MICHAEL COPPEL APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF LIVE NATION AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

14.03.2017

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MELBOURNE – WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2017 – Live Nation Australasia Limited today announced that it has appointed Michael Coppel as Chairman.
 
Coppel joined Live Nation Australasia in 2012, when Live Nation Entertainment acquired Michael Coppel Presents and merged it with Live Nation’s existing business in Australia and New Zealand.  Since 2012, Coppel has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and has led Live Nation’s expansion in the region, including the acquisitions of the mixitup sponsorship agency and Vector Arena in Auckland, winning the bid for the management of the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and most recently, the acquisition of Secret Sounds.
 
In his role as Chairman, Coppel will continue to service his long-term industry relationships, mentor the Company’s growing promoter team in Australia and New Zealand and continue to look for opportunities to grow Live Nation’s business in the region.
 
Roger Field, previously Chief Operating Officer, steps up to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation Australasia and will be responsible for the day to day management of Live Nation’s concert business in Australia and New Zealand.  Roger will also maintain an on-going contribution to the growth and development of Live Nation’s business in the region.
 
“Michael and Roger have done an amazing job of transforming our business in Australia and New Zealand over the last five years.  I am delighted that they are going to be continuing to work together in their new roles and am sure they will take the company to new heights”, said Alan Ridgeway, president Live Nation International & Emerging Markets Division.
Michael Coppel added, “We have built a great team over the last five years, and I am excited to be able to continue to work with them to deliver unforgettable live experiences to music fans across Australia and New Zealand.”

LIVE NATION ACQUIRES SECRET SOUNDS

05.12.2016

LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS GLOBAL FESTIVAL PORTFOLIO TO AUSTRALIA THROUGH ACQUISITION OF SECRET SOUNDS

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Secret Sounds’ Splendour in the Grass and Falls Music & Arts Festival Join Live Nation’s 80+ Festival Platform

LOS ANGELES and MELBOURNE (DEC 5, 2016) – Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) today announced that it has acquired 51% in Secret Sounds Group, the Australian company led by Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco, which owns and produces two of Australia’s leading festivals: Splendour in the Grass (located in Byron Bay New South Wales) and Falls Music & Arts Festival (located in Byron Bay, Lorne Victoria, Marion Bay Tasmania and Fremantle Western Australia). 

Splendour in the Grass and Falls are the first Australian festivals to join Live Nation, which has the largest and most diverse festival portfolio in the world, encompassing more than 80 global festivals, including the landmark Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Electric Daisy Carnival, Reading, Leeds, Rock Werchter and many more. Live Nation continues to grow its unparalleled festival platform and currently operates over half of the top 25 festivals around the world. 

“Splendour in the Grass and Falls are the two most iconic festivals in Australia,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. “Jess and Paul have created events that attract the biggest artists in the world but still feel uniquely Australian.  We look forward to partnering with them to find new ways to grow our live event footprint across Australia.”

Michael Coppel, President and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand added, “We wholeheartedly welcome Jess and Paul and their teams into the rapidly growing Live Nation Australia family.  Our new relationship with the Secret Sounds group confirms Live Nation’s position at the forefront of the Australian live performance industry.”

“We started Secret Sounds with the sole mission of introducing Australians to the best artists, events and music possible, and Live Nation is the perfect partner to help us take this goal to the next level. With their support we can continue to curate the lineups that fans love, while also experimenting with new exciting ways for fans to experience live music,” said Ducrou and Piticco, Co-CEO’s of Secret Sounds.

After 16 successful years, Splendour in the Grass attracts a national audience to its home base at North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay. It is currently the largest contemporary music festival in Australia, and has had the pleasure of featuring artists such as Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, Blur, The Strokes, The Cure, Kanye West, Flume, Vance Joy, Mumford & Sons, Jack White, The Avalanches and many more.

After 24 years in the making, The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of Australia’s longest running coastal New Year’s Eve festivals and has now expanded to four destinations around the country – Lorne (VIC), Marion Bay (TAS), Byron Bay (NSW) and Fremantle (WA) hosting over 60,000 people per day nationally. Recent headliners Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Childish Gambino and London Grammar have made it a rite of passage for many young Australians.

The acquisition also includes Secret Sounds’ touring, sponsorship, PR, artist management and domestic agency businesses. The partnership excludes the Dew Process & Create Control Record Labels, Dew Process Publishing and its interests in the North Byron Parklands festival site and The Triffid venue in Brisbane.

LITTLE MIX - The Glory Days Tour 2017

05.12.2016

Little Mix

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MONDAY DECEMBER 5, 2016 

The world’s bigThe world’s biggest girl group, LITTLE MIX, are thrilled to announce that they’re bringing their brand new arena tour to Australia in July of next year - The Glory Days Tour 2017.

Aussie Fans! We are so excited to bring our Glory Days tour Down Under!” – Little Mix

The Glory Days Tour will kick off in the USA on Thursday February 2nd, and will be the second time Little Mix tour Australia, following on from their massive Get Weird east coast tour last May.

Fans can expect songs from their brand new, ARIA #2 album GLORY DAYS (through Sony Music Entertainment), including the cheeky lead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, as well as their mega hits ‘Hair’‘Wings’, ‘Move’, ‘Change Your Life’, ‘Secret Love Song’ and ‘Black Magic’.

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall formed as Little Mix in 2011. Since then they have without doubt become one of the biggest pop acts on the planet, racking up 12 million global sales and three UK #1 smash hits. UK #1 album Glory Days is the quickest selling album in the UK charts by a girl group since Destiny’s Child’s Survivor in 2001.

Their third album GET WEIRD, released last year, is their most successful to date selling an amazing 1.5 million copies worldwide, also debuting at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart. The accompanying tour saw them play an incredible 60 shows across the UK and Europe, Asia, and here in Australia, selling in excess of 500,000 tickets.

The group recently won 'Best Music Act' at the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Awards and has amassed a staggering one billion YouTube and Vevo views worldwide.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

THURSDAY JULY 20 CROWN THEATRE, PERTH

SATURDAY JULY 22 MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE

WEDNESDAY JULY 26 AEC THEATRE, ADELAIDE

FRIDAY JULY 28 BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

SATURDAY JULY 29 QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM MONDAY DECEMBER 12

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.little-mix.com & www.livenation.com.au

 


LIVE NATION TAPS JANNA-FAY TUCK FOR ITS MIXITUP AGENCY

30.11.2016

 

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Janna-Fay Tuck, previously Sales and Marketing Coordinator at WME | IMG, has joined Live Nation’s joint venture brand entertainment agency Mixitup Australia.

Through her position with WME | IMG, Tuck has worked on the Australian Open of Surfing and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

As Partnerships Coordinator at Mixitup, Tuck is primarily responsible for the coordination of partnership acquisition and management of the sales division, working across concerts, festivals and venues. She works in assistance to Greg Segal, Mixitup’s Managing Director.

Story via The Music Network 

 

ADELE ANNOUNCES 2ND & FINAL SYDNEY SHOW FOR AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017

25.11.2016

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Due to phenomenal demand ADELE has confirmed she will take to the stage of ANZ Stadium on Saturday March 11, 2017 for a second and final Sydney performance.

To date in excess of 400,000 tickets have been sold for Adele’s Australian shows, including sold out stadiums in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Fans in Auckland snapped up more than 100,000 tickets yesterday, selling out three shows at Mt Smart Stadium.

The first Sydney show, scheduled for Friday March 10, sold in excess of 90,000 tickets during the public on-sale on Monday and is set to break ANZ Stadium’s attendance record for a concert and claim the record for the single biggest event held at the venue since 2002. 

Flight Centre, in partnership with Live Nation, will serve as the exclusive travel package provider for the Adele tour. Flight Centre will facilitate a unique opportunity for traveling Adele fans, providing tailored travel packages. For further information, call: 1300 552 816.

Tickets for the second Sydney show will go on sale at midday on Thursday, December 1 through Ticketek.

 For complete tour and ticketing details visit: adele.com/live or livenation.com.au.

 

ADELE LIVE 2017

15.11.2016

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Global superstar Adele will visit Australia and New Zealand for the very first time in February and March, 2017 to perform a series of special stadium concerts in a unique 360º in-the-round production. Designed to create intimacy, the tour venues will feature reserved seating on both the playing arenas and the grandstands.

Having broken album sales records worldwide and with in excess of two million albums sold in Australasia, the multiple Grammy, Brit, Oscar and Golden Globe winner is on the cusp of completing her 107 date sold out Live 2016 tour which has taken her all over the UK, Europe and North America. The tour has been hailed by critics and fans alike.

"It was a pure Adele moment: a pop triumph immediately brought to earth by shared human frailty. Adele’s gifts could separate her from more ordinary humans. Instead, she forges bonds.”

 - New York Times, USA

"A one-on-one conversation amid 18,000 or so other folks: Combined with her remarkable voice, it’s that flair for intimacy on a grand scale that’s driven Adele to the top.  She’s a conveyor of relatable emotion at a moment when pop seems defined by concept and style.”

 -  Los Angeles Times, USA

“That’s Adele, putting on a big night out but making it seem like a deeply personal moment…Truly, a diva for the  people”

      The Times, UK

Tickets will go on general sale on Monday November 21. Please refer to the local timings listed below.

For complete tour and ticketing details visit: adele.com/live or livenation.com.au.

 

ADELE –LIVE 2017

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 PERTH DOMAIN STADIUM

SATURDAY MARCH 04 BRISBANE THE GABBA

SUNDAY MARCH 05 BRISBANE THE GABBA

FRIDAY MARCH 10 SYDNEY ANZ STADIUM

SATURDAY MARCH 11 SYDNEY ANZ STADIUM

MONDAY MARCH 13 ADELAIDE ADELAIDE OVAL

SATURDAY MARCH 18 MELBOURNE ETIHAD STADIUM

SUNDAY MARCH 19 MELBOURNE ETIHAD STADIUM

THURSDAY MARCH 23 AUCKLAND MT SMART STADIUM

SATURDAY MARCH 25 AUCKLAND MT SMART STADIUM

SUNDAY MARCH 26 AUCKLAND MT SMART STADIUM

 

TICKET ON SALE TIMES: [ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL]

BRISBANE / MELBOURNE General public on-sale: 10am Monday November 21

SYDNEY General public on-sale: 12pm Monday November 21

ADELAIDE General public on-sale: 2pm, Monday November 21

PERTH General public on-sale: 10am, Monday November 21

AUCKLAND General public on-sale: 12pm, Thursday November 24

BARRY GIBB - Global superstar to commence In The Now World Tour in Australia in 2017

24.10.2016

Barry Gibb

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016 – Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary BARRY GIBB is set to make a very welcome return to our shores in April 2017 for a series of shows around the country, kicking off his world tour.Four years after his lauded 2013 Mythology Tour, Barry Gibb will begin his In The Now 2017 Tour in his home state of Queensland with a show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on April 5, before heading to Hope Estate winery in the Hunter Valley, and then on to arena shows in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Gibb will also take to the stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest for his headline performance on Monday April 17.

The In The Now Tour will showcase a generous selection of Bee Gees songs, global hits that resonate so strongly with local audiences to this day. Blending perfectly alongside solo material from Barry’s brand new studio album, In The Now, it is a live set to satisfy even the most ardent fan. ‘In The Now’ (out now through Sony Music Australia) is only the second solo release of Gibb’s career and his first album of all new material since the Bee Gees’ final studio album in 2001.

The shows will feature the same outstanding band that impressed audiences on the Mythology Tour in 2013, including Barry’s son Stephen on guitar - this is a concert event not to be missed!

Tickets will go on sale at 2pm Monday, October 17.

Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from 9am Wednesday, October 12 until 9am Friday, October 14. For more information on how to purchase, visit: Telstra.com/barrygibb.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Barry Gibb stands as one of the most prolific singer/song-writer/producers of the modern era, boasting a career that has spanned more than five decades.

As the eldest brother and creative leader of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Robin (born in Redcliffe, Queensland), represent one of the most successful vocal groups in rock and roll history.

With their signature vocal style and blending of musical influences, the music of the Bee Gees has crossed all musical genres from Pop and R&B to Country and Rock-n-Roll.

As a songwriter, Barry Gibb is hailed with contemporaries such as Lennon and McCartney, enjoying the most consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones of any songwriter, with six; and he is the only songwriter to have written or co-written five songs that were simultaneously in the Top Ten.  Throughout his illustrious career he has written, produced and performed with the best of the best, taking production credits on Barbra Streisand’s two ‘Guilty’ albums, Dionne Warwick’s ‘Heartbreaker’, Kenny Rogers’ 1983 long player, ‘Eyes That See In The Dark’ and Diana Ross’s ‘Eaten Alive’, as well as three number one hits for his younger brother Andy Gibb; and has had his songs recorded and/or performed by artists such as Roy Orbison, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Destiny’s Child, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Elton John, Tom Jones, Janis Joplin, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Ricky Skaggs.

The Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997, and have accumulated sixteen Grammy nominations, with nine wins. They are the biggest record sellers in Australian music history, with more than 220 million worldwide sales.

BARRY GIBB’S ‘IN THE NOW’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:

BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - WEDNESDAY APRIL 5

HOPE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY - SATURDAY APRIL 8

ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - THURSDAY APRIL 20

PERTH ARENA - SUNDAY APRIL 23

ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE - WEDNESDAY APRIL 26

QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY - SATURDAY APRIL 29

TICKETS ON SALE 2PM MONDAY OCTOBER 17

Telstra Thanks pre-sale: 9am October 12 until 9am October 14

Also headlining Byron Bay Bluesfest, Monday April 17.  Tickets on sale now at www.bluesfest.com.au

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.barrygibb.com & www.livenation.com.au

For further information and interview requests contact Nicole Hart from Revolutions Per Minute PR on nicole@revolutions.com.au

Air New Zealand

26.09.2016

Air New Zealand

LIVE NATION and AIR NEW ZEALAND

ANNOUNCE NEW ZEALAND PARTNERSHIP

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – (Sept. 26 2016) - Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) company, is pleased to announce its partnership with Air New Zealand, introducing the airline as the official airline partner for Live Nation New Zealand. The partnership marks a new addition to a limited number of exclusive partnerships in New Zealand, with Air New Zealand joining brand partners Spark, American Express, Flight Centre, Europcar, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

The Air New Zealand Group operates a global network facilitating more than 15 million passenger journeys a year to, from and within New Zealand. Air New Zealand is recognised as one of the world’s leading airlines with recent accolades including airlineratings.com Airline of the Year for the third year in a row, and Australasia’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the 2015 World Travel Awards.

Air New Zealand’s Airpoints™ members will gain access to an extensive range of benefits including exclusive reserved seating, unique experiences, VIP hospitality and much more.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “Live Nation is unparalleled in its ability to consistently connect the world's most prominent brands with their customers through one of the most powerful mediums available - live music. Utilizing Live Nation's network of concerts, ticketing and online assets will enable Air New Zealand to fully tap into the power of live music and its intimate connection with millions of fans. We are looking forward to a fantastic and mutually successful partnership."

Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer, said: “We are very pleased and excited to be partnering with Live Nation New Zealand. Our new partnership enables Air New Zealand to expand our domestic and international reach, as we fly more and more Live Nation artists, crew and their fans to perform at and witness incredible performances. It also means more benefits for Air New Zealand Airpoints customers with exclusive ticket access offers, unique money-can’t-buy experiences and engaging promotions through Live Nation presented tours and shows.”

The Air New Zealand partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australasia joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup, said: “We are excited to be working alongside such an iconic airline, with a commitment to drive innovation and be the world’s best. I love Air New Zealand’s no nonsense approach, they just get it and we look forward to connecting their customers with the best all-round entertainment experiences in NZ.”

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com. 

About mixitup:

Established in 2006, mixitup is a brand entertainment agency, working across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Music and entertainment is at the heart of the business. For additional information, visit: www.mixitup.com.au.

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For all Live Nation-related enquiries, please contact:

Live Nation Australasia

Fiona Lakin

Email: fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au

Phone: +61 3 8632 2500

For all mixitup Australia-related enquiries, please contact:

mixitup Australia

Greg Segal

Email: gregsegal@mixitup.com.au

Phone: +61 29332 2002

For all Air New Zealand-related enquiries, please contact:

Air New Zealand Group Communications

Phone: +64 21 747 320    

Flight Centre

16.09.2016

Flight Centre

LIVE NATION and FLIGHT CENTRE ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND PARTNERSHIP

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – (Sept. 16 2016) - Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) company, is pleased to announce an official multi-year partnership with the Flight Centre Travel Group.

Flight Centre will become the official concert travel package partner of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand and marks a new addition to a limited number of exclusive partnerships, joining existing brand partners Telstra, National Australia Bank, Spark, American Express, Europcar and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

Flight Centre is the largest retailer of travel in Australia and New Zealand. The first Flight Centre store opened in Sydney in 1982, followed in the same year by stores in Melbourne and Brisbane. Today, there are 689 Flight Centre stores in Australia. The bright red signage and iconic ‘Captain’, who has been the figurehead of the Flight Centre brand since 1988, combine to make Flight Centre one of Australia’s most recognised brands.

For the first time, music fans will be able to access exclusive travel packages to their favourite concerts and events across Australia and New Zealand. Flight Centre can combine airfares, accommodation and car hire with preferential access to tickets and VIP concert experiences at Live Nation shows.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: "Partnering with Flight Centre makes perfect sense. Now our guests will be able to enjoy the best experiences possible when attending a Live Nation show. We are looking forward to a fantastic and mutually successful partnership."

Graham Turner, Flight Centre founder, said: “Our new partnership with Live Nation is a very exciting step for Flight Centre. We see a huge opportunity for our travel business across entertainment and, in particular, the live concert business. By packaging bespoke flight, accommodation and Live Nation concert tickets for Australians and New Zealanders, the partnership creates a one-stop shop for our customers. Now, Flight Centre and Live Nation are going to make that journey a simple and seamless experience.”

The Flight Centre partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia and New Zealand joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup Australia said: “From our data driven insights, we were able to understand that up to 25% of guests “self-package” and travel from overseas, interstate or intrastate to attend their favourite concerts. The Flight Centre partnership allows us to deliver the best all-around travel and entertainment experiences for these guests. We are very excited to unlock the travel and tourism opportunities across our special events, concerts and festivals with Flight Centre.”

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit: www.livenationentertainment.com.

About Flight Centre Travel Group:

Launched in 1982, the Flight Centre Travel Group the largest travel retailer in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Australia's most-loved brands. With more than 1500 stores across Australia and New Zealand and 4500 expert travel consultants, Flight Centre is definitely the best place to start any travel journey. Flight Centre's blended business model allows customers to connect with them anyway they desire 24/7. 

About mixitup Australia:

Established in 2006, mixitup is a brand entertainment agency, working across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Music and entertainment is at the heart of the business. For additional information, visit www.mixitup.com.au.

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For all Live Nation-related enquiries, please contact:

Live Nation Australia and New Zealand

Fiona Lakin

Email: fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au

Phone: +61 3 8632 2500

For all Flight Centre-related enquiries, please contact:

Flight Centre Travel Group

Haydn Long 

Email: haydn_long@flightcentre.com

Phone: +61 418 750 454

Flight Centre Travel Group (NZ)

Dana Duxfield  

Email: dana.duxfield@flightcentre.co.nz

For all mixitup Australia-related enquiries, please contact:

mixitup Australia

Greg Segal

Email: gregsegal@mixitup.com.au

Palais Theatre

12.07.2016

Palais Theatre

LIVE NATION ANNOUNCED AS LEASEHOLDER AND OPERATOR OF THE PALAIS THEATRE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 

Live Nation Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) company, announced today that it has secured a long-term lease to operate Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre. 

Today the City of Port Phillip announced: "Live Nation's proposal met or exceeded all our objectives and we are excited at what can now be delivered for our community and live music fans across Australia. We welcome Live Nation aboard and look forward to this much loved St Kilda venue delighting audiences for years to come." 

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “Live Nation Australia is thrilled to have been successful in securing the rights to operate the Palais Theatre. Both as a major presenter of live events and as a Melbourne-based and staffed music business firm, we are very aware of how important the venue is to the St Kilda community and to the people of Melbourne in general, and what a very special performance space it is. 

“To have been granted stewardship of this iconic venue carries a great responsibility, and we will seek to restore the Palais to its former glories, to better adapt it to the changing requirements of live performances, and to operate it for the benefit of all stakeholders, hirers, staff and patrons. 

“We look forward with great enthusiasm to successfully navigating the opportunities that lie ahead.” 

The Council stated that Live Nation had also put forward the best approach to enhancing community benefits, including community engagement, governance and fundraising, with the potential to not only retain but extend the social, economic and cultural benefits arising from the operation of the Palais Theatre for both the local St Kilda and broader Melbourne communities. 

Live Nation has committed to the establishment of the Palais Theatre Community Fund (PTCF) which will be funded by a $0.50 contribution from every ticket sold. The PTCF has the potential to generate more than $4 million in today’s dollars over the life of the lease to thereby support a range of community initiatives. The fund will be administered by a committee which will include Live Nation, community and council representatives, and will be subject to Council-endorsed terms of reference. 

Since Live Nation’s integrated business model includes venue management, concert promotion and ticketing, extensive consideration has been given to the development of a Fair Competition and Confidentiality Policy for the hire of the Palais Theatre, which will be subject to approval by the Council. 

Live Nation would like to acknowledge the rigorous tender process that has been undertaken by City of Port Phillip, and thanks the Council for the vote of confidence in taking the decision to grant Live Nation the lease and operational rights for the venue. 

Further information available at: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/palais-theatre.htm 

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com. 

Live Nation Australia & New Zealand contact

Fiona Lakin

fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au

03 8632 2500 / 0417 394 594 

City of Port Phillip contact

Sandra Bull

Sandra.Bull@portphillip.vic.gov.au

COLDPLAY - Announce Australasian Leg of 2016 Stadium Tour

23.05.2016

COLDPLAY

THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016 - COLDPLAY have today announced Australian and New Zealand dates of their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, with stadium shows confirmed for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

This is the band’s first world tour since the Mylo Xyloto Tour, which included Australian and NZ shows in November 2012. More than two million tickets have already been sold for the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, which kicked off with a record-breaking stadium run in Latin America in March / April and which will see the band perform four sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium in June.

Tickets will go on sale at 2pm Monday, May 30 for Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland shows. Brisbane show tickets will go on sale one hour later at 3pm Monday, May 30.

American Express Card Members will receive first access to tickets with a pre-sale starting midday Monday, May 23 for all shows except Brisbane, which starts one hour later at 1pm, same day. To purchase go to: amexinvites.com.au.

My Live Nation members can also be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning Thursday May 26 at 2pm for Sydney and Auckland shows, and 3pm for Melbourne and Brisbane shows.

For complete tour and ticketing details including VIP Packages, visit: livenation.com.au.

A Head Full Of Dreams (out now through Warner Music Australia) is Coldplay’s seventh album, featuring singles ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’, ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ and ‘Up&Up’. Since its December 2015 release, the album has reached Number One on iTunes in more than 90 countries and sold more than 3.5 million copies. It has also cemented Coldplay’s position as Spotify’s most-streamed band in the world.

The album is the vibrant follow-up to 2014’s fragile and lovelorn Ghost Stories, Coldplay’s sixth consecutive worldwide chart topper. The band chose not to tour Ghost Stories and headed straight back into the studio to record A Head Full Of Dreams.

Says Coldplay’s Chris Martin: “I think that not going on tour with Ghost Stories was one of the best decisions we ever made, because it gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music. A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We can’t wait to do that.”  

TOUR DATES

MT SMART STADIUM, AUCKLAND

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3
 
SUNCORP STADIUM, BRISBANE**
TUESDAY DECEMBER 6
 
ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE*
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9
 
ALLIANZ STADIUM, SYDNEY
TUESDAY DECEMBER 13

SYDNEY / AUCKLAND
TICKETS ON SALE 2PM MONDAY MAY 30
American Express Card members’ pre-sale:
12pm Monday May 23 until 12pm Thursday May 26

Live Nation pre-sale:
2pm Thursday May 26 until 5pm Sunday May 29

*MELBOURNE
TICKETS ON SALE 2PM MONDAY MAY 30
American Express Card members’ pre-sale: 
12pm Monday May 23 until 12pm Thursday May 26
Live Nation pre-sale:
3pm Thursday May 26 until 5pm Sunday May 29

  

**BRISBANE
TICKETS ON SALE 3PM MONDAY MAY 30
American Express Card members’ pre-sale: 
1pm Monday May 23 until 1pm Thursday May 26
Live Nation pre-sale:
3pm Thursday May 26 until 5pm Sunday May 29


For complete tour and ticket information, visit: 
www.coldplay.com      www.livenation.com.au

For further information and interview requests contact
fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au

 

Media Release

13.05.2016

spark

Spark set to deliver unforgettable experiences to

New Zealanders

 

Spark has announced today that it will become the new naming rights, brand and technology partner for New Zealand’s biggest multi-purpose entertainment venue, currently known as Vector Arena, from late April 2017.

Spark Managing Director, Simon Moutter says: “We’re incredibly excited about this partnership and the platform it will give us to deliver some truly amazing and unforgettable experiences to New Zealanders using innovative technologies in new ways.

“Customers, young and old, tell us music is a huge part of their lives, that’s why it makes so much sense for us to partner with a venue that attracts some of the world’s most talented artists and entertainers, bringing our customers closer to those acts in ways they could only imagine.”

Spark has developed strong ties to the music scene in the last two-years, recently extending its partnership with music streaming giant Spotify, and with the world's leading live entertainment group Live Nation which gives customers pre-sale access to concerts and best seats in the house tickets through its Spark Thanks programme. The company has also aligned itself to some of New Zealand’s biggest music festivals such as Auckland City Limits.

Mr Moutter says the potential to take the venue to new heights with technology was huge.

“Seeing your favourite musician or entertainer appear on stage for the first time is an experience designed to be captured and shared with friends and family and the role of technology is key to that. That’s why we’re excited at the prospect of developing useful and amazing technology solutions for the venue to give New Zealanders an even richer and highly shareable experience.”   

Live Nation Australasia President & CEO, Michael Coppel, says, “We are pleased to partner with Spark from April 2017, who share our ambitions to always deliver the best possible Arena guest experience in New Zealand and beyond. The possibilities to do so across digital platforms, through creative collaborations and new technology innovations is what makes this most exciting.

A partnership of this magnitude is a clear sign of how Spark is firmly focused on the New Zealand market and on maximising growth opportunities with its existing customers, Mr Moutter commented.

“Partnering with a venue that promotes so many diverse artists and entertainers that appeal to a range of New Zealanders puts us in a great position to offer amazing value to our existing customers, as well as giving other New Zealanders another strong reason to join Spark.” 

Spark will officially take over as the naming rights, brand and technology partner of the arena on 19 April, 2017.

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For more information:

Vicky Shepherd

Communications Manager, Spark Home, Mobile & Business

027 934 6385

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Wrap Up

25.03.2016

Madonna

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Wrap Up

 

In March 2016 in a historic return, Live Nation brought Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour to Australia for the first time in 23 years, and to New Zealand for the first time, with a theatrical extravaganza that dazzled and mesmerised her fans. 

With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour in Sydney on March 20, following two shows in New Zealand, Brisbane as well as Melbourne, Madonna’s Tour had performed to over 1m people across 82 shows and grossing $169.8 million. Her Rebel Heart World Tour only further cemented her status as the number one female pop artist in the world. 

Audiences were treated to a four-part show that featured Madonna performing new songs from her Rebel Heart album as well a range of her best loved classics. Her shows featured highly choreographed routines and a Cirque de Soliel performance that showcased why she is still the ultimate performer after over three decades in the music business. 

In addition to her Australian tour, Madonna also performed a one-off show at The Forum in Melbourne as a special thank you to her Australian fans who had waited patiently for 23 years to see her perform. Her show, entitled Tears Of Clown, was viewed by 1,300 lucky fans who got the chance to see Madonna up close and personal in a cabaret style show that mixed comedy with pop music. For this particular show, you could not purchase a ticket, so those lucky enough to attend were part of a true money-can’t-buy experience. 

We would also like to thank our Live Nation partners for their support and contribution to the tour.

A special thank you to Telstra, who through their Telstra Thanks program were the presenting partner of Madonna’s Australian tour. Telstra customers were lucky enough to win a behind the scenes view of Madonna’s stage in both Sydney and Melbourne. Telstra customers also had the chance to win tickets to Madonna’s Tears Of A Clown show. 

NSW Health’s Play Safe program was in force at Allphones Arena Sydney on 19 March promoting a positive sexual health message to ticket holders. Their activation was held in the Grand Foyer and generated a lot of buzz with ticket holders having the chance to win merchandise as well as being interviewed on their sexual knowledge.  

We look forward to bringing updates on new and exciting Live Nation tours as they develop. 

Madonna

07.03.2016

Madonna

MADONNA

TEARS OF A CLOWN

Presented by Telstra Thanks 

ONE NIGHT, ONE CENTRE SPOTLIGHT, ONE MADONNA 

EXCLUSIVE FAN CLUB SHOW IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA MARCH 10, 2016 

FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016 As Madonna’s Australian fans breathlessly await the return of the Material Girl to their country after a 23 year absence, the occasion will be further celebrated by the newly announced intimate club show MADONNA:  TEARS OF A CLOWN an exclusive fan show that will fuse music, art and comedy at Melbourne’s historic Forum Theatre on March 10.  Tickets for this intimate show will be available to Madonna’s Icon fan club winners, and fans should stay tuned to Madonna.com  for details on how to enter. DJ Mary Mac will be on hand to start off the party.

Madonna said, I wanted to do something special for Australia because you have been so patient and waited so long - the "Tears of a Clown" show will make its debut on March 10th. Performance art, comedy, story telling and music of course! Especially for you my Rebel Heart fans down under!

Telstra Thanks is also giving customers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Madonna like never before, up close and personal in this exclusive event. For more information on how, visit: telstra.com/music

Unified

23.02.2016

Unified

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2016 - Live Nation Australasia and UNIFIED announce the launch of its touring partnership – Live Nation & UNIFY Present.

The first official tour under the partnership is the recently announced arena tour for BRING ME THE HORIZON.

Under its founder and CEO Jaddan Comerford, UNIFIED has a strong history of successful touring for its management clients including Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Violent Soho, Northlane, In Hearts Wake and Illy, as well as running the critically acclaimed and sold out UNIFY events in 2015 and 2016. Seeing a gap in the rock market and holding many key relationships around the world, UNIFIED’s decision to enter the touring space is an important move for the Australian market.

Already a force worldwide, LIVE NATION is one of the leading promoters in the region and carries a considerable pedigree in Heavy Music ranging from juggernauts Metallica, Black Sabbath and Linkin Park to recent tours with Sleeping with Sirens, Soilwork, Tonight Alive and Asking Alexandria.

Not to mention the highly successful BIG ASS TOUR in December, which saw UNIFIED act THE AMITY AFFLICTION join forces with A DAY TO REMEMBER to headline the biggest hard rock event of 2015.

Live Nation is also the producer of the UK’s famous DOWNLOAD Festival. 

Heading up UNIFIED’s touring strategy will be Luke Logemann. Logemann is the Booker and Promoter for UNIFY, and has worked with Comerford for 10 years, running the Recorded Music arm of the company and managing key acts in the rock space. On the new venture, Logemann has this to say:

“I’ve always wanted to work more on the touring side of the business, and with the growth and innovation of our company and the amount of experience we’ve been able to acquire, it feels like the natural time for us to expand. We hold our relationships around the world in very high esteem and we love doing good business with good people. This is going to be an absolute blast.”

Roger Field, Live Nation Australasia’s COO shared the sentiment:

“It’s great to be working on such exciting projects with the UNIFIED team. Their level of enthusiasm and engagement with the Heavy Music scene combined with Live Nation’s local and international networks paints a bright future for Australasian Heavy Music touring. 

“Our partnership with UNIFIED, combined with promoter Nigel Melder joining our team, are just the first exciting steps with several more to come.”

BRING ME THE HORIZON dates will take place in September, while a second touring announcement will follow late February.

LIVE NATION WEBSITE: livenation.com.au

UNIFY PRESENTS WEBSITE: unifygathering.com

UNIFIED WEBSITE: weareunified.com

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About UNIFY PRESENTS:

UNIFY PRESENTS is the touring division of UNIFIED, which is an Australian based music company. UNIFY PRESENTS specializes in hard rock tours and runs the Victorian-based festival of the same name. To find out more head to: www.unifygathering.com.     

For all Live Nation enquiries, please contact:

Live Nation Australasia

Fiona Lakin

Email: Fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au              

Phone: 03 8632 2500

 

For all Unified enquiries, please contact

UNIFIED

Luke Logemann

Email: luke@weareunified.com           

Prince Announces Perth Debut

12.02.2016

In a surprise announcement Prince has extended the Australasian leg of his Piano & A Microphone Tour, to make his WA debut with a very special 'in the round' performance at Perth Arena on Thursday February 25.  In just 14 days from now Prince will perform

In a surprise announcement Prince has extended the Australasian leg of his Piano & A Microphone Tour, to make his WA debut with a very special 'in the round' performance at Perth Arena on Thursday February 25.

In just 14 days from now Prince will perform his new one-man show in a 360° arena setting. Perth fans will experience his legendary live show compromising of classic hits, b-sides and other surprises from his vast catalogue - including tracks from his 39th studio album HITnRUN Phase II.

Tickets on sale from 12PM (WST) Saturday February 13 through Ticketek.

Tour Date: Perth Arena, Thursday February 25

Spark to bring big sounds to Kiwi music lovers

27.10.2015

ACL

Spark is partnering with Live Nation Entertainment, and event promoters C3 Presents and CRS Presents to bring Auckland's newest music festival, Auckland City Limits, to Western Springs Stadium in March next year.

Spark’s support of the event follows the digital services provider’s wider move into the music space, which involves strategic partnerships with Spotify, Live Nation and Rhythm & Vines. 

Spark GM of Marketing, Clive Ormerod, says the event is about music fans coming together: “Hanging out with mates and family is part of the quintessential Kiwi summer – made even better with music. Festivals like this let us do that together on a big, exciting scale. They also provide a national stage for New Zealand’s own talent, and attract top international acts.

“Over the past year we’ve helped tens of thousands of people enjoy priority access and unforgettable moments with their favourite artists. With Auckland City Limits we’ll be doing that again – giving customers the opportunity to get closer to the music they love and to discover new artists.” 

Ormerod says Spark will provide engaging and personal experiences for customers at Auckland City Limits, and will be revealing these exciting plans in the coming months.  

The one day festival on 19 March 2016 promises a full line-up of over 40 local and international acts. The first announcement of artists will be 3 November.

Campbell Smith from CRS Presents says, "We want to produce a live music festival experience that is memorable and spectacular, created and curated specifically for Auckland".

The event is aligned with the Austin City Limits festival, launched in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Charlie Walker of C3 Presents, promoters of the Austin event, believes the format will work well in Auckland. He says, "New Zealand offers an incredibly rich musical and cultural foundation to deliver a world-class festival that Auckland can be proud of."

Spark will offer customers exclusive presales to Auckland City Limits through its Spark Thanks programme on Thursday 5 November at 9am. For more information, music lovers can head to https://www.spark.co.nz/myspark/thanks.html

Live Nation and Telstra Announce Strategic Partnership

13.10.2015

Telstra

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (Oct. 13 2015) Live Nation Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. company, today announced a major strategic partnership with Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company.    

The multi-year partnership goes beyond the traditional music sponsorship and delivers a program of activity against an “always-on” strategic approach, which is a first for both Live Nation Australia and Telstra.

Telstra customers, via the ‘Telstra Thanks’ loyalty program, will gain access to an exciting range of Live Nation benefits, including a first to market 48-hour priority exclusive pre-sale ticket access to all Live Nation music tours, ‘Money Can’t Buy’ experiences, VIP packages, exclusive content and merchandise, all aimed at improving the fan experience.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: We welcome Telstra to our family of brand partners. We only partner with the best brands available and Telstra and its Thanks loyalty program is undoubtedly the industry leader in Australia when it comes to rewarding customers through music experiences.”

Telstra joins National Australia Bank, Qantas, Europcar, NSW Health, Spark (NZ), plus international partners American Express and Hilton Hotels and Resorts as current Live Nation Australia brand partners.

The partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup, said: “We look forward to working with Telstra to deliver exciting benefits to their customers and to assist them to truly partner with the live performance industry.”

LIVE NATION and NEW SOUTH WALES HEALTH RENEW PARTNERSHIP

22.09.2015

NSWH renew

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (SEPTEMBER 22, 2015) - Live Nation Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. company, announces the renewal of its partnership with New South Wales Health (NSW Health).

The initial one-year partnership has provided NSW Health with an opportunity to engage and educate young people about sexual health, whilst attending Live Nation events. The NSW Health campaign, ‘Play Safe’, targets young people aged 15 – 29 years to encourage responsible sexual behaviour and regular testing for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs).

In addition to the NSW Health activations at live events, education and awareness has been created through online platforms and ticketing promotions to create relevant engagement with NSW-based audiences.

Based on the success of the first year, both parties have commenced a new partnership with similar benefits to continue the health promotion activities.

Dr Chris Bourne, head of the NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections Programs Unit, said: “The Live Nation partnership is a fantastic opportunity which enables us to reach young people across NSW to increase the awareness of sexual health and STIs.

“Young people aged 15-29 years have the highest rates of STIs in NSW with more than 16,500 Chlamydia notifications in the last year.

“The partnership has given us a presence at live music concerts to reach audiences with the ‘Play Safe’ messages and run social media competitions to increase awareness and normalise sexual health,” Dr Bourne said.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are very pleased to be extending our partnership with NSW Health and providing our audiences with the opportunity to better understand this issue affecting our communities. We look forward to further evolving our partnership to provide NSW Health with more targeted opportunities.”

Live Nation’s partnership with NSW Health maintains its status as one of a limited number of exclusive brand partnerships Live Nation Australia has entered into.

The partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia and New Zealand joint-venture company.

Live Nation & National Australia Bank Announce Major Australian Partnership

16.09.2015

NAB

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (Sept. 16 2015) Live Nation Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. company, is pleased to announce an official partnership with the National Australia Bank (NAB), one of Australia’s largest financial institutions.

The new multi-year association will provide customers of the NAB Group, including its Wealth Management Division, MLC with an exciting suite of Live Nation benefits, including exclusive access to concert ticketing, VIP packages, ‘Money Can’t Buy’ experiences and specialised content.

The partnership positions NAB as an official brand partner of Live Nation Australia and offers NAB nationwide category exclusivity across the financial services sector. MLC is also named as a superannuation partner.

NAB Acting Chief Marketing Officer Michael Nearhos said the bank was delighted to enter into this new partnership with Live Nation.

“We look forward to bringing these exciting benefits from the partnership to our customers.  It will enable us to even further reward and recognize our customers with exclusive ticketing offers and VIP experiences. We’re continually looking for ways we can show our customers how much we value and appreciate them — live entertainment is the ideal platform for us to do so,” he said.

The NAB partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australasia joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup, said: “Live Nation continues to partner with industry leaders and companies who genuinely wish to reward and thank their customers. NAB has a proven track record of expertly leveraging their partnerships, particularly in sport, and this partnership is their first foray into music. We look forward to working with NAB on various campaigns to leverage the ever-growing live music space and are excited about what we can create together.”

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “Live Nation continues to offer brands an innovative sponsorship property to develop a deeper level of customer and staff engagement. Being able to tailor our benefits to suit an organisation the size of NAB has validated the scale we can provide. We have admired their long-term partnerships with the likes of the AFL and how they have developed over time to include various grass roots programs that have assisted the league to grow and broaden its reach.”

Live Nation’s partnership with NAB is one of a limited number of exclusive brand partnerships Live Nation Australia and New Zealand has entered into and sees NAB join current brand partners Qantas, Europcar, NSW Health, Spark (NZ), American Express, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

To find out more on how your brand can partner with Live Nation email greg@mixitup.com.au 

For additional information, visit www.mixitup.com.au

BLACK SABBATH !

10.09.2015

Black Sabbath

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - It's the Beginning of THE END.

It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.

In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATHOzzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.

BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins January 2016 in the USA and lands in Australia on April 15, and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale at 10am Monday September 21.

Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from 2pm Tuesday September 15 until 2pm Thursday September 18. For more information on how to purchase, visit: telstra.com/music.

My Live Nation members may also be among the first to access tickets during the pre-sale commencing at 2pm Friday September 18.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Madonna - Rebel Heart Tour - Australia & New Zealand 2016

22.06.2015

madonna

Australia (June 22nd, 2015) – Live Nation announced today that Madonna will make a historic return to Australia performing live for the first time in 23 years as well as her first ever shows in New Zealand, with her Rebel Heart Tour.  The tour will kick off at Vector Arena on March 5th and 6th in Auckland, followed by the Australian dates presented by Telstra Thanks® and including concerts March 12th & 13th in Melbourne, March 19th & 20th in Sydney and March 26th & 27th in Brisbane. General public tickets go on sale Monday, July 6th at 10am.

The Rebel Heart Tour begins in Montreal on September 9th and continues throughout North America and UK/Europe.  “Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history. Her shows are always legendary and we are thrilled to have her back on tour,” says Arthur Fogel, President - Global Touring and Chairman - Global Music.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour in Australia is presented by Telstra Thanks. Telstra customers will have access to a pre-sale from Tuesday, June 30th at 11am through to Thursday, July 2nd at 5pm as well a range of great experiences when the tour arrives in Australia.  Pre-register for a unique code now at telstra.com/music. The partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia and New Zealand joint-venture company.

In New Zealand, Spark customers will be eligible for a pre-sale opportunity beginning Tuesday June 30th at 11am through to Thursday July 2nd at 5pm. New Zealand Spark customers can register now for a unique code at www.spark.co.nz

The Rebel Heart Tour follows the March 9 release of Madonna’s critically acclaimed 13th studio album - Rebel Heart - by Interscope Records.  A week after its release Rebel Heart debuted at No. 1 in Australia making it Madonna’s eleventh No. 1 album on the Australian ARIA Charts, tying the record for most number one albums on the chart.  In the United States the album shot to the top of the Billboard Sales Chart.  The first two singles from the album, "Living for Love" and "Ghosttown" went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts, and Madonna subsequently set a new world record becoming the only artist to have 45 Number One songs on any chart in Billboard History.  On June 16th, Madonna released the “Bitch I’m Madonna” EP featuring ten remixes from Sander Kleinenberg, Fedde Le Grand, Junior Sanchez, and more.

Along with extraordinary critical acclaim as an artist, songwriter and producer who has sold a record breaking 300 million records, Madonna’s reputation as one of the most successful, provocative and enduring live performers of all time speaks for itself. The 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet tour is the highest grossing tour of all time for a solo artist and the 2012 MDNA tour was the most successful tour of that year.

In both New Zealand and Australia Citi® Cardholders will be eligible for a pre-sale opportunity beginning Wednesday, June 24th at 10am through Friday, June 26th at 5pm. For tickets visit livenation.com.au / livenation.co.nz.    

Tickets for the Rebel Heart concerts in New Zealand and Australia will go on sale on Monday, July 6th at 10am through ticketek.com.au or 132 849 for Australia and ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999 for New Zealand.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

Live Nation and Europcar Announce Partnership across Australia and New Zealand

30.03.2015

Europcar

Live Nation Australasia, a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. company, is pleased to announce an official partnership with Europcar Australia and New Zealand as the exclusive car rental partner across Australia and New Zealand.

The three-year partnership brings together travel and live entertainment, connecting Europcar with some of the biggest live events throughout Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Europcar will become the preferred supplier for Live Nation’s vehicle hire.

As part of the partnership, customers of Europcar will gain access to an exciting suite of Live Nation benefits including exclusive content, ‘Money Can’t Buy’ experiences and VIP ticketing to Live Nation events. Additional benefits will also be available to Europcar Privilege members.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “We welcome Europcar to the family of brand partners and look forward to working with them on enhancing their customer value proposition and loyalty program. Live Nation’s 2015 calendar of events is truly exciting for our brand partners as we continue to provide the best all-round entertainment offering for a select group of exclusive partners.”

Ron Santiago, managing director of Europcar Australia and New Zealand, said: “This relationship is highly valuable to Europcar customers, our Privilege members and Live Nation ticket holders. Travel and live events belong together, and we want to ensure these special experiences are memorable. Because of this, Live Nation ticket holders will have access to exclusive Europcar car rental offers and enjoy the convenience of booking their car of choice to get to their live event of choice.”

Europcar joins Qantas, Spark, Rdio and NSW Health, plus international partners American Express and Hilton Hotels and Resorts, as current Live Nation Brand Partners.

Live Nation’s partnership with Europcar is one of a limited number of exclusive brand partnerships Live Nation Australia and New Zealand will enter.

The partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia and New Zealand joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup, said: “Live Nation continues to provide benefits that excite and motivate new and existing customers with truly unique opportunities that can be tailored to various objectives. We look forward to working closely with Europcar over the course of our partnership to continue to evolve their loyalty and rewards programs with truly unique opportunities.”

All Five Original Band Members Back Together

24.03.2015

Fleetwood Mac

The rumours are true - the legendary FLEETWOOD MAC will bring their On With The Show World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

The On With The Show World Tour will mark Fleetwood Mac's first series of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand since 2009's sold-out Unleashed Tour.

Touring as a five-piece for the first time since 1998, one of music's most enduring groups of all time. Fleetwood Mac, will play a selection of arena, stadium and winery shows this October - November.

All five original band members are back together, with Christine McVie rejoining band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence.

The news of Fleetwood Mac's return is particularly welcomed by Australian and New New Zealand fans after the band were unfortunately forced to cancel their sold-out 2013 dates.

The On With The Show World Tour will see Fleetwood Mac on stage for close to two and a half hours, showcasing hits and classic songs from their career that spans more than four decades and global album sales in excess of 100 million, including songs such as: 'The Chains', 'Dreams', 'Second Hand News', 'Rihannon', 'Sara', 'Gold Dust Woman', 'Tusk', 'Looking Out For Love', 'Don't Stop', 'Go Your Own Way'.... and the list goes on and on.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am on Wednesday April 1.

My Live Nation members can also be among the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning at midday on Friday March 27 in New Zealand and midday Monday March 30 in Australia. For complete details visit: www.livenation.com.au

Fleetwood Mac's sold out shows throughout North America have garnered rave reviews.

