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Melbourne rap-rocker Ecca Vandal has shared the details of a very busy new year, announcing a series of headline shows all around the country in February following her appearance at Festival Of The Sun, bringing along special guests WAAX.
Vance Joy has announced a series headline shows across the east coast next April, with support from fellow Aussies Holy Holy. The shows will be Joy’s first domestic shows since an extended trip supporting new bestie Taylor Swift.
The number of ARIA Awards both Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett won, dominating the night. ARIAs A lot of big winners at the ARIA Awards. Courtney Barnett took out four titles overall; Tame Impala won five overall; Vance Joy was Male Artist Of The Year. Tina Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame by Kylie. ‘Grats all!
Kylie Minogue & Tina Arena. Pic: Uppy Chatterjee
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Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
Two Heads Are Better Than One Americana singing/ songwriting pair Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings return to Aussie shores for first time in 11 years next January for not one, but two back-to-back tours, first as Gillian Welch then as a quintet for Dave Rawlings Machine.
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Alvvays And Forever
Toronto pop outfit Alvvays are heading to Australia next year for their first tour Down Under. The five-piece will bring their melancholy surf tunes Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in March with supports Major Leagues in tow.
D’Angelic Sounds It seemed that there was no way Bluesfest 2016 could get any bigger, but they’ve done it again with the announcement of 14 new acts who are joining next year’s bill, which includes D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Cold War Kids and more.
Right Now, Wrong Then
Winners of the ninth Asia Pacific Screen Awards included Cemetery Of Splendour for Best Feature Film, Hany Abu-Assad, director of The Idol, for the APSA UNESCO Award, and Jeong Jae-yeong for Best Performance By An Actor, in Right Now, Wrong Then.
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25 Years Young
The new year will mark 25 years of rock for local legends Spiderbait, who will be celebrating the occasion with a whopping coast-to-coast tour in February, with J Award-winning rockers Tired Lion tagging along for the ride.
The Gift Of Giving Your new favourite Christmas carol came out last week, with Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards releasing I’m Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas, with all proceeds going towards the charity Bowel Cancer Australia. MillerHeidke will then go on a tour starting February. KLP
So Alive The Hills Are Alive festival has announced the line-up for its eighth edition. Bad// Dreems, Ngaiire, Tired Lion, KLP, E^ST and more will bring the party at the threenight, two-day boutique camping and music fest, taking place 25 – 27 Mar.
Of Monsters & Men
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Watch Your Pockets
Nothing But Thieves
UK alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves will be truckin’ it down the east coast while Soundwave bound next January, announcing three headline shows off the success of their recent debut self-titled album.
THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER “WESTIVAL”
WET LIPS THE DEAD HEIR
EDITH LANE BURGER CHEF TRULY HOLY DEATH SHADES + MANY MORE $2.50 POTS OF CARLTON
FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER
BATPISS HIGH TENSION SHIT SEX
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER
A Spiritual Time Holy Holy have announced a national tour for January. As a bonus, they’ll be giving away a free track, called The Constitution, to anyone who buys a ticket, album or merch item between now and the beginning of the A Heroine tour.
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DAYBREAK RENEGADE ARMADA (ACOUSTIC) KIDS IN CONTROL
THE FOREIGN BROTHERS PRESENTS
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MONDAY 7 DECEMBER RESIDENCY – OPENING NIGHT
ROMEO MOON HUNTLY HOLYTRASH CREEK $10 JUGS OF DRAUGHT
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AKROYD SMART $10 JUGS OF DRAUGHT
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PRIVATE FUNCTION COMING UP
Monster Run Icelandic pop superheroes Of Monsters & Men have announced a quick run of east coast shows in April/ May 2016, back once again since their slot at Splendour In The Grass earlier this year.
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IN MALICE’S WAKE – ALBUM LAUNCH (DEC 11) FRANKENBOK (DEC 12) EVEN – ROOFTOP + BANDROOM SHOWS (DEC 19 + 20) *SELLING FAST* ANIMAUX – 5TH BDAY ROOFTOP SHOW (DEC 26) CONFESSION – FINAL EVER TOUR (JAN 2) STRAY FROM THE PATH – USA (JAN 14 + 17) *SELLING FAST* MAKE THEM SUFFER + THE PLOT IN YOU (USA) (JAN 23) DISENTOMB (JAN 30) LEPROUS (NOR) + VOYAGER (FEB 6) * SELLING FAST* HEEMS – USA (FEB 20) *SELLING FAST*
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Feel The Bass
Yoga Of Bass
FreQ Nasty and Claire Thompson are bringing their Yoga Of Bass workshops back to Rubix The Warehouse on 13 Dec from 2pm. The workshops explore the parallels between the ecstatic dance floor experience and the peak states of meditation.
A Taco Trip Fitzroy’s favourite purveyor of fine Mexican, Trippy Taco, is expanding itself down to the Southside with a new store opening up in St Kilda this December. The new store will feature an updated menu to reflect its beachside location.
Big Design Market
Big Shop Panicking about Xmas present shopping? Don’t fret, the Big Design Market is on again at the Royal Exhibition Building, 4 – 6 Dec. Find lots of internationally and locally designed goodies of all sorts for your loved ones (and yourself).
More Port Fairy Port Fairy Folk Festival’s fourth artist announcement of 12 acts includes Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Aine Tyrell, The Mastersons and more. The festival hits Port Fairy from 6 – 9 Mar, with one more final line-up announcement in January.
Praise The Psychocandy UK post-punk legends The Jesus & Mary Chain return to Melbourne for the first time in seven years for the 30th anniversary tour of their seminal record Psychocandy. In celebration of the event the band will be playing the album in full, 7 Mar at Forum Theatre.
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
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The Jesus & Mary Chain Psychocandy
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Frame By Frame
The Indievillage Doco Film Festival is a three-day program (4 – 6 Dec) of docos screening at Lido Hawthorn and Cameo Belgrave cinemas. It features Frame By Frame, about free press in Afghanistan, The Visit, about alien visitation, and more.
Blame It On Moonlight Moonlight Cinema’s December & January program has been announced, and it includes 15 new releases – Suffragette, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Joy, The Good Dinosaur, The Dressmaker, Goosebumps and more – plus old favourites and Doggie Nights (bring your pup).
Artwork by Maria Montes
Xmas Spirit The Office Of Public Works venues are participating in the #DOMORETHANDRINK campaign until 12 Dec, with $1 for every drink sold being donated to the Scarf Community initiative, which helps marginalised youth. The B.East also hosts an Xmas fundraising party 19 Dec, featuring The Sugarcanes and The Putbacks.
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Three Essential Festival Ingredients Welcome to our Summer Festival issue, where we look at festivals from now right through until Easter. To kick things off, here we look at festivals from three different levels — the promoter, the artist and the punter.
The Promoter Even Festivals Get The Blues While a number of music festivals across Australia have been n axed in recent years due to poor ticket sales, Peter Noble’s Bluesfest is celebrating its 27th year and is bigger than ever. He tells Neil Griffiths why we’ve seen some events fall by the wayside.
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bill yet which features the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Tom Jones, The National, City & Colour and co-founder of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson. Noble says he is never afraid to approach an artist no matter their status, “I’m quite brash — I’ll go after everyone.” Given the fact that Bluesfest is only getting more popular as the years go by, Noble says there is one question he is alway always ays asked; “’Do you have a budget or do you ou just keep spending?’ sp pend e ing ng g?’ ? That Tha hatt question q e tio ques t n tells te tel e ls me m a lot,” lot lot o ,”” he h says. say ayys. s “In “I other other h words, wo ds, wor d the th he ‘wow’ ‘wo w w’ w factor f tor fac is s coming co ing com n in. ng in n. We We totally totall tot ally lly work wor ork k to to a budget budg budg udget et — we’re we’r we’r e e merciless mercil mer ciiless cil ess about about it, it we w know know what what our event event costs. co ts. cos ts s When W en Wh n you have have v your y r own you own w site si e and sit and d you’ve you’ve been been running runnin run ning nin ga festival staff festiv fes tival tiv al for fo many many n years, years, you you know know what what each each part part of the the staf s tafff car taf car par park k costs costs and that’s that’ that’ at’s s yyour ou job.” our job.” For Fo those those considering consi co nsider nsi dering der ing going going along along to Bluesfest B Blues uesfes festt in fes in 2016, 2016 2016 016,, Noble Nobl Nobl oble e says something forr everyone. says there ther ther here e is is some s om thi ome thing ng at the festival festi fe stival sti val fo ever ever veryon yone. yon e. “I think think that’s that’s what what a festival festi fe st val should sti shoul sh ould oul d be. be. It shouldn’t should sho uldn’t uld n’t be to too o focused focu focu ocused sed on any any one thing.” thing thing ing.” .””
When you have your own site and you’ve been running a festival for many years, you know what each part of the staff car park costs and that’s your job.
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The Punter Why We Heart Festival Season What What is is it ttha that hatt ma ha make makes kes ke s us fflo flock lock lo ck tto o festivals fest fe stiv st ival iv als al s ar arou around ound ou nd tthe n he c country, co ount ou ntry nt ry,, ry heck, world? heck he ck,, even ck even the the w orld or ld?? Brynn Davies takes ld tak akes es a look loo ook k at at what wha hatt we love about music l b i festivals, f i l and d chasing h i the h spirit i i off youth. h
h, summer festivals. How we heart thee. Hot days filled with it’s-not-even-five-o’clock-anywhere rum and cokes. Running between stages across packed out fields, scanning the food pop-ups for the best kebab and taking a breather under a shady art installation that provides numerous Instagram opportunities. The sun sets over the stage as punters find their second wind and day turns to night. The beats get heavier, rising within every thumping chest an undeniable sense of euphoria. No curfews as the party thrashes on into the night around the campground, with the whoops and cries of a thousand hyped-up kids kicking on until the next day of revelry. We love the preparation: the weeks spent around the dinner table with mates — planning crazy outfits, driving routes (often across state to whoop whoop or Byron) and camping supplies (water crates,
When I come down to Australia I lean heavily upon the first couple of albums because that’s the golden time of my music down there.
Back To The Well
Legendary singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge ge tel tells lls Steve Bell how she doesn’t care that we love h her e old er old stuff stu uff better than her new stuff.
Byron Bay. “I’ve never been there, but from what I’ve heard it will be the perfect place. That’s exactly the type of festivals I like to play — festivals that are really focused on music. the musicians, the guitar real live music where I can do a big long guitar playing. It’s wh don’t have to worry that people will solo and I don’ lose interest — it’s kinda what they’re there for. I love those sort of festivals.” Etheridge iis forthright about her love for one of the reasons is that we Australia, and o adopters of her music. “From the were early ado o very beginning ng you Aussies were into me anybody else — you guys knew long before an a smiles. “When I come down to it first,” she es sm m Australia I le lean n heavily upon the first couple because that’s the golden time of albums s bec there. I don’t get down of myy music mu mus usic c down do very often, there re ver ve ryy ofte o te and I want that experience that to be b tha hat they hey came down to hear me play: I favourite song, we sang it at the played th their fa av I’m at. I’ll throw in a new top of our lungs, we loved it — that’s th s where wh song and willl be fun, but it’s about the songs that we know son ong ga n itt wil nd wi sa ab boutt playing pla having good and n h ha ving vin gag go od time of it.”” strange those early years given how Does Doe s iitt ffeel eel stran st r ge e focusing in n on tho much mu muc h acclaim acclaim accl claim i she’s s e’s experienced sh exxper errien e ce c since? ced siince nce?? “No, anywhere I start the Water celebration, so I will always play that song son g Bri Bring n Me ng Me Som Some e Wate W aterr is a cel ate ce ebra ebr a will always play that song son g and and I w il al ill a ways way s llove ove to t pl p ay tha at song. And I will always love to playy Lik pla Like e The The Way I Do — the tthey’re y e fun y’r y’ fun and an I love it. [debut] album out I remember when “Back “Ba ck the then n when when I put my my [d [debu ebut] ebu t] a heard, I hear h eard, ear d, ‘Oh, ‘Oh Oh,, actually actu actu ctuall allyy your all your album’s album album bum’s u ’s s doing do ng really well in Australia,’ doi together in my head that I thou tthought, hought hou ght,, ‘Australia?’ ght ‘Aus Austra tralia tra lia?’ lia ?’ I hadn’t hadn hadn adn’t ’tt p put that that to people would my music in Australia. I was were wer e peop p eople eop le who w wo uld want want tto hea hearr m Kansas Midwest, a Kans K ansas ans as gir girll — I gre grew w up up in in the the Mid Midwes we what did I know about wes world? experience sharing the world wo rld?? And rld And it’s it’s just just been been suc such u h a wonderful wo my music music down down there, ther ther here, e, and nd be being ing n so fa farr away but feeling so close to everyone.” everyo eve ryone. ryo ne.”” ne.
