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
If, like us, you were disheartened when you heard the news back in February of another much-loved Melbourne music venue going into administration, you’ll be stoked to hear that the Hi-Fi Bar has been given a new lease of life. The venue, as well as its sister bars in Brisbane and Sydney, has been taken over by Max Watt’s Operating Pty Ltd and rebranded as Max Watt’s House of Music.
Even better news for punters is that business is continuing as usual at the venue, with nightly shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival currently playing, and upcoming shows from the likes of Peaches, ASAP Ferg, 360 and San Cisco going ahead. The new managers have promised renovations to the aging venue as well in the coming weeks, with upgrades to the lights and sound systems in the works.
Band bookings and marketing will be handled by Melbourne-based company The Venue Collective, who add Max Watt’s to their portfolio of intimate music venues including The Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club.… Read more
Drake and Avicii will remain the last headliners to step off the two giant Future Music Festival stages, as the Mushroom Group announce that the king-size travelling music festival will not be returning ever again, partly due to insufficient ticket sales.
Given the recent axing of the Big Day Out and the downsizing of Soundwave, it’s not a huge surprise that yet another one-dayer bites the dust. As Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski explains: “The decision to discontinue Future Music Festival was not made lightly. A point came though where it simply no longer made sense to continue. We believe in the festival industry in Australia and plan to announce an exciting new festival concept in the coming months.”
Mushroom will continue run its boutique touring agency Frontier Touring, as well as the more chilled out A Day on the Green, the indie-cool Sugar Mountain Music Festival and the under-18s Good Life.… Read more
Until right this second, you never knew how much you wanted to go to a Twin Peaks-themed party. Now that you do, you’re happier than Agent Cooper tucking into his first damn good cherry pie.
While Santa’s saddling up his reindeer, the John Curtin Hotel will transform into One Eyed Jacks (that’s the casino/brothel in Twin Peaks, if your memory is a little rusty). The event is courtesy of the guys from Melbourne music collective Jazz Party – and they’re really committing to the theme.
Take the food and drinks, for example: there’ll be coffee and pie, as well as cocktails including the spicy Fire Walk With Me, the sweet Agent Cooper’s Breakfast Syrup and the mysterious Log Lady’s Secret. Tunes-wise, get set for live sets by Mojo Juju, Daniel Merriweather, Loretta Miller, Simone Page Jones and Kira Puru, as well as DJ sets from Percy Valentine and Chinabone.
But most importantly, what are you going to wear?… Read more
There’s a new club night in town, and we think you’re going to love it.
If you’re a regular at Mr McClelland’s Finishing School at the Bella Union Bar, then you’ll need no convincing here. Dapper Andrew McClelland (right) is one third of the DJ dream-team that makes up new fortnightly night Yeh! Yeh!, alongside Ding Dong’s Midnight Run DJ Kieran (left) and promising newbie DJ Dan Hall.
Andrew, how long has Yeh! Yeh! been in the works?
Since about 1997 when DJ Kieran and I were sneaking in to indie nightclubs together as underage kids and dreaming of one day having a dance-floor all of our very own, together.
Your new club night is called Yeh! Yeh!, with the tagline ‘Tasteful party music’. Tell us about the name.
What could sound more pop (from any decade,) than having a song with a pretty pointless “Yeh! Yeh!” in it? Well, possibly saying “nah nah” but that’s a bit negative, so we went with “Yeh!… Read more