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Posted 20 May 2015 @ 9:01am

Supersense is the latest addition to Melbourne's thriving cultural calendar, and will be an immersive three day event that explores explores music, film, dance, performance art, sound and light.

 

Curated by Sophia Brous, the festival will transform Arts Centre Melbourne’s stages, back rooms and hidden spaces into zones of rapture and collective experience.
 
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Posted 19 May 2015 @ 1:30pm

The new punk festival will be bringing the volume, riffs and (you guessed it) shredding, to Melbourne.

 

Headlining the festival will be Born Lion, as they prepare to unleash their latest album Final Words. Joining them will be Captives, Brittle Bones, Rick Dangerous & The Silky Bantons, Grindhouse, HAMMERS, The Working Horse Irons and Pagan.

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 11:42am

Rainbow Serpent Festival has announced that it will award $10,000 worth of community grants to deserving candidates in the Ballarat and Pyrenees shires.

 

Keeping the spirit of Rainbow in mind, the grants will go to projects or individuals whose work in music, arts, health and community service benefit the local community. Anyone who bought a program at this year's festival...

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 10:58am

Soulfest will return later this year for their sophomore outing.

 

Revealed today, the first artist announcement for the 2015 incarnation is headlined by Mary J. Blige, and also features Jill Scott, Jhené Aiko, Charlie Wilson, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Dwele, Floetry, Eric Benét, Daniel Merriweather, Kamasi Washington, Remi and BJ The Chicago Kid.

Posted 7 May 2015 @ 2:51pm

Earthcore organisers have revealed that psy innovators Infected Mushroom have been locked in to headline this year's festival. 

 

The psytrance pioneers are set to play a rare, old-school psychedelic set as the sun rises over Pyalong this November. Since releasing their first album in 1999, Infected Mushroom have made a huge imprint on the psy scene, having played mammoth...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 10:44am

Melbourne Music Week is returning for 2015, and they are calling on promoters, venues, record labels, businesses and individuals to get involved.

 

Today Expressions of Interest have opened for their incredibly popular Live Music Safari, The Hub, Umbrella programming and the Self-Made series.
 
The sixth iteration of MMW will take place from 13 – 20 November, 2015....

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 9:09am

The program, entitled Next Gen, brings together eight films designed to enrich the cinematic experience of younger viewers. 

 

The program includes Australian documentary, Gayby Baby, which gives an insight into the politicised lives of same sex couples and their children. It also features films including Being 14, Me Romantic Romani, Spartacus & Cassandra, Partners In Crime...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 9:08am

30 fantastic new shows will debut at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival this June.

 

Highlights for this year will include the American rollerblading act Up With Joey, as well as Lighthouse Berlin, a moving tribute to cabaret legend Agnes Bernelle. There will also be jazz shows, drag queen performances and all things cabaret. 

Posted 1 May 2015 @ 2:23pm

If you haven't already scored presale tickets for Strawberry Fields 2015, maybe the lineup will tempt you. 

 

Featuring on the seventh soundtrack of the festival, 2015 acts include German electronica artist Apparat, the abstract techno don Peter van Hoesen and Canadian trio Cobblestone Jazz. Also hitting on the wildlands dancefloor will be Soul Clap, Bicep and Tensnake as well as...

Posted 1 May 2015 @ 8:55am

Flight Facilities will join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for one night only as part of the 2015 Melbourne Festival. 

 

The night will see the duo alongside 50 classical musicians create a brand new and all-immersive experience of their debut album Down To Earth. 
 
“Long before making Clair de lune, we've both shared a love for classical music,” said...

Posted 30 Apr 2015 @ 1:00pm

The inaugural Poppy Seed Festival has just announced its 2015 event, inviting artists individuals and companies to submit their proposals for this year's festival, opening in November.

 

Poppy Seed Festival is Melbourne's newest grassroots theatre festival, designed to financially and logistically support artists to develop and deliver their work.
 
Born out of...

Posted 24 Apr 2015 @ 9:06am

If you couldn't score tickets to Splendour In The Grass this year (or let's face it, even if you did), you're in luck: the sideshow announcements have started rolling in, and there are some must-see shows on the Melbourne schedule.

 

Start clearing the diary and empty the piggy bank, because these are the artists coming to town to warm us up this winter:
 
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Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 12:41pm

More than 300 events and 800 artists will take over the City of Yarra when Leaps and Bounds Festival returns this winter. 

 

Designed to celebrate local performers, venues, and audiences, the 17-day festival will take place across over 50 venues in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond, Abbotsford, North Carlton, Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy.
 
The full program is set to...

Posted 17 Apr 2015 @ 3:26pm

Beat caught up with Ciel Fuller, City of Darebin’s True North Festival Director to talk about the Darebin arts festival now in its third incarnation. “There are lots of great events across the Reservoir, Preston, and Thornbury areas as part of True North,” says Fuller. “It’s a bit different from last year.” So what’s new in True North? “We’ve increased the theatre component of the festival,...

Posted 16 Apr 2015 @ 2:22pm

With less than four week to go, the playing times for CherryRock015 have been announced.

