The 2014 Big Day Out line-up is one for the nostalgic, with Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones and The Hives headlining the festival. These will all be amazing performances in greatly varying styles, but today I'd like to tell you about some of the less obvious bands on the line-up that shouldn't be missed.
Okay, so this first band is very obvious, but the probable magnificence of this show needs to be reinforced. Arcade Fire are renowned for being incredible live, and this will be only their second ever tour to Australia (their first being way back in 2008), so it could be another five years until they return!
If you've never gotten around to listening to them, have a go at these tracks: 'Rebellion (Lies)', 'Keep The Car Running', 'No Cars Go', 'Modern Man', 'Suburban War' and 'We Exist', and if you like them get all their albums — they're all great.
Toro Y Moi
Toro Y Moi (English translation: Bull and Me) is Chaz Bundick—an electronic music producer that has changed styles a few times since he helped start the chillwave music trend back in 2010, but through every permutation his music follows, a hefty dose of soul is always present.
His latest album Anything In Return is his most well-constructed, successful and fun album to date. Album highlights 'Rose Quartz' and 'Say That' are some of the grooviest dance-funk tracks that were released last year.
The Drones are a Perth-bred, Melbourne-based alt-rock band that has a large and loyal following in Australia. Their music is centred on vocalist and songwriter Gareth Liddiard's, often story-based style of lyrics and his very unique delivery. The only band that sounds remotely close to their style is Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
The Drones rose to prominence back in 2005 when their album Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By won the inaugural Australian Music Prize up against Wolfmother, The Go-Betweens, Ben Lee and more (other winners since then include Augie March, Cloud Control, The Jezabels and Hermitude). Also worth noting, their song 'Shark Fin Blues' from the aforementioned album, was nominated by a group of 70 contemporary Australian songwriters as the greatest Australian song of all time.
What: Big Day Out Gold Coast
When: Sunday January 19th
Where: Metricon Stadium and Carrara Parklands
Tickets: $185 from Big Day Out
Adam divides his time working for Captured Tracks (an indie record label in NYC), managing a couple bands in Australia, and helping foster the Brisbane live music scene.
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