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World’s Biggest Music Festivals In 2017

The music festival business has taken a lot of hits of late, with many well-established brands bighting the dust. Big Day Outs have become better spent indoors at home, Peats Ridge hit a flat spot, and in the US and the UK things have been similarly dire. For every Glastonbury, there are a dozen other failures around the British Isles in terms of music festivals. Many promoters and organisers of music festivals blame the glut of events which followed the mega success of some of these happenings. Too much of a good thing has, possibly, poisoned the business.

World’s Biggest Music Festivals In 2017

These things are big bikkies, with the Isle of Wight festival costing some 10 million pounds to stage and not always getting into the black at its conclusion. Security alone at these big events can cost a million pounds. Sponsorship is a must for these festivals to pay for themselves and be able to keep going in the longer term. In Sydney,  Australia, the Field Day attracted around 28 000 attendees; and was in the news for the number of drug related arrests made by police. The party atmosphere was reported to be a big success and revellers were reasonably well behaved according to police sources.

Lollapalooza continues to be a big event in the US, and will feature The Killers, the Cure, Mumford & Sons, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Eric Church and Steve Aoki, this year in August. Other topline music festivals in the US include: Made In America in Philadelphia (all that brotherly love folks), Outside Lands in San Francisco, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Austin City Limits, the Newport Folk Festival and Firefly in Dover, Delaware. Coachella in Indio, California is fast becoming an institution on the music festival calendar. The clean up crew will be busy this year.

In Oz, the BigSound Festival rocks Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for the 16th year. Sounds of the Suburbs at Sutherland Carpark returns in Sydney’s south. At the Gold Coast, Queensland, Bondstock Music Festival entertains at the NightQuarter in 2107. The Wave Rock Weekender is on at Wave Rock Caravan Park. The Airlie Beach Music Festival is three days of magical music in a sublime setting.  SummerSalt 2107 rocks Margaret River in Western Australia. There are many great music festivals to attend in 2017 in the Great Southern Land. The world’s biggest music festivals in 2017 will continue to attract the young and the young at heart for some great party action.

Best Rock N Roll 2017: Who’s Performing & Who To Look Out For

Some say that rockin roll is dead and that it died a long time ago. Depending on your generation that might have been with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, that guy from that punk band (take your pick really) or Nana bloody Mouskouri. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, music appreciation lives in the slightly deaf ears of the listener. Black Sabbath on the turntable pumping out Paranoia. That weird bloke Tip Toing Through the Tulips, there must be some artistic Amsterdam connection there folks, I reckon.

Best Rock N Roll 2017: Who’s Performing & Who To Look Out For

So, getting back to the job at hand, who’s performing and who to look out for in 2017? David Bowie, despite being dead, had a very big year, this year. It remains true that the rockin roll business is still mired in the past and that there is a dearth of new bands who are genuine performing stars. The made for TV pop stars have trashed the live gig business to some extent. Standouts include Coheed and Cambria who are prog rock stars. The 1975 have captured the teenage girl market and I like It When You Sleep For You Are so Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, continues to dominant the longest album title awards this year.

John Mayer remains a highly credible performer in the rock business and his gigs are always a standout. Heavy Metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Poison will all tour in 2017, putting the stomp into marching music once again. Hall of Fame inductees: Journey, ELO, Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur will all, most likely, tour to cash in on their 15 minutes of re-fame.  The ceremony itself was a highlight for many music fans, as not many fans would have known that Joan Baez was that funny (or who she was at all…).

Lorde will be touring in 2107, as will Tool, Solange, Future Islands and Frank Ocean. Noname is another anti-pop star who has what it takes to shake the apple tree. She will be performing live in 2107 around the US. Billy Joel gets out the walking stick and will be banging those ivories into submission this year on stages across the globe. Ariana Grande is the new pop diva to dominate proceedings and will be singing up a storm, and organising a tour, possibly, in your neck of the woods.

When the Star Pops: Celebrity Vices Bring It All Crashing Down

What is a poor pop star to do, with all that downtime? Poor is possibly an ill-suited word to use when describing these youthful wunderkinds. It is their material wealth that, often, get them into trouble in the first place. Too much money and too much time on their hands, they are similarly positioned to sports stars and other modern celebrities in this regard. Their intense activities in the public eye are overcompensated a million-fold and, then, they are left to their own devices for far too long and in the company of other rich kids and wastrels.

