ARIA voting now open
Voting for the ARIA awards is now not just reserved for snobby music industry people. For the first time you can vote for Most Popular Australian Single, Most Popular Australian Album, Most Popular International Artist and Most Popular Australian Artist. Nominees for these categories have been selected from the highest selling singles and albums over the past year. Head to www.ariaawards.com.au to have your say.
Laneway Festival Lineup
The Aussie festival season is ramping up, with announcements coming thick and fast, the latest of which is St Jeromes Laneway Festival. International highlights include !!!, Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter, Foals, Holy F**k, Les Savy Fav and Yeasayer plus local favourites Cut Copy, Gotye, PVT, and RAT vs POSSUM. There are some venue changes this year, including an extra stage for Brisbane, more space and more food (thank god! ATMs?!) in Melbourne, more food and “amenities” in Sydney, more food, “shady hangout areas” and an extra stage in Adelaide and a different stage for local acts in Perth. As with previous years, Laneway will also head to New Zealand.
The future is coming
Aussie dance fans are grinning with the announcement of next year’s Future Music Festival line up, which has been revealed in all its shiny disco ball glory. Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide can look forward to internationals The Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, Mark Ronson and the Business International, Ke$ha (really?) and Steve Angelo (Swedish House Mafia), plus local dancefloor demons Pendulum, Presets and Art vs Science.
Even Bigger Day Out
Big Day Out ticket sales are going gangbusters. For the third time in history, there will be a second Big Day Out in Sydney. First ticket allocations for Melbourne and Gold Coast have also sold out, with a ballot system deciding the rest of the lucky ticket holders. This year’s line-up includes Tool, Rammstein, Iggy and the Stooges, M.I.A, John Butler Trio, Deftones, and LCD Soundsystem.
If you’re one of the lucky ones heading to Glastonbury next year keep an eye out for the latest Aussie sensation Stonefield. Made up of the 12 and 20 year old Findlay sisters, these girls from Melbourne were invited by Glasto organisers after wowing audiences at a music industry showcase in Perth.
Listen up Finn Fans!
Fans of Crowded House and Split Enz, listen up. EMI will release a compilation of Neil and Tim Finn covers called ‘He Will Have His Way’ on November 12. The album features 16 acts, including Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Angus Stone, Chris Cheney (The Living End), The Sleepy Jackson and even Darren Hayes from Savage Garden.
What’s big down under?
On the Aussie single charts, Rihanna is at number 1 again with ‘Only Girl (In the World)’, and Birds of Tokyo the highest charting local act at number 11 with ‘Plans’. Linkin Park are ruling the album charts once again with ‘A Thousand Suns’, Eminem at number 2 and Phil Collins (wtf?!) taking out the number 3 spot. There’s some healthy competition from some local acts this week, with Birds of Tokyo, a very respectable debut from the Bag Raiders (#7), Kasey Chambers and Angus and Julia Stone all securing places in the Top 10.
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