16 April

Abbey Road Studios to set up their first Abbey Road Institute outpost in Melbourne

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Abbey Road Institute

While it’s hard to think of Abbey Road Studios without the Beatles, they’ve been kicking about for over 80 years – in fact, they were the first purpose built recording studios in the world.

Since the studios’ inception, the list of musical heavyweights through their doors has been staggering: the Beatles (of course), Johnny Marr, My Bloody Valentine, Kate Bush, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Radiohead and Pink Floyd are all frequent flyers and Lady Gaga and Adele have used it more recently. They’re also the studio of choice for recording movie scores (soundtracks to everything from Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Imitation Game get laid down there).

Once upon a time, the only way to tap into that mine of musical knowledge was to work there. Then, several years ago, Abbey Road Studios established the Abbey Road Institute to impart expert audio engineering and music production knowledge.

To date, the Abbey Road Institute’s made it no further than London, but it’s set to establish its first outpost in the Southern Hemisphere with one in Melbourne (Sydney will follow soon after).… Read more

15 April

Splendour in the Grass 2015 lineup revealed


North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, Purity RingFlight FacilitiesAlison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more

10 April

Dark Mofo announces 2015 program

Dark Mofo 2015
Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s festival of music, performance, food and art, celebrating the winter solstice with a nod to pagan notions of staving off the darkness and bringing back the light.

This year’s Dark Mofo (Jun 12-22) will be only the third, but the event has already built up a reputation by dint of its strong theme and its even stronger programming choices, which include exclusives for cult artists such as Diamanda Galas and Sunn O))); they also balance out big ticket items with free art and their Winter Feast festivities down on the water front – an outdoor market that serves up street food (with a strong focus on local produce) alongside performance and music – and lots of outdoor fire.

This year, the festival will expand its scope, creeping up beyond the confines of the harbour city all the way to Cradle Mountain.… Read more

10 April

Hi-Fi Bar reborn as Max Watt’s House of Music

Hi Fi 2

If, like us, you were disheartened when you heard the news back in February of another much-loved Melbourne music venue going into administration, you’ll be stoked to hear that the Hi-Fi Bar has been given a new lease of life. The venue, as well as its sister bars in Brisbane and Sydney, has been taken over by Max Watt’s Operating Pty Ltd and rebranded as Max Watt’s House of Music.

Even better news for punters is that business is continuing as usual at the venue, with nightly shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival currently playing, and upcoming shows from the likes of Peaches, ASAP Ferg, 360 and San Cisco going ahead. The new managers have promised renovations to the aging venue as well in the coming weeks, with upgrades to the lights and sound systems in the works.

Band bookings and marketing will be handled by Melbourne-based company The Venue Collective, who add Max Watt’s to their portfolio of intimate music venues including The Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club.Read more

2 April

The Future (Music Festival) is dead

Future Music Festival

Drake and Avicii will remain the last headliners to step off the two giant Future Music Festival stages, as the Mushroom Group announce that the king-size travelling music festival will not be returning ever again, partly due to insufficient ticket sales.

Given the recent axing of the Big Day Out and the downsizing of Soundwave, it’s not a huge surprise that yet another one-dayer bites the dust. As Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski explains: “The decision to discontinue Future Music Festival was not made lightly.  A point came though where it simply no longer made sense to continue.  We believe in the festival industry in Australia and plan to announce an exciting new festival concept in the coming months.”

Mushroom will continue run its boutique touring agency Frontier Touring, as well as the more chilled out A Day on the Green, the indie-cool Sugar Mountain Music Festival and the under-18s Good Life.Read more