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Festival News Wrap-Up, October 24

Thursday 24 October 2013

Festival News Wrap-Up, October 24

Tasmania experiments with headphones

This weekend sees The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) hosting a 24-hour experimental global radio concert listened to through headphones. Klapperstein sees artists from France, Germany, Switzerland and Tasmania’s Mona Electroacoustic Ensemble streamed live.

Laneway Festival announce sideshows

As the 2014 Laneway edges closer, promoters have announced the first round of sideshows from Scottish trio Chvrches, Scottish indie-rock five piece Frightened Rabbit, British singer-songwriter King Krule and London all-girl post-punk four-piece Savages.

Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt and Run The Jewels will perform a joint sideshow in Melbourne and Sydney

Chvrches will perform The Forum in Melbourne and Metro Theatre in Sydney.

Frightened Rabbit will perform The Palace in Melbourne and Metro Theatre in Sydney.

King Krule will perform The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney.

Savages have shows booked for The Hi-Fi in Melbourne and Metro Theatre in Sydney.

Country Fun to become annual

The inaugural Country Fun in Ipswich, Queensland, will become an annual event after it drew 1,000 punters. It was originally planned by the Rotary Club of Booval to raise money for the flood-hit community as an alternative to selling horse manure, co-organiser Russell Bentley said. “We hope it’ll one day grow to the size of the Gympie Muster,” he added.

Breath Of Life continues without funding

Despite a well-intentioned push by a councilor, Launceston Council has again refused to give the Breath of Life festival $20,000 funding. Co-promoter Clint Pease has given an “oh well” shrug and gone on to announce that playing Inveresk Showgrounds on March 8 are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Empire Of The Sun, Parkway Drive, Art vs Science and Drapht.

Future Music expands Malaysian show

Future Music has expanded its 2014 Malaysian festival to three days, with Director Brett Robinson expecting 75,000 to attend, making it the region’s largest festival. Supported by Malaysia’s tourism authority, it is held March 13 to 15 at Kuala Lumpur’s Mines Wonderland theme park with deadmau5, Armin Van Buuren, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rudimental and Wu-Tang Clan.

- Christie Eliezer