"The principal emotion during the nearly 2 and a half hour performance was the joy of having keyboardist McVie back in this group... She brought high harmonies and several songs, including 'Little Lies', 'You Make Loving Fun' and the closing 'Songbird', back into the repertoire. Nicks hasnt sounded this good since the early 90's. What a rhythm machine and what an articulate emotional guitarist Buckingham is". - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"It's still magical. Between Buckingham's epic guitar solos, Mick Fleetwood's massive drumming, John McVie's strong bass work, Nick's patented spins to puctuate the lovely, 'Gypsy' and Christine McVie's lush vocals, Fleetwood Mac looked ready to take on what Buckingham has called 'the next chapter'" - Newsday

"Fleetwood Mac has the intricacy, elegance and underlying punch of it's songs.." - The New York Times

"With Christine's songs back in the set, her calm, angular presence back on the stage, there was an undeniable feeling of rejuvenation... Fleetwood and John McVie on bass reminded concert-goers why the band is named for them. They still put a layer of muscle behind everything the band did. Buckingham was ferocious and tireless as lead guitar. This man is a vital musical presence - the soul of the band. Ditto for the vitality of Nicks, its cauldron-stirring spirit... Her showcase songs, 'Landslide', 'Gold Dust Woman', and, especially 'Silver Springs', were the night's highlights" - Chicago Tribune

This is a tour not to be missed. For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.livenation.com.au

Sydney - All Phones Arena - Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 October

Perth - Domain Stadium - Friday 30 October

Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena - Monday 2 and Wednesday 4 November

Geelong - Mt Duneed Estate - Saturday 7 November

Brisbane - Entertainment Centre - Tuesday 10 November

Hunter Valley - Hope Estate Winery - Saturday 14 November

Dunedin NZ - Forsyth Barr Stadium - Wenesday 18 November

Auckland NZ - Mt Smart Stadium - Saturday 21 November

 

Tickets on sale 10am Wednesday April 1.

 

 

Madonna to tour Australia for the first time in 23 years!

04.03.2015

Madonna

It has been almost a quater of a century since her last performance on Australian soil - now, at the age of 56, Madonna is set to return as part of her Rebel Heart tour. Billboard has confirmed that the living for Love star will visit Asia and Australia in early 2016. She is touring to promote her 13th studio album, which will be released this week through Interscope Records.

The last time Madonna played to Australian audiences was in 1993, when her girlie show: Live Down Under tour rocked crowds at the Sydney Cricket Ground in what became an HBO special broadcast on television.

Dates have not been established for the Australian leg of the tour, however a statement on Madonna's website says they will be announced soon.

"Madonna continues to be one of the most successful touring artists in history - her shows are legendary and we are thrilled to have her going back on tour," Arthur Fogel, the president of Global Touring and chairman of Global Music, said.

As to touring Australia, Fogel told Billboard that it was "kind of bizarre when you think about it, like a superstar like that hasn't been to a pretty regular touring area for (almost) 25 years."

Madonna has garnered a reputation as one of the most successful live performers. Her 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet tour is the highest grossing tour of all time for a solo artist.

 

Motley Crue are coming to Australia!

21.01.2015

Motley Crue
After more than three decades together, iconic rock’n’roll band MOTLEY CRUE have announced their final tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. Supported by Alice Cooper and playing their biggest hits across Australia throughout May.
 
Selling over 80 million albums with 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, 6 Top 20 pop singles and boasting a social media reach of over 7.16M - Motley Crue can provide partners with a significant national branding and promotional opportunity.
“Motley Crue and their team were absolutely a pleasure to work with on the Kia project. They were enthusiastic, professional, responsive and gave an amazing performance. They were great partners and their management and legal team were some of the best I’ve worked with” - Chalcea Park, MD, The Marketing Arm
 
Contact us to hear more on how we can tailor a partnership package to suit your objectives.

Rdio Announced as the Official Streaming Partner of AIR

19.01.2015

Rdio and AIR

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce global music streaming service Rdio (www.rdio.com) as AIR's official digital music streaming Partner.

Rdio provides a unique mix of formats for consumers to enjoy over 32 million songs anytime, anywhere through a combination of free ad supported algorithmic and curated radio stations, and the most comprehensive catalog of subscription on demand songs, albums and playlists. Rdio's breath of radio and on-demand formats bridges the gap between the easy lean back radio listening experience, and the deeper lean forward discovery and collection based offline accessible catalog.

This Partnership further cements Rdio’s genuine commitment to fostering and supporting local talent, building on the brand’s existing support of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Throughout 2015, AIR and Rdio will collaborate on various initiatives that will help to promote and widen the reach of Australian Independent Artists. This will include Rdio’s continued support for the Awards. There will also be a focus on streaming the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts every week, via AIR‘s Rdio profile: https://www.rdio.com/people/ausindies/.

“Rdio is committed to supporting the local music industry, not only in Australia but in all corners of the world,” said Rdio’s Colin Blake, General Manager Australia & New Zealand. He continued; “We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with the Australian independent community and assisting local independent artists in extending their reach in 2015.”

“AIR and Rdio share a strong vision for the promotion of Australian independent music, so naturally we are excited to further develop our partnership with Rdio. We look forward to working together and connecting more people with the great music being produced by the Australian independent sector.” said Dan Nevin, CEO of AIR.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand-in-hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, the streaming service actively invests in the local music industry and continues to deliver holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

For more information on Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au. To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, head to www.rdio.com or follow the AIR profile at http://www.rdio.com/people/ausindies/

 

Hilton Becomes Official Hotel Partner of Live Nation

14.01.2015

Hilton

Unused  vacation time. Extended workdays. Forgotten holidays. Year after year and in headline after headline, it's becoming more apparent: the world has lost it's passion to play. Today Hilton Worldwide embarks on a mission to excite and inspire the world to play again with the announcement of a five-year strategic marketing partnership with Live Nation, the world's leading live entertainment provider. Through the relationship, Hilton will benefit from Live Nation's fully integrated global music platform including concerts, VIP access, digital media, ticketing, content and performance venues.

Hilton is setting out to inspire a new, healthier mindset - encouraging people to seek out the unfamiliar, to appreciate a different point of view and to learn from every day experiences and travel moments. That mission begins with the launch of 'Hilton at Play', a global campaign created to connect people with enriching and playful experiences. Live Nation will help anchor 'Hilton at Play' and extend the message beyond Hilton's more than 4,250 hotels worldwide.

The partnership will see Hilton become the 'Official Hotel Partner' of Live Nation. Members of Hilton HHonours, Hilton's 42-million-member-strong guest loyalty program, guests and team members will be encouraged to play through experiences such as unique once-in-a-lifetime artist connections as well as highly sought-after concert tickets and private hotel concert events. Additionally, Hilton will receive access to unique content from hotel concert events and select artist connections, a robust digital media plan on Livenation.com and Ticketmaster.com and 'Where to Stay' booking links integrated on venue pages on both websites worldwide.

Additionally, as the Official Hotel of Live Nation, Hilton will host Live Nation concert-goers, employees and touring productions during their travels at the company's 12 world-class global brands at the more than 4,250 hotels in 93 countries.

'Live Nation's fans from around the world are avid travelers, creating exceptional memories around their journeys to any one of our 23,000 global concerts', said Russell Wallach, president, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. 'We have a shared mission, and our collaboration will fuel these memories, going beyond simply accessing music events to focusing on inspiring people to travel and share their experiences'.

 

 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Announces Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as a Supporting Partner

17.12.2014

Barefoot

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras today proudly announced Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as a Supporting Partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Manrdi Gras for the next three years.

Commentating on the new three-year partnership, Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said: "Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has demonstrated tremendous support for LGBTQI events across the globe and we are delighted to welcome Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on board as a Supporting Partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras."

"Barefoot Wine has been STEP'N OUT and PROUD for more than 25 years with the LGBTQI community," said Randy Arnold, Worldwide Ambassador for Barefoot Wine. "The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a spectacular celebration of inclusivity, diversity and acceptance and we're happy to join in on all the fun."

 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Announces Ben & Jerry's as Supporting Partner for the 2015 Festival

16.12.2014

Ben & Jerry's

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have today announed Ben & Jerry's as a Suporting Partner of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Ben & Jerry's actively campaign on behalf of LQBTQI issues, most recently by demonstrating their support for Marriage Equality through their 'Say I Dough' initiative. The Partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras serves as a further declaration of support for the LGBTQI community.

Commentating on the new partnership, Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said: "ben & Jerry's have shown real passion in supporting the community through their marriage equality campaign and their enthusiasm for partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2015. We are thrilled to bring them on board as a Supporting Partner this year."

Kalli Swaik, Ben & Jerry's Brand Manager said, "We are immensely proud to be a supporting partner in what is one of Australia's largest celebrations of the gay and lesbian community. Ben & Jerry's prides itself as a social justice company and supporting issues that affect the LGBTQI community is at the core of what our business values."

The partnership was negotiated by mixitup Australia, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras brand partnership agency since 2006.

Congratulations to the Independent Music winners at ARIAs

01.12.2014

Sia

The 2014 ARIA Awards on Wednesday night proved to be a big nght for independent music, with a incredible number of artists being recognised for their talented independent releases.

The big awards of Best Female Artist and Album of the Year went to SIA for 1000 Forms of Fear (Monkey Puzzle), which also picked up Best Pop Release and Best Video.

Chet Faker's Built On Glass (Future Classic) nabbed him the title of Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release along with artisan and fine arts awards for Best Engineer, Best Producer and Best Album Art.

Bomb's Away (Empire of Song/Chugg Music) gained Sheppard the award for Best Group, John Butler Trio's album Fresh & Blood (Jarrah Records) took out Best Blues and Roots Album, Dan Sultan was awarded Best Rock Album for Blackbird (Liberation Music) and DZ Deathrays picked up  Best Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal Album for Black Rat (I OH YOU).

Peking Duk walked away with Best Dance Release for their track High featuring Nicole Millar (Vicious Bitch) and Hilltop Hoods who performed on the night took out Best Urban Album for their 2014 release Walking Under The Stars (Golden Era).

A massive congratulations to all of the talented independent artists who were nominated and took home awards!

Live Nation partners with Sydney Opera House for new concert series

14.11.2014

SOH

A brand new outdoor concert series is coming to the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House. In partnership with touring giants Live Nation, the Opera House Forecourt will play host to the appropriately named On the Steps series in February 2015.

On the Steps is part of the Opera House’s 2014-15 summer lineup. Over a week in late February 2015 the series will present “up to six concerts”, which will take place in the surroundings of the Opera House Forecourt, beneath the building’s famous white sails.

“Having presented so many great artists at the Opera House over the years, Live Nation welcomes the opportunity to curate a week of very special open-air events in one of the world’s most breathtaking performance spaces,” Live Nation Australasia President and CEO Michael Coppel said.

The Forecourt has already hosted a slew of celebrated international acts, including Sting, Massive Attack, Jack Johnson and The National. The first artists for the 2015 On the Steps series are expected to be announced soon.

Despite Live Nation teasing an announcement for tomorrow morning, it’s unlikely that it is connected to this Opera House outdoor concert series. The Live Nation Facebook post contains simply an image of the time and tomorrow’s date along with the hashtag “#WhatAreYouWaitingFor”, which is also the name of a recent Nickelback single. The Canadian band will be on tour in the US in late February, the same time On The Steps will take place.

For more information head to the Sydney Opera House website at www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Angus & Julia Stone - Summer Tour 2015

14.11.2014

Angus and Julia

Live Nation by arrangement with Artist Voice are pleased to announce Angus & Julia Stone will return to Australia February 2015, touring nationally in support of their latest release, the captivating self-titled third album, 'Angus & Julia Stone'.

The Summer 2015 follows their recent sold-out Australian album tour, and sees Angus & Julia Stone heading to capital cities and regional areas, performing at some of Australia’s finest and most iconic venues including Brisbane’s Riverstage, the stunning Kings Park in Perth, on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and in the brand new and intimate Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne.

 
The Sydney Opera House Forecourt show will be a highlight of the inaugural week-long ‘On the Steps’ series of outdoor concerts, presented by the Opera House and Live Nation as part of the 2014-15 Summer at the House line-up.
 
Currently on an extensive world tour, Angus & Julia Stone recently finished a sold out North American tour playing to capacity houses in New York, LA, Washington, Boston and San Francisco. This month they embark on a massive six-week 30-date headline tour of the UK and Europe, which like the US and Australia, has seen many shows selling out in advance.
 
Joining Angus & Julia Stone on the road for these very special summer evenings will be Cloud Controland Jarryd James on the full run of national tour dates, plus Little May for the shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

For complete tour and ticketing details visit: www.livenation.com.au

Captivating the world with their award-winning, triple-platinum, ARIA #1 album ‘Down The Way’ - led by the gentle anthem and triple j hottest 100 #1 song ‘Big Jet Plane’ - their latest album, produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, is quite simply the best record the siblings have ever made. Receiving much critical acclaim around the country and indeed around the world, the certified gold album debuted on the ARIA chart at #1, as well as hitting the top 4 in numerous European countries including the top spot in both France and Switzerland. 

 
To coincide with the tour Angus & Julia Stone are releasing ‘Grizzly Bear’, the follow on from ‘Heart Beats Slow’ and ‘A Heartbreak’, and the third single to be lifted from the album. 

Don’t miss your chance to catch Angus & Julia Stone, and special guests, touring Australia in February 2015. 

An Evening with John Legend

24.10.2014

JL

The supremely talented, number 1 charting neo-soul singer John Legend is set to thrill his New Zealand fans this December.

Legend today announced a one-off headline concert at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Wednesday December 10 in support of his fourth highly acclaimed album, Love in the Future, featuring double platinum RIANZ #2 single All of Me.

An Evening with John Legend – teaming the multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter with his super talented band plus a guest string section – promises an intimate show not to be missed, featuring Legend’s intoxicating vocals and incredible musicianship.

Most recently here as special guest on Alicia Keys’ Australasian arena tour last December, Legend wowed audiences with his smooth and sophisticated RnB songbook, prompting incessant demand for a return headline tour.

Tickets for John Legend’s only New Zealand show will go on sale at 10am Friday, October 31.

Spark customers will be able to access a special pre-sale commencing midday Tuesday, October 28.

My Live Nation members can be among the first to access tickets during the pre-sale beginning at 2pm Wednesday, October 29. For complete details, visit: www.livenation.co.nz

Since releasing his 2004 critically acclaimed Billboard #1 debut album Get Lifted, which featured the hit single Ordinary People, singer-songwriter John Legend has gone on to sell an impressive seven million albums worldwide, garner nine GRAMMY awards, five Soul Train Awards, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

All of Legend’s four studio albums have made the top five in the Billboard 200 charts, each developing and extending his artistry with a plethora of hit singles and killer collaborations.

For Love in the Future, which peaked at #4 on Billboard 200, Legend teamed up with longtime collaborators Kanye West and Dave Tozer. The third single lifted from the album, All Of Me – the wedding song for his recent marriage to model Chrissy Teigen – was the first R&B ballad to top the Hot 100 charts in 18 years. Hitting #1 on dozens of charts around the world, All of Me is John Legend’s highest selling and highest charting single in New Zealand, remaining at the top of the RIANZ singles chart for many weeks and also selling more than 5.5 million singles worldwide.

Don’t miss An Evening with John Legend – The All of Me Tour 2014.

Vector Arena Auckland - Wednesday December 10

2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Winners

10.10.2014

Remi

The 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their ninth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening handing out 14 awards to some of Australia’s finest talent, including multiple award winners Violent Soho, international breakthrough artists Courtney Barnett and Sheppard, and first time nominee Remi, all taking out awards.

The hotly contested Best Independent Artist award went to talented singer songwriter Courtney Barnett, who also won the Best Independent Single/EP award for her single ‘Avant Gardener’.  Phenomenal local and international success has followed the single’s release, and has seen Courtney not only playing some of the world’s biggest music festivals but also performing on high profile US TV talk show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Remi’s extraordinary breakout year continued as he not only took out the award for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for his brilliant sophomore release ‘Raw X Infinity’, but was also the lucky recipient of the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.  With burgeoning international interest, and many critics calling him the new global voice of Australian hip hop, the $50,000 prize money, which is specifically designed to help musicians boost their profile overseas, will help fund his forthcoming European and US touring commitments over the next few months. Awarded to emerging independent artists, the prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers.

Rob Elder Brand Manager for Carlton Dry said “The music scene in Australia has never been stronger and Carlton Dry is proud to support young Aussie artists looking to make the jump into the overseas market.   Having seen King Gizzard explode over the last 12 months we can’t wait to see how Remi takes his music to the globe throughout the next year and beyond.”  

Violent Soho walked away winners in two categories, picking up key awards for their critically acclaimed album ‘Hungry Ghost’, which was acknowledged by the industry as the Best Independent Album, and also the Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album. Adding a refined nuance and subtlety to their armoury with this, their third album, Hungry Ghost’ is Violent Soho’s most powerful offering to date.

Brisbane hit makers Sheppard were presented the award for this year’s Breakthrough Independent Artist. Their meteoric rise both locally and internationally over the past 12 months follows on from the release of their single ‘Geronimo’, which has reached an astonishing 4 x Platinum status, and gone on to become one of the highest selling Australian singles of the year.

RÜFÜS were awarded Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album for their debut album release ‘Atlas’.  Filled with indie-dance rhythms, darker housey stylings and a heap of anthems, the success of the debut album from the Sydney three-piece proved their credible and accessible dance music deserved the praise it received.

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single went to Peking Duk for their hit single ‘High’. Commandeering airwaves and dance floors alike, Peking Duk soared to the top of the charts with their massive double platinum single ‘High’ which featured vocalist Nicole Millar.

In an award voted for by their Record Label peers, I OH YOU were acknowledged as the Best Independent Label.  The cutting edge label boasts some of Australia’s best young talent including DMA’s, Bleeding Knees Club, City Calm Down, DZ Deathrays and the 2014 dual award winning Violent Soho.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went to dynamic blues rocker Dan Sultan for his third full-length studio album, ‘Blackbird’.  Recorded with award-winning producer Jacquire King in the Nashville studio whose name it bears, ‘Blackbird’, is a smouldering yet tender blues-tinged rock affair that resonated with critics and audiences alike. 

Halfway took out their first CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album for ‘Any Old Love’.  Produced by the esteemed Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster,  ‘Any Old Love’ is the bands 4th studio album and a journey into the outback world of broken down jockeys and bar room redemption.

Gurrumul and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra won the Best Independent Classical Album for ‘His Life And Music’.   Recorded Live at the Sydney Opera House in May 2013 as part of the Vivid Festival, ‘His Life And Music’ captures the artistic spirit of one of the nation’s most extraordinary artists.

Last but not least, Paul Grabowsky Sextet took out the award in the Best Independent Jazz Album category for The Bitter Suite”.  Drawing on everything from the Rolling Stones to Rachmaninoff,  The Bitter Suite” is an adventurous and intense contemporary jazz album by pianist, composer, arranger, conductor Paul Grabowsky – one of Australia’s finest jazz legends.

The CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners Remi and Sheppard, alongside nominees DMA’S, Safia and Meg Mac.

WINNERS below for the 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Winner - Remi

Best Independent Artist  - Courtney Barnett

Best Independent Album, presented by Rdio - Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost

Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year, presented by PPCA – Sheppard

Best Independent Single/EP, presented by Levi’s  - Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener

Best Independent Label  - I OH YOU

Best Independent Hip Hop Album - Remi - Raw x Infinity

Best Independent Country Album - Halfway - Any Old Love

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Dan Sultan – Blackbird

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album - Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost

Best Independent Jazz Album - Paul Grabowsky Sextet - The Bitter Suite

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single - Peking Duk - High

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album - RÜFÜS – Atlas

Best Independent Classical Album  - Gurrumul / Sydney Symphony Orchestra – His Life And Music

Air Announces Rdio as Major Partner of Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

29.09.2014

Rdio

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a major partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service's commitment to fostering local talent.

"Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able to award those paving the way in Australia's independent music community at this year's Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards," said Colin Blake, Head of Territory Australia & New Zealand at Rdio.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand in hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, the streaming service actively invests in the local music industry and delivers holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

“Rdio is passionate about championing local independent talent and we hope this partnership will give Australia’s best up-and-coming artists the opportunity to become established artists in Australia’s ever growing music scene,” Blake commented.

Globally, Rdio places a strong emphasis on a local repertoire of music in all territories, which brings Australia’s emerging indie artists, as championed by Rdio, to its global audience in 60 countries.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rdio on board as a Major Partner for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. It is fantastic to have Rdio support AIR in our objectives of promoting the interests and development of Australian independent musicians, labels and music companies,” said Joanna Cameron, Communications Manager for AIR.

Presented and produced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country’s most vibrant and eclectic artists. Past winners include Flume, Chet Faker, Vance Joy, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Seth Sentry, Gotye, John Butler Trio, Hilltop Hoods, Parkway Drive, The Getaway Plan, The Jezabels, Gurrumul, The Drones, Tom Piper, Pnau, Cloud Control, Sneaky Sound System, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gurrumul, Kasey Chambers and Dan Sultan.

For more information on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here. To stream tracks from Australia's hottest independent artists, head here.

 

Mariah Carey Announces Australian and New Zealand Tour

22.09.2014

Mariah 2014

On the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career,‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,’ the best-selling female artist of all time, MARIAH CAREY,has confirmed Australian and New Zealabd dates, extending her previously announced “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” world tour.

This will be Mariah’s first national Australian tour since her “Butterfly” world tour visited here in 1998, with the exception of 3 East Coast shows presented in January 2013.

Mariah will play six exclusive dates in Australia, commencing November 2, 2014 at Perth’s Sandalford Estate, and then followed by indoor arena shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

This will be Mariah’s first live show in New Zealand, playing this exclusive date at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Thursday November 13, 2014.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Tuesday, September 30. Visit www.mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information as the shows get announced.

Carey’s set list will be an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favourite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her #1 R&B Album “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” and many more surprises!
 
“I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans,” says Carey. “I can’t stop writing songs so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!” 


 
Mariah Carey is a true music icon and the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (17 self-penned), including 'Fantasy', 'Always Be My Baby', 'Hero', 'Touch My Body', 'One Sweet Day', and 'We Belong Together' - more than any solo artist in history. 


 
With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has redefined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognised with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI's “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few. 



Mariah Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009) and also in Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

For complete tour information please visit Live Nation here.

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant 2014 - Shortlist

11.09.2014

Air 2014 nominees

Announced today at Big Sound: the shortlist of 2014 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant nominees.

Established in 2013, the $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant was created in conjunction with AIR to help fund an international tour for an independent, emerging Australian act to boost their profile and further a career overseas. Last year’s inaugural Grant was awarded to seven-piece garage rock gang King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The Grant funded King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’stours of the USA, with shows in Dallas, Chicago, Washington, residencies in New York City, a slot on Austin’s the legendary Psychfest plus shows in Canada, China,Iceland, Netherlands and the UK. The prize money was also used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band recorded an album that has been signed to Castle Records in the USA and Europe’s Heavenly Recordings. This October will see King Gizzard return to the US to tour in support of their new album.

Rob Elder, Brand Manager for Carlton Dry said “There is so much talent in Australian music right now and the grant is a way we can support young artists and give them the opportunity to take their music overseas”.

Carlton Dry is excited to announce that the 2014 shortlist nominees are:

Fractures

Remi

SAFIA

Saskwatch

The Smith Street Band

These 5 artists have been shortlisted in recognition for their remarkable achievements over the last 12 months as well as their potential to achieve great things overseas.

David Vodicka, Chairman of the Board for AIR said “this Grant is something that AIR is very proud of. We can’t think of a more direct way to help a great emerging artist in their career. The fact that the whole thing was instigated by Carlton Dry shows thevalue of our partnership with them.”

The winner of this $50,000 Grant will be announced at the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Wednesday October 8th at North Melbourne’s Historic Meat Market as part of a partnership with AIR. For more information on the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant please visit www.air.org.au

 

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Nominations announced!

08.09.2014

Awards nominees

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the nominees for the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.

This year’s nominees include a stunning array of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music.  Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop Album, the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant, and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album among others.  

The nominations for Best Independent Artist have each received multiple nods, with Violent Soho leading the pack across 4 categories, including Best Independent Album, Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album for their latest release ‘Hungry Ghost’, and Best Independent Single or EP presented by Levi’s for ‘Covered In Chrome’.

Sia is nominated for three awards including Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album for her sixth studio release,  ‘1000 Forms Of Fear’, and Best Independent Single or EP for her world-wide hit ‘Chandelier’ which reached Top 10 in a number of countries including Australia, the US, the UK, Norway and New Zealand.  Previous dual award winner Chet Faker is also nominated in three categories for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album for his self-produced debut album “Built On Glass”.

2013 nominees RÜFÜS garnered three nominations: Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album for the band’s debut album Atlas’ and Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single for Sundream’.  Courtney Barnett is up for two awards, Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Single or EP for ‘Avant Gardener’, the track that saw her US network TV debut when she performed on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  Past winners Dan Sultan and John Butler Trio are both nominated for Best Independent Blues And Roots Album and newcomers D.D Dumbo and Allday are nominated for their first awards.

The nominees for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant will be announced on September 11th at Bigsound. The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner will receive $50,000 to go towards breaking the international music market.

The Awards will be held at the Meat Market in Melbourne this coming October, and will include performances by nominated acts Sheppard, Remi, DMA’s, SAFIA and Meg Mac.

Nominations below for 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Chet Faker

Courtney Barnett

John Butler Trio

Sia

Violent Soho

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Chet Faker - Built On Glass (Future Classic)

RÜFÜS – Atlas (Sweat it Out)

Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear (Monkey Puzzle)

Total Control - Typical System (Independent)

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost (I Oh You)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

D.D Dumbo

DMA's

Meg Mac

Remi

Sheppard

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP presented by Levi’s

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener (Milk Records!)

DMA's - DMA's EP (I Oh You)

Sheppard – Geronimo (Empire of Song)

Sia – Chandelier (Monkey Puzzle)

Violent Soho - Covered In Chrome (I Oh You)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Allday - Startup Cult (ONETWO)

Horrorshow - King Amongst Many (Elefant Tracks)

L-FRESH The LION – One (IVienna People Recordings)

Remi - Raw x Infinity (House of Beige)

Thundamentals - So We Can Remember (Obese Records) 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Davidson Brothers – Wanderlust (Independent)

Halfway - Any Old Love (Plus One Records)

Sara Storer – Lovegrass (ABC Music)

The Painted Ladies - Play Selections From 'The Loner' (Plus One Records)

The Perch Creek Family Jugband - Jumping On The Highwire (Vitamin Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Dan Sultan – Blackbird (Liberation Music)

John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood (Jarrah Records)

Little Bastard - Little Bastard (Four | Four)

Mia Dyson – Idyllwild (Black Door Music)

Paul Kelly - The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

DZ Deathrays - Black Rat (I Oh You)

High Tension - Death Beat (Cooking Vinyl Australia)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Oddments (Flightless)

sleepmakeswaves - Love Of Cartography (Bird's Robe Records)

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost (I Oh You)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings - Wave Rider (Jazzhead)

Gian Slater - Still Still (Which Way Music)

Joseph Tawadros - Permission To Evaporate (ABC Jazz)

Julien Wilson Quartet - This Is Always (Lionsharecords)

Paul Grabowsky Sextet - The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Andras Fox – Overworld (Homeloan Records)

Chet Faker - Built On Glass (Future Classic)

Guerre - Ex Nihilo (Yes Please)

RÜFÜS – Atlas (Sweat it Out)

Ta-ku - Songs To Break Up To (HW&W Recordings)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Kilter - They Say (etc/etc)

LUCIANBLOMKAMP - Help Me Out (Yes Please)

Peking Duk feat. Nicole Millar – High (Vicious Bitch)

RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat it Out)

SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Independent)

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL ALBUM     

Anna McMichael and Tamara-Anna Cislowska - Close Your Eyes and I'll Close Mine 

Gurrumul & Sydney Symphony Orchestra - His Life And Music 

Jane Sheldon & Nicole Panizza - Nature          

Michael Kieran Harvey – Psychosonata

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - Hush Collection, Vol. 13: The Magic Island 

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

 

The 9th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne

 

Air Announces Performers for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

26.08.2014

AR Performers

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the performers for the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. This year's exceptional lineup promises to showcase some of Australia's most exciting new and emerging talents, with live performances by Sheppard, Remi, DMA's, SAFIA and Meg Mac.

The past 12 months has seen the meteoric rise of Brisbanes hit makers Sheppard, who gave us the biggest Australian songof the year with the pop-slice-of-heaven "Geronimo". Sheppard managed to break all manner of records, clocking up a massive 7 weeks as the #1 song at radio, reaching triple platinum status and the longest running #1 single for a 100% indie release of all time. 

Melbourne’s Remi had an extraordinary breakout year with accolades nothing short of brilliant for his much anticipated second album “Raw X Infinity”, recorded with his musical collaborators Sensible J and Dutch and released through his own record label House Of Beige.   From multiple high-rotation radio singles (including the summer anthem “Sangria”, and the edgier tracks “Livin’” and “Tyson”), an extensive national sell out tour across the country and burgeoning international interest, many critics are calling him the new global voice of Australian hip hop. 

Sydney three-piece DMA’s exploded with the hype for their debut single ‘Delete’.  The catchy anthem was the first taste off the band’s debut self-titled EP which was released in April, and has placed the band well and truly on the international music industry’s radar. 

Another superb addition to the evening’s performances is electro-indie three-piece SAFIA.  Their breakthrough single 'Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues' saw them a synth-driven force to be reckoned with. Set to release a brand new single “You Are The One” this September, which promises more of their unique cross-genre sounds, SAFIA are warning you to get ready to dance.  

Also joining the line up is 23-year-old singer-songwriter and soul-pop sensation Meg Mac. Gearing up to release her debut EP, MEGMAC, slated to drop mid September, the talented young Melbournian has been turning heads with her latest single “Roll Up Your Sleeves”.  The lilting neo-soul ballad is the perfect vehicle for her gorgeous voice, and heralds a huge future ahead for this enigmatic chanteuse. 

Stay tuned for further announcements including nominations, guest presenters and more.  For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

The 9th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne

 

Live Nation presents Lady Gaga in Australia

19.08.2014

LGG

Lady Gaga has landed in Australia !

Jetting into Perth for the first show of her Australian tour Lady Gaga's artRave: The Artpop Ball from 20th August to 31st August. Don't miss out, you can grab you tickets via Live Nation at http://www.livenation.com.au/artist/lady-gaga-tickets

The 9th Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

18.08.2014

King Gizzard

Presented and produced by The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards will be held on Wednesday October 8th for the first time at North Melbourne's Historic Meat Market. In new surrounds for the first time in 3 years, AIR are very excited to be bringing independent music to this heritage-listed venue.

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards are an opportuity to celebrate the successes of our vibrant and eclectic independent music community. Past winners include Gotye, Chet Faker, Paul Kelly, Flume, Vance Joy, Urthboy, Hilltop Hoods, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio, Eddy Current Suppresion Ring, Parkway Drive and Wagons.

With yet another extraordinary year for Independent Artists unfolding, the 2014 crop of Artists have achieved great success both here and overseas which will no doubt be reflected in the voting for this year’s awards.

Alongside the on-going success of previous winners Chet Faker, Flume, Dan Sultan and The Jezabels, the past 12 months also saw the emergence of artists such as Brisbane’s Sheppard whose debut single ‘Geronimo’ has reached Triple Platinum status, and gone on to become one of the highest selling Australian singles of the year. The phenomenal local and international success of Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett – whose swift and steep rise saw her not only playing some of the world’s biggest music festivals but also performing on high profile US TV talk show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  This past year saw the long-awaited return of Sia who had a massive comeback year as a performer. We also welcomed homegrown domination by artists such as Rufus and Violent Soho who both produced brilliant and critically acclaimed releases. 

It was also a massive year for King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the winners of the inaugural CARLTON DRY GLOBAL MUSIC GRANT. The Grant helped fund their 2014 tour of the US, with shows in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, a slot on the legendary Austin Psychfest, residencies in New York City and additional dates in Canada. 

Applications are now open for the $50,000 Grant for 2014 and interested artists should check the conditions of entry and review the criteria in full prior to submitting an application here: http://www.air.org.au/awards/carlton-dry-global-music-grant-2014/ 

With a diverse pool of representatives once again voting this year, from online media, music press, broadcasters, independent music industry representatives and artists themselves, the results will truly reflect the opinions of the collective Independent Music scene. 

Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album, Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album, and Best Independent Label among others.  Nominees must have material released between August 1st, 2013 and July 31st, 2014, and the recording must be owned by the artist, or by an entirely Australian owned Independent Record Label.

Stay tuned for further announcements including nominations, performing artists, and guest presenters.  For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au  

Live Nation and Spark Announce Partnership

12.08.2014

Spark

Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, a Live Nation Entertainment company, is pleased to announce an official partnership with Spark New Zealand.

The partnership coincides with Spark's much anticipated re-brand to Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and with the simultaneous launch of the company's new customer loyalty and rewards program, called 'Thanks'.

As part of the partnership, Spark will gain access to an exciting suite of Live Nation benefits including exclusive content, 'Money Can't Buy' experiences and priority ticketing to Live Nation events in New Zealand. Many of these benefits will be rolled out to loyal customers through the 'Thanks' program and begin to help to establish Spark's loyalty and rewards offering as best in the market.

Chris Quin, CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business, said: "Our customers have told us they love movies, music and technology, so we've designed our Thanks program around those things. We're investing in strategic long-term partnerships with Live Nation and other premium brands to bring our customers more of what we know they love, first."

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: "We welcome our new brand partner, Spark New Zealand, and look forward to offering Spark customers priority access to the major international artists that Live Nation presents each year in Australia and New Zeland."

Live Nation's partnership with Spark is one of a limited number of exclusive brand partnerships Live Nation Australia and New Zealand will enter into.

Spark joins Qantas and NSW Health, plus international partners American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, as current Live Nation partners.

For all mixitup Australia-related enquiries, please contact:

Greg Segal - gregsegal@mixitup.com.au

Phone: 02 9332 2002

Live Nation and NSW Health Announce Partnership

10.08.2014

NSW Health

Live Nation and New Zealand is pleased to announce an official partnership with the NSW Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit, NSW Health (NSW Health).

The new partnership provides NSW Health with a broad range of opportunities to engage with young people about sexual health, using music as a platform to make conversations about sexual health part of the norm.

The campaign from NSW Health, titled “Play Safe,” primarily targets young people aged 15 – 29 years to encourage responsible sexual behaviour and regular testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

NSW Health’s activation will span Live Nation's concerts, online platforms, content and ticketing operations in Australia, with a focus on NSW-based audiences.

Dr Chris Bourne, head of the NSW Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit, said: “Live Nation provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with young people, highlight the importance of sexual health and be part of their conversation about sex.”

“75% of STI notifications in NSW were reported in young people in the last year, so it’s a very big issue,’’ Dr Bourne said.

“We know from research with young people, that just being told to get tested for STIs and use condoms when having sex is not enough to improve sexual health. We need to do more.”

“Our partnership with Live Nation will enable us to promote the Play Safe messages directly to young people on this important area of their lives and health,” Dr Bourne said.

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “Live Nation wholeheartedly supports NSW Health in its endeavours to improve youth health outcomes. Through the power of Live Nation’s live music offering, NSW Health is able to connect with its key audience in a direct and engaging way. Live Nation is proud to join the movement and help spread the word about sexual health.”

Live Nation’s partnership with NSW Health is one of a limited number of exclusive brand partnerships Live Nation Australia and New Zealand will enter.

NSW Health joins Qantas, plus international partners American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australia and New Zealand joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup said: “Traditional media is failing to meaningfully connect with Millennials and Live Nation delivers a wide variety of music offerings and experiences that strongly resonate with the NSW Health target audience. Behavioural change is needed to ensure better health outcomes for our youth and it is a privilege to be working closely with NSW Health on this important challenge. Together we are literally harnessing the healing power of music!”

For all mixitup Australia-related enquiries, please contact:

Greg Segal - gregsegal@mixitup.com.au Phone: 02 9332 2002

Sponsorship Up for Mardi Gras

01.08.2014

MG

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras significantly increased it's sponsorship revenue in 2014, according to it's annual report.

The 2014 Mardi Gras report, released last week, showed sponsorship revenue of $1,648,500, a 32% rise from 2013's $1,248,400.

The revenue amounted to $892,500 in cash and in kind deals from the private sector, as well as nearly $800,000 in funding from Destination NSW and the City of Sydney.

Despite the $400,000 boost in sponsorship, ticketing sales and fees dropped significantly, which resulted in a net loss of $177,644.

The strong sponsorship result stemmed from ANZ's significantly increased investment as the festival's first principal sponsor.

The ANZ initiative also included the 'GayTM' activation, which won a Grand Prix award at the Cannes international marketing festival.

Other new partners that contributed to the increase in revenue were Fitness First, Durex and IVF Australia.

Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik said the addition earlier this year of a partnership manager would continue to grow sponsorship as a 'key revenue pillar' for the festival, and he forecast further growth for the 2015 festival.

For more info on how your brand can get involved in 2015, please email: info@mixitup.com.au

Live Nation.. Just Announced!

30.07.2014

New Tours

Live Nation is bringing you the hottest tickets in town recently announcing 5 Seconds of Summer, The Madden Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tori Amos, Elbow and Pat Metheny Unity Group.

US comedian Chelsea Handler is also heading to Australia, as is Jillian Matthews America's favourite wellness coach. 

Hot on the heels of selling out two shows at London's iconic Wembley arena, 5 Seconds of Summer, the chart topping Sydney boys are heading out on the road to play their first ever headline Australian and New Zealand shows. 5SOS are a worldwide success with more than 92 million views on YouTube and more than 5 million fans on Facebook. The all ages shows will kick off in New Zealand on June 18, before crossing the ditch to Australia, landing at Allphones Arena on June 20 and onto Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaiade before winding up at Perth Arena.

The Madden Brothers have taken Australia by storm with their platinum smash single We Are Done, from their debut album Greetings From California to be released on September 12. Benji and Joel have a massive fan base in Australia through Good Charlotte and TV series, The Voice. They will be bringing their live experience to the stage touring nationally this October. Tickets go on sale Monday August 4.

Bombay Bicycle Club are heading to Australia's east coast for headline shows this Spring, following the release of their 4th album, So Long See You Tomorrow. The album is beautifully crafted, tapping into diverse cultures and telling a story from the first track to the last. This will be their first Australian dates in two years, tickets on sale now.

One of England's finest bands Elbow, will showcase their sublime sound and grace in a limited run of live performances when they play east coast shows this October. It follows the release of their latest album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything. They are set to perform at The Opera House in Sydney on October 25, The Forum in Melbourne October 28 and The Tivoli in Brisbane on October 30. Tickets go on sale for all shows August 1.

Following a recent trek through the UK, Europe, US and Sth Africa, Tori Amos is heading to all major cities to perform five solo shows sharing the stage with her piano. Also just announced a very special 2nd Sydney show accompanied by the Sydney Syphony Orchestra at The Opera House. Tickets are on sale now.

Live Nation are thrilled to announce the 20-time Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Metheny. Pat will bring his, Pat Metheny Unity Group to Australia this October for selected dates. This will be his first tour down under since 1985, and you can secure tickets online from Monday 4.

Superstar comedian Chelsea Handler is bringing her Uganda Be Kidding Me live tour to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland. Best known as the outspoken host of her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, where she remains the only female in the late night arena.

Star of the Biggest Loser USA, Jillian Matthews brings her critically acclaimed motivational live tour Maximise Your Life to Oz for the first time this October. In this two hour show she takes to the stage in an intimate personal live experience, designed to provide the tools and motivation to harness potential, define and kick-start goal, and live an exceptional life. Tickets for both shows are available now.

For further information and tickets please click here.

5 Seconds of Summer 2015 Tour Announced

18.07.2014

5SOS

Live Nation is excited to announce the triumphant return of the Aussie global phenomenon, 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER.

Hot on the heels of selling out two shows at London's iconic Wembley Arena, the chart topping Sydney boys are heading out on the road to play their first-ever headlne Australian and New Zealand arena shows, touring is support of their recently released self-titled #1 smash hit debut album (through EMI Music Australia).

Currently playing stadiums around the world as special guests to One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer's recently added UK arena arena tour for 2015 has now sold out. Previous UK and USA dates have all sold out in less than five minutes.

Tickets for all Australian and New Zealand shows go on sale at midday next Friday, July 25.

Fans who sign up to www.5SOS.com have a chance to jump the queue during the exclusive ticket pre-sale beginning at 4pm this Monday, July 21.

My Live Nation members can also be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning at 4pm Tuesday, July 22.

5 Seconds of Summer - Luke, Cakum, Michael and Ashton - have conquered not ony home-grown audiences but also those of far flung lands. Their highly anticipated gold-accredited, self-titled alnum, debuted at #1 in nine countries including Australia and New Zealand, and #2 in the UK and Sweden.

Their debut sngle charted at #2 on the US Billboard charts and their highly anticipated US album release next week will be supported by performances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Today Show. The album is now the highest selling pre-order in Universal Music Group history. Not bad for four teenagers from the Western suburbs of Sydney.

The album also peaked at iTunes #1 She Looks So Perfect, UK #2 Don't Stop, Amnesia, Kiss Me Kiss Me and Everything I Didn't Say. The lyric video for their upcoming single, Amnesia, has already had more than 5.7 million views.

5SOS are a worldwide success with more than 92 million views on YouTube, more than 5 million fans on Facebook, a combined 15 million plus Twitter followers and more than 1.75 million followers on Instagram.

The band left no doubt as to the strength of their energetic live shows last May. Barely audible over the sounds of a screming audience, critics raved:

'The band owned the stage and the crowd in a way few groups we've seen at The Enmore have done recently' - SMH

'.. things are only going to get bigger from here.' - The Music

5 Seconds of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour 2015

Vector Arena, Auckland - Thursday 18th June

Allphones Arena, Sydney - Saturday 20th June

Enterainment Centre, Brisbane - Tuesday 23rd June

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - Thursday 25th June

Adelaide Entertainment Centre - Saturday 27th June

Perth Arena - Monday 29th June

For complete tour and ticket information please go to www.livenation.com.au

Air Announces New Supporting Partner for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards 2014

09.07.2014

Levis and AIR

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce that Levi's has come on board as a Supporting Partner of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2014.

The partnership with AIR firmly positions Levi's within the Australian Music scene and demonstrates the brand's commitment to supporting emerging independent musicians in Australia.

Levi’s® has a long history and association with music. The brand has been worn by music industry greats such as Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen and more recently by some of the hottest independent artists of the moment; Kingswood, Calling All Cars, Peking Duk, The Rubens and Lanie Lane to name just a few.

As part of the Partnership, Levi’s® will present the Best Independent Single/EP Award. Levi’s® will also become Presenting Partner of the Official 2014 Awards Afterparty, the first time that a Partner has received the opportunity to do so.

Levi’s is super excited to be a part of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. We have always had such a strong brand association with both the music industry and its various artists on a global scale. It’s great to be in a position to support the homegrown Australian music scene through being involved with this prestigious industry event. We look forward to having a long term partnership with AIR and assisting to foster emerging Australian talent.” Levi Strauss ANZ Marketing Manager, Nicky Rowsell. 

We are extremely pleased to welcome Levi’s on board as a Supporting Partner of the Carlton Dry Independent Awards 2014. Levi’s have shown a commitment to reconnecting with music and this partnership is a really exciting start for both parties.” Chairman of the Board for AIR, David Vodicka.

Presented and produced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country’s most vibrant and eclectic artists. Past winners include Flume, Chet Faker, Vance Joy, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Seth Sentry, Gotye, John Butler Trio, Hilltop Hoods, Parkway Drive, The Getaway Plan, The Jezabels, Gurrumul, The Drones, Tom Piper, Pnau, Cloud Control, Sneaky Sound System, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gurrumul, Kasey Chambers and Dan Sultan.

Stay tuned for further announcements including new Awards, nominations, guest presenters and performing artists.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Applications Open

01.07.2014

2014 Grant

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) and Carlton Dry are pleased to announce that applications for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant are now open for 2014.

Established in 2013, the $50,000 Grant has been created to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian artist or band to boost their profile overseas. The Grant is awarded by Carlton Dry each year at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, as part of a partnership with AIR.

Applicants must be Australian artist or band who is self-released or released by an independent label. The prize money must be used exclusively to help the artist tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further their career.

David Vodicka, Chairman of the Board for AIR said, "this Grant is something that AIR is very proud of. We can't think of a more direct way we can support young artists and give them the opportunity to take their music overseas. We can't wait to see the entries that come in this year."

Applications close on September 1st, with entries judged by a selected panel of industry experts. 

The winner of the grant will be announced at the 2014 Calton Dry Independent Music Awards in October.

Last year's inaugural $50,000 Grant was awarded to seven-piece garage rock gang King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The Grant helped fund a recent tour of the US, with shows in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, a slot on the legendary Austin Psychfest, residencies in New York City and additional dates in Canada. The prize money was also used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band worked on a new record.

Interested artists should check the conditions of entry and review the criteria in full prior to submitting an application here.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent Music check out www.air.org.au.

Paul Simon & Sting Tour Announcement

30.06.2014

Paul Simon & Sting

June 30, 2014 - Live Nation Global Touring announced today that Sting & Paul Simon, two of music's most renowned and enduring artists, will bring their critically-acclaimed On Stage Together tour to Australia and New Zealand in January and February 2015.

As long-time friends, the concept for the On Stage Together tour originated at the Robin Hood Foundation benefit in 2013 where they performed together for the first time. Both artists, who are known for exploring world rhythms, have pushed the boundaries of popular music and continue to speak to generations of fans.

As exemplified on their North American tour earlier this year, the concerts in Australia and New Zealand will feature two of music's most iconic singer/songwriters blending their voices and their bands while performing their best-known songs both together and apart.

In what was one of the most highly-praised North American concert tours of 2014, media and fans alike were unanimous in their reviews.

"One of the most surprising, daring, and rewarding double bills..." - Hollywood Reporter

"A marvellous meeting of musical minds, the stuff of future legend." - Orange County Register

Tickets for Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, July 7th at 10am. The artists' fans will have access to a pre-sale through each artist's official website starting Tuesday, July 1st at 10am through to Thursday, July 3rd at 3pm.

Vector Arena, Auckland - Friday January 30

Entertainment Centre Brisbane - Tuesday February 3

Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong - Saturday February 7

Coopers Brewery, Adelaide - Sunday February 8

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - Tuesday February 10

Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley - Saturday February 14

Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney - Monday February 16

Sir James Mitchell Park, Perth - Saturday Fenruary 21

For complete ticket and tour information please visit, www.livenation.com.au

 

 

 

ANZ GAYTMs wins honours at Cannes advertising awards

19.06.2014

Award

Ten bedazzled ATMs that were part of ANZ's sponsorship of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took out one of the top honours at the annual Cannes Lions Festival advertising awards.

The bank's GAYTM campaign won a Grand Prix award in the outdoor category at a ceremony held in France overnight.

"We're very pleased that this flagship campaign celebrating diversity, inclusion and respect has been recognised at such a prestigous event, particularly considering the global brands that were also shortlisted," ANZ Managing Director of Marketing Matt Boss said.

Bedazzling ordinary ANZ ATMs with rhinestones, sequins, studs, leather and fur during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Whybin/TBWA Group's colourful work received awards in both the "Promo and Acivation" and "Outdoor" categories.

Outdoor Grand Prix award jury president Jose Miguel Sokoloff said that the ANZ GAYTMs campaign was so popular that even a juror from a competing agency voted for it. He goes on to say, "This won we chose because it's important, it's brave, because it's not necessarily very large but it became very large, and it was pure outdoor."

