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Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 3:32pm

Best known for her role as Margery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer is heading to Melbourne in an exclusive Q&A.  

 

Asides from her role in Thrones, Dormer is also well-loved for her starring role as Anne Boleyn on hit period drama The Tudors. 
 
In film, she previously starred opposite Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde in director Ron Howard's Rush,...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 3:08pm

After a successful launch in 2016, Triple R's celebration of live music is back in business once more. 

 

April After Dark will be showcasing some of the most vibrant Australian acts out there live at Triple R in celebration of April Amnesty.  
 
Join Triple R for a big week of live music from the Triple R Performance Space with 22 acts over seven consecutive nights,...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 2:48pm

Horrorshow have joined forces with Australian larrikins Aunty Donna in a brilliant new video clip. 

 

Watch the Donna boys as they set out to make the best cake of all time. Naturally, it devolves into something that's nothing but hysterical. 

 

Eat The Cake is lifted from Horrorshow's fourth studio album, Bardo State. 

 

Watch the madness unfold below...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 1:37pm

Melbourne hip hop duo REMI are getting together with lauded Australian act Sampa The Great for a huge co-headline tour. 

 

The frequent collaborators will set off on a cross-country jaunt, alternating set times each night before sharing the stage for a joint finale. 

 

Last year, REMI teamed up with Sampa The Great to release For Good, the first single off REMI's...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:02am

The dankest day of the year is fast approaching, and The Bennies are putting on an April 20 party for the ages. 

 

As well as a live set from The Bennies, Dedmedics will also be along for the ride. Capping it off comes a special live art show from long time Bennies artist Trog, who'll be delivering his specific brand of stoner art. 

 

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 10:15am

The annual Leaps & Bounds Music Festival is back in business for 2017, releasing a stellar lineup for their opening night. 

 

Indie heavyweights Augie March will be headlining the event, joined by lauded singer/songwriter Jess Ribeiro and garage rockers The Pink Tiles. 
 
Capping it off, there will also be a surprise mystery guest set to perform Paul Kelly's...

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 4:54pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and Beat Magazine is proud to present MICF Menu - your inside track to all the delectable treats of this year’s festival season. Hope you’ve left some room since last festival, because this year’s program serves up a veritable smorgasbord of shows. I’m Nick Mason and I’ll be previewing each day of the festival before it happens,...

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 3:11pm

Common Kings are heading back to Aussie shores in support of their long-awaited debut LP. 

 

Last in the country to support Justin Timberlake on his 20/20 tour, Common Kings have since pushed through a relentless touring schedule that has taken them to stadiums across the globe - both supporting world-renowned artists and as headliners in their own right. 

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 2:30pm

Granadiers are back with an explosive single and video, capped off with a cheeky east coast tour to boot. 

 

Suburban Life comes straight out of the gate as a beacon of contemporary Aussie rock, and is the latest taste of what will be the third album from the revered three-piece. 

 

Watch the '90s-inspired raceway clip below. 

 

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 2:11pm

Evan Dando is heading Down Under for a run of intimate shows.  

 

With a dedicated cult following, Dando has long been a favourite on Australian shores. This time around, he's joining us to mark the reissue of his debut solo LP, 2003's Baby I'm Bored. 

 

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 2:03pm

Geelong's five-piece rock band MDRN LOVE have released their debut single Bring Me Down today.

 

MDRN LOVE combine unhinged and emotive storytelling with driving guitars to create their own unique rock sound.

 

The song is from the band's much anticipated debut EP and comes just in time for the bands collection of shows across Victoria.

  

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 1:40pm

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival has revealed its 2017 program, complete with Oscar-nominated films, thought-provoking content, Australian shorts, exhibitions, events and more.  

 

Highlights of the full Melbourne program include Australia's first ever Oscar-nominated foreign language film, Tanna, Sundance Film Festival favourite Quest, a Melbourne-only Australian...

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 1:07pm

As far as reunions go, it doesn't get much more nostalgic than this. 

 

Five iconic bands from your youth are getting together and bring all of their hits with them, with Hoobastank, Wheatus, Alien Ant Farm, Lit and CKY all heading to Australia. 

 

Posted 4 Apr 2017 @ 1:00pm

Acclaimed indie four-piece San Cisco are bringing their new album to the masses. 

 

They'll be bringing songs from their new record, including SloMo and the recently released Hey, Did I Do You Wrong? along with them, as well as a slew of San Cisco favourites. 
 
San Cisco's latest record, The Water, marks a step in a new direction for the band - moving into a more of...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 6:27pm

More than a piece of art, Holy Holy's latest album sees the cross-state duo wriggle free of the sophomore blues to bring you something truly refreshing.

 

When The Storms Would Come was fantastic and it can be difficult for bands to surpass their debut effort, but Holy Holy rise up and up behind their impressive new release Paint. 

 

International Songwriting...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 6:23pm

Behind five newly-commissioned artworks, visitors to the Abbotsford Convent will experience new sights and sounds this autumn under their new arts program.

