2011.07.30 North Byron Parklands, Woodford, Australia

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2011.07.30 North Byron Parklands, Woodford, Australia

Post by Mike » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:34 pm

Splendour In The Grass opens its gates
Updated: 18:24, Thursday July 28, 2011

The gates have opened at Splendour In The Grass with organisers behind the festival promising a show to remember.

The weekend of live music will feature headline sets by Kanye West, Jane's Addiction and Coldplay, plus more than 100 acts in the festival's most expensive line-up to date.

As eager fans arrived at Woodford, in southern Queensland, ahead of Friday's start of the three-day festival, it was revealed that millions of dollars had been spent on artists and site improvements with the intention of creating the most diverse festival experience in Australia.

'It's by far the broadest line up we've ever assembled,' organiser Jess Ducrou told AAP.

'It was quite difficult to put together but we want to have a diverse line up of acts and represent as many genres as possible.'

The two biggest acts, Coldplay and Kanye West, were approached this time last year leading to months of careful negotiations.

Neither will perform concerts anywhere else in Australia and both are believed to have tailored their performances especially for Splendour.

'Certainly the level of headliner is by far the biggest we've ever had and if the preparation for their shows is any indication they're going to be absolutely phenomenal,' Ducrou said.

'I really think it's going to be a once in a lifetime experience.'

Despite the big draws, Splendour In The Grass has struggled with ticket sales, with camping passes exceeding the $500 mark for the first time.

With only 90 per cent sold, last minute fans are being invited to buy tickets on the gate with the price decreasing as the weekend passes.

As well as the big names, also including Pulp, The Hives, Elbow and Regina Spektor, the team behind Splendour have been working towards making the festival easier to manoeuvre. New attractions have been added and venue sizes increased.

The sun has been shining all week on the 'Woodfordia' site with weather forecasters indicating a sunny weekend with temperatures in the mid 20s.

Punters are still advised to pack for chilly nights and Ducrou said fans should also look after themselves and their friends.

'Take it easy, pace yourself and enjoy the weekend because you don't want to peak too early,' she offered.

With the festival likely to attract its usual array of celebrities to Splendour, speculation is mounting on whether music WAGS Kate Moss or Gwyneth Paltrow will be making the trip, but Ducrou claims not to know.

'I've honestly heard of no request for access but of course we would love to have them,' she said.

Organisers hope this year will be Splendour's last at Woodford as they push ahead with a planning application to return the festival to a permanent site in Byron Bay.
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Post by Mike » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:07 pm

Farrell to knock Splendour's socks off

Seanna Cronin | 28th July 2011

JANE'S Addiction front man Perry Farrell certainly does not mince his words.

The thin, eye-liner wearing rocker has a way with words that has served him and the on-again, off-again alternative rock band well since their breakthrough in the early '80s.

Take the insult in the band's new song End to the Lies: “you were the foreskin, I was the real head”.

Or the way he describes the input of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek on the band's forthcoming album - The Great Escape Artist.

“Even if it was only a few drops from an eye dropper in this pool of Jane's Addiction, then it might as well have been drops of LSD through a sugar cube,” he said.

“He really helped to transform us and excite us and psychedelicise us.”

Sitek writes, programs and plays bass on The Great Escape Artist, with additional bass by Chris Chaney who will be touring with the band.

Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol), The Great Escape Artist is the first studio album from original members Farrell, Dave Navarro and Steve Perkins since 2003's Strays.

At it's heart, The Great Escape Artist, due for release in August, is classic Jane's Addiction. Farrell, of course, has another way of articulating it.

“We don't want to lose our heart and soul by any means,” he said.

“It's like when you meet a person you haven't seen in a long time. They've got a new haircut, but they've got the same smile.”

The band began writing the album last year after returning to the US from the Soundwave festival in Australia, where the reunited original line-up parted ways with bass player Eric Avery.