The festival of creativity runs from 15 - 21 June, includes 12,000 people from 94 countries and this year will see workshops and seminars conducted by business people and celebrities such as Bono, Twitter CEO Richard Costolo and Jonathan Ive from Apple.

For more information on how your brand can get involved in Sydney Mardi Gras 2015 please email: gregsegal@mixitup.com.au

Qantas Becomes the Official Airline of Live Nation Australasia

16.06.2014

Qantas

Live Nation Australia and New Zealand is pleased to announce an official partnership with Qantas, making Qantas the official airline of Live Nation Australasia.

In this new multi-year agreement, Qantas will fly international artists throughout the greater Australasia region and both parties will collaborate on a broad range of integrated marketing opportunities spanning Live Nation's concerts, online platforms, content, hospitality and ticketing operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Qantas joins Live Nation's exclusive Australasian brand partners, which include American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The Qantas partnership was brokered by Sydney-based entertainment partnerships agency, mixitup Australia, a Live Nation Australasia joint-venture company.

Greg Segal, Managing Director of mixitup said: "Live Nation is delivering the best all-round entertainment offering in the region, with a mix of huge international concert tours, small boutique music events, family entertainment and comedy and by working with a select group of exclusive partners in each region we can ensure we deliver maximum benefits in return. For brands that wish to be more customer centric, particularly those wishing to enhance or establish loyalty and rewards programs, a Live Nation partnership is second to none."

Tim McColl Jones, Executive Manager, Group Brand and Marketing, said: "Live Nation provides us with the opportunity to further increase our international sales reach, as we fly more and more international music and entertainment acts to and around Australia and New Zealand. It also means more benefits for Qantas Frequent Flyers with preferential access to ticket offers and special promotions through Live Nation extensive portfolio of tours and shows."

Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: "Live Nation's live music platform is unparalleled in it's ability to consistently connect the world's most prominent brands with their customers through one of the most powerful mediums available - live music. Utilizing Live Nation's network of concerts, ticketing and online assets will enable Qantas to fully tap into the power of live music and it's intimate connection with millions of fans. We are looking forward to a fantastic and mutually successful partnership."

For all mixitup Australia-related enquiries please email: gregsegal@mixitup.com.au.

More more info on Live Nation please click here.

COLDPLAY - Live at the Enmore Theatre!

16.05.2014

COLDPLAY

Friday May 16, 2014 - Live Nation is thrilled to announce one of the biggest bands in the world today - COLDPLAY - will play one very special show at Sydney's iconic Enmore Theatre in Newtown on Thursday June 19.

Today Coldplay deliver their latest album Ghost Stories on Parlophone (through Warner Music Australia), featuring singles 'Magic' and the newly released second single 'A Sky Full Of Stars'.

Coldplay, who last toured Australia in November 2012 - their Mylo Xyloto Tour playing to sold-out stadiums in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane - will visit Australia for a promotional trip, June 16 - 21.

Stringent anti-scalping measures will be picked in place for this exclusive live show, including personalised digital tickets - patrons' names will be printed on their ticket and cross checked against credit card details and photo identification prior to entry into the venue - and the ezyTickets will not be emailed to patrons until the day of the show, June 19.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.coldplay.com & www.livenation.com.au

ENMORE THEATRE SYDNEY - Thursday June 19

My Live Nation Pre-Sale begins 2pm Monday May 19 with a fixed allocation

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE 10AM TUESDAY MAY 20

 

Roxette - Returning to Australia in 2015

15.05.2014

Roxette

Thursday May 15, 2014 - Live Nation is excited to announce that legendary Swedish pop-rockers ROXETTE are returing to Australia for a national tour in summer 2015.

After the 2011-2012 World Tour that took them around the globe twice over, playing to more than 1.5 million people in 46 countries including our very own shores, Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle - are ready to do it all again with the Aussie leg of ther world tour kicking off in February, joined on all shows by special guests Boom Crash Opera.

Tickets for all shows on sale 9am Tuesday May 27.

My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday May 21. Sign up at www.livenation.com.au

Roxette will begin their Australian tour in Brisbane on February 10 before heading onto Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney. The band also play two very special A Day On The Green winery concerts in the Hunter Valley NSW and Yarra Valley VIC.

"We are beyond thrilled to head back to Australia, a stunning country with beautiful fans who have remained some of our most loyal supporters over the last 25 years," says Per Gessle. "Marie, the band and I are ready and raring to go with a brand new show full of our best hits and a few surprises".

One of Sweden's finest exports, Roxette have a string of much loved hits under their belt including Listen To Your Heart,The Look, How Do You Do, Spending My Time, Joyride, Dangerous, Sleeping In My Car, Dressed For Success, It Must Of Been Love, Almost Unreal and many, many more.

Supporting Roxette on tour are Aussie Rockers, BOOM CRASH OPERA, renowned for their high energy live shows that bring audiences to their feet. The band's hits from the 80s and 90s are well-loved to this day and include Onion Skin, The Best Thing, Hands Up In The Air and Dancing In The Storm. Dale Ryder (lead vocals) will be accompanied by Peter Farnan (guitar/vocals), Greg O'Connor (keyboards/guitar), Peter Maslen (drums/vocals) and Ian Tilley (bass/vocals).

And so the Roxette joyride continues with their World Tour hitting Australian shores in 2015. Listen to your heart and come join it!

Live Nation Presents:

BRISBANE ENTERTAINMNET CENTRE - Tuesday February 10

PERTH ARENA - Saturday February 14

ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - Tuesday February 17

ROD LAVER ARENA MELBOURNE - Friday February 20

WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - Monday February 23

QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA - Friday February 27

A Day On The Green Presents:

ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY VIC - Saturday February 21

BIMBADEN WINERY, HUNTER VALLEY NSW - Saturday February 28

For full tour and ticketing information, visit: www.roxette.se & www.livenation.com.au 

Childish Gambino - In his only Australian Show

07.05.2014

Childish Gambino

Wednesday 7th May, 2014 - Childish Gambino, one of the most exciting young talents in music, will perform a headline show at Big Top Luna Park Sydney this July.

Heading to Australia for Splendour in the Grass, Childish Gambino will take to the stage of Big Top Sydney on Sunday 27th July, definitely for one show only.

His legendary headline shows of Summer 2013 sold out in minutes and the dynamic energy of Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, blew away those fortunate enough to have scored a ticket.

Tickets for the Big Top Sydney show go on sale at 10am this Monday, May 12.

Niche and My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning midday this Friday, May 9th. Become a member at www.nicheproductions.com.au and/or www.livenation.com.au

Childish Gambino, with his unique blend of hip-hop genresand lyrical genius, has gone from a viral cult following to a mega sensation. The New Yorker praises, "With a vocal attack reminiscent of Pharcyde's Bootie Brown, Glover delivers rapid-fire stream-of-consciousness one-liners, along with in-depth nd intellegent assessements of the recording industry, fame, and fortune".

Big Top Luna Park Sydney - Sunday July 27 (Licensed, All Ages Show)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard set for first US tour thanks to Carlton Dry Global Music Grant

07.05.2014

King Gizzard

The winners of the inaugural Calton Dry Global Music Grant, seven-piece outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are ready to utilise their prize money with both an international tour and a writing sabbatical slated for the remainder of the year.

Eric Moore, the band's drummer/multi-instrumentalist said, 'We plan to make several international trips in the next 12 months to help establish our career globally. Our first trip is to the USA and Canada in May which will be our first performances outside of Australia."

The $50,000 grant awarded to the band last October will help fund their performances overseas which will see the band tour the US performing in Dallas, Chicago, Washington with a slot also confirmed on the legendary Psychfest in Austin before the band head to Canada. The prize money will also be used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band will begin work on a new record.

Before heading off, the band recently finished a hghly successful Australian tour, playing "wierd shows in each city so they could get used to playing several nights in a row," according to the group. All of the shows had great crowds including five sold-out shows at venues in Melbourne.

In 2013, Carlton Dry established the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant. The grant was created to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian artist or band as a way to boost their profile overseas.  The grant will be awarded by Carlton Dry each year as part of their sponsorship of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards.

As the Australian music scene has more diverse talent than ever before, artists are now competing in a global music market and the resources required to give them a leg up onto the world stge cannot be underestimated. The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been created to ensure that current and future generations of emerging Australian artists have the opportunity to take their music careers abroad.

Commenting on the benefits for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Moore said, "Having the opportunity to travel and perform overseas will be a huge help to our band. We are a self-sufficient seven piece that has alot of expenses. Without the grant I'm not sure we would be able to take the wonderful opportunities  that have been offered to us."

Conditions for entry are that the band or artist must be emerging, Australian, self-released or released by an independent label and that the prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further their careers.

Should talented emerging Australian Artists consider applying for the 2014 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant?

Final words of encouragement from Moore, "Absolutely - this grant is an incredible opportunity for any young Australian band trying to build an international career. There are so many world-class independent bands in this country that just dont have the financial resources to tour extensively and play in different markets. This grant makes that possible.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here.

NSW Health wins CommsCon Award for Best Government Campaign

01.04.2014

CommsCon Award

A big congratulations to NSW Health who won the CommsCon award for Best Government Sponsored Campaign, Popup HIV Testing.

This activation was produced by mixitup, making the win a fantastic result for both client and agency.

The second annual CommsCon Awards was held in Sydney on 20th March 2014. The awards are intended to recognise excellence in the fields of PR and communications.

The Popup HIV testing caravan was positioned on Taylor Square for a week during November 2013. The success of the campaign continued 800km up to sunny Byron Bay where it carried out further testing over the new year period.

The campaign was the first of it's kind, creating awareness and information for treatment of HIV in the community.

For more information on the above, please email info@mixitup.com.au

That's a wrap - Mardi Gras 2014

12.03.2014

Goodrem

Spirits were flying high at this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as the streets were filled with partygoers for it's 36th annual parade.

This year's theme was "Kaleidoscope", representing the diversity of the LGBTI community in all it's brillant colours!

All the floats were magical and presented participants and onlookers with amazing costumes and heart felt messages.

The ANZ float proved to be a favourite with the crowd, the 100 plus energetic dancers passed through Taylor square to the cheers of their comrades. This season ANZ also introduced "GayTM's" around Sydney to celebrate the partnership with the Sydney Mardi Gras festival. Decorated in colours, patterns and jewels inspired by LGBTI culture, with each GayTM telling a unique story.

mixitup were proud to produce the stand out float, the Oral B 3D White float featuring Australia's talented Delta Goodrem. Delta performed a medley of hits at The Flinders seats and was accompanied by 16 dancers and 30 marchers. Goodrem wora a custom made white bedazzled outfit from Ms Couture, jewellery from House of Emmanuel and specially crafted pink orchid fairy wings from Creative Works.

SBS2 was the official broadcast partner, and featured a 90 minute special on parade weekend with highlights, interviews and behind the scenes footage. This was the first time in 12 years that the broadcast was free to air on TV, it also was the highest ratings ever with over 200,000 people tuning in.

At the conclusion of the parade, the Party was next to follow at the Entertainment Quater at Fox Studios. With 4 dance arena there was a plethora of talent on hand, from international DJs Derrick Carter and Kim Ann Foxman to our own Tina Arena, who performed a special show for an energetic crowd that danced well into the night.

The 3 week festival had plenty of events in Sydney including Fair Day, this was hugely successful and attracted over 80,000 people. Harbour Party presented by Gaydar saw partygoers boasting on sunshine on the Harbour, enjoying cocktails and listening to tunes from superstars DJ Joey Negro and DJ Paul Goodyear.

A special mention to all our partners for the 2014 season, particularly Mardi Gras' inaugural Principal Partner ANZ. And, of course our new and returning partners: Air Asia, Google, Hungerford Hill, Gaydar, Findlandia, 2dayFM, SBS, Atlantis, Beyond Blue, Coopers, Rock Beauty, V Energy and Relationships Australia.

For more information on how your brand can get involved in 2015 please email info@mixitup.com.au.

 

Sydney Mardi Gras a ratings winner!

04.03.2014

SBS 2 broadcast

SBS 2 aired a 90-minute special of parade highlights, interviews and behind the scenes footage of the Mardi Gras on Sunday night. It attracted an average 205,000 viewers on OzTAM's overnight ratingds which includes 137,000 (76th overall) in the five-city metro audience and 68,000 from regional areas.

SBS 2's previous most viewed program was Kung Fu Hustle in January, which attracted an average combined metro and regional audience of 165,000.

SBS Director of Television Tony Iffland said the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an iconic Australian cultural event and a perfect fit for SBS.

"We're thrilled with the results of last night's coverage and are proud that SBS 2, our channel for emerging culture from across the world, broadcast this event free-to-air to all Australians.

Source: AAP

Justin Timberlake takes the 20/20 Experience World Tour to Australia

03.03.2014

Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist's first headlining tour in six years is selling out venues around the world and has now announced dates in Australia

Justin Timberlake 2014

Justin Timberlake announced today The 20/20 Experience World Tour will continue its epic run through Australia starting September 18th. After dominating the global charts in 2013 with the year's best selling album The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, Timberlake is bringing his electrifying live shows to fans with a global tour. The newly announced Australian Tour will include stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. The 20/20 Experience World Tour is promoted worldwide by Live Nation Global Touring.

Tickets for the Australian leg of The 20/20 Experience World Tour wil go on sale March 7th at 9am.

For the latest tour information please visit www.justintimberlake.com and www.livenation.com.au

In addition to gracing the cover of GQ's 2013 Man of The Year, Timberlake recently took home three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Song(Pusher Love Girl), and three American Music Awards including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist. The 20/20 Experience, has been critically weel received and is the year's best selling album with over 4 million sold to date worldwide. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S history by a male artist. The 20/20 Experience held the #1 spot in both the Top 200(3 weeks) and R&B album chart(10 weeks). In just its first week of release all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 7 million tracks in the US. The album has reached platinum status in three other countries as well as gold status in nine other countries tracks.

The 20/20 Experience Australian Tour

September 18 - Melbourne - Etihad Stadium

September 22 - Adelaide - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

September 26 - Brisbane - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

October 1 - Sydney - Allphones Arena

October 8 - Perth - Perth Arena

 

Delta Goodrem shines for Mardi Gras 2014

03.03.2014

Delta and Mardi Gras 14

If this year's Mardi Gras is anything to go by, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian event could well become a fixture in Delta Goodrem's diary.

"It was so fun, I want to do it all again," the pop pricess told Confidential.

She performed at the after-party last year and was back again for the parade at the weekend.

Confidential marched alongside Goodrem on the parade route, where she was on-board with the Smile With Pride float in her capacity as Ambassador for Oral-B, which was a major sponsor of the overall event.

Goodrem's track, Believe Again, was the perfect song for Mardi Gras float.

Surrounded by 16 dancers and 30 marchers, Goodrem wore a custom-made white bedazzled outfit from Ms Couture, jewellery from House of Emmanuel and specially crafted pink orchid fairy wings from Creative Works.

mixitup Australia produced and managed Delta's spectacular float entry for Oral B 3D White.

"She looks like a Victoria's Secret Angel," said one onlooker.

The float stopped on Flinders Street, where Goodrem and her troupe performed a medley of four of her hits - Heart Hypnotic, Lost Without You, Sitting On Top Of The World and of course, Believe Again.

"Everyone is giving each other hugs and kisses and I love it," she said. "There is so much love and the vibe is electric. I'm feeling incredible."

Other celebrity faces in the parade included Sophie Monk and Jules und, as well as Magda Szubanski, who marched with the Twenty 10 youth support group.

While wife Catherine Martin was in LA ahead of today's Oscars, Baz Luhrmann took his kids to march with the Strictly Ballroom float.

 

Source: News Corp Australia Picture: Attilia Szilvasi

 

Delta Goodrem smiles with pride as she performs at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

27.02.2014

Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem is set to wow this year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade with a dazzling performance at Flinders Seats viewing area. As the face of Oral-B's new 3D White tooth whitening range, Goodrem will be encouraging parade-goers to Smile with Pride, as she performs from a float adorned with hot pink trees, unicorns, leopards and larger than life smiles.

mixitup are proud to be producing the Oral B 3D White float in this year's parade featuring Delta Goodrem.

In what is said to be a show-stopping performance, Goodrem will perform a medley of her top hits. The Flinders Seats viewing area is proudly presented by Oral B 3D White, a major Partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

ANZ "GAYTM's" OUT AND PROUD IN SUPPORT OF DIVERSITY

24.02.2014

ANZ

Thousands of rhinestones, facial hair and vibrant colours - not what you're normally on the look out for when you're hunting down an ATM. But for the duration of Sydney's world famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ANZ has glammed up its ATM fleet in celebration of diversity and inclusion.

ANZ has commisioned artists to individually decorate ten "GAYTMs" around Sydney to celebrate our partnership with the Sydney Mardi Gras festival. Decorated in clours, patterns and jewels inspired by LGBTI culture, each GAYTM tells a unique story.

The artworks include the "Hello Sailor" GAYTM, designed to celebrate the Defence Force allowing its members to march in uniform for the first time last year and "Pride", representing the rainbow, a symbol of diversity, amongst others all created in partnership with the LGBTI community.

ANZ's Pride Network promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for the bank's staff and customers worldwide. ANZ has chosen to partner with the Sydney Mardi Gras for the eighth consecutive year, becoming the festival's inaugural principal partner in 2014.

Mark Hand, Chair of ANZ Australia's Divesity Council said: "The association is all about encouraging an environment where everyone feels comfortable being themselves at work. You don't get the benefits of a diverse workforce if some people are expending vast amounts of energy pretending to be something they are not and trying to conform.

We want the best people to work at our organisation and given how many people identify as LGBTI, we want to make sure that everyone feels welcome here at ANZ - regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Mr Hand said.

ANZ is donating ATM operator fees for non-ANZ cardholders from its GAYTMs during the festival to Twenty10, a not for profit organisation that supports young people and their family and friends who are dealing with gender and sexuality issues.

As well as bringing Sydney Mardi Gras to life through each GAYTM design, the ten GAYTMs will print rainbow coloured receipts and selected ANZ ATM screens in metropolitan cities will carry messages of support for the festival.

ANZ's GAYTMs can be found in various locations on Oxford Street, Surry Hills and Bondi Junction. More information including a map of the GAYTM locations can be found here. ANZ will share photos and news about the GAYTMs through social media channels using #GAYTM.

 

LADY GAGA ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014

19.02.2014

LADY GAGA'S ARTRAVE : THE ARTPOP BALL

GAGA

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 - LADY GAGA one of the top global touring acts of our time having sold nearly 4 million concert tickets on her previous tours - is selling out dates all over North America and Europe making Lady Gaga's artRAVE, the ARTPOP Ball one of the biggest tours this year.

Australian fans will have their chance to join the party when ARTPOP Ball visits the continent with concerts just confirmed August 19th in Perth, August 23rd in Melbourne, August 26th in Brisbane and August 30th in Sydney.

Following the announcement of her extensive European tour, the first set of concerts went on sale and within 60 minutes all five UK concerts in Birminham, Glasgow, Manchester and two London dates were sold out. This was immediately followed by two sold out Paris dates, as well as sold out events in Milan and Stockholm.

"The ticket sales for Lady Gaga's artRAVE, The ARTPOP Ball in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe are fantastic. It is going to be a great tour on all levels," said Arthur Fogel, President - Global Touring and Chairman - Global Music.

Lady Gaga's artRAVE: THE ARTPOP BALL tour is supporting the multi-platinum-selling artist's new album ARTPOP which debuted at No.1 on the billboard 200. The European leg of the tour includes 23 dates across Europe and follows a multi-month North American tour that kicks off with seven sold out shows at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City - the most by any artist ever. This historic shows will be the last at Roseland prior to the demolition of the legendary concert hall.

Tickets for artRAVE: Littlemonsters.com members will have access for all shows starting Friday, February 21 at midday through to Sunday, February 23 at midday. There will be a ticket limit of four (4) per member and subject to availability while quantities last.

Pre-sale for American Express Card members start midday Friday February 21 until midday Sunday February 23. Go to www.facebook.com/americanexpressaustralia

General sales begin midday Tuesday 25, go to www.ticketek.com.au

artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

PERTH ARENA - Wednesday August 20

ROD LAVER ARENA MELBOURNE - Saturday August 23

BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - Tuesday August 26

SYDNEY ALLPHONES ARENA - Saturday August 30

TICKETS ON SALE MIDDAY TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25

My Live Nation members' pre-sale: 2pm until 6pm Monday February 24

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.ladygaga.com or www.livenation.com.au

 

Kanye West 2014 Australian Tour

17.02.2014

Kanye West 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014 - One of the most acclaimed tours of 2013 - KANYE WEST'S sold out THE YEEZUS TOUR - is coming to Australia in May. The limited run, presented by Live Nation, will launch on May 2 at Perth Arena and conclude on May 10 in Sydney at Qantas Credit Union Arena.

Last in Australia to top the bill on the 2012 Bug Day Out, The Yeezus tour will be Kanye's first headline shows here since 2008's epic Glow in the Dark tour.

With more than 21 million albums sold worldwide, Kanye is the most potent force in music today. The 21-time Grammy Award-winner released Yeezus in June last year to acclamation from critics and fans alike, achieving his first ever ARIA chart number 1, and following up his Platinum releases 2010's My Beauitiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and 2011's stunning Jay-Z collaboration, Watch The Throne.

"Brilliant... the current Yeezus tour is more than just a concert. It's an extravaganza of music and theatre... a combination which makes (Kanye) the most fascinating musical figure of our time and makes this tour an unmissable spectacle." - New York Post

The tour dates are:

PERTH - PERTH ARENA - FRIDAY MAY 2

ADELAIDE - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - SUNDAY MAY 4

MELBOURNE - ROD LAVER ARENA - TUESDAY MAY 6

BRISBANE - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE - FRIDAY MAY 9

SYDNEY - QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA - SATURDAY MAY 10

Tickets go on sale 10am Monday February 24

My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to purchase tickets during the exclusive pre-sale commencing at 2pm on Tuesday Febraury 18. Sign up at www.livenation.com.au

Mardi Gras 2014 is Here!

05.02.2014

Season 2014

Things are heating up this summer as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicks off for 2014 this Sunday at Fair Day.

More than 500,000 tourists and Sydneysiders, join in the 3 week festival to celebrate the diversity and culture of the LGBTI community. There is plenty on offer in 2014 including but not limited to Harbour Party, Women Say Something, Pool Party at the Ivy and the world-famous Parade. SBS2 are Mardi Gras' official broadcast partner and will be bringing all the coverage to free TV for the first time in 12 years.

For those who want to dance the night away, Mardi Gras Party at the Entertainment Quater features international US DJ Derrick Carter, Tina Arena and other guests to be announced. The 2014 Party will be bigger and better than ever!

This year's season theme is "Kaleidoscope", representing the diversity of the LGBTI community in all it's brillant colours!

A special mention should go out to all our partners for the season, particularly Mardi Gras' inaugural Principal Partner ANZ. And, of course our new and returning Partners: Air Asia, Google, Gaydar, Findlandia, 2dayFM, SBS2, Atlantis, Beyond Blue, Coopers, Rock Beauty, Hungerford Hill, V Energy and Relationships Australia.

For more information on how your brand can get invlved in 2015 please email: info@mixitup.com.au.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras finds new home on SBS2

30.01.2014

SBS secures exclusive television broadcast rights for 2014

SBS

SBS today announced it has secured the Australian television broadcast rights to the 36th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to air exclusively on SBS 2 in March 2014.

A global beacon of pride and inclusion, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the world's largest and most-loved LGBTQI celebrations, providing an opportunity to commemorate a universal message of diversity and equal rights.

SBS 2 will celebrate the magic of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in a special broadcast on free-to-air television in 12 years.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: "Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an iconic Australian cultural event, which celebrates diversity. In bringing this year's event free-to-air to all Australians, SBS is delivering on it's purpose to encourage all Australians to understand, appreciate and celebrate diversity and in doing so, we hope to contribute to social cohesion.

"SBS strives to act as a catalyst to encourage national conversations about social inclusion and we're thrilled to have Mardi Gras as part of our programming line-up for 2014."

Director of Television Tony Iffland said: "SBS 2 is about broadcastng relevant, creative and bold event television for younger audiences. Mardi Gras is a great fit for SBS 2. We are delighted that SBS 2, our channel for emerging cultures from across the world, will bring this event free-to-air to all Australians."

"Especially exciting for us is that this is far more than just a Parade broadcast - we're working closely with the SBS team to showcase the breadth and depth of the entire Mardi Gras Festival, and to share the many stories of the dedicated and passionate people, communities and organisations that make it happen," added Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik.

For more information please contact our Partnerships Manager, Peita Dixon via email peita@mixitup.com.au

ANZ BECOMES PRINCIPAL PARTNER OF SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS

28.11.2013

SGLMG & ANZ

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras today announced ANZ as the inaugural Principal Partner of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. 

The partnership was negotiated by mixitup Australia, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras brand partnership agency since 2006. Greg Segal, mixitup Australia Managing Director said:  “Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a unique Australian story, a celebration of diversity and beacon of hope and inspiration for LGBTQI communities all over the world.

Commenting on the new three-year partnership, Michael Rolik, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said: “We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with ANZ since 2007 and we’re thrilled to welcome them as our inaugural Principal Partner." 

“Already one of Australia’s most iconic events, we look forward to working closely with the team at ANZ to further grow and develop Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as one of the world’s most recognised celebrations of diversity and inclusion,” Mr Rolik said.

Mark Hand, ANZ Managing Director Retail Distribution and member of the ANZ Diversity Council said: “Building a culture of respect and inclusion is important to our staff, our customers and the communities that we live and work."

“Mardi Gras has become one of ANZ’s most important diversity initiatives and we’re pleased to continue our support of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Our participation as the inaugural presenting partner is a further example of our efforts to support and celebrate diversity,” Mr Hand said.

The partnership will see ANZ further integrated into a wide range of iconic events and activities during the Mardi Gras season, including presenting partner of Fair Day, VIP Parade Viewing Area and the Mardi Gras Workshop. ANZ will also have a major float in the Parade featuring more than 100 ANZ staff from across Australia.  

“Mardi Gras and the values of diversity and inclusion it represents continue to shape the Australian cultural landscape and the addition of ANZ as Principal Partner is acknowledgment of this. It also demonstrates that forward thinking brands, like ANZ, understand the true value of a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras partnership,” Mr Segal said.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is recognised world-wide as one of Australia’s most iconic events, attracting thousands participants and spectators generating $30m for the NSW economy each year.

Pop Up HIV Testing

26.11.2013

NSW Health

The Pop Up rapid HIV testing site will be parked on Taylor Square, Darlinghurst from November 25 until World AIDS Day December 1 2013, with testing available from Wednesday 27 November.

The testing site will be staffed by expertly trained clinical staff from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and peer educators from NSW ACON. The test involves a simple finger prick, after which you will be able to recive the results by SMS or by coming back in 30 minutes.

HIV Pop Up testing can be found at Taylor Square, Darlinghurst.

Operational hours.

Weekdays: Wednesday November 27 to Friday November 29, 4pm to 7pm.

Weekend: Saturday November 30 to Sunday 1 December, 12pm to 6pm.

For more information please click here.

Banks battle to sponsor gay events

18.11.2013

ANZ

*The following article appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 16/11/2013*

There's one group benefiting from the Big Banks super-sized profits as much as bank shareholders: gays and lesbians.

For seven years, ANZ Banking Group has sponsored the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, but early this month Commonwealth Bank of Australia tried to cut in by offering three times as much money. ANZ swiftly matched CBA's offer and will retain sponsorship rights for the next three years as Mardi Gras's "inaugural principal sponsor".

Spurned by Mardi Gras, CBA has signed a deal to instead become a principal sponsor of next year's Bingham Cup in Sydney, a international competition of gay rugby teams.

CBA chief and passionate All Blacks supporter Ian Narev said the sponsorship showed the bank's commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.

If Australia is going to achieve its very best in sport or business, we need to celebrate diversity," Mr Narev said.

His decision to sponsor the gay rugby competition is especially significant for CBA. The bank's previous CEO, Ralph Norris, had famously campaigned against the introduction of laws giving gay couples in New Zealand the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The Sydney Convicts are the reigning champions of the Bingham Cup, which was created in 2002 and named in honour of Mark Bingham, who founded gay rugby teams in the US.

He died in the September 2011, 2001, attacks, and is believed to have been one of the passengers who fought with hijackers on the plane that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania instead of it's target in Washington, DC. Forty teams from 16 countries competed for the Bingham Cup in Manchester in 2012.

Sydney Convicts founder Andrew Purchas said the tournament helped challenge myths about rugby being a macho sport, as well as of gay men not being tough. It is also the only international rugby competition that Australia has recently won.

"We're having a function at the Australian Rugby Union where we are going to hand them over the Bingham Cup cause it's the only silverware we've got" Mr Purchas said. "Their cabinet is bare, so at least with the Bingham Cup there'll be something in there".

The orgaisation behind Mardi Gras has at times struggled financially and went broke in 2002. A spokeman declined to comment on whether, in light of CBA's offer, it should have been charging more for sponsorship. The deal with ANZ is said to be worth six figures.

Corporate sponsorship of gay events is often seen as a quest for the so-called "pink dollar", but these days companies are more interested in promoting such sponsorship internally to better engage staff.

Mark Hand, who chairs ANZ's diversity council, said the bank's involvement with Mardi Gras demonstrated the importance the bank places on inclusiveness.

It's also a way of getting noticed on Twitter. After conservative commentator Bernard Gaynor tweeted that ANZ's sponsorship of Mardi Gras was "not good PR" the bank received hundreds of tweets in support.

 

2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

10.10.2013

AIR Awards 2013 winners

The 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their eighth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 14 awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with international breakthrough artist FLUME and first time nominees VANCE JOY and KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD ending the night as multiple award winners.

Winning in 4 categories overall, the indisputable international rising starFLUME well and truly made his mark on the evening picking up key awards for his critically acclaimed self titled debut album, which was acknowledged by the industry as the Best Independent Album and the Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album.  He also took out the award for Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single for the albums breakout song “Holdin’ On”, and to round out the perfect quartet of gongs, a win in the coveted Best Independent Artist category. FLUME’S stunning year of global accolades continues with these multiple wins at the 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.

The hotly contested Breakthrough Independent Artist award went to talented new singer songwriter VANCE JOY, who also won the Best Independent Single/EP award for his exquisite  “God Loves You When You’re Dancing”EP.  Since the EP’s release, international acclaim has followed and a frenetically paced schedule has seen VANCE JOY crisscrossing the globe for tours in Australia, Canada and the US.

One of Australia’s most charasmatic hip-hop artists SETH SENTRY won theCARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for his epic release “This Was Tomorrow”Since the release of this ARIA Top Ten debut album in September last year,SETH SENTRY has been achieving milestones in leaps and bounds. Frommultiple high-rotation radio singles on triple j to extensive national sell out tours across the country, he also spared a moment to make history in becoming the first Australian hip-hop artist to perform on US late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Multiple award winners, Melbourne seven-piece garage rock gang KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD took out the award for Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album for their debut record “12 Bar Bruise”.  Self described as “Completely fried Theremin wielding psychopaths” their first full length release showcased everything from a garage full of vocal filters and effects, to the full force of a three-guitar attack; and is about as visceral as it gets.  KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARDalso took out the newly created Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.  The band were awarded this opportunity of a lifetime winning the $50,000 grant for emerging independent artists, specifically designed to help musicians boost their profile overseas. The prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers, and will be a welcome financial reward to help them promote their recently released album“Float On – Fill Your Lungs in the international market. 

In an award voted for by their Record Label peers Sydney based FUTURE CLASSIC were acknowledged as the Best Independent Label.  With a total of 11 nominations in this years awards between FLUMEJAGWAR MA andCHARLES MURDOCH, it was easy to see the enormous level of success this label has achieved to be this years standout worthy winner. 

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went toPAUL KELLY for his 19th studio album  “Spring And Fall”. “Spring And Fall” tracks the relationship of a couple from start to finish, and was an album that struck a chord with fans and critics alike, both in store and on stage where he performed the album in its entirety from start to finish on his 2013 national tour.

CATHERINE BRITT took out her first CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with her 5th album release  “Always Never Enough. Recorded, in Austin, Texas the 13 track album is an extraordinary release, produced by one of Australia’s finest Alt country and roots singer songwriters, Nash ChambersLast but not least, JONATHAN ZWARTZ took out the award in the Best Independent Jazz Album category for his  “The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air” release, while AMY DICKSON won the Best Independent Classical Album for “Catch Me If You Can”. 

The CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners SETH SENTRY and KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD (who pulled off a surprise unannounced performance!), alongside ARCHIE ROACH, VIOLENT SOHO, BIG SCARY, RÜFÜS and SASKWATCH.

WINNERS below for the 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

Best Independent Artist  - Flume

Best Independent Album - Flume – Flume

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Vance Joy

Best Independent Single/EP  - Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing

Best Independent Hip Hop Album - Seth Sentry - This Was Tomorrow     

Best Independent Country Album - Catherine Britt - Always Never Enough

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Paul Kelly - Spring And Fall

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise 

Best Independent Jazz Album - Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air 

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album - Flume – Flume

Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single - Flume – Holdin’ On       

Best Independent Classical Album  - Amy Dickson - Catch Me If You Can 

Best Independent Label - Future Classic

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Final Nominations Announced, Carlton Dry To Give $50,000 To Emerging Australian Talent

02.10.2013

AIR Awards 2013

Final Nominations for the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have been announced for the Best Classical Release, Best Independent Record Label, and the brand new award, the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.

The opportunity of a lifetime is up for grabs for some of Australia’s most talented up and coming musicians thanks to Carlton Dry. As part of their sponsorship of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards, one of Australia’s fastest growing beer brands will be awarding $50,000 to an emerging independent artist or band as a way of boosting their profile overseas.

As the Australian music scene has more diverse talent than ever before, artists are now competing in a global music market and the resources required to give them a leg up onto the world stage cannot be underestimated. The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been created to ensure that current and future generations of emerging Australian artists have the opportunity to take their music careers abroad.

Conditions for entry are that the band or artist must be emerging, Australian, self released or released by an independent Label, and that the prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record, or relocate overseas to further their careers.

AIR would also like to thank Virgin Australia, who are proud to support the 2013 Independent Music Awards for the second year running, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Australian music industry.

The Awards will once again be held at Revolt Art Space in Kensington this coming October, and will include performances by Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Saskwatch and nominees Big Scary, Seth Sentry and RÜFÜS.

Full list of Nominations below for 2013 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT LABEL

Future Classic

Liberation

Milk! Records

Sweat It Out

Two Bright Lakes

 

BEST INDEPENDENT CLASSICAL RELEASE

Amy Dickson - Catch Me If You Can (ABC Music)

Benaud Trio - Bohemian Rhapsody (Melba Records) 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Nigel Westlake - Missa Solis: Requiem For Eli (ABC Music)

Paul Dean and Stephen Emmerson - The Romantic Clarinet (Melba Recordings)

Siobhan Stagg and Amir Farid - Hymne a lamour (Move Records)

 

CARLTON DRY GLOBAL MUSIC GRANT

Big Scary

Jagwar Ma

King Gizard & The Lizard Wizard

Mia Dyson

Rufus


BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Big Scary

Dick Diver

Flume

Jagwar Ma

The Drones


BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Big Scary - Not Art (Pieater)    

Dick Diver - Calendar Daus (Chapter Music)

Flume – Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)

The Drones - I Sea Seaweed (MGM)

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Courtney Barnett

Kirin J Callinan

Seth Sentry

The Rubens

Vance Joy

 

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Big Scary - Luck Now (Pieater)

Courtney Barnett - History Eraser (Milk! Records)

Flume - Holdin' On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing (Liberation Music)


BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Bliss n Eso - Circus In The Sky (Illusive)

Illy - Bring It Back (Obese Records)

Seth Sentry - This Was Tomorrow (High Score Records)

Spit Syndicate - Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records)

Urthboy - Smokey's Haunt (Elefant Traks)    

 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Baylou - Go To Hell and I Love You (ABC Music)     

Catherine Britt - Always Never Enough (ABC Music)

Karl Broadie - A Side B Side Seaside (WJO)

The Sunny Cowgirls - What We Do (WJO)    

Lee Kernaghan - Beautiful Noise (ABC Music)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Mama Kin - The Magician's Daughter (MGM)

Mia Dyson - The Moment (MGM)

Paul Kelly - Spring And Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings)

Tim Rogers - Rogers Sings Rogerstein (Four | Four)    

The Cat Empire - Steal The Light (Two Shoes Record)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)

Kingswood - Change Of Heart (Capgun Kids)

Parkway Drive – Atlas (Resist Records)

The Mark Of Cain - Songs Of The Third and Fifth (Feel Presents)

The Smith Street Band - Sunshine And Technology (Poison City Records)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Allan Browne Trio - Lost In The Stars (Jazzhead)    

Christopher Hale - Sylvan Coda (Which Way Music)

Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air (Planet)

Magnet – Magnet (Magnet Sounds)

Trichotomy - Fact Finding Mission (Jazzhead Records)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Collarbones - Die Young (Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control)

Flume – Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)

ShockOne – Universes (OneLove)    

Yolanda Be Cool - Ladies And Mentalman (Sweat It Out)


BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Charles Murdoch - Dekire featuring Oscar Key Sung (Future Classic)

Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Independent / AWAL)

Flume - Holdin On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

RUFUS - Take Me (Sweat it Out)

 

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

 

The 8th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Nominations Announced

04.09.2013

AIR Awards

Nominations for the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have officially been announced.

This years nominees include a stunning aray of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music. Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop Release and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Release among others.

Electronic Wunderkid Flume and Indie Rock Dance duo Jagwar Ma lead the pack with five nominations each. The two acts have not only been nominated in the same categories which include Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance / Electronica Album, but are also signed to the same label, Future Classic.

Previous nominess Big Scary garnered three nominations this year, while past winners The Drones alongside newcomers Seth Sentry, Vance Joy, Dick Diver and Courtney Barnett are all nominated in two categories. 

AIR in conjunction with the new sponsor are also incredibly excited to announce the inaugural Carlton Dry Global Music Grant. This joint-initiative will offer one award nominee $50,000 cash to be used exclusively in helping the artist tour, showcase, record, or temporarily relocate in order to further their career overseas. More details to follow soon. 

The awards will once again be held at Revolt Art Space in Kensington this coming October, and will include performances by Archie Roach, Violent Soho, Saskwatch and nominees Big Scary, Seth Sentry and RUFUS.

Nominations below for 2013 for CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Big Scary

Dick Diver

Flume

Jagwar Ma

The Drones

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Big Scary - Not Art (Pieater)

Dick Diver - Calender Daus (Chapter Music)

Flume - Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Howlin (Future Classic)

The Drones - I See Seaweed (MGM)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Courtney Barnett

Kirin J Callinan

Seth Sentry

The Rubens

Vance Joy

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Big Scary - Luck Now (Pieater)

Courtney Barnett - History Eraser (Milk! Records) 

Flume - Holdin' On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing 

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Bliss n Eso - Circus In The Sky (Illusive) 

Illy - Bring It Back (Obese Records)

Seth Sentry - This Is Tomorrow (High Score Records)

Spit Syndicate - Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records)

Urthboy - Smokey's Haunt (Elefant Traks) 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Baylou - Go To Hell And I Love You (ABC Music)

Catherine Britt - Always Never Enough (ABC Music)

Karl Broadie (A Side B Side Seaside (WJO)

Lee Kernaghan - Beautiful Noise (ABC Music)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Mama Kin - The Magicians Daughter (MGM)

Mia Dyson - The Moment (MGM)

Paul Kelly - Spring and Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings) 

Tim Rogers - Rogers Sings Rogerstein (Four | Four)

The Cat Empire - Steal The Light (Two Shoes Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard - 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)

Kingswood - Change Of Heart (Capgun Kids)

Parkway Drive - Atlas (Resist Records)

The Mark Of Cain - Songs Of The Third And Fifth (Feel Presents)

The Smith Street Band - Sunshine and Technology (Poison City Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Allan Browne Trio - Lost In The Stars (Jazzhead)

Christopher Hale - Sylvan Coda (Which Way Music)

Jonathan Zwartz - The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air (Planet)

Magnet - Magnet (Magnet Sounds)

Trichotomy - Fact Finding Mission (Jazzhead Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Collabones - Die Young (Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control)

Flume - Flume (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Howlin' (Future Classic)

ShockOne - Universes (OneLove)

Yolanda Be Cool - Ladies and Mentalman (Sweat It Out)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Charles Murdoch - Dekire Featuring Oscar Key Sung (Future Classic)

Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Independent / AWAL)

Flume - Holdin On (Future Classic)

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need (Future Classic)

RUFUS - Take Me (Sweat It Out)

 

AIR Announces Performers for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

28.08.2013

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce the performers for the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.  This year’s exceptional lineup promises to showcase very special performances by some of the Australian Music industry’s finest talent. 

On the eve of the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Hungry Ghost’, Violent Soho bring their riffs, hooks and the trademark wail of frontman Luke Boerdam to centre stage at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. After playing nearly 250 shows around the world in their last year of touring, these four long-haired punk skateboarders from the streets of Brissy knuckled down in their hometown to record their soon to be released third album.  And the result is astounding.  Following the 2008 debut ‘We Don’t Belong Here’ and the band’s self-titled second album,  ‘Hungry Ghost’ - due to hit the shelves September 6th – is a record that is Intelligent, melodic, and dripping with attitude. 

Beloved, respected and admired musician, Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach joins the lineup to perform for the first time at this years awards.   Producing his first recorded work since 2009, the critically acclaimed and much lauded album ‘Into The Bloodstream’ was released this past October.  Since the album’s release Archie has taken his ensemble all over Australia to perform at both major music festivals and in some of the country’s finest concert halls. Archie has also rightfully picked up a number of awards over the last few months, not only winning 3 at the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin, but on the night was also acknowledged for his body of work and was inducted into the NIMA hall of fame. 

Also joining the lineup are past AIR Independent Music Award nominees, Big ScaryThe duo’s 2011 nominated album ‘Vacation’ saw the alt-pop outfit tour the globe playing to sold-out audiences across Australia, US, Canada and India.  The first Australian act to sign with US label Barsuk Records, (home to Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena, Phantogram and Ra Ra Riot) the Melbourne outfit released their second album ‘Not Art’ locally through their own label Pieater, distributed by Inertia. This stunning sophomore release showcased Big Scary’s unique sound, and saw them break free of the minimalist shackles of being a two-piece rock band, and fashion an album that was beautiful, colourful and complex.

Filling the dance card slot for the evening will be RUFUS.  The band from Sydney have gained plenty of attention over the past few years with multiple sold out shows in Australia, releasing remixes and originals through the French tastemaker label Kitsuné, invitations to play at CMJ Festival, sold out parties in NYC and main stage festival appearances in Moscow. All this made enough noise to get the attention of the late Australian Dance Legend, Ajax, who signed the band to his label, Sweat it Out in early 2013. The culmination of all their hard work was the recently released debut album, Atlas’ which has gained widespread critical acclaim and airplay across the country, including the coveted feature record slot at triple j, and an amazing #1 debut on the ARIA chart.

Another superb addition to the evening’s performances is Melbourne 9-piece soul outfit Saskwatch.  Every band has a story to tell about how they started out and where playing their music has taken them. But few can say they have gone from busking on the streets to gracing the stage at Glastonbury in just four years. Yet for Melbourne band Saskwatch, this is just one of many remarkable feats in their short history.  Releasing their debut album, Leave It All Behind’, to widespread acclaim in 2012, the band also established their reputation as one of the city’s most electrifying live acts, with ecstatic horns and one of the tightest rhythm sections in town.

One of Australia’s most  acclaimed hip-hop artists Seth Sentry will also perform at this year’s awards.  Since the release of his critically acclaimed ARIA Top Ten debut album ‘This Was Tomorrow’ in September last year, Seth Sentry has been achieving milestones in leaps and bounds. From multiple high-rotation radio singles on triple j to extensive national sell out tours across the country, appearances at festivals including Breath Of Life, Fat As Butter, Come Together, Sprung, Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo, he’s also spared a moment to make history in becoming the first Australian hiphop artist to perform on US late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Stay tuned for further announcements including new Awards, nominations, and guest presenters.  For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.air.org.au

 

The 8th Annual

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

Red Bull Music Academy: Splendour Highlights Clip

27.08.2013

The RBMA tent at Splendour In The Grass produced some of the best acts at the festival.

Click here to relive the magic with this quick clip from within the realm of Splendour.

Live Nation Australasia and mixitup form joint venture

20.08.2013

live nation

Live Nation Australasia (P/L) and mixitup Enterprises (P/L) today announced that they have formed a joint venture, mixitup Australia, to create music and entertainment brand partnerships across Australasia.

Prior to Michael Coppel joining Live Nation, mixitup worked with Michael Coppel Presents on such projects as V Festival, Daft Punk and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Coppel, President and CEO of Live Nation Australasia commented: "We are looking forward to continuing our great working relationship with mixitup, who have a well earned reputation for creating and managing highly successful brand partnerships".

Greg Segal, Managing Director of mixitup said, "We are delighted to be joining forces with Live Nation. We share common values centred on delivering professionalism and integrity to the music and entertainment space for brand partners. Being part of the world's leading entertainment company will create substantial opportunities for us to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and sponsors".

Live Nation Australasia have sold in excess of 1.5 million tickets in Australia so far this year to some of the world's biggest acts including P!nk, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac and Rihanna.

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.au

About mixitup:

mixitup is Australia's leading brand entertainment agency. Established in 2006, mixitup creates and represents cultural assets, connecting forward thinking brands with their audience. Not a traditional sponsorship agency, but in addition a unique youth media outlet with exclusive access to over 2 million consumers direct, 6 million online and 5 million via other media. 

Fiona Lakin - Publicity


03 8632 2500

fiona.lakin@livenation.com.au

 

Greg SegalManaging Director


02 9332 2002


greg@mixitup.com.au

mixitup secures new naming rights sponsor for Australian independent music

14.08.2013

Independent Music

Brand entertainment agency, mixitup, has secured a new naming rights sponsor for the Australian Independent Recording Association (AIR). Mixitup and AIR are pleased to announce that Carlton Dry will join forces with AIR to become the naming rights sponsor for both the Independent Music Awards and Charts for the next three years.

"mixitup have demonstrated great abilities to think strategically and deliver both innovative brand solutions for our sponsor as well as balance the needs of the organisation. Mixitup has been our exclusive sponsorship agency for some time now and we are very happy with the relationship. We are incredibly privileged to be working with an agency who shows this level of support and commitment to AIR and Independent Music," said AIR General Manager, Nick O'Byrne.

mixitup, has exclusively represented AIR for the last 7 years, in addition to securing and managing naming rights partnerships, mixitup manages the media partnerships and produces the annual Awards show.

Greg Segal, Managing Director of mixitup, said Carlton Dry, is the best brand partner, to genuinely supprt both AIR and the Australian independent artists they represent.