hen Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa elis lissa sa a Etheridge Etheri Eth eridge er eri dge touches base with The Music she’s in the m midst idstt of ids of a so solo lo o tou tour ourr of the States — a mode she’s not usually synonymous ynonym yno nymous nym ous with, w th, wi th but one she seems to genuinely enjoy. “It’s funny because when I play solo it makes me e really reall re allyy appreciate all appr appr ppreci eci ciate ate the band, and then when I play with the band it makes kes me rea really lly appreciate playing solo,” she laughs. “When I play solo olo ol o I get get to to work work on the things that I get to showcase, and it’s fun because caus use e I ge gett to to get get better and then I get to really blow it out when I playy with with th the e band b band.” and.” and .”” Something of a festival veteran — having played d eve everyw everywhere rywher ryw here her e from from Coachella to Pinkpop — Etheridge is looking forward rd d to heading headi he ading adi ng to
When & Where: 27 Mar, Bluesfest, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm; 30 Mar, Palais Theatre
salt and vinegar chips, Panadol, flash tats). Then there is the music. Bands to suit all tastes. Bands to suit a particular crowd. Bands whose style we can’t label, but discover in smaller tents or under shaded trees when there’s a lull between big names. Our love of music unites us here at the festival. We make friends who last the duration of a set when we find ourselves packed in like sweaty, grinding animals. We will never see them again, but hey, they lifted us up on their shoulders for our favourite song and gave us a sip of their cider, so they’ll always be remembered fondly. We cheer as one as the lead singer hurls himself off the stage into the crowd for a spot of surfing, and sing until our voices are hoarse to the chorus. All the choruses. Even the ones we know three words to, because no one cares if you muddle all the syllables.
The Key The art, the culture, the spirit of it all: it’s addictive, and that’s why we’re happy to spend a month’s pay cheque and lose a few brain cells from the bass along the way. These are the memories we will hold onto. And it’s in the search of that one, ultimate, world-shattering performance that we find ourselves standing in the centre of a pulsing crowd, fuddled by spirits and sunshine, feeling the music vibrate through the earth, lifting our hands to the sky thinking “This is what it means to be young.”
Inside you will find our quick guide to festivals where you can find all the relevant info in one place. Here’s what all the symbols mean to help you figure out what’s what with each festival. All Ages Event Camping Available Bring Your Own Booze
Over 18+ Event
No. Of Days Licensed Bars On Site
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A Spiritual Shift
When & Where Lorne, Vic, 28 Dec – 1 Jan; Marion Bay, Tas, 29 Dec – 1 Jan
Line-Up Weird Al Yankovic, Alpine, Courtney Barnett, Birds Of Tokyo, Django Django, Foals, Mac DeMarco, Meg Mac, Jarryd James, Gang Of Youths, Little May, Bloc Party, Disclosure and more.
Ticket Price Lorne sold out; Marion Bay from $235+bf
Tickets from fallsfestival.com.au
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people think that I am. This record has come from a very different place than all of our previous records. It’s come from a very personal place and it’s a record that I felt, as an artist, that I needed to make.” On Hymns, songs about love, sex and heartbreak are laced with JudeoChristian imagery – metaphors that could play awkwardly to an indie-rock crowd. “I’m not really concerned with how it’s going to be received,” the singer shrugs. “There will always be someone who’s not going to get it, or people who will want to misconstrue things, but I’ve learned to shut those voices out and focus on the people that do get it. The most magical thing about being an artist is being able to share what you’ve created and having your work touch people in ways you could never have imagined. I’m just grateful I have a platform to share my words and work with people.” That platform almost ceased to exist, as Bloc Party went on indefinite hiatus in 2013 and lost two of its original members shortly afterwards. Only Russell Lissack remains from the original line-up. “I think our relationship is symbiotic. He needs a direction or a focus, and that allows him to shift whatever is in his way to get there. He’ll move mountains.” Lissack’s flexibility has enabled the spiritual shift in Bloc Party’s sound, though he is not a spiritual person. “He’s like a total atheist!” Okereke laughs. For Okereke, their working relationship is sacred enough. “Every time we sit down to write music, I hear something that I couldn’t have imagined. That’s a really incredible feeling – to have that sense of wonder every time we play together.”
Kele Okereke of Bloc Party was raised a Catholic, but does not consider himself religious. He speaks to Simone Ubaldi about finding the spirituality in music and art.
ele Okereke went to see a Hanif Kureishi talk about punk rock, and left filled with thoughts of religious devotion. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Buddha of Suburbia, who Okereke has long admired, made an offhand comment about the death of evangelical art in the postmodern era. “He said that any mention of a religious dimension to art is somehow looked at with complete suspicion these days. In the past, art and religion were completely intertwined. Where did that disconnect come from?” Okereke was raised Catholic but does not consider himself religious. Music is his religion, it just happens that his earliest experience of music was singing hymns as his Catholic primary school. “That’s when I first heard my own voice,” he says. For the fifth Bloc Party album, Hymns, Okereke chose to make votive art. “I wanted to refer to the forces that I found moving. That’s why there are so many references to nature and bodies of water, to the ground beneath our feet, to light. “If you call a record Hymns there will always be someone who will think that you’re a raving Christian or something. I’ve been very clear that I’m not, but I don’t mind if
What: Hymns (Infectious Music/Create Control) When & Where: 30 Dec, Falls Festival, Lorne; 31 Dec, Falls Festival, Marion Bay; 5 Jan, Forum Theatre
Eurovision-conquering monsters Lordi are headed to Australia. Frontman Mr Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu) discusses Soundwave, feuds and rocking grannies with Brendan Crabb.
ordi’s musical, aesthetic and entrepreneurial debt to their idols KISS is well documented. KISS’ ex-guitarist Bruce Kulick has also collaborated with the Finnish hard-rockers. It’s a source of inspiration vocalist Mr Lordi, aka Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, readily acknowledges; he even indirectly converted his mother. “My mum didn’t take me to the rock concerts when I was a kid, but something changed when I formed the KISS Army Finland in the early ‘90s, my mum said she wants to go,” he explains. “She was, ‘Yeah, I want to go to a rock concert’... Now, almost 20 years later she’s seen KISS five or six times, she’s seen Twisted Sister, every summer she goes to the festivals and she turns 80 next year. She’s a rocking granny now,” he laughs. So what’s Putaansuu’s viewpoint regarding the recent dispute between KISS frontman Paul Stanley and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider? The feud stems from the latter lambasting the former for enlisting other musicians to portray the classic Catman and Spaceman characters. “I’m such a huge fan of them both. So to read that, it’s like, ‘Guys, please, don’t fight, no, be friends,’” he laughs. “I remember in the ‘80s when there was the trademark issue between
Gene Simmons and King Diamond. I loved them both, so as a little kid that was also really hard. For some reason, too many of my favourite bands, and there aren’t that many, they aren’t friends with each other for some reason.” Although he doesn’t take umbrage with KISS’ current incarnation, Lordi adopt a different outlook for fresh recruits. Putaansuu wants new members to be comfortable with their persona (“Do you like werewolves? Mummies? Vampires?”), although laments several personnel shifts during a two-decade career. “Of course you always wish and always hopeful that this lineup is the final one, but sometimes you don’t get what you wish for. People get older, get their personal lives in the way, get bored, we get some kind of arguments. For whatever reason the line-up keeps changing. But for us, it has always been really important that you don’t... We always come up with a new character for a new member of the band. So far I think we have 11,12 or 13 different characters. I hope there won’t be any more line-up changes, because it’s getting really fucking hard to come up with new characters,” he laughs. The band will enter the studio in December to follow up 2014’s Scare Force One. They’ll also be bringing their cartoonish theatrics and stadium-sized hooks Down Under for Soundwave in January. “It’s monsters playing heavy rock. We’re flying all the way from across the other side of the planet, and it’s our first trip there, so I’m afraid that we cannot bring the full show, but we will bring the best of our little tricks and gimmicks on stage. I’ve always been a fan of bands that have something worth seeing on stage. I don’t like the bands that look like my neighbours’ dad or something... You never hear anybody say, ‘Let’s go listen to a band.’ They always say, ‘Let’s go see a band.’ If there’s nothing worth seeing it for, what’s the point then?”
When & Where Melbourne Showgrounds, VIC 26 Jan
Line-Up Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Bullet For My Valentine, Public Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Soulfly, Northland, Dead Letter Circus and more.
Ticket Price From $155.84+bf
Tickets from Eventopia
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Frontlash Your New Favourite Band
You’re at a festival, you stumble across a stage and see an act you’ve never come across before, they impress the bejesus out of you and this leads to a lifelong obsession with them. We love when that shit happens.
Be Excellent To Each Other
Festivals tend to bring out the kindness in strangers – how many times have you had random awesome conversations with people you’ve never met before? And folks look out for each other too – if someone goes down, you get picked up.
See below the five festivals we’re gagging to tick off the bucket list in 2016.
At last those bullying anti-abortion protestors have been banned from coming within 150 metres of clinics in Victoria. Given the shooting attack on Planned Parenthood in the US last week – it’s come not a day too soon.
ATP Iceland (Keflavik)
Of course it’s going to happen when a lot of people congregate in the one place, but we’re not fans of queuing up for pretty much anything and everything at a festival. Just once we’d like to take a piss when we want to.
1 — 3 Jul, 2016 Who doesn’t wanna go to Iceland? This bespoke festival happens at Atlantic Studios, Asbru (former NATO naval base) in Keflavik and nearly 24-hour daylight should trick your body into nearly 24-hour party mode. The acclaimed American director and composer, John Carpenter, will perform his compositions live for the first time ever in 2016 and the capacity of this festival is capped at a pleasingly intimate 5,000 people. Plus, the festival site is only five minutes away from Iceland’s main international airport and 15 minutes from Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s natural wonders.
Clash Of The Titans
Remember how when a festival is announced and you see all these awesome acts on the bill, which gives you a full-on robot chubby? Then invariably what happens is all the acts you want to see will be playing at the same time.
14 — 17 Jul, 2016 You might wanna book an air-conditioned villa/apartment/hotel for this one ‘cause temperatures soar, the music doesn’t really get going until the sun goes down, there’s a glorious beach close by and nothing dusts out those hangover cobwebs quite like a headfirst plunge into the ocean. Alternatively, there’s also a water park across the road from the festival site.
Take Your Queue
When In Roam Global roaming’s bloody expensive at the best of times, but news just in is that Telstra are hiking up the prices on their International Travel Passes just in time for the Christmas holidays. Ho-ho-ho indeed.
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Fuji Rock (Japan) 22 — 24 Jul, 2016 During an interview with The Music, one of the dudes from Digitalism — who played Fuji Rock Festival in 2011 — claimed that
monkeys have been known to run through the crowd at this one. We’re also told that it’s a 20-minute cable car trip up a mountain to reach the Daydreaming stage. The only reason we haven’t already been to this festival, which is held around the last weekend of July at Naeba Ski Resort (it hasn’t been at Mt Fuji since 1998), is because it’s ridiculously close to our very own Splendour In The Grass! There’s also onsen (hot springs) and you can buy sake on site. Cheers!