When the Star Pops: Celebrity Vices Bring It All Crashing Down

When the band are not playing or rehearsing, when business is in the hands of managers and record companies, what is a poor pop star to do? They are involved in the recreational business of fulfilling their duties as a bonafide celebrity. This means parties, lots of parties, and being seen in cool places like restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the company of other celebs and famous folk. Having to say yes to, yet, another, excess is all part of the performance.

Drugs are usually the preeminent choice for pop stars, as they explore alternate realities to stimulate their creative lives. Creativity is their pathway and this means getting high and out of it. Booze and drugs are staple items on their menus. You could say that these things are the meat and potatoes for your everyday pop star. Peaking on performances and strutting their stuff through the purple haze. Lucy in the sky with diamonds and dancing in heaven. Eventually, of course, everyone has to come down. The hangover must follow the intoxication, like gravity pulls that sweet juicy apple to the earth.

Next, the thrill of winning, and gambling can rear its Janus like head. At once smiling and grimacing like the rictus faced defecator in the smallest room in the house. The now, reformed, 12 step program graduate pop star has given up the pills and alcohol and looks around for a new kind of thrill. The smooth operators at the track in their bespoke suits encourage a flutter and organise an early win or two for our celebrity punter. They want them to get it on the action available, big time, before removing the bumper lanes. When the star pops: celebrity vices bring it all crashing down for these overpaid innocents of our age.

 

 

Our Definitive Gig Guide for the Second Half Of 2017

Live music in Sydney has been on life support for some time now and, although, things are beginning to look up, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Stormzy feature at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown  in July. Tove Lo at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. K. d.lang graces our stage at the Sydney Theatre, also, in the 7th month of the year. Velvet pack a punch at the Roslyn Packet Theatre in Walsh Bay. Fiona Joy Hawkins plays at the Intercontinental Hotel with her Blue Dream Ensemble. Great gigs are happening, just peruse our definitive gig guide for the second half of 2017.

Our Definitive Gig Guide for the Second Half Of 2017

In August, Sydney’s shores are visited by Ill Nino with Terror Universal at the Metro Theatre. The Radiators crank out some old tunes at the Miranda Hotel. Ian Moss turns back the clock at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle. Mark Seymour is still at it at The Basement in Sydney. Ross Wilson is likewise a cool retro choice playing at The Juniors. Self Talk, Okin Osan and Zen Haircuts at The Record Crate. Arusha at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla. Sarah McLeod features at The Factory Floor in Marickville.

At the end of August at the Enmore Theatre you can catch a feast from the past, with Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebidiah and Adalita. September sees Chase the Sun at Leadbelly in Newtown. Alex Lloyd is at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla. Gang of Youths headline at the Hordern Pavillion in September. Christopher Cross soars on stage at the Enmore Theatre. Placebo does its stuff at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Richard Clapton keeps his shades on at the State Theatre and relives those Girls on the Avenue. Hugo Race gets down and dirty at Leadbelly in Newtown. Music is alive and well in Sydney in 2017.

Sydney cultural groups will enjoy ODESZA, The Kite String Tangle and Running Touch at the Enmore Theatre in September. Midnight Oil rediscover the magic a The Domain in November, with John Butler Trio and AB Original. Lorde is at the Forecourt, Sydney Opera House. UB40 spills some Red Red Wine at the Hordern Pavilion in November too. Dragon are at the Brass Monkey (I thought they were all dead). Sia, Charli XCX and Amy Shark at Allianz Stadium in December. Yusuf/Cat Stevens explodes at Qudos Bank Arena.  Paul McCartney also appears in Sydney in December 2017. Evan Carter and DJ Argy at Qudos Bank Arena.  These are some of the best gigs happening in the second half of the 2017.

Rock Stars And Hotel Rooms: Like Oil And Fire

What does a celebrity bring when checking into a hotel? Glamour, buzz, and sometimes, a whole lot of chaos.

Sure, hosting a famous guest can translate into great PR for a hotel, but “it can also be a mixed bag,” admits Mark Plonkey, the general manager of Denver’s Hotel Teatro. “The one thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that public persona is not always the reality behind closed doors.”

With their whirlwind lifestyles, many celebrities spend a lot of time in hotel rooms—and sometimes, hotels end up turning their famous guests away, even banning them, for bad behavior. Believe it or not, grown adults can still behave just like children.

It’s widely known that most celebrities, even if they are said to be nicer than most, feel that they are above the regular set of rules that the rest of us normals have to follow by or pay the consequences for.