"We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the Carlton Dry team alongside our national media partners, Triple M and Channel V to rollout the new partnership and campaigns. Carlton Dry have some big initiatives planned that will make a real difference in the careers of emerging Australian artists and that is good news around."

"We are absolutely thrlled to come on board as the Naming Sponsor of the AIR Awards and Charts. Carlton Dry and AIR share a similar vision and passion - supporting new Australian Music. The Australian music scene has more diverse and rich talent than ever before, and our Artists are now competing on a world stage not just a local one. And we're excited to be a part of it. We believe the Australian music scene - and in particular the 'can do' passion of Aussie Independent Artists - should have an Aussie beer to support it! We are looking forward to a great, long partnership with AIR and in helping great new Independent artists rise and shine both here and abroard. And as one part of this, in the coming weeks we will be announcing a new AIR award which we hope will be the new 'must win' award for Aussie bands." CUB General manager, Andy Meldrum.

Presented by The Australain Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the eighth Annual CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be held on Wednesday October 9th at Revolt art space in Melbourne.

The CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the Industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country's most vibrant and eceltic artists. Past winners include Goyte, Urthboy, Hilltop Hoods, The Jezabels and Art vs. Science, Midnight Juggernauts, The Drones, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio, Eddy Current Supression Ring, Parkway Drive, Adalita, Chet Faker and Dan Sultan.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here.

For more info on mixitup click here.

 

Red Bull Music Academy Celebrates 15 Years in Splendid Style

02.08.2013

Splendour 2013

 

At this year's new Splendour In The Grass location, the Red Bull Music Academy Stage offered shelter from the elements and the best dance floor on site.

The mixitup team were tasked with the design and production of Red Bull's biggest festival activation to date, which was held at Splendour to celebrate 15 years of the Red Bull Music Academy leading the way in the world of contemporary electronic music in both Australia and around the globe.

The masterfully curated RBMA Stage ran from Thursday night, through until Monday morning, with a total of 57 artists performing. The lineup showcased a mix of up and coming homegrown talent such as Hayden James, Charles Murdoch and Oisima. Along with established internationals such as Onra and James Pants.

Due to the progressive nature of the music on display, the stage was a hot spot for industry, media and music tastemakers. Including Andrew Mast, Group Managing Editor of Street Press Australia who said "The lineup for the Red Bull stage at Splendour is THE best festival bill I have seen in over a decade".

The success and vibe of the stage was further validated, as it became the hang out zone for artist performing on other stages. Flume, Flight Facilities, Alison in Wonderland, Jagwa Ma, Fat Freddy's Drop, Chet Faker, Matt Corby and RUFUS all stopped in for a drink, chat and to enjoy the platter of incredible music on offer.

Stay tuned in for more exciting news involving mixitup and Red Bull!

Image: Kane Hibberd/Red Bull Content Pool

 

Beyonce Adds News Shows

01.08.2013

Beyonce 2013

Beyonce's Mrs Carter Show is proving to be one of the hottest tickets of 2013 with 4 more shows added to analready bulging Australian Tour. Extra dates were a must as an overwhelming response from the public has seen the original 13 sell out in such a short period of time.

This takes the Mrs Carter Show to a massive 17 dates in both Australia & New Zealand.

New Shows:

Saturday 26th October - Melbourne Rod Laver Arena

Sunday 3rd November - Sydney All Phone Arena

Wednesday 6th November - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Satirday 9th November - Perth Arena

My Live Nation members pre-sale tickets avaiable from 3pm Wenesday 31st July to 8am Thursday 1st August.

General tickets on sale 9am Friday 2nd August.

US Indie Labels Trump Majors in Mid-Year Report

22.07.2013

Mumford & Sons

Indie Labels in the US have out-performed their major label counterparts to claim 33.4% of American music sales for the first half of 2013.

The increase has been led by brakthrough artists such as Mumford and Sons selling a whopping 1.1 million copies of their album "Babel", aided by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (670,000), The Lumineers (660,000) and Taylor Swift (635,000).

This mid year report indicates a growing shift in the record label landscape, this shift has been evident in Australia in 2013 with independent artists such as Flume, Bliss n Eso and The Rubens outselling both domestic and international major label artists to clain #1 ARIA spots.

At the forefront of Australian independent music is the Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR), stay tuned for more info on the AIR awards coming soon in 2013.

Live Nation is the No.1 Music Promoter

19.07.2013

Live Nation

According to Pollstar Magazine's Half Year survey of the global live concert industry, Live Nation has taken out the number one spot of promoter sales worldwide. An outstanding achievement with a massive tally of 9.8 million global sales.

The highly anticipated Live Nation tours in Australia & New Zealand in 2013 include artists, Pink touring a massive 28 shows, Beyonce at 13 shows, Rihanna 10 shows and the ever popular Fleetwood Mac touring 14 shows at the end of 2013.

To find out more information on how your brand can get involved please click here.

Mardi Gras Announces Profit in 2013 Annual Report

11.07.2013

Mardi Gras 2013

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras has today announced a proft of $45,693 just three years after posting a loss of more than half a million dollars.

The not-for-profit organisation that runs the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and Festival announced the dramatic return to profit in it's 2013 annual report, released to members last week.

"We have worked hard since the Parade/Party split of 2010 against challenging circumstances of a weakening economy, high dollar and three of the wettest summers in the last decade to return the organisation to profit," the SGLMG Board wrote in a letter to members.

The annual report said the modest profit was an "incredible achievement". One of the events, Fair Day 2013 had outsanding results.

The full artice can be found in full here.

For any more information on Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras please click here.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Starring Beyonce

08.07.2013

Australian and New Zealand Tour 2013

Beyonce Australian and New Zealand World Tour

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring BEYONCE is heading down under for shows in Australia and New Zealand this October - November, for what is one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, extending the tour's already successful global run across North America and Europe.

The tour will kick off at Auckland's Vector Areana on October 18, before touring through Australian capital cities concluding at Perth Arena on November 8.

Tickets for all shows go on-sale at 10am on Friday July 19.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring BEYONCE, the biggest tour of 2013, with it's explosive special effects and intricate, strobe-ladden light show, is an artistic triumph and the entertainer's most ambitious undertaking to date.

For an exclusive look at this spectacular live show featuring footage from the European leg in broadcast quality format click here.

A special pre-sale for registered members of Beyonce's BeyHive Blog will begin at 10am Wednesday July 10. Fans can go to Beyonce.com to sign up now for the chance to be the first to purchase tickets.

My Live Nation members can also be among the first to purchase tickets during the members' pre-sale commencing 3pm Tuesday July 16. Click here to head to Live Nation and register.

MasterCard card holders can access pre-sale tickets from 2pm Friday July 12 via Live Nation.

In both Australia and New Zealand, Beyonce has enjoyed massive success with albums "Dangerously in Love", "B'Day", "I Am... Sasha Fierce" and last year's "4", plus numerous smash hit singles such as "Run the World (Girls)", "Love on Top", "If I were a Boy", "Single Ladies", "Halo" and "Crazy in Love".

The critics have consistantly praised her energetic stage shows likening her to the best entertainers of the past with her own brand of sass and class that makes her the artist of the future.

"Beyonce has a breathtaking need to entertain." New York Times

"The concert had the air of an ancient goddess worship ceremony. Beyonce was compelling to watch, and often blistering in her vocal attack." The Daily Telegraph, UK

To find out more information click here.

Tour Dates:

Auckland - Vector Arena - Friday October 18

Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena - Tuesday October 22

Brisbane - Entertainment Centre - Monday October 28

Sydney - All Phone Arena - Thursday October 31

Adelaide - Entertainment Centre - Tuesday Novemeber 5

Perth - Perth Arena - Friday November 8

 

Red Bull Stage at Splendour 2013

03.07.2013

Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops, gigs and info sessions. It’s a platform for those who make a difference in today’s music landscape.

This year, the Academy celebrates its 15th birthday, with New York as the host city. As part of the local Aussie celebrations, Red Bull Music Academy will be curating its own stage at Splendour in the Grass festival, assembling an all-star cast of local and international artists to further your musical education.

mixitup are thrilled to be working with Red Bull for this exciting event, with Splendour less than a month away click here to view the full line-up.

Red Bull Stage at Splendour 2013

03.07.2013

Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops, gigs and info sessions. It’s a platform for those who make a difference in today’s music landscape.

 

This year, the Academy celebrates its 15th birthday, with New York as the host city. As part of the local Aussie celebrations, Red Bull Music Academy will be curating its own stage at Splendour in the Grass festival, assembling an all-star cast of local and international artists to further your musical education.

mixitup are thrilled to be working with Red Bull for this exciting event, with Splendour less than a month away click here to see the full line-up. 

Beyonce, Dolly Parton and Justin Timberlake to Tour Australia

06.06.2013

Beyonce, Dolly Parton and Justin Timberlake

Australian music fans of all ages get ready, three of the biggest global superstars are set to take Australia by storm.

Beyonce, Dolly Parton and Justin Timberlake are all currently touring the US, with each of them planning to head down under soon on individual headline tours.

With a combined power of more than 230 million album sales, 30 number ones, 31 Grammy awards and 100 million social media fans between them, these tours are guaranteed to be the hottest tickets in town.

Bluesfest 2014: 40% Tickets Sold

15.05.2013

Paul Simon in 2013

Following a recent successful 2013 event Bluesfest have announced that over 40% of tickets have already been sold for next year’s event.

2014 marks the 25th Birthday celebrations for this ever popular music festival so we can expect big things when the line-up announcements drops shortly.

From a single day pass to a 5 day early bird camping ticket, there is a package to suit everyone and mixitup are very excited to be working again with Bluesfest in 2014! 

Bluesfest 2013 A Huge Success

15.04.2013

Chris Isaak

The 2013 Bluesfest, now in it’s 24th year was held at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the Easter Long Weekend and what a legendary weekend it was!

The 5 days of entertainment were a diverse musical celebration, with over 1,000 artists over 7 stages. Some of the highlights of the spectacular performances came from The Cat Empire, Ben Harper, Iggy and The Stooges, Santana, Chris Isaack, Bonnie Raitt, Status Quo, Fat Freddy’s Drop and the powerful Paul Simon who closed the festival on the final day.

The energetic crowd kept the festival in full flight and for all who were involved including the staff, stall holders, media, contractors and stake holders, all played a vital part in the huge success of this year’s event, which had a total of over 104,000 people attend.

We would like to thank our fantastic partners for delivering some great brand activation to this year’s event in particular Jim Beam, Berocca, Deezer, Bundaburg, Somersby and Virgin Mobile.

The question now remains what BIG surprises will be in stall next year as part of the 25th anniversary celebration! So, if you thinking about spending your Easter in beautiful Byron Bay at the world’s largest blues and roots festival get in early as this one will be one not to be missed!

 

Breakdancing To Bach A Surprising Success

08.03.2013

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It sounds like a mad idea – setting breakdance to Bach in a thoroughly commercial production with the sponsor's name wound into the title. But it actually works.

The success of the piece is due to the artistic integrity of the music and dance. And the dancing is just amazing.

This is breakdance refined to the point where you could describe it as elegant. There are seven male performers, each with different personalities and specialities, but all capable

of individual feats of high-powered action that make you wonder if you are seeing things.

Their bodies seem to ignore gravity as they twist and turn, changing direction mid-air and upside down, balanced on one arm. Time and again. It is jaw-dropping. And when they are all performing as an ensemble, even more so. They also have a couple of head-spinners who manage to propel themselves with arms and legs into dizzying displays as human spinning tops.

A lone female dancer adds a contemporary dance element, but she has formidable competition for attention.

There are two onstage musicians playing from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Part I on piano and harpsichord – amplified of course – and occasionally we get a feistier 21st-century updated version from a recording. The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, an ideal finale, gets the full recorded organ treatment.

The presentation is simple but slick. Everything is focused on the quality of the dancing, which is fast, furious and absolutely precise. A treat.

** Article by the SMH (8.3.12)

SOUNDWAVE 2013 HAS ARRIVED

27.02.2013

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Soundwave 2013 successfully kicked off in Brisbane and Sydney over the weekend.

Temperatures were high as the Mother Nature turned on a cracking day for both shows. Guests appeared in force with a mixture of old-school rock and metal fans as well as an abundance of trendy twenty-something’s who all came together to embrace the music.

Soundwave is living up to the hype as the most talent-heavy line-up in Australian music festival history. Featuring the likes of Blink 182, Linkin Park, Paramore and Metalica we say bring on Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth!

For information on how your brand can get involved in 2014, click here.

THE 2013 SYDNEY MARDI GRAS SEASON HAS KICKED OFF!

24.02.2013

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It’s that time of year again - Oxford Street is proudly wearing its rainbow colours, feather bowers are a plenty and glitter cannons are ready to explode.

Celebrations for Mardi Gras' fabulous 35th anniversary have officially begun!

In keeping with tradition, Fair Day kicked off the three-week season with 80,000 guests relaxing on the grass, browsing the stalls and taking in the local and international talent on the main stage.

Harbour Party followed, with a slue of international and local DJ’s. Positioned in front of the stunning Sydney Harbour, thousands of international and local partygoers sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the beautiful surrounds.

And as the weekend fast approaches, Sydneysiders and tourists from around the globe are gearing up to celebrate the world famous Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

500,000 people will line the streets to cheer on parade participants as they march up Oxford Street with messages of love. And those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket to the famous Mardi Gras Party will continue on and dance well into the night.  

For information on how your brand can get involved in the 2014 Mardi Gras season, click here.

 

RED BULL FLYING BACH LANDS DOWNUNDER

04.02.2013

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Following a sold-out European tour and shows in Russia and Japan, global sensation, Red Bull Flying Bach is set to land in Australia for the first time this March.

All eight shows, across Sydney and Melbourne have now completely sold out!

mixitup are proud to be working alongside Red Bull Australia to produce this very exciting Australian tour.

To find out more, click here.

 

Red Bull Flying Bach: Sydney Shows Sell Out

24.01.2013

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Following a sold-out European tour and shows in Russia and Japan, global sensation, Red Bull Flying Bach is set to land in Australia for the first time in March.

All four State Theatre Sydney shows have now sold out with Melbourne soon to follow.

In the ultimate clash of cultures, Red Bull Flying Bach fuses breakdance crew, Flying Steps and their unrestricted and explosive dance style with the elegant music of visionary 18th century composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

mixitup are proud to be working alongside Red Bull Australia to produce this very exciting Australian tour.

To find out more, click here.

SYDNEY SHOWS
State Theatre

Wednesday 6th March, 2013 - SOLD OUT

Thursday 7th March, 2013 - SOLD OUT

Friday 8th March, 2013 - SOLD OUT

Saturday 9th March, 2013 - SOLD OUT


MELBOURNE SHOWS
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Wednesday 13th March, 2013

Thursday 14th March, 2013

Friday 15th March, 2013

Saturday 16th March, 2013


 

EVEN MORE BANDS ADDED TO THE BLUESFEST LINEUP!

28.11.2012

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To find out how your brand can get involved in this legendary event, click here.

RED BULL FLYING BACH EXTENDS AUSTRALIAN TOUR!

27.11.2012

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CLASSICAL MEETS BREAKDANCE – EXTRA DATES ANNOUNCED

Following an overwhelming demand for its Australian tour, global sensation, Red Bull Flying Bach, has announced two extra show dates in both Sydney and Melbourne, in March 2013.

In the ultimate clash of cultures, Red Bull Flying Bach fuses breakdance crew, Flying Steps and their unrestricted and explosive dance style with the elegant music of visionary 18th century composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

With head spins driven by the keys of a piano and b-boy freezes following the rhythm of Bach’s fugues, Red Bull Flying Bach is art in motion that delivers an unforgettable experience for the audience.

Vartan Bassil, choreographer and mastermind behind Red Bull Flying Bach, comments: “For a long time we have wanted to bring Red Bull Flying Bach to Australia. There is a huge urban art following here and this performance will not only bring something unique to the scene, but will also allow classical music and high art fans to experience the best in street culture.”

Christoph Hagel, Artistic Director, Red Bull Flying Bach, adds: “The infectious impact of the unique music composition and the poetic choreography is destined to appeal to those who have an appetite for the unpredictable.”

Tickets are on sale now: www.redbull.com.au/flyingbach

Ticket information: SYDNEY

WHERE:  State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000

WHEN:

·      Wednesday 6th March, 2013

·      Thursday 7th March, 2013

·      EXTRA SHOW: Friday 8th March, 2013

·      EXTRA SHOW: Saturday 9th March, 2013

PRICES: Tickets start from $59.15 (including booking fee)

Ticket information: MELBOURNE

WHERE:  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

WHEN:

·        Wednesday 13th March, 2013

·        Thursday 14th March, 2013

·        EXTRA SHOW: Friday 15th March, 2013

·        EXTRA SHOW: Saturday 16th March, 2013

PRICES: Tickets start from $59.95 (including booking fee)

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Announce Six Bands to Play Homebake 2012

22.11.2012

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 is nearing the end. The last hurrah as part of the multi-part competition that encourages young musicians to share their music with the world is naming six bands to take to the stage at one of Australia’s premier music festivals, Homebake.

The winners from phase one and phase two of the yearlong competition, Go Mason Go (NSW) and The Vanns (NSW), will be joined by four wild card performers Altitude (VIC), Syd Kids (NSW), Tired Lion (WA) and Blueberry Circuit (NSW).

Go Mason Go

After being crowned phase one winners, Go Mason Go went to Melbourne to record a few of their original guitar pop tracks as part of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam prize pack. Now, only weeks after completing their school certificate, they’ll be the envy of all their mates as they take to the stage at Homebake.

The Vanns

Recently, a four-piece from the south coast of NSW called The Vanns impressed judges at the phase two final at Sydney’s Hi-Fi. Amongst finishing high school, the guys have been playing a heap of local gigs and also squeezing in some studio time. Fresh from schoolies, they will no doubt keep the party vibes going for Homebake 2012.

Altitude

Garage rock outfit Altitude stood out from the hundreds of entries with their energetic rock stylings. Hailing from Geelong, Luke, Liam, Lachy and Tommy met at St Joseph’s College and in 2010 they knuckled down to pen some original tunes. Earlier this year, they won the Pushover Battle of the Bands and are now stoked to be a wild card for Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

Syd Kids

Sydney duo Syd Kids will bring some hip-hop and RnB flavours to the stage at Homebake With an army of online fans, it’s no surprise that already in their short career that have played with the likes of Ja Rule, Akon, T-Pain and Scribe. Describing themselves as more than just rappers, they utilize dance, acrobatics and vocals and are sure to bring the house down on December 8.

Tired Lion

Emerging from the streets Perth, four-piece Tired Lion are ecstatic to be heading east to play Homebake. Describing their sound as obscure and ambient, they site the alternative sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies and Sonic Youth as their key influences. Recently, they recorded a single with well-known Perth producer Andy Lawson (Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy) and there are whispers of their debut EP being just around the corner.

Blueberry Circuit

After meeting in high school Tyne, Fletcher, Andrew and Romie merged their eclectic musical tastes to create Blueberry Circuit. With influences ranging from Katchafire to Sticky Fingers to Ball Park Music, their pop-reggae sounds are one of a kind.

The six finalists play Homebake on Saturday, December 8. Tickets are available from www.ticketek.com.au

HARVEST FESTIVAL WRAPS UP A SUCCESSFUL SECOND YEAR!

19.11.2012

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Harvest Festival has wrapped up a successful second year and we think it’s safe to say that this civilised gathering has found a place in our hearts.

The 2012 lineup was impressive, with guests being treated to performances from Beck, Sigur Ros, Cake, Ben Folds Five, Santigold and many more.

We welcomed Horticulture Australia, Sailor Jerry and Pipsqueak Cider into our family of partners for 2012 and returning beverage partners Coopers, Diageo, Brown Forman, Lipton and Red Bull continued to helped guests quench their thirst.

The team at mixitup was proud to represent Harvest Festival for the second consecutive year and are looking forward to planning an even bigger 2013.

For information on how your brand can get involved in 2013, click here.

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PAUL SIMON TO HEADLINE BLUESFEST ON EASTER MONDAY!

12.11.2012

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Paul Simon, multi-award and 12 time Grammy winner, has been added to the already outstanding Bluesfest 2013 lineup and will be treating lucky festival goers to a special performance on Easter Monday.

Taking the stage before Simon will be the hugely gifted Canadian singer/songwriter & composer Rufus Wainwright.

The two join a lineup that includes Robert Plant legendary front man of Led Zeppelin, Santana, Ben Harper, Jimmy Cliff, Iggy & The Stooges, Wilco and Mavis Staples. It is expected that Bluesfest will break the 100,000 attendance mark again over the long weekend.

The 24th Bluesfest will take place between Thursday March 28 and Monday April 1 at Bluesfest's permanent home at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside of Byron Bay.

To find out how your brand can be a part of Australia's premier Blues & Roots festival, click here. 

The Vanns Win Phase Two of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012

29.10.2012

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From the South Coast of New South Wales come The Vanns – the winners of a phase two of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012.

On Sunday night the five finalists EXIT, 50 in the City, Indiago, The Patriots and The Vanns took to the stage at Sydney’s Hi-Fi to battle it out for the top position. All five brought their a-game to the stage but it was The Vanns’ indie pop sounds that impressed the judging panel.

" Talk about upping the ante! Last night’s Bedroom Jam final was amazing. All of the bands were great in their own right but it was The Vanns who blew everyone away! I was genuinely excited watching them. Great songs, incredible front man and an energy that I haven't seen in a young band for quite some time. I really do believe that this is the start of something really special!" says judge and A&R expert Michael Parisi.

Scoring themselves a week’s worth of studio time, exposure through Red Bull Bedroom Jam media partners and channels and the support and guidance of Michael Parisi, The Vanns were stoked with their performance and win.

Lachie (drummer, vocals) from The Vanns - “We had a great night at The Hi Fi, it’s definitely the best sounding venue we've played. All the other bands were heaps nice and played amazingly as well. It was pretty awesome to get to meet The Getaway Plan and to hang out with them as well.”

Now, we await the verdict of the six lucky acts to take to the stage at Homebake 2012. 

To check out the latest from the BUZZ chart, click here.

ROBERT PLANT TO HEADLINE BLUESFEST 2013

28.10.2012

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Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has been announced as the 2013 event's first megastar drawcard.

Plant, voted the best lead singer of all time by Rolling Stone readers last year, will top what promoter, Peter Noble, predicts could be his ''best-ever'' line-up. And that's with three more headliners still to be announced.

Noble told The Sun-Herald Plant's group, the Sensational Space Shifters, would play Led Zeppelin songs in a 90-minute Bluesfest set on March 30 next year. Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham. Plant, pictured, last toured Australia 14 years ago, with former Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page.

Noble describes Plant as ''up there with the greatest artists to have played Bluesfest''. James Brown is his number one.

''Robert Plant is rock royalty. Getting people like that to come out when they don't need to takes many years,'' says Noble. ''The only act I could put on that would have impressed my kids more would have been Psy. But they went 'Robert Plant! That's as big as it gets'.''

The other new additions to the 24th Bluesfest are 1980s English ska popsters Madness, 1970s boogie rockers Status Quo, ex-Supertramp singer/songwriter Roger Hodgson and YES lead singer, Jon Anderson. They join an already impressive line-up including the Bluesfest favourite Ben Harper, Latin jazz-rockers Santana, proto punksters Iggy and the Stooges, FM radio giants the Steve Miller Band, R&B legend Mavis Staples, reggae star Jimmy Cliff and blues-rock queen Bonnie Raitt. More than 100,000 tickets are expected to be sold for the five-day event.

For information on how your brand can get involved in Australia's premier Blues & Roots festival, click here.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Phase Two Final at Sydney’s Hi-Fi with Special Guests The Getaway Plan

19.10.2012

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The five webcast winners from phase two of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 are set to take to the stage at premier Sydney music venue, The Hi-Fi, on Sunday October 28th alongside accomplished Melbourne rock band The Getaway Plan. EXIT (SA), 50 in the City (SA), The Vanns (NSW), Indiago (SA) and The Patriots (NSW) will play for the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Judges who will then decide which outfit walks away the winner with five days recording time.

The Getaway Plan returned to Australian stages last year with their second album “Requiem”, packed with punch with the infectious hooks the band became known for off the back of their first record “Other Voices, Other Rooms” which featured the hit single ‘Where the City Meets the Sea’. Known for selling out shows around the country since their formation, it’s a sure thing that The Getaway Plan will be a rocking end to an evening of exciting emerging talent.

Taking on adjudication duties are Michael Parisi (Wunderkind, Michael Parisi Management), Dan Bessant (Program Director at XYZ Networks), Ella Hooper (musician, radio personality and host of Red Bull Bedroom Jam), Corbin Harris (Pro Skater/TV Personality) as well as the boys from The Getaway Plan. Not only are the five finalists playing to a packed house, they are also having their music heard by some of the most influential industry in the country.

Additionally, a total of six Red Bull Bedroom Jam entrants will be chosen to take part in one of the country’s biggest music festivals, Homebake 2012. Two will be chosen out of the combined ten finalists (phase one and phase two) and the other four will be wild cards chosen from all the entrants on www.redbullbedroomjam.com. If you’re yet to get your entry up, you have until November 1st to be in the running.

2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

17.10.2012

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The 2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their seventh year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 12 Awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with CHET FAKER the only multiple award winner, taking out two major honours.

Rising star CHET FAKER (aka Nick Murphy) well and truly made his mark on the evening, not only with a surprise unannounced live performance, but also by picking up the awards for Best Independent Single / EP for the critically acclaimed “Thinking In Textures” and the award for Breakthrough Independent Artist.  A Subtle slice of Soulful electronica, the debut ep has gathered a groundswell of interest both here and internationally, and proved to be a worthy and popular winner on the night.

The hotly contested Best Independent Album category was taken out by Sydney garage punk band ROYAL HEADACHE for their self-titled debut album. Championed by the likes of Pitchfork amongst other noteworthy media around the globe, ROYAL HEADACHE’S self-titled debut is a paragon of garage power pop that manages to capture the energy and antics of the band’s much lauded electric live show.

Last year’s only dual award winners THE JEZABELS backed it up again in 2012, and repeated the success by taking out the award for Best Independent Artist, the award they won in 2011.  This award sees the band capping off yet another massive year for them both locally and internationally.

2011’s Peoples choice award winner 360 won the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for the epic release, “Falling and Flying”.   An inspired mix of rap’s traditional down-to-earth grit and indie electro’s atmospheric heights, this second album for 360 has reached Platinum plus status, achieved critical acclaim, and been the catalyst for sell out tour dates across the country in the past 12 months.

One of the most hotly talked about bands of the past year, Brisbane two-piece DZ DEATHRAYS took out the award for Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album for their debut album Bloodstreams”.  A 14 track assault vehicle, the album represents the duo’s last four years of hard work and is a deserving recipient of this year’s award.

This year also saw the Awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the Best Independent Label category, which was voted for by their Record Label peers.  The inaugural awards was taken home by ELEFANT TRAKS, the Sydney Hip Hop collective who in the past year have released albums from The Herd, Urthboy, Hermitude, Sietta, The Last Kinection and Sky'High.

On the dance front, TOM PIPER also achieved back to back wins, taking out the award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica or Club single with his collaboration with DANIEL HARLEY, for their single “LGFU”. And after a stellar live performance of their hit single “Speak Of The Devil” – which mirrored their exceptional award winning video - HERMIITUDE took out the award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica album with “HyperParadise”.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album went to LANIE LANE for her debut album “To The Horses”.  Exploding onto the scene in the past 18 months singer-songwriter and guitarist LANIE LANE not only brought her unique talent and charisma to the stage with her performance at this year’s Awards, but her debut album with its collection of 11 songs that mix early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and rockabilly took home her first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD. 

JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS took out their first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with their release  “My Little River”. Former triple j unearthed winners, their debut album is full of dark and dusty ballads that has seen them compared to the likes of Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Neil Young and Johnny Cash.

And last but not least, MIKE NOCK TRIO PLUS – took out the award for the Best Independent Jazz Album for “Hear And Know”. With an already remarkable repertoire, and as vibrant and capable as ever at 72 MIKE NOCK’S latest release features two outstanding emerging talents, saxophonist Karl Laskowski and trumpeter Ken Allars.

The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners HERMITUDE, CHET FAKER, and LANIE LANE alongside HOUSE Vs HURRICANE, LOON LAKE, THE BAMBOOS and TIM ROGERS, and PAUL KELLY (featuring DAN KELLY).

2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Chet Faker

Best Independent Single/EP - Chet Faker “Thinking In Textures”

Best Independent Album - Royal Headache “Royal Headache”

Best Independent Artist - The Jezabels

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – 360 - Falling & Flying

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album - DZ Deathrays “Bloodstreams”

Best Independent Label – Elefant Traks

Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single - Tom Piper & Daniel Harley “LGFU”

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Hermitude “HyperParadise”

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album - Lanie Lane “To The Horses”

Best Independent Country Album - Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors - My Little River

Best Independent Jazz Album - Mike Nock Trio Plus “Hear And Know”

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out http://www.air.org.au

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2013 SELLS OUT NATION-WIDE

24.09.2012

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Like no other music festival in Australia, Soundwave has proudly sold out in all five cities!

275,000 guests will roll through the gates nationally in 2013, making Soundwave the nation’s biggest rock festival.

Soundwave has certainly come into its own and with 480,000 people actively participating in the festival’s online community, it’s hard to ignore this celebration of pure rock goodness.

For more information on how your brand can get involved, click here.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013

SATURDAY 23: BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUNDS SOLD OUT!

SUNDAY 24: SYDNEY, OLYMPIC PARK SOLD OUT!

FRIDAY 1: MELBOURNE, FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 2: ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK SOLD OUT!

MONDAY 4: PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS SOLD OUT!

The Bluesfest 2013 Lineup Is Here - Find Out How Your Brand Can Get Involved!

21.09.2012

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Bluesfest is Australia’s premier multi-award winning, internationally renowned Blues & Roots Music Festival. The festival is now in its 24th year and is home to tens of thousands of guests over the Easter long weekend.

What better way to kick off celebrations for the 24th anniversary than with an early lineup announcement?

Presenting the first 2013 Bluesfest lineup:

Ben Harper // Santana // Iggy & The Stooges // Steve Miller Band // Chris Isaac // Wilco // Bonnie Raitt // Drop Kick Murphys // Glen Hansard with the Frames // Tedeschi Trucks Band // Newton Faulkner // William Elliot Whitmore // Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls // Grace Potter // Playing for Change // Ben Caplan

mixitup are proud to be the official sponsorship agency for Bluesfest in 2013. To find out how your brand can get involved click here.

Watch this space for more artist lineup news!

2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

18.09.2012

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Nominations for the seventh Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have officially been announced, and they include a stunning array of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music.

Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Dance / Electronic Release, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Release and Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk Release among others.   

Newcomer electronic-beat-pop musician Chet Faker leads the pack with five nominations, closely followed by Hip Hop artist 360 earning four, and first time nominees Sydney Garage Punk band Royal Headache gaining attention in three categories.  Previous winners The Herd and The Jezabels also garnered nominations this year.  The Awards will once again be held at Revolt Art Space in Kensington this coming October.

Nominations below for 2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS:

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

360

Ballpark Music

Chet Faker

The Jezabels

Royal Headache

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

360 - Falling And Flying (Soulmate)

DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams (I Oh You)

The Jezabels - Prisoner (MGM)

Royal Headache - Royal Headache (RIP Society)

The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap (Liberation)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Chet Faker

Husky

San Cisco

Royal Headache

The Rubens

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

360 - Boys Like You (Soulmate)

Alpine - Gasoline (Ivy League)

Chet Faker - Thinking In Textures (Opulent)

Oh Mercy - Drums (Casa Del Disco Records)

San Cisco - Awkward (Island City Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

360 - Falling & Flying (Soulmate)

Funkoars - The Quickening (Golden Era)

Katalyst - Deep Impressions (Invada)

The Herd - Future Shade (Elefant Traks)

Yung Warriors - Standing Strong (Payback Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Graeme Connors - At The Speed Of Life (WJO)

Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors - My Little River (Gaga)

Luke O'Shea - The Drovers Wife (WJO)

Sue Ray - Red Roses (Plus One Records)

Warren H Williams - Urna Marra (ABC Music)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Ash Grunwald - Troubles Door (Delta Groove)

John Butler - Tin Shed Tales (Jarrah)

Lanie Lane - To The Horses (Ivy League)

Saskwatch - Leave It All Behind (Northside/Shock)

Xavier Rudd - Spirit Bird (Salt X Records)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM

Calling All Cars - Dancing With A Dead Man (Homesurgery / SHK)

DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams (I Oh You)

Frenzal Rhomb - Smoko At The Pet Food Factory (Shock)

House Vs Hurricane - Crooked Teeth (UNFD)

The Peep Tempel - The Peep Tempel (Wing Sing)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Barney McAll - Graft (Jazzhead)

Benjamin Hauptmann - Benjamin Hauptmann (Yum Yum Tree Records)

Mike Nock - Hear And Know (FWM Records)

Peter Knight - Fish Boast Of Fishing (Listen Hear Collective)

The Vampires - Garfish (Earfish)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Hermitude - HyperParadise (Elefant Traks)

Chet Faker - Thinking In Textures (Opulent)

Jonti - Twirligig (Misteltone)

Oliver Tank - Dreams (Yes Please)

T-Rek - Dance Music (Rubber)

Sampology - Doomsday Deluxe (Sampology Soundtracks)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE/ELECTRONICA SINGLE

Chet Faker - Terms And Conditions (Opulent)

Flume - Sleepless (Future Classic)

Parachute Youth - Can't Get Better Than This (Sweat It Out)

L.G.F.U. – Tom Piper and Daniel Farley (Hussle)

Tonite Only -Go (Downright)

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here.

The 7th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Tuesday October 16th, 2012

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

 

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 7th ANNUAL JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS!

06.09.2012

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The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), is pleased to announce the performers for the seventh Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.

This year’s quality line-up is nothing short of exceptional, and will showcase some very special performances by both emerging artists and industry Icons.

Renowned as one of Australia’s most prolific singer-songwriters, having recorded 25 studio albums during his astonishing career, Paul Kelly is set to release his 26th in 2012, the very first on his own Independent label.  Performing at the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS with nephew and fellow recording artist Dan Kelly, the two artists will join forces to perform a track from this highly anticipated album due for release later this year.

Another superb collaboration to take to the stage will be the internationally renowned Melbourne funk R & B band The Bamboos and You Am I front man Tim Rogers. The Bamboos 2012 release “Medicine Man” featured a whole host of notable international and local vocalists  - the calibre of which is testament to the immense respect garnered by bandleader and songwriter, Lance Ferguson.  One of those guest vocalists was Tim Rogers, who takes a detour from his hectic schedule to step out front of The Bamboos at the Awards to perform the infectious, bluesy single “I got Burned”.  Rogers is set to release his new album “Rogers Sings Rogerstein” on August 24th, followed by an extensive National tour through August, September and October.

Also joining the line-up is one of Australia’s premiere beats duo Hermitude. Souring to new heights in 2012 with their fourth album “HyperParadise”, Hermitude hit the bullseye of their artistic vision, with this beautifully inventive record of future beats and electronica. The album also delivered one of the standout dancefloor tunes of 2011- Speak of the Devil’ which was not only thrashed by Australian radio, but went on to win triple j’s J Award for Australian Music Video of the Year.

Blues and Alt-Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Lanie Lane brings her unique talent and charisma to the stage at this year’s Awards.  Her debut album “To The Horses”, was a collection of 11 songs that duck and weave through a heady mix of early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and rockabilly, serving up fantastic tales of love, lust, heartbreak and the importance of a good guitar – all delivered by one of the most undeniably distinctive voices of our time.

Triple j next croppers and one of this years most exciting emerging artist’s Loon Lake will also join the line-up of live performers. The Melbourne based 5 piece have just released their highly anticipated second EP “Thirty Three” which has earned them plenty of airplay – in particular with the Top 20 hit single “Cherry Lips” - a laconic pop gem resplendent with driving riffs, rolling vocals and peppered with just the right amount of handclaps.  Their boisterous melodies and gleefully ragged riffs have also proven a winner with Australian audiences, with their current tour selling shows out across the east coast this past August, galvanizing Loon Lake’s reputation as one’s to watch in 2012.

Rounding on the live performances at the 2012 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS is Melbourne’s own progressive hardcore outfit House vs Hurricane.  Releasing their second full length album “Crooked Teeth” this past July, the first release by the band to feature their new vocalist Dan Casey, House vs Hurricane will surely blow the roof off with what’s bound to be one heavy as hell high octane performance.

Stay tuned for further announcements including, nominations and guest presenters.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here.

The 7th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Tuesday October 16th, 2012

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

SOUNDWAVE 2013, BRISBANE, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY SOLD OUT!

24.08.2012

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The Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney legs of Soundwave 2013 sold out in record time this week, with Perth and Adelaide expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.

Watch this space for more lineup announcements and ticket news! 

To find out how your brand can get involved in one of Australia's biggest and boldest festivals click here.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Entrants have the Chance to Play Homebake 2012 & The Red Bull Bedroom Jam Webcast Winners #8 – The Vanns

23.08.2012

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 just got a whole lot bigger! All entrants into the online competition are now in the running to play at one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Homebake, alongside the likes of Birds of Tokyo, Hilltop Hoods and Kimbra.

Six bands in total will have the opportunity to grace the stage. Two of them will be chosen from the ten webcast winners, while the other four will be personally chosen by the festival owner out of all the entries correctly registered at www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au. That means it’s a better time than ever to get your entry in to the competition.

Announced in November, the six chosen to perform will score themselves a full festival experience including return airfares to Sydney from their nearest capital city, airport transfers, accommodation, transfers to the festival, professional sound check and stage management and a 10 minute set.

In the running for a spot at Homebake is webcast winner #8 The Vanns. Hailing from the surfy town of Kiama on the south coast of New South Wales, the four-piece have high hopes to bring back a blues scene but with a new age indie twist.

After cementing their line up in February this year James Vann (17, Guitar and Vocals), Lachlan Jones (18, Drums), Robert Korber (Keys and Backing Vocals) and Adam Bernich (17, Bass) have been writing new tunes and gigging around their hometown all while finishing high school.

The Vanns like the sounds of bands such as Ball Park Music and Jinja Safari and off the back of seven demos that they recently recorded, they have already had some national radio airplay. The indie outfit is also releasing their first EP later this year.

To check out the latest from the BUZZ CHART click here.

THE SOUNDWAVE 2013 LINEUP IS HERE!

07.08.2012

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Go Mason Go Win Phase One of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012

16.07.2012

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New South Wales five piece, Go Mason Go, have won the first phase of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012.

The five finalists Lets Not Pretend, Masketta Fall, Your Ticket Home, Go Mason Go and Break A Leg travelled to the outer suburbs of Melbourne last Saturday for the Red Bull Backyard Jam final, which took place in the backyard of Masketta Fall’s drummer, Jamie Ross. With a set up that mirrored a small festival stage, all five played their best three tracks to a backyard full of fans and friends as well as the panel of judges. The afternoon was capped off with an awesome set from Melbourne rockers, Stonefield.

The judges had their work cut out for them, but concluded Go Mason Go to be the stand out of the day. Judge and A&R expert Michael Parisi affirms,  “All of the finalists were great and played really well but Go Mason Go were a stand out. While they have a way to go as a band, they have a freshness and a real point of difference. Their songs are fun, simple and catchy and they have so much scope to become a genuine contender. I’m going to enjoy helping them and watching them grow and evolve in the process”.

“The weekend in Melbourne at the Red Bull Backyard Jam was so much fun and an incredible experience. The other bands were really awesome and it was such a pleasure to play with them making it a real privilege to win such beneficial prizes,” says Jesse Taunton (vocals/guitar, 15) of Go Mason Go who have scored themselves a week’s worth of studio time, exposure through Red Bull Bedroom Jam media partners and channels and the support and guidance of Michael Parisi.

Phase two of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 kicks off now with the first finalist decided on Monday the 16th of July.

To check out the latest and greatest from The Buzz Chart, click here!

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL'S ANNIVERSARY ANNOUNCEMENT

03.07.2012

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The Falls Music & Arts Festival reaches not one but TWO milestone years, celebrating the 20th and 10th anniversaries in Lorne and Marion Bay this year. Ditching the traditional china and tin and preparing for celebrations grander than the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Festivals’ gift giving has commenced in fine style with the following artists signed up and packing their balloons and confetti for a helluva lota fun in Lorne and Marion Bay this summer.

With the full festival lineup featuring over 80 first class artists each year there’s a lot to be announced as the festival draws near. Here’s a taste of what’s to come...

THE FLAMING LIPS

COOLIO

HOT CHIP

MAXIMO PARK

HILTOP HOODS

SAMPOLOGY PRESENTS A FALLS ANNIVERSARY LIVE AV SHOW

SBTRKT

BOY & BEAR

BEST COAST

BEACH HOUSE

THE VACCINES

TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

FIRST AID KIT

MILLIONS

To find out how your brand can get involved in this very special edition of Falls Festival, click here!

Rock It #11…The Kingsize, Kongsize Concert Of The Year!

28.06.2012

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Good Times Are Comin’!

Always reliable to only roll out the rock when someone special comes to town – Rock It was pleased as punch to follow the footsteps of Foo Fighters, Green Day, Jack Johnson, Powderfinger, Jet, Kings if Leon, Oasis, Silverchair and many more with the awesome awesomeness of our 2012 -headliner, THE BLACK KEYS. 

Just like foodies match their wine – Rock It have matched the rock and blues maelstrom of THE BLACK KEYS with an excellent day of Australian (and especially plenty of West Australian) rock and roll heroes.

There are a combination of established hit-makers to keep you singing along and some of our most exciting emerging artists to keep you screaming and some incredible new blood that needs to be seen to be believed.

For those who like to explore new music the worlds famous Kong’s Rock and Roll Shack takes up the slack on the Lawns of Love and presents some of the hottest, grittiest and authentic rock and roll available right now.

Best of all – it is designed to be a fun day with music in WA’s best and grassiest event arena that aims at nothing but good times.

Rock it is a WA owned and operated event that is an independent, great value, big production, single stage affair with a short, hot bill; old school style. 

No fuss - just incredible music and every effort to keep it comfortable, simple, friendly and affordable.

So here are the bands....

THE BLACK KEYS

 JOHN BUTLER TRIO

BIRDS OF TOKYO

THE PANICS

LANIE LANE

LAST DINOSAURS

SAN CISCO

ABBE MAY 

Rock It Number 11 is on sale to the public FRIDAY JULY 6

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER * ARENA JOONDALUP

To find out how your brand can get involved in this legendary music festival, click here!

Red Bull Bedroom Jam: Masketta Fall to Host Backyard Jam in Melbourne!

22.06.2012

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s phase one final, Red Bull Backyard Jam, will be taking over Masketta Fall’s backyard on Saturday, July 7 in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. Masketta Fall along with the other finalists Lets Not Pretend, Your Ticket Home,

Go Mason Go and Break A Leg will be firing up the stage before headliners Stonefield finish off the afternoon of live music.

Spending time in your backyard is something that is engrained in Australian culture. Whether it is a BBQ with friends, a game of cricket or simply sitting under the pergola, we often forget how unique these past times are to our country. Red Bull Backyard Jam takes this notion to a whole new level - erecting a stage, bringing in a live music crew and putting on a killer afternoon of live music in the backyard. It’s a band competition like no other.

The 2012 event is set to take place in the southern suburbs of Melbourne, home to Bradden “FayBanger” Ross (Vocals, 19) and Jamie “Rolph” Ross (Drums, 21) – brothers in Masketta Fall. The band’s social networks have been overflowing with content and band to fan interaction, so much so, their Facebook fans have almost doubled since their webcast win. The others didn’t go down without a fight – Lets Not Pretend was right there with them until Masketta Fall pipped them at the post. Bands had to create as much noise on their social media networks, to climb their way up the BUZZ chart to win the honour of hosting the outdoor concert.

Red Bull Backyard Jam takes place on Saturday July 7th. The winner, decided by the panel of expert judges on the day, scores studio time to work on their next release.

To find out the lasted from the BUZZ Chart, click here!

RED BULL BEDROOM TO BACKYARD JAM

MELBOURNE

Saturday, July 7th

Featuring Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s Five Finalists

Lets Not Pretend

Masketta Fall

Your Ticket Home

Go Mason Go

Break A Leg

And STONEFIELD

HARVEST 2012 LINEUP IS HERE!

14.06.2012

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Following it's spectacular debut in 2011, Harvest Festival returns with yet another stellar lineup in 2012.

To find out how your brand can get involved, click here.

RED BULL BEDROOM JAM: STONEFIELD TO HEADLINE JULY'S BACKYARD JAM!

07.05.2012

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam is excited to announce that Melbourne psych-rockers Stonefield will be headlining the Bedroom to Backyard Jam this July. One of the first five webcast winners will be lucky enough to be hosting this event in their very own backyard.

Stonefield have had a massive start to their career after being discovered by youth radio station, triple j. They have sold out shows around the country, toured alongside musical heavyweights such as Foo Fighters and Kaiser Chiefs and have had a huge introduction to the Australian festival circuit playing Big Day Out 2012. The female four-piece have also had an immense response internationally having played Glastonbury in the UK as well as a handful of shows in the US. Their new single ‘Bad Reality’ is all over the airwaves and available to purchase now with a six-track mini album to follow later in the year.

This week alternative rockers Go Mason Go have taken out the fourth round of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 ensuring themselves a spot in the Bedroom to Backyard Jam final this July. They’ll compete alongside the first three webcast winners Lets Not Pretend, Masketta Fall, Your Ticket Home and just announced headliners, Stonefield. With the fifth spot to be filled in just under a fortnight’s time, the five bands will then battle it out on the BUZZ chart to see which band’s backyard will be lucky enough to host the Bedroom to Backyard Jam.

The lads of Go Mason Go, all hail from various New South Wales towns and met at boarding school in the outer suburb of Sydney, Glenfield. Whether in the school band room or in their dorm, the five mates started jamming resulting in Jordan Blencowe (Guitar & Vocals, 15), Sid Cremer (Keyboard & Vocals, 15), Maximillian Groblicki (Drums, 15), Jesse Taunton (Guitar & Vocals, 15) and Rohan Raman (Bass, 15) forming Go Mason Go.

To check out who's topping the BUZZ CHART, click here.

INDUSTRY ON BOARD FOR RED BULL BEDROOM JAM

19.04.2012

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam is excited to announce the involvement of key music industry and media to provide their expertise to bedroom jammers throughout various stages of the competition. This means that on top of getting their music out to the public, it is also being heard by some of the most influential music professionals in the country. Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi/The Verses/Radar Radio & TV), Michael Parisi (Michael Parisi Management/Wunderkind), Dan Bessant (Program Director for Channel [V], [V] Hits and MAX), Chris Joannou (Silverchair) and Corbin Harris (Pro Skater/TV Host) are all confirmed to take part.

