Each year us music lovers come together, anxious to know who will be performing at these concerts, awaiting the announcements with held breath and butterflies in our stomach. While last year was huge with artists like Kiss and Motley Crue, this year certainly isn't disappointing either!
Over all three nights from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March, MusicSA kicks off the night with their choices of 'Bands On Track' Winners (to be announced soon). This is a fantastic opportunity for local Adelaide musicians to perform in front of a big crowd as well as share the stage with some fantastic national and international acts. It's been a huge success each year, and works as a great crowd warmer for the main acts, who are as follows...
In the wake of debuting at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart with their fifth studio effort ‘Circus In The Sky’, Bliss n Eso now find themselves with the highest selling Australian album of 2013, and a revered Gold plaque after only 10 days of release.
Between the multiple number one charting albums and chart records, various awards and accolades, an unprecedented live presence and the most loyal music fanbase in the country, the Sydney trio continue to push not only themselves, but hip-hop, forward in Australia.
Horrorshow are an Inner West Sydney hip hop duo comprising Solo (Vocals) and Adit (Producer). Emerging on the scene in 2008 with The Grey Space, an album created during high school, at a time where they linked up with Spit Syndicate and Joyride to form the extended One Day crew. The album was released on Elefant Traks, earning an ARIA nomination and tours with The Herd, Muph & Plutonic and Hermitude – all before the duo turned 21.
Their much anticipated third album King Amongst Many was released on August 2nd and stormed to #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes album chart. It was the highest placed local release and highest ever debut for Elefant Traks. The record was featured as ‘album of the week’ on national broadcaster triple j, Sydney’s FBi Radio and Melbourne’s PBS-FM. In a feature review from The Sydney Morning Herald they were applauded for their ability to “… traverse complex sonic and lyrical landscapes”. It has since been
long-listed for the Australian Music Prize and nominated for a j award for Australian Album Of The Year.
Horrorshow’s King Amongst Many Tour saw them play to sold-out audiences across the country.
Empire Of The Sun announce “DNA”as the second single from “Ice On The Dune” as a digital single and remix bundle for release September 23rd featuring new remixes from Calvin Harris, Alex Metric, Brodinski and more. The “DNA” video will release in full September 5th – in the meantime fans can preview a trailer for the new video via Under The Radar Magazine.
“DNA” follows first album single “Alive,” a #1 ARIA Dance Chart and Billboard Dance/Club Play hit and #1 HypeMachine charting track that is currently enjoying radio support from US stations such as KROQ, KCRW, and more. The band made its U.S. television debut performing “Alive” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” earlier this summer and the “Alive” video – produced by Kelvin Optical, Inc., a division within Bad Robot – has more than tenmillion views.
2013 got off to a flying start for Kimbra. February saw her winning the "Record of the Year" Grammy for her contribution to the Gotye global smash "Somebody That I Used To Know” and the pair picked up a further Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
This song has capped a whirlwind journey that has introduced Kimbra to the world. The rest of 2013 has been devoted to writing and recording her new album. Apart from a major performance in September at the Rock in Rio Festival, where she played to 40,000 people, with a guest appearance from Olodum for a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us“.
Kimbra has carved out a magnificent reputation as a live performer, with a work ethic to match; she's relentlessly toured the globe for the last 2 years, thrilling audiences at home and abroad with over 140 gigs in 2012, including 3 tours of the US.
With his seventh album, FUSE, Urban takes some bold strides, pursuing new sounds and new approaches that will surprise even his most devoted fans. This fearless experimentation is evident just from looking at the album's credits, which reveal a list of acclaimed producers and writers who are new collaborators for Urban, including such diverse hitmakers as Butch Walker, Mike Elizondo, Jay Joyce, and Stargate.
Keith Urban says that there's nothing that he would change on FUSE. He embarked on a musical journey with a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish, and he delivers. “I set out to make a different -sounding record,” he says, “and in the process found myself in completely unfamiliar, and at times uncomfortable, territory. But it all worked because at the core of everything that we did over the past few years were this group of songs—and I’m so grateful for them.”
Urban has been honored with Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of County Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, American Music Award, and Australia’s coveted Aria Award. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012, and for the last several years, he has spearheaded the "All for the Hall" benefit concerts, which have raised nearly $2 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Guy Sebastian is the only Australian male artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in chart history. Guy was born in Malaysia in 1981 and moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 6. After turning 10 his family moved to Adelaide, which they were to call home for all of Guy’s teenage years. Guy’s interest in music started at a young age, taping his favorite songs from the age of four. It was at the age of 14 that Guy started singing.
2013 saw Guy‘s national Get Along Toursell out across all 47 show dates in all markets across Australia, running from March until the end of June. Guy has spent the majority of 2013 between Sydney and Los Angeles writing his 8thstudio album, with the highly anticipated release to occur in early 2014. December of this year will see Guy open for Taylor Swift on the Australian leg of her 2013 world tour, ‘TheRed Tour’, featuring 6 sold out stadium concerts across Australia’s major metropolitan cities.
Aside from his music, Guy enjoys a reputation as a person of the highest moral values and integrity. He is an official ambassador for The Red Cross and World Vision, and also supports the Royal Children’s Hospital, Sydney and The Royal Melbourne hospital.
There was no Boom Crash Opera break-up or farewell tour. The band remains a part of the members’ lives, even though they’ve all done other things (Maz is part of Mark Seymour’s band, The Undertow, and done time as a major label A&R man; Peter has composed music for theatre; Richard wrote and produced the SeaChange theme and produced several hit albums; Spock is a graphic designer, having done several album covers; while Dale has never stopped gigging).
The new songs – the hypnotic “I Am” and the alluring “You Can’t Stop The Sun” – show that Boom Crash Opera remain a viable, vibrant force.
This is a group that’s still doing its own thing. But they’re not afraid to list their influences, which give an insight into the band:
“XTC, The Reels, early Models, Carlton scene in the ’80s, Nick Launay, experimental ’80s hairdresser bands, anything English (except Level 42), the Rosebud Carnival massacre, the Australian pub rock scene, Steve Brown, Serious Young Insects, Bang, Govt Drums, The Church, early Hunters, and cheap beer at The Club in Collingwood.”
“We sounded like our name,” Peter Farnan notes, “and everybody knew that name.”
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