Burning Man (Nevada, USA) 28 Aug — 5 Sep, 2016 Take note of the above dates and avoid your Instagram feed around this time for Burning Man festival images are guaranteed to bring on a massive case of the FOMOs. Black Rock Desert looks like something outta Mad Max, which is ay-okay and we wanna start prepping our post-apocalyptic outfits for next year. Many a punter has returned from this pilgrimage having experienced lifechanging hallucinations and, although the music is secondary to the ‘experience’, past years have hosted surprise DJ sets from the likes of Skrillex and Diplo. And let’s not forget about the Coloring Book Chill Lounge and Female Ejaculation Exploration workshops.
Festival No. 6 (Portmeiron, Wales) 1 — 4 Sep, 2016 This is a relatively new addition to the annual festival calendar and it’s the line-ups (Grace Jones headlined in 2015!) and delightful Portmeiron setting that land Festival No 6 on our wishlist. You can paddleboard on the Estuary, have a stroll along the beach or through the Gwyllt Woods and there’s even a pool if you fancy a dip.
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Beyond The Valley
Beyond The Valley
Not A Shit Given
When & Where Lardner, VIC 29 Dec - 1 Jan
While across the scene, his rapping style has been called unAustralian, rapper Ivan Ooze (in no uncertain terms) tells Rip Nicholson he couldn’t give a shit.
Line-Up Boys Noize, Client Liaison, E^st, Flight Facilities, George Maple, Jamie XX, Ivan Ooze, The Jungle Giants, Kingswood, The Kite String Tangle, Last Dinosaurs, Miami Horror, RL Grime, The Rubens, Tkay Maidza and more.
Ticket Price From $320+bf
Tickets from Ticketmaster
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’ve just always rapped like this, it’s not a voice I put on, it’s just my voice when it’s in a high pitch,” explains Ivan Ooze, aka Ben Townsend, whose vocals come off seemingly American in accent, rubbing some of the local scene’s hard heads the wrong way. “I grew up on American hip hop during my upbringing and I hadn’t even heard an Australian hip hop artist until I was about 15. I do use some American slang but that’s just me. People definitely do say, ‘Your voice is wack, you’re not Aussie hip-hop’, but why the fuck do I care? I do this for myself and my fans, not to please them because they don’t like it. Shut the fuck up!” Townsend dropped into the scene and into a new wave of hip hop in 2014. In less than 12 months he has released his Ringwood Rich EP as well as acclaimed mixtape The Social Alien - a fully-automatic, high pitched lyrical assault that went viral across Australia - and most recently new single, Fire. It’s a track miles away from the style he delivered on previous big hit Jimi Hendrix. So, finding his niche is achieved by not creating a niche. “I just like being versatile and like to keep people guessing instead of producing the same shit over and over again. It’s also
a lot more fun that way too, never a dull moment.” He has performed with Allday, Illy and The Thundamentals with whom he also shares no distinct style. “Yeah I guess so,” agrees Townsend, to a degree. “But, everyone has their own certain style that’s what makes them stand out in the Australian scene. My style is a product of a lot of aggression though so I try and turn it into constructive energy in a way. Rapping is basically my release.” Quickly becoming regarded as one of the hardest working musicians in the scene, Townsend has matched his eclectic output with an equally astounding gig schedule; recently performing 45 shows straight with hip hop’s favourite storyteller Seth Sentry. As hectic as it was on his health, he insists the time was memorable. “It was actually the best time, man. There were so many crazy moments that I’ll never forget,” he laughs. “But it definitely takes it toll performing every night health-wise. It was all worth it though, one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks Seth!” Along with Sentry Townsend has been billed with legends Ice Cube and Cypress Hill, even Azealia Banks, all of whom he declares taught him how to present himself on stage and harness his audience. “Especially watching the way Cypress and Cube control a crowd, as someone who is really energetic on stage and jumping around using the entire floor space, I learnt so much from those two tours and I feel it bettered me as an artist and as a person.”
When & Where: 25 Dec, Chelsea Heights Hotel; 29 Dec, Beyond The Valley, Lardner Park
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When & Where
When & Where
When & Where
When & Where
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW 24 – 28 Mar
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Rozelle, NSW; Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, QLD; Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) and The Rivers Edge, VIC 5 – 14 Feb
Mona, Hobart, TAS 13 – 18 Jan
Botanic Park, Adelaide, SA 11 – 14 Mar
The Flaming Lips, DJ Krush, HERMESensemble, Elise Taylor, Evelyn Ida Morris, Kate Tempest, MoMa, Tom Vincent Trio, Will Guthrie and more.
The Cat Empire, Asian Dub Foundation, Mojo Juju, Sampa The Great, Tulegur, 47Soul, Calexico, Husky, Miles Cleret, NO ZU, The Strides, Wasted Wanderers and more.
Line-Up Kendrick Lamar, The Cat Empire, City And Colour, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Tom Jones, Taj Mahal, Grace Potter, The Selecter and more.
Ali Barter, Banoffee, Big Scary, CHVRCHES, DMA’s, Flume, Grimes, Hermitude, Japanese Wallpaper, Purity Ring, Slum Sociable, The Smith Street Band, Violent Soho and more.
Ticket Price From $179+bf for three-day
Ticket Price From $138+bf
Tickets from mofo.net.au
Tickets from womadelaide. com.au/tickets
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Festival Of King Island
A Discovered Wallflower
When & Where King Island, TAS 29 – 31 Jan
Line-Up Bootleg Rascal, Boo Seeka, Claire Anne Taylor, Elliot Maginot, Hein Cooper, Johnny Rollins, Leash & The Dusty Boots, Lyall Moloney, Mud Peas, New Black Shades, Nick Saxon and more
Ticket Price From $15+bf
Tickets from Trybooking
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people who want to be musicians are often those people who crave a lot of fanfare. But I never liked being the centre of attention. I’m more of a wallflower. Writing songs was just always something that I did, something that I needed to do.” Where does this need come from? “I haven’t really thought about it. It’s probably something as simple as that, when I’m feeling bad about something, when I write a song about it, after that I feel really, really good. That’s probably a huge reason.” The songs on When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day are, filled with images of fathers and children, light and darkness, dirt and decay, angels and devils, birth and death. Its title seems to suggest the infamous case of Josef Fritzl, but that wasn’t Wagner’s intent. “I wasn’t thinking about that specific story, which of course I’ve heard about,” she offers. “I was thinking a little bit about life in a cult, or any situation in which death can be idealised.” When pressed about the specifics to any song, Wagner demurs, her quiet voice growing quieter. She thinks a singular reading of any song is reductive. “Some of my songs have evolved so much over time,” says Wagner. “They’ve been with me so long, and I’m so different now to how I was when I wrote them. Sometimes that change is quite literal – now I might play it differently, or sing it differently. But sometimes the meaning has changed too. When you’ve recorded a song, that’s always just one version of it. People who listen to [the recording] think it’s the only one. But songs aren’t just finished once they’re on an album; they live on. There’s always another version of a song, out there in the world.”
Mirel Wagner can’t cite ambition for drawing her and her music from the Helsinki suburbs, as she speaks to Anthony Carew about being a wallflower and the catharsis that comes from songwriting.
’m so grateful – with all the concerts I’ve done – with how well people listen to the songs,” says Finnish singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner. “How they can sit down, be quiet, relax, and just listen to the songs. It quite often happens where, even if I’m playing in a rock venue or a corner of a pub, people will still sit down and listen quietly.” The audience’s reaction befits Wagner’s music, which is quiet, intimate, melancholy. It also suits Wagner’s softly spoken, shy personality. The 28-year-old is a somewhat reluctant interviewee, and an almost accidental artist. Even though she’s signed to Sub Pop and has released two albums – 2011’s Mirel Wagner and 2014’s When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day – Wagner’s music feels like something listeners can ‘discover’. “I never considered making music as a career, it just sort of happened,” Wagner admits. “And it’s wonderful that it just happened. That I get to do this. Because it was never this ambition that I really, really wanted. Of course, it would have been a nice dream, but it never really seemed realistic. The kind of
When & Where: 14 Jan, The Toff In Town; 16 - 17 Jan, MOFO, Hobart
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EEat / Eat/Drink
The Full Eat/Drink Line-Up Eat
Biggie Smalls Transformer Fitzroy Hanôi Hannah Meatmother Leonard’s House Of Love Billy Van Creamy Belleville
Brett Louis Leonard’s House Of Love
As we all know, there’s just so much good food and drink in Melbourne. How do you decide what to include in the line-up? We look for the perfect mix between new, interesting, fun and (the most important) tasty. We ask ourselves ‘if you had no limitations on who you could choose this year, who would you?’ — then we go for it.
Sugar Mountain takes place on 23 Jan at Victorian College Of The Arts.
Billy Van Creamy
More and more festivals are being more selective about and taking great pride in their food and drink options — a diverse and high quality line-up is the norm now. Why do you think that is? The overall food and beverage offering has a huge impact on people’s enjoyment level throughout the day. For some reason, in the past it has been an afterthought for festivals; punters’ expectations have now forced it to be a large focus. If there were nothing holding you back, what would your dream music festival food/drink line-up look like? Honestly, it wouldn’t look dissimilar to this year’s line-up. Being able to create Sensory is at the top of the list; it is very much a dream concept. I would definitely throw David Chang and Adam D’Sylva into the mix. What do you think the next food/drink trend(s) will be? Anything that is high quality and convenient, flavourful.
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Everyday Coffee Sample The Beaufort X Jameson Black Pearl X Absolut
We chat to one of Sugar Mountain’s founders, Brett Louis, about the fest’s food/ drink offerings.
/ Drink Eat/Drink
Better Fed And Watered Food and drink offerings at festivals are totally gourmet these days, huh?
ut even as few as five years ago, the eat/drink line-ups at music festivals left a little something to be desired. With the rise of the boutique festival, we’ve seen a massive improvement on the overall quality and the diversity of festival food and drink. “It has been changing for a while now,” says Sydney Argentinean restaurant Porteno’s Ben Milgate, whose food ‘headlined’ the Out On The Weekend Americanathemed festival in Melbourne a few months back. “I think ever since 2013 when we curated the Big Day Out’s Chow Town it’s been getting a lot better at most festivals. I think most stalls at music festivals are serving classic fast food items but made with quality ingredients.” On the same line-up was Raph Rashid’s food trucks: All Day Donuts, Taco Truck, Juanita Peaches and Beatbox Kitchen. They get around to plenty of other festivals, too - including Falls, Splendour In The Grass, Meredith and Laneway. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the emergence of artisan/gourmet Taj Indian food trucks directly contributed to the betterment of festival food. The king of Melbourne’s food trucks also agrees that the face of festival food has been changing in certain festivals “the ones that care about the overall experience and are investing in their
food,” says Rashid, who loves working at festivals, considering them “a heightened reality”. One marker of a boutique festival (as opposed to the larger mainstays) is its desire to offer a whole experience wherein all aspects of the festival complement one another; everything’s gotta follow a similar ethos or aesthetic, and everything has to be as on-brand as possible in this age. If you have a style, you stand out. Maybe punters have gotten more picky, more critical? Or, as Fairgrounds festival director Ashley Sellers puts it, “People are more discerning. They want a great all ‘round experience that includes good, high quality and - dare I say it! - healthy food as well as interesting and varied drink options.” That means craft beer and cider options, and maybe even cocktails. One of our country’s younger festivals, Sugar Mountain, exemplifies this and understands what punters are looking for in a festival and what standards should be met. “The overall food and beverage offering has a huge impact on people’s enjoyment level throughout the day,” says Brett
Louis, one of Sugar Mountain’s founders. “For some reason, in the past it has been an afterthought for festivals - punters’ expectations have now forced it to be a large focus.” They’re taking it a step further and introducing an on-site restaurant that combines all the senses, with Bomba providing the food, Cut Copy the soundtrack, and Tin & Ed the visuals. “Being able to create Sensory is at the top of the list; it is very much a dream concept,” says Louis. Woodford Folk Festival commercial manager Kim Pengelly summarises the direction festivals are heading in - if they’re not already there - perfectly: “Quality food and drink options are critical for creating a beautiful experience. We’re entering a new stage of the event cycle in Australia. Patrons are seeking overall experiences more than just music consumption, which was the trend in the early 2000s. With the current flooded festival scene that the events industry is operating in, patrons are looking for a niche, they are craving something more. Part of providing a feast for the senses is that it’s critical to offer the highest quality food and beverage. Gone are the days of cattle fencing and en masse RTD ‘can cracking’ - each drink should be perfectly garnished in the way that it would in a high trading city bar operation, in my opinion.”
