3 July

Friday night knock offs and live music at the NGV

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Friday Nights at the NGV returns this winter as part of the 2015 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition.

Friday Nights gives visitors exclusive after-hours access to the Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great, live performances from a line-up of Australian and international performers, DJs, pop-up talks and great food and drinks.

Fri Oct 2: Paul Grabowsky Trio

Leaders in contemporary Australian jazz, the critically-acclaimed Paul Grabowsky Trio will be performing innovative originals as well as classics of the jazz era.

Fri Oct 9: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

This Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist artist and former tram driver will be bringing his disco-inspired beats to the NGV’s multi-hued hall.

Fri Oct 16: Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards, the frontman and singer-songwriter for award-winning band Augie March, will be performing a solo set.

Fri Oct 23: Gareth Liddiard

The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard will be performing solo at the NGV International with an acoustic guitar that is exactly the same age as him.… Read more

22 June

Wallets out, Melbourne: Madonna is finally – finally! – touring Australia again

madonna-636x393The 23-year drought is over. After a notorious string of cancellations and broken promises, Madonna is making her long-awaited return to Australia as part of her globe-spanning Rebel Heart tour. The pop diva hasn’t played Australia since way back in 1993, when she hit our shores as part of her Girlie Show tour, and her fans down under have impatiently awaited her return for more than two decades.

Madonna’s concerts are legendary spectacles that incorporate cutting-edge videos, dizzying choreography and a panoply of narratives and social messages – and they’ve turned her into one of the most successful touring artists of all time.

For now, she’s announced two Melbourne shows in March 2016. Tickets go on sale 10am, Monday 6 July through Ticketek.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour. Rod Laver Arena, 12-13 Mar 2016.Read more

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