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When done right, music should , be alive. It’s not about getting it perfect, it’s about capturing

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Australia’s Year in Music (2011 Edition) Copyright ©2012 Heath Media All Rights Reserved. With the exception of the purposes of research, private study, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no parts of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from Heath Media. Copyright in the text is held by the respective authors. Copyright in the images is held by the respective photographers. Published by Heath Media. Printed by Blurb. Much of the content in this book originally appeared on the AU review. For more work by the writers and photographers featured in Australia’s Year in Music, please visit theaureview.com. First Edition, June 2012.

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2011 From Field Day to Falls Festival. From Fremantle to Footscray. This was Australia’s Year in Music - January 1st to December 31st, 2011 3


EDITOR’S WELCOME It’s my pleasure to welcome to the second edition of Australia’s Year in Music - our annual look back at the musical year that was. As always, it’s hard to believe it went by so quickly, but as you look through the pages of this book, you’ll realise that there was no shortage of entertainment along the way. Some festivals got bigger, others got a bit smaller - some artists moved overseas, and some called it a day. Aussie Hip Hop continued its rise with the release of a pile of phenomenal records (and sold out tours across the country to back them up). But 2011 will always be remembered as the year that Gotye and Kimbra stole the hearts of the country with “Somebody I Used To Know”, which topped the triple j Hottest 100 charts for the year. At the time this book has been sent to print, this has translated into huge success overseas, with the track hitting number one in the USA - the first Australian track to do so since 2000. It was also the rise of the indie phenomenons, with bands Boy & Bear and The Jezabels travelling the globe, with sell out shows at home and abroad. Boy & Bear took home no less than six ARIAs in the process, while The Jezabels finally released their stellar debut LP Prisoner, which went on to win the 2011 Australia Music Prize (The AMP). And this only scratches the surface. I’ll leave it to the writers and photographers who take up the rest of the pages of this book to fill you in on what else made up the year in music.

Thank you for your support of the Australian music scene. - Larry Heath.

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CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE. 11 JANUARY 25 FEBRUARY 42 MARCH 50 APRIL 66 MAY 78 JUNE 91 JULY 108 THE AUSSIE BBQ 110 AUGUST 122 SEPTEMBER 136 OCTOBER 151 NOVEMBER 165 DECEMBER 185 CREDITS 5


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The Stage Dive. Who? Future of the Left. Where? Annandale Hotel, Sydney. When? December 8th.

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We asked the writers and photographers of this book to tell us their favourite albums and tours of 2011. Here’s a look back at what they couldn’t get enough of during the year....

INTERNATIONAL ALBUMS

INTERNATIONAL SINGLES

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver 2. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math 3. Battles - Gloss Drop 4. Grouplove - Never Trust a Happy Song 5. Adele - 21 6. The Wombats - This Modern Glitch 7. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne 8. Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction 9. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 10. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee II 11. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

1. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy 2. Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle 3. Adele - Rolling In The Deep 4. The Horrors - Still Life 5. Metronomy - The Look 6. Jay Z & Kanye West - Otis 7. Azealia Banks - 212 8. Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book 9. Bon Iver - Holocene 10. Foo Fighters - White Limo 11. Lana Del Rey - Video Games

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AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS 1. Gotye - Making Mirrors 2, Ball Park Music - Happiness and the Surrounding Suburbs 3. Kimbra - Vows 4. Big Scary - Vacation 5. Boy & Bear - Moonfire 6. Liam Finn - FOMO 7. The Jezabels - Prisoner 8. Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends 9. The Grates - Secret Rituals 10. Ben Salter - The Cat 11. Josh Pyke - Only Sparrows

AUSTRALIAN SINGLES 1. Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know 2. Emma Louise - Jungle 3. Kimbra - Cameo Lover 4. Matt Corby - Brother 5. Oh Mercy - Stay, Please Stay 6. Guineafowl - In Our Circles 7. Big Scary - Gladiator 8. The Jezabels - Endless Summer 9. Bluejuice - Act Yr Age 10. Brous - Streamers 11. The Fearless Vampire Killers - Tell Me What You’re Trying To Say

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AUSTRALIAN TOURS 1. Gotye 2. Architecture in Helsinki 3. The Drones 4. Art vs Science 5. Ball Park Music 6. Dead Letter Circus 7. Guineafowl 8. Seekae 9. The Jezabels 10. Wagons 11. Jinja Safari

INTERNATIONAL TOURS 1. Foo Fighters 2. Pulp 3. The Hives 4. The National 5. The Wombats 6. Sufjan Stevens 7. The Cure 8. Elbow 9. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 10. Portishead 11. Future of the Left

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Live Music Moment 002 //

The Meet n Greet.

...gettin’ personal with your hero... in a giant ball? Who? The Flaming Lips. Where? Harvest Festival, Sydney. When? November 13th.

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MY JANUARY IN MUSIC by Chris Singh, Sydney

The first month of the year literally starts with a bang – the traditional fireworks on New Year’s Eve signifing many different things to people nation-wide. Those invested in the music industry – from the habitual concert punter to the ambitious band member – know that as soon as that firework display ends, a month-long party awaits. January is undoubtedly the busiest and best month for live music in Australia Fuzzy kicked things off in Sydney on New Year’s Day by hosting its mammoth annual dance-festival - Field Day 2011. We brushed off our New Year’s hangovers and kicked on with an ambitious line-up which bragged everyone from Public Enemy to a special DJ set by Justice. My personal highlight of not only this day, but the entire month, came in the form of Danish producer Trentemoller, closing one of the smaller stages with an unbelievable live show. Western Australia got their annual treat with Southbound’s seventh year – acting as a sister festival to the popular Falls Festival with a large and diverse line-up. The likes ofInterpol, Klaxons, and Public Enemy were in attendance to represent the international side of things. However, it was the local acts which had everyone raving – Washington, Boy & Bear, Boom! Bap! Pow! and Ash Grunwald were consistently hyped as the best acts of the weekend. A similar line-up to Southbound travelled to Brisbane for Sunset Sounds 2011, treating punters to a slew of amazing live sets, though wet weather hampered the occasion for some. With Sunset Sounds taking a hiatus for 2012, the organisers’ promises to come back ‘’bigger and better’’ in 2013 may just warrant a road trip to ‘Brisvegas.’ With the first quarter of January being defined by traditional music festivals, one of the bigger reasons for January’s domi-

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nance in the live music scene is Sydney Festival. This multi-day event extends to the end of January each year and starts things off with a free romp in the city in the form of festival first night. With previous years seeing the appearance of legends like Al Green, 2011’s Festival First Night continued to grow in size with free all-ages events all throughout the city of Sydney. As fun as festival first night is each year, the range of artists that the event attracts to the city is greater than most can expect. As such, the pop-up venue Beck’s Festival Bar hosted everyone from Holy Fuck to HEALTH, even bringing in legends like Wire to prove to us that no one does it quite like the veterans. Last but definitely not least, the biggest reason to always look forward to January is the iconic Big Day Out (BDO) and its many resulting sideshows. While ‘recycling acts’ is always the main issue punters have with the touring festival, there is no denying that the line-up assembled for each and every BDO guarantees that attendees, no matter what their music taste, have everything they need to make for an excellent day under the sun – we just hope drink prices don’t keep rising! 2011’s BDO brought everyone from Iggy & the Stooges to M.I.A as international headliners, while local acts like the nowdefunct Grinderman and The John Butler Trio were also given top-billing. Though Tool and Rammstein kept the metal heads happy, it was home-grown singer Sia who saw her already-massive following skyrocket with a breath-taking performance. The following few pages of this nostalgic book will help jog your memory of the aforementioned BDO, its many sideshows, Sydney Festival, Sunset Sounds, Southbound, and Field Day. Please join us in re-celebrating January 2011 and the frenzied live music scene that the first month of the year will always be anticipated for...


JUSTICE FIELD DAY // JANUARY 1ST // THE DOMAIN, NSW

KLAXONS SLEIGH BELLS THE RAPTURE PUBLIC ENEMY MARINA & THE

DIAMONDS

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SUNSET SOUNDS // JAN 5th & 6th // QLD

SOUTHBOUND // JAN 1st to 3rd // WA

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With Falls Festival finishing up 2010, the artists who played it continued to celebrate the new year with events in WA and Queensland. Pictured here are The National, Sleigh Bells, Cloud Control, The Novocaines, Klaxons, Ladyhawke and The Chevelles.

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL FIRST NIGHT This is our city in Summer, indeed.