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When & Where Victorian College Of The Arts + Melbourne Arts Precinct. Vic, 23 Jan
Riot Boi showed the world that Le1f has a lot to say, but as Evan Young discovered, he’s going to have some fun saying it.
Line-Up Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett, Kelela, Empress Of, Tim Sweeney, Alpine, Kate Tempest, Sampa The Great, Pearls, Kate Miller and more.
Ticket Price From $150+bf
Tickets from Moshtix
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evelling in the maelstrom of excitement created by an upcoming international tour and the recent release of debut LP Riot Boi, emergent US rapper/dancer/producer Le1f is “hella busy” right now. Currently juggling tour prep with a series of other projects - including the assembly of some fresh, typically tripped-out music videos - the openly gay 26-year-old, born Khalif Diouf, is experiencing a satisfying spike of hyperactivity. “It’s been really awesome,” he says. “I can’t wait to set off on tour and show everyone around the world. It’s really crazy for me to experience how different audiences react to my work. It’s been a while [since I’ve travelled extensively] too, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s a pretty exciting time for me right now.” Following a slew of much-hyped politically charged EPs, Riot Boi feels like an emphatic punctuation point concluding the first phase of a blossoming career. Upon a celebratory aesthetic of textured bubblegum bounce, Le1f continues along his forged path of important intersectional surveyal, contemplating homophobia, racism, transphobia and the white gaze. It’s a fascinating exercise in both exuberance and opposition, a weighty declaration from a queer performer whose community is only now being offered a spot in the hip hop mainstream. Though the album ostensibly gestures toward the riot grrrl feminist movement of the ‘90s, Le1f says, like he and much of his work, its conception and development cannot be so simply defined.
“I think it is more about trying to find where my voice and music is,” he says candidly. “The album was definitely inspired by riot grrrl’s music, being super expressive and political, and though it’s obviously not rock music it has many of those similar [countercultural] ideals. However, I try not to be too consistent about being influenced by any one person. My work has all kinds of influences, from other rappers, to video games, to politicians and old literature. I mean [feminist author and activist] bell hooks is a reference for much of Riot Boi, but so is [female UK rapper] M.I.A.. It takes a lot of words to make a rap song, and so every track, every stanza, every line has so much meaning and inspiration. As I go forward, I’m trying more and more to put influences and styles which seem separate into my art.” While bent on initiating critical civil discourse, the New York native is unworried certain listeners may be distracted by his music’s clubby outer layer. Interestingly, for all the different facets of society informing such a composite acumen, his overall creative philosophy is extremely simple. “It’s important to say something worthwhile, but really, I just want to help people have fun!” Compelling and cheeky, Riot Boi achieves this in spades, rejecting various social frameworks without being overtly preachy, all while sounding “really freaking cool”. “I do think people can still listen to my music, and really relate to these stories, moods and feelings, despite the fact there is a carefree air. Yes, there is a story, and yes there are hidden messages in my music... but first and foremost music needs to sound good! I want people to have a good time, so [helping facilitate that] is always going to be my aim.”
What: Riot Boi (Terrible Records/Remote Control) When & Where: 23 Jan, Sugar Mountain Festival, VCA
It’s just after nightfall in Brooklyn as Alan Palomo from Neon Indian talks to Roshan Clerke about classic cinema and overcoming self-doubt.
e’s running some last minute errands before leaving for a tour of China the next day, walking in and out of stores. While living in Brooklyn for the last five years has informed his latest album to a degree, Palomo is quick to explain that VEGA INTL. Night School is more inspired by the various cinematic representations of the island than the metropolis itself. “New York in particular is a city that’s been exotified by quite a few filmmakers in the past, so it only made sense for me to observe it from that standpoint. I tried to imagine movies like Last Days Of Disco, Fear City, King Of New York, and even some of the weirder and obscure Scorsese movies like After Hours and King Of Comedy, and see how they distorted the city through their lens. When you’re talking about the epicentre of the Western world, it’s interesting to see how different people have dissected it through the decades.” It would be tempting to then consider the album as being about paying homage or tribute to the past, but Palomo also clarifies that he’s not interested in revivalism. “There’s already a Sign O’ The Times, there’s already a Tusk, there’s already an Aja, there’s already a Songs From The Big Chair; there’s all these iconic ‘80s pop records that it would be
redundant to try and make something like that, if that was your aesthetic modus operandi. I mean I’m aware of those things, and they definitely are ingredients which go into the pot as far as what I’m ultimately trying to synthesise. But it’s not so much to put it in those gestures, as much as it is to create a collage; to be able to feel like compartments of the record were happening throughout the span of some fictional band’s career. It took different studios to record in, and different musicians to work with.” Despite the grandiosity and pure opulence of these classic records, Palomo says he’s never felt intimidated by setting his goals high. “You’re trying to make something paramount on a comparatively shoestring budget, but I think at the end of the day it’s just really about locking the hours in. And the follow-through is everything. When I look back at my friends who have gone the furtherest, and particularly the ones whose work I wasn’t that initially impressed with, they just kept putting it out there. Through the act of receiving feedback, there was a very slow and gradual change in them. They needed to sort the excess of shit to be able to work the gold out... and be able to figure out what sets them apart. I think that only time really does that. If you feel intimidated by some creative endeavour, you’ve got to just accept that it’s going to take a good chunk of your life to put it out there. Nothing is free, even if it just means time. I feel like I was willing to invest as much time as necessary to make this record, because I really wanted it to be something that I construe as special to my ears.”
Meredith Music Festival
When & Where Meredith, VIC 11 – 13 Dec
Line-Up Big Daddy Kane, Goat, Jessica Pratt, Father John Misty, Drug Sweat, Interstitial Soundtrack, Jess Ribeiro, Briggs, Ratatat, Steve Miller Band, Tkay Maidza, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more.
Ticket Price Sold out
Tickets from Sold out
What: VEGA INTL. Night School (Popfrenzy) When & Where: 12 Dec, Meredith Music Festival; 18 Dec, National Gallery Of Victoria THE MUSIC 2ND DECEMBER 2015 • 31
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Port Fairy Folk Festival
All Grown Up
When & Where Port Fairy, Vic, 11 – 14 March
Line-Up Ash Grunwald, Archie Roach, Ayleen O’Hanlon, Cedric Burnside Project, DakhaBrakha, Spiro, Ruby Boots, Pierce Brothers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lost In Suburbia and more.
Ticket Price From $220
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It’s all there on the new album - peace, love, hope, happiness, war... depression. Katie Noonan tells Michael Smith “it’s hard to write happy songs”.
one, for the moment, are those famous red curls that cascade ebulliently around Katie Noonan’s face, replaced by a bleach-blonde cockade, quite the contrast, and something the singer, who recently released her first crowdfunded album, Transmutant, felt was all part of the statement of intent. “I’ve come out the other side stronger for the process,” Noonan explains of the making of her new album, “and the white hair is a physical manifestation of the transmutant, you know, that accompanies that change reflected in the record. When I was making Quicksand, the video, I always imagined Charmene [Yap, Sydney Dance Company] and she’s got jet black hair and is part Asian, so very different looking, and I knew I wanted to do it in black and white, so I thought I should just go with really white hair and have that real juxtaposition.” Aware of the strong, independent and optimistic image she presents on stage and off, people might be surprised to hear Noonan opening up about her occasional battles with depression in a couple of songs. “Yeah, it’s definitely been a thing. It’s hard to write happy songs, it’s got to be said, but also just getting a bit older I’m less afraid to
say I have struggled some days. I have had I guess what you would call peaks and valleys of emotional stability. And I guess I’m a little less afraid to talk about it. Mind you, this is also the journey of a lot of my dear friends, which I think is a good snapshot of life in general. I mean, I hang out with rad people, but there’s been a huge amount of introspection and facing shit that’s not been easy, and I’m just less afraid to say it now. Shit can get hard but in the end it’s a magical mystery that we’re in and it’s certainly more good than bad.” Released as Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, the very diverse song collection that is Transmutant also sees Noonan take on the role of producer for the first time. “This is still a band album, but more driven by me I guess,” she explains, “and I play a lot of things - I play bass and drums even and most of the keyboards and wrote my first string arrangement, and French horns. I love French horn. My first French horn arrangement was on [george’s 2001 single] Special Ones. And it’s funny, Quicksand feels a little bit like Special Ones, but the grown up version, in that it is about a breakdown of trust with someone really close to me, and rather than letting it mess me up, kind of going, ‘Ok, I’m drawing a line here - things are different now in how we relate to each other.’ So it’s a bit like a slightly less angry version of Special Ones.”
What: Transmutant (KIN Music/Universal) When & Where: 11 Dec, Melbourne Women In Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club; 12 & 13 Mar, Port Fairy Folk Festival
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Woodford Folk Festival
NYE On The Hill
Golden Plains Peninsula Picnic
When & Where
When & Where
When & Where
When & Where
Woodford, QLD 27 Dec – 1 Jan
The Farm, Kernot, VIC 30 Dec – 1 Jan
Meredith, VIC 12–14 Mar
Mornington Racecourse, VIC 20 Mar
Line-Up Courtney Barnett, Four Play, The Weather Station, Ayla, Boo Seeka, CC The Cat, Cheap Fakes, Golden Sound, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Montaigne, San Cisco and more.
Line-Up Safia, Harts, Kim Churchill, Luca Brasi, Woodlock, Timberwolf, Clowns, Dylan Joel, Jesse Davidson, Koi Child, Theme Team, Mike Waters, Black Night Crash DJs and more.
HTRK, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Violent Femmes, The Black Madonna, John Grant, C.W. Stoneking, Natalie Prass, Sampa The Great, Friendships and more.
Line-Up Missy Higgins, Kim Churchill, Darren Middleton, Timberwolf & Ruby Whiting
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In Focus NO ZU Pic: Nadeemy Betros
veryone we know who went along to Sugar Mountain last year was full of praise for NO ZU and had a lot to say about how much fun they had dancing to their tunes. If you’re feeling left out, no need to fret because the brassy stabs, dreamy keys, overlapping vocal sounds, cowbell (of course) and swashbuckling bass of their latest release – Hi Gloss, part of a maxi-single/EP 12” made possible by Cutters Records – is being launched on 4 Dec at Howler. Support on the night comes from Lucy Cliche and Simon TK. We’ll save ya a spot on the dancefloor.
Friday 04 December
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Friday 11 December
Sub Zero (UK) Saturday12 December
Masta Ace (USA) + Spikey Tee (UK) Free
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Tanglewood Music & Arts Festival
A Day On The Gren
Never Too Personal
When & Where Thornton, Vic, 30 Dec – 1 Jan
Line-Up Spoonbill, Tash Sultana, Deep Fried Dub, Cheshire, Smilk, The Cheif, Super Saloon, The Bean Project, Lickweed, Ripple, Arcane Trickster, Moondogz and more.
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own control to do our own thing and sign other artists. That’s one of the differences now compared to when I was on Lost Highway who were owned by a major. At the end of the day I had a lot of creative freedom but for example when the West album came out I wanted that to be a double album. My mother had just died and I wanted all those songs to come out at the same time but they didn’t want to do that for business reasons. Now we can just do whatever we want. “Last year I was involved with the tribute album to Karen Dalton [Remembering Mountains]. I had known about her and the guy who runs the label had all women involved and sent each of them lyrics that Karen had written. Some were finished, some weren’t. Many were just fragments but none of them had melodies. It was pretty challenging to go into something like that and arrange it and get a melody but I managed to do it. Shortly after that the Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone tracks were recorded and its title is a line from a poem of my dad’s. Tom was asking if there was any way I could work that into a song. The point is that because I’d already done the challenging Dalton thing I thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this, I’ve already had practice.’ I sat down with the poem and figured it out... It can be really quite difficult to sit down with a poem and turn it into a song.” For Williams there is no question that her songs must always be completely real. Nothing is ever held back. “If I don’t release them it’s just because they haven’t worked out... You never know why that is, sometimes it’s just timing. Nothing is ever too personal.”
