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Ah, it’s about that time again festival friends! As our newsfeeds, Instagram feeds and group messages are inundated with new year’s festival line-ups, we begin the yearly angst and agony over deciding which one we’ll be heading to. Do we go to the one with the artist I’ve been dying to see, or do we suck it up and just go to the one all my friends are going to, or do we just buy tickets on a whim and hope that someone comes along? Decisions, decisions... One festival favourite of ours is the legendary Beyond The Valley which is back again for round six this year, cementing its place as a heavyweight in the NYE camping festival scene. Running over the New Year’s weekend, thousands are expected to takeover Lardner Park for a four-day musical paradise with sets from the likes of Tyler, The Creator; Claptone; festival favourite Hayden James; Matt Corby, the breathtaking and soulful Meg Mac, global icon Skepta, as well as Methyl Ethyl, Cub Sport, Lastlings, Bag Raiders, and so much more. This year we’re particularly keen to see one of the world’s pre-eminent live electronic acts, RÜFÜS DU SOL, take on the duties of the countdown set at BTV – and with their renowned psychedelic tracks, soaring vocals and entrancing dance vibes, it’s good vibes guaranteed as we enter 2020. We chat to the boys ahead of this year’s festival. If you stay with us and flick further into the mag, you’ll find features with the legendary CJ Ramone; soul/blues phenomenon The Teskey Brothers; Jack River, the alias of musician Holly Rankin; Colac born and bred dream-pop outfit The Attics, along with a look at the Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase, Sporting Globe’s brand new beer garden, plus heaps more.
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JOLT SONIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ALL AUSSIE LINEUP Time to dial up the sonic boom! To celebrate 10 years, Melbourne-based sonic arts preproduction house JOLT Arts presents JOLT Sonic Festival 2019 – a three day event showcasing leading auditory artists and musicians across one weekend in September (20th-22nd). Members of the JOLT Sonic Arts community will be curating the festival, (including BOLT Ensemble, Strange James and FCAC’s own The Amplified Elephants) in a celebration of sound with an all-Australian lineup featuring Thembi Soddell, Elision, Emily Bennet and Cat Hope in her duo Super Aluminium with Lisa MacKinney. All of the artists in this years carefully selected lineup are set to push the boundaries of sound and art to deliver an exciting and stimulating event like no other in the country. Visit www.joltarts.org for more information.
PANCAKE TACOS TO WARM YOUR WINTER Prahran’s College Lawn Hotel’s newest pop-up bar is offering a strange new food combination: pancake tacos. The Winter Garden Bar, open Thursday to Sunday during Winter newest creation is available in both sweet and savoury options. Crumbed chicken parmy, fish medley with avocado and sour cream, and a breaky taco are some of the savoury menu options, while the sweet menu boasts items like a Nutella and chocolate or a tiramisu pancake taco. The Winter Garden Bar will be open until August 31st, bookings are recommended to secure your spot.
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For the first time since 2015, UK punk icon Billy Idol has announced he’ll be returning to Australia for a national tour. The Aussie tour follows Idol’s current stint in the US, alongside Bryan Adams, and his upcoming Las Vegas residency. Complete with his full band, Idol will be arriving Down Under early next year, with his Melbourne stop unveiled as the first act for next year’s Australian Open Live Stage. Idol’s tour announcement also comes just as his former band, Generation X, re-release their remastered titular album from 1978. The box set comes complete with additional tracks, non-album singles, b-sides unreleased outtakes and more. Time to take an interest in the tennis fam! He’ll hit up the AO Live Stage, Melbourne – Wednesday January 29. Photo by Michael Muller.
Fans of George Miller’s 2015 fourth instalment to the Mad Max series will have the opportunity to see footage from the film and live performance come together as part of Melbourne’s White Night Reimagined. Taking over the Carlton Gardens from August 22 to 24, multiple 15 minute performances will take place each night including sound, video, projections and live actors. Viewers can also expect to see some of the vehicles made famous from the film, including the series’ famed Interceptor. The performance with take place at the Royal Exhibition Building.
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To celebrate the release of Quentin Tarantino’s new comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cinema Nova is opening a new pop-up bar with a twist. The Hollywood Time Lounge, a 1960s themed bar, will take you back five decades to a different time. Featuring walls splashed with old movie posters and production pieces, vintage television from the time, and a psychedelic mural from Melbourne street artist Conrad Bizjak, this bar will teleport moviegoers to a world of old cocktails and jazzy background music. Open from Wednesday August 14.
Now in its fifth year, Supersense Festival returns to the Melbourne Arts Centre August 23 to 25. Celebrating modern, traditional and evolving forms of expression and performance, this festival is bringing performers from five different continents together. For three days, Supersense promises world-first collaborations and un-repeatable performances. Fans of any form of live performance – from spoken word dissertations to live musicians and dance groups – are invited to attended the festival taking place across the Art Centre’s many underground venues and passages. To view the lineup or buy tickets visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/supersense-festival.
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The Melbourne Writers Festival 2019 welcomes Croatian artist curators Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić and their exhibit The Museum of Broken Relationships to Australia for the first time. Described as a “temple of heartbreak and healing”, the exhibit will build on local stories and pieces from international permanent collections. Also for the first time, the Museum will include items donated by Australian and hand-picked by the curators. The exhibit will be open from August 31 to September 29 at the No Vacancy Gallery, with free admission.
Victoria’s best boutique New Year’s bash is back! That’s right, returning to those postcardworthy hills of The Farm in South Gippsland, NYE on the Hill will be ringing in 2020 for three days and two nights of ridiculously good times. Headed by Aussie punk rock royalty, The Living End, the hill will also see the likes of Trophy Eyes, Dylan Joel, Odette, Mid City, Pierce Brothers, Gretta Ray, Eves Karydas, E^ST, Slowly Slowly and way more. Tickets to the event also includes free camping, BYO alcohol, and licensed bars — running across three days and two nights of bands, beers, and beautiful sunsets, oh and this boutique bash has a strict capacity and a totally unique vibe! What more could you want? Lock in your new years plans now via www.nyeonthehill.com.au/tickets. Photo by Ant Hellier.
THE RÜFÜS DU SOL REDEMPTION RÜFÜS DU SOL READY TO RECLAIM BEYOND THE VALLEY NYE COUNTDOWN WRITTEN BY TAMMY WALTERS THE YEAR WAS 2015. IT WAS THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF MUSIC FESTIVAL GIANT, BEYOND THE VALLEY- THE YEAR THAT WOULD STAMP THEM AS AN AUSTRALIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL STAPLE. A BRIGHT-EYED RÜFÜS DU SOL (FORMERLY RÜFÜS) WERE HONOURED WITH THE FIRST-EVER NYE COUNTDOWN SLOT TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR. BEHIND THE SCENES COMMOTION ENSURED; SET TIMES RAN OVER, DELAYS ENSUED. IT’S NOW 10 MINUTES UNTIL THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT. RÜFÜS DU SOL EAGERLY WAIT SIDE STAGE- THEIR COUNTDOWN PLAN FALLING APART IN FRONT OF THEM. WHAT CAN THEY DO BUT GO ON AND PLAY THEIR PLANNED SET? ENTER STAGE LEFT. “Our first song was like 15 minutes – it was an intro connected into a song – so by the time we finished the song the countdown had already happened and we missed it,” recalls drummer, James Hunt. The stroke of midnight comes and passes without any celebration. “Rüfüs fucked the countdown”; the hate starts as blame gets forced onto the trio upon the stage, and a shame is bestowed upon the boys and has haunted them since. In a redemption set to surpass that of Shawshank and Jamie Lannister (forget GoT Season 8), Rüfüs Du Sol return to the BTV stage to redeem the countdown crown. “This is our chance to reclaim the countdown which we are stoked about. It’s this funny folk law thing that 12
Rüfüs cooked the countdown at Beyond The Valley so it’s time to nail it,’ he says. “We do have a specific Plan B of if we’re delayed – yeah we know what we’re going to do. We’ve got PTSD from last BTV. Like, you had one job!”
thing because people had never heard of us so they were like ‘no sorry’, and then gradually we’ve gotten into a position that we’re actually able to reach some of these artists and DJs that we are obsessed with. Then also a few people reached out to us specifically wanting to remix a specific track from the album,” says Hunt.
Sharing the headline title with the Sydney producers, and sure to make the EARFQUAKE, is the majestic Tyler, The Creator. Both acts are exclusive to the Victorian The boys wanted to embrace and foster the EDM events, but will also be co-headlining sister festival, community through this project, allowing the producers Wildlands, in Brisbane on 28 December. Further adding and DJ’s to have full creative control over the remixes to the juice to the Beyond The Valley cocktail of talent and the spin they put on each track. are Confidence Man, Cub Sport, Hayden James, I Know “There’s a bit of a breadth to the style of the remixes. A Leopard, Mallrat, Matt Corby, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel, lot of them are more dance floor ready which is cool Snakehips, and the untouchable Australian queens, because we love to have various versions of our songs The Veronicas. that we play out when we DJ but not all of them are specifically 4/4 bangers…. I feel like each artist brought Another welcome addition to the festival is sibling their own spin to each song.” producer duo, Lastlings, who recently collaborated with Rüfüs Du Sol on their upcoming release, ‘Solace Hunt continues, “I feel like we definitely sit in the Remixed’. Following a mammoth year of touring for middle of a lot of worlds and it’s nice to have a nod to their third studio album, ‘Solace’, and gracing world- more of the purist electronic DJ community.” renowned stages at Lollapalooza and Coachella and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ‘Solace Remixed’ is The ‘Solace Remixed’ album will tie over fans until a collection of tracks from the highly-acclaimed album album four, which is in the trio’s sights, though this as re-imagined and remixed by a whopping seventeen time the band may have to compromise on their writing renowned and emerging producers including Hot Since process as logistics pose an issue. 82, Gerd Janson, Adam Port, Lastlings, and Will Clarke. “Tyrone [Lindqvist] just had a baby which is really “Every time we’ve put a song out or an album out we had amazing, but he is based in San Diego right now and a dream list of producers and DJs that we hit up to try me and Jon are in Los Angeles so we’re going to try a and get a remix for and initially it was a really ambitious different approach where we are bouncing ideas around FORTÉ 721
uploading ideas to the cloud. I think there will be some really cool unexpected results from the discomfort of doing something that way because we’ve always done it as a unit,” Hunt explains. “We’re all very inspired and I feel like we’re all very hungry to write again.” Perhaps a taste of music may premiere at their Beyond The Valley redemption set. Who knows, but you wouldn’t want to risk missing it! BEYOND THE VALLEY IS NOW SOLD OUT. KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR RE-SALES. PHOTO BY SHEVIN DISSANAYAKE
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Falls Festival has given us a reason to see out the year in high hopes as it returns with a typically huge lineup for their 2019/2020 lineup, bringing some of the greatest acts from all corners of the globe to Australia. Leading the charge for its 27th year will be newly minted pop royalty and recent Rolling Stone cover megastar Halsey (for her only Australian shows!), NYC’s hugely important hit-making heroes hot off the back of new album Father Of The Bride Vampire Weekend, English house icons Disclosure with their massive hits ‘Latch’, ‘Omen’ and latest banger ‘Talk’, plus super fun pop legends come stage slaying stars Peking Duk, plus heaps more! Visa Checkout presale 9am Monday 12 August local time, while General Sales kick off from 9am Wednesday 14 August local time via the festival website.
Hot on the heels of her national Love Monster tour earlier this year, Gold Coast pop chanteuse Amy Shark is extending the party to regional centres – including a cheeky stop in Geelong! An overnight success, years in the making, Amy Shark has come a long way since her breakthrough single Adore. As she shared on her Instagram account recently – in just two years she has gone from moving 82 tickets in her hometown of Brisbane, to selling out arena-sized venues all across the country. Amy Shark will adore fans in Geelong at Costa Hall on Saturday, November 2. Tickets via GPAC.
TEX PERKINS & THE FAT RUBBER BAND Tex Perkins & the Fat Rubber Band is described as a blues swamp-groove kinda thing, but the name Tex should alone be enough to check them out. Matt Walker being part of the crew doesn’t hurt, either. While there will be new stuff to show the music world, there is a chance you may hear the odd Cruel Sea cover as well. And that news should make those who head along feel pretty happy. The Palais, Hepburn Springs – November 1.
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TOOT, TOOT, IT’S BAKED BEANS Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention, ’tention, ’tention? We would like to welcome you to the organ-driven garage psych sound of Baked Beans, Beans, Beans. Get ’em while they’re hot, hot, hot, or you’ll be not, not, not. Following the release of 2018’s Babble Beans, the band is back in action with their new single ‘Avalon Speedway’. The Eastern, Ballarat – August 23. They will be joined by Eggy & Electric Toothbrush.
Many readers will have their favourite Simpsons episode. You would have to be one of those weird Ogdenville types if you didn’t have one. Songs in the Key of Springfield is a live music event that celebrates the soundtrack to the TV show favourite, a surprise hit created by Australian guitarist and singer Boadz. Songs in the Key… will be performed in addition to a Simpsonsthemed trivia night at Geelong’s Workers Club on August 22. A
KENNEDYS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL With a capacity crowd of 1000, Kennedys Creek Music Festival is a cosy festival where you never feel lost and everyone is a friend. Taking place October 25-27, the festival welcomes Laura Jean, GL, Moaning Lisa, Wax’o Paradiso, Grand Salvo, Horatio Luna, Whiskey Houston, Ro, Pool Shop, WVR BVBY, Sunnyside, Loure, Lazertits and more. Money raised will go towards the local community hall, as well as Beyond Blue.
MAYA ROSE FINDS THE TIME Castlemaine R&B singer-songwriter Maya Rose has already worked her way around Victoria this year in support of her debut single ‘See You Again’, but it went so well the first time that she has decided to do it again. This time it is in support of her debut EP, Time. Her rescheduled Bendigo show will take place at Handle Bar on August 24. She will be joined by Bendigo jazz duo StrawberryJamz.
ISAIAH LOOKS INWARDS Singer-songwriter Isaiah has connected with people from all over, but his new single ‘Spirit’ is a connection to himself. Isaiah: “Spirit is such a special song for me and I am so happy that I get to share it with the world. The song is about coming out of a difficult and dark time and being able to reconnect with yourself, which I think everyone can relate to.” Paramount Theatre, Echuca – October 12 & Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – October 25.
A LETTER FROM MARK VINCENT KARLY JEWELL SALUTES ROCK AND ROLL Rock and roll dreams are coming true for Karly Jewell, a quartet of hard-hittin’, riff-driven rockers led by the irrepressible Karly herself. Karly is no stranger to the US scene, having performed at venues including The Viper Room and The Whisky a Go Go. Nine years in the making (it takes time to find the sound you’re looking for), the album Phoenix has been delivered. Barwon Club, Geelong – August 16. With support from Fictitious Me.
CRANK UP THE NUMBER 9 BLACKTOPS It’s a dream come true for fans and band alike, as rockabilly outfit The Number 9 Blacktops prepare for an Australian tour. Singer/guitarist Jim Rotramel: “Playing Australia has been on my rock’n’roll bucket list for years now, we can’t wait to hit the road over there … I can’t begin to say how excited I am to hop on stage, plug in my White Falcon, crank up the amp, and strum my first chord in an Australian venue!” Barwon Club, Geelong – October 11.
Mark Vincent has been a busy man since taking out the top prize of Australia’s Got Talent 2009, headed by a string of #1 ARIA Classical Crossover albums. His latest is A Tribute to Mario Lanza, the late tenor and film star of the 1940s and 1950s. The album was the highest selling ARIA Classical Crossover release of 2017. Riverlinks Eastbank, Shepparton – August 24 & The Capital, Bendigo – August 25.
COOKIN’ AT THE PALAIS Featuring the incredible Stella Angelico who channels the spirit of Amy Winehouse and musicians Dan West, Jake Mason and Ivan K, listening to Cookin’ On 3 Burners is like poking your head through a time portal that stretches between the year you were born and the middle of next week. On one hand there are clues to a spiritual home that’s situated somewhere in the back streets of 1966, but on the other is a reinvented soul stew that’s very much a product of the 21st Century. As Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo, Cookin’ On 3 Burners will be a night to remember when they stop by the Palais-Hepburn on Friday August 30. Ticketing via oztix.com.au or palais-hepburn.com
MAKE THEM SUFFER Perth’s Make Them Suffer deal in the kind of bone-crushing metal that leaves you begging for respite. Currently in the US hard at work crafting their follow up to Worlds Apart (2017) with Drew Fulk / WZRDBLD at the helm (Fear Factory, Wage War), Make Them Suffer gave us a preview of what’s to come via “Hollowed Heart” - their most aggressive and confrontational piece of music to date. Now, Make Them Suffer are set to bludgeon the senses of regional Australia this September, stopping by Ballarat’s Karova Lounge on September 4 and Geelong’s Barwon Club on September 5. Joining them for an evening of brutality is local smashers Windwaker and Diamond Construct.
FRASER A. GORMAN’S NEW PLANS
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So, we have a little of the ol’ good news, bad news for you. As often seems the custom, the bad news is that songman Fraser A. Gorman is saying goodbye to Australia. The good news is that it is not for long. He is heading to the US, you see, to focus on tacos, Brown Truck and baseball. There is to be focus on a new album as well, which is probably the best part of the good news. Major Tom’s, Kyneton – September 7.