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SYDNEY FESTIVAL

once again lit up the city of Sydney with a month of amazing music, arts and theatre. Here, running clockwise from the top left we have Wire at Beck’s Festival Bar on the 20th, Holy Fuck on the 27th at Beck’s Festival Bar, Los Lobos in the Domain on the 15th and HEALTH at Beck’s on the 20th.

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BIG DAY OUT //

Headlined by Tool and touring all capital cities in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand, the annual festival also featured the artists pictured on these pages:

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

HILLTOP HOODS

PNAU SAMPOLOGY BLOODY BEETROOTS DC77

DIE ANTWOORD

ANDREW W.K. ...AND MORE

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Live Music Moment 003 //

The Grope.

Who? Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Where? Big Day Out, Sydney. When? January 26th.

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Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Clare Bowditch, Washington and more joined Tim Rogers (1) and Bertie Blackman (2) for this benefit at the Corner Hotel on the 20th of January. Also taking place in Melbourne at the end of the month were The Beautiful Girls (3) on the 21st at the Prince Bandroom in Melbourne, Electric Mary (4) on the 22nd at the Corner Hotel and Coco Rosie (5) at the Prince Bandroom on the 27th.


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MY FEBRUARY IN MUSIC by Alexandra Duguid, Melbourne

Australia’s festival season continues well into February; festival cavorters tramp around showgrounds and sports arenas in the (mostly) blistering heat attempting to avoid dehydration in order to see all the bands that have managed to make it to our shores. January may have seen The Rapture call in our new year at the Falls Festivals, however it was St Jerome’s Laneway Festival that ensured we kept our dancepunk moves going as !!! headlined their 2011 event. After venue debacles a couple of years before, both Melbourne and Sydney had found more permanent homes, both being held in their respective venues for a second year running. While my hometown of Melbourne saw the festival return to the Footscray Community Arts Centre, I took off to Sydney to see how well mental asylum-turned-Rozelle School of the Arts hosted the show. Along with !!! was an assemblage of other incredible acts, both international and from our own backyard. Melbourne natives World’s End Press shimmied their way through a set of Happy Monday-esque tunes, PVT returned home to share the songs of their new album released just months before and The Holidays ensured we were all in paradise with some sweet pop songs. Hailing from Los Angeles was quartet Warpaint, whose festival performances were some of their first in Australia. For me their performance came out of left field, recreating their gentle rock songs perfectly and captivating their Sydney audience. Though, the calm ocean of Warpaint turned into rougher seas when Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti waltzed onto the stage. Donning a bright pink shirt and some girly headdress, Ariel Pink twisted his way through a set of fuzzy rock

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songs, accompanied by band, all trussed up in various gold outfits. Many jaws were dropped, in wonderment and confusion. As Soundwave festival continually strives to tour bigger and bigger acts, February 2011 saw the metal and punk festival help raise Eddie the Head from the dead, with English metal veterans Iron Maiden headlining the nation-wide shows. 2011 saw the festival expand even further, now with eight stages and seventy acts on the bill. Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha and ex-Mars Volta Jon Theodore toured under their moniker of One Day As A Lion, as well as Queens of the Stone Age and The Melvins adding some historical importance (at least, in my opinion) to the bill. Los Angeles’ The Bronx and Fucked Up annihilated the stage of the Corner Hotel during their double headliner sideshows and 30 Seconds to Mars brought some Hollywood charm. While it was a big month for festivals, both St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Soundwave bringing out some incredible acts from overseas, the Australian Music Prize announced the shortlist of its annual award, giving praise to deserving artists that call Australia home. Making the list was Cloud Control, Dan Kelly, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gareth Liddiard, Pikelet, Richard In Your Mind, Sally Seltman, Tame Impala, and The Holidays (and for those of you now trying to remember who won; it was Cloud Control, with The Holidays taking out the Red Bull Award.) Oh and I think Keith Urban won a Grammy. This of course is just a snap shot of the month. I am sure you can add a lot more to Australia’s musical endeavours, however read on to see a little bit more of the month that was February 2011.


LANEWAY FESTIVAL //

The annual Laneway festival returned in 2011 for a successful tour around the country, plus dates in Singapore and NZ: FRIDAY 4 February 2011 - BRISBANE SATURDAY 5 Feb 2011 - MELBOURNE SUNDAY 6 February 2011 - SYDNEY Friday 11 February 2011 - ADELAIDE Saturday 12 February 2011 - PERTH

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Pictured clockwise from top left: Gotye, Two Door Cinema Club, Jenny and Johnny, Violent Soho, !!! and some more from Two Door Cinema Club. On Page 29: Les Savy Fav, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Yeasayer On Page 30: Foals, Les Savy Fav, Cut Copy and... Two Door Cinema Club

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ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL // FEB 16-18th // ADELAIDE Pictured celebrations from the opening night of Fringe, which was part of FUSE Festival... Running left to right: Poetikool Justice, Jackson Firebird and 20th Century Graduates

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FAITHLESS

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KELIS LUDACRIS

NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY

ERYKAH BADU FRIENDLY FIRES

MIIKE SNOW FAKE BLOOD

RUSKO SIDNEY SAMSON

MIKE POSNER YOLANDA BE COOL

KOOLISM KILL THE NOISE TIM & JEAN

FENECH-SOLER ...AND MORE...

GOOD VIBRATIONS FESTIVAL //

// CENTENNIAL PARK IN SYDNEY ON SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY // FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE IN MELBOURNE ON SUNDAY 13 FEBRUARY // GOLD COAST PARKLANDS ON SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY // CLAREMONT SHOWGROUND IN PERTH ON SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY. Pictured clockwise from top left: Friendly Fires, Faithless, Kelis, Fenech Soler, The Ting Tings, Miike Snow, Friendly Fires and in the centre: Nas and Damian Marley.

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PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER // 17TH - 20TH FEB // NSW

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Playground Weekender returned to Wisemans Ferry in 2011 in what may have been its last year. But we’re hoping that’s not the case, with the festival, as always, bringing with it great bands and amazing vibes. Anyone who goes tells you they spend the year counting down until the next year. Going clockwise from the top photo on the opposite page, the artists that graced the Playground Weekender stages included:

FOURTET LAST CALL VS SLOPPY JOE PARADES ANDY BULL ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI KOOL AND THE GANG KING CANNONS and more from... KOOL AND THE GANG

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1. The Waifs. Enmore Theatre, Sydney. 26th. 2. Deerhunter - Metro Theatre, Sydney. 8th. 3. De La Soul - Billboard, Melbourne. 11th. 4. The Getaway Plan - Metro, Sydney. 11th.

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Did You Know? Originally called “Gravity Soundwave”, the rock festival was born as a Perth only event in ‘04 - part of the Gravity Games.


Opposite page (clockwise from top left): Less Than Jake, Rob Zombie, Gang of Four, Sevendust and Anberlin. This page (clockwise from top left): Bullet For My Valentine, The Bronx, Sum 41, Foxy Shazam and Primus.

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The Crowd Surf.

What better way to get ejected from a mosh pit? Where? Soundwave Festival, Brisbane. When? February 26th.

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MY MARCH IN MUSIC by Andrew Wade, Brisbane

I really, really, really want to say I remember much of March. But I can’t. It’s a mostly-haze-ridden month; due to excessive alcohol use, long distance flights, and music of such a high calibre it was intoxicating. It’s a month that started with the pleasant surprise of a sideshow from Soundwave Festival, starring the personal highlight of the festival, Trash Talk. They were supporting High On Fire, and I couldn’t think of a worse fit for the east-coast hardcore outfit; the stoner/sludge metal crowd simply didn’t understand them, nor earlier supports Protest the Hero. It was a weird show, but god-damn Trash Talk can play. Entertaining, confronting, physical... all the ingredients needed for a solid half-hour of mayhem. High On Fire had nowhere near the impact, but Trash Talk put on a show that remember fondly to this day. From there, we Brisbanites said farewell to one of the best local bands of years past, The Rocketsmiths. Supported by then up-and-comers Seals (nee Baby Seal Club) and Velociraptor, it was a relatively jubilant farewell. From there, after a failed attempt to battle weather and poor organisation at Future Music, I had the privilege of travelling 18 hours to Austin, Texas, in the good ol’ US of A. Free drinks and luminaries of the industry piled into thirty odd city blocks; a true mecca for music fans. With the help of Larry (this book’s editor), I was able to BS my way into – and photograph – a closed Foo Fighters show. I made small talk with the six-foot-seven-

