21 May

Cadbury has released that Vegemite chocolate block – and we tried it


Turns out Cadbury wasn’t really fooling everyone with pictures of a Vegemite-flavoured chocolate after all.

The chocolate/Vegemite mashup is most definitely a real thing, as confirmed by Cadbury on social media last week. It’s a limited-edition flavour, as part of the company’s campaign to encourage social media users to share their own dream chocolate pairings.

While it’s set to “officially” hit the shelves from June, Cadbury is teasing that you may be able to track it down sooner. And because we’re up for all sorts of adventures here at Time Out HQ, we took our sleuthing skills to (a lot) of local supermarkets so we could road test the new flavour.

So, is it oozing with a Vegemite centre? Is it too sweet? Or is it just a massively hyped variation on salted caramel? Read our staffers’ verdicts below:

It’s got that nice, salty umami flavour to it, but really, it just tastes like somebody gave me chocolate right after I had some toast.Read more

20 May

Supersense: legends and new worlds meet in new music, film and dance festival celebrating euphoria and frenzy

Supersense Sans any mind-bending substances, music and dance have long been honoured for their capacity to induce ecstatic states – Supersense celebrates and explores just that.

Supersense is also a union of old-school and new – the lineup’s super eclectic, covering dance, film and music and everything from performance art/punk matriarch Lydia Lunch, surreal psych-pop exponent Ariel Pink and sexy rock monsters The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion through to commissioned works by John Cale (founding member of the Velvet Underground), featuring the celestial vocals of Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard. Having seen the Blues Explosion on more than one occasion, we can vouch for the fact that Jon Spencer can move crowd. Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move) is also directing a ritual trance music and dance performance by the Mount Ukir people of Indonesia. Cool.

The festival’s curated by Sophia Brous (singer, composer, Art Centre Artistic Associate and collaborator with everyone from Belle and Sebastian through to Paul Kelly) and will be housed all over the Arts Centre, including in some of the kookier spaces at which we wouldn’t normally get a gander.… Read more

19 May

The Melbourne Edit – Melbourne’s shopping giants collaborate for day long retail party

The Melbourne Edit

The CBD’s shopping icons are banding together for The Shopping Edit – a one-day retail extravaganza of ripper sales and extended trading hours

When you add together Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO, David Jones and Myer you get a golden mile of shopping. Collectively, they make up the retail spine of the city and they’ve generated a buying buzz in town again. In fact, since Emporium’s opened, there’s been over a ½ bill spent across the retail hub.

Basically, we’re loving to shop in the city again and to celebrate over 1000 shops in a three-block radius are staying open longer and offering discounts that’d loosen the purse strings of a even the most dedicated spendthrift.

Check out these beauties:

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central’s gone all out and declared a One Day Shopping Festival complete with mega sales and special events:

Country Road – 25 per cent off storewide
Kiehl’s – 15 per cent off storewide
Bonds – 40 per cent off everything
Vans – 40 per cent off clothing, 20 per cent off footwear

The Strand

Funkis – SNAP, TAG, WIN!… Read more

18 May

ACMI announces huge, two-day Bowie symposium as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition

David Bowie Symposium

If you thought that the monumental David Bowie Is showcase– on loan to ACMI from London’s V&A Museum – could be contained to just the exhibition itself, then, like Major Tom, you’re just not grasping the gravity of this situation.

David Bowie Is opens on Thursday July 16. The next two days will see fans of the Thin White Duke unite for a Bowie bender, as the world’s top cultural commentators, academics and artists run panel discussions, presentations, performances and creative workshops. On the Friday night, kick on with your new Bowie buddies at the conference dinner at Bokchoy Tang in Fed Square.

Visit our symposium website for our program highlights, or check out our sneak peek photo gallery of some of the exhibition highlights.

Bowie Symposium: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie Jul 17-18. Book through the ACMI website now.Read more

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