12 May

Anthony Albanese will be dropping beats at a DJ set next week

Anthony Albanese

Scrolling through the Facebook page of the Federal Member for Grayndler and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is a rather eye-raising experience. Among clips of the senior Labor politician discussing the budget and outlining his proposed changes to infrastructure spending, is an invitation to his DJ set at the Bella Union Bar next Monday.

That’s right: Albo will take to the decks to play his dope beats in a fundraising party for Andrew Giles, the Labor Member for Scullin. The invitation promises that he’ll be “dropping the beats and telling it like it is” – and judging from his ‘Albo’s Playlist’ on Spotify, you’ll be hearing hefty doses of Bruce Springsteen, The Smiths, The Clash and Midnight Oil. The dude was also a guest programmer on Rage – this is getting more legit by the second.

Labor nerds – don’t miss the chance to bid for a signed It’s Time poster at the event.… Read more

15 April

Splendour in the Grass 2015 lineup revealed

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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, Purity RingFlight FacilitiesAlison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more

10 April

Hi-Fi Bar reborn as Max Watt’s House of Music

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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

2 April

The Future (Music Festival) is dead

Future Music Festival

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

5 December

Merry Lynchmas, Melbourne: Jazz Party presents a Twin Peaks Christmas party

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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