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Festivals

Posted 26 Jul 2016 @ 2:11pm

They say the grass is greener on the other side, and crossing the border to NSW, it all makes sense. After spending too long in Melbourne’s cold winter, it's easy to forget what the sun feels like. Right from the get-go, Splendour in the Grass greeted punters with clear skies and 25-degree heat.

 

There was no sign of the festival's infamous mudfest this year, and after ten...

Posted 26 Jul 2016 @ 1:00am

Alt-country extravaganza Out on the Weekend is back for its third year, and it's bringing a bunch of local favourites and international cult heroes to our shores with a ripper lineup. 

 

Headlining Out on the Weekend comes Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, fresh from impressing audiences at home and abroad in the wake of his critically acclaimed album. It will be the only...

Posted 25 Jul 2016 @ 9:55am

Earthcore festival continues to pull out the big guns, announcing a selection of heavy hitters for this year's second round lineup. 

 

Taking to the stage for earthcore 2016 will be Exosomatika, Fishimself, Fred V & Grafix, Jackmaster, LTJ Bukem, Machinedrum, Matthias Tanzmann, Nikki Setterfield, Oscar Mulero, Popof, Scuba, Sean Tyas, Tin Man and Truth. 

 

They'...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 3:02pm

The Tasmanian Government have sealed the new five-year funding agreement with Mona, locking in continued funding for Dark Mofo. 

 

Dark Mofo first launched in 2013, and it has been confirmed to continue until 2021.
 
The new funding deal includes Dark Mofo's agreement to expand the number of interstate and overseas visitors to embrace winter in Tasmania, draw more...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 11:27am

Greasers rejoice, Australia's premier rockabilly and kustum kulture festival is back for another year with a lineup so slick you could quiff your hair with it.   

 

Leading the charge at this year's event is John Lewis coming over from the UK alongside US rockers The Rhythmn Shakers and Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers.
 
Elsewhere on the lineup comes sets from ...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 10:59am

Following on from their massive first round announcement, Queenscliff Music Festival have unveiled more artists for their 2016 incarnation. 

 

Brisbane act George will be getting in on the action, playing songs from their well loved debut album Polyserena, marking their first show in over a decade. Joining the group will be The Doug Anthony Allstars, Pierce Brothers, Jordie Lane...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

It's here. The ballot for Meredith 2016 is officially open for business. 

 

While the lineup is still being kept a tightly held secret, you can bet it's going to be nothing short of amazing. Previous years have seen the best of Australian music alongside international cult heroes take to the stage, for one of the greatest festivals on offer in the current music landscape. Don't...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 10:01am

Lorne Festival Of Performing Arts have announced a jam packed program for their three day celebration of all things performing arts this September.

 

The boutique festival by the sea will host some of the best cabaret, comedy, theatre, circus and music events, as well as a stack of free outdoor performances for kids and families in a revamped Festival Hub.
 
The...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 8:59am

Rainbow Serpent Festival has locked in a massive lineup for their 20th birthday edition. 

 

The 27 international acts provide a seamless mix of traditional crowd favourites and first timers, including the UK’s Simon Posford performing as Shpongle DJ and Hallucinogen.
 
German group Extrawelt will make their Rainbow debut while Ott and band The All Seeing Eye (UK), D-...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 11:24am

Chopped is back for 2016, bringing three days of dirt drags, hot rods, choppers and a slew of live acts. 

 

Leading the first round of acts comes Reverend Horton Heat alongside Guantanamo Baywatch, Puta Madre Brothers, The Cherry Dolls, The Pinheads, West Thebarton Brothel Party, La Mancha Negra, The Shabbab, Shepparton Airplane, The Reprobettes, Tape Wolves and Double Ya D with...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 1:14pm

Now in its third year, Glow Winter Arts Festival is back with a programme chocked with comedy, cinema, installations, roving performances, music and food.

 

Glow will enliven intimate spaces, public locations and local venues, with both free and ticketed events. As in previous years, the program will be comprised of five core event streams: Flicks ‘n’ Feasts, Glow Comedy Club,...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:26pm

Following news of the festival expanding to four days, Beyond The Valley have announced a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience for 2016. 

 

Every ticket sold to this year’s event will see $1 going toward the advancement of this enterprise, along with mentoring opportunities...

Posted 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:33pm

Hot!Hot!Hot! is a new arts festival addressing climate change through film, sound, theatre and live art, all taking place in the reclaimed setting of a 1960s school ground. 

 

Hot!Hot!Hot! aims to inspire new concepts, new forms and new works about climate change as a cultural response to corporate and governmental inaction. 

 

Program highlights include a night of...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:22pm

PigSty In July have announced the final round of artists visiting the boutique festival this July.

 

Leading the way are Central Coast indie rockers Sea Legs and rising Newcastle rockers In Motion. Returning to the lineup this year will be Dashville Progress Society.
 
They will be joining previously announced acts including New Zealand hard-rock legends Shihad, King...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:16pm

Bigsound has announced the first instalment of live acts for their fifteenth anniversary festival. 

 

With a whopping 89 acts ready to descend on Brisbane's Fortitude Valley this September, and a stack more still to come, Bigsound 2016 is going to be one heck of a celebration.
 
The annual music conference has already garnered a reputation as being the place for taste...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 12:19pm

After two massively successful years, UNIFY will return with its biggest lineup yet over two huge nights. 

