22 September

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016: the line-up for another summer highlight drops


The annual gathering of lovers, musicians, families and friends hits Werribee Park again in January. Set against the backdrop of Werribee Park mansion, it’s the ultimate picnic with a playlist to match.

Get in now for early bird tickets – they’re on sale for $69 from Wednesday September 23 until Monday September 28, after which time they go up to the regular price of $89 online and $99 at the gate.

As always, the line-up is outstanding. Moroccan-born Hindi Zahra leads the fray with her brand of sweet, folky blues. Her voice has got a little of the Billie Holidays about it (the vinyl, record crackle on a lot of her tracks adds to the yesteryear air, plus she’s done a hell good cover of ‘The Man I Love’).

View the rest of the line-up for So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2016. Werribee Park, Sun Jan 10Read more

22 September

The line-up for Laneway Festival 2016 is in


The 2016 Laneway line-up has dropped and once again brings the goods with a mix of local superstars and international indie heavy hitters. Highlights from the line-up include Las Vegas young gun Shamir, the kooky and cute QT and Sophie, Glaswegian electronic king pin Hudson Mohawke, Baltimore dream poppers Beach House and local golden boy Flume will be coming home with a brand new live set-up, set to showcase tracks off his hotly anticipated second album.

Presale tickets are available via Visa Entertainment from 9am Fri Sep 25 until 5pm Sun Sep 27 (or until such time as tickets run out). General public sales open up 9am Wed Sep 30.

Check out full line-up and start saving your pennies for a ticket, stat.… Read more

14 July

The second annual MPavilion design is revealed, and it’s a high-tech forest canopy


Remember last year’s inaugural MPavilion: the highly versatile stainless steel box with folding panels, designed by Sean Godsell, that appeared in the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens last year? That was the first in a series of four temporary pavilions that will be built and removed each year, playing host to talks, performances and events for four months. Each is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that supports innovative public design – and each is designed by a new architect.

The MPavilion has announced its second annual architecture event to open in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Monday October 5. This year’s instalment will feature a high-tech outdoor forest canopy designed by Amanda Levete, an award winning British architect and founder of AL_A studio.

AL_A’s MPavilion will feature carbon fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind, supporting ‘petals’ which also function as speakers, recording and re-playing the surrounding soundscape.… Read more

7 January

Wait – ANOTHER slip’n’slide is coming to Melbourne, and it’s this month!

Slidestreet (166)

For those excited by the pending arrival of Slide Melbourne in February, the fun’s set to start earlier than you thought. Rival event Slidestreet will be setting up – also in Lansdowne Street – on Saturday, January 24, and have all the permits in place. It premiered in Perth back last month and was a hit.

Then length of two AFL ovals, this will be next-level fun, operating between 9am and 7pm. Fitzroy Gardens will also be turned into a hub of live entertainment, with Nova 100’s Deano broadcasting live, DJs, food trucks, a pop-up bar and water-based activities.

You can buy tickets from 9am on Monday 12 January.

The race to slide has been won, it seems…

Slidestreet, Lansdowne St, Melbourne. Sat Jan 24.Read more

31 December

Slide Melbourne is coming: the greatest slip’n’slide ever

Slide Melbourne

The greatest slip’n’slide ever comes to Melbourne CBD. It is Melbourne CBD

We can’t quite imagine the red-tape headaches that Slide Melbourne must have caused Melbourne City Council, but organisers assure us that final sign-off is immiment. The three-lane, 400m slide will take up Lonsdale Street on two upcoming Sundays: Feb 15th and, tentatively, March 9th.

In order to ride, you need to be at least 120cm tall and aged 12 or above. Or, if under 12, you can be accompanied by a parent or guardian – but you’ll both need tickets. These tickets are $40 and give you access for one of the four two-hour slots. It’s vital you book in advance; in fact, it’s nearly sold out already.

While you may have heard of the Slidestreet event in Perth, Slide Melbourne is a separate entity, inspired by Slide the City – whose first event in Utah captured world interest. The Slide Melbourne team has a ‘Splashback Policy’ to manage water responsibly – and the water used will be recycled for Melbourne’s city gardens.… Read more