In early June 2014, ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.
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Just when you were packing your bags, checking your makeup and cleansing your liver ready for BIGSOUND next week, Australia’s biggest industry gathering has doubled down on musical treats, announcing live performances from seminal musicians Billy Bragg, Robert Forster and Regurgitator.
With Bragg and Regurgitator already speaking at the event, these music royals now also join the BIGSOUND festival program which includes a host of the hottest bands from Australia and beyond, including Megan Washington, Busby Marou, Calling All Cars, Mama Kin, Stonefield, The Trouble with Templeton, Adalita and many more.
Continue reading BIGSOUND Surprises Again: Performances Announced for Billy Bragg, Robert Forster and Regurgitator
NAT DUNN signed a publishing deal with Mushroom when she was just 16 years old and, a decade later, released her debut EP “A Fool’s Fate”.
After selling out her EP Launch at Black Bear Lodge, Nat has now been added to the lineup for Australia’s premier music conference, BIGSOUND as well as being selected by the boys from Busby Marou to open their shows on their national tour for new single “Get You Out Of Here” throughout October and November. Nat will be using this tour to launch her latest single and title track from the EP “Fools Fate”.
Continue reading Nat Dunn Announces New Single + BIGSOUND & Busby Marou Tour Dates
BIGSOUND Music+Design has stepped up another level with the announcement of its final program, along with details of the CMD Live Design Lab, and Artisan Beer+Design design showcases. The new design showcases build on the huge success of BIGSOUND’s live artist showcases, bringing together creative product with industry and public, resulting in a discovery experience like no other.
An Australian first, the CMD Live Design Lab is a purpose built facility where designers from all sides of the industry, Music+Design speakers and delegates come together. Led by strategic design and innovation studio CMD, a core team of Brisbane studios will work collaboratively to explore and solve music industry problems, live and on site at BIGSOUND. Whether it’s designing concepts or simply continuing discussions started on the panels, the multidisciplinary Lab will be a unique opportunity to bring about discourse and action. The CMD Live Design Lab runs 10am-4pm, 10-12 September.
Continue reading BIGSOUND Music+Design Final Event Program and Design Showcases Announced
Australia’s global music industry gathering BIGSOUND has thrown its cards on the table today with the announcement of final speakers for 2013 as well as the unveiling of the BIGSOUND festival program.
The event, held in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley September 10-13, is pleased and honoured to announce an exclusive keynote interview session and performance from the artist Rolling Stone dubbed Australia’s most important voice, Gurrumul. Appearing alongside his friends (and Australian of the Year nominees), Skinnyfish Music’s Mark Grose and Michael Honhen, the session will unpack the complexity and artistry behind Gurrumul. It will explore both the culture and the business decisions which led to a blind Indigenous prodigy who writes and sings in language making the leap from remote Elcho Island, to performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and achieving a couple of multi-platinum albums along the way.
Continue reading BIGSOUND Announces Gurrumul for Keynote Speech, Releases Program
The inaugural BIGSOUND Music+Design today adds a slew of speakers, led by none other than Nick Cave. An icon of modern culture, Cave has been performing for more than thirty years as the singer of The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He is an acclaimed film score composer, scriptwriter, novelist and occasional actor.
The new program, connecting the worlds of design and music will ignite Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on September 10 and 11, with two days of conferences, showcasing and networking. Music+Design is accessible via its own ticket, while entry is included with all BIGSOUND delegate passes. Registrations for both are open now at www.bigsound.org.au.
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Australia’s biggest festival of tomorrow’s hottest artists BIGSOUND has today unveiled another 80 artists joining its lineup for 2013. Presented by Oztix, BIGSOUND’s Live program takes over Fortitude Valley over 2 nights and 12 stages this year from September 11-12 2013, with performances from some of the world’s most exciting new acts.
Leading the charge in this new announcement are a host of artists industry insiders are chasing including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jonti, KINGSWOOD, Darren Middleton, Gossling, Blue King Brown’s Natalie Pa’apa’a, Canada’s Yukon Blonde, Calling All Cars, The Trouble with Templeton, Chance Waters, Regular John and many more!
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|Australia’s biggest celebration of breaking artists has hit new heights with the announcement today of OVER FIFTY new artists joining the BIGSOUND LIVE lineup.
Today’s announcement is headed by latest EMI signing Papa Vs Pretty and prog rock supergroup FloatingMe, featuring members of Karnivool and Cog.
PLENDOUR IN THE GRASS – the annual, ephemeral city of sounds that exists solely for sweet music and good times will transform Woodfordia, near Woodford, south east Queensland from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July. The Woodfordia campgrounds will open from 7am Wednesday 27 July until 5pm Monday 1 August. Please note the entire festival site including the three main stages – Amphitheatre, Mix Up Stage and GW McLennan Tent – will operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. For those camping onsite, the event area will open from 9am Thursday 28 July with a bunch of spaces and entertainment in full swing to keep you busy right across the weekend.