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ANOTHER ON BITES THE DUST! I’m getting a new man. That is, I’m getting my fourth Drive Show co-host in five years. Big city lights, bigger paycheck and the challenge of competing in a tough radio environment. The lure of working in a capital city is the #dream for many in the radio industry.
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In my best ‘The Godfather” voice, “Josh received an offer too good to refuse”. So, this is the current tally. Leigh – Sydney. Jamie – Melbourne. Josh – Brisbane. From the outside (and inside), radio is a revolving door industry. It’s fast-paced and it’s constantly evolving. People move up and people move on, as they search for a greater reward.
If the 1995 film Hackers taught us anything it is, well, I don’t know what the hell it taught us. But hackers are out there, man. And they will get you good. ‘Identity Theft’ is the new track from Sunny Coast trio The Chats, a cautionary tale exploring what can happen when you attempt to purchase pingaz on the net. The accompanying clip even gives a good shout-out to Guitar Hero. Barwon Club, Geelong – October 2.
For the curious, it’s as good an introduction as you can get. For fans, it’s a handy addition to your collection. Joan as Police Woman has released Joanthology, a three-disc release that looks back on the singer-songwriter’s years. New, rare and unreleased material appears alongside old favourites. Joan plays Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal on October 13, opening her songbook to a solo performance on piano and guitar.
The sadness lasted only for a moment. Upon reflection, I know everybody’s career is different. Everybody’s desires are different. It’s great to have a goal; it’s great to be driven. And it’s okay to be happy where you are, with who you are and what is happening right now. Because YOUR moment will come when the time is right. (It probably explains why I’ve been seeing 11.11 everywhere!)
But I need to get back to my desk and answer the afternoon emails.
It’s okay to be loyal when you’re thrilled with the opportunities right here and now. It took me three years to really find my feet in Geelong. I’ve been promoted to Network Music Director within Grant Broadcasters and will be looking after 7 hit music stations from September. Add to that, I took on Entertainment Correspondent for our Network Nights Show across Australia, Boundary Rider for Krock Football, Ground Announcer at GMHBA Stadium and Courtside Announcer for the Geelong Supercats.
“No. I mean don’t ever leave. We need you here.”
If anything, I NEED SLEEP.
I understood the compliment that Nic was trying to give me. She was telling me I was loved and appreciated and I was an important part of the Krock furniture. But for a moment, it made me sad. Three people who have worked directly with me have been promoted. And I’m still here.
My point being, I’m making my own opportunities right here. And I don’t need to book a removalist! I don’t need a job in a big city to justify my worth in the radio industry. Sure, it would be nice, but knowing my current workmate’s value my contribution is really humbling. And I get a new man.
Do I lack drive? Do I lack ambition? Have I passed my prime? If I don’t leave, does that mean I’ve failed?
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I found myself standing in the Krock kitchen, making a cup of herbal tea. Nicole in Sales calls out to me. “Stampsy, my absolute favourite. Don’t you think about going anywhere!”
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If I don’t leave, will I get stale? I don’t want to be the grumpy old employee who receives their watch on their 25th anniversary, whining that “radio was better back in my day… real music… before social media… wah”.
Three more staff members tell me not to leave. “The place would not be the same without you”.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN It’s back baby!! The Music Victoria Awards returns to the Melbourne Recital Centre in November 2019 for its 14th year. As an event which sees the Victorian music industry celebrate the state’s outstanding achievements and best new releases, performers, venues and festivals, The Awards is one of the most anticipated music industry events on the Melbourne Music Week calendar, and has been a long-running feature of Melbourne Music Week, which is this year enjoying its 10th anniversary (big congrats)! And with a new year and the ever-evolving Victorian industry, we have some exciting changes to The Awards we all know and love! Firstly, the name. Last year was the final year of The Age Music Victoria Awards as such, with The Age now stepping away from being a partner, and the awards continue in 2019 as the Music Victoria Awards, co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM. Another change this year is the renaming of the Global category, which will now be called the Best Intercultural Act. Those interested can learn more about awards criteria and definitions here. “Last year, we introduced a few changes to the awards categories, judging processes and the format of the event itself, which resulted in a more diverse
and representative list of nominees,” says Awards event producer Laura Imbruglia. “I’m very proud to be producing the event again, and look forward to celebrating the wealth of great music made in Victoria.” The Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent will continue to provide one lucky artist with a cash grant and mentorship as part of the Award, and this year, a small number of tickets will be available to the public and industry to attend the ceremony and the live performances, allowing the music fans to mingle with their favourite local artists. Tickets will be available to purchase in October. And, one last change to the nominations submissions process, self-submissions are FREE this year, but only open to Music Victoria members. So if you’re Music Victoria Member, you may nominate yourself (or those you love) in the artists, venues and festivals categories until 5pm Saturday 31 August. The categories open for self-submission include Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (under 50 gigs per year), Best Regional and Outer Suburban Venue (over 50 gigs per year), Best Venue (under 500 capacity), Best Venue (over 500 capacity) and Best Festival, as well as Best Blues Album, Best Country Album, Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B or Gospel Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Heavy Album, Best Rock/Punk Album, Best Folk or Roots Album, Best Emerging First Peoples Act, Best Intercultural Act, Best Hip Hop Act, Best Electronic Act, Best Reggae and Dancehall Act, Best Experimental or Avant-Garde Act and Best Regional and Outer Suburban Act. To be eligible for nominations, at least 50% of the act has been living in Victoria for the last two years, you have to have released an EP or album (category dependent) between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, and of course, only Victorian venues or festivals. Submissions are now open until 5pm Saturday 31 August. All nominees will be announced Thursday 10 October. MEMBERS SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY OR NOMINATION VIA WWW.MUSICVICTORIA. COM.AU/MEMBERS/SUBMISSIONS. PHOTO BY MARTIN PHILBEY
LLOYD SPIEGEL’S PERFECT 10 Raise both hands if you have released ten albums. Acoustic bluesman Lloyd Spiegel not only celebrates 30 years of performing in 2019, he also releases album number ten. Titled Cut and Run, the album is the final chapter in what became an unexpected trilogy about personal redemption. Due to drop early September, the lead single is ‘Track Her Down’. Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove – November 1.
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The Loch Hart Music Festival has dropped its line-up, and it is as stunning as its Great Ocean Road home. The line-up includes Alpine, Didirri, Alice Ivy, Baked Beans, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Cry Club, Forever Son, Francesca Gonzales, Genesis Owusu, The Grogans, Hold//Fire, Leslie D. King, Moaning Lisa and more. November 15-17 are the dates, with further information available through lochhart.com.
Next month, Elvis (aka THE KING) returns! Colin Mockett and the band All Shook Up! will bring The King to life as part of the monthly Potato Shed Morning Show Time series in The Elvis Presley Story. When Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977, his manager, Col Tom Parker, was asked how he would cope after Elvis’ death. Ever the entrepreneur, Parker replied ‘This is not the end. It’s the beginning.’ Parker was right. Elvis sold 260 million records during his lifetime. In death, the figure is around a billion (and counting). Elvis’ fans continue to buy his albums, 42 years after his death. Join Geelong historian and entertainer, Colin
YOU AM I & JEBEDIAH It’s like the days of Homebake and Recovery are here again, with You Am I and Jebediah announcing that they are hitting the road for an extensive run of shows from October onwards. You Am I play the big brother here, having been around a touch longer than Jebediah. There will be no squabbling, however, just a bunch of tunes a whole lot of us grew up on. Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – December 12.
THE THING ABOUT CLIENT LIAISON Hey there hip cats, Client Liaison have a smooth new single for you. It’s called ‘The Real Thing’, and once they pop you can’t stop. Monte Morgan: “It was so positive. To have positivity and danceability in a song and not be cheesy is really difficult. That’s the trick. It’s more pop than we’ve ever been.” There are apparently more tunes to come, but this is a solid start. Torquay Hotel, Torquay – October 18.
The fully enclosed winter car park event Corio St. Day Party (The Inn Hotel) comes your way this weekend, August 17, featuring KIM (The Presets), Boogs, Market Memories, Dean Turnley, Reggie & Muff and Hudson. It kicks off at 3pm and runs through until 11pm, so you have the opportunity to kick on elsewhere afterwards or head home for sleepy time. Further information is available through eventbrite.com.au.
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They may leave a venue in a messier state than when they arrived, and they may also steal your beer when your back is turned, but The Resignators will make up for things by providing one hell of a show. It’s a good trade off. Compared to the likes of Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the ska loving band formed in 2005 and have performed in the US, Germany and Czech Republic. The Palais, Hepburn Springs – August 17.
Originally from Wagga, Dana Crowe bought a travelsized Martin guitar while travelling solo and began a journey influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Springsteen. A move to Melbourne and the release of EP Everything would follow. Her new single is ‘Not Broken’, described as a “calming yet punchy song driven by a strong steady rhythm, textured guitar and vocal harmonies”. Blue Bean Love, Hepburn Springs – August 18.
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WINTERWILD Can you see what flickers in the darkness? That is the question posed by the artistic feast WinterWild. Taking place across the weekends of August 16-18 and August 30-September 1 under the theme Visions & Ecstasies, WinterWild made its debut in 2017 as a response to the Colac Otway bushfires two years earlier. With limited space and so much to tell, I will leave the program hunting to you. Hit winterwildapollobay.com.au.
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Musical life in 2019 for bluesman Simon Kinny-Lewis is peachy. His band album A Day in San Jose hit #1 on the Australian Blues Roots Airplay Chart, while at the Australian Blues Music Chain Awards he received the gong for ‘Best New Talent’ and was a finalist in the categories of ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Duo or Group of the Year’. He also has one of the country’s finest rhythm sections at his side. Workers Club, Geelong – August 17.
In 2008, following four full-length albums, MelbourneThe Castlemaine Theatre Company is a not for profit bred outfit Rocket Science took a breather. It wasn’t community theatre company whose aim is to produce until 2014, at a benefit for Mick Blood of Lime Spiders, theatre works that are as challenging as they are enter- when the band once again strapped on their gear. It taining, while supporting the growth of the community. has been a longer wait still for new album Snake, but The company turns 60 this year, and it must be said they that all changes when it drops tomorrow, August look as glowingly youthful as ever. A special sci-fi bash 16. The Eastern, Ballarat – August 30 & The Bridge, is lined up for The Bridge, Castlemaine on August 17. Castlemaine – August 31. Musical guests will be The Seduceaphones.
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Having been referred to on more than one occasion as a musical poet, news that Paul Kelly is releasing a book of poetry should come as unsurprising news (but surely welcome). Love is Strong as Death: Poems Chosen by Paul Kelly is a collection of more than 250 of the wordsmith’s favourite compositions. Special shows are lined up in which Kelly will sing and recite some of the book’s works. Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – November 28.
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RED HOT SUMMER TOUR The Red Hot Summer Tour has revealed its line-up nice and early, so they must be pretty excited with what they have for you. Hunters & Collectors, James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera will help celebrate the festival’s tenth year. Bendigo Racecourse – January 4 & North Gardens, Ballarat – March 28. Get your red hot tickets through redhotsummertour.com.au.
RESTLESS NIGHTS FOR MARIAH MCCARTHY Mariah McCarthy is a Heathcoteborn, Bendigo-based folk artist who makes up one half of Deer Prudence. When her partner in crime Georgia Delves began dedicating more time to Georgia State Line, Mariah decided she would take the brave step into the world of a solo artist. In 2018 she released her debut solo album, Counting Sheep. The Lost Ones, Ballarat – August 17 & Axedale Tavern, Axedale – August 25.
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She’s never far from a stage, but local singersongwriter Sherri Parry has been focusing her attention on recording in recent months. Parry and her band will be performing at the Golden Vine on Friday, August 23, where punters can expect to hear some of the fruits of those endeavours. The band will be making its debut as a five-piece (featuring Parry on lead vocals and guitar, along with keyboardist Patrick Barton-Grace; guitarist Thomas Hadlow; bassist Jaspar AustinGray; and drummer Kane Watts). “I’ve been in preparation mode for a new record with my band over the past couple of months,” Parry says. “Long days have been spent rehearsing and writing to slicken us up before we grace the studio. It’s been wondrous to see the songs develop and deepen, with new perspectives and ideas from each one of the four members.” Parry praised her band members, describing them as “incredible world-class musicians”. “I feel so grateful that they enjoy my music enough to have them on board,” she says. The upcoming album will be Parry’s first new release since her ukulele sessions in 2017. “Plenty of new tunes have been born, so it’s difficult to choose which songs to record and which will get the cut,” she says. “Even so, there’s still such a range in energy, topic and genre. I don’t like limiting myself or my music to one specific box, so I’m very excited to release an album stemming from every side of me.”
From 9pm; support to be confirmed; $5 entry at the door. Also performing around town during the next fortnight: Ramble Town will showcase their rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and country boogie at the Golden Vine on Friday, August 16. From 8.30pm; $5 entry at the door. A Poppet Head Records triple bill - featuring Inner City Traders, Brett Franke (Temple Of Tunes), and Acoustic Foxx - will take over the Golden Vine on Saturday, August 17. From 9pm; $5 entry at the door. Don’t miss your chance to see legendary English pop and rock stars Peter Asher and Albert Lee at The Capital on Tuesday, August 20. From 8pm; tickets available from boxoffice.gotix.com.au Castlemaine-based R+B singer-songwriter Maya Rose and her band will launch her debut EP Time at Handle Bar on Saturday, August 24. Support from local jazz duo Strawberry Jamz. From 8.30pm; free entry. Throw on your Boots N All and head on down to the Golden Vine on Saturday, August 24, for a night of country rock. From 8.30pm. Heathcote singer-songwriter Mariah McCarthy will grace the stage at the Axedale Tavern on Sunday, August 25. From 1pm; free entry. CONTACT: NETTEE136@GMAIL.COM
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AFTER THE BIGGEST YEAR YET IN THE STATE CAPITAL, THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK ON THE ROAD AND TOURING VICTORIA. AS ALWAYS, THE FOCUS WITH THE TRAVELLING SHOWCASE IS THE WIDE RANGE OF AUSTRALIAN FILMS SUPPORTED BY MIFF’S PREMIERE FUND – 2019 HAS BEEN ITS BIGGEST YEAR EVER, WITH SEVEN FILMS FUNDED – AND THIS YEAR THEY’RE GIVING COUNTRY VICTORIA A CHANCE TO SEE THE BEST OF THE FEST WITH A STRING OF WEEKEND SESSIONS ACROSS THE STATE. For many of these films, this will be the first time they’ve screened anywhere outside MIFF, making it a perfect opportunity for film buffs to get caught up on some of the freshest Australian film-making around. While not every city is getting the same collection of films, with such a wide-ranging and eclectic line-up there’s bound to be something worth a watch whatever your taste in cinema. Amongst the highlights of this year’s MIFF Travelling Showcase are: H is for Happiness: Candice Phee is a relentlessly optimistic and hilariously forthright girl on the cusp of her 13th birthday. Unfortunately, Candice’s family is in disarray: her mum has been living with depression since the death of Candice’s baby sister, while her dad and his brother – Candice’s beloved Rich Uncle Brian – are no longer speaking. With adolescence looming, Candice and her new friend Douglas Benson hatch a variety of outlandish schemes to make her nearest and dearest happy again. Measure For Measure: Shakespeare’s play about morality, mercy and justice becomes a topical tale of love and loyalty at the hands of Paul Ireland and his co-writer, the late Damian Hill. When young Muslim woman Jaiwara falls for non-Muslim musician Claudio on the streets of Prahan, Jaiwara’s dodgy brother 20
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PAST THE PUNK CJ Ramones’ Final Tour and Surprising New Direction WRITTEN BY TAMMY WALTERS Do you ever wonder how awesome it would be to be a member of your favourite band? It’s the dream, and one that came true for bassist Christopher Joseph Ward, aka CJ Ramone. Joining the legendary punk family, The Ramones, in 1989, and thrown directly into the touring circuit postBrain Drain release, CJ hasn’t stopped touring these songs - until now. After 30 years of non-stop tour bus living, CJ is after a change of scenery, and sound, but not before he comes to Australia. “I wasn’t thinking this would be my last record initially but just over the last couple of months I decided it’s probably time for me to go,” CJ says. “This
year is 30 years that I’ve been touring out of a van and I like the album so much that if it’s my swansong that’s great.” That in no way means that you won’t be seeing or hearing from CJ again. He’ll still be making appearances at festivals and special events, and he will be continuing songwriting with a new direction insight, the genre his parents raised him on; country music. “During the recording of the ‘Holy Spell’, I actually had three or four songs that did not make it onto the record that are solidly in that country influence genre… They could be songs on the next record, so that’s probably going to be the starting point for my next recording project. When I say it’s countryinfluenced, I don’t mean it sounds like Hank Williams or something like that, it’s still rock ‘n’ roll but it’s definitely got a country feel to it,” CJ laughs. You’ll never take the punk out of the Ramone though. While he is side-stepping, he won’t be
shaking his identity. “The Ramones were probably the best times of my life, the best thing I’ve ever done and I would never turn my back on it or try to distance myself from it. I just kept doing what I do and didn’t deny the influence. I was a fan for years before I ever got into the band, played with them for seven years. If my music sounds Ramones like, it’s for those reasons. I never sat down was like, ‘oh I have to write a Blitzkrep Bop style song, or I have to write a ‘this’ style song’, based on the Ramones music.” Naturally, CJ was heavily influenced by the rockers learning much of what he puts into his music and the business side from legends, Joey and Johnny Ramone. “I actually sat down with Joey a bunch of times and worked on songwriting with him and the cool thing was he gave me little pointers that at the time didn’t seem like anything major but when I actually sat down to write my own stuff it really was,” CJ explains. “Johnny was the bigger influence when it came to how to run the band and how to keep things rolling on a tight budget and I learnt more about how to handle myself in business from Johnny... I knew I was out with a band that were the original DIY band so I really learned a lot about how to survive on the road.” However, as a fan, he did try to avoid getting into the politics of the band to ensure the magic from the barrier still existed behind the curtain. “When I was in the band and I got to see behind the curtains - it was sometimes disappointing, sometimes rather shocking but I always maintained a bit of distance just so that I could be able to still enjoy being in the band. I just tried to keep myself out of that Ramones story, mostly because I was a fan and I didn’t want the whole thing to be spoiled,” he laughs. CATCH CJ RAMONE AT GEELONG HOME OF ROCK MUSIC, BARWON CLUB ON SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER AND IN BALLARAT AT THE KAROVA LOUNGE ON WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER. TICKETS AT DAVIDROYWILLIAMS.COM/TOURS/ CJRAMONE
LIONS ROAR INTO GEELONG Bendigo roots rockers Four Lions are bringing their four-state Gone single tour to Geelong next week. Hot on the heels of shows in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne (and with Adelaide still to come), it is the band’s second visit to Geelong this year. Four Lions embarked on a Victorian tour in May to launch their fourth album Hard Days, released on their independent label Verse Chorus Verse. “I’m so proud of it. We’ve had such a great response to it,” frontman Shann Lions says. Drummer Gavan Moncrieff concurs. “We want people who come to our gig to hear the album. And we want people to leave that show going, ‘That was f---ing good, I’ll buy the album’, or ‘I’m interested in that band and I want to find out more about them’.” Lions adds: “Come and see the best Australian band that no one knows – yet!” FOUR LIONS WILL PLAY AT PISTOL PETE’S FOOD N BLUES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23. FROM 9PM; $10 AT THE DOOR.
