Sounds Australia is hitting CMJ 2011 in a big way. Aiming to direct the attention of international music markets toward the contemporary music of Australia, Sounds Australia will highlight heaps of bands from its motherland that are participating in this year’s festival. Including groups like Art Vs Science, An Horse, Bleeding Knees Club and Gotye, the amount of talented Aussies playing CMJ is at an all-time high—and we don’t want you to miss any of the sweet events coming up next week.
Tuesday, October 18
Event: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photography Is The New Trainspotting: A Retrospective Of Work From The Last 30 Years By Tony Mott
Where: Red Bull Space (40 Thompson St.)
When: 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Why You Should Go: The event features an exhibition and book signing by one of Australia’s top rock photographers, Tony Mott, and will introduce you to some of the Australian performers of this year’s CMJ, including special guests Cameras and Guineafowl. Great photography, a book signing and two great Aussie bands—need we say more?
Of Note: RSVP is required via email to
Thursday, October 20
Event: College Day
Where: NYU Kimmel Center – Rosenthal Pavillion, 10th Floor (60 Washington Square S.) for breakfast and lunch
Solas (32 E. 9th St.) for the after party
When: Breakfast – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Lunch – 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Official College Day After Party – 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Why You Should Go: With a breakfast featuring three acts from Down Unda (The John Steel Singers, the Amcats and Little Red), a lunch featuring four Aussie bands (Clubfeet, Bleeding Knees Club, WIM and the Grates) and an official party to hang out at after a long day of learning, the question is really, why wouldn’t you go?
Of Note: Sounds Australia will also be giving away prizes throughout the course of College Day.
Friday, October 21
Event: The Wizards Of Oz
Where: NYU Kimmel Center – Room 406 (60 Washington Square S.)
When: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Why You Should Go: Australians really love their music—and this panel of Australian music industry experts has a few tips and tricks to share with CMJers on how to find a new audience in the panelists’ home country. Panelists include Justin Cosby (head of A&R, Inertia), Richard Moffat (band booker, Way Over There), Jon Owen (marketing executive, XYZ Networks), Zoe White (international manager, Mushroom Music Publishing), and with moderator Paul Bodlovich (CEO at the West Australian Music Industry Association, Inc.) the different sides of the industry are well-represented at this must-see discussion.
Of Note: According to IFPI, Australia reported the largest increase in value of recorded music (47 percent) in the world last year, with digital sales surpassing the decline of the physical product.
Saturday, October 22
Event: Aussie BBQ
Where: The Delancey (168 Delancey St.)
When: 12:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Why You Should Go: In collaboration with Stagemothers, Sounds Australia is bringing you 13 diverse Australian bands on one bill at the Delancey. Yeah, you read that correctly, 13—including the Amcats, Cameras, Goodbyemotel, WIM, Young Magic, the Grates and more. So, if you can’t make the other Sounds Australia events, the Aussie BBQ is your chance to see some of the very talented bands from The Land Of Oz in action, and trust us, you’re going to be happy you did.
Of Note: Sounds Australia promises “juicy snags, and cool bevvies,” to accompany the excellent line-up, which sounds infinitely more awesome than snacks and beverages.