Australian culture

  1. Chili Peppers, Killers, YYYs, Kaskade Announced For Australia's Big Day Out In Make Or Break Year

    July 16, 2012 1:11 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend are among the acts confirmed to play Australia's festival giant, the Big Day Out, which will next its 21st birthday in six months' time. Others announced today i ...

  2. Breaking: Purple, Red, Yellow Wiggles Leaving Multi-Platinum Aussie Band

    May 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT SYDNEY (AP) -- Three members of the children's music quartet The Wiggles will be hanging up their colorful outfits and leaving the Australian band this year, with the Blue Wiggle the lone original member left dancing. Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle ...

  3. Big Day Out To Scrap New Zealand Show

    January 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When the Big Day Out starts this Friday, it'll push off from New Zealand for the very last time Organizers of the touring festival confirmed today via Twitter that the Auckland leg is to be ditched, the end result of a lengthy list of line-up ...

  4. Kanye West Playing Fewer Dates as Australia's Big Day Out Downscales

    November 14, 2011 1:40 PM EST It's almost three months until the Big Day Out rolls on for another season, but the famous Australasian festival brand has already had an action-packed week. Ken West, newly confirmed as BDO's sole-promoter, has announced that Kanye West ...

  5. Eminem Adds Third Date, Janet Jackson Cancels More Dates, Odd Future Dropped: Aussie, New Zealand Touring Bits

    November 07, 2011 4:14 PM EST Australia's summer season should be another hot one for concert goers, if recent artist announcements is anything to go by. Eminem has added a third date to his brief stadium tour this December. Lil Wayne will join Slim Shady on stage and pla ...

  6. Odd Future Dumped From Festival Over 'Homophobic' Lyrics

    November 04, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Hip-hop collective Odd Future has been dropped from the lineup of the Big Day Out's Auckland, New Zealand date after promoters faced pressure from local activists over the group's homophobic lyrics. The Auckland City Council, which owns ...

  7. Big Day Out's Long-Time Promoters Ken West and Vivian Lees Split

    November 01, 2011 8:42 AM EDT The two promoters behind Australia's colossal Big Day Out festival tour are going their separate ways. Ken West and Vivian Lees are calling time on a partnership which spans 20 years, and more than 100 BDO shows. West, who is based in Sydney, ...

  8. Heatwave Hits Sydney's Big Day Out

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Paramedics treated approximately 1,900 festival-goers during the Sydney leg of Big Day Out festival this weekend as a heatwave blasted Australia's biggest city. Temperatures tipped 40-degrees Celsius on both days of the festival, which took p ...

  9. John Farnham Confirms Comeback Tour

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jack is back. Veteran Australian entertainer John Farnham - whose 1986 release "Whispering Jack" is regarded as the best-selling domestic album in this country's history - is hitting the road for another tour. The iconic singer, who ...

  10. Barnes Responds To Aussie Bushfire Crisis

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes is releasing an album exclusively through the iTunes Music Store to raise funds for victims of Australia's devastating bushfires. The album, "Live At The Enmore," contains a mix of current materia ...

  11. Teen Dies At Australia's Big Day Out

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A teenage girl has died from a suspected drugs overdose after being rushed to hospital from the Perth leg of Australia's Big Day Out festival. The unidentified 17-year-old died overnight after apparently swallowing three ecstasy tablets outsi ...

  12. Australian Wins Global Award From CMA

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian country artist Troy Cassar-Daley was honored with the 2008 Country Music Associations Global Country Artist Award during the CMA Music Festival, which runs June 5-8 in Nashville. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist ...

  13. Kernaghan, Cole Shine At Oz Country Awards

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST ABC Music/Warner signings Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole were the big winners at the 35th Country Music Awards in Australia's "country capital" of Tamworth, in New South Wales. Organized by the Country Music Assn. of Australia (CMAA), ...

  14. Big Day Out Flag Controversy

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's festival Big Day Out has become embroiled in a controversy over the Australian flag. Its Sydney show is traditionally held on Australia Day (Jan. 26). During the public holiday, citizens usually wave large flags during the all-day ...

  15. Commonwealth Games Showcases Oz Music Talent

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon are among the Australian artists tapped to perform during the two-and-a-half-hour closing ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, to be held March 26 at John Farnham, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Grinspoon ar ...

  16. Aussie Country Songwriter Joe Daly Dies

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Australian singer songwriter, poet and author Joe Daly died Dec. 22 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Australian singer songwriter, poet and author Joe Daly died Dec. 22 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, after ...

  17. Global Pulse

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian rock artist Jimmy Barnes scored his first chart-topper Down Under in nine years with album "Double Happiness." Read Tom Ferguson's column. Veteran Australian rock artist Jimmy Barnes scored his first chart-topper ...

  18. Chambers Dominates Oz Country Awards

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australia's leading country music ceremony, held Saturday (Jan. 15) in Tamworth, New South Wales. Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australi ...

  19. Chambers Dominates Oz Country Awards

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australia's leading country music ceremony, held Saturday (Jan. 15) in Tamworth, New South Wales. Kasey Chambers was the big winner at the 33rd Golden Guitar Awards, Australi ...