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Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 4:11pm

The 64th incarnation of the Melbourne International Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet. Boasting 370 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 163 Australian premieres, 23 Talking Pictures events, 29 international guests and over 100 local guests, Michelle Carey's fifth program as Artistic Director of MIFF is a feast of dynamic, eclectic and exploratory film-making, and one that...

Posted 27 Jul 2015 @ 5:04pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival have charted a massive year, boasting 5,000 artists, 555 events and over 7,000 shows. 

 

The festival saw a multitude of pubs and unconventional spaces turn into stand-up hubs, as well as sell out shows in some of Melbourne's biggest venues. Show attendance this year clocked in at 770,290, as well as the 4.5 million who tuned in to the...

Posted 27 Jul 2015 @ 12:56pm

Billed as three days of sunshine, music and friends, Highlands is the newest festival taking place in the Victorian countryside. 

 

With the lineup still a closely gaurded secret, what we know so far is that Highlands will be set in the rolling hills of Yea, about an hour north-east of Melbourne. 

Posted 24 Jul 2015 @ 11:42am

Melbourne Writers Festival are celebrating their three decade milestone in a huge way, announcing their biggest program ever.

 

With more than 500 international and local authors, scriptwriters, bloggers and thinkers over more than 60 venues throughout the city across the 11 day festival, there will be a lot to take in.
 
The first of 531 events features best-selling...

Posted 23 Jul 2015 @ 2:26pm

Following the lead of Shir Madness Sydney that started in 2010, Melbourne will host a celebration of Jewish music at the inaugural Shir Madness Melbourne this September.

 

The festival will bring together 30 acts across five stages, spread over nine hours, exploring everything from Singer/songwriters to Broadway, from Cantorial to Jazz, from ambient to Yiddish folk songs, from...

Posted 23 Jul 2015 @ 1:28pm

The streets of Stonnington will come alight once again, when Glow Winter Arts Festival returns for its second year, with a diverse and contemporary lineup of comedy, cinema, installations, roving performances and live music.

 

This year the festival will feature five events. An open-air ice skating rink will be set up in the centre of Prahran, surrounded by projections,...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 2:22pm

Ask most people what they've been doing lately and they're liable to tell you they've been busy. Exactly what constitutes “busy” will change pretty dramatically from person to person, but when Swagger Festival's Michael Patterson says it, you know the man means business. Each year the festival director juggles logistics and lineup while running a café to keep the event funded. This year, he’s...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 1:29pm

Melbourne Writers Festival and Sydney Opera House have teamed up to bring five of the most exciting speakers from this year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas into the MWF 30th anniversary program. 

 

Over the festival's 11 days, more than 500 local and international artists will come to Melbourne. This includes five international speakers that will come together for a mini Festival...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 12:50pm

Strap yourself in, Melbourne's annual fetish expo is back with a ten day program boasting 40 vendors, entertainment, educational workshops and parties. 

 

This year's festival features a grand fetish fashion parade with competitions and cash prizes for the best female, male and transgender outfits. Alongside this, there will be performances by Venus Starr, Mistress Tokyo and DJ...

Posted 20 Jul 2015 @ 12:48pm

The beachside music festival have added a stellar collection of ten new acts to their bill. 

 

Coming along for the ride will be Augie March, Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins, L-Fresh the Lion, The Snowdroppers, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, Tinpan Orange, Raised by Eagles, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Morgan Bain and Blue Eyes Cry. 
 
They will join already...

Posted 17 Jul 2015 @ 9:20am

Bluesfest are making the earliest announcement in the history of the festival, dropping their first round of artists for next year's event.

 

The 15 artists making up the announcement are part of the first of up to eight artist announcements for next years festival.
 
Leading the lineup in a festival exclusive performance are The National. They will be joined by the...

Posted 16 Jul 2015 @ 4:20pm

After celebrating its inaugural year last year, Out On The Weekend have announced the return festival for 2015.

 

The Americana music festival will be returning to Melbourne this year, taking over Williamstown in October. After the success of last year they have also announced they will be expanding the festival to include a Sydney date.
 
The full artist lineup, as...

Posted 15 Jul 2015 @ 5:11pm

One of Victoria's fastest emerging music festivals is officially returning for another year. 

 

The festival will again be held in the alpine forest, overlooking the Victorian Alps and Great Dividing Range. Continuing their focus on innovative and uncovered acts, Paradise will be spread over two areas - an outdoor stage and indoor nightspace, Clubland. Capacity is limited to 2,...

Posted 15 Jul 2015 @ 1:36pm

The electronic festival juggernaut have revealed a huge lineup for this year. 

 

Topping the bill are international heavyweights Major Lazer, Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, DJ Snake, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont and Axwell & Ingrosso. As well as this, Australian favourites Peking Duk, MaRLo, What So Not, Will Sparks, Hot Dub Time Machine, Timmy Trumpet, Tigerlily, Gernerik,...

Posted 15 Jul 2015 @ 9:16am

I can almost hear the crack of that first tinnie now. 

 

The ticket ballot for the 2015 Meredith Music Festival is now open. This year Aunty Meredith will celebrate her silver jubilee as the festival turns 25. As always, the festival will take place over three days and two nights on the second weekend in December.
 
Lineup information will be available soon....

Posted 9 Jul 2015 @ 5:24pm

Beyond The Valley will return for their sophomore year bigger and better - literally. 

