Forget London, Paris, New York or Tokyo. French electro duo Daft Punk have picked a small New South Wales farming town as the location to launch their highly anticipated fourth album.
Random Access Memories will be played for the first time alongside dog high-jumping and floral arrangements at the 79th Wee Waa agricultural Show.
The duo, Thomas Bangalter, 38, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 39, whose hits include One More Time, hasn’t released a studio album since 2005, although they did provide the soundtrack to the 2010 film Tron Legacy.
Daft Punk are rumoured to have collaborated with a large cast of people for their fourth album, including rapper Pharrell Williams and The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas.
Wee Waa Show Society president Brett Dickinson says tickets will be limited to 4000.
”We thought they were pulling our leg to start with,” Dickinson said. ”But [they] love the place and just think it’s unique, it’s creative, it’s going to break down barriers for Daft Punk.”
Narrabri Shire Mayor Conrad Bolton told local paper the North Western Courier he also initially thought it was a joke but was later convinced by Sony executives.
“We think Wee Waa is so uniquely Australian, so the folks at Sony Music along with Daft Punk thought it fitted the bill perfectly,” Bolton said.
“Daft Punk is known for breaking down barriers and coming up with new creative, innovative ideas to launch their albums.”
Sony has confirmed that Daft Punk will not actually be in Wee Waa, or Australia at all, but their album won’t be played publicly anywhere else in the world before it will be streamed on May 17 at the Wee Waa Showgrounds.