OK, so we don’t have a beach on Gertrude Street but we do have Beach Burrito Company‘s first outpost outside of Sydney. And yup, it has a skate bowl (for the pros, mind). In a Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl pool.
Gimmicks aside, it will be interesting to see how Beach Burrito Fitzroy rubs shoulders with its next-door neighbour, Trippy Taco. Will there be burrito turf wars? Will there be margarita-fuelled fights? One thing’s for certain, there will be long-haired skaters (we’ve seen them), sitting hunched in Beach Burrito’s black-and-blue booths eating $5 tacos and drinking chilled beers. There’s also a range of frozen margaritas, including a ruinously sweet watermelon version, and a plastic tequila menu that has dangerous intentions. Grab your board; get on board.
Beach Burrito Fitzroy, 230-232 Gertrude Street, 03 9416 4863… Read more
Good news, gelato-addicts: you’ll soon be able to get a second scoop of Gelato Messina deliciousness in Richmond. The brand’s Smith Street outlet is usually busier than an East London nightclub, so expect to queue for your caramelised white chocolate, pear and rhubarb or apple-pie icy treat. Venue and exact opening date to be confirmed, but late April is looking likely.… Read more
While it’s hard to think of Abbey Road Studios without the Beatles, they’ve been kicking about for over 80 years – in fact, they were the first purpose built recording studios in the world.
Since the studios’ inception, the list of musical heavyweights through their doors has been staggering: the Beatles (of course), Johnny Marr, My Bloody Valentine, Kate Bush, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Radiohead and Pink Floyd are all frequent flyers and Lady Gaga and Adele have used it more recently. They’re also the studio of choice for recording movie scores (soundtracks to everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Imitation Game get laid down there).
Once upon a time, the only way to tap into that mine of musical knowledge was to work there. Then, several years ago, Abbey Road Studios established the Abbey Road Institute to impart expert audio engineering and music production knowledge.
To date, the Abbey Road Institute’s made it no further than London, but it’s set to establish its first outpost in the Southern Hemisphere with one in Melbourne (Sydney will follow soon after).… Read more
Jerome Borazio’s a goddamn genius – when he’s not opening bars (1000 Pound Bend, Ponyfish Island, Sister Bella etc), pizza shops (Slice Girls), cool wedding venues (The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo), or overseeing the now international St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, he’s opening a hotel. Clearly, the man never sleeps and, let’s face it, he can’t help himself when it comes to revitalising an unclaimed space.
St Jerome’s: The Hotel is high glamour and one of a kind. It’s perched on the top of Melbourne Central for a start, allowing patrons unparalleled access to Melbourne’s city-line vistas. Plus, rather than your ordinary hotel rooms, it’s got suites and standard rooms in high-class bell tents, that are decked out with all of the luxury comforts of any other luxury hotel. Borazio’s taken glamping (glamour camping) to a whole new level (quite literally too, given that it overlooks the city).
There’s a 24-hour concierge service, a bar and normal deluxe hotel services (fleet cars and the like) but it’s the other touches that make it super special – eg.… Read more
North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, MØ, Purity Ring, Flight Facilities, Alison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more