9 October

Sugar Mountain 2016 announces brand new Sensory restaurant


Pictured: Tin & Ed

Prepare to have your senses stimulated. Sugar Mountain festival is planning to take festival dining to the next level with Sensory, a new immersive restaurant experiment taking place onsite at the Victorian College of the Arts that explores the relationship between sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

The sensory experience will be an exciting collaboration between Melbourne design gurus Tin and Ed, electronic musicians Cut Copy and acclaimed tapas restaurant Bomba. These Melbourne locals are each known for pushing the boundaries in their different disciplines.

The restaurant will be open during the festival on Saturday 23 January at the Victorian College of the Arts. Sensory will host four sittings of 90 people in a brand new indoor space and provide a 50-minute, four-course set menu – but it’s not just about the ingredients on the plate.

During the 50-minute sitting, guests will be treated to a visual and interactive environment created by Tin and Ed where all senses will be stimulated.… Read 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

6 October

Jamie xx announces Melbourne sideshow in January

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Boundary-pushing electronic producer Jamie xx has announced a Melbourne show in January 2016. The British artist, who came to fame as one part of The xx, was already set to make stage appearances at the New Year’s festival Beyond the Valley in rural Victoria, as well as New South Wales’s Lost Paradise and Queensland’s FOMO festivals.

Jamie xx’s long-awaited debut record In Colour was released in June 2015 to critical acclaim, with his calypso-flecked single ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ becoming an instant summer hit, following on from the ’90s jungle throwback of the album opener ‘Gosh’. The musician, who has been compared to his electronic predecessors Four Tet, Nicholas Jaar and Nosaj Thing, has drawn critical acclaim for the patchwork of samples strewn throughout In Colour. Snippets of funk, jazz, RnB, dancehall and jungle made the cut in the eclectic record, leaving the overall impression that In Colour is a documentary of sorts, tracing the origins of 21st century dance music.… Read more

30 September

Former Royal Women’s Hospital is this year’s Melbourne Music Week flagship venue


Once again, a Melbourne landmark plays host to the city’s musical best

The former site of the Royal Melbourne’s Hospital on Swanson Street has been announced as this year’s Melbourne Music Week (MMW) flagship venue. The historic hospital’s basement and adjoining rooms will play host to the hyperlocal festival’s yet-to-be-announced program of installations and music performances.

See it first on the opening night party, when the Former Royal Women’s Hospital will come back to life along to performances by Melbourne bands The Harpoons, Gypsy and The Cat, and Dorsal Fins.  A maze of 12 disused rooms will be put into use for the Swell program, which will host secret live performances. The one-off gigs will be multi-sensory experiences featuring a combination of art and design elements that punters can immerse themselves in.

This year, the Former Royal Women’s Hospital will be the first carbon neutral MMW flagship venue, with all carbon emissions to be measured and offset at the end of the event.Read more

24 September

The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo launches a series of live music events

Jess Ribeiro

The 24-hour chapel out the back of 1000 Pound Bend is about to welcome a short run of intimate gigs into the fold.

Once a farrier’s premises and later a storage space, the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo was boarded up and derelict until Jerome Borzario (patron saint of distressed spaces, cool bars and musical laneways) peeled back the boards and discovered a gem. Subsequently converted into the coolest alt-ceremony space in town, the Church is about to throw open the doors for cosy Sunday night sessions, known as Holy Days, presented by Parlour Gigs, the cats who are bringing the best in Melbourne music to lounge rooms and workplaces all over town.

Get ready to settle in – these are not going to be wild shoulder-to-shoulder sweaty affairs. Rather, expect twinkly lights, blankies, pillows and mellow voices, featuring electro-dream pop from Playwrite (Sun Oct 11), a seamless blend of alt-country, pop and soul from Big Smoke (Sun Oct 18) and Jess Ribeiro’s sparse and splendid indie stylings (Sun Oct 25).… Read more