inch tall man mountains that were Snoop Dogg’s bodyguards. I got packed tighter than sardines in a can in an attempt to photograph The Strokes at a free show. I ran seven blocks in five minutes to see Jack White and Seasick Steve perform in front of the Third Man Records van. I experienced Skrillex and bro-step for the first time – and for what it’s worth, it wasn’t too terrible. The best thing to come of the whole trip, however, was witnessing Death From Above 1979 play their comeback show as a warm up for Coachella; cramming 150 people into the backyard of this coffee shop, and then have the alley fill up with people who started moshing and dancing. Oh, and tearing down the fence around the venue. That caused the Austin police (with horses! Policemen on horses!) to come rather quickly, and break up the show. Back on the home front, the 2010 version of this very book launched in Sydney. Ball Park Music kicked into overdrive on the Triple Rainbow tour, appearing alongside We Say Bamboulee and Eagle and the Worm. Katie Noonan wowed audiences at the Blue Mountains Festival, doing her last run of shows with The Captains before creating new group, Elixir, at the end of the year, and Future Music Festival lured electro gods The Chemical Brothers to headline around the country; with MGMT, Dizzee Rascal, Ke$ha and Pendulum in tow. A killer lineup, regardless of the organization (or lack thereof). Year after year, there’s always a slight lull in March where the major festivals are over, and it seems that April’s Bluesfest is a world away. Thoughts of Splendour organization looms over every punter’s thoughts and daydreams, along with the eternally persistent rumours of Radiohead and Arcade Fire. For this writer, however, March 2011 provided more memorable moments than the rest of the year combined.

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Clockwise: High on Fire, Bayside, Anberlin....

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Clockwise from top left: Dizzee Rascal, Chemical Brothers, The Presets, The Stafford Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, The Subs and Binary Finary.

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April saw the live music scene back in full-swing, taking over from a winding-down festival season. I got to see some fantastic acts this month, both locally and internationally. Two of my favourite Australian bands, Sydney’s Parades and Brisbane’s Little Scout, went out on tour together in support of Parades’ “Water Stories” single. This was a delightful tour, with both acts putting in formidable performances.

ever put together, the festival’s top spot was taken by none other than the legendary Bob Dylan. His performances were amongst the most divisive of the year, with rave reviews coming just as thick and fast as reviews claiming his sets to be torturous. Wherever you stood on the matter, it’s remarkable that Dylan can still get people talking after all these years.

Meanwhile in Sydney, a returning Sparkadia played two massive homecoming shows - both selling out the Metro Theatre - at the peak of popularity for the lead single “China” from their Great Impression national tour alongside Operator Please and Alpine. I was lucky enough to be at both of these shows, and the energy was absolutely incredible. Though it had been nearly two years since Sparkadia last played headlining shows in Sydney – and only vocalist/guitarist Alex Burnett remained of the original line-up – it was like they had never left.

Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, Ben Harper, Michael Franti... the huge names just went on and on. Although I sadly wasn’t in attendance for the festival, I got to catch a very special sideshow from another Bluesfest headliner: the king of the blues, the one and only B.B. King. Across two nights at the iconic State Theatre, King told tales, sang with all the power left in his nearly-ninety-year-old body and played Lucille, his trademark black Gibson, with all the might and skill of a player half his age. Bluesmen come and go, but you’re unlikely to find any quite like B.B. King.

Visitors to the country this month included pop-rock veterans Jimmy Eat World, who played to a packed Enmore Theatre in Sydney on the back of their seventh album, Invented; making it the biggest show they had ever headlined in Australia. On a smaller scale, English troubadour Frank Turner also paid a visit to our shores. In front of a completely sold out Annandale Hotel, Turner on his lonesome delivered one of the absolute best performances I saw all year – sweaty, passionate and devastatingly powerful. He brought the house down and took us all with it.

The tail-end of the festival season also brought in a mix of highly diverse bills and locations. Sugar Mountain made its debut at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, sporting acts as eclectic as Aa, Canyons, Qua and Melbourne’s own Otouto. Elsewhere, the Gum Ball Festival took the Hunter Valley by storm, featuring a stack of well-loved blues, roots and rock acts such as C.W. Stoneking, The Vasco Era and Papa vs. Pretty, to name a few. And who could forget Supafest, the big-risk hip-hop/R’n’B festival attempting to fill some of the biggest venues in Australia with names like Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Nelly and Busta Rhymes?

Of all the international acts to grace our shores in April, however, surely none were bigger than the Bluesfest line-up. Arguably the finest collection of acts that the festival has

An interesting month for live music overall, with plenty of memorable moments that lasted many punters right to the end of the year.

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Pictured clockwise from top left: Washington, Toot and the Maytals, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples and Gurrumul.

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BLUESFEST // //BYRON BAY

In its 22nd year, Byron Bay’s annual Bluesfest impressed with an astonishing collection of the world’s finest talent: from Bob Dylan to Grace Jones, Elvis Costello to BB King. They, and many more graced the stages over the extended SIX day event: 21st - 26th April.

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BLUESFEST //

Clockwise from top left: Blind Boys Of Alabama, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Grace Jones, Eli “Paperboy� Reed, Ben Harper, Megan Washington, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Kate Miller-Heidke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Mavis Staples, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Centre: Paul Kelly and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

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BLUESFEST //

Clockwise from top left: Cecilia Noel, Jack Thompson & The Original Sinners, The Cat Empire, Funky Meters, Irma Thomas, Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, Kasey Chambers.

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JAPAN-AID

As they did in response to the flood disasters in Queensland at the start of the year, April saw the music industry band together in support of the disasters in Japan. One such event was this, which took place at The Espy in 10th April. Pictured, clockwise from top: The Fireballs, Mach Pelican, The Meanies and The Fireballs.

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Though Australia’s attention hadn’t turned just yet to the pop starlet, It didn’t take long for things to get busy for Kimbra in 2011, with her April “Cameo Lover” tour showcasing her in the intimate Oxford Art Factory in Sydney and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne. It wasn’t long before she was selling out venues over twice the size, in tours around the country. This photo was taken later in the year, while Kimbra was blowing crowds away at the Astor Theatre in Perth.

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Debuting in 2011, this boutique festival, curated by touring company Egadamia and indie label Two Bright Lakes, took place over several venues in Melbourne and featured Virgo Four, Aa, No Kids (Pictured), Yellowfever, Canyons, Qua (pictured), Collarbones, Rat Vs Possum (pictured), Oscar + Martin, Otouto, Twerps, Brous (pictured), No Zu and more...


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MY MAY IN MUSIC by Sosefina Fuamoli, Adelaide

In a year where more and more festivals popped up to accommodate the tastes of Australian audiences, Groovin’ the Moo, that mainstay of the regional touring circuit, showed no signs of slowing down. Featuring some of the country’s hottest acts (Birds of Tokyo, The Jezabels, Gotye) and some special international guests (Darwin Deez, House of Pain), the festival showcased a diverse taste in music, and pulled sizeable crowds in its seventh year.

its distance from the other major cities, which until then had worked against the West Coast.

Adelaide was graced with sideshows for some of these acts, meaning I was able to experience some big names performing in some of the more intimate venues around town. Generally, the city is heading into hibernation during May, with the Fringe and Adelaide Festivals coming to an end; but I was lucky enough to experience some great local acts in the meantime, as well as traveling interstate and consequently bringing Darwin’s Bassinthegrass Festival to the AU review’s attention. As a person who knows too well that living in a ‘remote’ area of the country can often starve one of seeing the national touring acts, it felt good to witness so many big Australian acts heading north and giving the locals a dose of what was happening in the rest of the country.

With Adelaide being the ‘Festival State’, it may be surprising for those in other cities to learn that the two big festivals that attract the most attention are all finished after the first few months of the year. By May, the arts and music lovers are left with withdrawal symptoms; holding on to the remaining threads of that buzzing multicultural vibe which filters throughout the city during those early months, with nothing but the barren winter to anticipate.

Taking a trip over to the West, where the bubbling hive of activity that is the Perth music scene acknowledged many of their incredible homegrown acts, with the 2011 WAMi Craft Awards, on May 28th. Winners included Tame Impala, Jebediah and Birds of Tokyo, while the awards not only honoured some well-established favourites, but also shone a spotlight on new talent, such as Split Seconds, who were then making their mark on the national live circuit and airwaves. The Perth music scene was really coming into its own, producing some internationally recognised talent, whilst also becoming an important stopping point for touring bands, despite

With the Cherry Rock Festival in Melbourne and Big British Sound taking to both The Corner Hotel and The Gaelic Theatre, crowds were treated to some unique and rather ‘niche’ live music experiences – a trend which organisers seemed to jump on as 2011 rolled on.

