After a sold out event in 2013, The Big Pineapple Music Festival will return on Saturday May 17 with Bliss N Eso The Living End, Art Vs Science, Spiderbait, Violent Soho, Peking Duck, Alison Wonderland, Funkoars, Thundamentals, Redcoats, Mr Hill & Rahjconkas, Drawcard, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Rattraps, Ribongia, Total Eclipse, Black Diamond, Mouvment, The Tea Society, Young Franco, Jasti, loads of parking and camping and all the oversized novelty fruit you can handle.
THE MONKEYS ARE COMING
Arctic Monkeys rewrote the rock & roll rulebook with their last LP, ‘AM’, which shot straight to the top of the ARIA chart and was hailed as “the greatest record of the last decade” by NME. Now Sheffield’s favourite sons have announced their biggest Australian tour yet. The two-time Glastonbury headliners will play the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday May 7.
After selling out Sydney and Melbourne shows in less than 24 hours earlier this year, indie rock phenoms Bastille are returning Down Under. Their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ has sold over two million copies worldwide, making them one of 2013’s biggest breakout bands. Led by the flawless vocals of frontman Dan Smith, Bastille play the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday June 13.
THIS ORCHESTRA’S IN LOVE
The Presets will team with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a series of “genre-bending” concerts next year. The ‘Timeline’ tour is billed as “a kaleidoscopic journey through 42,000 years of music” that will see Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes apply their classically trained touch to the likes of Vivaldi, Mozart, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and, uh, Maria Carey. The Brisbane date is scheduled for Monday May 26, with the venue still to be confirmed.
Are you an ARIA? Then there’s a good chance Flume won you on the weekend. The ubiquitous producer added Best Male, Dance Album and Breakthrough Artist gongs to his trophy cabinet. Meanwhile, Tame Impala won Album Of The Year, Best Rock Album and Best Group; Jessica Mauboy took home Best Female; and Guy Sebastian somehow beat Paul Kelly, Neil Finn, Karnivool and The Drones for Best Australian Live Act. Seriously.
The Pixies have lost their second bass-playing Kim this year. Kim Shattuck — who replaced Kim Deal when she quit the band earlier in the year — has been given her marching orders, but it seems to be amicable. “Super disappointed to learn that my time with The Pixies ended today,” she tweeted. “Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.”