The online competition is a platform for musicians aged 15-21 to get their music heard. It is however up to the band to consist- ently work at alerting, engaging and growing their fan base through their social media networks in order to climb the ‘BUZZ Chart’ and progress through the competition.

Tom Sigelski, Culture Marketing Manager at Red Bull says, “This competition is about providing the tools that young musicians need in order to develop their career. We want entrants to make the most of the advice, guidance and opportunities we have on offer. However, these opportunities are only of value where the artists are prepared to work for it."

Fortnightly webcast winners will have a one on one mentoring session with both Ella Hooper and Michael Parisi. Having toured the world, Ella will be focusing on live performance whilst on the set of the webcast recording. The winning muso will also sit down with music professional Michael Parisi and experience his four-part mentoring session known as ‘The Right Path’ that looks at planning, goals and how to execute them.

“Red Bull Bedroom Jam is such a fantastic initiative, primarily because it’s providing local artists with an opportunity to get a genuine break in the industry. As the head mentor of the program, not only am I looking forward to working closely with promis- ing young talent, but I’m hoping that we are able to launch some serious long term careers!” affirms Michael.

As the competition progresses, the first five webcast winners will compete at the Bedroom to Backyard Jam to be held in July and the second five at the on premise event to be held in October with the overall winners decided by the industry judging panel.

To check out what's happening on the BUZZ CHART, click here.

From Your Bedroom To Beyond: Entries Now Open For The 2012 Red Bull Bedroom Jam Australia!

23.03.2012

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Young Unsigned Musicians Of Australia:

Gather your original compositions, a video camera or smart phone and get yourself seen and heard. Red Bull Bedroom Jam returns in 2012 ready to scour the nation in search of the next big thing. With the competition notorious for huge prize pools and once in a lifetime opportunities, this is a chance for young artists from everywhere in Australia to take their musical wares from their bedroom to one of the biggest online stages the country has to offer. You could be trading your hairbrush for a microphone and the mirror for a sold out crowd!

Musos aged between 15-21 – bands, duos or soloists – are eligible to enter this online music competition. Simply upload a video of yourself or your band performing an original track and get sharing through your social networks. The more times fans, friends and family watch, share and ‘like’, the higher you’ll climb up the ‘BUZZ Chart’.

Each fortnight, the outfit highest on the ‘BUZZ Chart’ will be announced as a provisional winner, with a professional film crew sent to your bedroom (wherever it may be!) to record three of your original tracks for the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Webcast. This video will then be streamed via www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au for everyone to see.

From there, the first five winners will battle it out at Red Bull’s Backyard Jam and the second five winners will hit the stage at one of Australia’s recognized music venues alongside a leading Aussie band. BLUEJU!CE, British India and The Holidays have appeared in the past! Industry peeps will then decide on the overall winner of the competition.

Get your hairbrush out and start warming up those vocals, continue jumping on your bed to hone your best rock and roll moves and make sure you get your video online to be a part of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam. Entries are now open.

The first ‘BUZZ Chart’ winner will be announced on March 22 with the first webcast to follow on March 29.

To check out the latest from the 'BUZZ CHART' click here.

Jägermeister Releases First Television Commercial In Australia!

19.03.2012

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Jägermeister, the iconic German liqueur, launched a new edgy TVC campaign over the weekend – the first ever TVC for the brand in the Australian market.

The TVC was created in Germany in August 2010, and has been adapted for this market by mixitup with a new sound track by independent Australian songstress, Abbe May. It also supports the Australian campaign tagline ‘Hunting since 1935’ which acknowledges the unique heritage of the Jägermeister brand, which dates back to 1935. When translated, Jägermeister means ‘Hunting Master’.

The commercial features a party of young people, heading out on foot into the night in search of a secret location, guided by the Jägermeister stag. Reaching their destination, they ascend to the top floor of a building, where the lift doors open to reveal a private party on a roof-top atrium. A full moon casts an incandescent glow over the scene, as they enjoy Jägermeister and dance through the night.

Jonathan Howells, group brand manager at Suntory (Australian distributor for Jägermeister) said: “In the new advertising campaign, Jägermeister invites people to ‘hunt out’ a new drinking experience. The commercial taps into the social behavior of our core audience of 20-35 year olds, who constantly seek out new cultural experiences and are the first to be ‘in the know’.”

It will be supported by a $1 million multi-tiered advertising program across TV, cinema and digital from March-April 2012. Media planning and strategy for the campaign has been managed by ZenithOptimedia.

To view the TVC click here!

THAT'S A WRAP: SOUNDWAVE 2012 - THE ROMAN EDITION!

11.03.2012

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With almost 200,000 guests nationally busting through the gates, it’s easy to see that Soundwave has found a home within the hearts of Aussie (and international) hard rock, punk and metal music lovers.

The 2012 lineup was one of the biggest in Soundwave history. The musical and theatrical talents on show throughout the tour were breathtaking with extraordinary performances from festival headliners System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marylin Manson, Bush and the self proclaimed “greatest metal band ever” Steel Panther.

We welcomed for the first time, Jagermeister and Sonos to the Soundwave family in 2012.

Jagermeister took to the sky in the Channel [V] Ele[V]ator at Sydney’s sold out Soundwave event. Jagermeister was served to VIP guests and competition winners as bands were viewed from the best VIP seats in the house!

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Sonos came on board as our official digital partner and proudly presented Soundwave Tv. Sonos offered fans the chance to win a wireless HIFI system. The lucky winners can now stream their favourite Soundwave artists wirelessly through their home!

The team from Monster Energy hosted the backstage party, treating artists to a good time with their Monster Bar.

Official spirit Jim Beam ensured guests were quenching their thirst in every city. The gorgeous and fun loving Jim Beam Party Crew kept guests entertained throughout the tour.

The team at mixitup was proud to represent Soundwave for the second consecutive year and as we make our way into recovery, we will say goodbye for now and start planning for an even bigger 2013.

For more information on how your brand can get involved in 2013 click here

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Optus Partnership To Put Sydney Mardi Gras On World Stage!

23.02.2012

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mixitup brokers deal for worldwide distribution of content on Mardi Gras TV

Independent brand entertainment company mixitup, Optus and Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have today announced a groundbreaking deal whereby Optus has become the official digital rights partner for the 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.

The deal is a major coup for the iconic Sydney Mardi Gras, with Optus signing on to produce and distribute exclusive video programming, including a special one hour package of the world famous Parade, behind the scenes footage and festival highlights.

The Sydney Mardi Gras festival will be showcased to a global audience, for the first time at mardigrastv.org.au from this Monday. The world famous Parade will be distributed on-line on Sunday March 4 at 7.30pm.

“The new digital rights partnership with Optus demonstrates that there is a new game in town, the production of original video programming specifically for the web, suggests that online video is challenging TV,” said Greg Segal, managing director of mixitup, who devised the Mardi Gras TV concept and partnership.  “Optus’ decision to become the Mardi Gras’ digital rights partner followed the telco’s vision to lead the industry in customer experience by delivering exciting content anywhere, anytime and on any device,” said Segal.

The world famous annual event, now in its 34th year, is made up of the Parade, Party and a 22-day Festival. It places the international spotlight on Sydney and is a major draw card for over 20,000 international tourists each year. “The agreement with Optus now means distribution of this year’s event will also be global,” said Segal.

“In America alone there are 100 million people who access online video on an average day, up 43% from last year, so the potential audience for mardigrastv is enormous,” he said.

Segal said that the Sydney Mardi Gras is a unique Australian story, a celebration of equality and diversity and beacon of hope and inspiration for LGBTQI communities all over the world. mixitup has been proudly managing brand partnerships for Sydney Mardi Gras since 2006.

If you want to know how your brand can get involved in 2013, click here.

KYLIE TO PERFORM AT MARDI GRAS PARTY!

09.02.2012

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras added to the worldwide media attention surrounding Kylie Minogue’s Sydney Mardi Gras visit by confirming today that the singer will perform live at the Mardi Gras Party — Mardigrasland on Saturday March 3.

“It’s an incredible gift from Kylie to us and without a doubt the jewel in the Mardi Gras Party crown,” says Michael Rolik, CEO of SGLMG. “We are already thrilled to have her watch the Parade with us, so having her perform live at Mardigrasland is a truly unique gift to our community and to Sydney at large.”

This adds to already stellar Party line-up, with singer-songwriter Sam Sparro being another exciting addition. Sparro was recently confirmed to do a special performance at the Party and joins RuPaul, Sneaky Sound System, Chicane and a variety of local and international acts and DJs.

Kylie Minogue is said to be equally thrilled to be back in Sydney performing at the party for the first time in 14 years. “Being part of Mardi Gras this year is so important to me because I know that so many of my fans make up the amazing community it represents,” the songstress said earlier today. “Performing at the Party is my way of saying thanks for 25 amazing years together. It’s been a really beautiful relationship that has always been filled with overwhelming support and a lot of love.”

Minogue is also said to be ‘beyond excited’ to take in the electrifying ambience of the parade and watch Sydney Mardi Gras honorary Kylie float, K25, make its way through the parade. “Our spectacular K25 float pays tribute to two and a half decades of Kylie’s music and features over 200 dancers,” says Rolik. “It’s our community’s gesture of love to a performer who has given us 25 years of amazing artistry and Kylie is returning that love by performing for us later that evening at Mardigrasland.”

Sydney Mardi Gras Party — Mardigrasland — takes place on Saturday March 3 at Playbill Venues and Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. 10pm — 8am. Tickets at www.mardigras.org.au

Parade Viewing Area, Club Tropicana, tickets are also on sale . Members only tickets until February 16th second release $119

TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR BRAND CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE 2013 CELEBRATIONS, CLICK HERE!

PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER ANNOUNCE MORE ARTISTS!

06.02.2012

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New Zealand’s SHAPESHIFTERsigned to the legendary Hospital Records, the band are often referred to as the pioneers of modern music because of their unique blend of soul and drum and bass. Having clocked up three platinum selling albums and with a fourth headed in the same direction, the band will be bringing their monstrous live grooves and pounding hard rock to Sunday night’s main stage, guaranteed to be one of the many highlights of the festival.

The 26-piece MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA, fronted by Nicky Bomba, will be rolling in to Playground Weekender with their fun-loving big band experience. With a repertoire spanning from the golden ska period of 1963, right through to modern day classics, expect to hear the likes of Wailers, Madness, and the Specials amongst original tunes, reggae and Latin based ska. A massive hit at festivals worldwide, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is fast becoming a must-see institution.

Germany’s minimal dance connoisseur, STEVE BUG, is back for another helping of Playground Weekender fun. A master at blurring the boundaries between deep underground and strikingly versatile, hands-in-the-air moments, Steve‘s DJ sets have become some of the most sought after at the world‘s top clubs and festivals and industry gatherings.  As a self-confessed massive fan of Playground Weekender, expect him to pull out all the stops as he storms the decks once more…

Also making a welcome return for 2012 is LTJ BUKEM. Having raised the roof of the Big Top tent on three previous editions of Playground Weekender, the ground breaking DJ, record label entrepreneur and firm festival favourite is back by popular demand.  LTJ Bukem has been an integral force in the development of Drum and Bass for well over 10 years and without his input, it is hard to imagine how the shape of our music would look today. He can, almost single-handedly, be held responsible for the conception and development of the more soulful side of Drum and Bass that he has since become renowned for.

Making massive rumbles in the dance music’s underground scene, AMIRALI will be making his Australian debut at Playground Weekender with his live show.  Ready to explode on to the scene, little is known about the Iranian but one thing’s for sure he’ll soon have the world at his feet having caught the eye of the Cross Town Rebels Head Honcho, Damian Lazarus.  Experience his haunting vocals and a forward thinking musical style, here first!

TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR BRAND CAN GET INVOLVED IN 2013 CLICK HERE

THE JAGERMEISTER HUNTING LODGE AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL WRAPS UP!

02.02.2012

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The doors of Sydney Festival’s most intimate music venue, the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge, are now closed!

Nestled amongst the trees in the Honda Festival Garden, the lodge fast became the place to be and to be seen as guests lapped up 18 nights of free music including exclusive shows from Tim Finn, Emma Louise and Josh Pyke.

The lodge also hosted special performances from other festival artists including Megan Washington who dropped in to play a DJ set, international guest Nick Zinner (ex Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Tune Yards’ Merrill Garbus and New York band Soft Circle.

At times the lodge provided welcome shelter from the unseasonal January rain, as Jägermeister fans kicked back with an ice-cold long drink of Jägermeister, ginger beer and fresh lime.

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge is a nod to the brand’s German heritage (Jägermeister means ‘Hunting Master’), bringing to life the legacy of the brand, which has been around since 1935. The rustic and enchanting pop-up bar is made entirely of logs, complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar. 

We can’t wait to open the lodge doors again soon, check out the Jagermeister Australia Facebook Page for updates!

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KYLIE IS COMING TO SYDNEY MARDI GRAS 2012

27.01.2012

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The word is out: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is excited to confirm that Kylie is coming to Sydney Mardi Gras 2012 to party with us all weekend long!

mixitup are proud to be apart of the Mardi Gras team for the fifth consecutive year and in 2012 we look forward to co-producing the world famous Mardi Gras party again.

To hear from the Pop Princess herself, click here.

We are spinning around in excitement to welcome Kylie back to Sydney, as she celebrates a career milestone- 25 years in the music business - with a community that has shown her plenty of love over the years.

To find out more about the 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival, click here.

To find out how your brand can celebrate alongside other Sydney Mardi Gras Major Partners, click here.

FALLS IS ALL DONE AND DUSTED!

04.01.2012

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The Falls Music and Arts Festival has successfully wrapped up for another year.

Lorne and Marion Bay both sold out and each site was home to around 15,000 guests per day, who came from near and far for the annual New Years event.

The lineup included The Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, Fleet Foxes, The Jezabels, Aloe Black and Australian music legend Tim Finn.

Thanks once again to our partners for keeping everyone hydrated, refreshed and in mobile contact.

To find out how your brand can get involved in 2012 click here.

SOUNDWAVE SYDNEY HAS SOLD OUT!

26.12.2011

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Sydney has joined the Roman party along with Melbourne and Brisbane by nailing up the Sold Out sign.

Soundwave 2012 is going to be the biggest and best year yet.

To find out how your brand can get involved click here.

Introducing The Jagermeister Hunting Lodge Music Programme!

22.12.2011

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Honda Festival Garden, January 10-29

Featuring Tim Finn / Josh Pyke / Emma Louise / Brous / Salvation Street Shout plus special performances from Festival artists

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge, a specially-designed log cabin, will be Sydney Festival’s most intimate late-night venue, holding just 250 people.  The Lodge will host intimate secret shows and off-main stage surprises from the Sydney Festival music line-up.  Artists already confirmed include Brous, Salvation Street Shout and Festival First Night’s Gramophone Man, as well as one-off performances from high profile artists including Tim FinnJosh Pyke and Emma Louise.

Made entirely of logs, and complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar, the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge will give music fans a unique opportunity to kick back in the cosy lounge, enjoy a Jagermeister and Ginger Beer with fresh lime and catch an exceptional line-up of live music and DJs from 5pm at the Honda Festival Garden from 10th – 29thof January.

Details regarding the line-up will be available on the Sydney Festival Jagermeister Hunting Lodge page and on the Jagermeister Australia Facebook page from 3rd of January.

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge will be the third of the Festival’s music venues with free entry, joining Keystone Festival Bar at Hyde Park Barracks Museum (free after 11.30pm) and The Famous Spiegeltent at Honda Festival Garden (free entry to the tent after 11.30pm).

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FALLS FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN BOTH STATES!

22.12.2011

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The Falls Music & Arts Festival in both Lorne and Marion Bay are completely SOLD-OUT and there will be no gate sales!

The Facts:

About: A world-class line-up of music, comedy and arts in a relaxed festival environment. The coastal locations are stunning and the camping is free.

Events: Lorne Dec 28 – Jan 1 / Marion Bay Dec 29 – Jan 1

Tickets: Completely Sold-Out

To find out how your brand can get involved in 2012 click here.

SOUNDWAVE BRISBANE SOLD OUT!

27.11.2011

assets/images/festivals_small/SW12 LOGO.jpgBrisbane has joined in the Roman party with Melbourne in nailing up the Sold Out sign. With Sydney expected to sell out in the coming weeks as well the 2012 edition of Soundwave is proving to be the biggest and best yet!

SYSTEM OF A DOWN

SLIPKNOT

LIMP BIZKIT / MARILYN MANSON / A DAY TO REMEMBER /BUSH / MACHINE HEAD / LAMB OF GOD / BAD RELIGION / TRIVIUM / ALTER BRIDGE / IN FLAMES / LOSTPROPHETS / STAIND / ANGELS & AIRWAVES / COBRA STARSHIP / THE USED / WEDNESDAY 13 / YOU ME AT SIX / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT / UNEARTH / UNWRITTEN LAW / COAL CHAMBER / STRUNG OUT / DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL / THURSDAY / FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS / RAISED FIST / DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN / ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY / MASTODON / UNDEROATH / SAVES THE DAY / CIRCA SURVIVE / STEEL PANTHER / THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER / THE PRETTY RECKLESS / CATHEDRAL / SHADOWS FALL /  TONIGHT ALIVE / FIREWORKS / JACK'S MANNEQUIN / MESHUGGAH / THE SISTERS OF MERCY / ENTER SHIKARI / FOUR YEAR STRONG / BLACK VEIL BRIDES / MADINA LAKE / ZEBRAHEAD / HATEBREED / BIOHAZARD / MOTIONLESS IN WHITE / BREAK EVEN / HEAVEN SHALL BURN / TIMES OF GRACE / CKY / STREET DOGS / DRAGONFORCE / GOJIRA / KVELERTAK / LETLIVE / HELLYEAH / CRO-MAGS / YOUR DEMISE / KITTIE / A ROCKET TO THE MOON / THE READY SET / THE MENZINGERS / DREAM ON, DREAMER /ATTACK! ATTACK! / DREDG / THE SMOKING HEARTS / THE SUMMER SET / THE CAB / BLACK TIDE / HYRO DA HERO / HOLY GRAIL / RELIENT K / VERSA EMERGE / THESE KIDS WEAR CROWNS / CONDITIONS / HEROES FOR HIRE / KILL HANNAH / THE DANGEROUS SUMMER / CHIMAIRA / FRAMING HANLEY / WATAIN / ROYAL REPUBLIC / I AM THE AVALANCHE / TURISAS / RIVER CITY EXTENSION / CHERRI BOMB

KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN WRAPS UP FOR 2011

22.11.2011

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Kirin Big In Japan returned for a third season in 2011 and for the very first time it was open to a public audience.

mixitup produced the contemporary arts and cultural event, showcasing a collection of avant-garde and new media artists from Japan including: Fuyuki Yamakawa the Khoomei singer, Yuko Kaseki a Butoh dancer and OVe – NaXx an electronic sound producer.

Audiences at Sydney’s Paddington Town Hall and Melbourne’s Thousand Pound Bend were engaged with dance, musical performances, video art and installation pieces. With Kirin’s Big in Japan exhibition converting the spaces into immersive multidisciplinary performance arenas.

We are already excited for Kirin Big In Japan’s return in 2012, but for updates on what’s making underground waves in Japanese contemporary art, check out the year round blog here

HARVEST FESTIVAL WAS A SUCCESS!

21.11.2011

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Harvest Festival wrapped up its first ever east coast tour over the weekend, and this boutique festival on a large scale did not disappoint.

Guests were promised ‘a civilized gathering’ and that’s certainly what they got. An interactive and beautiful affair, Harvest was a boutique for the senses.

A troupe of brass musicians played blues atop a train carriage, a magician performed in the Le Boudoir tent, and in the Secret Garden ladies clad in flowery dresses lounged in giant birds nests.

The lineup consisted local and international heavyweights, led by Portishead who haven’t been to Australia in 14 years!

Other notable performances came from Conner Oberst’s band Bright Eyes, The National, TV On The Radio, The Family Stone, Dappled Cities, Seekae and the always colourful Flaming Lips.

A big thank you to our major partners; Coopers, Lipton Ice Tea, Smirnoff, Jack Daniels, Red Bull and Dr Denim.

We are already excited for Harvest’s return in 2012 – watch this space!

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MARDI GRAS SHOWS SYDNEY MORE LOVE!

18.11.2011

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Thursday 17th November, marked the start of a new and important chapter in the life of Sydney’s iconic Mardi Gras, with the launch of a new name, logo and community-wide proposition designed to capture the event’s embracing vision as a city-wide celebration of the power and the beauty of diversity.

This memorable day was also a celebration and an acknowledgment of over three decades of successful Mardi Gras events that have helped advance the law reform agenda, and at the same time, increased community respect and love for the LBGTQI community.

In a parallel move, the organisation has changed its name back to Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras after almost ten years as New Mardi Gras. The move to the old moniker is in recognition that the event and brand remains owned by the city’s gay & lesbian community, even as it embraces involvement from the wider community.

Along with the new name and new approach, a new logo has been introduced. The logo speaks to the events’ desire to inspire the world to love each other by celebrating the power and beauty of diversity.

In other Mardi Gras news, the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival is set to explode with a wealth of big-name talents, including RuPaul, Dame Edna Experience, Trevor Ashley and Sneaky Sound System gracing the annual smorgasbord of arts, parties and social events, from 12 February till 4 March 2012.

This year’s Mardi Gras Festival boasts over 60 special events – including iconic event favourites like the Parade, Fair Day and Harbour party – and features performances from big international acts as well as the cream of community and homegrown talent.

The team at mixitup are proud to be apart of the Mardi Gras extravaganza for the fifth consecutive year and in 2012 we welcome back returning major sponsors; ANZ, Google, Virgin Australia and Gaydar.

To find out how your brand can get involved in the 2012 festivities click here.

PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2012 LINEUP HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!

11.11.2011

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The ever-evolving boutique music festival Playground Weekender is taking over the The Del Rio Resort, just an hour and a half outside Sydney for the sixth consecutive year in 2012. Spanning three days, March 2nd, 3rd and 4th, the award winning festival boasts six stages and one of the most excitingly diverse line-ups on Australia’s festival circuit. This is a riverside retreat like no other.

The uniquely spectacular atmosphere of Playground Weekender thrives on the distinct festival experience created upon its inception. 2012 sees the festival alter it’s original lay out to better deliver other forms of Playground Weekender entertainment.

This wonderful weekend of eclectic music and entertainment, gourmet foods and beverages is capped with one of Australia’s most stunning backdrops of New South Wales’ Hawkesbury River. The anticipation is set for round six of Playground Weekender and with an impressive line up and a variety of other delights, it’s set to deliver more than ever.

We would like to welcome back our returning sponsors Coopers and Red Bull, with more to announce soon.

And without further a-do...

Playground Weekender 2012 First Announcement:

Chic Feat Nile Rogers, Fat Freddys Drop, Boy & Bear, Roots Manuva, UNKLE Sounds, Modeselektor Live, Manchester Orchestra, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Bonobo Live, Black Lips, Neon Indian, Lanie Lane, The Orb, Bomb The Bass, Seekae, Greg Wilson, Damian Lazarus, Cuban Brothers plus many more!

Playground Weekender 2012

March 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2012

The Del Rio Riverside Resort, Hawkesbury River, NSW

Tickets on sale Thursday November 17 at 09.00 am via

www.playgroundweekender.com.au

3 day ticket $239 + booking fee

Sydney Festival announces Jägermeister as new sponsor for 2012

03.11.2011

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Sydney Festival today announced that premium German liqueur, Jägermeister, has come on board as Official Liqueur Sponsor of Sydney Festival 2012. As part of Jägermeister’s Special Distinguished Sponsorship of the Festival, the Jägermeister ‘Hunting Lodge’ will pop up in Honda Festival Garden in Hyde Park as a semi-permanent bar and performance space.

Nestled amongst the trees in Honda Festival Garden alongside The Famous Spiegeltent, the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge will offer an exciting and eclectic range of music and arts performances from 10-29 January 2012, many of which will open to the public for free.

Brand manager Shannan Quinn said, “We’re thrilled to be part of Sydney’s premier cultural festival in a move that signifies a new brand direction for Jägermeister. Sydney really comes to life over the summer, in particular during Sydney Festival with people seeking out new cultural experiences. Jägermeister is plugging into this electric atmosphere by offering Sydneysiders the opportunity to engage with a new drinking experience at the Hunting Lodge, whilst enjoying some incredible live music and arts performances.

Sasha Degen, Sydney Festival’s Head of Corporate Partnerships said, “Sydney Festival is looking forward to working with Jägermeister for the 2012 Festival.  As one of Australia’s leading arts events we’re proud to be aligned with such an iconic and visionary brand.  We’re really excited to welcome Jägermeister on board for one of the most imaginative activation concepts to date.”

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge is a nod to the brand’s German heritage (Jägermeister means ‘Hunting Master’), bringing to life the legacy of the brand, which has been around since 1935. The rustic and enchanting pop-up bar is made entirely of logs, complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar.  Jägermeister fans will experience the mystique and legend of the brand while kicking back with an ice-cold long drink of Jägermeister, ginger beer and fresh lime.

Up to a million people enjoyed the 2011 Sydney Festival, which included 109 events with 338 performances and 17 free events throughout the city, and contributed $50.2m to the NSW economy. Sydney Festival 2012 will run from January 7–29.

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SOUNDWAVE 2012: MELBOURNE SOLD OUT!

26.10.2011

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Thank you Victoria! The Melbourne leg of Soundwave 2012 has sold out…and in record time! The remaining states are not far behind with Brisbane and Sydney expected to sell out shortly as well!

Tighten your togas, strap on the dancing sandals and join us in this Roman edition of Soundwave; featuring our biggest line-up yet!

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES

SATURDAY 25 // BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUND

SUNDAY 26 // SYDNEY, OLYMPIC PARK

FRIDAY 2 // MELBOURNE, SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 3 // ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK

MONDAY 5 // PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS

2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

13.10.2011

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The 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have wrapped up their sixth year delivering a superbly entertaining evening and bestowing 12 Awards on some of Australia’s finest talent, with THE JEZABELS the only multiple award winners, taking out 2 major honours.

Rising stars THE JEZABELS well and truly made their mark on the evening picking up the awards for Best Independent Single /EP for their critically acclaimed debut EP “Dark Storm”  (the third and final installment of their EP Trilogy) and also the award for Best Independent Artist. Already enjoying a massive year both locally and internationally and now, winners in two categories at the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, its little wonder THE JEZABELS have been earmarked as a band to watch.

It was a night out for our female artists who not only blew everyone away with their live performances but also in the award stakes, with Rock icon ADALITA, taking out the gong in the hotly contested Best Independent Album category, earning well deserved and long awaited recognition for her first solo album, the self-titled “Adalita.  Newcomer EMMA LOUISE was acknowledged as the Breakthrough Independent Artist for the sublime sounds of her ep “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” and its superb singleJungle” which spent more than 20 weeks at the top of the Independent charts.

Perth based Hip Hop artist DRAPHT won his first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for Best Independent Hip Hop Album for the epic release, “The Life Of Riley”.  Currently on a sold out 21 date National Australian tour, “The Life Of Riley” album debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA chart, and gave us the hits “Bali Party”, “Sing it” and “Rapunzel”, and is now officially certified Gold.   Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album went to Melbourne Trio MY DISCO for their third and highly acclaimed record 'Little Joy'.   An astounding collection of songs from the first single ‘Young’ - a near nine-minute-long epic, to the chilling and tightly-wound sounds of 'River”, MY DISCO have managed to cultivate enormous respect among independent music communities both locally and internationally, and now further acknowledgement comes in the form of this year’s Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album award.

This year also saw the Awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the Best Independent Dance / Electronica or Club Single category. The new category also produced another first, with the Award voting resulting in a tie taken out by TOMMY TRASH AND TOM PIPER for their single “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” and SEEKAE with their track “Blood Bank”. London based Australian duo PNAU took out the already established award for Best Independent Dance / Electronica album with “Soft Universe”, a 10 track opus that has been described as the finest example yet of their epic techno pop, and is their 4th studio album and most successful charting record to date.

The Award for the Best Independent Blues and Roots Album (for his double Deadly Award winning release “Rrakala”) was taken out by former winner GURRUMUL. His second full-length release, “Rrakala” follows in the footsteps of his multi award winning double platinum debut album and confirms GURRUMUL’S status as one of the definitive Australian folk artists of our times.  WAGONS took out their first JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD for the Best Independent Country Album with their latest release “Rumble, Shake and Tumble”. From its stomping outlaw country tracks, to the irresistible crooning classic pop songs, charismatic front man Henry Wagons wields his mighty fist as a premiere story teller on this, the band’s stunning fifth studio album.

Internationally renowned saxophonist, composer and multi-award winner SANDY EVANS was awarded Best Independent Jazz album for her 60 minute extended jazz composition  “When The Sky Cries Rainbows”. These outstanding works, exquisitely played, created a landmark album, which has now been recognized as the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD’S finest Jazz album for 2011, adding to EVAN’S already remarkable repertoire.

And finally taking out the peoples choice award for Jagermeister’s Most Hunted was 360 who released his groundbreaking second album, “Falling & Flying” last week, to critical acclaim and booming sales. Debuting in the top 5 of the ARIA charts this week and remaining at the top of the iTunes Album charts, the sophomore release from this innovative indie rapper sounds like no hip-hop release to come before it, and the public agreed by voting 360 the inaugural Most Hunted artist at the 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS once again proved to be one of the Industry’s most entertaining evenings, and a night peppered with stunning live performances from artists who crossed all musical genres including award winners ADALITA and EMMA LOUSE, alongside CALLING ALL CARS, ILLY (featuring OWL EYES) and THE HOLIDAYS.

2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:

Best Independent Artist - The Jezabels

Best Independent Album – Adalita - “Adalita” (Liberation Music)

Breakthrough Independent Artist - Emma Louise

Best Independent Single/EP - The Jezabels – “Dark Storm” (Independent/MGM)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album – Pnau – “Soft Universe” (Etc. Etc.)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica a Club Single -Seekae – “Blood Bank” (Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy)

-Tommy Trash and Tom Piper – “All My Friends Featuring Mr. Wilson” (Ministry Of Sound)

*Joint winners (votes exactly the same)

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album - My Disco – “Little Joy” (Shock Entertainment)

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album – Gurrumul – “Rrakala” (Skinnyfish/MGM)

Best Independent Jazz Album - Sandy Evans – “When The Sky Cries Rainbows” (Independent/ABC Music)

Best Independent Country Album – Wagons “Rumble Shake and Tumble” (Spunk Records)

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album – Drapht – “The Life Of Riley” (The Ayems Records)

Jagermeister Most Hunted Award (Peoples Choice) – 360

THE SOUNDWAVE LINEUP IS HERE! WE CAME WE SAW WE ROCKED

11.10.2011

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Friends, Rockers, Countrymen! Lend us your ears and we'll subject them to loud rock music.

Tighten your togas, strap on the dancing sandals and join us in this Roman edition of Soundwave; featuring our biggest line-up yet!

SYSTEM OF A DOWN

SLIPKNOT

LIMP BIZKIT / MARILYN MANSON / HOLE / A DAY TO REMEMBER / MACHINE HEAD / LAMB OF GOD / TRIVIUM / ALTER BRIDGE / LOSTPROPHETS / ANGELS & AIRWAVES / COBRA STARSHIP / THE USED / YOU ME AT SIX / DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT / UNWRITTEN LAW / COAL CHAMBER / DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL / THURSDAY / FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS / RAISED FIST / DILLINGER ESCAPE PLANZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY / MASTODON / UNDEROATH / SAVES THE DAY / CIRCA SURVIVE / STEEL PANTHER / JACK'S MANNEQUIN / MESHUGGAH / THE SISTERS OF MERCY / ENTER SHIKARI / FOUR YEAR STRONG / BLACK VEIL BRIDES / MADINA LAKE / ZEBRAHEAD / HATEBREED / BIOHAZARD / TIMES OF GRACE / CKY / STREET DOGS / DRAGONFORCE / GOJIRA / KVELERTAK / LETLIVE / HELLYEAH / CRO-MAGS / THE CAB / RELIENT K / VERSA EMERGE / HEROES FOR HIRE / KILL HANNAH / THE DANGEROUS SUMMER / CHIMAIRA / FRAMING HANLEY / WATAIN / ROYAL REPUBLIC / I AM THE AVALANCHE / TURISAS / RIVER CITY EXTENSION

Soundwave has brought us some killer moments in the past, including Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age and a Faith No More reunion - but this announcement is one of the biggest in Soundwave history.

To Find out how your brand can get involved click here.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES

SATURDAY 25 FEB // BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUND 

FRIDAY 2 MAR // MELBOURNE, SHOWGROUNDS

SATURDAY 3 MAR // ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK

MONDAY 5 MAR // PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS

LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR JAGERMEISTER HUNTING LODGE, MELBOURNE DOCKLANDS

28.09.2011

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Jagermeister Independent Music Awards nominees to perform a series of free, intimate gigs at Hunting Lodge

To celebrate this year’s upcoming JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (JIMA’s) being held in Melbourne on Wednesday 12 October, Jagermeister is giving music fans the chance to get up close and personal with some of the nominees with a series of FREE music events at the Jagermeister Hunting Lodge from October 7 - 11.

After the successful debut of the Lodge at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, it will be making its first appearance in Melbourne this October, functioning as a pop up bar in Melbourne Docklands and featuring DJ sets and intimate performances by some of the country's hottest emerging artists. 

Now in their sixth year, the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (JIMA’s) continue to grow and are now recognised as a barometer for future ‘big’ Australian acts.

The Jagermeister Hunting Lodge will be located in the Waterfront Piazza 429 – 437 Docklands Drive, Docklands from October 7-11

Hunting Lodge Melbourne Talent Line-up:

Friday night, 6.00-10.00pm: “Opening Night of the Hunting Lodge

Metals

Diafrix

DCUP

’96 Bulls

Vedran & Dom Dolla

Saturday Night, 6.00-10.00pm: “Cherry Bar Presents

DJ Max

Dub Captains

Bittersweet Kicks

July Days

Matt Sonic & The High Times

Sunday afternoon, 2.00-8.00pm: “Country Music Sunday at the Hunting Lodge

Davidson Brothers

Wagons

Support DJ to be announced

Monday Night, 7.30-10.00pm: “Soulmate Showcase

360

Prime

Bright Young Things

Tuesday Night, open to general public from 7.30 – 10.00pm: “Pre-party for Jägermeister Independent Music Awards

Tame Impala DJ set

Support DJ to be announced

For more information check out the Jagermeister Australia Facebook page here

MIXITUP ANNOUNCE KIRIN ‘BIG IN JAPAN’ 2011 SYDNEY & MELBOURNE

27.09.2011

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Back in its third year, the kirin 'Big In Japan' exhibition, created by Ksubi and produced by mixitup will now be open to the public for the first time. The contemporary arts and cultural events will return to both Sydney and Melbourne in November 2011.

The mixitup produced events will introduce public audiences to an eclectic selection of artists from all corners of Japan working across multiple mediums including artists performing, installations, contemporary dance, live music, video and art installation. The Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ 2011 cultural exchange program allows the artists to display their talents to both a broader Australian and international audience focusing the limelight on modern Japanese expressionism.

Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ Sydney will take place on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November 2011 at the Paddington Town Hall, which will see this iconic Sydney space be converted into a multidisciplinary performance space.  

Returning to Thousand Pound Bend in Melbourne Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ talent will be showcased in the dynamic gallery come cinema hybrid space on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November 2011

The unique Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ concept lives online year round through the Kirin ‘Big In Japan’ blog www.biginjapan.com.au. Contributed to by Sydney writer Amelia Groom, the blog provides insight into the dangerously talented performers who have been selected to tour Sydney and Melbourne in November 2011 and a year round barometer of what’s making underground Japanese waves in local contemporary art.

2011 Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ Sydney and Melbourne artist line up:

Fuyuki Yamakawa is an ‘avant garde khoomei singer’ and performance/installation artist who works with bare light bulbs, yogic breath, medical equipment, modified musical instruments and the beat of his heart. During his performances he controls his breath and the velocity of his heartbeat and for his climax he momentarily stops his heart all together creating a terrifying sense of suspended time.

Yuko Kaseki is a freelance dancer and choreographer. Her works are based on merging Butoh and western contemporary dance technique to create concise and precise moving theatre. Her performances follow the way of a desperate existence, exposing tragic comedy and revealing a kaleidoscope of stories.

Indie girl band heroes, Kiiiii list Michael Jackson, Rage Against the Machine, Kraft Werk and The Ramones amongst their key influences. Loud, funny and colourful, the self proclaimed “masters of girl magic” are indie rock superstars delivering high energy live shows that excite and amuse.

Onnacodomo’s make believe world appears out of everyday commodities. Taking their inspiration from moments and objects from everyday life, visual unit Onnacodomo use shimmering projections created using water, mirrors and an array of lights, while a world of fantastic images is constructed with found photos, kitchen utensils, toys, stationary and improvised artwork all mixed to music!

OVe‐NaXx is an electronic / mash up sound producer based in Osaka Japan. His evolving sound has grown from breakcore, to a mix of electronic sounds, ragga, hip hop beats and synth melodies. OVe‐NaXx describes his sound asJapanoise’ mixed with a basic ragga riddim. He’s a bit Dub style, featuring on/off track layers and MCing during his live sets.

For Further information on Kirin 'Big In Japan' click here

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THE 2011 JAGERMEISTER MOST HUNTED AWARD

16.09.2011

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The Jagermeister Most Hunted Award is a new award that will feature for the first time at the Sixth Annual 2011 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards.

The Jagermeister Independent Music Awards are being held on 12th October at one of Melbourne’s newest performing Art Spaces, Revolt in Kensington.

Presented and produced by The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), this year’s Jagermeister Independent Music Awards will once again reward the country’s highest achieving independent artists across all genres.

The Jagermeister Most Hunted Award is the only publicly voted award and will be voted by Jagermeister fans using the Jagermeister Australia Facebook fan page.

Nominees for the award have been selected by the Australian Independent Record Label Association and cover a cross section of Australian Independent Music.

The nominee list for the very first Jagermeister Most Hunted Award includes; the Jezabels, Art V.s Science, Pnau, Drapht, Bliss N Eso, Illy, Little Red, The Potbelleez, Dream on Dreamer and 360.

Fans can vote for their favourite artist on the Jagermeister Facebook page, and go into the draw to win exclusive tickets to the awards. The prize includes airfares, transfers, accommodation and the opportunity to co-present the Jagermeister Most Hunted Award to the winning artist on the night.

The winner will also be given the chance to meet and greet the artists performing at the awards.

For more information check out the Jagermeister Australia Facebook page here

LET THE HUNT BEGIN

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

13.09.2011

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Nominations for the sixth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have officially been announced, and they include a stunning array of the country's brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music.

Leading the pack (along with Seekae) with 4 Nominations for her critically acclaimed debut solo album is rock icon and Magic Dirt front woman Adalita, nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST, BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM, BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP for her stunning song “Hot Air”.

Also receiving a nomination for the coveted BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM and BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM awards is Perth based Hip Hop artist Drapht, who’s “Life Of Riley” album was not only number 1 on the Jagermeister Independent Charts, but was also Number 1 on the ARIA chart, and has recently been certified Gold.  After a busy year on the charts and on the road, former Winners Art Vs Science received well-earned nominations in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM categories, as did dynamic 3-piece Seekae for their sophomore electronica release “+Dome”.  Abbe May will also vie for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM for her latest release ‘Design Desire”, a clever cocktail of indie riff-rock, psychedelia and blues.

Newcomer Emma Louise has been acknowledged for the sublime sounds of her ep “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” and has been nominated for BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP.  Fellow rising stars, the Jezabels have also had a massive year already with sold out local and international tours, U.S. chart action, and now, nominations in two categories - BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP for “Dark Storm”, the third and final installment of their EP Trilogy.

This year also sees the awards expanding into new territory, with the introduction of the BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE category which presents new opportunities for artists such as Tonite Only and Tommy Trash and Tom Piper, and compliments the already established award for BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM, which sees The Potbelleez and Pnau nominated among others for the 2011 award, and finally, Seekae are nominated in both Dance categories, bringing their total to 4.

Channel [V] will be on hand once again to film the event, producing a JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS special to air in October, which will feature live performances from Adalita, Calling All Cars, The Holidays, Illy (featuring Owl Eyes) and Emma Louise, plus Artist interviews and exclusive back stage footage of the event.  Shaun James, General Manager, XYZnetworks Music Channels said “Channel [V] is proud to once again partner with AIR and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards. These Awards foster and pay tribute to Australia’s Independent artists and, as a champion of all Australian music, Channel [V] looks forward to showcasing the event to our audience.”

Unfortunately due to unexpected international touring commitments, Seekae will no longer be performing at the awards.  We are however, pleased to announce that Sydney 4 piece The Holidays will now take to the stage and will no doubt bring a touch of summer as they entertain us with the sounds of their magical dance floor anthems and mellow, breezy melodies.

For a full list of the nominees and more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here

The 6th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Wednesday October 12th

Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington

Featuring live performances from Adalita, Calling All Cars, The Holidays, Illy (featuring Owl Eyes) and Emma Louise

THE JAGERMEISTER HUNTING LODGE IN MELBOURNE!

12.09.2011

The Jagermeister Hunting Lodge

To celebrate this year’s upcoming JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (JIMA’s) being held in Melbourne on Wednesday 12 October, Jägermeister is giving music fans the chance to get up close and personal with some of the nominees with a series of free music events at the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge from October 7 - 11.

After the successful debut of the Lodge at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, it will be making its first appearance in Melbourne this October, functioning as a pop up bar in Melbourne Docklands and featuring DJ sets and intimate performances by the shortlisted nominees and potential winners of the upcoming JIMA’s.

Now in their sixth year, the JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (JIMA’s) continue to grow and are now recognised as a barometer for future ‘big’ Australian acts. Previous winners include Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Sneaky Sounds System and John Butler, many of whom have subsequently gone on to major critical and commercial success.

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge is a nod to its heritage (Jägermeister means ‘Master of the Hunt’) and is the first step in a new direction for the iconic brand acknowledging that it has been ‘Hunting Since 1935’. Devotees are invited to be part of the Jägermeister story and rediscover the drink by seeking out a new Jägermeister experience. Made entirely of logs and complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar, the Hunting Lodge will give music fans a unique opportunity to kick back in the cosy lounge, enjoy a few drinks and catch some first-class live music, all while experiencing where the Jägermeister legend was first born.

The Jägermeister Hunting Lodge will be located in the Waterfront Piazza 429 – 437 Docklands Drive, Docklands with performances running from 5.00 – 10.00pm each night and Sunday night from 2.00-8.00pm.

Details of the events as well as the soon-to-be announced line up can be found at:www.facebook.com/jagermeisterAustralia

Let the Hunt Begin!

 

HARVEST ANNOUNCE MORE ARTISTS TO THE ALREADY IMPRESSIVE LINEUP!

07.09.2011

Harvest

More great news for discerning music fans!

The upcoming ‘Harvest’ music and arts festival, today unveils five new artists.

TV ON THE RADIO
MOGWAI 
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH
KEVIN DEVINE
SEEKAE

These five artists join the already stellar line-up found on the Harvest Presents Lineup tab here

For more info on how your brand can get involved click here

Saturday November 12
Harvest Presents “The Gathering” (Melbourne)
Melbourne, Werribee Park

Sunday November 13
Harvest (Sydney)
Sydney, Parramatta Park

Saturday November 19
Harvest (Brisbane)
Brisbane, Botanical Gardens

THE 2011 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

02.09.2011

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For the second consecutive year mixitup are proud to produce The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.

The awards will be held on Wednesday October 12th at one of Melbourne’s newest performing Art Spaces, Revolt in Kensington.

Presented and produced by The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), this year’s JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will once again reward the country’s highest achieving independent artists across all genres.

Now in their sixth year, The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS is an opportunity for Australian Musicians and the Industry at large to celebrate their successes and enjoy performances by some of the country’s most sought after artists.

This year’s quality line-up is no exception. The evening will feature performances by modern Australian Rock Icon and Magic Dirt front woman, Adalita who delivered us her critically acclaimed debut self- titled solo album earlier this year; dynamic 3 piece Seekae who have honed a truly original brand of organic electronica fusing the sounds of hip-hop, indie pop, and ambient post-rock into their own: Premiere Hip-hop artist - Melbourne’s Emcee Illy - whose live performance of the hit single “It Cant Wait” will feature a special guest appearance by Owl Eyes; the sublime sounds of singer songwriter, Emma Louise, whose debut ep “Full Hearts and Empty Rooms” took the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts by storm upon release this past April, and just two weeks ago took home three Queensland Music Awards; and last but not least, currently tearing up stages all over the country supporting their sophomore release “Dancing With A Dead Man” Calling All Cars will unleash their tightly coiled rhythm section and vocal brut force to what’s sure to be a captive audience.

After two years in the beautiful surrounds of The Forum, AIR has decided to make the 2011 event more intimate, and will be staging the Awards in the unique 500 capacity room at the performing Art Space, Revolt in Kensington. AIR will be taking advantage of the venue to create an event that pays homage to the incredible musicians releasing independent music in Australia. Using the twin-spaces of the Art gallery and venue, guests will be treated to an exhibition of Australian independent artists curated by renowned music industry photographer Kane Hibberd, before the presentation of awards and performances in the band room.

With a diverse pool of representatives voting this year, from online media, music press, broadcasters, independent music industry representatives and artists themselves, the results will truly reflect the opinions of the collective Independent Music scene.

Still recognised as a barometer for future ‘big’ acts, with previous winners The Hilltop Hoods, Gotye, and John Butler enjoying critical and commercial success, while last years winners Cloud Control went on to claim the AMP prize, and Dan Sultan took home his first ARIA’s for Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Male Artist. The outstanding calibre of the current crop of independent releases eligible for nomination in 2011 is no exception, and look set to continue that tradition.

Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Dance / Electronic Release, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Release and Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk Release among others, with a number of high profile special guest presenters on hand to help with proceedings. The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have also been working closely with the independent dance sector to instigate a new category for Best Independent Club Release.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music head the the Ausindies website here

The 6th Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS Wednesday October 12th Revolt, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington.

DAVE GROHL AND JAGERMEISTER

31.08.2011

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Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl is not shy about his love affair with Jagermeister.

Check out what he had to say on stage at the Highfield Festival in Germany, earlier this month here

LORNE FALLS FESTIVAL SELLS OUT!

17.08.2011

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True to form, Falls Festival in Lorne sold-out when tickets went on sale yesterday, and thousands of interstaters who missed out are now making plans to soak up The Falls’ fine tunes in Marion Bay, Tasmania.

The Falls organisers said they received "the largest demand we've ever seen."