Lucinda Williams talks to Chris Familton about challenging songwriting, freedom as an artist, and taking advantage of being on a roll.
ince her mother’s death in 2004, Lucinda Williams has found herself constantly writing and producing music at a much faster rate than ever before. As such, 2014’s Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone was a double album but as Williams reveals, much of her next album was also recorded at the same sessions. “We got on a roll and went in the studio, a small independently owned studio a comfortable distance form where we live. It was such a comfortable situation and we could come and go between touring, over a few months. We had such a good time and we had great musicians in there... We cut like 40 tracks so we’ll have to sit down and decide what we want to put on the album,” says Williams. Much of that flexibility and the creative control of her music comes from Williams and her husband/manager Tom Overby establishing their own record label Highway 20 Records. It was established initially to release Williams’ own music, but she hopes they can also sign other artists to the imprint. “We’d like to do that at some point. Were just getting it off the ground as it’s all new. We’re still with Thirty Tigers [marketing/ distribution] but we wanted to have our
When & Where: 6 Dec, A Day On The Green, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley; 7 Dec, Forum Theatre; 8 Dec, The Prince
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Festival Focus: Festival Of King Island
Blues At The Briars
Festival Of King Island preaches ‘surf, food and fun’ in abundance, and things kick off on 29 January with some pretty out there activities, from Trotts & Gallops at the King Island Race Course, to fun in the sun that will channel your inner child. They’ve got waterslides, raft races, tug-o-war and a pie eating competition. For the real kids there is also a kids activities area, and for the adults, a musical line up for all tastes. See Bootleg Rascal, Boo Seeka, Claire Anne Taylor, Hein Cooper, Leash & The Dusty Boots, Lyall Moloney, Mud Peas, 40° South, The Local Band and many more. And what’s not to love about a festival on an island that requires a seaplane ride in or jet boating across the ocean like James Bond?
When & Where Mount Martha, Vic, 5 Mar
Festival Focus: Peninsula Picnic
Line-Up Wilson & White, Jerome Smith, 19Twenty, Eugene Hideaway Bridges and more
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The dilemma facing Peninsula Picnic this year was thus: what food and drink do you combine with the flavors of Missy Higgins, Kim Churchill, Timberwolf, Darren Middleton and Ruby Whiting? Well, they found the answer, with the Peninsula Picnic in Mornington on 20 March celebrating food, wine and music in the spirit of country harvest. They have handpicked some of the region’s finest local restaurants, with Montalto, Terminus At The Flinders Hotel, The Long Table, Dee’s Kitchen, Max’s At Red Hill Estate and DOC Mornington set to serve picnickers a variety of fresh, local and seasonal treats. New additions to the food line-up for next year’s event including The Green Olive, Cook And Norman Trattoria, Merricks General Wine Store and Paringa Estate.
Festival Focus: Tanglewood
Music and Arts Festival
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Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival has moved to the mainland, and NYE 2015/16 will go off on Thornton, Lake Eildon, Victoria, about one-and-a-half hours north east of Melbourne. There’s a wicked line-up that includes acts like Tash Sultana, Griff, Spoonbill, Kodiak Kid, Reubon Stone and Deep Fried Dub is accompanied by a clean and green festival ethos in the food, drink and camping department. The not-forprofit organisers French Fest are using the proceeds from ticket sales to put on the event, which has a strong environmental message. BYO alcohol saves on waste, but for those wanting to buy beers there is a bar that will sell organically solar brewed beer and cider at reasonable prices.
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Have You Heard
Have You Heard
Have You Been To
Answered by: Jared Monaco
Answered By: Josh Bennett When did you start making music and why? My parents were musicians, and I learned to speak music at the same time I learned to speak English. I’ve been performing since I was about 15. It’s the best way I know to communicate.
When did you start making music and why? About ten years ago; I’ve played my whole life but I started writing at about 13. I guess it started out as my way of dealing with all the things that come with growing up.
Answered by: Ben Murrell
Why are you coming to visit our fair country? We are coming because it’s been far too long and we really miss you guys. Is this your first visit? It’s not. If I had to guess, I’d say we’ve been there two or three times now. How long are you here for? This trip will be pretty brief — we are doing three headlining shows. What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Everyone is better looking than us! And kangaroos. And beaches. Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in while here? Not sure what the weather will be like but I wouldn’t mind soaking up some sun. What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Hopefully a massive bag full of Tim Tams! Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? 2 Dec, Corner Hotel Website link for more info? wearethemaine.net
Sum up your musical sound in four words: Genre-less expression of thought. If you could only listen to one album forevermore, what would it be and why? The Beatles’ White Album. It pretty much has every musical idea covered in some form or other. Saying that, I’d still go insane in a fortnight. Greatest rock‘n’roll moment of your career to date? Touring with The Bombay Royale, we rented a giant 16th century chalet for a week in a tiny cobblestone town in South France, jammed all day, and partied all night, and blacklisted our manager’s Airbnb account in the process. Why should people come and see you? Because you’ll hear great musicians have a spontaneous musical conversation that’s never been heard before and won’t again. When and where for your next gig? As part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Mapping Melbourne 2015 festival, 3 Dec, Wonderland Spiegeltent in Docklands. Website link for more info? multiculturalarts.com.au/event/ mm-novalaya
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Sum up your musical sound in four words? Old meets new world. If you could support any band in the world — past or present — who would it be? Florence & The Machine. If you could only listen to one album forevermore, what would it be and why? Tapestry by Carole King; it’s one of the great records. The songs are timeless and really tell a story both separately and as a whole album. Greatest rock’n’roll moment of your career to date? Playing at the triple j Unearthed Showcase last week to a room of people that actually knew the words to the songs I was singing. It required a good 48-hour period of celebration which left us feeling very rock’n’roll. Why should people come and see your band? Because I think we put on a good show that’s worth the $11 you usually pay for a ticket. When and where for your next gig? Shebeen Bandroom, 3 Dec. Website link for more info? facebook.com/music.Gordi
Address: 125 Smith St, Fitzroy What’s the capacity? 150 Why should punters visit you? Small intimate venue with mezzanine, private beer garden, great sound system, lots of international acts, delicious, cheap food and heaps of beers. What’s the best thing about the venue? A diverse array of music with the majority of gigs being free, including many international artists. Amazing blue stone, leafy private courtyard. The pork belly scallops and bacon candied sauce. What’s the history of the venue? The venue has been around since the early ‘90s as an acid techno club and has gone through many iterations including a cafe, biker bar, vegan folk bar and now Grumpy’s! What is your venue doing to help the local music scene? Weekly live music with many local acts including gig with up to ten bands playing, ranging from acoustic to hard rock. What are some of the highlights? Masta Ace (USA) + Spikey Tee (UK) Free entry, free play arcades/all day happy hour. 12 Dec. Website link for more info? facebook.com/grumpysgreen
Australian Catholic University
Answered by: Nadine Maiolla, Marketing Manager
What makes you different to other universities? ACU offers small class sizes. Students are treated as individuals and supported to pursue their own interests/ passions. ACU focuses on social justice and community engagement through the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person and the common good. Academic staff include recognised artists, thought leaders and industry professionals. Students have access to working galleries and industry standard studios. We’re a national university. Do you offer job opportunities, internships, or other ways to help students get ahead? ACU offers extensive programs to engage and prepare students, and professional internships and community engagement units are embedded in the course. Students are provided the opportunity to go on international study and immersion tours.
What kind of courses do you offer? Bachelors degrees in Arts, Visual Arts and Design, Creative Arts and Digital Media.
ox Hill Institute’s School of Music has produced some of Australia’s best musicians and audio production talent. From leading up and coming bands like Drums Of War to established audio engineers and producers like Byron Hosking (Music Producer and Sound Engineer – Lab Studios, London) and Jim White (Audio Director – Network Ten), it’s clear completing a music degree at Box Hill Institute can amp up your career. In 2016 Box Hill Institute will be offering a brand new degree — the Bachelor of Sound Production. Sound production skills are highly sought after, both locally and internationally. The range of industries and professions open to graduates is extensive – from DJing in some of the world’s hottest clubs to designing music for video games, recording great albums or getting amongst it as a live sound engineer for bands, you’re sure to find a role to suit your area of interest. Unlike many other music and audio qualifications, our Bachelor of Sound Production doesn’t require a background as a musician. If you have a passion for sound and audio, we’d encourage you to apply. Of course, if sound production isn’t your thing, we also offer a whole range of other music qualifications, from Certificate 4, right through to masters.
When and where is your next info session/Open Day: ACU’s Make the Right Choice info sessions help students make the most of their score and help them explore their study options at ACU. Once their results are released, students can attend ACU Make the Right Choice at their local campus and speak to academic and admissions experts about study options, tour the campus, investigate pathway programs and meet current students. Brisbane: 21 December Melbourne: 15 December Sydney: 5 January Canberra: 17 December
What kind of people would these courses suit? ACU’s arts courses are for those who are creative, passionate and engaged. Students who want to meaningfully engage with society and contribute to the world they live in.
Box Hill Institute
Academic staff are also experts who are committed to student success, and include recognised professionals with extensive industry connections that benefit students.
Box Hill Institute gives students an opportunity to get out of the classroom and into the studio. With state-of-the-art studios on site at our Box Hill Campus, guaranteed work placements and a real film sound credit, our graduates enter the workforce job-ready. It’s part of the reason nine out of ten Box Hill Institute graduates go on to work or further study in the first six months. We also have outstanding teaching staff — with actual industry experience, like Chris Dickie, ARIA award-winning producer and sound engineer; Shane O’Mara, guitarist and producer for artists like Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers; and Pete Satchell, guitarist and vocalist for Dallas Crane and Jimmy Barnes. Whether you’re a Year 12 graduate looking to start your career in the industry, or an established professional who wants to
up-skill or qualify, our nationally accredited Bachelor of Sound Production will give you the skills to excel in your chosen field. To find out more about our Bachelor of Sound Production and other music qualifications, or enrol today, visit boxhill.edu.au.
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I Killed The Prom Queen
Wa ke The Dead Punk And
f you have been following the news - and I’m not just talking about punk and hardcore news, but the news Hardcore in general - then you would know that Adelaide’s I Killed The Prom Queen have had a pretty rough time on With Sarah a recent tour in Malaysia. Following an alleged visa stuff up by a promoter, the band were detained in a Malaysian Petchell immigration detention centre for being in the country, on tour, with the wrong visas. While this situation is terrible for the band, the comments from other bands who have toured the South-East Asian region about said situation have been mixed, though the bulk of bands who travel to the country have not reported having similar problems in the past. Whether this was a problem with a single promoter, or whether Prom Queen were targeted this particular time, I think it’s important to point out that SE Asia has always been a great place for punk and hardcore to play. The crowds are warm and receptive. There’s an established scene. It has always been a place where Australian bands have been welcome. It’s important to keep in mind that the whole SE Asian region has provided a reasonably cost-friendly opportunity for Australian bands to tour internationally. And as our neighbours, it’s a scene we must continue to support.
Fragmented Frequencies Mute Forest
Other Music From The Other Side With Bob Baker Fish
ne of the main reasons I love music is its unique ability to alter our experience of the world. It can slow us down, profoundly alter our environment, effect our body processes and create a whole new experience of the world. It’s powerful and mystical and explains why we all choose to self medicate so regularly. Deforestation (Lost Tribe Sound) is the sound of Colorado native Mute Forest whispering gently in your
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Marvel’s Jessica Jones
ear; a hushed eclectic ambient folk, a stillness within the clamour of modern music, within modern life. What it makes it so special is how close mic’d the vocals are - you can hear his lips purse - it feels like he’s part of your subconscious. The music, meanwhile, is a washed out folk, filled with skittery electric touches, offering a Jungian nostalgia even when listening for the first time. It’s the way folk music should sound in 2015, post Hood, post Benoit Pioulard. It’s a seamless fusion of the electronic and acoustic, with both elements fully realised yet enmeshed, tied together by the poignant melancholic vocals. Kael Smith says his music is inspired by “the beetle decimated woodlands of Colorado.” I’d say it’s simply inspired. The other extreme is a new release from Sydney noise/glass blower Lucas Abela alongside Indonesia’s Rully Shabara (Senyawa/Zoo) and Ramberto Agozolie (Zoo). Recorded in Yogyakarta in 2010, Gagu (No Rent Records) is a frenetic noisy and hyperactive glass/ vocals/drums collaboration released on cassette in an edition of 50.
