Don’t despair if you missed out on Splendour in the Grass tickets (those babies are sold out) – there’s plenty heading our way, and besides, we’re quite partial to a sideshow. Let’s face it, a sideshow’s a much more leisurely way to catch your fave band.
So, to help you plan your way through the feast of SIG sideshows, here are our picks:
Blur: Indie pop in the ’90s was something else (in fact we still regard those days with deep affection) and Blur were key. It’s been over 12 years since these lads graced our shores and god knows when they’ll do it again. Tue Jul 28.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis: Obscenely talented sibling trio Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are the exception proving the rule that you shouldn’t work with family – together they make a bit of rockabilly magic. Sun Aug 2.
Azealia Banks: The New Yawkah famous for singing about getting her bits licked on ‘212’ and for Twitter-warring with anyone who wants a go is playing a Splendour in the Grass sideshow at the Metro.… Read more
Joan Baez was on the forefront of the civil rights movement and galvanised a generation with her songs of freedom. While her former lover Bob Dylan gave her some of her best known hits (eg. ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’), she’s probably even more famous for the iconic performance of ‘We Shall Overcome’ at Woodstock. After touring to rave reviews in 2013/2014, it’s a privilege to have her back so soon.
Joan Baez Hamer Hall, Thu Sep 24
Musical nerds, we don’t even need to tell you why this is massive news. Everyone else: get excited. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP has confirmed the news on his Twitter and Facebook page, so it’s official: The Book of Mormon is coming to convert Melbourne. Created by the makers of South Park, this multi award-winning musical follows the story of a strapping young Latter Day Saints lad who travels to Uganda to baptise a village. Cue tragically repressed, maniacally jolly Mormon men, crazed warlords, tasteless gags, and super catchy songs. Just remember to breathe.
The Book of Mormon – first performed in 2011 – is still playing to sell-out crowds in Broadway and the West End. Some may say that the arrival of this smash hit musical is coming six years too late – we say bring it on. Hasa diga eebowai!… Read more
I feel like a bit of a vulture at the moment, but it’s not stopping me.
Last weekend I queued early for the Astor’s garage sale and took a lot of delight in sifting through 30 years of cinematic treasures (and trying to justify the purchase of a giant pressed-brass palm tree – I couldn’t). In the end, I left with a lurid pink poster advertising John Water’s movies (Cry Baby and Pink Flamingoes) and a square of the Astor’s carpet, which I’ll fashion into a purse at some stage.
It was entirely worth the 40-minute wait to get through the doors one more time and admire the Astor in all of its art deco glory. I know it’s re-opening in June under the Palace’s umbrellas, but without George Florence in the helm, it’ll never be the same, so my small purchases are a function of securing its memory.… Read more
After a nearly two-decade absence from the stages of Australia – and a shock 2014 Big Day Out cancellation that left punters devastated – beloved Britpop outfit Blur are coming to town. Off the back of their headline appearance at this year’s sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival, the foursome have announced they’ll play three sideshows.
Indie pop in the ’90s was something else (in fact we still regard it as amongst music’s halcyon days) and Blur were key. Blur (Damon Albarn’s outfit before Gorillaz) epitomised indie pop at its best, replete with wry lyrics and cheeky wink and a nod. We’re loving their latest album, The Magic Whip, but if unfamiliar with them have a sift through their genius back catalogue (start with Parklife).
Tickets on sale Fri May 1.