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KENNEDYS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL REVEAL HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LINEUP Victoria’s best-kept secret is back! Capping in at a capacity of only 1,000 and delivering the highest quality of local line-ups, Kennedys Creek Music Festival provides a haven for music lovers to come and experience what’s to offer from local up and comers for three days at the foothills of the majestic Otway Ranges. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this October 25-27, they’ve finally revealed their lineup for 2019, featuring a carefully selected mix of old and emerging artists from all over the country. The boutique BYO festival (yes you can bring in your own tinnies!) will see the likes of Laura Jean, GL, Moaning Lisa and Wax’o Paradiso leading the charge, bringing along Grand Salvo, Horatio Luna, Whiskey Houston, Ro, Pool Shop, WVR BVBY, Sunnyside, Loure, Lazertits, Soda Eaves, Hideous Sun Demon, Lemon Bait, Billy Barker and Dr.Collossus – with more to be announced over the next few months. “We’re not trying to host the biggest event we can, we’re trying to host the best event we can,” President of the Kennedys Creek Hall Committee Peter Gardner says. “We have capped ticket numbers
at 1000. We have sold out the last few years, so we could potentially have had a lot more attendees, but you’d start to lose that intimate feel that makes the festival what it is. “The festival site itself becomes like a small town, where people get to know each other, and at the end of the weekend you feel like you have just gained 1000 more family members.” Starting out as a way to raise money for the local farming community and bring music to an area that doesn’t really get any without a great deal of travel, the festival has taken that community vibe and made itself into one of its own. This year as well as raising money for the community hall, a portion of ticket sales for the 2019 event will be donated to Beyond Blue.
FIVE MINUTES WITH JIM MARTENS Six years on from the Glass House Tour and one year on from the release of Iratus Filios, Jim Martens is back on the road with his progressive acoustic tunes and stories of how they all came to be. Jim will roll into Bendigo at the end of the month so we sat down with him ahead of the show. What drew you to the music industry? I enjoy performing and sharing art. I was drawn to that whole dichotomy of artist and audience, the push and the pull of a good live performance. Who are your main musical influences?
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There’s this band from LA called Tool, not sure if people know of them, but they’re quite good. I like their music, you should check them out. I’m rather fond of Chevelle Porcupine Tree, Helmet and the like. Life, in general, is the biggest influence of all.
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What does the typical process of creating a song look like?
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I take my sweet time with it all. Usually, a song will be written on an acoustic guitar first and it could sit there for weeks or months or even years. Lyrics
At The Lab in Brooklyn, VIC, with Dan McDougall (Frankenbok, Never). I recorded all the parts and he did the desk wizardry. I love working with Dan. He knows how I work and makes it very easy for me to do my thing. He also makes the best smoothie you’ll ever have. What advice would you have for someone starting out in music? Get as much stage time as you can and remember that it isn’t a competition. We’re all in it together, so enjoy the time you’re having with it now. What does the future hold for Jim Martens? Hopefully, many more shows, finding permanent band members and plenty of cups of tea. WHEN & WHERE: GOLDEN VINE HOTEL, BENDIGO – AUGUST 30
FORTE’S GUIDE TO WINTERWILD FESTIVAL Far from your average festival, WinterWild is the festival embracing winter head-on. Taking place across August 16 – 18 and August 30 – September 1, WinterWild is embracing themes of ‘visions and ecstasies’, igniting Apollo Bay with flames, music, and dance for audiences in search of adventure and unforgettable experiences. THE MUSIC Festival-goers will be able to groove into darkness at this year’s WinterWild festival with an eclectic music line-up taking over Apollo Bay. Here are a few of the highlights we’d recommend checking out. First up, a highlight will be when WinterWild presents ‘In From The Storm’ on Saturday, August 17, a 50-year anniversary tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s infamous closing set at Woodstock in 1969. Settle in at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for an exploration of the music of Hendrix, curated by Michelle Fillmore and the WinterWild Apollo Bay gang and featuring a cast of talented locals and WinterWild artists including The Fillmore Brothers, Alister Turrill Music, The Vacant Smiles, The Refuge, The Passage, The Other Band and Vini Melzac. Across the second weekend, WinterWild will also celebrate the music of David Bowie with a Width of a Circle at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse. Curated by Michelle Fillmore and featuring a cast of talented locals, this is the perfect excuse to laze away for a few hours.
We chat to Sleuth, the band behind the mesmerising and sleek, jazz-driven vocals, layered over dark funk, soaring soul, and quirky pop vibes. Hi legends, thanks for chatting to Forte! First up, can you tell us a bit about your musical project Sleuth? . Mel: Live, we play as a three piece (Me, Az and J) from Portland. Our sound is a blend of dark funk, blues and jazz, but there’s a massive range of styles on our album, ranging from quirky pop songs and electronica, to really dark and moody and almost operatic pieces, to full orchestral symphonies similar to The Greatest Showman. J: Our name ‘Sleuth’ is a subtle reference to the nature of curiosity, being opposed to fear, acknowledging that there’s always more to learn. Your release Umbra/Anima really put the spotlight on your incredibly cinematic sound. Tell us a bit about the release, how did it all come together? Mel: I’d been working on Umbra Anima for about three years, with about four songs done and the concept of the rest of the album just in my head, waiting for the opportunity to record it properly. I met J in October last year, and he took a few of my songs and turned them into some really different, bigger things, with orchestras, and electronica. ‘Make A Meal’ was initially an acapella recording on my phone at that point, and he wrote Rhodes, bass and percussion for it - gave the song its ‘teeth’! We also wrote four new tracks on top of that in two months. And then we suddenly had a 10-track album! What are some of your influences? That release
You’ll also want to bathe in the ethereal, spine-tingling voice of countertenor Max Riebl, who combines his mastery as a baroque musician with the vocal power and presence of a true pop artist. Max Riebl’s Apollo Bay debut includes sacred songs from Handel, Purcell and Bach contrasted with some more profane works from the 20th Century. This one goes down on August 17 from 8pm. If you’re after dosing of local tunes, Apollo Bay’s The Refuge will put on a cracking show. Often compared with bands like Nirvana, The Doors and Silverchair, their signature sound is emitted through their stellar stage presence, which is powerful vocals, staggering guitar riffs, explosive drumming, and killer bass playing. They’ll be playing at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse on August 30 – for free! THE DOGWATCH Central to the festival this year is DogWatch, a series of events that take place each Friday and Saturday as the days turn into night to symbolise the short watch stood by sailors in the early evening, normally between 6pm and 8pm. Each evening features free outdoor performances leading up to the lighting of a huge bonfire on the foreshore in these same hours, teasing out the themes of the festival. The highlight will be The Redemption Parts One and Two (Saturdays August 17 & 31), a large-scale parade and performance that tells the story of a strange sea creature hauled up from the ocean depths that changes the town forever. Created by Roderick Poole (founder of Strange Fruit and international street performance veteran) and local artists Eloise Wood and WildHoney, it features mythical fishers and townsfolk in the search for their lost children. For the final part of the story, the Great Ocean Road will be closed as anarchic Melbourne troupe Snuff Puppets join the street party with a bonfire and fireworks. The DogWatch is a free outdoor program and promises to be an event that will change the way you think about the creative heart and mind of rural Victoria. THE ARTS A highlight of the vivid program focused on the idea of peering into the darkness for inspiration, revelations and surprises is, of course, the projection art, dance and mindful experiences. A standout event in this vain includes Visions of Excess, which combines kaleidoscopic visions and mind-altering reverberation with a curation of some of Melbourne’s finest psychedelic face-melters and shoegazers including The Black Heart Death Cult and Flyying Colours. Held at Apollo Bay’s oldest venue ‘The Mech’, the night (Saturday, August 17) will be further filled with vintage light projection from Electric Light Brigade and will host a side room of performances and obscurities curated by Samaan Fieck, in what promises to be an immersive blend of projections, lights and sounds. Bordering falling under the music category, guests are encouraged to enter the dark and blissful Moon Garden for a dance party that celebrates the end of winter and bloom with the birth of spring on Saturday, August
gives us some Alt J, Chelsea Wolfe vibes, while some songs are very minimal with some jazz influence perhaps? J: We each contribute an exhausting list of contrasting and diverse overlapping musical influences. Mel: Big textured soul vocals are a really big feature for me, so Jeff Buckley, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, those artists are all a huge influence in how I sing. I’m a massive Portishead fan, so vocally Beth Gibbons is a massive influence. Forte’s review of our album had me in tears when I read it comparing my voice to hers is pretty much the highest compliment anyone could give me! Az: My influences are more rock-based, and I write with live performance in mind, which is different to Mel and J. So yeah, we all have really different tastes. Tell us about your newest track ‘High Stakes’. Is this part of an EP or upcoming release? Mel: It’s a prelude to the next album... working title of Lux. I’m not sure yet what the finished feel of this next album will be - definitely less vulnerable than Umbra Anima, more... I don’t know, ‘ballsy’ I guess. Umbra Anima was a cathartic album, and now it’s ‘out’ it seems I’m writing less subjectively- maybe with less ego involved. Umbra Anima feels heavy and personal by contrast. The songs so far for Lux have more of Az’s influence for this album, which is great because traditionally he’s always written high energy rock songs and having him more involved in writing makes for great live material. Are you working on anything more right now? Mel: J and I are about to drop our side project’s debut album – Sleuth & The Guru, ‘Fly By Design’, on Sept 15, which I’m super excited and impatient about. It’s some of the best jazz/funk stuff I’ve ever written vocally, and is really fun and uplifting. While a lot of the songs on there, like ‘Headspace’ and ‘Got The Funk’ and ‘Golden’ are still quite personal, creatively the music is a lot more deliberately philosophical rather than emotional. J: We actually also have a number of other projects planned; there’s an ‘urban chill’ EP in progress, which includes one of our tracks ‘We Could Be Art’, and some heavier electronica sets as well. ‘High Stakes’ is a glimpse into future albums, on the cusp of us releasing
31. Held by the water at the Apollo Bay Sailing Club and curated by Mythology, Moon Garden features Otologic (Animals Dancing), DJ Kiti, Salvador Darling, Post Percy and DJ Sarah (Interstellar Fugitives) who will keep you moving throughout the night, allowing a gateway to ecstatic visions. The fires will be lit and the bar will be open, but dress warm and be prepared. The giant vagina returns as well, this time drawing us into the sensual pleasures of the moon garden… you’ll have to dive in and move your body to see what we mean. If you’re looking for an immersive experience in a more mindful way, we’d suggest looking into Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), on Sunday, August 18. Here, visitors will join a guided Forest Bathing, or Shinrin Yoku experience – taking in and “bathing” in the forest energy, documented for its restorative, therapeutic and revitalising properties. More than bushwalking, this is a mindfulness and wellness practice that will expand your awareness and offer you a myriad of health benefits, like reducing stress, anxiety, and blood pressure, whilst boosting your immune system. If you’re after something a little more educational, Walking on Country is the event to get to on Sunday, September 1. Facilitated by Richard Cornish, John Clarke, Jack Pascoe, and an all-Indigenous panel looks at how we move ahead on Country; and questions how we restore a sense of optimism, meaning and connection given all that has been lost, and all that has been taken. THE FEAST For the absolute feast of the year, WinterWild are hosting a ‘Feastiality’ on Saturday 31 August at 8pm as esteemed Ballarat chef Peter Ford pays homage to the pig in this Chinese Year of the Pig through a glorious three-course offering of spit roast, sausages, ham, porchetta, charcuterie, roasted vegetables and local eel in celebration of the ancient river traps of nearby Budj Bim. Sounds pretty mouth-watering huh? For those seeking a culinary adventure of the plant kind, sister feast Vegetariality will simultaneously take place at Masala Bay Restaurant on Saturday 31 August at 8pm for an eight-course Indian banquet-style feast that’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Festival-goers looking to tuck into something earlier can let their tastebuds loose with The Delicious Bond, for an exploration through the five basic tastes known as ‘Umami’ with leading Australian food writer, author and raconteur Richard Cornish at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse on Saturday 31 August at 3pm. WINTERWILD WILL RUN ACROSS TWO WEEKENDS, DEATH FROM AUGUST 10–12 AND BIRTH FROM AUGUST 24–26. TO SEE THE FULL LINEUP AND PURCHASE TICKETS TO TAKE A PLUNGE INTO THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE, HEAD TO WINTERWILDAPOLLOBAY. COM.AU.
a completely different funk album “Fly By Design.” You’re halfway through your Umbra Anima tour which is exciting. What do you love about taking your music on the road? Mel: I love performing, whether to a small party or a big pub or festival. Any chance I get to play is awesome! It’s hard to schedule with three small kids, but weekends away playing three or four gigs in a row is fun too – we’ve learnt a lot, really quickly, about our sound, and what works best live for us. You’ve done your Victorian tours, and you’ll be hitting up South Australia over the next few months. Why did you choose to take your music to SA? Mel: We’re quite close to Mt Gambier – people over there seem to be more appreciative of jazz and funk than in semi-rural Victoria... We’re definitely open to playing more in Victoria; it’s a matter of finding the right venue to suit our sound. We’ll be looking at more Victorian places to play in January. Are you more at home with music on the stage or at home creating? Mel: Both really – creating is a lot freer for me, something I do by myself, playing and recording and listening and composing via internet... on stage with Az and J is a different beastie – about performance rather than being creative. I’ve worked from home on 4 tracks this year with other interstate and even international artists via Instagram and Facebook, which has kept me buzzing creatively in between my own albums and gigs, it’s definitely easier to manage collabs that way than trying to schedule rehearsals! Thanks so much for chatting to us! Any last words? Mel: Come see us play, check us out via online platforms, say hi online! And thanks Forte, for the opportunity to chat about our music!
THE BEE GEES STORY GOES REGIONAL Fresh from celebrating eight years and over 2500 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, the Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 2019 ‘The Bee Gees Story’ world tour! This new show will be presented in two parts and feature all of the hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane in a multimedia concert event, while the video component of the show has been completely reworked with a brand new script to help to tell the story of the amazing career of the Brothers Gibb. Currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino for close to a decade, the group has racked up over 2500 performances on the Las Vegas Strip, and was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal, along with a slew of other awards making us think they have to be pretty damn good. From their first shows in 1996 to now having more than 7,000 performances in over 60 countries, The Australian Bee Gees Show have cemented their reputation as an exceptional live concert act and the world’s leading Bee Gees Show – and it’s a show that you’ll be able to see for yourself! For one night only be a part of the magic that is, The Australian Bee Gees Show. BEE GEES SHOW WILL HEAD TO GPAC, GEELONG ON AUGUST 22, PALMS AT CROWN, MELBOURNE ON AUGUST 23 AND LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE IN WARRNAMBOOL ON AUGUST 24.
