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Posted 14 Jan 2014 @ 4:53pm

The all ages no-alcohol no-smoking Push Over festival at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Monday March 10 has launched two competitions.


The first is a tie-up with triple j Unearthed which allows a young band to play the festival alongside Deez Nuts, Dream On Dreamer, Chance Waters, Remi, Pez, The Smith Street Band In Hearts Wake, Buried in Verona, Bam Bam, Johnny Third, Cub Sport...

Posted 14 Jan 2014 @ 3:04pm

An emerging Australian hip hop/soul act is in line to win a $10,000 grant from the Hilltop Hoods to help record and promote their debut album. Applications opened this morning for the 2014 Hilltop Hoods Initiative and close on Friday February 28.


The winner will be announced on Thursday March 27.
The judging panel features influential hip hop names as Koolism...

Posted 13 Jan 2014 @ 1:08pm

Melbourne venues proved to be Australia’s most successful according to global live music bible Pollstar’s Top 200 roundup for 2013 for biggest global ticket sellers.


In the Clubs section, the magazine listed the Corner Hotel in Richmond as the best performing in Australia. It sold 136,357 tickets through the year and is ranked at #13 in the world. At #91 on the world list was...

Posted 9 Jan 2014 @ 3:54pm

15 Melbourne acts have been confirmed to showcase at South by Southwest Music in Austin, Texas in March.


These are out of 41 acts from around the country. The festival’s Australian representative Phil Tripp told Beat that he expects the numbers to climb up to a record breaking 50.
"This group of artists for 2014 as well as the ones yet to be contracted represent...

Posted 2 Jan 2014 @ 12:33pm

Now that the NYE hangovers have cleared, it’s time to look into the crystal ball to see what to expect from 2014.




We chose ten of ‘em, some already scheduled, others still works in progress.


Bruce Springsteen: most of High Hopes, of covers and reworked unreleased material, was cut during an Australian tour when The Boss...

Posted 31 Dec 2013 @ 1:25pm

Tonight, DJs and bands will be exploding all around Melbourne as Australia’s music capital spins, beatboxes, gyrates, flashes, drum rolls and feedback squalls into 2014.


But in the city centre where 550,000 will gather before midnight, it is the music of multi-instrumentalist and composer Nicky Bomba which will feature. He has put together a 12-minute piece of music for the...

Posted 20 Dec 2013 @ 11:39am

Six of the 20 acts selected by triple j for its Next Crop list came from Melbourne – the most amount of acts from one city.


The Next Crop predicts whom triple j thinks will be big in 2014 and, obviously, will be supporting through airplay and other promotional activities.


The six Melbourne/Victorian acts to watch out for are stoners The Bennies,  dusty blues...

Posted 20 Dec 2013 @ 11:08am

If your ears have turned to blobs of jelly from Christmas jingles blaring out whichever way you turn, spare a thought for musos making dosh from it. 


Slade singer Noddy Holder is expected to make A$1.44m from 1973’s Merry Xmas Everybody from UK royalties from radio, TV, jukeboxes and shop plays as well as compilation album sales. The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York, in second...

Posted 11 Dec 2013 @ 4:58pm

Community radio stations, bands and singer songwriters were among 86 recipients of VicArts grants for the Victorian arts scene.


Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria, today announced that $1.3 million will be injected into the state’s independent arts sector and directly benefit more than 2,200 Victorian artists.
The contemporary music recipients were:

Posted 8 Dec 2013 @ 1:39pm

Next year’s Leaps and Bounds festival is set to more effectively achieve their mission – to highlight the music scenes of Fitzroy and Collingwood and surrounding areas.


Yarra Council was impressed enough with figures from this year’s inaugural event in July (5 to 20) to increase its funding from $35,000 to $80,000. Estimates were that 80,000 people attended 293 events across 34...

Posted 8 Dec 2013 @ 1:28pm

Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote have been nominated for a Grammy.


Their track Nakamarra (featuring Q Tip) from the album Tawk Tomahawk (Flying Buddha/Sony Music) was nominated in the Best R&B Performance category. They’re up against Tamar Braxton’s Love And War. Anthony Hamilton’s Best Of Me from the Back To Love album, Miguel Ft Kendrick Lamar’s How Many Drinks? and Snarky...

Posted 8 Dec 2013 @ 1:05pm

In a move that will lessen tensions between live music venues and residents, Yarra Council has voted to consider a Live Music Venue Acoustic Fund in the 2014/15 budget.


This would assist live music venues to fit-out their buildings to ensure compliance with noise and other requirements.
In the past, venue operators have spent between $10,000 to $50,000 and over to...

Posted 6 Dec 2013 @ 11:33am

Melbourne dance/pop studio project Demolition Crew will make its live debut this weekend.


This comes after its first single Raw Deal starts picking up radio airplay around the country.
The trio is made up of two songwriters and producers, one time Little River Band guitarist David Briggs and Geisha founder Chris Doheny, and club DJ and music programmer Steve...

Posted 4 Dec 2013 @ 10:29am

Future Classic has merged its touring business with Brown Bear Entertainment, it announced this morning.


Future Classic will also become a shareholder in Brown Bear Entertainment.
Future Classic’s tours have included Little Dragon, Sebastien Tellier, The Whitest Boy Alive and Mount Kimbie as well as electronic club acts as Classixx, Lindstrom, Tiger & Woods...

Posted 2 Dec 2013 @ 11:07am

Black Night Crash, the long-running weekly indie rock night, has set up Black Night Crash Records.


