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Daft Punk Premiering New Album In Small Australian Town

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Daft Punk have selected Wee Waa, Australia — a rural town with a population of 2,400 located about 250 miles from Sydney — to host the world premiere of their new album, ‘Random Access Memories.’ Thousands of fans are expected to join locals for the “global album launch party,” which will take place outside, among the sheep and cattle of the Western Plains during sunset on the evening of May 17, the band announced today (April 9).

Mayor Conrad Bolton told Australian paper The Courier that he thought a “mate was pulling my leg” when he received a phone call from Daft Punk’s label, Sony Music, inquiring about the possibility of Wee Waa hosting the album launch. The town is now featuring the event prominently on its official website.

“We thought getting senator Fiona Nash to open the show was a bit of a coup, but now our show program has been bolstered 10-fold,” added Brett Dickinson, president of the Wee Waa Show, an annual local festival running concurrently with the premiere.

A stage and various visual special effects are being assembled specifically for the premiere, and tickets to the event will be limited in number to 4,000. They go on sale Friday via this website. ‘Random Access Memories,’ meanwhile, arrives stateside on May 21.

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