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

15 July

Out on the Weekend is a brand new Americana music festival

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Wagons

If it’s possible to distil Neil Young’s sunshine-drenched 1972 album Harvest into one perfect day, then this brand new music festival might just succeed.

Out on the Weekend is a day-long, family friendly celebration of Americana music, great booze and tasty food to be held on the waterfront venue Seaworks in Williamstown. The festival takes its name from the first track from Neil Young’s Harvest, and really, the song’s warm harmonicas and steel guitars tell us all we need to know about the sort of chilled-out vibe that the organisers are going for here.

The Canadian folk superstar himself won’t be playing, but the lineup is an impressive mixture of American and Australian country artists. Headlining the day is award-winning Nashville-based old-country revivalist Justin Townes Earle, Aussie eccentric showman Henry Wagons (pictured), as well as Ryan Bingham, Robert Ellis, Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane, the Delines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Chris Altmann, Raised by Eagles and the Morrisons.Read more

14 July

Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor, invites you to his Rave of Thrones

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Rave of Thrones

His beats are as deep and soulful as his big, brown eyes. His top line melodies are as nuanced as his array of facial expressions. His vocal samples show a command of language we never knew he had.

Hodor.

It would appear that Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn plays Brandon Stark’s trusty simpleton by day, and gets dancefloors pumping with house music by night. This September, he’ll cross the narrow sea to bring us the biggest rave this side of the Seven Kingdoms.

We bet you never thought you’d get to wear that silver Daenerys wig while you danced to smooth, hypnotic house before. Of course there’s a GoT dress code, but that’s where the gimmicks end. The Northern Irishman’s sets are the real deal, and he’ll be joined by Sydney artist Ego, who will put on a themed visual show.

Rave of Thrones, The Prince Bandroom, Thu Sep 4.Read more