Mountain Sounds Festival Drops First Full Lineup Announcement For 2018

Mountain Sounds Festival Drops First Full Lineup Announcement For 2018

If you’ve been wondering who’ll be filling the Central Coast air with Mountain Sounds next year, then wonder no more, because the first full lineup for Mountain Sounds 2018 has just been unveiled.

Joining previously announced international guests Grouplove on the lineup for next year’s boutique summer bash are the likes of Gang Of Youths , Amy Shark , Hot Dub Time Machine , The Preatures, Kirin J Callinan and Hayden James, with a mystery headliner still to be announced.

The festival is also introducing its very own ‘Electric Lady’ stage this year — from the team below those recent ‘Electric Lady’ shows — complete with an all-female lineup of artists like Alex The Astronaut, Tia Gostelow, Exhibitionist and more.

Mountain Sounds’ second full lineup announcement is set to arrive on Tuesday, 3rd October, but you can peep the list of all the acts that have already been announced down below.

The fifth instalment of the two-day camp-out will hit Kariong in February, and will feature a newly integrated camping and festival site within the Penang Gardens, complete with power and hot showers, so say goodbye to roughing it!

Check out the full dates, lineup and ticket details below.

Gallery: Mountain Sounds Festival 2016 / Photos: Annette Geneva

Mountain Sounds Festival 2018 Lineup

(Headliner TBA)

Alex The Astronaut
Ali Barter
Amy Shark
The Creases
Fisher
Gang Of Youths
GL
Hayden James
Hot Dub Time Machine 
Kirin J. Callinan
Motez
Paces
The Preatures

Ninajirachi
Triple j unearthed winner (TBA)
Raave Tapes
Exhibitionist
Pist Idiots
Tia Gostelow
Los Scallywaggs
Tropical Zombie
Chymes
The Jim Mitchells
Ivy
Elijah Something
The Sea Gypsies
The Moving Stills
Cabal Dj’s
Steamboat Hollow
Fripps & Fripps

Joining…

Grouplove

+ More to be announced

Mountain Sounds Festival 2018

Pre-sale on now. Tickets on sale to general public Thursday, 28th September

Thursday, 16th February — Saturday, 18th February
Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong
Tickets: Offical Website

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Alexander Biggs Has An Insatiable Appetite For Creating

Alexander Biggs Has An Insatiable Appetite For Creating

After the success of his single ‘Figure It Out’, Melbourne’s Alexander Biggs has just released his, intriguingly named, debut EP Still You Sharpen Your Teeth. Over the past eighteen months, Biggs has added a myriad of accolades to his belt, including receiving airplay on triple j and BBC Radio 1, as well as touring with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Julien Baker.

Influenced by such musical luminaries as Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and Bon Iver, Biggs creates music with an introspective and melancholic bend, sentiments well explored on Still You Sharpen Your Teeth.

We caught up with the singer and songwriter to discuss his BIGSOUND experience, what fans can expect on his upcoming EP launch shows and his constant need to create.

Music Feeds: What have you been up to this morning?

Alexander Biggs
: I’ve recently been getting into chess. Like, that’s my recent obsession in the house. All my roommates have been playing a lot. So, I had a bit of a cheeky game. I’ve been trying to, like, learn all these cool tips ‘cause otherwise, I don’t really play much otherwise, to ace them and become a chess master.

MF: That’s a good plan! So you have can tournaments with your housemates?

AB: Yeah, I usually get my ass kicked though. But sometimes I’ll put them in a really good checkmate that I didn’t see coming, and I’ll pretend I did it on purpose.

MF: What got you into creating music?

AB: I guess I just really loved music. I always had this obsession with it, it was only a matter of time until I started making it on my own. I guess I’ve been on the trajectory since I started learning music as a kid.

MF: You just played BIGSOUND, how’d you find it?

AB: I loved it, it was a lot of fun! It was my first BIGSOUND playing, but third-year up [in Brisbane], so I kind of knew what to expect a little bit, other than the playing. It was cool to take my friends up to play with me and my band. I had a lot of fun, and it was some much-needed vitamin D.

