MARCH!
Jack Daniel’s are starting the New Year with their biggest announcement yet with MGMT heading to the legendary Beach Hotel in iconic Byron Bay for their very own JD Summer Set show on Thursday, 3 March, 2011, with support from ¾’s of Tame Impala in the form of Pond!
Into its fourth year on the live music calendar, THE JD SET (www.facebook.com/thejdsetau), is one of the most anticipated events around the country with shows over the past two years in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Whyalla, Busselton, Townsville as well as last year’s final, and spectacular, show with The Living End on Rottnest Island.
Continue reading MGMT headline as The JD Summer Set heads back to Byron Bay for 2011!
Recent acclaim for Bob Dylan:
“A performance filled with gusto, never afraid of restructuring the classics, Dylan succeeded in delivering another stellar live show in his ‘Never Ending Tour’.” – Hot Press live review July 2010
“Dylan’s voice is actually the star.” – New Musical Express (NME)
“The album’s a gas, a riot, a hoot.” (LP Together Through Life) – Uncut Magazine
“His third straight masterwork.” (LP Modern Times) – Rolling Stone – ☆☆☆☆, and ranked #1 album of 2006
Mr Bob Dylan – celebrated poet, artist, singer, writer, actor and radio announcer – will send legions of fans back once more to all those wonderful songs and albums, as he returns after close to four years for a tour taking in Australian capital cities and festival appearances in Byron Bay for Bluesfest and Fremantle for West Coast Blues & Roots.
Continue reading BOB DYLAN touring Australia in April 2011! [Tour News]
||Its surf music Jim, but not as we know it… Deep Sea Arcade are pleased to announce theyll be hitting both the road and the beach this summer in a co-headline tour with fellow surficianados Surf City from New Zealand. The two bands will duel it up along the east coast throughout February 2011 and with both bands drawing inspiration from classic surf music its only fitting that the majority of the shows will take place by the beach.
Continue reading Deep Sea Arcade + Surf City (NZ) Australian Tour – February 2011 [Tour News & Tickets]
The Soul, the Funk and the Blues pumping up anticipation for 22nd Bluesfest happiness
Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia’s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, artistically diverse music festival, today unveiled its SECOND artist announcement – and what an array it is of classic and contemporary blues, soul, funk, reggae and much more!
Tickets are on sale for Bluesfest, the 2010 Australian Event of the Year, and are selling very fast. The festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.
Continue reading Bluesfest 2011 consolidates supersonic line up with class 2nd artist announcement!
READ PART 1 OF THIS INTERVIEW HERE. – READ PART 2 OF THIS INTERVIEW HERE.
LMM – I also wanted to talk about the different producers on your last two albums and their contribution to the finished sound on both releases. What was the best thing about working with Adam Dutkiewicz on Horizons?
WM – With Adam?
LMM – Yeah. He’s had his fair share of musical experience. How did it first come about that he worked on the album with you?
WM – He worked on the first two albums we did which was absolutely wonderful. He came along at a time when we were still a young band and had no idea what to do and came up with the idea of either recording in Australia that would be a very national sounding recording or do something overseas that would really stand out in the international scene.
Continue reading Interview with Winston McCall of Parkway Drive [Part 3]
Has the Australian Event of the Year just initiated the music Lineup of the Year?
November 04th 2010 – Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia‟s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, ethnically and artistically diverse music festival, has today announced a whopper of a signature first artist announcement – and it’s the first of many! Tickets are on sale now for Bluesfest – which just won the Australian Event of the Year for Bluesfest 2010 – and festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.
Once again, Bluesfest 2011 offers its passionate fans a very tasty – almost holy – array of simply the best local and international blues and roots music with its renowned blend of multi-genre, multi-demographic and multi-generational sounds.
Let’s get the party started! The first Bluesfest announcement for 2011 includes:
Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Cat Empire, Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Fistful of Mercy, Mavis Staples, Xavier Rudd, Trinity Roots, Kate Miller-Heidke, Washington,
Little Bushman, Tony Joe White, Indigo Girls, Eric Bibb, Ash Grunwald, Ruthie Foster, C.W. Stoneking, Jeff Lang, Saltwater Band, and RocKwiz Live.