May for me represented a time of the year where I discovered so much new local talent in my city, purely because the national tours happening elsewhere in the country were, well, elsewhere. Some of these musicians I shared uni classes with, others were people who I never would have been drawn to at all, if it weren’t for someone introducing me to a SoundCloud link here, or a dingy gig at The Jade Monkey there. It was a month where my musical tastes were broadened, and my expectations of live acts were tested, but for the most part, May was a month where I had to choose to either explore the possibilities, and become exposed to acts I wouldn’t have generally given the time of day to, or to lay low for the month. All up, it just went to show that if you have the music bug, as many reading this will, there will always be something going on in town, and some pleasant surprises can often pop out from the more unexpected places.

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GROOVIN’ THE MOO// // APRIL 30TH - MAY 14TH The mammoth regional touring festival returned in 2011 with (pictured clockwise) bands such as: Datarock, Gyroscope, The Jezabels, The Wombats, Cut Copy, Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki and more...

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Winner of the best mustache in the music industry for the last five years, Jessy Hughes from the Eagles of Death Metal headlined as massive Cherry Rock Festival in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne on May 1st Pictured clockwise from top left: 6ft Hick, Electric Mary, Jesse Hughes, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Electric Mary and 6th Hick.

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Give that special someone the best view in the house. Where? Groovin’ The Moo, Maitland. When? May 7th.

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MY JUNE IN MUSIC by Alex Watts, Melbourne June was a busy month for Australian music, seeing debut releases by Eagle and the Worm, Seeker Lover Keeper, Emma Louise and Busby Marou, alongside new albums by established acts such as The Grates, Dead Letter Chorus, Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders, The Living End and The Vines.

August tour, which would see them take in larger venues such as The Corner and Oxford Arts Factory; two days later, Teeth & Tongue gave us Tambourine at The Toff in Town. Both gigs were intimate and thrilling affairs, as well as serving as a reminder of the scary amount of musical talent that resides within this city.

It was also a busy touring month, with Storm in a Teacup (featuring Jordie Lane, Jen Cloher, Husky, Harry James Angus and more), Blue King Brown, Joshua Radin and Andy Bull, Architecture in Helsinki, Boy & Bear and Jinja Safari, Karnivool, OFWGKTA (in the country for Sydney’s VIVID festival), Kylie Minogue and Amy Meredith all doing the national circuit.

I spent a lot of time at The Corner hotel that month, where Boy & Bear sold out a three-night run with Jinja Safari in the last days of May and continued their national tour into June. It was interesting to catch such a young band at the exact point that they were breaking through onto the national stage, and when they performed their Crowded House cover “Fall At Your Feet”, the entire room shared an ‘oohhh!’ moment.

The Melbourne International Jazz Fest, running from June 4th-13th, provided casual and committed jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to witness some of the genre’s pioneers perform, such as tenor sax legend Sonny Rollins, and double bass innovator Ron Carter, as well as younger acts including The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Melbourne’s own The Raah Project. It was Rollins’ concert at the Melbourne Town Hall that caused this writer to list it as one of the top gigs of 2011, and probably the best jazz performance I have ever seen. Despite being eighty years old, and walking with a definite stoop, Rollins could really blow that thing; delivering a career spanning set, with the aid of an incredible band, including drummer Kobie Watkins, whose seven minute drum solo literally dropped my jaw. I was also lucky enough to be at the album launches for two of the best Australian albums released last year, both in the same week. Eagle and the Worm casually launched Good Times on a Thursday night to a packed out Cherry Bar, a prelude to their

Two weeks later in the same venue, Crowded House frontman Neil Finn was standing in roughly the same spot performing with his new band, Pajama Club. It was the fourth show the group had ever played and concentration was high, with the four people onstage (Neil, Sharon Finn, Sean Donnelly, and Alanna Skyring, formerly of The Grates) clearly determined to prove that this was not merely a side-project; the people in the crowd weren’t sure what to expect, but were quite keen to find out. It was an enjoyable, if somewhat restrained performance and an insight into the workings of one of the world’s greatest songwriters. Elsewhere, Metallica and Lou Reed announced that they would soon be releasing an album together, Stonefield performed on the opening night of the UK’s (and one of the world’s) biggest festivals, Glastonbury, on June 24th, and Gotye posted a video on his website previewing songs from the forthcoming Making Mirrors album, announcing “Somebody That I Used To Know” as its second single. All this, and the year was only halfway through…

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ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI with ZOWIE Pictured in Brisbane at the start of a brief tour through June...

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VIVID FESTIVAL // The annual festival of Lights and Music took over Sydney for two weeks in June, with the Steve Pavlovic curated music portion featuring the controversial OFWGKTA (pictured here in Brisbane), The Cure and more...

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“Touring is something we have always loved. From the very first tour we did back in 1996 with Something For Kate - it was a tour called Unipalooza; we played universities all over the country over the course of about six weeks. It was a huge tour. For us I suppose it became part of the norm. We’ve always toured a lot and played regional places, so to go back and do it just made sense to us. You know, it’s something that is important to us, playing as many shows as possible to as many people as possible, that’s at the core of it all.” - Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans

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Pictured here at the Factory Theatre in Sydney, Jordie Lane, Husky, Jen Cloher, Harry Angus, Liz Martin and Tinpan Orange got together to play as one band - singing duets and adding beautiful harmonies to each other’s songs.

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Pictured: Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra Arkestra, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Faust.

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Live Music Moment 007 //

The Jump.

Who? Pendulum. Where? Future Music Festival, Adelaide. When? March 14th.

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MY JULY IN MUSIC by Kat Mahina, Melbourne

When the weather gets frosty there’s no better way to warm yourself then with a few pale ales at your local, where I spent the start of the month in various little band rooms scattered around Melbourne’s inner north taking in the sounds of the newly launched Love Migrate, Aleks & The Ramps, Teeth & Tongue, Tehachapi, Poco La Pax, The Night Terrors, Pets With Pets and Udays Tiger. Local independent artists are the heart and soul of our music industry and it was fantastic to see the Pets With Pets boys selling out their album launch shows to a very receptive home town crowd. Meanwhile the rest of Australia was busy going gaga for the Gaga as the world’s biggest pop star made a one off appearance down under and the fans came out in force to see her perform a dance extravaganza at Sydney’s “Monster” Hall. The media mayhem and frenzy of costumed admirers that ensued was a bizarre spectacle to behold from the comfortable confines of my living room, with the Lady herself seemingly able to stop the globe from spinning for a night as she tore the city to shreds with her outlandish performance. Nationally our artists were a touring powerhouse with Art vs Science cementing their place as one of the country’s favourite dance acts, selling out their headlining shows in support of The Experiment LP. Brisbane’s Emma Louise sold out her first ever headlining tour of Queensland, winning hearts around her homeland with a string of breathtaking performances. The Living End sold out shows at The Palace in record speed as they continued their supreme domination of the rock scene The charismatic country crooner Henry Wagons took his ramshackle crew on an extensive Australia wide tour, which wound up in Melbourne with a grand show at the Forum Theatre. The hilarious antics that unfolded with Wagons live are sure to remain forever with those of us who were present.

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For the first time ever The Underbelly Arts Festival took place on Cockatoo island, showcasing the works of arts school students that ranged from theatrical performances, to projections, laser installations and live music. The sold out event was a thriving hub of creativity and provided a very unique experience for those who were fortunate enough to attend. The Made In The 90’s festival brought back the noughties R&B nostalgia to Sydney’s Lunar Park with a headlining performance from 112, who were still able to capture the attention of their fans here in the 21st century. And of course Woodfordia exploded with Splendour In The Grass’ 10th birthday celebrations, with what was arguably one of their biggest lineups to date featuring Kanye West, Pulp, Jane’s Addiction, The Hives, The Kills, Kaiser Chiefs, Foster The People and Gomez amidst a sea of other local and international talent. The Splendour sideshows consumed the last week of July with killer sets from Warpaint and British Sea Power, while Pnau made their much anticipated return to the live scene. July was also the month that the world said goodbye to Amy Winehouse as she succumbed to alcohol poisoning on the 23rd. Social media erupted as news of the tragedy spread, with everyone from school kids to Grandma’s spouting off their opinions on her untimely end. Even my own mother called me to discuss her death and the much hyped ‘27’ club, such was the far reaching effect of her music and her many public meltdowns. Love or loathe her, Winehouse was a gifted artist who left her mark on popular culture and we continue to celebrate her triumphs and mourn her loss and the music she never got the chance to create.

