NEWS: Weekly Recap – Double J, Bigsound 2014, and Australian Tours

Double J launches

Triple J’s digital spin off Double J flung itself onto the airwaves this week with a song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: “Get Ready for Love.” Double J promises to be more inclusive than this song choice would have you believe, with a wide range of artists, Triple J presenters and music gurus taking up the reins on this new service.

The station will feature an ‘artist in residence’ segment on Sunday afternoons, with The Go-Between‘s Robert Forster taking the first role. The shows will run alongside written pieces, such as Forster’s guide to David Bowie. In the meantime, proud parent Triple J are as popular as ever.


Tour changes for Janelle and Kimbra

In a unfortunate blow to Perth, Janelle Monae and Kimbra have cancelled their May 16 show at Challenge Stadium, apparently due to issues with the tour schedule. Also, the duo’s Sydney show on Monday May 19 has changed venue, moving from Hordern Pavilion to the Sydney Opera House.

However, the pair’s Golden Electric tour has added an additional show in Melbourne, at the Forum theatre on Saturday May 17. Tickets for this show will be available to purchase on Wednesday May 7.


Splendour ticket troubles

Music fans hoping to purchase their Splendour In The Grass tickets stress-free were sorely disappointed last Friday, when a non-authorised person entered the Moshtix system and changed the prices. Some buyers were presented with super-discounted (but invalid) tickets as low as half the actual price, whilst others faced outrageous credit card fees (we’re talking thousands of dollars).

A spokesperson has assured those affected that their credit card details have not been spread to third parties, and that any excess charges will be refunded. There is some speculation that the black market group, Silk Road may have been involved, Despite the issues, Splendour has since sold out, naturally.


Bigsound 2014 speakers revealed

Brisbane’s annual mecca of music, Bigsound, has announced the first list of speakers for 2014. The lineup boasts an impressive array of international names, as well as some of Australia’s talented promoters. Early bird registration for the conference is still available for purchase.

Applications are open for artists who wish to apply for Bigsound Live, the night-time event which dominates all the major venues in Brisbane’s primary entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley. Applications close on Friday May 9.

Little Bigsound, the smaller (and cheaper) cousin of the conference will take place on Monday July 21 (8am-3pm) at The Edge, South Bank. The ticket price is only $44 and is aimed at providing young, aspiring music industry professionals with tips, advice and networking opportunities. The list of Little Bigsound speakers will be released this month – keep an eye out for updates here.


Veruca Salt are coming

American grunge-rock band Veruca Salt put aside their differences last year to reform, and have now announced an Australian tour for September 2014. The four piece recently released their first new songs in over a decade, proving that they’ve still got the touch.

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Disney freeze Iggy Azalea’s #1 hopes

Coinciding with the release of the DVD, the soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen has climbed to #1 in the ARIA Albums Chart this week. The album, which features the ubiquitous Oscar-winning “Let It Go”, kept hip-hop artist Iggy Azelea relegated to #2 after her new album, The New Classic debuted in the charts this week.

MKTO have shot back into the top ten from #43 last week, no doubt thanks to their recent tour. Meanwhile, in the singles battle, Sheppard‘s upbeat radio favourite “Geronimo” was taken down a position by Ed Sheeran‘s “Sing”, which has gone straight to #1 in its first week. And for the pleasure of haters everywhere – Pharrell Williams is slightly less “Happy’ as his defining song drops out of the top ten.


Kasabian announce 2014 tour

British electronic rock quartet Kasabian have announced an Australian tour for 2014 to support their upcoming album 48:13. The title references the album length, making it almost lazier than an eponymous record.

The tour dates are:
Tuesday August 5: Metro City, Perth
Thursday August 7: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Saturday August 9: Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sunday August 10: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thursday August 12: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane.

The band recently premièred “Eez-Eh” on Triple J – the first single off their new LP. You can grab it for yourself when it is officially released as a single on June 1st.

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