|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.
– Less Arty More Party
|Explosive Brisbane five-piece The Belligerents are set to take their dance frenzied, disco-pop live show on the road for a national tour in March and April to celebrate the release of their much anticipated debut EP Less Arty More Party.
In 2010, the band infused the hearts and dancing shoes of audiences; supporting acts such as Metronomy (UK), Neon Indian (USA), Breakbot (France), Yacht Club DJs, The Paper Scissors and DZ. They blew the minds of festival revellers holding their own alongside the likes of Little Red, Shout Out Louds (Sweden), Regurgitator, Miami Horror, The Jezabels, Dappled Cities, Urthboy, Parades and the John Steel Singers.
The boys have played countless mind-blowing sets on renowned stages and at house parties – occasionally invoking partial nudity. Also in the midst of this wild year, the band got creatively intimate with Brisbane producer Timeshare at Temple Street studio and recorded a deeply charismatic four track EP. Channelling inspiration from Foals, The Rapture and Talking Heads, The Belligerents have crafted an entrancing musical work of art suitable for any party.
Continue reading The Belligerents Debut EP Release and National Tour – March/April 2011 [Tour News]
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS have officially confirmed that this year’s festival will again be held in the wonderful surrounds of Woodfordia, near Woodford, south-east Queensland.
Australia’s number one mid-winter music celebration will be held across three big days from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July. Set those dates aside for more music, arts and culture from around the globe.
SITG would also like to advise that any damage inflicted on the Woodfordia site during January’s devastating floods throughout SE QLD will be well and truly repaired by the time of the festival. “We wouldn’t be announcing Woodfordia as the location for the 2011 Splendour In the Grass festival if we weren’t completely confident that was the case,” said Splendour’s co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
Continue reading SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS 2011 Dates & Venue Confirmed!
Tour dates & tickets below…
|After a busy few months of writing and recording tracks in a studio in North London, Frank Turner emerges with details of his forthcoming album, plus dates for an Australian solo tour, after a hugely successful run of shows with The Revival Tour early last year.
Folk/punk hero (and NME Award nominee for Best Solo Artist) Frank will release his highly anticipated fourth album ‘England Keep My Bones’ on 6th June 2011 through Xtra Mile Recordings for UK and Ireland and on 7th June 2011 through Epitaph Records for the rest of the world.
|Creamfields Australia 2011 Tickets:
* Apr 22 – Planet Cream ADELAIDE
After its launch into Australia last year, Creamfields Australia is back bigger and better for Easter 2011. The Totem Onelove crew (also behind the Stereosonic festival) are committed to bringing you some of the world’s best acts, utilizing some of the best venues in Australia, amazing production and value for money in ticket pricing.
Totem Onelove (Hardware Corp and Onelove Music Group), are pleased to announce the main headliner for Creamfields 2011: Deadmau5 with the full live show (with LED Mau5 head and new production), designed by the people who brought the world Daft Punks’ legendary live show!! Deadmau5 is one of the biggest acts in the world with countless productions, and has been stunning audiences worldwide with this live light & videoshow. This is the first time he has brought his show, LED Mau5head and concert level production to Australia.
