10 December

Huxtaburger serves up backstage burgers at A Day On The Green to rock stars – and you?

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The lads from Huxtaburger have teamed up with Yarra Valley music series A Day On The Green to feed artists and crew with backstage burgers. That’s right: the likes of John Legend, Jimmy Barnes, Roxette, Billy Idol, Angels, Cheap Trick and the Black Keys will soon be tucking into a Denise or a Theo (the burger joint’s most famous creations) before hitting the stage. We bet the boys behind the buns (Daniel Wilson, Dante Ruaine and Jeff Wong) never expected to serve rock star patrons when they first opened in Collingwood in 2011.

So what does this union have to do with you? Everything, if you love burgers and music. Huxtaburger are giving one lucky social media user (and a mate) the chance to win tickets to one of the Day on the Green gigs and eat burgers backstage. All you need to do jump onto their Facebook page and share/comment for a chance to win.… Read more

9 December

Aussie indie film shines a light onto Melbourne’s music scene – and it needs your help

Posted by in Movies, Music, News

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So you’re hoping to make an independent feature film in Australia, and you don’t have any government or commercial funding. If you’re not already packing some serious coin, bringing your film to life isn’t going to be easy.

Your solution? Like many musicians, artists and filmmakers, crowd-funding could very well be your saviour. Such is the case with indie film Play it Safe: a Melbourne flick that dives into our city’s music scene.

Play it Safe is the story of 26-year-old musician Jamie, who gets a soul-crushing job at a school after his band breaks up. It’s a sticky place that most artists find themselves in at some point or another: do you break out on your own and take the risk of failure – or do you play it safe?

Melbourne writer and director Chris Pahlow is the driving force behind the film. A long-time lover of the local music scene, he’s directed music videos for the likes of hip-hop artists Mantra and Allday.… Read more

8 December

So Frenchy So Chic are hosting a free pop-up picnic this Wednesday


What are you doing for lunch on Wednesday? Heading to the Treasury Gardens for a free pop-up picnic? We thought so.

In the lead-up to January’s most magnifique French festival, you’re invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch hamper on the lush lawns of the Treasury Gardens, courtesy of innovative catering company Bright Young Things. The first to arrive will receive hampers filled with chicken baguettes, broccolini and summer pea tarts and decadent Opera cakes. Soak up the sun while you take in the latest So Frenchy So Chic album, and dream of watching the artists live at the Werribee Mansion festival.

Make sure you get in quick – your French amis only have 150 of the hampers to give away on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for the January festival.

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5 December

Merry Lynchmas, Melbourne: Jazz Party presents a Twin Peaks Christmas party

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Until right this second, you never knew how much you wanted to go to a Twin Peaks-themed party. Now that you do, you’re happier than Agent Cooper tucking into his first damn good cherry pie.

While Santa’s saddling up his reindeer, the John Curtin Hotel will transform into One Eyed Jacks (that’s the casino/brothel in Twin Peaks, if your memory is a little rusty). The event is courtesy of the guys from Melbourne music collective Jazz Party – and they’re really committing to the theme.

Take the food and drinks, for example: there’ll be coffee and pie, as well as cocktails including the spicy Fire Walk With Me, the sweet Agent Cooper’s Breakfast Syrup and the mysterious Log Lady’s Secret. Tunes-wise, get set for live sets by Mojo Juju, Daniel Merriweather, Loretta Miller, Simone Page Jones and Kira Puru, as well as DJ sets from Percy Valentine and Chinabone.

But most importantly, what are you going to wear?… Read more

4 December

Tomato Battle (La Tomatina) comes to Melbourne

Tomato Battle

There’s something Spanish coming to Melbourne and it’s not David Villa. It’s a recipe for both laughter and disaster, and it requires tomatoes: 136 thousand kilograms of Roma tomatoes, to be exact.

If you haven’t heard of La Tomatina, it’s a tomato-throwing festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol. Purely for fun, people come together to get splashed with scarlet mush. At first glance, it’s a horrific sight – reminiscent of a scene out of the Shining – but take a closer look at the huge smiles in the crowd and you wish you were there.

Finally, you can be. Melbourne is getting its own Tomato Battle in February, diluted somewhat by booze and beats that go well into the evening. It’s held at the Flemington Racecourse, so you know it will be huge. Feeling anxious? Don’t be – all participants are required to sign a waiver, and are asked to crush tomatoes before throwing them.… Read more