The highlight of the Sunshine Coast’s cultural calendar, the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, is fast approaching. Now in its second year, the event has attracted an impressive line-up, with Matt Corby, Peking Duk, Allday, George Maple, Ngaiire, Boo Seeka, Vera Blue, and heaps more all set to entertain crowds.

In addition, an array of local visual artists will create works on the day. The latest work in Amanda Parer’s acclaimed “Fantastic Planet” series will also make its debut before travelling all around the globe.

The Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival hits the old Horton Park Golf Course on Saturday September 10. Tickets are on sale now from the festival’s website.

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Matt Corby fans have sent his long awaited debut album Telluric to the top of the ARIA charts this week. It’s his best chart result to date, after “Brother” peaked at number three and “Resolution” got to number five.

The Molly soundtrack is proving to have more staying power than most. It’s at number three this week, 16 weeks after its release. It’s also gone platinum.

Hilltop Hoods are also lingering in the charts, with Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung sitting at number five this week. The Adelaide hip hop act is also making their presence felt on the singles chart. “1955,” a track recorded with Montaigne and Tom Thum, is at number three. The Cat Empire’s new album Rising With the Sun, which like all these releases is also a former number one, now sits at number nine.

The singles charts has more of a local flavour than it usually does. “Never Be Like You” by Flume featuring Kai is at number seven, and Sia rounds out the top ten with “Cheap Thrills.”

Top 10 Albums
1. TelluricMatt Corby
2. You and IJeff Buckley
3. MollySoundtrack 
4. 25Adele
5. IncarnateKillswitch
6. Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars RestrungHilltop Hoods
7. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. Have It All (Live) – Bethel Music
9. Rising with the SunThe Cat Empire
10. PurposeJustin Bieber 

Top 10 Singles
1. “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
2. “Faded” – Alan Walker
3. “1955” – Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum
4. “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots
5. “One Call Away” – Charlie Puth
6. “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
7. “Never be Like You” – Flume feat. Kai
8. “My House” – Flo Rida
9. “Hide Away” – Daya
10. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia

Matt Corby will thank fans for his recent chart success when he takes his platinum-selling Resolution EP on the road in October. The EP hasn’t just been a big hit at home. It also hit the iTunes top ten in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and New Zealand.

The tour will see Matt playing some of his biggest shows to date at iconic venues like the Hordern Pavilion and Festival Hall. It’ll also give him an opportunity to roadtest some of the material he’s been recording for his debut album.

Make sure you arrive early to catch international support act Bear’s Den. The London trio have been compared to the likes of Wilco and Ryan Adams, so they’re sure to hit the right notes before Matt takes to the stage.

9 October 2013 – Wollongong University, Wollongong (18+)
10 October 2013 – ANU Bar, Canberra (18+)
11 October 2013 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (Licensed All Ages)
15 October 2013 – Convention Centre, Brisbane (Licensed All Ages)
17 October 2013 – City Hall, Hobart (Licensed All Ages)
18 October 2013 – Festival Hall, Melbourne (Licensed All Ages)
23 October 2013 – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong (Licensed All Ages)
24 October 2013 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (Licensed All Ages)
27 October 2013 – Arts Centre, Fremantle (18+)

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Harrison Craig proves he’s a force to be reckoned with this week with his album More Than a Dream returning to the top of the ARIA albums charts.

It’s a massive feat for the reigning Voice champion, who kept Jay-Z from the top spot and bumped our own Bliss N Eso’s Circus in the Sky down to number three.

Hillsong Live have also fallen with Glorious Ruins slipping from number three to six.

Josh Pyke made plenty of noise on Facebook this week about stores failing to stock his newie The Beginning and the End of Everything, so it’s impressive to see it still managed to snag the number seven spot on debut.

Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey are also continuing to make an impact on the charts with The Great Country Songbook. It sits at number nine this week.

We’re back to the usual suspects in the singles charts, with stayers Timomatic and Matt Corby sitting at number seven and ten respectively.

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Bliss N Eso have scored their second consecutive number one album this week with their newie, Circus in the Sky. They also hit the top spot with Running on Air in 2010.

With that, Harrison Craig’s debut More Than a Dream was always going to slip, but I’m impressed that his album hasn’t fallen by much. He’s at number two this week, a feat that’s made even more impressive when you consider he’s fended off competition from Hillsong Live. Their albums always sell truckloads, but their latest Glorious Ruins could only manage a number three debut. When was the last time we saw three Aussie albums holding down the top three chart positions? Awesome stuff.

Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey continue to do great business with The Great Country Songbook. It’s slipped a little, but it’s still finished a respectable number six.

Timomatic and Matt Corby are also still hanging around the singles charts. Timomatic’s “Parachute” has dropped one spot to number four, while Matt’s holding steady with “Resolution” at ten. Samantha Jade’s enjoyed a respectable debut considering how long ago she won The X Factor. Her latest single “Fire Starter” sits at number nine.

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We came within a whisker of seeing another Aussie act on top of the album charts, but at the final hurdle Kanye West pipped Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey. This week is a different matter though, with Harrison Craig pushing the American hip hop star from the number one position.

It’d almost be a story of David and Goliath proportions if the sales figures weren’t compared to last year’s Voice victor. Harrison’s More Than a Dream might be on the top of the charts with 13, 167 copies sold. But that’s a far cry from the 35, 621 units Karise Eden’s album sold in its first week. And before you rush and say Harrison’s album was only released midweek, Karise was in the same position. Harrison’s got a lot to prove if he expects to make a lasting impression on the Aussie musical landscape.

Harrison did outsell the likes of Kanye, Daft Punk, and P!nk though, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. It also kept last week’s “almost number one” duo Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey at number three with their Great Country Songbook. Bernard Fanning’s Departures has slipped a bit, but it’s still selling well at number eight. It’s a similar story for Empire of the Sun, whose sophomore effort Ice on the Dune is sitting at number nine.

Meanwhile we’ve got two Aussies sitting pretty in the singles charts. Timomatic’s “Parachute” has held steady at number three. Matt Corby’s also clinging on to a top ten berth with “Resolution”.

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After many long months, Australia finally has another local talent on top of the ARIA Charts. Bernard Fanning’s second solo album Departures is sitting proudly at number one. It gives him his second solo number one in as many albums. Not a bad effort!

It’s the only Aussie album in the top ten, although if we want to get creative we can at least celebrate the local connection to The Great Gatsby soundtrack at number two. Sure it’s chockful of international artists, but it’s from an Aussie-directed film!

If the singles chart tells us anything, it’s that Harrison Craig is all but a show-in to win The Voice. His cover of “Unchained Melody” is at number two and his original song “More Than a Dream” is nipping at its heels at number three. This gives Harrison eight top 40 singles and three top 10s, more than any other Voice contestant. My favorite, Mitchell Anderson, never had a chance it seems.

The influence of The Voice continues with Timomatic’s “Parachute”, the song he performed on last week’s live show, debuting at number seven. Matt Corby rounds out the top ten with his single “Resolution”.

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There’ll be more than movies at the 2012 Cockatoo Island Film Festival. The event will see the historic Sydney island transformed into an entertainment hub, with cinema screens and live music stages, from October 25 to 27.

Arrested Development will grace the main stage on Thursday October 25 as part of their 20th anniversary tour. Bluejuice and Jinja Safari will follow the American hip hop act on October 26, and Matt Corby will close the festival with another licensed all ages show on October 27.

If you want to party on after those acts make sure you head to the Precinct Nightclub. Artists like Gossling, Saskwatch, the Future Classic DJs, and Halfway Crooks will be pumping out tunes from 10 pm to the early hours of the morning.

Tickets for all Cockatoo Island Film Festival shows are available now through Moshtix.

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Matt Corby will usher in the cold weather ahead with The Winter Tour.

The Winter Tour sees Matt heading out of the clubs and into some of the country’s best theatres. It’ll be something of a homecoming for the singer-songwriter, who’s spending the next few months working on his debut album and playing shows in the United Kingdom and United States. He’ll take the wintery-sounding Melbourne six-piece Alpine along for the ride.

Last time Matt circled the country his shows sold out a month before he took the stage. Make sure you don’t miss out this time by getting your tickets from the usual outlets now.

1 June 2012 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
6 June 2012 – The Forum, Melbourne
7 June 2012 – HQ, Adelaide
9 June 2012 – The Astor, Perth
14 June 2012 – The Metro, Sydney

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If you missed out on tickets to Matt Corby’s recent groovy garden gigs, don’t worry. The local singer-songwriter has announced a full-scale national tour to celebrate the recent release of his Into the Flame EP.

While the venues aren’t nearly as cool as the last tour, they are small and intimate enough for appreciating Matt’s unique brand of folk music. Tickets are on sale now from the venues and Matt Corby’s website.

22 February 2011 – The Corner, Melbourne
24 February 2011 – Amplifier, Perth
25 February 2011 – Jive Bar, Adelaide
1 March 2011 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
2 March 2011 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
9 March 2011 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (supporting Feist)

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