Despite a last minute venue change, Falls Festival blitzed it this year with sets by Disclosure, Foals, Courtney Barnett and more.
In just a week's time, the interns will be going international, following our Aussie artists around the US, discovering a few international artists and covering one of the biggest festivals in the world, Coachella. We're going to the land of the free and because we like ruining surprises we're attempting to guess what's going to happen at Coachella. Coachella is the festival for surprises. We've seen 2Pac appear as a hologram, Daft Punk debut Get Lucky and Beyonce get up to dance with Solange. Never does a year go by where something special doesn't happen so here are our educated guesses as to what the festival will bring us in 2015.
Every year at Coachella there’s a number of acts who jam-pack their set with special guests. Last year it was Pharrell who brought out the likes of Usher, Gwen Stefani and Jay Z. This year, it looks like Drake is the most appropriate artist to bring out a plethora of guests. Of course, Kanye West has been everywhere at the moment and also had a collaboration album in the works with Drake last year, so he is an obvious guess.
Another possibility is Nicki Minaj who is a label-mate of Drake and they each feature on a number of each other's tracks. Drake has made Minaj’s Truffle Butter a staple of his recent sets so a Nicki appearance would make so much sense. The bad news? She’s in the UK during weekend one so weekend two would be the only possibility.
The Weeknd is also on the lineup and could make an appearance for Crew Love. Lil Wayne is a long shot but his tour schedule leaves room for a weekend one appearance so all the fingers and toes are crossed.
We’d also be happy if Rihanna jumped up on stage with him. She stomped around the festival grounds last year and is also building hype for her eighth album and this would be an easy press grab.
Run The Jewels feature on Until The Ribbon Breaks’ Revolution Indifference and UTRB feature on RTJ’s Job Well Done so an on-stage collaboration at Coachella wouldn’t be out of the blue. Run The Jewels’ recent shows makes them an early favourite to be one of the best acts of the weekend so an opportunity to see them twice is not one we would pass up.
Coachella last year was all about Kendall Jenner. The second youngest of the klan strutted around Palm Springs just when her career as a model was starting to blow up. Kylie was also there last year but all eyes will be on Kim Kardashian this year. If Kanye jumps up on stage with Drake it would be rude of Kim not to make an appearance.
Of course the Kardashians only distract from the main focus of the weekend (music) but Coachella has always encouraged a little celeb spotting.
We’ve got a pretty impressive contingent this year. Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk and What So Not will be pumping out their tunes over the weekend proving why Aussie electronica is impressing the world right now. Vance Joy, Angus and Julia Stone, Chet Faker, AC/DC and Tame Impala are also playing but we reckon all eyes will be on our electronic artists. Since Flume blew the roof of the festival last year, Americans seem to be keen for more and more of our brand of electronica and these three acts are probably the best representation of where we’re at in 2015.
Also, Wonderland is one of a very small handful of female producers taking to the stage (including Annie Mac!) and she’s got more than enough gusto to take on the boys. Anna Lunoe held her own last year and Wonderland will have no problem this year.
They may be Aussie but AC/DC is a very confusing choice for Coachella, a festival known for drawing a largely youthful audience. It’s impressive that Aussies Tame Impala and AC/DC will finish-up night one but it’s hard to be sold on the fact that the veterans are a great fit for the festival. Glastonbury has so far announced Foo Fighters and Kanye West. AC/DC would arguably be a must better fit for Glasto while the Foos would’ve been a perfect headliner. Last year Coachella nailed it with Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire. This year the headliners feel a little flat. It will be interesting to watch but we reckon a lot of people will be looking for alternatives on the first night.
It took a while for EDM to find its way to America but it’s now well and truly established. Last year Calvin Harris broke attendance records on the mainstage at Coachella and it seems this year it will be left up to veterans like David Guetta to do the same. What’s more striking about this years lineup, however, is how many electronic producers features. Bixel Boys, Cashmere Cat, Jon Hopkins, Ryan Hemsworth, Kaytranada, Odesza and Todd Terje (just to name a few) all standout as prominent additions to the lineup in 2015. For the most part, these acts really grew their profile last year (Jon Hopkins is a legend, so maybe not him) and built their own hype. They also have great records to stand on. Cashmere Cat could really make a big impression as he’s the only one here really reaching into the pop-world. With Ariana Grande on side he could really give the EDM acts a run for their money.
On the other hand the EDM lineup seems stale. David Guetta is the biggest name on there and he’s joined by the likes of Martin Solveig, Alesso, Axwell ^ Ingrosso. Bar perhaps Oliver Heldens there are no young guns that are really pushing the boundaries. The highlight, although you’d be hard-pressed to call him EDM anymore will be Porter Robinson who has a vision far beyond playing the Beatport top 10.
It’s our prediction that even if EDM-loving festivalgoers stumble into say Kaytranada or Odesza they will be swayed. Coachella may mark the minute EDM reaches the downward side of the bell-curve. We’ll see.
We saw it here in Aus with Jungle and now we’re hoping to see it again. Vic Mensa has to be one of the most promising rapper around at the moment and while in Australia on the Laneway Festival tour he made a name for jumping up on stage with other acts most notably Flight Facilities and Jungle. With the pair on the lineup together it’s likely that Mensa will add a verse to Jungle’s Busy Earnin’ live on stage.
