Defqon.1 Weekend Festival is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. It was founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance; the festival plays hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance. Many prominent hardstyle artists perform there annually. Acts performed across 14 stages in the Netherlands. In 2015, Q-dance debuted a new stage to the Green stage. Unlike its parent festival in Netherlands, this was the first time that a psychedelic trance stage was introduced to the festival, it features psychedelic trance artists such as Coming Soon!!! and Skazi. Defqon.1 Festival not only invites well-established artists to come and perform, it invites various up and coming artists to perform on a smaller scale stage namely the Up & Coming stage in the Netherlands and the Talent stage in Australia. The festival was held in mid-June on Almeerderstrand in Almere. Since 2011 it is hosted on the event site next to Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen. Since 2009 the event has been hosted in Sydney in mid-September, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Until 2011 the festival ran for 12 hours, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, ended with a firework display. Since 2012, the festival was extended to three days. Since 2015, the Australian edition was extended to two days; each edition has an anthem, an official song, played in conjunction with the festival. The festival streams its videos live on Beatport for people all around the world to tune into. At the Dutch event the audience has grown to 65,000 per day with tickets sometimes selling out in less than an hour. In 2013, the Sydney event attracted 18,000 attendees; the same event saw the death of a male, around 20 drug overdoses and more than 80 arrested on drug charges. On 17 September 2018, the New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced her intention that Defqon would never again take place in the state, due to two deaths that took place at the 2018 festival. At this event seven hundred people sought medical assistance. Shane Rattenbury, the Greens leader in the ACT, has invited Defqon 1 to take place in Canberra where pill testing could be carried out after a successful trial with Groovin the Moo.
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Byron Bay Bluesfest
The Byron Bay Bluesfest the East Coast International Blues & Roots Music Festival, is an annual music festival, held over the Easter long weekend in the Byron Bay area in Australia since 1990. It features a large selection of blues and roots performers, from Australia and around the world, is one of the world's leading contemporary music festivals, it was founded by Keven Oxford in 1990 and is now run by Peter Noble who joined Oxford for the 1994 event. It has been held at several locations in and around Byron Bay, is held at Tyagarah, 11 kilometres drive north of Byron Bay town. Running for four days, it now runs for five days, from Thursday to Monday. From an original crowd of 6,000, it now attracts annual audiences of over 101,000 across the five days. Patrons range from locals to international visitors from a wide age range, including celebrities such as Matt Damon, Jason Momoa and Chris Hemsworth; the festival was staged for the first time in 1990 at the Arts Factory Lodge in Byron Bay as a five-day blues music event over the Easter weekend.
In December 2004, Keven Oxford, a director and founder of the event, left the festival and sold his 50% share of the company to a consortium comprising Michael Chugg, Daryl Herbert and Glenn Wheatley, who ran the festival with co-founder Peter Noble. Noble now owns the festival alone. In 2010 Bluesfest moved to its permanent home at the 120-hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree farm. AWARDS SUMMARY – BLUESFEST 1 WIN at the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards Memphis - For Festival Director Peter Noble 8 WINS at the NSW Tourism Awards for Major Festivals & Events 6 WINS at the North Coast Tourism Awards for Major Festivals & Events 4 WINS at the Helpmann Awards for Best Contemporary Music Festival, Ceremony for Australia's most talented and celebrated performers and industry 6 WINS at the Australian Event Awards for Australian Event of the Year 8 NOMINATIONS at the Pollstar Awards for International Festival of the Year BLUESFEST AWARDS 2018 Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event - Australian Event Awards 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Memphis - For Festival Director Peter Noble 2017 Gold Major Festivals & Events - NSW Tourism Awards 2017 Best Regional Event, Australian Event Awards 2016 Gold Major Festival & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2016 Best Regional Event, Australian Event Awards 2016 Gold Major Festivals & Events, North Coast Tourism Awards 2016 Order of Australia Medal, Won by Festival Director, Peter Noble ‘For service to live and recorded music, to tourism, to the community.’ 