Nearly three-quarters of Australians go to live art events, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart.
New survey from the Australia Council shows pretty much all Australians engage with the arts, and 8-in-10 do so online. However more people are ambivalent about public arts funding, and more people think the arts are too expensive.
Melbourne’s Flinders Street station is transformed into a stage for the 2013 White Night.
Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed music capital of Australia, but industry data suggests Sydney may have the upper hand. Meanwhile the UN recognises Adelaide as the country's only city of music.
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We need to look beyond the music industry to understand the rise of the comeback.
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
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Grassroots venues are run on tight margins, and have been under pressure for some time from external factors such as rising costs and gentrification.
Real or Fake?
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ABBA are reportedly planning a 'virtual and live experience'. What might this actually entail?
In his new memoir ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen details his lifelong battle with depression.
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With stigma about mental illness still pervasive, The Boss' frank admission helps shatter some of the most common stereotypes about depression.
Fans criticised Sia for a ‘lacklustre’ concert.
Sia is being sued for what her fans felt was a lacklustre show. But pop history is littered with live disasters.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
Lorde performs at the Austin City Limits music festival.
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Unlike museums and stadiums, weekend music and arts festivals can promote culture without gouging taxpayers.
It's not only Brian Johnson who's at risk of deafness – are you around music a lot?
Eagles of Death Metal members Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching pay their respects to the victims of the November 13 attacks.
Live music has been targeted by terrorism ... but it also offers an antidote to it.
As a product of the Melbourne music scene, Nick Cave’s global reputation has benefits for the city.
While Melbourne has claims to be the music capital of Australia, competition to join the ranks of the world's 'superstar music cities' is fierce.
Singing in a choir really can change your life for the better. And yes, anyone can do it
The age-old question of whether musicians should be writing for themselves or for their audiences has no easy answer.
While the debate seems not to be solvable, three academics look at the question of whether artists should provide entertainment or write for their own pleasure.
Friend or fascist?
The Slovenian band Laibach are best known for their use of fascist iconography – but they're far more subversive than this might indicate.
When bands "return to their roots," is it a genuine search, or a way to court critics and sell records?
After a very drawn out and fraught construction, the Philharmonie de Paris is finally open. The 2,400 seat concert hall was conceived with ambitious plans to democratise classical music, and is situated…
Keeping the neighbours happy is what rock’s all about … kind of.
As high-density urban living becomes more common in Australia’s larger cities, many live music venues are under increasing pressure to restrict noise levels. In an industry that’s already feeling the pinch…
Few would argue piracy is not changing the industry, but is it really killing it?
While legal sales of recorded music continue to suffer from widespread music piracy, the popularity of live music appears to be enjoying an unprecedented boom, particularly in the UK where new stadiums…