The incredible line up includes:

Aloe Blacc, Alpine, Arctic Monkeys, Arj Barker, Beirut, CANT, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon, Easy Star All Stars (performing Dub Side of the Moon in full), emma louise, Fleet Foxes, J Mascis, Josh Pyke, Josh Thomas, Lanie Lane, Metronomy, Missy Higgins, Papa Vs Pretty, Pnau, Regurgitator performing 'Unit', The Grates, The Jezabels, The Jim Jones Revue, The Kooks, The Wonderful World of DJ Yoda, Tim Finn, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Young MC. With more bands to come!

Stay tuned for more lineup announcements!

You can still get Marion Bay tickets here

Everything you need to know is on the Travel to Falls page here

For more info on how your brand can get involved click here

RED BULL BEDROOM JAM: MAKING DREAMS A REALITY!

17.08.2011

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Teen band from Melbourne, CruelToBeKind are on their way to LA after winning the final phase of Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2011.

CruelToBeKind from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs have rocked their way to victory at the Red Bull Backyard Jam event, held in Eltham, Victoria on Saturday 13th August.

CruelToBeKind will now head to Los Angeles, USA for a week-long recording session at Red Bull’s state of the art recording studios, followed by a national tour of Oz, as the support act for a hot Aussie band. A prize package worth over $80,000!

mixitup is proud to work alongside Red Bull producing the Bedroom and Backyard Jams.

Five piece pop punk band conquered the Red Bull Backyard Jam on Saturday after defeating over 350 other hopeful bands on the Buzz Chart and three other finalists on the day, alongside award winning Aussie pop indie band The Holidays.

The Holidays took time out from their busy schedules to play and help judge the Red Bull Bedroom Jam finalists. They sat alongside David Vodicka, Chairman of AIR and CEO of Rubber Records, Dave Peacock, Australian Music manager of Shock Records, Sarah Smith, Editor of Faster Louder and MTV host Daisy McHarg-McKenzie, on the industry judging panel.

“We are stoked to be involved in Red Bull Bedroom Jam. It’s a phenomenal platform in which to give home grown Aussie bands the opportunity to raise their profile in what is such a competitive industry,” said The Holiday’s Andrew Kerridge.

For more info visit the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site here

Find Red Bull Bedroom Jam on Facebook

Follow Red Bull Bedroom Jam on Twitter

LONG LIVE A CIVILISED GATHERING

14.08.2011

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Melissa Davey from The Sydney Morning Herald writes about Harvest Festival:

Music fans and festival-goers are excited by a new event called Harvest: A Civilised Gathering, a one-day line-up of bands coming to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in November.

Harvest is appealing because well-tended parklands will provide the venue and the marketing seems aimed towards an adult crowd. Confirmed bands include the Flaming Lips, Portishead (who haven't come to Australia for 14 years), Bright Eyes and the National. Janelle Monae, Aphex Twin and Mogwai are rumoured.

The online enthusiasm for Harvest before it was even confirmed shows people are prepared to pay when a balance between value for money, a great line-up and a good atmosphere can be struck.

Harvest organisers seem to be aware of this, promoting an overall experience and popular yet not overplayed bands.

It may just deliver the event Australian music lovers have long been waiting for.

For more details click here

For more info on how your brand can get involved click here

HARVEST DATES

Saturday November 12 - Harvest Presents “The Gathering”, Melbourne, Werribee Park

Sunday November 13 - Harvest, Sydney, Parramatta Park

Saturday November 19 - Harvest, Brisbane, Botanical Garde

NEW JÄGERMEISTER STRATEGY HITS THE TARGET AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS

08.08.2011

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The Splendour in the Grass music festival, provided the perfect campaign backdrop to roll out Jägermeister’s new communication strategy for Australia.

The literal translation of Jagermeister is ‘Hunting Master’ and the new strategy brings to life the brand’s authentic heritage, “Hunting Since 1935”, and explores the surrounding legend that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Jägermeister Australia unveiled a Hunting Lodge activation at this year’s music festival.

Set among the trees on site, made entirely of logs and complete with a wooden deck, timber floor, stone fireplace and 12 metre long bar, the Hunting Lodge surprised music fans with live DJ sets from some of the big international and local artists from this year’s line-up including James Blake, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Architecture in Helsinki, Cloud Control, Drapht, The Holidays, to name a few.

mixitup was responsible for the creation of the new communications strategy and the hunting lodge. Great work is rarely done in isolation and mixitup are proud to work as part of the team alongside the campaign agency partners, Common (Creative), Stellar Concepts (PR), PagesDigital (Social Media), ZenithOptimedia (Media) and the Shop (BTL).

With a nod to the brand’s heritage, the Hunting Lodge, invited people to be part of the Jägermeister story and reappraise the Jägermeister drinking experience with the launch of the Jägermeister and ginger beer long drink –Jägermeister served ice cold mixed with quality ginger beer and fresh lime.

The Hunting Lodge activation was supported via digital promotion, PR and social media with the JägermeisterAustralia Facebook page hosting a competition giving 10 music fans the chance to win a double camping pass to this year’s festival. Entrants were asked to hunt out their favourite performance from the Splendour artist they were most excited to see. Over 500 people entered the competition with Facebook likes increasing by 78% and page interactions at over 446,000 through the competition period of only three weeks. The insights state that from the same period the month before, likes increased by 2,322%.

Shannan Quinn, Jägermeister Brand Manager said: “Jägermeister has always aligned itself closely with the music scene but the Jägermeister Hunting Lodge brings something new to the festival experience. We wanted to create the unexpected, the activation concept is a complete departure for Jägermeister which gets people talking and rediscovering the brand and its 80 year history. It was a huge hit at Splendour and we look forward to rolling it out across the country at other events.”

Let the hunt begin!

www.facebook.com/JagermeisterAustralia

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KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN RETURNS IN 2011

04.08.2011

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Kirin, Ksubi and mixitup are proud to announce that Kirin Big In Japan will be returning in 2011.

Sydney and Melbourne will each play host to a series of unique Kirin Big In Japan events, which brings guests a collection of Japan’s most dazzling and unique artists and performers.

Stay tuned for more event information!

Check out the Kirin Big In Japan blog here

FALLS FESTIVAL & AIRASIA ALIGN

04.08.2011

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AirAsia and the team at Falls Festival have teamed up and are giving festival goers the opportunity to win a $3000 travel voucher. The winner of this promotion could get to unwind in Indonesia, thaw out in Thailand, eat like a king in Vietnam or meditate in India.

The winner will also get to decide if they want to take a group of mates along for the ride, or spend it all on his or her self. It's that flexible!

To enter: facebook.com/officialfallsmusicandarts

The 2011 Falls Festival bill includes the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon, Easy Star All Stars, Emma Louise, Fleet Foxes, The Jezabels and The Kooks. With more acts to be announced!

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is now in its 19th year and it happens simultaneously in Lorne, Victoria and Marion Bay, Tasmania. It’s a few days of fun in the sun, jam packed with fine tunes, warm weather, camping and arts.

To find out how your brand can get involved with Falls Festival, click here

FALLS DATES

Wednesday 28th December - Lorne, Victoria

Thursday 29th December - Marion Bay, Tasmania

ANNOUNCING 'HARVEST' - A NEW DIMENSION IN MUSIC & ARTS EVENTS

02.08.2011

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Harvest follows a simple design:

Take the line-up of your typical European multi day event, cut out the filler and the acts that everyone has seen once too many times and pack all the greatness into one incredible day for discerning music lovers.

An amazing start would be to convince Portishead to return to Australia after a 14 year absence. Then augment that coup by gathering a collection of the planet’s most outstanding and unique artists and performers in The National, The Flaming Lips, Bright Eyes, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Holy Fuck, The Family Stone, Mercury Rev, Death In Vegas, The Walkmen, Dappled Cities, PVT, This Town Needs Guns, The Holidays, Phosphorescent, Foxy Shazam, Kormac’s Big Band (with more to be added)

Next you limit the capacity and exclude rugrats to ensure comfort while substantially increasing the quality and quantity of amenities, services, food outlets and the variety of food & beverage options provided.

Last but definitely not least, create a mesmerising atmosphere by setting the events in magnificent, natural, green environments; show off all that natural beauty with ambient lighting and visual effects; and place within it art installations, holistic markets, cocktail bars and a plethora of performers -- from visual and live arts mavericks to neo-cabaret stars.

For more info on how your brand can get involved in this exciting new festival click here

HARVEST DATES

Saturday November 12 - Harvest Presents “The Gathering”, Melbourne, Werribee Park

Sunday November 13 - Harvest, Sydney, Parramatta Park

Saturday November 19 - Harvest, Brisbane, Botanical Gardens

THE HOLIDAYS TO ROCK THE MELBOURNE 'BURBS WITH THEIR DREAMY JAMS AT RED BULL BACKYARD JAM

02.08.2011

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Critically acclaimed Sydney Indie pop band The Holidays will exclusively perform their chart-topping anthems in the Melbourne ‘burbs, for Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s second round finale event – The Backyard Jam will take place on Saturday 13th August in Eltham.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam is on a mission to unearth explosive teenage talent that has been rocking away behind closed poster clad bedroom doors across Australia. The Backyard Jam final will see four finalists perform a live gig alongside The Holidays. Melbourne based band Brad & The PussyCats, independent musician Leek & The War Wick Tragedy, pop rock artist Matt Casey and pop punk band CruelToBeKind will battle it out for the ultimate prize at the Backyard Jam event.

The lucky winner will receive a 5-day all expenses paid trip to LA to record in Red Bull’s state of the art recording studios, followed by a national tour of Oz as the support act for a legendary aussie band.

“We are stoked to be involved in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam. It’s a phenomenal platform in which to give home grown Aussie bands the opportunity to raise their profile in what is such a competitive industry,” said The Holiday’s Andrew Kerridge.

The four finalists have already topped Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s online Buzz Chart with their live webcast performances. Now each band will have to wow the judging panel of music industry supremo’s at the finale taking place in Brad & The PussyCats backyard, as voted by fans on the Backyard Jam Buzz Chart.

Round one winner’s, four piece rock band Welcome Wednesday wowed judges in Alice Springs in May, winning a trip to London where they jammed at Red Bull’s London recording studios and performed the gig of a lifetime at legendary rock festival Download.

For more info on Red Bull Bedroom Jam click here

Jagermeister Appoints mixitup to Lead Agency Role!

23.06.2011

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Sydney, June 23rd, 2011: Independent brand entertainment agency mixitup has been appointed lead agency for liqueur brand Jagermeister after a highly competitive pitch process involving some of Australias leading agencies.

A departure from many marketers’ traditional agency line-ups, the appointment sees mixitup (www.mixitup.com.au) taking the lead strategic role for Jagermeister, working with incumbent media agency Z Media, social media agency Pages Digital and newly appointed PR agency, Stellar.

“mixitup have demonstrated great abilities to think strategically and execute effectively in re-positioning Jagermeister,” said Group Brand Manager Jonathan Howells. “Appointing mixitup to the lead agency role, supported by the key roles in PR, social media as well as media planning and buying, gives us the right mix to develop and to roll out our new strategy and campaigns.”

Jagermeister has worked with mixitup for the past five years, on branded entertainment events including music festivals and on Jagermeister’s collaboration with the independent music industry through its naming rights partnership of the Independent Music Awards and Charts.

Greg Segal, Managing Director of mixitup, said the agency would be building on the successful communication platforms the agency had created for Jagermeister over the past five years.

“We have demonstrated our ability to impact perceptions and deliver genuine partnerships for Jagermeister and our lead agency role gives us a broader remit with the brand. We are looking forward to working in collaboration with the Jagermeister team and the other agencies to roll out the new national strategy and campaigns”.

Segal said mixitup was founded in 2006 initially as a music and event sponsorship business that has naturally evolved into a brand entertainment agency. He said the agency had developed specific skills in brand strategy, account service, major event management and production, as well as research and insights.

To find out more click here!

Red Bull Bedroom Jam: Welcome Wednesday In The UK!

15.06.2011

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The winners of the first round of the 2011 Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition Welcome Wednesday have arrived home from the trip of a lifetime.

The band were flown to London to record in Red Bull’s state of the art studios, before performing the biggest gig of their career at legendary rock festival, Download.

The boys received the royal treatment while in London, from exploring what the magnificent city had to offer, to recording in the state of the art Red Bull Studios. The studio has seen the likes of Jessie J, A-Trak and Mark Ronson who have all used the space to create musical masterpieces- Welcome Wednesday have now been added to the mix.

Once the recording was done and dusted, they made like true rock stars, piled into their RV and made their way to Donnington Park for Download Festival. The band played alongside acts such as Alice Cooper, Linkin Park, The Darkness, Def Leppard and System Of A Down.

Welcome Wednesday’s guitarist MichaeL Ashfield (18) said “Playing on the stage at Download was honestly my favourite show I have ever played. Playing to a crowd we didn’t know and seeing them get into our songs was just an awesome feeling”.

To top the entire experience off, Welcome Wednesday featured on the official Download Festival T-shirt- not bad boys, not bad at all. 

The second webcast winner of the next phase will be announced on Thursday 16th June.

To find out more about the Red Bull Bedroom Jam click here!

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mixitup was proud to produce the second Red Bull Backyard Jam!

08.05.2011

Red Bull Backyard Jam

Teen Band from Melbourne on their way to London after winning round one of Red Bull Bedroom Jam

Welcome Wednesday from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs have rocked their way to victory at the Red Bull Backyard Jam event, held in Alice Springs on Saturday 7th May. The winners of the first round of the 2011 Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition will be heading to London in June to record in Red Bull’s state of the art studios, before performing the gig of a lifetime at legendary rock festival Download.

The four piece rock band conquered the Backyard Jam on Saturday after defeating over 350 other hopeful bands on the Buzz Chart and three other finalists on the day at a live gig in the Red Centre, alongside award winning Aussie garage rockers British India.

Welcome Wednesday’s lead vocalist and guitarist Max Roberts, 17, said ‘‘we can’t believe we’re going to London to record and play at Download! This is by far the biggest thing that’s happened for us as a band. We never thought we’d get this far so soon.”

British India took time out from their national tour to play their only date in the Northern Territory and help judge the Red Bull Bedroom Jam finalists. They sat alongside David Vodicka, Chairman of AIR and CEO of Rubber Records, Sarah Smith, Editor of Faster Louder and MTV host Daisy McHarg-McKenzie, on the industry judging panel.

The four finalists - songwriter Scott Boyd, garage band Jagged Lies and Welcome Wednesday, all from Melbourne, and electro thrash metal group The Sky’s The Limit from Alice Springs - battled it out to impress the judges before headliners British India took to the stage.

“It’s pretty awesome to be a part of something like Red Bull Bedroom Jam that is helping to nurture Aussie talent like Welcome Wednesday and give bands the confidence to tackle the industry,” said British India’s Declan Melia.

For bands itching to follow in Welcome Wednesday’s footsteps and get involved, there’s still time to be part of Red Bull Bedroom Jam.  The second round of the competition that will send one band to LA this September is now live! 

Bands simply need to upload a video of an original track to www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au and spread the word to encourage their friends and fans to hop online and generate some noise.

The first webcast winner of the next phase will be announced on 2nd June.

To find out more about the Red Bull Bedroom Jam click here

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT ON RED BULL BEDROOM JAM

15.04.2011

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Alice Springs local band The Sky’s The Limit rampaged Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s Buzz Chart last week with their electro thrash metal sound.  Their distinctive musical style has amassed them a hoard of loyal online fans across their social networks helping drive them to Buzz Chart success.

Yesterday at 5.00pm the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Webcast was streamed live from the red centre, and the budding Alice Springs musicians delivered an electrifying performance.

This five-piece group are hoping their bold on stage presence and musical prowess will see them win a recording trip to London, thanks to Red Bull Bedroom Jam.  

The successful band will also get to perform in front of a crowd of thousands at the UK’s top rock festival, Download.

To find out more about Red Bull Bedroom Jam, click here

SOUNDWAVE WRAPS UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

16.03.2011

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The nation’s biggest metal festival has proudly completed yet another successful year. Whilst many other musical endeavors come and go, Soundwave has grown into its own and the celebration of pure metal goodness lives on.

Almost 200,000 guests nationally rolled through the gates, each on a mission with site maps and timetables in hand. The fans are not like the usual festival goer, they are in it for the pure love of music.

And by no means were the fans let down this year, the music and skills on show throughout the tour were all top-notch and the energy level of the bands were exceptional. With notable performances from festival headliners Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primus, Slash, 30 Seconds To Mars and epic metallers The Sword.

The team from Monster Energy treated artists backstage to a good time with their Monster Bar. Drinks were flowing and spirits were high as bands were able to sit back, relax and take in the Soundwave atmosphere.

Official spirit Jim Beam ensured guests were enjoying their surrounds. The passionate and fun loving Jim Beam Party Crew ensured guests were watered and entertained in every city.

So Soundwave is over for another year and as the team at mixitup makes our way into the recovery zone, we are both satisfied and sad that this great festival is done for another year.

For more information on how your brand can get involved click here

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THE 2011 MARDI GRAS EXTRAVOGANZA WAS A SUCCESS

09.03.2011

The 2011 Mardi Gras Parade

THOUSANDS LINED THE STREETS FOR THE 34TH ANNUAL PARADE

The weather may have tried to interfere, but the rain failed to dampen the spirits surrounding the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Streets were covered in every colour of the rainbow as Sydneysiders and tourists, both gay and straight, came out in huge numbers to celebrate the parade.

This years campaign was 'Say Something', topics ranged from the serious side to the flippant but with 15 of the 135 floats’ addressing the issue of same-sex marriage the message was clear and on lookers cheered as the proud 8,500 participants marched for equality.

mixitup were proud to produce two of the stand out floats in the parade- “The Wizards Of Optus” from our proud partner Optus and “The World Is Our Stage” from our passionate partner, ANZ.

Both floats were magical and presented participants and onlookers with amazing costumes and brilliant messages. Expressing to the rest of the world that it is possible for large companies to celebrate and support diversity in the work place, and be apart of events such as Mardi Gras.

PARTY PACKS A PUNCH!

Needless to say, it was a very busy weekend for mixitup, we also co produced the Party with Mardi Gras, which attracted over 13,000 partygoers who flew in from all over the globe to attend!

The bold international lineup saw the likes of electro-dance UK superstar Calvin Harris dropping a massive set in the Hordern, alongside the 'Godfather of House', Frankie Knuckles.

Not forgetting the captivating live performances from Alexis Jordon, Wynter Gordon, Dallas Dellaforce, and the amazing stage interpretation of Black Swan.

There is no other party quite like it, and excitement is already building for next year.

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FAIR DAY IN MARDI GRAS HISTORY

Kicking off Mardi Gras season in stellar form, Fair Day saw a record 80,000 guests perched on the grass, browsing the stalls, enjoying the abundance of delicacies offered and of course sharing a few drinks with friends.

The Foxtel Main Stage played host to special guests and emerging Australian talent, who entertained crowds from start to finish.

Crowds flocked to watch the grand Doggywood Dog Show, proudly presented by Eagle Pack Pet Food. The infamous Dulcie Du Jour hosted the show, where Pedigrees of every kind strutted their stuff on the “dog walk”.

We look forward to braving the Australian heat for this fun event again next year!

HARBOUR’ 11 GETS A 10/10

For the second year running mixitup were proud to co produce Harbour’ 11 with Mardi Gras.

Harbour’ 11 is one of the most unique and beautiful parties in the world, and was most certainly a highlight of this year’s Mardi Gras season. Positioned in front of the stunning Sydney Harbour, thousands of international partygoers enjoyed cocktails, sunshine and a very vibrant atmosphere.

Combining powers with the team from Daywash, Harbour’ 11 raised the bar yet again for the 2011 event.

Official Presenting Partner Gaydar helped guests’ slip, slop, slap with their range of sexy sun tan lotion and lip balm.

Harbour '11 featured a phenomenal selection of DJs, both local and international, with sensational live performances by Jessica Mauboy and Peyton.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

A huge thank-you to all of our dedicated Partners- ANZ, Optus, Google, Foxtel on Arena, Virgin Blue, V Australia, Gaydar, Atlantis, Mount Franklin, Canadian Club, Firestick Wines and of course our Government Partners Events NSW and City Of Sydney.

Mardi Gras would not be what it is today without this continuous support, so thank-you for being with us all the way and until next year…

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

To find out how your brand can get involved click here

 

VENUE FOR SOUNDWAVE PERTH CONFIRMED!

09.02.2011

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Since Soundwave festival announced back in September last year that they would be moving from the Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean to avoid a clash with the Western Australian Football League preseason training, there has been much speculation, and concern, about the location of the Perth leg of the festival.

Well, we can finally confirm that the festival will be held at the Claremont Showgrounds.

ROCK ON PERTH!

CUT COPY ARE ENROLLED IN THE PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER CLASS OF 2011

05.02.2011

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Playground HQ are thrilled to announce Cut Copy will be joining the Playground Weekender Class of 2011!

Taking place 17 – 20 February at Wisemans Ferry, Cut Copy will share the main stage with artists such as Lamb, Tricky, Kool & the Gang, De La Soul, Kate Nash and Architecture in Helsinki.

Coinciding with today’s release of Cut Copy’s highly anticipated new album ‘Zonoscope’, riverside revellers can expect “head nodding bliss” (In The Mix) from the much loved four piece headed by front man Dan Whitford, as they offer up their infectious concoction of organic psychadelia intersecting with repetitive robotics.

To grab limited final release tickets click here

TICKETS

First release 3 day tickets - $199 + b fee SOLD OUT

First release 4 day tickets - $219 + b fee SOLD OUT

Final release 3 day tickets - $229 + b fee

Final release 4 day tickets - $249 + b fee

 

 

SOUNDWAVE 2011 MOVES TO THE SYDNEY SHOWGROUND

03.02.2011

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Having already spent substantial time, effort and treasure to make improvements to the venue – adding major shade structures, plumbing to enable the addition of hundreds of free water taps and coming up with foolproof traffic management regime, Soundwave Festival and the venue operators have jointly decided that we would rather unveil the new Eastern Creek when even more additional improvements and renovations have been completed.

We believe that the most important person in our business is not the artist, the venue or the promoter, but the concertgoer who makes everything possible and we would rather not take the chance that we may not offer the perfect conditions.

As such this year’s event has been moved to the Sydney Showground, located at Sydney Olympic Park. All tickets are valid for the new location. Soundwave gratefully thanks the operators of the Sydney Showground who have gone above and beyond to make this move happen on short notice.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL VENUES AND DATES

SATURDAY 26 FEBRUARY BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!

SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY SYDNEY, SYDNEY SHOWGROUND – Sydney Olympic Park

FRIDAY 4 MARCH MELBOURNE, SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 5 MARCH ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK

MONDAY 7 MARCH PERTH, VENUE TBC

 

The 2011 SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS SEASON IS ABOUT TO KICK OFF!

03.02.2011

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2010

It’s summer time in Sydney and nothing makes the city shine more than the world famous Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras!

This year’s festival is bigger and bolder than the last with stars like Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin, Calvin Harris and Peter Tatchell helping celebrate. The two week festival program consists of over 80 events, with all roads leading to the world renowned Parade on March 5th.

This year's Parade is being overseen by one of the world’s biggest event powerhouses, Ignatius Jones (Sydney Olympics Ceremonies, 2010 Winter Olympics Ceremonies, 2010 World Expo Shanghai). As Artistic Director, he’s set to bring his flair, fearless grand plans and his artistic genius to create a Parade like no other.

To view the full range of exciting events across the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras calendar click here 

CELEBRATING OUR 2011 PARTNERS!

A big welcome to Google who are joining Mardi Gras for the first time as a major Partner. Google are leading the globe in workplace diversity and inclusion commitment within GLBT community. Google “don’t just accept difference – we thrive on it. We celebrate it. And we support it, for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community.”

We would like to congratulate our inaugural Diversity Leadership Partner ANZ, for their continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Australian work place.

A big thank-you to our broadcast Partner Foxtel on Arena, who always make sure we sparkle for the cameras.

This year we welcome back returning Sponsors Virgin Blue, V Australia, Gaydar, Atlantis, Mount Franklin, Canadian Club and Firestick Wines.

And of course it’s always great to receive recognition and support from our Government Partners- Events NSW and City Of Sydney.

To find out how your brand can get involved click here

So go ahead and get involved in this years celebration… Embrace your inner fabulousness!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

SOUNDWAVE KICKS OFF IN 4 WEEKS!

25.01.2011

Australia’s biggest 2011 festival lineup is just around the corner.

Brisbane and Melbourne crowds prove to be the most dedicated when it comes to their heavy rock, and with both cities selling out, the domino effect is set to kick in- with Adelaide, Perth and Sydney set to follow.

The festival kicks off in Brisbane on Saturday 26th February and is bringing one hell of a lineup with it. The bill includes rock legends and festivals headliners Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slayer, Primus, Slash and many more.

Soundwave 2011 dates & venues:

Saturday 28th February- RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane- SOLD OUT

Sunday 27th February- Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney

Friday 4th March- Showgrounds, Melbourne- SOLD OUT

Saturday 5th March- Monython Park, Adelaide

Monday 7th March- TBC, Perth

To find out more about how your brand can get involved click here

To check out the Soundwave website click here

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SUNSET SOUNDS IS A SUMMER SENSATION

07.01.2011

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SUNSET SOUNDS CELEBRATES A CRACKING THIRD YEAR

In its third year, Sunset Sounds once again proved to be a summer success. With a selection of the lineup having already warmed their vocals at Falls, the artists were ready to bring the party up to Queensland. Sleigh Bells, Interpol, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Public Enemy and the Melbourne rock trio The Living End were just some of the names on the bill.

The best viewpoint for the two-day festival was hands down the Air Asia Sunset VIP Lounge. Especially when the rain came! But no amount of rain could dampen the spirits of the festival guests. Particularly the ones who were treated to a luxury Chinese massage service, and first class view of the gorgeous Riverstage at the Royal Botanic Gardens care of Air Asia.

Brothers Cider shared the fruits of their labour at the Sunset bars, this little delight is the official cider for Glastonbury and was available for all to enjoy. Welcome aboard guys!

And of course, festival favourite Red Bull helped us celebrate at Sunset Sounds. It wouldn’t be a party without them!

Check out the Sunset Sounds website here

 

FALLS FESTIVAL WRAPS UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR

03.01.2011

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FALLS FESTIVAL IS A SUMMER SELL OUT

The Falls Music and Arts Festival sold out yet again in 2010, proving that great bands, beautiful scenery and a chilled atmosphere never go out of fashion!

The Lorne and Marion Bay sites were each home to around 15,000 guests per day, who came from across the country for the annual New Years event.

The lineup included The National, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Children Collide, Angus and Julia Stone and Australian music icon Paul Kelly.

The welcome wagon was busy with Lion Nathan, as they joined us as the new official beer for Lorne. The team helped guests quench their thirst, and we look forward to drinking with them again!

A big shout out to our official airline partner Virgin Blue, who flew the artists and guests alike to our two festival locations, ensuring everyone arrived safely and in style. 

Take a squiz at the Falls website here 

WAY WITH WORDS WIN RED BULL BEDROOM JAM 2010

15.12.2010

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Pop/punk band Way With Words from Melbourne have rocked their way into a promising music career by winning the first Australian Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam is an online music competition, giving teen bands (14-19yrs) the chance to become the next big thing. Dylan Giannakopoulos (guitar), Luke Mann (guitar), Sam Berry (bass), Jack Nicholls (drums) and Joey Cirillo (vocals) will head to Los Angeles, USA in January for a recording session at Red Bull’s state of the art recording studios – a prize worth over $80,000.

Defeating the two other finalists in a live music play-off at the Red Bull Bedroom to Backyard Jam in Coffs Harbour (an event produced by mixitup) Way With Words won praise not only from the judges but fans across the country.
 
The judging panel, Lucy Hearn from Myspace Australia, Clayton Doughty from Gibson Guitars, Kim Morley-Austin from Soundwave Festival and Daisy McKenzie-McHarg from MTV, considered the bands live webcasts, their live performances at the Backyard Jam as well as their potential to be professional band when deciding the winner.

Given the success of the new online band competition, Red Bull Bedroom Jam is set to continue in 2011, giving more Aussie teenage bands the kick-start they need to break into the highly competitive music industry. 

For more information please visit www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au.

Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RedBullBedroomJamAU

Follow us on Twitter, http://twitter.com/bedroomjam_AU. 

 

KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN 2010 WRAP UP

23.11.2010

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Following the success of the inaugural 2009 Kirin Big In Japan program, the project returned in 2010 with an even greater collective of Japanese leaders in multiple discipline artistic talent.  

And for the first time, we took it to Melbourne.  

Hit up www.biginjapan.com.au for more images from the events and loads of other crazy japanese goodness...

BLUEJUICE TO HEADLINE THE RED BULL BACKYARD JAM EVENT IN DECEMBER!

16.11.2010

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In the biggest backyard celebration since Burke's Backyard was pulled from television in favour of live footy, ARIA nominees Bluejuice will take to the stage with Bedroom Jam finalists Bring the Rain (Coffs Harbour), Risk Tonight (Melbourne) and Way With Words (Melbourne) at the Red Bull Backyard Jam on December 11th!

On the line for the three finalists is a trip to L.A. and a five-day recording session at the Red Bull studios worth more than $80,000.

These three Australian teenage bands have beat out hundreds of entrants from around Australia to share the stage with festival favourites Bluejuice via their popular demand on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Buzz Chart.

They've won over the fans on Red Bull Bedroom Jam site, but now Bring the Rain, Risk Tonight and Way With Words must win over the esteemed panel of industry experts to claim the coveted prize.

Clayton Doughty of Gibson Guitars, Lucy Hearne of MySpace, the Soundwave festival's Kim Morley-Austin and MTV's Daisy McKenzie-McHarg make up the panel.

MySpace are especially chuffed to be a part of this year’s Backyard Jam, a pumped Lucy Hearne explaining: "At MySpace we’re always excited to help unsigned bands get their music out there. The Red Bull Bedroom Jam is a great opportunity for young artists to gain exposure. I’m pleased to be supporting the Backyard Jam in December on behalf Myspace, and getting to see what the three finalists for 2010 are really made of.”

After setting out in search of Australia’s best teenage bands, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam website was inundated with entrants from every corner of the country, the monthly winners as voted for by fans awarded a live webcast from their very own bedroom.

To check out the finalist bands (and loads of other great music content) check out: www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au

 

PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2011 LINE UP TEASER

13.10.2010

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Playground Weekender is back this summer for its 5th edition to offer you a truly unique festival.

2011 is going to be another cracking year for Playground Weekender, and we’re excited to give you a taste of our 2011 line up!

The big announcement including our headline artists still to come, but the artists should be enough to get you excited for now….

Playground Weekender fifth edition - Class of 2011:

DOVES / KOOL & THE GANG / DE LA SOUL KATE NASH / CARIBOU / FOUR TET
ROY AYERS / TUNNG / HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY / TORO Y MOI / NORMAN JAY MBE / DAMIAN LAZARUS/TOM MIDDLETON / BELLERUCHE / LTJ BUKEM / DJ HEIDI/ CANYONS / DANIMALS / KING TIDE / ROSKA / CLIVE HENRY/ STRANGE TALK / MEEM

Headline artists & many more acts for the 2011 festival are yet to be announced!

Tickets On Sale Monday 18th October

Tickets will be available from the PGWE website:

WWW.PLAYGROUNDWEEKENDER.COM.AU

TICKETING INFO:

1st release 3 day tickets - $199 + b fee
1st release 4 day tickets - $219 + b fee
Final release 3 day tickets - $229 + b fee
Final release 4 day tickets - $249 + b fee

 

KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN TALENT LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

11.10.2010

KIRIN ‘BIG IN JAPAN’ 2010 SYDNEY & MELBOURNE

Building on the success of the 2009 Kirin ‘Big in Japan!’ exhibition created by ksubi, the 2010 contemporary-culture arts event will return to Sydney this November and sees the induction of Melbourne to the event schedule.

In an ongoing partnership brokered and produced by mixitup, the ksubi-curated event uncovers an avant-garde selection of artists from all corners of Japan working across multiple mediums including performance, video, music, noise and installation. The Kirin ‘Big in Japan!’ cultural exchange program allows these artists to display their talents to both Australian and international audiences by focusing the spotlight on Japan’s leading creative talent.

Kirin ‘Big in Japan!’ Sydney will take place on Tuesday 16 November 2010 at The Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, which offers a limitless blank canvas for the imagination, able to be transformed into an engaging and dynamic performance space.

Thousand Pound Bend is a multi- disciplinary hybrid venue that will introduce Kirin ‘Big in Japan!’ to Melbournians for the first time, showcasing talent throughout its gallery-come-cinema space on Friday 19 November 2010.

The unique Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ concept lives online year round through the Kirin ‘Big In Japan’ blog www.biginjapan.com.au. Edited by Sydney writer Amelia Groom, the blog provides insight into the dangerously talented artists from disciplines including performance, new media, sculpture, music, fashion and sound art who have been selected to tour Sydney and Melbourne in November 2010 and a year round barometer of what’s making underground Japanese waves in local contemporary art.

2010 Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ Sydney and Melbourne artist line up:

Respected sound artist Mamoru Okuno experiments with sounds we hear but never listen to. An audio and culinary performance taps into the music of noodles.

Colourful chaos is served up from Shabushabu and LakilakiwasMaho+ThaiDisco from Kyoto. Exuberant singing and tropical sounds makes for a high-energy performance.

Instrumental krautrock girl group Nisennenmondai will work their hypnotic magic on the crowd.

Sound artist Atsuhiro Ito brings his original fluorescent lighting noise instrument ‘optron’ for an explosive synesthetic experience.

Having worked with McQueen and Galliano, acclaimed designer/artist Yoshikazu Yamagata showcases his conceptual fashion from his label writtenafterwards.

Brother and sister duo Shimurabros. offer digital installation in the form of “X-ray Train” challenging 2 dimensional film and production techniques.

Lighter-than-air floating human sculptures will hover overhead from Yasushiro Suzuki.

Exploring differing mediums from light, shadows, stop motion and more, video art is presented by Leiko Shiga, Yukihiro Taguchi, Sachiko Kodoma, Yusuke Shigeta, Yuichiro Tamura. 

Hiroshi Hawegawa (of noise units ASTRO and C.C.C.C.) performs his psychedelic live set “like drifting between the meditative and awakened state, with electronics.”

Renowned reclusive voice music artist Dokaka gives a rare live performance.

NOTE:

The iconic tongue in cheek term “Big In Japan” was originally a phrase applied to rock bands that failed to sell many records in the US and UK during the 1960’s and 70’s, despite the fact that they were “Big In Japan”.

Since then, the term has found a home in contemporary lingo as a statement applied to brands, musicians, artists and films who’s success is difficult to measure while they are teetering on the verge of international recognition.

The “Big In Japan” cultural exchange programme was custom built by the ksubi collective for iconic Japanese beer brand, Kirin. This ksubi curated digital and experiential based series will showcase Japanese and Australian creative talents on the verge of success. It is a snapshot of the incredible culture thriving and consistently evolving between the two countries. 

 

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS - WINNERS FOR 2010

02.10.2010

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The 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS have rolled up the red carpet for another year, wrapping up a fun filled evening which delivered 11 Awards to some of Australia's hottest young talent, with first-time winners CLOUD CONTROL and DAN SULTAN taking out the major honours with two awards apiece.

Now in their fifth year, The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS continue to grow and are now recognised as a barometer for future 'big' acts, with this years list of winners no exception. 

Blue Mountains four piece CLOUD CONTROL well and truly made their mark on the evening with the first-timers picking up 2 awards, taking out Best Independent Album for their critically acclaimed Ivy League debut "Bliss Release" and the award for Breakthrough Independent Artist. With stunning sun-drenched pop songs like 'There's Nothing in The Water We Can't Fight' and Gold Canary The band have seen their fan base sky-rocket both locally and internationally over the past 2 years, so its little wonder they've been earmarked as a band to watch.

Awards for the Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Blues and Roots Album (for his debut album Get Out While You Can) were taken out by DAN SULTAN  His second full-length release, the album was an electrifying romp through rockabilly, blues, soul, country and swing, and saw Dan's star continue to shine when it reached Number 1 on the Independent Music Charts back in 2009 on release.

Best Independent Single or EP went to Melbourne 5-piece LITTLE RED for their single 'Rock It'. With a sound steeped in classic R&B, garage and rock'n'roll, yet possessing a thoroughly modern spark, LITTLE RED won with this tasty morsel from their recently released album Midnight Remember.

 

Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album went to arguably the most formidable force on the Australian hardcore scene, Byron Bay's PARKWAY DRIVE.  Winning for their third studio album Deep Blue which incorporated everything from anthemic punk to bloodcurdling death metal, the album also achieved Number 1 status on the Independent Charts on release.

Best Independent Country Album went to an Australian Country family dynasty - KASEY CHAMBERS, POPPA BILL AND THE LITTLE HILLBILLIES - for their Lost Music Blues album.  A unique collaboration of 3 generations - the 16 original songs were crafted together by KASEY, Father BILL, Brother NASH and their collective brood of Little Hillbillies.

With 2 prior nominations, 2010 proved to be the lucky year for URTHBOY, who took out his first Independent Music award for Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album for Spitshine. His third solo album, the critically acclaimed, and now award winning album "Spitshine" has proved to be his most successful to date.

The Gathering - the latest suite from pianist/composer and producer STU HUNTER - was awarded Best Independent Jazz album. His second release, the album received extraordinary accolades, and has been described as representing a milestone in contemporary Australian jazz, proving to be a more than worthy winner.

MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS' second album The Crystal Axis won Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album in a hotly contested category. Hailed as de facto pioneers of a new frontier of "indie-dance", the band pushed the boundaries even further on album number 2, and were rewarded for their efforts as they also brought home their second award in this category, after winning back in 2007.

And finally, the inaugural award for Most Popular Independent Artist (as voted by Nova listeners) went to JOHN BUTLER TRIO. Undeniably one of the most successful independent artists in Australia and no strangers to picking up Awards, this is the second Independent Music Award the band have collected, after Best Independent Artist in 2007, in a career spanning more than a decade.

The 2010 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards winners:

Most Popular Independent Artist (as voted by Nova Listeners)

John Butler Trio

Best Independent Artist

Dan Sultan (Independent/MGM)

Breakthrough Independent Artist

Cloud Control (Ivy League)

Best Independent Album

Cloud Control – Bliss Release (Ivy League)

Best Independent Single/EP

Little Red – ‘Rock It’ (Liberation)

Best Independent Blues And Roots Album

Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM)

Best Independent Hard Rock Or Punk Album

Parkway Drive – Deep Blue (Resist/Shock)

Best Independent Country Album

Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill And The Little Hillbillies – Lost Music Blues (Liberation)

Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album

Urthboy – Spitshine (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis (Siberia/Inertia)

Best Independent Jazz Album

Stu Hunter - The Gathering (Vitamin)

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music, check out http://www.ausindies.com.au/

 

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL MELBOURNE SOLD OUT

20.09.2010

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You snooze, you lose.

Tickets for the Melbourne Soundwave show have officially SOLD OUT!

Remaining shows in other states are set to do the same pretty shortly, so to get more information and score tickets head to:

www.soundwavefestival.com

 

 

 

RED BULL BEDROOM JAM ANNOUNCES FIRST FINALIST BAND

20.09.2010

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Red Bull Bedroom Jam’s first ever Australian finalist has been decided. 

‘Bring The Rain’, a fresh pop- rock band from Coffs Harbour, NSW, have topped the ‘Buzz Chart’ to beat 70 other bands.

They will be rocking out in their bedroom in the first live webcast ever produced in Australia for this all-new online music competition.

Bring The Rain topped the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site’s embedded ‘Buzz Chart’, a piece of custom built technology that ranks the top ten bands in real time, based on their online chatter across the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

On Friday, 24th September at 5pm, Bring The Rain will perform their top three tracks via a live webcast on www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au.

Bring The Rain are now also in the running to host a gig in their very own backyard, alongside a headline Aussie band. They could also win a recording session in Red Bull’s recording studio in Los Angeles, a prize worth over $80,000. 

Tune in to www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au at 5pm this Friday!

RED BULL BEDROOM JAM LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA

13.09.2010

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mixitup has joined forces with Red Bull Australia to launch a new digital-based music competition, Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

The new platform provides young bands with unique opportunities to accelerate their musical ambitions and careers.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam allows young bands to upload original music videos to www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au to be watched by audiences who can determine the popularity of the music via a “Buzz Chart” embedded in the site. This clever piece of custom built technology ranks the top ten bands in real time based on their online activity across the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.

Ultimately the bands that generate the most "buzz" will get the chance to stream a live performance from their bedroom to the world, play in their very own backyard with a headline Aussie band and record in the Red Bull studios in Los Angeles. Any Australian band can enter as long as all members are between 14-19 years old.

The concept originated in the UK where Red Bull has been running the program successfully for three years. The first series will run in Australia from now until December. The initiative is scheduled to extend through to 2013.

mixitup is leading the project for Red Bull Australia and are joined by MEC (media agency), creative agency Kastner & Partners, Weber Shandwick (social media strategy) and Agency G (consumer PR).

Tom Sigelski, Culture Marketing Manager of Red Bull Australia explains: “This program is the perfect platform for any aspiring young band to get a foot on the music industry ladder and build a real fan base from their own bedroom. This is a unique opportunity that is not to be missed by budding musicians.”

Greg Segal, Director of mixitup said, “There are already 70 bands signed up from across Australia with active fan bases. The Red Bull Bedroom Jam Facebook page already has over 3,000 fans and we expect that to increase rapidly as word spreads.”

FALLS MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL LORNE SOLD OUT

09.09.2010

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Blink and you might have missed them!

Tickets to the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne VIC went on sale at 9am this morning, and sold out in under 30 minutes!

BUT, official Falls Festival airline Virgin Blue have packaged up the FINAL 50 TICKETS TO FALLS LORNE, and put together return flights to Melbourne, Lorne Falls Festival ticket, car hire and accommodation (okay, it’s a tent!) for you at some seriously rockin’ prices…..

Ex LST from $611pp twin share
Ex HBA from $623pp twin share
Ex ADL from $621pp twin share
Ex OOL from $701pp twin share
Ex CBR from $671pp twin share
Ex SYD from $633pp twin share
Ex BNE from $721pp twin share

To book, you better call Blue Holidays on 13 15 16 quicksmart to book, as packages are extremely limited (first 50 callers only!). They won’t last long!

More information: http://www.virginblue.com.au/Holidays/Specialsoffers/FallsFestivalLorne

 

FALLS FESTIVAL MARION BAY - AUSTRALIA'S BEST KEPT SECRET!

09.09.2010

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Tickets to The Falls in Marion Bay, Tasmania are still available via the Falls website. Head to The Falls Music and Arts Festival website to purchase tickets, check out the line-up and have a general look around.

Set in an amazing location, right on the shores of Marion Bay, The Falls Music and Arts Festival in Tassie is but a hop, skip and a jump away. There’s heaps of space to set up your tent and lay out your deck chairs. You can even start your festival day with a dip in the ocean. How’s that!? 

Virgin Blue is a major supporter and the official airline of The Falls Music and Arts Festival and they are offering great fares to Tassie.

Simply visit the Virgin Blue website for flight details and pricing, or call the team on 13 67 89. Get cracking, as tickets wont last long!

 

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

01.09.2010

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Nominations for the fifth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (formally known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards) have officially been announced, and they include a stellar array of the country's brightest emerging artists, while acknowledging an extraordinary year for Independent music.

Leading the pack with 3 Nominations a piece, Sia, Dan Sultan and Cloud Control will all vie for BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST and BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM - with Sia also nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP, Dan Sultan for BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM, and Cloud Control for BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST.

Also receiving a nomination for the coveted BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM award is Australian music Legend Rowland S Howard, who passed away last year and is recognized posthumously for his final recording “Pop Crimes” which was released only months before he died.

After a busy year on the charts and on the road, former Winners British India and Eddie Current Suppression Ring both received well earned nominations in the BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST category, alongside first timers Bridezilla for their BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST nomination, and BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP nods to Little Red for “Rock It” and The Temper Trap for “Love Lost”.

We are also pleased to announce the Host for the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be NOVA 969 Breakfast Announcer Scott Dooley, who will MC the evening alongside a number of high profile special guest presenters including Channel [V] presenter Billy Russell.

Proudly sponsored by The City Of Melbourne, the 2010 JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS is the Marquis event in Melbourne Music, a new 12-day programme designed to celebrate the city’s diverse and lively music scene.

Channel [V] will be on hand once again to film the event, producing a JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS special to air in October, which will feature live performances, artist interviews and exclusive back stage footage of the event. Shaun James, General Manager for the XYZ Music Channels said “We are proud to be partnering with AIR for another year to deliver the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts, and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards to our audience.”

Also In support of the JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, an exciting new addition to the Award Categories has been added this year, with NOVA looking for the ‘most popular independent artist of 2010 as voted by Nova listeners!’.  Wade Kingsley, Nova Group Integration Manager said, “Part of Nova’s DNA is to support Independent music, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Independent Record Association.”

You can jump on line to vote at www.novafm.com.au

MOST POPULAR INDEPENDENT ARTIST (as voted by Nova listeners):

Basement Birds

Birds Of Tokyo

Bliss N Eso

John Butler Trio

Little Red

Midnight Juggernauts

Philadelphia Grand Jury

Sia

The Cat Empire

The Temper Trap

 

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2010 NOMINEES:

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

British India (Independent/Shock)

Cloud Control (Ivy League)

Dan Kelly (Independent/Shock)

Dan Sultan (Independent/MGM)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Aaarght!)

