22 June

Wallets out, Melbourne: Madonna is finally – finally! – touring Australia again

madonna-636x393The 23-year drought is over. After a notorious string of cancellations and broken promises, Madonna is making her long-awaited return to Australia as part of her globe-spanning Rebel Heart tour. The pop diva hasn’t played Australia since way back in 1993, when she hit our shores as part of her Girlie Show tour, and her fans down under have impatiently awaited her return for more than two decades.

Madonna’s concerts are legendary spectacles that incorporate cutting-edge videos, dizzying choreography and a panoply of narratives and social messages – and they’ve turned her into one of the most successful touring artists of all time.

For now, she’s announced two Melbourne shows in March 2016. Tickets go on sale 10am, Monday 6 July through Ticketek.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour. Rod Laver Arena, 12-13 Mar 2016.Read more

26 May

First Glance at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival’s killer program


This year marks the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival and we have a feeling it’s a going to be a doozy. The First Glance selection has just been released and included is an exciting program of eye-opening documentaries, tear-jerkers, slow-burning dramas and cinematic feats to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With the aftermath of recent earthquakes still a very difficult reality for many in Nepal, the documentary Sherpa will be an enlightening glimpse into the lives of sherpas who die every year whilst accompanying climbers up Mount Everest. Part of the Next Gen program, Being 14 is an unabashed look into the lives of girls at the cusp of womanhood.

Six Australian-made films will be screened as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund program. Putuparri and the Rainmakers tells the story of a man’s fight for his family’s native title and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture, while Downriver is a confronting debut film by director Grant Scicluna.… Read more

26 May

Florence and the Machine announce Melbourne Splendour sideshow


Splendour in the Grass headliners Florence and the Machine will hit the Palais Theatre for a one-off sideshow on July 22, and to accommodate demand the organisers are running a ballot system for tickets. If you want to see Ms Welch and friends (not to mention her whimsical stage dresses) hit up the ballot link and enter the ballot before noon Thursday May 28. Lucky applicants will be notified if they are successful and given the opportunity to purchase tickets the following day.

Florence and the Machine, Palais Theatre, 14 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 3182. July 22.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

17 September

Want to get a table at the Fat Duck? Here’s how

"It's going to be this delicious" *not a quote

It’s 10am and there’s way more techno pumping and more Champagne doing the rounds than we’re used to on a Wednesday. But Heston Blumenthal doesn’t make announcements quietly.

Six months ago, the mad scientist chef-slash-genius behind the Fat Duck in Bray dropped the bomb that he was moving the entire operation (staff and all) to Melbourne for a six month pop-up at Crown Casino before turning it into an outpost for one of his other hatted restaurants, Dinner.

Australia understandably lost its collective mind,  and since the announcement, tens of thousands of people have registered interest in dining the Fat Duck. The problem? If you’re a maths fan, you’ll realise that with 45 seats and only a limited number of services in six months, you’ve got sod all chance of getting a seat.

Time Out suggested a cage match system for walk-ins whereby you could fight for a table while booked tables watch.… Read more