Inspired by similar Grrl Fests overseas, sideshow performer and self-confessed loud laugher Amy Broomstick launched the Melbourne bash in 2013, a riot of lady talent (or, more specifically, women-identifying talent, because trans-women are equally celebrated). Since its inception, the event’s grown exponentially, celebrating femme musos, cabaret and spoken word.
Grrl Fest makes it clear that everyone’s welcome (including dudes), but only women-identifying talent is showcased. For anyone pondering the necessity for such an event, just check out the women to men ratio on the forthcoming festival line-ups. Not to drop anyone in it, but when Broomstick contacted a major summer festival and encouraged them to include some more female artists, the response was that said festival was “interested in new ideas”. What the? Since when has the inclusion of ladies on a bill been a new idea? We reel.
Grrl Fest also provides a safe festival space and none of us need a reminder that it’s not entirely risk free out there, especially if you’re not a fella.
Promising a feast for the senses, the Arts Centre forecourt will be transformed for two nights this month into a pop-up performance space and bar – the Hexadome.
Artists from Ableton Live User Group – a community of professional and emerging music producers – will take turns during both nights. They’ll each fill 20 to 30 minute slots before the next muso takes to the stage, bringing the audience on a new adventure through live looping, real-time FX processing and live remixing of original and improvised electronica.
From folk and pop to the far reaches of ambient and upbeat electronica, you’ll encounter some unusual and (hopefully) harmonius sounds. Craft will be the centre of attention – the artists will perform surrounded by their audience, who can watch how they work their magic. Cameras around the room will project their performances onto LCD televisions set up around the space.
On the first night (Thu Nov 20), psy-folk musician Joe Oppenheimer will kick things off, followed by Chairman Loud, Philipp Lange, then dub club artist BenAtWork and experimental post-wave producer Super Magic Hats.… Read more
Jaime Murcia’s Little Big Town takes readers on a journey through Melbourne’s famous little streets and laneways, probably as you’ve seen them before, but not quite.
With over twenty years experience, Murcia captures the nooks and crannies; the street art, cafes, clubs, people and of course laneways of Melbourne into a fascinating record of time and place of a rapidly growing city.
From stunning aerial shots of the city to images various street art and street signs, Murcia turns what could be seen as mundane into a stunning collection of photos, allowing readers to look at Melbourne’s laneways from every angle. Split into three sections, Work/ Play, Culture/ Subculture and Light/Shadow, Little Big Town highlights a range of moments from the everyday. From people in conversation, sitting outside and inside cafes, walking down streets and in shadowed alleyways throughout all sections. In Culture/ Subculture, impressive images of the street art that engulf Melbourne’s laneways are featured, giving a look into the creation and deformation of what brings the walls of the laneways alive.… Read more
Fitzroy’s La Condesa always gets our brain lighting up like Mexico City with the flavours its kitchen pumps out. Inside the cantina you can have your fill of wings wrapped in a sweet, spicy, crunchy batter of rice flour, chipotle and agave syrup, with a cooling dipper of cucumber and mint yoghurt; or do the job with a fat quesadilla of mozzarella and chorizo mince that leaks orange oil down your arms.
But on to outside.
The taqueria in the backyard is greeting summer the proper way by serving three new raspados – or ‘Boozy Snow Cones’. Traditionally a family treat, these icy-cold raspados have been given the Fitzroy treatment by being injected with tequila. They come in strawberry and jalapeno, pineapple and coriander, and horchata flavours and they’ll set you back a mere ten bucks. You can also throw in three tacos for $12, or $10 on Tuesdays.
The raspados menu kicks off on November 1 – Dia de los Muerto – big style.… Read more
Melbourne’s live music scene is going to get a new major player – the once-defunct Railway Hotel in Brunswick has been refurbished and rebooted. The old-style boozer has a 200-capacity room, making it a touch smaller than the Gasometer and Tote, with a beer garden, mezzanine and lounge/bistro.
“Brunswick has become emblematic of what’s great about Melbourne,” says Railway Hotel’s head of marketing, Alistair Kennedy. “We have been inundated with requests to play the room and for locals to get involved in every aspect of the business.”
The venue is front-loaded with industry talent, not only former Future Entertainment Group director Alistair Kennedy, but also band manager and Thornbury Theatre booking manager Neil Wedd; booker Paul Allen (aka DJ Gringo) and publicist Erin Jameson. They plan to run a Wednesday to Sunday gig schedule, ensuring plenty of exposure for a divergent range of talent.
Says Paul Allen, “We’re wanting to attract local bands as diverse as East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Sun God Replica and Fraser A Gorman, along with labels such as AARHT, Poison City, RIP Society to name a few.… Read more