19 February

Brunswick Music Festival launches its 2014 program

Brunswick Music Festival pic

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

13 February

Melbourne International Comedy Festival announces its full 2014 program

Melbourne Comedy Festival

The word is out – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has just announced its full 2014 lineup. For a taste of the chuckles to come, we tagged along to the Toff for the media launch. Hold onto your oversized novelty hats: this Festival’s coming at you like a hurricane of hilarity.

“It’s the best time to be in Melbourne,” says Festival Director Susan Provan. Judging from the rag-tag bunch of energetic comedians she lets loose at the launch, we’re inclined to agree. Joining the preliminary announcements are the legendary Lawrence Mooney and Cal Wilson, along with the rapidly ascending Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor and Ronny Chieng.

Clad in World War One military garb is stalwart Aussie comedian Damian Callinan, whose show, The Lost WW1 Diary of Pte. Paddy Callinan will see him bringing the trademark Aussie sense of humour back to a topic that he feels is often dealt with too earnestly.… Read more