HOME AND AWAY
We told you Rudimental were on their way to Australia, but we couldn’t tell you when or where. Well, now we can. The chart topping Londoners, last in the country for Future Music Festival earlier this year, will bring their highly charged live show to Eatons Hill Hotel on Friday September 20. They’ll be showing off new album ‘Home’, featuring hits ‘Feel The Love’, ‘Not Giving In’, ‘Hell Could Freeze’ and ‘Waiting All Night’. Tickets go on sale this Monday May 20; you might want to get onto that in a hurry.
THE HAUNTING OF PAUL KELLY
For one night only, as part of Brisbane Festival’s opening celebrations, Paul Kelly will pay homage to the immortal works of some of history’s greatest wordsmiths. ‘Conversations With Ghosts’ will see the legendary singer-songwriter set the words of WB Yeats, Judith Wright, Les Murray, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Kenneth Slessor and Norman MacCaig to music at QPAC Concert Hall on Saturday September 7. The full Brisbane Festival 2013 program will be announced on June 12.
BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST
Local music conference BIGSOUND has launched its 2013 program in style. Held from September 11-13, the industry get-together has tapped UK legend Billy Bragg, US crowdfunding guru Amanda Palmer and Aussie country queen Kasey Chambers for speaking gigs, while Xavier Rudd, Megan Washington, The John Steel Singers, Stonefield, Bleeding Knees Club, The Jungle Giants, Spit Syndicate, Dune Rats, Clubfeet, Thelma Plum, Citizen Kay and Little Bastard are the first live acts (of a total 120!) to be announced. Watch this space...
Neutral Milk Hotel — aka April Ludgate’s favourite band — are confirmed to appear at Harvest. The cult heroes, reunited with reclusive frontman Jeff Mangum after far too long, will appear at the Brisbane leg of the event on Sunday November 17, with festival boss AJ Maddah confirming that the band will also play sideshows “in non Harvest cities”.
NI**AS IN POLAND
Scottish producer and G.O.O.D. Music signee Hudson Mohawke has previewed previously unheard Kanye West tracks at gigs in Dublin and Poland. No footage has surfaced from the Dublin show, but two of the tracks from the Poland set have found their way to YouTube. It’s not clear if they’ll appear on Yeezy’s sixth solo album (due for release on June 18), but with lines like “there’s leaders and there’s followers but I’d rather be a dick than a swallower”, we hope they turn up in an official capacity somewhere soon.
DIAMOND AND THE ROUGH
Azealia Banks has found herself caught up in yet another Twitter war. This time it’s with Marina And The Diamonds (aka Marina Diamandis), who tweeted: “All your personality goes on Twitter. IRL you have nothing left to give.” Banks, who assumed this was directed at her, responded with this gem: “She better shut up before before I steal her look & sound.” Apparently plagiarism is a cool thing to threaten people with now?