Photographer: Matt Palmer
Photographer: Matt Palmer
Photographer: Matt Palmer
Review: Lana Harris
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|If you didn’t realise MUSE were an astronomic rock explosion of a symphonic band, tonight’s stadium extravagance featuring floating performance platforms and blinding silver sequined suits leaves no doubts as to the epic nature of these revolution focused rockers.|
pillars and hidden between huge rectangular prisms which display Orwellian arrangements of human movement. Pairing tracks with visual displays that are often breathtaking and always in the theme of wonder at the natural or fear of the dictatorial is used to great effect throughout the show. ‘Resistance’ is accompanied by DNA helixes spiralling and human forms twisting upon the screens of the prisms above, interspersed with close ups of the band for those sitting further away in the stadium. ‘Undisclosed Desires’ has verdant lasers flinging their light across the crowd, creating a visual spectacle reminiscent of swarms of fireflies hovering above punters’ open mouths.
Review: Natalie Salvo
|Batten down the hatches, the Midnight Juggernauts ‘difficult’ second album, The Crystal Axis appears to be anything but that. Instead, it uses analogue harmony walls and experimentation aplenty to craft 12 striking tracks (well 11 plus an overture) with a destination of the sun’s core. Onboard we journey via new tangents and those crazy panoramic retro screens of old.
The trio employed a lot of live experimentation to get here. The jams err on the side of prog rock and spaced-out sonic landscapes. They billeted together in a remote and isolated house on the NSW
coast with only synthesisers, keys, guitars, drums, racks of pedals and other electronic gizmos for company. The jams even found their way into the recording process and at times this adds a unique character to the music, while at other moments feels as though a bit too much fat was left on the bone.
|The Resistance lives on. After taking the nation with sheer force at the Big Day Out in January, MUSE will return to bring 2010 to a close with the biggest shows they’ve ever played in Australia – pulling out all the stops to bring their entire, world-class arena production Down Under for shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.|
“MUSE’s sound was made for arenas, stadiums and festivals, not bloated but just huge – an awing supermassive black hole that sucks one into its gravity well of power.”
(Hollywood Reporter, April 2010)
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|Biffy Clyro have announced new tour dates for Brisbane 18th The Hi Fi, Melbourne 19th The Hi Fi and Sydney 20th Metro this May.
Coming after the mammoth success of fourth album ‘Puzzle’, ‘Only Revolutions’ is a further step-up for the Ayrshire trio in an album filled with joy, grit & absolute determination. The new album, ‘Only Revolutions’ includes Top 10 Singles ‘That Golden Rule, ‘Mountains’ & ‘The Captain”.
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|Fresh from the Laneway Festival tour Philadelphia Grand Jury announce a headline tour and new track from last year’s J Award nominated debut, Hope is For Hopers.
The new radio single ‘I Don’t Want To Party (Party)’ is an anti-party slacker anthem that in its utter catchiness has a habit of inciting exactly the opposite to what it says in the title. The track is a live favourite and was
for a long time used as the set closer which sees the band finish each set with a literal bang – one time even seeing lead singer Berkfinger taking to an upright piano with a sledgehammer
The single is joined by three exclusive never-heard-before tracks.
B-side number one is a disco remix of Philadelphia Grand Jury album track ‘Wet Winter Holiday’ by Mike FWD. The next is a solo track by band lead singer and producer Berkfinger called ‘Jimmy At The Whorehouse’ which is the first cut off a self-produced solo concept album due out later in the year on the band’s own label Normal People Making Hits.
Iyaz triumphs on ARIA Singles & Digital Track Charts as Susan Boyle’s dream run continues
Hailing from the British Virgin Islands, Iyaz swoops on the ARIA Singles Chart number one spot this week with the hit tune “Replay”, emulating his UK success and knocking Owl City‘s “Fireflies” from its five-week run at the top. The single also blasts to the top of the ARIA Digital Track Chart. Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed A Dream” meanwhile achieves its eleventh consecutive week at the peak of the ARIA Album Chart. It matches the 2001 chart-topping run of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, with the self-titled debut release from homegrown duo Savage Garden the most recent album to eclipse this tally, accruing twelve weeks straight at number one in 1997.
Holding tight at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart for a tenth consecutive week is Susan Boyle’s mammoth debut release “I Dreamed A Dream”, which becomes only the second album since 2000 to remain at number one for ten weeks straight. The Moulin Rouge soundtrack accrued eleven weeks running in 2001, with three other releases chalking up ten or more non-consecutive weeks at number one in the last decade. The most recent album to eclipse the ten-week mark was “Only By The Night” from Kings Of Leon, which spent fourteen weeks in peak position over three instalments in 2008/2009. Dominating the ARIA Singles Chart for the fifth week straight is Owl City‘s double platinum smash “Fireflies”, which also achieves its sixth week at the top of the ARIA Digital Tracks Chart.
