In a sad day for Australia’s festival scene, American company C3 has confirmed the Big Day Out will not go ahead in 2015. C3 is now the official owner of the BDO after AJ Maddah recently transferred his shares to the American company. If there is any light to cling to, the company, which also runs Lollapalooza, said in a statement that they are proud of the Australian brand and that they “intend to bring back the festival in future years”. Thanks for the memories.
September 12 is when you can expect to get your hands on The Worry, the third album from Sydney/London electronic trio Seekae. But you may just be able to hear a few songs from the album before then, with the band announcing a string of dates in just a bit. One of the songs you may have already heard is ‘Test and Recognise’, which premiered on triple j late last month. 170 Russell – August 22.
Mike Rosenberg, or he who is known as Passenger, has announced a healthy run of shows for early 2015. Good news, as we sure do seem to love him around these parts. Passenger also just dropped album number six, Whispers. He says: “…There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”
In 1989, Luc Lemay, Sylvain Marcoux, Éric Giguère and Stephane Provencher formed technical death metal band Gorguts. They released their debut album, Considered Dead, in 1991, an album that features James Murphy and Chris Barnes. They released their latest effort, Colored Sands, last year – their first since 2001. Luc Lemay has remained the only constant member throughout their existence. NSC – November 14.
One of the UK’s biggest artists, Tinie Tempah is set to touch down in Australia this month. Born Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, Tinie made his name after he joined the Aftershock Hooligans in 2005. As a solo artist, Tinie has released two albums, his latest being last year’s Demonstration. Tinie also features on Cheryl Cole’s comeback single, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’. Trak Lounge – June 25.
Beautiful You Australia is a massive weekend aimed at redefining beauty. The ideal girl’s day or weekend out, ‘Beautiful You’ explores the glamourous you, the happy you, the healthy you, the stylish you and the younger you. Ambassadors include Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing with the Stars), Jules Sebastian (MTV stylist) Mrs Australia 2014 Kate Johnson, Jennifer Hawkins and Sophie Falkiner. Royal Exhibition Building – September 13 & 14.
Remember the 2001 Australian hit comedy The Man Who Sued God? It starred Billy Connolly and was pretty darn funny. Well, Borat helmer Larry Charles has signed on to write an American remake. Charles also wrote several Seinfeld and Mad About You episodes. At this stage it looks as though Charles’ take on the film will veer from the original premise. Eh, keep an open mind, I guess.
The Kills’ Alison Mosshart recently spoke with Nashville Scene, a local publication in Mosshart’s hometown, about the band’s fifth release. She said: “We’re trying to make a record that’s completely different. Anything that sounds like it could have sat quite easily on any of the other records will probably get scrapped or reworked…” Bandmate Jamie Hince has apparently turned to dubstep and reggae for inspiration.
Armed with their new album Volition, Canada’s Protest the Hero are set to return to our shores shortly. Volition, their fourth effort, was released last year and was entirely funded by their fans through an Indiegogo campaign. The album features Lamb of God’s Chris Adler on drums, following the departure of founding member Moe Carlson. The band started life as Happy Go Lucky in 2001. The Hi-Fi – September 6.
Can The Preatures top the year they had in 2013? A year which saw their single ‘Is This How You Feel?’ find love everywhere? Which saw the same single land an ARIA nomination and a ‘Song of the Year’ gong from Sydney’s FBi? Yeah, I reckon they can. The band is thrilled to welcome new single ‘Two Tone Melody’ – and they’re itching to take it on the road. The Corner – July 12.