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Did You 90Know? Art vs Science won an ARIA for their album The Experiment for Best Independent Release (2011).

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a festival alive by day... Pictured clockwise from top left: The Middle East, The Vaccines, Young The Giant, Pulp, Elbow, Jane’s Addiction, Drapht, Alpine and Dananananaykroyd.

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... beaming by night ... Did you know? 2011 was the second year Splendour was held in Woodford, QLD. In July 2012, Splendour returns to Byron Bay...

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THE AUSSIE BBQ TORONTO NEW YORK AUSTIN LONDON BRIGHTON LOS ANGELES ... When a band is looking for exposure overseas, they needn’t look any further than The Aussie BBQ - a travelling roadshow of Australian musicians which takes place at events like SXSW in Austin, Texas - pictured here - CMJ in New York - where Gotye, pictured below, performed in October - and The Great Escape in Brighton, UK. Other bands who played the BBQs included The Snowdroppers, The Jefferson and Little Red, pictured opposite, top to bottom.

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MY AUGUST IN MUSIC by Lucy Inglis, Sydney

I have to admit that as a Sydneysider who adores live music, I feel very spoilt for choice. Looking back on the vast array of shows on offer across August, this month was no exception. For me the most breathtaking and memorable event held in August was GRAPHIC Festival, taking place within the illustrious walls of the Sydney Opera House. Treating us to a truly spectacular combination of graphics, art and music to tell thought provoking (and sometimes simply comical) stories – the entire program was drenched with a brilliant level of creativity. My GRAPHIC experience kicked off with a screening of the 2006 Anime film Tekkon Kinkreet, accompanied by Plaid (Warp) playing their soundtrack live. When vividly colorful illustrations are matched with rich instrumentation and a compelling story of good and evil, the result is astonishingly powerful. Silent Comics was just as inspiring, pairing six very witty comic artists with six groups of musicians. With such pairings including the artist Robert Langridge with Darth Vegas, Kim Woodring with Gotye and Nathan Jurevicus’ much loved “Scarygirl” with Seekae, I was nothing short of amazed throughout the entire show. Not only did Gotye appear at GRAPHIC during August, but he also embarked upon a national headline tour to celebrate the release of his second critically acclaimed album, Making Mirrors, on August 19. I was impressed, yet by no means surprised, by the great complexity and vibrancy of each and every song featured on the record. Performing a string of sold out shows across the country to rave reviews; Gotye certainly lived up to dauntingly high expectations in 2011. August was a terrific month for both established and budding local artists. Perth based Abbe May reminded us that not all female solo singer-songwriters are softly spoken, delivering an enthralling show at The Annandale Hotel. Similarly, the intense energy with which Children Collide, DZ Deathrays and

Damn Terran performed their gig at Manning Bar made it perfectly clear that the punk/rock scene is as strong as ever. I have particularly enjoyed watching the rise of DZ Deathrays throughout 2011, as the duo followed a relentless tour schedule to support the likes of Foo Fighters and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, while also winning The Rock Award at the Queensland Music Awards. 2011 has also proved itself to be a progressive year for Sydney based experimental electronica outfit Seekae, with the trio playing a sold-out set at The Metro. Seekae perform with an electrifying quantity of passion and skill, making them a band well worth experiencing live. August also presented itself as a brilliant month for our beloved indie venue, FBi Social. Playing host to bands including Cameras and Richard in Your Mind, it is clear that FBi Social has come to play a significant role in supporting talented local artists. Cameras stand as one of my favourite bands of the year. Playing dark, swirling music that combines the vocals of Eleanor Dunlop and Fraser Harvey, I love the rich drama of Camera’s compositions and live performances. For me, the other highlight show at FBi Social was Richard in Your Mind. These guys approach their psychedelic indie pop music with an admirable quantity of joy and playfulness, making their gigs all the more unique. And how can we overlook the thrilling list of Splendour in the Grass sideshows held in early August? To name just a few, those of us who missed Splendour rushed out to see Gomez, The Vaccines, Kele, The Mars Volta and the Kaiser Chiefs. For those less indie-rock inclined and more into urban beats, artists including 50 Cent, G Unit, Fabolous, Lil Kim and Mario made the trip over to Australia for Winterbeatz, with this helping to make August a wonderfully eclectic and exciting month of music.

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One of the more unique festivals in Australia, Graphic - held exclusively at the Sydney Opera House for two days in August - is a celebration of visual storyelling. Gotye headlined the event which a special show in the Concert Hall where his music was accompanied by stunning animations (that he’s since incorporated into his touring production). Unique events such as Silent Comics, which featured live orchestrations to accompany projections of comic books, and a screening of the cult anime film Tekkonkinkreet with a live score from Plaid were among the other highlights.

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The Crotch Shot.

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MY SEPTEMBER IN MUSIC by Kyle Bright, Sydney

2011 was a roller coaster of a year and the month September was absolutely no exception. Here at home our shores were graced by artists as varied and diverse as Alice Cooper, Every Time I Die, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and LA Vampires. Among others, Gossip, Santigold, Digitalism, Lykke Li and Nero also made their way through the country with the Parklife festival. Surry Hills once again hosted the Changing Lanes festival which featured a stunning lineup consisting of (but not limited to) The Vasco Era, Papa vs Pretty, Lanie Lane, Gareth Liddiard, Oscar + Martin, PVT, Def Wish Cast and The Last Kinection. The mammoth Soundwave Revolution was cancelled to the dismay of fans but in it’s place the Soundwave CounterRevolution was introduced. The Counter-Revolution boasted a lineup featuring Panic! At The Disco, Story Of The Year, Funeral For A Friend, Yellowcard, D.R.U.G.S. and many, many more. Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ featuring Kimbra peaked at number one in August and stayed all through September for a total of eight consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running Australian single in the ARIA charts since Savage Garden released ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ in 1997.

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea). 2. The EU Council voted to extend copyright laws pertaining to sound recordings from the current fifty years to seventy years. 3. Arcade Fire were the recipients of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for their album The Suburbs, netting them a cheeky $30,000! 4. R.E.M. fans around the globe were saddened to hear the announcement that after over thirty years and fifteen albums together, the band had decided to call it a day. 4. Neighbourhoods, the first Blink-182 album since 2003 after their messy breakup and subsequent reformation, was finally released on September 27th to anxious fans. 5. Jonathon Pierce, frontman of The Drums, dishes out some astonishing advice to Kings of Leon - ‘I would advise them to split up and stop making music.’ 6. Sadly, the world lost a great DJ and producer in the form of DJ Medhi on the 13th September. The French musician died when the skylight of his home collapsed during a party.

So that’s a small slice of what happened in our sunburnt country. Here’s a little of what was happening in other parts of the world during September:

7. Nirvana’s 1991 masterpiece Nevermind celebrated its twentieth anniversary on September 24th and to mark the occasion, a deluxe 4CD and DVD edition of the album was released.

1. PJ Harvey won her second Mercury Prize for Let England Shake, becoming the only artist in the history of the award to have won twice (she won her first Mercury Prize in 2001 for

This is only a snippet of events that happened in September, it was a lively and busy time in the music industry to say the least. Enjoy!

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STONEFIELD FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! Oxford Art Factory, Sydney - 22nd September

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Pictured here are opening night festivities, Alchemical Cabaret, I’ll Break My Own Heart, Memoirs of a Serial Dater, Jazzgrove, The Moffs and Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem.

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BIGSOUND returned to Brisbane with a stellar lineup including: Adalita, The Laurels, DZ Deathrays, Bleeding Knees Club, Little Scout, Guineafowl, The Mercy Beat and The Novocaines - as well as speakers such as Alan McGee, all pictured here.

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COASTER FESTIVAL// //GOSFORD SHOWGROUNDS In what sounds to have been its final year, Coaster Festival once again brought the Central Coast kids out for a day of some great music on 17th September. Pictured here, running clockwise from the left: Something With Numbers, The Potbellez, Ball Park Music, Jebediah, Little Red, John Butler Trio and Drapht.

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CHANGING LANES FESTIVAL// In its second year, the boutique Sydney festival that raises funds for FBi Radio moved from Newtown to Surry Hills, taking over a laneway and a couple of venues nearby. Pictured here are: The Snowdroppers, Lanie Lane, The Vasco Era, Bleeding Knees Club, Papa vs Pretty, PVT and Jesse Willesee.

