22 July

Ariana Grande is coming to Australia in September

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Ariana-Grande

Calling all ‘Arianators’ – that’s fans of Ariana Grande to the unfamiliar –  Ariana Grande is set to hit Australian shores this September, to promote her second album My Everything. No words as to whether she will be doing a huge pop arena tour like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, but we are sure she we perform her sugar-coated pop hits, somewhere…. Check back for details soon.… Read more

22 July

London Grammar cancels Australian tour

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London Grammar

They were one of the most anticipated acts on this year’s Splendour in the Grass lineup, but Australian fans will have to wait a bit longer to see them return to our shores. In a Facebook post shared late last night, British electro-pop trio London Grammar announced they’ll be postponing their trip to Australia due to an illness in the band. In a statement, the band said that “we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us”. They’ve pulled out of this year’s Splendour festival and promise to reschedule their Sydney and Melbourne sideshows. (They were slated to play Festival Hall tonight.) It’s an unfortunate situation for Aussie fans, who were among the first worldwide to send their 2013 album If You Wait – along with accompanying single “Stronger” – to the upper reaches of the music charts. The folks at Splendour are expected to announce a replacement act imminently.… Read more

21 July

$30,000 Keir Choreographic Award goes to Atlanta Eke

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Keir

Melbourne-based choreographer Atlanata Eke has won the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award, taking home the grand prize of $30,000 after the finals held at Carriageworks in Sydney over the weekend.

The four finalists included Matthew Day, Sarah Aiken and Jane McKernan. These were selected from a field of eight who competed in a fortnight-long festival at Dancehouse in Melbourne, performing in front of sell-out crowds and an international panel of judges.

The award is a unique national collaboration between Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation. Rather than a recognition of past achievements, the award is a commission, requiring each of the eight competing artists to devise a new work for performance.

Atlanta Eke’s winning entry, “Body of Work”, is a concept-heavy piece combining live music, video art and costume theatrics. Full of striking images, clever segues, and suggestive ruptures, Eke explores ideas of time and presence, and especially the “always already present” nature of the past.… Read more

18 July

The Shadow Electric Bandroom becomes a permanent music venue

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Shadow Electric

This August, the Shadow Electric Bandroom – that versatile Abbotsford Convent summertime haven – will become a permanent fixture. It’s a massive one-up for Melbourne’s live music scene and great news for anyone who enjoys playing ping-pong while listening to great local bands.

The Shadow Electric was launched in 2012 by Jay Rayner and David Chestwig in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, with a vision to have the venue become host to theatre and live performances.

Since then, it has built a catalogue of much-loved artists including locals like Courtney Barnett, Lost Animal, Worlds End Press and Tex Perkins, as well as international acts Mac DeMarco, Kurt Vile and Prins Thomas.

The Bandroom will launch on Friday, August 8 with Melbourne band Rat & Co, and will open initially four nights a week. As the weather heats up, the Shadow Electric’s Open Air Cinema will screen five nights a week, and will also put on an array of live shows and matinees.… Read more

18 July

Five small Victorian towns will be transformed

Very Small Town Transformation

Who says there’s nothing to do in the country? The artistic and creative potential of regional Victoria is about to be reinvigorated with the Victorian Government and Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformations project.

Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen (don’t worry if you haven’t heard of them – that’s the point!) will each receive $350,000 for their arts projects, aimed at enhancing social engagement for the local communities as well as attracting visitors from afar. A rigorous application process saw residents of these towns – populated with less than 1500 people – look on their landmarks and public spaces with fresh eyes and propose ways of creating new focal points for activity and entertainment.

Two of the projects will pay tribute to the shared histories of their towns. Avoca will plant a sustainable Chinese garden near to the area’s first Chinese burial site, and Natimuk will create a space to generate alternative power that brings together their Indigenous and farming heritages.… Read more