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Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 11:41am

Polyester Records is closing its CBD store in Flinders Lane after six years, citing escalating rent charges for its decision.


Owners Nate Nott and Simon Karis will now focus on its Brunswick Street, Fitzroy store, which began 30 years ago. They promise “some great changes” starting with a redesigned website within the month.
A statement released this morning...

Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 11:18am

Melbourne names The Temper Trap, Gotye, 360, Missy Higgins, Vance Joy, The Living End, Children Collide, Adalita, Midnight Juggernauts, Big Scary and Hunting Grounds are among the Australian acts who’ve thrown their weight behind Global Poverty Project’s new anti-poverty campaign.


The campaign is called Global Citizen Tickets Australia, and was launched this morning with the...

Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 10:46am

Sydney-based singer songwriter Alex Lloyd reworked his 2003 hit Coming Home to be the 2014 theme for the AFL’s Richmond Football Club.


Richmond Club CEO Brendon Gale says the new version fits in with the club’s membership theme for this year Strong and Bold: Bring The Roar Home.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with an artist of the caliber of Alex Lloyd, whose...

Posted 23 Feb 2014 @ 12:15pm

“It was a fantastic night and 500,000 to 550,000 people attended,” claimed Artistic Director Andrew Walsh of the second White Night Melbourne on Saturday.


People poured into the  CBD as eight blocks in the city were handed over to spectacular examples of Melbourne’s music, art, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance in over a 12-hour period from 7pm to 7am....

Posted 21 Feb 2014 @ 10:41am

Golden Plains festival announced that this year’s keynote speech will be given by none other than the cartoonist, poet, writer, painter and philosopher Michael Leunig.


He will be speaking on spirit of country and sleeping under the stars.
A statement from the festival says, “(Leunig) describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and...

Posted 21 Feb 2014 @ 10:37am

Monique Brumby’s self-titled fifth album has been getting raps following its release this month for its inspired writing and greater use of electronic sounds.


Her Melbourne launch is at the Spotted Mallard in Brunswick on Saturday February 22. It will be with her full band, with guests used on the album, as well as synthesisers, loops and MIDI-tracked string arrangements. In...

Posted 20 Feb 2014 @ 11:16am

Holy Holy, the duo made up of Melbourne guitarist and composer Oscar Dawson and Brisbane singer songwriter Timothy Carroll have landed a record deal with Wonderlick Entertainment.


The Sydney-based Wonderlick, set up by manager Gregg Donovan and label exec Stu MacQueen, is distributed through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Stu MacQueen said, “Tim and Oscar are...

Posted 19 Feb 2014 @ 10:49am

More names have been added to the Child Wise benefit at Thornbury Theatre on Sunday March 23.


Post-punk singer songwriter Steve Lucas, Murray (Red Wiggle) Cook and singer and actress Debra Anne Byrne are the latest.
Lucas, who is is organising the benefit, tells Beat he got involved with Child Wise after a US agency asked him for a song for another campaign. He...

Posted 18 Feb 2014 @ 11:36am

The iconic Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda is up for sale, The Australian reports.


The current owner of The Espy, Elisa Sofo (as listed in company documents), is moving on after 13 years. According to The Australian, Sofo is keen to retain the freehold title but is offering a long time lease for the next buyer.
It would be expected that the next owner will maintain...

Posted 17 Feb 2014 @ 5:10pm

Just a week after signing Melbourne act Courtney Barnett, Remote Control have inked another act from Australia’s music capital. This time it’s live dynamo Saskwatch.


The Melbourne nine-piece’s second album Nose Dive is due Friday April 11, and out in a tie-up between Northside Records and Remote Control. They’ll release more details on the record, including a video for new...

Posted 17 Feb 2014 @ 4:52pm

The Great Britain Hotel in Richmond will undergo a change in ownership in June after 18 years. 


Chris and Penny Hodges confirmed they have not renewed any lease agreement after that following a breakdown in negotiations. The new owner is the Melbourne Venue Company, whose pub portfolio includes The Perseverance, Geebung Polo Club, The Hawthorn, The Exchange, The Mentone and The...

Posted 14 Feb 2014 @ 4:32pm

The Esplanade Hotel and Ichi Group is a fast past environment with over 50 bands playing at The Espy a week, promotion is of the upmost importance.


 Duties will include:

-  Doing weekly ads for various publications/press release/advertising.

-  Creating posters and promotional materials for upcoming gigs and events & managing  their promotion.

-  ...

Posted 14 Feb 2014 @ 12:19pm

It’s been a big week for Courtney Barnett. The 26-year-old “anti-folk” singer songwriter from Melbourne landed two record deals.


She’s signed with Remote Control Records for Australia through her own Milk! Records. A CD format (and then a vinyl version) of last year’s The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas arrives in March. This will be followed later in the year by her debut album...

Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 3:29pm

Michael Gudinski founder of the Mushroom Group, promoter Live Nation’s president Michael Coppel and independent rights group Merlin chief executive Charles Caldas were three names from Melbourne honoured in Billboard’s inaugural ‘International Power Players’ list.


It looks at those who vision and power working in the music biz outside the United States.

Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 10:19am

Earlier this month, when the State Government rejected a proposal by the owner of the Palace Theatre building to construct a hotel and apartments, the music community was triumphant it had saved an important live music venue.


Minister of Planning Matthew Guy’s decision, fuelled by the campaign to save live music, was also based on the fact that the proposed 72.25 metre-high...