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THE PANICS Off the back of their album Rain On The Humming Wire, The Panics toured the country. Here they have been captured at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, where they were supported by Avalanche City and Georgia Fair on 24th September.

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MY OCTOBER IN MUSIC by Tanya Ali, Sydney

Smack bang in the middle of Spring, October always seems to play host to not only some exciting Summer and Autumn festival announcements, but also a plethora of fantastic gigs and festivals. October 2011 was no exception! The Jezabels cleaned up at the Independent Music Awards, and embarked on a tour around Australia. Other Aussies that toured nationally included Gotye (with guests Oscar & Martin) and The Drones with Adalita - two awesome double bills! The Grates’ Summer’s Breath tour also travelled nationally, coinciding with the release of The Grates’ third album, Secret Rituals. The Wombats did their biggest headline Australian tour to date, being supported by local talents Faker and Owl Eyes at all shows. This was their third visit to Australia in one year and seeing them live was probably a highlight of my month – their energy is infectious! Overseas, the major music event this month was the CMJ Music Marathon held in and around New York. CMJ showcased many Australian (Little Red, Art vs Science etc.) and international (Dum Dum Girls, OFGWTKA etc.) bands. Parklife brought international bands such as Gossip, Santigold, Digitalism, Example, Lykke Li and Simian Mobile Disco to our shores while showcasing local talent too, including Elizabeth Rose, Kimbra, Gold Fields and Nantes. The inaugural Musica/Tumbalong was held in Tumbalong Park, Sydney and hosted such indie electronica talents as Baths, SBTRKT and Bon Chat, Bon Rat. Fat as Butter was held in Newcastle and made headlines when headlining American rapper Flo Rida failed to turn up with his management canceling 20 minutes before he was due to perform. Despite this no show that disappointed 13,000 fans, there were plenty of other bands who performed stellar sets at the festival, including Empire of the Sun, The Living End, Naughty By Nature and The Herd.

Meanwhile, the lineups for Laneway Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Soundwave, Future Music Festival and Golden Plains were all revealed, and there were new acts added to the Falls and Southbound Festivals, Peats Ridge, Homebake and Pyramid. Not only were these announcements hugely impressive, but there was a great diversity in genres – and the sideshow announcements kept rolling out too. There were plenty of hotly awaited international releases, including Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self titled LP, Metals by Feist and Justice’s latest record. There were a stack of highly awaited Aussie debut albums that came out too from artists such as Jinja Safari, Husky, Lanie Lane and Big Scary. The release I was most excited for this October was, however, not an LP – it was an EP from singer songwriter Washington, titled Insomnia. The EP had only been announced a month or so before its release, and although it really did sneak up on us, it was an 8-track that certainly did not disappoint. The ARIA Award nominees were announced, with both Boy and Bear and Gotye nominated across a range of categories and The Wiggles, heroes to Australian children and parents alike, were finally inducted into the prestigious ARIA Hall of Fame. Triple J launched its groundbreaking Unearthed digital radio station and had a series of launch parties around the country to celebrate. The Unearthed radio station plays solely Australian unsigned music and gives fresh Australian talent a much better opportunity to be heard and discovered. The music world was seriously abuzz in October, and throughout the next pages you’ll see some highlights of the month.

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The songs of Tim & Neil Finn performed at the Sydney Opera House on November 16th by: Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann, Lior, Paul Dempsey, Clare Bowditch, Holly Throsby and Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy)

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Captured here at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on November 17th, featuring a wide range of Australian artists:

ABBE MAY ADALITA (MAGIC DIRT) ALEx BURNETT (SPARKADIA) BERTIE BLACKMAN DAN SULTAN JAKE STONE (BLUEJUICE) JOHNNY MACKAY (CHILDREN COLLIDE) KRAM (SPIDERBAIT)

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TRACK AND FIELD #2 The Arena, Brisbane - 25th November

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MY DECEMBER IN MUSIC by Mandy Hall, Melbourne

There’s more happening in December than Christmas parties and Boxing Day Sales. All the good TV shows have finished for the year. Summer is starting, it’s the end of the year, we can all look forward to a break and the festival season is in full swing. This year was no different, with some big names gracing our shores for festivals and sideshows, including the Foo Fighters. The Misfits returned to Aus with a blistering show. Appearing three piece minus the original singer Glen Danzig. Reviewer Jason Strange commented that “The Misfits still represent the goth punk scene they created all those years ago”. Homebake was back in the Domain after a year off. It was missed by many in 2010, so its return on 4 stages in the Domain was welcome. Even though it didn’t sell out, the crowds were huge and the day was a success. Some highlights were Ratcat finishing off the day in the Rowland S Howard tent. The song of the day went to Gotye with “Somebody the I used to know”, who was joined by Kimbra in their award winning duet. Our esteemed editor Larry Heath made the prediction, after observing the crowd singing every word, that this song would win Triple J’s Hottest 100 in January (he was right). Dave Stewart, touring with Stevie Nicks, gave a lecture to a sold out audience, featuring many of the who’s who of the industry at the Sydney Art gallery. His insightful comments about the industry, and many excellent stories about songwriting collaborations with Bono, Mick Jagger and Joss Stone were accompanied by a fabulous performance featuring his touring backing singer and his son Django. His words gave all of us quite a lot to think about and proved that persistence (as well as talent) is essential in the industry.

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The 21st Meredith Festival occurred during a lunar eclipse, but the notoriously unpredictable and overcast weather prevented anyone from seeing it. Headliners Grinderman announced their final live show onstage. The supergroup featuring Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey & Jim Sclavunos wowed the Victorian festival. “That’s it for Grinderman,” Cave told the crowd at the end of the set along with a cryptic comment that they might play together again in 10 years. Other headliners of the single stage event included Icehouse (back together for the 20th anniversary of their first album) Oscar + Martin, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist. The Church saw quite a resurgence in 2011, after being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2010. Steve Kilby was also individually honoured by the Australian Songwriters Association with an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in October this year. Their Sydney Opera House show was “A Psychedelic Symphony” was a celebration of their 30th Anniversary. Pyramid Rock Festival & Peats Ridge Festival brought us into the New year with GGotye, King Cannons, Graveyard Train, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, The Living End and so many more. My December highlight was seeing Japanese punk legends Guitar Wolf at a sold out Tote in Melbourne. The mosh pit was full throttle, with everyone in the vicinity seemingly sucked into it whether they liked it or not, including the contents of one unfortunate photographer’s camera bag (not mine, fortunately).


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Running since 2001, Festival of the Sun is a small festival that takes over the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie every December. The festival sell only 3,000 tickets to the event and the intimate atmosphere, mixed in with eclectic local and international artists, makes for a phenomenal weekend of music. Clockwise from top left: The Snowdroppers, Microwave Jenny, The Brothers Grim, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Snowdroppers, Ladywake, Guineafowl. Centre: Benjalu and Dan Sultan (Right). Clockwise from top left on opposite page: The Pixiekills, King Cannons, Floatingme, King Cannons, Art Vs Science, Floatingme, Art Vs Science, Young Revelry, Blake Noble. Centre: Young Revelry.

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Clockwise from Top Left: Passenger, Husky, Tijuana Cartel, Dubmarine, Hanni El Khatib and Chase The Sun.


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Funkoars - 148 Funky Meters - 56 Future of the Left - 6, 172 Gang of Four - 38 Gary Numan - 73 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic - 54 Georgia Fair - 134 Georgia Fields - 73 Get Up Kids, The - 116 Getaway Plan, The - 36 Ghostpoet - 146 Ghostwood - 49 Gin Club, The - 84 Glasvegas - 112 Go! Team, The - 70 Gold Fields - 102, 154 Goodnight Tiger - 173 Gotye - 9, 28, 69, 108, 117, 143, 163, 167, 177 Grace Jones - 55 Grandmaster Flash - 178 Grates, The - 98, 140 Graveyard Train - 179 Grinderman - 168 Grouplove - 182 Guineafowl - 9, 127, 170 Gung Ho - 162 Gurrumul - 52 Guy Sebastian - 183 Gyroscope - 68, 160 Hanni El Khatib - 176 Harry Angus - 88 Health - 19 Hello Satellites - 15 Herd, The - 130, 149, 179, 190 Hilltop Hoods - 20 HITS - 145 Hives, The - 98 Holly Throsby - 158, 161 Holy Fuck - 19, 25 Howling Bells - 173 Hungary Kids of Hungary - 2, 64, 104, 170 Husky - 73, 88, 176 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - 89 Icehouse - 168 Illy - 4, 133 Imogen Kelly - 18 Interpol - 16 Irma Thomas - 56 Israel Cannan - 49 Jack Thompson & The Original Sinners - 56 Jackson Firebird - 31 Jake Stone (Bluejuice) - 159 Jamiroquai - 183 Jane’s Addiction - 107 Jazzgroove - 126

