Friday, 20 April 2012

Get More Into Music: All year long

Summer’s ended, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the music that’s carried us along the way. Today, we’ve got a new doodle on our homepage, and a special collection of videos on

With over 60 hours of videos uploaded to YouTube every minute, there’s plenty to help you get into whatever you’re into. Back in December, we thought we’d get more into music, and invited some of our favourite musicians to guide us along the way by creating video playlists showcasing their own musical tastes.

We started in our own backyard with the Australian musicians that would take the stage at the 25th anniversary ARIA awards: Art vs. Science got into the strange & eclectic, Bluejuice found us some hidden gems and we learned what 80s anthems get The Living End Going.

And we followed some of our favourite acts around Australia this summer festival season: From the pumped up kicks, and modern-day lullabies that brought sold out crowds across Australia for Big Day Out, to big-time dream-pop to big-haired rock & roll hanging out at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Sydney.

Today, we hope you’ll enjoy revisiting some of the playlists from these musicians as much as we have.  It’s easy to create your own playlists too – just log in to your YouTube account, and hit ‘add to playlist’ from any video on YouTube.

But that’s not all. You’ll notice we’re also featuring a handful of videos from some of the biggest names heading to this year’s Splendour In The Grass, including a special interview with Ladyhawke and with Kele from Bloc Party Tickets have just gone on sale but even if you can’t make it, never fear. For the second year in a row we’ll be live streaming a special collection of performances live from Byron Bay, courtesy of Virgin Mobile.

We’ll be announcing the live lineup soon. For now we hope you find plenty of music to keep you busy!

Posted by Ernesto Soriano, YouTube Australia, just watched SBTRKT Wildfire, Live from Coachella

Thursday, 19 April 2012

10 Most Memorable Coachella Moments

This post first appeared on The Music Network.

One of the world’s most iconic music events, Coachella Festival has a rich and celebrated history spanning 14 years, over 1000 bands and hundreds of thousands of fans passing through the gates of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. That adds up to a lot of magic festival moments.

Whether you’ve made the festival pilgrimage or not, you can enjoy it all through our YouTube playlist of the most memorable Coachella moments - the good, the bad and the downright strange...

1. Arcade Fire’s glowing ball drop (2011)

This was certainly one of the most talked about moments in Coachella’s history and something that will be forever ingrained in my memory. An avalanche of light-up, sound activated balls were cascaded into the audience just as the band reached the crescendo of “Wake Up”, their final song for the night. The spectacular, interactive light display that unfolded not only cemented Arcade Fire’s reputation as one of the most formidable live acts, but left fans lucky enough to hold onto the balls (I scored one!) a pretty neat souvenir to take home. NB: my ball did not make it back to Australian shores sadly.

2. You Can’t Stop The Cure (2009)

Thanks (or no thanks) to Coachella’s strict midnight sound curfew and to their three (some may say extravagant) encores, frontman Robert Smith informed the crowd that they'd had been instructed to play only one more song and then they played two more tunes without incident. I remember walking away just as they launched into anthem "Boys Don't Cry”, the festival crew cut the main-stage speakers. Now playing acoustically and with no mics, the band triumphantly pushed on, causing the crowd (myself included) to rush the stage and join in an unprompted sing-along.

3. Ariel Pink’s brilliant meltdown (2011)

Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was the emotion of finally playing Coachella. Or maybe he was just having a bad day. The eccentric LA artist landed a prime afternoon slot at the festival, only to squander the opportunity by fleeing the stage 15 minutes into his show, moping to the audience "I'm sorry, I know you hate me now." I didn’t hate him, but I was bummed I’d missed Lauren Hill for it.

4. Daft Punk's Pyramid of Lights (2006)

Dance duo Daft Punk closed out day one of 2006 with their first U.S. performance in nine years with what has become a one of the most legendary sets of their even more legendary career. It was the first time many fans has witnessed the spectacle that was a 40-foot, LED-encrusted pyramid staging two robot-masked French men throwing out hits such as “Around The World” like it was no-one’s business.

5. Neil Finn gets hits with a bottle and plays on (2007)

Most blame bad scheduling. Some blame a lacklustre set. Either way, it was a bummer. Our beloved Crowded House played to a very irritable audience who were obviously only there to see Rage Against The Machine. The only thing between the fans and “Killing In The Name Of” was a few more songs from the Kiwi boys... and the only thing between the bottle being thrown and the place it was going to land was Neil Finn’s head. He played on like a trooper and I like to think the jerk who did it got escorted all the way out of there before RATM even started.

