Dear the Internet,
In case you’ve not heard as yet, the Big Day Out have responded to the departure of Blur from the 2014 line up with not one, not two, but three bands: US metallers Deftones, Swedish power-pop-punkers the Hives, and Beady Eye, aka The Last Lineup Of Oasis Plus Some Guys Minus The One That Knew What A Tune Was.
It’s a bold and exciting move that should placate approximately zero point none per cent of the ticket holders irked by the departure of the Britpop legends a week or so back.
Why is that? Well, it’s because of the graceful interplay of fan enthusiasm for all the different elements involved, which I have illustrated graphically because I am very talented:
My impressively professional-quality use of free online Venn diagram creators can be broken down as follows:
1. Some Hives fans are Blur fans, some Deftones fans are Hives fans, but no Blur fans are Deftones fans.
2. While there are many Blur and Hives fans, the act of complaining about Blur pulling out has more fans than both bands combined, and
3. There is no such thing as a Beady Eye fan, and anyone who claims otherwise is being deeply sarcastic.… Read more
Host Rachael Finch and DJ Didier Dohen with models wearing some of the new fashions available
Conveniently located right next to Southern Cross Station, this shopping precinct officially expands tomorrow (Thursday, December 5, 2013) – and it will be a relief to existing retailers there, after the previous owner, Austexx, went into receivership. Retail management group Retpro has been working to build business back up.
It will unveil its new look at 11am with beauty pageant queen and TV reporter Rachael Finch doing the honours. It adds a new range of retailers – including Cotton On Mega, Trade Secret and Harris Scarfe – to its many staples such as Typo, Kathmandu, Laura Ashley, Grab Denim, Industrie and the Official AFL Store.
In the opening weekend (Dec 7-8) you can expect free activities including a pop-up nail art bar, a photo booth and live music by renowned DJs.… Read more
Itself inspired by Nuit Blanche – the dusk to dawn festival that began in France and spread to Berlin, Havana, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Naples, Cairo, Buenos Aires and other cities – White Night premiered in Melbourne in February 2013, drawing crowds of over 300,000 to the CBD.It’s expected to attract half a million in February 2014 and has stretched to a larger area to accommodate this.
A little influence may also have crept in from Hobart’s phenomenally well acclaimed Dark Mofo festival, particularly with the addition of a crepuscular beam that will be visible from all over Melbourne. It’s constructed so that you can walk under it. Then there’s the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra, which will have a sci-fi style vortex to walk through. Illuminations and installations will once again be a key factor of White Night.
We’re gathered today in what’s been dubbed the Northern Lights district, being the northern end of Swanston Street that’s been added to ease congestion on the night. There will be a big stage here, as well as one in Bourke Street Mall dedicated to music.… Read more
Melbourne, if you long for the hermit life but have thus far been thwarted by your need for coffee and the occasional frosty ale, rejoice, for you may never have to leave the couch again.
Last week we told you about Bear Café and their lifesaving latte delivery service (OK, it’s Fitzroy only, but still), and now Liquorun has arrived to make late night trips to the bottle shop a thing of the past. Operating from 2pm-2am daily, Liquorun lets you order your booze online and get it delivered for a fee of $7.50 or $12.50 before or after 11pm respectively. It’s pretty much like Menulog for alcohol, and while that may seem like it’s encouraging reckless drinking, the three guys behind the business were aiming to cut out the hazards caused by party-goers hitting the streets late at night or worse, getting in their car. The range isn’t bad either. They’re stocking mostly the big domestic brands and imports like Carlton, Asahi and Budweiser beer wise, but there’s the odd craft number like Brooklyn Lager, and there’s a decent grab bag of local wines.
They have a minimum order of $30, a maximum van capacity of ten cases, and, of course, you’ll need to show some valid ID.… Read more
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, will be surprising tourists and office workers in Federation Square’s Urban Amphitheatre today at 12.30 with an acoustic set. Not you, though. You’ll be ready.
He’s had a big year, with a sold-out tour and his single ‘Let Her Go’ topping the charts across 16 countries. In Australia alone it went seven-times platinum, so you can expect Fed Square to fill up pretty swiftly once people get wind of this.
Rifle through your guilty pleasures and we’re pretty sure showy dance will be in there somewhere, whether it date back to Flashdance, Fame, Strictly Ballroom or something as recent as Dancing With the Stars. Well, this one’s for you. It’s the 68th DanceSport Championship this weekend, if you love a bit of a glam spectacle, this one’s for you. Unwitting passersby got a sneak peak at Queensbridge Square last week as some of the contestants went through their routines – and got us dancing the cha cha cha with them. One game young chap had his whole class cheering him on from the sidelines (and taking videos to post on YouTube – he may have lived to regret it).
Here’s Cameron Barri and Siobhan Power, above, showing us how it’s really done. Apparently, a DanceSports routine is the equivalent to running 800m in the Olympics when it comes to effort, yet the idea is to look completely effort-less. Phew. For more info on this weekend’s event, head to our website.
Photo Roberto Seba… Read more
Sunnyboys bassist Peter Oxley has (temporarily) swapped out his bass guitar for pots and pans to bring you his new cookbook, Teenage Kitchen Rampage. This survival-guide for noob cooks offers up a bunch of tasty, simple and healthy recipes. Starting with the basics like boiling eggs, and roasting veggies, the book takes you right through to impressive salads, pastas, desserts and sides.
After leaving home at 18 with just 10 bucks, his bass guitar and his mum’s recipe for lamb shank soup, Oxley continued to expand his recipe repertoire while his rock’n’roll career took off. Now the accomplished musician has put out this cookbook to offer uni students, home-alone teenagers, or any wannabe cook a helping hand.
Teenage Kitchen Rampage is out December 2 via Love Police. RRP: $24.95.… Read more
Check it – just a taster of the new street art that’s on Hosier Lane, tying in with summer art festival Melbourne Now. More than 100 street artists, including an all-girl crew and some old-school writers from the ’80s, banded together to work on Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane. They’ll be winding up this evening if you want to catch them in action.
Photo Roberto Seba… Read more
With figures on track for attendance of Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets to exceed that of Sydney’s version (which they’ve had for 12 years to our one!), we have good news: the markets will return to Melbourne in 2014. Almost 300,000 punters went to the Sydney markets this year, with figures yet to be released for Melbourne.
The Night Noodle Markets bring authentic Asian aromas and flavours to Alexandra Gardens for Good Food Month. For two weeks Asian hawker-style street food line the grassy lawns, with dishes from the likes of Longrain and Mamak. Think freshly made fluffy roti, sneaky Peking duck pancakes, Shanghai-style soupy dumplings, and mango pancakes for dessert. The markets open at 5pm, and we recommend you get down early to avoid queues.… Read more