The first 20 bands locked in to play the 2012 Big Day Out have been announced, and it is shaping up to be one heck of a 20th birthday celebration for the iconic music festival!
Grunge lords Soundgarden, who last played BDO in 1994 have announced their return to the festival along with splendour headliner Kanye West, rockers Kasabian and the music chameleons My Chemical Romance.
The awesome musical line up will be accompanied by a cheeky little skate demo by living legend Tony Hawk, who last toured with Big Day Out in 1996.
Check out the first line up:
My Chemical Romance
The Living End
Boy and Bear
Mariachi El Bronx
Architecture in Helsinki
Odd Future (OFWGKTA)
The Getaway Plan
Cage The Elephant
Foster The People
After months of rumours, fakes and blind guessing, it’s finally here, the full lineup for Splendour In The Grass 2011.
So, while Radiohead aren’t on the bill, there are some other really cheeky acts like the king of controversy Kanye West, brit-pop lords Pulp, the ever sweet Regina Spektor and the best thing about 2010 Grouplove.
Tickets will sell out in what is sure to be record time again this year, so start your mouse exercises and get set for one hell of a weekend!
Splendour In The Grass 2011 lineup:
The Living End
The Mars Volta
Bliss N Eso
The Middle East
Noah And The Whale
Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (Featuring The Relatives)
Architecture In Helsinki
Foster The People
Boy And Bear
Does It Offend You Yeah?
Fitz And The Tantrums
British Sea Power
Tim & Jean
Seeker Lover Keeper
The Black Seeds
Young The Giant
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Cut Off Your Hands
World’s End Press
Plus Dj Sets
D-Cup (We No Speak Americano)
Ajax (Mega Jam Set)
Hoodrat & Dangerous Dan
Toni Toni Lee
Woodfordia site in Woodford, Queensland
Friday 29th July to Sunday 31st July
Tickets will cost $390 (inc gst) Event + $120 (inc gst) Camping + booking fees, which gains entry to the festival for 3 days, from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July .
Tickets go on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 5 May.
The most excellent LA 5 piece Funeral Party, have announced their first headling Australian tour, and the dates line up just so that they seem to be a shoe in for addition to the Splendour In The Grass line up.
Funeral Party, who released their debut albumGolden Age of Knowhere to wide acclaim in late January 2011, will play the east coast and Perth in early August – directly after Splendour wraps up.
The Splendour Lineup, which is due out Wednesday morning (13th April) has had the rumour mill working in overdrive with the likes of Kanye West, Radiohead, the Kills, Jamie Woon and the Vaccines all expected to be announced.
Check out Funeral Party at the following dates:
Tuesday August 2 Perth – Capitol
Friday August 5 Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday August 6 Melbourne – Hi Fi Bar
Tuesday August 9 Brisbane – Hi Fi Bar
And stay tuned to Lost In Suburbia for all your Splendour updates.
“in my friend’s office, who is in same building as designers of this year’s splendour artwork + website. i have seen the 80% lineup confirmed and tried to take a picture.
i will def get in trouble for this: eek:”
For those who can’t read good, Splendour 2011 “Line Up”:
Foster The People
The Black Keys
Itch-e and Scratch-e
Tim and Jean
The Living End
Birds of Tokyo
The Honey Month
Ball Park Music
The Naked & Famous
Esben & The Witch
+ more to be announced
Yeah – A little ridiculous. But if it’s true it’s amazing. There is some merit to this though, as there is a heavy quota of Dew Process bands on the bill, like Delta Spirit, Grouplove & Freelance Whales, all who one would expect to populate the actual line up. I don’t know, Paul Simon and Kanye on the same bill? I’d say someone is on crack – Or it’s mock text.
What do you think?
Addition: Yep; it’s a fake. Promoters have denied the poster’s better-than-an-orgasm claims and even poked fun at its less than awesome design.
Promoters said in a statment:
“Aside from the alleged artwork looking terrible, at this point in time those speculating on line up have got it way wrong.”
Holy galvanized steel Batman – this year’s Coachella line up is off the proverbial hook!
The three day festival held in Indio California from 15th-17th April 2011 will be host to some of the best damn indie artists gracing our radio at present. Want proof? Check out the mammoth line up poster!
So while the headliners are pretty good (or fucking awesome in Arcade Fire’s case) it’s the tail end that really gets my heart a-racin’. Bright Eyes, a reformed Death From Above 1979, Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit, Tallest Man On Earth, Mariachi El Bronx, Freelance Whales & The Strokes put the rad in radical.
Australia has made a pretty decent contribution to the line up this year with Cut Copy, Tame Impala, Gypsy & The Cat, Empire Of the Sun, The Presets & Angus & Julia Stone all representing the Green and Gold.
The New Jersey boys don’t seem to be able to put a foot wrong. Their newest album, American Slang, is a journey through love and heartbreak from the crowded streets of Manhattan to the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore. With every release, The Gaslight Anthem progress as song writers, really delving into the psyche of their characters and with each new gravelly lyric describing every Springsteen soaked piece of imagery, you think nothing can get better than this. That is until the next verse.
