18 July

Artists announced for 2014 Melbourne Art Tram series

Melbourne Art Tram

Melbourne’s streets are about to get a lot more colourful now that eight new Victorian artists have been chosen to have their work featured on trams all across the network.

It’s basically a moving exhibition that you can admire on your way to work – or feel part of as you roll into the city on one of the one-of-a-kind wonders.

Melbourne Art Trams was initiated last year as part of Melbourne Festival, and takes inspiration from Transport Art – a project that ran from 1978­-1993  that saw 36 trams revamped by renowned Australian artists.

The eight artworks (chosen from 150 proposals) showcase a diverse range of themes that creatively reflect our state’s identity. James Cattell’s Melbourne’s Dreamscape captures the city’s gothic architectural landscape with imagery from the Manchester Unity Building, the State Library and the Shrine of Remembrance, and landscape painter Jeff Makin’s design takes commuters on routes 11 and 86 to the Victorian landscape with a rustic depiction of the Grampians region.… Read more

18 July

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 program announced today

Helen Garner

When you’ve got Australian literary giant Helen Garner (above) delivering the opening address and McSweeney’s prodigy Dave Eggers wrapping things up with the closing speech, you can be pretty sure that the 29th Melbourne Writers Festival is going to be rather special.

Some of the big-hitters – including Sir Salman Rushdie and YouTube-famous astronaut Chris Hadfield – were announced earlier this month. The rest have just been released, and there’s over 400 authors participating in the ten-day program.

Taking the reins for the second year, Festival Director Lisa Dempster has put together a literary lineup that’s diverse, contemporary and international. Masha Gessenauthor of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot will talk about her book and her own LGBT activism in Russia. Meg Wolitzer, American author of recent bestselling novel The Interesting will discuss the difficulties women face when writing about family and marriage and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo will open up about her coming of age debut novel We Need New Names – the first novel by a black African woman to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist.… Read more

17 July

UK house veteran John Digweed announces Australian tour

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John Digweed

Melbourne, make way for house royalty. British DJ, producer, radio host and label boss John Digweed is making his way to the Prince Bandroom in November. He’s been locking punters to dancefloors for over 30 years, drawing them deep into his hypnotic progressive house.

When he’s not running his Bedrock label, spruiking his favourite new artists on his radio show Transitions or releasing 37-track mixes, he’s dominating the international dance music festival circuit from Ibiza to Miami.

There’s no doubt that Digweed keeps his sets contemporary, but for a truly rave-tastic ’90s throwback, there’s no going past hits like ‘Heaven Sent’ and the 1996 Trainspotting track ‘What You Dream Of’.

John Digweed, Prince Bandroom, Fri Nov 14. Tickets on sale now.

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16 July

Meredith Music Festival opens ballot, announces the War on Drugs as headline act

War on Drugs Meredith

Aunty Meredith, we’ve missed you. Lodged between the start of summer and Christmas Day is a weekend of pure musical bliss – wonderfully devoid of timetable clashes, BYO booze bans and dickheads (seriously: this is an official rule of entry).

The ballot is now open, and the headliners are Philadelphia-based indie rockers the War on Drugs. The band have recently released their third album, Lost in the Dream after over two years of recording. Singer/guitarist Adam Granduciel (pictured) – who is also a former member of Kurt Vile and the Violators – reportedly re-recorded the tracks over and over again until they matched the elusive “midnight vibe” he imagined. The reception to the album has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t imagine a better place to experience the warm, uplifting songs than under the glow of the Supernatural Amphitheatre.

Your best chance of scoring tickets is by getting your name in the ballot, which is open until Monday, August 11.… Read more

15 July

Site is Set is a series of four surprising performance art pieces

Use Your Illusion

Site is Set is the latest project from Field Theory – a collective made up of seven artists who are into supporting visual art, live art and theatre that crosses boundaries and encourages audience interaction.

This four-week performance series is all about breaking barriers, starting with the type of venues in which you’d expect to experience art.

Exposition, created by artists Jason Maling and Lara Thoms, is an expo within an expo (the Melbourne Art Fair, to be exact). Maling and Thoms have braved the most left-field fringe fairs out there, and will bring special guests to the Royal Exhibition Building to shed light on the cosplay community, psychic networks and quilting groups.

In Use Your Illusion, theatre-maker Bron Batten will invite a qualified hypnotist to put her, and some willing audience participants, under a spell, blurring the lines between acting and truth in the eerie Collingwood Masonic Centre.… Read more