THE ATTICS 7 FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO OFF THE FEED Drawing inspiration from society’s toxic relationship with social media, Colac born and bred dream-pop outfit The Attics new track ‘Instant Feed’ explores the intent behind curating our lives for social media. ‘Instant Feed’ exhibits the same trademark psych-pop sound with a more upbeat tempo that audiences got a taste of in most recent single ‘Pastel Blues’. To celebrate, we had the guys share their fave things to do offline! 1. Checking out other local bands in our favourite pubs. Homegrown inspiration. Currently digging the new Cool Sounds music and will be looking forward to catching another show when they return home to Melbourne, but Honey have put on one of the most impressive shows we’ve seen lately. 2. Music festivals over Summer: some of our favourites are Golden Plains, By The Meadow and New Years Evie. Might be a bit of bias in here as we’re part of the Meadow team, but Golden Plains and New Years
KYNETON MUSIC FESTIVAL The Macedon Ranges will come alive to the sounds of the Kyneton Music Festival this October (October 25 & 26) when the annual party in the park returns to the Goldfields for its eighth year. Kicking things of in fine style with Ross McLennan’s (Snout) brand-spankin’ new project, (a 10 piece orchestra no less), Ross McLennan’s New World Symphony, Wollongong’s queer noisy pop duo Cry Club, Canberra’s Glitoris bring their next-level punk rock stage presence and provocative and politically-driven songs and cult Melbourne electronic rockers Black Cab will take to the Bluestone Theatre stage on Friday night. On Saturday, St Paul’s Park on Piper Street will host the main stage, alongside favourite music venue Major Tom’s next door, with local and national artists performing from midday into the evening. Saturday’s line up is all-encompassing featuring guitar-pop outfit Cool Sounds, Ryan Downey’s mesmeric baritone and perfect blend of pop, rock and folk, dreamy psych-pop of Murmurmur, cathartic guitar pop of Quivers, Martin Frawley (Twerps) in full band mode, Hobsons Bay Coast Guard’s psych-surf with infectious pop hooks, Melbourne’s slacker pop, synthwave, art-rock band Jade Imagine, Melbourne’s heaviest funk rhythm
Evie are some of the best musical moments you can have and 9 times out of 10 your phones flat. So this one is totally off the feed, very unplugged. 3. A game of golf on our day off: Steven has a mean swing about him. I would like to imagine that when Steven picks up a golf club he actually does have flawless technique, but I’d say I’ve probably stretched the truth. 4. Band practice: each and every Monday night. In a tiny tin shed that’s just 2.5 x 2.5m. Our new rehearsal space as of 2019. Forced close proximity bonding. When it’s tense, it’s very tense. When it’s winter, it’s very cold. When it’s summer, I can’t imagine what band practice is going to be like. 5. Cooking up a feast with Pete, our drummer: Grilling halloumi one slice at a time and frying chicken are his specialties. True story about the halloumi. Caught Pete bbq’ing a single slice of halloumi before band practice a few weeks ago. Seemed like a lot of energy for one slice of cheese. 6. Writing new music: From the first idea, hook, riff or melody, through to the finished product. Putting on my headphones and starting work on a new piece of music has got to be one of the best ways to disconnect from the internet. When an idea is developing quickly and the song is flowing together smoothly, a few hours can just disappear. It’s normally at the point where I look up and decide it’s ready to take to the band now that I realise how much time has passed. 7. Drinking our favourite beverages: CameronWine, Steven-VB, Pete-Chocolate Milk, Ben-Homebrew. You can catch Steven religiously knocking back a couple of VBs at each and every band practice. If you look up on stage and catch his eye, he’s probably got one in his hand between songs, or a couple sitting on top of the bass amp behind him. Choccy milk and homebrew are not generally welcomed on the stage. PS: THIS WAS REALLY HARD TO DO. JUST REALISED HOW MANY THINGS THAT WE DO ARE ACTUALLY WOUND UP IN THE INTERNET...
section The Putbacks blend modern soul, future funk, vintage cinematic beats and time-traveling jazz, Macedon Ranges Findlay Sisters better know as the psych-rock opal that is Stonefield and the expansive sounds of critically-acclaimed songwriter Ali Barter all on the main stage in St Pauls park. With all the music keeping you busy, make sure you take a moment to feast on local culinary delights found along Piper Street and a fine selection of food trucks in St Paul’s Park in the picturesque surrounds of the historic town. Now in its eighth year, Kyneton Music Festival attracts local and metro music lovers to the scenic and serene Macedon Ranges region. Just an hour from Melbourne by train or car, Kyneton is renowned for its creative community nestled amongst the Macedon Ranges. Festival passes are available for $99 for a weekend pass or $75 for a Saturday only pass via kynetonmusicfestival.com.au 2019 Lineup: Ali Barter Stonefield Jade Imagine The Putbacks Hobsons Bay Coastguard Martin Frawley Black Cab Glitoris Buried Feather Ben Salter Ryan Downey Cry Club Quivers Murmurmur Cool Sounds Pleasure Coma Rosa Maria Matthew Collins Ross McLennan & the New World WE WILL WARM YOU, LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL SOLD OUT SO GET IN QUICK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. PHOTO BY KANE HIBBARD
A MOMENT WITH RIORDAN PHOTO BY MALISE STEWART-MCDOUGALL
First up, can you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a bit about your music? Hey, my name’s Riordan! (that’s pronounced ‘re-orden’). I’m a singer-songwriter in Geelong. My music consists of mostly pop, folk, and some Celtic vibes too. My music is heavily influenced by my life and my faith and all the ups and downs that come from relationships and my own crazy personal emotions. That was a mouthful. I like to think I lead a pretty interesting life, but honestly, you’ll usually find me baking brownies and then writing songs with my guitar, whose name is Brownie, whilst eating those brownies I just baked. How did you begin your pathway into music? I wrote my first couple of songs when I was about eight, but at that time I was spending a lot of time focusing on ballet, so it wasn’t something I really thought about much. Ballet was my first love, and honestly, it was the thing that my parents, my teacher and I thought I was going to pursue as a career. I still miss it to this day and often wonder what it would’ve been like if I had pursued it, but looking back, I see God closed that door because He had something far better planned for my life. And thanks to my cousin, I got to begin recording my songs and ideas. He’s honestly a massive part of why I’m doing what I am now, and I couldn’t thank him
enough. I played him one of my songs in 2011 and he decided he would record it for me. And after that, I was hooked. I began doing busking and playing little gigs here and there at a few churches. I’m 21 now, and to be able to play gigs on a more regular basis is such a blessing. We understand you find inspiration for your music in everyday life, but do you have any major musical influences? I can’t say I have any major musical influences. Some artists and bands I enjoy listening to are Switchfoot, for KING & COUNTRY, Reliant K, Flyleaf, and twenty-one pilots, just to name a few. The rawness and honesty in their lyrics are just amazing. That’s something I hope to be able to bring more of to my music as I develop as an artist. I’ll listen to all kinds of different genres though; rock, pop, country, heavy rock, Celtic, classical, and punk. Genres are just so much fun to explore. Where can we find your music? People can hear my music at my gigs. I don’t have anything available online currently. There are a few vids I post to my social media though, so go check those out! But this year has been a year of working on new things which I hope to continue doing next year, ready for a release. What do you love about performing live? I love connecting with an audience through live music. Looking out into a crowd and seeing the emotion from my songs reflecting back to me on their faces is amazing. I’ve definitely had some really low points in my life and written songs about those seasons. So I think just writing about those things and singing about them just lets others know they’re not alone. Music is such an amazing gift and I feel so blessed to be able to share it with people. What’s next for you? Just playing more gigs, writing more songs and discovering new ways of expressing emotion and telling stories through my music. Oh, and collaborations. That’s another goal of mine to kick for sure. WHEN & WHERE: THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG – AUGUST 23
A notion which I couldn’t agree with more, the ol’ quarter-life crisis which is rarely brought to light. But before Restless Natives learned the hardships of life and love, they learnt and honed their craft. “The guitarist Will and I started out in a high school band The Ampersads and we ended up doing pretty well for a high school band.
RESTLESS NATIVES WRITTEN BY ALEX CALLAN
“In terms of an overall theme for the album, I guess it would be suffering. I know that sounds very bleak, but in every good song for me, there has to be an element of suffering. In terms of the songs, they are all pretty versatile so I think we covered a lot of ground,” reflects Josh Humphries on the upcoming Restless Natives album. Being the groups first full-length LP (after multiple single releases), it is a super exciting time for the Geelong four-piece, so I was slightly stumped. What kind of suffering has birthed a ten-song album? “Every song, I just try to capture how I’m feeling at the time. “I’ve had a pretty normal life so I guess it’s mainly about girls... They are the number one songwriting material,” laughs Josh before getting a bit more serious. “As well as that, everyone’s life is changing pretty rapidly at this age and not everyone copes with that the same so it also ties in a lot to that.”
“We got to support Joe Camilleri and a few of the old school rockers, but that sort of crumbled away creatively and Will and I wanted to push more into more of an alternative direction. We wanted to get Cam onboard as well as Will and Cam went to primary school together, but at the time, Cam was in the band Sorrow Nation… So we basically poached him from that.” Embracing a DIY ethic, Restless Natives are slogging out the hard yards and recording the upcoming release in Will’s home studio in Leopold. “Two of our guitarists are sound engineers so we’ve just been doing it as we go,” he explains. “We are all fairly close together with all of us living in or around the Bellarine area so we have just been recording at his home studio.” With the album being in the works at the moment, unfortunately, Josh couldn’t give away any juicy secrets of what the album may sound like, but he did let slip, “there’s a massive alternative market at the moment so I think we want to hammer on that a bit. “In terms of releasing the album, we really hope we can get it out by December and after that, it’s straight into gigging and writing material for the next album.” FOLLOW THE RESTLESS NATIVES ON FACEBOOK VIA WWW.FACEBOOK. COM/RESTLESSNATIVESBAND4 PHOTO BY PATRICK CALLOW
DR. COLOSSUS WRITTEN BY ALEX CALLAN
In late 2017, the Melbourne gig scene suffered a huge loss with the passing of Nathan Johnston. For Dr Colossus, they lost far more than that; they lost their drummer, founding member, and best friend. Now returning with Josh Heel behind the kit and Joel Colliver as another new addition, Dr Colossus are fucking back with their newest single ‘66&6’; the ominous and brutal number which is inspired by none other than Rod and Todd Flanders. Wait I’ve forgotten something here... If you were unaware, Dr Colossus is a doom metal act who are completely based on The Simpsons. Yes, you read that right, and no, they don’t have a song about the ‘Sproose Moose’. “I’m sure there will be one day,” laughs Jono Colliver, the groups lead vocalist. “We’ll make sure we give you the final listen before we release it. You can be the approver.” (I’ll take that.) “There are a few on the back burner which we have wanted to do for a while,” he says. “There is some Willie-based stuff which we have wanted to do for a while. That idea may or may not also be a homage to Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, and then we kind of want to use the Bumblebee man in some form as well with his ‘Ay Ay Ay’s’ and that idea is also kind of a homage to Ozzy Osbournes ‘Crazy Train’.” Touching on ‘66&6’, Jono spoke of the difference in recording, with this single being the first time Dr Colossus have hit the studio since Nathan passed.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to continue the band, but it was an easy decision to do a tribute show for Nathan,” he explains. “We did that at The Cherry Bar and we asked Josh to play drums for that show and we all had a really good time playing those songs with him and just getting a different sensibility. “I think the new lineup felt good and felt like it was something new, and I think that made the decision to keep going as a band a bit easier. “That new song is mainly written by Joel so that was pretty much the first contribution he made to the band. We have the view that there is no such thing as a new member, so we always encourage everyone to contribute as much as they can.” With a new album set for 2020 and a mammoth tour planned for September and October, the newly reformed Dr Colossus has a forward trajectory as rapid as the Springfield Monorail, but they will also be stopping into this years Kennedy’s Creek (which if you haven’t been to before, it’s a festival worth checking out). “That’ll be awesome,” he shares. “We haven’t really seen too many heavy bands at Kennedy’s before so we were a bit surprised when we got asked. We go every year and have wanted to play it for ages now so I am super excited for that.” “Generally it’s fairly up and coming trendy bands, not dumb old heavy rock bands but this year it’ll be good to mix with that crew.” OHHH GOD DAMN, I CAN’T WAIT. CATCH ME FRONT LEFT DRINKING TINNIES WITH THE STONE OF TRIUMPH ATTACHED TO ME FOR THAT SHOW. OTHERWISE, CATCH THEM AT GEELONG’S BC ON SEPTEMBER 6TH, IT’LL BE THE BLURST OF TIMES.
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JACK RIVER WRITTEN BY ZACH EDWARDS
The laid back, psych-tinged electropop of Jack River has earned her a loyal national following. Her 2018 debut album, Sugar Mountain – which reached #11 on the ARIA charts – had critics and music fans swooning, dancing and hanging onto every lyric. With recent singles like “Adolescent” and “Sugar”, countless festival performances and a recent appearance on triple j’s Like A Version, the NSW-based singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist is shaping up to take on another huge year! We caught up with Jack (real name Holly Rankin) ahead of Grapevine Gathering 2019 to talk about her favourite parts of performing, her year in review and some of her best (worst) festival memories... Super keen to see you perform at Grapevine this year! What can fans expect from a Jack River live set? Just nice and loud and fun! Hopefully it’s beautiful outside. What are your favourite songs to play live? Lately it’s been fun to play ‘Sugar’ - my track with Peking Duk – it’s a really different kind of music for me to play. Playing ‘Fool’s Gold’ is also awesome because the crowds sing every single word, I can stop
singing. They’re my two favourites at the moment! the album – a lot of personal stories, a lot of energy Good way to give your voice a break… What’s - and I feel like it really did come around. It was a the best part about performing? hugely positive experience and now I’m feeling pretty Performing – you have to be present, otherwise you confident to do something bold and share my story miss something or you mess up. You can’t plan it at again in a really bold and interesting way. I feel kind all – well, you can make a plan but in the moment you of calm and confident, ready to release the next thing have to really roll with how the audience is feeling and know that someone out there will appreciate and how you’re feeling. There’s rarely times like that it and connect with it. That’s a spiritual answer. in my life outside of being on stage. Touring is fun, Very spiritual, that’s awesome! We’re keen for but it’s also pretty challenging ‘cause you’re just new music… You mentioned earlier your song constantly going. ‘Sugar’ with Peking Duk - how did that idea come When you’re not on stage, you’re super busy about? organising festivals and concerts behind the I went on tour with the boys, I supported them scenes (Grow Your Own, Electric Lady) - how do last year. They are just so much fun, their music is you find the balance between your on and off- obviously so much fun and I am always wanting to stage lives? Do you ever rest?! extend my imagination… they sent me a song and I try to – I’m trying to get better at resting and just I just wrote what I thought might be great, and it staying home. I’m continually figuring out how to worked! Once we got going, we just get along really build my team around what I’m doing and making well and they’ve got no boundaries. I really loved sure that I have time to stop! It’s been a crazy two working in that stricter form of pop – not that it’s strict, years of everything happening at once and figuring but it requires a certain kind of sound and perfection. out how to deal with that. It’s not perfect yet. Do you have plans to link up with some of That’s good to hear! In all your involvement the artists from the Grapevine lineup – Flight on and off stage, have you had any crazy festival Facilities, Crooked Colours, Touch Sensitive or experiences? Mallrat? Something I did at Falls Festival this year… my Mallrat and I really want to hang out and write song called ‘Constellation Ball’ to me is about climate together one day! I really love what she’s doing. I’m change, and the kind of people that need to come sure we’ll be hanging out and maybe one day we’ll together to combat it. I stupidly asked people to make some music together. She’ll be my gal pal. pass their rubbish to the front… it was the first time I’d ever done it, so I didn’t really think it through… CATCH JACK RIVER ALONG WITH TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, FLIGHT FACILITIES, CROOKED literally thousands of people started pegging cans COLOURS, MALLRAT AND MORE AT GRAPEVINE at the stage, it was like an upgraded Lisa Mitchell GATHERING 2019 – KICKING OFF IN VICTORIA situation when she got pelted with coins. It was extra hilarious because Bill Shorten was up there at the AT GRAPEVINE ESTATE ON SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER. FOR TICKETS, HEAD TO WWW. time watching the set… I was like ‘What the fuck am GRAPEVINEGATHERING.COM.AU/VIC/TICKETS I doing?’ Literally getting pelted with empty cans while the Labor leader is watching me. PHOTO BY DANA TRIPPE That’s amazing… at least you’ve learned now and we won’t see a repeat at Grapevine… I hope so... So it’s been one year since your debut album Sugar Mountain was released! How has the last year been? What’s different now? I think many things are different. Overall, the cool thing I’ve taken from it is that I put a lot out there with
YOU CAN CALL ON BENNY WALKER What is your favourite ‘Bromance’ film? Is it Lethal Weapon? Perhaps you lean towards I Love You, Man? Are you thinking LOTR, maybe Shaun of the Dead? It’s Rocky III, isn’t it? Inspired by men, bromances and brothers, ‘All Ya Gotta Do is Call’ is the new track from singer-songwriter Benny Walker, set for release on August 23. After hibernating through winter (we’ve missed you Benny!), this new track is the first to come from his new album and fresh new vibe, hitting the ground running with a deep groove right from the moment Danny McKenna plays the intro drum fill. His signature feel is perfectly complimented by the ever-moving lines of Walker’s long time bass player, Anthony Liddell. Add to that, Benny holding down the repetitive and catchy rhythm guitar parts and the scene is set for what is the next evolution in Benny Walker’s sound… and we like what we hear! Roomy, Vintage tones perfectly captured by ARIA award winning Producer, Jan Skubiszewski, coupled with energetic performances from Benny and his crew makes ‘All Ya Gotta Do Is Call’ one hell of a blues banga, and a mighty taste of what’s to come from the album. IF YOU’VE MISSED HIM AS MUCH AS WE HAVE, BENNY WILL BE PERFORMING A FEW SHOWS TO SHARE HIS NEW TRACKS, INCLUDING A STOP AT THE BRIDGE, CASTLEMAINE – SEPTEMBER 27. FORTE FAVE MAYA ROSE WILL BE THERE SUPPORTING!
