Splendour in the Grass
After so many fake poster releases, Australia’s biggest music festival Splendour in the Grass has released its much hyped lineup. As usual, it features an overwhelming choice of international and local music from a range of genres with a total of 84 acts on the bill. We already knew Outkast was headlining from their accidental leak, but joining them as headliners are Lily Allen, Two Door Cinema Club, Foster the People and Interpol.
Other than these big guns, art felicis’ personal not-to-be-missed choices include Chvrches, Danny Brown, Ásgeir, Sky Ferreira, Courtney Barnett, The Kite String Tangle, Saskwatch and DMA’s. Plus DJs Nina Las Vegas, Motez and Basenji, of course.
It’s going to be from the 25th – 27th of July in Byron Bay, and tickets go on sale at 9am on the 2nd of May.
Record Store Day
Record Store Day is an event on the third Saturday of April every year celebrating independently owned record stores. This year it landed on the 19th of April, which was just last week. Founded in 2007, it’s since spread into every continent (except Antarctica, as the website fruitlessly pointed out. Guys, I thought there was a major underground music scene happening down there) with celebrations such as in-store appearances from artists and special releases happening on the day.
One half of Australia’s Record Store Day ambassadors Dan Sultan (the other being Marcia Hines) actually performed live at Readings St Kilda on the day for free. There were also releases from Outkast, Nirvana and Jake Bugg, amongst heaps more. It’s an endearing concept and celebrating the humble record shop with free live music is definitely okay with us.
60 90’s Songs in 6 Minutes
As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, triple j hosts an annual event on Good Friday, succinctly titled Good Az Friday. This year, they had comedians Al Newstead and Anna O’Bryan perform a mashup of 60 songs from the 90s in 6 minutes. If you’re a 90s kid like all of us at art felicis are (and even if you’re not – let’s face it, the 90s was a great musical decade), this is actually a really fun watch. Try and pick out as many songs as you can.