Continue reading Bluesfest 2011 unveils joy and wonderment with signature super 1st artist announcement!
Review: Lana Harris
Buy the CD here
There are lots of surprises in the musical world. Who would’ve thought that Billy Ray Cyrus would still be making money, that Ozzy Osbourne would still be alive, or that Parkway Drive – who mix hardcore and metal styles into brutal barrages of songs – could have emerged from the womb of hippiedom, Byron Bay? But it happens, and the success of Parkway Drive has recently been confirmed with their third album Deep Blue acknowledged at the Australian Music Industry Awards with the honour of ‘best hard rock/ punk album’.
The award for the album is not one of the music world’s surprises. Deep Blue is a masterpiece of jack hammering ear assault.
Continue reading Parkway Drive – “Deep Blue” LP Review
After a successful Bluesfest’s 21st birthday celebration event during Easter 2010 – planning for Bluesfest 2011 is now in full swing.
The 22nd annual Bluesfest 2011 event will take place over five days between April 21 and April 25, 2011, once again at the festival’s new permanent site at Tyagarah, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay.
New awards and nominations for Bluesfest include: recognition as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards – for the fourth year in a row – a continuing tribute to the event’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. Bluesfest has also picked up a Silver Award in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category in the North Coast Tourism Awards. And lastly, Bluesfest has been nominated as finalists in the Australian Event of the Year Awards in two categories: ‘Best Cultural or Arts Event’ and ‘Best Achievement in Sustainability’.
Continue reading Bluesfest 2011 Dates Announced!
It’s been 10 years since SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS debuted in Byron Bay. Today, the festival wrapped up after three magnificent days at the beautiful site of Woodfordia in the QLD Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Featuring more than 80 of Australia’s and the world’s hottest artists and DJs, quality music acts alongside quirky arts and counter-culture this weekend has seen a spectacular collection of awesome artists from around the globe leave a permanent mark on the hearts and dancing soles of all 32,000 ecstatic music fans who heard and saw. With weary joy and tears of sadness at it’s end we reflect on a collection of new tales from the Amphitheatre, Mix Up and G.W. McLennan stages now permanently added to the pages of SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS history.
Continue reading Fun In The Sun At Woodford, SPLENDOUR WRAP UP!
||Following on from QLD support slots with Texan rockers Spoon and the release of their pyromaniac-friendly film-clip for new single ‘Underground’, Brisbane’s most wayward rock quintet get the second leg of The Underground Tour underway next week.
The Underground Tour takes in a dozen dates from the Sunshine Coast to Melbourne.
It gives audiences the chance to share in the good times that always seem to find the rabble-rousing bunch who are masters of the sharp, short and colourful rock ditty.
Those who like their rock a tad off-kilter, their punk a little clever and their stage antics a lot crazy are encouraged to catch Rocketsmiths as they haphazardly make their way throughout the country, with support on the majority of dates from Melbourne indie-power-popsters Red Ink.
ROCKETSMITHS – THE ‘UNDERGROUND’ TOUR
QLD/NORTHERN NSW DATES
Thursday June 10 2010 | Neverland, Coolangatta
Friday June 11 2010 | Villa Noosa, Sunshine Coast
w/Red Ink & The Marsden Lees
Saturday June 12 2010 | Great Northern, Byron Bay
THE CANNON BALL: A ROCK & ROLL PIRATE MASQUE
w/The Good Ship, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-ups, Rag Tag Band & Burlesque
Tickets: thenorthern.oztix.com.au / $23.50
Sunday June 13 2010 | The Troubadour, Brisbane
(QUEEN’S BDAY EVE)
w/Red Ink, Velociraptor, Bang Bang Bos Kelly
/ $15 door
Related: RocketSmiths – “Underground” : CD Review [LifeMusicMedia]
Live Review: Tom Ugly with The Rocketsmiths and Comic Sans @ The Troubadour, Brisbane
If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!
EMI Music Australia is proud to announce that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25 2010. Continue reading The Cat Empire – Australian Tour August/September 2010