Below are list of celebrities who have famously destroyed hotel rooms

  1. Lindsay Lohan Overstayed Her Welcome And Annoyed Hotel Staff
  2. Courtney Love Left Behind Used Feminine Products, Used Needles, And Floods
  3. Johnny Depp And Kate Moss Make $10,000 Worth Of Damage And Johnny Throws An Armadillo Under The Bus
  4. Scott Disick Leaves Behind A Trail Of Disrespect And Cigarettes Plus Has A Thief In His Party!
  5. Britney’s Kids Threw A Toddler Style Rager, Causing $20K In Damages!
  6. Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham Was A Motorcycle Lobby Riding Renegade
  7. An Outside Cleaning Crew Was Hired After Amy Winehouse Left A BioHazard Mess Behind
  8. Charlie Sheen Breaks More Than Just Hearts In Hotel Rooms
  9. Keith Richards Made Rock Star Hotel Room Trashing History In 1972
  10. Marilyn Manson Set A Celebratory Fire To His Hotel Room Carpet
  11. Amanda Bynes Left Behind A Sloppy, Grimy Mess
  12. Nirvana Trashes Two Hotel Rooms In Minnesota In Front Of A Reporter To The Tune Of $19,000
  13. Billy Idol Partied So Hard During A Three-Week Bender, He Had To Leave On A Stretcher
  14. Keith Moon Drove A Car Into The Hotel Pool On His 21st Birthday
  15. Florence Rages Like A Machine And Wakes Up To Massive Hotel Room Damage

Properties are generally responsible for fixing any normal wear and tear. However for damages done by guests, an outside service usually needs to be called in. This is why celebrities are charged an enormous amount of money to get outside personnel repair the damages.

Rock Star Back Stage Demands: From The Mediocre To The Insane

Celebrities are just like the rest of us when it comes down it really. We all want the same basic things – a roof over our heads, a safe place for our kids to play, a 200-person entourage and a flock of white doves surrounding us at all times. Right?

As we may learn from various tabloids if you’ve made it to the top you are free to behave a bit wacky and demand anything you can put your mind on to your dressing room. From police escorts to pristine toilet seats, these celebs hold their surroundings to a higher standard than one might consider reasonable.

When you’re constantly on tour, I guess, it’s the only way to feel at home. Some items in celebrity riders still seem a bit unnecessary to the lesser mortals.

Check out the photo gallery to read about some of showbiz’s most notorious divas and their craziest demands.

Beyonce:

1 Large table for catering dressed with white tablecloths.
Dressing room should be 78 degrees
4 Brand New White Towels in bathroom (2 face & 2 body)

Hot Food:
Juicy Baked Chicken: Legs, Wings & Breast only (Please season with fresh garlic, season salt, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper HEAVILY SEASONED!!)
Steamed Garlic Broccoli
Lightly Seasoned Green Beans
Lightly Seasoned Steamed Spinach

Beyoncé can only have Pepsi products.
1 Case of Aquafina water (half cold, half room temperature)
1 Hot Tea Set up (Please have NEW Coffee Pot)
Sliced Lemons Wedges
Rose scented candles
Lighter for candles
CD player

 

Adele:

12 Small bottles still (non-carbonated) spring water (at room temperature)
1 Electric kettle for BOILING water
6 Large mugs for tea. All mugs should be new, washed and dried.
6 metal teaspoons
2 “Squeezy” bottles clear honey (not organic)
1 Bottle very best quality red wine (Italian, French or Spanish)
1 Assortment of chewing gum
1 Pack Marlboro Light plus 1 disposable cigarette lighter
1 Small selection fresh fruit, to include bananas, apples, grapes, fresh berries NO CITRUS FRUIT!
1 Small plate of assorted freshly made, individually wrapped sandwiches, to include chicken salad.

 

Kanye West

1 Tub Plain Yogurt for dipping
4 small Yoplait Yogurt
1 Bowl of assorted nuts
1 Bowl of Sunkist Salted Pistachio Nuts (No Red Coloring)
2 Packs of Extra Chewing Gum
1 Bottle of Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Caribbean Type)
1 Box of Toothpicks
1 750 ml bottle of Hennessey Liquor
1 750 ml bottle of SKY or Absolut Vodka
1 Bottle of Patron Silver Tequila
4 Six Packs of Heineken Beer

 

Rihanna

5 AC power outlets
Adequate lighting for a “relaxed atmosphere”
White drapes to cover lockers and/or brick
1 Humidifier
1 Large throw rug — plush and animal print (Cheetah, Leopard) … must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot.
Pipe and Drape the room in Dark Blue or Black drapes with Icy Blue Chiffon draped nicely on top
6 Candles — Archipelago Black Forest (if you can’t get these, please let me know ASAP as we have a 2nd choice of candle for Ri).
4 Small, clear, square vases with White Tulips, no foliage (2nd choice: White Casablanca Lilies no foliage, 3rd choice: White Freesia, no foliage)

