Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 3:43pm

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has announced headline artists for the opening and closing night of this year’s festival. 


This 2016 incarnation of the event will present jazz wunderkind Esperanza Spalding for the first time ever in Australia, celebrating her groundbreaking new project, Emily's D+Evolution. The young bassist/vocalist/composer has continually blazed...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:02am

One of the most charming DJs in the business is heading up a brand new music festival. 


A world musical ambassador, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer and label owner, the now-Frankston resident Carl Cox has locked in the lineup for his inaugural Pure event.  
The 2016 lineup features Cox himself alongside internationals Joseph Capriati and Format:B and...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 10:04am

Boutique festival By The Meadow will return this April for round #3.  


Capped at 600 punters, the 2016 festival will feature The Harpoons, The Ocean Party, Fraser A Gorman, Luke Howard, Lanks, Magic Bones, Milwaukee Banks, Planète, Crepes, Mosé + The Fmly, Anthonie Tonnon, Habits, Canary, The Attics, Uncle Bobby, Edward R, IO, Couture , Velvet Bow, Redspencer, Nafasi and...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 10:10am

Set up with ten of Ballarat's best local bands and DJs, a giant home made slip'n'slide and an esky full of tinnies when Jam At The Dam 4 kicks off in the hills of Invermay. Capping it off? All of the money raised is going to beyondblue.


Featuring music from Ollie Dalton, The Shorts, Geoffry Williams, Crossfire Hurricane, Tully On Tully, Swhat, Staffords, Mark With The Sea...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 8:59am

The Hills Are Alive will return bigger and better than ever next month.


Added to the 2016 lineup today are Grenadiers, Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten, Venus Court, Swim Season and Fossil Fuel. 
The join the first lineup that was announced last year, which featured Bad//Dreems, Ngaiire, Mesa Cosa, Tiny Little Houses, The Belligerents, E^ST, KLP, Fraser A Gorman, The...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 10:47am

It's time to head down to McCoppins and start stocking up on tinnies, the 2016 Golden Plains playing times are here.


Opening with Gold Class on the Saturday afternoon, the rest of the day will see performances from the likes Natalie Prass, Buzzcocks and Royal Headache, with Kenji Takimi closing things out until 5am.
For those up bright and early, HTRK will open...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 1:04pm

After Gurrumul was forced to withdraw from the St Kilda Festival lineup due to health reasons, Australian rapper Briggs has stepped in to take his place on the main stage.


"These aren't ideal conditions to accept a show because I never want to hear of a friend unwell but I'm honoured Gurrumul asked I step in for this date he can't fulfill," said Briggs in a statement. "I'll...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 11:42am

Bluesfest have confirmed a blockbuster final lineup announcement for their 2016 festival.


Leading the final announcement is The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito, who are joined on the bill by Eagles Of Death Metal, Playing For Change Band, Chain, Backsliders, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Irish Mythen, Digging Roots, Frazey Ford, Marshall Okell, Sahara Beck and Emma...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 11:16am

Fancy heading out to the desert? The team at Wide Open Space Festival have today announced the first musical course for their much-loved three-day event. 


The first lineup includes Om Unit, Saskwatch, Tek Tek Ensemble, Spoonbill and friends, Hypnotech, Zucchini Clan, Knobs, Wonqi Rose, Isaac Chambers, DinoBitch, Dezert7z & E-Town Boyz, Cutlery Pool Part, Resin Moon, Dave...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 4:53pm


While waiting for my daily veggie burger, I asked my friend how she’d describe Rainbow Serpent. “It’s like nothing else” is all she gave me. It’s all she needed to say. For many, Rainbow Serpent isn’t a festival. It’s a ritual, and few festival organisers manage to pull off what Rainbow continuously delivers from one year to another. Held in Lexton, 160 kilometres west of Melbourne,...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 9:38am

Cherry Bar have announced an immense tenth birthday lineup.


This year's incarnation of Australia’s only dedicated rock’n’roll street party will be headlined by the likes of international acts Kadavar, Richie Ramone and Supersuckers, alongside locals Gay Paris, Polish Club, Dead City Ruins, Power, Devil Electric, Mammoth Mammoth, Clowns, Dallas Frasca and Mesa Cosa.

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 8:29am

Giddy up! Australia's favourite (and, uhhh, only) regional touring festival is back for another year.


In alphabetical order, the 2016 incarnation of the festival will feature Alison Wonderland, Boo Seeka, Boy & Bear, British India, Client Liaison, Danny Brown, Drapht, DZ Deathrays, Emma Louise, Golden Features, Harts, Illy, In Hearts Wake, MS MR, Mutemath, Ngaiire, Odesza,...

Posted 22 Jan 2016 @ 12:45pm

Gaytimes, Australia’s first queer camping music festival, have added two new acts to their lineup for 2016.


Today Banoffee and GL join the first announcement, which featured Paul Mac, Oscar Key Sung, Kylie Auldist, Yo Mafia, Salvador Darling, CC: Disco and more.
Over three days and two nights next March, Gaytimes will offer a weekend of music, art, community,...

Posted 18 Jan 2016 @ 9:53am

One of America’s best-loved indie rock outfits will return to Australia in March.


Already announced for the 2016 Bluesfest, the tour marks their first sojourn to Australian shores in five years. 
It also follows their first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves (out now through Epic/Sony Music Australia), which reached #3 on US Billboard’s 200 Album chart...

Posted 15 Jan 2016 @ 10:51am

Missed out on tickets to the sold out Rainbow Serpent? Or just want to kick-on? You're in luck.