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et’s face it, the world of Screens superheroism is, on the screen at And Idiot Boxes least, kind of a dude fest. This shouldn’t With Guy Davis strike anyone as a hot take, especially considering the continued marginalisation of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fact that Wonder Woman is only now getting her own solo movie. Expecting one TV show to reverse such a trend is to place too much of a burden upon its shoulders, but Jessica Jones, now airing on Netflix, gives it a red hot go nonetheless. Its feminist viewpoint is far from additional set dressing to the series; it is an intrinsic and integral part of the show’s identity. So, naturally enough, I’m gonna talk about the dudes in it. There’s a reason for this, other than the fact that there are people far more qualified and informed on the topic who have, can and will talk about the powerful femininity at play in the 13-episode superhero/sleuth drama. In watching the series in its entirety, I was stoked by the bold and forthright way it depicted said femininity, but also intrigued by its depiction of masculinity. Spoilers may follow, folks. The ‘big bad’ of Jessica Jones is Kilgrave, who uses his manipulative mindcontrol powers to... well, he’d say persuade, but the real term is force people to do his bidding. That he uses this ability to get a man to slip off and hand over a fancy jacket he’s wearing or have a woman play cello for him until her fingers bleed indicates he’s a rampant egotist and a petty human being. But Kilgrave’s obsession with Krysten Ritter’s Jessica, who was in his thrall in every conceivable way until she was able to break free, speaks to something far more toxic and, sadly, far more recognisable. There’s a dreadful sense of entitlement that is evident in every word and gesture of David Tennant’s sublimely slimy performance as Kilgrave, and anecdotal evidence makes it clear that it’s no comic book creation, but a mindset that exists among many men. It may not be (or at least seem) malicious in its intent, but it is unconsciously selfish and narrow-minded, and its effects are harmful regardless. Even more interesting to me was police officer Will Simpson, played by Australian actor Wil Traval. Initially introduced as a
pawn of Kilgrave, manipulated into (unsuccessfully) killing Jessica’s best friend Trish (Rachael Taylor), Simpson found himself feeling intense remorse once Kilgrave’s control wore off. While he talked a good game in wanting to help Jessica and Trish in their efforts to track down and take out the bad guy, there was a take-charge tone to his way of going about that came across as condescending – he didn’t want to provide back-up or even fight alongside, he wanted to lead. And once he started popping ‘combat enhancement’ medication to give himself an edge, well, shit got hectic real quick. Fortunately, the character of Luke Cage evened things out a little. While having super strength and skin a buzz-saw can’t pierce would give any fella a bit of confidence in their own abilities, Mike Colter’s performance as Cage displayed the aspects of masculinity that made the character heroic – willingness and capability to help those in need, but also an ability to empathise. Plus, you know, he could beat the heck out of a pissed-off rugby team without breaking a sweat.
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Live Re Live Reviews
Angus & Julia Stone @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
Queenscliff Music Festival 27 – 29 Nov Friday
The Snowdroppers @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
Cookin On 3 Burners @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
Kate Miller-Heidke @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
Crowd @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
The California Honeydrops @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
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While wandering past La Salle A Manger on Hesse Street, a distant rendition of Dancing In The Moonlight wafts across on the breeze from a distant beer garden. This whole town truly comes alive for the entire weekend with the action stretching way beyond this festival’s barriers; tents are pitched in front gardens and even the local Vinnies has a music-themed window display. Once inside the spectacular foreshore site, decisions must be made. First food of the festival? Okonomiyaki. Then we check out Morgan Bain on Glaneuse Stage. He tells us the drummer learnt these songs in one rehearsal, a long one with just a single pizza break. Bain on keys is crazy-good and this promising WA outfit close with Lift You Up. DJ Vince Peach usually spins sweet, sweet Soul In The Basement but this year his services are required in QMF’s Ozone Lounge. We’re tempted to stay for a dance, but must catch Harts, who’s bringing the funk on Hippos Stage. His guitar is all Paisley Park-inspired decollage and he’s accompanied by drummer Manny Bourakis only. The front row punters resemble extras from Puberty Blues. Is Harts like Prince? Fuck, yeah. The fact that Red & Blue (a standout track) combine to make purple is no coincidence. Here’s a tip, if Harts ever asks, “Can I play my guitar for a little bit?” the answer should always be a resounding yes. And he’ll probably play it behind his head then do a 180-degree turn so you can get a closer look at his fingering. They close with Purple Haze, which reminds us of one of our favourite misheard lyrics of all time (“’Scuse me while I
kiss this guy” in lieu of “ ...the sky”). The Snowdroppers never disappoint and lead singer Jeremy Davidson (aka Johnny Wishbone) should work on something with Jack White. He praises the parents in the room before introducing Devil Child. Then they bravely play a segment of Tusk, which exposes the guitarist horribly given our recent memories of Buckingham’s plectrum-less majesty. To the bespectacled dude dancing to The Snowdroppers, while wearing The Snowdroppers T-shirt midway back in the centre of the front section: you rule. Davidson really does slip into character as frontman (did he go to NIDA or something?) and he enjoys burping loudly into the mic. The band’s drummer Cougar Jones really is excellent as well. It’s back to Glaneuse and The California Honeydrops frontman Lech Wierzynski looks like something off Welcome Back, Kotter in that jaunty, red, puffy cap. Their keys player Lorenzo Loera is a dead ringer for Arj Barker. Nearby, someone with an Italian accent announces Loera is “so retro”. The entire audience is having a wow of a time, that is until a gentleman struts over from about five metres away and informs us we must stop talking. Sorry, dude, didn’t realise this was Library Stage. Then our ‘mate’ struts over to shush us again! Refusing to let our spirits be dampened by the sound police, we’re still socialising long after the music stops and the crowd disperses. A security guard reminds us the event is actually over for the day and we make our way up the hill toward sleeping bags and zeds.
Saturday People hang in their front yards just to say ‘g’day’ to the passing parade as we make the pilgrimage past the Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis & Croquet
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Starting the day sitting in front of Lighthouse Stage for some comedy isn’t a bad way to kick off day three. Tom Ballard and Cal Wilson bring the uncontrollable LOLs. When Wilson brings out her bit on the imaginary friend we actually reach for the tissues to mop up the tears of laughter. But then it’s back to the music at Hippos Stage. All Our Exes Live In Texas tell charming tales in between their songs and this outfit have an old-worldly charm that works perfectly in this midday timeslot. Just
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when you think you’ve chosen your favourite, in will come another swoon-worthy voice to change your mind as they switch between lead vocalists. Could Ron Sexsmith’s backing band be any more eccentric? They take to Lighthouse Stage and the purple stage wash suits their tunes. If you can imagine what Rufus Wainwright’s uncle might be like, your imaginings probably come close to Sexsmith (and, hey, they are both Canadian). Sexsmith wears a beautiful bejewelled brooch and if his voice were velvet, it’s the most expensive money can buy. Sexsmith says this setting is a beautiful way to wrap up his world tour this year. Watching the keyboard player’s expressions is priceless, he obviously feels the music deeply and this shows on his animated face and through his upper-body movement. As we enter Hippos Stage, Mustered Courage are closing their set with a rendition of Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. And their version swings a little bit too much for this pair of ears. Crap! How did we miss Pete & His Circus Dogs featuring Lou Lou the “semi-retired” 16-yearold poodle in the Kids Quarter? Our wanderlust then sees us returning to Lighthouse Stage for some Kate Miller-Heidke. She sings an operatic version of Psycho Killer by Talking Heads, which perfectly shows off her operatic range and her diction shines on a light some hella creepy lyricism (although all the “fa-fa-fa-fa”s are a bit much). Miller-Heidke then closes this
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contingent. On Hippos Stage, Hollie Smith’s image is deceiving: boyfriend jeans with ripped knees, white singlet, heavy makeup and messy blonde topknot (plus two long, loose plaits) provide no hints as to the type of artist she is. Her diva pipes are Whitney Houstonesque and it’s a real treat to hear her extraordinary vocal control, which sees one note held for an impossible amount of time before Smith shows off and adds a little vibrato to finish. Estere has brought her “machine band” with her and she even ‘introduces’ us to the different console components by ‘name’ (for example, her MPC
That key change in Bittersweet is everything and then Miss Freelove ‘69 makes a mess of us all. The band look like they’re having so much up there, which translates way past the footlights. 1000 Miles Away is a contemplative masterpiece and then it’s back to the crazy singalongs for Like Wow — Wipeout (with those insistent drums and shouty choruses). We’re left salivating. Frontman Dave Faulkner tells us they came on early so can play for a bit longer. Someone down the front yells out for Leilani, so they play that. Faulkner’s guitar chops seem to surprise even him at times if his face is anything to go by. There’s something T Rex-ish about Hoodoo Gurus and What’s My Scene? causes mayhem. What a treat! But then as soon as they leave the stage the most annoying song ever is played over the sound system so we all rush out to investigate the food trucks.
Crap! How did we miss Pete & His Circus Dogs featuring Lou Lou the ‘semiretired’ 16-yearold poodle in the Kids Quarter?
is called Lola). She has a strong movement element throughout her performance and could just be New Zealand’s answer to St Vincent. Over on Lighthouse Stage, Cookin’ On 3 Burners simmer. They warm into their set with some instrumental jams before introducing gyrating Stella Angelico to the stage and we’re not sure this family-friendly festival is ready for her X-rated dance moves. It’s all good stuff, but lacks visual excitement during the songs that are delivered without a vocalist. Tex Perkins brings it (particularly in Flat On My Back) even if he does have a tendency to dance like a pterodactyl. Reggae and dub with added didge? That’d be Kingfisha over on Hippos Stage. This shit would go off at Rainbow Serpent! At one point the didge man, who reckons his mum calls him “didgeriStu”, appears to be playing a bongo with a walking stick. And then the flautist performs almost an entire flute solo on one leg in a yoga pose. It’s nearly time for Hoodoos Gurus so we head over to Lighthouse Stage and get a good posi. Brad Shepherd sings a song about “lead singer shit” and fittingly wears a paisley shirt, which really should be Hoodoo Gurus’ uniform. In saying that, though, there’s definitely at least one too many clashing patterned shirts onstage tonight. Hoodoos sure can play the hell out of their guitars! A neighbouring lady in the crowd is overheard telling her daughters, “See? They’re old but they’re good.”
Club and down towards the festival sire on the sea. Robert Forster brings a civilised air to Lighthouse Stage and a violinist compounds the elegance. A very experienced storyteller performer, Forster eases our eardrums into the day. This year’s QMF line-up features a healthy New Zealand
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song with a segment from Stairway To Heaven (“And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”). As kooky as ever, Miller-Heidke looks like a modern-day Little Boo Peep up there in her woven chocolate-brown bonnet and whimsical powder blue ensemble. Ah, Angus & Julia Stone, always a pleasure. Julia’s trumpet solo during Private Lawns impresses as always and the banjo player during this number is also worthy or praise. She really nails balayage (perhaps only trounced by Jared Leto with this look) and, although her vocal is little-girly it’s not annoying for some reason. Big Jet Plane makes us all wanna meet Angus at a festival and be whisked away on his large aircraft. He may look like a lost fisherman, but the SNAG factor is off the chart!