2015 Gold Major Festivals & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2015 Gold Major Festivals & Events, North Coast Tourism Awards 2015 Pan Australasian Festival Of The Year, Canadian Music Week International Festival Awards 2014 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Helpmann Awards 2014 Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event, Australian Event Award 2014 Gold Major Festival & Event, North Coast Tourism Awards 2014'The Rolling Stone Award' Won by Festival Director, Peter Noble 2014 Silver Major Festivals & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2013 Silver Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event Australian Event Awards 2013 Gold Major Festivals & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2013 Gold Major Festivals & Events, North Coast Tourism Awards 2013 Best Regional Event, Australian Event Awards 2013 Best Contemporary Music Festival Australian Helpmann Awards 2013 Business Excellence Award, North Coast Tourism Awards 2012/13 The International A Greener Festival Award 2012 Silver Major Festival & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2012 Business Excellence Award, North Coast Tourism Awards 2011 The International A Greener Festival Award 2011 Gold Major Festivals & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2011 Business Excellence Award, North Coast Tourism Awards 2010 Australian Event of the Year, Australian Event Awards 2010 The International A Greener Festival Award 2009 The International A Greener Festival Award 2008 Grammy Award, ‘Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album’, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience 2008 The International A Greener Festival Award 2007 The International A Greener Festival Award 2006 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Helpmann Awards 2005 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Helpmann Awards 1998 – 2013 Readers Poll Award, Rhythms Magazine – "Best Australian Festival" 1994 -96 Readers Poll Award, Rhythms Magazine – "Best Australian Festival"BLUESFEST NOMINATIONS 2017 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Helpmann Awards 2016 International Music Festival of the Year, 28th Pollstar Awards 2016 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Helpmann Awards 2015 International Music Festival of the Year, 27th Pollstar Awards 2015 Best Contemporary Music Festival Australian Helpmann Awards 2014 Major Festivals & Events, NSW Tourism Awards 2014 Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event, Australian Event Awards 2014 Best Tourism Event, Australian Event Awards 2014 Best Regional Event, Australian Event Awards 2014 Best New Event for Boomerang Festival, Australian Event Awards 2013 International Festival of the Year 25th Pollstar Awards 2013 Best Tourism Event, Australian Event Awards 2012 International Festival of the Year 24th Pollstar Awards 2012 Best Cultural/Arts Event, Australian Event Awards 2012 Best Contemporary Music Festival, Robert Helpmann Awards 2011 Best Regional Event, Australian Event Awards 2011 Best Achievement in Sustainability, Australian Event Awards 2009 Best Cultural or Arts Event, Australian Ev
Planetshakers is the contemporary worship music band, a central part of Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia. With over 30 internationally acclaimed albums, the band tours annually to the US, UK, South Africa, South America and New Zealand and has seen a lot of success having been nominated for multiple Dove Awards. Formed in Adelaide for the first Planetshakers Conference in 1997, the band has a goal to spread contemporary worship music worldwide, they are now based in Melbourne at Planetshakers Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans. The 2002 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian is a former member of the band, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences, it was reported in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer. During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters. Guglielmucci wrote the "Healer" song for the album "Saviour of the World" was released in June 2007.
"Healer" is a song of encouragement for believers. Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction. Current Joth Hunt – music director, worship leader, electric guitar, piano Sam Evans – worship leader, background vocals BJ Pridham – worship leader, background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar Rudy Nikkerud – worship leader, background vocals, acoustic guitar Chelsi Nikkerud – worship leader, background vocals Natalie Ruiz – worship leader, background vocals Steven Sowden – worship leader, background vocals Natasha Ham – worship leader, background vocals Aimee Evans – worship leader, background vocals Joe Vatucicila – worship leader, background vocals Uli Flores – worship leader, background vocals Steph Ling – worship leader, background vocals Matt Garner – worship leader, background vocals Scott Lim – keyboard, piano Mitch Wong – keyboard, piano Joshua Brown – keyboard, piano Nicky Seow – keyboard, piano Zach Kellock – electric guitar Josh Ham – bass guitar William Broome – electric guitar Andy Harrison – drums, worship leader Brendo Allen – drums Jonathan Evans – drumsFormer Henry Seeley – worship leader, background vocals Guy Sebastian – vocals Mark Peric – bass guitar Mike Webber – drums Liz Webber – background vocals In 2004, their album Open Up the Gates, was nominated for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award.