Jebediah - 87, 128 Jefferson, The - 108 Jen Cloher - 88 Jenny and Johnny - 28 Jesse Hughes - 72 Jesse Willesee - 129 Jezabels, The - 68, 105, 141, 149, 169 Jim Bianco - 86 Jim Jones Revue, The - 23, 180 Jinja Safari - 155 Joan as Policewoman - 85 John Butler Trio - 128 Johnny Mackay (Children Collide) - 159 Jonathan Boulet - 149 Jordie Lane - 88 Josh Pyke - 124 Joshua Radin - 85, 86 Jungle Giants, The - 144, 172 Junip - 15 Kasey Chambers - 56 Katachafire - 86 Kate Miller-Heidke - 55 Katie Noonan and The Captains - 18, 48 Katy B - 138 Kelis - 32 Keri Hilson - 61 Killgirls, The - 138 Kills, The - 98, 112 Kimbra - 59, 131, 138, 163, 167 King Cannons - 34, 171 Kira Puru and the Bruise - 160 Klaxons - 13 Klaxons - 14 Kooks, The - 182 Kool and the Gang - 34, 35 Kram (Spiderbait) - 159 Kurtis Blow - 74 Kylesa - 46 Kylie Auldist - 85 Ladyhawke - 14 Ladywake - 168, 170 Lah Lah’s Musical Wonderland - 18 Lanie Lane - 129, 159, 168, 182, 192 Last Call vs Sloppy Joe- 35 Last Dinosaurs - 140 Laurels, The - 60, 127 LCD Soundsystem - 20 Leah Flanagan Band, The - 48 Leroy Lee - 85 Les Savy Fav - 26, 29, 30 Less Than Jake - 38 Lewis Floyd Henry - 182 Lil’ Kim - 118 Lilikoi Kaos - 182 Lior - 158 Lisa Mitchell - 159

Little Dragon - 138 Little Red - 84, 108, 128, 185 Little Scout - 127 Living End, The - 91, 92, 99, 148, 178 Liz Martin - 88 Los Lobos - 19 Lowrider - 149 Lucille Speilfucha - 97 Lunice - 146 Lykke Li - 138 Lyndsey Ollard - 183 M.I.A. - 23 Mach Pelican - 58 Magnetic Heads, The - 82 Make Do and Mend - 132 Maple Trail, The - 82 Marina and the Diamonds - 13 Mario - 118 Marques Houston - 95 Matt Corby - 96, 97 Mavis Staples - 52, 54 Meanies, The - 58 Medics, The - 86 Melbourne Ska Orchestra - 54 Mercy Beat, The - 127 Mess Hall, The - 103 Metronomy - 182 Miami Horror - 102 Michael Franti & Spearhead - 51, 53 Microwave Jenny - 170 Middle East, The - 106 Miike Snow - 32 Millions - 154 Misfits, The - 172 Miss May I - 71 Mission in Motion, The - 74 Modest Mouse - 98, 112 Moffs, The - 126 Mogwai - 156 Mono - 145 Mount Kimbie - 49 Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro - 177 Mudhoney - 172 Muscles - 159 My Disco - 64 Mystery Jets - 17 N.E.R.D. - 17 Naked and Famous, The - 138, 182 Nantes - 142 Nas - 32 Nat Col And The Kings - 53 National, The - 14, 16, 17, 156 Naughty By Nature - 148

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New Boyz - 61 New Empire - 102 New Navy - 142, 146 New York Dolls - 145 Nicholas Roy - 102 No Kids - 62 Noah and the Whale - 112 Nouvelle Vague - 180 Novocaines, The - 14, 127 OFF! - 174 OFWGKTA - 83 Oh Sleeper - 65 Old Man River - 102 Onyx - 84 Opeth - 174 Oscar + Martin - 143 Owl Eyes - 130 Pajama Club, The - 84 Panic at the Disco - 132 Panics, The - 134 Papa vs Pretty - 120, 129, 150 Paper Kites, The - 124 Parades - 35 Parkway Drive - 71 Passenger - 176 Paul Dempsey - 153, 158 Paul Kelly - 18, 36, 54, 159 Pendulum - 90 Pet Shop Boys - 183 Peter Combe - 74 Phatchance - 47 Pinback - 119 Pixiekills, The - 171 Plaid - 117 Pluto Jonze - 60 PNAU - 20, 168 Poetikool Justice - 31 Portishead - 9 Potbellez, The - 128 Presets, The - 45 Primal Scream - 23 Primus - 39 Protest The Hero - 46 Pseudo Echo - 183 Public Enemy -13 Pulp - 98, 107 PVT - 129 Qua - 62 Queens of the Stone Age - 37 Rapture, The - 13, 16, 17 Rat Vs Possum - 62 Ratcat - 168 Red Eyes, The - 53 Redcoats - 149 Regina Spektor - 105 Richie Hawtin - 42 Rise Against - 102

Rob Zombie - 38 Robert Randolph - 52 Rodrigo y Gabriela - 54 Rufus - 102, 142 Sally Seltmann - 158 Sampology - 20 San Fran Disco - 138 Santigold - 138 Sarah Blasko - 158, 161 SBTRKT - 146 Scissor Sisters - 179 Sebadoh - 130 Sebastien Tellier - 138 Seekae - 114 Seeker Lover Keeper - 161 Set Your Goals - 132 Sevendust - 38 Shallows, The - 47 Sienna Skies - 144 Simon Caldwell - 146 Simple Plan - 150 Sister Jane - 82 Skipping Girl Vinegar - 86 Slash - 37 Sleigh Bells - 13, 14 Sneaky Sound System - 103 Snoop Dogg - 61 Snowdroppers, The - 108, 129, 170 Something With Numbers - 128 Sonny Rollins - 89 Sparkadia - 148, 159, 178 Spooky Land - 60 Stafford Brothers, The - 45 Stonefield - 125 Story of the Year -132 Strange Talk - 93, 180 Subs, The - 44 Suicidal Tendencies - 76 Suicide Silence - 133 Sum 41 - 39 Sun Ra Arkestra - 89 Syl Johnson - 133 Tex Perkins - 150 Thee Oh Sees - 15 Theophilius London - 119 This Town Needs Guns - 157 Tijuana Cartel - 176 Tim Freedman & The Idle - 174 Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band - 56 Tim Rogers (You Am I) - 24, 159 Ting Tings, The - 32 Tinpan Orange 88 Tonight Alive - 103 Tony Joe White - 76 Toot and the Maytals - 52 Trial Kennedy - 76 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - 54

Tumbleweed - 15 TV on the Radio - 156, 157 Two Door Cinema Club - 27, 28, 30 UNKLE - 70 Urthboy (The Herd) - 159 Vaccines, The - 106 Vasco Era, The - 119, 129 Velociraptor - 162 Vines, The - 120 Violent Soho - 28 Voyager - 84, 85 Wagons - 101 Waifs, The - 36, 48 Walk On By, The - 103 Walkmen, The - 186 Washington - 52, 55, 77 WIM - 97 Winter People - 154 Wire - 19 Wolf & Cub - 116 Wolves at the Door - 173 Wombats, The - 9, 69, 150 Wonder Years, The - 71 World’s End Press - 78, 84 Wu Tang Clan - 116 Yeasayer - 29 Young Guns - 132 Young Revelry - 171 Young The Giant - 106 Zowie - 80, 149 ZZ Top - 57


PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS //

Limited Edition Covers The Jezabels - Johnny Au The Drones - Rebecca Houlden Ball Park Music - Johnny Au and Mikki Gomez Emma Louise - Erin Smith Matt Corby - Nena Serafim The Living End - Johnny Au Jinja Safari - Johnny Au Back Cover - Nathan Atkins Aaron Saye - 83, 172 (1) Alec Openshaw - 18 Amanda Brenchley - 96 (5) Amy Lee Freshwater - 23, 68, 69, 116 (4,6), 119 (2) Andrew Wade 14 (SS), 17 (3), 20, 21, 32, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 74 (3), 76 (3), 83, 85 (8), 97 (1), 101, 115, 120, 127, 133 (1), 143, 144 (5), 145 (7, 10, 11), 156, 157, 162, 174 (4) Anna Kanci - 17 (3), 141 Anna Palmer - 73 (1,2), 74 (1) Annette Geneva - 47 (3,4) Annette Wilson - 113 Beau Davis - 37, 39 Belinda Roperti - 28 Ben Hosking - 133 (2) Cassandra Hannagan - 17 (4,5), 23, 47 (2), 78, 85 (5, 9), 96 (2) 102 (1), 105, 106, 107, 185 CC Hua 36 (4) Chelsea McIntyre - 38, 39 Chloe Ryan - 9 (GF), 61, 74 (4), 77 (6), 86 (13), 94,

