15 October

GPX: line-up drops for Golden Plains’ tenth birthday bash

Golden Plains

The hot, delicious and golden festival has pulled out all stops to celebrate double digits. Pick of the pack goes to the Violent Femmes (where better to listen to ‘Blister in the Sun’ than GP’s eternal afternoon), original riot grrrrls Sleater-Kinney, Black Cab (Melbourne’s own nod to Kraut Rock), old-school UK punk rockers the Buzzcocks and the ever bluestatic CW Stoneking.

Check out the listing for the full line-up. Your best chance for a golden ticket is via the subscriber ballot, which is is open until 10.10pm Tuesday October 20.

GPX: Mar 12-14 2016, Meredith Supernatural AmpitheatreRead more

7 October

Big West Festival unveils a program of cutting-edge multicultural arts


Since its inception in 1997, the biennial Big West Festival has gained a reputation for championing surprising, incendiary and innovative works that speak to the concerns and everyday lives of the multicultural communities of the Inner West. This year, artistic director Marcia Ferguson has outdone herself with a program of nearly 70 events spanning visual art, theatre, dance, music and film over nine days.

At the heart of the festival is House: quite literally, a house designed by local architects and built by university students, located right in the centre of Footscray (cnr Paisley & French Sts). The building acts as a prototype for social housing of the future, and during the festival, will become a theatre, gallery and meeting place. Housing – in relation to its affordability, availability or lack of safety within – is a common thread for Inner West communities, and will became a major theme for many of the pieces.… Read more

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