Julia tells us that, while walking through Queensliff today, she was reminded of busking around Sydney with her brother Angus back in the early days. The sibling pair then sings a song, just the two of them up on stage, to honour their beginnings. Bless Queenscliff for being one of the only remaining multi-
In Cinemas 3 Dec
★★★½ Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction but it’s not always as interesting, as Ron Howard’s historical adventure-drama In The Heart Of The Sea demonstrates. The differences between fact and fiction give 48 • THE MUSIC • 2ND DECEMBER 2015
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Hoodoo Gurus @ Queenscliff Music Festival. Pic: Lucinda Goodwin
In The Heart Of The Sea Film
day festivals in this country that’s suitable for teenagers experiencing their very first music festival. Does this make it a ‘gateway’ festival for future festival heads? Absolutely.
this true-life tale of an ill-fated 19th century whaling expedition that provided the inspiration for Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick some thematic heft but it also results in a story that’s engaging enough but not completely compelling. In The Heart Of The Sea gets the job done for the most part; Howard is too able a craftsman for it not to. But the story of the whaling ship Essex, and the conflict
between untested captain Pollard (Benjamin Walker) and old-salt first mate Chase (Chris Hemsworth) before they and the rest of the crew run afoul of a monstrous, vengeful whale that destroys their boat and sets them adrift, feels slightly old-hat (especially if you’ve ever seen any film about seafaring), and the script doesn’t do much to bring anything original or enlightening to the table. But it does have its virtues and its pleasures, not the least of which is the framing device that has Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), one of the few survivors of the ordeal, recounting his story to Melville (Ben Whishaw) - these two fine actors perform a fascinating duet. The action on the Essex pales slightly in comparison, despite the excellent work of Walker and the game work of Hemsworth, who struggles to overcome the limitations of a one-note character. Guy Davis
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Alla Spina + Beacons + Dal Santo + Public Liability: Bar Open, Fitzroy
Lagwagon + The Flatliners + Mixtape For The Drive: Barwon Club, South Geelong
Moses Gunn Collective: 27 Feb Northcote Social Club
Sonic Expedition with Tom Showtime + Tim Wigg: Belleville, Melbourne Mellow-Dias-Thump with Cazeaux Oslo: Boney, Melbourne
The Music Presents Mew: 3 Dec Max Watt’s A Day On The Green ft Paul Kelly & Merri Soul Sessions: 6 Dec Rochford Wines Yarra Valley Bully: 10 Dec Howler Father John Misty: 10 Dec Forum Theatre BØRNS: 5 Jan Corner Hotel Halsey: 6 Jan Forum Theatre Elliphant: 7 Jan Howler Oh Wonder: 7 Jan Northcote Social Club
Muddy’s Blues Roulette: Catfish (Front Bar), Fitzroy Pommy Johnson: Comic’s Lounge, North Melbourne The Maine + With Confidence + Maefire: Corner Hotel, Richmond Taste + Robot Child: Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Mrs Smith’s Trivia: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick Bat Country + Surface + more: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Six60: Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Django Django: 8 Jan 170 Russell
The Jackrabbits + The Shifties + City at Midnight: Grace Darling Hotel (Band Room), Collingwood
Shamir: 4 Feb Howler
The Bombay Royale: Howler, Brunswick
The Jezabels: 26 Feb Forum Theatre
Rise Against + Clowns + Outright: Melbourne Park (Margaret Court Arena), Melbourne
Moses Gunn Collective: 27 Feb Northcote Social Club
PLTS: Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne Port Fairy Folk Festival: 11 – 14 Mar Port Fairy
Patrick Wilson + Sasha March: Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill
High Fever Co-led by composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight (of Australian Art Orchestra) and singer-songwriter, Paddy Mann, Daughter’s Fever spin haunted folk, ambient pop and free improvised textures. Their record launch is on Saturday at Melbourne Recital Centre.
Cardhouse + Bek Davis + Zen Robotic + Walla C: The Public Bar, Melbourne
Gordi + Anatole + Owen Rabbit: Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne
Georgia Spain + Didirri + Sienna Thornton: The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Stone Revival + Filthy Lucre + Super Saloon + Hollow Hounds: The Bendigo, Collingwood
Barefoot Spaceman + Birdhouse + Random Subjects + Marapore: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick
Ikigai: 4Dverse, St Kilda
A Day On The Green ft Hoodoo Gurus: 12 Mar Rochford Wines Yarra Valley
Electric Wallpaper + Roxy Lavish & The Suicide Cult + The Attractor Beams + Jo Neugebauer: Bar Open, Fitzroy
Steve Earle & The Dukes: 18 & 19 Mar Melbourne Recital Centre
Global Safari: Belleville, Melbourne
DJ Knave Knixx: Catfish (Front Bar), Fitzroy
St Paul & The Broken Bones: 24 Mar Corner Hotel
Nahko & Medicine For The People: 27 Mar Corner Hotel Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: 30 Mar 170 Russell Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real: 30 Mar Howler Allen Stone: 31 Mar Corner Hotel The Selecter: 25 Mar Corner Hotel
Jules Sheldon: Charles Weston Hotel (Front Bar), Brunswick 1200 Techniques
Here Comes Trouble Aussie hip hop royalty 1200 Techniques will be launching their new single Flow Is Trouble (featuring Ghostface Killah) at The Workers Club on Thursday.
Next feat. Ryan & The Goslings + Ambleside + Pridelands + Sheltered: Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Pommy Johnson: Comic’s Lounge, North Melbourne Westival feat. Wet Lips + The Dead Heir + Edith Lane + more: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchhikers + Winternationale + Liebestropfen: Grace Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood Jed Appleton + Joe Mungovan: Grace Darling Hotel (Band Room), Collingwood
Brian Wilson: 3 Apr Palais Theatre Kill Dirty Youth + Mosey Jokers + Diana Radar: The Bendigo, Collingwood Wine, Whiskey, Women feat. Lisa Spykers + Zoe K: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Dr El Suavo: The Luwow, Fitzroy Darling James + Dirt Hand + Louis Spoils: The Old Bar, Fitzroy
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Luke Morris: Catfish, Fitzroy
Rhiannon Giddens: 23 Mar Corner Hotel
Bluesfest: 24 – 28 Mar Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm
The Tiger & Me + Blackchords + Ubiq:
Mew + Solkyri + Halcyon Drive: Max Watt’s, Melbourne Lagwagon + The Flatliners + Mixtape For The Drive: Northcote Social Club, Northcote Helen Ryder + Sarah Carroll: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick Carb on Carb + Hannahband + Jess Locke Band + Employment: Reverence Hotel (Band Room), Footscray
Soul Sister Sunday Soul Sessions at Retreat Hotel this week (and next) features Thando, backed by her band. Supporting her this week will be Monique Shelford, while next week it’s The ERT Trio.
The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood D.I.C.K. + Elloise Grace + Grim Rhythm + Stone Grave: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Onyx + Snak The Ripper: The Prince, St Kilda
Local Music By Jeff Jenkins The Lo Down Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You). It’s a compelling and confronting title, and it’s the title track of Lo Carmen’s fifth album. And what a cast of characters she has to draw on for inspiration. Her dad hung out and recorded with Bon Scott, her mum made the school tunics for Chrissy Amphlett, and Lo starred in the coming-of-age classic The Year My Voice Broke. Right now, Lo is based in LA, where her husband, Aden Young, stars in the TV series Rectify. She likes being a stranger in a strange town. And that feeling pervades the new album. “I love it when people tell me they got lost in listening to it.” Lo is a sultry chanteuse, who prefers music to movies - she loves being in charge of the whole package instead of just trying to fulfill someone else’s vision. “Making albums is the absolute joy of being a musician for me, especially the joy of recording with other people and the surprises of what they bring.” This album was recorded in just one day. “It’s like time becomes distilled and you have to make perfect use of every precious drop. It’s otherworldly.” Lo sings,
“Everybody’s got a place to be.” To Howzat!’s ears, she sounds like a Melbourne artist, which is strange because she’s from Adelaide and spent most of her life in Sydney. “Actual geography doesn’t matter much to me,” Lo says. “I make up my own inside whatever song I’m writing.” And she says songs usually come at inconvenient times, “when you’re in the supermarket with a crying baby or racing against time to get something important finished.” Lo even did a song with her dad, Peter Head, called Songs Don’t Care.
Perry Good Lo Carmen pops up on Perry Keyes’ latest album, Sunnyholt, providing some haunting backing vocals on closing cut, The Abattoir Sky. She’s a big fan of the Sydney singer-songwriter, who returns to Melbourne this weekend, to play at The Flying Saucer Club
on Saturday with Bek-Jean Stewart. “What’s not to love about Perry,” Lo smiles. “His lyrics are so masterful and his voice is so warm and evocative, it just draws you right in and breaks your heart and puts you right in the middle of whatever story he’s weaving.” Missy Higgins - who covered Perry’s NYE on her Oz album agrees with Lo, telling Howzat!: “Perry Keyes doesn’t have enough crazy fans, he’s seriously underrated. He’s an amazing songwriter.” Saturday’s gig is the 10th anniversary of Perry’s remarkable double-disc debut, Meter, which will be for sale at the show. Hot Line “You gotta hold tight and don’t let go” - Perry Keyes, The Abattoir Sky.
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Batpiss + High Tension + Shit Sex: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
The Bombay Royale
The Glorious + Celia Church: Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood NO ZU + Lucy Cliche + Simon TK: Howler, Brunswick
World’s End Press
The World’s Ending For the next three months, Boney will be featuring their Good Manners Weekly, every Friday night. Grab your tix and catch World’s End Press, alongside Catlips and Planete, Friday.
Teeth & Tongue + Darren Sylvester + DJ Serious Joe Kokomo: Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne Apes + Destrends + Pretty City: Major Tom’s, Kyneton Lagwagon + The Flatliners + Mixtape For The Drive: Max Watt’s, Melbourne The Stevens + DJ Brain Children: MPavillion, Melbourne Colytons + The Revengers + The Ivory Knives + Filthy Hacks: Music Man Megastore, Bendigo Matoma: Northcote Social Club, Northcote Chris Cornell: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Human Woman + The Gallant Trees + Popolice: The Public Bar, Melbourne Freya Josephine Hollick + Little Rabbit: The Toff In Town, Melbourne The Shifters + Sweet Whirl: The Tote, Collingwood 1200 Techniques: The Workers Club, Fitzroy Zikora: Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury Brooke Russell + Ben Franz: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote Miff & The Reunion: Wesley Anne (Band Room), Northcote
Big White + Good Morning + Zone Out + DIET: Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne Collins Lynch Watson + Joshua Seymour: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Blues Party with Northside Blues Assembly: The B.East, Brunswick East Belligerent Intent + Cemetery Urn + AK-11 + Feralian + Hellspit: The Bendigo, Collingwood
Guest DJs - The Hives: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Sasha March: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick
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Pommy Johnson: Comic’s Lounge, North Melbourne
Bayou + Ben Salter + Loose Tooth + Moon Ritual: The Old Bar, Fitzroy
Terrible Truths + Beaches + Deep Heat
Archie Roach: Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury Cold Irons Bound + Danny Walsh Banned + Ten Gallon Head: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick The Grubs: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote
Sat 05 Ed Sheeran + Rudimental + Foy Vance + Passenger: AAMI Park, Melbourne Grumpy Neighbour
Grumps The year has been something of a journey for Grumpy Neighbour but it will all come to an end at Catfish on Sunday arvo when they play their final public show for 2015. Expect gothic tall tales, 14 instruments and harmonies.
Pommy Johnson: Comic’s Lounge, North Melbourne The Coronas + Mick McHugh + Zeon & The Acoustics: Corner Hotel, Richmond
Women of Soul feat. May Johnston + Rita Satch + Chelsea Wilson + Lisa Faithfull + more: The Grand Hotel, Mornington
DJ Cassette Walkman: The Workers Club (Front Bar), Fitzroy
People Under The Stairs feat. Amin Payne + Winters + Jackson Miles: Boney (Downstairs), Melbourne
James Reyne + Moving Pictures: Chelsea Heights Hotel, Aspendale Gardens
Scene + Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk + Devil Electric: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Goat + King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Orb: The Croxton, Thornbury
Hockey Dad + Skegss + The Pinheads: Barwon Club, South Geelong
Jules Boult: Catfish (Front Bar), Fitzroy
+ DJ White Chocolate: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
WAAX + Them Bruins + Delorians: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Dumb Punts + Eyes Ninety + Brad Pot + Hollywood Models + Nick Pratt: Bar Open, Fitzroy
Hello Afro: West End Soul Session feat. Blunted Stylus + DJ Scuba D + Nate Goldentone: Boundary Hotel, Bentleigh East
The Bombay Royal is known for reviving funk and mixing it with some Indian sounds. They’ve also scored themselves a residency at Howler, kicking off Wednesday.