 

The day will feature 13 bands, two stages and no clashes. Playing times are as follows:
 
AC/DC Lane stage:
 
Red Fang: 8.05pm – 9.20pm 
The Shrine: 6.20pm – 7.20pm  
Beastwars: 4.55pm – 5.40pm  
Hits: 3.35pm – 4.15pm  
Child: 2.20pm – 3pm  
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Posted 15 Apr 2015 @ 8:18am

Hoooooooooboy. Get ready to start planning your trip to Byron, the lineup for Splendour In The Grass 2015 is finally 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...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 3:59pm

Footscray's Nicholson Street will play host to Emerge in the West next month.

 

The festival will feature music, art, fashion, dance, circus and spoken word, set across two stages, with performances by The Lalibelas, Nhatty Man, SKAAKI, Raw Elements, Somali Peace Band, Jazmaris and Royalty Noise. There will also be a fashion show coordinated by Vissolela, craft workshops, food...

Posted 13 Apr 2015 @ 10:47am

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre will again join forces for the Metropolis New Music Festival.

 

The festival will feature three concerts with works written for and inspired by the moving image, including Jonny Greenwood's score from There Will Be Blood, Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger Concerto and Penderecki's Polymorphia. The festival will also feature...

Posted 10 Apr 2015 @ 5:50pm

Following the announcement of Antony and the Johnsons earlier this week, Dark Mofo have revealed their full program for 2015.

 

 

This year, Dark Mofo is coinciding with the opening of Mona’s major exhibition curated by Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne, Private Archaeology by Marina Abramović.

 

The Odeon Theatre in Hobart will host performances by...

Posted 9 Apr 2015 @ 10:12am

Poison City Weekender is back, celebrating their seventh year with another three-day bender.

 

This year's event will be headlined by the triumphant return of local heroes The Smith Street Band.
 
It will also feature international artists Iron Chic, Modern Baseball, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Self Defense Family and The Sidekicks, all making their first trip Down Under....

Posted 8 Apr 2015 @ 3:24pm

31 feature films, 18 shorts, 15 forums and five exhibitions will take centre stage when the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival returns this year.

 

This year's films will include the Melbourne premiere of Australian documentary I Will Not Be Silenced on opening night and will close with the premiere of The Beekeeper. Other highlights include Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story,...

Posted 8 Apr 2015 @ 2:35pm

True North Festival will return to Reservoir, Thornbury and Preston for another year, showcasing the creative side of Melbourne's north.

 

This year's vibrant three-day music and arts program features something for everyone, with offerings from old blues to jazz to Balkan. Some of 2015's events include a 10-piece ensemble performing songs from Vietnam to Venezuela; a showcase of...

Posted 2 Apr 2015 @ 1:15pm

Mushroom Group have announced the end of Future Music Festival.

 

Mushroom Group have put the decision, which they say was not made lightly, down to underperforming ticket sales over the last two years.
 
Future Music Festival began as a one day event in Sydney in 2006, before expanding to an annual national touring festival in 2007.
 
While Mushroom Group...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 12:11pm

The 2015 incarnation of Boogie has sold out. Organisers have unveiled the playing times for this year's Easter extravaganza for those who were lucky enough to snag a golden ticket. 

 

The ninth edition of the festival will feature performances from the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Los Chicos and The Bombay Royale, alongside a Hillybilly Disco and Easter egg hunt. The 2015...

Posted 27 Mar 2015 @ 3:54pm

True North Festival will return to Reservoir, Thornbury and Preston for another year, showcasing the creative side of Melbourne's north.

 

The three-day arts festival will feature a range of exhibitions, plays, gigs and events at artist studios, theatres and warehouses around Darebin. The festival's partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2015 will see a range...

Posted 24 Mar 2015 @ 3:59pm

The Spanish Film Festival have revealed the full program for their 2015 incarnation. 

 

Opening with Spanish Affair and closing with Wild Tales, the 2015 festival will feature 38 films. Other highlights include Get Married If You Can, Instructions Not Included and Sorry If I Call You Love. 

Posted 20 Mar 2015 @ 3:13pm

Despite this year's festival taking place less than a month ago, Soundwave festival have revealed their dates for 2016 – and they're sooner than you'd expect.

 

After spanning two days in 2015, the festival will return to a one-day format next year. The Melbourne leg of the festival will fill the empty space left by Big Day Out, running on Australia Day. In another change, the...

Posted 13 Mar 2015 @ 1:39pm

Bluesfest have lost another big name, with Ben Howard postponing his Australian tour by six weeks.

 

Howard was due to perform at Bluesfest over Easter as well as sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. His shows have now been moved to May and June, with a Brisbane show added to the tour.
 
Bluesfest have posted the following statement on their website:
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Posted 13 Mar 2015 @ 11:17am

Bluesfest have added three new acts to their Thursday lineup – just three weeks out from the festival.

 

Replacing Lenny Kravitz and Ben Howard, who have both pulled out of the festival, will be Aussie acts Angus & Julia Stone, Boy & Bear and Sticky Fingers. Jurassic 5 will also play an extra set on the Thursday to help complete the lineup.

Posted 4 Mar 2015 @ 6:36pm

With only a couple weeks to go until the big night, the inaugural Down By The River has unveiled its lineup. 

 

Set at the Overs Riverside Precinct in Wangaratta, the event will feature live music from The Kite Machine, Tully on Tully, Oliver's Army and local band Liv Cartledge. The evening will also play host to an array of food, art, fashion and handcrafted wares.

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