MF: Who else did you end up seeing at BIGSOUND?

AB: Angie McMahon and Tom Stephens were really big highlights for me. Both incredible songwriters, and incredible bands as well.

MF: You’ve spoken in the past about the relative ease of recording music now, and the subsequent oversaturation it’s caused in the scene. What do you think is the best method for artists to ensure they’re being heard?

AB: I think the best method for being heard as an artist is to make good content, because at the end of the day if you’re not making good art, all the press in the world won’t help you. I think it’s important to really jump into your own world and write those songs, and write good quality content. Be your own moderator, but also just release. Like, when it comes down to it, I’m not going to listen to something that sucks [laughs].

MF: You just released your single ‘Figure It Out’, do you have any plans to release another single?

AB: Um, I don’t know. I guess we’ll… figure it out [laughs]. I guess we’ll see. I’m kind of more keen for just writing. Whether we do a new single or not will come about, but I’m just more keen on making more songs right now.

MF: What can fans expect on your EP tour later this year?

AB: I think they can expect me playing a lot of the EP songs, plus maybe a new song or two. I guess I can give them an insight into how I wrote the songs, and why I wrote them, and what the whole EP is about. Plus they can see my pretty face.

MF: So, you’ve written a few new songs since the EP?

AB: Oh, I never stop. I’m really excited to put the new batch out. But I’m also excited about this batch coming out.

MF: It’s good that you have so many creative juices flowing and are creating so much.

AB: Yeah, yeah. I mean, it sucks sometimes – you’ve got to, like, give yourself a pep talk. But I mean, I have thought about that. Like, will there ever be a point where I break-even with my song-writing, where I have it all out that I’ve written? Or am I just going to keep building it up until it overflows?

MF: Do you do any other creative things, other than music?

AB: I like to draw a little bit. Make some poems every now and then. And just produce, which I guess is a bit creative in a different sense. I always find something to keep busy creatively. It’s just so fun! How fun is it to just bring something into the world out of nowhere?

MF: Do you find that your song writing is changing over time?

AB: Yeah, a little bit. I like to think that I’m not staying stale. I think it’s a very natural and organic progression. I mean, I’m always going to love what I’m making, right?

MF: What are your creative goals for next year?

AB: I want to put out three times as much music next year, that’s the only one I’ve got. I’d also love to tour a lot, but creatively, I just want to make a lot more songs and hopefully get them all out quicker!

”Still You Sharpen Your Teeth is out now’. Listen here .

Alexander Biggs ‘Still You Sharpen Your Teeth’ EP Launch Shows

Saturday, 7th October
The Toff, Melbourne
Tickets: Mostix

Saturday, 21st October
Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
Tickets: Brighton Up Bar

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Face The Music Announces First Speaker Lineup For 2017

Face The Music Announces First Speaker Lineup For 2017

Melbourne music conference Face The Music is back for another year, today announcing its first lineup of speakers for 2017.

Taking place as part of Melbourne Music Week this November, Face The Music will host speeches from artists like Ariel Pink (who’ll host a keynote while he’s in town on tour ), punk legend Marky Ramone (who’ll also be on tour down under ), homegrown rapper Mallrat and Torontonian rapper Chippy Nonstop.

Industry heads will also be sharing their knowledge, including the likes of triple j‘s Music Director Nick Findlay, FKP Scorpio booking agent Silke Westera and Collective Artists’ Rebecca Young. Peep the full first list of speakers, below.

As always, Face The Music 2017 is promising to host creative workshops, discussion panels and live performances alongside its speaking events, and more speakers are set to be revealed “soon”.

Melbourne Music Week is now in its eighth year, and will bring a whole lotta’ sights and sounds to the city between 17th and 25th November. The full program announcement will arrive next month.