Three Quarter Beast + Startakit + Poison Fish + Plotz + Sex Grimes: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick
You Am I: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Good Manners feat. Worlds End Press + Catlips + Planete + Babicka + more: Boney (Upstairs), Melbourne
+ Empat Lima: The Curtin, Carlton Arthur Penn & The Funky Ten + The Scrimshaw Four + BJ Morriszonkle
The Last Waltz Revisited feat. Tim Rogers + Dan Sultan + Marlon Williams + Vika & Linda Bull + The Rockwiz Orkestra + Brian Nankervis: Arts Centre Melbourne (State Theatre), Melbourne
Mono + We Lost The Sea + Fourteen Nights At Sea: Corner Hotel, Richmond DJ Knave Knixx + The Slipdixies: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick Never Shout Never + Acrasia + Young States: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy The Newsletters + Stationary Suns + Popolice + Waterfall Person: Grace Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood The Sunday Reeds + The Black Heart Death Cult + The Baudelaires + VHS Dream: Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood Goat + King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Orb: Howler, Brunswick Jakubi + Reika + Kings: Max Watt’s, Melbourne Stereosonic 2015 feat. Armin Van Buuren + Axwell + Ingrosso + Major Lazer + Showtek + Peking Duk + Diplo + more: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale Dead City Ruins: Musicman Megastore, Bendigo
The Dub Captains: Bar Open, Fitzroy Taipan Tiger Girls + Cable Ties + Plaster of Paris + Hi-Tec Emotions: Bar Open, Fitzroy
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses: Northcote Social Club, Northcote Chris Cornell: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Hockey Dad + Skegss + The Pinheads: Boardriders, Torquay
Bang feat. Glorified + Graves + Vices + Polaris: Royal Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne
Slim Belly: Catfish (Front Bar), Fitzroy Circoloco Australia feat. Boris Werner + Clive Henry + Dense + Pika + Francesa Lombardo + Roman Flugel + KiNK + more: Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield North
Andras & Oscar + Harvey Sutherland + Bermuda: Shadow Electric, Abbotsford Soul-A-Go-Go: Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne
Danny Ross: Charles Weston Hotel (Front Bar), Brunswick
The Bakersfield Glee Club: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
Drunk Mums + Fuck The Fitzroy Doom
Men From Earth: Spotted Mallard (4pm), Brunswick
Gigs / Live The Guide
Tom Dockray + The Dockadoodledoos: The B.East, Brunswick East
Nevermind The Warp’d Tour 2015 feat. Beer Fridge + The Flangipanis + One 80 Down + Skinpin + Colytons + Eager 13 + Dead Joe + Ben Gel & the Boneyard Saints + No Idea + Strawberry Fist Cake + The Ramshackle Army + more: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Jaala + Swooping Duck + Kirkis: The Curtin, Carlton Jules Boult: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne Wild Birds Fest feat. The Reprobettes + Swim Team + Loose Tooth + Freya Josephine Hollick: The Eastern, Ballarat East Cisco with Whiskey Houston + Mr Weir + Lady Erica: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood The Cops + Brat Farrar + Going Swimming: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Eyes Ninety + Radio Age: The Old Bar, Fitzroy
The Gun Barrel Straights: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg
Helen Ryder is launching True Love Travels On A Gravel Road on Thursday at Retreat Hotel, her second single off her debut album Someday Love. She’ll be backed by her band and supported by Sarah Carroll.
Phil Para: The Prince (Public Bar), St Kilda Platinum Rat + Thundabox + Chimpar Kimblay + Ben Carter + Hannah Francis: The Public Bar, Melbourne Colourdazed + Bill: The Public Bar, Melbourne Custard + Trevor Ludlow + The Hellraisers + Mrs Pink Whistle: The Toff In Town, Melbourne
You Am I
All I Want For Xmas Is You Am I Australian alternative rock gems You Am I are shaking up the entire east coast with mates The Persian Drugs and The Delta Riggs. Catch them at 170 Russell, Friday.
Archie Roach: Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury Grain Of Truth: Wesley Anne (Band Room), Northcote
(Front Bar), Fitzroy Blues Cruise with John McNamara + Fats Wah Wah: Central Pier, Docklands
Mon Shelford + Ian Maddick: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote
Redro Redriguez & His Inner Demons + The Welcome Storm + Two Headed Dog: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
The Sea Birds: Wesley Anne (Band Room), Northcote
Tom Dockray: Compass Pizza Bar (Front Bar), Brunswick East
The Hotelier + Ceres: Wrangler Studios, West Footscray
Unwritten Law + Grenadiers + Mixtape For The Drive: Corner Hotel, Richmond
A Gazillion Angry Mexicans + My Left Boot + Two Headed Dog + Palmer Slum: Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy
Joseph Paola & The Strains: Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick
James Reyne + Moving Pictures: York on Lilydale, Mt Evelyn
AC/DC + The Hives + Kingswood: Etihad Stadium, Docklands
Never Shout Never + Renegade Armada + Kids In Control: Evelyn Hotel (All Ages/2pm), Fitzroy
Ratatat + Black Cab: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Momentum feat. The Coretet: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
Etienne & the Sankayi: 303, Northcote
Sticky Music: Ferdydurke, Melbourne
Ed Sheeran + Rudimental + Passenger + Foy Vance: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Louis Spoils + Human Face + Hayley Couper + Baron Von Weinsberg: Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood
Bitter Fruit + Arora + Brett Lee: Bar Open, Fitzroy Yowo + The Mae Trio: Bella Union, Carlton South
Apes + Destrends: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Chris Wilson: Big Huey’s Diner, South Melbourne
Mother Culture + The Moody Spooks + Randolph’s Party: The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Ross Hannaford: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh
Love Spread with DJ Alex: The Workers Club (Front Bar), Fitzroy
Grumpy Neighbour: Catfish
Blue Bloods + Sewercide + The Cockles: Grace Darling Hotel (Basement), Collingwood Goat + King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Orb: Howler, Brunswick Summer Sunset Series feat. DJ AK: Jardin Tan, South Yarra The Bon Ton Rhythms: Labour In Vain, Fitzroy Monica Weightman + Dan Warners’ RRR
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BBQ Band: Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East
The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick
Yelawolf + B Wise: Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Michelle Chandler + Peter Burns: The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne
Christopher Sprake + Robert K Champion + Ben Carter + Grace King: Mr Boogie Man Bar, Abbotsford Coda Chroma + Philemon: Northcote Social Club, Northcote
Hockey Dad + Skegss + The Pinheads + Great Places: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
The New Melbourne Jazz Band: Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave
Fat Cousin Skinny: Wesley Anne (Front Bar), Northcote 2AM Slot with Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood: Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy
Blood Burger: The Gasometer Hotel (Front Bar), Collingwood
Open Mic Night: Yah Yah’s (6.30pm), Fitzroy
Virginia Sook + Jess Locke Band + Amy Wright: The Old Bar, Fitzroy
8 Ball Aitken: Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy Thando + Monique Shelford + The Everyman + DJ Soul Loco + DJ G Pog: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick Bec Stevens + Zzzounds + Bilby: Reverence Hotel (Front Bar), Footscray Revolver Sundays with Boogs + Spacey Space + T-Rek: Revolver Upstairs, Prahran
B3 Breakout: 303, Northcote Gin Club Two: The Post Office Hotel, Coburg Elwood Blues Club feat. 8 Ball Aitken: The Prince (4pm), St Kilda Public Bar Comedy: The Public Bar, Melbourne
Quick Bites Comedy with Ben Russell: Boney (6.30pm), Melbourne The Monday Bone Machine feat. Honey Smack: Boney, Melbourne Cherry Jam: Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Horse + Wes Harrington: Robarta, St Kilda A Day On The Green with Paul Kelly & Merri Soul Sessions + Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers + Marlon
Esther Holt + Flop Eared Mule + Amarina Waters: The Toff In Town (2.30pm), Melbourne
Romeo Moon + Huntly + Holy Trash: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Lucinda Williams + Dan Sultan: Forum Theatre, Melbourne Monday Night Mass feat. The Bunyip Moon + Military Position + Complete: Northcote Social Club, Northcote Singer Songwriters Showcase: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick AIM Ensemble: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood Palace Motel + Jim Patterson + Cameron Elliot: The Public Bar, Melbourne Ziggy Alberts + Kyle Lionheart: The Toff In Town, Melbourne Call It In with Instant Peterson + Dylan Michel + Hyde: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses
The Johnny Can’t Dance Cajun Band: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick
Teeth & Tongue
Crooked Teeth After a huge year for Teeth & Tongue, they’ve announced a special last show for the year, and won’t be playing again until mid-2016. They have also slipped out a secret that synthpop genius Darren Sylvester will be joining them at Hugs & Kisses, Friday.
Nazeem Hussain: Catfish (Upstairs), Fitzroy The Resignators + The Outsiders: Cherry Bar, Melbourne Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Alex Cameron: Corner Hotel, Richmond Cajun Christmas with The Black Sorrows: Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne AC/DC + The Hives + Kingswood: Etihad Stadium, Docklands Morbidly O’Beat + Echo Drama + Akroyd Smart: Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy Rudimental + GRMM: Forum Theatre, Melbourne Mercury Rev + DJ James Dela Cruz: Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Melbourne’s own Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses are ready to wrap up what has been a wild year of shows. The rockers will be playing Northcote Social Club, Saturday with special guests announced soon.
Collingwood Casanovas: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick Sam Smith + Emma Louise: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Cosmic Rain + Betty Rumble + Brad Hunter: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick
Williams: Rochford Wines, Coldstream Aintree Sweet: Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North Royal Funk Festival feat. Lake Minnetonka + Mondegreen + Coca Noire + MzRizk + Chelsea Wilson : Shadow Electric, Abbotsford The Wikimen: Spotted Mallard, Brunswick Nevermind The Recovery Show with Ben Gel & the Boneyard Saints + Beer Fridge + Skinpin + The Crunt Burgers: The Bendigo, Collingwood Harry Coulson’s Raindogs + Peny Bohan + Carl Dunai + Tracey Hogue + Max Fotheringham: The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick The Gonzo Show + Silverback + Cameron Holmes + The National Evening Express:
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Custard + Mrs Pink Whistle + The Zebras: The Toff In Town, Melbourne The Sunday Set with DJ Andyblack + Haggis: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room/4pm), Melbourne Down The Rabbit Hole with Nigel Last: The Toff In Town (Carriage Room), Melbourne You’re Looking At Country feat. Laura Imbruglia + Ben Salter + The Broads: The Tote, Collingwood Jay Penaflor + Best Press + Noti: The Workers Club (7pm), Fitzroy
Archie Roach AIM Ensemble: The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
Archie & Friends Seats are still available for the showcase of Archie Roach & Friends’ Back To Charcoal Lane, so get on them. Accompanied by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks at Thornbury Theatre, Friday.
Allan Smithy: The Gasometer Hotel (Front Bar), Collingwood King Choonga + Cowabunga Beach + Jurassic Nark: The Old Bar, Fitzroy Lucinda Williams: The Prince (Band Room), St Kilda Pique + Junki + The Dorks: The Public Bar, Melbourne Ziggy Alberts + Kyle Lionheart: The Toff In Town, Melbourne
John Lingard + Thando + Heloise: The Workers Club (1pm), Fitzroy
Nicola Watson: Tramway Hotel, North Fitzroy
Halestorm + Bellusira: 170 Russell, Melbourne
AJ Steele: Victoria Hotel, Brunswick
Loving The Alien: 303, Northcote
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The Music is a free, weekly magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, lifestyl...
Published on Dec 2, 2015
The Music is a free, weekly magazine of newsstand quality. It features a diverse range of content including arts, culture, fashion, lifestyl...