22 April

Winter is coming, and so is Game of Rhônes


It’s back. In 2013, Dan Sims of Bottle Shop Concepts – the company that champions wine as a drink of the masses through events that exchange all the wank for fun – decided to throw a medieval-style wine tasting event, filling Ormond Hall with a bunch of guys and gals in leathers and furs and bidding wine fans to sample more varietals of the Rhône Valley than Cersei on a bender. It was a right old knees-up (repeated in 2014, bigger and better), replete with whole spit-roasted beasts courtesy of Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons.

This year, this event is going beyond the Wall (to Sydney and Auckland); it’s also moving to the Art House’s Meat Market in North Melbourne. There will be more than 40 producers, bringing the shiraz, grenache, mourvedre, carignan, cinsault, viognier, marsanne, roussanne and other grape varietals native to the Rhône Valley in France.

As to which producer wins this much hyped wine-based fight for supremacy, we’ve been pushing for an actual battle (to arms, wine people!), but they’re taking the democratic route and getting you the people to vote for your favourite through the iPhone app, which you can download from their site.… Read more

22 April

Ed Sheeran announces stadium tour in December

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It would seem Australia’s love for Ed Sheeran is mutual: just as the UK pop star wraps up his national tour, he’s announced yet another stadium run at the end of the year.

This time, the ‘Talking Out Loud’ singer-songwriter will play entirely solo, bringing just his voice, guitar and loop pedals to the stage. Sheeran’s 2014 album x was the highest-selling record of the year, and you can be sure that tickets to his December shows won’t last long.

Pre-sale starts on Monday April 27, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday May 5.

Ed Sheeran. AAMI Park, Saturday December 5. 


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21 April

Melbourne gets its first Beach Burrito joint

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OK, so we don’t have a beach on Gertrude Street but we do have Beach Burrito Company‘s first outpost outside of Sydney. And yup, it has a skate bowl (for the pros, mind). In a Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl pool.

Gimmicks aside, it will be interesting to see how Beach Burrito Fitzroy rubs shoulders with its next-door neighbour, Trippy Taco. Will there be burrito turf wars? Will there be margarita-fuelled fights? One thing’s for certain, there will be long-haired skaters (we’ve seen them), sitting hunched in Beach Burrito’s black-and-blue booths eating $5 tacos and drinking chilled beers. There’s also a range of frozen margaritas, including a ruinously sweet watermelon version, and a plastic tequila menu that has dangerous intentions. Grab your board; get on board.

Beach Burrito Fitzroy, 230-232 Gertrude Street, 03 9416 4863

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16 April

Gelato Messina’s new Richmond store: coming soon

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Good news, gelato-addicts: you’ll soon be able to get a second scoop of Gelato Messina deliciousness in Richmond. The brand’s Smith Street outlet is usually busier than an East London nightclub, so expect to queue for your caramelised white chocolate, pear and rhubarb or apple-pie icy treat. Venue and exact opening date to be confirmed, but late April is looking likely.… Read more

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