Face The Music 2017 Speaker Lineup (First Announcement)

Ariel Pink (Artist)
Chippy Nonstop (Artist)
Marky Ramone (Artist)
Silke Westera (FKP Scorpio)
Rebecca Young (Collective Artists)
Anika Mottershaw (Bella Union)
Bjørn Pfarr (Reeperbahn)
Amrita Hepi (Artist)
Nick Findlay (triple j)
Mallrat (Artist)
Monica Tan (Writer/Journalist)
Nicole Prutch (Lussier)

Face The Music 2017

Thursday, 23rd — Friday, 24th November
Various Venues, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

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Bluesfest Just Announced The First Acts On Its 2018 Lineup

Bluesfest Just Announced The First Acts On Its 2018 Lineup

Bluesfest has unveiled the first list of acts secured for its 2018 lineup, topped by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant and co. will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Zeppelin’s first-ever performance by playing a bunch of the band’s hits at Bluesfest 2018, as well as some of Plant’s solo material.

Joining the band on Bluesfest’s first lineup announcement for 2018 are the likes of Lionel Richie , The John Butler Trio , First Aid Kit , Tash Sultana , Chic and The New Power Generation. Catch the full list of acts, below.

“We have lots of Blues in this announcement too, and we are just getting started,” says Bluesfest Director Peter Noble.

Notably, today’s lineup announcement does not include JAY-Z, who was ruled out of the festival by Noble after speculation arose that he could be coming to Australia to headline the festival.

Bluesfest 2018 will take place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend, with multiple stages, food and market stalls, on-site camping and 12 hours of music each day.

Bluesfest 2018 Lineup (First Announcement)

ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
LIONEL RICHIE
THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO
TASH SULTANA
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
FIRST AID KIT
JOSE GONZALEZ
MORCHEEBA
GOV’T MULE
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
ERIC GALES
BOBBY RUSH
DUMPSTAPHUNK
JOE LOUIS WALKER
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

Bluesfest 2018

Thursday, 29th March — Monday, 2nd April
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
Tickets: Official Website

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Linkin Park’s New Music Video Is An Emotional Tribute To Chester Bennington

Linkin Park’s New Music Video Is An Emotional Tribute To Chester Bennington

Linkin Park have released another new music video since the death of Chester Bennington , and it’s a moving tribute to their late frontman.

While announcing their first show since Bennington’s death today, Linkin Park also shared a video for their song ‘One More Light’, from their album of the same name.

The video, which follows Bennington’s time with the band, has clearly been an emotional process for the band.

“’One More Light’ was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone,” says Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.

“We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”

The band’s Joe Hahn, who co-directed the ‘One More Light’ video with Mark Fiore, says the clip was “incredibly emotional to work on”.

“I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it,” he says.

“As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.”

Watch the video for ‘One More Light’, below.

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The Script Announce 2018 Australian Tour

The Script Announce 2018 Australian Tour

Dublin trio The Script have announced their return to Australia for a trio of headline shows in 2018.

Three years since their last trip down under, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power are now set to perform in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane next April, in support of their latest album Freedom Child.

The group’s previous Aussie tour featured shows in Perth and Adelaide, but unfortunately that won’t be happening this time around, and no further shows will be added to the tour.

Supporting the tour will be English singer-songwriter JP Cooper, who will be making his Aussie debut following the release of his upcoming debut album Under Grey Skies.

Catch all the tour dates and ticket details, below.

The Script 2018 Australian Tour

Supported by JP Cooper

Tickets on sale to general public 12pm local time Thursday 28th September

Thursday, 19th April
Hisense Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 20th April
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 21st April
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

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Linkin Park Announce First Show Since Chester Bennington’s Death

Linkin Park Announce First Show Since Chester Bennington’s Death

Linkin Park have announced their first show since the tragic death of their frontman Chester Bennington in July this year.

The special one-night-only concert will be in honour of the late singer, and will take place at Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Bowl on Friday, 27th October.

Linkin Park will be joined by other artists and friends “for an unforgettable night of music to honour the man that touched the lives of so many around the world”.

Linkin Park played their final show with Bennington back in Birmingham, England on 6th July. The singer was laid to rest at a private funeral later that month, after dying by suicide.

