20 August

Soundwave announces a killer 2015 lineup


When AJ Maddah said goodbye to the Big Day Out and announced that his original Soundwave Festival would extend to two days in 2015, we expected that the bill might be bigger than usual.

We didn’t expect it to be this big. Topping the incredible lineup is Faith No More, as well as Soundgarden, Slipknot, Slash and Marilyn Manson. And the list of metal, punk and hardcore bands goes on: there’s Incubus, Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way and Judas Priest.

The best part? Since the bill is split over two days, it means that there’ll be way fewer timetable clashes, longer sets, shorter queues, and better staging. Plus, the ticket price hasn’t even increased from $185.

Full lineup…

Day one:
Faith No More, Soundgarden, Incubus, Lamb Of God, Ministry, Antemasque, Gerard Way. Mayhem, New Found Glory, Fear Factory, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, the Aquabats, Area 7, Godflesh, Crown The Empire, the Interrupters, Icon For Hire, Emily’s Army, Patent Pending, Fireworks, the Bennies, the Color Morale, Monuments, Nothing More, Deathstars, Ne Obliviscaris, the Treatment.… Read more

18 August

The Falls Festival lineup has been announced… and we love it

Falls Festival

What’s that about the festival circuit in Australia being on life support? A look at the cracker lineup for the Falls Music & Arts Festival, announced this morning, should have any serious music lover considering a New Year’s Eve holiday in Lorne, Marion Bay or Byron Bay, the locales where the gathering will take place.

The lineup features some beloved Australian favourites (Bluejuice, John Butler Trio, the Presets, Spiderbait), a return swing from the boys of Alt-J, EDM boundary busters like Todd Terje and the long-awaited announcement that Röyksopp and Robyn will finally – FINALLY! – bring their hugely anticipated live show (now playing dates around Europe and North America) to our shores.

Here is the full Falls Music & Arts Festival lineup for 2014:
Alt-J, Big Freedia, The Black Lips, Bluejuice, Cold War Kids, DMAs, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, The Kite String Tangle, Milky Chance, Movement, The Presets, Remi, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run the Jewels, Safia, SBTRKT (live), Spiderbait, Sticky Fingers, The Temper Trap, Tensnake, Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (live), Tycho, Vance Joy, Wolf Alice.… Read more

14 August

Meredith announces 2014 lineup

War on Drugs Meredith

The full lineup has been announced, and the warm glow of the Supernatural Amphitheatre is calling. Aunty Meredith opened the ballot in July, announcing Philadelphia indie rockers the War on Drugs as headliners. They’ll be joined by Ty Segall, Skatalites, Mark Lanegan, De La Soul and more.

The lineup caters for a broad range of music tastes, which is one of the reasons we love the festival so much (that, and the lack of timetable clashes, BYO booze bans and dickheads). The garage and indie rock contingent won’t go past beloved rock singer Mark Lanegan, as well as Augie March, Sleep, Cloud Nothings and the Lemonheads. Equally, you’ve got your hip hop – De La Soul AND Wu Tang’s Ghostface Killah, no less – and over in the electronic corner, there’s James Holden (and of course, plenty of great DJs to come). This year, the organisers have also outdone themselves on their great-pioneers-of-soul/funk/ska tradition, with Jamaican innovators the Skatalites.… Read more

6 August

Melbourne Fringe Festival launches 2014 program

Fringe Festival 2014

When you hike up to the top of Madame Brussels on a Wednesday morning only to be greeted by a friendly gorilla, you know the Melbourne Fringe Festival is just around the corner.

Underground, cross-platform, subversive, weird and a little bit wild: Fringe truly offers art for everybody. Back for its 30th year, the festival’s 2014 theme seems to be its sheer size – there are over 400 programmed events crammed into 19 days, with more than 5000 artists participating.

Not sure where to start? At this morning’s media launch, creative director Jayne Lovelock recommends jumping into the Fringe Hub at the North Melbourne Town Hall and Lithuanian Club, which will host more than 60 events. “You could see three shows there in one night!” says Lovelock – including puppetry, burlesque, cabaret, comedy and music. In addition to comedy crowd-pleasers like Arj Barker, Rod Quantock and Greg Fleet, the hub will host Indigenous cabaret showcase Flash!Read more

30 July

Stereosonic 2014 announces huge lineup

Calvin Harris

We’ll cut to the chase: Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki.

And that’s barely scratching the surface. Last year, the organisers of Stereosonic expanded the festival into two full days of house, techno, bass, trance and electro.

The headliner for the first day is Scottish house DJ Calvin Harris (pictured): maker of bangers like ‘Sweet Nothing’ that even non-EDM fans love. Dutchman Tiësto will bring the trance, Major Lazer helmsman Diplo will unleash his twerk-tastic tracks, and electro/garage duo Disclosure will whip up a DJ set. If you didn’t see them at Splendour this year, make sure you catch local wunderkinds Peking Duk and Nina Las Vegas.

Day two will see Skrillex take to the stage after having to pull out last year, alongside festival favourite Steve Aoki, UK house innovator Carl Cox, Dutch trance lords Dash Berlin, and 22-year-old Porter Robinson, who’ll be sure to offer something different entirely, if the tracks from his upcoming album Worlds are anything to go by.… Read more