That’s right. Strictly Ballroom is taking flight, again. Audiences at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre have been enjoying the new production of this much-loved dance dramedy since April, but it will soon be our turn.
The life of the musical began in 1984 when Baz Luhrmann, along with other students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), penned the story of Scott Hastings, an Australian don’t-tell-me-I-can’t ballroom dancer. Since then it has been around the world and back, most notably in the form of the award-winning film released in 1992. Luhrmann and other members of the film’s creative team have reassembled for this new imagining, which stars Thomas Lacey as Scott and Phoebe Panaretos as Fran – both young performers for whom Strictly is their breakout role. Oscar-winning costume and set designer Catherine Martin (the talented mind behind the production design of Moulin Rouge and the Great Gatsby) has created the eye-catching visuals for the show, which are said to draw audiences in so closely that they feel as if they’re standing right on the sidelines of the ballroom dance championships.… Read more
First, Courtney Love. Now, Miley Cyrus. Pop music’s wild child has finally announced she’ll be bringing her controversial Bangerz tour to Australia later this year. Cyrus and her gigantic tongue slide will kick things off in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on Fri Oct 10 before taking the show to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. She’s only announced one concert in each city thus far. Pre-sale tickets go on sale from 10am this Friday.
There was a time when knitting was just for Nanna. Then, there was a time when knitting was the penchant of hipsters, yarn-bombing their way through the streets of Fitzroy and Northcote.
Melbourne, we say it’s high time that we take up our sticks and reclaim the time-honoured tradition of the social knitting circle, known as stitch’n’bitch. Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day, which will kick off a week-long celebration of casting and purling our way to woolly scarf success.
So why should you get excited about knitting? Aside from the social and therapeutic benefits, learning to knit is also an opportunity to help keep disadvantaged kids keep warm this winter. Back for its 16th year, the ‘Guardian Angels’ program is giving away free downloadable pattern books that show you how to knit jumpers, blankets and children’s socks. You can donate your creations to the Save the Children foundation before Sunday, August 31.
If you’re a bit short on craft-buddies, then Melbourne’s yarn emporiums are here for you.… Read more
House-fiends, brace yourselves. Robbert van den Corput – the 26-year-old Dutchman who won last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 list – has just confirmed the location for his Melbourne show: the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Sat Oct 4). We’ve known for a while now that the world’s top DJ was coming to Australia, and finally, it’s all falling into place.
Of course his show is going to be huge. We would’ve expected no less from the guy who’s headlined the world’s biggest EDM festivals and sold out stadium tours all over the world. In April this year, he released his Prodigy-sampling ‘Everybody is in the Place’ – a hard-hitting, bass-heavy banger that you just know will get even more intense when combined with lasers, pyrotechnics and thousands of bouncing ravers.
Yep, big room house is his game – but in fact, the DJ likes to refer to his sound as ‘Hardwell music’.… Read more
Earlier this year, the Cat Empire celebrated their 1000th show at a free Fed Square bash. Selling 1.5 million copies over 10 years was quite something to celebrate, too. Now the Melburnians (who, let’s face it, have become Citizens of Planet Earth) are returning for a Festival Hall show in October and will be cramming a veritable ton of brass and percussion on stage. It’s part of a national tour that will come on the back of a swag of massive European festivals – so expect them to be more on fire than ever.
They will be joined by Madre Monte from Colombia, whose hard-hitting horns and skankin’ guitars will be a great fit for the fiesta that is the Cat Empire. You’ll also see human beatbox Tom Thum, who’s rather more than a selection of drum noises: his Sydney TED talk garnered him 17 million views.
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 16 from 9am.… Read more