Alongside today’s concert announcement, Linkin Park have also shared an emotional new music video for their song ‘One More Light’ , which chronicles Bennington’s time with the band.

Speaking about the video, Linkin Park’s Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell says, “This is my favorite video we’ve ever made, and simultaneously the hardest for me to watch.”

Last month, Linkin Park released their first statement on the future of the band , suggesting that they could continue on without Bennington.

Watch the video for ‘One More Light’ below, alongside ticket details for Linkin Park’s upcoming tribute show.

Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life Concert

Tickets on sale 10am Los Angeles time Friday, 22nd September

Friday, 27th October
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
Tickets: Ticketmaster

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Foo Fighters Are Doing ‘Carpool Karaoke’, And We’re Fkn Ready

Foo Fighters Are Doing ‘Carpool Karaoke’, And We’re Fkn Ready

The wheels are about to come down on the Foo Fighters edition of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke that we’ve all been waiting so impatiently for.

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Hot on the heels of announcing a mammoth Australian arena tour with Weezer for 2018 , Dave Grohl & co have announced plans to step into the passenger seat for funnyman Corden’s regular instalments of LOLs-on-wheels.

It comes after metal lords Metallica guested on the pop cultural phenomenon of a series, during which they sang Disney showtunes and Rihanna hits and fessed up to sending dick pics and eating Froyo , so f*ck knows how crazy the Foos instalment is going to get.

We’re picturing Dave Grohl miming along to Hole and Justin Bieber and giving us way TMI about what Paul McCartney’s farts smell like.

Either way, we’re ready.

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And ICYMI: the Foos’ new album Concrete And Gold is out now.

 

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The Espy Announces First Live Show In Over Two Years

The Espy Announces First Live Show In Over Two Years

After leaving a two-year hole in Melbourne’s live music landscape, The Espy will return with its first live music event since shutting down for renovations in mid-2015.

Going down in the St Kilda watering hole’s iconic Gershwin Room, the historic event will be headlined by the infamous and legendary Aussie punk rock band X, with support from The Heartache State and Spiderbait ‘s DJ Whitt behind the decks.

“It’s a new lease of life for St Kilda’s most iconic pub,” organisers write in the official Facebook event description . “The old girl is in great hands and this is your chance to relive your fond memories and have a glimpse of the future. Join us in the Gershwin Room for this very limited event for the St Kilda Art Crawl.”

With the big event set to go down this Saturday, September 23rd, it seems the venue’s new operators have made good on their pledge to reopen for live music next year  a little earlier than expected.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the venue will continue to host regular live music events going forward following this weekend’s big relaunch, and Music Feeds has contacted The Espy for comment.

It follows a two-year saga of planning objections , renovation approval and refurbishments that also saw the venue change ownership , all while its doors remained firmly closed.

Let’s hope this Saturday marks the dawn of a new era for the live music landmark.

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Big Scary’s Tom Iansek Unveils Mysterious New Project No Mono

Big Scary’s Tom Iansek Unveils Mysterious New Project No Mono

After wowing Australia with their mesmerising 2015 Like A Version cover of FKA Twigs’ ‘Two Weeks’,  Big Scary ‘s Tom Iansek and singer-songwriter Tom Snowdon have linked up again for a mysterious new project called No Mono.

The collab has apparently been evolving behind closed doors for some time, with the two Toms’ secret musical tryst beginning all the way back in 2014, when they teamed up to work on Iansek’s now-hibernated project #1 DadsAbout Face record.

And their first fresh public PDA comes in the form of a haunting new slice of electronica dubbed ‘Butterflies’, which pairs Snowdon’s other-worldly vocals with Iansek’s production prowess.

Tom Snowdon says of the collab: “For the past two years we’ve been developing songs for this project, which we recently recorded at the Pieater studio in Collingwood (BellBird). We like similar music and sounds and are great friends.

“It’s been a very intuitive process,” he continues. “That’s what this project is really about – exploring and cultivating our artistic relationship, we just follow our ears and our guts.”

You can listen to the duo’s debut single ‘Butterflies’ below, and stay tuned for more.

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