Australia, France and India

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Homebake takes place on one day and at one venue – December 6th in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens. I haven’t been to Homebake but I can vouch for the location  - it’s a gorgeous lush expanse of tropical plants with leaves the size of houses – set against the backdrop of Sydney’s skyscrapers and busy harbour below.

As the name would indicate, Homebake celebrates established and emerging Aussie talent – this year there’s Crowded House, Cut Copy, Gabriella Cilmi and Little Red. This year they’ve teamed up with Amnesty International to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights - the official title of the festival is ‘Homebake 2008 Peace in the Park’. There’s also a fashion competition with  Myspace and Oyster Magazine, and a screening of The Square directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith.

From Australia to France for the 30th anniversary of Les Rencontres Trans Musicales . What began in 1979 as a way to promote new music has grown into a great annual event attracting local and international talent.  Trans Musicales takes place in the city of Rennes in Brittany -  a city known for its Gallo language and was the first city in France to be liberated by Patton’s army in 1944. Back to 2008 and the 30th edition of Trans Musiciales begins in early December– artists on the bill include Bon Iver, , El Guincho and France’s own Birdy Nam Nam. Local Brittany boy Yann Tiersen – known for his work on the soundtrack to Amelie – will be collaborating with Orka – known for instruments made out  found objects – so the collaboration of Tiersen and Orka will definitely be interesting and could well include the kitchen sink!

And lastly to India for Live Earth– you may recall that last year Live Earth had events taking place all over the world but this year its focused only on Mumbai . Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame has just been added to the bill alongside, Bon Jovi and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachan. Proceeds will to Light a Billion Lives campaign which aims to provide solar power to rural areas of India.