It was our biggest year to date, cities selling out faster than ever before. Eighteen years since our inception (and, unbelievably, over 100 shows later) 40,000 music fans headed to Perth’s Claremont Showgrounds today, in order to catch the hottest names in music – and bringing the 2010 leg of the BIG DAY OUT to a triumphant close.
Susan Boyle and Owl City top charts for another week as The McClymonts make a bold charge at the album chart on debut…
Chalking up a fourth consecutive week at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart is Owl City with their smash hit “Fireflies”, accruing five weeks straight on top of the ARIA Digital Track Chart at the same time. Susan Boyle continues to break chart records in Australia and overseas, with “I Dreamed A Dream” holding at the pinnacle of the ARIA Album Chart for the ninth consecutive week. Boyle this week matches P!nk’s mammoth album “Funhouse”, which held down the No.1 spot for nine weeks running in November/December 2008.
Ke$ha claims two ARIA Singles Chart top 5 singles this week, with “Tik Tok” holding at #2 for the fourth week running and “Blah Blah Blah” moving from #7 to 4. Iyaz, who was discovered by Sean Kingston through his Myspace page, continues his chart assault, climbing three spots to #3 with “Replay”. The Black Eyed Peas meanwhile continue to impact the singles chart, with “Rock That Body” up four spots to #8 and “Meet Me Halfway” and “I Gotta Feeling” sitting at #22 and 23 respectively. “Rock That Body” is the fourth single to hit the top 10 from their current album “The E.N.D.”, which spawned three number one singles through 2009. “Memories” from David Guetta (featuring Kid Cudi) jumps seven spots to #17, as Jay Sean’s “Do You Remember?” blasts up a huge eleven spots to #18. Currently in Australia with the travelling Big Day Out festival, Muse shoot from #34 to 25 with “Undisclosed Desires”, Timbaland (featuring Nelly Furtado & SoShy) moves eight spots to #28 with “Morning After Dark” and Vanessa Amorosi’s “Hazardous” scores a #29 debut.
Following country music’s night of nights in Tamworth on Saturday, Golden Guitar winners The McClymonts swoop on the ARIA Album Chart #2 position with their new album “Wrapped Up Good”. Obliterating their previous chart peak of #37 with 2007’s “Chaos & Bright Lights”, “Wrapped Up Good” becomes the first Australian release to hit the top 5 this year. Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” holds at #3 this week, as the self-titled album from touring super-group Them Crooked Vultures climbs five spots to round out the top 10 for the first time. Muse’s “The Resistance” jumps from #25 to 15, the soundtrack from Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel blasts a huge fourteen spots up the chart to #22, and Owl City’s “Ocean Eyes” claims a #25 debut. Featuring songs from Missy Higgins, Jessica Mauboy and Ernie Dingo, the soundtrack to local film Bran Nue Dae enters at #29. Also debuting is “Summer” from The Sunny Cowgirls, which comes in at #33.
“Replay” from Iyaz jumps two spots to #2 on the ARIA Digital Tracks Chart this week, while Ke$ha takes out positions 3 and 4 with “Tik Tok” and “Blah Blah Blah” respectively. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Rock That Body” moves up five spots to #7 as Jay Sean’s “Do You Remember?” climbs seven spots to #18. Further down the chart, Sia’s “You’ve Changed” shoots up nine spots to #29 and “I Like That” from Richard Vission (featuring Luciana & Static Revenger) enters at #35.
|ARIA Top 5 Albums
1. Susan Boyle “I Dreamed A Dream”
2. The McClymonts “Wrapped Up Good” (DEBUT)
3. Michael Buble “Crazy Love”
4. Ke$ha “Animal”
5. Vampire Weekend “Contra”
Further Top 40 Debuts:
Top 40 Debuts:
Available at iTunes:
– Owl City
– Fleetwood Mac
– Susan Boyle
– Lady GaGa
– David Guetta
– Michael Jackson
– John Butler Trio
– Robbie Williams
Review: Hannah Collins
[Archive Photo: Stuart Blythe]
|An introduction to BIG DAY OUT out need not be overdone. We can outline the usual journey to the venue, the mass of colourful crowds milling around the stages and the blistering heat of the scorching Australian summer, complimenting those in their BDO attire. With all of the following making continual appearances, Mexican hats, BDO coolers and an array of prominent band shirts, BDO 2010 marked the beginning of a new decade of international music in superbly fine form.|
Kicking off the Australian BDO roller coaster, that will set up tents in near every capital city in the country and twice in Sydney this year, the leg begins with a line up of mammoth proportions at one of the only places that surf lifestyle, trip hop beats, ghetto tricks and divine diva’s meet our very own rock and roll sub culture.