Due to the very heavy traffic congestion when arriving and departing SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2010 we have spent the past year working on initiatives that will simultaneously ease traffic on local roads and within Woodfordia, whilst also creating a greener event. Borrowing from other international music festivals that have experienced similar issues, and in an effort to radically reduce traffic congestion, we will be implementing a car pass system which will encourage carpooling. More info on this plan and all of SPLENDOURs environmental initiatives will be supplied in the coming weeks.
Continue reading Splendour in the Grass 2011 – ‘Woodfordia’, QLD [Festival News]
ROCK OF AGES is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs such as: ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’, ‘Don’t Stop Believin”, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘We Built This City’ and ‘More Than Words’ by iconic rockers such as Foreigner, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Starship, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
The Australian production of this critically acclaimed Broadway musical at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne from April 2011.
Continue reading ROCK OF AGES now playing in Melbourne! [Theatre News & Tickets]
Brilliantly adapted from the beloved books by Australia’s own P.L.Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS is playing in Brisbane from January 2012…
This spectacular production includes all of the best loved songs from the film including CHIM CHIM CHER-EE, A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, JOLLY HOLIDAY, STEP IN TIME, FEED THE BIRDS and SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS.
Continue reading MARY POPPINS in Brisbane from January 2012 [Theatre News & Tickets]
|Electronic trio Seekae deliver + Dome, the band’s second offering.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Seekae are made up of members George Nicholas, John Hassell and Alex Cameron. The trio formed in 2006 after a chance meeting and gained original notoriety on Sydney’s live circuit for their own brand of 8 bit electronica.
2008 saw the release of debut album The Sound of Trees Falling on People to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone described the record as “an album that’s as ambient and mesmerizing as an iced-over forest,” along with 5 star reviews, FBI radio crowned the record ‘one of Australian top ten albums of the decade’ and listeners also recognized the band at Sydney’s Music Arts and Culture Awards as Best Live Act.
The album was a move away from their inceptive sound towards what has been described as skirt lifting, ball crushing Ghetto Ambience.
After an incredibly busy few years supporting the praised release, Seekae toured heavily, with the likes of PVT, Broadcast, Cloud Control, Decoder Ring, and Midnight Juggernauts including selling out their own headline nights.
The songwriting speaks for itself, but it is their attention to detail that makes Seekae such a unique and exciting live act to behold, once being described as ‘ an ambient feast of sonic wizardry’ (LIFE MUSIC MEDIA).
2011 holds something new for Seekae. George, John and Alex take +Dome to the stage with impressive live show that boasts live drums, guitars , samplers and synthesizers. They are back to break more ground.
Fusing the 808 and bass heavy club sounds of the new decade and their own familiar brand of electronica, the Sydney three-piece return with their Sophomore release +Dome.
Paying homage to the sound and textures of Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and London, +Dome blends live instrumentation with electronics and samples collected over two years of performing, touring and writing.
Composing every sound and song with meticulous detail, from sub bass heavy rollers to intricate guitar riddled interludes, Seekae transmit their developed pallet through a long player that is both rhythm orientated and at the same time self reflecting.
It’s percussive, loud and exciting at times – reserved and laid back at others, but every track oozes a warm feeling that could only be described as Seekae.
The Sound Of Trees Falling On People, first introduced Seekae’s mastery for creating intricate, beat-driven tunes. +Dome is more than just a follow up, it’s a new beginning.
ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS
Friday 15 April Woodland Brisbane
Saturday 16 April Manning Bar Sydney
Monday 25 April The Toff Melbourne (Anzac Day public holiday eve)
Gnor by Seekae
As her Australian tour rolls on, Rihanna holds on to top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart with “S&M”, for a total of four weeks at the pinnacle and the achievement of artist with most weeks spent at number one this century! Michael Buble’s five times platinum album “Crazy Love” accrues a sixth week at number one, this week being his third consecutive week on top in addition to three weeks at number one in November 2009. His overall tally of weeks spent at number one is now thirteen, in fine company with Led Zeppelin, Midnight Oil and James Blunt.
Continue reading ARIA Chart News: w/c 7 March 2011 – featuring Rihanna and Michael Buble
|Tom Murphy began The Bloodpoets in Germany, after writing songs and busking on the streets of Erlangen. Within weeks, Fire In Erlangen had been written and recorded, set to be released to the German market. Back in Australia, The Bloodpoets released their debut EP in 2006 to rave reviews..
The success of Fire In Erlangen saw The Bloodpoets become a staple to the Brisbane music scene, performing on Festival stages and enduring heavy touring in Australia to great acclaim.
Fast forward 3 years and Borderline is released as a single from their debut album Polarity. Immediate responses came from Triple J Unearthed seeing them being featured artists 2 months consecutively, and receiving a large circulation of play over the summer of 2008/2009.
|It’s been speculated about for months, and now its official – Bliss N Eso are taking their explosive live show on the road for their biggest ever Australian tour. After what was without-doubt their biggest 12 months ever, with a #1 ARIA debut, a platinum album, international touring, headlining slots on some of the country’s biggest festivals and main stage Big Day Out performances that blew tens of thousands away.
The trio are renowned for their spectacular audio-visual live experience that has set a new benchmark in the genre, and they promise that this will be their biggest and best tour yet, stepping up their already-extravagant live production in what will be one of the largest scale tours from an Australian act in years.