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SXSW 2013 Australian band tips from The AU Review

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 11:00 am
 

We made friends with the lovely folks of the AU Review at SXSW 2012, so it seems only appropriate to ask their Head Photographer Johnny Au for his best tips for Australian acts not to miss at this year’s event. Check ’em out from the links below and where possible, we’ve linked to their SXSW 2013 features on the AU Review’s Web site and my live reviews from ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney. Thanks Johnny for your great tips!

Alpine – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Ball Park Music

Emma Louise – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Flume – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Georgia Fair – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Glass Towers – read part 4 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Henry Wagons

Jack Carty – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Jackson Firebird – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

Jonathan Boulet – read part 5 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Yolanda Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

People of Letters

San Cisco – read my review of their support slot with the Vaccines in early February in Washington here

Seth Sentry

The Audreys – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

The Beards – read part 1 of the AU Review’s From 360 to WIM: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here

The Falls – read part 3 of the AU Review’s From 360 to Vaudeville Smash: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 for more here; read my review of their performance at the MGM and SPA showcase during ARIA Week 2012 through here

The Rubens – read my review of their performance at the triplej unearthed showcase during ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney through here

The Trouble With Templeton – read my review of their performance at the MGM and SPA showcase during ARIA Week 2012 in Sydney through here

Vaudeville Smash

 

Update: The Great Escape 2013 announces keynote speakers

 
By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 1:45 pm
 

It is important to note that while for punters the Great Escape is known rightly so as one of the most exciting social events of the year, it is also one of, if not the pre-eminent, emerging music conference of the British music industry’s calendar. TEarlier today, the Great Escape announced its keynote speakers for the professional event that coincides with the dates of its music festival, the 16th to the 18th of May.

Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey will officially launch the first ever artist-centric music funding initiative – The Music Industry Talent Development Fund – and outline the Arts Council’s vision for music talent funding. Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation, which will manage and administer the new scheme, will also be on hand during Mr. Davey’s session to explain how the new initiative will work in practise.

The second keynote speaker will be Stephen Godfroy, co-owner of Rough Trade Retail, who will no doubt be offering up his views on the industry in light of the recent downfall of retail giant HMV. Both of these industry heavyweights will offer unique insights into the music business to attending delegates.

The third keynote session will definitely be one to watch. It’s being run by Convention Programmer of the Great Escape, Chris Cooke, who will delve behind the scenes into how artists, both grass roots and established, are learning to navigate the ‘new’ music industry. He’ll be chatting to some of the most admired managers – including Brian Message (Radiohead and Nick Cave) and Garry Blackburn (Madness) – on the new kinds of approaches and deals that are already working for them in 2013. Reminds me a bit of the ARIA Week Masterclass I attended in Sydney in November.

While super early bird wristbands for Great Escape punters have tone, a 3-day early bird festival wristband can be yours for £45 plus booking fees. Early bird delegate badges are available for £145. Both are under very limited availability, so book early to avoid disappointment! As John explained on his latest Great Escape update on Tuesday, Bastille has been announced as the first Brighton Dome headliner, and to gain access to a Brighton Dome show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50. View the initial line-up here.

 

Preview: Live at Jodrell Bank 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2013 at 9:30 am
 

All you science types, have I got a feast for the mind for you. Take the world-leading facilities of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, and then stick some star-shattering speakers around the site. Presto, you’ve got the makings of one of the kookiest and yet family-friendly festivals you’ll come by any day. In 2011, Live at Jodrell Bank played host to the cornucopia of psychedelia that is Wayne Coyne’s Flaming Lips, alongside the kings of the music video OK Go and maritime doubleheader British Sea Power and Wave Machines.

While 2012 was cut short due to poor weather, seeing punters miss out on headline act Paul Weller on the Sunday, the first day again proved that the atmosphere when you gather a bunch of like-minded people around a big telescope is difficult to beat. Elbow did their thing in 2012 on the Saturday, and Guy Garvey said the festival was ‘a dream come true’: “All the thrills of space exploration for a band of the Star Wars generation, plus some pretty amazing cold war era hardware. Thanks to everyone who stood in the rain right through to the end, you made it the best gig ever!… ooooooh Jodrellites”

With that in mind, 2013 is set to be another triumphant year under the shadow of the Jodrell Bank telescope. The event will be held this year during the last weekend of August. Reykjavík-born soundscapers Sigur Ros will be looking to go stratospheric with their Friday 30th August headline set at this year’s festival. Drawing from six albums worth of material, it’s sure to be a night which will have thousands of onlookers gazing to the stars with joy.

Tickets are priced at a formidable £35 each and are available here now. Watch the Jodrell Bank preview below.

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Update: The Great Escape 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2013 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve been saying it for the good part of 2 years now, but for all you hipster types who hold a hankering for being at the forefront of what’s got a ‘buzz’ around it, here’s another reminder.

