Daft Punk Will Debut ‘Random Access Memories’ in Random Podunk Town
Yearly agricultural fest to get first crack at future sounds
Daft Punk will be premiering their highly anticipated new album Random Access Memories a few days early at an obscure agricultural festival in rural Australia. This means that while a massive influx of hip kids are going to be busy bopping to the latest in futuristic French electro-house, a whole bunch of mulletted Oz-dwellers are going to be marveling at Mad Max-ready custom coupes during what’s known as an “ute muster.” There will also be an infant competition.
As Pitchfork reports, the annual Wee Waa Show is going down from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19 in Wee Waa, New South Wales. Everyone’s favorite Parisian androids will be dropping the proverbial disco ball on opening night — the event will function as the “global launch party” for the forthcoming LP, due out May 21 via Columbia Records. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold, but fear not: members of the Wee Waa Society will be guaranteed entry. We’re sure they’re relieved.
Daft Punk apparently agreed to the bizarre plan after their label pitched the idea and they learned of “the CSIRO Australia Telescope and its array of satellite dishes” nearby, says MusicFeeds. The tiny town of Wee Waa, however, is known as “the Cotton Capital of Australia.” It has a population of close to 2,100. The Aussie news outlet also reports that “representatives from Narrabri Shire Council have confirmed that this is ACTUALLY HAPPENING.” Their caps.
According to the Wee Waa Show’s website, “other events will include typical Australian country show entertainment including the pet show, dog high jump, showgirl competition, cross cut saw competition, fireworks and much more.” There’s also going to be a clown troupe and something called “buzz’s lolly drop.” Google doesn’t help much with that one. This year’s theme is “The Year of Water,” naturally.