 

Following a highly successful debut last year, the 2015 incarnation will take place 90 minutes from Melbourne in the Gippsland Parklands. It will now also roll out over three days and two stages.
 
We are stoked to bring Beyond The Valley back in 2015 and to have found a new,...

Posted 9 Jul 2015 @ 3:28pm

Get out your markers and get highlighting - Splendour In The Grass is almost here.

 

The 2015 incarnation of the festival will be headlined by Blur who will finally be making it up to Australian fans after they cancelled their appearance at the Big Day Out in 2014. They're joined on the top tier of the lineup by Florence + The Machine, Mark Ronson and Of Monsters & Men....

Posted 7 Jul 2015 @ 6:47pm

Boasting 370 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 163 Australian premieres, 23 Talking Pictures events, over 29 international guests and over 100 local guests, the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival is the largest to date. 

 

After previously announcing their...

Posted 3 Jul 2015 @ 1:06pm

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), the southern hemisphere's greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema, have announced the program for this year's festival, taking place in August.

 

With equality as its unifying theme, this year’s festival explores the richness of contemporary Indian cinema across seven programme streams, featuring films spanning...

Posted 30 Jun 2015 @ 2:05pm

Oxfam's famous Oxjam Festival is coming to Australia for the first time, with a huge lineup of acts now confirmed for the month-long program being held across the country from the end of July.

 

The first Melbourne gig will take place on Thursday August 6 at the Grace Darling headlined by Pronto (with further acts still be announced), on Saturday August 15 I OH YOU will be taking...

Posted 29 Jun 2015 @ 2:00pm

The electronic festival has made a second installment to their 2015 lineup, that will join acts including Apparat, Peter Van Hoesen and Soul Clap.

 

The full second line up features András, Booka Shade, CC Disco, Eric Cloutier, Human Movement, Justin Martin, Klo, Lucian Bloomkamp, Oisima, Palms Trax, Ryanosauras, Shigeto, Sleep D, Tetrameth, Tora, Willowbeats and YokoO. This...

Posted 29 Jun 2015 @ 1:42pm

Darwin Festival is offering up a huge 18-day program featuring a myriad of music, arts and hot nights.

 

The Lighthose Festival Hub will play host to The Drones, REMI, #1 Dads, Mojo Juju and Safia. Meanwhile the Festival Lounge will host jam sessions and initmate performances from Ainslie Wills, Jordie Lane, Caitlin Park and the Mike Nock Trio.
 
The Amphitheatre ...

Posted 25 Jun 2015 @ 11:01am

Banjos and fiddles will be aplenty when the Newport Folk Festival takes over Hobson's Bay next weekend.

 

This year's event will feature live music, jam sessions, workshops, children's activities and even a chance to learn how to make sauerkraut. Among the announced performers are The Dirty Birds and Co-Cheoll, who will take the stage in between special events like a CJ Dennis...

Posted 24 Jun 2015 @ 3:27pm

The Red Bull Music Academy will kick off Splendour festivities early this year with a pre-party on the eve of the festival. 

 

Featuring L D R U, Elk Road, Just a Gent, Slumberjack, Swick & Lewis Cancut and Yahtzel, the party will provide a glimpse of what's to come on the Red Bull Stage, which is set to host names like Catlips, Nosaj Thing, Shlomo and Total Giovanni across...

Posted 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:10am

As they lead up to releasing their full program, MIFF have revealed the feature films they will premiere from this year's Cannes Film Festival. 

 

Melbourne audiences will be given the first chance to see the films, following their world premiere at the renowned French festival last month. Titles include several award winning features such as The Lobster (Jury Prize), Chronic, ...

Posted 18 Jun 2015 @ 1:49pm

Returning to Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula to enjoy its 19th year, Queenscliff Music Festival has just dropped the first lineup for this year's festival.

 

Leading the announcement are brother-sister folk pop duo Angus & Julia Stone, who will jump on a big jet plane back from their rounds of the European festival circuit.
 
They will be joined by the likes of...

Posted 16 Jun 2015 @ 12:35pm

Boutique dance festival Listen Out will return later this year, and today they've dropped the lineup for their 2015 incarnation. 

 

Featuring a range of high-calibre electronic and hip hop artists, the 2015 festival will be headlined by Childish Gambino and SBTRKT, and will also feature performances from Joey Bada$$, Alison Wonderland, Odesza, Rae Sremmurd, Golden Features, Dusky...

Posted 15 Jun 2015 @ 9:59am

Now in its eighth year, the festival will cover the street with a large scale series of illuminated projections.

 

Presented by the Gertrude Projection Association, the festival will showcase works from a diverse range of artists. Highlights include The New Vanguard featuring experimental projections and Wheel of Fate, a roving choose-your-own-adventure style performance which...

Posted 5 Jun 2015 @ 1:14pm

British author Louis de Bernieres has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 incarnation of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

The writer behind Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Red Dog, the international best-selling author is also a philosophy graduate, mechanic, teacher and mandolin player and winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel.
 
He'...

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 2:58pm

The eight day festival boasts a huge selection of content, including 450 films sourced from 35 countries.

 

Alongside screenings, the festival will feature the two day RENDER Animation Conference, The Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium, Max Hattler Is In The Room, Meet The Filmaker presentations and the free Careers in Animation forum.
 
Curated animations...

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