Held on the Saturday after the festival, Rainbow Serpent will host their official Afterglow party. Held outdoors, the event will feature a selection of international and local talent, including James Monro, Jossie Telch, Be Svendsen, Cello Joe, Mista Savona, Griff and Mortisville....

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:48pm

There's always something a little bit more special about heading to a regional festival, especially one like Beechworth Music Festival. At Beechworth they get the whole town involved in the festivities, even though the festival itself is at a certain site.


Hi Rikki, thanks for taking the time to chat with Beat Magazine. How are you and what are you up to at the moment? 

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:29pm

North American art collective Deliria have been helping to create an alternate universe for your festival to take place in for a number of years. While you might not care about what sits above your heads, at this year's Rainbow Serpent Festival you won't be able to look away from Deliria's work. Beat speaks to key contributor Antonio about what they've got in store.


Hi Antonio...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:04pm

Soul Flats Music Festival is designed to showcase emerging artists and shine a light on how our unique and diverse landscape is depicted in Australian art. The inaugural event will take place just outside of Deniliquin, NSW this February. We had a chat with co-founder and co-director Hugo Dean to find out what goes on behind the scenes.


To the completely uninitiated, give us a...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 11:03am

The 2016 Brunswick Music Festival is fast approaching. Set to be their biggest incarnation yet, today they've finalised their 2016 lineup.


Added to the lineup are an eclectic and globe-trotting collection of artists, including Blind Boy Paxton, Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Kim Salmon, Mandy Connell, Mick Thomas, Charles Jenkins, Cat Canteri & Justin Bernasconi, Sean McMahon,...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 9:27am

White Night Melbourne have today announced their 2016 music program, which will deliver the equivalent of 100 hours of live entertainment from more than 220 performers.


Across four stages, the night will showcase a variety of music genres including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, world music, pop, hip hop, dance, electronic, classical, country, instrumental and rock.

Posted 12 Jan 2016 @ 12:20pm

Held over two days and two states in late February, Secret Valley have just announced a stunning collection of artists.


A dance music festival like no other, Secret Valley takes place simultaneously in the Yarra and Hunter Valleys. The first lineup announcement includes major international headliners Leftfield and Brand New Heavies. Also on their way down are French electronic...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 12:07pm

Now in its fourth year, Let Them Eat Cake has swollen from 6000 to 9000 punters. Coinciding with this year’s event, Resident Advisor named LTEC the number one New Year’s Day festival in the world. It’s not hard to see why, the lineup is killer – a refined cut of the best, most creative international dance acts around and a host of top quality locals. Wandering around the Werribee Park site, it...

Posted 5 Jan 2016 @ 9:51am

Australia’s largest free music festival is on the horizon.


At the 2016 incarnation more than 50 well-known and emerging artists will perform over six stages housed throughout the City of Port Phillip.
The 2016 St Kilda Festival will culminate with the famous Festival Sunday on Sunday February 14 (Valentine's Day ooh la la), which will feature the likes of Gurrumul...

Posted 4 Jan 2016 @ 7:21pm

Food trucks, free live music and a slew of entertainment is on the cards when the all-ages Sunset Series makes its return for to soundtrack the summer.


Artists on board for the annual festival include singer/songwriters Gena Rose Bruce and Fraser A. Gorman, plus Frankie Wants Out, Eliza Hull, Swim Season, The Cactus Channel, Anna Go-Go, DJ Emma Peel and more.

Posted 4 Jan 2016 @ 3:33pm

The Festival of Half Baked Ideas are offering a rare insight into the fledgling stages of joke-crafting, with some of the industry's leading comics trialing their new shows and material in front of an intimate audience.


Set across four nights, comedians include Harley Breen, Demi Lardner, the award-winning Adrienne Truscott, Heath Franklin's Chopper as he prepares for a world...

Posted 4 Jan 2016 @ 2:04pm

Reflecting and celebrating the indigenous culture of Melbourne's west and across the nation, Wominjeka Festival is kicking off the New Year with a diverse program of art, music and activities.


Opening with a Welcome to Country ceremony overseen by Elders in Residence Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Uncle Larry Walsh, the pair will be extending a special invitation to members of...

Posted 3 Jan 2016 @ 1:34pm

The Anglesea Music Festival will return in early 2016, with a lineup featuring Boom Crash Opera's Dale Ryder, Taxi Ride's Jason Singh, Weddings, Parties, Anything's Mick Thomas and plenty more. Boasting a list of headliners like that, it's no surprise tickets are speedily disappearing. With just over a month until the festival takes over the Ellimatta Reserve in Anglesea, Beat chats with...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:07am

Entries for the 33rd annual St Kilda Film Festival competitions are now officially open.


Both emerging filmmakers and industry professionals are being called on to submit their creative works across three categories; Australia’s Top 100 short film competition, the SoundKILDA music video competition and Under the Radar for filmmakers under the age of 21. 

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:05am

Gasworks Backyard Cinema have announced their most varied and vibrant program for year's event.


The 2016 program will feature a mixture of narrative features both new and old, spanning comedy, drama and dance as well as a number of engaging documentary feature films.
Next year each session in the program will be presented by a local community organisation or film...

Posted 29 Dec 2015 @ 9:01am

Independent record label Chapter Music is turning 24 years old and to celebrate they have revived their annual showcase, ChapterFest.


The first round of artists announced for the event include Crayon Fields, The Stevens, The Goon Sax and Little Ugly Girls, with the lineup set to expand in the coming weeks.
The Goon Sax will preview their debut album, Up To...