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THE TESKEY BROTHERS WRITTEN BY CHRIS MICHAELS
Australia’s The Teskey Brothers are gearing up for one hell of an end of year with the recent release of their second album ‘Run Home Slow’ and a swag of shows on the horizon that will bring the bands’ new groove and chops to the fore. Forget the notion of the difficult second album; these lads have nailed it which will please their growing fan base. most would only describe as a hell on earth. Having formed in 2008, the band has risen quickly to become one of Australia’s most respected and dynamic bands, with a great live show and a super groove that harks back to the 1960s and 70s and an era of great rock. Those early influences says drummer Liam Gough have shaped the band and his own musical stylings. “I wanted to study music but there weren’t enough students who wanted to. I was always playing in bands and around music. The other boys in the band had jobs and were playing music at night. We all had the dream to play music. We’d play pubs and clubs on weekends and spent a lot of time working on our craft.” Some of Liam’s early influences like Santana and Peter Green can be heard throughout the new
album. “We love early Blues like Otis Redding and BB King. Early Santana… My parents had a solid record collection and all genres were in there like soul, blues, reggae and rock.” With the new album, Run Home Slow, the band was more than ready to step things up musically and playing wise. “There’s a more polished higher production. We’ve taken it up a notch. More variants in style to keep things fresh. The feedback has been really good. We’ve worked day and night and it’s been hard.” But nothing that ends up awesome is ever easy it seems. With all the hard work the band have put in shows, they’ve managed to get a better understanding of when they work best together to create vibrant music with soul. “We figured out that through collaboration we can make the best album. With the four of us coming together amazing things can happen. This new album was written on the road mainly while touring the first record. We all have different writing styles and the songs all happen in different ways. Being good friends for over 15 years we try and be democratic because we all respect each other so much.” With the album out, the lads are all geared up for the inevitable time away from Victoria over the next 12 months. And with more popularity and acclaim comes bigger, higher end venues which excites Liam and the band more than anything. “In the US we’ll be playing some amazing venues like Red Rocks and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.” Considering the group started out playing street or house parties, the step up is incredible. With good humour, a solid-as-a-rock bond and awesome chops The Teskey Brothers are set for a big end to 2019 and an even bigger 2020. RELEASE: RUN HOME SLOW IS OUT. WHEN & WHERE: FORUM, MELBOURNE – NOVEMBER 15 & 16 PHOTO BY NICK MCKINLAY
SAFIA’S STORY IS JUST BEGINNING WRITTEN BY TAMMY WALTERS
While their 2016 debut ‘Internal’ brought them success in the ARIA charts, reaching number 2, nominations for both the ARIAs and the J Awards, and two ARIA certified gold singles, SAFIA’s sophomore album, ‘Story’s Start or End’, is the piece that will define the group. Recognised as more of an album than its predecessor, ‘Story’s Start or End’ is a piece of deep reflection, internal dialogue, and cathartic creative and personal exploration, cleverly crafted as an eleven-track journey of inner growth in the disguise of a breakup album. “This album is a conflict of perspective within myself lyrically and it follows that journey of the past two and bit years and by the end of the album it kind of gets to a point of realisation in its essence, and of letting go and this acknowledgement of trying to not be everything and be a better individual and have room for growth,” frontman Ben Woolner explains. “It feels like a breakup album on the surface but really it’s in a dialogue with myself, and trying to let go of maybe the most negative part of myself and I think it’s just the integral life lessons and truth that come with growing up. I think early on in the songs I used to be quite egotistical, and you know I was very
driven in music but it was kind of music at all costs. “I wanted this big artistic, thought-provoking insightful thing and I just wasn’t ready to be able to honestly convey those messages and I wasn’t ready to be able to talk about things beyond myself if I wasn’t able to address things within myself to begin with.” While deep insights and big realisations form the lyrical content, Woolner, and co. exercised a great level of restraint on the songwriting and musical arrangements, taking the ‘less is more’ minimalist approach. “There comes experience and a level of confidence with time. With this stuff and in our writing there is a lot more restraint which I think comes with age and a bit more maturity,” Woolner says. While they have scaled back the larger than life theatrics, the SAFIA light and shade dynamics of introspective moments contrasted with explosive builds still exists on a galactic scale. SAFIA paints an extraterrestrial universe of colour with ‘Story’s Start Or End’, with spacey synths and humming razor lights perfectly suited to soundtrack Stranger Things, season three. “We’re huge sci-fi fans so that definitely creeps in and we’re also massive fans of film so for us when we write a song, the thing that grabs all of us is a sound that can transport us somewhere.” SAFIA have set the benchmark for albums to come with Story’s Start or End, but the Canberra boys feel like this is just the preface for the real narrative of SAFIA to begin. “I feel like by the end of the record, it’s kind of like, okay, now we’re in a place to really write the music that maybe we were wanting to be writing from when we started the project, but we maybe weren’t mature enough or capable enough of doing in that point of time,” Woolner admits. “Hopefully we can build upon it but it’s been really fun and it’s given us space to write the music we want to write now as well, I think it’s a very important record for us creatively. Hopefully it kind of sets the platform where we can really explore the depth of our madness [laughs].” STORY’S START OR END IS OUT NOW.
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wanting a quiet little area to have some ‘me time’, they even have a ‘back room’ book nook area that is perfect for that. House Iberia also transforms into a function space, so consider them for your next event.
CHARITIES If you thought House Iberia couldn’t get any better, you were mistaken. The aforementioned book nook space features a bookshelf, BUT this isn’t your everyday run of the mill bookshelf. If you read the fine print, you will soon learn that it is, in fact, a Second Hand Book Initiative, with ALL profits going directly to Books in Homes Australia – a foundation that aims to provide quality books to children in remote, disadvantaged or low socio-economic circumstances. You can find more info via booksinhomes.com.au/
LITTLE CREATURES RELEASES REFRESHED IPA Little Creatures has released its IPA with a new US West Coast-inspired recipe, making it the perfect addition to your esky as we head into spring with delicious spiciness combined with tropical fruits, citrus flavours, and Little Creatures’ signature bitterness. The permanent release is the latest beer to come out of the Fremantle brewery this year, replacing its current British-style IPA. The Little Creatures IPA is also available in 355mL cans for the first time, to deliver a fresher and more versatile brew. Russ Gosling, Head Brewer at Little Creatures Fremantle said it was time to bring Little Creatures’ IPA into the new world and offer beer drinkers a more refreshing brew. “The new recipe is a modern take on the West Coast IPA style,” Gosling says. “We’ve used lighter malts and a compilation of freshly imported US hops to produce delicious spicy, tropical, stone fruit and citrus flavours while still retaining Little Creatures’ signature and distinctive bitterness.” The new Little Creatures IPA is available on tap at select venues nationally and in store from leading retailers around the country. RRP is $82/24-case and $28/6-pack. FIND OUT MORE AT WWW. LITTLECREATURES.COM.AU, OR FOLLOW LITTLE CREATURES ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM.
HOUSE IBERIA WRITTEN BY CHLOE CICERO
If you haven’t been to House Iberia yet (shame on you), here are our top five reasons as to why you should check it out, stat. THE FOOD Let’s be honest, food is one of the only reasons to ever leave the house, especially in winter, and the food at House Iberia WILL NOT disappoint – catering for both the sweet and savoury lovers, vegetarians and even those intolerant to gluten. The best part is the use nothing but ingredients fresh and full of flavour, with the aim to showcase as many local ingredients as possible. Featuring a modern Australian brekky and lunch menu, with some Spanish influences on the side, you will have a hard time trying to decide on one dish. Think breakfast treats like House Made Bagels, Smashed Avo and a Fried Egg And Bacon Roll, to lunch dishes like the Wagyu Cheeseburger, Escalivada and the Roast Pumpkin Salad. FYI the french toast
BLACKMAN’S BREWERY HAS LANDED IN OG Ocean Grove... the time is yours! The team at Blackman’s (who have just celebrated five years!) have just opened the doors to ‘Blackman’s Brewery and Burger Bar’. After throwing a few pop ups over summer this year, serving beers from the Beer Mobile and Burgers from a food truck, the team met some incredible locals and had so much fun that they started looking to move in. Permanently. They’ll be serving all the delicious Blackman’s beers, with a knowledgeable team on hand to talk you through all the ins and out! And we know not everyone loves beer and while we will absolutely encourage you to try some, they also stock a range of cider, wine and cocktails – so go nuts! But don’t forget about the burgers! They’ll be flipping fresh burgers all day long because who doesn’t want a burger with a beer? Go on, head down and help the team kick off this new venture with good beers, good burgers, good people and good times! OPENING HOURS ARE 12NOON TILL LATE WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY.
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Lastly, House Iberia hosts some kick-ass events to keep you all out of trouble. So far they’ve hosted a Mums Night In, Trivia Night, Pasta Party and even a Taco Night, so make sure you keep up to date with their Insta to see what’s coming next!!!
TOAST TO THE COAST TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE Fancy a glass of wine or two? With 18 years experience, Toast to the Coast will be coming back early November for another amazing summer event. Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic two-day festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar, showcasing the very best cool-climate wines and gourmet food from around the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula. As if you need another reason to raise your glass and cheers, this year’s event will offer an exciting format change, with more options to discover Geelong’s world-class wine. Day 1 remains the same format we all know and love, with patrons touring the wineries, visiting cellar doors and discovering the delights our region has to offer. Consisting of free wine samples, local catering, food trucks, vineyards local restaurants
Now, the only other reason to leave the house is of course for drinks. Whether it be coffee, tea, wine, beer or spirits, House Iberia has you covered. Using Geelong’s own Love Tea, Melbourne-based roastery Reverence, and a range of local, Australian and imported beers and wines, there really is something for everyone. The cocktails on offer are also pretty amazing, and alcohol can be served from 8am, so now you can have a mimosa with your breakfast – whatever tickles your fancy.
HOUSE IBERIA IS LOCATED AT 137 SHANNON AVE, MANIFOLD HEIGHTS, AND IS OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY FROM 7:30AM – 4PM, SATURDAY FROM 7:30AM – 4PM, AND SUNDAY FROM 8AM – 3PM. CALL 03 5222 3567 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK TODAY.
THE SPACE This is definitely one of the best café spaces I have ever been too! With an unpretentious and relaxed café environment, it’s hard not to fall in love when you first walk in. With a wide-open floor plan, the space is easy to move around and big enough to get all your friends in for a much-needed brunch date. If you’re
and cafes, wine appreciation classes, new wine releases, rare vintage tastings, live music and children’s activities, Toast to the Coast always keeps the promise of an atmosphere for friends and family. Each cellar door will deliver a program highlighting the unique experience to be found at their venue, with plenty of free samplings, winery and vineyard tours, new wine releases and rare backvintage tastings. For Day 1, ticketholders can take their pick of 17 participating wineries across 12 locations, with various transport options to ensure you can pack as much as possible into your day. Day 2, however, has made is all a little bit easier for you wine lovers that don’t particularly like running around the countryside. The Sunday event is now at the iconic Pier, where wine producers will come together to offer our finest drops at a beautiful showcase event under the one roof so you can spend your day sampling wines from across all three regions, with stunning views of the Geelong waterfront. Lucky ticketholders will enjoy a taste sensation from 17 local wine producers, with plenty of delicious food on offer and complimented by the smooth tones of live jazz bands at The Pier, during either a morning or afternoon session. Tickets include an enviable Plumm glass to take home after enjoying free tastings from the regions finest producers. Wine will also be available by the glass or bottle, and look out for perfect specials to stock your cellar for delivery after the event! This is a perfect way to hand-pick your favourite drops in time for Christmas celebrations. EACH YEAR THE EVENT GETS MORE POPULAR AND IS A MUST-ATTEND FOR ALL LOVERS OF WINE. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW SO GET IN QUICK AS THEY ARE EXPECTED TO SELL OUT. VISIT TOASTTOTHECOAST.COM.AU
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garden featuring stadium-style bleacher seating with big screen viewing (super handy for when you’re with a crew!), a new flagship bar stacked with beers on tap, the signature leather booths, and multiple private function areas including a premium garden lounge, all covered by a huge retractable roof system. With rain no longer an issue for any occasion, a sporting fan’s life is also made a bit easier in the garden with the various TV screens playing endless sports entertainment and with an all-new upgraded AV system, watching a game of AFL in Ryrie St is as good as being at the ground. Not everything has to change though! For anyone worried, the pool table remains in pride of place for those with a competitive streak. Whether you’re a casual follower or a professional who weeps regularly and loudly over your chosen ones’ performance, The Sporting Globe’s new beer garden will be the best place to enjoy that icy, cold bevy that will see that you get through any game. It’s now open from Midday until late seven days a week! Weekend pubgoers will want to check out 4-5-6 Saturday’s in the beer garden which launched last weekend, with DJs from 9pm and an extended 9-11pm happy hour with $4 pots, $5 basics and $6 skittle bombs. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN HOSTING YOUR NEXT FUNCTION IN THE GARDEN, ENQUIRE ONLINE AT WWW.SPORTINGGLOBE.COM. AU/FUNCTIONS THE SPORTING GLOBE IS LOCATED AT 175-177 RYRIE ST, GEELONG.
GEELONG’S SPORTING GLOBE UNVEIL THEIR REVAMPED BEER GARDEN There’s something about heading to the pub, having a few beers and watching the grand final with mates that just can’t be put into words. Really, it’s true blue right to the end. And every year on these fine grand final days, many a fan flock to their local Sporting Globe – and for good reason. The Sporting Globe’s grand final day celebration has all you need to catch every moment of the game with about 50 plus flat screens, an epic menu and a number of drink specials – along with the awesome game atmosphere.
This year there’s a good chance the Cats might be fighting for the trophy, and the Sporting Globe have just given you another reason to make tracks to the pub on that special September day (and any day really) with the recent launch of their revamped outdoor beer garden. Opening last weekend, the beer garden re-launch came as part of an extensive refurbishment which had been in the works for nearly 12 months and under construction for just over eight weeks, with one million dollars invested into the new-look pub. Centred in the heart of Geelong, The Sporting Globe was the first sports pub of its kind in the area opening 10 years ago. Founded by James Sinclair, he identified a gap in the market for great sports bars in Australia after residing in the US where sports bars were well-engrained in the hospitality landscape, and since then the Sporto has seen a number of renovations, with each proving to be better than the last. 10 years later, their latest renovation sees a new and improved beer
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Sounds pretty cool right? Well Geelong’s very own North of the Hill (aka the beautiful Laura) runs her own Reiki courses, teaching you everything from how to balance your energy system for optimum health, chanting, meditation and mindfulness, and techniques for offering self Reiki and Reiki to others, to even things like the history and how to set up a Reiki business! Laura loves teaching Reiki, as it allows her students to dive deep within self, to evolve with gratitude, love and light in order to work with others, and at the conclusion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate and manual. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT REIKI IS, TO RESERVE A PLACE IN A COURSE OR FIND OUT MORE DEETS, HEAD TO WWW.NORTHOFTHEHILL.COM
WHAT’S ON IN THE ARTS LEARN REIKI WITH NORTH OF THE HILL If you’ve ever thought about diving further into self-healing and growth in learn ways to support your emotional and physical health, then Reiki might be a good place to start! Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing to balance you out, relieve blockages (which is the source of disease) through channelling energy to the recipient or self, is all about a happier lifestyle, and is available to anyone wanting to evolve with self and benefit others in a safe, nurturing and loving environment.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND Fashionistas, get excited. Adamo Di Biase will present a capsule collection of one-off distressed and decorated denim pieces. Named the ‘Di Biase Fashion Show’, Adamo will be presenting all the latest, one-off pieces he’s been working on in his first fashion show in 15 years. Embracing the idea of glamour inflicted on rough edges, you’ll see a beautiful and imaginative collection of printed, stencilled, punctured and raw denim. Some new, some vintage, all original pieces in an intimate and inspiring celebration of music, clothes, people and style. If you’re a lover of fashion and street wear, and want to see some fashion show realness in Geelong, this is the place to be – especially if you have a special soft spot for denim (and who doesn’t absolutely adore denim!?). It all goes down on Sunday September 1st at 5pm at Geelong Illustrators (105 Moorabool St, Geelong). HEAD TO INSTA @DIBSDOESDENIM FOR A SNEAK PEAK AT THE DESIGNS.
as a Graphic Designer and Animator, then altering his trajectory into the world of Tattooing. With his history steeped in art, combined with his persistence, development, and knowledge within the craft, it’s no surprise he’s been championed and awarded for his ongoing successes with his designs. I mean he’s even been awarded positions as Secretary and Victoria Representative for the Australian Tattooist Guild. That’s big, and is a clear reflection of the respect and value he has within the Australian Tattoo Artist Community. So whether it’s mandala’s and flowers, lions and snakes, or even human portraits and script, rest assured you’ll be getting exactly what you envisioned – actually, better than what you envisioned. And if you’ve got an idea for a tattoo but aren’t exactly Picasso on paper, just send Kieran your idea and he’ll take care of the rest.
