26 May

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

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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

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

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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

15 April

Splendour in the Grass 2015 lineup revealed

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North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, Purity RingFlight FacilitiesAlison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more

2 April

The Future (Music Festival) is dead

Future Music Festival

Drake and Avicii will remain the last headliners to step off the two giant Future Music Festival stages, as the Mushroom Group announce that the king-size travelling music festival will not be returning ever again, partly due to insufficient ticket sales.

Given the recent axing of the Big Day Out and the downsizing of Soundwave, it’s not a huge surprise that yet another one-dayer bites the dust. As Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski explains: “The decision to discontinue Future Music Festival was not made lightly.  A point came though where it simply no longer made sense to continue.  We believe in the festival industry in Australia and plan to announce an exciting new festival concept in the coming months.”

Mushroom will continue run its boutique touring agency Frontier Touring, as well as the more chilled out A Day on the Green, the indie-cool Sugar Mountain Music Festival and the under-18s Good Life.Read more