• Welcome to a slightly truncated midweek edition of The Purge. Truncated, of course, because of last night’s ARIA Awards in Sydney. Naturally for most record company staff, publicists and promotional staff, this week is all about Australian music’s night of nights, so it tends to be a little quieter for the rest of us. No matter, we crack on…
• Some of Australia’s (and the world’s) brightest musicians will come together this Friday to celebrate the third instalment of the #MMD4U campaign. The campaign, supported by the likes of Troye Sivan, Tigerlilly, Dean Lewis, Astrid S and more (see the video below) aims to inspire young people and let them know that there’s someone in the world who believes in them. There’s also a song – called ‘Headstrong‘ – proceeds from which will benefit the MMAD charity. “People underestimate the power of positive encouragement and the potential it has to transform a life,” MMAD CEO Dominic Brook explains. “On Friday December 1, reach out to that person in your life who may need to hear it. We are asking everyone to help raise awareness by posting an image with ‘#MMAD4U’ and tag them in your post because every young person deserves someone who believes in them and the opportunity to live their potential.”
• Belle & Sebastian have confirmed an Australian tour in May next year. The Scottish outfit will kick their run of four dates off with a show at the Astor Theatre in Perth on May 02 before making the trip east for shows in Sydney (Opera House on May 05), Melbourne (Palais Theatre on May 04) and Brisbane (The Tivoli on May 07). “We are delighted to be coming back to Australia in 2018, with some new songs to play for you,” frontman Stuart Murdoch teased. Tickets are on sale this Friday from 9am AEDT.
• The Laneway Festival has grown again; organisers have added seven more acts to the 2018 line-up, but in specific cities. auspOp favourites Client Liaison will play Adelaide, Kirin J Callinan will play in all cities except Fremantle, Pond plays nationally, Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Baker Boy, Spike Fuck FML will all play Melbourne and Stella Donnelly will be on the stage in Fremantle.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : James Blunt (Sydney)
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29 : Chris Botti (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Joey Bada$$ (Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : LCD Soundsystem (Nationally)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Nothing Compares To Prince (Sydney, Melbourne)
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30 : Seal (Nationally)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 01 : Belle & Sebastian (Nationally)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 01 : Jackson Browne (Nationally)