9 October

Sugar Mountain 2016 announces brand new Sensory restaurant


Pictured: Tin & Ed

Prepare to have your senses stimulated. Sugar Mountain festival is planning to take festival dining to the next level with Sensory, a new immersive restaurant experiment taking place onsite at the Victorian College of the Arts that explores the relationship between sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

The sensory experience will be an exciting collaboration between Melbourne design gurus Tin and Ed, electronic musicians Cut Copy and acclaimed tapas restaurant Bomba. These Melbourne locals are each known for pushing the boundaries in their different disciplines.

The restaurant will be open during the festival on Saturday 23 January at the Victorian College of the Arts. Sensory will host four sittings of 90 people in a brand new indoor space and provide a 50-minute, four-course set menu – but it’s not just about the ingredients on the plate.

During the 50-minute sitting, guests will be treated to a visual and interactive environment created by Tin and Ed where all senses will be stimulated.… Read more

9 October

Melbourne and Sydney bars storm the list of world’s 50 best bars in 2015‏


We’re not short of good bars in Australia, so it was only a matter until the rest of the world noticed. The list of the World’s 50 Best Bars 2015 have just been released by the magazine Drinks International, and both Melbourne and Sydney have featured in the top ten.

Taking out tenth place is Fitzroy cocktail bar Black Pearl, which hosted a guest appearance by New York bar Please Don’t Tell earlier this year. The Brunswick Street favourite was also awarded the Torres Highest Climber award by Drinks International for rising 27 places this year.

Also representing Melbourne on the world stage is fellow Fitzrovian The Everleigh, sitting pretty at 25th place. This hidden speakeasy tucked away on Gertrude St is a deserving feature with its old-world feel, bottled cocktails, and their very own boutique hand cut ice company.

Sydney’s backstreet beauty The Baxter Inn came in at sixth in the world, becoming the highest ever ranked Australian bar.… Read more

7 October

Big West Festival unveils a program of cutting-edge multicultural arts


Since its inception in 1997, the biennial Big West Festival has gained a reputation for championing surprising, incendiary and innovative works that speak to the concerns and everyday lives of the multicultural communities of the Inner West. This year, artistic director Marcia Ferguson has outdone herself with a program of nearly 70 events spanning visual art, theatre, dance, music and film over nine days.

At the heart of the festival is House: quite literally, a house designed by local architects and built by university students, located right in the centre of Footscray (cnr Paisley & French Sts). The building acts as a prototype for social housing of the future, and during the festival, will become a theatre, gallery and meeting place. Housing – in relation to its affordability, availability or lack of safety within – is a common thread for Inner West communities, and will became a major theme for many of the pieces.… Read more

6 October

Jamie xx announces Melbourne sideshow in January

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Boundary-pushing electronic producer Jamie xx has announced a Melbourne show in January 2016. The British artist, who came to fame as one part of The xx, was already set to make stage appearances at the New Year’s festival Beyond the Valley in rural Victoria, as well as New South Wales’s Lost Paradise and Queensland’s FOMO festivals.

Jamie xx’s long-awaited debut record In Colour was released in June 2015 to critical acclaim, with his calypso-flecked single ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ becoming an instant summer hit, following on from the ’90s jungle throwback of the album opener ‘Gosh’. The musician, who has been compared to his electronic predecessors Four Tet, Nicholas Jaar and Nosaj Thing, has drawn critical acclaim for the patchwork of samples strewn throughout In Colour. Snippets of funk, jazz, RnB, dancehall and jungle made the cut in the eclectic record, leaving the overall impression that In Colour is a documentary of sorts, tracing the origins of 21st century dance music.… Read more

1 October

Sex hamburger mural: three words you never thought you’d see together


It’s no secret that here at Time Out, we’re all about the burgers: beef burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers and… sexy burgers?

What you’re looking at here is ‘Kama-sutra burger’: a mural by Melbourne street artist Makatron that appeared this week on the back wall of Rathdowne Fabrics in Victoria Street, Brunswick. The building is owned by Dean Sunshine, who, when he’s not running a fabric business, documents street art and graffiti on his Land of Sunshine blog. He’s even self-published two books on the subject.

“Over the years I’ve had artists that I’m now friends with come and paint the building, and this is the first time I’ve had a controversy like this,” he explains. “I understand that it is a little bit risqué, and I would not like to upset any people or any kids.”

Makatron’s ‘Kama-sutra’ is, in Sunshine’s words, “about the sexualisation by the media of people for advertising.Read more