This year the AIR awards, or Jagermeister Independent Music Awards as they are now apparently known, have come under a bit of criticism for being sponsored by both Jagermeister and Nova, a station not known for playing anything remotely unsigned. However you shouldn’t let that distract you from the fact that unlike the televised music awards in this country, they recognise independent music that many people in the music consuming public might not pay attention to otherwise.
Another great thing about the AIR awards is that the general public are welcome to attend. This year the tickets are = $29 +bf and the event will feature live music from nominees Cloud Control as well as British India and Sally Seltman. It will all be happening tomorrow night (October 1st) at the Forum in Melbourne.
There are too many nominations to list here, but the ever so amazing Philadelphia Grand Jury are nominated for best breakthrough artist along with Cloud Control and Otouto.
Meredith is much more than a music festival for many people and this year it will be celebrating it’s 20th year.
Many people were expecting some great suprises for the anniversary and they won’t be dissapointed, with 90’s heros Custard, The Dirty Three who played that set in 2004 and the Dead Salesmen Duo who played the first ever Meredith joining the line-up of both and old bands.
The complete line-up is:
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
Reverend Horton Heat
Pantha Du Prince
Dj Harvey & Dj Garth
The Dead Salesmen (Duo)
Jeff The Brotherhood
Rat Vs Possum
Combo La Revelacion
City Of Ballarat Brass Band
The ballot has now closed but for those of you who didn’t get around to entering (myself included), tickets will be avaliable from September 7 from select retailers and September 9 from http://www.mmf.com.au
Why are all the good bands touring in May? When June comes around I’ll be stuck seeing Elvis impersonators and shitty hardcore bands.
Seriously though, on record at least, Cloud Control are awesome. They have generated quite a bit of hype latley after supporting bands like Yves Klein Blue and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and will be relasing their debut album Bliss Release on the 14th of May.
They will be embarking on a national headline tour in May. The Dates are:
Thursday 13th May – The Harp, Wollongong
Friday 14th May – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney
Saturday 15th May – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday 21st May – Republic Bar, Hobart
Saturday 22nd May – East Brunswick, Melbourne
Sunday 23rd May – East Brunswick, Melbourne
Thursday 27th May – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury
Friday 28th May – MOJO’s, Freemantle
Saturday 29th May – Amplifier Hotel, Perth
Wednesday 2nd June – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney ( Free )
Friday 4th June – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba
Saturday 5th June – Transit Bar, Canberra
Tuesday 11th June – Great Northern, Byron Bay
Wednesday 12th June – The Zoo, Brisbane
Saturday 19th June – Jive Bar, Adelaide