It’s that time of year again. So just who the hell is coming out to Australia in December/January/February for festival season? Probably some of the following but most likely not all of them.
Big Day Out
Big Day Out often brings out some great acts surrounded by a bunch of shit. It has already been confirmed that Neil Young will be headlining the festival (odd choice) and My Morning Jacket will be playing as well. Other rumoured acts include: TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys, The Ting Tings, The Verve, The Raconteurs, The Prodigy, Klaxons, Pearl Jam (doubtful?), Simian Mobile Disco, The Killers, and the required Australian content including PNAU, The Vines, The Presets, You Am I and The Living End.
Keep an eye on this thread for more rumours/confirmations.
I’ve found that January is the best time to be in Sydney if you like leaving your house and the Sydney Festival is a huge part of that. The festival runs all month, has tons of outdoor stuff, and in the past couple years the organizers have really been bringing out some amazing musicians. It will be hard to top last year’s performers (The National, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, etc) but let’s hope they try.
Leonard Cohen is a name I keep hearing…
All Tomorrow’s Parties
Now the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival isn’t even (publicly) confirmed yet, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours. Apparently it will be happening in a few spots around the country including Sydney and apparently the following (amazing) acts are possibly appearing: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Dirty Three, Mercury Rev, The Drones, and Public Enemy (playing A Nation of Millions?).
If that lineup is even kind of true this festival is going to be pretty special. Keep your eye on this thread on Polaroids for further rumour-mongering.
Now since this festival spares Sydney a further influx of designer fluro douchebags doing designer drugs we have to sacrifice some goats/Meg Ryan to ensure Underworld play Sydney. I’m thinking that a gig at Bondi Beach on New Year’s Eve is in the works. I could care less about where or when…I just want to see Underworld.
The 2009 Laneway Festival has been announced for late Jan./early Feb. Things just got crazier.
All these bands are, of course, in addition to the artists we actually know are making their way down here for the festivals in December. Some of these include:
Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, Santogold, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Grates, Gomez, Tegan and Sara, Fleet Foxes, Jamie Lidell, Augie March, Cut Off Your Hands, The Drones, Architecture in Helsinki + many more.
Meredith Music Festival
Holy Fuck, MGMT, Saul Williams, Man Man, Final Fantasy, The Mountain Goats, The Ruby Suns + more.
WHO ELSE CAN YOU ADD TO THE RUMOURS?