The summer heat was in full swing, but that didn’t stop punters from soaking up killer sets today, enjoying the first of two sold out Sydney BIG DAY OUTs. Capping off the show with an absolutely spectacular fireworks and fire cannon finale, the entire arena of Sydney Showground was lit up, as the BDO celebrated the eve of our 100th show.
With seven BDO’s taking place across the nation (today’s show following on from successful events in Auckland on Friday 15th January, and the Gold Coast on Sunday 17th January), a sold-out crowd of 53,000 music fans kept their cool despite the soaring temperature. Making the most of the free water fountains and water stations across the BDO site, festival-goers took in 70+ acts hailing from both Australia and beyond, proving yet again why the BDO is Australia’s premier live music festival.
UK trio MUSE headlined with an amazing set that had to be seen to believed – even inviting JET’s Nic Cester up onstage for a rendition of AC/DC’s “Back In Black”. LILY ALLEN seduced the crowd on the Orange Stage, while punters headed indoors to keep cool with SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, GIRL TALK and CALVIN HARRIS in the Boiler Room. The Silent Disco also provided a reprieve from the heat.
Aussie artists showcased yet again why they rival the biggest overseas names when it comes to live music. The TEMPER TRAP lit up the Green Stage with a huge singalong to “Sweet Disposition”, while hip-hop kings the HILLTOP HOODS nailed it over on the Orange Stage.
In addition to the music, the BIG DAY OUT showcased a collection of visual art, including: sculpture that comes to life, progressive street art, film, and photography.
The fireworks and fire canon spectacular took place shortly after Muse left the stage. The BDO reaches a mammoth milestone tomorrow, with the second sold-out Sydney event – taking place Saturday 23rd January – marking our 100th BIG DAY OUT show.
St Johns Ambulance Commander, John Merlino reported that the majority of treatments across the day were heat related, including dehydration, exhaustion and sunburn. Despite this, figures were down on last year’s event.
Tomorrow’s show (Saturday 23rd January) is expected to be another scorcher with an early evening storm predicted. Organisers urge everyone attending to take the necessary precautions to ensure they have a happy and safe day.
Please keep hydrated by drinking lots of water, apply sunscreen before you arrive, and keep applying throughout the day. (Free sunscreen is available from the St Johns.) We strongly recommend you wear a hat.
>From Sydney, the BIG DAY OUT travels to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The line-up features some of the biggest names in the music world including MUSE, LILY ALLEN, DIZZEE RASCAL, PEACHES, KASABIAN, GROOVE ARMADA and many, many more.
Owl City continues to dominate the ARIA Singles Chart, claiming a third consecutive week on top with “Fireflies”. The hit single also achieves its fourth week straight at number one on the ARIA Digital Track Chart. Remaining in peak position on the ARIA Album Chart for the eighth week running is Susan Boyle’s monster debut release “I Dreamed A Dream”, which becomes the first album in over a year to hold at the top of chart for eight weeks straight. P!nk‘s mega release “Funhouse” was the last album to do this, riding the top of the chart for nine consecutive weeks in November/December 2008.
Kicking off the 2010 Australian leg, the BIG DAY OUT landed in the Gold Coast today – the BDO making its first stop in what will be a seven-leg series across the nation. A sold out crowd of 55,000 music fans headed to the Gold Coast Parklands to enjoy balmy summer conditions and top-notch performances, with over 65 acts from Australia and across the globe showcasing their talents.
Hailing from Devon in the UK, English trio MUSE proved just why they’re one of the best-loved visitors to our shores, headlining with a killer set that included hits such as “Supermassive Black Hole”, “United States Of Eurasia” and “Resistance”. Fellow Brit LILY ALLEN wowed fans with her spicy set, taking to the Orange Stage in the afternoon donning sunglasses and a sequined leotard. Earlier in the day Passion Pit and Kasabian revved up the crowd, while grime star Dizzee Rascal sent everyone bonkers. Over in the Boiler Room, CALVIN HARRIS, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO and GIRL TALK got punters moving, with GROOVE ARMADA closing the night with a dance-floor frenzy.
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.