The first taste of the Melbourne Festival is so sweet that we’re counting down the days. Sydney indie-electronic duo Flight Facilities will play live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, re-shaping their five-year catalogue of singles and hits into soaring orchestral arrangements.
You’ll know them from tracks like ‘Foreign Language’, ‘With You’ and last year’s epic, seven-minute ‘Clair De Lune’, which points to Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell’s love of classical music. “We’re taking on the challenge of reinventing not only the way we approach our live show, but our original pieces of music, too,” they explain. “For us, the opportunity to have Melbourne Symphony Orchestra reinterpret the contemporary as classical, can only be described as ‘a dream come true’.”
The show promises to span five years of work, while including newly written orchestral parts and an immersive videoscape.
This project follows on from last year’s Melbourne Festival, which saw masterful producer Jeff Mills join the MSO to create an almost otherworldly fusion of electronic and classical music.… Read more
Flex your knuckles, gamers: this CBD arcade bar delivers vintage video games, craft beers and cocktails
Wish you could summon your homies and trounce them at Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, Gun Fight or Fire Escape, while sipping on an ice-cold craft beer or imaginative cocktail? Well now you can, thanks to Bartronica, Melbourne’s first vintage arcade bar. Pick from free-play or coin-operated arcade machines, stake out the Nintendo 64 or rest between fighting marathons on the comfy couches. Bartronica holds regular tournaments – top scores are immortalised (for one night) on the chalk board – and singles’ nights. There’s even a beer garden that pretends it’s in New York. Game on.Read more
Having graced Greville Street with St Edmonds, Adam Wilkinson (pictured above) has turned his sights to Cremorne: his second outpost will open in June, in a converted up-cycled warehouse on Chestnut Street.
Remember comic book hoodlum-hero Dennis the Menace, and his four-legged sidekick, Gnasher? Adam does: his second café, Denis the Menace, aims to marry the mischief of kids with the ambitions of adults. This equates to a fitout that’s both fun – there’s an interior forest – and sustainable: solar panels, a worm farm (yup) and bio-tank.
Architect Simon Cookes (Duckbuild) says: “Though designed thoughtfully, it was also playful, spurred on by character Dennis the Menace. We pictured a boy building with his grandfather, armed with a twig sling shot and good intentions.”
Crockery is local – sourced from Kilman in Ballarat – and chef Simon Neale (ex-St Edmonds) has devised a menu with a healthy bent: acai, blueberry and coconut water smoothie bowl topped with fresh coconut, watermelon, banana and passion fruit; Japanese-style omelette with spanner crab, shichimi, seaweed salad, mung bean and coriander miso sauce; ocean trout poached in coconut curry with kaffir lime, for example.… Read more
Musical nerds, we don’t even need to tell you why this is massive news. Everyone else: get excited. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP has confirmed the news on his Twitter and Facebook page, so it’s official: The Book of Mormon is coming to convert Melbourne. Created by the makers of South Park, this multi award-winning musical follows the story of a strapping young Latter Day Saints lad who travels to Uganda to baptise a village. Cue tragically repressed, maniacally jolly Mormon men, crazed warlords, tasteless gags, and super catchy songs. Just remember to breathe.
The Book of Mormon – first performed in 2011 – is still playing to sell-out crowds in Broadway and the West End. Some may say that the arrival of this smash hit musical is coming six years too late – we say bring it on. Hasa diga eebowai!… Read more
After a nearly two-decade absence from the stages of Australia – and a shock 2014 Big Day Out cancellation that left punters devastated – beloved Britpop outfit Blur are coming to town. Off the back of their headline appearance at this year’s sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival, the foursome have announced they’ll play three sideshows.
Indie pop in the ’90s was something else (in fact we still regard it as amongst music’s halcyon days) and Blur were key. Blur (Damon Albarn’s outfit before Gorillaz) epitomised indie pop at its best, replete with wry lyrics and cheeky wink and a nod. We’re loving their latest album, The Magic Whip, but if unfamiliar with them have a sift through their genius back catalogue (start with Parklife).
Tickets on sale Fri May 1.