Posted 9 Feb 2014 @ 5:08pm

Archie Roach will headline the inaugural Baany to Warrna Ngargee (Water To Water) festival – the Mornington Peninsula's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and cultural festival.


It is set to be held on Saturday March 29 at The Briars in Mount Martha.
The festival is a non profit endeavour designed to promote cross cultural awareness, and to also...

Posted 6 Feb 2014 @ 7:10pm

Melbourne dancer Robotgirl has won the chance to dance with Madonna at the opening of Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness outlet in Toronto next week.


As part of celebrations to herald the arrival of Hard Candy Fitness to Sydney, a competition was held to find skillful dancers with spark to go to Canada to dance with La Ciccone. The prospects had to go through the 'Addicted To Sweat’...

Posted 6 Feb 2014 @ 5:13pm

Melbourne psychedelic band Flyying Colours have landed two new overseas deals, which will see their EP released overseas in March.


The first label is London-based Club AC30 for UK/Europe. It is home of one of their all-time faves Ringo Deathstarr, and is part of the nightclub of the same name.
The second label, covering the United States, is California-based...

Posted 4 Feb 2014 @ 12:21pm

Artists and arts organisations in the City of Yarra struggling to keep being creative because of rising costs are getting a lifeline from Yarra Council.


Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, this morning announced the new Room to Create Fund that will generate grants for creatives.
The Fund has kicked off with $200,000 from Council and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable...

Posted 3 Feb 2014 @ 4:01pm

Trevor Young, best known as the drummer with Lobby Loyde’s Coloured Balls, has passed away after a battle with cancer.


Young began playing in the mid-1960s with Blacksies Babies, often slipping behind the drum kit for three different bands in the same week. He went on to play with Chain and Blackfeather before teaming with Loyde in Coloured Balls in 1972. The Balls have been...

Posted 3 Feb 2014 @ 12:15pm

Jacinta Parsons shifted to Triple R’s flagship show Breakfasters when it returned this morning. She joined Stew Farrell and Lorin Clarke every weekday from 6am to 9am.


Parsons has been involved with Triple R since 2006. She hosted the Australian music show Local And Or General and Saturday night music show Dynamite, before tackling talks content with Wednesday morning’s Detour...

Posted 3 Feb 2014 @ 12:14pm

The Workers Club in Fitzroy has announced its new booking team.


Venue booker is Indra Adams, who has booked numerous venues around Melbourne, and currently runs his own booking and management agency. Rachel Marzorini will be assisting with administration and Rose Callaghan oversees social media.
The new team at The Workers Club plans to continue the space’s long...

Posted 31 Jan 2014 @ 9:53am

The 35-year-old girl who was run over in her tent by an allegedly drunken man at the Get Milk music festival on Australia Day has been identified as Katie Louise Broadbent of Yarraville.


She worked the bar and DJ work in various venues around Melbourne including the Standard in Fitzroy, The Public Bar in North Melbourne and The Old Bar in Fitzroy. She also did the lights at the...

Posted 28 Jan 2014 @ 1:35pm

The 9th Coopers AMP announced its nine shortlisted albums at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on the weekend – with those from Melbourne artists figuring strongly.


Cut down from a longlist of 43 recordings, the nine are in alphabetical order, Beaches’ She Beats, Big Scary’s Not Art, Cloud Control’s Dream Cave, Dialectrix’s The Cold Light Of Day, Horrorshow’s King Amongst Many, Jagwar...

Posted 26 Jan 2014 @ 10:48am

Johnny Crash aka Janis Friedenfelds, influential drummer in Melbourne’s new wave experimental scene, has died. Cause of death was not announced immediately.


Crash was best known as a member of sonically abrasive bands as JAB, The Models and The Sacred Cowboys.
His passing was confirmed by Models founder Sean Kelly on Facebook, who described Crash as “a very caring...

Posted 26 Jan 2014 @ 10:33am

Jen Cloher has won the 2013 Lighthouse award for her work in DIY music management. She mentors musicians in areas of self-management through her national ‘I Manage My Music’ program.


At the same time the Melbourne-based singer songwriter continues to prove how a self-managed musician can build her career: last year she released her third album Blood Memory and did a national 35...

Posted 26 Jan 2014 @ 10:31am

JOY 94.9 is the first Australian community broadcaster to be selected to join the Apple iTunes Featured Podcast Provider program.


It will allow JOY to highlight content on the iTunes Store podcast home page as well as provide quick access to the latest JOY content on the Australia and New Zealand iTunes Store.  
Along with its 24-hour multimedia World AIDS Day...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 12:35pm

After 20 years of broadcasting dance music to the world from its Melbourne studio, Kiss FM has taken action against Sydney’s new Kiis FM station.


Owned by the major Australian Radio Network (ARN), Kiis used to be known as Mix106.5 until late last year when it brought in the likes of Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands as part of its ratings battle against 2DAY FM. It started...

Posted 16 Jan 2014 @ 2:41pm

Mushroom Music Publishing’s long time Managing Director Ian James has been named Adjunct Professor in Victoria University's College of Business.


James, who has been 27 years with Mushroom Music, is much sought after by music industry panels for his wit and no-bullshit commentary on the music industry. Speaking about the acts being signed and the type of young people entering...

Posted 15 Jan 2014 @ 12:52pm

The Workers Club in Fitzroy has new management as well as a new booking team.


The new managers are still being kept under wraps until an official announcement down the track. But they said in a statement: “With a proud reputation as one of the premier medium sized music venues in the country, the involvement of the new owners heralds an exciting future for the venue. With...