Daft Punk's Wee Waa album launch: Everything you need to know

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One of the most famous acts in the world chooses to unveil their new album in a small, off-the-map Australian town and a media frenzy ensues. It may sound like the plot for a quirky Australian comedy, but this is real life. Yesterday, the Narrabri Courier announced that a town in regional New South Wales would be hosting the “global album launch” of Daft Punk’s hotly-anticipated fourth album Random Access Memories. As hard to believe as that news was, today we have confirmation that one of the biggest dance albums of the decade will be heard for the first time in the regional town of Wee Waa, population 2000.

Pitchfork have confirmed the reports overnight, presumably by way of a Sony representative. Sony are expected to make a public statement about the event later today, but inthemix can confirm the label has already purchased the domain name www.daftpunkweewaa.com. So what do we know so far? On the night of May 17, Random Access Memories will be played to 4000 ticket holders in Wee Waa and, it’s thought, streamed live out to the world. As with everything Daft Punk, many of the details about the event are still shrouded in mystery. We’ll be updating this story regularly, so hang around to stay up to date with the latest. In the meanwhile, though, this is what we know…

Tickets

UPDATE: GA tickets have sold out. From now, tickets will only be available to local residents who live within the 80km zone of Wee Waa.

Tickets are going for $35 a pop and are limited to 4000. Officially, they go on sale at 9am on Friday the 12th of April through the Venue Tickets website (or you can call them on 02 6792 4654). However, inthemix spoke to a representative from the Narrabri Shire Council this morning who told us that a glitch in the system resulted in a small number of tickets going up for sale last night, after news of the event broke. The council has assured inthemix those ticket sales will be honoured, but couldn’t tell us how many had been snapped up in the tech error. If you managed to get a ticket then, you’ll need to pick it up on May 16 or 17 from the Crossing Theatre in the neighbouring town of Narrabri. Naturally, you can expect the remaining tickets to sell out in an instant – the council already has reports of people camping out to buy them in person.

Accommodation

Update: It’s likely that the few accommodation options in Wee Waa have, by now, been entirely booked out (though you can try your luck by phoning the Waa Waa Motel on (02) 6795 4522, Imperial Hotel on 6795 4125, Royal Hotel on 6795 4215 or Welcome Inn on 6795 3997). There may still be motels available in the neighbouring town of Narrabri, which is located about 20 minutes drive from the action or you could try the smaller outlying towns of Boggabri, Pilliga and Burren Junction. Arrangements for a shuttle service between Narrabri and Wee Waa are currently being made. Alternatively, the Wee Waa campsite is open for booking by calling 1800 659 931 (bathroom facilities will be available). Wee Waa’s Mayor has also indicated that homestay accommodation may become available – more info to come.

The Event

Let’s be clear: so far, there is nothing to suggest that Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo will be at the Wee Waa event in person. What we do know is that the launch will be held at the Wee Waa showground during the annual Wee Waa show, where the album will be played in full and streamed out online. Random Access Memories will be played from 8pm at the showground, before being officially released for sale at 12.01am in Australia a few hours later. “Gates open at 3:30 on Friday in readiness for a fun packed weekend of events,” the Wee Waa town website promises. “Kicking off with the Daft Punk launch on Friday night other events will include typical Australian country show entertainment including the pet show, showgirl competition, cross cut saw competition, fireworks and much more.” As for how the townsfolk are feeling about it? A Shire Council representative told inthemix the town is “absolutely excited” and that the event is “a coup for regional Australia”.

Additionally, inthemix can confirm that an exclusive limited edition of Random Access Memories will be available for purchase to those in Wee Waa.

Getting there

For about $200 each way you can fly from Sydney to the neighbouring town of Narrabri through Aeropelican, though there are no public transport options between Narrabri and Wee Waa. A better bet may be to get the Sydney – Narrabri CountryLink train service (that’ll set you back about $65 each way), which takes 7.5 hours. Then, of course, there’s the roadtrip option – Wee Waa is about six hours drive from Brisbane or eight hours drive from Sydney, via the Kamilaroi Highway.

The Town

Wondering where the heck Wee Waa is? You’re not alone. Pronounced Wee-War, the town is situated on the North-Western slopes of regional NSW. That’s about 570 kilometres or eight hours drive from Sydney, or six hours by car from Brisbane. Wee Waa is part of the Narrabri Shire and is 40 kilometres from the larger town of the same name, which has a slightly larger population of 6,100. According to the Wee Waa website, the town boasts a “butcher (coming soon), a baker and a candlestick maker”- you can’t make this stuff up! There’s also a café and not one but two pubs, for those in search of food and drink. This morning, inthemix spoke to Narrabri Shire tradesperson steward Zoe Miguel, who told us she couldn’t comment on how preparations were getting underway as “I’ve honestly got no idea, I’m currently picking cotton and haven’t been into town for weeks”. Take a look at an aerial view of the town below.

We’ll be updating this story regularly, so keep checking back here for further updates as they come.

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Marshy

Marshy said on the 10th Apr, 2013

I hate that I care.

timdening

timdening said on the 10th Apr, 2013

%u201CKicking off with the Daft Punk launch on Friday night other events will include typical Australian country show entertainment including the pet show, showgirl competition, cross cut saw competition, fireworks and much more.%u201D

are they fuckin high?