It was a tumultuous year, which also included a last-minute cancellation at 2010's Splendour in the Grass because of a serious staph infection contracted by Perkins.

Farrell promises faithful fans a set list chock full of favourites at this year's Splendour, despite The Great Escape Artist's August release.

“I do realise that people really want to hear our classic material as well,” he said.

“If we blasted them with all new material then they might end up disappointed. If I went to go see Lou Reed or David Bowie and they did all new material and didn't do any classic songs then I'd be pissed off.”

Live shows are paramount to Farrell, who says the band road tested material for their new album as they were writing and recording it.

“We'd pop out to the city and do shows, so it's taken us a little bit longer than if we just stayed in the studio,” he said.

“But being out on the road and then being back in the studio is kind of nice. You get to hone your craft and sharpen up your playing on the stage. When you're writing and recording a lot of people don't consider how those songs are going to come off in a live situation, but it's everything to us. When I write a long I'm always considering how it's going to come off live.”

Sounds like festival goers will be in for knock out show.

Splendour in the Grass plays Woodfordia July 29-31.
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Post by Mike » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:36 am

Assange addresses Splendour crowd

Bianca Clare | 29th July 2011

JULIAN Assange has addressed a crowd at Splendour in the Grass, commending a generation on striving for justice and peace.

Assange, who is currently under house arrest as he appeals an extradition order in the UK, recorded the message for the Splendour Forum.

The messaged followed a discussion panel which was to "lift the lid on the powers struggling for control of the internet”.

30,000 line up for Splendour

MUSIC festival Splendour in the Grass, which kicks off today, is tipped to draw more than 30,000 fans to rural Woodford.

And for the first time, the festival will have single day tickets on sale at the gate.

The Woodfordia site, south of Caloundra, can take 32,000 people a day.

About 30,000 tickets a day have been pre-sold.

The three-day festival features some of the best music acts in Australia and from around the world, including Kanye West, Coldplay, Gotye, Gomez, The Vines, Elbow, Jedediah and The Hives.

More than 90 acts will take to eight stages during the weekend.

Police have warned they will have a high-profile presence at the festival. They will target drink- and drug-affected drivers.

Festival set for splendid start

Sunshine, smooth-flowing traffic and the announcement of split day festival tickets – how splendid!

About 20,000 campers and 10,000 daytrippers are expected to descend on Woodford today for the official start of Splendour In the Grass.

The three-day festival will headline Kanye West tonight, Jane's Addiction tomorrow and Coldplay on Sunday.

In a hope to bring crowd numbers to capacity, organisers are offering about 2000 one-, two- and three-day passes at the gate.

Music lovers can pick up a full pass for $401.50, Saturday and Sunday for $269 and Sunday only for $136.80.

Early-bird revellers heading to campgrounds yesterday escaped last year's nightmare congestion.

Senior Sergeant Malcolm Lilley said a second gate to Woodfordia had helped reduce traffic delays.

“Parking permits in place also encourage car pooling,” he said.

Police will target drink- and drug-affected drivers.

Snr Sgt Lilley said the taskforce already had charged two drivers who returned positive readings.

A shuttle bus will run to and from Woodford showgrounds, every 30 minutes. Cost is $4 each way.

Everything that is Splendid

The 11th annual Splendour In The Grass is held at Woodford.

81 acts over three days including Kanye West, Jane's Addiction and Coldplay.

www.moshtix.com.au and onsite box office for tickets.

Use the D'Aguilar Hwy only, due to lane closures.

Keep checking back at www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au for continual coverage.
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Post by Mike » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:26 am

Anyone know what's up with this forum deal?
I guess Perry is supposed to be doing some sort of keynote speech and audience Q & A.
Splendour Announces Splendid Forum Lineup
July 14, 2011

For those of us who are not attending Splendour In The Grass this year all the constant talk about it is getting a little excessive, don't y'think? "Nay!" cries out the fortunate ticket-holders among you, "Impart all your Splendour-related declarations upon our willing ears!" Okay! But maybe you should consider laying off the Game Of Thrones.

