20 January

Watch this vintage Time Out ad

Those of us vintage enough to remember Max Headroom and early MTV will feel pangs of nostalgia watching this 1980s ad for Time Out London. We’re not sure what’s going on – other than: robots –  but it’s the sort of early computer animation that made Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’ clip seem really hi-tech at the time.

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7 January

Wait – ANOTHER slip’n’slide is coming to Melbourne, and it’s this month!

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For those excited by the pending arrival of Slide Melbourne in February, the fun’s set to start earlier than you thought. Rival event Slidestreet will be setting up – also in Lansdowne Street – on Saturday, January 24, and have all the permits in place. It premiered in Perth back last month and was a hit.

Then length of two AFL ovals, this will be next-level fun, operating between 9am and 7pm. Fitzroy Gardens will also be turned into a hub of live entertainment, with Nova 100’s Deano broadcasting live, DJs, food trucks, a pop-up bar and water-based activities.

You can buy tickets from 9am on Monday 12 January.

The race to slide has been won, it seems…

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5 January

That one-day-only 99 cheese pizza is back, baby

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Last month, a beautiful thing happened. Gradi’s world champion pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco made our cheese-dreams a reality by creating the world’s first 99-cheese pizza. And you thought five-cheese pizzas were intense. The dairy dream was inspired by the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (out on DVD), which features one of these beauties.

Such was the excitement – there was even a Change.org petition to keep this lactose legend on the menu – that the 99-cheese pizza is now going to become a temporary fixture at both Gradi at Crown and 400 Gradi.

Johnny created a 94-cheese spread that is topped with the additional five cheeses at the end, and this will stay on the menu until the batches of his secret concoction run out. STARTS NOW!… Read more

31 December

Slide Melbourne is coming: the greatest slip’n’slide ever

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The greatest slip’n’slide ever comes to Melbourne CBD. It is Melbourne CBD

We can’t quite imagine the red-tape headaches that Slide Melbourne must have caused Melbourne City Council, but organisers assure us that final sign-off is immiment. The three-lane, 400m slide will take up Lonsdale Street on two upcoming Sundays: Feb 15th and, tentatively, March 9th.

In order to ride, you need to be at least 120cm tall and aged 12 or above. Or, if under 12, you can be accompanied by a parent or guardian – but you’ll both need tickets. These tickets are $40 and give you access for one of the four two-hour slots. It’s vital you book in advance; in fact, it’s nearly sold out already.

While you may have heard of the Slidestreet event in Perth, Slide Melbourne is a separate entity, inspired by Slide the City – whose first event in Utah captured world interest. The Slide Melbourne team has a ‘Splashback Policy’ to manage water responsibly – and the water used will be recycled for Melbourne’s city gardens.… Read more

21 December

How do we choose which Melbourne venues to support?

Posted by in News, Politics

Time Out Melbourne

With the Palace Theatre battle heading to VCAT and Bennetts Lane on the chopping block, one expert suggests that to save these venues we could treat them like churches…
It’s not hard to imagine Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett (RIP) tossing her auburn hair in rage and screaming like a banshee when the Palace Theatre’s trashed interiors were hauled out its stage door in November and dumped in the newly-named Amphlett Lane.

The Palace Theatre’s slated replacement by a private hotel has been hard-fought. The 1,850 capacity gig at the top of Bourke Street has hosted theatre, music and cinema in style since 1912. It has been a crucial Melbourne city venue for a plethora of Australian tours since the ’80s. Eddie Perfect, SLAM, Save the Palace, Melbourne Heritage Action, Music Victoria, Australian Music Museum Project and 38,000 petition-signing members of the public joined forces to fight the development at Melbourne City Council, which recently denied developer Jinshan’s latest (of many) plans to raze the building.… Read more