26 May

Florence and the Machine announce Melbourne Splendour sideshow


Splendour in the Grass headliners Florence and the Machine will hit the Palais Theatre for a one-off sideshow on July 22, and to accommodate demand the organisers are running a ballot system for tickets. If you want to see Ms Welch and friends (not to mention her whimsical stage dresses) hit up the ballot link and enter the ballot before noon Thursday May 28. Lucky applicants will be notified if they are successful and given the opportunity to purchase tickets the following day.

Florence and the Machine, Palais Theatre, 14 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 3182. July 22.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

18 May

ACMI announces huge, two-day Bowie symposium as part of the David Bowie Is exhibition

David Bowie Symposium

If you thought that the monumental David Bowie Is showcase– on loan to ACMI from London’s V&A Museum – could be contained to just the exhibition itself, then, like Major Tom, you’re just not grasping the gravity of this situation.

David Bowie Is opens on Thursday July 16. The next two days will see fans of the Thin White Duke unite for a Bowie bender, as the world’s top cultural commentators, academics and artists run panel discussions, presentations, performances and creative workshops. On the Friday night, kick on with your new Bowie buddies at the conference dinner at Bokchoy Tang in Fed Square.

Visit our symposium website for our program highlights, or check out our sneak peek photo gallery of some of the exhibition highlights.

Bowie Symposium: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie Jul 17-18. Book through the ACMI website now.Read more

12 May

Neo-soul meets hip hop at 2015 Soulfest

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Featuring a hell impressive lineup including Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, De La Soul and Remi, this year’s Soulfest is a mix of old-school kicking it with the new.

Soulfest members can pick up tickets from Mon May 18, while they’re available to the rest of us plebs from Wed May 27.

Tickets for the one dayer start at $149 and go up to $319 plus for the Platinum VIP Club experience.

Soulfest: Sun Oct 25 Kings Domain Precinct and Sidney Myer Music Bowl  Read more

6 May

Infected Mushroom announced as headliners for Earthcore 2015

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Back for its 21st year, this rural psytrance festival is packing an epic lineup over five blissed-out days. Topping the bill is pioneering Israeli duo Infected Mushroom (who blew the lid off the Royal Melbourne Hotel earlier this year). They’re joined by techno wizard Danny Daze, the truly bizarre (yet ridiculously talented) Anklepants, and plenty more acts spanning electro, trance, ambient and psytrance.

While you’re there, don’t forget to investigate the plethora of art installations, mind-expanding workshops and interesting characters. For many, Earthcore is just as much about the experience as the rave.

Lineup includes:
AES Dana
Alan Fitzpatrick
Alex Stein
Captain Hook
Carbon Based Life Forms
Chris Liebing
Coming Soon !!!
Electric Universe
Interactive Noise
Kukan Dub Lagan
Liquid Hook
Liquid Soul
Major 7
Morten Granau
Oskar Offermann
Outside the Universe
Pig & Dan
Sam Paganini
Solar Fields
Sonic Species
Tsuyoshi Suzuki
Vertical Mode
Victor Ruiz
Vini Vici
X Noize
ZyceRead more