Key Tracks: Stay Lucky, Spirit Of Jazz, When We Were Young
2. Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now
This Nashville native has produced an absolutely stunning debut album which combines Folk sensibilities with Country heritage. A beautiful album detailing love and loss and the changes you make in order to find yourself. With a heavy focus on acoustic guitar, the album drifts along, pulling you into her detailed and heart wrenching world. Caitlin Rose is by far the best new comer of 2010.
Key Tracks: Own Side, Shanghai Cigarette, Things Change
3. The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever
So your favourite characters Charlemagne, Gideon and Holly may not be referred to by name in the fifth studio album from The Hold Steady, but Heaven Is Whenever is still one ass-kicking, fist-punching, banal-assassinating record about life, love and all the music in-between. The first record without keyboardist Franz Nicolay since their 2004 debut, Heaven Is Whenever is the sound of a bunch of guys growing up. “Heaven Is Whenever / We can get together/ sit down on the floor/ and listen to your records”. Heaven is The Hold Steady.
Key tracks: Hurricane J, We Can Get Together, The Sweet Part Of The City
4. Delta Spirit – History From Below
If the first track from this album was non-existent, History From Below would have been further up the list, possibly even number one. However, looking past the three and a half minute flaw, Delta Spirit’s sophomore album is quite exquisite. More cohesive and mature than their debut ‘Ode To Sunshine’, the album’s 11 tracks move through folk, rock and swampy blues, with each song in itself a contained narrative. Seductive, intoxicating and god-damn addictive, History From Below is a scarily hard album to fault.
Not one man should have all this power, well he shouldn’t, but it appears that he does. Kanye’s fifth studio album is a massive return to form after the train wreck that was 808s and Heartbreaks. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy refuses to stay locked in its box, breaking your West-perceptions with every new track. With cameos galore, hooks to sink your teeth into and verses your mother would smack you for mouthing the album is angry, passionate, sexy and crude; this is the Kanye we have been longing to return.
Key Tracks: Runaway, All Of The Lights, Monster
6. The Tallest Man On Earth – Wild Hunt
Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, is a Swedish folk god. There I said it. Though only one musician plays on the entirety of the album, it is one of the most interesting, intoxicating and absolutely overwhelming releases of the year. Wild Hunt feels as though you’re coming in from the cold. Though the album has an underlying feeling of isolation and solidarity, at the same time it feels as though it engulfs you; seeping into every last inch of your soul. Absolutely haunting vocals combine with breathtaking song writing to produce the finest Swedish release since Dancing Queen.
Key Tracks:Kids On The Run, The Wild Hunt, Troubles Will Be Gone
7. The Like – Release Me
What do you mean the 60’s ended? Not according to The Like they didn’t. 60’s girl group sensibilities with a modern twist, The Like’s second album, Release Me is, from start to finish, an incredibly accessible, honest portrayal of the life of a single girl. From emotionally inept boys who can’t commit to putting the shame in walk of shame to just not really digging the guy you’re seeing, Release Me is an album every woman should own. Shake your tail feather to the sounds of tomorrow baby!
Key Tracks: He’s Not A Boy, I Can See It In Your Eyes, Don’t Make A Sound/Why When Love Is Gone
8. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue
The collaboration album between American musician Ben Folds and English author Nick Hornby moves between comical cultural satire and heart wrenching tales of humanity almost effortlessly. The 11 tracks which make up Lonely Avenue are each a contained narrative, proving the story telling talents of Hornby and the balladeer skills of Folds. The best part of this collaboration? The fact that neither artistic voice overpowered by the other. Pretty cool stuff.
Key Tracks: Levi Johnston’s Blues, Picture Window, From Above
9. Violent Soho – Violent Soho
Although technically a repackaging of an album released in 2008, Violent Soho’s self titled album still sounds current, relevant and exciting. Bringing back the soul of the early nineties so much so that your jeans rip themselves when you hit play, Mansfield’s favourite sons, Violent Soho, combine what is great about Australian music – the raw honesty and individuality – with classic grunge roots. It’s a beautiful thing. Must be listened to loud.
Key Tracks: Love Is A Heavy Word, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend, Muscle Junkie
10. Janelle Monea – The Archandroid
At 18 tracks long, The Archandroid is a contender for longest album of the year – but every track is wanted. Janelle Monea’s ability to effortlessly jump from soul to pop to R&B while still retaining a signature sound is mind blowing – her characteristic swagger and incredible vocal ability shine through in this genre melding album. Check it out!
Key Tracks: Tightrope, Cold War, Faster
Best Of The Rest:
Little Red – Midnight Remember
Second album from Melbourne boys – Structured, colourful and engaging, the record is nn amazing representation of the talent we have locally.
Foals – Total Life Forever
More chilled out, melodic and slow burning than their debut, after a few listens to this album you WILLbecome addicted!
Alberta Cross – Broken Side Of Time
Mashing up blues, rock and folk into an incredible collection of songs, this album has absolutely no filler. Amazing record!
My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys
The chameleons of emo/pop/punk. MCR have turned their back on the black parade and embraced the synth, pop happy kill joys. MCRmy raise your filthy paws!
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Like reading the diary of your sister, this album sometimes feels voyeuristic and intensely personal, the talented singer songwriter defines genre and lays her soul on the line.