Another year and another smash hit for Frenchman Martin Solveig, all over the radio and TV with ‘Hello’ Martin will be shooting an exclusive video at Creamfields Australia. Skrillex is one of the hottest producers at the moment, owning 7 out of 10 spots on the Beatport chart in November 2010. Chuckie is one of the most in demand acts in the world with his Dutch House weapons. Simon Patterson one of the new school guys of trance has jumped up in the DJ Mag rankings and blown away crowds at major festivals including Trance Energy around the world. Gabriel and Dresden are one of the most revered acts in the Trance/Progressive world and haven’t toured for many years. Wynter Gordonhas had a massive few months, ‘Dirty Talk’ topping the Aria Charts and will be performing live at Creamfields. Hi Tek Soul is the new project for Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, the original Detroit Legends together for 3 hours at each show. After sellout club shows across Australia, DJs, remixers and producers the Bingo Playersreturn for Creamfields after a busy end to 2010 and start of 2011. Top 3 Psy Trance act Skazi return to Australia with a new album due in March: ‘Time to feed the animals.’ French Wunderkid Surkin is back in Australia with a new live show. Electronic Duo Dada Life are from Sweden. Check out their latest album ‘Do the Dada.’ Umek is one of the techno massives favourite acts, get set for Umek at all shows. Nadastrom The collective brainchild of Washington, D.C. natives Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom. Emerging duo experiencing significant buzz. i.e. The debut release from Nadastrom sold out on vinyl and became a digital store annual bestseller. One of the buzz acts of 2010 was Round Table Knights, a huge year on dancefloors, charts and touring. At a time when techno is marketed in the same way as a sci-fi blockbuster, it’s possible for every aspiring DJ to have the same playlist as their idol with just a few mouse clicks, the mysterious Sandwell District label is pushing in the opposite direction, putting some distance between the artist and the audience. London based Tim Green is one of those producers who doesn’t turn in a lot of filler tracks. His unique style and flair shine for all to see when the 25 year old puts his music out there. After a decade in the business Bart Claessen knows a thing or two about trance. Over the last eight years he’s been responsible for huge club hits, international chart smashes and sub-genre defining releases. If there is one thing you can’t blame Mumbai Science for it’s a lack of imagination. At only 24, the duo already have a decade worth of creative experimenting behind them.
The countdown is on Australia! Creamfields will return with larger stages and epic production, with the first Cream event stadium show, ‘Planet Cream’, in Adelaide. Brisbane will see a new venue this year, the RNA Showgrounds as we move to a larger capacity with a new site configuration for Melbourne.
Creamfields Australia 2011 National Tour Dates:
Friday Apr 22 Planet Cream (Adelaide) – Adelaide Ent Centre (Indoor Stadium Show)
(2pm – midnight)
Saturday Apr 23 Creamfields (Perth) – Claremont Showgrounds – Buy Tickets Here
(12 noon – 10pm) (Subject to Council Approval)
Monday Apr 25 Creamfields (Melbourne) – Melbourne Showgrounds- Buy Tickets Here
(12 noon- 10pm – Public Holiday Monday/Tuesday)
Saturday Apr 30 Creamfields (Sydney) – Showring & Hordern Pavilion- Buy Tickets Here
(12 noon – 10pm)
Sunday May 1 Creamfields (Brisbane) – RNA Showgrounds – Buy Tickets Here
(12 noon- 10pm – May Day Public Holiday Eve)
Gabriel & Dresden
Wynter Gordon (PA)
Hi Tek Soul: Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May (25 years of Detroit)
Round Table Knights
Appearing at Planet Cream Adelaide (Indoor Stadium Show)
Wynter Gordon (PA)
After nine years, three releases and hundreds of live shows, MM9 have announced that the band is calling it a day. They have cited an inability to “pour 100% of our hearts and souls into the music we’re making” and the fact that “as individuals, we’re heading in different directions,” as the reason for the decision.
MM9 first brought their brand of hard-edged electro-rock to the stages of their hometown of Sydney, and created a groundswell of support that firmly established them as one of Australia’s premier touring acts. Uniquely combining elements of heavy rock & electro, littered with guitar-driven melodies; MM9 became known as a band whose versatility was matched only by the sheer potency of their stage presence.
Continue reading MM9 ANNOUNCE SPLIT!
|Amaya Laucirica celebrates the release of her latest double a-side single ‘Sleeping In Your Shadow / Anywhere She Went’ with a string of national support shows.
Fresh from recently sharing the stage with Blonde Redhead and Holly Miranda, Amaya will play 16 dates including Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Tasmania and Brisbane when she tours nationally supporting Adalita in March/April/May.
Amaya Laucirica released her well-received second album ‘Early Summer‘ in late 2010. The album was selected as ‘Album of the Week’ on Triple J last November.
Continue reading Amaya Laucirica – New Single & National Tour – March-May 2011 [Tour News]
|Frenzal Rhomb will perform shows in swooping bird hotspots over the coming weeks to warn people of the danger of bird attack, and to sell their range of hand made neopolitan ice cream container helmets to concerned and/or injured fans
Top tips for fans who dare to venture between their houses and the shows:
1. Know your local swooping birds
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Fri 22nd April Barwon Club Geelong
Tickets Available Here
Continue reading Frenzal Rhomb Australian Tour – April-July 2011 [Tour News and Tickets]