22 September

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016: the line-up for another summer highlight drops


The annual gathering of lovers, musicians, families and friends hits Werribee Park again in January. Set against the backdrop of Werribee Park mansion, it’s the ultimate picnic with a playlist to match.

Get in now for early bird tickets – they’re on sale for $69 from Wednesday September 23 until Monday September 28, after which time they go up to the regular price of $89 online and $99 at the gate.

As always, the line-up is outstanding. Moroccan-born Hindi Zahra leads the fray with her brand of sweet, folky blues. Her voice has got a little of the Billie Holidays about it (the vinyl, record crackle on a lot of her tracks adds to the yesteryear air, plus she’s done a hell good cover of ‘The Man I Love’).

View the rest of the line-up for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016. Werribee Park, Sun Jan 10Read more

22 September

The line-up for Laneway Festival 2016 is in


The 2016 Laneway line-up has dropped and once again brings the goods with a mix of local superstars and international indie heavy hitters. Highlights from the line-up include Las Vegas young gun Shamir, the kooky and cute QT and Sophie, Glaswegian electronic king pin Hudson Mohawke, Baltimore dream poppers Beach House and local golden boy Flume will be coming home with a brand new live set-up, set to showcase tracks off his hotly anticipated second album.

Presale tickets are available via Visa Entertainment from 9am Fri Sep 25 until 5pm Sun Sep 27 (or until such time as tickets run out). General public sales open up 9am Wed Sep 30.

Check out full line-up and start saving your pennies for a ticket, stat.… Read more

13 August

Score a ballot ticket? Now check out who’s on at Meredith Music Festival this year


Aunty Meredith is turning 25 this year and to celebrate her silver jubilee the Supernatural Amphitheatre will be hosting some appropriately festive acts for the occasion. Meredith will run through December 11-13 this year and as per usual, there will be no headliners at this one-stage festival so in no particular order, here’s who punters can expect at Aunty Meredith’s quarter century bash this summer:

Big Daddy Kane

Ice T said “Big Daddy Kane can rap circles around cats”, referring to the likes of current hip hop kings Jay-Z and Nas. This will be Big Daddy’s first time in Australia, so be prepared to see the New York rap king turned R&B smooth operator turn it on for Aunty Meredith.

Father John Misty

Everyday, someone somewhere is probably serenading their significant other with Father John Misty’s ballad ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. The former Fleet Foxes drummer will be bringing his beautifully miserable folk song and love ballads to Meredith.… Read more

11 August

MSO reveals 2016 program

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 program’s a corker, combining time honoured favourites and quirkier works with a celebration of some of the world’s best-known movie scores.

Ronald Vermeulen, the MSO’s director of artistic planning, has described recent programming as erring on the conservative side (a valuable and necessary step insofar as it’s drawn folk back to the MSO). However, at today’s media launch, he indicated that 2016 is taking a new direction. “It’s time to open a different door and explore new works and new layers, while taking small steps, so as not to alienate the audience,” he said. In short, he invited us to trust the MSO to take us on a “journey”.

The 2016 highlights include:

Hitchcock and Herrmann

Dear Hitch knew how to scare the shit out of people, but the truth of the matter is that Psycho just wouldn’t have been half so frightening without the score behind it.… Read more

11 August

The Melbourne Fringe Festival launches its largest-ever program

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Melbourne’s largest celebration of independent arts is about to get bigger than ever, with 401 events taking place in 174 venues across Melbourne. The program spans everything from comedy to cabaret, circus to theatre, and is packed with experimental and exciting new shows that you won’t catch anywhere else.

Setting things in motion at this morning’s media launch was the Victoria government’s minister for creative industries Martin Foley. “The Fringe Festival is a lifeline of support for emerging creators,” he said. “It brings forward creativity that would otherwise be marginalised.” In light of the federal government’s “savage cuts” to independent arts funding (by contrast, the Fringe is still generously supported by state and local governments), Foley re-iterated that the Fringe is more important than ever – the Melbourne Fringe works to develop and promote emerging artists, and ticket sales all go back to the creators.


Once you get your hands on the program, a good place to start are the free, site-specific works popping up throughout the city, through the Uncommon Places and ACCA in the City programs.Read more