23 February

Photos: White Night Melbourne 2014

Melburnians are divided on this year’s White Night, with many taking to the official Facebook page to share horror stories of being stuck in a CBD crush and others proclaiming it a spellbinding night out. Photographer Roberto Seba managed to get these fantastic pictures while in the thick of it.

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19 February

Brunswick Music Festival launches its 2014 program

Brunswick Music Festival pic

As any smug Brunswick resident will tell you, there are endless reasons to get on the number 19 tram and roll down Sydney Road. There’s Dejour Jeans, outrageous wedding dress shops, endless Bonsoy lattes, and of course, all kinds of live music that streams from the well-loved pubs and clubs that beckon from almost every street corner.

And then there’s the Brunswick Music Festival. Coming into its 26th year, the festival is in the hands of a new team of directors, who kicked things off with a media launch this morning at the Brunswick Town Hall.

“We’re new to organising the festival but not new to partying at it,” says organiser Natalie Lidgerwood. “I just wish I’d paid more attention…instead of dancing in the streets!” Judging from the musical offerings this year, we’re pretty confident that the team will have no problem getting punters booking tickets.

“These artists represent our diverse community,” says City of Moreland mayor Lambros Tapinos. In less than an hour, we’re treated to the smooth baritone of Mikelangelo who’ll be performing with a 50-piece choir, and the spirited Italian folk of Kavisha Mazzella which she will perform as part of La Sagra Della Musica.… Read more

13 February

Melbourne International Comedy Festival announces its full 2014 program

Melbourne Comedy Festival

The word is out – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has just announced its full 2014 lineup. For a taste of the chuckles to come, we tagged along to the Toff for the media launch. Hold onto your oversized novelty hats: this Festival’s coming at you like a hurricane of hilarity.

“It’s the best time to be in Melbourne,” says Festival Director Susan Provan. Judging from the rag-tag bunch of energetic comedians she lets loose at the launch, we’re inclined to agree. Joining the preliminary announcements are the legendary Lawrence Mooney and Cal Wilson, along with the rapidly ascending Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor and Ronny Chieng.

Clad in World War One military garb is stalwart Aussie comedian Damian Callinan, whose show, The Lost WW1 Diary of Pte. Paddy Callinan will see him bringing the trademark Aussie sense of humour back to a topic that he feels is often dealt with too earnestly. Acclaimed character comedian Kate McLennan is also costumed – in a duck suit. Apparently, Kate’s not sure whether having your whole life worked out really is The Duck’s Nuts, and she wants to talk about it.

Comedy diva Em Rusciano has spared no excruciating detail from her heartfelt Divorce: the Musical.… Read more

12 February

The Pom Pom Project at White Night Melbourne

Pom poms

The Centre for Adult Education is joining forces with Etsy in hopes of crafting over 1000 pom poms on White Night. The pom poms will be combined to create a giant pom pom sculpture and will also be filled with messages from participants. Over 80 kilos of white wool will be on hand and special guest instructors, local artist Sarah McNeil and Pony Anarchy editor Kristie Webster, will be guiding participants in their pom pom making adventures.

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15 November

How to do Taste of Melbourne 2013

We’re all about ‘taking one for the team’ here at Time Out. And so last night we did the baptism of fire at Taste and ate EVERY DISH so that you can attack it like a seasoned professional.

Taste of Melbourne: Grilled cornLast night we were on the official judging panel determining the three top dishes of Taste 2013. For the second year in a row, Pip Sibley of Albert Street Food and Wine came out on top with the winning rosetta for her cornmeal crusted calamari and charred, chilled corn with a squid ink sauce. It’s total carnival food, that still packs a fresh punch.

Taste of Melbourne: Burch & PurcheseSecond place went to Burch & Purchese, which is conveniently next door and the prettiest stand on the grounds. In typical not-dicking-around fashion, they’ve put together a plate of dainties and fancies of sciency wonders: Champagne jellies; white chocolate sprayed raspberry gels and multitude other peachy, tart, crumbly things all crowned by a ball of parfait that’s frozen to order in a basin of liquid nitrogen. Game on.

In third was the Botanical‘s whimsical savoury potato ice cream and caviar with compressed cucumber jewels and a single potato crisp to use as a savoury, salty scooper.… Read more

5 November

Sugar Mountain goes globetrotting with Sugaryama

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If you went to Sugar Mountain Festival at the Forum Theatre in January this year, no doubt it lives in your memory as a wonderland of experimental dance music and visual art. From its success, festival co-creator Peter Keen has devised Sugaryama: Sugar Mountain’s roaming ‘little sister’ who’s all about bringing local musicians and artists to the rest of the world. Her first stop will be Mexico’s NRML Festival in 2014.

To get things going, Sugaryama put on a all-night, candy-fuelled dance fiesta at Boney, Pony’s slightly fancier– but no less raucous – reincarnation.

Suitably, the line-up was crammed with an all Melbourne-based bill of DJs, producers, and live acts. DJ Edd Fisher, the man set to bring in the New Year at Let Them Eat Cake, eased things in with some booty-shaking groove, funk, and disco-infused beats. Underneath a pod of dolphin balloons, indie-electro singer Chela took to the stage with her two-man band of keys and drums, and her synthy alt-pop rained down like glitter on an energetic crowd. To bring the people a taste of the world music which beckoned the Sugaryama artists, Julien Love and Jamie Bennett laid down some chilled-out funk and soul, and Andee Frost, the man responsible for the Toff’s Saturday night weekly disco resurgence, did not offer, but demanded everyone’s presence on the dance floor.… Read more

17 September

The rumours are true: Harvest Festival has been cancelled

Harvest Festival cancelled

We hate to say it, but following AJ Maddah’s most recent tweet, the rumours are true. Harvest Festival has been cancelled.

 

According to reports from TheMusic.com Maddah has bought into rival mega-fest Big Day Out. Furthermore Maddah tweeted that it’s possible that CSS may perform at Big Day Out instead.

 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will also hopefully be on their way out as well after tweeting

 

After such a stellar outing in Melbourne last year, it’s a shame to see such a great festival bite the dust. Here’s to hoping some of the acts still find their way out to Australia over summer, be it for Big Day Out or sideshows.… Read more