 

Headlinging this year's Heavy Music Gathering are Alexisonfire, Violent Soho and Northlane. 
 
Also getting in on the action are Every Time I Die, The Getaway Plan (performing Other Voices Other Rooms), Letlive., Thy Art Is Murder, Luca Brasi, House VS...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 9:28am

There's a new festival on the scene, and it's already shaping up to be a ripper. The Pleasure Garden is an immersive music and arts experience that's just lifted the lid off its first round of artists.  

 

 

In its inaugural year The Pleasure Garden’s first announcement of artists includes The Cat Empire, The Opiuo Band, The Correspondents, Tash Sultana, Spoonbill...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 10:17am

Now in its fourth year, dance music festival Listen Out is back with a handpicked selection of artists for 2016.  

 

Taking to the stage for this year will be the likes of A$AP Ferg, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Baaur, Claptone, Cosmo's Midnight, Gorgon City (DJ Set), Jauz, Joy., L D R U, Ngaiire, RUFUS in their last Australian shows for this year, Stormzy, Sui Zhen (...

Posted 20 Jun 2016 @ 9:30am

Splendour's cultural melting pot, the Global Village, it's underground EDM jungle Tipi Forest and local experimental DJ haven Smirnoff House are back bigger and better in 2016 with lusher and grassier schedules than ever before.

 

The Global Village is welcoming the World Music Stage for the first time, showcasing the most exciting world fusion acts while traditional dancers...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 10:33am

Queenscliff Music Festival is back for their 20th anniversary year, boasting a huge selection of acts in their first lineup announcement. 

 

Joining Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are the likes of Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Peter Garrett & The Alter Ego, Abbe May, Alpine, Ash Grunwald, Julia Jacklin, Kyle Auldist, The Meltdown, Nattali Rize, Quarter Street and...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 1:02pm

Beyond The Valley is back for another year, and it's officially bigger than ever. 

 

The festival will now run acorss four days, with the first day acting as an early settler’s day featuring acts playing on the Central Park stage.
 
As well as an extra day being thrown into the mix, BTV will also feature extra hammocks, food trucks, bars, plenty of shade, and a new...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 11:12am

Celebrating their 20th anniversary year, Queenscliff Music Festival will play host to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals when they headline this year's event.  

 

Showcasing more than 80 local and international acts in the picturesque coastal hub of Queenscliff, the festival continues to strengthen its reputation for delivering top-notch acts from around the world in its...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 11:03am

Australia's premier alt-country festival is back for another year, boasting a national rock icon, international guests, and the next generation of the country's best songwriters.  

 

Leading the lineup comes Brian Cadd, whose songs have been performed by everyone from Ringo Starr to Joe Cocker. A prolific songwriter since the '60s, he'll be bringing a batch of hits with him. ...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 9:06am

Back for its eighth year, Strawberry Fields has revealed the first round of artists for their 2016 incarnation. 

 

Bringing the beats to the banks of the Murray will be England's George Fitzgerald, as well as Henry Saiz in a full band show, Kuniyuki & DJ So Leftfield, Marcel Fengler, Move D and Patrick Topping.
 
Adding to the action comes sets from Croatia's...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 1:26pm

For the ninth year, Gertrude Street will be transformed into one of the most visible large scale, illuminated, outdoor art galleries when the Gertrude Street Projection Festival opens this July.

 

38 sites - including shop fronts, laneways, windows and footpaths - on and around Gertrude Street will be transformed with bright lights, video and colourscapes across the festival's...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 12:15pm

Melbourne’s newest dance music festival, Trick or Beat, is ready to take over Festival Hall. Promising to be a Samhain eve like no other, Trick or Beat presents a fresh take on Australia’s increasingly vibrant EDM scene to kick off the Halloween long weekend.

 

The spooky season event features a selection of local and internationally acclaimed artists including J-Heasy, Indian...

Posted 14 Jun 2016 @ 11:25am

Yours & Owls Festival is expected to be bigger and better in 2016 and to complement that promise the Wollongong label have unveiled a slew of Australia and the world’s finest musical talent to perform at the event. 

 

A festival only in its third year has already welcomed some of Australia’s best, including Cloud Control, The Preatures, The Delta Riggs, Saskwatch, The Smith...

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 10:45am

Summernats has locked in a genre-diverse lineup for its 30th anniversary incarnation, celebrating with a tightly wound collection of Aussie favourites. 

 

Taking to the stage for this year's even includes the likes of Drapht, Airbourne, Spit Syndicate and Thirsty Merc. 
 
Capping it off, around 2,000 of Australia’s most outstanding cars will join over 100,000 fans in...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 10:58am

Lost Lands is a new festival set to take over this year's Melbourne Cup weekend when it brings together music, art, theatre, thinking, comedy and camping experiences for all ages.   

 

Making a splash with its debut lineup, the festival is sure to excite with the slew of big names and quality artists. On the bill are the likes of Mariachi El Bronx, The Waifs, Ozomatli, Missy...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 9:31am

Commemorating World Refugee Week, the City of Yarra will host the Emerge In Yarra festival this month, as it celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of the area.

 

Boasting theatre performances, cooking demonstrations, live music, spoken work, comedy and story telling, the week long festival includes a mixture of free and ticketed events and will take place at a host of...

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