Ben Royal

Ben Royal said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Why would anyone drive 8 hours to pay to listen to a CD?!

User_270514

User_270514 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Can this seriously be real???

Rev90

Rev90 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

"Ben Royal
Why would anyone drive 8 hours to pay to listen to a CD?!"
Because they are Gods

ravelikespastic

ravelikespastic said on the 10th Apr, 2013

I dont even know what to say.
No words

Mindfull-1

Mindfull-1 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Why are people responding still as if this was serious?


What is wrong with you?

autumn acid

autumn acid said on the 10th Apr, 2013



There is a whole mob of us going on a spur of the moment, most likely debaucherous road trip into the middle of NSW during a country festival to hear the global launch of one of the greatest electronic artists of our time from France. To put it in perspective, it's not like I was going to be doing anything weirder that weekend!

SPJJ

SPJJ said on the 10th Apr, 2013

We bought 5 tickets yesterday arvo from the theatre website, it was listed between The Croods and Escape From Planet Earth..haha! Probably should have bought 100 and scalped them. They've sent through a receipt and all.

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 10th Apr, 2013

I really really think Daft Punk have taken the hype to the head.

itchy

itchy said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Wee Waa is gonna wish it never agreed to this when 4000 rude, munted, flat-brimmed hat donning electro-house/trap/dubstep lovers destroy their town.

Ben Royal

Ben Royal said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Good luck finding accommodation for 4,000 people in a 2,000 person town. That would be like 10 MILLION people coming to Sydney for the night and looking for somewhere to stay.

daftvokolode

daftvokolode said on the 10th Apr, 2013

The ticket price currently listed on the site is $35, instead of $60 which was displayed during the error last night.

special ed

special ed said on the 10th Apr, 2013

surely this is a joke, right to the last minute?

rdalt13

rdalt13 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

why would i drive 8 hours to NOT see Daft Punk, when I can listen to live stream? Or probably released just the next day

Mindfull-1

Mindfull-1 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

I hope it is a nigerian scam and all the people buying tickets get ripped off etc ;)

CircusMidget

CircusMidget said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Word on the street is Future Entertainment gave the Stafford Brothers some helmets. They are planning to sword fight with their wee waas. Winner takes home a Timmy Trophy.

jamwildway

jamwildway said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Will Daft Punk make a surprise visit?

joker1982

joker1982 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

for those of you that are saying they shouldnt let the 4000 peeps loose in weewaa seriouslly need to research what the town is like
its a shit town and IF daft punk will be there i pity them for there is really nothing for them there

joker1982

joker1982 said on the 10th Apr, 2013

did i mention the populatiion is mostly native australians there

tommyhans

tommyhans said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Daft Punk have carefully hyped, teased and been cryptic through this entire Random Access Memories launch. The idea that this will be a bog standard album launch is undermining to them and their brand.

Whether they attend is doubtful. Whether it is visually awesome with more than a few interesting surprises is not.

With the world watching and listening it has to good.....I have every faith that it will
Whether they will be in attendance is doubtful.

DTrancer

DTrancer said on the 11th Apr, 2013

probably be some dude playing the cd thru his hilux outside the pub

KRiSTEEmau5

KRiSTEEmau5 said on the 11th Apr, 2013

Honestly, LOL at everyone having a whinge about this. Can you not see the purpose of this decision? They've got you talking, that's all they really wanted. Any publicity is good publicity. It becomes such a big hype that more people talk, more people find out which results in more people attending. It shouldn't matter where they hold the Global Launch, true fans will want to go and that's what it comes down to. In my opinion it's something different which is always good and nobody can judge until after the event and generally unless they attended. It's only $60 and however much it will cost people to get there even though it may just be the CD that plays its the first time the public will hear it, not to mention the "party" is streamed to the world, if any of you think that sitting at home streaming that is somewhat similar to actually being there you've got to be kidding yourself. ANYWAY, fingers crossed that DP have produced another killer album!

LOKIAU

LOKIAU said on the 11th Apr, 2013

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SONY MUSIC GLOBAL LAUNCH PARTY FOR %u2018RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES%u2019 AND IS AN ALBUM PLAYBACK SESSION ONLY %u2013 DAFT PUNK WILL NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE WEE WAA SHOW.

mojo-jojo

mojo-jojo said on the 11th Apr, 2013

less than 10 minute until tickets and I still have no idea about how what this is going to be. These are the emotions of being trolled right? fear excitement, worry dread and anxiety... hhhnnnuuugghrhhh

mojo-jojo

mojo-jojo said on the 11th Apr, 2013

aAAANNND SOLD OUT, Before I could get tickets. THANK GOD!

latin_deluxe

latin_deluxe said on the 11th Apr, 2013

I tried as well, No luck... would have been a hell of a road trip!

Rachdrrrums

Rachdrrrums said on the 12th Apr, 2013

Brilliant idea. Perfect for a road trip! That's thinking outside the box.

macracer1

macracer1 said on the 15th Apr, 2013

ROAD TRIP.!!!! Yay..... 23 hours

migwayne77

migwayne77 said on the 16th Apr, 2013

Only a couple of frenchees can pull this off, great idea and they have a sold out event. Anticipation....it builds