Sia (Independent)

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Bridezilla (Inertia Recordings)

Cloud Control  (Ivy League)

Otouto (Two Bright Lakes/Inertia)

Philadelphia Grand Jury (Boomtown Records/Shock)

Richard In Your Mind (Rice Is Nice/Other Tongues)

The Jezebels (Independent/MGM)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Cloud Control – Bliss Release (Ivy League)

Dan Kelly – Dan Kelly’s Dream (Independent/Shock)

Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM)

Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush To Relax (Aaarght! /Shock)

Rowland S Howard – Pop Crimes (Liberation)

Sia – We Are Born (Independent/Inertia)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Bliss N Eso – Down By The River  (Illusive)

Little Red - Rock It (Liberation)

Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News (Boomtown/Shock)

Sia – Clap Your Hands (Independent/Inertia)

The Jezabels – She’s So Hard (Independent/MGM)

The Temper Trap – Love Lost (Liberation)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Ash Grunwald – Hot Mama Vibes (Delta Groove/Shock)

Dan Sultan – Get Out While You Can  (Independent/MGM)

Jeff Lang  - Chimeradour (ABC Records)

Mama Kin -Beat and Holler (Independent/MGM)

The Beautiful Girls – Spooks (Independent/MGM)

The Red Eyes – Red Army (Independent/MGM)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM

50 Lions – Where Life Expires (Resist/Shock)

Calling All Cars – Hold, Hold, Fire (Independent/Shock)

House Vs. Hurricane – Perspectives (Independent/Shock)

Parkway Drive  - Deep Blue (Resist/Shock)

The Amity Affliction – Youngbloods (Boomtown/Shock)


BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Amber Lawrence – When It All Comes Down (Compass Brothers)

Deborah Conway – Half Man, Half Woman (Independent/MGM)

Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies – Lost Music Blues (Liberation)

The Dingoes – Tracks (Liberation)

The Sunny Cowgirls – Summer (Compass Brothers/Shock)


BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM

Horrorshow – Inside Story (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Lowrider – Round The World (Illusive)

M-Phazes – Good Gracious (Obese Records)

Ozi Batla – Wild Colonial (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Urthboy – Spitshine (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE / ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Faux Pas - Noiseworks (Sensory Projects/Inertia)

Jamie Lloyd - Beware Of The Light (Future Classic)

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis (Siberia/Inertia)

Nick Thayer - Just Let It Go (Independent)

Opiuo - Slurp And Giggle (Addictech)

Space Invades - Soul:Fi (Invada Records)


BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Alister Spence Trio - Fit (Rufus Records)

Allan Browne Quintet - Une Saison En Enfer (Jazzhead)

Ben Winkelman Trio - Odysseys (Jazzhead)

Bernie McGann - Double Dutch (Independent)

Jamie Oehlers and Paul Graboswky - On A clear Day (Jazzhead)

Joe Chindamo - Another Place Another Time (Jazzhead)

Jonathan Zwartz - The Sea (Independent)

Mike Nock Trio - An Accumulation Of Subtleties (FWM Records)

Stu Hunter - The Gathering (Vitamin)

Way Out West - The Effects Of The Weather (Jazzhead)

** Please note – nominees in this category will be reduced to 5 pre-event

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out http://www.ausindies.com/ 

The 5th Annual

JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The Forum Theatre, Melbourne - Friday October 1st, 2010

Doors open at 8:00pm

Tickets - $29 +BF and are available now @ http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/

 

Independent Music Re-Brands for Consumers

25.08.2010

Jager Indie Awards logo

The nation’s independent music industry has received a major marketing boost with spirit brand Jagermeister signing a three-year deal to partner with the re-launched independent music awards and independent music charts. 

The new home for Australian independent music can be found online at www.ausindies.com

Also coming on board as official media partners are the XYZ Networks’
Channel [V], national radio station Nova and social networking site MySpace, who will provide year-round television, radio and internet platforms for the new awards and weekly charts program. In a four-way deal brokered by brand entertainment company mixitup, the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards and Jagermeister Independent Music Charts will re-launch after previously being called the AIR Awards and AIR Charts.  mixitup was also responsible for the new consumer strategy and re-brand.

Independent artists are the risk takers of the music world, playing beyond the constraints of major record labels and free to follow artistic vision wherever it leads.

Presented by the Australian Independent Record Label Association (AIR), the
Jagermeister Independent Music Awards are about recognising something unique and real – acknowledging that artistic accomplishment does not always go hand-in-hand with commercial success, and that the boundaries of creativity and ingenuity stretch far and beyond the top 40.  This will also be represented weekly through the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts.

Jagermeister Brand Manager Jonathan Howells said the opportunity to align the brand with independent music is consistent with its brand positioning. “Jagermeister has a long history of alignment with popular and new music, both overseas and in Australia. The independent music partnership is a very natural fit for us and we’re excited about the plans we have to build this strategic alliance over the coming years.”

Stuart Couzens, Executive Producer and Partner at mixitup, said the new platform for marketing independent music reflected the strong interest among consumers in Australian music. “Independent music continues to shape the Australian cultural landscape and partnering Jagermeister with Channel [V], Nova and MySpace demonstrates that the media power brands understand how attractive popular and emerging independent music is to consumers, and that they can access this music through any media,” he said.

Shaun James, General Manager of XYZnetworks Music Channels commented, “As the leading broadcaster of music television in Australia, Channel [V] understands the importance of fostering independent and emerging talent in Australia, as well as recognising and rewarding excellence in the way that AIR does. We are proud to be partnering with AIR for another year to deliver the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts, and the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards to our audience.”   

Wade Kingsley, Nova Group Integration Manager said, “Part of Nova’s DNA is to support Independent music, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Australian Independent Record Association.  Our listeners look to Nova to recommend the best new music no matter where it’s from, and we love bringing it to them.  This partnership will allow us to further demonstrate our now decade long commitment to Australian Independent artists and we’re rapped to be on board”.

Dan Stapleton, Editor, MySpace Music Australia  said “From the very earliest days, music has been central to the MySpace experience. MySpace is a place where young artists can forge an identity and build a fan base. As the biggest music site in Australia, MySpace has become synonymous with the discovery of new music. We’re committed to remaining integral to cultural conversation that bubbles constantly around emerging and independent music, and being part of the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards & Charts is yet another way to demonstrate that commitment. We’re thrilled to be on board.”

AIR (the Australian Independent Record Labels Association) is a non-profit, non government national trade association promoting and representing the interests and development of Australian independent artists, labels and music companies in Australia and throughout the world.  AIR has published Australia's Independent Music Charts for 10 years and will this year present its 5th Independent Music Awards.
 


For Further information or comment, please contact us at
info@mixitup.com.au 


Jagermeister Independent Music Awards 2010

24.08.2010

Jager Indie Awards 2010 poster

 

Proudly presented by Channel [V], NOVA, and MySpace, the fifth Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (formally known as the Jagermeister AIR Awards) will be held on Friday October 1st at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne.

The event is a rare opportunity to join great Australian Musicians and the Industry at large, as they celebrate success with the Award winners, and enjoy performances by some of the country’s most sought after artists.

The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS are Australia’s only official independent music awards, rewarding the country’s highest achieving independent artists across all genres, in any given year.

The evening will feature performances from those purveyors of punk, hardcore rockers AMITY AFFLICTION; new indie darlings and vintage-alt-pop stars CLOUD CONTROL; virtuosic jazz pianist JOE CHINDAMO; indie wunderkids and brit-rock exponents BRITISH INDIA; the intoxicating world-renowned singer-songwriter SALLY SELTMANN; and a hip-hop extravaganza from M-PHAZES WITH ILLY, MUPH & CANDICE MONIQUE, SOLO AND MANTRA which promises some electric on-stage collaborations.

Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Dance / Electronic Release, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Release and Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk Release among others, with a number of high profile special guest presenters on hand to help with proceedings.

Now in their fifth year, The JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS continue to grow and are now recognised as a barometer for future ‘big’ acts. Previous winners include Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gotye, British India, Sneaky Sound System and John Butler, many of whom have gone on to major commercial and critical success subsequently.

Given the depth of such Label and Artist success, Independent Music can no longer be viewed as just small or emerging. Independent labels are currently estimated to have 80% of titles on shelves and online, and continue to have the biggest winning scorecard every year from the ARIA awards to triple j’s Hottest 100, while also providing the bulk of talent to the Australian festival circuit each year.

Curated and created by the Australian Independent Record Label Association (AIR), this year’s JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be the jewel in the crown of ‘Melbourne Music’, a 10- day music festival programme presented by The City of Melbourne.

AIR is a (non-profit, non-government) national trade association promoting and representing the interests and development of Australian independent artists, labels and music companies in Australia and throughout the world.

For more info on the Awards, Charts and Independent music check out www.ausindies.com

The 5th Annual JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

The Forum Theatre, Melbourne - Friday October 1st, 2010

Doors open at 8:00pm

Tickets - $29 +BF and are available now www.ticketmaster.com.au

 

KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN RETURNS IN 2010

18.08.2010

Daito Manabe 09 performance

THE BEST OF THE JAPANESE UNDERGROUND SURFACE IN AUSTRALIA

Kirin and ksubi today announce the return of KIRIN BIG IN JAPAN. Following the success of the inaugural 2009 event, the iconic Japanese beer and the notorious Australian fashion label will join forces once again to inject a cultural pulse into the flat-lining scene.

The Kirin Big in Japan programme will hit the road this year, touring a new guard of Japanese talent in both Sydney and, for the first time, Melbourne.

Sydney – 16th November 2010 at The Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

Melbourne – 19th November 2010 at Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne

The first Kirin Big In Japan event saw face-hackers, controversial doves and masked Harajuku girls. If you missed the event, check out the video presented by Mark Hunter aka “The Cobra Snake” (US); http://vimeo.com/8091918 

The unique concept lives online year round through the Kirin Big In Japan blog www.biginjapan.com.au. Curated by ksubi and contributed to by several local writers, the blog specialises in all things big in contemporary Japanese culture. It also provides insight into the dangerously talented performers who will be selected to tour Sydney and Melbourne this November.

Stay tuned for more event information as Kirin and ksubi take the cultural exchange programme that is Big in Japan to the next level!

 

Falls Festival 2010 Announces Explosive Line-Up for New Years Eve!

12.08.2010

Falslfestivallogo

 

The Falls Music and Arts Festival jukebox is bursting with goodness, spinning inside, raring to be unleashed. Lean over and flick through because this sound machine is filled to the brim with talent from near and far that will make your skin tingle and your mind blow. Celebrating a magnificent 18 years in Lorne and 8 years in Marion Bay, here’s who’ll be lighting up The Falls stage in 2010:

The darkly atmospheric indie rock of INTERPOL (USA); undeniably iconic, unrelentingly cool, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (USA) bringing us raw rock ‘n’ roll passion; raw and reflective, with deep musical and lyrical wonders, THE NATIONAL (USA); quite simply, one of Australia's greatest living rock bands, THE LIVING END; legends of rhyme, PUBLIC ENEMY (USA) performing in full their masterpiece ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ on the 20 year anniversary of its release; London based whiz- kids, KLAXONS (UK) playing their epic new album; the nation’s loved purveyors of harmonic rural pop, ANGUS AND JULIA STONE; the psychedelic circus of TAME IMPALA; New York band, THE RAPTURE (USA), bring their pioneering influential brand of post punk; superwoman of pop, LADYHAWKE (NZ); the piano based indie blues, manic vocals and irresistible lyrical crescendos of COLD WAR KIDS (USA); duo SLEIGH BELLS (USA) with their jagged, dance punk take on bubblegum pop; PEACHES (USA), bringing her one woman travelling show down under once again for a special DJ/Karaoke/Performance Art set (!); indie-pop, fabulous foursome, HOT HOT HEAT (CAN); modern icon of Australian music, PAUL KELLY; legend of the Australian roots scene, ASH GRUNWALD; jagged grunge punk rockers, CHILDREN COLLIDE; the melodic summer sounds of THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS; with their stripped back garage rock THE SOFT PACK (USA); local singer/songwriter DAN SULTAN having done us proud making it big on the national stage; for the first time in Australia behold the shimmering brightness of Californian four-piece, THE MORNING BENDERS (USA); THE COOL KIDS (USA) bring their brand of classic hip hop; JUNIP (SWE) featuring Jose Gonzalez (vocals and guitar), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) and Elias Araya (drums); KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS’ (UK) quirky blend of vintage inspired rockabilly, swing and country; with an amazing vocal range, quirky persona and edgy lyrics MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS* (UK) for the first time in Australia; the stunning harmonies of Townsville’s THE MIDDLE EAST; indie melodies of CLOUD CONTROL; sailing right into the heart of The Falls Festival, YACHT CLUB DJs* bring their churning, energetic set; revel in the heavenly sounds of Australia’s pop darling, WASHINGTON; the dense harmonies and brooding arrangements of BOY AND BEAR; formerly New Buffalo and co-writer of Feist hit ‘1234’, SALLY SELTMANN*; downright funk and soul from THE BAMBOOS; flamenco and live Latin Cuban percussion from TIJUANA CARTEL; one of the coolest men on the planet right now, master turntablist A-TRAK (CAN); witness the wizardry of EDAN THE DEE-JAY (USA) and his magnificent array of musical talents; an eclectic, infamous DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s CHRIS BAIO (USA); champion beatboxer, BEARDYMAN (UK) uses no pre-recorded material to create amazing tracks

Supported by:before your very eyes; THE CUBAN BROTHERS (UK) presenting one of the most hilarious and bizarre live dance and comedy shows you're ever likely to witness; energetic, four-piece Melbourne dance band, WORLD’S END PRESS*; Norwegian masters of danceable electronic, CASIOKIDS* (NOR); with a reputation as one of the nation’s finest and most eccentric songwriters, DAN KELLY*; Senegalese rappers DAARA J FAMILY (AFR) with their afro-beats and reggae inspired sounds; be whisked to a world of French rhythms and sublime pop with JAMAICA* (FRA); the furious guitar picking and gravel soaked vocals of blues singer CHARLIE PARR; the crashing percussion, joyous vocals and swooning keys of JONATHAN BOULET*; sophisticated indie pop of, THE JEZABELS; fuzz-driven, brooding rock to melancholic piano from BIG SCARY; effortlessly catchy pop-rock of LAST DINOSAURS*; spreading satisfyingly good beats with a spectacular live audio visual DJ performance, SAMPOLOGY*; like a cross between The Rolling Stones circa 1971 and some kind of lost Beck b-side – it's EAGLE AND THE WORM*; JINJA SAFARI* bring together Afropop rhythms and tumbling island- guitar sounds; electro-pop, synth heavy sounds of duo, TIM AND JEAN*; delivering mammoth Afro beats to the dance-floor, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA*.

Get in early and start your Festival experience in Lorne on the 28th of December and Marion Bay on the 29th by getting your groove on at the FUNK N SOUL RETRO REVUE with the likes of: (Lorne) KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS (UK); THE MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA; ANNA’S GO-GO ACADEMY; MISS GOLDIE; THE PUTBACKS ; THE MEGAHORNS; DJ RUSS DEWBURY; DJ MANCHILD and DJ MOHAIR SLIM and

(Marion Bay) ANNA’S GO-GO ACADEMY; PIERRE BARONI; DJ EMMA PEEL, DJ KANO and DJ CHRIS GILL.

Stay tuned – more to be announced on what’s coming to The Falls Music and Arts Festival in 2010!

Now in its 8th year in Tasmania and 18th year in Victoria, The Falls Music and Arts Festival is one of Australia’s longest running music and arts festivals.

In two stunning coastal locations, The Falls Music and Arts Festivals is held over: 3 days from December 29, 2010 in Marion Bay Tasmania (all ages), and 4 days from December 28, 2010 in Lorne, Victoria (18+ event).

Featuring around 60 performers, comedians, The Falls Arts Village, films, spectacular natural amphitheatres and FREE CAMPING.

 

Website: www.fallsfestival.com.au

Sunset Sounds Returns in 2011

11.08.2010

ssslogo

 

Sunset Sounds’ smooth grooves and fine rockin’ tunes are warming up for this hot summer festival – back for the third year in 2011 after sell out shows the past two years running.

Set under the lush green canopies of Brisbane’s magnificent City and Botanic Gardens, this gathering of superfine artists from near and far will be sure to put the rock in your roll and the funk in your soul.

The darkly atmospheric indie rock of INTERPOL (USA); the undeniably iconic, unrelentingly cool, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (USA) bringing us raw rock ‘n’ roll passion; London based whiz- kids, KLAXONS (UK) playing their epic new album; quite simply, one of Australia's greatest living rock bands, THE LIVING END; raw and reflective, with deep musical and lyrical wonders, THE NATIONAL (USA); the nation’s loved purveyors of harmonic rural pop, ANGUS AND JULIA STONE; the psychedelic circus of TAME IMPALA; legends of rhyme, PUBLIC ENEMY (USA) performing in full their masterpiece ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ on the 20 year anniversary of its release; superwoman of pop, LADYHAWKE (NZ); the piano based indie blues, manic vocals and irresistible lyrical crescendos of COLD WAR KIDS (USA); with their stripped back garage rock THE SOFT PACK (USA); duo SLEIGH BELLS (USA) with their jagged, dance punk take on bubblegum pop; PEACHES (USA), bringing her one woman travelling show down under once again for a special DJ/Karaoke/Performance Art set (!); modern icon of Australian music, PAUL KELLY; KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS’ (UK) quirky blend of vintage inspired rockabilly, swing and country; THE COOL KIDS (USA) bring their brand of classic hip hop; Senegalese rappers DAARA J FAMILY (AFR) with their afro-beats and reggae inspired sounds; indie-pop, fabulous foursome, HOT HOT HEAT (CAN); legend of the Australian roots scene, ASH GRUNWALD; jagged grunge punk rockers, CHILDREN COLLIDE; the stunning harmonies of Townsville’s THE MIDDLE EAST; indie melodies of CLOUD CONTROL; the dense harmonies and brooding arrangements of BOY AND BEAR; sailing right into the heart of Sunset Sounds, YACHT CLUB DJs bring their churning, energetic set; revel in the heavenly sounds of Australia’s pop darling, WASHINGTON; the furious guitar picking and gravel soaked vocals of blues singer CHARLIE PARR; JUNIP (SWE) featuring Jose Gonzales (vocals and guitar), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) and Elias Araya (drums); for the first time in Australia behold the shimmering brightness of Californian four- piece, THE MORNING BENDERS (USA); downright funk and soul from THE BAMBOOS; flamenco and live Latin Cuban percussion from TIJUANA CARTEL; an eclectic, infamous DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s CHRIS BAIO (USA).

Dates: Wed 5th & Thu 6th January 2011

Venue: Sunset Sounds combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens, Brisbane QLD

Website: www.sunsetsounds.com.au

 

Soundwave Announce Massive 2011 Line-Up!

06.08.2010

Soundwave Lineup Announce Poster

SOUNDWAVE RETURNS, BIGGER, BETTER & GOING WHERE NO FESTIVAL HAS GONE BEFORE...

There used to be a saying at Soundwave that no one band is bigger than the festival.

That saying will be tested in 2011 as they proudly announce a rare chance to see rock legends IRON MAIDEN as the headline artist for next year’s festival. Maiden are one of the few artists that inspire loyalty and worship by a constantly growing army that spans several generations of not only fans, but other rock musicians ranging from today’s biggest metal bands to pop icons.

What makes Iron Maiden unique amongst their peers is that the band has never lost their creative touch and their ability to deliver album after album of greatness.

Just when you would think there cannot be another hitherto undiscovered original yet amazing guitar riff; Maiden turn up with another album full of new classics to add to metal and rock’s greatest back catalogue.

Only a fool would bet against the band’s upcoming album, ‘The Final Frontier’, being anything less than a masterpiece. Only a fool would bet against Iron Maiden, period.

Maiden will be bringing with them the full stage production that featured in their hugely successful recent tour of North America, where they played to almost 400,000 fans over the 25 shows. And of course that includes Eddie’s latest incarnation..!!

Joining these gargantuan headliners is a cast of rock, punk and metal luminaries, headed by the regal guitar rock of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, metal gods SLAYER, indie pioneers PRIMUS, the incomparable SLASH and fifty or so other international artists who form the who is who of cutting edge music for the coming decade.

And that is just the 1st announcement...

SOUNDWAVE 2011 TOUR DATES:

SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY: BRISBANE, RNA SHOWGROUNDS

SUNDAY 27TH FEBRUARY: SYDNEY, EASTERN CREEK RACEWAY

FRIDAY 4TH MARCH: MELBOURNE, SHOWGROUNDS

SATURDAY 5TH MARCH: ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK

MONDAY 7TH MARCH: PERTH, STEEL BLUE OVAL

Fore more info, see www.soundwavefestival.com

 

MIXITUP PRODUCES KSUBI ONE VIA ZERO SHOW

10.05.2010

ksubi fashion week sydney 2010

It was Friday night, it was the closing show for Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, it was ksubi’s 10th Anniversary show.

We were proud to be a part of the show, had fun producing it, and think that a few pictures and a video will do it more justice than lyrical wax.

Watch the video of the live stream here

DAITO MANABE LIVE FACE HACKING

29.04.2010

Daito Manabe face hacking

BEACH ROAD HOTEL // 71 BEACH ROAD BONDI

SATURDAY 1ST MAY 

7:30PM - 12:00AM 

PLUS DANGEROUS DAN

Artist, Coder, Hacker, Sound Designer, DJ, VJ - Daito Manabe redefines existent media and technologies from unique angles by producing the output of sounds, images and light from various sensors and input devices.

Having collaborated with engineers, dancers, academics and visual artists and more, he more recently tours internationally as a turn table artist exploring surround/ oscillation/ super low frequency technology and pursuing sensual peculiarity, commonality and interaction.

Daito will be playing an exclusive one-off show upstairs at the Beach Road and thanks to the kind folks at Kirin beer, entry is $10 bucks AND you get a FREE Kirin. Joining Daito will be Bondi local and Rex Room favourite Dangerous Dan.

This is only Daito's second visit to Australia, he was here back in December for the sensory-overload-event-extravaganza Big in Japan, which was presented by Kirin and created by ksubi. If you missed Daito then, or haven't checked him out online already, take five minutes out of your life to familiarise yourself:

FACE HACKING - 1.5 million hits on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxdlYFCp5Ic

NEW NIKE PROJECT - 400,000 + hits on YouTube in one week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS1exujG3cY&feature=player_embedded

BIG IN JAPAN

http://www.biginjapan.com.au 

ksubi Turns 10 At 'ONE VIA ZERO" RAFW Show

19.04.2010

ksubi fashion week sydney

To celebrate ksubi’s 10 year anniversary, Friday May 7th will see ksubi return to Rosemount Australian Fashion Week after a 3 year hiatus!

ksubi will be the closing show at Fashion Week, with their most highly anticipated runway event to date.

No rats this time, and no models plunging into Sydney Harbour either – what ksubi have up their sleeves is new, exciting, and (of course) a closely guarded secret!

mixitup is thrilled to be producing the event, that celebrates ten years of ideas, individuality, and authenticity that has developed this Australian brand into an underground subculture, an icon, a lifestyle.

ksubi’s new collection titled “One Via Zero” is to be styled by Australia’s international fashion icon, Brana Wolf. Wolf is a top-tier freelance stylist & design consultant who has lent a strong and defining vision to the fashion industry for over 20 years.

Also joining the team as casting director and show caller for ksubi’s RAFW finale show is the internationally reputed Kannon Rajah who has worked with the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Chanel and Dior.

Looks like it’s going to be a very busy year for the team at ksubi.

Stay tuned for announcements on the ksubi -Kirin, partnership programme Kirin Big In Japan

Kelly Rowland Kickin’ it with mixitup at Kit & Kaboodle

05.03.2010

kelly rowland

There was nothing Diva about Kelly Rowland when she spread the love amongst a very lucky few at a warm up Mardi Gras event last night in Kings Cross!

Kelly joined the notorious transsexual star Amanda Lapore and fellow singer Adam Lambert at King’s Cross’ Kit & Kaboodle last night for an intimate gathering of VIPs.

Where there is smoke, there certainly is fire – this VIP party was the smoke, the Mardi Gras Party will be the fire!

Get your tickets to Mardi Gras Party at the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industry this Saturday to see who brings the heat!

Is George Michael partying too hard in Australia to Go-Go!?

Click here to buy tix!

Spencer Strips For Sydney!

04.03.2010

spencer tunick in sydney

The loss of his own clothes en route to Sydney didn’t stop internationally acclaimed photographer Spencer Tunick from directing Sydney to decisively lose theirs last Monday!

Commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Spencer Tunick’s call for volunteers was answered by over 5000 Sydney-siders who risked running late for work, having their private parts broadcast on international television and being spotted by a familiar face in the crowd!

An extensive queue of people snaked its way around Circular Quay and into the Royal Botanic Gardens from 3am onwards, lining up to participate. This overwhelming response demonstrates the strong message that we, as Australians aspire to live in an open and equal society. The feeling of togetherness was palpable, as people from all walks of life, gay and straight, lay side-by-side, naked on the Opera House steps.

A deafening applause ended the mass orchestration of nudity, with a slight sentiment of disappointment at Tunick’s instruction to get dressed!

Harbour Party '10

03.03.2010

Harbour Party 10

Harbour Party ’10 on Sunday 28th of February certainly was wet and wild and we’re not just talking about the weather! 

Not even a short sun shower could keep revelers away from the picturesque surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens with 5000 people turning up to showcase their hot bodies and cheerful dispositions!

mixitup’s production genius shone through the overcast skies, with no effort too great for our extended Mardi Gras family!

Disco was the underlying theme all over the venue, especially the main stage, which was draped in sparkly silver! Party-goers orbited around a gigantic disco ball the size of a small planet, and danced the night away amongst Sydney’s most spectacular Harbour views.

Harbour Party was a wonderful way to rejoice and come together in what was the final event of a memorable Mardi Gras Parade weekend!  

2010 Parade Carnival

02.03.2010

mardi gras parade carnival 2010

The community really threw themselves at the new idea of a post-parade celebration with over 9000 Parade volunteers, Parade participants and their party-seeking friends generating a true community atmosphere at the inaugural Parade Carnival!

For one night only, the Byron Kennedy Hall into the Disco Dome with DJs Luke Leal, Alan T and Justin Scott carving up the decks. The Forum Funhouse flaunted Francisco Guerra all the way from San Francisco, Shigeki and Beatrix with their happy house tunes, while the parade buzz continued in the Show Ring with an abundance of food and live entertainment till 6am!

And the best bit about it was – it was FREE!!

Parade participation got you in for free and if you weren’t game enough to strut your stuff down Oxford Street, you only needed to offer a helping hand as a volunteer or a Mardi Gras member for unique access to the exclusive Parade After Party!

Sometimes the best things in life sure are free!

2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade Highlights!

01.03.2010

2010 mardi gras parade hihlights

Beginning as a civil rights protest in 1978, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, now in it’s 32nd year, not only remains a display of solidarity and a demand for equality by the GLBTIQ community, but has evolved into a two-week festival including two of the most famous parties in the world and of course the jewel in the crown - the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

The world’s most famous transsexual, Amanda Lepore was thrilled and excited in her role as Chief of Parade, fulfilling her promise to be as naked as possible - bar a few strategically placed rhinestones!

But it was the ANZ bank’s float that unquestionably eclipsed even Amanda Lepore’s glitter and glam, as over 100 ANZ employees shone brighter than a full moon in silver lycra and shiny disco ball helmets!

The ANZ float (a rockin’ blue hummer decked with a boisterous sound system and even a bunch of glitter canons) is a symbol of ANZ’s culturally diverse workforce, and encourages other organisations to follow their lead as Australia’s workforce becomes increasingly colourful.

Boeing to Mardi Gras on Virgin Blue!

26.02.2010

virgin blue mardi gras flight

Virgin Blue quiffed their beehives, broke out the sequins and kicked off the Mardi Gras early with the Priscilla-style flight DJ 857 from Melbourne to Sydney.

Arriving in Sydney two days before Parade, guests aboard this ultra-glamorous flight were spoilt with delicious refreshments, goodie bags and very special ‘in-flight’ entertainment by the crew from ‘Leave it to Diva’.

Not to mention the special guest appearance of Virgin Blue’s own drag queen cabin crew team member, Ms Marion De-Pilot!

Click here to check out footage from the flight!

2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

02.02.2010

the base spencer tunick

While Europe and America hibernate and shiver their way through the chills of winter, things are only starting to heat up down under. It’s summer time in Sydney and nothing makes the city shine more than the infamous Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras!!

This year’s festival will paint the town pink whilst showcasing Sydney’s natural beauty to the world!

To get a flavour of the 2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, click here!

We’d like to welcome back our sponsors:
ANZ
Virgin Blue
V Australia
Cockfighter’s Ghost
Events NSW
City of Sydney
Budweiser
GayDar
Mount Franklin and
Atlantis
and thank them for their continued support of the biggest and best-loved Gay & Lesbian community event in the world!

 

Get nude alongside thousands of others as world famous artist Spencer Tunick creates a ground-breaking artwork on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on March 1st! Sign up to participate here.

Feel the love and feel the spirit, with the most diverse celebration of Gay & Lesbian culture, the 2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Happy Mardi Gras! 

ANZ Announces Sponsorship of Sydney Mardi Gras 2010

02.02.2010

anz float

ANZ has announced its sponsorship of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, highlighting its continuing commitment to supporting the Sydney community.

ANZ Managing Director Strategy and Marketing David Lindberg said: “ANZ’s support of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival reflects our diverse customer base and workforce. It also helps us build stronger relationships with the communities we work and operate in.”

“Over the years, the Sydney Mardi Gras has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated events in the Sydney social calendar, and we are delighted to be an even bigger part of this iconic festival.

“The Sydney Mardi Gras is enjoyed by many of our staff and many of our customers, and we are delighted to continue to provide our support,” Mr Lindberg said.

More than 100 ANZ employees will participate in the Mardi Gras parade and many others will volunteer during the Festival. ANZ will also sponsor Mardi Gras volunteers and ‘Fair Day’ which will kick-off the Festival.

New Mardi Gras (NMG) Chief Executive Officer Michael Rolik said: “What we love about ANZ is their very real commitment to our community. We are delighted to have them back in 2010 and have been struck by their real drive to engage with our community’s needs and interests.”

Up, Up & A Gay! We're Boeing To Mardi Gras

02.02.2010

mardi gras themed flight

There’ll be no shortage of feather boas, sequins and mile-high hair dos when Virgin Blue Mardi Gras-themed flight DJ 857 takes to the skies at 3.45pm on Thursday 25 February.

In celebration of The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, one of the biggest events on the Sydney calendar, the airline has dedicated an entire commercial flight from Melbourne to Sydney to the glitz and glamour of this annual event.

Tickets for the ‘Up, Up and a Gay’ flight are available for purchase for $199 one-way which includes selected refreshments, goodie bags and very special ‘in-flight’ entertainment by the crew from Leave it to Diva.

Seats are going fast and bookings can be made by calling 13 15 16.

As a special addition, a number of fabulous famous faces are set to join the flight along with one of Virgin Blue’s own ‘drag queen’ cabin crew team member, Ms Marion De-Pilot.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said Mardi Gras always attracts a huge amount of travellers from across Australia and around the world.

“People come in droves to Sydney to take part in the celebrations, especially from Melbourne, so we thought it was a great opportunity to quiff our beehives, break out the sequins and kick off the party early by getting into the spirit of Mardi Gras ‘Priscilla’ style on the journey there.”

As the official airline for New Mardi Gras, Virgin Blue and will also feature its very own float in the main parade event on Saturday 27 February.

Brett Godfrey continued, “This is the biggest party in Australia and since Virgin Blue has been in existence we’ve had some kind of affiliation with Mardi Gras.”

Seats on the ‘Up, Up and a Gay’ flight are on SALE NOW for $199!!! Call 13 15 16

Cockfighter's Ghost Wines Supporting BGF

02.02.2010

COCKFIGHTERS GHOST WINE PACKAGES MARDI GRAS

What a better way to relax and prepare for the Mardi Gras festivities than with a selection of fine wine from our Official Wine partner Cockfighter’s Ghost!

Pooles Rock Wines have put together a range of packages showcasing some of the best premium single vineyard wines Australia has to offer.

And we’re feeling the love from our Official Wine Partner with $20 from every package sold being donated to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation!

Offer ends February 10 so order now! 

 

Massive Attack To Tour Australia In March!

21.01.2010

massive attack 2010 tour australia

After leaving Aussies awestruck in 2003, Bristolian trip-hoppers, Massive Attack bring their hypnotic fusion of hazy beats, dub, soulful melodies and choice samples to Australian shores in March 2010!!!

Yes, Ladies & Gents, you heard right!

As always, mixitup is here to squash the rumours and chitchat, by revealing that founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grant Marshall (Daddy G) will join vocalists Horace Andy, Deborah Miller, Martina Topley-Bird and band members Damon Reece (drums), Angelo Bruschini (guitar), John Baggott (keyboards), Winston Blissett (bass) and Julien Brown (drums) will tour in what is to be Massive’s Attack first stand alone Australian rendezvous in seven years!

To find out more about how your brand can be involved click here.

Coinciding with the highly anticipated ticket release of Massive Attack’s Australian tour on February 5th, the UK trip hop pioneers will also release their 5th studio album Heligoland (EMI).

But check this – everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a free copy of their new Tour Edition album! Sweet!!!

Be the first in the world with a copy of Heligoland by purchasing tickets during the two-week pre-sale commencing January 22nd.

Click here for exclusive ticket and album package pre-sales!

Tour Dates:

Perth, Kings Park, Friday March 12
Sydney, Opera House Forecourt, Monday March 15
Canberra, Royal Theatre, Friday March 19
Melbourne,  Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Saturday March 20
Adelaide, Entertainment Centre, Sunday March 21
Brisbane, Riverstage, Tuesday March 23 

Virgin Blue & New Mardi Gras Launch Push For Interstate Visitors

15.01.2010

virgin blue

New Mardi Gras (NMG) and Virgin Blue today announced details of a major push to bring interstate visitors to the 2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The two organisations have collaborated to put together five highly integrated deals including airfares, accommodation and event tickets, available through Blue Holidays, the holiday program of Virgin Blue. The packages will allow visitors to get the very best out of Mardi Gras with one simple purchase.

Click here to check out these packages!

Two packages focus on the weekend of the Parade, which this year takes place on 27th February. One other focuses on the Mardi Gras Party weekend of 6th and 7th March. Two further week-long packages offer visitors the chance to enjoy the most exciting week-long program ever offered by New Mardi Gras.

Packages include tickets to many of this year’s Mardi Gras’ most coveted events, including a wide range of parties, arts and cultural events and social events around Sydney’s tourist attractions from Manly Beach to Luna Park. They also include exclusive parade viewing access.

The packages will be promoted through a joint print and online campaign, targeting both interstate markets and New Zealand.

In August 2009, Events NSW research showing that Mardi Gras brought over 21,000 visitors into New South Wales in 2009, generating almost $30 million in new money for the State.

“We are delighted to have these packages out in the market,” said NMG Head of Marketing & Communications Damien Eames. “We have an exceptional season planned and these holidays really make the most of the events we’re hosting all over Sydney.”

Virgin Blue General Manager Public Affairs, Heather Jeffrey, said “Mardi Gras is one of the biggest events on the calendar and we’re pleased to be associated with NMG, working together to package up unique holidays and experiences so travelers can make the most of their time while in Sydney.”

How Good Are Days Like This...

11.01.2010

method man redman days like this festival

It’s not everyday that Sydney-siders get the opportunity to experience a multitude of epic international talent on the same day or at the same venue.

Days like Sunday January 10th don’t come around that often!

The Days Like This Festival, held at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter, is a unique little gem, which really caters to dedicated hip-hop, soul, reggae and techno lovers.

With a Coopers in one hand and a piece of Gozleme in the other, we made our way through the five stages of exhilarating entertainment!

Theo Parrish produced some wicked beats on the Forum Stage, the Cat Empire were a crowd favourite, lighting up the Main Stage in the late evening and Roots Manuva hyped up the crowd with their electronica.

But it was hip-hop legends Method Man & Redman who the crowd had really come for! Blowing up the stage like the bomb squad they are, the duo made the crowd go wild!

The 2011 bill has some massive shoes to fill next year, but we’re sure festival organisers will go the distance!

Watch this space for updates.

Happy Campers Celebrate The New Year At Falls!

08.01.2010

Falls Festival 2009

Whether it was the urge to let loose after an extremely busy year or just that good ol’ gal Mother Nature keeping the mercury hovering around 40 degrees, we don’t know. But what we do know is, it was a steamy start to festival season for mixitup!

First stop: The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Lorne Victoria & Marion Bay Tasmania.  Summer frivolity was the name of the game as  a sold out crowd of 16,000 punters in each town added a wondrous new chapter to The Falls Festival history books.

Virgin Blue also added a new chapter to the Falls history books this year, offering you lot the opportunity to snap up the last 50 tickets in each state, along with cheap flights, a two-man tent and sleeping bag. And boy did people jump at the chance!

Musical highlights of the festival included Sydney lads, Art Vs Science who yielded the best sing-a-long in festival history, Moby’s sweet sounds painted vivid pictures across the minds of young and old, the Hilltop Hoods who carved it up in Lorne while headline act the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s brought in 2010 in Marion Bay.

Good people, good music, good times.

Next year’s festival is already in the works believe it or not and it’s only a matter of time before we let you in on what’s cooking in the kitchen, so stay tuned!

Click here if you'd really like to get acquainted with Lorne & Marion Bay!

 

Sunset Sounds - A Sold Out Summer Sensation!

05.01.2010

sunset sounds 2010

Hot off the heels of a stellar four-night NYE run at The Falls Music & Arts Festival, we traded our tents and veggie burgers for two days of afternoon beers and socially-conscious water at Sunset Sounds 2010.

Now kids, it may have only been Sunset Sound’s second year on the scene, but this little beauty always had a sell out on the cards! Even the light rain didn’t do much to dampen 15,000 guests’ thirst for world-class international and national musical luminaries!

We were all spoilt with incredible performances from Australian act The Temper Trap (incredible!), Xavier Rudd (unbelievable!), Midnight Juggernaughts (mesmerizing!), Lisa Mitchell (Captivating!), Sarah Blasko (Blissful!), Grizzly Bear (Stunning!), the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s (Karen O’s voice enchanting!) and the world renowned Moby!

One thing is for sure, this young summer fiesta has come up with the goods two years in a row, and we look forward to watching it mature in years to come! 

To re-live your favourite Sunset Sounds moments and maybe even spot yourself in the crowd, click here!

 

When Love Takes Over! - What Star Studded Line-Up Are they Hiding?!

29.12.2009

mardi gras harbour party and carnival

We consider the New Mardi Gras crew as part of the mixitup extended family and Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the next massive event on our summer calendar!

In preparation for the two-week cultural festival that is the best gay event in the world, (Shhh don’t tell anyone I’m telling you this!) Greg wears his diamond encrusted tiara ‘round the office, Peita pulls out her sequins and stilettos and Stu, well Stu brushes his bushy locks for once!!! And all the while we work vigorously to provide the best opportunities for our sponsors! Goodness me, it’s exhausting.

As well as securing partnerships with ANZ, Virgin Blue, V Australia, Mount Franklin, Budweiser and Cockfighter’s Ghost, mixitup is facilitating the continuation of Mardi Gras Parade celebrations by producing the first ever Post Parade Carnival!

15,000 Parade volunteers, participants, NMG Members and their friends are invited to keep kicking on at the Show Ring, Dome and Forum at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park on the 27th of February!

We want you to keep your frock on, step out of line, forget your choreography from Parade, check out winning floats up close and get loose!

And if that wasn’t enough Mardi Gras madness around the mixitup office, we’ll also be producing the Mardi Gras’ Harbour 10 dance event on the 28th of February to be set at the Fleet steps against the iconic backdrop of Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge!

Set in the tropical surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with two beautiful garden dance floors, Harbour ’10 will be the perfect recovery after the Parade the night before.

It’s no wonder they’re expecting a sell-out Harbour party as international and interstate visitors get down with thousands of locals, soaking up the sunshine (and the cocktails) till the sun sets.

Spinning at the Harbourside stage are UK favourites DJ Wayne G and Paul Heron, along with local crowd-pleaser, Paul Goodyear, while DJ’s Sista P, Kitty Glitter and Jason Barry serve up a funky mix of house beats on the upper stage.

And don’t forget Mardi Gras Party on March 6th, David Guetta… Bimbo Jones… and many more top-secret performers. mixitup has the scoop on more international celebrity guests set to rock Mardi Gras 2010, so watch this space for further updates! 

Click here to check out 2009 Mardi Gras madness!!

 

mixitup Produces Party of The Year!

14.12.2009

big in japan party of the year

 

Some described it as “extravagant”, others described it as “bizarre”.  But according to the majority… and we all know a majority rules… the Kirin Big In Japan event was… (drum roll please)…. Party of the Year![nbsp] (pedestrian.tv)

Yes, that’s right ladies and gentleman, mixitup produced an epic event where Japanese contemporary art was appreciated like never seen before!
 
We had Daito Manabe face hacking to the sound of bleeps and white noise, Trippple Nippples carving up the stage with their Lady-Gaga-looks-conservative costumes, Mademoiselle Yulia pumping up the crowd with her exquisite beats and Kathy captivating the crowd in a trance with their truly unique performance art…
 
Sydney’s CarriageWorks provided the perfect canvas to an event of such diversity and difference.  We’ll reveal what the future holds in the weird and wonderful world that is the Ksubi Kirin Big In Japan partnership, so stay tuned boys and girls

 

To check out the Party of the Year click here

Falls Festival Final Fifty Tickets - Where Do I Get Em’!?

09.12.2009

falls festival final fifty tickets

 

The Falls Festival teamed up with Virgin Blue, thanks to mixitup this year and as the official festival airline and sponsor of The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Virgin Blue and Blue Holidays secured the FINAL 50 tickets and put together some GOLD holiday packages for you to attend The Falls in Lorne or Marion Bay! 

 

Thanks to Virgin Blue and Blue Holidays, tickets for guests requiring flights to Melbourne or Hobart from all capital cities are now available by calling the Blue Holidays call centre on 13 15 16 (Terms and Conditions apply). These are available until sold out and up until December 21st - so don't delay!

 

To check out the best way to celebrate New Years Eve at the beautiful Marion Bay click here

 

Photo by Ferne Millen, courtesy of The Falls Festival

 

 

Mardi Gras Unveils Key Dates, Venues and.... talent?

06.12.2009

mardi gras key dates

 

As New Mardi Gras' exclusive sponsorship agency we are excited to release some hearty information this week on key dates, venues and talent.  This mob never cease to amaze us and we’ve gotta’ feeling that this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is going to be magical!

 

NMG launched its official Season Guide with the front cover based on art commissioned by NMG from local gay artist Scott Elk to bring this year’s Mardi Gras ‘History of the World’ theme to life. 

 

International and interstate visitors will have the opportunity to experience a variety of queer events in 2010 with gigs in Sydney’s parks, on the harbour, at the zoo, at Bondi, at Manly, at Tamarama, at Luna Park and at the Opera House.

 

Sydney is the place to be over February/March with no other event providing this kind of diversity of experience and with such a high-octane schedule, you’ll see what Sydney really can do!

 

Key events include:

 

Sunday 21st February

Fair Day

Saturday 27th February

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday 27th February

Parade Carnival, Entertainment Quarter

Sunday 28th February

Harbour ’10 the perfect recovery to the night before

Monday 1st March

Spencer Tunick installation

Tuesday 2nd March

Fag Tag, Manly

Wednesday 3rd March

Dinner at the Zoo

Thursday 4th March

Burt Bacharach

Friday 5th March

Drag Races, Bondi Beach

Saturday 6th March

Mardi Gras Party

Sunday 7th March

Official After Part, Toybox at Luna Park

 

 

and loads, loads more!!!

 

To get more information on event schedules visit http://www.mardigras.org.au/

 

 

Playground Weekender Reveal Line-Up!

04.12.2009

playground weekender line up announcement

 

It’s been rumours, rumours, rumours over the last few weeks and finally Playground Weekender have delighted us by revealing the first cast of musical luminaries to be playing in 2010.

 

mixitup will be doing what we do best, representing some of the biggest brands currently playing in the music space at this 4-day camping festival running between February 18 – 21 at Del Rio Riverside Resort, Hawkesbury River, NSW.

 

Playground Weekender have a mesmerisingly eclectic list of headliners for this year’s epic event with Grammy nominated Lupe Fiasco, the man who brought a breath of fresh air’ (Jay Z) to the world of Hip Hop with his hugely successful ‘Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor’ will be there.  Brian Jonestown Massacre will join Lupe, along with The Polyphonic Spree, the choral symphonic rock collective who is set to sprinkle a little purity, hope and happiness on this year’s festival.  And to complete the oddly wonderful pack we bring you The Cribs, Britain’s biggest cult band!

 

To kick off Australia’s biggest fancy dress party, Dress Up Saturdays, Bjorn Again will take to the centre stage for a light hearted ABBA parody.

 

Tickets are selling now so go to http://www.playgroundweekender.com.au/ for more info!

 

2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards Winners

23.11.2009

2009 jagermeister air awards winners

 

The culmination of a massive year on the Australian independent music scene erupted at the Jagermeister AIR Awards at Melbourne’s The Forum Theatre on the 22nd of November absolutely bringing down the house!

And we expected nothing less, with performances by Dappled Cities, Philadelphia Grand Jury, CW Stoneking and Bertie Blackman, (Those last two even went on to win an ARIA awards the following week!!!).

We would like to thank our official sponsors Jagermeister and Coopers 62 Pilsner for their consistent support of independent Australian music and for their efforts in collaborating successfully with mixitup to create such a memorable evening.

Congratulations to all the successful artists:

 

JAGERMEISTER BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD

THE DRONES – HAVILAH (Independent / MGM)

INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

THE DRONES (Independent / MGM)

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR, PRESENTED BY COOPERS 62 PILSNER

BERTIE BLACKMAN (Forum 5 / MGM)

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY - GOING TO THE CASINO (Boomtown Records / Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

ADAM BRAND - HELL OF A RIDE (Compass Brothers  / Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

C.W. STONEKING - JUNGLE BLUES (King Hokum Records / Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM

THE NATION BLUE - RISING WATERS (Casadeldisco Records / Shock)

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM

PEZ - A MIND OF MY OWN (Soulmate Records / Inertia)

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE ALBUM

ART VS. SCIENCE - ART VS SCIENCE (Independent / Green)

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JAMES – LINGUA FRANCA (Independent / Lamplight)

 

Kirin & Ksubi Announce Big In Japan Event

12.11.2009

big in japan event

Brought to you by Kirin, created by ksubi. The Kirin ‘Big In Japan’ event will be truely unique!

The digital and experiential event will take place December 2nd 2009, at Sydney’s new home for contemporary arts, CarriageWorks.

The first of it’s kind in Australia, the event will showcase a selection of contemporary Japanese artists & musicians— all curated by an iconic contemporary Australian fashion label.

Performers are those teetering on the verge of success in Japan, including sound designer, Daito Manabe, Japanese
DJ/MC Mademoiselle Yulia, eerie performance trio, Kathy, and mind blowing electronic group, Trippple Nippples—all being flown to Sydney specifically for the event.

The bold arts centre dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary arts, Carriageworks, will be dimly lit throughout three large performance spaces, acting as an engaging and inspiring platform for these artists to showcase their talent.

Daito Manabe will be redefining existent media and technologies from unique angles by producing the output of sounds, images & light from various sensors in an audio/visual installation.

Clad in identical blond wigs with black pantyhosed faces, Kathy render themselves completely featureless because
anonymity is the ideal point of surveillance. Their eerie and ritualistic performances have been described as Moulin Rouge meets Victorian morality meets Lucifer rising.

Tokyo’s queen of the underground electro scene, Mademoiselle Yulia, along with her ubiquitios blue or purple bob will perform her DJ set awhilst MC/singing, and Trippple Nippple’s unhinged DIY aesthetic, and inimitably intense live energy & songs about teaching your nipples to speak, will make for an incredible performance.

On display at the event is also an exciting curation of Japanese visual artists— exhibiting in the mediums of print, photography and design in the ‘First Press’ gallery space.

Post event, selected visual artists from Kirin “Big In Japan’ will be exhibited for a two week period at Black and Blue Gallery, Chippendale.

