Several attempts have been made to define Melbourne’s underground club scene lately, with mixed results. First there was Melbourne’s high-school-dropout-cum-bedroom-DJ Will Sparks touting the somewhat controversial ‘Melbourne Bounce’. Then there was the Ministry of Sound’s two-disc ‘Bounce Sessions’ released in March this year, created in homage of the genre.
And then there was Bodycrash: a short documentary that appeared online earlier this month.
Written, directed and produced by club videographer/doco novice Adrian Ortega, Bodycrash bills itself as a look into ‘Melbourne’s unique club scene’, interjecting club footage with an investigation into real-life concerns regarding the problems that, either directly or indirectly, taint the scene or the sound.
At its best, the documentary provides a visceral dive into the dizzying and lurid underground club landscape, tingling even your most insatiable taste for morbid fascination. At its worst, it’s a self-congratulatory effort to sensationalise the city’s club scene into something bigger and more dynamic – an underground cultural force akin to that of Berlin or New York.… Read more
The Palace Theatre is opening its doors for just one more week and the stories are coming thick and fast. Your Palace story might be seeing your favourite band for the first time – craning your neck from the balcony or squeezing yourself into the front row. Your mum might have let you go to when the building was called Metro: the site of Melbourne’s biggest blue light disco. You might’ve caught Karnivool last week when they played the venue’s last-ever rock gig.
Or, your Palace story might involve flamethrowers, LED robots and indoor fireworks. Super-club brand Anyway took over Saturdays at the Palace just over a year ago. It’s hosted dance acts like Digitalism, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, the Aston Shuffle and Van She. It’s been known to kick on into the early hours in a haze of deep house. And this Saturday, it’s throwing the Palace one last party.
If you’re an Anyway regular, you’ll know that the lineup of resident DJs – Zac Waters, Dividem, Sunday Funday, Nick Litsis and more – is reason enough to get your dancing shoes on.… Read more
The word is out – experimental electronic artist Flying Lotus will play a hushed gig at Howler under his rap moniker Captain Murphy tomorrow night. Even if you experienced his stunning audio-visual Layer 3 show at the Forum last Friday, there’s no telling which side of Steven Ellison to expect this time around. Tickets are only available at the door.
For those gearing up for Golden Plains, don’t miss FlyLo take to the Supernatural Amphitheatre this weekend.
So you think you’ve seen the world’s flashiest live DJ shows? Not as far as Armin van Buuren’s concerned. Yep, the Dutch lord of the trance is on his way to Hisense Arena, and he doesn’t do things by halves.
The Armin Only: Intense tour is a six-hour spectacular that he’s taking all over the planet (nearly – the only continent missing from his schedule is Antarctica). Combining elements of theatre, dance and live music, the show is meticulously choreographed. Plus, you just know there’ll be smoke and flames and screens as big as your house.
Of course you’ll want to hear the uplifting trance tracks from his 2013 Intense album, but don’t expect a hit procession. Armin’s keen on guiding ravers through an exploration of trance music… and we reckon it’ll be worth the ride.
The first (and slightly cheaper) round of tickets is now on sale. For a closer look into the show’s evolution, have a look at the series of web episodes put together by Armin’s crew – the first one is below.… Read more
As any smug Brunswick resident will tell you, there are endless reasons to get on the number 19 tram and roll down Sydney Road. There’s Dejour Jeans, outrageous wedding dress shops, endless Bonsoy lattes, and of course, all kinds of live music that streams from the well-loved pubs and clubs that beckon from almost every street corner.
And then there’s the Brunswick Music Festival. Coming into its 26th year, the festival is in the hands of a new team of directors, who kicked things off with a media launch this morning at the Brunswick Town Hall.
“We’re new to organising the festival but not new to partying at it,” says organiser Natalie Lidgerwood. “I just wish I’d paid more attention…instead of dancing in the streets!” Judging from the musical offerings this year, we’re pretty confident that the team will have no problem getting punters booking tickets.
“These artists represent our diverse community,” says City of Moreland mayor Lambros Tapinos.… Read more