DISCIPLES OF INK, WHERE ART NEVER FADES Getting your first tattoo is slightly terrifying. I think it’s the sound of the tattoo gun and the overwhelming fear of getting permanent ink needled into your skin. But rest assured, it’s anything but terrifying at Disciples of Ink, where gifted human and award-winning tattooist Kieran Tyrrell has created the ultimate relaxed vibe for inking your skin. While you can find a tattoo parlour in almost any city, it’s Kieran’s linework, artistic design and high quality that truly sets Disciples of Ink apart from the rest. His journey into the world of tattooing has been a lifelong passion for creating, designing, drawing and painting since his youth. As a graduate student of Visual Arts, Printmaking, Electronic Design and Interactive Media, this led him to work
We all know tattoos are serious business, and Disciples of Ink has both the perfect artist and parlour to help bring the masterpiece in your mind to reality on your skin. It should be beyond clear by now… Kieran is a disciplined Disciple of Ink; the genius and genesis of his artistic branding within the ever-changing terrain in the world of tattooing and body modifications. CONTACT KIERAN FOR YOUR NEXT TAT VIA KIERAN@DISCIPLESOFINK. COM.AU OR CALL 0403 862 593 OPEN TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 10AM TO 6PM, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 10AM TO 8PM, AND ON SATURDAYS FROM 10AM TO 6PM. DISCIPLES OF INK IS LOCATED AT 154 MAIN STREET, BACCHUS MARSH.
TREAT YOUR DAD WITH SOME LOCAL GOODIES THIS FATHER’S DAY WRITTEN BY CHLOE CICERO Okay folks, Father’s Day is just around the corner. Nothing sorted? Well, forget getting your dear old dad a pair of socks from Kmart, and instead treat him to something local! Here’s our guide to some local businesses you should check out. Gifts for the Geek If your dad is a geek, then look no further, Gifts for the Geek has you covered for all things geeky. With all kinds of merch (vinyl, shirts, figurines, comics – the list goes on), you will definitely be able to find something here. If not, a gift voucher is always handy. Where: 155 Ryrie Street, Geelong Rollins Streetwear
THE LUCKY FIND BOOK CLUB WRITTEN BY CHLOE CICERO
This is for all you crazy book lovers/nerds out there! Have you heard of The Lucky Find Book Club? Founder Ellen Hickey has put together what you could call a ‘book hunt’, with the aim of the game to find one of the books she has left somewhere, take it home and read it, and then leave it somewhere public for another lucky person to stumble across. Keep on reading to learn more about this amaze new venture! Hi Ellen, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?mn loveliest people you’ve ever met on staff. My name is Ellen, I’m 28 years old and a Geelong girl born and bred. I currently work for both the YMCA Geelong and I’m an instructor with Happy Feet Fitness. I’ve been a book lover and a book hoarder for as long as I can remember. What exactly is The Lucky Find Book Club? It’s a book club with a twist! I leave books in public places for anyone to find, take home and read, then leave in a new place for the next lucky person. The Lucky Find Book Club is also an online space where people can connect to discuss all things book related in their own time and from anywhere they like. How can people go about getting involved?
This is for all the cool hip dads out there who don’t think socks and sandals, or jeans and joggers are classed as ‘fashunnn’. Full of streetwear, Rollins is going to make sure your dad walks the walk as well as talking the talk. Where: 170 Moorabool Street, Geelong C&M Creations Giftbox If food is the way to your dad’s heart, hit up the girls from C&M Creations and order him a customised sweet or savoury gift box, making sure to pick all your dads favourites. Contact them via www.instagram.com/_cmcreations/ The Streets Barber Voucher Does your dad like to keep up with the hairdressing styles of this decade? Or is he still rocking his 80’s mullet? Book him in for a fresh cut from The Streets Barbershop or get him a voucher. Where: Shop 3, 112 Pakington Street, Geelong West Blue Suede If you are looking for a unique gift for someone who is close to impossible to shop for, look no further than Blue Suede. With a range of quirky but cool socks and male undies, as well as hipster wallets, geek tees and bulk vintage signs, the men in your life will love
you even more than they already do if you shop here. Where: 13 Taylor Ct, Highton VIC 3216 Books Around This appeals to the inner and outer bookworm in your dad. Offering a huge selection of genres, Books Around is heaven for any book lover, also offering second-hand, almost new and used books. Where: Basement of 24 James Street, Geelong Ripple Effect Gifts Build your dad a hamper full of things he actually wants! And the best part, Ripple Effect Gifts use only locally sourced products. You can choose from a range of foods, wines, grooming products and homewares. Order Online via rippleeffectgifts.com.au/ The Forest Collection Does your dad love plants? Get him a handmade Kokedama or indoor plant from The Forest Collection and add some greenery into his life. Shop Online at theforestcollection.com.au/ Quirk Collective Quirk have a great range of quirky gifts that all dads will love. With grooming essentials, accessories, printed socks, and bottles, you will have a hard time trying not to find anything here. All products are carefully sourced by other small businesses around the world. Where: 4/11 Pakington Street, Geelong West Chas Cole Cellars Now, get your dad something he really wants. Either an unlimited shopping spree at Chas Cole Cellars, or an unlimited gift voucher (not actually sure if that’s a thing to be honest). But anyway, you are DEFINITELY going to find dad something he loves, wants, and potentially needs here. Where: 395 Moorabool Street, South Geelong An Afternoon with Jack and Tom Hawkins If dad’s a cats fans, why not treat him to afternoon with father and son duo Jack and Tom Hawkins and celebrate Father’s Day with a relaxed luncheon of food-station style offerings, followed by comedian Evan Hocking. Beer & Gin tastings available from Little Creatures Brewing & The Whiskery / Bellarine Distillery, Teddy & The Fox. It all goes down at The Pier from 12pm. Favourite child status is almost certainly guaranteed!
There are multiple ways to be involved with The Lucky Find Book Club; • I have flyers and stickers available for people who want to start leaving their own books for people to find. Alternatively, you can donate books you no longer want. • Via the Facebook and Instagram pages you can participate in book discussions, reviews/ recommendations and get inspiration for your next great read. • Let everyone know if you find a book! What book is it? Where did you find it? Did you enjoy it? It would be great to follow the journeys of these books and see where they end up! What made you decide to start something like this up? I love book clubs, but I find not everyone reads at the same pace, we don’t all like the same books and it can be so hard getting everyone free at the same time to meet up and discuss the books. I still wanted all the perks of a book club, though in particular being able to connect with other book lovers. I believe everybody should read a little more and I have a LOT of books around the house so I thought why not share them with people and make it a nice surprise to hopefully brighten someone’s day when they stumble across a free book. What do you hope to achieve with The Lucky Find Book Club? I have lots of little plans for The Lucky Find Book Club, but the ultimate goal is to share the love of reading and encouraging people to read more. I’d love to get as many books as I can circulating all over Australia. Soon I’ll be adding books for children and teenagers into the mix. If you could live in the world of any novel, which would it be? I love this question! I grew up with the Harry Potter series so I would love to live in that world of withes, wizards and magic! CHECK IT OUT WWW.FACEBOOK. COM/THELUCKYFINDBOOKCLUB/
THIS HOT MESS Hey friends!dfhdhdhdfhdfhdfdhdhfdhdfhd So for anyone who doesn’t know or isn’t already a fangirl of my dad via Instagram (that’s not an exaggeration, it’s not unusual for us to be stopped on the street for someone to say how in love with my dad they are, life is weird!), but I have been the primary carer of my Dad who is disabled for the last four years. Now, Dad was hospitalised last weekend after some routine blood tests came back a bit dodgy and he needed some medication, monitoring, and tests only a hospital could provide. So in he went… on Friday, at 11pm, just after I finished a gig. Great timing papa bear! When Dad is in hospital, because of his brain injury and dementia, he can’t be relied upon to speak with specialists or doctors about his complicated medical history. This basically means long hours for me by his side in the hospital doing lots of waiting and talking. Now before you get out the violins, please know I love my role caring for Dad and there is nowhere I’d rather be than by his side (other than perhaps in a bikini, with a cocktail and a hot guy in speedos on a Greek Island, duh.) So when this happens and I have to go into full carer mode, there are a few things I’ve learned about self-care that have helped me stay in the game for the long haul, and I want to share two of them with you. Now please know, these won’t “work”, count as
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the comedic industry, before launching students into the deep end with their very own mini set. With Brad performing stand-up comedy since 1989, you can trust you’ll be in the very best of hands. The second day’s teachings will be all about the audience and taboos. With Nikki Osborne as the educator, students will learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques. We know actor and comedian Nikki Osborn loves a scandal, with her Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, ‘On The Spectrum’ creating huge waves in comedy, and resulted in her writing ‘Bad Barbie’ a year later, making Nikki the best possible teacher for this topic! Day three will have students tackling the opener… that is learning to write a strong open to their comedy set. Under the guidance of Gavin Sempel, who Runner Up at Raw Comedy 2018 and got through to the next round on Australia’s Got Talent, students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, and learn about breaking into Confronting your fears and performing the paid comedy scene, and comedy festivals with stand-up comedy is one of the most challenging, School of Hard Knock Knocks alumna, Judy Stutz. exhilarating and courageous things you can do The fourth day will see Brad Oakes back again, for yourself. Learning the art of stand-up masters sharing skills to deal with the dreaded (or welcomed) techniques in connecting with any audience heckler before polishing a strong close to students and creating powerful, engaging and direct set, prior to their graduation ceremony the following communication. Sounds kind of tough right? night. The Graduation Night and Performance will Well it doesn’t have to be thanks to The School see students putting all they’ve learned to the test, of Hard Knock Knocks and their stand-up comedy performing a stand-up comedy routine in front of crash course. family and friends, whilst conquering their fears and Over five evenings (from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 performing alongside three professional comedians pm to 9.30 pm, from August 25 to 29), students (aka (Brad Oakes, Nikki Osborne, and Gavin Sempel), to up-and-coming comedians) will learn stand-up a paying audience. comedy in Melbourne in a way that will give them Graduates in this course have gone on to perform skills for life. Students will get a SHKK comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, manual, their complementary online course, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and Punchlines Comedy video of your graduating performance, and lots of Club. You could be the next Nikki Osborne, but you’ll coaching from veteran comedian, Brad Oakes, as never know unless you try! well as the hilarious Nikki Osborne. So how does it all work? THE COURSE RUNS FROM AUGUST 25The first day will have actor, writer and stand-up 29 AT IMPERIAL, SOUTH YARRA. VISIT comedian Brad Oakes take students through ‘The SCHOOLOFHARDKNOCKKNOCKS.COM FOR Basics and Finding Yourself’, with an introduction ALL THE DEETS! to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of
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DEAKIN AND GPAC JOIN FORCES FOR A CREATIVE FUTURE Creativity and design are at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. Creativity has never been more valued by individuals, society, and employers, and it’s increasingly clear that creative workers play an important role in driving economic, social and cultural development – especially here in Geelong. With this thinking at the helm, Deakin University and GPAC are working together to provide leadership for the emerging generation of artists and creative producers in the form of a ‘Reflex’ symposium. “We [GPAC and Deakin University] both feel that the creative industries are an important part of Geelong’s future development and as various demographic and economic changes happen in Geelong, the creative industries will be even more important than they are today,” explains Katya Johanson, Associate Dean, Partnerships and International in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin. “It’s a really good time for thinking in new ways about how people spend their cultural time in Geelong.” Held across November 15 and 16, and coinciding with the launch of GPAC’s new building, the symposium will provide networking opportunities
and workshops for current and emerging creative industries practitioners, from school students to established artists and creative professionals within disciplines as diverse as game development and graphic design, fashion and filmmaking, performing arts and publishing, architecture and advertising, media and music, comedy and even craft. Alongside this, the symposium will also showcase the many impressive collaborative creative works taking place in and around Geelong, and encourage new projects with the aim of strengthening the collaborative Geelong community in general. “This event is really about showcasing the great work that happens in Geelong in the creative space,” Katya explains. “It’s designed to bring together all of the creative producers in Geelong so that they have the benefit of learning from each other, but also to show the public what great work is already happening with a view to help build the future. “We’re really just interested in collaborating to make everyone more successful in their creative pursuits in Geelong.” While the programming is still under wraps, you can expect a variety of interactive workshops aimed specifically towards creatives on the Friday, while Saturday will see a diverse selection of performances, exhibitions, readings, and even walking tour of Geelong which will appeal to anyone and everyone. With a two-day focus on the creative economy, Katya also explains the benefits of this event for current students, both in schools and university, whether they are studying arts-based courses or not. “I think it’s important that they have a sense of what their opportunities are, both in terms of their own artistic practice, if that’s what they’re interested in, but also just to make sure that they’re aware of what is and what could go on in Geelong so that they can help shape it in future because they’re going to be the audiences of the future.” SO WHETHER YOU’RE IN YOUR SECOND YEAR STUDYING DESIGN AT DEAKIN, EXPLORING FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHY, WORKING AS A PROFESSIONAL DANCER, OR YOU ARE JUST AN ARTS AND CULTURE ENTHUSIAST, THIS EVENT IS ONE TO GET TO. INFO COMING SOON.
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SONS OF THE WEST WRAPS UP FOR 2019 T h e We s t e r n B u l l d o g s C o m m u n i t y Foundation’s Sons of the West men’s health program has drawn to a close for 2019. In its sixth year, Sons of the West provided education on key health issues affecting men in Victoria’s western region across eight local government areas, including two sites in Ballarat. Running sessions in both Sebastopol and Wendouree, the men’s health program continues to go from strength to strength in an attempt to alleviate common health inequalities in Victoria’s west. Western Bulldogs Community Foundation General Manager, Kashif Bouns said that the Ballarat community have welcomed both Sons and Daughters of the West (women’s health program) since they arrived in the Ballarat region in 2015 and 2017, respectively. “The Ballarat community have really embraced the
arrival of Sons and Daughters of the West over the past four years,” Bouns said. “Seeing both our Sebastopol and Wendouree Daughters of the West sites reach full capacity before the 2019 program has kicked off, has been pleasing for our Foundation, and the Club more broadly.” “We are incredibly grateful to the Ballarat community for supporting our programs and helping us promote healthy behaviours and education within Victoria’s western region.” With numbers already at capacity, the Foundation’s Daughters of the West women’s health program will kick off in Ballarat in late August. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SONS OF THE WEST AND DAUGHTERS OF THE WEST, PLEASE VISIT WESTERNBULLDOGS. COM.AU/FOUNDATION
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In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) was the Soviet Unionâ€™s top dancer. His technique wasnâ€™t flawless, but he had a relentless drive and desire to consume and experience all forms of art â€“ and make what he consumed part of his own art. So a rare chance to tour Paris and London was a dream come true, a chance to soak up a whole new world of experiences. But the more he experienced â€“ and, as this film makes clear, he had already experienced plenty back in the Soviet Union, sleeping with men and having an affair with the wife of his teacher â€“ the more of a threat his free thinking became to his minders. Director Ralph Fiennes (who also stars as Nureyevâ€™s teacher) tells a compact, well-observed story around a pivotal moment in Nureyevâ€™s life; dancer Ivenko gives a powerfully physical performance, underlining the arrogance and drive that made him such a force in global dance.
In case you hadnâ€™t heard â€“ or seen a bunch of creepy runes carved into a local tree â€“ folk horror (think the original Wicker Man; strange cults and weird beliefs) is coming back, and Midsommar is leading the way. Itâ€™s the story of a bunch of universityage frat boys who decide to go on a trip to an isolated commune in Sweden, partly for study, largely in the hope of hooking up with hot Swedish babes. The only problem is that one of the dudes (Jack Reynor) has brought along his girlfriend Dani (Florence Pugh) entirely out of guilt (sheâ€™s been a mess ever since her entire family died), and his thinly concealed desire to get her out of his life is basically the only human element in what is otherwise a mechanically straightforward plot. Itâ€™s folk horror: when someone goes to a mysterious community with strange and ancient beliefs, we all know how itâ€™s going to end. Unfortunately, that makes this a 145 minute film thatâ€™s largely about creepy visuals and an unnerving soundtrack designed to leave viewers unsettled about exactly whatâ€™s wrongâ€Ś except that itâ€™s about a clearly sinister cult so no mystery there. Itâ€™s definitely unsettling, but itâ€™s so drawn out that even some extreme gore canâ€™t liven things up.
FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW When a deadly programmable virus that could turn billions of people into puddles goes missing, itâ€™s time for a lot of hacking into mainframes and listening to chatter on the dark web. Itâ€™s also time for the weightlifting Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, whoâ€™s entertaining) and the sharpdressing Shaw (Jason Statham, even more entertaining) to get involved. Supercop Hobbs is the best tracker in the world; unfortunately his prey is Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), a MI6 agent who just happens to be ex-spy Shawâ€™s sister. She injected herself with the virus to prevent it being stolen by Brixton (Idris Elba), a cyborg with a very cool motorbike that pretty much comes when he calls it, and now sheâ€™s on the run. Things explode, thugs are smacked about, the good guys are framed, the bad guys are a cult that wants to kill off the weak so the strong can evolve, and family is, as always in the Fast & Furious world, paramount. Itâ€™s hard to argue this is a more grounded entry in the Fast & Furious franchise when the bad guy is part robot, Samoa is somehow the centre of a global market in hotting up cars and Hobbs (briefly) prevents a helicopter from flying away by using a chain as a giant leash; big dumb fun is back in town.
Thereâ€™s a certain kind of film that feels like itâ€™ll vanish from our screens the second someone figures out how to make virtual reality work. While stories and dramatic characters probably arenâ€™t ever going to go away, movies where the whole point is that we get to spend time with nice people in fancy locations â€“ often with a bunch of delicious food being served â€“ feel a lot closer to an idea of a virtual reality holiday than a story that can only be told on the big screen. And so it proves to be with Palm Beach, a movie where a bunch of oldish folks go to a very nice looking beach town, stay at a very fancy mansion, take a bit of a stroll around the neighbourhood, soak up the sun, and just generally have a good old time. Ok, yes, there is a bit of a story â€“ actually, thereâ€™s a bit of four or five stories early on, but a lot of plot threads between these old friends with unfinished business are dropped or just fizzle out (it feels like there could possibly be a three hour directors cut somewhere). Still, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E Grant, Jacqueline McKenzie and Greta Scacchi (amongst others) make for entertaining beachside company to hang out with.
