The French duo haven’t released a studio album since 2005, although they did provide the soundtrack to the 2010 film Tron: Legacy and fans of electronica are keen to see what they will do next.
Already the internet has been agog with mock-ups of tour posters announcing the band will visit the US in October and Australia in December – although industry insiders were quick to dismiss these as hoaxes.
But now local paper The North Western Courier has spilled the beans, announcing on its website on Tuesday that Sony Music approached local authorities weeks ago about holding the worldwide launch in the tiny rural town.
Narrabri Shire Mayor Conrad Bolton told the paper he 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.”
The album will be played to a worldwide audience via live streaming on May 17 at the Wee Waa Showgrounds and coinciding with the Wee Waa Show.
Wee Waa Show Society president Brett Dickinson says tickets will be limited to 4000, but members of the Wee Waa Show Society will be guaranteed a place in the audience if they want one.
“It’s great for Wee Waa and fantastic for the shire, the flow-on effect from this will be fantastic, especially for all businesses in the area,” he told the paper.
Music industry website inthemix.com.au tried to confirm details with Sony, who wouldn’t comment, but later the website confirmed Sony Australia had purchased the www.daftpunkweewaa.com domain name on Monday.