North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, MØ, Purity Ring, Flight Facilities, Alison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more
Drake and Avicii will remain the last headliners to step off the two giant Future Music Festival stages, as the Mushroom Group announce that the king-size travelling music festival will not be returning ever again, partly due to insufficient ticket sales.
Given the recent axing of the Big Day Out and the downsizing of Soundwave, it’s not a huge surprise that yet another one-dayer bites the dust. As Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski explains: “The decision to discontinue Future Music Festival was not made lightly. A point came though where it simply no longer made sense to continue. We believe in the festival industry in Australia and plan to announce an exciting new festival concept in the coming months.”
Mushroom will continue run its boutique touring agency Frontier Touring, as well as the more chilled out A Day on the Green, the indie-cool Sugar Mountain Music Festival and the under-18s Good Life.… Read more
Even though we’ve got a wee bit of time up our sleeve before Moomba kicks off properly (it runs over the Labor Day long weekend), our lovely Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, kicked off festivities this morning, crowning Shane Warne and Bollywood babe, Pallavi Sharda, 2015’s Moomba monarchs.
While the lineup’s fresh every year, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic because our Moomba picks have been stalwarts since we were kids:
God knows, we love a good firework and every night wraps up quite literally with a bang at 9.30pm.
The Birdman Rally (Sun Mar 8)
If you haven’t seen this before, it’s a bit crazy meets engineer meets Icarus – folks make their own (sometimes not so magnificent) flying machines and take a run out over the Yarra. Naturally, the furthest projection wins, but a lot of entrants just take a dive into the Yarra (but for the fact that we’d prefer not to have Yarra water up our nose).… Read more
There are two kinds of people living in Victoria: those who have bathed in the glow of Meredith’s Supernatural Amphitheatre, and those who have not. There’s no shame in being in the latter category – it’s just difficult for Meredith devotees to describe the experience without going all teary-eyed and mumbling words like “BYO booze… only one stage… Ferris wheel… Inspiration Point… music?”
Still, we must try. Over two decades ago, a dude named Chris Nolan invited some mates to his farm to listen to his favourite local bands. Now, thousands of music-lovers plan their social calendar (and their personal finances) around one weekend in December. And if we didn’t see you in the crowd this year, then here are some moments that might make you reconsider your choices in 2015.
Best on-stage banter
Friday night, 10pm. A saxophonist in a sharp skipper’s outfit addresses the audience with a very serious expression on his face.… Read more
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.
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