 

Justin Bieber

All rooms must maintain a constant temperature of 68 to 75 degrees.
All on ice:
2 Cases of water
2 Cases of Coke
1 Case Ginger Ale
2 Cases Diet Coke
Professional quality iron and ironing board
1 Professional quality steamer
1 Vicks steam inhaler
Food items should be fresh and covered by clear plastic wrap
Star MUST have a private bathroom

 

Katy Perry

Arrangement of pink fresh flowers. White and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies. If not available, seasonal white flowers to include white orchids–ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS.
A box of Huggies baby nature care wipes
6 Vitamin waters zero, assorted flavors
Bowl of whole fresh organic grown fruit (apples, bananas, oranges and grapes)
Plate of fresh-cut Crudités (to include cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, celery) w/ ranch dip
Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel
Jar of Salsa
Baked (blue corn if possible) Tortilla Chips
Freeze dried strawberries
2 bottles of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio
Throat coat, Twinnings Chamomile PG tips and Mint medley tea.
Fuze slenderize assorted flavors
A jar of quality honey
Plastic drinking straws

 

Taylor Swift

1 Stick Butter
3 Boxes Kraft Macaroni/Cheese
2 Four Packs of Red Bull
1 12 Pack Corona Beer
1 12 Pack New Castle Beer
1 Bottle Welch’s Grape Juice
1 Avocado
1 Bag of Twizzlers red licorice
1 Case of Smart Water
1 Pint Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
1 Pint Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yogurt

If arriving before 11 a.m., the following from Starbucks:

1 Grande ICED Caramel Latte w/ 2 sweet-n-lows
1 Grande ICED Americano w/ 2 sweet-n-lows with soy milk
1 slice pumpkin loaf

 

Mariah Carey

Each room must be draped. Black drapes are fine.
The entry door should open into the living room space, not the dressing room.
Temperature should be about 75 degrees.
1 Three Seat Couch — Plain Color, no busy patterns; black, dark grey, cream, dark pink are fine
12 1 Liters of Fiji Water
3 Bottles Chardonnay — Chilled
12 Coke
12 Diet Coke
12 Vanilla Protein Drinks
6 Sparkling Water (Pellegrino)
12 Melon Flavor Gatorade
6 Red Wine Glasses
6 White Wine Glasses
4 Joe Malone Vanilla Candles
2 Vases White Roses
Fried Chicken (warm)
12 Small Bottles water (room temperature)
3 Whole lemons and honey
Sugarless gum

 

Alicia Keys

7 sets of metal silverware
1 Lighter
3 Glade Candles (French Vanilla, Rain shower, Wild Berry or Tangerine Ginger)
3 Cans of Chunk White Tuna
10 Nutri-Grain Bars (Blueberry, Cherry, Apple, Strawberry)
6 Individual Packets of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal (Brown Sugar and Apple Cinnamon)
1 Assorted Fruit Platter with strawberries, seedless red grapes, bananas, mango, blueberries, cantaloupe and raspberries
2 Cases of beer (one imported and one domestic; brands preferred: Amstel Light, Corona, Bud, Bud Light or local beer)
3 menus for local seafood and Italian restaurants to order meals for Alicia

 

Lady Gaga

2 Bottles of white wine with wine opener — Kendall Jackson or Robert Mondavi preferred
1 Pack of Straws
1 Cushioned office style chair
TV with cable and a DVD player
1 Rolling clothing rack
4 Unscented candles
Cool-mist humidifier
3 fans
Tea kettle, organic ginger and lemongrass tea and honey are very important.
1 4 pack of Red Bull Light (on ice)
2 Bottles of Green Tea
1 Container of Guacamole
Hot dogs (Yves veggie dogs eaten with toothpicks)
A smoothie station (with frozen berries, fuze and whey protein or non-fat Greek yogurt) Blender needed
1 Plate of cheese (non-smelly, non-sweaty on ice) with whole wheat/healthy crackers
A mix of assorted fresh fruit (cut and must have edible skin OR edible seeds OR citrus)

 

The saying goes “ask and you shall receive,” but some celebrities really take their demands to the extreme when requesting things to have in their green rooms. The list above, in my opinion, give a fascinating insight into the diva demands and bizarre habits of our most famous faces.

The MTV Music Awards 2017

The MTV Music Awards 2017

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