Mass Exodus of Australian Bands for Canadian Music Fest

Image courtesy of Jack Carty

If it gets to mid march and you’re flipping through your gig-guide and wondering where on earth all of your favourite bands have gotten to, then it’s likely that they’re on the bill for Canadian Music Fest 2011. It’s a 5 day festival in Toronto that boasts over 800 artists in 55 venues. You can see as many or as few as you want with the purchase of one wristband costing $75. Yes. That’s not a typo. It’s seriously only $75 Canadian Dollars. Among the migrating Australian artists are Timber & Steel favourites Wagons, Matt Corby, Kim Churchill, Jack Carty, Dan Sultan, Blue King Brown as well as a host of other Aussie acts including The Jezabels, British India, Little Red, The Chemist,The Vasco Era,  Aplonea, Alanna Cherote, Adrian Wilson, The Resignators, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Drawn From Bees, The On Fires, Stone Parade, Ruby Tigers, Rocket Surgery, Toby & Mayfield.

With last year’s line up donning the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, The Trews, Born Ruffians, Bedouin Soundclash, Jason Collett, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Children Collide, Plants and Animals, Jeff Martin, Dan Mangan and Timber Timbre- this year’s can be expected to deliver in much the same way. From a cursory glance I can already see the names Yukon BlondeThe Wilderness of ManitobaMiddle Brother, The Sadies and Cuff The Duke jumping out at me, but I’m sure I’ll find even more as I slowly comb my way through the line-up over the next few weeks.

Timber & Steel would like to congratulate all the Aussie bands that got their names on this bill. We’re sure everyone will enjoy the experience.

2011 Big Day Out Light on the Folk

Blue King Brown
Image Courtesy of Blue King Brown

I first discovered Angus and Julia Stone at 2007’s Big Day Out and since then I’ve associated the rock festival (probably unfairly) with folk. So when 2011’s lineup was announced this morning I was a little disappointed that there were only a smattering of Timber and Steel artists. Amongst headliners like Tool, Rammstein and Iggy Pop folk fans will get a chance to see folk/roots/acoustic/indie artists like the aforementioned Angus and Julia Stone, The John Butler Trip, Blue King Brown (above) and Little Red.

Full 2011 lineup is on the Big Day Out web site.

Pyramid Rock Lineup

Liam Finn
Image Courtesy of Liam Finn

The latest summer festival to get the lineup-announcement treatment is Phillip Island based New Years Eve event Pyramid Rock. Unlike other festivals Pyramid Rock is pretty light-on in the folk department but a few gems including Liam Finn (above), Basement Birds, Little Red and Xavier Rudd will be making an appearance. For details on the festival check the official site. The full lineup is below:

The Temper Trap
Neon Indian
Future Of The Left
Born Ruffians
Shout Out Louds
Mystery Jets
Xavier Rudd
Arrested Development
Basement Birds
Lightspeed Champion
Tinie Tempah
Spit Sindicate
Built To Spill
Violent Soho
Hungry Kids Of Hungary
Philadelphia Grand Jury
Gypsy and The Cat
The John Steel Singers
Trentemoller Live
Liam Finn
Little Red
Miami Horror

20th Meredith Music Festival Lineup

Cloud Control
Image Courtesy of Cloud Control

The lineup for this year’s Meredith Music Festival on the 10th, 11th and 12th December has just been announced and as usual it’s pretty exciting. Acts such as The Dirty Three, Neil Finn (Crowded House), Sally Seltmann, C.W. Stoneking, Little Red and Cloud Control (above) will all be gracing the stage. Tickets are only available via an online ballot so visit the site to enter your name.

The full lineup is below:

Dirty Three
Neil Finn
Washed Out
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
Reverend Horton Heat
Pantha Du Prince
Little Red
C.W. Stoneking
El Guincho
The Heatwave
DJ Harvey & DJ Garth
Sally Seltmann
The Dead Salesmen (Duo)
Those Darlins
The Field
Jeff The Brotherhood
Rat Vs Possum
Cloud Control
Combo La Revelacion
City Of Ballarat Brass Band

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