446 fans who attended the Pyramid Rock Festival have joined a Facebook page to demand their money back.
Pyramid Rock was a complete wash-out on New Years Eve when a fierce electrical storm swept though Phillip Island outside Melbourne on New Years Eve. The main acts Empire of the Sun, Grinspoon, The Butterfly Effect and Van She could not go on after the storm hit at 9pm and according to people on the Facebook page, it wasn’t until around 2am that the shows were officially cancelled. A statement from organiser yesterday read, “After almost three days of fun, good vibes and hot music, and with just three hours before New Year’s Eve 2009,?The Pyramid Rock Festival was hit by a severe electrical storm that ripped across Phillip Island. “The west facing Main Stage of the festival bore the full force of the extreme Westerly that brought fierce winds, heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the finale of the three day Phillip Island music festival. “The Main Stage suffered major damage to vital lighting and effects systems that could not be restored in time to bring in?the New Year. All effort was made to reinstate the appropriate and acceptable standard of stage production levels to?the Main Stage area without success, prompting festival organisers arranging to re-locate the four remaining?main stage headline acts for the night from the Main Stage to the Pharaoh’s Annex tent. “However with venue safety analysis ongoing, organisers and bands in conjunction with security and?emergency services personnel decided that moving the acts to the Pharaoh’s Annex would be unsafe”. That hasn’t stopped the angry festival goers wanting their money back. Festival goer Angus Morgan wrote about the mistakes.1”. Not planning for the storm, even though the weather bureau forecast it for a full week leading up to the event. NEGLIGENT.?2. Not making any announcement about what was going on. DISRESPECTFUL.?3. Playing inappropriate music for a NYE party while they tried to sort out the problem. UNCOOL.?4. Blaming the weather for their poor organisation, then trying to act like everyone got their money’s worth because most of the acts still played. LAME.” Ashlea Brayshaw posted “hey should have another festival with the empire and the others that missed out or give us free tickets for next year!” Daniel Scott posted, “Pyramid needs new management, not only they couldn’t deliver on what they promised of the headline acts as the storm stopped at 10:30!!! the stupid woman stage manager also tried to cut faker mid song because he was climbing on one of the speakers. That’s what rock stars do to pump up the crown its called entertainment, yet she tried to cut him mid song but luckily none of the sound engineers listened to the woman. Anyone who was in the mosh pit for faker would have seen this”. Despite the storm, in the final hours of the festival, festival goers did manager to get two gets of great weather and great bands before it all went to ruin. The 2009 Pyramid line-up was:
The first Pyramid Rock Line-up for 2009:
Empire Of The Sun?The Cat Empire?Ugly Duckling (US)?The Butterfly Effect?Architecture In Helsinki?Faker?The Beautiful Girls?LCD Soundsystem (DJ Set)?Blue King Brown?The Drones?Tame Impala?Baddies (UK)?Van She?The Boxer Rebellion (UK)?Grafton Primary?Bluejuice?Something With Numbers?Bumblebeez?Kram,?Dead Letter Circus?Ponytail (US)?Telepathe (US)?The Juan Maclean (US)?Phrase?The Fumes
Australian radio appears to have gone out of its way to ignore Australia music in 2009. According to AirCheck, the company that registers Australian spins, only “Foreign Land’ by Eskimo Joe made the Top 10 played songs on Australian radio during 2009. For the top 20, add in Evermore ‘Hey Boys & Girls’ at number 16 and Wes Carr ‘Feels Like Woah’ at 17. Pull back for a view of the Top 40 most played songs on Australian radio in 2009 and you only get to add two more Aussie additions, ‘She’s A Genius’ by Continue reading →
The eligibility period for the 2009 ARIA Awards (the dates between which eligible singles and albums must have been commercially released) commences Saturday 26 July 2008. Whilst the cut-off date is yet to be confirmed, it is likely to be around the middle or end of July.
When further information on the ARIA Awards is available it will be posted here.
Lookin back on the 2008 ARIA Awards.
The winners of the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly presented by Motorola, have been announced and pop and electronic dance music have ruled the day in the form of multiple winners GABRIELLA CILMI and THE PRESETS. They join an eclectic group of ARIA Award recipients who include THE LIVING END, KASEY CHAMBERS and SHANE NICHOLSON, NICK CAVE and GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU, THE PANICS and BLISS N’ ESO, among others.