The latest addition is the only place where you can find Perry Farrell, Julian Assange’s mother Christine and Wil Anderson together in one place... It's The Splendour Forum! The latest announcement to the festival's growing checklist of extracurricular on-site activities (these are in addition to what happens on the main stages).

This year the Forum features an impressive lineup of speakers for 2011 including the aforementioned trio of pure randomness, as well as 50 musicians, comedians, film-makers, writers, artists, actors, tech geeks, politicians and scientists as they debate today’s hottest issues, voice opinions, inspire and entertain.

SPLENDOUR FORUM PROGRAM
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW & AUDIENCE Q&A: Perry Farrell with Wil Anderson
Jane’s Addiction’s legendary frontman Perry Farrell chats to comedian and Gruen Transfer host Wil Anderson and then takes questions from the audience.

PANEL: “Big Brother v Little Brother: From Government and Big Business to WikiLeaks and Anonymous, Who Really Controls Our Online Secrets?"
Christine Assange headlines a panel exploring internet freedom and her son’s extraordinary role. Are faceless hackers conquering the worId by stealth from their laptops or helping pioneer a global political, social and cultural revolution by exposing corruption? Why has Julian Assange been labeled “the most dangerous man in the world” while human rights organisations shower him with awards? And what does it all mean for us - the internet-dependent citizens of the world – when governments can censor content and our bank accounts and phones can be hacked?

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow moderates a tech-wise panel including Hungry Beast tech geeks Marc Fennell and Nick Hayden; IT research fellow Dr Suelette Dreyfus, who co-wrote Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier with Julian Assange in 1997 about his early days in Melbourne's hacking scene; internet security analyst and podcaster Patrick Gray; Julian Assange’s Australian lawyer Grace Morgan; and his campaigning mother Christine as they examine the various forces wrestling for control of our online lives.

PANEL: "Climate Change: Where Are This Generation's Protest Songs?"
Bob Dylan became the voice of social unrest during the US civil rights and anti-war movements of the ‘60s. By the ‘80s, Bob Geldof was urging us to “Feed the World” and Midnight Oil was pushing for Aboriginal land rights and nuclear disarmament. But where are Gen Y’s protest songs in the face of climate change?

Comedian, broadcaster and environmentalist Greig Pickhaver (aka HG Nelson) probes a panel of musicians, artists, scientists and young politicians about their commitment to tackling the "greatest moral challenge of our time". Panelists including Hungry Beast presenter Dan Ilic, who wrote the provocative Climate Scientist Rap; Jake Stone from Bluejuice; Australia's youngest-ever Federal MP Wyatt Roy; SPLENDOUR's environmental manager Mat Morris; Al Gore protégé Guy Abrahams from ClimArte; young climate scientist Dr Ailie Gallant; environmental economist and 2011 Splendid Arts Lab provocateur Jodi Newcombe; and Australian Youth Climate Coalition representative Ahri Tallon get hot under the collar about global warming - and what on Earth we’re doing about it.

WOMEN OF LETTERS: Splendour Edition II
Writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are back to celebrate the beautiful lost art of letter writing with their second special co-ed SPLENDOUR edition of Women of Letters. Artists including Isobel Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian), Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Scott Owen (The Living End), Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah, Bob Evans), Hayley Mary (The Jezabels), Johnny McKay (Children Collide) and Jae Laffer (The Panics) each narrate their own personal “Letter to the Song They Wish They’d Written” and perhaps perform it. The audience is then invited to pen and post their own special missives with paper, envelopes and stamps provided.

FILM & PANEL: "Whose Island Home? What Does It Mean To Be An Australian Artist?"
“Wake up - this country needs a f***king shake up…” sang Aussie hip hop crew The Herd in their controversial hit “77%” about racist views towards asylum seekers. But if “Captain Cook was the very first queue jumper (and) it was immigrant labour that made Australia plumper”, then what does it really mean to be Australian? And why, in 2011, do we still suffer from the cultural cringe that rates local sporting heroes over musicians and artists - and demands Aussie artists succeed overseas before they deserve recognition at home?