The Great Escape 2013 is COMING, on the 16th May to the 18th May in Brighton, and yes, it’s the exact place you need to be if you want to be at the vanguard of the musical trends of the tail end of 2013. Established as Europe’s answer to America’s South By Southwest (SXSW), you can catch a multitude of bands across 30 diverse venues, from seaside bars, to underground cellars that see the very foundations of their buildings reverberate.

Rocking these diverse venues will be lo-fi pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra (no, I don’t like the name either), alongside one of the top tips for 2013 singer songwriter Tom Odell. Manchester’s The 1975, who have been tipped for greatness by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, not to mention us, will also appear ahead of next EP ‘Music For Cars’ on the 4th of March.

New Kerrang! favorite Marmozets will be bringing their raw as hell rock ‘n’ roll to the sunny Brighton shores as well. And they’ve announced the first headline act, Bastille, who have been enjoying an incredibly successful start to 2013 and will most likely be one of the most popular bands of the weekend. They were voted #2 on the TGTF 10 for 2013 poll.

Bastille’s show is one of a small number that will take place at The Dome. To gain access to a Brighton Dome show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50. While super early bird wristbands have tone, a 3-day early bird festival wristband can be yours for £45 plus booking fees. Early bird delegate badges are available for £145. View the initial line-up here.

It’s a hell of a festival cliché, but there truly is something here for everyone. Whether you like your synths dirty, your metal heavy, or your lyrics whiney, you won’t be stuck for choice at TGE.

 

Preview: Coachella 2013

 
By on Friday, 8th February 2013 at 9:00 am
 

The behemoth event known as Coachella consistently delivers a line-up that makes all us UK-based festivalers turn from smug Glastonbury relishing revellers into green-eyed monsters, praying for cheap trans-Atlantic flights. This year of course is no different, as the Coachella Music and Arts Festival has drawn in both the best home-grown talent, and the reticent prime cuts of British exports.

You only have to look at the headliners on the Fridays. Blur and The Stone Roses are two bands with a fanatical following from years ago and who still have already inspired a ticket buying frenzy that has seen the 3-day event sell out in record time. The re-formed Stone Roses promise to bring their archetypal brand of faux mope rock to American shores, while Blur will assault the assembled masses with waves of Britpop and shouting, plus probably some kind of Damon Albarn pomp. But that’s allowed, he’s like royalty, yeah? Now that’s just two of the bands and in all honesty, that’s enough to sell out the event for me. But if you have been lucky enough to grab one of the proverbial golden tickets to the sold-out event, then here’s a little more of what you have to enjoy at this orgy of talented fellows.

The Gaslight Anthem will be making an appearance midway down the bill, and will be bringing a bit of ‘Hometown Glory’ (see what I did there) to Coachella. Mercury Prize winners and golden trio of the recent British indie scene the xx will also be performing a set in support of their (now not so) new record ‘Coexist’. Alongside Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith will be Franz Ferdinand performing slightly lower down on the bill than you’d expect of a band with their formidable reputation. On the same day, Saturday, dance groove titan Moby will be performing, as well as Sigur Ros, Hot Chip and New Order. I did tell you it was an orgy of talent, eh?

To finish the weekend off then, what better way to do so then a dosing of nostalgia served with a hearty portion of topless men, with long or shaven, hair jumping about on stage. I of course refer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be closing the event.

Coachella 2013 is already sold out, but we’ll be keeping an eye on things in Indio 12-14 April and 19-21 April.

 

Update: Reading and Leeds 2013

 
By on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Reading and Leeds. The rockers’ festival, taking place August Bank Weekend, 23 to 25 August 2013.

Forget all this chatter about it getting a little too indie. Where Download goes down and out to bring you the heaviest of heavy metal, Reading 2013 sits proudly on rocks shoulders and goes hey! We don’t have to all wear black to throw some horns and get down and dirty (insert your favourite metal cliché here), we just need some sick bands to thrash about to.

Enter the sick bands. In 2012, Reading and Leeds had stellar headliners in the form of Kasabian, The Cure and the ultimate festival closer Foo Fighters. They were supported by Florence and the Machine, Paramore, The Black Keys, Enter Shikari and a host of huge acts.

How do they top that? Well, how about getting the biggest rapper in the world, Eminem. FACT. Getting everyone’s favourite shirtless Scotsmen Biffy Clyro to headline. And by booking a re-formed Fall Out Boy, a rejuvenated Bring Me the Horizon and System of a Down. BLOODY SYSTEM OF A DOWN. Remember them, and just how hard they rocked, yeah, well, just imagine how hard they are going to rock the Main Stage.

Add to that the pure power of Deftones, the hottest new band around in the shape of alt-J, a Sub Focus live set for you dub junkies, an 18-year old with a number one album (Jake Bugg), math-rockers Foals and jesus. You’ve got the makings of a helluva weekend. A perfect mix of what’s hip and new and the best of the ‘older’ generations of rock.

And they’re not even finished. What next? I simply can’t see them topping what they’ve got so far. So if you’ve been swayed, weekend tickets, early entry permits, camper van permits are still on sale and are available from Seetickets, here for Reading and here for Leeds.

 
 
 

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