Label managers will be Jonny O’Hara and Jordan Barczak, who set up the weekly night at Fitzroy’s Rochester Castle. Their contrasting music tastes, which accounts for why the night developed over six years to a buzz night.
Says Barczak, “We were happy enough spinning...

Posted 2 Dec 2013 @ 9:41am

Nick Cave, Illy and Russell Morris waved the flag for Melbourne at the ARIA awards in Sydney last night


Cave & The Bad Seeds took Best Independent Release and Best Adult Contemporary Album for Push The Sky Away.
“This is crazy!” Illy spluttered when Bring It Back was a surprise win in the Best Urban Album category. It beat off strong competition from Bliss N...

Posted 29 Nov 2013 @ 5:44pm

The issue is not resolved, but the City of Yarra and The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood are in talks.


The latest meeting was on Friday November 29 when a group of councilors led by Executive Manager Ivan Gilbert and Councillor Simon Huggins, along with enforcement and acoustic engineers visited the venue for discussions with owner Guy Palermo.
Palermo told Beat the...

Posted 29 Nov 2013 @ 10:31am

Four local bands have won a place on the new headspace stage at Big Day Out in Melbourne on Friday January 24.


They are grunge blues metal merchants Arcane Saints from Glenroy whose first album was recorded in Nashville after they attracted the attention of US producer Toby Wright, pop rockers Let’s Not Pretend from Bundoora who cite Fall Out Boy and Pink as influences,...

Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 12:19pm

Melbourne’s inaugural Cherry Awards – set up to celebrate the best of the 1,200 live bands to play Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane this year – has announced its finalists.


Best Monday Cherry Jam Act(nominated by Dave 'Red' Whip)
Monster Jeans
Brooklyn Hookers
National Evening Express
Low Fly Incline
The Solicitors
The Pass Outs 

Posted 27 Nov 2013 @ 12:16pm

The inaugural NYE On The Hill boutique festival has officially sold out its 1,200 tickets, promoters The Hills Are Alive announced.


However they do have five spare tickets, and encouraging stragglers to come up with a good explanation as to why they haven’t got around to buying tickets. Say the promoters, “Remember, don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.” You have...

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 12:45pm

Melbourne’s Gossling, Oh Mercy, Dub Fx and King Parrot were among the latest 15 acts from Australia to be confirmed to perform at South By Southwest (SxSW).


The latest list includes Sydney’s Boy & Bear, Kid Mac and Dune Rats, Perth’s The Growl, Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays, Jungle Giants and The Creases, the Adelaide/LA project Touch Sensitive and Flume’s side project What So...

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 12:43pm

Melbourne/Auckland-based indie publisher Native Tongue will represent the songs of Lorde in Australia and New Zealand. It is part of a deal that it struck with New York-based SONGS Music Publishing which recently acquired the New Zealand singer.


Native Tongue will also administer other SONGS signings, Diplo, Nelly, The Weeknd and Conor Oberst.
SONGS founder and...

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 11:35am

MC Remi, who with producer Sensible J hit the juice this year with Sangria and Saggi, took out Unearthed Artist of the Year.


Also up for that category were Jackie Onassis, Dustin Tebbutt, Wave Racer, Jeremy Neale, SAFIA and Tigertown.
Australian Music Video of the Year went to Clubfeet’s Everything You Wanted, in which singer Sebastian Cohen melted himself into a...

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 8:46am

The Bendigo Hotel on Johnston Street in Collingwood is the latest live music venue to contend with noise complaints.


In this case, it is from a single resident, who moved into the area in March, and began contacting the licensing authority, the local Council and police a month after. The Bendigo has never been charged with a breach by police or the licensing authority as a...

Posted 22 Nov 2013 @ 10:29am

Victoria’s live music sector has responded positively to plans by the Victorian State Government to make it easier for promoters to run underage and mixed-age gigs on licensed premises.


The move comes after lobbying from the local music industry.
Under new guidelines announced by Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue, they will no longer have...

Posted 21 Nov 2013 @ 1:54pm

Renee Geyer ruled last night’s inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards at Billboard when she put in a stunning 45-minute set of hits before being inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame alongside Mushroom founder Michael Gudinski.


She revealed, “This award means so much - it is a career-topping milestone and I’m thrilled to be the first female solo inductee to The Age...

Posted 21 Nov 2013 @ 1:52pm

Will one of the Rolling Stones’ Melbourne dates be at Hanging Rock?


That’s the buzz rumour doing the rounds. Frontier Touring’s Michael Gudinski, who is co-promoting the British superstar band’s March visit alongside AEG Live, would see it as a coup in his vision to turn the Hanging Rock tourist spot into a major music venue.
After well attended shows there by...

Posted 19 Nov 2013 @ 2:42pm

The Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 Years Of Mushroom And Melbourne's Music Culture exhibition was unveiled to the music industry last night.


It opens to the public for free from today (Tuesday November 19 to Monday March 3) at RMIT Gallery at 344 Swanston St in the city.
With super-sound and visual technology by RMIT students, the exhibition tells the story of the...

Posted 19 Nov 2013 @ 2:38pm

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo have wrapped up what organisers called a highly successful year and with news of new funding.


Over 8,000 punters attended four days of showcases and attended four days of seminars and panels presented by close to 500 international and local speakers. Over 50 world music, folk, indigenous and roots acts came from all around Australia as well...

Posted 19 Nov 2013 @ 11:19am

Jetstar has adjusted its carry-on baggage policy that will allow musicians to take a wider range of musical instruments on board.


Instruments smaller than 85cm (height) x 36cm (width) x 23cm (depth), which weigh less than 10kg, may be included as a customer’s carry-on item. This means trumpets, violins and clarinets can be stored in the overhead lockers instead of facing the...