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow skippers a diverse panel as they navigate the stormy seas of asylum, immigration and national identity – with art as their compass and lifebuoy. Panelists include The Herd frontman Tim Levinson (aka Urthboy); Stav Yiannoukas from Bluejuice; filmmaker Sian Darling and her short film You’d Sing Too, about artists who have survived the refugee experience; Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) general manager Nick O'Byrne, who released The Key Of Sea album of collaborations; former Iranian student protester and author Zarah Ghahramani whose best-seller My Life As A Traitor tells her story of imprisonment by Iranian authorities; Aboriginal actor and 2011 Splendid artist Katherine Beckett; The Chaser’s Dominic Knight and music lawyer Julian Hewitt.

APRA Presents: Songwriters Speak
APRA presents an intimate chat with three Australian songwriters, each at a different stage of their career, including Wally de Backer (aka Gotye), Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) and Heather Shannon (The Jezabels). Hungry Beast presenter and electropunk singer Monique Schafter chats to the trio of emerging artist, sophomore-album indie darling and established, multi-ARIA award-winner, about their musical influences, lyrical inspirations, favourite songs, musical idols and approaches to the beautiful craft of songwriting.

WIL DOES PARKY
Side-splittingly funny comedian and ABCTV host Wil Anderson returns to SPLENDOUR FORUM with his entertaining Michael Parkinson-style chat show and a sparkling array of guests including former Jane’s Addiction, New Order, QOTSA and Echo &The Bunnymen manager and Lollapalooza co-founder Ted Gardner.

DEBATE: “Social Media: Good or Evil?”
Do social networking sites represent the future of friendship, romance, business and politics? Or are they, as Julian Assange said recently, “appalling spying machines” for governments and an advertising conspiracy to sell us stuff we “like”?

SBS Eurovision host Sam Pang chairs a lively debate about whether Mark Zuckerberg’s revolutionary Facebook software and others like it are ultimately good or evil. Triple J’s tech geek Marc Fennell, comedian Dan Ilic, Can of Worms social media jockey Monique Schafter, Hungry Beast presenter Nick Hayden, The Chaser’s Dominic Knight and media lawyer Julian Hewitt face off about the merits and dangers of posting, friending, liking and tagging.

MUSIC TRIVIA
Team up with your friends and pit your musical wits against celebrity band teams including Eskimo Joe in a session of Music Trivia with hosts Sam Pang and Michaela McGuire.

All the details are on the Splendour website: splendourinthegrass.com
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Post by Mike » Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:53 am

I think you'll be able to listen to the show here: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/lis ... how=listen

They just said that Jane's would be on soon. :yeay:
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Post by helicine » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:19 am

fixed the date... not sure where we got 7/29 for... it would help of the Splendor In The Grass website would post a freaking scheduled :banghead:
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Post by helicine » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:26 am

okay, found it on the website definitely 7/30 - not that it was particularly easy to find

JA takes the stage in a little over an hour
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Post by hydro » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:09 am

Mike wrote:Anyone know what's up with this forum deal?
this has been a lil confusing to me but seems as if Perry has done the Q&A
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just not quit sure where to find the Q&A's lol
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Post by hydro » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:09 am

Mike wrote:I think you'll be able to listen to the show here: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/lis ... how=listen

They just said that Jane's would be on soon. :yeay:
listening now!! this is gonna be awesome!!! :P
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Post by hydro » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:29 am

hydro wrote:
Mike wrote:I think you'll be able to listen to the show here: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/lis ... how=listen

They just said that Jane's would be on soon. :yeay:
listening now!! this is gonna be awesome!!! :P
:confused: seems like the live broadcast is over for the day..with no Jane's? :noclue:
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