• Mumford & Sons kick off The Purge midweek edition, with the confirmation of a new EP, due for release in the middle of June. It’s called ‘Johannesburg’, it’s a collaborative release, it features five tracks and was recorded alongside Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg at the South African Broadcasting Authority back in February. It will be released in Australia on Friday June 17.
• The tracklisting for Kygo’s new album ‘Cloud Nine’ has been revealed. And it would appear that the Norwegian producer has a thing for Australian vocal talent; it’s not just Conrad Sewell flying the flag for us Aussies as part of its tracklist. Set for release on May 13, ‘Cloud Nine’ also features collaborations with Matt Corby (on ‘Serious’), as well as Angus & Julia Stone (who appear on album closer ‘For What It’s Worth’. Labrinth, Foxes, Rhodes, John Legend and James Vincent McMorrow are among the other acts appearing.
• Flight Facilities will perform alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in September this year as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Sydney. They’ll combine to play a spectacular set in The Domain on Saturday September 10th, with special guests to be announced in the coming months. Tickets are on sale from tomorrow.
• Speaking of tickets, tickets for a number of Splendour In The Grass sideshows are on sale from today, tomorrow and Friday. Check out the comprehensive list of on-sale dates below to work out just when you’ll be needing to have your credit card details handy.
• The Vengaboys’ forthcoming Australian tour continues to go gangbusters, with word through from their touring company Metropolis that in addition to sell-out shows in Melbourne and Sydney, the band has now sold out their one-off Adelaide date. This is despite a recent shift from Governor Hindmarsh to the larger Thebarton Theatre to cope with demand. Tickets are still available for the second Sydney, fourth Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart shows, but are selling fast.
• The Rubens have added an Adelaide show to their upcoming ‘Hold Me Back’ tour. They’ll swing by the South Australian capital for a gig at HQ on Friday June 17. A pre-sale kicks off at noon local time tomorrow, with general public tickets going on sale from noon on Monday May 02.
• Band Of Horses will play a one-off headline show in Melbourne this July as part of their visit to our shores for Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay. News of the show comes as the band confirms that their new album ‘Why Are You OK’ will be released in June, though a specific date is yet to be confirmed. Pre-sale access to the July 24 gig at the Forum Theatre kicks off from 9am on Friday, before general public tickets hit the sales desk from Monday May 02.
• And speaking of Melbourne, Bring Me The Horizon has added a second (and final) show at the city’s Margaret Court Arena as part of their September Australian tour. Their first gig (on September 22) has sold out. Tickets for the new one (on September 23) are on sale from midday tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : The 1975 (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : At The Drive-In (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Beach Slang + Spring Kid (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : James Blake (Nationally)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Jake Bugg (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Jack Garratt (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Mark Lanegan Band (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Peter, Bjorn & John (Sydney, Melbourne)
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 : Seth Sentry (Nationally)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : Bring Me The Horizon (Melbourne)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : Flight Facilities (Sydney)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : The Kills (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : Lapsley (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : Red Bull Academy Weekender (Sydney)
THURSDAY APRIL 28 : Santigold (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY APRIL 29 : Leon Bridges (Sydney, Melbourne)
FRIDAY APRIL 29 : Tegan & Sara (Sydney, Melbourne)
MONDAY MAY 02 : Band Of Horses (Melbourne)
MONDAY MAY 02 : The Rubens (Adelaide)