Posted by Danni Le Toullec on January 13, 2010
The line up for the 2010 Playground Weekender just keeps getting better and better.
Organisers have just announced that Ok Go, Lost Valentinos, Bluejuice, King Tide, The Holidays and Mista Savona & Prince Alla will be joining Lupe Fiasco, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Cribs and plenty more amazing acts at this four day music festival (running from 18th-21st February). So get your gameface on and get ready to be blown away by the beautiful location of the Del Rio Riverside Resort at Wisemans Ferry.
Tickets available from the Playground Weekender site.
Posted by KB on July 29, 2009
During the early days of their Conquistadisco national tour, Lost Valentinos guitarist/keyboardist Jono Ma was cornered by Kluster’s Jeff Yiu to discuss wild times in Barcelona, “she-male” prostitutes and dreams of getting all shaken-up by Soulwax.
Jeff Yiu: You guys recently returned from your UK tour and it seems like you’ve hardly had a chance to take a break: your debut album Cities of Gold is set for release on the 09.09.09. What can we expect from Lost Valentinos in the lead up to the album launch.
Jono Ma: We are actually sitting in Byron at the moment and just finished a very looong weekend starting with our first show of the tour at the Great Northern Hotel followed by our second Splendour in the Grass appearance on the Mix up stage. We got to see the Happy Mondays and Flaming Lips which was pretty special. We’re playing in most major cities after that including some rural spots. I can’t remember all the dates off the top of my head but they are all up on our MySpace.
JY: The last European tour you’d done was a while ago. How did you feel about the whole experience this time around?
JM: Well for starters, we are a much better band now so touring there this time round felt much more substantial. Our sound is definitely more refined and I think we have found “our sound” rather than a borrowed or inspired sound. We played this show in Barcelona that was possibly the greatest show of our lives. So we are basically counting the days until we head back to Europe which, at this stage, looks like it will be very soon.
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JY: How was the response from the people at the shows, do they vary from city to city?
JM: Definitely. Every city we play has its own experience. In the UK the crowds are very unforgiving and much harder to crack than most places, probably because so many amazing bands exist and have existed there. Plus they get much more amazing international acts through there compared to cities in Australia. But it means that when you do crack them, you know you have really achieved something. Barcelona on the other hand, while still having a great live music scene is a much more “festive” city and that is really reflected in the crowds. I think you could almost boil it down to basic things like climate and culture. The Spanish art of siesta definitely makes the people much more energetic at night. More...