108, 127 Clare Hawley - 83 David Cullen - 38, 39, 96 (4), 121, 132 Erin Smith - 93, 110, 116 (1,3), 124, 172 (5) Gokce-Sesil Ilhan - 126, 130 (4) Gwendolyn Lee - 9 (W), 36 (5), 46, 63, 64 (6,7), 73 (5), 76 (1), 85 (1), 96 (11,8), 97 (7,8,9,10), 102 (5), 103 (8), 118, 130 (1), 140, 144 (1,6), 150 (4), 153, 154 (5), 160 (3) Heath Carney - 25, 28, 64 (3), 71, 80, 87, 140, 175 Jackie Te-Aroha - 64 (2), 85 (6), 86 (14), 95, 96 (3), 145 (9) Jason Klippel - 102 (7) Jess Wainwright - 73 (6) Jillian Hodges - 48 John Goodridge - 5, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 42, 46, 44, 45, 64 (1,4), 77 (4), 90, 132, 133 (3), 180, 181, 182 Johnny Au - 2, 3, 9 (P), 10, 11, 15 (4), 16 (2), 19, 21, 22, 23, 32, 33, 36 (2), 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 67, 68, 69, 70, 73 (4,7), 75, 84 (16), 85 (3, 7), 86 (10,11,15), 88, 91, 92, 99, 100, 103 (9), 108, 109, 111, 112, 117, 125, 131 (8), 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 144 (2,4), 148, 149, 151, 152, 154 (2,3,6), 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160 (1), 161, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 174 (5), 183, 184, 186 Julia Trotti - 1, 4, 178, 179 Kendall Hooper - 49 (4) Kerrie Geier - 71, 138, 139 Kristie Nicolas - 145 (8) Kyleigh Pitcher - 119 (3), 126, 150 (2,3) Lachlan Mitchell - 49 (1), 103 (12), 119 (1,5)

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Mandy Hall - 18, 24 (3,4), 38, 39, 62, 76 (2), 133 (5), 144 (3) Mark Metcalfe - 104, 105, 106, 107 Mark Peterson - 89 Mary Boukouvalas - 23, 58, 72, 73 (3), 89, 130 (5), 132, 172 (4), 174 (2) Matthew Guy - 113 Mikki Gomez - 15 (1), 81, 102 (3,4), 114, 119 (4), 122, 123, 129, 154 (1,4), 192 Nadia Hall - 16 (1) Naomi Rahim - 24 (5) Nathan Atkins - 96 (6), 103 (13), 142, 160 (2), 172 (2) Nena Serafim - 79, 82, 126 Nick Lalak - 9 (G), 34, 35, 36 (3), 49 (2), 74 (2), 86 (12), 103 (10,11), 116 (5), 126, 128, 131 (6), 160 (4), 174 (1), 176, 177 Nik Thorup - 49 (3) Perri Cassie - 64 (5), 70, 77 (5), 89, 93 Pete Dovgan - 116 (2), 133 (4) Pip Cowley - 9 (FF) Rachel Main - 85 (2), 89, 102 (2) Rebecca Houlden - 24 (1,2), 26, 27, 29, 66, 68, 69, 102 (6), 115, 138, 139, 147 Robert Jansen - 17 (6) Serena Ho - 150 (1) Shasha Gong - 6, 172 (3) Stuart Sevastos - 59, 98, 119 (6), 131 (7), 138, 139 Toni Earl 36 (1), 130 (3) Tony Lendrum - 14 (SB), 15 (2,3), 47 (1), 51, 52, 61, 85 (4), 130 (2), 173, 190 Zac Kaczmarek - 107 Zayra Dolores - 82, 126

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THE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS // JANUARY

- Field Day, Sydney - New Years Day www.fuzzy.com.au - Southbound - WA www.southboundfestival.com.au - Sunset Sounds - Brisbane www.sunsetsounds.com.au - Festival First Night & Sydney Festival www.sydneyfestival.com.au - Big Day Out - National Touring Festival www.bigdayout.com

FEBRUARY - Laneway Festival - National

www.lanewayfestival.com.au - Adelaide Fringe Festival www.adelaidefringe.com.au - Fuse Festival (Adelaide) - www.fusefestival.com - Good Vibrations Festival - National Touring Festival www.goodvibrationsfestival.com.au - Playground Weekender (NSW) www.playgroundweekender.com.au - Soundwave Festival - National Touring Festival www.soundwavefestival.com

MARCH

- Future Music Festival - National www.futuremusicfestival.com.au - Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba www.bmff.org.au

APRIL

- Byron Bay Bluesfest www.bluesfest.com.au/ - West Coast Blues ‘n Roots Festival - Perth www.westcoastbluesnroots.com.au - Supafest - National www.supafest.com.au

- Sugar Mountain Festival - Melbourne www.sugarmountainfestival.com

MAY

- Groovin’ The Moo - National (Regional) http://gtm.net.au/ - Cherry Rock Festival - Melbourne www.cherryrock.com.au

JUNE

-- Creative Sydney www.creativesydney.com.au - Melbourne International Jazz Festival www.melbournejazz.com - VIVID - Sydney www.vividsydney.com

JULY

- On The Bright Side - Perth www.facebook.com/onthebrightsidefestival - Splendour In The Grass - Woodford www.splendourinthegrass.com

AUGUST

- Graphic Festival - Sydney Opera House www.sydneyoperahouse.com - Winterbeatz - Touring Event www.winterbeatz.com.au

SEPTEMBER

- Big Sound - Brisbane - www.bigsound.org.au - Sydney Fringe Festival www.thesydneyfringe.com.au - Changing Lanes Festival - Sydney www.myspace.com/changinglanesfestival - Coaster Festival - Gosford www.coasterfestival.com.au - Counter Revolution - National www.counterrevolution.com.au

OCTOBER

- Parklife - National www.parklife.com.au - Fat as Butter - Newcastle www.fatasbutter.com.au - Musica//Tumbalong - Sydney www.musicaevents.com

NOVEMBER

- Harvest Festival - National www.harvestfestival.com.au - ARIA Awards - www.ariaawards.com.au

DECEMBER

- Homebake Festival - Sydney www.homebake.com - Festival of the Sun - Port Macquarie, NSW www.fotsun.com - Peats Ridge Festival - NSW www.peatsridgefestival.com.au - Pyramid Rock Festival - VIC www.thepyramidrockfestival.com - Falls Festival - Lorne VIC, Marion Bay TAS www.fallsfestival.com.au - Sydney Resolution - Sydney Harbour NYE www.sydneyresolution.com

INTERNATIONAL

- March: SXSW - Austin, Texas - www.sxsw.com - The Aussie BBQ - SXSW. CMW, New York www.stagemothers.com

OTHER

- Triple J Hottest 100 - www.triplej.net.au - Captured - www.capturedsydney.com - Triple J Unearthed - www.triplejunearthed.com

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Editor-in-Chief and Lead Designer Larry Heath http://www.larryheath.com.au/ Production Assistant Kyle Bright Photo Editors Johnny Au and Andrew Wade Assistant Editors Tanya Ali, Kyle Bright, Cara Sayer-Bourne, Jason Strange, Mikki Gomez and Kyleigh Pitcher

PRODUCTION CREDITS AND THANKS //

Additional Designers Charmaine Herbst, Emily Simpson, Yohanes Setiawan, Katie Fitzgerald, Tom Masters Special Thanks to everyone who worked on the original edition of this book, inspiring everything that is to follow, all the Bands, Promoters, Venues, Media Liasons and PR Managers who helped make this book possible. Your continued support of the AU review throughout 2011 was beyond appreciated and we look forward to working with you in the future. And of course a big thank you to all the writers and photographers from around Australia who have worked tirelessly over the course of the last year to produce the content you see in this book. Neither the website nor this book would exist without you. Visit http://www.theaureview.com/ to see more of their work. Published by Heath Media PO BOX 211 Newtown NSW 2042 ABN 95 482 097 196 http://www.heathmedia.com.au

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Australia's Year in Music: 2011 Edition  

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