Endless Praise: Live, released in March 2014, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 16 in on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. The video of the song "Endless Praise" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014; the album, Nada es Imposible, in Spanish, released in July 2014, reached position No. 17 on the Billboard "Latin Pop Albums" chart and was nominated by the Premios Arpa in three categories: best group or duo album, album rock or hard rock and producer of 2014. The video of the song "This is Our Time" was nominated for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014; the video of the song "Let's Go" was nominated for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2015. The video of the song "Overflow" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2016. Planetshakers was nominated for the Dove Award in the category: "Spanish Language Album of the Year" for Sé Quién Eres Tú. Most albums are recorded live at Planetshakers conference and released by Integrity Music, recent albums are available via all digital media.
Albums series When the Planet Rocked So Amazing Phenomena Reflector Open Up the Gates Praise & Worship Rain Down Evermore Always and Forever Decade: Lift Up Your Eyes* Pick It Up Arise Praise Him Worship Him: 25 of Planetshakers' Greatest Worship Anthems All That I Want: Live Praise and Worship Never Stop Saviour of the World Free Beautiful Saviour All for Love One Deeper Even Greater Nothing Is Impossible Heal Our Land Limitless Endless Praise: Live Nada es Imposible This Is Our Time: Live Outback Worship Sessions #LETSGO Overflow: Live Sé Quién Eres Tú Legacy Legado Heaven on Earth EPs Momentum Legacy, Part. 1: Alive Again Legacy, Part. 2: Passion Christmas Vol. 1 Heaven on Earth, Part. 1 Heaven on Earth, Part. 2 Heaven on Earth, Part. 3 Christmas Vol. 2 Rain, Part. 1 Rain, Part. 2 Audio Performance Trax - EPs The Anthem Nothing Is Impossible Father Unto God Singles Only Way I Choose You Other Singles We Are One - The Potter's House & Planetshakers Planetshakers Kids In 2013 they present their first children's music production—Planetshakers Kids—as well as their first children's album: Nothing Is Impossible.
The album was nominated for a GMA Do
Creamfields Australia is a dance music festival held in major cities throughout Australia and is a spinoff of the UK festival Creamfields. Events company/brand Totem Onelove, who produce Stereosonic, brought the brand to Australia in 2010 until it was cancelled in 2012. In 2017, the festival was restarted annually as a single day event by promoter Dance Nation Australia. Headliners for the 2017 event included Deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Oliver Heldens and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Other Creamfields spinoff festivals have been held throughout the world in cities such as Abu Dhabi, Buenos Aires, Andalucía, Punta del Este, Alcala de Henares, Vilnius, Mexico City, Prague, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Wrocław and Lisbon. Stereosonic List of electronic music festivals Official website
MS Fest was a music festival, held annually in Launceston, Tasmania Australia since 2006 until 2011 when it was announced that MS Fest 2012 will be held in Hobart, Tasmania. It was a single day event, held in March on a Saturday; the festival started in 2006 with a concert at Launceston’s Regatta Ground to mark the 50th anniversary of the MS Society. The event sold out, became known as one of Tasmania’s premier music events. In 2007 the event relocated to Inveresk Showground to accommodatea larger crowd. There was a main stage, featuring rock and hip hop, a secondary stage, the Ministry of Sound arena, which featured DJ and electronic music throughout the day. In 2010, the festival returned to Inveresk Showground and sold over 13,000 tickets, the largest number of ticket sales to date. In September 2011, the promoters announced that MS Fest would be relocating to the Hobart TCA Grounds at Hobart for the 2012 show: "The commercial environment in Launceston for the event changed and MS Fest’s future became unsound.
