11 February

Three things to look forward to at Moomba

Moomba 2015

Even though we’ve got a wee bit of time up our sleeve before Moomba kicks off properly (it runs over the Labor Day long weekend), our lovely Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, kicked off festivities this morning, crowning Shane Warne and Bollywood babe, Pallavi Sharda, 2015’s Moomba monarchs.

While the lineup’s fresh every year, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic because our Moomba picks have been stalwarts since we were kids:

The fireworks
God knows, we love a good firework and every night wraps up quite literally with a bang at 9.30pm.

The Birdman Rally (Sun Mar 8)
If you haven’t seen this before, it’s a bit crazy meets engineer meets Icarus – folks make their own (sometimes not so magnificent) flying machines and take a run out over the Yarra. Naturally, the furthest projection wins, but a lot of entrants just take a dive into the Yarra (but for the fact that we’d prefer not to have Yarra water up our nose).… Read more

15 December

Review: Meredith Music Festival 2014

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There are two kinds of people living in Victoria: those who have bathed in the glow of Meredith’s Supernatural Amphitheatre, and those who have not. There’s no shame in being in the latter category – it’s just difficult for Meredith devotees to describe the experience without going all teary-eyed and mumbling words like “BYO booze… only one stage… Ferris wheel… Inspiration Point… music?”

Still, we must try. Over two decades ago, a dude named Chris Nolan invited some mates to his farm to listen to his favourite local bands. Now, thousands of music-lovers plan their social calendar (and their personal finances) around one weekend in December. And if we didn’t see you in the crowd this year, then here are some moments that might make you reconsider your choices in 2015.

Best on-stage banter
Friday night, 10pm. A saxophonist in a sharp skipper’s outfit addresses the audience with a very serious expression on his face.… Read more

20 August

Soundwave announces a killer 2015 lineup

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When AJ Maddah said goodbye to the Big Day Out and announced that his original Soundwave Festival would extend to two days in 2015, we expected that the bill might be bigger than usual.

We didn’t expect it to be this big. Topping the incredible lineup is Faith No More, as well as Soundgarden, Slipknot, Slash and Marilyn Manson. And the list of metal, punk and hardcore bands goes on: there’s Incubus, Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way and Judas Priest.

The best part? Since the bill is split over two days, it means that there’ll be way fewer timetable clashes, longer sets, shorter queues, and better staging. Plus, the ticket price hasn’t even increased from $185.

Full lineup…

Day one:
Faith No More, Soundgarden, Incubus, Lamb Of God, Ministry, Antemasque, Gerard Way. Mayhem, New Found Glory, Fear Factory, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, the Aquabats, Area 7, Godflesh, Crown The Empire, the Interrupters, Icon For Hire, Emily’s Army, Patent Pending, Fireworks, the Bennies, the Color Morale, Monuments, Nothing More, Deathstars, Ne Obliviscaris, the Treatment.… Read more

18 August

The Falls Festival lineup has been announced… and we love it

Falls Festival

What’s that about the festival circuit in Australia being on life support? A look at the cracker lineup for the Falls Music & Arts Festival, announced this morning, should have any serious music lover considering a New Year’s Eve holiday in Lorne, Marion Bay or Byron Bay, the locales where the gathering will take place.

The lineup features some beloved Australian favourites (Bluejuice, John Butler Trio, the Presets, Spiderbait), a return swing from the boys of Alt-J, EDM boundary busters like Todd Terje and the long-awaited announcement that Röyksopp and Robyn will finally – FINALLY! – bring their hugely anticipated live show (now playing dates around Europe and North America) to our shores.

Here is the full Falls Music & Arts Festival lineup for 2014:
Alt-J, Big Freedia, The Black Lips, Bluejuice, Cold War Kids, DMAs, Glass Animals, George Ezra, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, The Kite String Tangle, Milky Chance, Movement, The Presets, Remi, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run the Jewels, Safia, SBTRKT (live), Spiderbait, Sticky Fingers, The Temper Trap, Tensnake, Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (live), Tycho, Vance Joy, Wolf Alice.… Read more

14 August

Meredith announces 2014 lineup

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The full lineup has been announced, and the warm glow of the Supernatural Amphitheatre is calling. Aunty Meredith opened the ballot in July, announcing Philadelphia indie rockers the War on Drugs as headliners. They’ll be joined by Ty Segall, Skatalites, Mark Lanegan, De La Soul and more.

The lineup caters for a broad range of music tastes, which is one of the reasons we love the festival so much (that, and the lack of timetable clashes, BYO booze bans and dickheads). The garage and indie rock contingent won’t go past beloved rock singer Mark Lanegan, as well as Augie March, Sleep, Cloud Nothings and the Lemonheads. Equally, you’ve got your hip hop – De La Soul AND Wu Tang’s Ghostface Killah, no less – and over in the electronic corner, there’s James Holden (and of course, plenty of great DJs to come). This year, the organisers have also outdone themselves on their great-pioneers-of-soul/funk/ska tradition, with Jamaican innovators the Skatalites.… Read more