6. Roger Waters' Pig Takes Flight (2008)

This was epic. With a set to rival any NYE party, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters had some surprises in store for the punters of Coachella. Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan and he was forced to watch in distress as his giant inflatable (and probably expensive) pig that hovered about the crowd during the song "Sheep", floated off into the night sky at the song's conclusion. Coachella organisers offered four free lifetime passes and $10,000 to anyone who found the pig, whose vinyl carcass was recovered in a Palm Springs country club several days later.

7. Paul McCartney and the Hey Jude sing-along (2009)

“Nah, nah, nah, na na na na hey Jude”. What could possibly be better than a Beatle singing one of his finest hits to an overly-appreciative, ecstatic crowd in the middle of the Californian desert? When they all join in and it turns into the festival’s best ever sing-along. I called my dad 5 times during his set. Two generations of Beatles fans united by the moment!

8. Radiohead actually play ‘Creep’ live (2004)
Unprecedented. Radiohead are notorious for skipping over their anthemic smash hit “Creep” while planning their set lists. During the 5th annual Coachella where they followed a reunion set by one of their favourite bands ‘The Pixies’, they took a trip down memory lane and dusted off the hit, much to the delight of jubilant fans.

9. Bon Iver steals the show (2012)

Day 2 Coachella 2012: the lineup reads like a current who’s who of the music world. Up against the likes of Radiohead, The Shins, Feist, Azelia Banks and A$AP Rocky, Justin Vernon and crew still managed to steal the show with their near perfect performance of “Beth/Rest”. Fans reacted to the triumphant set with a flurry of praise and from what I understand, grown men did indeed cry.

10. Flip-flop dude can’t get it together (2010)

Last but not least we bring you... a grown man trying desperately to put his plugger back on. Certainly one of Coachella’s finest and proudest moments. It’s equal parts funny and frustrating to watch, but by the end of it you’ll be cheering for him. Almost there mate!

Posted by Sophie Hirst, YouTube Music Manager.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Coachella live stream on YouTube this weekend!

Got plans this weekend? Now you do. Settle in for some serious couch time... once again Coachella festival will be streaming live on YouTube bringing you big name acts such as Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, The Shins, Bon Iver, Azelia Banks, Florence and The Machine and our very own Gotye (Aussie's represent!).

It all kicks off at 08:50am (AEST) with recent Laneway festival band GIVERS. You've got three channels to choose from including both the main stages and an interview channel with artist chats and behind the scenes footage.

You can be part of all the action live on the Coachella YouTube channel.

Here’s a taste of what to expect with a few videos from last year’s live stream:


We’ve also converted the live streaming times into AEST for you. Happy watching!

Saturday timetable:

08:50am – GIVERS
09:10am – honeyhoney
09:35am – Neon Indian
10:00am – Gary Clark Jr.
10:05am – Grouplove
10:25am – Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong
11:00am – Yuck
11:20am – Dawes
11:30am – Arctic Monkeys
12:10pm – Madness
1:15pm – Frank Ocean
1:50pm – Mazzy Star
2:10pm – The Rapture
2:45pm – The Black Keys
3:05pm – Explosions in the Sky
3:50pm – The Black Angels
4:20pm – Refused
5.10pm – Amon Tobin
5.25pm – Swedish House Mafia

Sunday timetable:

09:00am – We Were Promised Jetpacks
09:00am – Azealia Banks
09:00am – AWOLNATION
09:50am – tUnE-yArDs
10:00am – Destroyer
10:05am – Buzzcocks
10:35am – Kaiser Chiefs
10:55am – Manchester Orchestra
11:05am – Andrew Bird
11:30am – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
11:55pm – Laura Marling
12:15pm – Squeeze
1:05pm – St. Vincent
1:10pm – The Shins
1:55pm – Kasabian
2:30pm – Bon Iver
3:20pm – Miike Snow

Monday timetable:

08:20am – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
08:25am – Wild Beasts
08:30am – Oberhofer
08:30am – Santigold
09:15am – Real Estate
09:35am – The Growlers
09:45am – Fitz and the Tantrums
10:30am – Wild Flag
11:05am – The Hives
11:15am – Beats Antique
12:10pm – The Airplane Boys
12:45pm – Justice
1:30pm – Beirut
2:30pm – Goyte
2:45pm – Modeselektor
2:45pm – Florence and the Machine
All times in AEST

Posted by Sophie Hirst, YouTube Music.