The Kirin ‘Big in Japan’ programme was initiated in July with the introduction of www.biginjapan.com.au, a blog edited by Sydney writer Amelia Groom & showcases everything from Japanese fashion to architecture, music to magnetic art, cinema to robotics, haute couture floristry to photography, abandoned theme parks to ceramics, and instillation art to anime. For more information on artists, their profiles and the Kirin ‘Big In Japan’
programme make sure to log on.

V Australia, Virgin Blue & Pacific Blue Sign Up to Support New Mardi Gras

11.11.2009

New Mardi Gras today announced the signing of a new sponsorship agreement with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Blue Airlines group - comprising brand new long haul international airline V Australia, long time supporter Virgin Blue and sister airline Pacific Blue Airlines which flies to New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

 

The new four year agreement, designed to target growth in visitor numbers to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras will see the airlines assist in promoting the event across a growing network now spanning 28 Australian cities and towns and 13 international destinations including the USA, South Pacific and Southeast Asian countries.

 

“Mardi Gras is an amazing, spectacular, international celebration and right across our network our team understand the significance and importance of it,” said Heather Jeffery, General Manager of Media and Communications for the Virgin Blue airlines.

 

“Many of our Virgin Blue team members have had enormous fun supporting Mardi Gras for the past three years and now with an expanding airline network, we look forward to helping bring even more international and local visitors to experience the colour, creativity and community which underpins yet another iconic Sydney event,” she said.

 

“I am so proud that Virgin Blue is back for another term and tremendously excited that V Australia has come on board,” said New Mardi Gras CEO Anna McInerney.

 

“We will be encouraging people to fly with New Mardi Gras friendly airlines and Virgin Blue and V Australia’s booking facilities will be easily accessible via the New Mardi Gras website so that patrons can easily access flight prices and times for their trip to Sydney.

 

In August, Events NSW research showing that Mardi Gras brought over 21,000 visitors into New South Wales in 2009, generating almost $30 million in new money for the State. Of these visitors New Mardi Gras estimates that just under half are international travelers with the US and UK each accounting for just under a third of the total.

 

 

Mardi Gras Urges Sydneysiders To Bare All For New Work By Spencer Tunick

05.11.2009

spenser tunick mardi gras

New Mardi Gras announced that a new work called The Base by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Spencer Tunick would be one of this year's Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, with thousands of Sydneysiders and Mardi Gras visitors expected to participate nude in one of Tunick’s signature groundbreaking art installations on March 1st 2010.

Tunick’s art challenges the preconceived notions of nudity and the culturally charged, often negative, connotations that are associated with it. In his work, it is the beauty inherent in all human beings that prevails. This is Spencer Tunick's first large-scale installation in Sydney.

Born in Middletown, New York in 1967, Tunick currently lives in the Hudson Valley in New York State. Since 1992, he has done more than 95, short-lived, site-specific installations across the United States, Canada, and overseas.

Tunick broke his own record in 2007 when he encouraged more than 18,000 Mexicans to take their clothes off and pose for him at the Zocalo square in Mexico City!  Tunick has raised eyebrows by staging mass nude photo shoots in cities from Dusseldorf, Germany, to Caracas, however the Mexico City photo shoot certainly smashed his previous record of 7,000 volunteers set in 2003 in Barcelona, Spain.

“Spencer’s work will be a jewel in the crown of Mardi Gras 2010,” said NMG CEO Anna McInerney. “The installations will take place on the Monday after the Parade and is part of our commitment to providing an array of unique experiences within the two-week festival.”
 
Tunick’s visit will be supported by NMG with assistance from the City of Sydney. 
 
The artist invites Sydney’s non-gay community to come together and participate with Sydney’s Gay community to make a unique communal artwork.
 
Those wishing to shed their clothes for art on 1st March 2010 should sign-up at www.mardigras.org.au/tunick
 

 

Days Like This! 2010 Welcomes Method Man & Redman

03.11.2009

days like this 2010 method man redman

The team at Niche Productions and Waterfall Entertainment have outdone themselves this time. Days Like This! 2010, Sydney’s boutique one-day music event at the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter on Sunday 10th January, is excited to announce a jaw-dropping addition to their lovingly handpicked line up.

Check out the freshest of the fresh METHOD MAN & REDMAN! Yes, that’s right. We’re talking the Grammy Award-winning founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, and the one and only Redman of Def Squad fame. Signed to the infamous Def Jam label, the almighty hip hop duo dropped their second album Blackout! 2 this year exactly one decade after their 1999 debut Blackout! The legendary Method Man & Redman will rock Days Like This! 2010 like it’s never been rocked before.

If you want to be the first to know about anything and everything about Days Like This!, be sure to check out www.dayslikethis.com.au and join the mailing list to receive all Days Like This! news and updates.

2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards Announce Performance Line-Up

28.10.2009

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association presents a mighty live performance line-up for the 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS. See some of the hottest bands in the business while celebrating the indie music scene. The 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS will be hosted by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow. Performing live are some of the country’s favourite independent artists:

DAPPLED CITIES Sydney five-piece Dappled Cities’ critically acclaimed album, Zounds is nominated for the 2009 JAGERMEISTER BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD.

BERTIE BLACKMAN Bertie Blackman's album Secrets and Lies was a major breakthrough for the singer songwriter. The wildly successful album has been in the JAGERMEISTER AIR Charts since it's debut week and is nominated for 4 AIR Awards including JAGERMEISTER BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD.

CW STONEKING Jaw-dropping Hokum blues singer and songwriter C.W. Stoneking’s most recent album Jungle Blues, is journey back in time. The blues traditionalist is a former AIR Awards winner and is again nominated for the 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR Award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album.

PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY Three-piece band Philadelphia Grand Jury released their rollicking Going To the Casino Single in June 2009. The ensuing album, Hope Is For Hopers went straight to number one on the JAGERMEISTER AIR Charts in its debut week. Going To The Casino is nominated for Best Independent Single or EP.

KIRSTY LEE AKERS Country singer-songwriter Kirsty Lee Akers won the 2007 Toyota Star Maker talent search and the 2008 Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent. Her album Better Days is nominated for the 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR Award for Best Independent Country Album.

BRIDEZILLA It seems like Bridezilla have been critical darlings for years. Their stage presence, songwriting and musical sophistication belie their tender years and they'll play the JAGERMEISTER AIR Awards just as their debut album is released. We can't wait to see them perform while they the cusp of something huge.

TJUPURRU Tjupurru's unique style and ingenuity is taking didjeridoo playing into the 21st century. An inventor, creator, songwriter and electronic artist, his performances have to be seen to be believed.

The 4th Annual JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS will be presented at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne on Sunday 22 November 2009.

Tickets are $28.70 and go on sale TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER
Bookings through Ticketek - www.ticketek.com

Sunburnt Christmas 2009 Announcement

23.10.2009

Sunburnt Xmas

Don’t spend Christmas Day moping around the hostel – head to Bondi Beach and have Christmas lunch with four thousand mates!

 

At SUNBURNT CHRISTMAS on Christmas day 12 noon – 10pm, back packers will be partying with “The fastest rising stars of the dance scene” — THE POTBELLEEZ.   And they’ll be joined by UK sensations MICKY SLIM and HELENA!

 

Spanning three stages, SUNBURNT CHRISTMAS boasts homegrown talent like GROOVE TERMINATOR, TIMMY TRUMPET and JOHN GLOVER and loads more – not to mention the Miss Bikini Christmas Competition and a Wet T-Shirt Comp!

 

Grab a $69* pre-paid ticket and you’ll get CHRISTMAS LUNCH from 12 – 3pm and $4.00 basc drinks between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  Fill up early – be ready to celebrate!

 

$59* entry only pre-paid; $69* includes entry plus lunch 12 – 3pm and $4.00 drinks 1 – 3pm; $79 on the door (unless sold out). 

 

***TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM MOSH TIX & TICKETEK***


 

Falls Festival Tickets Sold Out! Is There Still Hope?

20.10.2009

falls festival sells out

Tickets to The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Lorne (Vic) & Marion Bay (Tas) have completely sold out!!! 

Lorne completely sold out in a record breaking 15 minutes, and Marion Bay followed suit only a month later!


But hey, if you missed out, pack up your swag and head on up to Sunset Sounds which returns for the second year to Brisbane Botanical and City Gardens over January 6 & 7, 2010.


This hip happenin’ summer soiree hosts a number of international and local acts including the likes of: Editors, Yveskleinblue, Moby, King Khan & The Shrines, Seasick Steve & The Middle East.


Tickets available at www.sunsetsounds.com.au but be quick, they're sure to sell out fast!

2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards Nominees Announced!

16.10.2009

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association is proud to announce the nominees for the 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS. These artists are the top of the pile. The hottest Australian independent musicians. The acts who will soon be the biggest names in the Australian music business.

Nominees for Best Independent Artist include joyous SA pop princess SIA, Australian bluesman CW STONEKING, global sensation DAPPLED CITIES, beguiling synth-pop breakthrough BERTIE BLACKMAN and critical darlings THE DRONES.

Shortlisted for the coveted Jagermeister Best Australian Independent Album of the Year Award are BERTIE BLACKMAN’s Secrets and Lies, CW STONEKING’s Jungle Blues, DAPPLED CITIES’ Zounds, They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team by DECODER RING and Havilah by THE DRONES.

BERTIE BLACKMAN and SIA are also among the nominees for Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year, presented by Coopers 62 Pilsner and Best Independent Single or EP.

The JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS are presented by the AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS ASSOCIATION and honour the quality and diversity of music made by Australian artists, released by Australian owned independent record companies and distributed through Australian owned distribution companies. The AIR Awards are 100% Australian and recognize the incredible depth of talent in our music industry across all genres.

The 4th Annual JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS will be presented at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne on Sunday 22 November 2009 and hosted by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow.

AIR would like to welcome Coopers 62 Pilsner as the official beer of the Jagermeister AIR Awards 2009.

The 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARD NOMINEES

JAGERMEISTER BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Bertie Blackman - Secrets And Lies
C.W. Stoneking - Jungle Blues
Dappled Cities - Zounds
Decoder Ring - They Blind The Stars, And The Wild Team
The Drones - Havilah

INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bertie Blackman
C.W. Stoneking
Dappled Cities
Sia
The Drones

 
BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR, PRESENTED BY COOPERS 62 PILSNER
Art Vs. Science
Bertie Blackman
John Steel Singers
Oh Mercy
Sia

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP
Architecture In Helsinki - That Beep
Art Vs. Science - Art Vs. Science (EP)
Bertie Blackman - Heart
Philadelphia Grand Jury - Going To The Casino
SIA - Buttons

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM
Adam Brand - Hell of A Ride
Amber Lawrence - The Mile
James Blundell - Portrait Of A Man
Kirsty Lee Akers - Better Days
Tania Kernaghan - Livin' The Dream

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM
C.W. Stoneking - Jungle Blues
Ash Grunwald - Fish Out Of Water
The Waifs - Live From The Union Of Soul
Bonjah - Until Dawn
Carus Thompson - Creature Of Habit

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK OR PUNK ALBUM
Closure In Moscow - First Temple
I Killed The Prom Queen - Sleepless Nights & City Lights
Mammal - The Majority
The Amity Affliction - Severed Ties
The Nation Blue - Rising Waters

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP/URBAN ALBUM
Astronomy Class - Pursuit Of Happiness
Funkoars - The Hangover
Gully Platoon - The Great Divide
Hermitude - Threads
Pez - A Mind Of My Own

Voting for the BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE ALBUM and the BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM is not yet complete.

Nominees in these categories will be announced on Friday 23rd October.


Tickets are on sale from 23 October 2009.

Virgin Falls For Tassie

13.10.2009

falls festival virgin blue partnership

The Falls Festival is flying high with Virgin Blue Australia signing on as the official airline of the event.

A new partnership between the Falls Festival, Virgin Blue and Tourism Tasmania will allow Falls organisers to bring 23 international artists to Hobart for this year's festival, up from 19 last year.

But the benefits of the deal will really start to show next year, when Virgin Blue will offer exclusive "VFalls" flights from interstate to Tasmania just for Falls patrons.

The ever-growing number of Falls patrons from interstate inject millions of dollars into the state's economy each year.

Last summer, 28 per cent of the 16,000 Falls punters travelled from interstate to attend the event and that figure is set to increase dramatically this year, generating more valuable tourism dollars.

Falls founder Simon Daly said the partnership was a "perfect fit" for the event and the state.

"It makes the festival more accessible, and highlights the Marion Bay Falls Festival as the must-do event on music lovers' calendars across Australia," Mr Daly said.

Virgin Blue's online booking facility is now available on the Falls website, so patrons can easily access flight information and plan their trip to Hobart.

"Virgin Blue has a long-term love affair with Tasmania and Hobart, and that is reflected in the eight flights daily we operate to the city," Virgin Blue marketing and sponsorship manager Pete White said.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Tourism Tasmania to support the Falls Festival, and look forward to bringing visitors to Hobart to experience the sights and delights of Hobart and the festival."

Tourism Tasmania chief executive Felicia Mariani said the Falls Festival is an integral part of the organisation's events marketing strategy.

"The Falls Festival has been a very successful event in Tasmania for the past seven years and is working with Tourism Tasmania to drive tourism potential around the event," Ms Mariani said.

Full-festival tickets for this year sold out on Friday. A small number of tickets for the Falls Funk 'n' Soul Revue on December 29 are still available from www.fallsfestival.com.

Downsyde Takes Out The 2009 Red Bull Soundclash!

12.10.2009

Redbull Soundclash Downsyde

It’s final. Hip hop heavyweights, Downsyde are the winners of the Red Bull Soundclash for 2009, beating indie rock sensation Little Red in a closely contested battle of the bands.  From one challenging round to the next, blow by blow, note by note, the unstoppable Downsyde finally defeated Little Red to claim the coveted trophy.

The energy at the UNSW Roundhouse was at its peak as fans streamed from the beer garden and into the Roundhouse for the second Soundclash event to hit Oz.  Channel V presenters Renee and Kyle proved to be a dynamic duo in hosting the innovative musical event, and with DJ Leeroy Brown of Katalyst on the decks, the excitement was undeniable.

When the bands finally took to their respective stages, the Roundhouse was filled to the brink and the 700-strong crowd brought the commotion.  The audience were transported from rock to reggae, house to hip-hop and ultimately decided who the winner was based on applause. The “decibel-meter” measured the sonic energy of the crowd by microphone, which was meticulously positioned from the ceiling. The results were then displayed on massive screens for all to see.

After a tight four-round contest it was hip-hop that reigned supreme with Downsyde taking out the trophy and with it, a place in Red Bull Soundclash history.

The competitive energy on stage was really more of a friendly rivalry, and the bands played this competition to perfection. The music was never-heard-before, jaw-dropping brilliance and the crowd appreciated every minute.

As the giant Red Bull Soundclash trophy was handed over to Downsyde, the two bands united on stage for a final performance of Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ to end the night. The fans suddenly found themselves cheering for both bands and there was no longer any sign of competition. Both bands certainly flexed their musical muscles and made sure nobody would forget this one-of-a-kind music event!

If you weren’t there to witness the action in person or just want to re-live the experience Channel [V] will be screening the 2009 Red Bull Soundclash on Sunday November 1st at 11.00am.

The Red Bull Stage at F1 Rocks Singapore

09.10.2009

Red Bull Stage at F1 Rocks! Sinagpore

It was a three day musical extravaganza in Singapore when some of the hottest up-and-coming artists in the world performed on the Red Bull Stage at the inaugural F1 Rocks Singapore music festival, held September 24th – 26th 2009.

Red Bull is certainly a brand that loves to do things differently, and in keeping with that ethos, mixitup created a truly unique design for the Red Bull Stage: shipping containers stacked on top of one another, against a backdrop of natural greenery at Fort Canning Park.

The outcome was a visual treat for fans, with its modern, raw industrial design and graffiti artwork. Some lucky fans even got the chance to enter the special VIP area atop a container for a direct view of the stage. A totally unique concert experience!

Brooklyn based rock band, Black Gold, headlined the stage, accompanied by UK beatbox extraordinaire Killa Kela and ZPYZ from Berlin. The supporting cast included Singapore’s very own Red Bull Music Academy alumni DJs Debbie Chia, Vijay Singh, Aresha and Sonicbrat, as well as popular local DJ Ko Flow. Completing the line-up was DJ Chris McGuiness from India, better known as the godfather of the Indian hip hop scene.

On-screen visuals were created by Singaporean VJ duo Achtung!Achtung (that’s German for Attention! Attention! in case you didn’t know) who have worked with Steve Aoki and The Rapture, amongst many others.

With Red Bull’s strong engagement with the Formula 1, and history of innovative music projects around the globe, the Red Bull Stage was a natural fit for a mega event like F1 Rocks!

2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards Announcement!

30.09.2009

2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards

The 4th Annual JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS will be presented at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne on Sunday 22 November 2009 and hosted by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow.

The JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS are presented by the AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS ASSOCIATION and honour the quality and diversity of music made by Australian artists, released by Australian owned independent record companies and distributed through Australian owned distribution
companies. The JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS are 100% Australian and recognize the incredible depth of talent in our music industry across all genres.

Now in their forth year, The JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS continue to grow and become recognised as a barometer for next year’s ‘big’ acts.

Previous winners include Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Hilltop Hoods, The Herd, Eddy Current
Suppression Ring, Gotye, British India, Sneaky Sound System and John Butler, many of whom have gone on
to major commercial and critical success subsequently.

Join great Australian musicians and industry members at the 2009 JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS and enjoy
performances by some of the country’s most sought after artists plus celebrate the successes of the Award
winners.

JAGERMEISTER AIR AWARDS are presented in the following categories:

Best Australian Independent Album
Best Australian Independent Single/EP
Best New Australian Independent Artist
Best Australian Independent Artist
Best Australian Independent Hard Rock/Punk Album
Best Australian Independent Urban/Hip Hop Album
Best Australian Independent Country Album
Best Australian Independent Dance/Electronica Album
Best Australian Independent Blues and Roots Album
Best Australian Independent Jazz Album

Voting opened on 25 September and closes on 12 October 2009.

Tickets are on sale from 23 October 2009.

Days Like This! Festival

29.09.2009

days like this festival

After a stellar debut in January 2009 Days Like This!, Sydney’s unique one-day music event, will return to the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter on Sunday 10th January, 2010 bringing yet another opportunity for music enthusiasts to begin their new year in world-class style.

Days Like This! is a boutique musical event created for music lovers by music lovers.

Niche Productions and Waterfall Entertainment have once again sought an exceptional musical selection from a diverse range of genres, some of whom will be making their Australian debut and many others who will be performing exclusively in Sydney for Days Like This!

Tickets go on sale Thursday 8th October and will be limited in number in order to maintain an enjoyable experience for patrons. This will create the intimate and rarefied vibe that has become unique to Days Like This!

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM THURSDAY 8th OCTOBER

FROM MOSHTIX.COM.AU AND INTHEMIX.COM.AU

The Moore Park site will host four indoor and outdoor stages, 10 bars, a diverse collection of gourmet food offerings, market stalls and on-site parking.

Days Like This! is fastly becoming a stand out festival in the line up of Sydney festivals for its ability to combine good music, shorter queues and a sophisticated and passionate crowd.

Last year’s Days Like This! boasted one of the coolest and most credible musical lineups of Summer and this year they've done it again. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here is the first line-up for Days Like This! 2010 featuring 21 artists exclusive to this special event in NSW:

ROOTS MANUVA, THE CAT EMPIRE, AMP FIDDLER, CAT POWER & DIRTY DELTA BLUES, THE BLACK SEEDS, PIVOT, UGLY DUCKLING, MAYER HAWTHORNE, LTJ BUKEM & MC CONRAD, DILATED PEOPLES, QUANTIC (DJ SET), THE BAMBOOS FEAT: KYLIE AULDIST, JOKER, MARVA WHITNEY, THE NEXTMEN, MICACHU & THE SHAPES, THUNDERHEIST, WE HAVE BAND, NICKODEMUS, CASSETTE KIDS, PÉPÉ BRADOCK, TOM UGLY, TEENAGERSINTOKYO (DJ SET),BRENNAN GREEN, HARMONIC 313, MATTHIAS MEYER, APSCI, LEE DOUGLAS & LOVEFINGERS, THE SWISS!

 

 

Falls Festival Takes Off With Virgin Blue!

10.09.2009

Falls Festival Virgin Blue 2009

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce Virgin Blue Australia as the official festival airline for the 2009 event. Boasting a bigger line up of acts than ever before The Falls Festival interstate visitor numbers are expected to be strong again in 2009, generating valuable tourism dollars for the state.

In 2008 the popular music event attracted 16,000 visitors in total with 28% of those travelling from interstate. Through this exciting new partnership, patrons will be able to access a range of great flight options through Virgin Blue. 

Virgin Blue’s booking facility is now available on The Falls Music & Arts Festival website so that patrons can easily access flight prices and times for their trip to Hobart.  Virgin Blue is committed to Tasmania as a destination for domestic and international markets.

“Virgin Blue has a long term love affair with Tasmania and Hobart and that is reflected in the eight flights daily we operate to the city.  We are pleased to be partnering with Tourism Tasmania to support the Falls Festival and look forward to bringing visitors to Hobart to experience the sights and delights of both Hobart and the Festival.”

To celebrate this exciting new partnership, The Falls Festival has set aside the final 50 tickets to what is set to be a sold-out event to be released for Virgin Blue Guests to travel to Tasmania for the festival. 

Tourism Tasmania’s support of The Falls Music & Arts Festival represents an integral part of the organisation’s Events Marketing Strategy. Endorsing the new partnership, Tourism Tasmania, Chief Executive Officer, Felicia Mariani commented that, “The Falls Festival has been a very successful event in Tasmania for the past seven years and is working with Tourism Tasmania to drive tourism potential around the event. Tourism Tasmania are thrilled that the Falls have partnered with Virgin Blue who are a strategic partner of Tourism Tasmania”

A recent Economic Benefit Assessment conducted by Essential Economics Pty Ltd reported that the 2008 festival injected $22.5million into the economy via direct and indirect expenditure, providing a massive boost to the Tasmanian economy each year.

Red Bull Sound Clash 2009 Brings You Little Red Vs DownSyde

04.09.2009

Red Bull Sound Clash 2009

It’s back and is set to be bigger than ever! Once again, an explosive contest of sonic supremacy will be ignited on Friday, 2nd October when two bands from different ends of the musical spectrum meet to battle it out for one night only. Indie rock sensation Little Red will take on the dynamic hip-hop force that is Downsyde to win the favor of the crowd. Two bands, two stages, four rounds - you be the judge!

THE BATTLE

As promised, the Red Bull Soundclash will deliver non-stop excitement from the word go. Channel V will be there to cover all the action with V hosts Renee and Kyle to join DJ Leeroy Brown (Katalyst) centre stage as they lead the rival bands through the four rounds of monumental music madness that is the Red Bull Soundclash.

The Warm Up: Each band plays three of their own songs - Round 1 – The Cover: The bands cover an iconic Aussie track in their own style. Round 2 – The Take Over: Musical ping pong:  One band starts a track and the other has to finish. Round 3 – The Clash: The remix round:  Each band has to remix three of their own tracks in three different styles. Round 4 – The Joker: The secret weapon: Each band pulls out a wildcard….a big time musical friend!  The Final: The winning band takes to the stage to close the show.

THE BANDS

Hailing from Melbourne, Little Red has taken the music industry and Australian fans by storm! Since the release of their debut EP ‘Get Ready’ in 2006, Little Red have wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of THE bands to watch. With a host of sell-out headline shows and prime festival slots already to their name, this band promises to deliver a knockout live show every time. With their catchy tunes and infectious pop melodies, these boys will surely give Downsyde a run for their money!

Perth lads Downsyde have also solidified their place in Australian music. These hip-hop heavyweights have been breaking barriers and thrilling audiences around the country for almost a decade! 2008 saw them release the much lauded and critically acclaimed album ‘All City’ which gave rise to the now anthemic tune ‘Fortune and Fame’.  Pioneers of the Aussie hip-hop craft, these guys will certainly be a tough match!

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Andy’s Riot!

04.09.2009

Andy Griffiths Bus Tour

Andy Griffiths received a rock star welcome yesterday with more than 1000 students and fans lining the streets of Mildura for an autograph signing of his new book Robot Riot!

Touring regional Australia with his face plastered on the side of his tour bus, signing hundreds of books, Andy is more of a star than he could have imagined 20 years ago as a punk rock singer who had just moved to Mildura.

Andy says it’s wonderful to hear his books are turning a new generation of children on to reading.  “They’re still enjoying the same stories, I don’t think kids change a lot in what they find funny”.

Griffiths has won more than 40 Australian Children’s Choice Awards for his books, which have sold more than four million copies worldwide and have been featured on the New York Times bestsellers lists.

Nations United A Celebration of Humanity in All of its Diversity!

19.08.2009

Nations United

The times they are a changin’ – finally!
 
In 2007 a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report recommended more than a hundred amendments to federal law in Australia. The then government sidelined the report as too controversial. The community, we were told, was not ready for it. The new federal government introduced many of the reforms in 2008 with little opposition, proving society was in advance of the politicians.
 
Our Mardi Gras partners and partnerships demonstrate the large intellectual movement afoot in Australia. All of our partners truly believe that it is intolerable for any person, straight or gay to be discriminated against. When “blue-chip” companies recognize sexually - orientated minorities as an attribute of their corporate nature, we can be certain that we are on the path towards treating all citizens of our nation equally.
 
Change and progress takes time.
 
Since the 1969 Stonewall riots and the original 1978 Sydney protest march, much has been learnt and achieved. Indeed, not everything has been achieved.  But one day it will be.
 
Our partners and partnerships are stimulating the process of reform. Be sure of that. Together with us in the Mardi Gras spirit, one that has generated reform and challenged the status quo we celebrate, congratulate and pay tribute to our partners.
 
Acknowledging Mardi Gras as the world’s premiere GLBT festival were our government partners, Events NSW and the City of Sydney. We celebrated with first time sponsors Flight Centre, Midori, Atlantis and Budweiser. Joining us again to create a brave new world was ANZ, IKEA, Red Bull, Gaydar, Virgin Blue, Pump and SX.
 
Our partners’ bravery and commitment are vital in helping the community achieve the ultimate goal of creating laws that protect minorities and assures all people of a full and equal place in the society of our nation.
 
Nations United…imagine that!
 
Yours in unity,
 
Greg Segal
Director
Mixitup

Sunset Sounds 2010 Line-Up Announced!

07.08.2009

Sunset Sounds Lineup Announcement 2010

Hey if your planning on spending New Years Eve in Brissy and don’t want to travel down south for Falls Fest, never fear!

Sunset Sounds is here! 

If you love ‘music from lands abroad and towns near, tropical summer lovin’ weather and rolling green grass to frolic on’ , you better get your tickets to the Sunset Sounds Festival quick, coz’ last year’s sold out event was one hell of a way to bring in the New Year! 

Brisbane’s Botanical and City Gardens will host the summer soiree over two heavenly evenings as Sunset Sounds crafts its own stunning and spacious home by combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens.

Both Falls and Sunset Sounds share some amazing artists, so make sure to hit up the Sunset Sounds website for more info before tickets go on sale on 24 September 2009!

Whether you are enjoying a summer break or an après work beverage with a sound track to shake to, kick start your 2010 on January 6th & 7th in super fine style.

Bands appearing at Sunset Sounds:

Editors
Yveskleinblue
Moby
King Khan & The Shrines
Seasick Steve
The Middle East
Kakiking
Grizzly Bear
Sarah Blasko
Xavier Rudd
The Temper Trap
Hilltop Hoods
Rodrigo & Gabriela
Andrew Bird
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lisa Mitchell
Emiliana Torrini
The John Steel Singers
Art vs. Science

 

Mardi Gras Brings in the Pink Dollars!

07.08.2009

New Mardi Gras (NMG) today revealed Events NSW research showing that Mardi Gras brought over 21,000 visitors into New South Wales in 2009, generating almost $30 million in new money for the State.

The research originated from a comprehensive review of the 2009 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras carried out by Events NSW. A face-to-face survey of over 1,200 attendees was carried out by an independent research company on Parade night as well as an online survey of more than 400 Mardi Gras Partygoers.

Key estimates include:

• Over 21,000 visitors from interstate or overseas came specifically for Mardi Gras
• Overseas visitors stayed an average of 10.5 nights in Sydney and NSW
• Interstate visitors stayed an average of 3.9 nights in Sydney and NSW
• Overall direct economic impact into NSW: $29,548,761.

These results mean that Mardi Gras is one of the State’s best performing events on the NSW Master Events Calendar.

The review also included a media monitoring study that found Mardi Gras generated 448 press articles published in interstate and key NSW tourism markets, accounting for a cumulative circulation of over 40 million. Television and radio items broadcast in interstate markets had a cumulative audience of almost 17 million.

“We are delighted at the results this research has delivered,” said NMG CEO Anna McInerney. “Not only do they demonstrate what a major draw Mardi Gras is and its economic significance for the State, but they also help us understand our audience better.”

“Events NSW investment in New Mardi Gras has allowed us to pursue a growth strategy with confidence. There is enormous potential to increase both the volume and quality of visitation and we are absolutely determined to achieve this.”

Events NSW CEO Geoff Parmenter said we are thrilled at the outcome of this research, which clearly shows Mardi Gras is an important Sydney event that successfully drives tourism and generates significant economic benefit for NSW.

“In our role as strategic partner, we worked closely with New Mardi Gras in developing an enduring and sustainable business model that has ensured a future for the event in Sydney. 

“Sydneysiders should be very proud of this iconic event.  It showcases the diversity of our city to the world and we are confident Mardi Gras will continue to deliver for the State over the coming years.

2009 Falls Festival Line-Up Announced!

07.08.2009

Falls Festival 2009


The Line-Up for the 2009 Falls Festival has been announced this week, and we’ve got all the juicy details!
Australia’s longest running boutique music festival takes place over three days, and two stunning destinations: lovely Lorne in Victoria and Tasmania’s Marion Bay on 29 December til 1 January.


Yet the lush surroundings are just the beginning of this three day soiree, with some of the world’s leading international artists choosing to make their debut in Oz at the event.  Oh and by the way, The Falls Arts Village is making a come back by popular demand!  The vast array of up and coming musical talent, comedians and Saturday Night Fever Films will have laughing and dancing your summer days away! 


The first instalment of the 2009 Falls Festival is as follows:


The kaleidoscopic vocals of Karen O guiding the formidable YEAH YEAH YEAH'S (USA); equipped with his full band comes iconic songwriter and producer, MOBY (USA); rewriting the hip hop rulebook comes HILLTOP HOODS; nerve-shatteringly beautiful and likely contender for Album Of The Year, GRIZZLY BEAR (USA – First Ever Australian Shows);  the unbridled dynamic energy of incendiary guitar virtuosos RODRIGO Y GABRIELA (Mexico); harmony-laden whole hearted dynamism of THE TEMPER TRAP; in his first Oz performance with new international  band comes XAVIER RUDD; captivating soaring vocals and sonic alchemy of EMILIANA TORRINI (Iceland); the driving energy and soulful melodies of LITTLE BIRDY; local electro-dance heroes MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS;  sophisticated, entertaining and spirited storytelling of YVES KLEIN BLUE; Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist, the eclectic ANDREW BIRD (USA); the undeniable funk and hip hop party starter grooves of LYRICS BORN (USA); Brooklyn based experimental pop magicians CHAIRLIFT (USA – First Ever Australian Shows); the 11-peice psychedelic-soul big band explosion from dynamite act KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES (Germany – First Ever Australian Shows); iconic modern rockers EDITORS (UK); garage pop brilliance laced with punk from the infectious PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY;  the dazzling guitar work and shimmering tapestry of future folk from  KAKI KING (USA); the ethereal, organic and immaculate performance of SARAH BLASKO; three sets of funky hands from the feel-good brand of obscure pulsating electro/pop from ART VS. SCIENCE; one of Britain’s most admired club DJs and audio visual manipulator DJ YODA ; awe inspiring, live phenomenon that is LIAM FINN (NZ) ; sweet pop-folk sensibilities of LISA MITCHELL ; the spawn of Diplo and Switch’s futuristic dance-floor-insurgent-sonics of MAJOR LAZER (Soundsystem) (USA); the dream-like tapestries that weave an aural delight from PATRICK WATSON (Canada - First Ever Australian Shows); a hootenanny hoedown from bluesman SEASICK STEVE (USA); rock’n’roll renditions from great Scott’s THE VIEW (Scotland); Aussie hip hop stalwart URTHBOY; dark pop meanderings from  WHITE RABBITS (USA - First Ever Australian Shows); a simmering intensity from pocket full o’ punch noise lovers  FUTURE OF THE LEFT (Wales); some high energy tunes from high priestesses the KILLAQUEENZ*; and the rare multi-instrumentalism and indie-rock melting-pot of THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS.


For fantastic footage of Falls, check out mixituptv here.

 

Kirin & Ksubi are Big In Japan!

15.07.2009

Kirin Ksubi

Australia’s favourite fashion force Ksubi has teamed up with iconic Japanese beer brand Kirin to launch the Australian ‘Big In Japan’ cultural exchange programme. 

Originally a sarcastic phrase applied to failed rock bands, the term ‘Big In Japan’ is contemporarily used as a statement to describe up and coming talent on the verge of international stardom.

As an illustration of the thriving culture continuously evolving in both Australia and Japan, Kirin and Ksubi will showcase emerging Japanese and Australian talent online at www.biginjapan.com.au and through experiential based events.

July saw the beginning of an exciting and ever-evolving partnership with the launch of the ‘Big In Japan’ blog.  Ksubi, alongside Japanese contemporary cultural writer Amelia Gloom bring us the blog, a celebration of innovative Japanese creativity that is sure to keep us in the know on what really is ‘Big In Japan’!!

Check out the ‘Big In Japan’ blog here.

Sydney will host the subsequent inaugural Big In Japan event, where talented Japanese and Australian bands, DJs, musicians and installation artists will be showcased in Spring 2009. 

Watch this space for further details of the event!

Andy Griffiths on Tour for Just Macbeth

10.06.2009

Andy Griffiths

After a period of writing hibernation, international best-selling author Andy Griffiths is feeling fresh, invigorated and ready to hit the road.  Kicking off on the 3rd of July, Andy will begin his four-week national book tour to promote his latest children’s novel Just Macbeth.  Adding to Andy’s entourage, mixitup created a moving promotional billboard that will follow Andy on his journey across the countryside. 

 

Just Macbeth is the script of the successful play following Andy, Danny and Lisa in their first ever full length adventure.  Performed in 2008 by the Bell Shakespeare Company, Just Macbeth is one of the most hilarious, dramatic, moving stories of love, Wizz Fizz, witches, murder and madness!

 

Andy will give a series of sixty-minute presentations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Maitland and the Central Coast. He is expected to be mobbed by kids, thanked by parents, perhaps chastised by teachers and librarians, but above all welcomed with fanfare into local bookshops. 

 

Make sure you’re there when Andy comes to your town!

Jagermeister partners with the AIR Charts

30.05.2009

Jager-AIR Partnership

Ground breaking news on the Australian independent music scene this week with the exciting announcement that Jagermeister has partnered with the AIR Charts, making the Jagermeister AIR Charts the only charts in the world to secure the ongoing support of a naming rights sponsor.

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) produces the Jagermeister AIR Charts which track the sales of Australian artists released by Australian independent labels both monthly and weekly. 

Click here to check out this week’s Jagermeister AIR Charts.

Even in the current climate of global financial crisis, the rapid growth of the Australian independent music scene demonstrates the strength of the independent music sector in Australia, and Jagermeister’s backing of the AIR Charts is further evidence of this.

Over the past two years Jagermeister has displayed their continual support of Australia’s indie music community through their sponsorship of the annual AIR Awards.  Last year’s televised event saw Melbourne’s Corner Hotel packed to the rafters and this year’s ceremony will be no exception! 

Jagermeister’s agreement to take on further sponsorship of the AIR Charts is a clear demonstration of their passion to promote Australian independent artists to Australia and the world. Stay posted for details on the 2009 Jagermeister AIR Awards set to take place  this November in Melbourne.

V Festival Punters Revel In Branson Bliss!

06.04.2009

Duffy

V Festival was bigger and better than ever this year, leaving punters revelling in true Branson bliss!  The success of V Festival can be attributed to the smorgasbord of music genres combined with stunning locations and staggering atmosphere generated by the punters. 

As promised, V Festival delivered the Australian gig goer a truly unique experience, showcasing some of the hottest international and local acts for the third year running.

As we made our way from ‘This Stage’ to ‘That Stage’ and onto ‘The Other Stage’, and the ‘Virgin Music Stage’, it was obvious why  90,000 Aussies in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast made V Festival a matter of national importance!

Headlining act The Killers enthralled their fanatic following while Ireland’s Snow Patrol returned once again to enchant the masses.  Musical sensation The D0 had fans of all genres grooving along to their contagious songs and Duffy’s soulful tunes were a stark contrast to the indie rock echo of Louis XIV.  Other acts included Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, The Kills, M83, The Human League, Elbow, Jenny Lexis, The Howling Bells and Jackson Jackson.  But the icing on the V Festival cake was certainly American rapper Vanilla Ice giving us his 90’s classic Ice Ice Baby.

V Festival certainly pushes the boundaries within the live music circuit, providing everyone with a little something and has firmly established itself within the music festival arena.  V Festival will be back by popular demand in March 2010 so stay tuned for some exciting details to come in the near future! 

Click here to catch a glimpse of some live footage of the event! Suits us to a V!

Sydney 2009 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

10.03.2009

Mardi Gras Parade

Rio de Janeiro’s Brazilian Carnaval ain’t got nothin’ on Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and this year’s festival was no exception!  If you missed out on standing on the milk crates along Sydney’s renowned Oxford Street, never fear, we fastened our Gucci seat belts and strapped a dike on a bike in preparation to take you up close and personal on the glitz and glamour that was Mardi Gras 2009.  The last time we saw this many men in feathers and beads was when Tom Cruise came out to play while the Mrs was away! 

Due to its overwhelming popularity, Fair Day became the official launch party for Mardi Gras 09.   Despite the torrential downpour, 25,000 people, a myriad of the diverse community groups of Sydney, turned up to open the festivities, catching some dynamic acts at the Lounge Bar and on the Broadway Stage, strolling amongst the stalls and relaxing on the grassy knolls of Victoria Park (in their raincoats and ponchos of course).

The Mardi Gras Film Festival brought us the very best in internationally acclaimed queer flicks to keep the film buffs ecstatic, while the Festival Bar at the Supper Club provided killer entertainment to all with acts like Trevor Ashley, Kristy Apps and Melissa J Evans, Bob Downe and Dollies and Soldiers.

The lush scenery of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens reminded an international audience why Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party is regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular.  Everybody danced well into the evening, Midori cocktail in hand with the magic of Sydney’s Opera House and stunning Harbour Bridge as their backdrop. 

This year’s Nations United theme was the perfect Mardi Gras Parade backdrop and provided a warm welcome to our GLBTIQ international guests.  Joan Rivers and her acid tongue were stationed on the Pink carpet as one of the celeb hosts for the Foxtel live broadcast. For the first time in 7 years, Foxtel took the Mardi Gras parade into lounge rooms Australia–wide. Certainly a testament to the growth and appeal of the Mardi Gras festival.

As if the excitement, energy and costumes of the parade weren’t enough, the world-renowned post-parade Party had us grooving even further into the night, ending three weeks of pandemonium with a bang!! Thanks Nat Bassingthwaighte!!

Whether you were a boy who likes boys, a girl who likes girls, or any other colour on the GLBTIQ rainbow, people of all walks of life and nationalities united to celebrate, leaving exhausted smiles all the way up the Oxford Street strip.

Check footage from all the Mardi Gras 09 events here at mixituptv

All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival 2009

20.01.2009

All Tomorrow's Parties 2009

Here at mixitup, we’ve always envied cities like New York, London, Barcelona and Edinburgh who have had the pleasure of hosting the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival. 

So you can imagine our excitement when originator Barry Hogan decided to pack his British festival swag and bring us his boutique festival, highly praised for treating people with respect, pricing drinks reasonably and presenting decent bands who play a lot of sets!

Sydney, Mt Buller and Brisbane were the three Aussie locations chosen to host this music event, in unique and intimate settings in each state . 

As per tradition, the curation of the event was handed over to an influential and revered force in music. In 09, the honour was bestowed on Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, who genuinely made the festival their own. They called on international artists Spiritualized and James Blood Ulmer, not to mention Aussie mates The Saints, Laughing Clowns and The Necks to help stir up the crowd.  It was a diverse, eclectic line-up never to be seen again!

On Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, performances took place across four outdoor stages and guests could be seen chilling at a number of indoor and outdoor bars.  The impressive turnout was made up of real music lovers who sought to both reconnect with their fave acts from years gone by, and uncover fresh talent. 

We’ll keep you up to date with all future ATP-related news, so hit up our news section regularly. Believe us, if you missed the first Aussie ATP, don’t miss your chance this time. You won't forget this festival in a hurry.

Let There Be Light @ Sunset Sounds 2009

10.01.2009

Sunset Sounds 2009

Falls Festival organisers proclaimed “Let there be light” in Brisbane this week as they illuminated the Sunshine State with their Sunset Sounds Festival for the first time ever. 

And sunshine there absolutely was.

Everyone was feelin’ hot hot hot as our beloved sun burnt country blessed us with flawless examples of Australian summer heat.  Punters spent Wednesday and Thursday in sweltering conditions amongst the brilliant backdrop of Brisbane’s stunning Botanical and City Gardens.

Turning up the heat even higher was the summer festival’s scorching line-up, bragging massive names as The Hives, The Kooks, Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sarah as well as Santogold.

Sunset Sounds appealed to the punter within thousands of Brisbaners who spent two sultry evenings frolicking in the Gardens, taking in some of the most picturesque sights Australia has to offer.  No wonder both days were well and truly sold out with capacity for the venue increased to accommodate a whopping 25,OOO partygoers.

Sunset Sounds has well and truly gained the respect of Brisbane’s music savvy community, kicking off 2009 with a bang.  And what a way to initiate the New Year indeed! 

After its successful inauguration, Australia’s hottest summer festival will light up the Sunshine State once again in 2010 so be sure to stay tuned for the lineup announcement!

Modular 10th Birthday Bash @ Nevereverland

30.12.2008

Modular 10th Birthday Nevereverland

Nevereverland first hit Australian shores in 2007 with music duo Daft Punk generating an atmosphere of pure electronic ecstasy.  With the inaugural event resulting in such a colossal sensation, Nevereverland became the most enthusiastically anticipated music event of the 2008 Australian calendar! 

In an attempt to feed their music addiction, young Australians flocked to venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth not only to get their groove on, but to commemorate the 10th birthday of Australia’s most influential independent record label, Modular. 

And commemorate they did. 

Modular turned double digits in style with the likes of Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes of Australia’s very own premier electronic act The Presets putting on a show to help celebrate a decade of rollin’ out the hits.  The audacious indie-dance duo launched the crowd into musical mayhem, belting out hit tunes from their six-time Aria award-winning album Apocalypto. 

But that wasn’t all Modular had install for the Nevereverland clique.  The line-up was nothing short of mind-blowing with acts like the Klaxons, Ladyhawke, Cut Copy, Hercules & Love Affair, Whitest boy Alive, to name a few, performing hit after hit, each tune accumulating the ecstatic energy of the last to generate what was an absolutely astonishing atmosphere for all. 

Click here to catch a glimpse of some live footage of the event!

The crowd’s deafening applause was a testament to the complete success of Nevereverland, the pinnacle of the 2008 Australian music calendar and left party-goers pondering why such an event can’t be foreverever!

Happy 10TH Birthday Modular !!

Stay tuned for the anticipated announcement of the 2009 Nevereverland line-up to be released in the near future!!

Red Bull Soundclash First time in Australia!

12.12.2008

Redbull Sound Clash

Gloves became musical instruments and mouth guards became microphones last night as the Hordern Pavillion transformed into a musical boxing ring for the Red Bull Soundclash.  Rock and hip hop culture, complete opposites of the musical spectrum, went head to head exchanging blows for an entire evening in what was the musical bout of the century. 

The Red Bull Soundclash has its roots deep in the tropical reggae sound system clashes of Jamaica, but trust Red Bull to give it a contemporary caffeinated twist, pitting bands of opposing genres against each other to create a unique clash of sound, style and creativity.

In one corner was TZU with a planned attack of beats and rhymes and in the other, The Vasco Era looking for salvation in the holy trinity of guitar, bass and drums.  The crowd, acting as referee, were plot in the middle of the two stages to actively judge each band’s musical prowess during the interactive musical performance. 

The Vasco Era abided by all the artistic rules of the musical conversation to beat up their opponent, TZU in four rounds.  The ecstatic cheers of the crowd measured off the decibel-o-meter, leaving host Yumi Stynes no choice but to crown the Vasco Era as the Red Bull Soundclash King. 

The extraordinary music contest set pulses racing, and left everyone’s eardrums ringing well into the night. 

Click here to view the action from the inaugural event!

I wonder what musical genius will step into the ring in 2009 when the Red Bull Soundclash comes to town in October.  Be sure to find all the details here as soon as they are announced!!

2008 Jagermeister AIR Awards!

25.11.2008

Jager-AIR Awards

Over 700 music industry personalities and independent Australian artists packed Melbourne’s legendary Corner Hotel to the rafters on Monday to witness Channel V’s Jane Gazzo and Bluejuice front man Jake Stone present the 2008 Jagermeister AIR Awards.    

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association handed out their awards at the magical ceremony to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Australian independent artists, exclusively spotlighting those artists released through independent record labels. 

Artists weren’t the only ones awarded on the night.  The audience received an astonishing line-up exhibiting some of Australia’s thriving talent including The Getaway Plan who kicked off the ceremony, Grafton Primary, The Drones, ending the evening with Eddy Current Suppression Ring who took out Best Independent Hard Rock/ Punk Album. 

Indigenous singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu demonstrated his solo stardom, stockpiling three highly sought after awards for Best New Independent Artist, Best Blues and Roots Album and Best Independent Album for his debut solo album Gurrumul.

The Herd delayed ceremonial proceedings when crowds went wild after their inspiring performance, only to walk away with Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Hip Hop/ Urban Album Awards. 

To view footage of the 2008 AIR Awards click here.

Congratulations to all AIR Award winners!!!


Best Independent Artist
The Herd (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Best Independent Album
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)

Best Independent Single/EP
The Getaway Plan - Where the City Meets The Sea (Boomtown Records/Shock)

Best New Independent Artist
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)

Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk Album
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Primary Colours (Aarght Records/Shock)

Best Independent Urban/Hip Hop Album
The Herd – Summerland (Elefant Traks/Inertia)

Best Independent Country Album
Bec Willis - Bec Willis (Independent/Shock)

Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album
Peret Mako - The Devil is in the Detail (Future Classic/Inertia)

Best Australian Independent Blues/Roots Album
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul (Skinnyfish Music/MGM)

Best Australian Independent Jazz Album
Tina Harrod - Worksongs (Independent/Vitamin)

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20.08.2008

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