It’s also likely that Mensa will jump up during Kaytranada’s set to perform their excellent new track Drive Me Crazy. It may not be quite as exciting as Drake and Kanye but it shows a new wave of artists collaborating with each other and represents an exciting spark in the music community.
Florence + The Machine and Tame Impala are both sitting just under the headliners on the bill. Both of them are about to release their third record and seemed poised to be future headliners of major festivals.
Coachella will be their major test. If they can bring the euphoria and climaxes needed to create a memorable Coachella set then we reckon this will be the last time you’ll see them at the festival as a non-headliner.
Each of them have a song that hits all the right accent to create goosebumps - Florence with Dog Days Are Over and Tame Impala with Elephant - so it’s likely that these two will be many people’s highlights. We’re also more than likely to hear tracks from their new albums live at Coachella so keep the camera-phones at the ready.
Oh, please let it happen.
It’s happen more times than we care to count but what better occasion to strip down to your birthday suit that the world’s biggest festival. 2014 really introduced Mac Demarco as more than an indie-cult hero. He’s proved himself to be a charismatic, highly-capable performer with a swag of excellent songs to boot and Coachella will hopefully bring a much wider audience to him.
Maccy D jammed out to Salad Days to kick start the Converse/Vans convention at The Hi-Fi on Tuesday night. Kicking off the night with one of our favourite tunes from this gap-toothed dreamboat made it a solid start to the set. The energy from this band is that of a wild child teenage escapade, with tantrums from members and Mac climbing and jumping into the crowd from the venue mezzanine. When Mac’s bassist left the stage during the gig, he was soon to be replaced by The Murlocs' bassist; just another pleasant Mac Demarco surprise!
We're so glad Agnes Demarco, Mac’s adorable mother, was there to introduce the gig because she is the best and is the older, female version of Mac. What a fam.
With St Jerome's Laneway Festival just around the corner, the time has come for all you festival-goers to get up to scratch with the artists that will be on display. In order to connect with the youth of today, we thought we'd present some of the musicians in an easily-identifiable format. Swiping fingers at the ready...
Swipe right for conversation with Courtney.
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[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/banksbanksbanks/banks-beggin-for-thread[/soundcloud]
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/capturedtracks/passing-out-pieces[/soundcloud]
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/partisan-records/nerve-endings[/soundcloud]
Swipe right for conversation with FKA twigs.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/st_vincent/digital-witness[/soundcloud]
Swipe right for conversation with Vic.
[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/fuck-vic-mensa/down-on-my-luck[/soundcloud]
Laneway Festival kicked off in Singapore and Auckland last weekend. For full lineup + tickets to the Australian shows, click here.
Saturday 31 January - Brisbane Showgrounds (16+)
Sunday 1 February - Sydney College Of The Arts SOLD OUT
Friday 6 February - Harts Mill, Port Adelaide (16+)
Saturday 7 February - Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River's Edge, Melbourne
Sunday 8 February - Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle
In the words of the incomparable Janet Jackson- "the best things in life are free". With a harsh budget delivered this week, Australia's youth have been denied access to a life of dole-bludging and are subject to potentially rising university fees. It's ok though, because we are here to soften the blow with free new music. Each Thursday will be now known as Throwaway Thursdays- a weekly collection of all that the internet is giving away. Below are a bunch of complimentary mixtapes, documentaries and mixes that can be downloaded or watched without credit card charges or additional HECS debt.
When you hear the artist BOOTS it’s usually in association with Beyonce. That’s because the wonder-kid produced many of the tracks off Beyonce’s surprise, self-titled album. Since its release, “Who is BOOTS?” has been searched 52 million times on Google. Well, consider this mixtape his formal introduction. He’s called upon a bunch of friends to help him too with Kelelah, Jeremih, Shlohmo and Son Lux all contributing to tracks. Oh and one more- Beyonce, of course. Not bad for a debut mixtape, ey?
We featured Bayou’s Airlock in Musical Speed Dating a few weeks ago, with the track garnering everything from a one rating to a four. The UK-based singer-songwriter’s debut mixtape is likely to be just as divisive as he works alongside chopped and screwed soundscapes and unconventional melodies. For the most part it leans towards experimental RnB but you’re also sure to feel some James Blake vibes throughout. Whatever your taste may be, it’s free and nobody resists a freebie.
Everyone loves the Mac and you’re likely to fall further in love with the Canadian larrikin in this beautifully filmed documentary directed by Jon Leone. Yes, it features shower scenes. Yes, it features plenty of cigarettes. Yes, it features a trip to China. Such is the life of this slacker. The Pitchfork-premiered film is a more than entertaining look into the bizarre personality of Mac DeMarco. And he talks about Australia which he describes as “a real treat”.
Annie Clarke has some pretty cool friends. She’s impressed everyone from Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the surviving members of Nirvana. But this eclectic mix is her chance to show off who’s dominating her iPod or Gramophone. The 50-minute mix for FACT mag sees the singer-songwriter step behind the decks to spin everybody from Kanye to Beyonce to King Krule. It doesn’t make complete sonic sense but it’s a damn good collection of tunes nonetheless.
King Krule – Easy Easy
Solex – Oh Blimey!
Beyonce – Blow
David Bowie – Warszawa
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Loretta Lynn - Wine, Women and Song
Kid Creole and The Coconuts - Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Sisyphus - Calm It Down
Marvin Pontiac - No Kids
The Clash - London Calling
Liz Phair – Divorce Song
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, Suite 3
Selda – Yaylalar