Stung by accusations that her late night talk show has become stale, boring and pretentious, award-wining host and blatant snob Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) demands a female writer be added to her staff. Good news! Thereâ€™s one waiting in the lobby â€“ Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), chemical plant safety manager and big comedy buff hoping to break into the business. Despite being completely unqualified, sheâ€™s hired and thrown into the all-white, all-male writers room. Can one person save a show thatâ€™s been sinking in the ratings for the last decade? A workplace comedy with a few nice twists (and also some predictable ones), this has plenty of energy but often seems unsure exactly how to direct it. Surprisingly, the talk show setting is thinly sketched (this really could be set anywhere with a charismatic female boss) and Mollyâ€™s role isnâ€™t as central as it seems â€“ this turns out to really be Newburyâ€™s story, which makes a few of the later developments a little shaky. But both Thompson and Kaling give great performances playing characters at opposite ends when it comes to human warmth and they turn out to be a fun double act. Fingers crossed theyâ€™ll appear together again sooner rather than later.
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With his earlier releases, James Blake managed to soundtrack our arrival into the 2010s with a type of melancholy that was equal parts mesmerising, heartbreaking and methodic. Now, filling one of Melbourne’s most intimate and iconic venues with a little more cheer and romance than before, James Blake dimmed the lights and brought a show that will carry us safely into the 2020s. Greeted by a crowd that had been sensibly warmed by James Blake’s support act and fellow bandmember, Airhead, Blake entered the Forum under purple light. Positioned at the piano and sporting an incredible teal coat, Blake kicked off with the title track of his fourth studio album, Assume Form. An album that is notably more upbeat than his previous, Assume Form is also feature heavy. Ghosts
of Travis Scott, Metro Boomin and Andre 3000 weren’t far away however, as ‘Mile High’ bopped, ‘Where’s the Catch?’ packed the room and all cheekiness and charm intended was achieved on ‘I’ll Come Too’. The between-band grins and easy rapport of Blake and his bandmates, Rob McAndrews (guitar and sampler) and Ben Assiter (drums), made up for any loss felt by the absence of these big names. For fans of the early days, Friday’s throwbacks included ‘Life Round Here’, ‘Retrograde’, ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ and ‘Limit To Your Love’. Depending where you stood, there were small-scale sing-a-longs occurring in dancefloor corners. These were led by the punters who probably wished they were at Splendour In The Grass. However, some crowd members weren’t so friendly. Their irritability pointing to the fact that they’d much prefer to listen to Blake, rather than the crowd surrounding them. Not great sportsmanship, but kind of fair enough. ‘Barefoot in the Park’ was a personal highlight. Even without Rosalía’s incredible presence – there’s just something about Blake’s vocals and the sultry turns of the Spanish language that make for a perfect pairing. This and ‘Can’t Believe The Way We Flow’ brought much of the night’s romance and were delivered with intensity – just as love songs should. The encore came in the form of ‘Don’t Miss It’, Blake’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’ and Blake’s own ‘Lullaby For My Insomniac’. For those who are big fans of spilling their heart in the middle of the dancefloor before bed. These are the tracks. While some might argue that Blake’s multi-layered production and bass-heavy setlist is better suited to larger venues or a festival fit-out, Friday’s show at the Forum would have me disagree. The theatre was perfect. It seemed almost as if the Forum’s famous gargoyles sat in the eaves above, shooting arrows straight into the hearts of the crowd.
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Once you turn onto Y Street, you won’t be able to do a u-turn. The Melbourne five-piece rock-infused PUNC (with a c because it’s cooler) band make an impact on their debut EP Get Lost, showing how their energetic live show translates to disc. Accelerating into the four-track EP is the single ‘Get Lost’. This moshpit ready track has all of the right ingredients for an anthem; the repetitive chant of the chorus, the driving guitar, the jumping drum beats and the dancing bass lines. That bass comes to the forefront in ‘Free My Mind’. Taking notes from The Delta Riggs on this track, the boys explore a more melodic side which they hold onto for the follow-up opening for mindbender‘Plastic Mind’. This track, however, takes a turn to resemble a classic King Gizzard and the Wizard gem minus the psychedelic frenzy. The punchy 4/4 pocket of power, ‘Robbos Riff’, rounds out the EP keeping the strength of the collection in check. There are no potholes and no speed bumps on this road, only the smoothest ride with a bit of throttle.
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After busily playing around the past few months Australian expert blues guitarist Lloyd Spiegel is Oldham County’s Knocked Loose are back for It may open with a false-start, but there’s Auto Lapse has finally released an EP and I’m pretty back at it with another skin tingling spine sizzling their highly awaited second LP ‘A Different Shade absolutely no disqualifying The Teskey Brothers stoked about it. Five tracks of melodic ambience, album – Cut And Run, the third and final installment Of Blue’. Following up 2016’s ‘Laugh Tracks,’ which from this race. “Go again,” says one of the four band disassociate effects, droney riffs and that sweet, sweet of a trilogy of albums that take its listeners through a spearheaded the 20-year-olds to the forefront of the members, before launching (for real this time) into the shoegaze vibe that Angus Crook has been refining for story of life, the ups, the downs, and the in-betweens. modern-day hardcore scene, ‘ADSOB’ is the perfect first buttery track of Run Home Slow: the follow-up quite some time now. ‘Cut And Run’ showcases yet again the extreme expansion of their unique output. It’s hardcore through to 2018’s era-defying debut, Half Mile Harvest. ‘Looking Round’ gives me an early Smashing capabilities and mastery of Lloyd’s creative mind, and through but not quite as stagnant and cliche as The melting pot of blues, soul, southern rock and Pumpkins vibe, not too far off tracks like ‘Rhinoceros’ delving into delicate realities through his music. a lot of their peers. Suss out ‘Trapped In A Grasp Of gospel that the Warrandyte locals have stirred over or ‘My Daydream’ but with a little bit more balls. Whilst The albums opening track, Any Second Now A Memory’ for instance, with ominous undertones the last few years is pushed, stretched and poured out the track is led by a very subtle and elegant riff, it’s the demands us to open our ears from the get-go with a the song is ultimately ruled by it’s persisting and in completely new ways on this release. heavier down-tuning of the bass that really gives the cool high paced rock/blues track with a twang from unfaltering heaviness, but that doesn’t mean it’s the The ever-building blues-rock of “Paint My song it’s overall sound. another world, making you want to move, get up and same riff for four minutes. Ebbing and flowing between Heart”, the psychedelic ooze of “Sun Come Ease Me ‘Outward’ is worth a mention due to its unique style get going. many intricate genres of metal, punk, and hardcore at In”, the raw gospel of “Hold Me” with its A Cappella of vocals, with Crook juxtaposing between singing/ Something has to be said about Lloyd’s ability to times it’ll remind you of Comeback Kid whereas other harmonies and the dixieland jazz that drives speaking and mumbling, it’s an impressive contrast convey a story, better yet, convey his emotions and moments gives off more of a Whitechapel vibe. “Sunshine Baby” each feed into waves of nostalgia, when mixed with the distorted samples that are also experiences through his guitar, allowing his listeners ‘By The Grave’ is a song that interested me mainly while simultaneously staying unique and unheard of. tied in. to really connect to the story he is telling. The fourth due to its lyrical content, with Bryan Garris tackling The stand-out singles - “Man of The Universe”, “Let ‘Soft’ marks the epic nine-minute closer and with track on the album, Let Your Love Lie Down shows us the fickle issue of living with the last words you say to Me Let You Down” and “So Caught Up” - sound even its melancholic intro and heavy outro, it’s a bloody just how versatile Lloyd’s music can be, emitting a someone, especially when the passing may not have better when placed in the context and theatre of Run adventure to listen too but the overall finished product beautiful sense of peace and tranquillity. The vocals been foreseeable. With Garris openly admitting this Home Slow as a whole. Thematically, the album dives is triumphant and fuck it, I’m gonna say it’s slightly are calm, the love is evident and the skin is tingling! album marks his most cathartic lyrics yet, it’s lines into relationships, distance and the balance of life. avant-garde as well. Throughout the album, the listener is treated to an such as “and things will never be the same/ this will Nothing The Teskey Brothers explore is particularly abundance of quality blues that will keep their cravings never fucking end/ bury me/ forget it all” that truly new or ground-breaking, but it’s presented in a at bay. Lloyd does not disappoint, his mastery on guitar distinguished songs like ‘By The Grave’ for me personally. manner that’s incredibly rare in today’s musical is always something to behold and ‘Cut And Run’ is no The breakdown found on ‘In The Walls’ is fucking huge, landscape. This is a record that longtime fans of exception, searing riffs and a story to tell. ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’ adopts speed-metal-esque traditional southern tunes will adore; at the same ‘Cut and Run’ is available as pre-sale on iTunes from riffs and ‘Forget Your Name’ features Keith Buckley time opening a new generation’s ears and hearts to August 13, and in-store on September 3. from Everytime I Die for an impressive guest spot. the beauty of these iconic styles and stories. If you’re into hardcore, this one’s for you.
HOME IS A LANY SHOW
WHERE: MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE WHEN: JULY 19 REVIEWED BY MOLLY SLATER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONTEE LANGTON Margaret Court Arena was abuzz last Friday night, but not with its usual sound of cheering tennis fans. Instead, an electric atmosphere and energy that did not falter for American trio LANY. The cheers began the moment Jake Goss strode to his drum set, followed closely by Les Priest at his keyboard, but the arena absolutely erupted the moment lead singer (and all-round flawless human) Paul Klein
bounced onto the stage exuding the charismatic energy he is so well known for. LANY are currently at the pointy end of an 88-date world tour, taking their emotional synth-pop global, following the release of their second album Malibu Nights. Paul Klein’s heartbreak has been transformed into captivating melodies with LANY’s aesthetically pleasing sound; you can undoubtedly see that their fans connect with each and every lyric. They opened with their hit single ‘Thick and Thin’ as roses hit the stage floor and screams echoed throughout the iconic arena, the crowd sang the bridge back at a blissful Klein ‘said you’d be there for me through everything, said that you’d have my back with anything’. The trio’s chilled aesthetic was paired with a digital backdrop that changed in accordance with each song, most notably was the transition to a blue screen displaying the lyrics karaoke-style for ‘Taking Me Back’ with Klein playing up on that likeness by encouraging the audience to sing along to the words shown on the screen. The setlist pleased fans old and new, with a mix
of tracks from Malibu Nights, their debut self-titled album and their 2016 EP Kinda – switching ever so smoothly from slow, heart-wrenching songs like ‘13’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’ to their catchy dance anthems such as ‘Good Girls’ and ‘pink skies’. Klein’s relentless love for engaging his fans was evident throughout the whole night. He would spend entire songs standing on the fence of the stage, holding hands with fans, and at one point dove straight into the crowd and ran around letting anyone near him grab hold of the mic and sing the lyrics to ‘If You See Her’. The night ended on one of their most iconic songs, ‘ILYSB’, and was met with the loudest singing of the night as well as few tears of complete and utter euphoria from a fandom that are so invested in the sensation that is LANY. Klein has always said that home is a LANY show and the band’s energy and aura exude this mantra, it is so apparent to see that they all perform with such raw and unfiltered emotion that it made everyone in that arena feel more like a family than a fandom.
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How do you solve a problem like Tarantino? For over 25 years he’s charted his own course in film, as his contemporaries and rivals have fallen from favour. A product of the outburst of indie film-making in the early 90s, when for a brief moment it seemed possible that just about anyone could make a hit – and then follow it up with a series of personal films rather than moving directly into filming the next Marvel superhero saga – he’s gone from a role model for a generation of would-be film-makers to someone who stands alone; if you want a career like his, you can’t get there from here. Which means that when his latest film is sold as more of an event as a plain old movie, it’s partly because big feature films that aren’t tied to superheroes or established franchises really are events now; the Tarantino circus has come to town, and even if you don’t like circuses it’s still probably worth a look. And to be fair, it’s an approach that’s worked since Kill Bill was split into two parts back at the turn of the century, with pretty much all his films since (let’s overlook Death Proof, his half of the flop Grindhouse project) having delivered increasingly impressive box office numbers. It’s not like he’s been pandering either – he’s been making war movies and westerns, which aren’t exactly genres audiences have been crying out for. And now with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood he takes that approach to the next level: this film is all event, sold almost entirely on the premise that it’s a film not to be missed because it’s… a film that’s not to be missed? Yes, it does also feature star power in the form of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, but star power isn’t what it used to be; even Tom Cruise can only really pull a crowd by hanging off the side of a plane these days. And aside from the big names, what else is there to know about Tarantino’s latest feature? It’s set in Hollywood in the late 60s, the Manson family is in there somewhere, and… it’s a film not to be missed? The fact that Tarantino can pull in big crowds despite going his own way in Hollywood is something to be applauded at a time when individual voices are being shunted aside; the problem is that it seems that the only way he can keep on telling his stories is by hyping them up as events, which is often a weight the films themselves can’t carry. The Hateful Eight was just a bunch of nasty people in a room tearing at each other; Django Unchained was a bunch of good scenes mixed in with some silly ones. And the discussion around Hollywood suggests that whatever the film’s merits, they’re too subtle for the hype: who should win a fight with Bruce Lee and counting how many lines Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate gets are the kind of non-stories people come up with when they feel that on some level what they bought wasn’t what they were sold. Tarantino makes interesting, individual films that are often surprisingly subtle and multi-dimensional when it comes to morality. They’re films for grown-ups; no wonder today’s media struggles with them.
Hey gang, welcome back to another edition of Pulp! While the year is quickly disappearing (how is it already August?!) my pile of comics is not, so I’ve knocked another one off the list and now y’all get to read my thoughts about it. With the recent announcement that DC is closing their Vertigo imprint in 2020, I thought it would be appropriate to go back and look at one of the few major Vertigo titles I haven’t read – Shade, the Changing Man, written by Peter Milligan (Human Target, Hellblazer) and drawn by Chris Bachalo (Death: The High Cost of Living). While I’ve previously talked about the Young Animal spiritual successor to this incarnation of Shade, it seemed appropriate to go back to the beginning and celebrate one of the first titles of the Vertigo imprint. Rac Shade is not of this world. A visitor from the dimension of Meta and member of the Changing Men, Shade has been transported to Earth to fight a rising tide of madness. The roiling mass of insanity is bleeding through into reality and threatens both Earth and Meta. A malefic entity is wreaking havoc across America, and Shade has been trapped in the body of a serial killer known as Troy Grenzer. Desperately trying to stay ahead of the authorities, Shade has to rely on a woman that wants him dead – Kathy George, the daughter of Grenzer’s last victims. Shade is classic Vertigo fare in the best way. Shade is of the same vintage as some of my favourite comics of all time – Sandman, Hellblazer and Transmetropolitan come to mind – and as such it shares some of the hallmarks of that era. A lot of the Vertigo titles from that era have a very similar art style and often have crossover themes, and Shade is no exception. The artwork in Shade could well have been drawn by any of the artists from across the main Vertigo titles, which shouldn’t be taken as a criticism – it makes them very consistent. It also goes without saying that Shade, the Changing Man is by its very nature a trippy book. When one of the main plot points involves personified madness tearing the United States a new one, it shouldn’t be surprising when things get reeeeal weird. There’s a fine line between weirdness with a purpose and weirdness for the sake of it, and for the most part I think Shade manages to go all out on the weird factor without losing its purpose. A large portion of the story revolves around the conspiracies surrounding JFK’s assassination, and while it was still engaging, I feel like I got more out of the second story – involving a cursed movie production in Hollywood – than I did the opening story arc. That being said, that’s likely due to my own personal disconnection to the whole Kennedy mythos and possibly the fact that I was reading the story a solid 56 years after the assassination. All things considered, if you’re a Vertigo fan, you’ll like Shade, the Changing Man. If, like me, you’ve managed to have avoided the title for this long without reading it, I’d recommend it, but I would recommend buckling up, because you’re in for one trippy ride.
