New wave icons Spandau Ballet remain a hallmark for Australian music tastes in the early ’80s, despite being resolutely Pommy. You can rarely rummage through the music collection of an erstwhile new romantic fan without finding at least a single from Spandau’s chart-topping 1983 album, True. Their penchant for blurring the lines between music and fashion is a huge part of their ongoing legacy.
For the first time, Spandau Ballet’s story and influence have been mapped on the silver screen in Soul Boys of the Western World. The expansive documentary looks at the human element of the group of friends who grew to become art icons, and their place within London’s then-thriving pop circuit. And for one night only, the band members themselves will be attending the screening on November 5, providing fans with a Q&A session and a 20-minute performance of some of their hits.
The film is the first time a movie has been dedicated to the band’s legacy and is an incredible rare opportunity to ask the members directly all the unanswered questions you might still have immediately after viewing the doco. With new material from the band in the pipeline, the short live performance is a rare opportunity to hear the band before the inevitable album tour commences next year.… Read more
Back for round three, Let Them Eat Cake is quickly becoming the right way to kick off a new year. Held on the pristine lawns of the Werribee Mansion, this festival fuses together a garden-party vibe with an electronic sound.
And a garden party must have food. In fact, there’s a food rave arena where you’ll be served everything from providores, street food and boutique cuisine. We presume there’s cake too.
A garden party must have music: check. Werribee Mansion will be surrounded by five stages, each filled with a line-up of electronic maestros.
First release tickets $145, on sale 9am Thursday, October 2.
Alexander Nut (UK – pictured), Axel Boman (Sweden), Ben Pearce (UK), Bob Moses (Canada), Carl Craig (USA), Cashmere Cat (Norway), DJ Sneak (USA), DJ Vadim (Russia), Dov1 (USA), Fatima (UK) and Goldie (UK).… Read more
Hold yourselves together people, because the original sex bomb is tacking on an exclusive show for Melbourne audiences just days before he takes to the hallowed half-time stage for the AFL Grand Final. Tom Jones’ crooning tales of love and lust have been winning audiences over for more than four decades – but don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s lost the beat just yet. Sir Tom (yes, he’s a knight) laid himself bare in recent albums Praise & Blame and Spirit In The Room for which he received critical acclaim. Jones will be showcasing songs from these albums, but rest assured you’ll have the chance to groove along to his long-standing hits like ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and ‘If I Only Knew’.
What’s more, the Welsh superstar will be supported by Melbourne blues songstress Lanie Lane. Tickets go on sale Friday September 19.
Everybody loves a free concert, and Megan Washington – whose long-awaited second album There There will be released tomorrow – knows it. So she’s going to be celebrating her new music with a series of free pop-up shows in three Australian cities, starting tomorrow in Brisbane. She’ll hit Melbourne on Saturday and finish up in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Head to Fed Square to hear the ARIA winner sing from 1pm. And while you’re at it, read what she had to say about making the album in her interview with us.
So long A Bar Called Barry, we’ll miss your supernaturally themed shindigs. But hello Forester’s Beer and Music Hall, housed in the historical venue along Smith Street in Collingwood. Once a theatre then converted into a bar and nightclub, now renovated and rebranded into a live music venue. Forester’s has pizzas, free gigs every Friday and Saturday night, 50 taps and a crew that know how to use them, serving up the full beery rainbow of lagers, sours porters and IPAs – right up until 4am. It is Melbourne’s answer to Sydney’s much-loved beery gig bar Frankie’s Pizza.
We’ve long-lamented the fact that great music and good drinks are often mutually exclusive concepts in Melbourne, but now the team from Clifton Hill’s Terminus (Time Out’s Pub of the Year) and Melbourne’s original all-craft beer venue the Royston are bringing a live music venue with delicious local and international craft beers to Smith Street.… Read more