 

In connection with the ground’s heritage and aesthetic inimitability, the new program comprising installations and performances encourages visitors to engage with the artists and their work.
 
Kicking off the...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 6:19pm

Whether you’ve got a tatt or a tan, love your jacket denim or trench all differences are put aside when Best of Both Sides takes over the in-between.

 

Brought to you by Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe, BOBS celebrates Melbourne’s best talent embracing not scorning the geographical divide. With 77 artists and 24 events sprawling five stages the spicy margharitas won't be the only...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 3:54pm

The new initiative is designed to give a leg up to artists who have built significant initial career momentum off the back of their BIGSOUND experience.

 

The $100,000 prize is the largest of its kind in Australian music history and comes in collaboration with Levi’s. The likes of Courtney Barnett, Flume, Rufus, DMAs, Gang of Youths, The Temper Trap and Tash Sultana have all used...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 3:36pm

In the wake of the Greyhound's closure, it's good to see more bars opening up and bucking the trend of LGBTI venues closing down. Meet Pride of our Footscray - or P.O.O.F for short - Footscray's new community-owned LGBTI+ bar. 

 

With the aim behind the bar...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 3:16pm

Still celebrating the revered album’s 15th anniversary a few months on, the Latin metal pioneers are thrashing through top to bottom.

 

Ill Niño have made they’re names bringing a flair and ethnicity not invested by many heavy rock outfits. Revelling in their consistent, unflinching stage energy, their following is embodied by trust and loyalty.
 
Making the journey...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 2:10pm

More drum and beat-driven than ever before, Pete Murray finds new ground on his sixth studio LP.

 

Take Me Down is the first slice from Camacho which sees him enlist a raft of musical visionaries from AB Original’s Trials to Grammy-award winning wunderkind Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, The Chemical Brothers) for production.

 

Speaking of the new track, Murray says, “Take...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 2:07pm

The acclaimed King Cannons frontman has also revealed a mini-documentary into the making of the LP.

 

A successful crowdfunding campaign enabled Luke Yeoward to traverse the United States fossicking for inspiration. Ghosts sees the return of the musician’s much-loved explosiveness yet uncovers a new design, encasing everything to have influenced Yeoward over his lifetime.

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Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 2:01pm

The Grampians has become a hotbed for musical adventure and once again a first-rate lineup comes to the region for the next incarnation of the Grampians Grape Escape.

 

A fusion of blues, roots and folk talent is fronted by the likes of Deline Briscoe, William Crighton and Nick Charles. Freya Josephine Hollick has also been slated for the two-day festival alongside Demi Louise,...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 1:42pm

Because singing Sappy Songs to his adoring Australian fans once wasn’t enough, Alan Cumming is coming back to do it all over again.

 

Not many play a better deviant than Alan Cumming but as he whips back around on his 2017 venture Down Under, it’s set to be far more joyous and light-hearted. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs has befitted a prolonged worldwide domination, taking the...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 12:19pm

As the hype for Vivid LIVE 2017 intensifies, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas has just enhanced two of its harbourside events.

 

With Repressed Records’ 15th Anniversary already welcoming the likes of Total Control and Severed Heads, now Miss Destiny, Lucy Cliché, Kitchen’s Floor, Fake, Angie, Francis Plagne, Skyline and Horse Macgyver are set to enter the...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 9:52am

Grinspoon are returning to the fore, travelling around the country on a 27-date tour to commemorate 20 years of one of their most well-loved albums. 

 

Reaching double-platinum status off the back of a string of killer singles including Pedestrian, DCx3, Repeat, Just Ace and Don't Go Away - Grinspoon's seminal album Guide To Better Living spent 36 weeks in the ARIA Top 50. ...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 9:30am

Melbourne's set to score a 2.5km bicycle veloway built above Footscray road, to make it easier and faster to ride into the CBD. 

 

The veloway will bypass multiple traffic lights, bolstered with escape hatches and stairs so commuters can easily exit if they stack or puncture a tyre. 
 
But hey, if slamming down the bike highway isn't your thing - you'll still be able...

Posted 1 Apr 2017 @ 11:40am

Hail Mary, mother of Bunnings. 

 

The team down at The Bendigo hotel have whipped up a drink in homage to the humble Bunnings snag. You can pick yourself up a Bunnings Mary at the Bendi for a mere $10. Looks like lowest prices really are just the beginning. 

Posted 31 Mar 2017 @ 4:29pm

Au Dré is a collaboration between talented musos JamBau and Audrey Powne.

 

The Melbourne natives combine influences from dance, electronic, hip hop, pop and roots to name a few. You probably recognise the duo from around the traps, given their longstanding involvement with the local music scene.

 

Their pedigree includes working as part of Sex On Toast, The Do Yo...

Posted 31 Mar 2017 @ 3:06pm

Music Victoria champions Victorian music through advocacy, professional development and support for our thriving music industry and its people with a loud and clear voice.

 

From local music lovers to bands, artists and venues, those who sign up as a Music Victoria member are able to contribute to this voice. 

 

New and existing members who renew today will go into...

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