In what is an extraordinary success story, vocal powerhouse GABRIELLA CILMI, a pop singer who had yet to emerge on the Australian music landscape this time last year, has taken out an incredible six ARIA Awards on the back of her debut album, Lessons To Be Learned, and her breakthrough smash hit single, Sweet About Me. The Melbourne-born, London-based Cilmi has received ARIA Awards in the categories of BEST FEMALE ARTIST, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST â€“ SINGLE (Sweet About Me), BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST â€“ ALBUM (Lessons to be Learned), BEST POP RELEASE (Lessons to be Learned), HIGHEST SELLING SINGLE (Sweet About Me) and the coveted ARIA Award for SINGLE OF THE YEAR for Sweet About Me. With the world at her feet, GABRIELLA CILMI‘s ARIA Awards triumph is nothing short of a phenomenal achievement for the Dandenong girl who has just celebrated her 17th birthday.
Electronic duo THE PRESETS has also had a cracking year with the release of their widely acclaimed second album Apocalypso. They fought off stiff competition in the prestigious categories of ALBUM OF THE YEAR and BEST GROUP to take out both for the hugely popular Apocalypso. The album has also seen THE PRESETS receive the pointy trophy in the category of BEST DANCE RELEASE taking their tally to three ARIA Awards (plus 2 ARIA Artisan Awards, including Producer of the Year for Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes). The self-produced Apocalypso, which spawned the gritty hit single My People, has sealed THE PRESETS as Australia’s premiere electronic act.
The extraordinary rise of the gifted GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU continues with two ARIA Awards to his credit. Adding to the Award he received at the ARIA Fine Arts Awards for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM, he has received the ARIA Award in the category of BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM for his breathtaking solo debut album Gurrumul.
Viva La Rock! THE LIVING END has walked away with the ARIA Award for BEST ROCK ALBUM for the scorching White Noise â€“ their fifth full length album and arguably their most successful to date. Also storming home with an ARIA Award, on the back of last yearâ€™s rock epic Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!, an album recorded with his band THE BAD SEEDS, is NICK CAVE. The prophet of Australian rock n’ roll, and 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame recipient, has been named BEST MALE ARTIST, an Award he also received in 2001.
Energetic hip-hop three piece BLISS N’ ESO has scored the ARIA Award for BEST URBAN ALBUM for Flying Colours. Recorded at the famous Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, the album demonstrates Bliss N’ Eso’s artistic growth and evolving maturity, both through lyrics and production in what is widely regarded as their best and most dynamic work to date.
Receiving their first ever ARIA Award is THE PANICS, who have taken home the ARIA Award in the category of BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM for their infectious debut Cruel Guards. The album, which has received a heap of critical praise, also took out the coveted 2007 J Award.
Popular Melbourne outfit THE AUDREYS have won their second ARIA Award, again in the category of BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM. Their second album When The Flood Comes has been described as “Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant”(Daily Telegraph, Sydney) and “Gorgeous” by music bible, Rolling Stone.
The songwriting partnership of KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON has proved to be a winning combination with the duo receiving an ARIA Award in the category of BEST COUNTRY ALBUM for their outstanding release Rattlin’ Bones. And the divine DELTA GOODREM has added to her trophy cabinet by receiving the ARIA Award for HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM for her chart topping, smash hit, self-titled long player.
The DVD release from last year’s massive Across The Great Divide tour, featuring rock heavyweights POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR, has received the ARIA Award in the category of BEST MUSIC DVD.
The wonderful WIGGLES have received the ARIA Award in the category of BEST CHILDRENS ALBUM for their delightful toe-tapping kids CD You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.
And last but certainly not least, the inimitable SHAUN MICALLEF has taken out the ARIA Award for BEST COMEDY RELEASE for his long player with the equally long title – The Expurgated Micallef Tonight: The Very Best of Shaun Micallef’s Short-Lived but Brilliant Tonight.
Again highlighting the depth and diversity of talent across all genres of the Australian music community, ARIA congratulates all winners in the 2008 ARIA Awards, proudly presented by Motorola. Please scroll down for a complete list of winners.
The 2008 ARIA AWARDS, proudly presented by Motorola, featured live performances by SAM SPARRO, THE LIVING END, GABRIELLA CILMI, THE PRESETS, FAKER, THE VERONICAS, GEOFFREY GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU and PINK! HAMISH & ANDY hosted the Awards alongside ARIA veteran JAMES MATHISON. ROVE McMANUS, MYF WARHURST, CHRIS LILLEY, JOSH PYKE, RICKI-LEE, BRIAN McFADDEN, JOHN BUTLER, NATALIE BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, HUMAN NATURE, VANESSA AMOROSI, PETE MURRAY, KATIE NOONAN, RUBY ROSE, JAMES KERLEY, AXLE WHITEHEAD and JABBA were special guest presenters.