Home is the sailor and all that. Actually, home is Ethan Farmer from his experiences at Boston’s Berklee College of Music’s five-week music performance course. As you should recall from a previous column, the Sleepy Hollow Blues Club made a grant to Ethan from the Vic Hunt Memorial funds to assist him. I’ll be having a chat with him about that so that I can report back to you soon! In August on the 25th, the Club has booked his Ethan Farmer Band, and this will be the first opportunity to hear him following his trip. If you miss him at the Club, he’ll be at Pistol Pete’s on the 29th. The Ethan Farmer Band is a high energy group of young musicians, buzzing with virtuous talent and taste. Their sound is a blend of electric blues, funk, and sizzling jazz, with much-improvised blues guitar, laid soulfully on top. The band is fast climbing to great heights in the Victorian Blues scene, making a big impact with its awe-inspiring, locked-tight sound that leaves audiences thrilled. Off the back of success performing classic blues covers, the band now focuses more on its own contemporary spin on the genre, with original tunes that incorporate elements of soul, jazz and rock into the mix! Each of the band members, though young, is a seasoned professional at performing live music, all of them having been featured alongside Australian Blues greats like Chris Wilson, Geoff Achison, Jesse Valach, Jimi Hocking, Sweet Felicia, and being part of numerous festivals and shows across the country. The Pistol Pete’s gig is a duet gig with Ivan Fisher. Now I’m indulging in some expatriate Tasmanian bias. On the 28th at Pistol Pete’s Brad Gillies, not only from Tasmania, but from Launceston, where I spent a fair part of my life, will be appearing. Yes, I used to live about two blocks from the Boags brewery, but, alas, was too young to sample its wares! Brad is a former grunge guitaristvocalist who has made the shift into the world of blues. ‘‘It’s a funny thing,’’ Gillies said. ‘‘I grew up listening to a lot of the Seattle scene in the ’90s and 2000 and stuck with that until I branched out into the local scene and realised there were a lot of good blues players here and around Australia. “Some of my favourite Launceston bands are blues bands, I sort of went along that path and it took me in that direction. I’m happy playing that music now, I guess.” Gillies has a sound lending itself to a sometimes rock and sometimes swamp (slide) southern style guitar, fused together with the blues and a solid stomp section as well as a vast vocal range and the harmonica, a new addition to Gillies sound/act. This brings a dynamic and yet full wall of sound for the listener. He released a debut solo album “Heavy Peace” and a 3-track single in July 2018. For your diaries, Ethan at SHBC on the 25th or at Pistol Pete’s on the 29th and Brad Gillies at Pistol Pete’s on the 28th.
Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal. By the time you read this, the new Slipknot album will have been released and the new Tool album will only be about two weeks away. At the time of writing, the online metal community is abuzz with excitement and arguments about if these bands and/or their new albums are/ will be any good. This is prime time for metal elitists to shine and to be quite honest, I love the whole thing and I’ll tell you why. Being a fan of heavy metal music pretty much makes you the top of the music listening food chain, and that is a fact. Those below us on the food chain claim “it’s just noise” and we snigger and sneer and pity those fools because they’re just too stupid to realise that it isn’t just noise but the most accomplished type of music out there, just presented in a way to keep those types of fools away. So when you have a group of likeminded metal heads at the top of the food chain, some are going to want to be higher than others, some want to be the very pinnacle of the food chain and to be that you must have the most elite taste in metal. You must become the elitist. And what better way to show your elitism than commenting on all the social media metal press posts you can, and starting arguments with those less than you. Elitism works at even the lowest level of the metal community where Slipknot fans always hear: “Slipknot are fucking pop music, I can’t wait for the new Mayhem album” for example, and then Slipknot fans can’t go anywhere from there except call Disturbed fans posers or some shit, I don’t know. You’ll read “Tool have gone to shit, anything after Aenima is just elevator music” which is a fair call and Tool fans, the most rabid of them all, will fight tooth and nail to defend the band and their obsession with it and their belief they’re the most elite. But elitism comes from the obscure, “you haven’t heard of (insert obscure band name here)? They’re fuckin’ brutal man and waaay better than (insert less obscure band name here)”. But you can’t go too obscure because then if you do you’ll be alienating those you’re trying to impress with your elitism. And when all of this is on show for all to read, I really do love it.
THE ROAD TRIP – PART 2 We hit the road recently and headed north on a sunny winters day. The car was packed with bags and boards. It was my first real road trip up the East Coast of Australia in almost 20 years. I don’t mind a long drive. You get to experience many of the great things that you don’t see flying around our country. Stunning scenery, little towns, country radio, big kangaroos, massive trucks and crappy roadhouse food. What’s not to like? First stop was a night in Sydney at beautiful Bondi Beach. I love Bondi. The beach, the culture, the buildings, and the great cafes. We found a stunning little Brazilian café at Bronte next door to Bondi… Brazilian nachos for lunch… amazing. Next stop, Newcastle and once again a friend took us to a fantastic restaurant. I remember when Newcastle was all steel foundaries and workers. The place now rocks with great beaches and an amazing café culture. We drove on and hit the mid-north coast during the evening. It was dark but we could hear that familiar sound of waves crashing in the distance. The next day we woke to waves and wild weather. Swell was up… but where to surf? Surf websites and maps were consulted. Not having been here before it was all getting a bit hard until we found a surf shop. ‘Seal Rocks’ the man behind the counter said and we headed south, all excited… in a state of anticipation. We were not disappointed. While a decent 2-3 metre swell smacked into the coast, solid 3-4 foot waves were rolling into Seal Rocks. We were stoked... waves! The next week comprised sleep, food, surf, read, eat. We travelled up and down the coast checking out beaches and small towns finding some amazing cafes on the way. (Surfing is a great excuse to do nothing but eat). It was great, we had a lot of fun. Our last night at Seal Rocks we spent on the local bowls club watching State of Origin football surrounded by hundreds of boozy league supporters. My daughter had a great time catching waves. I was completely freaked out as a large sting-ray swam past and then proceeded to ‘catch’ a wave as it rolled into the shore. The great Aussie surf road trip. It’s not as exotic as Bali or Hawaii or any other overseas destination, but you do get to see a bit of your own country and meet some fascinating people. I can’t wait for the next one… Perth to Broome’s, now that’s a road trip!
In other news ++ Deadspace will release their new album The Grand Disillusionment on Friday August 15. ++ Tool will release their new album on Friday August 30. ++ Opeth will release their new album In Cauda Venenum in both English and Swedish versions on Friday September 27. ++ DragonForce will release their new album Extreme Power Metal on Friday September 27. ++ Alcest will release their new album Spiritual Instinct on Friday October 25. ++ Mayhem will release their new album on Friday October 25. ++ Bart Krysiuk’s Batushka will play the Croxton Bandroom on Saturday November 2. ++ Check out this edition’s of THTH’s Spotify playlist by searching for playlist: THTH721 or by searching spotify:user:TooHeavyToHug
If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to tooheavytohug@ hotmail.com or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug
GUIDE THURS 15TH
2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AMPED: KIERAN T
BEAVS BAR: ANDY FORSTER
COURTHOUSE YOUTH ARTS: KYM DILLON-SONATAWORLD PREMIERE, JEM SAVAGE, VICKI HALLETT
THE EASTERN: AARON GOCS LIVE
EDGE GEELONG: LIVE MUSIC AND DJ
THE ESPY: KILLING HEIDI, BMSD + MONA BAY GOLDEN VINE: BENDIGO PUB CHOIR
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
GPAC: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PALAIS THEATRE: SPARKLING GEMS AND BUBBLES PISTOL PETE’S: BITCHES BREW WITH LISA BAIRD
WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: SWEETHEARTS SOUL SESSIONS FRI 16TH
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GOLDEN VINE: INNER CITY TRADERS, BRETT FRANKE, ACOUSTIC FOXX
PISTOL PETE’S: HAMMOND B3 BREAKOUT – LIAM KEALY
GPAC: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
AMPED: JUST PHIL
HOME HOUSE: NATHAN THOMSON, MACKIE
GATEWAY: THE TOM AND TIM SHOW
JACK RABBIT VINEYARD: THE NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE SHOW
NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
BEAVS BAR: OPEN MIC, KARAOKE, LUKE BISCAN
GROVEDALE HOTEL: LEVI ANDERSON
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
THE INN: CORIO ST DAY PARTY
PIANO BAR: B*TCHES WITH BALLS!
KAROVA LOUNGE: KAROVA JAM, TSUGNARLY, THE INDIAN SKIES, PEEKABOO, ELECTRIC DOG
LAMBYS: STEVEN CLARK (BACK BAR) BEDROCK + DJ JUBTEK & DJ LIAM BLACKWELL
THE LOST ONES BASEMENT BAR: BASEMENT SESSION: MARIAH MCCARTHY
BALLARAT REGENT CINEMAS: GUTSY GIRLS ADVENTURE, TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL
MAJOR TOMS: MATTHEW COLIN
BEAVS BAR: ANDY FORSTER
MURPHYS: MR MEANER
ESPY: RUBY JONES + DIRT HAND
NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PALAIS HEPBURN: THE RESIGNATORS SKA PARTY
2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PISTOL PETES: JAMES ELLIS & THE JEALOUS GUYS
ANALOGUE ACADEMY: WILDERNESS - JONATHAN DREDGE
THE SPHINX: ELTON
AMPED: REGULAR BOYS
PISTOL PETE’S: KEITH & HARLEY – HEATH & CARLY ROBERTSON
RECESS: SAUCY SATURDAYS
THE GOOD BEER BAR: BOATROCKER MEETS BLACKMAN’S
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL GROVEDALE HOTEL: DELLA GPAC: SPOT
HANDLE BAR: MAYA ROSE
HOME HOUSE: SHAMELESS, DE MUNARI
KAROVA LOUNGE: ENNUI BREATHES MALICE LAMBYS: TROY BARRETT (BACK BAR) BEDROCK + DJ JO JO & DJ ZACH MAX WATTS: DEAF HAVANA MURPHYS: TROJAN
THE NATIONAL: PAINT YOUR MATE – BOOZY ART CLASS
NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
OXYGEN COLLEGE OPEN DAY PALAIS-HEPBURN: BABBA
PISTOL PETE’S: SHANNON BOURNE BAND RECESS: SAUCY SATURDAYS
RIVERLINKS EASTBANK: MARK VINCENT
THE WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: FIERCE MILD SUN 25TH
BARWON CLUB: KARLY JEWELL
THEATRE ROYAL: KANGAROO A LOVEHATE STORY FUNDRAISER WITH Q&A
THE LOST ONES BASEMENT BAR: THE TERROR (1963) - OUT OF COPYRIGHT FILM NIGHT NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER PIANO BAR’S GOT TALENT
THE BARKING DOG: RIORDAN
COURTHOUSE YOUTH ARTS: PRESERVE BY JESSICA WALTERS
WOOL EXCHANGE GEELONG: MAMMA MIA LET ME GO – ABBA VS QUEEN
THERE THERE: SIPSMITH GIN MASTERCLASS
THE CAPITOL: MARK VINCENT
BEAVS BAR: LUKE BISCAN
THE EASTERN: PICKET PALACE
EDGE GEELONG: LIVE MUSIC AND DJS
THE ESPY: KILLING HEIDI
GOLDEN VINE: RAMBLE TOWN
WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: SIMON KINNY-LEWIS BAND
BEAVS BAR: RYAN BELL
BARKING DOG: GUITAR BAR
LAMBYS: ABBA TRIBUTE SHOW + DJ JUBTEK & DJ JO JO MURPHYS: DEAN COCKERELL
NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PALAIS THEATRE: KEN BUDDAH TRIO
PISTOL PETES: OWEN KEALY BURNING B3 TRIO POTATO SHED: THE HUNTER. THE HUNTED.
RECESS: FABULOUS FRIDAY
THE SPHINX: WORLD KARAOKE TOUR - VICTORIAN HEATS
VALHALLA BREWING AND TAPROOM: TINNIES AND TUNES AT THE MOOLAP WAREHOUSE WINTERWILD FESTIVAL
WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: SOLO SESSIONS PT. 1 SAT 17TH
2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AIREYS PUB: SURF COAST MUSIC STUDENT BANDS AMPED: PARTY ROCK COVERBAND
BARWON CLUB: KERRY O’KEEFFE ‘THIS IS IT’ TOUR BIRD ROCK: VINYL SUNDAYS
BLUE BEAN LOVE: DANA CROWE DEAKIN OPEN DAY
THE DECK: DBC 90’S SURF PARTY - VOLUME II THE EASTERN: FLOC
EDGE: LIVE MUSIC AND DJ
THE ESPY: HEINOUS HOUNDS SUNDAY BLUES GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
GROVEDALE HOTEL: MICHAEL MONEA
LAMBYS: SUNDAY SCHOOL FT. TAMARA + DJ JUBTEK & DJ JO JO NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PALAIS-HEPBURN: LA FAMILIA & FAMOUS CUBAN INSTRUCTOR ERIC MARTINEZ
SOUTH GEELONG FARMERS MARKET WINTERWILD FESTIVAL MON 19TH
THE EASTERN: PREHISTORIC DOUCHE, THE GLYCEREENS & SHIT TATTS
AMPED: CHRISSY BURRELL
THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE: WOOSHKA
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
GEELONG HOTEL: BEC GRENFELL
CAPITOL CINEMA WARRNAMBOOL: GUTSY GIRLS ADVENTURE
PIANO BAR: THE GEEKERS
THE EASTERN: FLOC
EDGE GEELONG: LIVE MUSIC
ELEPHANT & CASTLE: AN AFTERNOON WITH PL@N B
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL GROVEDALE HOTEL: RACH BRENNAN
LAMBYS: SUNDAY SCHOOL FT. CHUNKY DIP + DJ JUBTEK & DJ JO JO
EDGE GEELONG: LIVE MUSIC AND DJ
MARS STADIUM: WESTERN BULLDOGS VS ADELAIDE CROWS
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
PIANO BAR: ANDY AND SHANDY’S COUNTRY HOEDOWN
LAMBYS: ADAM12 + DJ JUBTEK & DJ JO JO
PISTOL PETE’S: WHITE LIGHTNING
GOLDEN VINE: SHERRI PARRY BAND
GROVEDALE HOTEL: NICK TABONE MURPHYS: GRACE DRUMMOND NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PALAIS-HEPBURN: NIKKI OSBORNE PISTOL PETES: FOUR LIONS
RECESS: FABULOUS FRIDAY
THEATRE ROYAL: THELMA PLUM
AIREYS PUB: DANIEL AARON
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
EDGE: LIVE MUSIC AND DJ
THE EASTERN: BAKED BEANS, EGGY & ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
PROVENANCE WINES: MATT KATSIS
PISTOL PETES: RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD
BEAVS BAR: JEFFREY JORDAN
THE BRIDGE HOTEL: THE SEDUCEAPHONES
BLACKMAN’S BREWERY: SUPER HOP IPA BEER LAUNCH
PIANO BAR: PITCH PLEASE!
THERE THERE: ECLECTIC LADYLAND 002
BARWON CLUB: SOMETHING KROOK, ICKY STICKS, TRICK GYPSY, BLACKWAVE
THE WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: SOLO SESSIONS PT. 2
ANGLESEA MEMORIAL HALL: ANGLESEA ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL BARWON CLUB: CRY BABY, SPOOK, MOMOKO ROSE
THE COMICS LOUNGE: TITUS O’REILY & SERGIO PARADISE
ANGLESEA MEMORIAL HALL: ANGLESEA ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
GPAC: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE KAROVA LOUNGE: FIVER NIGHT
WORKERS CLUB GEELONG: SONGS IN THE KEY OF SPRINGFIELD AMPED: BLUE DOG CRUISER
AMPED: ACOUSTIC RED
GROVEDALE HOTEL: ANDY FORSTER
THE BRIDGE HOTEL: SHAKY STILLS
2019 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
AXEDALE TAVERN: MARIAH MCCARTHY
PISTOL PETE’S: WAYNE JURY
AMPED: RENDALL & FISHER DUO
AMPED: COPYCAT KILLERS
ANALOGUE ACADEMY: FOREVER SON
BARWON CLUB: DIRTY EYES – THE BON SCOTT SHOW
BEAVS BAR: DAVID ANDERSON BLOOM: AUDIOJACK
CAPTAIN: MUTANT DANCE
THE EASTERN: THESE THINGS AND DOUBLEBLACK EDGE: LIVE MUSIC AND DJ
NEWSTEAD WORDS IN WINTER
PIANO BAR COLAC: GOOD FACES 4 RADIO PROVENANCE WINES: JARRAH THOMPSON MON 26TH
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL TUES 27TH
AMPED: SARAH LYNN
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VALHALLA TAPROOM: POETRY NIGHTS WED 28TH
AMPED: JUST PHIL
ANALOGUE ACADEMY: OUT OF THE HAT - MUSICAL HANG BEAVS: OPEN MIC, KARAOKE, LUKE BISCAN, RIORDAN
THE ESPY: SOC POP X LNL #30: KOSMETIKA, TERRIBLE SIGNAL + TUG
GREAT OCEAN ROAD CHOCOLATERIE: HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
GOLDEN VINE: BOOTS N ALL
PISTOL PETE’S: BRAD GILLES
GEELONG VEGAN LIFESTYLE MARKET
PIANO BAR: B*TCHES WITH BALLS!
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ANDY FORSTER A multi-instrumentalist and a lively entertainer Andy combines acoustic rhythms, unique sounding vocals and an impressive stomp box to create a unique sound.
LEVI ANDERSON He’s a dapper gent who’s finger work is reminiscent of a young Hendrix. He’s a funkster, with riff styled acoustic originals and covers. Go on treat yourself.
MICHAEL MONEA Influenced by John Mayer and Jack Johnson, Michael delivers a unique performance that will be perfect for an audience who are looking for a relaxed atmosphere.
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GROVEDALEHOTEL FRI 23 AUGUST:
SOLO ACOUSTIC SET
SUN 25 AUGUST:
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One voice, one guitar, one stomp box – and many happy ears. Della the pro has supported legendary artists Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, Dragon and many more.
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RACH BRENNAN ‘Female Artist of the Year’ Rach is a country/folk songstress with a soulful voice that delivers playful and harmony based songs that induce toe tapping.
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Nick is a hard working musician and perfectionist. A great example of this was as a contestant on X Factor as he made it all the way into the top 24 artists.
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SUN. 20 OCTOBER
Tropical F*ck Storm
FRI. 1 NOVEMBER
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SAT. 28 DECEMBER
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