Lights and Absolut vodka, of course, are the real stars of today’s music festivals

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By Nicole Hughes in New Events on Thursday 6 November 2014

‘The light is the star. If it wasn’t for the lighting effects, 180,000 people wouldn’t be turning up’. In this fascinating video, the art and lighting directors for today’s largest festivals – such as TomorrowWorld, ElectricZoo and BurningMan – come together and talk about the importance of lighting when creating an atmosphere in which to enjoy live music.

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Californian kid ‘breaks into’ music festivals around the world and it totally pays off

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By Milo Sumner in New Film on Saturday 26 July 2014

Have you ever used a fake ID to get in to a bar, jumped over a fence to avoid paying, or skipped a mammoth queue by pretending to be with somebody important? How about faking press-passes and sneaking on stage with some of the biggest musicians in the world at the wildest festivals?

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Amsterdam’s Pitch Festival 2013: electronic, witch-hop, experimental, music

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By Kirsten Sibbles in New Events on Friday 28 June 2013

Groot-Mokum is famous for its beautiful canals, bicycle riding, art world, and, of course, other unmentionable things. It is not renowned for its electronic music as such, which is usually reserved for mega cities such as Berlin, London, New York or the shore lines of Croatia and Ibiza. Nonetheless, Amsterdam has been known to embrace the out of the norm with grace.

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Review: Groovin’ The Moo Maitland 2013

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 4 May 2013

Well, well, well. What is there to say about Groovin’ The Moo? As you should know by now it’s Australia’s ONLY regional touring music festival, which means one thing: highly excitable punters. I arrived super early (which I never do to festivals) to catch one of my favourite Sydney bands FISHING. The duo opened up […]

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Music festival poster invites you to promote with graffiti

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Friday 5 April 2013

Imagine getting this VIP ticket holder package in the mail. It has your ticket and poster. But the poster is a mask and a graffiti stencil. The info booklet is also a stencil and totally interactive. And the grenade shaped box even comes complete with a surprise “jumping-snack-in-a-can prank” to get you in the right mood. With this package, the […]

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Bass Coast: a rave in the Canadian wilderness

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By Philthkids in New Events on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Now nature is pretty decent on its own, but try spending three days in the Canadian Mountains alongside a glacier fed river surrounded by cutting edge music and thousands of stoked out party goers! Although still in its infancy, Bass Coast continues to get better every year and has officially become The Party among the […]

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Interview with Sydney band Collarbones

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 20 December 2012

Collarbones are Sydney’s Marcus Whale and Adelaide’s Travis Cook, a couple of friends that met over the internet and used to chat about music after school on MSN. What they didn’t know in those days was that their chats would lead to them being one of Australia’s most interesting and exciting electronic music duo’s.

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Land Of The Giants in Sydney: a concert review

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 27 November 2012

When Astral People and Strawberry Fields joined forces with a dream of bringing the best of SF to Sydney, nobody could have anticipated just how well it worked. I walked into Sydney’s Metro Theatre expecting the unexpected and I got it in more ways than one.

Apart from the bone-rattling bass, the first thing that hit me once I got inside was the amazing visuals that evolved to suit each artists performance. Multi-coloured squares for Thomas William, crazy nebula outlines for Synkro, and swirling dreamlike skies for Baths. I made it my mission to capture the mood and experience of each artists’ performance. This is quite evident through the non-conventional accompanying photographs.

As patrons started to file into the Theatre, Thomas William took to the decks to serve up some classically colourful tunes. Glitchy synth lines began rolling out over chopped up drum loops as the crowd got into the mood of things. William definitely has a knack for arranging repeating patterns into all-round crowd pleasing tracks.

By the time Manchester’s Synkro took to the stage, things were really starting to fill up. The crowd burst into applause as the visuals changed and the beats started dropping. Projections of swirling lines that reminded me of Nebula’s began to appear along with long lines of light. Synkro proved why he is in hot demand as a remixer by dropping his reworking of The xx’s Night Time as the crowd built in anticipation and size. The mood was just right despite some technical issues during the set.

The crowd was now fully primed and ready to be taken on yet another journey, and who better to lead the expedition than Los Angeles’ Baths? Giving everything in an energetic and heart felt set, Baths filled the room with his yearning vocals and dreamy chord progressions as surreal skies filled the room. It wasn’t all serious though; Baths pulling faces at the crowd. I was won over. Baths was the highlight of my evening.

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SPONSORED: The Laneway Festival

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By Lost At E Minor in New Events on Monday 15 October 2012

Ok, ok, where to start? Hmm, perhaps with some of the awesome acts that you’ll get to see: Bats for Lashes, Holy Other, Real Estate, Yeasayer, Kings of Convenience, Alt-J, Flume, and many, many more. Yup, this is the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, which began in Australia in 2004 when ‘Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers […]

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Splendour in the Grass 2012 iPhone app

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By Alana Saphin in New Trends on Thursday 26 July 2012

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Splendour in the Grass in NSW’s beautiful Byron Bay this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then make sure you download the new Splendour in the Grass 2012 iPhone app, which is available in the App store. If you’re an avid festival goer, you’ll agree this is an awesome […]

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Choose Yer Own Festival

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By Extra Happy Ghost in New Events on Saturday 25 June 2011

This is the best DIY thing ever. In their words: ‘Choose Yer Own is a festival based on sweet adventure, and built around a love for Calgary and the many great projects that happen here. Choose Yer Own is a collaborative festival. Anybody can put anything on, which means the festival is always unpredictable and […]

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Guitar body art by Emma Hack

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By Rogue Rouge in Video on Friday 15 October 2010

This video is a behind the scenes look at South Australian artist Emma Hack painting the Adelaide Guitar Festival image on a nude model. The womanly curves of the guitar come alive with every brush stroke. The beautiful guitar music that accompanies the video is by Leonard Grigoryan of the Grigoryn Brothers and was remixed […]

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