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Buddha Birth Day Festival – Brisbane, May 2-4 2008

Buddha Birth Day Festival

An estimated 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the 12th annual Buddha Birth Day Festival. The Festival is a signature cultural event for Queensland and is now one of the largest Buddhist celebrations in the world.

Endorsing this year’s theme of “Harmony in All”, the Festival promotes a peaceful existence and appreciation of Australia’s multicultural identity and focuses on generating community and individual ‘respect for life’.

Spread over 12 locations throughout the South Bank Parklands, the Buddha Birth Day Festival involves over 700 volunteers, 300 performers, 200 events, 2 performance stages, a fireworks display, 21 information and meditation sessions including 2 multi-faith forums, 18 Cultural, Art and Environmental activities for the children, a Children’s Amusement Area with a number of rides, an Art Exhibition, an organised Festival tour for over 1,000 school children, 50 food and merchandise stalls and 4 Official functions including the Opening Ceremony on Saturday night.

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Links:  Buddha Birth Day Festival Site 
Photos: LifeMusicMedia flickr photoset

Gympie Music Muster – 26 – 31 August 2008

Thirsty Merc
(Photo: Thirsty Merc – 2007 Muster)

6 Magical days & unforgettable nights – Amamoor Creek State Forest Park (near Gympie, QLD)
Held among the towering gums of Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, the Toyota National Country Music Muster boasts a myriad of musical excitement, all just a short stroll between venues. Along the site’s forested pathways, you’ll find amazing street theatre, roving bands, markets galore, art auctions, wine tastings, kids playstations – discover why the Toyota Muster is one of Australia’s most spectacular events!

More details as they come to hand…

Dallas Frasca Troy Cassar-Daley Kate Miller-Heidke Augie March Gympie Muster James Blundell

Links:  Toyota National Country Music Muster Offical Site
Photos:  LifeMusicMedia Muster 2007 Photos , Part 1Part 2

V Festival – Gold Coast, 30 March 2008

VFestival - Gold Coast 2008

Review By: By Lisa Kither courtesy of thedaily.com.au

The festival gods were smiling once again on Sunday when a clear blue sky greeted the V Festival as it rolled into the rolling hills surrounds of the Avica Resort on the Gold Coast.

The day brought with it a huge host of bands and thousands of music loving punters, and one Sir Richard Branson who cruised the festival meeting punters and having a great time himself.

In everyone’s life, there is music that defines certain events, or entire generations, and this festival certainly had these on the bill.

Headliners Duran Duran, Smashing Pumpkins, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Presets and Jesus and Mary Chain are among these for many and they were sure to delight. But the earliest acts were dropped as the official start time was postponed until 2pm.

Sadly the days of rain beforehand had turned most of the venue into a muddy slop-fest (that smelled like manure in places) but it failed to dampen spirits despite claiming many pairs of thongs in the boggy holes that were knee deep in some parts.

But we were there for the music. And after wading our way through the bar line and across the crowded fields, there were more problems as the first band on the main stage, Hot Hot Heat, were delayed a further 30 minutes before microphone problems caused more chaos.

But the show did go on and fans were treated to a cracker set from Modest Mouse and Cut Copy, and while Roisin Murphy did nothing to thrill me, a large crowd was singing along to her latest hit.

As the sun set the action picked up as the big names hit the stages.

Queens Of The Stone Age, led by founding member Josh Homme delivered all their hits with high energy and power.

And in the name of safety it was good to see them halt their set when one loser fan threw a can at the stage, only to find himself berated and belittled by Josh before the music continued.

Seeing The Pumpkins was a thrill for me and it was awesome to see them come out on stage and kick off with Today, my personal favourite, for which the crowd sang the first verse without Corgan whose grin and applause for the crowd gave way to a set of sing-a-longs from their biggest albums Siamese Dream and Mellan Collie and The Infinite Sadness as well as newer hits from the 2007 release Zeitgeist.

Rounding out the day, The Presets had a huge dance space cranking in the mud with young and old bouncing up and down to My People, Are You The One, Down Down Down and more, with their live performance assuring fans that the forthcoming new album is sure to be another winner.

Once again Mr Branson has delivered a great festival. The transport out of the venue seemed to go well with shuttles to park and ride stations. The only downside seems to be the $9.50 drinks and $4 waters, far too few toilets and the dodgy stage lateness.

But if you were there I’m sure you didn’t care.

As the final summer festival for 2008, we now look towards Splendour In The Grass which has now been confirmed as the first weekend in August.

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Links:  TheDaily.com.au
Photos: V Festival photo set on flickr

The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay – BluesFest

John Butler

The East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival Byron Bay (or BluesFest) is held at the Belongil Fields, Ewingsdale Road in Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (20th March – 24 March 2008).  A line up of international and national blues, folk, hip hop, reggae, roots, soul, rock, and world musicians have been put together to perform and includes the amazing Sinead O’Connor, KT Tunstall, Patty Griffin, Clare Bowditch, Xavier Rudd, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Keith Urban, John Butler Trio, Lior and many, many more!

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More Photos Here…

The Byron Bay Blues festival is truly an event and shouldn’t be missed! The new venue is roomy and the event is massive!! Along with the fantastic musical lineup, roaming entertainment and food stalls that sell really good food, I have too tip my hat too the organisers… the complete setup is run with precision.  Transport, security, service, sanity, schedule, direction… everything was organised, ensuring that the average punter had an memorable experience! 

The opening night saw Jeff Martin, Xavier Rudd, Keith Urban and John Butler whipping the crowd into musical bliss.  Wilco rocked! and Buddy Guy delivered a mind-blowing gritty set of blues…

 Link: Official Bluesfest Website
Related: http://www.byron-bay.com/
Photos: lifemusicmedia flickr photoset