This and the opportunity to host the event at such an iconic and pristine venue such as the TCA grounds in Hobart made this the clear and sensible choice for MS Tasmania. We look forward to people making a weekend of it and travelling down for a great show." However, mere days before it was scheduled to begin, the 2012 festival was cancelled due to lack of ticket sales and bad weather forecasts. As of now, there is no immediate future for the MS Fest at this point, but organisers hope to resurrect it in the not-too-distant future; the 2006 festival was the first installment of MS Fest, held on Saturday, 11 March 2006 at the Royal Park Regatta Grounds, Launceston. The line-up of artists included: The 2007 event saw Silverchair’s first Tasmanian performance in 7 years; the event was staged at Inveresk Showgrounds, Launceston, on Saturday, 10 March 2007. It featured a main stage and a Ministry of Sound arena, which featured DJs and electronic acts throughout the day; the event was emceed by Jabba.
Artists who performed at the 2007 event include: The 2008 installment took place on Saturday, 16 February 2008. The 2008 event was the biggest so far, with over 11,000 in attendance; the artists who performed are: The first installment of the line-up was announced on 15 September 2009. Line-up announced via the festival's Facebook page on Friday 18 November 2011; the festival was cancelled in early 2012 due to poor weather predictions. As of now, there is no immediate future for the MS Fest, but it will be resurrected in the near future. MS Fest official website MS Fest official MySpace
Easterfest was an annual three-day music festival held in Toowoomba, Australia. The first festival was held with a mixture of successful and unsuccessful events. In 2001, the festival re-focused by holding most events in Queen’s Park. Since the initial move to Queen’s Park, the festival has grown and moved back to multiple venues, including the streets. During the Easter weekend, most of Queen’s Park and some of Toowoomba's CBD was converted into an event precinct, with venue and residential tents and other attractions. During the event setup and packdown, most of Queen's Park was inaccessible to the general public. In May 2015, it was announced that Easterfest would not be continuing in 2016. Tens of thousands of people attended the ticketed and free events during three-day festival in 2005, over 20,000 tickets were sold in 2006. In 2009, about 40,000 people attended.2011: Easterfest announced late Saturday night that the program in the main venue, Queens Park, had been cancelled. The creek running right alongside the entrance to the Queen's Park venue, the scene of major flooding earlier this year, became a raging river, making for a precarious exit.
Organisers confirmed the tent had collapsed but there were no injuries and everyone had been accounted for. Police were closing off roads. Numerous cars were abandoned. Ricky Robinson, 18, of Petrie, camping at the site said it was like a small river going through the area; the water was up to patron’s knees in the moshpit as the US band Switchfoot played on, despite the deluge. The lead singer Jon Foreman was climbing up the support structures for the giant display screens. "He was crazy. He was drenched pretty much". Thousands of people were scrambling through rushing water. Security staff and volunteers first advised people to head to the Big Top but that too was being flooded so many just headed across East Creek to the city and higher ground. Police and fire sirens only added to the drama.2012: Numbers were 20,000! "The noise created by crowds and thumping bass at Easterfest has become one of Toowoomba’s most debated issues. Kevin Farmer, a local resident stated, "The city is split down the middle between those who love the music festival and its inner-city location and those who want it moved".
Co-ordinator Mr Schenk said: "We did have at least one breach and worked with council to get the noise within the prescribed limit. The biggest challenge came on Saturday night when we had three or four of our venues operating at the same time after 10pm, when the limits drop. Any one stage was okay, but cumulatively they were over the limit." Residents have established their own messageboard to publish their grievances. In the wake of the growing popularity of the festival residents have begun to question the publicly stated financial standing of the festival; the festival collects publicly funded subsidies which local government councillors say the festival would not be possible without. Despite more than 20,000 visitors attending the event last year, Easterfest was not as financially successful as expected. Official Easterfest website Media related to Easterfest at Wikimedia Commons
Nannup Music Festival
The Nannup Music Festival is an Australian live performance music festival held in the small timber town of Nannup. Nannup is located in the centre of Western Australia’s Southwest, on the banks of the Blackwood River and the Festival is held annually over the Labour Day long weekend in March; the Festival is a community event operated by a Committee and a team of Volunteers from the not-for-profit Nannup Music Club. Official site